Georgia

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Things are looking peachy for workers with disabilities in the great state of Georgia, where high expectations are on the horizon.

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 Georgia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
23.59%
Change from
2014 to 2015
13,214,860
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
657,996
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0%
Change from
2014 to 2015
200,764
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.51%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 9,992,167 10,097,343 13,214,860
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 673,255 678,219 657,996
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 212,246 200,764 200,764
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,918,782 4,037,399 4,145,481
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.53% 29.60% 30.51%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.53% 73.11% 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 7.20% 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.50% 24.20% 21.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 558,569 577,240 580,094
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 653,262 651,295 644,176
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 772,058 779,473 777,690
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 383,813 393,222 380,409
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 44,277 45,461 55,138
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,462 3,975 4,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 18,698 16,848 20,568
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,271 N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,783 21,904 23,906
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 9,720 11,842 16,233

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,774 5,938 6,488
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.50% 2.50% 2.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 283,114 285,394 285,889

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,293 10,043 15,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 58,574 49,561 46,821
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 128,822 118,972 112,177
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.40% 8.40% 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.30% 2.50% 2.90%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.80% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.50% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,082 2,248 2,653
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,600 2,562 2,670
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,305 2,550 2,680
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 5,082 4,313 4,929
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 6 29
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 1 20
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 38.00% 17.00% 69.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.03 0.01 0.20

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,499
4,420
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 183 230 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 164 405 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 422 689 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,199 1,996 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 481 942 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 50 158 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 19.80% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,577 7,314 9,312
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 432,608 437,897 441,114
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. 230 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $9,923,000 $9,133,000 $8,646,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $93,418,000 $102,893,000 $117,985,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $18,175,000 $19,688,000 $16,972,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 14.00% 13.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,093 5,084 4,580
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 12,030 11,901 12,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 27.30 26.20 23.60

 

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). 64.60% 64.88% 64.87%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.60% 14.50% 14.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.40% 2.02% 2.13%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.50% 94.98% 97.16%
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). 24.80% 24.78% 24.39%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 51.00% 53.64% 53.73%
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). 77.60% 79.95% 81.04%
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). 26.20% 28.85% 29.34%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,688,563
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,114
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 239,895
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,043,403
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,283,298
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 214
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,158
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,372
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,823,472
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,757,487

 

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

2015 2016 2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 61 63 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 62 64 28
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,442 3,483 1,040
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 5 5 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,447 3,488 1,040

 

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)

~~No specific disability related information found.  

Customized Employment

~~• Development of comprehensive array of service for the over 3,000 project participants in either a school or community, integrated setting: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) (including assessments for determining level of understanding career pathways selection for the participants); CAPI; and. customized employment to address the complexities of individualization. (Page 247)
DBHDD: GVRA has a formal MOU with DBHDD that utilizes the SE IPS model. This MOU covers both the behavioral health and developmental disabilities divisions of DBHDD to serve those individuals using Supported and Customized Employment.
This agreement allows VR services to collaborate statewide with a network of providers including CSBs for the provision of SES. These agencies prepare VR clients for permanent jobs through supported employment and complementary services. The CSBs provide a wide scope of outpatient, day, residential housing, and community-based services that include SE. The Memorandum of Understanding with DBHDD allows for improved coordination of efforts to serve those with the most significant disabilities. (Page 253)
1. Disability-Specific Topics (including Positive Behavioral Supports training for counselors who have clients with Most Significant Disabilities, Deaf Culture Literacy, and Individualized Placement and Support Training for Counselors Handling Clients with Severe & Persistent Mental Illness.
2. Customized Employment Training.
3. Case Management.
4. Eligibility for Services.
5. IPE Development.
6. Varying Types of Caseloads (including Supported Employment and Transition).
7. Values-based Training for Persons Working with Individuals with Disabilities.
8. Collaborative Training with School Personnel on Creative Individual Assessments.
9. Transition Resource Planning.
10. Road Map for Services Available to Georgians.
11. Job Development.
12. Employment Engagement Training (developing a work plan and work goal).
13. Compliance Training (including Sexual Harassment and Anti-Discrimination).
VR continues to identify current information from research, rehabilitation trends and professional resources. This information is provided to agency staff through a variety of methods, including training at the State, quadrant and local level. Most recently this training has been focused on Customized Employment. (Page 269)
Access to Supported Employment: There are concerns that there is both a paucity of Supported Employment Providers, and that from the supported employment providers’ perspective, SES are cost–prohibitive. Concerns regarding access to Supported Employment have highlighted the following needs for services expansion:
1. Increase in SES, especially for those individuals with significant disabilities. Many of these individuals have limited or no access to SES.
2. Increase in both services and actual Customized Employment opportunities.
3. Increase in the availability in specific skills training that is actually aligned with real jobs within the state and less on generic training. (Page 271)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Describe how the designated State unit will collaborate with the State agency responsible for administering each of the following programs to develop opportunities for competitive integrated employment, to the greatest extent practicable:
1. THE STATE MEDICAID PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT;
GVRA has established collaborative relationships with multiple State agencies in order to more efficiently and effectively assist individuals with disabilities in achieving employment in an integrated setting. In some cases, these collaborative relationships have been developed to enhance the working relationship between the VR program and other State agencies. Several of these relationships have been formalized through Interagency Cooperative Agreements that were described earlier in Sections (e) Cooperative Agreements with Private Nonprofit Organizations and (f) Arrangements and Cooperative Agreements for the Provision of SES. GVRA has identified other State agencies in which formal agreements need to be developed to support collaboration and seamless service delivery statewide. (Page 258)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.
Georgia’s One-Stop delivery system is focused on ensuring universal access across its workforce system. The State and its local partners, maintain compliance with the provisions of WIOA Section 188 which require programmatic and physical accessibility. Through monitoring performed at both the state and local level, Georgia ensures that all One-Stops are in compliance with Section 188 of WIOA, the ADA, and other applicable regulations. Individuals who seek to utilize Georgia’s workforce system can expect facilities, whether physical or virtual, to meet federally-mandated accessibility standards. In addition, the State maintains a Methods of Administration which details how compliance with WIOA Section 188 will be maintained. The Methods of Administration is a “living” document which ensures current federal regulations and directives are implemented at the state and local level as quickly as possible.
Separately, as a component of one-stop certification, the State collects a business plan from each LWDA which details how a new one-stop will satisfy accessibility requirements and the provisions of WIOA Section 188. In order to be certified, each comprehensive one-stop must satisfy the requisite federal criteria. This process ensures universal access to programmatic services and facilities are maintained across the state.
Moreover, the One-Stop Integration Working Group is identifying additional criteria which will be assessed during the one-stop certification process. This may lead to additional accessibility requirements being incorporated into the one-stop certification process. Through the One-Stop Integration Working Group, the State continues to prioritize programmatic and physical accessibility in the one-stop certification process. The One-Stop Integration Working Group will provide guidance and technical assistance to LWDBs prior to the completion of LWDB certification, prior to July 1, 2017. (Page 144-145)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~A key component of achieving the goal of increased participation in the workforce system is ensuring that the one-stop system provides services to individuals with barriers to employment. Each of Georgia’s core partners are working to reduce barriers to employment among the workforce population in support of this goal. Through their involvement in the WIOA implementation working groups, each partner has contributed to the conversation to ensure that the workforce system provides easy access for these targeted populations, and ensures that all services are available to help remove barriers to employment. Additionally, these partners have been integral in the development of sector partnerships in each of the twelve planning regions, contributing to the discussions as they develop pathways into high demand careers. One of the key issues that the sector partnerships will address is ensuring that the career pathways are accessible to individuals with barriers. In order to receive grant funding, regions will have to specifically address this issue. The Disability Employment Initiative is currently being piloted in two LWDAs to customize employment offerings to individuals with disabilities. The state has already begun to collect and distributed best practices from this initiative to other LWDAs. In addition to efforts such as Operation: Workforce; the State has also made available strategic grants to serve transitioning services members and their families, ex-offenders, and at-risk youth. These grants enable LWDAs to implement unique programming that will serve as models throughout the rest of the state. (Page 65)
The state has determined that one of the most effective strategies for serving Georgia’s special populations is through the provision of targeted grants using Governor’s reserve funding. The grants enable LWDAs to conduct pilot programs without using local formula funds. If service strategies for special populations are found to be successful, LWDAs are then able to integrate those strategies into their formula funded services. This alleviates much of the risk of building new programs while still promoting innovation. An example of this strategy was the state’s Ex-Offenders Pilot Program. Through this pilot, the State made a grant opportunity available to every LWDA that had a transition center within its geographic boundaries. To be awarded the grant, the LWDAs had to propose effective strategies that would be utilized to training individuals that resided within transition centers. The LWDAs had to choose training programs for occupations that were in-demand, paid a livable wage in the region, and were appropriate for an individual who did not have a clean background. The state assessed the proposal and awarded funds to the LWDAs with the most innovative plans. The pilots were highly successful and enabled LWDAs to enhance relationships with community partners and better serve ex-offenders. Beginning in calendar year 2016, the state plans to expand upon the successes of this grant, by awarding at least five special populations grants. The subject of the grants will coincide with the specified populations in the Governor’s vision. The state will work with the LWDAs to ensure consistent and innovative services are delivered through grants. (Page 77)
Georgia VR does not currently have any cooperative agreements with State programs carried out under section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. However, VR does work closely with the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program. Currently, Tools for Life loans equipment for clients to try prior to purchasing the equipment. Additionally, GVRA is one of the pilot sites for Tools for Life and the State ADA office to test equipment that is under consideration for purchase by the State. Tools for Life provides training to VR’s Assistive Work Technology team. (Page 245)
VR does not have cooperative agreements with non-educational agencies serving out-of-school youth. GVRA has partnered with DJJ to pilot a program with the YDC in Augusta. Through this pilot, GVRA worked with the mental health unit to develop an effective and efficient process for transitioning youth out of the facility and into employment or training opportunities upon their release. Additionally, the agency is finalizing a referral process by which the YDC will refer all youth whom they believe has a disability and may be appropriate for VR services.
GVRA has an established referral process with contracted service providers and strongly encourages them to refer out-of-school youth. The agency partners with Parent to Parent of Georgia, a non-profit organization that provides advocacy and training for families of children and youth with disabilities. Lastly, the agency is a participant in GaDOE-Coordinated Career Academic Education/Project Success and Career Technical Instruction grant which provides intervention support services to students from special populations enrolled in career, technical and agricultural education courses. (Page 246)
Developing and implementing a model transition demonstration project, and GVRA plans to use the current federal Georgia Career Pathways grant as an instrumental pilot to test and measure and duplicate those practices in collaboration with the local school districts that tend to be most effective in producing desired transition outcomes;
• Continuing to expand and establish multistate, regional and/or statewide partnership involving key stakeholders, agencies, organizations and businesses to improve the overall success of the PETS services; and
• Disseminating information and successful strategies that improve the overall success of the PETS services, especially as it relates to individuals of the traditionally underserved or unserved populations within Georgia. (Page 258)
As described in Section (c2) State Programs Carried Out under Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, GVRA works closely with the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program. Currently, Tools for Life loans equipment for clients to try prior to purchasing the equipment. Additionally, GVRA is one of the pilot sites for Tools for Life and the State ADA office to test equipment that is under consideration for purchase by the State. Tools for Life provides training to Georgia VR’s Assistive Work Technology team.
Internally, GVRA employs occupational therapists and rehabilitation engineers who provide assistive technology consultation and assist in equipment acquisition for those individuals with disabilities who are served by the agency. The idea of having a VR Counselor who works closely with the IPS SE program ensures these individuals are afforded proper access to Assistive Work Technology and sensory services. GVRA has plans to continue expanding sensory and AWT access through VR involvement with clients with sensory disabilities. (Page 287)
• Develop new and innovative services for both in-school and out-of-school career pathways. As a part of this, GVRA will utilize its current Georgia Career Pathways federal demonstration grant as the method to pilot new services that can be added to the array of PETS services. This will be done in collaboration with GaDOE, the individual local school district, and the local employers and businesses. For example, based on local employer involvement and feedback, GVRA may ask the local school district to tailor its current career pathway curriculum to fit the specific needs of the local employers, or may ask the school to include more opportunities for work-based learning, pre-apprenticeships, etc., especially for the PETS students. As new services are piloted, they will be evaluated and improved as needed, with a long range to roll out successful new services statewide. (Page 288)
GVRA and VR implemented a plan to increase the salaries of CRCs.
• VR collaborated with Kennesaw State University’s Inclusion Program to develop a cooperative agreement for a VR Counselor to be onsite to serve students with developmental disabilities.
• GVRA and VR collaborated with DBHDD to increase and enhance services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, and for those with developmental disabilities.
• VR collaborated with Bobby Dodd Industries, a CRP in Atlanta, to develop a pilot program targeting transition students with significant disabilities who typically drop out of the program after graduating from high school. This pilot will keep them involved through social media and online technology for job clubs and other activities leading to employment. (Page 292)
The primary strategy used by GVRA was the development of the formal MOU with DBHDD that has increased and enhanced services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and for those with developmental disabilities. In coordination with the Georgia DBHDD, GVRA also implemented an IPS pilot, which included cross-training among the staff of both agencies.
The Individual Placement and Supports-pilot model is a very specific type of Supported Employment with Behavioral Health at this time. The IPS approach assumes everyone can work with the right supports. The person decides when and how they want to go to work. There are no prerequisites (work adjustment, pre-vocational, sheltered, enclave, work evaluations, or otherwise) to go to work. Unlike other approaches, IPS-SE has been researched and proven to achieve higher rates of employment for people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Page 293)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Through the workforce system, the State will provide youth participants the opportunity to become involved in 14 required youth elements which are listed in the Youth program elements section:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence Based Dropout Prevention and Recovery Strategies can allow a participant to attain their secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent.
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Dropout Recovery Services show students alternative learning environments that focus on their skills, abilities, and learning style to prevent them from dropping out of school.
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences are structured learning programs that take place for a specific period.
4. Occupational Skills Training allows participants to become proficient in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at all different levels.
5. Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation integrates training and education.
6. Leadership Development includes the development of positive social and civic behaviors.
7. Supportive Services are in place to allow youth participants to partake in WIOA activities.
8. Adult Mentoring is a 12-month program that matches a youth participant with an adult that will guide the mentee.
9. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling gives youth participants the opportunity to meet with counselors for career and academic counseling.
10. Financial Literacy Education informs participants of smart financial decisions and habits.
11. Entrepreneurial Skills Training educates youth participants on the skills needed to start and maintain a small business.
12. Labor Market and Employment Information Services provide information about in-demand industry sectors.
13. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Postsecondary Education and Training allows for career exploration and research.
14. Follow-up Services are available to youth participants once they have exited the program. (Page 184)
Services are provided to eligible youth participants through a network of youth service providers, which are competitively procured by Georgia’s 19 LWDAs. Georgia is committed to providing, through LWDAs, the following required youth elements:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence based Drop-out Prevention and Recovery Strategies;
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Drop-out Recovery Services;
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences;
4. Occupational Skills Training;
5. Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation;
6. Leadership Development;
7. Supportive Services;
8. Adult Mentoring;
9. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling;
10. Financial Literacy Education;
11. Entrepreneurial Skills Training;
12. Labor Market and Employment Information Services;
13. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Post-secondary Education and Training; and
14. Follow-up Services. (Page 195)
 

Benefits

~~TAA coordinates and facilitates worker orientations to inform the workers about the benefits and services they may receive as well as the eligibility requirements associated with each benefit. The worker orientations often include LWDA representatives to provide guidance on demand occupations and available training in the LWDA. DOL staff assist workers with TAA registration and filing UI claims. (Page 162)
x. The Georgia SRC strongly supports amending current 361.45(c)(2) by adding a new paragraph (v) that would require a DSU to provide eligible individuals who are entitled to Social Security benefits under titles II or XVI of the Social Security Act, information on available assistance and supports available to them when entering the workforce (i.e., benefits planning and financial supports). (Page 239)
Non–Disability Specific Barriers: There is on–going feedback for assistance to address some of the non–disability specific barriers to employment such as transportation, disincentives through entitlement benefits, and lack of family support for employment. (Page 271)
 

School to Work Transition

~~Project SEARCH is only offered in a subset of communities across Georgia. The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, one-year, school-to-work program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that takes place entirely at the workplace. This innovative, business-led model of school-to-work transition features total workplace immersion, which facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction; career exploration; and hands-on, worksite-based training and support. The goal for each student is competitive employment. Project SEARCH was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and has been implemented at several sites in Georgia through a statewide initiative involving the collaborative effort of DoDD, a division of GVRA, area school systems, and several of Georgia’s leading employers. GVRA is working to add Project Search partners across the state to create more opportunities for youth with significant disabilities in obtaining real-life work experience that improves successful transitions from school to adult life. (Page 242)
ii. Goal II - Expand transition services to assist more students with disabilities to go from high school to work or post-secondary education/training. (Page 291)
 

Data Collection

~~The primary data collection and reporting system used by GVRA through the VR program is the Libera System 7 electronic case management system, and the data collected is specific to individuals served through the VR program. At the current time, neither the Libera System 7 case management system, nor its data, is integrated with all the programs and activities present in the one-stop centers. (Page 117)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Through the workforce system, the State will provide youth participants the opportunity to become involved in 14 required youth elements which are listed in the Youth program elements section:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence Based Dropout Prevention and Recovery Strategies can allow a participant to attain their secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent.
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Dropout Recovery Services show students alternative learning environments that focus on their skills, abilities, and learning style to prevent them from dropping out of school.
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences are structured learning programs that take place for a specific period.
4. Occupational Skills Training allows participants to become proficient in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at all different levels. (5) Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation integrates training and education.
5. Leadership Development includes the development of positive social and civic behaviors.
6. Supportive Services are in place to allow youth participants to partake in WIOA activities.
7. Adult Mentoring is a 12-month program that matches a youth participant with an adult that will guide the mentee.
8. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling gives youth participants the opportunity to meet with counselors for career and academic counseling.
9. Financial Literacy Education informs participants of smart financial decisions and habits.
10. Entrepreneurial Skills Training educates youth participants on the skills needed to start and maintain a small business.
11. Labor Market and Employment Information Services provide information about in-demand industry sectors.
12. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Postsecondary Education and Training allows for career exploration and research.
13. Follow-up Services are available to youth participants once they have exited the program. (Page 184)
 

Career Pathways

~~GVRA has a strong statewide presence with offices located in urban and rural areas to provide vocational rehabilitation services to assist in the workforce development of individuals with disabilities. GVRA intends to focus on both youth with disabilities and students with disabilities to better prepare them to become an integral part of Georgia’s workforce. GVRA plans to offer an array of transition services to every public school district in the state with these services focused on assisting students with disabilities to either continue on to a post-secondary education or into a career pathway that is based on the specific skill requirements of Georgia’s employers. GVRA plans to conduct outreach activities to identify and attract those youth with disabilities who are not in school to participate in community-based alternative career pathways that are also based on the specific skill requirements of Georgia’s employers; or if appropriate, assist these youth in returning to school, either secondary or post-secondary. (Page 61)
Finally, GVRA has partnered with the Department of Education (DOE) in the current federal career pathways demonstration grant to expand transition services to students with disabilities and out-of-school youth that lead to real jobs in their communities. As a part of this partnership, GVRA intends to offer an array of transition services to the 50 intensive school districts identified by DOE as part of DOE’s state systemic improvement plan (SSIP).(Page 78)
Youth with Disabilities
Georgia’s one-stop system engages youth in customized career pathways and SES through collaborative partnerships between VR and other core partner programs in the one-stop system. Georgia recently developed a strategic initiative to expand and improve VR services for youth with disabilities who are either in-school or out-of-school. The purpose of this initiative is to braid existing and new resources to offer a robust, comprehensive array of VR services to all schools. Current VR program policies and procedures are being reviewed and amended to reflect this new way of doing business. The plan includes the provision of pre-employment transition services and timely development and approval of an individualized plan for employment for each youth served. One subset of the proposed plan to expand and improve VR services is a newly awarded, five-year demonstration project entitled “Georgia Pathways to Work” funded through the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration.
The proposed Georgia Pathways to Work program aims to significantly change the way GVRA does business statewide in transitioning students and youth with disabilities in partnership with the core program partners, GaDOE, as wells as local employers. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as HDCI to ensure responsiveness to the known workforce demands in Georgia, as well as supporting their efforts to better engage those with disabilities. The overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive integrated employment through improving the 18 existing career pathways for students with disabilities, and creating community-based alternative career pathways for out-of-school youth. (Page 104)
1. Provide the vision and mission of the program or organization. Please include a description of the population that the program will serve, including how the program will meet the needs of persons with barriers to employment (e.g. Displaced Homemaker, Low-income Individual, Individuals with Disabilities, Single Parents, and other individuals as described in the law).
2. Provide a description (and supporting documents, when available) of the program’s implementation of career pathways system as well as any cooperative agreements/contracts that the program has with other agencies and service providers for the delivery of adult education and literacy activities. Also, describe ways in which the program coordinates with other service providers to provide wrap-around services to participants (e.g. child care, transportation). (Page 221)
• The depth, intensity, and rigor of the programs and activities offered by the eligible provider. The proposed program must incorporate the basic tenets of reading instruction. Attention will be given to the extent to which the eligible provider incorporates stringent research in the grant proposal submission and the development of the literacy program itself;
• The extent to which the eligible provider’s program is based on intense research and best practices;
• The extent to which the eligible provider demonstrates the effective use of technology for instruction, to include distance education, toward students’ improved performance;
• The eligible provider’s demonstrated integration of contextualized instruction, to blend literacy skills, and preparation for transition to post-secondary education or entry into the workplace. Particular attention will be given to implementation of a career pathways system, activities that promote and lead to economic self-sufficiency, and the ability to exercise the full rights of citizenship; (Page 222)
The GVRA Executive Director provided an update to SRC members for their meeting in October on actions the agency has taken to implement WIOA recommendations for expanding and enhancing services for youth with disabilities. This work includes the receipt of two new federal grant awards:
1. U.S. Department of Labor, ETA’s Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements: awarded directly to WFD in partnership with GVRA that focuses on the Georgia Disability Employment Initiative, Customized Career Pathways.
2. U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Demonstration and Training: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, Georgia Pathways to Work: awarded directly to GVRA that focuses on career pathways for youth with disabilities who are in school or out-of-school. In addition, GVRA has appointed a Director of Transition Services. This new position emphasizes the importance and significance of services to youth with disabilities before they leave high school. All of these activities are very innovative in preparing high school students with disabilities for competitive employment. The Council would like to see these programs expanded throughout the state as part of VR transition services. (Page 240)
Georgia Pathways to Work will change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as Go Build Georgia and HDCI to be responsive to the known market demands for careers in Georgia, as well as supporting employer efforts to more effectively engage Georgians with disabilities. Furthermore, the overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive, integrated employment through existing and customized pathways. Additionally, this demonstration project will be implemented to increase the average weekly wage and employer benefits of participants in each occupational cluster through successful completion of career pathways.
GVRA will develop policies that address the WIOA requirements, ensure coordination of services with GaDOE, and meet the needs of youth with disabilities in and out-of-school. VR program’s current transition policies are as follows: (Page 248)
In collaboration with GaDOE, Burton Blatt Institute, and Poses Family Foundation, GVRA is customizing the landscape of career pathways for young Georgians with disabilities. The Georgia Pathways to Work program- E3: Explore, Engage, Employ- connects real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers in their individual communities. The purpose of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to improve the 18 existing career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities. The program will engage employers in the model design and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation. The project impact is to change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. (Page 247)
• Development of comprehensive array of service for the over 3,000 project participants in either a school or community, integrated setting: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) (including assessments for determining level of understanding career pathways selection for the participants); CAPI; and. customized employment to address the complexities of individualization. (Page 247)
Georgia Pathways to Work will change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as Go Build Georgia and HDCI to be responsive to the known market demands for careers in Georgia, as well as supporting employer efforts to more effectively engage Georgians with disabilities. Furthermore, the overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive, integrated employment through existing and customized pathways. Additionally, this demonstration project will be implemented to increase the average weekly wage and employer benefits of participants in each occupational cluster through successful completion of career pathways.
GVRA will develop policies that address the WIOA requirements, ensure coordination of services with GaDOE, and meet the needs of youth with disabilities in and out-of-school. VR program’s current transition policies are as follows:
I.   THE VR CSPM STATES THAT TRANSITION SERVICES ARE TO BE PROVIDED TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES THAT FACILITATE THE TRANSITION FROM THE RECEIPT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES IN SECONDARY SCHOOL TO THE RECEIPT OF VR SERVICES ORIENTED TOWARD AN EMPLOYMENT OUTCOME (CSPM 450.1.02). (Page 248)
WFD: GVRA has partnered with WFD to engage youth in customized career pathways and supported employment. This work is funded through the USDOL ETA Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements. (Page 253)
i.   Implementing the Georgia Pathways to Work grant. As described in Section (d) Coordination with Education Officials, GVRA was awarded a grant through the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration. The Georgia Pathways to Work will significantly change the way GVRA does business statewide in transitioning students and youth with disabilities in partnership with GaDOE, WFD, and local businesses and employers. The focus of this proposed model will be to increase access for students with disabilities to the existing high school career pathways, as well as customizing those existing career pathways for students with disabilities, and creating community-based alternative career pathways for those youth who are not in school. (Page 258)
Based on the feedback that GVRA has received, there were some common statewide needs identified for youth and students with disabilities. These include:
1. Increase and enhance transition services overall, especially to younger students, ages 14-16.
2. Improve the quality of GVRA’s transitional staff who are provided to the local school districts to ensure greater consistency of services.
3. Expand the array of transition services made available to schools.
4. Develop outreach efforts that engage youth with disabilities who have dropped out of school.
5. Improve alignment of GVRA’s transition services with the needs of the local school districts.
6. Improve alignment of the VR program’s training programs with the GaDOE’s occupational clusters and career pathways. (Page 273)
iii.  Develop and implement a career pathway model of services for both in-school students and out-of-school youth that will include Vocational Rehabilitation services that are aligned with the current GaDOE’s Occupational Clusters and curriculum-based career pathways; as well as alternative integrated community-based career pathways for those youth who are not in school.
iv.  Partner with GaDOE, TCSG and USG to develop collaborative arrangements that improve the transition from high school to post-secondary education for students with disabilities. (Page 278)
• Transform how GVRA and the VR services focus on youth and students with disabilities by integrating services agency-wide to make this population the highest focus.
• Partner with GaDOE to increase and deliver a comprehensive array of transitional services to every school district within the state, including a special focus on career pathways and customized career pathways.
• Develop a concentrated outreach effort to identify youth with disabilities that are not enrolled in school, and make the same robust services available to them.
• Partner with the existing VR provider network to create community-based career pathways for youth not enrolled in school.
• Partner with both TCSG and USG to improve post-secondary transition.
Strategies:
• Develop formal third-party agreements with local employers to contribute to all career pathways available to youth with disabilities, both in school and out of school. (Page 286)
GVRA’s goal to improve and expand VR services for students with disabilities by the following:
• Develop and offer a comprehensive array of services to all school districts statewide. Specifically, GVRA will develop all 5 required PETS activities, as well as the 9 authorized activities as may be needed, and offer those to every school district in the state of Georgia. These will include services that are VR Program-provided, as well as services provided through the VR provider network. GVRA’s goal is to establish a minimum number of PETS services offered and provided to each school district within the state. Then as these PETS services are provided, the services will be continually evaluated and changed for improvements that produce the best outcomes, either competitive employment or postsecondary education and training. Where there is a paucity of such PETS services in particular geographic areas of the state, GVRA will solicit both new service providers and/or new services to ensure the minimum of necessary PETS services. It should be noted that all PETS services statewide will also offer both during school and after school hours of availability; and GVRA will work collaboratively with each local school district to best fit the services to the community.
• Develop new and innovative services for both in-school and out-of-school career pathways. As a part of this, GVRA will utilize its current Georgia Career Pathways federal demonstration grant as the method to pilot new services that can be added to the array of PETS services. This will be done in collaboration with GaDOE, the individual local school district, and the local employers and businesses. For example, based on local employer involvement and feedback, GVRA may ask the local school district to tailor its current career pathway curriculum to fit the specific needs of the local employers, or may ask the school to include more opportunities for work-based learning, pre-apprenticeships, etc., especially for the PETS students. As new services are piloted, they will be evaluated and improved as needed, with a long range to roll out successful new services statewide. (Page 288)
 

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 303)

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Georgia’s Explore, Engage, Employ (E3) - 11/01/2017

~~“Georgia VR is implementing E3 (Explore, Engage, Employ) in 7 school districts to serve 3,000 students and youth.  E3 goals are to engage employers to customize existing career pathways and develop alternative pathways for students and out of school youth; involve families to increase youth participation, and utilize social media strategies to develop services and connect youth to career interests.  Partners include the Poses Family Foundation, GA Department of Education, Technical College System of Georgia, Center for Leadership in Disability, Parent to Parent of Georgia, Burton Blatt Institute and Jobs for the Future.

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

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

“Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Gather to SOAR at Self-Employment Seminar” - 09/07/2017

~~“SOAR: A Pathway to Self-Employment seminar in August 2017 at the All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) Family Support Center in Decatur, Georgia.

The seminar was co-hosted by Synergies Work, Inc., a nonprofit that provides people with disabilities the supports to become financially independent as entrepreneurs and the Georgia Microboards Association (GMA), a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to people with disabilities and their families.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), behavioral health and community service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families attended the one-day seminar to learn how to successfully be self-employed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Developmental Disabilities “Announcements” - 08/24/2017

~~“There were significant changes to the COMP Waiver that occurred following approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March 2017.  As a result, the four fiscal support services agencies sent an information sheet with the following facts about the transition:

The changes that have occurred are as follows: •CLD has been removed•CLS has two new service codes, CL Basic and CL Extended•CL Basic is used for employees that work a shift of 2.75 hours or less•CL Extended is used for employees that work a shift of 3 or more hours•CLS received a 7.2% increase to the total funds allocated to CLS”

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency FY 2017-2019 Strategic Plan (FY 2018 Update) - 08/03/2017

~~“While the Agency’s mission of employment and independence for Georgian with Disabilities remains the same, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law in July 2014, brought changes to the way GVRA serves clients with disabilities. WIOA’s implementing regulations went into effect on October 18, 2016. GVRA has been updating policies and procedures to adhere to the changes and improvements in services to individuals with disabilities.  One major tenant in the Act relates to services to students with disabilities (age 14 to 22) where GVRA will provide pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) to groups of students in secondary education and identified as being served on an IEP or 504 and who are therefore potentially eligible to receive pre-ETS.  Another major focus of the Act is to serve eligible youth with disabilities age 14 to 24 who are not in school or training and provide them with services that will lead to competitive employment. “      

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

Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disability Providers of State –Funded Developmental Disability Services Fiscal Year 2018 - 07/01/2017

~~“Supported Employment Services – Supported Employment Services are ongoing supports that enable individuals, for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely, absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports to work in an integrated work setting. Providers supporting any individual, who is not employed, shall have a minimum of two face-to-face contacts with the individual per month. The goal of each contact should reflect job development activities. Supported Employment Services are distinct from and do not occur at the same time of day as Community Access or Prevocational services.

The planned outcomes of Supported Employment Services are to increase the hours worked by each individual toward the goal of full-time employment (i.e., the goal of forty (40) hours per week) and to increase the wages of each individual toward the goal of increased financial independence. An individual does not have to be able to work full-time to receive Supported Employment Services because supported employment can be either full or part time work.Supported Employment services are based on the individual‘s needs, preferences, and informed choice. These services allow for flexibility in the amount of support an individual receives over time and as needed in various work sites.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Deal announces launch of Georgia STABLE - 06/14/2017

~~“June 14, 2017Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the launch of Georgia STABLE, a tax-free savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by the Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Corporation, established through legislation signed in 2016. The Georgia ABLE Act is modeled after the federal ABLE Act of 2014.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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HB 768 Handicapped persons; ABLE program establishment to use tax exempt accounts to pay for qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; provisions - 05/03/2016

“A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 30 of the O.C.G.A., relating to disabled persons, so as to provide for the establishment of a qualified ABLE program in this state to enable the contribution of funds to tax-exempt accounts to pay for the qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; to amend Code Section 48-7-27 of the O.C.G.A., relating to computation of taxable net income; to amend Code Section 50-13-2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the definitions for purposes of the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, so as to exclude the Georgia ABLE Program Corporation from the meaning of "agency"; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Georgia House Resolution 642 - 08/17/2015

 “WHEREAS, an ‘Employment First’ policy provides that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability, and that employment in the general workforce at or above the minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities.”   “WHEREAS, an Employment First policy established by the State of Georgia would require the collaboration of all involved state agencies, including the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Education, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Department of Community Health, in aligning their programs and resources to such end.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Developmental Disabilities “Announcements” - 08/24/2017

~~“There were significant changes to the COMP Waiver that occurred following approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March 2017.  As a result, the four fiscal support services agencies sent an information sheet with the following facts about the transition:

The changes that have occurred are as follows: •CLD has been removed•CLS has two new service codes, CL Basic and CL Extended•CL Basic is used for employees that work a shift of 2.75 hours or less•CL Extended is used for employees that work a shift of 3 or more hours•CLS received a 7.2% increase to the total funds allocated to CLS”

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency FY 2017-2019 Strategic Plan (FY 2018 Update) - 08/03/2017

~~“While the Agency’s mission of employment and independence for Georgian with Disabilities remains the same, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law in July 2014, brought changes to the way GVRA serves clients with disabilities. WIOA’s implementing regulations went into effect on October 18, 2016. GVRA has been updating policies and procedures to adhere to the changes and improvements in services to individuals with disabilities.  One major tenant in the Act relates to services to students with disabilities (age 14 to 22) where GVRA will provide pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) to groups of students in secondary education and identified as being served on an IEP or 504 and who are therefore potentially eligible to receive pre-ETS.  Another major focus of the Act is to serve eligible youth with disabilities age 14 to 24 who are not in school or training and provide them with services that will lead to competitive employment. “      

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

Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disability Providers of State –Funded Developmental Disability Services Fiscal Year 2018 - 07/01/2017

~~“Supported Employment Services – Supported Employment Services are ongoing supports that enable individuals, for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely, absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports to work in an integrated work setting. Providers supporting any individual, who is not employed, shall have a minimum of two face-to-face contacts with the individual per month. The goal of each contact should reflect job development activities. Supported Employment Services are distinct from and do not occur at the same time of day as Community Access or Prevocational services.

The planned outcomes of Supported Employment Services are to increase the hours worked by each individual toward the goal of full-time employment (i.e., the goal of forty (40) hours per week) and to increase the wages of each individual toward the goal of increased financial independence. An individual does not have to be able to work full-time to receive Supported Employment Services because supported employment can be either full or part time work.Supported Employment services are based on the individual‘s needs, preferences, and informed choice. These services allow for flexibility in the amount of support an individual receives over time and as needed in various work sites.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Deal announces launch of Georgia STABLE - 06/14/2017

~~“June 14, 2017Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the launch of Georgia STABLE, a tax-free savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by the Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Corporation, established through legislation signed in 2016. The Georgia ABLE Act is modeled after the federal ABLE Act of 2014.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

“Public Policy for the People: 13 February 2017” - 02/13/2017

~~“Besides GCDD's Public Policy Team trolling the halls of the Gold Dome to speak with legislators about the need for more DD Waivers and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, we have also hosted 2 advocacy days so far. On February 1st we spoke about the need for more DD Waiver funding and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education. …

Systems
  • Other

Limitations on Subminimum Wage - 02/08/2017

~~“Any individual hired into subminimum wage employment after July 22, 2016, must receive CC&IR services once every six months the first year of employment and annually thereafter. All individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, require CC&IR services once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. Employers should review any documents provided by the employee indicating that such counseling has been provided. The employer is required to verify the employee's completion of these services, and review and obtain any relevant documentation from the employee.

Under the WIOA amendments, employers are prohibited from compensating any individual with a disability who is 24 years of age or younger at subminimum wage, unless the individual has received documentation from GVRA upon completion of the following activities:

Pre-employment transition services or transition services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.Applied for vocational rehabilitation services, and the individual was determined:

Ineligible for vocational rehabilitation services.Eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, has an approved Individualized Plan for Employment, and the individual was unable to achieve an employment outcome in competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Brush up on GCDD’s 2017 Legislative Priorities” - 01/01/2017

~~“Employment FirstEmployment First means that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability. Under Employment First legislation, employment in the general workforce at or above minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities. Under Employment First policy, state agencies will need to re-align their policies and funding to prioritize employment for all working-age Georgians with disabilities.•Support legislation that addresses employment barriers for people with disabilities, makes Georgia an Employment First state, and prioritizes competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) – Budget AskIPSE provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access higher education. This education prepares them to live increasingly independent lives and pursue careers of their choice. Graduates from IPSE programs are more likely to find employment and earn 73% more than their peers who do not receive post-secondary education.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) “A New Focus on Transition: New Federal Regulations and New Initiatives Focus on Younger Clients” - 08/01/2016

“Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) initiative. Funded through a $4.7 million grant —stretched over five years — E3 is broken down into three components, and they follow the path of the student or young person as they prepare for a career. The first “Explore” phase encourages students and youth to begin exploring the world of work and possible career goals, learning about soft skills and how benefits work. The next phase, “Engage,” takes it a step further, allowing students to begin to participate in the world of work. In this phase, they’ll learn self-advocacy and the kind of skills that are required for different jobs. And the last phase, “Employ,” is broken down into two different phases in its own right. The first will focus on pre-employment services, preparing students to submit resumes and applications. The second looks at on-the-job accommodations, continuing education and the possibility of career advancement.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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“Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Gather to SOAR at Self-Employment Seminar” - 09/07/2017

~~“SOAR: A Pathway to Self-Employment seminar in August 2017 at the All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) Family Support Center in Decatur, Georgia.

The seminar was co-hosted by Synergies Work, Inc., a nonprofit that provides people with disabilities the supports to become financially independent as entrepreneurs and the Georgia Microboards Association (GMA), a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to people with disabilities and their families.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), behavioral health and community service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families attended the one-day seminar to learn how to successfully be self-employed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

GA Statewide Transition Steering Committee - Discovering Jobs Pilot Project

“The Statewide Transition Steering Committee…comprised of teachers and school vocational counselors, private employment representatives, other service providers, parents and advocacy groups, post-secondary and state agency representatives including VR…developed the Customized Supported Employment pilot project called Discovering Jobs: Linking Discovery to Employment that was launched in four counties. The on-going pilot utilizes a continuum of services and the Discovery process for students with significant cognitive disabilities as strategies to improve employment outcomes.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Mission

“The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is the state's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy.    “The GCDD works with legislators and advocacy groups to influence and support public policy that fosters a positive change in the way education, housing, workplace/careers and community living opportunities are made available to persons with developmental disabilities.”  

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Georgia’s Explore, Engage, Employ (E3) - 11/01/2017

~~“Georgia VR is implementing E3 (Explore, Engage, Employ) in 7 school districts to serve 3,000 students and youth.  E3 goals are to engage employers to customize existing career pathways and develop alternative pathways for students and out of school youth; involve families to increase youth participation, and utilize social media strategies to develop services and connect youth to career interests.  Partners include the Poses Family Foundation, GA Department of Education, Technical College System of Georgia, Center for Leadership in Disability, Parent to Parent of Georgia, Burton Blatt Institute and Jobs for the Future.

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

Georgia Department of Community Affairs “Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program – Housing for Persons with Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The State of Georgia was awarded $14.4 Million from HUD to provide long-term project-based rental assistance to persons with disabilities. The HUD 811 PRA grant will provide 484 units of housing that will be attached to new and existing tax-credit apartment developments around the state. The State of Georgia, through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has seized upon this exciting opportunity to expand its inventory of housing resources through the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program in furtherance of its commitment to provide integrated housing opportunities with support services to extremely low income persons with disabilities and their families.

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

Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) - 01/08/2016

"GVRA was recently awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to improve employment opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. E3 is designed to connect real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers.  E3 will work with GaDOE identified career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities.  The program will engage employers and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation.  The program impact is to change how organizations support independence, employment and career advancement of students and youth with disabilities. The initial rollout will be in five school districts in Georgia.”

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

Georgia Disability Employment Initiative

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) was awarded $2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative is a partnership between GDEcD and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). The initiative is designed to improve job placement rates for youth and adults with disabilities that live within two of the state’s 19 Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…"   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Money Follows the Person

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…“…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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GA Department of Behavioral Health & DD - Guide to Supported Employment - 04/25/2015

This Guide to Supported Employment was prepared by the Georgia Division of Developmental Disabilities Statewide Quality Improvement Council. It is intended to: Explain why employment is important; Illustrate through real examples the difference work makes in people’s lives; Answer common questions about pay and health benefits when you work and have an intellectual and/or developmental disability; and Provide information and resources on Supported Employment programs in Georgia.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)

~~“Currently, there is no planned face-to-face district leader training, via the RESAs, for support in completing the initial 2017-2018 CNA report. The GaDOE will deliver on-line training on the CNA process, as already outlined through its webinar series, and face-to-face regional trainings in May 10, 2017….

The GaDOE is currently developing a dedicated webpage on the GaDOE website that will house all resources and information related to the CNA process. The Office of School & District Effectiveness will hold trainings for select groups following a schedule available through their office.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Consulting/Technical Assistance

The IHDD is available for consultations and technical assistance with professionals, para-professionals, families and family members to create meaningful community activities that highlight people with disabilities and their families. IHDD has been highly sought to provide national consulting to train and develop new skills sets in Customized Employment and its associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Toolkit, as well as the Evidence-Based Individual Placement and Supports model of employment. 

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

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Customized Employment

This web resource defines Customized Employment with examples and provides an overview of the University’s Customized Employment Initiative. It includes sections: What is Customized Employment, Types of Customized Employment, and links to resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

University of GA, Institute on Human Development & Disability - WorkWorks Training

Through service, teaching, and research, the Institute on Human Development and Disability hopes to, “contribute to creating an environment where individuals with disabilities are independent and enjoy careers of choice.” Through WorkWorks, the institute offers a variety of training programs related to integrated employment opportunities for employment specialists and job coaches.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Justice Department Sues Georgia for Unnecessarily Segregating Students with Disabilities - 08/23/2016

The Lawsuit is the First Challenge to a State-Run School System for Segregating Students with Disabilities The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Systems
  • Department of Education

Justice Department Reaches Extension Agreement to Improve Georgia’s Development Disability and Mental Health System - 05/18/2016

The extension agreement builds upon a 2010 settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit brought by the department under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. The case involves Georgia’s provision of community services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Under the agreement, Georgia will help people with developmental disabilities move from its state hospitals to integrated settings, consistent with their needs and preferences; will identify and address each individual’s needs in the community prior to discharge; and will monitor services and track outcomes for people after their discharge. For individuals who have moved from the state hospitals to the community, Georgia will monitor their health and wellbeing to ensure that emerging needs are met in a timely fashion. The extension agreement also calls for creation of at least 675 new Medicaid home- and community-based waiver slots as alternatives to placement in a facility.

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

United States of America v. The State of Georgia, et al. Civil Action NO 1:10-CV-249-CAP - 10/19/2010

“To comply with this Settlement Agreement, the State shall provide the following services to individuals in the target population: … d. Supported Employment i. “Supported Employment will be operated according to an evidence-based supported employment model, and it will be assessed by an established fidelity scale such as the scale included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) supported tool kit” ii. Enrollment in congregate programs shall not constitute Supported Employment. iii. Pursuant to the following schedule, the State shall provide Supported Employment services to 550 individuals with SPMI by July 1, 2015 .

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
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“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“Effective March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings commonly referred to as the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule (Rule)… This document outlines Georgia’s transition plan, hereinafter called Statewide Transition Plan or STP. Georgia published its first STP in December 2014 as required by the Rule in correlation to a series of Home and Community Based Services 1915(c) waiver amendments.

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home-and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) including conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological disorders. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. Examples of services available in addition to core services described above include supported employment, respite, and behavioral and nutrition supports.”

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

Georgia “Homeless with Physical and Mental Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program is designed for individuals with a disability who are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income and between the ages of 18 and 61. Recently, HUD awarded the State of Georgia with $14.4 million to provide long-term rental assistance to individuals who meet these qualifications. In order to be considered for the program, the participant must be referred by either the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities or the State of Georgia Money Follows the Person program.

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

Georgia State Plan Amendments - 11/19/2015

All state plan amendments approved since 11/19/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Georgia HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings.  The new rules define settings that are not community-like and cannot be used to provide federally-funded home and community based services. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that people who live in the community and receive home and community based waiver services have opportunities to access their community and receive services in the most integrated settings.    Georgia submitted four 1915(c) waiver amendments within the first year of the effective date of the rule and was therefore required to develop a transition plan specific to each waiver to ensure the settings requirements are met.     
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Department of Community Health “New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)” - 11/20/2013

Overview The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) through the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Medical Assistance Plans. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes intellectual disability or other closely related conditions, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. There are more than 12,000 people with developmental disabilities who are served bty the NOW/COMP programs in Georgia.

Purpose The NOW waiver program offers services and supports to individuals to enable them to remain living in their own or family home and participate or live independently in the community

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

New Waiver Rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Georgia’s Transition Plan - 03/17/2013

Georgia has developed the following Transition Plan to follow in response to the new HCBS Settings Rule. This Statewide Transition Plan will present ways in which the State of Georgia will develop a tool(s) and implement evaluations of its home and community -based (HCBS) settings where 1915(c) waiver program services are currently available. It will also address methodologies used to maximize and enhance the public input process and ongoing compliance monitoring. If it is determined that there are settings that do not meet the final regulations’ HCBS settings requirements, such HCBS settings will be required to make changes that will bring them into compliance . “

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

GA Community Based Alternatives for Youth (01.R02.00) - 10/01/2012

"Provides behavioral assistance, care management, clinical services, respite, supported employment, community transition, customized goods and services, expressive clinical services, family peer support, financial support, waiver transportation, youth peer support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and w/SED ages 4-17."

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

Things are looking peachy for workers with disabilities in the great state of Georgia, where high expectations are on the horizon.

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 Georgia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
23.59%
Change from
2014 to 2015
13,214,860
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
657,996
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0%
Change from
2014 to 2015
200,764
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.51%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 9,992,167 10,097,343 13,214,860
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 673,255 678,219 657,996
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 212,246 200,764 200,764
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,918,782 4,037,399 4,145,481
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.53% 29.60% 30.51%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.53% 73.11% 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 7.20% 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.50% 24.20% 21.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 558,569 577,240 580,094
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 653,262 651,295 644,176
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 772,058 779,473 777,690
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 383,813 393,222 380,409
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 44,277 45,461 55,138
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,462 3,975 4,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 18,698 16,848 20,568
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,271 N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,783 21,904 23,906
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 9,720 11,842 16,233

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,774 5,938 6,488
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.50% 2.50% 2.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 283,114 285,394 285,889

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,293 10,043 15,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 58,574 49,561 46,821
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 128,822 118,972 112,177
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.40% 8.40% 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.30% 2.50% 2.90%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.80% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.50% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,082 2,248 2,653
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,600 2,562 2,670
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,305 2,550 2,680
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 5,082 4,313 4,929
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 6 29
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 1 20
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 38.00% 17.00% 69.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.03 0.01 0.20

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,499
4,420
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 183 230 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 164 405 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 422 689 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,199 1,996 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 481 942 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 50 158 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 19.80% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,577 7,314 9,312
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 432,608 437,897 441,114
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. 230 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $9,923,000 $9,133,000 $8,646,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $93,418,000 $102,893,000 $117,985,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $18,175,000 $19,688,000 $16,972,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 14.00% 13.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,093 5,084 4,580
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 12,030 11,901 12,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 27.30 26.20 23.60

 

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). 64.60% 64.88% 64.87%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.60% 14.50% 14.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.40% 2.02% 2.13%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.50% 94.98% 97.16%
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). 24.80% 24.78% 24.39%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 51.00% 53.64% 53.73%
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). 77.60% 79.95% 81.04%
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). 26.20% 28.85% 29.34%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,688,563
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,114
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 239,895
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,043,403
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,283,298
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 214
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,158
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,372
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,823,472
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,757,487

 

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

2015 2016 2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 61 63 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 62 64 28
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,442 3,483 1,040
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 5 5 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,447 3,488 1,040

 

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)

~~No specific disability related information found.  

Customized Employment

~~• Development of comprehensive array of service for the over 3,000 project participants in either a school or community, integrated setting: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) (including assessments for determining level of understanding career pathways selection for the participants); CAPI; and. customized employment to address the complexities of individualization. (Page 247)
DBHDD: GVRA has a formal MOU with DBHDD that utilizes the SE IPS model. This MOU covers both the behavioral health and developmental disabilities divisions of DBHDD to serve those individuals using Supported and Customized Employment.
This agreement allows VR services to collaborate statewide with a network of providers including CSBs for the provision of SES. These agencies prepare VR clients for permanent jobs through supported employment and complementary services. The CSBs provide a wide scope of outpatient, day, residential housing, and community-based services that include SE. The Memorandum of Understanding with DBHDD allows for improved coordination of efforts to serve those with the most significant disabilities. (Page 253)
1. Disability-Specific Topics (including Positive Behavioral Supports training for counselors who have clients with Most Significant Disabilities, Deaf Culture Literacy, and Individualized Placement and Support Training for Counselors Handling Clients with Severe & Persistent Mental Illness.
2. Customized Employment Training.
3. Case Management.
4. Eligibility for Services.
5. IPE Development.
6. Varying Types of Caseloads (including Supported Employment and Transition).
7. Values-based Training for Persons Working with Individuals with Disabilities.
8. Collaborative Training with School Personnel on Creative Individual Assessments.
9. Transition Resource Planning.
10. Road Map for Services Available to Georgians.
11. Job Development.
12. Employment Engagement Training (developing a work plan and work goal).
13. Compliance Training (including Sexual Harassment and Anti-Discrimination).
VR continues to identify current information from research, rehabilitation trends and professional resources. This information is provided to agency staff through a variety of methods, including training at the State, quadrant and local level. Most recently this training has been focused on Customized Employment. (Page 269)
Access to Supported Employment: There are concerns that there is both a paucity of Supported Employment Providers, and that from the supported employment providers’ perspective, SES are cost–prohibitive. Concerns regarding access to Supported Employment have highlighted the following needs for services expansion:
1. Increase in SES, especially for those individuals with significant disabilities. Many of these individuals have limited or no access to SES.
2. Increase in both services and actual Customized Employment opportunities.
3. Increase in the availability in specific skills training that is actually aligned with real jobs within the state and less on generic training. (Page 271)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Describe how the designated State unit will collaborate with the State agency responsible for administering each of the following programs to develop opportunities for competitive integrated employment, to the greatest extent practicable:
1. THE STATE MEDICAID PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT;
GVRA has established collaborative relationships with multiple State agencies in order to more efficiently and effectively assist individuals with disabilities in achieving employment in an integrated setting. In some cases, these collaborative relationships have been developed to enhance the working relationship between the VR program and other State agencies. Several of these relationships have been formalized through Interagency Cooperative Agreements that were described earlier in Sections (e) Cooperative Agreements with Private Nonprofit Organizations and (f) Arrangements and Cooperative Agreements for the Provision of SES. GVRA has identified other State agencies in which formal agreements need to be developed to support collaboration and seamless service delivery statewide. (Page 258)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.
Georgia’s One-Stop delivery system is focused on ensuring universal access across its workforce system. The State and its local partners, maintain compliance with the provisions of WIOA Section 188 which require programmatic and physical accessibility. Through monitoring performed at both the state and local level, Georgia ensures that all One-Stops are in compliance with Section 188 of WIOA, the ADA, and other applicable regulations. Individuals who seek to utilize Georgia’s workforce system can expect facilities, whether physical or virtual, to meet federally-mandated accessibility standards. In addition, the State maintains a Methods of Administration which details how compliance with WIOA Section 188 will be maintained. The Methods of Administration is a “living” document which ensures current federal regulations and directives are implemented at the state and local level as quickly as possible.
Separately, as a component of one-stop certification, the State collects a business plan from each LWDA which details how a new one-stop will satisfy accessibility requirements and the provisions of WIOA Section 188. In order to be certified, each comprehensive one-stop must satisfy the requisite federal criteria. This process ensures universal access to programmatic services and facilities are maintained across the state.
Moreover, the One-Stop Integration Working Group is identifying additional criteria which will be assessed during the one-stop certification process. This may lead to additional accessibility requirements being incorporated into the one-stop certification process. Through the One-Stop Integration Working Group, the State continues to prioritize programmatic and physical accessibility in the one-stop certification process. The One-Stop Integration Working Group will provide guidance and technical assistance to LWDBs prior to the completion of LWDB certification, prior to July 1, 2017. (Page 144-145)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~A key component of achieving the goal of increased participation in the workforce system is ensuring that the one-stop system provides services to individuals with barriers to employment. Each of Georgia’s core partners are working to reduce barriers to employment among the workforce population in support of this goal. Through their involvement in the WIOA implementation working groups, each partner has contributed to the conversation to ensure that the workforce system provides easy access for these targeted populations, and ensures that all services are available to help remove barriers to employment. Additionally, these partners have been integral in the development of sector partnerships in each of the twelve planning regions, contributing to the discussions as they develop pathways into high demand careers. One of the key issues that the sector partnerships will address is ensuring that the career pathways are accessible to individuals with barriers. In order to receive grant funding, regions will have to specifically address this issue. The Disability Employment Initiative is currently being piloted in two LWDAs to customize employment offerings to individuals with disabilities. The state has already begun to collect and distributed best practices from this initiative to other LWDAs. In addition to efforts such as Operation: Workforce; the State has also made available strategic grants to serve transitioning services members and their families, ex-offenders, and at-risk youth. These grants enable LWDAs to implement unique programming that will serve as models throughout the rest of the state. (Page 65)
The state has determined that one of the most effective strategies for serving Georgia’s special populations is through the provision of targeted grants using Governor’s reserve funding. The grants enable LWDAs to conduct pilot programs without using local formula funds. If service strategies for special populations are found to be successful, LWDAs are then able to integrate those strategies into their formula funded services. This alleviates much of the risk of building new programs while still promoting innovation. An example of this strategy was the state’s Ex-Offenders Pilot Program. Through this pilot, the State made a grant opportunity available to every LWDA that had a transition center within its geographic boundaries. To be awarded the grant, the LWDAs had to propose effective strategies that would be utilized to training individuals that resided within transition centers. The LWDAs had to choose training programs for occupations that were in-demand, paid a livable wage in the region, and were appropriate for an individual who did not have a clean background. The state assessed the proposal and awarded funds to the LWDAs with the most innovative plans. The pilots were highly successful and enabled LWDAs to enhance relationships with community partners and better serve ex-offenders. Beginning in calendar year 2016, the state plans to expand upon the successes of this grant, by awarding at least five special populations grants. The subject of the grants will coincide with the specified populations in the Governor’s vision. The state will work with the LWDAs to ensure consistent and innovative services are delivered through grants. (Page 77)
Georgia VR does not currently have any cooperative agreements with State programs carried out under section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. However, VR does work closely with the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program. Currently, Tools for Life loans equipment for clients to try prior to purchasing the equipment. Additionally, GVRA is one of the pilot sites for Tools for Life and the State ADA office to test equipment that is under consideration for purchase by the State. Tools for Life provides training to VR’s Assistive Work Technology team. (Page 245)
VR does not have cooperative agreements with non-educational agencies serving out-of-school youth. GVRA has partnered with DJJ to pilot a program with the YDC in Augusta. Through this pilot, GVRA worked with the mental health unit to develop an effective and efficient process for transitioning youth out of the facility and into employment or training opportunities upon their release. Additionally, the agency is finalizing a referral process by which the YDC will refer all youth whom they believe has a disability and may be appropriate for VR services.
GVRA has an established referral process with contracted service providers and strongly encourages them to refer out-of-school youth. The agency partners with Parent to Parent of Georgia, a non-profit organization that provides advocacy and training for families of children and youth with disabilities. Lastly, the agency is a participant in GaDOE-Coordinated Career Academic Education/Project Success and Career Technical Instruction grant which provides intervention support services to students from special populations enrolled in career, technical and agricultural education courses. (Page 246)
Developing and implementing a model transition demonstration project, and GVRA plans to use the current federal Georgia Career Pathways grant as an instrumental pilot to test and measure and duplicate those practices in collaboration with the local school districts that tend to be most effective in producing desired transition outcomes;
• Continuing to expand and establish multistate, regional and/or statewide partnership involving key stakeholders, agencies, organizations and businesses to improve the overall success of the PETS services; and
• Disseminating information and successful strategies that improve the overall success of the PETS services, especially as it relates to individuals of the traditionally underserved or unserved populations within Georgia. (Page 258)
As described in Section (c2) State Programs Carried Out under Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, GVRA works closely with the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program. Currently, Tools for Life loans equipment for clients to try prior to purchasing the equipment. Additionally, GVRA is one of the pilot sites for Tools for Life and the State ADA office to test equipment that is under consideration for purchase by the State. Tools for Life provides training to Georgia VR’s Assistive Work Technology team.
Internally, GVRA employs occupational therapists and rehabilitation engineers who provide assistive technology consultation and assist in equipment acquisition for those individuals with disabilities who are served by the agency. The idea of having a VR Counselor who works closely with the IPS SE program ensures these individuals are afforded proper access to Assistive Work Technology and sensory services. GVRA has plans to continue expanding sensory and AWT access through VR involvement with clients with sensory disabilities. (Page 287)
• Develop new and innovative services for both in-school and out-of-school career pathways. As a part of this, GVRA will utilize its current Georgia Career Pathways federal demonstration grant as the method to pilot new services that can be added to the array of PETS services. This will be done in collaboration with GaDOE, the individual local school district, and the local employers and businesses. For example, based on local employer involvement and feedback, GVRA may ask the local school district to tailor its current career pathway curriculum to fit the specific needs of the local employers, or may ask the school to include more opportunities for work-based learning, pre-apprenticeships, etc., especially for the PETS students. As new services are piloted, they will be evaluated and improved as needed, with a long range to roll out successful new services statewide. (Page 288)
GVRA and VR implemented a plan to increase the salaries of CRCs.
• VR collaborated with Kennesaw State University’s Inclusion Program to develop a cooperative agreement for a VR Counselor to be onsite to serve students with developmental disabilities.
• GVRA and VR collaborated with DBHDD to increase and enhance services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, and for those with developmental disabilities.
• VR collaborated with Bobby Dodd Industries, a CRP in Atlanta, to develop a pilot program targeting transition students with significant disabilities who typically drop out of the program after graduating from high school. This pilot will keep them involved through social media and online technology for job clubs and other activities leading to employment. (Page 292)
The primary strategy used by GVRA was the development of the formal MOU with DBHDD that has increased and enhanced services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and for those with developmental disabilities. In coordination with the Georgia DBHDD, GVRA also implemented an IPS pilot, which included cross-training among the staff of both agencies.
The Individual Placement and Supports-pilot model is a very specific type of Supported Employment with Behavioral Health at this time. The IPS approach assumes everyone can work with the right supports. The person decides when and how they want to go to work. There are no prerequisites (work adjustment, pre-vocational, sheltered, enclave, work evaluations, or otherwise) to go to work. Unlike other approaches, IPS-SE has been researched and proven to achieve higher rates of employment for people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Page 293)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Through the workforce system, the State will provide youth participants the opportunity to become involved in 14 required youth elements which are listed in the Youth program elements section:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence Based Dropout Prevention and Recovery Strategies can allow a participant to attain their secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent.
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Dropout Recovery Services show students alternative learning environments that focus on their skills, abilities, and learning style to prevent them from dropping out of school.
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences are structured learning programs that take place for a specific period.
4. Occupational Skills Training allows participants to become proficient in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at all different levels.
5. Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation integrates training and education.
6. Leadership Development includes the development of positive social and civic behaviors.
7. Supportive Services are in place to allow youth participants to partake in WIOA activities.
8. Adult Mentoring is a 12-month program that matches a youth participant with an adult that will guide the mentee.
9. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling gives youth participants the opportunity to meet with counselors for career and academic counseling.
10. Financial Literacy Education informs participants of smart financial decisions and habits.
11. Entrepreneurial Skills Training educates youth participants on the skills needed to start and maintain a small business.
12. Labor Market and Employment Information Services provide information about in-demand industry sectors.
13. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Postsecondary Education and Training allows for career exploration and research.
14. Follow-up Services are available to youth participants once they have exited the program. (Page 184)
Services are provided to eligible youth participants through a network of youth service providers, which are competitively procured by Georgia’s 19 LWDAs. Georgia is committed to providing, through LWDAs, the following required youth elements:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence based Drop-out Prevention and Recovery Strategies;
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Drop-out Recovery Services;
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences;
4. Occupational Skills Training;
5. Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation;
6. Leadership Development;
7. Supportive Services;
8. Adult Mentoring;
9. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling;
10. Financial Literacy Education;
11. Entrepreneurial Skills Training;
12. Labor Market and Employment Information Services;
13. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Post-secondary Education and Training; and
14. Follow-up Services. (Page 195)
 

Benefits

~~TAA coordinates and facilitates worker orientations to inform the workers about the benefits and services they may receive as well as the eligibility requirements associated with each benefit. The worker orientations often include LWDA representatives to provide guidance on demand occupations and available training in the LWDA. DOL staff assist workers with TAA registration and filing UI claims. (Page 162)
x. The Georgia SRC strongly supports amending current 361.45(c)(2) by adding a new paragraph (v) that would require a DSU to provide eligible individuals who are entitled to Social Security benefits under titles II or XVI of the Social Security Act, information on available assistance and supports available to them when entering the workforce (i.e., benefits planning and financial supports). (Page 239)
Non–Disability Specific Barriers: There is on–going feedback for assistance to address some of the non–disability specific barriers to employment such as transportation, disincentives through entitlement benefits, and lack of family support for employment. (Page 271)
 

School to Work Transition

~~Project SEARCH is only offered in a subset of communities across Georgia. The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, one-year, school-to-work program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that takes place entirely at the workplace. This innovative, business-led model of school-to-work transition features total workplace immersion, which facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction; career exploration; and hands-on, worksite-based training and support. The goal for each student is competitive employment. Project SEARCH was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and has been implemented at several sites in Georgia through a statewide initiative involving the collaborative effort of DoDD, a division of GVRA, area school systems, and several of Georgia’s leading employers. GVRA is working to add Project Search partners across the state to create more opportunities for youth with significant disabilities in obtaining real-life work experience that improves successful transitions from school to adult life. (Page 242)
ii. Goal II - Expand transition services to assist more students with disabilities to go from high school to work or post-secondary education/training. (Page 291)
 

Data Collection

~~The primary data collection and reporting system used by GVRA through the VR program is the Libera System 7 electronic case management system, and the data collected is specific to individuals served through the VR program. At the current time, neither the Libera System 7 case management system, nor its data, is integrated with all the programs and activities present in the one-stop centers. (Page 117)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Through the workforce system, the State will provide youth participants the opportunity to become involved in 14 required youth elements which are listed in the Youth program elements section:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence Based Dropout Prevention and Recovery Strategies can allow a participant to attain their secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent.
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Dropout Recovery Services show students alternative learning environments that focus on their skills, abilities, and learning style to prevent them from dropping out of school.
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences are structured learning programs that take place for a specific period.
4. Occupational Skills Training allows participants to become proficient in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at all different levels. (5) Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation integrates training and education.
5. Leadership Development includes the development of positive social and civic behaviors.
6. Supportive Services are in place to allow youth participants to partake in WIOA activities.
7. Adult Mentoring is a 12-month program that matches a youth participant with an adult that will guide the mentee.
8. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling gives youth participants the opportunity to meet with counselors for career and academic counseling.
9. Financial Literacy Education informs participants of smart financial decisions and habits.
10. Entrepreneurial Skills Training educates youth participants on the skills needed to start and maintain a small business.
11. Labor Market and Employment Information Services provide information about in-demand industry sectors.
12. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Postsecondary Education and Training allows for career exploration and research.
13. Follow-up Services are available to youth participants once they have exited the program. (Page 184)
 

Career Pathways

~~GVRA has a strong statewide presence with offices located in urban and rural areas to provide vocational rehabilitation services to assist in the workforce development of individuals with disabilities. GVRA intends to focus on both youth with disabilities and students with disabilities to better prepare them to become an integral part of Georgia’s workforce. GVRA plans to offer an array of transition services to every public school district in the state with these services focused on assisting students with disabilities to either continue on to a post-secondary education or into a career pathway that is based on the specific skill requirements of Georgia’s employers. GVRA plans to conduct outreach activities to identify and attract those youth with disabilities who are not in school to participate in community-based alternative career pathways that are also based on the specific skill requirements of Georgia’s employers; or if appropriate, assist these youth in returning to school, either secondary or post-secondary. (Page 61)
Finally, GVRA has partnered with the Department of Education (DOE) in the current federal career pathways demonstration grant to expand transition services to students with disabilities and out-of-school youth that lead to real jobs in their communities. As a part of this partnership, GVRA intends to offer an array of transition services to the 50 intensive school districts identified by DOE as part of DOE’s state systemic improvement plan (SSIP).(Page 78)
Youth with Disabilities
Georgia’s one-stop system engages youth in customized career pathways and SES through collaborative partnerships between VR and other core partner programs in the one-stop system. Georgia recently developed a strategic initiative to expand and improve VR services for youth with disabilities who are either in-school or out-of-school. The purpose of this initiative is to braid existing and new resources to offer a robust, comprehensive array of VR services to all schools. Current VR program policies and procedures are being reviewed and amended to reflect this new way of doing business. The plan includes the provision of pre-employment transition services and timely development and approval of an individualized plan for employment for each youth served. One subset of the proposed plan to expand and improve VR services is a newly awarded, five-year demonstration project entitled “Georgia Pathways to Work” funded through the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration.
The proposed Georgia Pathways to Work program aims to significantly change the way GVRA does business statewide in transitioning students and youth with disabilities in partnership with the core program partners, GaDOE, as wells as local employers. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as HDCI to ensure responsiveness to the known workforce demands in Georgia, as well as supporting their efforts to better engage those with disabilities. The overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive integrated employment through improving the 18 existing career pathways for students with disabilities, and creating community-based alternative career pathways for out-of-school youth. (Page 104)
1. Provide the vision and mission of the program or organization. Please include a description of the population that the program will serve, including how the program will meet the needs of persons with barriers to employment (e.g. Displaced Homemaker, Low-income Individual, Individuals with Disabilities, Single Parents, and other individuals as described in the law).
2. Provide a description (and supporting documents, when available) of the program’s implementation of career pathways system as well as any cooperative agreements/contracts that the program has with other agencies and service providers for the delivery of adult education and literacy activities. Also, describe ways in which the program coordinates with other service providers to provide wrap-around services to participants (e.g. child care, transportation). (Page 221)
• The depth, intensity, and rigor of the programs and activities offered by the eligible provider. The proposed program must incorporate the basic tenets of reading instruction. Attention will be given to the extent to which the eligible provider incorporates stringent research in the grant proposal submission and the development of the literacy program itself;
• The extent to which the eligible provider’s program is based on intense research and best practices;
• The extent to which the eligible provider demonstrates the effective use of technology for instruction, to include distance education, toward students’ improved performance;
• The eligible provider’s demonstrated integration of contextualized instruction, to blend literacy skills, and preparation for transition to post-secondary education or entry into the workplace. Particular attention will be given to implementation of a career pathways system, activities that promote and lead to economic self-sufficiency, and the ability to exercise the full rights of citizenship; (Page 222)
The GVRA Executive Director provided an update to SRC members for their meeting in October on actions the agency has taken to implement WIOA recommendations for expanding and enhancing services for youth with disabilities. This work includes the receipt of two new federal grant awards:
1. U.S. Department of Labor, ETA’s Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements: awarded directly to WFD in partnership with GVRA that focuses on the Georgia Disability Employment Initiative, Customized Career Pathways.
2. U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Demonstration and Training: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, Georgia Pathways to Work: awarded directly to GVRA that focuses on career pathways for youth with disabilities who are in school or out-of-school. In addition, GVRA has appointed a Director of Transition Services. This new position emphasizes the importance and significance of services to youth with disabilities before they leave high school. All of these activities are very innovative in preparing high school students with disabilities for competitive employment. The Council would like to see these programs expanded throughout the state as part of VR transition services. (Page 240)
Georgia Pathways to Work will change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as Go Build Georgia and HDCI to be responsive to the known market demands for careers in Georgia, as well as supporting employer efforts to more effectively engage Georgians with disabilities. Furthermore, the overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive, integrated employment through existing and customized pathways. Additionally, this demonstration project will be implemented to increase the average weekly wage and employer benefits of participants in each occupational cluster through successful completion of career pathways.
GVRA will develop policies that address the WIOA requirements, ensure coordination of services with GaDOE, and meet the needs of youth with disabilities in and out-of-school. VR program’s current transition policies are as follows: (Page 248)
In collaboration with GaDOE, Burton Blatt Institute, and Poses Family Foundation, GVRA is customizing the landscape of career pathways for young Georgians with disabilities. The Georgia Pathways to Work program- E3: Explore, Engage, Employ- connects real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers in their individual communities. The purpose of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to improve the 18 existing career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities. The program will engage employers in the model design and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation. The project impact is to change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. (Page 247)
• Development of comprehensive array of service for the over 3,000 project participants in either a school or community, integrated setting: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) (including assessments for determining level of understanding career pathways selection for the participants); CAPI; and. customized employment to address the complexities of individualization. (Page 247)
Georgia Pathways to Work will change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as Go Build Georgia and HDCI to be responsive to the known market demands for careers in Georgia, as well as supporting employer efforts to more effectively engage Georgians with disabilities. Furthermore, the overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive, integrated employment through existing and customized pathways. Additionally, this demonstration project will be implemented to increase the average weekly wage and employer benefits of participants in each occupational cluster through successful completion of career pathways.
GVRA will develop policies that address the WIOA requirements, ensure coordination of services with GaDOE, and meet the needs of youth with disabilities in and out-of-school. VR program’s current transition policies are as follows:
I.   THE VR CSPM STATES THAT TRANSITION SERVICES ARE TO BE PROVIDED TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES THAT FACILITATE THE TRANSITION FROM THE RECEIPT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES IN SECONDARY SCHOOL TO THE RECEIPT OF VR SERVICES ORIENTED TOWARD AN EMPLOYMENT OUTCOME (CSPM 450.1.02). (Page 248)
WFD: GVRA has partnered with WFD to engage youth in customized career pathways and supported employment. This work is funded through the USDOL ETA Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements. (Page 253)
i.   Implementing the Georgia Pathways to Work grant. As described in Section (d) Coordination with Education Officials, GVRA was awarded a grant through the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration. The Georgia Pathways to Work will significantly change the way GVRA does business statewide in transitioning students and youth with disabilities in partnership with GaDOE, WFD, and local businesses and employers. The focus of this proposed model will be to increase access for students with disabilities to the existing high school career pathways, as well as customizing those existing career pathways for students with disabilities, and creating community-based alternative career pathways for those youth who are not in school. (Page 258)
Based on the feedback that GVRA has received, there were some common statewide needs identified for youth and students with disabilities. These include:
1. Increase and enhance transition services overall, especially to younger students, ages 14-16.
2. Improve the quality of GVRA’s transitional staff who are provided to the local school districts to ensure greater consistency of services.
3. Expand the array of transition services made available to schools.
4. Develop outreach efforts that engage youth with disabilities who have dropped out of school.
5. Improve alignment of GVRA’s transition services with the needs of the local school districts.
6. Improve alignment of the VR program’s training programs with the GaDOE’s occupational clusters and career pathways. (Page 273)
iii.  Develop and implement a career pathway model of services for both in-school students and out-of-school youth that will include Vocational Rehabilitation services that are aligned with the current GaDOE’s Occupational Clusters and curriculum-based career pathways; as well as alternative integrated community-based career pathways for those youth who are not in school.
iv.  Partner with GaDOE, TCSG and USG to develop collaborative arrangements that improve the transition from high school to post-secondary education for students with disabilities. (Page 278)
• Transform how GVRA and the VR services focus on youth and students with disabilities by integrating services agency-wide to make this population the highest focus.
• Partner with GaDOE to increase and deliver a comprehensive array of transitional services to every school district within the state, including a special focus on career pathways and customized career pathways.
• Develop a concentrated outreach effort to identify youth with disabilities that are not enrolled in school, and make the same robust services available to them.
• Partner with the existing VR provider network to create community-based career pathways for youth not enrolled in school.
• Partner with both TCSG and USG to improve post-secondary transition.
Strategies:
• Develop formal third-party agreements with local employers to contribute to all career pathways available to youth with disabilities, both in school and out of school. (Page 286)
GVRA’s goal to improve and expand VR services for students with disabilities by the following:
• Develop and offer a comprehensive array of services to all school districts statewide. Specifically, GVRA will develop all 5 required PETS activities, as well as the 9 authorized activities as may be needed, and offer those to every school district in the state of Georgia. These will include services that are VR Program-provided, as well as services provided through the VR provider network. GVRA’s goal is to establish a minimum number of PETS services offered and provided to each school district within the state. Then as these PETS services are provided, the services will be continually evaluated and changed for improvements that produce the best outcomes, either competitive employment or postsecondary education and training. Where there is a paucity of such PETS services in particular geographic areas of the state, GVRA will solicit both new service providers and/or new services to ensure the minimum of necessary PETS services. It should be noted that all PETS services statewide will also offer both during school and after school hours of availability; and GVRA will work collaboratively with each local school district to best fit the services to the community.
• Develop new and innovative services for both in-school and out-of-school career pathways. As a part of this, GVRA will utilize its current Georgia Career Pathways federal demonstration grant as the method to pilot new services that can be added to the array of PETS services. This will be done in collaboration with GaDOE, the individual local school district, and the local employers and businesses. For example, based on local employer involvement and feedback, GVRA may ask the local school district to tailor its current career pathway curriculum to fit the specific needs of the local employers, or may ask the school to include more opportunities for work-based learning, pre-apprenticeships, etc., especially for the PETS students. As new services are piloted, they will be evaluated and improved as needed, with a long range to roll out successful new services statewide. (Page 288)
 

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 303)

Policies and Initiatives

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Georgia’s Explore, Engage, Employ (E3) - 11/01/2017

~~“Georgia VR is implementing E3 (Explore, Engage, Employ) in 7 school districts to serve 3,000 students and youth.  E3 goals are to engage employers to customize existing career pathways and develop alternative pathways for students and out of school youth; involve families to increase youth participation, and utilize social media strategies to develop services and connect youth to career interests.  Partners include the Poses Family Foundation, GA Department of Education, Technical College System of Georgia, Center for Leadership in Disability, Parent to Parent of Georgia, Burton Blatt Institute and Jobs for the Future.

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

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

“Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Gather to SOAR at Self-Employment Seminar” - 09/07/2017

~~“SOAR: A Pathway to Self-Employment seminar in August 2017 at the All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) Family Support Center in Decatur, Georgia.

The seminar was co-hosted by Synergies Work, Inc., a nonprofit that provides people with disabilities the supports to become financially independent as entrepreneurs and the Georgia Microboards Association (GMA), a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to people with disabilities and their families.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), behavioral health and community service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families attended the one-day seminar to learn how to successfully be self-employed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Developmental Disabilities “Announcements” - 08/24/2017

~~“There were significant changes to the COMP Waiver that occurred following approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March 2017.  As a result, the four fiscal support services agencies sent an information sheet with the following facts about the transition:

The changes that have occurred are as follows: •CLD has been removed•CLS has two new service codes, CL Basic and CL Extended•CL Basic is used for employees that work a shift of 2.75 hours or less•CL Extended is used for employees that work a shift of 3 or more hours•CLS received a 7.2% increase to the total funds allocated to CLS”

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency FY 2017-2019 Strategic Plan (FY 2018 Update) - 08/03/2017

~~“While the Agency’s mission of employment and independence for Georgian with Disabilities remains the same, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law in July 2014, brought changes to the way GVRA serves clients with disabilities. WIOA’s implementing regulations went into effect on October 18, 2016. GVRA has been updating policies and procedures to adhere to the changes and improvements in services to individuals with disabilities.  One major tenant in the Act relates to services to students with disabilities (age 14 to 22) where GVRA will provide pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) to groups of students in secondary education and identified as being served on an IEP or 504 and who are therefore potentially eligible to receive pre-ETS.  Another major focus of the Act is to serve eligible youth with disabilities age 14 to 24 who are not in school or training and provide them with services that will lead to competitive employment. “      

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

Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disability Providers of State –Funded Developmental Disability Services Fiscal Year 2018 - 07/01/2017

~~“Supported Employment Services – Supported Employment Services are ongoing supports that enable individuals, for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely, absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports to work in an integrated work setting. Providers supporting any individual, who is not employed, shall have a minimum of two face-to-face contacts with the individual per month. The goal of each contact should reflect job development activities. Supported Employment Services are distinct from and do not occur at the same time of day as Community Access or Prevocational services.

The planned outcomes of Supported Employment Services are to increase the hours worked by each individual toward the goal of full-time employment (i.e., the goal of forty (40) hours per week) and to increase the wages of each individual toward the goal of increased financial independence. An individual does not have to be able to work full-time to receive Supported Employment Services because supported employment can be either full or part time work.Supported Employment services are based on the individual‘s needs, preferences, and informed choice. These services allow for flexibility in the amount of support an individual receives over time and as needed in various work sites.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Deal announces launch of Georgia STABLE - 06/14/2017

~~“June 14, 2017Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the launch of Georgia STABLE, a tax-free savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by the Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Corporation, established through legislation signed in 2016. The Georgia ABLE Act is modeled after the federal ABLE Act of 2014.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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HB 768 Handicapped persons; ABLE program establishment to use tax exempt accounts to pay for qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; provisions - 05/03/2016

“A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 30 of the O.C.G.A., relating to disabled persons, so as to provide for the establishment of a qualified ABLE program in this state to enable the contribution of funds to tax-exempt accounts to pay for the qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; to amend Code Section 48-7-27 of the O.C.G.A., relating to computation of taxable net income; to amend Code Section 50-13-2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the definitions for purposes of the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, so as to exclude the Georgia ABLE Program Corporation from the meaning of "agency"; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Georgia House Resolution 642 - 08/17/2015

 “WHEREAS, an ‘Employment First’ policy provides that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability, and that employment in the general workforce at or above the minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities.”   “WHEREAS, an Employment First policy established by the State of Georgia would require the collaboration of all involved state agencies, including the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Education, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Department of Community Health, in aligning their programs and resources to such end.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Developmental Disabilities “Announcements” - 08/24/2017

~~“There were significant changes to the COMP Waiver that occurred following approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March 2017.  As a result, the four fiscal support services agencies sent an information sheet with the following facts about the transition:

The changes that have occurred are as follows: •CLD has been removed•CLS has two new service codes, CL Basic and CL Extended•CL Basic is used for employees that work a shift of 2.75 hours or less•CL Extended is used for employees that work a shift of 3 or more hours•CLS received a 7.2% increase to the total funds allocated to CLS”

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency FY 2017-2019 Strategic Plan (FY 2018 Update) - 08/03/2017

~~“While the Agency’s mission of employment and independence for Georgian with Disabilities remains the same, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law in July 2014, brought changes to the way GVRA serves clients with disabilities. WIOA’s implementing regulations went into effect on October 18, 2016. GVRA has been updating policies and procedures to adhere to the changes and improvements in services to individuals with disabilities.  One major tenant in the Act relates to services to students with disabilities (age 14 to 22) where GVRA will provide pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) to groups of students in secondary education and identified as being served on an IEP or 504 and who are therefore potentially eligible to receive pre-ETS.  Another major focus of the Act is to serve eligible youth with disabilities age 14 to 24 who are not in school or training and provide them with services that will lead to competitive employment. “      

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

Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disability Providers of State –Funded Developmental Disability Services Fiscal Year 2018 - 07/01/2017

~~“Supported Employment Services – Supported Employment Services are ongoing supports that enable individuals, for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely, absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports to work in an integrated work setting. Providers supporting any individual, who is not employed, shall have a minimum of two face-to-face contacts with the individual per month. The goal of each contact should reflect job development activities. Supported Employment Services are distinct from and do not occur at the same time of day as Community Access or Prevocational services.

The planned outcomes of Supported Employment Services are to increase the hours worked by each individual toward the goal of full-time employment (i.e., the goal of forty (40) hours per week) and to increase the wages of each individual toward the goal of increased financial independence. An individual does not have to be able to work full-time to receive Supported Employment Services because supported employment can be either full or part time work.Supported Employment services are based on the individual‘s needs, preferences, and informed choice. These services allow for flexibility in the amount of support an individual receives over time and as needed in various work sites.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Deal announces launch of Georgia STABLE - 06/14/2017

~~“June 14, 2017Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the launch of Georgia STABLE, a tax-free savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by the Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Corporation, established through legislation signed in 2016. The Georgia ABLE Act is modeled after the federal ABLE Act of 2014.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

“Public Policy for the People: 13 February 2017” - 02/13/2017

~~“Besides GCDD's Public Policy Team trolling the halls of the Gold Dome to speak with legislators about the need for more DD Waivers and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, we have also hosted 2 advocacy days so far. On February 1st we spoke about the need for more DD Waiver funding and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education. …

Systems
  • Other

Limitations on Subminimum Wage - 02/08/2017

~~“Any individual hired into subminimum wage employment after July 22, 2016, must receive CC&IR services once every six months the first year of employment and annually thereafter. All individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, require CC&IR services once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. Employers should review any documents provided by the employee indicating that such counseling has been provided. The employer is required to verify the employee's completion of these services, and review and obtain any relevant documentation from the employee.

Under the WIOA amendments, employers are prohibited from compensating any individual with a disability who is 24 years of age or younger at subminimum wage, unless the individual has received documentation from GVRA upon completion of the following activities:

Pre-employment transition services or transition services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.Applied for vocational rehabilitation services, and the individual was determined:

Ineligible for vocational rehabilitation services.Eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, has an approved Individualized Plan for Employment, and the individual was unable to achieve an employment outcome in competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Brush up on GCDD’s 2017 Legislative Priorities” - 01/01/2017

~~“Employment FirstEmployment First means that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability. Under Employment First legislation, employment in the general workforce at or above minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities. Under Employment First policy, state agencies will need to re-align their policies and funding to prioritize employment for all working-age Georgians with disabilities.•Support legislation that addresses employment barriers for people with disabilities, makes Georgia an Employment First state, and prioritizes competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) – Budget AskIPSE provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access higher education. This education prepares them to live increasingly independent lives and pursue careers of their choice. Graduates from IPSE programs are more likely to find employment and earn 73% more than their peers who do not receive post-secondary education.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) “A New Focus on Transition: New Federal Regulations and New Initiatives Focus on Younger Clients” - 08/01/2016

“Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) initiative. Funded through a $4.7 million grant —stretched over five years — E3 is broken down into three components, and they follow the path of the student or young person as they prepare for a career. The first “Explore” phase encourages students and youth to begin exploring the world of work and possible career goals, learning about soft skills and how benefits work. The next phase, “Engage,” takes it a step further, allowing students to begin to participate in the world of work. In this phase, they’ll learn self-advocacy and the kind of skills that are required for different jobs. And the last phase, “Employ,” is broken down into two different phases in its own right. The first will focus on pre-employment services, preparing students to submit resumes and applications. The second looks at on-the-job accommodations, continuing education and the possibility of career advancement.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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“Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Gather to SOAR at Self-Employment Seminar” - 09/07/2017

~~“SOAR: A Pathway to Self-Employment seminar in August 2017 at the All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) Family Support Center in Decatur, Georgia.

The seminar was co-hosted by Synergies Work, Inc., a nonprofit that provides people with disabilities the supports to become financially independent as entrepreneurs and the Georgia Microboards Association (GMA), a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to people with disabilities and their families.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), behavioral health and community service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families attended the one-day seminar to learn how to successfully be self-employed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

GA Statewide Transition Steering Committee - Discovering Jobs Pilot Project

“The Statewide Transition Steering Committee…comprised of teachers and school vocational counselors, private employment representatives, other service providers, parents and advocacy groups, post-secondary and state agency representatives including VR…developed the Customized Supported Employment pilot project called Discovering Jobs: Linking Discovery to Employment that was launched in four counties. The on-going pilot utilizes a continuum of services and the Discovery process for students with significant cognitive disabilities as strategies to improve employment outcomes.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Mission

“The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is the state's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy.    “The GCDD works with legislators and advocacy groups to influence and support public policy that fosters a positive change in the way education, housing, workplace/careers and community living opportunities are made available to persons with developmental disabilities.”  

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Georgia’s Explore, Engage, Employ (E3) - 11/01/2017

~~“Georgia VR is implementing E3 (Explore, Engage, Employ) in 7 school districts to serve 3,000 students and youth.  E3 goals are to engage employers to customize existing career pathways and develop alternative pathways for students and out of school youth; involve families to increase youth participation, and utilize social media strategies to develop services and connect youth to career interests.  Partners include the Poses Family Foundation, GA Department of Education, Technical College System of Georgia, Center for Leadership in Disability, Parent to Parent of Georgia, Burton Blatt Institute and Jobs for the Future.

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

Georgia Department of Community Affairs “Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program – Housing for Persons with Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The State of Georgia was awarded $14.4 Million from HUD to provide long-term project-based rental assistance to persons with disabilities. The HUD 811 PRA grant will provide 484 units of housing that will be attached to new and existing tax-credit apartment developments around the state. The State of Georgia, through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has seized upon this exciting opportunity to expand its inventory of housing resources through the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program in furtherance of its commitment to provide integrated housing opportunities with support services to extremely low income persons with disabilities and their families.

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

Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) - 01/08/2016

"GVRA was recently awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to improve employment opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. E3 is designed to connect real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers.  E3 will work with GaDOE identified career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities.  The program will engage employers and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation.  The program impact is to change how organizations support independence, employment and career advancement of students and youth with disabilities. The initial rollout will be in five school districts in Georgia.”

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

Georgia Disability Employment Initiative

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) was awarded $2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative is a partnership between GDEcD and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). The initiative is designed to improve job placement rates for youth and adults with disabilities that live within two of the state’s 19 Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…"   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Money Follows the Person

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…“…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations
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GA Department of Behavioral Health & DD - Guide to Supported Employment - 04/25/2015

This Guide to Supported Employment was prepared by the Georgia Division of Developmental Disabilities Statewide Quality Improvement Council. It is intended to: Explain why employment is important; Illustrate through real examples the difference work makes in people’s lives; Answer common questions about pay and health benefits when you work and have an intellectual and/or developmental disability; and Provide information and resources on Supported Employment programs in Georgia.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)

~~“Currently, there is no planned face-to-face district leader training, via the RESAs, for support in completing the initial 2017-2018 CNA report. The GaDOE will deliver on-line training on the CNA process, as already outlined through its webinar series, and face-to-face regional trainings in May 10, 2017….

The GaDOE is currently developing a dedicated webpage on the GaDOE website that will house all resources and information related to the CNA process. The Office of School & District Effectiveness will hold trainings for select groups following a schedule available through their office.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Consulting/Technical Assistance

The IHDD is available for consultations and technical assistance with professionals, para-professionals, families and family members to create meaningful community activities that highlight people with disabilities and their families. IHDD has been highly sought to provide national consulting to train and develop new skills sets in Customized Employment and its associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Toolkit, as well as the Evidence-Based Individual Placement and Supports model of employment. 

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

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Customized Employment

This web resource defines Customized Employment with examples and provides an overview of the University’s Customized Employment Initiative. It includes sections: What is Customized Employment, Types of Customized Employment, and links to resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

University of GA, Institute on Human Development & Disability - WorkWorks Training

Through service, teaching, and research, the Institute on Human Development and Disability hopes to, “contribute to creating an environment where individuals with disabilities are independent and enjoy careers of choice.” Through WorkWorks, the institute offers a variety of training programs related to integrated employment opportunities for employment specialists and job coaches.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Justice Department Sues Georgia for Unnecessarily Segregating Students with Disabilities - 08/23/2016

The Lawsuit is the First Challenge to a State-Run School System for Segregating Students with Disabilities The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Systems
  • Department of Education

Justice Department Reaches Extension Agreement to Improve Georgia’s Development Disability and Mental Health System - 05/18/2016

The extension agreement builds upon a 2010 settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit brought by the department under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. The case involves Georgia’s provision of community services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Under the agreement, Georgia will help people with developmental disabilities move from its state hospitals to integrated settings, consistent with their needs and preferences; will identify and address each individual’s needs in the community prior to discharge; and will monitor services and track outcomes for people after their discharge. For individuals who have moved from the state hospitals to the community, Georgia will monitor their health and wellbeing to ensure that emerging needs are met in a timely fashion. The extension agreement also calls for creation of at least 675 new Medicaid home- and community-based waiver slots as alternatives to placement in a facility.

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

United States of America v. The State of Georgia, et al. Civil Action NO 1:10-CV-249-CAP - 10/19/2010

“To comply with this Settlement Agreement, the State shall provide the following services to individuals in the target population: … d. Supported Employment i. “Supported Employment will be operated according to an evidence-based supported employment model, and it will be assessed by an established fidelity scale such as the scale included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) supported tool kit” ii. Enrollment in congregate programs shall not constitute Supported Employment. iii. Pursuant to the following schedule, the State shall provide Supported Employment services to 550 individuals with SPMI by July 1, 2015 .

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
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“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“Effective March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings commonly referred to as the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule (Rule)… This document outlines Georgia’s transition plan, hereinafter called Statewide Transition Plan or STP. Georgia published its first STP in December 2014 as required by the Rule in correlation to a series of Home and Community Based Services 1915(c) waiver amendments.

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home-and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) including conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological disorders. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. Examples of services available in addition to core services described above include supported employment, respite, and behavioral and nutrition supports.”

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

Georgia “Homeless with Physical and Mental Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program is designed for individuals with a disability who are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income and between the ages of 18 and 61. Recently, HUD awarded the State of Georgia with $14.4 million to provide long-term rental assistance to individuals who meet these qualifications. In order to be considered for the program, the participant must be referred by either the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities or the State of Georgia Money Follows the Person program.

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

Georgia State Plan Amendments - 11/19/2015

All state plan amendments approved since 11/19/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Georgia HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings.  The new rules define settings that are not community-like and cannot be used to provide federally-funded home and community based services. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that people who live in the community and receive home and community based waiver services have opportunities to access their community and receive services in the most integrated settings.    Georgia submitted four 1915(c) waiver amendments within the first year of the effective date of the rule and was therefore required to develop a transition plan specific to each waiver to ensure the settings requirements are met.     
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Department of Community Health “New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)” - 11/20/2013

Overview The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) through the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Medical Assistance Plans. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes intellectual disability or other closely related conditions, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. There are more than 12,000 people with developmental disabilities who are served bty the NOW/COMP programs in Georgia.

Purpose The NOW waiver program offers services and supports to individuals to enable them to remain living in their own or family home and participate or live independently in the community

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

New Waiver Rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Georgia’s Transition Plan - 03/17/2013

Georgia has developed the following Transition Plan to follow in response to the new HCBS Settings Rule. This Statewide Transition Plan will present ways in which the State of Georgia will develop a tool(s) and implement evaluations of its home and community -based (HCBS) settings where 1915(c) waiver program services are currently available. It will also address methodologies used to maximize and enhance the public input process and ongoing compliance monitoring. If it is determined that there are settings that do not meet the final regulations’ HCBS settings requirements, such HCBS settings will be required to make changes that will bring them into compliance . “

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

GA Community Based Alternatives for Youth (01.R02.00) - 10/01/2012

"Provides behavioral assistance, care management, clinical services, respite, supported employment, community transition, customized goods and services, expressive clinical services, family peer support, financial support, waiver transportation, youth peer support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and w/SED ages 4-17."

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

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Snapshot

Things are looking peachy for workers with disabilities in the great state of Georgia, where high expectations are on the horizon.

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 Georgia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
23.59%
Change from
2014 to 2015
13,214,860
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
657,996
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0%
Change from
2014 to 2015
200,764
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.51%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 9,992,167 10,097,343 13,214,860
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 673,255 678,219 657,996
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 212,246 200,764 200,764
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,918,782 4,037,399 4,145,481
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.53% 29.60% 30.51%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.53% 73.11% 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 7.20% 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.50% 24.20% 21.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 558,569 577,240 580,094
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 653,262 651,295 644,176
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 772,058 779,473 777,690
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 383,813 393,222 380,409
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 44,277 45,461 55,138
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,462 3,975 4,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 18,698 16,848 20,568
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,271 N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,783 21,904 23,906
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 9,720 11,842 16,233

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,774 5,938 6,488
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.50% 2.50% 2.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 283,114 285,394 285,889

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,293 10,043 15,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 58,574 49,561 46,821
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 128,822 118,972 112,177
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.40% 8.40% 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.30% 2.50% 2.90%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.80% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.50% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,082 2,248 2,653
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,600 2,562 2,670
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,305 2,550 2,680
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 5,082 4,313 4,929
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 6 29
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 1 20
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 38.00% 17.00% 69.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.03 0.01 0.20

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,499
4,420
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 183 230 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 164 405 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 422 689 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,199 1,996 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 481 942 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 50 158 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 19.80% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,577 7,314 9,312
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 432,608 437,897 441,114
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. 230 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $9,923,000 $9,133,000 $8,646,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $93,418,000 $102,893,000 $117,985,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $18,175,000 $19,688,000 $16,972,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 14.00% 13.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,093 5,084 4,580
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 12,030 11,901 12,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 27.30 26.20 23.60

 

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). 64.60% 64.88% 64.87%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.60% 14.50% 14.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.40% 2.02% 2.13%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.50% 94.98% 97.16%
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). 24.80% 24.78% 24.39%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 51.00% 53.64% 53.73%
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). 77.60% 79.95% 81.04%
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). 26.20% 28.85% 29.34%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,688,563
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,114
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 239,895
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,043,403
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,283,298
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 214
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,158
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,372
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,823,472
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,757,487

 

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

2015 2016 2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 61 63 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 62 64 28
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,442 3,483 1,040
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 5 5 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,447 3,488 1,040

 

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)

~~No specific disability related information found.  

Customized Employment

~~• Development of comprehensive array of service for the over 3,000 project participants in either a school or community, integrated setting: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) (including assessments for determining level of understanding career pathways selection for the participants); CAPI; and. customized employment to address the complexities of individualization. (Page 247)
DBHDD: GVRA has a formal MOU with DBHDD that utilizes the SE IPS model. This MOU covers both the behavioral health and developmental disabilities divisions of DBHDD to serve those individuals using Supported and Customized Employment.
This agreement allows VR services to collaborate statewide with a network of providers including CSBs for the provision of SES. These agencies prepare VR clients for permanent jobs through supported employment and complementary services. The CSBs provide a wide scope of outpatient, day, residential housing, and community-based services that include SE. The Memorandum of Understanding with DBHDD allows for improved coordination of efforts to serve those with the most significant disabilities. (Page 253)
1. Disability-Specific Topics (including Positive Behavioral Supports training for counselors who have clients with Most Significant Disabilities, Deaf Culture Literacy, and Individualized Placement and Support Training for Counselors Handling Clients with Severe & Persistent Mental Illness.
2. Customized Employment Training.
3. Case Management.
4. Eligibility for Services.
5. IPE Development.
6. Varying Types of Caseloads (including Supported Employment and Transition).
7. Values-based Training for Persons Working with Individuals with Disabilities.
8. Collaborative Training with School Personnel on Creative Individual Assessments.
9. Transition Resource Planning.
10. Road Map for Services Available to Georgians.
11. Job Development.
12. Employment Engagement Training (developing a work plan and work goal).
13. Compliance Training (including Sexual Harassment and Anti-Discrimination).
VR continues to identify current information from research, rehabilitation trends and professional resources. This information is provided to agency staff through a variety of methods, including training at the State, quadrant and local level. Most recently this training has been focused on Customized Employment. (Page 269)
Access to Supported Employment: There are concerns that there is both a paucity of Supported Employment Providers, and that from the supported employment providers’ perspective, SES are cost–prohibitive. Concerns regarding access to Supported Employment have highlighted the following needs for services expansion:
1. Increase in SES, especially for those individuals with significant disabilities. Many of these individuals have limited or no access to SES.
2. Increase in both services and actual Customized Employment opportunities.
3. Increase in the availability in specific skills training that is actually aligned with real jobs within the state and less on generic training. (Page 271)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Describe how the designated State unit will collaborate with the State agency responsible for administering each of the following programs to develop opportunities for competitive integrated employment, to the greatest extent practicable:
1. THE STATE MEDICAID PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT;
GVRA has established collaborative relationships with multiple State agencies in order to more efficiently and effectively assist individuals with disabilities in achieving employment in an integrated setting. In some cases, these collaborative relationships have been developed to enhance the working relationship between the VR program and other State agencies. Several of these relationships have been formalized through Interagency Cooperative Agreements that were described earlier in Sections (e) Cooperative Agreements with Private Nonprofit Organizations and (f) Arrangements and Cooperative Agreements for the Provision of SES. GVRA has identified other State agencies in which formal agreements need to be developed to support collaboration and seamless service delivery statewide. (Page 258)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.
Georgia’s One-Stop delivery system is focused on ensuring universal access across its workforce system. The State and its local partners, maintain compliance with the provisions of WIOA Section 188 which require programmatic and physical accessibility. Through monitoring performed at both the state and local level, Georgia ensures that all One-Stops are in compliance with Section 188 of WIOA, the ADA, and other applicable regulations. Individuals who seek to utilize Georgia’s workforce system can expect facilities, whether physical or virtual, to meet federally-mandated accessibility standards. In addition, the State maintains a Methods of Administration which details how compliance with WIOA Section 188 will be maintained. The Methods of Administration is a “living” document which ensures current federal regulations and directives are implemented at the state and local level as quickly as possible.
Separately, as a component of one-stop certification, the State collects a business plan from each LWDA which details how a new one-stop will satisfy accessibility requirements and the provisions of WIOA Section 188. In order to be certified, each comprehensive one-stop must satisfy the requisite federal criteria. This process ensures universal access to programmatic services and facilities are maintained across the state.
Moreover, the One-Stop Integration Working Group is identifying additional criteria which will be assessed during the one-stop certification process. This may lead to additional accessibility requirements being incorporated into the one-stop certification process. Through the One-Stop Integration Working Group, the State continues to prioritize programmatic and physical accessibility in the one-stop certification process. The One-Stop Integration Working Group will provide guidance and technical assistance to LWDBs prior to the completion of LWDB certification, prior to July 1, 2017. (Page 144-145)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~A key component of achieving the goal of increased participation in the workforce system is ensuring that the one-stop system provides services to individuals with barriers to employment. Each of Georgia’s core partners are working to reduce barriers to employment among the workforce population in support of this goal. Through their involvement in the WIOA implementation working groups, each partner has contributed to the conversation to ensure that the workforce system provides easy access for these targeted populations, and ensures that all services are available to help remove barriers to employment. Additionally, these partners have been integral in the development of sector partnerships in each of the twelve planning regions, contributing to the discussions as they develop pathways into high demand careers. One of the key issues that the sector partnerships will address is ensuring that the career pathways are accessible to individuals with barriers. In order to receive grant funding, regions will have to specifically address this issue. The Disability Employment Initiative is currently being piloted in two LWDAs to customize employment offerings to individuals with disabilities. The state has already begun to collect and distributed best practices from this initiative to other LWDAs. In addition to efforts such as Operation: Workforce; the State has also made available strategic grants to serve transitioning services members and their families, ex-offenders, and at-risk youth. These grants enable LWDAs to implement unique programming that will serve as models throughout the rest of the state. (Page 65)
The state has determined that one of the most effective strategies for serving Georgia’s special populations is through the provision of targeted grants using Governor’s reserve funding. The grants enable LWDAs to conduct pilot programs without using local formula funds. If service strategies for special populations are found to be successful, LWDAs are then able to integrate those strategies into their formula funded services. This alleviates much of the risk of building new programs while still promoting innovation. An example of this strategy was the state’s Ex-Offenders Pilot Program. Through this pilot, the State made a grant opportunity available to every LWDA that had a transition center within its geographic boundaries. To be awarded the grant, the LWDAs had to propose effective strategies that would be utilized to training individuals that resided within transition centers. The LWDAs had to choose training programs for occupations that were in-demand, paid a livable wage in the region, and were appropriate for an individual who did not have a clean background. The state assessed the proposal and awarded funds to the LWDAs with the most innovative plans. The pilots were highly successful and enabled LWDAs to enhance relationships with community partners and better serve ex-offenders. Beginning in calendar year 2016, the state plans to expand upon the successes of this grant, by awarding at least five special populations grants. The subject of the grants will coincide with the specified populations in the Governor’s vision. The state will work with the LWDAs to ensure consistent and innovative services are delivered through grants. (Page 77)
Georgia VR does not currently have any cooperative agreements with State programs carried out under section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. However, VR does work closely with the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program. Currently, Tools for Life loans equipment for clients to try prior to purchasing the equipment. Additionally, GVRA is one of the pilot sites for Tools for Life and the State ADA office to test equipment that is under consideration for purchase by the State. Tools for Life provides training to VR’s Assistive Work Technology team. (Page 245)
VR does not have cooperative agreements with non-educational agencies serving out-of-school youth. GVRA has partnered with DJJ to pilot a program with the YDC in Augusta. Through this pilot, GVRA worked with the mental health unit to develop an effective and efficient process for transitioning youth out of the facility and into employment or training opportunities upon their release. Additionally, the agency is finalizing a referral process by which the YDC will refer all youth whom they believe has a disability and may be appropriate for VR services.
GVRA has an established referral process with contracted service providers and strongly encourages them to refer out-of-school youth. The agency partners with Parent to Parent of Georgia, a non-profit organization that provides advocacy and training for families of children and youth with disabilities. Lastly, the agency is a participant in GaDOE-Coordinated Career Academic Education/Project Success and Career Technical Instruction grant which provides intervention support services to students from special populations enrolled in career, technical and agricultural education courses. (Page 246)
Developing and implementing a model transition demonstration project, and GVRA plans to use the current federal Georgia Career Pathways grant as an instrumental pilot to test and measure and duplicate those practices in collaboration with the local school districts that tend to be most effective in producing desired transition outcomes;
• Continuing to expand and establish multistate, regional and/or statewide partnership involving key stakeholders, agencies, organizations and businesses to improve the overall success of the PETS services; and
• Disseminating information and successful strategies that improve the overall success of the PETS services, especially as it relates to individuals of the traditionally underserved or unserved populations within Georgia. (Page 258)
As described in Section (c2) State Programs Carried Out under Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, GVRA works closely with the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program. Currently, Tools for Life loans equipment for clients to try prior to purchasing the equipment. Additionally, GVRA is one of the pilot sites for Tools for Life and the State ADA office to test equipment that is under consideration for purchase by the State. Tools for Life provides training to Georgia VR’s Assistive Work Technology team.
Internally, GVRA employs occupational therapists and rehabilitation engineers who provide assistive technology consultation and assist in equipment acquisition for those individuals with disabilities who are served by the agency. The idea of having a VR Counselor who works closely with the IPS SE program ensures these individuals are afforded proper access to Assistive Work Technology and sensory services. GVRA has plans to continue expanding sensory and AWT access through VR involvement with clients with sensory disabilities. (Page 287)
• Develop new and innovative services for both in-school and out-of-school career pathways. As a part of this, GVRA will utilize its current Georgia Career Pathways federal demonstration grant as the method to pilot new services that can be added to the array of PETS services. This will be done in collaboration with GaDOE, the individual local school district, and the local employers and businesses. For example, based on local employer involvement and feedback, GVRA may ask the local school district to tailor its current career pathway curriculum to fit the specific needs of the local employers, or may ask the school to include more opportunities for work-based learning, pre-apprenticeships, etc., especially for the PETS students. As new services are piloted, they will be evaluated and improved as needed, with a long range to roll out successful new services statewide. (Page 288)
GVRA and VR implemented a plan to increase the salaries of CRCs.
• VR collaborated with Kennesaw State University’s Inclusion Program to develop a cooperative agreement for a VR Counselor to be onsite to serve students with developmental disabilities.
• GVRA and VR collaborated with DBHDD to increase and enhance services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, and for those with developmental disabilities.
• VR collaborated with Bobby Dodd Industries, a CRP in Atlanta, to develop a pilot program targeting transition students with significant disabilities who typically drop out of the program after graduating from high school. This pilot will keep them involved through social media and online technology for job clubs and other activities leading to employment. (Page 292)
The primary strategy used by GVRA was the development of the formal MOU with DBHDD that has increased and enhanced services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and for those with developmental disabilities. In coordination with the Georgia DBHDD, GVRA also implemented an IPS pilot, which included cross-training among the staff of both agencies.
The Individual Placement and Supports-pilot model is a very specific type of Supported Employment with Behavioral Health at this time. The IPS approach assumes everyone can work with the right supports. The person decides when and how they want to go to work. There are no prerequisites (work adjustment, pre-vocational, sheltered, enclave, work evaluations, or otherwise) to go to work. Unlike other approaches, IPS-SE has been researched and proven to achieve higher rates of employment for people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Page 293)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Through the workforce system, the State will provide youth participants the opportunity to become involved in 14 required youth elements which are listed in the Youth program elements section:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence Based Dropout Prevention and Recovery Strategies can allow a participant to attain their secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent.
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Dropout Recovery Services show students alternative learning environments that focus on their skills, abilities, and learning style to prevent them from dropping out of school.
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences are structured learning programs that take place for a specific period.
4. Occupational Skills Training allows participants to become proficient in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at all different levels.
5. Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation integrates training and education.
6. Leadership Development includes the development of positive social and civic behaviors.
7. Supportive Services are in place to allow youth participants to partake in WIOA activities.
8. Adult Mentoring is a 12-month program that matches a youth participant with an adult that will guide the mentee.
9. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling gives youth participants the opportunity to meet with counselors for career and academic counseling.
10. Financial Literacy Education informs participants of smart financial decisions and habits.
11. Entrepreneurial Skills Training educates youth participants on the skills needed to start and maintain a small business.
12. Labor Market and Employment Information Services provide information about in-demand industry sectors.
13. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Postsecondary Education and Training allows for career exploration and research.
14. Follow-up Services are available to youth participants once they have exited the program. (Page 184)
Services are provided to eligible youth participants through a network of youth service providers, which are competitively procured by Georgia’s 19 LWDAs. Georgia is committed to providing, through LWDAs, the following required youth elements:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence based Drop-out Prevention and Recovery Strategies;
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Drop-out Recovery Services;
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences;
4. Occupational Skills Training;
5. Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation;
6. Leadership Development;
7. Supportive Services;
8. Adult Mentoring;
9. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling;
10. Financial Literacy Education;
11. Entrepreneurial Skills Training;
12. Labor Market and Employment Information Services;
13. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Post-secondary Education and Training; and
14. Follow-up Services. (Page 195)
 

Benefits

~~TAA coordinates and facilitates worker orientations to inform the workers about the benefits and services they may receive as well as the eligibility requirements associated with each benefit. The worker orientations often include LWDA representatives to provide guidance on demand occupations and available training in the LWDA. DOL staff assist workers with TAA registration and filing UI claims. (Page 162)
x. The Georgia SRC strongly supports amending current 361.45(c)(2) by adding a new paragraph (v) that would require a DSU to provide eligible individuals who are entitled to Social Security benefits under titles II or XVI of the Social Security Act, information on available assistance and supports available to them when entering the workforce (i.e., benefits planning and financial supports). (Page 239)
Non–Disability Specific Barriers: There is on–going feedback for assistance to address some of the non–disability specific barriers to employment such as transportation, disincentives through entitlement benefits, and lack of family support for employment. (Page 271)
 

School to Work Transition

~~Project SEARCH is only offered in a subset of communities across Georgia. The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, one-year, school-to-work program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that takes place entirely at the workplace. This innovative, business-led model of school-to-work transition features total workplace immersion, which facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction; career exploration; and hands-on, worksite-based training and support. The goal for each student is competitive employment. Project SEARCH was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and has been implemented at several sites in Georgia through a statewide initiative involving the collaborative effort of DoDD, a division of GVRA, area school systems, and several of Georgia’s leading employers. GVRA is working to add Project Search partners across the state to create more opportunities for youth with significant disabilities in obtaining real-life work experience that improves successful transitions from school to adult life. (Page 242)
ii. Goal II - Expand transition services to assist more students with disabilities to go from high school to work or post-secondary education/training. (Page 291)
 

Data Collection

~~The primary data collection and reporting system used by GVRA through the VR program is the Libera System 7 electronic case management system, and the data collected is specific to individuals served through the VR program. At the current time, neither the Libera System 7 case management system, nor its data, is integrated with all the programs and activities present in the one-stop centers. (Page 117)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Through the workforce system, the State will provide youth participants the opportunity to become involved in 14 required youth elements which are listed in the Youth program elements section:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence Based Dropout Prevention and Recovery Strategies can allow a participant to attain their secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent.
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Dropout Recovery Services show students alternative learning environments that focus on their skills, abilities, and learning style to prevent them from dropping out of school.
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences are structured learning programs that take place for a specific period.
4. Occupational Skills Training allows participants to become proficient in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at all different levels. (5) Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation integrates training and education.
5. Leadership Development includes the development of positive social and civic behaviors.
6. Supportive Services are in place to allow youth participants to partake in WIOA activities.
7. Adult Mentoring is a 12-month program that matches a youth participant with an adult that will guide the mentee.
8. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling gives youth participants the opportunity to meet with counselors for career and academic counseling.
9. Financial Literacy Education informs participants of smart financial decisions and habits.
10. Entrepreneurial Skills Training educates youth participants on the skills needed to start and maintain a small business.
11. Labor Market and Employment Information Services provide information about in-demand industry sectors.
12. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Postsecondary Education and Training allows for career exploration and research.
13. Follow-up Services are available to youth participants once they have exited the program. (Page 184)
 

Career Pathways

~~GVRA has a strong statewide presence with offices located in urban and rural areas to provide vocational rehabilitation services to assist in the workforce development of individuals with disabilities. GVRA intends to focus on both youth with disabilities and students with disabilities to better prepare them to become an integral part of Georgia’s workforce. GVRA plans to offer an array of transition services to every public school district in the state with these services focused on assisting students with disabilities to either continue on to a post-secondary education or into a career pathway that is based on the specific skill requirements of Georgia’s employers. GVRA plans to conduct outreach activities to identify and attract those youth with disabilities who are not in school to participate in community-based alternative career pathways that are also based on the specific skill requirements of Georgia’s employers; or if appropriate, assist these youth in returning to school, either secondary or post-secondary. (Page 61)
Finally, GVRA has partnered with the Department of Education (DOE) in the current federal career pathways demonstration grant to expand transition services to students with disabilities and out-of-school youth that lead to real jobs in their communities. As a part of this partnership, GVRA intends to offer an array of transition services to the 50 intensive school districts identified by DOE as part of DOE’s state systemic improvement plan (SSIP).(Page 78)
Youth with Disabilities
Georgia’s one-stop system engages youth in customized career pathways and SES through collaborative partnerships between VR and other core partner programs in the one-stop system. Georgia recently developed a strategic initiative to expand and improve VR services for youth with disabilities who are either in-school or out-of-school. The purpose of this initiative is to braid existing and new resources to offer a robust, comprehensive array of VR services to all schools. Current VR program policies and procedures are being reviewed and amended to reflect this new way of doing business. The plan includes the provision of pre-employment transition services and timely development and approval of an individualized plan for employment for each youth served. One subset of the proposed plan to expand and improve VR services is a newly awarded, five-year demonstration project entitled “Georgia Pathways to Work” funded through the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration.
The proposed Georgia Pathways to Work program aims to significantly change the way GVRA does business statewide in transitioning students and youth with disabilities in partnership with the core program partners, GaDOE, as wells as local employers. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as HDCI to ensure responsiveness to the known workforce demands in Georgia, as well as supporting their efforts to better engage those with disabilities. The overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive integrated employment through improving the 18 existing career pathways for students with disabilities, and creating community-based alternative career pathways for out-of-school youth. (Page 104)
1. Provide the vision and mission of the program or organization. Please include a description of the population that the program will serve, including how the program will meet the needs of persons with barriers to employment (e.g. Displaced Homemaker, Low-income Individual, Individuals with Disabilities, Single Parents, and other individuals as described in the law).
2. Provide a description (and supporting documents, when available) of the program’s implementation of career pathways system as well as any cooperative agreements/contracts that the program has with other agencies and service providers for the delivery of adult education and literacy activities. Also, describe ways in which the program coordinates with other service providers to provide wrap-around services to participants (e.g. child care, transportation). (Page 221)
• The depth, intensity, and rigor of the programs and activities offered by the eligible provider. The proposed program must incorporate the basic tenets of reading instruction. Attention will be given to the extent to which the eligible provider incorporates stringent research in the grant proposal submission and the development of the literacy program itself;
• The extent to which the eligible provider’s program is based on intense research and best practices;
• The extent to which the eligible provider demonstrates the effective use of technology for instruction, to include distance education, toward students’ improved performance;
• The eligible provider’s demonstrated integration of contextualized instruction, to blend literacy skills, and preparation for transition to post-secondary education or entry into the workplace. Particular attention will be given to implementation of a career pathways system, activities that promote and lead to economic self-sufficiency, and the ability to exercise the full rights of citizenship; (Page 222)
The GVRA Executive Director provided an update to SRC members for their meeting in October on actions the agency has taken to implement WIOA recommendations for expanding and enhancing services for youth with disabilities. This work includes the receipt of two new federal grant awards:
1. U.S. Department of Labor, ETA’s Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements: awarded directly to WFD in partnership with GVRA that focuses on the Georgia Disability Employment Initiative, Customized Career Pathways.
2. U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Demonstration and Training: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, Georgia Pathways to Work: awarded directly to GVRA that focuses on career pathways for youth with disabilities who are in school or out-of-school. In addition, GVRA has appointed a Director of Transition Services. This new position emphasizes the importance and significance of services to youth with disabilities before they leave high school. All of these activities are very innovative in preparing high school students with disabilities for competitive employment. The Council would like to see these programs expanded throughout the state as part of VR transition services. (Page 240)
Georgia Pathways to Work will change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as Go Build Georgia and HDCI to be responsive to the known market demands for careers in Georgia, as well as supporting employer efforts to more effectively engage Georgians with disabilities. Furthermore, the overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive, integrated employment through existing and customized pathways. Additionally, this demonstration project will be implemented to increase the average weekly wage and employer benefits of participants in each occupational cluster through successful completion of career pathways.
GVRA will develop policies that address the WIOA requirements, ensure coordination of services with GaDOE, and meet the needs of youth with disabilities in and out-of-school. VR program’s current transition policies are as follows: (Page 248)
In collaboration with GaDOE, Burton Blatt Institute, and Poses Family Foundation, GVRA is customizing the landscape of career pathways for young Georgians with disabilities. The Georgia Pathways to Work program- E3: Explore, Engage, Employ- connects real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers in their individual communities. The purpose of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to improve the 18 existing career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities. The program will engage employers in the model design and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation. The project impact is to change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. (Page 247)
• Development of comprehensive array of service for the over 3,000 project participants in either a school or community, integrated setting: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) (including assessments for determining level of understanding career pathways selection for the participants); CAPI; and. customized employment to address the complexities of individualization. (Page 247)
Georgia Pathways to Work will change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as Go Build Georgia and HDCI to be responsive to the known market demands for careers in Georgia, as well as supporting employer efforts to more effectively engage Georgians with disabilities. Furthermore, the overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive, integrated employment through existing and customized pathways. Additionally, this demonstration project will be implemented to increase the average weekly wage and employer benefits of participants in each occupational cluster through successful completion of career pathways.
GVRA will develop policies that address the WIOA requirements, ensure coordination of services with GaDOE, and meet the needs of youth with disabilities in and out-of-school. VR program’s current transition policies are as follows:
I.   THE VR CSPM STATES THAT TRANSITION SERVICES ARE TO BE PROVIDED TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES THAT FACILITATE THE TRANSITION FROM THE RECEIPT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES IN SECONDARY SCHOOL TO THE RECEIPT OF VR SERVICES ORIENTED TOWARD AN EMPLOYMENT OUTCOME (CSPM 450.1.02). (Page 248)
WFD: GVRA has partnered with WFD to engage youth in customized career pathways and supported employment. This work is funded through the USDOL ETA Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements. (Page 253)
i.   Implementing the Georgia Pathways to Work grant. As described in Section (d) Coordination with Education Officials, GVRA was awarded a grant through the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration. The Georgia Pathways to Work will significantly change the way GVRA does business statewide in transitioning students and youth with disabilities in partnership with GaDOE, WFD, and local businesses and employers. The focus of this proposed model will be to increase access for students with disabilities to the existing high school career pathways, as well as customizing those existing career pathways for students with disabilities, and creating community-based alternative career pathways for those youth who are not in school. (Page 258)
Based on the feedback that GVRA has received, there were some common statewide needs identified for youth and students with disabilities. These include:
1. Increase and enhance transition services overall, especially to younger students, ages 14-16.
2. Improve the quality of GVRA’s transitional staff who are provided to the local school districts to ensure greater consistency of services.
3. Expand the array of transition services made available to schools.
4. Develop outreach efforts that engage youth with disabilities who have dropped out of school.
5. Improve alignment of GVRA’s transition services with the needs of the local school districts.
6. Improve alignment of the VR program’s training programs with the GaDOE’s occupational clusters and career pathways. (Page 273)
iii.  Develop and implement a career pathway model of services for both in-school students and out-of-school youth that will include Vocational Rehabilitation services that are aligned with the current GaDOE’s Occupational Clusters and curriculum-based career pathways; as well as alternative integrated community-based career pathways for those youth who are not in school.
iv.  Partner with GaDOE, TCSG and USG to develop collaborative arrangements that improve the transition from high school to post-secondary education for students with disabilities. (Page 278)
• Transform how GVRA and the VR services focus on youth and students with disabilities by integrating services agency-wide to make this population the highest focus.
• Partner with GaDOE to increase and deliver a comprehensive array of transitional services to every school district within the state, including a special focus on career pathways and customized career pathways.
• Develop a concentrated outreach effort to identify youth with disabilities that are not enrolled in school, and make the same robust services available to them.
• Partner with the existing VR provider network to create community-based career pathways for youth not enrolled in school.
• Partner with both TCSG and USG to improve post-secondary transition.
Strategies:
• Develop formal third-party agreements with local employers to contribute to all career pathways available to youth with disabilities, both in school and out of school. (Page 286)
GVRA’s goal to improve and expand VR services for students with disabilities by the following:
• Develop and offer a comprehensive array of services to all school districts statewide. Specifically, GVRA will develop all 5 required PETS activities, as well as the 9 authorized activities as may be needed, and offer those to every school district in the state of Georgia. These will include services that are VR Program-provided, as well as services provided through the VR provider network. GVRA’s goal is to establish a minimum number of PETS services offered and provided to each school district within the state. Then as these PETS services are provided, the services will be continually evaluated and changed for improvements that produce the best outcomes, either competitive employment or postsecondary education and training. Where there is a paucity of such PETS services in particular geographic areas of the state, GVRA will solicit both new service providers and/or new services to ensure the minimum of necessary PETS services. It should be noted that all PETS services statewide will also offer both during school and after school hours of availability; and GVRA will work collaboratively with each local school district to best fit the services to the community.
• Develop new and innovative services for both in-school and out-of-school career pathways. As a part of this, GVRA will utilize its current Georgia Career Pathways federal demonstration grant as the method to pilot new services that can be added to the array of PETS services. This will be done in collaboration with GaDOE, the individual local school district, and the local employers and businesses. For example, based on local employer involvement and feedback, GVRA may ask the local school district to tailor its current career pathway curriculum to fit the specific needs of the local employers, or may ask the school to include more opportunities for work-based learning, pre-apprenticeships, etc., especially for the PETS students. As new services are piloted, they will be evaluated and improved as needed, with a long range to roll out successful new services statewide. (Page 288)
 

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 303)

Policies and Initiatives

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Georgia’s Explore, Engage, Employ (E3) - 11/01/2017

~~“Georgia VR is implementing E3 (Explore, Engage, Employ) in 7 school districts to serve 3,000 students and youth.  E3 goals are to engage employers to customize existing career pathways and develop alternative pathways for students and out of school youth; involve families to increase youth participation, and utilize social media strategies to develop services and connect youth to career interests.  Partners include the Poses Family Foundation, GA Department of Education, Technical College System of Georgia, Center for Leadership in Disability, Parent to Parent of Georgia, Burton Blatt Institute and Jobs for the Future.

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

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

“Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Gather to SOAR at Self-Employment Seminar” - 09/07/2017

~~“SOAR: A Pathway to Self-Employment seminar in August 2017 at the All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) Family Support Center in Decatur, Georgia.

The seminar was co-hosted by Synergies Work, Inc., a nonprofit that provides people with disabilities the supports to become financially independent as entrepreneurs and the Georgia Microboards Association (GMA), a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to people with disabilities and their families.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), behavioral health and community service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families attended the one-day seminar to learn how to successfully be self-employed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Developmental Disabilities “Announcements” - 08/24/2017

~~“There were significant changes to the COMP Waiver that occurred following approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March 2017.  As a result, the four fiscal support services agencies sent an information sheet with the following facts about the transition:

The changes that have occurred are as follows: •CLD has been removed•CLS has two new service codes, CL Basic and CL Extended•CL Basic is used for employees that work a shift of 2.75 hours or less•CL Extended is used for employees that work a shift of 3 or more hours•CLS received a 7.2% increase to the total funds allocated to CLS”

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency FY 2017-2019 Strategic Plan (FY 2018 Update) - 08/03/2017

~~“While the Agency’s mission of employment and independence for Georgian with Disabilities remains the same, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law in July 2014, brought changes to the way GVRA serves clients with disabilities. WIOA’s implementing regulations went into effect on October 18, 2016. GVRA has been updating policies and procedures to adhere to the changes and improvements in services to individuals with disabilities.  One major tenant in the Act relates to services to students with disabilities (age 14 to 22) where GVRA will provide pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) to groups of students in secondary education and identified as being served on an IEP or 504 and who are therefore potentially eligible to receive pre-ETS.  Another major focus of the Act is to serve eligible youth with disabilities age 14 to 24 who are not in school or training and provide them with services that will lead to competitive employment. “      

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

Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disability Providers of State –Funded Developmental Disability Services Fiscal Year 2018 - 07/01/2017

~~“Supported Employment Services – Supported Employment Services are ongoing supports that enable individuals, for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely, absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports to work in an integrated work setting. Providers supporting any individual, who is not employed, shall have a minimum of two face-to-face contacts with the individual per month. The goal of each contact should reflect job development activities. Supported Employment Services are distinct from and do not occur at the same time of day as Community Access or Prevocational services.

The planned outcomes of Supported Employment Services are to increase the hours worked by each individual toward the goal of full-time employment (i.e., the goal of forty (40) hours per week) and to increase the wages of each individual toward the goal of increased financial independence. An individual does not have to be able to work full-time to receive Supported Employment Services because supported employment can be either full or part time work.Supported Employment services are based on the individual‘s needs, preferences, and informed choice. These services allow for flexibility in the amount of support an individual receives over time and as needed in various work sites.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Deal announces launch of Georgia STABLE - 06/14/2017

~~“June 14, 2017Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the launch of Georgia STABLE, a tax-free savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by the Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Corporation, established through legislation signed in 2016. The Georgia ABLE Act is modeled after the federal ABLE Act of 2014.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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HB 768 Handicapped persons; ABLE program establishment to use tax exempt accounts to pay for qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; provisions - 05/03/2016

“A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 30 of the O.C.G.A., relating to disabled persons, so as to provide for the establishment of a qualified ABLE program in this state to enable the contribution of funds to tax-exempt accounts to pay for the qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; to amend Code Section 48-7-27 of the O.C.G.A., relating to computation of taxable net income; to amend Code Section 50-13-2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the definitions for purposes of the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, so as to exclude the Georgia ABLE Program Corporation from the meaning of "agency"; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Georgia House Resolution 642 - 08/17/2015

 “WHEREAS, an ‘Employment First’ policy provides that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability, and that employment in the general workforce at or above the minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities.”   “WHEREAS, an Employment First policy established by the State of Georgia would require the collaboration of all involved state agencies, including the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Education, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Department of Community Health, in aligning their programs and resources to such end.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Developmental Disabilities “Announcements” - 08/24/2017

~~“There were significant changes to the COMP Waiver that occurred following approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March 2017.  As a result, the four fiscal support services agencies sent an information sheet with the following facts about the transition:

The changes that have occurred are as follows: •CLD has been removed•CLS has two new service codes, CL Basic and CL Extended•CL Basic is used for employees that work a shift of 2.75 hours or less•CL Extended is used for employees that work a shift of 3 or more hours•CLS received a 7.2% increase to the total funds allocated to CLS”

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency FY 2017-2019 Strategic Plan (FY 2018 Update) - 08/03/2017

~~“While the Agency’s mission of employment and independence for Georgian with Disabilities remains the same, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law in July 2014, brought changes to the way GVRA serves clients with disabilities. WIOA’s implementing regulations went into effect on October 18, 2016. GVRA has been updating policies and procedures to adhere to the changes and improvements in services to individuals with disabilities.  One major tenant in the Act relates to services to students with disabilities (age 14 to 22) where GVRA will provide pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) to groups of students in secondary education and identified as being served on an IEP or 504 and who are therefore potentially eligible to receive pre-ETS.  Another major focus of the Act is to serve eligible youth with disabilities age 14 to 24 who are not in school or training and provide them with services that will lead to competitive employment. “      

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

Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disability Providers of State –Funded Developmental Disability Services Fiscal Year 2018 - 07/01/2017

~~“Supported Employment Services – Supported Employment Services are ongoing supports that enable individuals, for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely, absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports to work in an integrated work setting. Providers supporting any individual, who is not employed, shall have a minimum of two face-to-face contacts with the individual per month. The goal of each contact should reflect job development activities. Supported Employment Services are distinct from and do not occur at the same time of day as Community Access or Prevocational services.

The planned outcomes of Supported Employment Services are to increase the hours worked by each individual toward the goal of full-time employment (i.e., the goal of forty (40) hours per week) and to increase the wages of each individual toward the goal of increased financial independence. An individual does not have to be able to work full-time to receive Supported Employment Services because supported employment can be either full or part time work.Supported Employment services are based on the individual‘s needs, preferences, and informed choice. These services allow for flexibility in the amount of support an individual receives over time and as needed in various work sites.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Deal announces launch of Georgia STABLE - 06/14/2017

~~“June 14, 2017Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the launch of Georgia STABLE, a tax-free savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by the Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Corporation, established through legislation signed in 2016. The Georgia ABLE Act is modeled after the federal ABLE Act of 2014.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

“Public Policy for the People: 13 February 2017” - 02/13/2017

~~“Besides GCDD's Public Policy Team trolling the halls of the Gold Dome to speak with legislators about the need for more DD Waivers and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, we have also hosted 2 advocacy days so far. On February 1st we spoke about the need for more DD Waiver funding and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education. …

Systems
  • Other

Limitations on Subminimum Wage - 02/08/2017

~~“Any individual hired into subminimum wage employment after July 22, 2016, must receive CC&IR services once every six months the first year of employment and annually thereafter. All individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, require CC&IR services once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. Employers should review any documents provided by the employee indicating that such counseling has been provided. The employer is required to verify the employee's completion of these services, and review and obtain any relevant documentation from the employee.

Under the WIOA amendments, employers are prohibited from compensating any individual with a disability who is 24 years of age or younger at subminimum wage, unless the individual has received documentation from GVRA upon completion of the following activities:

Pre-employment transition services or transition services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.Applied for vocational rehabilitation services, and the individual was determined:

Ineligible for vocational rehabilitation services.Eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, has an approved Individualized Plan for Employment, and the individual was unable to achieve an employment outcome in competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Brush up on GCDD’s 2017 Legislative Priorities” - 01/01/2017

~~“Employment FirstEmployment First means that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability. Under Employment First legislation, employment in the general workforce at or above minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities. Under Employment First policy, state agencies will need to re-align their policies and funding to prioritize employment for all working-age Georgians with disabilities.•Support legislation that addresses employment barriers for people with disabilities, makes Georgia an Employment First state, and prioritizes competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) – Budget AskIPSE provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access higher education. This education prepares them to live increasingly independent lives and pursue careers of their choice. Graduates from IPSE programs are more likely to find employment and earn 73% more than their peers who do not receive post-secondary education.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) “A New Focus on Transition: New Federal Regulations and New Initiatives Focus on Younger Clients” - 08/01/2016

“Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) initiative. Funded through a $4.7 million grant —stretched over five years — E3 is broken down into three components, and they follow the path of the student or young person as they prepare for a career. The first “Explore” phase encourages students and youth to begin exploring the world of work and possible career goals, learning about soft skills and how benefits work. The next phase, “Engage,” takes it a step further, allowing students to begin to participate in the world of work. In this phase, they’ll learn self-advocacy and the kind of skills that are required for different jobs. And the last phase, “Employ,” is broken down into two different phases in its own right. The first will focus on pre-employment services, preparing students to submit resumes and applications. The second looks at on-the-job accommodations, continuing education and the possibility of career advancement.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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“Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Gather to SOAR at Self-Employment Seminar” - 09/07/2017

~~“SOAR: A Pathway to Self-Employment seminar in August 2017 at the All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) Family Support Center in Decatur, Georgia.

The seminar was co-hosted by Synergies Work, Inc., a nonprofit that provides people with disabilities the supports to become financially independent as entrepreneurs and the Georgia Microboards Association (GMA), a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to people with disabilities and their families.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), behavioral health and community service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families attended the one-day seminar to learn how to successfully be self-employed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

GA Statewide Transition Steering Committee - Discovering Jobs Pilot Project

“The Statewide Transition Steering Committee…comprised of teachers and school vocational counselors, private employment representatives, other service providers, parents and advocacy groups, post-secondary and state agency representatives including VR…developed the Customized Supported Employment pilot project called Discovering Jobs: Linking Discovery to Employment that was launched in four counties. The on-going pilot utilizes a continuum of services and the Discovery process for students with significant cognitive disabilities as strategies to improve employment outcomes.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Mission

“The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is the state's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy.    “The GCDD works with legislators and advocacy groups to influence and support public policy that fosters a positive change in the way education, housing, workplace/careers and community living opportunities are made available to persons with developmental disabilities.”  

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Georgia’s Explore, Engage, Employ (E3) - 11/01/2017

~~“Georgia VR is implementing E3 (Explore, Engage, Employ) in 7 school districts to serve 3,000 students and youth.  E3 goals are to engage employers to customize existing career pathways and develop alternative pathways for students and out of school youth; involve families to increase youth participation, and utilize social media strategies to develop services and connect youth to career interests.  Partners include the Poses Family Foundation, GA Department of Education, Technical College System of Georgia, Center for Leadership in Disability, Parent to Parent of Georgia, Burton Blatt Institute and Jobs for the Future.

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

Georgia Department of Community Affairs “Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program – Housing for Persons with Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The State of Georgia was awarded $14.4 Million from HUD to provide long-term project-based rental assistance to persons with disabilities. The HUD 811 PRA grant will provide 484 units of housing that will be attached to new and existing tax-credit apartment developments around the state. The State of Georgia, through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has seized upon this exciting opportunity to expand its inventory of housing resources through the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program in furtherance of its commitment to provide integrated housing opportunities with support services to extremely low income persons with disabilities and their families.

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

Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) - 01/08/2016

"GVRA was recently awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to improve employment opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. E3 is designed to connect real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers.  E3 will work with GaDOE identified career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities.  The program will engage employers and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation.  The program impact is to change how organizations support independence, employment and career advancement of students and youth with disabilities. The initial rollout will be in five school districts in Georgia.”

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

Georgia Disability Employment Initiative

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) was awarded $2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative is a partnership between GDEcD and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). The initiative is designed to improve job placement rates for youth and adults with disabilities that live within two of the state’s 19 Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…"   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Money Follows the Person

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…“…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations
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GA Department of Behavioral Health & DD - Guide to Supported Employment - 04/25/2015

This Guide to Supported Employment was prepared by the Georgia Division of Developmental Disabilities Statewide Quality Improvement Council. It is intended to: Explain why employment is important; Illustrate through real examples the difference work makes in people’s lives; Answer common questions about pay and health benefits when you work and have an intellectual and/or developmental disability; and Provide information and resources on Supported Employment programs in Georgia.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)

~~“Currently, there is no planned face-to-face district leader training, via the RESAs, for support in completing the initial 2017-2018 CNA report. The GaDOE will deliver on-line training on the CNA process, as already outlined through its webinar series, and face-to-face regional trainings in May 10, 2017….

The GaDOE is currently developing a dedicated webpage on the GaDOE website that will house all resources and information related to the CNA process. The Office of School & District Effectiveness will hold trainings for select groups following a schedule available through their office.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Consulting/Technical Assistance

The IHDD is available for consultations and technical assistance with professionals, para-professionals, families and family members to create meaningful community activities that highlight people with disabilities and their families. IHDD has been highly sought to provide national consulting to train and develop new skills sets in Customized Employment and its associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Toolkit, as well as the Evidence-Based Individual Placement and Supports model of employment. 

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

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Customized Employment

This web resource defines Customized Employment with examples and provides an overview of the University’s Customized Employment Initiative. It includes sections: What is Customized Employment, Types of Customized Employment, and links to resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

University of GA, Institute on Human Development & Disability - WorkWorks Training

Through service, teaching, and research, the Institute on Human Development and Disability hopes to, “contribute to creating an environment where individuals with disabilities are independent and enjoy careers of choice.” Through WorkWorks, the institute offers a variety of training programs related to integrated employment opportunities for employment specialists and job coaches.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Justice Department Sues Georgia for Unnecessarily Segregating Students with Disabilities - 08/23/2016

The Lawsuit is the First Challenge to a State-Run School System for Segregating Students with Disabilities The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Systems
  • Department of Education

Justice Department Reaches Extension Agreement to Improve Georgia’s Development Disability and Mental Health System - 05/18/2016

The extension agreement builds upon a 2010 settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit brought by the department under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. The case involves Georgia’s provision of community services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Under the agreement, Georgia will help people with developmental disabilities move from its state hospitals to integrated settings, consistent with their needs and preferences; will identify and address each individual’s needs in the community prior to discharge; and will monitor services and track outcomes for people after their discharge. For individuals who have moved from the state hospitals to the community, Georgia will monitor their health and wellbeing to ensure that emerging needs are met in a timely fashion. The extension agreement also calls for creation of at least 675 new Medicaid home- and community-based waiver slots as alternatives to placement in a facility.

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

United States of America v. The State of Georgia, et al. Civil Action NO 1:10-CV-249-CAP - 10/19/2010

“To comply with this Settlement Agreement, the State shall provide the following services to individuals in the target population: … d. Supported Employment i. “Supported Employment will be operated according to an evidence-based supported employment model, and it will be assessed by an established fidelity scale such as the scale included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) supported tool kit” ii. Enrollment in congregate programs shall not constitute Supported Employment. iii. Pursuant to the following schedule, the State shall provide Supported Employment services to 550 individuals with SPMI by July 1, 2015 .

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
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“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“Effective March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings commonly referred to as the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule (Rule)… This document outlines Georgia’s transition plan, hereinafter called Statewide Transition Plan or STP. Georgia published its first STP in December 2014 as required by the Rule in correlation to a series of Home and Community Based Services 1915(c) waiver amendments.

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home-and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) including conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological disorders. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. Examples of services available in addition to core services described above include supported employment, respite, and behavioral and nutrition supports.”

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

Georgia “Homeless with Physical and Mental Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program is designed for individuals with a disability who are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income and between the ages of 18 and 61. Recently, HUD awarded the State of Georgia with $14.4 million to provide long-term rental assistance to individuals who meet these qualifications. In order to be considered for the program, the participant must be referred by either the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities or the State of Georgia Money Follows the Person program.

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

Georgia State Plan Amendments - 11/19/2015

All state plan amendments approved since 11/19/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Georgia HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings.  The new rules define settings that are not community-like and cannot be used to provide federally-funded home and community based services. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that people who live in the community and receive home and community based waiver services have opportunities to access their community and receive services in the most integrated settings.    Georgia submitted four 1915(c) waiver amendments within the first year of the effective date of the rule and was therefore required to develop a transition plan specific to each waiver to ensure the settings requirements are met.     
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Department of Community Health “New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)” - 11/20/2013

Overview The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) through the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Medical Assistance Plans. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes intellectual disability or other closely related conditions, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. There are more than 12,000 people with developmental disabilities who are served bty the NOW/COMP programs in Georgia.

Purpose The NOW waiver program offers services and supports to individuals to enable them to remain living in their own or family home and participate or live independently in the community

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

New Waiver Rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Georgia’s Transition Plan - 03/17/2013

Georgia has developed the following Transition Plan to follow in response to the new HCBS Settings Rule. This Statewide Transition Plan will present ways in which the State of Georgia will develop a tool(s) and implement evaluations of its home and community -based (HCBS) settings where 1915(c) waiver program services are currently available. It will also address methodologies used to maximize and enhance the public input process and ongoing compliance monitoring. If it is determined that there are settings that do not meet the final regulations’ HCBS settings requirements, such HCBS settings will be required to make changes that will bring them into compliance . “

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

GA Community Based Alternatives for Youth (01.R02.00) - 10/01/2012

"Provides behavioral assistance, care management, clinical services, respite, supported employment, community transition, customized goods and services, expressive clinical services, family peer support, financial support, waiver transportation, youth peer support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and w/SED ages 4-17."

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

Things are looking peachy for workers with disabilities in the great state of Georgia, where high expectations are on the horizon.

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 Georgia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
23.59%
Change from
2014 to 2015
13,214,860
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
657,996
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0%
Change from
2014 to 2015
200,764
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.51%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 13,214,860
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 657,996
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 200,764
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 4,145,481
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.51%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 580,094
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 644,176
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 777,690
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 380,409
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 55,138
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 20,568
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 23,906
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 16,233

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,488
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 285,889

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 15,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 46,821
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 112,177
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,653
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,670
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,680
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,929
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02

 

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. 29
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 20
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. 69.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.20

 

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. 9,312
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 441,114
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. $8,646,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $117,985,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $16,972,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,580
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 12,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 23.60

 

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). 64.87%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.13%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.16%
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). 24.39%
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). 53.73%
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). 81.04%
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). 29.34%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,688,563
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,114
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 239,895
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,043,403
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,283,298
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 214
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,158
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,372
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,823,472
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,757,487

 

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

2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 28
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,040
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,040

 

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)

~~No specific disability related information found.  

Customized Employment

~~• Development of comprehensive array of service for the over 3,000 project participants in either a school or community, integrated setting: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) (including assessments for determining level of understanding career pathways selection for the participants); CAPI; and. customized employment to address the complexities of individualization. (Page 247)
DBHDD: GVRA has a formal MOU with DBHDD that utilizes the SE IPS model. This MOU covers both the behavioral health and developmental disabilities divisions of DBHDD to serve those individuals using Supported and Customized Employment.
This agreement allows VR services to collaborate statewide with a network of providers including CSBs for the provision of SES. These agencies prepare VR clients for permanent jobs through supported employment and complementary services. The CSBs provide a wide scope of outpatient, day, residential housing, and community-based services that include SE. The Memorandum of Understanding with DBHDD allows for improved coordination of efforts to serve those with the most significant disabilities. (Page 253)
1. Disability-Specific Topics (including Positive Behavioral Supports training for counselors who have clients with Most Significant Disabilities, Deaf Culture Literacy, and Individualized Placement and Support Training for Counselors Handling Clients with Severe & Persistent Mental Illness.
2. Customized Employment Training.
3. Case Management.
4. Eligibility for Services.
5. IPE Development.
6. Varying Types of Caseloads (including Supported Employment and Transition).
7. Values-based Training for Persons Working with Individuals with Disabilities.
8. Collaborative Training with School Personnel on Creative Individual Assessments.
9. Transition Resource Planning.
10. Road Map for Services Available to Georgians.
11. Job Development.
12. Employment Engagement Training (developing a work plan and work goal).
13. Compliance Training (including Sexual Harassment and Anti-Discrimination).
VR continues to identify current information from research, rehabilitation trends and professional resources. This information is provided to agency staff through a variety of methods, including training at the State, quadrant and local level. Most recently this training has been focused on Customized Employment. (Page 269)
Access to Supported Employment: There are concerns that there is both a paucity of Supported Employment Providers, and that from the supported employment providers’ perspective, SES are cost–prohibitive. Concerns regarding access to Supported Employment have highlighted the following needs for services expansion:
1. Increase in SES, especially for those individuals with significant disabilities. Many of these individuals have limited or no access to SES.
2. Increase in both services and actual Customized Employment opportunities.
3. Increase in the availability in specific skills training that is actually aligned with real jobs within the state and less on generic training. (Page 271)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Describe how the designated State unit will collaborate with the State agency responsible for administering each of the following programs to develop opportunities for competitive integrated employment, to the greatest extent practicable:
1. THE STATE MEDICAID PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT;
GVRA has established collaborative relationships with multiple State agencies in order to more efficiently and effectively assist individuals with disabilities in achieving employment in an integrated setting. In some cases, these collaborative relationships have been developed to enhance the working relationship between the VR program and other State agencies. Several of these relationships have been formalized through Interagency Cooperative Agreements that were described earlier in Sections (e) Cooperative Agreements with Private Nonprofit Organizations and (f) Arrangements and Cooperative Agreements for the Provision of SES. GVRA has identified other State agencies in which formal agreements need to be developed to support collaboration and seamless service delivery statewide. (Page 258)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.
Georgia’s One-Stop delivery system is focused on ensuring universal access across its workforce system. The State and its local partners, maintain compliance with the provisions of WIOA Section 188 which require programmatic and physical accessibility. Through monitoring performed at both the state and local level, Georgia ensures that all One-Stops are in compliance with Section 188 of WIOA, the ADA, and other applicable regulations. Individuals who seek to utilize Georgia’s workforce system can expect facilities, whether physical or virtual, to meet federally-mandated accessibility standards. In addition, the State maintains a Methods of Administration which details how compliance with WIOA Section 188 will be maintained. The Methods of Administration is a “living” document which ensures current federal regulations and directives are implemented at the state and local level as quickly as possible.
Separately, as a component of one-stop certification, the State collects a business plan from each LWDA which details how a new one-stop will satisfy accessibility requirements and the provisions of WIOA Section 188. In order to be certified, each comprehensive one-stop must satisfy the requisite federal criteria. This process ensures universal access to programmatic services and facilities are maintained across the state.
Moreover, the One-Stop Integration Working Group is identifying additional criteria which will be assessed during the one-stop certification process. This may lead to additional accessibility requirements being incorporated into the one-stop certification process. Through the One-Stop Integration Working Group, the State continues to prioritize programmatic and physical accessibility in the one-stop certification process. The One-Stop Integration Working Group will provide guidance and technical assistance to LWDBs prior to the completion of LWDB certification, prior to July 1, 2017. (Page 144-145)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~A key component of achieving the goal of increased participation in the workforce system is ensuring that the one-stop system provides services to individuals with barriers to employment. Each of Georgia’s core partners are working to reduce barriers to employment among the workforce population in support of this goal. Through their involvement in the WIOA implementation working groups, each partner has contributed to the conversation to ensure that the workforce system provides easy access for these targeted populations, and ensures that all services are available to help remove barriers to employment. Additionally, these partners have been integral in the development of sector partnerships in each of the twelve planning regions, contributing to the discussions as they develop pathways into high demand careers. One of the key issues that the sector partnerships will address is ensuring that the career pathways are accessible to individuals with barriers. In order to receive grant funding, regions will have to specifically address this issue. The Disability Employment Initiative is currently being piloted in two LWDAs to customize employment offerings to individuals with disabilities. The state has already begun to collect and distributed best practices from this initiative to other LWDAs. In addition to efforts such as Operation: Workforce; the State has also made available strategic grants to serve transitioning services members and their families, ex-offenders, and at-risk youth. These grants enable LWDAs to implement unique programming that will serve as models throughout the rest of the state. (Page 65)
The state has determined that one of the most effective strategies for serving Georgia’s special populations is through the provision of targeted grants using Governor’s reserve funding. The grants enable LWDAs to conduct pilot programs without using local formula funds. If service strategies for special populations are found to be successful, LWDAs are then able to integrate those strategies into their formula funded services. This alleviates much of the risk of building new programs while still promoting innovation. An example of this strategy was the state’s Ex-Offenders Pilot Program. Through this pilot, the State made a grant opportunity available to every LWDA that had a transition center within its geographic boundaries. To be awarded the grant, the LWDAs had to propose effective strategies that would be utilized to training individuals that resided within transition centers. The LWDAs had to choose training programs for occupations that were in-demand, paid a livable wage in the region, and were appropriate for an individual who did not have a clean background. The state assessed the proposal and awarded funds to the LWDAs with the most innovative plans. The pilots were highly successful and enabled LWDAs to enhance relationships with community partners and better serve ex-offenders. Beginning in calendar year 2016, the state plans to expand upon the successes of this grant, by awarding at least five special populations grants. The subject of the grants will coincide with the specified populations in the Governor’s vision. The state will work with the LWDAs to ensure consistent and innovative services are delivered through grants. (Page 77)
Georgia VR does not currently have any cooperative agreements with State programs carried out under section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. However, VR does work closely with the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program. Currently, Tools for Life loans equipment for clients to try prior to purchasing the equipment. Additionally, GVRA is one of the pilot sites for Tools for Life and the State ADA office to test equipment that is under consideration for purchase by the State. Tools for Life provides training to VR’s Assistive Work Technology team. (Page 245)
VR does not have cooperative agreements with non-educational agencies serving out-of-school youth. GVRA has partnered with DJJ to pilot a program with the YDC in Augusta. Through this pilot, GVRA worked with the mental health unit to develop an effective and efficient process for transitioning youth out of the facility and into employment or training opportunities upon their release. Additionally, the agency is finalizing a referral process by which the YDC will refer all youth whom they believe has a disability and may be appropriate for VR services.
GVRA has an established referral process with contracted service providers and strongly encourages them to refer out-of-school youth. The agency partners with Parent to Parent of Georgia, a non-profit organization that provides advocacy and training for families of children and youth with disabilities. Lastly, the agency is a participant in GaDOE-Coordinated Career Academic Education/Project Success and Career Technical Instruction grant which provides intervention support services to students from special populations enrolled in career, technical and agricultural education courses. (Page 246)
Developing and implementing a model transition demonstration project, and GVRA plans to use the current federal Georgia Career Pathways grant as an instrumental pilot to test and measure and duplicate those practices in collaboration with the local school districts that tend to be most effective in producing desired transition outcomes;
• Continuing to expand and establish multistate, regional and/or statewide partnership involving key stakeholders, agencies, organizations and businesses to improve the overall success of the PETS services; and
• Disseminating information and successful strategies that improve the overall success of the PETS services, especially as it relates to individuals of the traditionally underserved or unserved populations within Georgia. (Page 258)
As described in Section (c2) State Programs Carried Out under Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, GVRA works closely with the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program. Currently, Tools for Life loans equipment for clients to try prior to purchasing the equipment. Additionally, GVRA is one of the pilot sites for Tools for Life and the State ADA office to test equipment that is under consideration for purchase by the State. Tools for Life provides training to Georgia VR’s Assistive Work Technology team.
Internally, GVRA employs occupational therapists and rehabilitation engineers who provide assistive technology consultation and assist in equipment acquisition for those individuals with disabilities who are served by the agency. The idea of having a VR Counselor who works closely with the IPS SE program ensures these individuals are afforded proper access to Assistive Work Technology and sensory services. GVRA has plans to continue expanding sensory and AWT access through VR involvement with clients with sensory disabilities. (Page 287)
• Develop new and innovative services for both in-school and out-of-school career pathways. As a part of this, GVRA will utilize its current Georgia Career Pathways federal demonstration grant as the method to pilot new services that can be added to the array of PETS services. This will be done in collaboration with GaDOE, the individual local school district, and the local employers and businesses. For example, based on local employer involvement and feedback, GVRA may ask the local school district to tailor its current career pathway curriculum to fit the specific needs of the local employers, or may ask the school to include more opportunities for work-based learning, pre-apprenticeships, etc., especially for the PETS students. As new services are piloted, they will be evaluated and improved as needed, with a long range to roll out successful new services statewide. (Page 288)
GVRA and VR implemented a plan to increase the salaries of CRCs.
• VR collaborated with Kennesaw State University’s Inclusion Program to develop a cooperative agreement for a VR Counselor to be onsite to serve students with developmental disabilities.
• GVRA and VR collaborated with DBHDD to increase and enhance services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, and for those with developmental disabilities.
• VR collaborated with Bobby Dodd Industries, a CRP in Atlanta, to develop a pilot program targeting transition students with significant disabilities who typically drop out of the program after graduating from high school. This pilot will keep them involved through social media and online technology for job clubs and other activities leading to employment. (Page 292)
The primary strategy used by GVRA was the development of the formal MOU with DBHDD that has increased and enhanced services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and for those with developmental disabilities. In coordination with the Georgia DBHDD, GVRA also implemented an IPS pilot, which included cross-training among the staff of both agencies.
The Individual Placement and Supports-pilot model is a very specific type of Supported Employment with Behavioral Health at this time. The IPS approach assumes everyone can work with the right supports. The person decides when and how they want to go to work. There are no prerequisites (work adjustment, pre-vocational, sheltered, enclave, work evaluations, or otherwise) to go to work. Unlike other approaches, IPS-SE has been researched and proven to achieve higher rates of employment for people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Page 293)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Through the workforce system, the State will provide youth participants the opportunity to become involved in 14 required youth elements which are listed in the Youth program elements section:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence Based Dropout Prevention and Recovery Strategies can allow a participant to attain their secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent.
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Dropout Recovery Services show students alternative learning environments that focus on their skills, abilities, and learning style to prevent them from dropping out of school.
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences are structured learning programs that take place for a specific period.
4. Occupational Skills Training allows participants to become proficient in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at all different levels.
5. Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation integrates training and education.
6. Leadership Development includes the development of positive social and civic behaviors.
7. Supportive Services are in place to allow youth participants to partake in WIOA activities.
8. Adult Mentoring is a 12-month program that matches a youth participant with an adult that will guide the mentee.
9. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling gives youth participants the opportunity to meet with counselors for career and academic counseling.
10. Financial Literacy Education informs participants of smart financial decisions and habits.
11. Entrepreneurial Skills Training educates youth participants on the skills needed to start and maintain a small business.
12. Labor Market and Employment Information Services provide information about in-demand industry sectors.
13. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Postsecondary Education and Training allows for career exploration and research.
14. Follow-up Services are available to youth participants once they have exited the program. (Page 184)
Services are provided to eligible youth participants through a network of youth service providers, which are competitively procured by Georgia’s 19 LWDAs. Georgia is committed to providing, through LWDAs, the following required youth elements:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence based Drop-out Prevention and Recovery Strategies;
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Drop-out Recovery Services;
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences;
4. Occupational Skills Training;
5. Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation;
6. Leadership Development;
7. Supportive Services;
8. Adult Mentoring;
9. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling;
10. Financial Literacy Education;
11. Entrepreneurial Skills Training;
12. Labor Market and Employment Information Services;
13. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Post-secondary Education and Training; and
14. Follow-up Services. (Page 195)
 

Benefits

~~TAA coordinates and facilitates worker orientations to inform the workers about the benefits and services they may receive as well as the eligibility requirements associated with each benefit. The worker orientations often include LWDA representatives to provide guidance on demand occupations and available training in the LWDA. DOL staff assist workers with TAA registration and filing UI claims. (Page 162)
x. The Georgia SRC strongly supports amending current 361.45(c)(2) by adding a new paragraph (v) that would require a DSU to provide eligible individuals who are entitled to Social Security benefits under titles II or XVI of the Social Security Act, information on available assistance and supports available to them when entering the workforce (i.e., benefits planning and financial supports). (Page 239)
Non–Disability Specific Barriers: There is on–going feedback for assistance to address some of the non–disability specific barriers to employment such as transportation, disincentives through entitlement benefits, and lack of family support for employment. (Page 271)
 

School to Work Transition

~~Project SEARCH is only offered in a subset of communities across Georgia. The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, one-year, school-to-work program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that takes place entirely at the workplace. This innovative, business-led model of school-to-work transition features total workplace immersion, which facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction; career exploration; and hands-on, worksite-based training and support. The goal for each student is competitive employment. Project SEARCH was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and has been implemented at several sites in Georgia through a statewide initiative involving the collaborative effort of DoDD, a division of GVRA, area school systems, and several of Georgia’s leading employers. GVRA is working to add Project Search partners across the state to create more opportunities for youth with significant disabilities in obtaining real-life work experience that improves successful transitions from school to adult life. (Page 242)
ii. Goal II - Expand transition services to assist more students with disabilities to go from high school to work or post-secondary education/training. (Page 291)
 

Data Collection

~~The primary data collection and reporting system used by GVRA through the VR program is the Libera System 7 electronic case management system, and the data collected is specific to individuals served through the VR program. At the current time, neither the Libera System 7 case management system, nor its data, is integrated with all the programs and activities present in the one-stop centers. (Page 117)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Through the workforce system, the State will provide youth participants the opportunity to become involved in 14 required youth elements which are listed in the Youth program elements section:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence Based Dropout Prevention and Recovery Strategies can allow a participant to attain their secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent.
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Dropout Recovery Services show students alternative learning environments that focus on their skills, abilities, and learning style to prevent them from dropping out of school.
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences are structured learning programs that take place for a specific period.
4. Occupational Skills Training allows participants to become proficient in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at all different levels. (5) Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation integrates training and education.
5. Leadership Development includes the development of positive social and civic behaviors.
6. Supportive Services are in place to allow youth participants to partake in WIOA activities.
7. Adult Mentoring is a 12-month program that matches a youth participant with an adult that will guide the mentee.
8. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling gives youth participants the opportunity to meet with counselors for career and academic counseling.
9. Financial Literacy Education informs participants of smart financial decisions and habits.
10. Entrepreneurial Skills Training educates youth participants on the skills needed to start and maintain a small business.
11. Labor Market and Employment Information Services provide information about in-demand industry sectors.
12. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Postsecondary Education and Training allows for career exploration and research.
13. Follow-up Services are available to youth participants once they have exited the program. (Page 184)
 

Career Pathways

~~GVRA has a strong statewide presence with offices located in urban and rural areas to provide vocational rehabilitation services to assist in the workforce development of individuals with disabilities. GVRA intends to focus on both youth with disabilities and students with disabilities to better prepare them to become an integral part of Georgia’s workforce. GVRA plans to offer an array of transition services to every public school district in the state with these services focused on assisting students with disabilities to either continue on to a post-secondary education or into a career pathway that is based on the specific skill requirements of Georgia’s employers. GVRA plans to conduct outreach activities to identify and attract those youth with disabilities who are not in school to participate in community-based alternative career pathways that are also based on the specific skill requirements of Georgia’s employers; or if appropriate, assist these youth in returning to school, either secondary or post-secondary. (Page 61)
Finally, GVRA has partnered with the Department of Education (DOE) in the current federal career pathways demonstration grant to expand transition services to students with disabilities and out-of-school youth that lead to real jobs in their communities. As a part of this partnership, GVRA intends to offer an array of transition services to the 50 intensive school districts identified by DOE as part of DOE’s state systemic improvement plan (SSIP).(Page 78)
Youth with Disabilities
Georgia’s one-stop system engages youth in customized career pathways and SES through collaborative partnerships between VR and other core partner programs in the one-stop system. Georgia recently developed a strategic initiative to expand and improve VR services for youth with disabilities who are either in-school or out-of-school. The purpose of this initiative is to braid existing and new resources to offer a robust, comprehensive array of VR services to all schools. Current VR program policies and procedures are being reviewed and amended to reflect this new way of doing business. The plan includes the provision of pre-employment transition services and timely development and approval of an individualized plan for employment for each youth served. One subset of the proposed plan to expand and improve VR services is a newly awarded, five-year demonstration project entitled “Georgia Pathways to Work” funded through the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration.
The proposed Georgia Pathways to Work program aims to significantly change the way GVRA does business statewide in transitioning students and youth with disabilities in partnership with the core program partners, GaDOE, as wells as local employers. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as HDCI to ensure responsiveness to the known workforce demands in Georgia, as well as supporting their efforts to better engage those with disabilities. The overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive integrated employment through improving the 18 existing career pathways for students with disabilities, and creating community-based alternative career pathways for out-of-school youth. (Page 104)
1. Provide the vision and mission of the program or organization. Please include a description of the population that the program will serve, including how the program will meet the needs of persons with barriers to employment (e.g. Displaced Homemaker, Low-income Individual, Individuals with Disabilities, Single Parents, and other individuals as described in the law).
2. Provide a description (and supporting documents, when available) of the program’s implementation of career pathways system as well as any cooperative agreements/contracts that the program has with other agencies and service providers for the delivery of adult education and literacy activities. Also, describe ways in which the program coordinates with other service providers to provide wrap-around services to participants (e.g. child care, transportation). (Page 221)
• The depth, intensity, and rigor of the programs and activities offered by the eligible provider. The proposed program must incorporate the basic tenets of reading instruction. Attention will be given to the extent to which the eligible provider incorporates stringent research in the grant proposal submission and the development of the literacy program itself;
• The extent to which the eligible provider’s program is based on intense research and best practices;
• The extent to which the eligible provider demonstrates the effective use of technology for instruction, to include distance education, toward students’ improved performance;
• The eligible provider’s demonstrated integration of contextualized instruction, to blend literacy skills, and preparation for transition to post-secondary education or entry into the workplace. Particular attention will be given to implementation of a career pathways system, activities that promote and lead to economic self-sufficiency, and the ability to exercise the full rights of citizenship; (Page 222)
The GVRA Executive Director provided an update to SRC members for their meeting in October on actions the agency has taken to implement WIOA recommendations for expanding and enhancing services for youth with disabilities. This work includes the receipt of two new federal grant awards:
1. U.S. Department of Labor, ETA’s Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements: awarded directly to WFD in partnership with GVRA that focuses on the Georgia Disability Employment Initiative, Customized Career Pathways.
2. U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Demonstration and Training: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, Georgia Pathways to Work: awarded directly to GVRA that focuses on career pathways for youth with disabilities who are in school or out-of-school. In addition, GVRA has appointed a Director of Transition Services. This new position emphasizes the importance and significance of services to youth with disabilities before they leave high school. All of these activities are very innovative in preparing high school students with disabilities for competitive employment. The Council would like to see these programs expanded throughout the state as part of VR transition services. (Page 240)
Georgia Pathways to Work will change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as Go Build Georgia and HDCI to be responsive to the known market demands for careers in Georgia, as well as supporting employer efforts to more effectively engage Georgians with disabilities. Furthermore, the overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive, integrated employment through existing and customized pathways. Additionally, this demonstration project will be implemented to increase the average weekly wage and employer benefits of participants in each occupational cluster through successful completion of career pathways.
GVRA will develop policies that address the WIOA requirements, ensure coordination of services with GaDOE, and meet the needs of youth with disabilities in and out-of-school. VR program’s current transition policies are as follows: (Page 248)
In collaboration with GaDOE, Burton Blatt Institute, and Poses Family Foundation, GVRA is customizing the landscape of career pathways for young Georgians with disabilities. The Georgia Pathways to Work program- E3: Explore, Engage, Employ- connects real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers in their individual communities. The purpose of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to improve the 18 existing career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities. The program will engage employers in the model design and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation. The project impact is to change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. (Page 247)
• Development of comprehensive array of service for the over 3,000 project participants in either a school or community, integrated setting: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) (including assessments for determining level of understanding career pathways selection for the participants); CAPI; and. customized employment to address the complexities of individualization. (Page 247)
Georgia Pathways to Work will change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as Go Build Georgia and HDCI to be responsive to the known market demands for careers in Georgia, as well as supporting employer efforts to more effectively engage Georgians with disabilities. Furthermore, the overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive, integrated employment through existing and customized pathways. Additionally, this demonstration project will be implemented to increase the average weekly wage and employer benefits of participants in each occupational cluster through successful completion of career pathways.
GVRA will develop policies that address the WIOA requirements, ensure coordination of services with GaDOE, and meet the needs of youth with disabilities in and out-of-school. VR program’s current transition policies are as follows:
I.   THE VR CSPM STATES THAT TRANSITION SERVICES ARE TO BE PROVIDED TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES THAT FACILITATE THE TRANSITION FROM THE RECEIPT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES IN SECONDARY SCHOOL TO THE RECEIPT OF VR SERVICES ORIENTED TOWARD AN EMPLOYMENT OUTCOME (CSPM 450.1.02). (Page 248)
WFD: GVRA has partnered with WFD to engage youth in customized career pathways and supported employment. This work is funded through the USDOL ETA Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements. (Page 253)
i.   Implementing the Georgia Pathways to Work grant. As described in Section (d) Coordination with Education Officials, GVRA was awarded a grant through the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration. The Georgia Pathways to Work will significantly change the way GVRA does business statewide in transitioning students and youth with disabilities in partnership with GaDOE, WFD, and local businesses and employers. The focus of this proposed model will be to increase access for students with disabilities to the existing high school career pathways, as well as customizing those existing career pathways for students with disabilities, and creating community-based alternative career pathways for those youth who are not in school. (Page 258)
Based on the feedback that GVRA has received, there were some common statewide needs identified for youth and students with disabilities. These include:
1. Increase and enhance transition services overall, especially to younger students, ages 14-16.
2. Improve the quality of GVRA’s transitional staff who are provided to the local school districts to ensure greater consistency of services.
3. Expand the array of transition services made available to schools.
4. Develop outreach efforts that engage youth with disabilities who have dropped out of school.
5. Improve alignment of GVRA’s transition services with the needs of the local school districts.
6. Improve alignment of the VR program’s training programs with the GaDOE’s occupational clusters and career pathways. (Page 273)
iii.  Develop and implement a career pathway model of services for both in-school students and out-of-school youth that will include Vocational Rehabilitation services that are aligned with the current GaDOE’s Occupational Clusters and curriculum-based career pathways; as well as alternative integrated community-based career pathways for those youth who are not in school.
iv.  Partner with GaDOE, TCSG and USG to develop collaborative arrangements that improve the transition from high school to post-secondary education for students with disabilities. (Page 278)
• Transform how GVRA and the VR services focus on youth and students with disabilities by integrating services agency-wide to make this population the highest focus.
• Partner with GaDOE to increase and deliver a comprehensive array of transitional services to every school district within the state, including a special focus on career pathways and customized career pathways.
• Develop a concentrated outreach effort to identify youth with disabilities that are not enrolled in school, and make the same robust services available to them.
• Partner with the existing VR provider network to create community-based career pathways for youth not enrolled in school.
• Partner with both TCSG and USG to improve post-secondary transition.
Strategies:
• Develop formal third-party agreements with local employers to contribute to all career pathways available to youth with disabilities, both in school and out of school. (Page 286)
GVRA’s goal to improve and expand VR services for students with disabilities by the following:
• Develop and offer a comprehensive array of services to all school districts statewide. Specifically, GVRA will develop all 5 required PETS activities, as well as the 9 authorized activities as may be needed, and offer those to every school district in the state of Georgia. These will include services that are VR Program-provided, as well as services provided through the VR provider network. GVRA’s goal is to establish a minimum number of PETS services offered and provided to each school district within the state. Then as these PETS services are provided, the services will be continually evaluated and changed for improvements that produce the best outcomes, either competitive employment or postsecondary education and training. Where there is a paucity of such PETS services in particular geographic areas of the state, GVRA will solicit both new service providers and/or new services to ensure the minimum of necessary PETS services. It should be noted that all PETS services statewide will also offer both during school and after school hours of availability; and GVRA will work collaboratively with each local school district to best fit the services to the community.
• Develop new and innovative services for both in-school and out-of-school career pathways. As a part of this, GVRA will utilize its current Georgia Career Pathways federal demonstration grant as the method to pilot new services that can be added to the array of PETS services. This will be done in collaboration with GaDOE, the individual local school district, and the local employers and businesses. For example, based on local employer involvement and feedback, GVRA may ask the local school district to tailor its current career pathway curriculum to fit the specific needs of the local employers, or may ask the school to include more opportunities for work-based learning, pre-apprenticeships, etc., especially for the PETS students. As new services are piloted, they will be evaluated and improved as needed, with a long range to roll out successful new services statewide. (Page 288)
 

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 303)

Policies and Initiatives

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Georgia’s Explore, Engage, Employ (E3) - 11/01/2017

~~“Georgia VR is implementing E3 (Explore, Engage, Employ) in 7 school districts to serve 3,000 students and youth.  E3 goals are to engage employers to customize existing career pathways and develop alternative pathways for students and out of school youth; involve families to increase youth participation, and utilize social media strategies to develop services and connect youth to career interests.  Partners include the Poses Family Foundation, GA Department of Education, Technical College System of Georgia, Center for Leadership in Disability, Parent to Parent of Georgia, Burton Blatt Institute and Jobs for the Future.

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

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

“Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Gather to SOAR at Self-Employment Seminar” - 09/07/2017

~~“SOAR: A Pathway to Self-Employment seminar in August 2017 at the All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) Family Support Center in Decatur, Georgia.

The seminar was co-hosted by Synergies Work, Inc., a nonprofit that provides people with disabilities the supports to become financially independent as entrepreneurs and the Georgia Microboards Association (GMA), a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to people with disabilities and their families.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), behavioral health and community service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families attended the one-day seminar to learn how to successfully be self-employed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Developmental Disabilities “Announcements” - 08/24/2017

~~“There were significant changes to the COMP Waiver that occurred following approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March 2017.  As a result, the four fiscal support services agencies sent an information sheet with the following facts about the transition:

The changes that have occurred are as follows: •CLD has been removed•CLS has two new service codes, CL Basic and CL Extended•CL Basic is used for employees that work a shift of 2.75 hours or less•CL Extended is used for employees that work a shift of 3 or more hours•CLS received a 7.2% increase to the total funds allocated to CLS”

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency FY 2017-2019 Strategic Plan (FY 2018 Update) - 08/03/2017

~~“While the Agency’s mission of employment and independence for Georgian with Disabilities remains the same, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law in July 2014, brought changes to the way GVRA serves clients with disabilities. WIOA’s implementing regulations went into effect on October 18, 2016. GVRA has been updating policies and procedures to adhere to the changes and improvements in services to individuals with disabilities.  One major tenant in the Act relates to services to students with disabilities (age 14 to 22) where GVRA will provide pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) to groups of students in secondary education and identified as being served on an IEP or 504 and who are therefore potentially eligible to receive pre-ETS.  Another major focus of the Act is to serve eligible youth with disabilities age 14 to 24 who are not in school or training and provide them with services that will lead to competitive employment. “      

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

Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disability Providers of State –Funded Developmental Disability Services Fiscal Year 2018 - 07/01/2017

~~“Supported Employment Services – Supported Employment Services are ongoing supports that enable individuals, for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely, absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports to work in an integrated work setting. Providers supporting any individual, who is not employed, shall have a minimum of two face-to-face contacts with the individual per month. The goal of each contact should reflect job development activities. Supported Employment Services are distinct from and do not occur at the same time of day as Community Access or Prevocational services.

The planned outcomes of Supported Employment Services are to increase the hours worked by each individual toward the goal of full-time employment (i.e., the goal of forty (40) hours per week) and to increase the wages of each individual toward the goal of increased financial independence. An individual does not have to be able to work full-time to receive Supported Employment Services because supported employment can be either full or part time work.Supported Employment services are based on the individual‘s needs, preferences, and informed choice. These services allow for flexibility in the amount of support an individual receives over time and as needed in various work sites.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Deal announces launch of Georgia STABLE - 06/14/2017

~~“June 14, 2017Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the launch of Georgia STABLE, a tax-free savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by the Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Corporation, established through legislation signed in 2016. The Georgia ABLE Act is modeled after the federal ABLE Act of 2014.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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HB 768 Handicapped persons; ABLE program establishment to use tax exempt accounts to pay for qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; provisions - 05/03/2016

“A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 30 of the O.C.G.A., relating to disabled persons, so as to provide for the establishment of a qualified ABLE program in this state to enable the contribution of funds to tax-exempt accounts to pay for the qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; to amend Code Section 48-7-27 of the O.C.G.A., relating to computation of taxable net income; to amend Code Section 50-13-2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the definitions for purposes of the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, so as to exclude the Georgia ABLE Program Corporation from the meaning of "agency"; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Georgia House Resolution 642 - 08/17/2015

 “WHEREAS, an ‘Employment First’ policy provides that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability, and that employment in the general workforce at or above the minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities.”   “WHEREAS, an Employment First policy established by the State of Georgia would require the collaboration of all involved state agencies, including the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Education, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Department of Community Health, in aligning their programs and resources to such end.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Developmental Disabilities “Announcements” - 08/24/2017

~~“There were significant changes to the COMP Waiver that occurred following approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March 2017.  As a result, the four fiscal support services agencies sent an information sheet with the following facts about the transition:

The changes that have occurred are as follows: •CLD has been removed•CLS has two new service codes, CL Basic and CL Extended•CL Basic is used for employees that work a shift of 2.75 hours or less•CL Extended is used for employees that work a shift of 3 or more hours•CLS received a 7.2% increase to the total funds allocated to CLS”

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency FY 2017-2019 Strategic Plan (FY 2018 Update) - 08/03/2017

~~“While the Agency’s mission of employment and independence for Georgian with Disabilities remains the same, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law in July 2014, brought changes to the way GVRA serves clients with disabilities. WIOA’s implementing regulations went into effect on October 18, 2016. GVRA has been updating policies and procedures to adhere to the changes and improvements in services to individuals with disabilities.  One major tenant in the Act relates to services to students with disabilities (age 14 to 22) where GVRA will provide pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) to groups of students in secondary education and identified as being served on an IEP or 504 and who are therefore potentially eligible to receive pre-ETS.  Another major focus of the Act is to serve eligible youth with disabilities age 14 to 24 who are not in school or training and provide them with services that will lead to competitive employment. “      

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

Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disability Providers of State –Funded Developmental Disability Services Fiscal Year 2018 - 07/01/2017

~~“Supported Employment Services – Supported Employment Services are ongoing supports that enable individuals, for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely, absent the provision of supports, and who, because of their disabilities, need supports to work in an integrated work setting. Providers supporting any individual, who is not employed, shall have a minimum of two face-to-face contacts with the individual per month. The goal of each contact should reflect job development activities. Supported Employment Services are distinct from and do not occur at the same time of day as Community Access or Prevocational services.

The planned outcomes of Supported Employment Services are to increase the hours worked by each individual toward the goal of full-time employment (i.e., the goal of forty (40) hours per week) and to increase the wages of each individual toward the goal of increased financial independence. An individual does not have to be able to work full-time to receive Supported Employment Services because supported employment can be either full or part time work.Supported Employment services are based on the individual‘s needs, preferences, and informed choice. These services allow for flexibility in the amount of support an individual receives over time and as needed in various work sites.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Deal announces launch of Georgia STABLE - 06/14/2017

~~“June 14, 2017Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the launch of Georgia STABLE, a tax-free savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by the Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Corporation, established through legislation signed in 2016. The Georgia ABLE Act is modeled after the federal ABLE Act of 2014.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

“Public Policy for the People: 13 February 2017” - 02/13/2017

~~“Besides GCDD's Public Policy Team trolling the halls of the Gold Dome to speak with legislators about the need for more DD Waivers and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, we have also hosted 2 advocacy days so far. On February 1st we spoke about the need for more DD Waiver funding and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education. …

Systems
  • Other

Limitations on Subminimum Wage - 02/08/2017

~~“Any individual hired into subminimum wage employment after July 22, 2016, must receive CC&IR services once every six months the first year of employment and annually thereafter. All individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, require CC&IR services once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. Employers should review any documents provided by the employee indicating that such counseling has been provided. The employer is required to verify the employee's completion of these services, and review and obtain any relevant documentation from the employee.

Under the WIOA amendments, employers are prohibited from compensating any individual with a disability who is 24 years of age or younger at subminimum wage, unless the individual has received documentation from GVRA upon completion of the following activities:

Pre-employment transition services or transition services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.Applied for vocational rehabilitation services, and the individual was determined:

Ineligible for vocational rehabilitation services.Eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, has an approved Individualized Plan for Employment, and the individual was unable to achieve an employment outcome in competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Brush up on GCDD’s 2017 Legislative Priorities” - 01/01/2017

~~“Employment FirstEmployment First means that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability. Under Employment First legislation, employment in the general workforce at or above minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities. Under Employment First policy, state agencies will need to re-align their policies and funding to prioritize employment for all working-age Georgians with disabilities.•Support legislation that addresses employment barriers for people with disabilities, makes Georgia an Employment First state, and prioritizes competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) – Budget AskIPSE provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access higher education. This education prepares them to live increasingly independent lives and pursue careers of their choice. Graduates from IPSE programs are more likely to find employment and earn 73% more than their peers who do not receive post-secondary education.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) “A New Focus on Transition: New Federal Regulations and New Initiatives Focus on Younger Clients” - 08/01/2016

“Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) initiative. Funded through a $4.7 million grant —stretched over five years — E3 is broken down into three components, and they follow the path of the student or young person as they prepare for a career. The first “Explore” phase encourages students and youth to begin exploring the world of work and possible career goals, learning about soft skills and how benefits work. The next phase, “Engage,” takes it a step further, allowing students to begin to participate in the world of work. In this phase, they’ll learn self-advocacy and the kind of skills that are required for different jobs. And the last phase, “Employ,” is broken down into two different phases in its own right. The first will focus on pre-employment services, preparing students to submit resumes and applications. The second looks at on-the-job accommodations, continuing education and the possibility of career advancement.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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“Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Gather to SOAR at Self-Employment Seminar” - 09/07/2017

~~“SOAR: A Pathway to Self-Employment seminar in August 2017 at the All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) Family Support Center in Decatur, Georgia.

The seminar was co-hosted by Synergies Work, Inc., a nonprofit that provides people with disabilities the supports to become financially independent as entrepreneurs and the Georgia Microboards Association (GMA), a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to people with disabilities and their families.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), behavioral health and community service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families attended the one-day seminar to learn how to successfully be self-employed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

GA Statewide Transition Steering Committee - Discovering Jobs Pilot Project

“The Statewide Transition Steering Committee…comprised of teachers and school vocational counselors, private employment representatives, other service providers, parents and advocacy groups, post-secondary and state agency representatives including VR…developed the Customized Supported Employment pilot project called Discovering Jobs: Linking Discovery to Employment that was launched in four counties. The on-going pilot utilizes a continuum of services and the Discovery process for students with significant cognitive disabilities as strategies to improve employment outcomes.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Mission

“The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is the state's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy.    “The GCDD works with legislators and advocacy groups to influence and support public policy that fosters a positive change in the way education, housing, workplace/careers and community living opportunities are made available to persons with developmental disabilities.”  

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Georgia’s Explore, Engage, Employ (E3) - 11/01/2017

~~“Georgia VR is implementing E3 (Explore, Engage, Employ) in 7 school districts to serve 3,000 students and youth.  E3 goals are to engage employers to customize existing career pathways and develop alternative pathways for students and out of school youth; involve families to increase youth participation, and utilize social media strategies to develop services and connect youth to career interests.  Partners include the Poses Family Foundation, GA Department of Education, Technical College System of Georgia, Center for Leadership in Disability, Parent to Parent of Georgia, Burton Blatt Institute and Jobs for the Future.

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

Georgia Department of Community Affairs “Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program – Housing for Persons with Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The State of Georgia was awarded $14.4 Million from HUD to provide long-term project-based rental assistance to persons with disabilities. The HUD 811 PRA grant will provide 484 units of housing that will be attached to new and existing tax-credit apartment developments around the state. The State of Georgia, through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has seized upon this exciting opportunity to expand its inventory of housing resources through the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program in furtherance of its commitment to provide integrated housing opportunities with support services to extremely low income persons with disabilities and their families.

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

Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) - 01/08/2016

"GVRA was recently awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to improve employment opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. E3 is designed to connect real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers.  E3 will work with GaDOE identified career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities.  The program will engage employers and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation.  The program impact is to change how organizations support independence, employment and career advancement of students and youth with disabilities. The initial rollout will be in five school districts in Georgia.”

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

Georgia Disability Employment Initiative

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) was awarded $2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative is a partnership between GDEcD and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). The initiative is designed to improve job placement rates for youth and adults with disabilities that live within two of the state’s 19 Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…"   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Money Follows the Person

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…“…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations
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GA Department of Behavioral Health & DD - Guide to Supported Employment - 04/25/2015

This Guide to Supported Employment was prepared by the Georgia Division of Developmental Disabilities Statewide Quality Improvement Council. It is intended to: Explain why employment is important; Illustrate through real examples the difference work makes in people’s lives; Answer common questions about pay and health benefits when you work and have an intellectual and/or developmental disability; and Provide information and resources on Supported Employment programs in Georgia.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)

~~“Currently, there is no planned face-to-face district leader training, via the RESAs, for support in completing the initial 2017-2018 CNA report. The GaDOE will deliver on-line training on the CNA process, as already outlined through its webinar series, and face-to-face regional trainings in May 10, 2017….

The GaDOE is currently developing a dedicated webpage on the GaDOE website that will house all resources and information related to the CNA process. The Office of School & District Effectiveness will hold trainings for select groups following a schedule available through their office.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Consulting/Technical Assistance

The IHDD is available for consultations and technical assistance with professionals, para-professionals, families and family members to create meaningful community activities that highlight people with disabilities and their families. IHDD has been highly sought to provide national consulting to train and develop new skills sets in Customized Employment and its associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Toolkit, as well as the Evidence-Based Individual Placement and Supports model of employment. 

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

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Customized Employment

This web resource defines Customized Employment with examples and provides an overview of the University’s Customized Employment Initiative. It includes sections: What is Customized Employment, Types of Customized Employment, and links to resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

University of GA, Institute on Human Development & Disability - WorkWorks Training

Through service, teaching, and research, the Institute on Human Development and Disability hopes to, “contribute to creating an environment where individuals with disabilities are independent and enjoy careers of choice.” Through WorkWorks, the institute offers a variety of training programs related to integrated employment opportunities for employment specialists and job coaches.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Justice Department Sues Georgia for Unnecessarily Segregating Students with Disabilities - 08/23/2016

The Lawsuit is the First Challenge to a State-Run School System for Segregating Students with Disabilities The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Systems
  • Department of Education

Justice Department Reaches Extension Agreement to Improve Georgia’s Development Disability and Mental Health System - 05/18/2016

The extension agreement builds upon a 2010 settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit brought by the department under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. The case involves Georgia’s provision of community services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Under the agreement, Georgia will help people with developmental disabilities move from its state hospitals to integrated settings, consistent with their needs and preferences; will identify and address each individual’s needs in the community prior to discharge; and will monitor services and track outcomes for people after their discharge. For individuals who have moved from the state hospitals to the community, Georgia will monitor their health and wellbeing to ensure that emerging needs are met in a timely fashion. The extension agreement also calls for creation of at least 675 new Medicaid home- and community-based waiver slots as alternatives to placement in a facility.

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

United States of America v. The State of Georgia, et al. Civil Action NO 1:10-CV-249-CAP - 10/19/2010

“To comply with this Settlement Agreement, the State shall provide the following services to individuals in the target population: … d. Supported Employment i. “Supported Employment will be operated according to an evidence-based supported employment model, and it will be assessed by an established fidelity scale such as the scale included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) supported tool kit” ii. Enrollment in congregate programs shall not constitute Supported Employment. iii. Pursuant to the following schedule, the State shall provide Supported Employment services to 550 individuals with SPMI by July 1, 2015 .

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
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“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“Effective March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings commonly referred to as the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule (Rule)… This document outlines Georgia’s transition plan, hereinafter called Statewide Transition Plan or STP. Georgia published its first STP in December 2014 as required by the Rule in correlation to a series of Home and Community Based Services 1915(c) waiver amendments.

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home-and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) including conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological disorders. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. Examples of services available in addition to core services described above include supported employment, respite, and behavioral and nutrition supports.”

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

Georgia “Homeless with Physical and Mental Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program is designed for individuals with a disability who are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income and between the ages of 18 and 61. Recently, HUD awarded the State of Georgia with $14.4 million to provide long-term rental assistance to individuals who meet these qualifications. In order to be considered for the program, the participant must be referred by either the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities or the State of Georgia Money Follows the Person program.

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

Georgia State Plan Amendments - 11/19/2015

All state plan amendments approved since 11/19/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Georgia HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings.  The new rules define settings that are not community-like and cannot be used to provide federally-funded home and community based services. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that people who live in the community and receive home and community based waiver services have opportunities to access their community and receive services in the most integrated settings.    Georgia submitted four 1915(c) waiver amendments within the first year of the effective date of the rule and was therefore required to develop a transition plan specific to each waiver to ensure the settings requirements are met.     
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Department of Community Health “New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)” - 11/20/2013

Overview The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) through the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Medical Assistance Plans. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes intellectual disability or other closely related conditions, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. There are more than 12,000 people with developmental disabilities who are served bty the NOW/COMP programs in Georgia.

Purpose The NOW waiver program offers services and supports to individuals to enable them to remain living in their own or family home and participate or live independently in the community

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

New Waiver Rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Georgia’s Transition Plan - 03/17/2013

Georgia has developed the following Transition Plan to follow in response to the new HCBS Settings Rule. This Statewide Transition Plan will present ways in which the State of Georgia will develop a tool(s) and implement evaluations of its home and community -based (HCBS) settings where 1915(c) waiver program services are currently available. It will also address methodologies used to maximize and enhance the public input process and ongoing compliance monitoring. If it is determined that there are settings that do not meet the final regulations’ HCBS settings requirements, such HCBS settings will be required to make changes that will bring them into compliance . “

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

GA Community Based Alternatives for Youth (01.R02.00) - 10/01/2012

"Provides behavioral assistance, care management, clinical services, respite, supported employment, community transition, customized goods and services, expressive clinical services, family peer support, financial support, waiver transportation, youth peer support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and w/SED ages 4-17."

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

Things are looking peachy for workers with disabilities in the great state of Georgia, where high expectations are on the horizon.

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 Georgia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
23.59%
Change from
2014 to 2015
13,214,860
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
657,996
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0%
Change from
2014 to 2015
200,764
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.51%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 13,214,860
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 657,996
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 200,764
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 4,145,481
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.51%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 580,094
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 644,176
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 777,690
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 380,409
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 55,138
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 20,568
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 23,906
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 16,233

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,488
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 285,889

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 15,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 46,821
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 112,177
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,653
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,670
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,680
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,929
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02

 

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. 29
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 20
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. 69.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.20

 

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. 9,312
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 441,114
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. $8,646,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $117,985,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $16,972,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,580
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 12,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 23.60

 

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). 64.87%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.13%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.16%
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). 24.39%
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). 53.73%
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). 81.04%
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). 29.34%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,688,563
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,114
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 239,895
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,043,403
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,283,298
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 214
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,158
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,372
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,823,472
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,757,487

 

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

2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 28
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,040
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,040

 

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)

~~No specific disability related information found.  

Customized Employment

~~• Development of comprehensive array of service for the over 3,000 project participants in either a school or community, integrated setting: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) (including assessments for determining level of understanding career pathways selection for the participants); CAPI; and. customized employment to address the complexities of individualization. (Page 247)
DBHDD: GVRA has a formal MOU with DBHDD that utilizes the SE IPS model. This MOU covers both the behavioral health and developmental disabilities divisions of DBHDD to serve those individuals using Supported and Customized Employment.
This agreement allows VR services to collaborate statewide with a network of providers including CSBs for the provision of SES. These agencies prepare VR clients for permanent jobs through supported employment and complementary services. The CSBs provide a wide scope of outpatient, day, residential housing, and community-based services that include SE. The Memorandum of Understanding with DBHDD allows for improved coordination of efforts to serve those with the most significant disabilities. (Page 253)
1. Disability-Specific Topics (including Positive Behavioral Supports training for counselors who have clients with Most Significant Disabilities, Deaf Culture Literacy, and Individualized Placement and Support Training for Counselors Handling Clients with Severe & Persistent Mental Illness.
2. Customized Employment Training.
3. Case Management.
4. Eligibility for Services.
5. IPE Development.
6. Varying Types of Caseloads (including Supported Employment and Transition).
7. Values-based Training for Persons Working with Individuals with Disabilities.
8. Collaborative Training with School Personnel on Creative Individual Assessments.
9. Transition Resource Planning.
10. Road Map for Services Available to Georgians.
11. Job Development.
12. Employment Engagement Training (developing a work plan and work goal).
13. Compliance Training (including Sexual Harassment and Anti-Discrimination).
VR continues to identify current information from research, rehabilitation trends and professional resources. This information is provided to agency staff through a variety of methods, including training at the State, quadrant and local level. Most recently this training has been focused on Customized Employment. (Page 269)
Access to Supported Employment: There are concerns that there is both a paucity of Supported Employment Providers, and that from the supported employment providers’ perspective, SES are cost–prohibitive. Concerns regarding access to Supported Employment have highlighted the following needs for services expansion:
1. Increase in SES, especially for those individuals with significant disabilities. Many of these individuals have limited or no access to SES.
2. Increase in both services and actual Customized Employment opportunities.
3. Increase in the availability in specific skills training that is actually aligned with real jobs within the state and less on generic training. (Page 271)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Describe how the designated State unit will collaborate with the State agency responsible for administering each of the following programs to develop opportunities for competitive integrated employment, to the greatest extent practicable:
1. THE STATE MEDICAID PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT;
GVRA has established collaborative relationships with multiple State agencies in order to more efficiently and effectively assist individuals with disabilities in achieving employment in an integrated setting. In some cases, these collaborative relationships have been developed to enhance the working relationship between the VR program and other State agencies. Several of these relationships have been formalized through Interagency Cooperative Agreements that were described earlier in Sections (e) Cooperative Agreements with Private Nonprofit Organizations and (f) Arrangements and Cooperative Agreements for the Provision of SES. GVRA has identified other State agencies in which formal agreements need to be developed to support collaboration and seamless service delivery statewide. (Page 258)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.
Georgia’s One-Stop delivery system is focused on ensuring universal access across its workforce system. The State and its local partners, maintain compliance with the provisions of WIOA Section 188 which require programmatic and physical accessibility. Through monitoring performed at both the state and local level, Georgia ensures that all One-Stops are in compliance with Section 188 of WIOA, the ADA, and other applicable regulations. Individuals who seek to utilize Georgia’s workforce system can expect facilities, whether physical or virtual, to meet federally-mandated accessibility standards. In addition, the State maintains a Methods of Administration which details how compliance with WIOA Section 188 will be maintained. The Methods of Administration is a “living” document which ensures current federal regulations and directives are implemented at the state and local level as quickly as possible.
Separately, as a component of one-stop certification, the State collects a business plan from each LWDA which details how a new one-stop will satisfy accessibility requirements and the provisions of WIOA Section 188. In order to be certified, each comprehensive one-stop must satisfy the requisite federal criteria. This process ensures universal access to programmatic services and facilities are maintained across the state.
Moreover, the One-Stop Integration Working Group is identifying additional criteria which will be assessed during the one-stop certification process. This may lead to additional accessibility requirements being incorporated into the one-stop certification process. Through the One-Stop Integration Working Group, the State continues to prioritize programmatic and physical accessibility in the one-stop certification process. The One-Stop Integration Working Group will provide guidance and technical assistance to LWDBs prior to the completion of LWDB certification, prior to July 1, 2017. (Page 144-145)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~A key component of achieving the goal of increased participation in the workforce system is ensuring that the one-stop system provides services to individuals with barriers to employment. Each of Georgia’s core partners are working to reduce barriers to employment among the workforce population in support of this goal. Through their involvement in the WIOA implementation working groups, each partner has contributed to the conversation to ensure that the workforce system provides easy access for these targeted populations, and ensures that all services are available to help remove barriers to employment. Additionally, these partners have been integral in the development of sector partnerships in each of the twelve planning regions, contributing to the discussions as they develop pathways into high demand careers. One of the key issues that the sector partnerships will address is ensuring that the career pathways are accessible to individuals with barriers. In order to receive grant funding, regions will have to specifically address this issue. The Disability Employment Initiative is currently being piloted in two LWDAs to customize employment offerings to individuals with disabilities. The state has already begun to collect and distributed best practices from this initiative to other LWDAs. In addition to efforts such as Operation: Workforce; the State has also made available strategic grants to serve transitioning services members and their families, ex-offenders, and at-risk youth. These grants enable LWDAs to implement unique programming that will serve as models throughout the rest of the state. (Page 65)
The state has determined that one of the most effective strategies for serving Georgia’s special populations is through the provision of targeted grants using Governor’s reserve funding. The grants enable LWDAs to conduct pilot programs without using local formula funds. If service strategies for special populations are found to be successful, LWDAs are then able to integrate those strategies into their formula funded services. This alleviates much of the risk of building new programs while still promoting innovation. An example of this strategy was the state’s Ex-Offenders Pilot Program. Through this pilot, the State made a grant opportunity available to every LWDA that had a transition center within its geographic boundaries. To be awarded the grant, the LWDAs had to propose effective strategies that would be utilized to training individuals that resided within transition centers. The LWDAs had to choose training programs for occupations that were in-demand, paid a livable wage in the region, and were appropriate for an individual who did not have a clean background. The state assessed the proposal and awarded funds to the LWDAs with the most innovative plans. The pilots were highly successful and enabled LWDAs to enhance relationships with community partners and better serve ex-offenders. Beginning in calendar year 2016, the state plans to expand upon the successes of this grant, by awarding at least five special populations grants. The subject of the grants will coincide with the specified populations in the Governor’s vision. The state will work with the LWDAs to ensure consistent and innovative services are delivered through grants. (Page 77)
Georgia VR does not currently have any cooperative agreements with State programs carried out under section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. However, VR does work closely with the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program. Currently, Tools for Life loans equipment for clients to try prior to purchasing the equipment. Additionally, GVRA is one of the pilot sites for Tools for Life and the State ADA office to test equipment that is under consideration for purchase by the State. Tools for Life provides training to VR’s Assistive Work Technology team. (Page 245)
VR does not have cooperative agreements with non-educational agencies serving out-of-school youth. GVRA has partnered with DJJ to pilot a program with the YDC in Augusta. Through this pilot, GVRA worked with the mental health unit to develop an effective and efficient process for transitioning youth out of the facility and into employment or training opportunities upon their release. Additionally, the agency is finalizing a referral process by which the YDC will refer all youth whom they believe has a disability and may be appropriate for VR services.
GVRA has an established referral process with contracted service providers and strongly encourages them to refer out-of-school youth. The agency partners with Parent to Parent of Georgia, a non-profit organization that provides advocacy and training for families of children and youth with disabilities. Lastly, the agency is a participant in GaDOE-Coordinated Career Academic Education/Project Success and Career Technical Instruction grant which provides intervention support services to students from special populations enrolled in career, technical and agricultural education courses. (Page 246)
Developing and implementing a model transition demonstration project, and GVRA plans to use the current federal Georgia Career Pathways grant as an instrumental pilot to test and measure and duplicate those practices in collaboration with the local school districts that tend to be most effective in producing desired transition outcomes;
• Continuing to expand and establish multistate, regional and/or statewide partnership involving key stakeholders, agencies, organizations and businesses to improve the overall success of the PETS services; and
• Disseminating information and successful strategies that improve the overall success of the PETS services, especially as it relates to individuals of the traditionally underserved or unserved populations within Georgia. (Page 258)
As described in Section (c2) State Programs Carried Out under Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, GVRA works closely with the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program. Currently, Tools for Life loans equipment for clients to try prior to purchasing the equipment. Additionally, GVRA is one of the pilot sites for Tools for Life and the State ADA office to test equipment that is under consideration for purchase by the State. Tools for Life provides training to Georgia VR’s Assistive Work Technology team.
Internally, GVRA employs occupational therapists and rehabilitation engineers who provide assistive technology consultation and assist in equipment acquisition for those individuals with disabilities who are served by the agency. The idea of having a VR Counselor who works closely with the IPS SE program ensures these individuals are afforded proper access to Assistive Work Technology and sensory services. GVRA has plans to continue expanding sensory and AWT access through VR involvement with clients with sensory disabilities. (Page 287)
• Develop new and innovative services for both in-school and out-of-school career pathways. As a part of this, GVRA will utilize its current Georgia Career Pathways federal demonstration grant as the method to pilot new services that can be added to the array of PETS services. This will be done in collaboration with GaDOE, the individual local school district, and the local employers and businesses. For example, based on local employer involvement and feedback, GVRA may ask the local school district to tailor its current career pathway curriculum to fit the specific needs of the local employers, or may ask the school to include more opportunities for work-based learning, pre-apprenticeships, etc., especially for the PETS students. As new services are piloted, they will be evaluated and improved as needed, with a long range to roll out successful new services statewide. (Page 288)
GVRA and VR implemented a plan to increase the salaries of CRCs.
• VR collaborated with Kennesaw State University’s Inclusion Program to develop a cooperative agreement for a VR Counselor to be onsite to serve students with developmental disabilities.
• GVRA and VR collaborated with DBHDD to increase and enhance services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, and for those with developmental disabilities.
• VR collaborated with Bobby Dodd Industries, a CRP in Atlanta, to develop a pilot program targeting transition students with significant disabilities who typically drop out of the program after graduating from high school. This pilot will keep them involved through social media and online technology for job clubs and other activities leading to employment. (Page 292)
The primary strategy used by GVRA was the development of the formal MOU with DBHDD that has increased and enhanced services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and for those with developmental disabilities. In coordination with the Georgia DBHDD, GVRA also implemented an IPS pilot, which included cross-training among the staff of both agencies.
The Individual Placement and Supports-pilot model is a very specific type of Supported Employment with Behavioral Health at this time. The IPS approach assumes everyone can work with the right supports. The person decides when and how they want to go to work. There are no prerequisites (work adjustment, pre-vocational, sheltered, enclave, work evaluations, or otherwise) to go to work. Unlike other approaches, IPS-SE has been researched and proven to achieve higher rates of employment for people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Page 293)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Through the workforce system, the State will provide youth participants the opportunity to become involved in 14 required youth elements which are listed in the Youth program elements section:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence Based Dropout Prevention and Recovery Strategies can allow a participant to attain their secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent.
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Dropout Recovery Services show students alternative learning environments that focus on their skills, abilities, and learning style to prevent them from dropping out of school.
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences are structured learning programs that take place for a specific period.
4. Occupational Skills Training allows participants to become proficient in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at all different levels.
5. Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation integrates training and education.
6. Leadership Development includes the development of positive social and civic behaviors.
7. Supportive Services are in place to allow youth participants to partake in WIOA activities.
8. Adult Mentoring is a 12-month program that matches a youth participant with an adult that will guide the mentee.
9. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling gives youth participants the opportunity to meet with counselors for career and academic counseling.
10. Financial Literacy Education informs participants of smart financial decisions and habits.
11. Entrepreneurial Skills Training educates youth participants on the skills needed to start and maintain a small business.
12. Labor Market and Employment Information Services provide information about in-demand industry sectors.
13. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Postsecondary Education and Training allows for career exploration and research.
14. Follow-up Services are available to youth participants once they have exited the program. (Page 184)
Services are provided to eligible youth participants through a network of youth service providers, which are competitively procured by Georgia’s 19 LWDAs. Georgia is committed to providing, through LWDAs, the following required youth elements:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence based Drop-out Prevention and Recovery Strategies;
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Drop-out Recovery Services;
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences;
4. Occupational Skills Training;
5. Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation;
6. Leadership Development;
7. Supportive Services;
8. Adult Mentoring;
9. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling;
10. Financial Literacy Education;
11. Entrepreneurial Skills Training;
12. Labor Market and Employment Information Services;
13. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Post-secondary Education and Training; and
14. Follow-up Services. (Page 195)
 

Benefits

~~TAA coordinates and facilitates worker orientations to inform the workers about the benefits and services they may receive as well as the eligibility requirements associated with each benefit. The worker orientations often include LWDA representatives to provide guidance on demand occupations and available training in the LWDA. DOL staff assist workers with TAA registration and filing UI claims. (Page 162)
x. The Georgia SRC strongly supports amending current 361.45(c)(2) by adding a new paragraph (v) that would require a DSU to provide eligible individuals who are entitled to Social Security benefits under titles II or XVI of the Social Security Act, information on available assistance and supports available to them when entering the workforce (i.e., benefits planning and financial supports). (Page 239)
Non–Disability Specific Barriers: There is on–going feedback for assistance to address some of the non–disability specific barriers to employment such as transportation, disincentives through entitlement benefits, and lack of family support for employment. (Page 271)
 

School to Work Transition

~~Project SEARCH is only offered in a subset of communities across Georgia. The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, one-year, school-to-work program for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that takes place entirely at the workplace. This innovative, business-led model of school-to-work transition features total workplace immersion, which facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction; career exploration; and hands-on, worksite-based training and support. The goal for each student is competitive employment. Project SEARCH was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and has been implemented at several sites in Georgia through a statewide initiative involving the collaborative effort of DoDD, a division of GVRA, area school systems, and several of Georgia’s leading employers. GVRA is working to add Project Search partners across the state to create more opportunities for youth with significant disabilities in obtaining real-life work experience that improves successful transitions from school to adult life. (Page 242)
ii. Goal II - Expand transition services to assist more students with disabilities to go from high school to work or post-secondary education/training. (Page 291)
 

Data Collection

~~The primary data collection and reporting system used by GVRA through the VR program is the Libera System 7 electronic case management system, and the data collected is specific to individuals served through the VR program. At the current time, neither the Libera System 7 case management system, nor its data, is integrated with all the programs and activities present in the one-stop centers. (Page 117)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Through the workforce system, the State will provide youth participants the opportunity to become involved in 14 required youth elements which are listed in the Youth program elements section:
1. Tutoring, Study Skills Training, Instruction and Evidence Based Dropout Prevention and Recovery Strategies can allow a participant to attain their secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent.
2. Alternative Secondary School Services or Dropout Recovery Services show students alternative learning environments that focus on their skills, abilities, and learning style to prevent them from dropping out of school.
3. Paid and Unpaid Work Experiences are structured learning programs that take place for a specific period.
4. Occupational Skills Training allows participants to become proficient in performing actual tasks and technical functions required by certain occupational fields at all different levels. (5) Education Offered Concurrently with and in the same context as Workforce Preparation integrates training and education.
5. Leadership Development includes the development of positive social and civic behaviors.
6. Supportive Services are in place to allow youth participants to partake in WIOA activities.
7. Adult Mentoring is a 12-month program that matches a youth participant with an adult that will guide the mentee.
8. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling gives youth participants the opportunity to meet with counselors for career and academic counseling.
9. Financial Literacy Education informs participants of smart financial decisions and habits.
10. Entrepreneurial Skills Training educates youth participants on the skills needed to start and maintain a small business.
11. Labor Market and Employment Information Services provide information about in-demand industry sectors.
12. Activities that Prepare for Transition to Postsecondary Education and Training allows for career exploration and research.
13. Follow-up Services are available to youth participants once they have exited the program. (Page 184)
 

Career Pathways

~~GVRA has a strong statewide presence with offices located in urban and rural areas to provide vocational rehabilitation services to assist in the workforce development of individuals with disabilities. GVRA intends to focus on both youth with disabilities and students with disabilities to better prepare them to become an integral part of Georgia’s workforce. GVRA plans to offer an array of transition services to every public school district in the state with these services focused on assisting students with disabilities to either continue on to a post-secondary education or into a career pathway that is based on the specific skill requirements of Georgia’s employers. GVRA plans to conduct outreach activities to identify and attract those youth with disabilities who are not in school to participate in community-based alternative career pathways that are also based on the specific skill requirements of Georgia’s employers; or if appropriate, assist these youth in returning to school, either secondary or post-secondary. (Page 61)
Finally, GVRA has partnered with the Department of Education (DOE) in the current federal career pathways demonstration grant to expand transition services to students with disabilities and out-of-school youth that lead to real jobs in their communities. As a part of this partnership, GVRA intends to offer an array of transition services to the 50 intensive school districts identified by DOE as part of DOE’s state systemic improvement plan (SSIP).(Page 78)
Youth with Disabilities
Georgia’s one-stop system engages youth in customized career pathways and SES through collaborative partnerships between VR and other core partner programs in the one-stop system. Georgia recently developed a strategic initiative to expand and improve VR services for youth with disabilities who are either in-school or out-of-school. The purpose of this initiative is to braid existing and new resources to offer a robust, comprehensive array of VR services to all schools. Current VR program policies and procedures are being reviewed and amended to reflect this new way of doing business. The plan includes the provision of pre-employment transition services and timely development and approval of an individualized plan for employment for each youth served. One subset of the proposed plan to expand and improve VR services is a newly awarded, five-year demonstration project entitled “Georgia Pathways to Work” funded through the US Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration.
The proposed Georgia Pathways to Work program aims to significantly change the way GVRA does business statewide in transitioning students and youth with disabilities in partnership with the core program partners, GaDOE, as wells as local employers. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as HDCI to ensure responsiveness to the known workforce demands in Georgia, as well as supporting their efforts to better engage those with disabilities. The overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive integrated employment through improving the 18 existing career pathways for students with disabilities, and creating community-based alternative career pathways for out-of-school youth. (Page 104)
1. Provide the vision and mission of the program or organization. Please include a description of the population that the program will serve, including how the program will meet the needs of persons with barriers to employment (e.g. Displaced Homemaker, Low-income Individual, Individuals with Disabilities, Single Parents, and other individuals as described in the law).
2. Provide a description (and supporting documents, when available) of the program’s implementation of career pathways system as well as any cooperative agreements/contracts that the program has with other agencies and service providers for the delivery of adult education and literacy activities. Also, describe ways in which the program coordinates with other service providers to provide wrap-around services to participants (e.g. child care, transportation). (Page 221)
• The depth, intensity, and rigor of the programs and activities offered by the eligible provider. The proposed program must incorporate the basic tenets of reading instruction. Attention will be given to the extent to which the eligible provider incorporates stringent research in the grant proposal submission and the development of the literacy program itself;
• The extent to which the eligible provider’s program is based on intense research and best practices;
• The extent to which the eligible provider demonstrates the effective use of technology for instruction, to include distance education, toward students’ improved performance;
• The eligible provider’s demonstrated integration of contextualized instruction, to blend literacy skills, and preparation for transition to post-secondary education or entry into the workplace. Particular attention will be given to implementation of a career pathways system, activities that promote and lead to economic self-sufficiency, and the ability to exercise the full rights of citizenship; (Page 222)
The GVRA Executive Director provided an update to SRC members for their meeting in October on actions the agency has taken to implement WIOA recommendations for expanding and enhancing services for youth with disabilities. This work includes the receipt of two new federal grant awards:
1. U.S. Department of Labor, ETA’s Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements: awarded directly to WFD in partnership with GVRA that focuses on the Georgia Disability Employment Initiative, Customized Career Pathways.
2. U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Demonstration and Training: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, Georgia Pathways to Work: awarded directly to GVRA that focuses on career pathways for youth with disabilities who are in school or out-of-school. In addition, GVRA has appointed a Director of Transition Services. This new position emphasizes the importance and significance of services to youth with disabilities before they leave high school. All of these activities are very innovative in preparing high school students with disabilities for competitive employment. The Council would like to see these programs expanded throughout the state as part of VR transition services. (Page 240)
Georgia Pathways to Work will change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as Go Build Georgia and HDCI to be responsive to the known market demands for careers in Georgia, as well as supporting employer efforts to more effectively engage Georgians with disabilities. Furthermore, the overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive, integrated employment through existing and customized pathways. Additionally, this demonstration project will be implemented to increase the average weekly wage and employer benefits of participants in each occupational cluster through successful completion of career pathways.
GVRA will develop policies that address the WIOA requirements, ensure coordination of services with GaDOE, and meet the needs of youth with disabilities in and out-of-school. VR program’s current transition policies are as follows: (Page 248)
In collaboration with GaDOE, Burton Blatt Institute, and Poses Family Foundation, GVRA is customizing the landscape of career pathways for young Georgians with disabilities. The Georgia Pathways to Work program- E3: Explore, Engage, Employ- connects real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers in their individual communities. The purpose of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to improve the 18 existing career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities. The program will engage employers in the model design and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation. The project impact is to change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. (Page 247)
• Development of comprehensive array of service for the over 3,000 project participants in either a school or community, integrated setting: Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) (including assessments for determining level of understanding career pathways selection for the participants); CAPI; and. customized employment to address the complexities of individualization. (Page 247)
Georgia Pathways to Work will change how organizations support the independence, employment, and career advancement of Georgians with disabilities. This will be accomplished by working with statewide initiatives such as Go Build Georgia and HDCI to be responsive to the known market demands for careers in Georgia, as well as supporting employer efforts to more effectively engage Georgians with disabilities. Furthermore, the overall goal of the Georgia Pathways to Work program is to increase the number of youth who achieve competitive, integrated employment through existing and customized pathways. Additionally, this demonstration project will be implemented to increase the average weekly wage and employer benefits of participants in each occupational cluster through successful completion of career pathways.
GVRA will develop policies that address the WIOA requirements, ensure coordination of services with GaDOE, and meet the needs of youth with disabilities in and out-of-school. VR program’s current transition policies are as follows:
I.   THE VR CSPM STATES THAT TRANSITION SERVICES ARE TO BE PROVIDED TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES THAT FACILITATE THE TRANSITION FROM THE RECEIPT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES IN SECONDARY SCHOOL TO THE RECEIPT OF VR SERVICES ORIENTED TOWARD AN EMPLOYMENT OUTCOME (CSPM 450.1.02). (Page 248)
WFD: GVRA has partnered with WFD to engage youth in customized career pathways and supported employment. This work is funded through the USDOL ETA Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements. (Page 253)
i.   Implementing the Georgia Pathways to Work grant. As described in Section (d) Coordination with Education Officials, GVRA was awarded a grant through the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration. The Georgia Pathways to Work will significantly change the way GVRA does business statewide in transitioning students and youth with disabilities in partnership with GaDOE, WFD, and local businesses and employers. The focus of this proposed model will be to increase access for students with disabilities to the existing high school career pathways, as well as customizing those existing career pathways for students with disabilities, and creating community-based alternative career pathways for those youth who are not in school. (Page 258)
Based on the feedback that GVRA has received, there were some common statewide needs identified for youth and students with disabilities. These include:
1. Increase and enhance transition services overall, especially to younger students, ages 14-16.
2. Improve the quality of GVRA’s transitional staff who are provided to the local school districts to ensure greater consistency of services.
3. Expand the array of transition services made available to schools.
4. Develop outreach efforts that engage youth with disabilities who have dropped out of school.
5. Improve alignment of GVRA’s transition services with the needs of the local school districts.
6. Improve alignment of the VR program’s training programs with the GaDOE’s occupational clusters and career pathways. (Page 273)
iii.  Develop and implement a career pathway model of services for both in-school students and out-of-school youth that will include Vocational Rehabilitation services that are aligned with the current GaDOE’s Occupational Clusters and curriculum-based career pathways; as well as alternative integrated community-based career pathways for those youth who are not in school.
iv.  Partner with GaDOE, TCSG and USG to develop collaborative arrangements that improve the transition from high school to post-secondary education for students with disabilities. (Page 278)
• Transform how GVRA and the VR services focus on youth and students with disabilities by integrating services agency-wide to make this population the highest focus.
• Partner with GaDOE to increase and deliver a comprehensive array of transitional services to every school district within the state, including a special focus on career pathways and customized career pathways.
• Develop a concentrated outreach effort to identify youth with disabilities that are not enrolled in school, and make the same robust services available to them.
• Partner with the existing VR provider network to create community-based career pathways for youth not enrolled in school.
• Partner with both TCSG and USG to improve post-secondary transition.
Strategies:
• Develop formal third-party agreements with local employers to contribute to all career pathways available to youth with disabilities, both in school and out of school. (Page 286)
GVRA’s goal to improve and expand VR services for students with disabilities by the following:
• Develop and offer a comprehensive array of services to all school districts statewide. Specifically, GVRA will develop all 5 required PETS activities, as well as the 9 authorized activities as may be needed, and offer those to every school district in the state of Georgia. These will include services that are VR Program-provided, as well as services provided through the VR provider network. GVRA’s goal is to establish a minimum number of PETS services offered and provided to each school district within the state. Then as these PETS services are provided, the services will be continually evaluated and changed for improvements that produce the best outcomes, either competitive employment or postsecondary education and training. Where there is a paucity of such PETS services in particular geographic areas of the state, GVRA will solicit both new service providers and/or new services to ensure the minimum of necessary PETS services. It should be noted that all PETS services statewide will also offer both during school and after school hours of availability; and GVRA will work collaboratively with each local school district to best fit the services to the community.
• Develop new and innovative services for both in-school and out-of-school career pathways. As a part of this, GVRA will utilize its current Georgia Career Pathways federal demonstration grant as the method to pilot new services that can be added to the array of PETS services. This will be done in collaboration with GaDOE, the individual local school district, and the local employers and businesses. For example, based on local employer involvement and feedback, GVRA may ask the local school district to tailor its current career pathway curriculum to fit the specific needs of the local employers, or may ask the school to include more opportunities for work-based learning, pre-apprenticeships, etc., especially for the PETS students. As new services are piloted, they will be evaluated and improved as needed, with a long range to roll out successful new services statewide. (Page 288)
 

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 303)

Policies and Initiatives

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Georgia’s Explore, Engage, Employ (E3) - 11/01/2017

~~“Georgia VR is implementing E3 (Explore, Engage, Employ) in 7 school districts to serve 3,000 students and youth.  E3 goals are to engage employers to customize existing career pathways and develop alternative pathways for students and out of school youth; involve families to increase youth participation, and utilize social media strategies to develop services and connect youth to career interests.  Partners include the Poses Family Foundation, GA Department of Education, Technical College System of Georgia, Center for Leadership in Disability, Parent to Parent of Georgia, Burton Blatt Institute and Jobs for the Future.

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

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2017

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

“Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Gather to SOAR at Self-Employment Seminar” - 09/07/2017

~~“SOAR: A Pathway to Self-Employment seminar in August 2017 at the All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) Family Support Center in Decatur, Georgia.

The seminar was co-hosted by Synergies Work, Inc., a nonprofit that provides people with disabilities the supports to become financially independent as entrepreneurs and the Georgia Microboards Association (GMA), a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to people with disabilities and their families.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), behavioral health and community service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families attended the one-day seminar to learn how to successfully be self-employed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services