Illinois

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In the Prairie State of Illinois, there is mile after magnificent mile of opportunity to expand competitive, integrated employment options for individuals with disabilities. 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Illinois' VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
12,859,995
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.96%
Change from
2014 to 2015
667,643
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
233,233
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34.93%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.67%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 12,882,135 12,880,580 12,859,995
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 715,405 674,067 667,643
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 258,024 240,777 233,233
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,471,231 5,546,305 5,589,874
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.07% 35.72% 34.93%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.00% 75.72% 76.67%
Overall unemployment rate. 9.10% 7.10% 5.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.70% 21.00% 19.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.90% 13.50% 12.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 675,154 646,153 645,815
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 733,538 735,634 709,143
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,040,158 1,014,786 1,004,464
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 249,389 247,792 241,654
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 147,497 135,110 125,284
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,365 5,707 3,888
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 39,547 44,592 42,689
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 427 466 358
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 26,362 26,803 23,360
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 49,444 41,641 38,545

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 11,787 12,019 12,436
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.70% 4.80% 5.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 291,729 289,730 288,827

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 12,096 12,069 12,449
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 42,497 41,266 37,570
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 74,121 75,009 69,637
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.30% 16.10% 17.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.80% 3.30% 3.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.30% 1.70% 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,047 2,489 2,452
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 979 1,274 1,020
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,508 4,391 4,498
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 115 85 78
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 61 40 50
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 53.00% 47.00% 64.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.47 0.31 0.39

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
10,597
11,751
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 849 833 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 792 772 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,620 1,693 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 4,520 5,310 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,235 2,396 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 581 747 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 36.20% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 11,588 13,199 14,361
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 471,923 471,002 470,434
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. 428 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,722,000 $8,720,000 $8,803,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $2,008,000 $1,456,000 $1,535,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $241,215,000 $237,162,000 $240,005,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 6.00% 6.00% 6.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 291 198 195
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 22,146 22,375 22,101
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.30 11.60 12.00

 

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). 53.50% 53.80% 53.00%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.60% 13.36% 13.19%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.50% 6.43% 6.31%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 91.90% 93.73% 93.07%
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). 22.40% 29.32% 39.74%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 56.60% 60.99% 69.60%
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). 71.10% 71.54% 79.69%
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). 34.20% 31.66% 29.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,980,290
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,147
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 27,367
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 730,086
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 757,453
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 63
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 964
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,027
AbilityOne wages (products). $180,290
AbilityOne wages (services). $8,915,166

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3 3 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 6 11 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 126 128 101
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 7 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 149 112
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 10 9
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 362 66
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 13,742 9,235
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 427 267
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 14,541 9,577

 

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)

~~An important resource for meeting the employment needs of Illinoisans with disabilities is the Employment First initiative. Illinois became an Employment First state in July 2013 with the passage of the Employment First Act (Public Act 98-91). Employment First is a national movement to promote competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities, particularly individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Page 168)
Coordination with the Employment and Economic Development for Persons with Disabilities Task Force created under Illinois’ Employment First initiative will be an important resource for increasing competitive integrated employment for citizens with disabilities. (Page 207)
State Medicaid Agency: Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) In the last two years DRS has worked with HFS as part of the Illinois Employment First initiative. This is a multi–agency effort to promote competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities in both the private sector and public sector. (Page 310)
  It is expected that most individuals in that category will be eligible for services funded through one of the Medicaid waivers operated by those agencies. The Illinois Employment First effort is a mechanism to support additional cooperation between VR funded and Medicaid waiver funded employment programs for people with most significant disabilities. (Page 337-338)

Customized Employment

~~DRS and the state agency serving individuals with intellectual disabilities have agreed in principle to facilitate referrals of individuals requiring longer term paid supports. DRS is also committed to continuing expansion of customized employment services as an option for youth with the most significant disabilities. (Page 338)
DRS is pursuing several strategies to continually increase the number of employment outcomes, including: development of a business engagement strategy; establishment of stronger partnerships with local workforce boards; increasing business partnerships through the NET and other approaches; providing job placement training to all VR counselors; continuing an emphasis on establishing performance based contracts with community provider agencies; providing personal organization training to VR counselors; establishing outreach efforts to increase referrals to the VR program; and implementation of customized employment methodologies. DRS is following three main strategies to increase median earnings. The first is to increase the number of individuals enrolled in university and community college programs. (Page 339)
The businesses target in this approach will be those identified through the sector analysis conducted as part of the State’s WIOA regional planning process. DRS intends to continue development of innovative program options, including customized employment and individual placement and support (IPS) services. One strategy is continued involvement with national technical assistance resources, including subject matter experts made available through the DOL Vision Quest program. (Page 340)
DRS has initiated an effort to provide supported employment services, including customized employment services where appropriate, to students with disabilities prior to their exiting high school. While such referrals have taken place in the past, the number of referrals was small and the level of coordination between DRS, the school and the community provider agency was limited. (Page 342) In the most recent DRS needs assessment survey, the five highest ranked needs, based on the weighted score were: Job creation; Vocational training; Supported employment; Career exploration; and Customized employment. (Page 343) Another effort involves coordination with provider agencies also funded by the state developmental disabilities waiver program in an effort to identify individuals who are likely to benefit from VR funded supported employment services. DRS recently completed two pilot projects involving customized employment for persons with developmental disabilities. (Page 344)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~The Departments of Commerce and Child and Family Services are developing an initiative to expand career pathway services to older foster youth who are nearing age-out. Successful models for braiding and blending WIOA and Chafee Foster Care Funds are under consideration as a basis for Illinois’ effort. (Page 118)
Successful models for braiding and blending WIOA and Chafee Foster Care funds are under consideration as a basis for Illinois’ effort.
• Aligning and coordinating the critical programs and services for Veterans. Employment Security provides veterans’ employment representatives, who are fellow veterans and specialists in providing employment services. (Page 136)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~A key focus will be utilizing the Section 188 Disability Reference Guide developed by the DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy. This guide focuses on the concept of universal access and presents disability issues in the context of local workforce centers. DRS believes that training built around this resource will make a valuable contribution to program access for people with disabilities. (Page 343)
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. Illinois is committed to ensuring both programmatic and physical accessibility to the One-Stop delivery system by maintaining compliance with WIOA Section 188, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and all other applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. (Page 198)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~One component is the set of Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) projects funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. These projects involve a variety of approaches to providing work experiences to youth with disabilities. In addition, DRS and Commerce are partnering on a set of innovative youth projects that will involve joint funding of work experiences and other approaches to employment for youth with disabilities. (Page 342)
DRS has worked effectively with Commerce around its DEI projects throughout the state. In one instance, DRS provided cooperative funding to support individuals with disabilities seeking to establish their own businesses. In another, DRS provided funding to community providers as part of an overall package including DEI funds. (Page 67)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) pilot projects and career pathway initiatives for individuals with disabilities will be supported by core and required partners.
• Commerce will support making local staff aware of best and promising practices and provide technical assistance to foster their integration into the regular WIOA local workflow. (Page 117)
Through the implementation of best practices from programs such as DEI, the state will develop policies through the IWIB policy process to ensure that there is a customer-centered approach of coordinating services that consider the additional needs of the targeted populations as identified in this plan. (Page 128)
Illinois will expand pilot programs that are successful in coordinating services with Human Services programs including the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) and the Employment Opportunities, Personalized Services, Individualized Training, Career Planning (EPIC) pilot program (Page 133)
Aligning and implementing the best practices of the current and future Disability. Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects. Commerce, ICCB, and Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) have worked with regional and local partners to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities (aged 18 and above) in integrated career pathway and academic programs through community colleges and non-profit organizations in cooperation with American Job Centers, Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIB), employment networks and other regional partners. (Page 135)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Vocational Rehabilitation has worked effectively with Commerce around its DEI projects throughout the state. In one instance, Vocational Rehabilitation provided cooperative funding to support individuals with disabilities seeking to establish their own businesses. (Page 205)
 Coordination of the CSPD and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Relationship to IDEIA: DRS staff  provide services annually to thousands of young people with disabilities, most of whom receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Pages 320,341)
 

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Innovative Workforce Pilots & Research Commerce is interested in pilot projects that integrate the workforce, education and economic development services that respond to the talent pipeline needs of businesses within regions. Priority consideration will be given to regional projects.   Priority Populations Pilots Commerce is interested in regional projects that break down barriers to accessing job-driven training that will result in employment opportunities for all Illinois workers. (Page 224)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Provide Career Pathways for Economic Advancement Commerce, Employment Security, ICCB and the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Interagency Data Team will continue to provide an analysis of economic and labor market information to the state and local economic development professionals. It is vital that local economic development staff have the most current macro-level data, but also work with us to share micro-level data and the vision they have for their communities. The Interagency Data Team will play an important coordinating role to foster better intra-regional communication (such as through WIOA regional planning) so that as many communities as possible within a region have a similar vision that can be used to leverage the efforts of all. The state and local economic development professionals play an important role in working with business to validate and refine the labor market information (LMI) based on the current needs of business in the region and local areas. (Page 150)

Benefits

~~SRC Comment: SRC members believe that creation of a Workforce Development Unit within VR would be beneficial. This unit could concentrate on attracting small–to–large employers within the State and explain the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities.  (Page 295)
DRS is participating in the job driven technical assistance program through the Institute for Community Inclusion. The goals of this project are to establish a business engagement strategy and to train VR staff to provide basic business engagement services, including those related to disability awareness, workplace accommodations and benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.  (Page 308)
The DRS Staff Development Section (SDS) oversees the needs assessment, development, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of all training programs offered within DRS. SDS has three full–time trainers and a program manager in addition to two support staff. SDS is responsible for providing training to DRS VR staff as well as coordinating training from other sources and maintaining the training data base which tracks the number of training hours for each staff person. The following section lists training courses provided by the Staff Development Section in the last year, as well as statewide conferences attended by DRS staff with financial support from DRS. Training Provided by the DRS Staff Development Section Job Placement and Job Development Strategies; Case Progression and Documentation; Valuing Diversity in the Workplace; Conflict and Stress Management for Professionals; Working Effectively in Teams; Platinum Customer Service; Customer Service and Telephone Skills; Projecting a Professional Image; Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Work Place (re–titled The Respect Effect); Section 590 Subpart C: Training and Related Services (Webinar); Effective Communication & Conflict Management; Dealing with Difficult Behavior in the Workplace; Partnering with Autonomy Works (Webinar); The NET: A Model for Successful Employment Outcomes (Webinar); Team Building and Problem Solving; Case Notes: Styles, Structures and Time Management; Training Provided by External Training Resources Job Placement Skills; Social Security Benefits Training Conferences Supported by DRS Illinois Rehabilitation Association; Illinois Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired; Illinois Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy; Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees; Latino Mental Health Conference. (Pages 317)
Benefits Planning Services: Help to manage Social Security benefits and plan to begin working 50.6 (Page 325)
An individual who has been determined eligible for disability benefits pursuant to Title II (SSDI) or Title XVI (SSI) of the Social Security Act is considered to be presumed eligible for VR services and an individual with a significant disability, unless the analysis of his or her functional limitations and service needs, as described above, place the individual into a higher category of the order of selection. (Page 334)
Many people with disabilities have low incomes, and about one-third of DRS participants receive Social Security disability benefits. Long-term unemployment is a frequent condition for many people with disabilities, as is a poor work history and a lack of basic skills, along with limited English proficiency. The DRS program seeks to mitigate these barriers through supportive services alongside provision of vocational services. Through participation in local workforce boards DRS expects to expand its awareness of supportive services available throughout the community and make these available to people with disabilities as needed. (Page 101) 

School to Work Transition

~~DRS staff are closely involved in the statewide network of Transition Planning Councils (TPCs), which consist of rehabilitation and education professionals, as well as employers and school administrators. The purpose of the TPCs is to facilitate transition from school to work and to identify local issues that affect transition. DRS staff are involved with the schools in their communities and frequently attend training events sponsored by schools. (Page 320) 
These programs are described as business-led, one year school-to-work programs that are embedded within an actual workplace. The VR program has since expanded use of this model to other sites throughout the state. (Page 228)
 

Data Collection

~~The agreement provides that DRS and the State Board of Education will cooperatively participate in planning, training, policy development, data collection, and resource identification and dissemination to improve transition planning for students with disabilities. (Page 304)
The state encourages regional and local partners to regularly and systemically analyze and validate complementary data through various forms of business engagement. The long-term goal is to develop the most robust data collection possible so that supply and demand projections benefit from as near to real-time information as possible. (Page 15) 
Data collection methods and standards that are best practices in some core program partners and could be explored for use by other core program partners (e.g., how to account for participants who lack a Social Security number when reporting performance outcomes) (Page 189)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The entrepreneurship training program also was the result of several years of planning and working with other entities including the University of Illinois at Chicago’s assistive technology unit. The expansion of IPS programs is another example of an ongoing effort continuing to produce positive results. DRS has provided staff training and has utilized subject matter experts from the Dartmouth IPS center to build upon past success and maintain program quality. (Page 345)
Focus on Continuous Improvement and Innovation - The system should establish mechanisms for continual assessment of system performance and opportunities for improvement, as well as for encouraging innovation and disseminating best practices. This includes the continued enhancement of non-traditional methods for delivering education and training. Additionally, the growing role of entrepreneurship and its contributions to employment and economic growth will be an outcome of continuous improvement and innovation.  (Page 80)
 

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~Aligning and implementing the best practices of the current and future Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects. Commerce, ICCB, and Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) have worked with regional and local partners to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities (aged 18 and above) in integrated career pathway and academic programs through community colleges and non-profit organizations in cooperation with American Job Centers, Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIB), employment networks and other regional partners. (Page 135)

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“Person Centered Philosophy Statements” - 06/28/2017

~~“The Person Centered Planning can be described as the balance between what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to identify strengths, preferences, needs (both clinical and support needs) and desired outcomes of a person. Person Centered Planning:

• Must be driven by the person• Ensure services are delivered in a manner that reflects personal preferences and choices• Must include evidence that setting is chosen by the individual• Assist to achieve personally defined outcomes in the most integrated setting• Contributes to the assurance of health and welfare of the person receiving services• Must include opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings• Must include opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to same degree of access as those not receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based Services.• Includes risk factors and measures to minimize risk• Should be written in plain language that can be understood by the person who receives services and their guardian• Reflects cultural considerations• Include strategies for solving disagreements”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities - 06/11/2017

~~“The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) was created by statute in 1974 to support State of Illinois employees with disabilities.

The Committee holds regular meetings to plan activities that promote and expand access, opportunity, and independence within State employment. The Committee is a forum for the dissemination of information on disability matters and as a place where issues of general concern for State of Illinois employees with disabilities can be raised.

Learn more about current ICED members, how qualifying State of Illinois employees can join the Committee, or how to participate in a meeting.  The Committee can be reached by visiting the Contact Us page.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Proposed Renewal of HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program - 05/31/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) proposes to renew the HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program. The proposed renewal includes (1) changes necessary to comply with federal regulations, including modifications to the processes related to Participant Centered Planning (PCP) and inclusion of language described in the Illinois Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with HCBS settings as required by CMS, (2) provisions for a new electronic process for submitting claims, and (3) changes to the onsite certification reviews for the dementia care program, making the reviews annual instead of biannual.”

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

“Employment Resources for Job Seekers” - 04/25/2017

~~“Looking for a job does not have to be a solo project. Job seekers can get help from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Many people refer to IDES as the “unemployment agency.” But IDES offers much more than unemployment insurance services. We are committed to helping people find suitable employment. The reason is simple: When the people of Illinois work, the Illinois economy works.

The IDES mission also includes publication of reliable, high quality data on employment and occupational trends. This information can help people make more informed career and business decisions.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

“Resources for People with Disabilities” Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services - 04/01/2017

~~“The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities.  DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.  If you have a disability, the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job.”

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

State of Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organization Request for Proposals - 02/27/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking services from qualified, experienced, and financially sound Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to enter into risk-based contracts for the Medicaid Managed Care Program.  These Contractors shall provide the full spectrum of Medicaid-covered services to the general Medicaid population through an integrated care delivery system.”

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

ADULT WAIVER RENEWAL DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES DRAFT POSTED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FEBRUARY 9, 2017 SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES - 02/09/2017

~~“EMPLOYMENT AND DAY PROGRAMSAccess to Supported Employment. Service definitions in Appendix C have been modified to strengthen and enhance access to Supported Employment Programs. These service definitions have been developed with input from the Employment First stakeholder workgroup. Along with these proposed definitions, we are considering new rate methodologies to support the programs. The stakeholder workgroup has provided suggestions that are now being reviewed in accordance with available funding levels. Questions being considered are rates reflecting geographic differences and/or acuity-based components versus standard, statewide rates. The inclusion of incentives to increase working hours is also being discussed. In addition, we are proposing revised language in Appendix C that would allow Participants to receive Supported Employment Services while also enrolled or waiting to be enrolled in VocationalRehabilitation Services, as long as the services are not duplicated or delivered on the same date and time.” 

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

The DDD Scoop “Employment First Project” - 02/03/2017

~~“As previously reported in the DDD Scoop, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is managing an employment project with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the State's capacity and expertise in the delivery of individualized, competitive integrated employment. This project is being funded through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) and participating providers were chosen through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The project's funding allows for a maximum of 200 individuals to be enrolled in the project, and the project ends June 30, 2017.

The Division is currently working with 11 DT providers who are providing employment recruitment, assessment and placement services to the individuals enrolled. The recruitment and enrollment process for this project began at the end of October of 2016, and to date there are 186 enrollees. Of these individuals, 59 have had an assessment and job development reports submitted, and 4 individuals have already secured employment. We are excited to see these positive outcomes so quickly, and look forward to more successful outcomes by June 30. We appreciate the efforts of the providers involved, and congratulate the individuals enrolled.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Balancing Incentive Program Project” - 08/05/2016

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS or Department) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity funded by the Balancing Incentive Program with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the state's capacity and expertise to provide individualized competitive, integrated employment services and supports to individuals with I/DD. The DDD intends to use the results of this NOFO process to award up to $3.0 million in grant funds to successfully place at least 200 individuals with I/DD into individualized competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 07/19/2016

Employment First Update Recently, the Division met with a small group of stakeholders to work on Employment First concepts specific to the Division's services. This project is being facilitated through the support of a consultant, Lisa Mills, funded through a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It is also supported with funds from the federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The first meeting of the group was held on March 30, 2016. During that meeting, the stakeholders focused on service definitions and possible modifications to enhance opportunities for individuals to access supported or competitive employment. The second meeting, held on April 7, 2016, focused on provider and staff qualifications and rate structures. Staff are now working with Ms. Mills to develop written descriptions of the draft modifications for review by the group. The stakeholders intend to meet again by the end of May. It is the Division's intent that this work will be used during the renewal of the Adult Medicaid Waiver now underway.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
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Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force Act - 07/18/2016

“Task Force Responsibilities. The Task Force shall analyze programs and policies of the State to determine what changes, modifications, and innovations may be necessary to remove barriers to competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities, including barriers such as transportation, housing, program accessibility, and benefit structure. The Task Force shall also analyze State disability systems, including the mental health, developmental disabilities, veterans' assistance, workforce investment, and rehabilitation services systems, and their effect on employment of persons with disabilities. The Task Force shall review and analyze applicable research and policy studies, innovations used in other states, and any federal policy initiatives such as customized employment, and federal funding opportunities that would increase competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities in Illinois”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois SB 1383 - 07/27/2015

"The “Achieving a Better Life Experience” or “ABLE” account program is hereby created and shall be administered by the State Treasurer. The purpose of the ABLE plan is to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, and to provide secure funding for disability-related expensed on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, federal and State medical and disability insurance, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Illinois Employment First Act (HB2591) - 07/16/2013

The bill, which became effective on July 16, 2013, declares Illinois an Employment First State and establishes competitive employment in integrated settings as the first option for working-age persons with disabilities in Illinois.    The bill also requires states to coordinate across agencies share data and information across systems, and requires the Economics Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities (EEOPWD) Task for responsible for establishing measures and monitoring procedures for Employment First.:    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois Disabled Hiring Incentives (HB 0040)

Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Central Management Services, in cooperation with the Department of Human Services, to develop and implement plans to increase the number of individuals with a disability employed by State government and to submit an annual report. Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in cooperation with not-for-profit groups and community partners, to develop and implement an education and outreach campaign designed to increase statewide awareness of issues that affect individuals with a disability. Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Requires the Department of Human Services to collect information during the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 regarding employers claims of the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit and to submit an annual report. Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that a chief procurement officer may, as part of any solicitation, encourage prospective vendors to consider hiring qualified individuals with a disability and to notify them of any available financial incentives or other advantages associated with hiring such persons. Effective immediately.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act

It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois to promote and encourage each State agency and public institution of higher education to use businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities in the area of goods and services, including, but not limited to, insurance services, investment management services, information technology services, accounting services, architectural and engineering services, and legal services. Furthermore, each State agency and public institution of higher education shall utilize such firms to the greatest extent feasible within the bounds of financial and fiduciary prudence, and take affirmative steps to remove any barriers to the full participation of such firms in the procurement and contracting opportunities afforded.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging
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Illinois Employment First Executive Order - 06/03/2014

“WHEREAS, the Illinois Employment First Act (20 ILCS 40 et. seq) requires that State agencies follow and implement the State’s policy of competitive and integrated employment as the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age, regardless of level of disability, (the ‘Employment First Policy’)...An Employment First Liaison (the “Liaison”) shall be appointed within the Office of the Governor to implement Illinois’ Employment First Policy, in conjunction with the Task Force and State Agencies, as defined below...The Liaison’s goal and purpose shall be the implementation of the Employment First Policy, which seeks to facilitate the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. The Liaison shall work with the following entities (together the ‘Parties’) to develop a preliminary five-year plan (the ‘Preliminary Plan’) and a final plan (the ‘Final Plan’) to improve community integrated private employment outcomes for people with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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“Person Centered Philosophy Statements” - 06/28/2017

~~“The Person Centered Planning can be described as the balance between what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to identify strengths, preferences, needs (both clinical and support needs) and desired outcomes of a person. Person Centered Planning:

• Must be driven by the person• Ensure services are delivered in a manner that reflects personal preferences and choices• Must include evidence that setting is chosen by the individual• Assist to achieve personally defined outcomes in the most integrated setting• Contributes to the assurance of health and welfare of the person receiving services• Must include opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings• Must include opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to same degree of access as those not receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based Services.• Includes risk factors and measures to minimize risk• Should be written in plain language that can be understood by the person who receives services and their guardian• Reflects cultural considerations• Include strategies for solving disagreements”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities - 06/11/2017

~~“The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) was created by statute in 1974 to support State of Illinois employees with disabilities.

The Committee holds regular meetings to plan activities that promote and expand access, opportunity, and independence within State employment. The Committee is a forum for the dissemination of information on disability matters and as a place where issues of general concern for State of Illinois employees with disabilities can be raised.

Learn more about current ICED members, how qualifying State of Illinois employees can join the Committee, or how to participate in a meeting.  The Committee can be reached by visiting the Contact Us page.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Employment Resources for Job Seekers” - 04/25/2017

~~“Looking for a job does not have to be a solo project. Job seekers can get help from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Many people refer to IDES as the “unemployment agency.” But IDES offers much more than unemployment insurance services. We are committed to helping people find suitable employment. The reason is simple: When the people of Illinois work, the Illinois economy works.

The IDES mission also includes publication of reliable, high quality data on employment and occupational trends. This information can help people make more informed career and business decisions.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

“Resources for People with Disabilities” Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services - 04/01/2017

~~“The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities.  DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.  If you have a disability, the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job.”

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

The DDD Scoop “Employment First Project” - 02/03/2017

~~“As previously reported in the DDD Scoop, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is managing an employment project with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the State's capacity and expertise in the delivery of individualized, competitive integrated employment. This project is being funded through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) and participating providers were chosen through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The project's funding allows for a maximum of 200 individuals to be enrolled in the project, and the project ends June 30, 2017.

The Division is currently working with 11 DT providers who are providing employment recruitment, assessment and placement services to the individuals enrolled. The recruitment and enrollment process for this project began at the end of October of 2016, and to date there are 186 enrollees. Of these individuals, 59 have had an assessment and job development reports submitted, and 4 individuals have already secured employment. We are excited to see these positive outcomes so quickly, and look forward to more successful outcomes by June 30. We appreciate the efforts of the providers involved, and congratulate the individuals enrolled.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Balancing Incentive Program Project” - 08/05/2016

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS or Department) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity funded by the Balancing Incentive Program with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the state's capacity and expertise to provide individualized competitive, integrated employment services and supports to individuals with I/DD. The DDD intends to use the results of this NOFO process to award up to $3.0 million in grant funds to successfully place at least 200 individuals with I/DD into individualized competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 07/19/2016

Employment First Update Recently, the Division met with a small group of stakeholders to work on Employment First concepts specific to the Division's services. This project is being facilitated through the support of a consultant, Lisa Mills, funded through a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It is also supported with funds from the federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The first meeting of the group was held on March 30, 2016. During that meeting, the stakeholders focused on service definitions and possible modifications to enhance opportunities for individuals to access supported or competitive employment. The second meeting, held on April 7, 2016, focused on provider and staff qualifications and rate structures. Staff are now working with Ms. Mills to develop written descriptions of the draft modifications for review by the group. The stakeholders intend to meet again by the end of May. It is the Division's intent that this work will be used during the renewal of the Adult Medicaid Waiver now underway.

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

Illinois Worknet WOIA Youth Pathways “Goals and Objectives” - 04/13/2016

Evidence Based Programming that encourages youth to progress through a career pathway, completing secondary, postsecondary education and/or advanced training, and enter into unsubsidized employment

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Illinois Dept of Healthcare and Family Services “Annual Report Medical Assistance Program Fiscal Years 2013, 2014 and 2015” - 04/01/2016

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, authorized under 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allow the State to provide specialized long term care services in an individual’s home or community. The 1915 (c) Waivers were initiated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1981. Illinois’ first HCBS waiver programs began in 1983. HCBS waivers have enabled the State to tailor services to meet the needs of particular target groups. Within these target groups, the State is also permitted to establish additional criteria to further specify the population to be served on a HCBS waiver. The State has the discretion to design the waivers as they choose, within certain parameters For example, States may choose the number of consumers to serve, the services provided, and whether or not the program is statewide. Federal CMS continually reviews the waivers and requires each waiver to prove cost neutrality in comparison to institutions. Initial waivers are approved for three years, and waiver renewals have a five year term.

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

State of Illinois Employment First Strategic Plan Draft - 12/29/2014

The Draft report summarizes the history of Employment First in Illinois, and details the initiatives planneds for the future. Plans for the future are broken down in to two phases. The first phase requires collaboration with expert consults to: “Define the types of opportunities DDD wish to promote;   Determine provider qualifications;   Review and, as needed, modify current rate structure;   Discuss maximum utilization issues; and   Establish data collection and benchmark expectations.    The second phase will include obtaining services through an RFI process to:  Assist 200 individuals in the Adult DD Waiver in accessing supported and competitive employment; and  Develop a procedural guide and other materials for use by providers throughout the Illinois system in assisting and supporting individuals to find and maintain employment.”   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing
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Illinois State Rehabilitation Council

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) advises the Secretary of the Department of Human Services and the Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Services in matters concerning individuals with disabilities and the provision of rehabilitation services. The SRC provides true customer input into the current and future VR process.“

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

Illinois Interagency Committee of Employees with Disabilities.

The ICED “serves to support state employees with disabilities and state agencies who have disability-related questions. ICED was created by statute to promote access, independence, and opportunity for state employees with disabilities. Co-chaired by the Department of Human Rights and the Departments of Human Services, the Committee has five agency members and four employee members appointed by the Governor. The five statutory agency members are the Departments of Human Rights, Human Services, Central Management Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Civil Service Commission. In addition, ICED has the following standing committee members: the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, U of I Division of Specialized Care for Children, the Office of the Secretary of State, the Department of Employment Security, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Illinois Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, Illinois was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. When this grant ended in 2013, a Round 4 grant was awarded. This grant began in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Advancing Customized Employment (Project ACE) - 04/15/2004

Advancing Customized Employment, Project ACE, was designed to, “enrich the capacity of local One-Stops to provide customized employment (CE) services to people with psychiatric disabilities who are not regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois "Add Us In Chicagoland"

“This project has two main goals: first, to identify and develop strategies to increase the capacity of small businesses and communities, to employ youth and adults with disabilities, and second, to enhance the opportunities and skills of individuals with disabilities pursuing employment or self-employment.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person/Community Reintegration Program (MFP) is part of a statewide, multidepartment demonstration program. Participation is voluntary. “The goals of MFP are to: increase the use of home- and community-based long term care services; eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict flexible use of Medicaid funds for necessary long term care services in the settings reflecting individual choice; increase the ability to assure continued community-based long term care services to eligible individuals after transition; and ensure that quality assurance and improvement continuously occurs for community-based long term care services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Illinois Department of Human Services, Rehabilitative Services “Real Work for Real Pay” - 05/27/2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires state vocational rehabilitation agencies to reach out to individuals working under subminimum wage certificates and offer them the opportunity to pursue competitive integrated employment. The Division of Rehabilitation Services has begun an effort to engage approximately 14,000 individuals in Illinois currently working for subminimum wages. The U.S. Department of Labor has provided a list of over 150 employers with 14(c) subminimum wage certificates. DRS has surveyed those employers and received an estimate of the number of workers at each location. Since DRS does not have a list of individual workers, we will be sending information packets to the employers and requesting that they provide a packet to each individual working for a subminimum wage. This packet of information includes a letter from DRS, as well as an informational flyer and a postage-paid post card. There are links to a web site and an e-mail address which offer these workers several options for responding to DRS

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 04/15/2016

Training Many Division staff will be attending an "all-day" intensive training on Active Treatment on April 20, 2016. The training will address the removal of active treatment expectations for waiver program services. The Division is also offering the following training opportunities for providers and others interested…. A Webinar: "Life Choices Initiative - From Active Treatment to Supports - Changing the Model of Service Delivery for Developmental Disabilities Waivers in Illinois will be offered three times next month. Those interested in attending can choose from May 4, May 5, or May 12. Webinar Description: Historically, Illinois has used an active treatment standard in the delivery of developmental disabilities services in Illinois for both individuals living in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID), and those receiving home and community based waiver services. Federal rules require active treatment as an aspect of the delivery of services within an ICF/IID, based on a treatment model which requires intensive engagement every day. The Home and Community-Based services (HCBS) Waiver, however, does not require providers to offer and deliver active treatment to people enrolled. The HCBS waiver requires the delivery of support and services, identified through a person-centered planning process and based on a person's identified outcomes, which will assist the person to continue to live in the most integrated setting possible.

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

Project Set

On Saturday May 14, 2016, the third GET SET Conference hosted by the Project SET Scholars at Access Living was successful! Breakout sessions about community involvement, interagency collaboration, and employment were filled with many attendees ready to learn. A community conversation took place in the afternoon discussing themes from past conferences and action steps that attendees could implement when they got back to their own communities. A big thank you to the UIC College of Education, Department of Special Education and the Center for Urban Educational Leadership for sponsoring the space, breakfast, and lunch. A great day for networking and collaborating about the transition of youth with disabilities! For pictures of the GET SET Conference 2016 please see the link HERE

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Citations

Illinois Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) - "Ready for Business Guide: Self Employment for People with Disabilities "

“The purpose of this guide is to assist individuals with disabilities, and their supports, by providing resources that are available for assistance during the development of a business concept and preparation for future growth of the business. Starting a business is a complex and difficult process for anyone with a dream of being self-employed. Understanding the steps needed to be considered before starting the process can even be complicated! Please keep in mind that this guide is not intended to be a ‘How to Start a Business Guide.’ Rather, it is meant to be used as a tool for accessing resources to help a person take the first steps to starting a business.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Illinois Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program

“Employment First has become a critical priority for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  In order to help states invest in systems change efforts, ODEP developed the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP).  Illinois participated as a core state in the Program for FY 2015 and was recently announced as a participant for FY 2016 as well.  Through this work, Illinois will work directly with state agency staff, provider agencies, direct support professionals, and advocates to identify ways to better serve individuals with disabilities or mental illness who utilize supported employment services. “

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois VR In-Service Training

“The In-Service Training Program continues to play a role in helping state VR agencies to develop and implement their CSPD standards for hiring, training and retaining qualified rehabilitation professionals to provide for succession planning to provide leadership development and capacity-building and to provide training on the Rehabilitation Act in their respective states.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation Quality Assurance (VR QA) Project

"This project has “been implemented by the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CCBMDR) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Its purpose is to implement a strategy with the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (IDRS) to promote data utilization by office supervisors to improve case management and the effectiveness and efficiency of vocational counselors.

Within IDRS, the state program utilizes a virtual case management system (VCM) in which staff and administrators generate regular electronic case-management reports and counselors update client progress. Collectively, agency administrators, field supervisors, and counselors utilize the VCM to monitor activities to improve the efficiency of case management in the VR service- delivery process. … Thus, the UIC team and IDRS collaborators aim to utilize the findings [from] the VR QA project to document organizational capacity-building and to inform other states about promising practices in organizational efforts related to data use in the VR system.”

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

Illinois Disability Rights Trainings

The “Training Institute delivers customized, educational seminars through partnership with local service providers, and local and state government.  We host training across the state with local social service agencies, hospitals, schools, state mental health centers, state developmental centers and others.”  Training topics include:

Americans with Disabilities Act Employment Education Self Determination  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Williams Consent Decree - 09/29/2010

“On September 29, 2010, the State of Illinois entered into a Consent Decree, settling the Williams v Quinn class action lawsuit, first filed in 2005…Though the State denied liability and any violation of [ADA] related federal laws, the Parties to the suit were always fundamentally in agreement that, when clinically appropriate, consistent with the parameters now set forth in the Williams Consent Decree, all persons with Serious Mental Illness currently residing in Institutes of Mental Disease (IMD) in Illinois have the right to choose to live in community-based settings, and that the State has an obligation to expand the current community-based service system to support the needs of those individuals…In the Implementation Plan… the State proposes not only to expand the current system of care, but to create a number of recovery-oriented system enhancements in both services and housing, designed to assure that each person choosing to move from an IMD has the best opportunity for a successful transition to community living.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Proposed Renewal of HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program - 05/31/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) proposes to renew the HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program. The proposed renewal includes (1) changes necessary to comply with federal regulations, including modifications to the processes related to Participant Centered Planning (PCP) and inclusion of language described in the Illinois Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with HCBS settings as required by CMS, (2) provisions for a new electronic process for submitting claims, and (3) changes to the onsite certification reviews for the dementia care program, making the reviews annual instead of biannual.”

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

State of Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organization Request for Proposals - 02/27/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking services from qualified, experienced, and financially sound Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to enter into risk-based contracts for the Medicaid Managed Care Program.  These Contractors shall provide the full spectrum of Medicaid-covered services to the general Medicaid population through an integrated care delivery system.”

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

ADULT WAIVER RENEWAL DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES DRAFT POSTED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FEBRUARY 9, 2017 SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES - 02/09/2017

~~“EMPLOYMENT AND DAY PROGRAMSAccess to Supported Employment. Service definitions in Appendix C have been modified to strengthen and enhance access to Supported Employment Programs. These service definitions have been developed with input from the Employment First stakeholder workgroup. Along with these proposed definitions, we are considering new rate methodologies to support the programs. The stakeholder workgroup has provided suggestions that are now being reviewed in accordance with available funding levels. Questions being considered are rates reflecting geographic differences and/or acuity-based components versus standard, statewide rates. The inclusion of incentives to increase working hours is also being discussed. In addition, we are proposing revised language in Appendix C that would allow Participants to receive Supported Employment Services while also enrolled or waiting to be enrolled in VocationalRehabilitation Services, as long as the services are not duplicated or delivered on the same date and time.” 

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

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services “Annual Report Medical Assistance Program Fiscal Years 2013, 2014 and 2015” - 04/01/2016

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, authorized under 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allow the State to provide specialized long term care services in an individual’s home or community. The 1915 (c) Waivers were initiated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1981. Illinois’ first HCBS waiver programs began in 1983. HCBS waivers have enabled the State to tailor services to meet the needs of particular target groups. Within these target groups, the State is also permitted to establish additional criteria to further specify the population to be served on a HCBS waiver. The State has the discretion to design the waivers as they choose, within certain parameters For example, States may choose the number of consumers to serve, the services provided, and whether or not the program is statewide. Federal CMS continually reviews the waivers and requires each waiver to prove cost neutrality in comparison to institutions. Initial waivers are approved for three years, and waiver renewals have a five year term.

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

Illinois Statewide HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

“On January 16, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final regulations that pertain to Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs, including 1915 (c) , 1915 (i) and 1915(k) as described in 42 CFR 441.301(c) (4) (5) and 441.710(a) (1) (2). The final regulations went into effect on March 17, 2014 and align home and community-based setting requirements across three Medicaid authorities. The regulations require states operating a 1915 (c) waiver (s) to develop a Statewide Transition Plan which describes the strategies for coming into compliance with the new regulations. Illinois’ assessment of its current HCBS Waiver programs in relation to the new regulations and the remediation strategies necessary to ensure full compliance with the new rules are outlined in the Statewide Transition Plan”

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

Illinois HCBS Waiver for People with Brain Injury (0329.R03.00) - 07/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day care, day hab, home health aide, homemaker, personal assistant, prevocational, respite, supported employment, cognitive behavioral therapies, environmental accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, intermittent nursing, nursing, OT, PERS, PT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapist for individuals w/brain injury ages 0 - no max age."

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

Illinois Waiver for Adults with DD (0350.R03.00) - 07/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day care, developmental training, residential hab, supported employment-individual/group, OT-extended, PT-extended, speech therapy-extended, service facilitation, adaptive equipment, behavior intervention/treatment, behavioral-psychotherapy/counseling, emergency home response services, home accessibility mods, non-medical transportation, personal support, skilled nursing, temporary assistance (formerly crisis), training/counseling services for unpaid caregivers, vehicle mods for individuals w/autism, DD, IID ages 18 - no max age."

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

Illinois Release Draft 1115 Waiver For Behavioral Health Redesign

“The 1115 waiver is proposed as part of the state’s broader initiatives around the State Innovation Model (SIM) design grant awards, the State Health Assessment (SHA), and the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), with goals of strengthening the state’s behavioral health care system, reducing silos in behavioral health care, and promoting greater integration of physical and behavioral health. The waiver specifically proposes the inclusion of a package of new benefits for individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD), as well individuals nearing release from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and Cook County Jail systems… DHFS is accepting comments on the draft 1115 waiver through September 26, 2016.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

A description of Home and Community Based Waiver Program Services: “Eligible Population: Persons age 18 or older with developmental disabilities who are at risk of placement in an Intermediate Care Facility for persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD). Among the services available to adults with developmental disabilities are: Developmental Training Supported Employment Behavior Intervention and Treatment Occupational Therapy”

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

Illinois Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person/Community Reintegration Program (MFP) is part of a statewide, multidepartment demonstration program. Participation is voluntary. “The goals of MFP are to: increase the use of home- and community-based long term care services; eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict flexible use of Medicaid funds for necessary long term care services in the settings reflecting individual choice; increase the ability to assure continued community-based long term care services to eligible individuals after transition; and ensure that quality assurance and improvement continuously occurs for community-based long term care services.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

In the Prairie State of Illinois, there is mile after magnificent mile of opportunity to expand competitive, integrated employment options for individuals with disabilities. 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Illinois' VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
12,859,995
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.96%
Change from
2014 to 2015
667,643
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
233,233
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34.93%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.67%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 12,882,135 12,880,580 12,859,995
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 715,405 674,067 667,643
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 258,024 240,777 233,233
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,471,231 5,546,305 5,589,874
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.07% 35.72% 34.93%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.00% 75.72% 76.67%
Overall unemployment rate. 9.10% 7.10% 5.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.70% 21.00% 19.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.90% 13.50% 12.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 675,154 646,153 645,815
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 733,538 735,634 709,143
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,040,158 1,014,786 1,004,464
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 249,389 247,792 241,654
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 147,497 135,110 125,284
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,365 5,707 3,888
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 39,547 44,592 42,689
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 427 466 358
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 26,362 26,803 23,360
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 49,444 41,641 38,545

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 11,787 12,019 12,436
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.70% 4.80% 5.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 291,729 289,730 288,827

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 12,096 12,069 12,449
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 42,497 41,266 37,570
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 74,121 75,009 69,637
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.30% 16.10% 17.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.80% 3.30% 3.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.30% 1.70% 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,047 2,489 2,452
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 979 1,274 1,020
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,508 4,391 4,498
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 115 85 78
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 61 40 50
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 53.00% 47.00% 64.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.47 0.31 0.39

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
10,597
11,751
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 849 833 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 792 772 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,620 1,693 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 4,520 5,310 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,235 2,396 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 581 747 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 36.20% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 11,588 13,199 14,361
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 471,923 471,002 470,434
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. 428 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,722,000 $8,720,000 $8,803,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $2,008,000 $1,456,000 $1,535,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $241,215,000 $237,162,000 $240,005,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 6.00% 6.00% 6.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 291 198 195
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 22,146 22,375 22,101
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.30 11.60 12.00

 

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). 53.50% 53.80% 53.00%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.60% 13.36% 13.19%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.50% 6.43% 6.31%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 91.90% 93.73% 93.07%
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). 22.40% 29.32% 39.74%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 56.60% 60.99% 69.60%
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). 71.10% 71.54% 79.69%
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). 34.20% 31.66% 29.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,980,290
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,147
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 27,367
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 730,086
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 757,453
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 63
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 964
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,027
AbilityOne wages (products). $180,290
AbilityOne wages (services). $8,915,166

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3 3 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 6 11 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 126 128 101
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 7 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 149 112
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 10 9
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 362 66
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 13,742 9,235
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 427 267
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 14,541 9,577

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~An important resource for meeting the employment needs of Illinoisans with disabilities is the Employment First initiative. Illinois became an Employment First state in July 2013 with the passage of the Employment First Act (Public Act 98-91). Employment First is a national movement to promote competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities, particularly individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Page 168)
Coordination with the Employment and Economic Development for Persons with Disabilities Task Force created under Illinois’ Employment First initiative will be an important resource for increasing competitive integrated employment for citizens with disabilities. (Page 207)
State Medicaid Agency: Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) In the last two years DRS has worked with HFS as part of the Illinois Employment First initiative. This is a multi–agency effort to promote competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities in both the private sector and public sector. (Page 310)
  It is expected that most individuals in that category will be eligible for services funded through one of the Medicaid waivers operated by those agencies. The Illinois Employment First effort is a mechanism to support additional cooperation between VR funded and Medicaid waiver funded employment programs for people with most significant disabilities. (Page 337-338)

Customized Employment

~~DRS and the state agency serving individuals with intellectual disabilities have agreed in principle to facilitate referrals of individuals requiring longer term paid supports. DRS is also committed to continuing expansion of customized employment services as an option for youth with the most significant disabilities. (Page 338)
DRS is pursuing several strategies to continually increase the number of employment outcomes, including: development of a business engagement strategy; establishment of stronger partnerships with local workforce boards; increasing business partnerships through the NET and other approaches; providing job placement training to all VR counselors; continuing an emphasis on establishing performance based contracts with community provider agencies; providing personal organization training to VR counselors; establishing outreach efforts to increase referrals to the VR program; and implementation of customized employment methodologies. DRS is following three main strategies to increase median earnings. The first is to increase the number of individuals enrolled in university and community college programs. (Page 339)
The businesses target in this approach will be those identified through the sector analysis conducted as part of the State’s WIOA regional planning process. DRS intends to continue development of innovative program options, including customized employment and individual placement and support (IPS) services. One strategy is continued involvement with national technical assistance resources, including subject matter experts made available through the DOL Vision Quest program. (Page 340)
DRS has initiated an effort to provide supported employment services, including customized employment services where appropriate, to students with disabilities prior to their exiting high school. While such referrals have taken place in the past, the number of referrals was small and the level of coordination between DRS, the school and the community provider agency was limited. (Page 342) In the most recent DRS needs assessment survey, the five highest ranked needs, based on the weighted score were: Job creation; Vocational training; Supported employment; Career exploration; and Customized employment. (Page 343) Another effort involves coordination with provider agencies also funded by the state developmental disabilities waiver program in an effort to identify individuals who are likely to benefit from VR funded supported employment services. DRS recently completed two pilot projects involving customized employment for persons with developmental disabilities. (Page 344)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~The Departments of Commerce and Child and Family Services are developing an initiative to expand career pathway services to older foster youth who are nearing age-out. Successful models for braiding and blending WIOA and Chafee Foster Care Funds are under consideration as a basis for Illinois’ effort. (Page 118)
Successful models for braiding and blending WIOA and Chafee Foster Care funds are under consideration as a basis for Illinois’ effort.
• Aligning and coordinating the critical programs and services for Veterans. Employment Security provides veterans’ employment representatives, who are fellow veterans and specialists in providing employment services. (Page 136)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~A key focus will be utilizing the Section 188 Disability Reference Guide developed by the DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy. This guide focuses on the concept of universal access and presents disability issues in the context of local workforce centers. DRS believes that training built around this resource will make a valuable contribution to program access for people with disabilities. (Page 343)
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. Illinois is committed to ensuring both programmatic and physical accessibility to the One-Stop delivery system by maintaining compliance with WIOA Section 188, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and all other applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. (Page 198)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~One component is the set of Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) projects funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. These projects involve a variety of approaches to providing work experiences to youth with disabilities. In addition, DRS and Commerce are partnering on a set of innovative youth projects that will involve joint funding of work experiences and other approaches to employment for youth with disabilities. (Page 342)
DRS has worked effectively with Commerce around its DEI projects throughout the state. In one instance, DRS provided cooperative funding to support individuals with disabilities seeking to establish their own businesses. In another, DRS provided funding to community providers as part of an overall package including DEI funds. (Page 67)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) pilot projects and career pathway initiatives for individuals with disabilities will be supported by core and required partners.
• Commerce will support making local staff aware of best and promising practices and provide technical assistance to foster their integration into the regular WIOA local workflow. (Page 117)
Through the implementation of best practices from programs such as DEI, the state will develop policies through the IWIB policy process to ensure that there is a customer-centered approach of coordinating services that consider the additional needs of the targeted populations as identified in this plan. (Page 128)
Illinois will expand pilot programs that are successful in coordinating services with Human Services programs including the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) and the Employment Opportunities, Personalized Services, Individualized Training, Career Planning (EPIC) pilot program (Page 133)
Aligning and implementing the best practices of the current and future Disability. Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects. Commerce, ICCB, and Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) have worked with regional and local partners to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities (aged 18 and above) in integrated career pathway and academic programs through community colleges and non-profit organizations in cooperation with American Job Centers, Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIB), employment networks and other regional partners. (Page 135)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Vocational Rehabilitation has worked effectively with Commerce around its DEI projects throughout the state. In one instance, Vocational Rehabilitation provided cooperative funding to support individuals with disabilities seeking to establish their own businesses. (Page 205)
 Coordination of the CSPD and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Relationship to IDEIA: DRS staff  provide services annually to thousands of young people with disabilities, most of whom receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Pages 320,341)
 

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Innovative Workforce Pilots & Research Commerce is interested in pilot projects that integrate the workforce, education and economic development services that respond to the talent pipeline needs of businesses within regions. Priority consideration will be given to regional projects.   Priority Populations Pilots Commerce is interested in regional projects that break down barriers to accessing job-driven training that will result in employment opportunities for all Illinois workers. (Page 224)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Provide Career Pathways for Economic Advancement Commerce, Employment Security, ICCB and the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Interagency Data Team will continue to provide an analysis of economic and labor market information to the state and local economic development professionals. It is vital that local economic development staff have the most current macro-level data, but also work with us to share micro-level data and the vision they have for their communities. The Interagency Data Team will play an important coordinating role to foster better intra-regional communication (such as through WIOA regional planning) so that as many communities as possible within a region have a similar vision that can be used to leverage the efforts of all. The state and local economic development professionals play an important role in working with business to validate and refine the labor market information (LMI) based on the current needs of business in the region and local areas. (Page 150)

Benefits

~~SRC Comment: SRC members believe that creation of a Workforce Development Unit within VR would be beneficial. This unit could concentrate on attracting small–to–large employers within the State and explain the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities.  (Page 295)
DRS is participating in the job driven technical assistance program through the Institute for Community Inclusion. The goals of this project are to establish a business engagement strategy and to train VR staff to provide basic business engagement services, including those related to disability awareness, workplace accommodations and benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.  (Page 308)
The DRS Staff Development Section (SDS) oversees the needs assessment, development, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of all training programs offered within DRS. SDS has three full–time trainers and a program manager in addition to two support staff. SDS is responsible for providing training to DRS VR staff as well as coordinating training from other sources and maintaining the training data base which tracks the number of training hours for each staff person. The following section lists training courses provided by the Staff Development Section in the last year, as well as statewide conferences attended by DRS staff with financial support from DRS. Training Provided by the DRS Staff Development Section Job Placement and Job Development Strategies; Case Progression and Documentation; Valuing Diversity in the Workplace; Conflict and Stress Management for Professionals; Working Effectively in Teams; Platinum Customer Service; Customer Service and Telephone Skills; Projecting a Professional Image; Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Work Place (re–titled The Respect Effect); Section 590 Subpart C: Training and Related Services (Webinar); Effective Communication & Conflict Management; Dealing with Difficult Behavior in the Workplace; Partnering with Autonomy Works (Webinar); The NET: A Model for Successful Employment Outcomes (Webinar); Team Building and Problem Solving; Case Notes: Styles, Structures and Time Management; Training Provided by External Training Resources Job Placement Skills; Social Security Benefits Training Conferences Supported by DRS Illinois Rehabilitation Association; Illinois Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired; Illinois Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy; Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees; Latino Mental Health Conference. (Pages 317)
Benefits Planning Services: Help to manage Social Security benefits and plan to begin working 50.6 (Page 325)
An individual who has been determined eligible for disability benefits pursuant to Title II (SSDI) or Title XVI (SSI) of the Social Security Act is considered to be presumed eligible for VR services and an individual with a significant disability, unless the analysis of his or her functional limitations and service needs, as described above, place the individual into a higher category of the order of selection. (Page 334)
Many people with disabilities have low incomes, and about one-third of DRS participants receive Social Security disability benefits. Long-term unemployment is a frequent condition for many people with disabilities, as is a poor work history and a lack of basic skills, along with limited English proficiency. The DRS program seeks to mitigate these barriers through supportive services alongside provision of vocational services. Through participation in local workforce boards DRS expects to expand its awareness of supportive services available throughout the community and make these available to people with disabilities as needed. (Page 101) 

School to Work Transition

~~DRS staff are closely involved in the statewide network of Transition Planning Councils (TPCs), which consist of rehabilitation and education professionals, as well as employers and school administrators. The purpose of the TPCs is to facilitate transition from school to work and to identify local issues that affect transition. DRS staff are involved with the schools in their communities and frequently attend training events sponsored by schools. (Page 320) 
These programs are described as business-led, one year school-to-work programs that are embedded within an actual workplace. The VR program has since expanded use of this model to other sites throughout the state. (Page 228)
 

Data Collection

~~The agreement provides that DRS and the State Board of Education will cooperatively participate in planning, training, policy development, data collection, and resource identification and dissemination to improve transition planning for students with disabilities. (Page 304)
The state encourages regional and local partners to regularly and systemically analyze and validate complementary data through various forms of business engagement. The long-term goal is to develop the most robust data collection possible so that supply and demand projections benefit from as near to real-time information as possible. (Page 15) 
Data collection methods and standards that are best practices in some core program partners and could be explored for use by other core program partners (e.g., how to account for participants who lack a Social Security number when reporting performance outcomes) (Page 189)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The entrepreneurship training program also was the result of several years of planning and working with other entities including the University of Illinois at Chicago’s assistive technology unit. The expansion of IPS programs is another example of an ongoing effort continuing to produce positive results. DRS has provided staff training and has utilized subject matter experts from the Dartmouth IPS center to build upon past success and maintain program quality. (Page 345)
Focus on Continuous Improvement and Innovation - The system should establish mechanisms for continual assessment of system performance and opportunities for improvement, as well as for encouraging innovation and disseminating best practices. This includes the continued enhancement of non-traditional methods for delivering education and training. Additionally, the growing role of entrepreneurship and its contributions to employment and economic growth will be an outcome of continuous improvement and innovation.  (Page 80)
 

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~Aligning and implementing the best practices of the current and future Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects. Commerce, ICCB, and Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) have worked with regional and local partners to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities (aged 18 and above) in integrated career pathway and academic programs through community colleges and non-profit organizations in cooperation with American Job Centers, Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIB), employment networks and other regional partners. (Page 135)

Policies and Initiatives

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“Person Centered Philosophy Statements” - 06/28/2017

~~“The Person Centered Planning can be described as the balance between what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to identify strengths, preferences, needs (both clinical and support needs) and desired outcomes of a person. Person Centered Planning:

• Must be driven by the person• Ensure services are delivered in a manner that reflects personal preferences and choices• Must include evidence that setting is chosen by the individual• Assist to achieve personally defined outcomes in the most integrated setting• Contributes to the assurance of health and welfare of the person receiving services• Must include opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings• Must include opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to same degree of access as those not receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based Services.• Includes risk factors and measures to minimize risk• Should be written in plain language that can be understood by the person who receives services and their guardian• Reflects cultural considerations• Include strategies for solving disagreements”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities - 06/11/2017

~~“The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) was created by statute in 1974 to support State of Illinois employees with disabilities.

The Committee holds regular meetings to plan activities that promote and expand access, opportunity, and independence within State employment. The Committee is a forum for the dissemination of information on disability matters and as a place where issues of general concern for State of Illinois employees with disabilities can be raised.

Learn more about current ICED members, how qualifying State of Illinois employees can join the Committee, or how to participate in a meeting.  The Committee can be reached by visiting the Contact Us page.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Proposed Renewal of HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program - 05/31/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) proposes to renew the HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program. The proposed renewal includes (1) changes necessary to comply with federal regulations, including modifications to the processes related to Participant Centered Planning (PCP) and inclusion of language described in the Illinois Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with HCBS settings as required by CMS, (2) provisions for a new electronic process for submitting claims, and (3) changes to the onsite certification reviews for the dementia care program, making the reviews annual instead of biannual.”

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

“Employment Resources for Job Seekers” - 04/25/2017

~~“Looking for a job does not have to be a solo project. Job seekers can get help from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Many people refer to IDES as the “unemployment agency.” But IDES offers much more than unemployment insurance services. We are committed to helping people find suitable employment. The reason is simple: When the people of Illinois work, the Illinois economy works.

The IDES mission also includes publication of reliable, high quality data on employment and occupational trends. This information can help people make more informed career and business decisions.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

“Resources for People with Disabilities” Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services - 04/01/2017

~~“The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities.  DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.  If you have a disability, the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job.”

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

State of Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organization Request for Proposals - 02/27/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking services from qualified, experienced, and financially sound Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to enter into risk-based contracts for the Medicaid Managed Care Program.  These Contractors shall provide the full spectrum of Medicaid-covered services to the general Medicaid population through an integrated care delivery system.”

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

ADULT WAIVER RENEWAL DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES DRAFT POSTED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FEBRUARY 9, 2017 SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES - 02/09/2017

~~“EMPLOYMENT AND DAY PROGRAMSAccess to Supported Employment. Service definitions in Appendix C have been modified to strengthen and enhance access to Supported Employment Programs. These service definitions have been developed with input from the Employment First stakeholder workgroup. Along with these proposed definitions, we are considering new rate methodologies to support the programs. The stakeholder workgroup has provided suggestions that are now being reviewed in accordance with available funding levels. Questions being considered are rates reflecting geographic differences and/or acuity-based components versus standard, statewide rates. The inclusion of incentives to increase working hours is also being discussed. In addition, we are proposing revised language in Appendix C that would allow Participants to receive Supported Employment Services while also enrolled or waiting to be enrolled in VocationalRehabilitation Services, as long as the services are not duplicated or delivered on the same date and time.” 

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

The DDD Scoop “Employment First Project” - 02/03/2017

~~“As previously reported in the DDD Scoop, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is managing an employment project with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the State's capacity and expertise in the delivery of individualized, competitive integrated employment. This project is being funded through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) and participating providers were chosen through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The project's funding allows for a maximum of 200 individuals to be enrolled in the project, and the project ends June 30, 2017.

The Division is currently working with 11 DT providers who are providing employment recruitment, assessment and placement services to the individuals enrolled. The recruitment and enrollment process for this project began at the end of October of 2016, and to date there are 186 enrollees. Of these individuals, 59 have had an assessment and job development reports submitted, and 4 individuals have already secured employment. We are excited to see these positive outcomes so quickly, and look forward to more successful outcomes by June 30. We appreciate the efforts of the providers involved, and congratulate the individuals enrolled.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Balancing Incentive Program Project” - 08/05/2016

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS or Department) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity funded by the Balancing Incentive Program with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the state's capacity and expertise to provide individualized competitive, integrated employment services and supports to individuals with I/DD. The DDD intends to use the results of this NOFO process to award up to $3.0 million in grant funds to successfully place at least 200 individuals with I/DD into individualized competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 07/19/2016

Employment First Update Recently, the Division met with a small group of stakeholders to work on Employment First concepts specific to the Division's services. This project is being facilitated through the support of a consultant, Lisa Mills, funded through a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It is also supported with funds from the federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The first meeting of the group was held on March 30, 2016. During that meeting, the stakeholders focused on service definitions and possible modifications to enhance opportunities for individuals to access supported or competitive employment. The second meeting, held on April 7, 2016, focused on provider and staff qualifications and rate structures. Staff are now working with Ms. Mills to develop written descriptions of the draft modifications for review by the group. The stakeholders intend to meet again by the end of May. It is the Division's intent that this work will be used during the renewal of the Adult Medicaid Waiver now underway.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
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Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force Act - 07/18/2016

“Task Force Responsibilities. The Task Force shall analyze programs and policies of the State to determine what changes, modifications, and innovations may be necessary to remove barriers to competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities, including barriers such as transportation, housing, program accessibility, and benefit structure. The Task Force shall also analyze State disability systems, including the mental health, developmental disabilities, veterans' assistance, workforce investment, and rehabilitation services systems, and their effect on employment of persons with disabilities. The Task Force shall review and analyze applicable research and policy studies, innovations used in other states, and any federal policy initiatives such as customized employment, and federal funding opportunities that would increase competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities in Illinois”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois SB 1383 - 07/27/2015

"The “Achieving a Better Life Experience” or “ABLE” account program is hereby created and shall be administered by the State Treasurer. The purpose of the ABLE plan is to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, and to provide secure funding for disability-related expensed on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, federal and State medical and disability insurance, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Illinois Employment First Act (HB2591) - 07/16/2013

The bill, which became effective on July 16, 2013, declares Illinois an Employment First State and establishes competitive employment in integrated settings as the first option for working-age persons with disabilities in Illinois.    The bill also requires states to coordinate across agencies share data and information across systems, and requires the Economics Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities (EEOPWD) Task for responsible for establishing measures and monitoring procedures for Employment First.:    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois Disabled Hiring Incentives (HB 0040)

Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Central Management Services, in cooperation with the Department of Human Services, to develop and implement plans to increase the number of individuals with a disability employed by State government and to submit an annual report. Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in cooperation with not-for-profit groups and community partners, to develop and implement an education and outreach campaign designed to increase statewide awareness of issues that affect individuals with a disability. Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Requires the Department of Human Services to collect information during the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 regarding employers claims of the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit and to submit an annual report. Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that a chief procurement officer may, as part of any solicitation, encourage prospective vendors to consider hiring qualified individuals with a disability and to notify them of any available financial incentives or other advantages associated with hiring such persons. Effective immediately.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act

It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois to promote and encourage each State agency and public institution of higher education to use businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities in the area of goods and services, including, but not limited to, insurance services, investment management services, information technology services, accounting services, architectural and engineering services, and legal services. Furthermore, each State agency and public institution of higher education shall utilize such firms to the greatest extent feasible within the bounds of financial and fiduciary prudence, and take affirmative steps to remove any barriers to the full participation of such firms in the procurement and contracting opportunities afforded.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging
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Illinois Employment First Executive Order - 06/03/2014

“WHEREAS, the Illinois Employment First Act (20 ILCS 40 et. seq) requires that State agencies follow and implement the State’s policy of competitive and integrated employment as the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age, regardless of level of disability, (the ‘Employment First Policy’)...An Employment First Liaison (the “Liaison”) shall be appointed within the Office of the Governor to implement Illinois’ Employment First Policy, in conjunction with the Task Force and State Agencies, as defined below...The Liaison’s goal and purpose shall be the implementation of the Employment First Policy, which seeks to facilitate the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. The Liaison shall work with the following entities (together the ‘Parties’) to develop a preliminary five-year plan (the ‘Preliminary Plan’) and a final plan (the ‘Final Plan’) to improve community integrated private employment outcomes for people with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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“Person Centered Philosophy Statements” - 06/28/2017

~~“The Person Centered Planning can be described as the balance between what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to identify strengths, preferences, needs (both clinical and support needs) and desired outcomes of a person. Person Centered Planning:

• Must be driven by the person• Ensure services are delivered in a manner that reflects personal preferences and choices• Must include evidence that setting is chosen by the individual• Assist to achieve personally defined outcomes in the most integrated setting• Contributes to the assurance of health and welfare of the person receiving services• Must include opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings• Must include opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to same degree of access as those not receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based Services.• Includes risk factors and measures to minimize risk• Should be written in plain language that can be understood by the person who receives services and their guardian• Reflects cultural considerations• Include strategies for solving disagreements”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities - 06/11/2017

~~“The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) was created by statute in 1974 to support State of Illinois employees with disabilities.

The Committee holds regular meetings to plan activities that promote and expand access, opportunity, and independence within State employment. The Committee is a forum for the dissemination of information on disability matters and as a place where issues of general concern for State of Illinois employees with disabilities can be raised.

Learn more about current ICED members, how qualifying State of Illinois employees can join the Committee, or how to participate in a meeting.  The Committee can be reached by visiting the Contact Us page.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Employment Resources for Job Seekers” - 04/25/2017

~~“Looking for a job does not have to be a solo project. Job seekers can get help from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Many people refer to IDES as the “unemployment agency.” But IDES offers much more than unemployment insurance services. We are committed to helping people find suitable employment. The reason is simple: When the people of Illinois work, the Illinois economy works.

The IDES mission also includes publication of reliable, high quality data on employment and occupational trends. This information can help people make more informed career and business decisions.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

“Resources for People with Disabilities” Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services - 04/01/2017

~~“The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities.  DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.  If you have a disability, the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job.”

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

The DDD Scoop “Employment First Project” - 02/03/2017

~~“As previously reported in the DDD Scoop, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is managing an employment project with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the State's capacity and expertise in the delivery of individualized, competitive integrated employment. This project is being funded through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) and participating providers were chosen through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The project's funding allows for a maximum of 200 individuals to be enrolled in the project, and the project ends June 30, 2017.

The Division is currently working with 11 DT providers who are providing employment recruitment, assessment and placement services to the individuals enrolled. The recruitment and enrollment process for this project began at the end of October of 2016, and to date there are 186 enrollees. Of these individuals, 59 have had an assessment and job development reports submitted, and 4 individuals have already secured employment. We are excited to see these positive outcomes so quickly, and look forward to more successful outcomes by June 30. We appreciate the efforts of the providers involved, and congratulate the individuals enrolled.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Balancing Incentive Program Project” - 08/05/2016

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS or Department) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity funded by the Balancing Incentive Program with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the state's capacity and expertise to provide individualized competitive, integrated employment services and supports to individuals with I/DD. The DDD intends to use the results of this NOFO process to award up to $3.0 million in grant funds to successfully place at least 200 individuals with I/DD into individualized competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 07/19/2016

Employment First Update Recently, the Division met with a small group of stakeholders to work on Employment First concepts specific to the Division's services. This project is being facilitated through the support of a consultant, Lisa Mills, funded through a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It is also supported with funds from the federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The first meeting of the group was held on March 30, 2016. During that meeting, the stakeholders focused on service definitions and possible modifications to enhance opportunities for individuals to access supported or competitive employment. The second meeting, held on April 7, 2016, focused on provider and staff qualifications and rate structures. Staff are now working with Ms. Mills to develop written descriptions of the draft modifications for review by the group. The stakeholders intend to meet again by the end of May. It is the Division's intent that this work will be used during the renewal of the Adult Medicaid Waiver now underway.

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

Illinois Worknet WOIA Youth Pathways “Goals and Objectives” - 04/13/2016

Evidence Based Programming that encourages youth to progress through a career pathway, completing secondary, postsecondary education and/or advanced training, and enter into unsubsidized employment

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Illinois Dept of Healthcare and Family Services “Annual Report Medical Assistance Program Fiscal Years 2013, 2014 and 2015” - 04/01/2016

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, authorized under 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allow the State to provide specialized long term care services in an individual’s home or community. The 1915 (c) Waivers were initiated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1981. Illinois’ first HCBS waiver programs began in 1983. HCBS waivers have enabled the State to tailor services to meet the needs of particular target groups. Within these target groups, the State is also permitted to establish additional criteria to further specify the population to be served on a HCBS waiver. The State has the discretion to design the waivers as they choose, within certain parameters For example, States may choose the number of consumers to serve, the services provided, and whether or not the program is statewide. Federal CMS continually reviews the waivers and requires each waiver to prove cost neutrality in comparison to institutions. Initial waivers are approved for three years, and waiver renewals have a five year term.

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

State of Illinois Employment First Strategic Plan Draft - 12/29/2014

The Draft report summarizes the history of Employment First in Illinois, and details the initiatives planneds for the future. Plans for the future are broken down in to two phases. The first phase requires collaboration with expert consults to: “Define the types of opportunities DDD wish to promote;   Determine provider qualifications;   Review and, as needed, modify current rate structure;   Discuss maximum utilization issues; and   Establish data collection and benchmark expectations.    The second phase will include obtaining services through an RFI process to:  Assist 200 individuals in the Adult DD Waiver in accessing supported and competitive employment; and  Develop a procedural guide and other materials for use by providers throughout the Illinois system in assisting and supporting individuals to find and maintain employment.”   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing
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Illinois State Rehabilitation Council

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) advises the Secretary of the Department of Human Services and the Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Services in matters concerning individuals with disabilities and the provision of rehabilitation services. The SRC provides true customer input into the current and future VR process.“

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

Illinois Interagency Committee of Employees with Disabilities.

The ICED “serves to support state employees with disabilities and state agencies who have disability-related questions. ICED was created by statute to promote access, independence, and opportunity for state employees with disabilities. Co-chaired by the Department of Human Rights and the Departments of Human Services, the Committee has five agency members and four employee members appointed by the Governor. The five statutory agency members are the Departments of Human Rights, Human Services, Central Management Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Civil Service Commission. In addition, ICED has the following standing committee members: the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, U of I Division of Specialized Care for Children, the Office of the Secretary of State, the Department of Employment Security, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Illinois Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, Illinois was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. When this grant ended in 2013, a Round 4 grant was awarded. This grant began in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Advancing Customized Employment (Project ACE) - 04/15/2004

Advancing Customized Employment, Project ACE, was designed to, “enrich the capacity of local One-Stops to provide customized employment (CE) services to people with psychiatric disabilities who are not regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois "Add Us In Chicagoland"

“This project has two main goals: first, to identify and develop strategies to increase the capacity of small businesses and communities, to employ youth and adults with disabilities, and second, to enhance the opportunities and skills of individuals with disabilities pursuing employment or self-employment.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person/Community Reintegration Program (MFP) is part of a statewide, multidepartment demonstration program. Participation is voluntary. “The goals of MFP are to: increase the use of home- and community-based long term care services; eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict flexible use of Medicaid funds for necessary long term care services in the settings reflecting individual choice; increase the ability to assure continued community-based long term care services to eligible individuals after transition; and ensure that quality assurance and improvement continuously occurs for community-based long term care services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Illinois Department of Human Services, Rehabilitative Services “Real Work for Real Pay” - 05/27/2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires state vocational rehabilitation agencies to reach out to individuals working under subminimum wage certificates and offer them the opportunity to pursue competitive integrated employment. The Division of Rehabilitation Services has begun an effort to engage approximately 14,000 individuals in Illinois currently working for subminimum wages. The U.S. Department of Labor has provided a list of over 150 employers with 14(c) subminimum wage certificates. DRS has surveyed those employers and received an estimate of the number of workers at each location. Since DRS does not have a list of individual workers, we will be sending information packets to the employers and requesting that they provide a packet to each individual working for a subminimum wage. This packet of information includes a letter from DRS, as well as an informational flyer and a postage-paid post card. There are links to a web site and an e-mail address which offer these workers several options for responding to DRS

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 04/15/2016

Training Many Division staff will be attending an "all-day" intensive training on Active Treatment on April 20, 2016. The training will address the removal of active treatment expectations for waiver program services. The Division is also offering the following training opportunities for providers and others interested…. A Webinar: "Life Choices Initiative - From Active Treatment to Supports - Changing the Model of Service Delivery for Developmental Disabilities Waivers in Illinois will be offered three times next month. Those interested in attending can choose from May 4, May 5, or May 12. Webinar Description: Historically, Illinois has used an active treatment standard in the delivery of developmental disabilities services in Illinois for both individuals living in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID), and those receiving home and community based waiver services. Federal rules require active treatment as an aspect of the delivery of services within an ICF/IID, based on a treatment model which requires intensive engagement every day. The Home and Community-Based services (HCBS) Waiver, however, does not require providers to offer and deliver active treatment to people enrolled. The HCBS waiver requires the delivery of support and services, identified through a person-centered planning process and based on a person's identified outcomes, which will assist the person to continue to live in the most integrated setting possible.

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

Project Set

On Saturday May 14, 2016, the third GET SET Conference hosted by the Project SET Scholars at Access Living was successful! Breakout sessions about community involvement, interagency collaboration, and employment were filled with many attendees ready to learn. A community conversation took place in the afternoon discussing themes from past conferences and action steps that attendees could implement when they got back to their own communities. A big thank you to the UIC College of Education, Department of Special Education and the Center for Urban Educational Leadership for sponsoring the space, breakfast, and lunch. A great day for networking and collaborating about the transition of youth with disabilities! For pictures of the GET SET Conference 2016 please see the link HERE

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Citations

Illinois Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) - "Ready for Business Guide: Self Employment for People with Disabilities "

“The purpose of this guide is to assist individuals with disabilities, and their supports, by providing resources that are available for assistance during the development of a business concept and preparation for future growth of the business. Starting a business is a complex and difficult process for anyone with a dream of being self-employed. Understanding the steps needed to be considered before starting the process can even be complicated! Please keep in mind that this guide is not intended to be a ‘How to Start a Business Guide.’ Rather, it is meant to be used as a tool for accessing resources to help a person take the first steps to starting a business.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Illinois Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program

“Employment First has become a critical priority for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  In order to help states invest in systems change efforts, ODEP developed the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP).  Illinois participated as a core state in the Program for FY 2015 and was recently announced as a participant for FY 2016 as well.  Through this work, Illinois will work directly with state agency staff, provider agencies, direct support professionals, and advocates to identify ways to better serve individuals with disabilities or mental illness who utilize supported employment services. “

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois VR In-Service Training

“The In-Service Training Program continues to play a role in helping state VR agencies to develop and implement their CSPD standards for hiring, training and retaining qualified rehabilitation professionals to provide for succession planning to provide leadership development and capacity-building and to provide training on the Rehabilitation Act in their respective states.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation Quality Assurance (VR QA) Project

"This project has “been implemented by the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CCBMDR) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Its purpose is to implement a strategy with the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (IDRS) to promote data utilization by office supervisors to improve case management and the effectiveness and efficiency of vocational counselors.

Within IDRS, the state program utilizes a virtual case management system (VCM) in which staff and administrators generate regular electronic case-management reports and counselors update client progress. Collectively, agency administrators, field supervisors, and counselors utilize the VCM to monitor activities to improve the efficiency of case management in the VR service- delivery process. … Thus, the UIC team and IDRS collaborators aim to utilize the findings [from] the VR QA project to document organizational capacity-building and to inform other states about promising practices in organizational efforts related to data use in the VR system.”

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

Illinois Disability Rights Trainings

The “Training Institute delivers customized, educational seminars through partnership with local service providers, and local and state government.  We host training across the state with local social service agencies, hospitals, schools, state mental health centers, state developmental centers and others.”  Training topics include:

Americans with Disabilities Act Employment Education Self Determination  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Williams Consent Decree - 09/29/2010

“On September 29, 2010, the State of Illinois entered into a Consent Decree, settling the Williams v Quinn class action lawsuit, first filed in 2005…Though the State denied liability and any violation of [ADA] related federal laws, the Parties to the suit were always fundamentally in agreement that, when clinically appropriate, consistent with the parameters now set forth in the Williams Consent Decree, all persons with Serious Mental Illness currently residing in Institutes of Mental Disease (IMD) in Illinois have the right to choose to live in community-based settings, and that the State has an obligation to expand the current community-based service system to support the needs of those individuals…In the Implementation Plan… the State proposes not only to expand the current system of care, but to create a number of recovery-oriented system enhancements in both services and housing, designed to assure that each person choosing to move from an IMD has the best opportunity for a successful transition to community living.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Proposed Renewal of HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program - 05/31/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) proposes to renew the HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program. The proposed renewal includes (1) changes necessary to comply with federal regulations, including modifications to the processes related to Participant Centered Planning (PCP) and inclusion of language described in the Illinois Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with HCBS settings as required by CMS, (2) provisions for a new electronic process for submitting claims, and (3) changes to the onsite certification reviews for the dementia care program, making the reviews annual instead of biannual.”

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

State of Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organization Request for Proposals - 02/27/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking services from qualified, experienced, and financially sound Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to enter into risk-based contracts for the Medicaid Managed Care Program.  These Contractors shall provide the full spectrum of Medicaid-covered services to the general Medicaid population through an integrated care delivery system.”

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

ADULT WAIVER RENEWAL DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES DRAFT POSTED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FEBRUARY 9, 2017 SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES - 02/09/2017

~~“EMPLOYMENT AND DAY PROGRAMSAccess to Supported Employment. Service definitions in Appendix C have been modified to strengthen and enhance access to Supported Employment Programs. These service definitions have been developed with input from the Employment First stakeholder workgroup. Along with these proposed definitions, we are considering new rate methodologies to support the programs. The stakeholder workgroup has provided suggestions that are now being reviewed in accordance with available funding levels. Questions being considered are rates reflecting geographic differences and/or acuity-based components versus standard, statewide rates. The inclusion of incentives to increase working hours is also being discussed. In addition, we are proposing revised language in Appendix C that would allow Participants to receive Supported Employment Services while also enrolled or waiting to be enrolled in VocationalRehabilitation Services, as long as the services are not duplicated or delivered on the same date and time.” 

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

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services “Annual Report Medical Assistance Program Fiscal Years 2013, 2014 and 2015” - 04/01/2016

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, authorized under 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allow the State to provide specialized long term care services in an individual’s home or community. The 1915 (c) Waivers were initiated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1981. Illinois’ first HCBS waiver programs began in 1983. HCBS waivers have enabled the State to tailor services to meet the needs of particular target groups. Within these target groups, the State is also permitted to establish additional criteria to further specify the population to be served on a HCBS waiver. The State has the discretion to design the waivers as they choose, within certain parameters For example, States may choose the number of consumers to serve, the services provided, and whether or not the program is statewide. Federal CMS continually reviews the waivers and requires each waiver to prove cost neutrality in comparison to institutions. Initial waivers are approved for three years, and waiver renewals have a five year term.

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

Illinois Statewide HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

“On January 16, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final regulations that pertain to Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs, including 1915 (c) , 1915 (i) and 1915(k) as described in 42 CFR 441.301(c) (4) (5) and 441.710(a) (1) (2). The final regulations went into effect on March 17, 2014 and align home and community-based setting requirements across three Medicaid authorities. The regulations require states operating a 1915 (c) waiver (s) to develop a Statewide Transition Plan which describes the strategies for coming into compliance with the new regulations. Illinois’ assessment of its current HCBS Waiver programs in relation to the new regulations and the remediation strategies necessary to ensure full compliance with the new rules are outlined in the Statewide Transition Plan”

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

Illinois HCBS Waiver for People with Brain Injury (0329.R03.00) - 07/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day care, day hab, home health aide, homemaker, personal assistant, prevocational, respite, supported employment, cognitive behavioral therapies, environmental accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, intermittent nursing, nursing, OT, PERS, PT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapist for individuals w/brain injury ages 0 - no max age."

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

Illinois Waiver for Adults with DD (0350.R03.00) - 07/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day care, developmental training, residential hab, supported employment-individual/group, OT-extended, PT-extended, speech therapy-extended, service facilitation, adaptive equipment, behavior intervention/treatment, behavioral-psychotherapy/counseling, emergency home response services, home accessibility mods, non-medical transportation, personal support, skilled nursing, temporary assistance (formerly crisis), training/counseling services for unpaid caregivers, vehicle mods for individuals w/autism, DD, IID ages 18 - no max age."

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

Illinois Release Draft 1115 Waiver For Behavioral Health Redesign

“The 1115 waiver is proposed as part of the state’s broader initiatives around the State Innovation Model (SIM) design grant awards, the State Health Assessment (SHA), and the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), with goals of strengthening the state’s behavioral health care system, reducing silos in behavioral health care, and promoting greater integration of physical and behavioral health. The waiver specifically proposes the inclusion of a package of new benefits for individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD), as well individuals nearing release from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and Cook County Jail systems… DHFS is accepting comments on the draft 1115 waiver through September 26, 2016.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

A description of Home and Community Based Waiver Program Services: “Eligible Population: Persons age 18 or older with developmental disabilities who are at risk of placement in an Intermediate Care Facility for persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD). Among the services available to adults with developmental disabilities are: Developmental Training Supported Employment Behavior Intervention and Treatment Occupational Therapy”

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

Illinois Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person/Community Reintegration Program (MFP) is part of a statewide, multidepartment demonstration program. Participation is voluntary. “The goals of MFP are to: increase the use of home- and community-based long term care services; eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict flexible use of Medicaid funds for necessary long term care services in the settings reflecting individual choice; increase the ability to assure continued community-based long term care services to eligible individuals after transition; and ensure that quality assurance and improvement continuously occurs for community-based long term care services.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

In the Prairie State of Illinois, there is mile after magnificent mile of opportunity to expand competitive, integrated employment options for individuals with disabilities. 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Illinois' VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
12,859,995
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.96%
Change from
2014 to 2015
667,643
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
233,233
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34.93%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.67%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 12,882,135 12,880,580 12,859,995
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 715,405 674,067 667,643
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 258,024 240,777 233,233
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,471,231 5,546,305 5,589,874
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.07% 35.72% 34.93%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.00% 75.72% 76.67%
Overall unemployment rate. 9.10% 7.10% 5.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.70% 21.00% 19.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.90% 13.50% 12.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 675,154 646,153 645,815
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 733,538 735,634 709,143
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,040,158 1,014,786 1,004,464
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 249,389 247,792 241,654
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 147,497 135,110 125,284
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,365 5,707 3,888
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 39,547 44,592 42,689
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 427 466 358
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 26,362 26,803 23,360
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 49,444 41,641 38,545

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 11,787 12,019 12,436
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.70% 4.80% 5.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 291,729 289,730 288,827

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 12,096 12,069 12,449
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 42,497 41,266 37,570
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 74,121 75,009 69,637
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.30% 16.10% 17.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.80% 3.30% 3.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.30% 1.70% 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,047 2,489 2,452
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 979 1,274 1,020
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,508 4,391 4,498
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 115 85 78
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 61 40 50
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 53.00% 47.00% 64.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.47 0.31 0.39

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
10,597
11,751
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 849 833 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 792 772 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,620 1,693 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 4,520 5,310 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,235 2,396 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 581 747 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 36.20% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 11,588 13,199 14,361
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 471,923 471,002 470,434
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. 428 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,722,000 $8,720,000 $8,803,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $2,008,000 $1,456,000 $1,535,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $241,215,000 $237,162,000 $240,005,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 6.00% 6.00% 6.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 291 198 195
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 22,146 22,375 22,101
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.30 11.60 12.00

 

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). 53.50% 53.80% 53.00%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.60% 13.36% 13.19%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.50% 6.43% 6.31%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 91.90% 93.73% 93.07%
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). 22.40% 29.32% 39.74%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 56.60% 60.99% 69.60%
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). 71.10% 71.54% 79.69%
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). 34.20% 31.66% 29.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,980,290
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,147
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 27,367
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 730,086
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 757,453
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 63
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 964
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,027
AbilityOne wages (products). $180,290
AbilityOne wages (services). $8,915,166

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3 3 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 6 11 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 126 128 101
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 7 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 149 112
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 10 9
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 362 66
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 13,742 9,235
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 427 267
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 14,541 9,577

 

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)

~~An important resource for meeting the employment needs of Illinoisans with disabilities is the Employment First initiative. Illinois became an Employment First state in July 2013 with the passage of the Employment First Act (Public Act 98-91). Employment First is a national movement to promote competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities, particularly individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Page 168)
Coordination with the Employment and Economic Development for Persons with Disabilities Task Force created under Illinois’ Employment First initiative will be an important resource for increasing competitive integrated employment for citizens with disabilities. (Page 207)
State Medicaid Agency: Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) In the last two years DRS has worked with HFS as part of the Illinois Employment First initiative. This is a multi–agency effort to promote competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities in both the private sector and public sector. (Page 310)
  It is expected that most individuals in that category will be eligible for services funded through one of the Medicaid waivers operated by those agencies. The Illinois Employment First effort is a mechanism to support additional cooperation between VR funded and Medicaid waiver funded employment programs for people with most significant disabilities. (Page 337-338)

Customized Employment

~~DRS and the state agency serving individuals with intellectual disabilities have agreed in principle to facilitate referrals of individuals requiring longer term paid supports. DRS is also committed to continuing expansion of customized employment services as an option for youth with the most significant disabilities. (Page 338)
DRS is pursuing several strategies to continually increase the number of employment outcomes, including: development of a business engagement strategy; establishment of stronger partnerships with local workforce boards; increasing business partnerships through the NET and other approaches; providing job placement training to all VR counselors; continuing an emphasis on establishing performance based contracts with community provider agencies; providing personal organization training to VR counselors; establishing outreach efforts to increase referrals to the VR program; and implementation of customized employment methodologies. DRS is following three main strategies to increase median earnings. The first is to increase the number of individuals enrolled in university and community college programs. (Page 339)
The businesses target in this approach will be those identified through the sector analysis conducted as part of the State’s WIOA regional planning process. DRS intends to continue development of innovative program options, including customized employment and individual placement and support (IPS) services. One strategy is continued involvement with national technical assistance resources, including subject matter experts made available through the DOL Vision Quest program. (Page 340)
DRS has initiated an effort to provide supported employment services, including customized employment services where appropriate, to students with disabilities prior to their exiting high school. While such referrals have taken place in the past, the number of referrals was small and the level of coordination between DRS, the school and the community provider agency was limited. (Page 342) In the most recent DRS needs assessment survey, the five highest ranked needs, based on the weighted score were: Job creation; Vocational training; Supported employment; Career exploration; and Customized employment. (Page 343) Another effort involves coordination with provider agencies also funded by the state developmental disabilities waiver program in an effort to identify individuals who are likely to benefit from VR funded supported employment services. DRS recently completed two pilot projects involving customized employment for persons with developmental disabilities. (Page 344)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~The Departments of Commerce and Child and Family Services are developing an initiative to expand career pathway services to older foster youth who are nearing age-out. Successful models for braiding and blending WIOA and Chafee Foster Care Funds are under consideration as a basis for Illinois’ effort. (Page 118)
Successful models for braiding and blending WIOA and Chafee Foster Care funds are under consideration as a basis for Illinois’ effort.
• Aligning and coordinating the critical programs and services for Veterans. Employment Security provides veterans’ employment representatives, who are fellow veterans and specialists in providing employment services. (Page 136)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~A key focus will be utilizing the Section 188 Disability Reference Guide developed by the DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy. This guide focuses on the concept of universal access and presents disability issues in the context of local workforce centers. DRS believes that training built around this resource will make a valuable contribution to program access for people with disabilities. (Page 343)
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. Illinois is committed to ensuring both programmatic and physical accessibility to the One-Stop delivery system by maintaining compliance with WIOA Section 188, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and all other applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. (Page 198)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~One component is the set of Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) projects funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. These projects involve a variety of approaches to providing work experiences to youth with disabilities. In addition, DRS and Commerce are partnering on a set of innovative youth projects that will involve joint funding of work experiences and other approaches to employment for youth with disabilities. (Page 342)
DRS has worked effectively with Commerce around its DEI projects throughout the state. In one instance, DRS provided cooperative funding to support individuals with disabilities seeking to establish their own businesses. In another, DRS provided funding to community providers as part of an overall package including DEI funds. (Page 67)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) pilot projects and career pathway initiatives for individuals with disabilities will be supported by core and required partners.
• Commerce will support making local staff aware of best and promising practices and provide technical assistance to foster their integration into the regular WIOA local workflow. (Page 117)
Through the implementation of best practices from programs such as DEI, the state will develop policies through the IWIB policy process to ensure that there is a customer-centered approach of coordinating services that consider the additional needs of the targeted populations as identified in this plan. (Page 128)
Illinois will expand pilot programs that are successful in coordinating services with Human Services programs including the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) and the Employment Opportunities, Personalized Services, Individualized Training, Career Planning (EPIC) pilot program (Page 133)
Aligning and implementing the best practices of the current and future Disability. Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects. Commerce, ICCB, and Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) have worked with regional and local partners to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities (aged 18 and above) in integrated career pathway and academic programs through community colleges and non-profit organizations in cooperation with American Job Centers, Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIB), employment networks and other regional partners. (Page 135)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Vocational Rehabilitation has worked effectively with Commerce around its DEI projects throughout the state. In one instance, Vocational Rehabilitation provided cooperative funding to support individuals with disabilities seeking to establish their own businesses. (Page 205)
 Coordination of the CSPD and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Relationship to IDEIA: DRS staff  provide services annually to thousands of young people with disabilities, most of whom receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Pages 320,341)
 

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Innovative Workforce Pilots & Research Commerce is interested in pilot projects that integrate the workforce, education and economic development services that respond to the talent pipeline needs of businesses within regions. Priority consideration will be given to regional projects.   Priority Populations Pilots Commerce is interested in regional projects that break down barriers to accessing job-driven training that will result in employment opportunities for all Illinois workers. (Page 224)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Provide Career Pathways for Economic Advancement Commerce, Employment Security, ICCB and the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Interagency Data Team will continue to provide an analysis of economic and labor market information to the state and local economic development professionals. It is vital that local economic development staff have the most current macro-level data, but also work with us to share micro-level data and the vision they have for their communities. The Interagency Data Team will play an important coordinating role to foster better intra-regional communication (such as through WIOA regional planning) so that as many communities as possible within a region have a similar vision that can be used to leverage the efforts of all. The state and local economic development professionals play an important role in working with business to validate and refine the labor market information (LMI) based on the current needs of business in the region and local areas. (Page 150)

Benefits

~~SRC Comment: SRC members believe that creation of a Workforce Development Unit within VR would be beneficial. This unit could concentrate on attracting small–to–large employers within the State and explain the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities.  (Page 295)
DRS is participating in the job driven technical assistance program through the Institute for Community Inclusion. The goals of this project are to establish a business engagement strategy and to train VR staff to provide basic business engagement services, including those related to disability awareness, workplace accommodations and benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.  (Page 308)
The DRS Staff Development Section (SDS) oversees the needs assessment, development, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of all training programs offered within DRS. SDS has three full–time trainers and a program manager in addition to two support staff. SDS is responsible for providing training to DRS VR staff as well as coordinating training from other sources and maintaining the training data base which tracks the number of training hours for each staff person. The following section lists training courses provided by the Staff Development Section in the last year, as well as statewide conferences attended by DRS staff with financial support from DRS. Training Provided by the DRS Staff Development Section Job Placement and Job Development Strategies; Case Progression and Documentation; Valuing Diversity in the Workplace; Conflict and Stress Management for Professionals; Working Effectively in Teams; Platinum Customer Service; Customer Service and Telephone Skills; Projecting a Professional Image; Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Work Place (re–titled The Respect Effect); Section 590 Subpart C: Training and Related Services (Webinar); Effective Communication & Conflict Management; Dealing with Difficult Behavior in the Workplace; Partnering with Autonomy Works (Webinar); The NET: A Model for Successful Employment Outcomes (Webinar); Team Building and Problem Solving; Case Notes: Styles, Structures and Time Management; Training Provided by External Training Resources Job Placement Skills; Social Security Benefits Training Conferences Supported by DRS Illinois Rehabilitation Association; Illinois Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired; Illinois Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy; Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees; Latino Mental Health Conference. (Pages 317)
Benefits Planning Services: Help to manage Social Security benefits and plan to begin working 50.6 (Page 325)
An individual who has been determined eligible for disability benefits pursuant to Title II (SSDI) or Title XVI (SSI) of the Social Security Act is considered to be presumed eligible for VR services and an individual with a significant disability, unless the analysis of his or her functional limitations and service needs, as described above, place the individual into a higher category of the order of selection. (Page 334)
Many people with disabilities have low incomes, and about one-third of DRS participants receive Social Security disability benefits. Long-term unemployment is a frequent condition for many people with disabilities, as is a poor work history and a lack of basic skills, along with limited English proficiency. The DRS program seeks to mitigate these barriers through supportive services alongside provision of vocational services. Through participation in local workforce boards DRS expects to expand its awareness of supportive services available throughout the community and make these available to people with disabilities as needed. (Page 101) 

School to Work Transition

~~DRS staff are closely involved in the statewide network of Transition Planning Councils (TPCs), which consist of rehabilitation and education professionals, as well as employers and school administrators. The purpose of the TPCs is to facilitate transition from school to work and to identify local issues that affect transition. DRS staff are involved with the schools in their communities and frequently attend training events sponsored by schools. (Page 320) 
These programs are described as business-led, one year school-to-work programs that are embedded within an actual workplace. The VR program has since expanded use of this model to other sites throughout the state. (Page 228)
 

Data Collection

~~The agreement provides that DRS and the State Board of Education will cooperatively participate in planning, training, policy development, data collection, and resource identification and dissemination to improve transition planning for students with disabilities. (Page 304)
The state encourages regional and local partners to regularly and systemically analyze and validate complementary data through various forms of business engagement. The long-term goal is to develop the most robust data collection possible so that supply and demand projections benefit from as near to real-time information as possible. (Page 15) 
Data collection methods and standards that are best practices in some core program partners and could be explored for use by other core program partners (e.g., how to account for participants who lack a Social Security number when reporting performance outcomes) (Page 189)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The entrepreneurship training program also was the result of several years of planning and working with other entities including the University of Illinois at Chicago’s assistive technology unit. The expansion of IPS programs is another example of an ongoing effort continuing to produce positive results. DRS has provided staff training and has utilized subject matter experts from the Dartmouth IPS center to build upon past success and maintain program quality. (Page 345)
Focus on Continuous Improvement and Innovation - The system should establish mechanisms for continual assessment of system performance and opportunities for improvement, as well as for encouraging innovation and disseminating best practices. This includes the continued enhancement of non-traditional methods for delivering education and training. Additionally, the growing role of entrepreneurship and its contributions to employment and economic growth will be an outcome of continuous improvement and innovation.  (Page 80)
 

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~Aligning and implementing the best practices of the current and future Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects. Commerce, ICCB, and Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) have worked with regional and local partners to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities (aged 18 and above) in integrated career pathway and academic programs through community colleges and non-profit organizations in cooperation with American Job Centers, Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIB), employment networks and other regional partners. (Page 135)

Policies and Initiatives

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“Person Centered Philosophy Statements” - 06/28/2017

~~“The Person Centered Planning can be described as the balance between what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to identify strengths, preferences, needs (both clinical and support needs) and desired outcomes of a person. Person Centered Planning:

• Must be driven by the person• Ensure services are delivered in a manner that reflects personal preferences and choices• Must include evidence that setting is chosen by the individual• Assist to achieve personally defined outcomes in the most integrated setting• Contributes to the assurance of health and welfare of the person receiving services• Must include opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings• Must include opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to same degree of access as those not receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based Services.• Includes risk factors and measures to minimize risk• Should be written in plain language that can be understood by the person who receives services and their guardian• Reflects cultural considerations• Include strategies for solving disagreements”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities - 06/11/2017

~~“The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) was created by statute in 1974 to support State of Illinois employees with disabilities.

The Committee holds regular meetings to plan activities that promote and expand access, opportunity, and independence within State employment. The Committee is a forum for the dissemination of information on disability matters and as a place where issues of general concern for State of Illinois employees with disabilities can be raised.

Learn more about current ICED members, how qualifying State of Illinois employees can join the Committee, or how to participate in a meeting.  The Committee can be reached by visiting the Contact Us page.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Proposed Renewal of HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program - 05/31/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) proposes to renew the HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program. The proposed renewal includes (1) changes necessary to comply with federal regulations, including modifications to the processes related to Participant Centered Planning (PCP) and inclusion of language described in the Illinois Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with HCBS settings as required by CMS, (2) provisions for a new electronic process for submitting claims, and (3) changes to the onsite certification reviews for the dementia care program, making the reviews annual instead of biannual.”

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

“Employment Resources for Job Seekers” - 04/25/2017

~~“Looking for a job does not have to be a solo project. Job seekers can get help from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Many people refer to IDES as the “unemployment agency.” But IDES offers much more than unemployment insurance services. We are committed to helping people find suitable employment. The reason is simple: When the people of Illinois work, the Illinois economy works.

The IDES mission also includes publication of reliable, high quality data on employment and occupational trends. This information can help people make more informed career and business decisions.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

“Resources for People with Disabilities” Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services - 04/01/2017

~~“The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities.  DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.  If you have a disability, the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job.”

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

State of Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organization Request for Proposals - 02/27/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking services from qualified, experienced, and financially sound Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to enter into risk-based contracts for the Medicaid Managed Care Program.  These Contractors shall provide the full spectrum of Medicaid-covered services to the general Medicaid population through an integrated care delivery system.”

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

ADULT WAIVER RENEWAL DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES DRAFT POSTED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FEBRUARY 9, 2017 SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES - 02/09/2017

~~“EMPLOYMENT AND DAY PROGRAMSAccess to Supported Employment. Service definitions in Appendix C have been modified to strengthen and enhance access to Supported Employment Programs. These service definitions have been developed with input from the Employment First stakeholder workgroup. Along with these proposed definitions, we are considering new rate methodologies to support the programs. The stakeholder workgroup has provided suggestions that are now being reviewed in accordance with available funding levels. Questions being considered are rates reflecting geographic differences and/or acuity-based components versus standard, statewide rates. The inclusion of incentives to increase working hours is also being discussed. In addition, we are proposing revised language in Appendix C that would allow Participants to receive Supported Employment Services while also enrolled or waiting to be enrolled in VocationalRehabilitation Services, as long as the services are not duplicated or delivered on the same date and time.” 

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

The DDD Scoop “Employment First Project” - 02/03/2017

~~“As previously reported in the DDD Scoop, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is managing an employment project with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the State's capacity and expertise in the delivery of individualized, competitive integrated employment. This project is being funded through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) and participating providers were chosen through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The project's funding allows for a maximum of 200 individuals to be enrolled in the project, and the project ends June 30, 2017.

The Division is currently working with 11 DT providers who are providing employment recruitment, assessment and placement services to the individuals enrolled. The recruitment and enrollment process for this project began at the end of October of 2016, and to date there are 186 enrollees. Of these individuals, 59 have had an assessment and job development reports submitted, and 4 individuals have already secured employment. We are excited to see these positive outcomes so quickly, and look forward to more successful outcomes by June 30. We appreciate the efforts of the providers involved, and congratulate the individuals enrolled.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Balancing Incentive Program Project” - 08/05/2016

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS or Department) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity funded by the Balancing Incentive Program with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the state's capacity and expertise to provide individualized competitive, integrated employment services and supports to individuals with I/DD. The DDD intends to use the results of this NOFO process to award up to $3.0 million in grant funds to successfully place at least 200 individuals with I/DD into individualized competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 07/19/2016

Employment First Update Recently, the Division met with a small group of stakeholders to work on Employment First concepts specific to the Division's services. This project is being facilitated through the support of a consultant, Lisa Mills, funded through a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It is also supported with funds from the federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The first meeting of the group was held on March 30, 2016. During that meeting, the stakeholders focused on service definitions and possible modifications to enhance opportunities for individuals to access supported or competitive employment. The second meeting, held on April 7, 2016, focused on provider and staff qualifications and rate structures. Staff are now working with Ms. Mills to develop written descriptions of the draft modifications for review by the group. The stakeholders intend to meet again by the end of May. It is the Division's intent that this work will be used during the renewal of the Adult Medicaid Waiver now underway.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
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Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force Act - 07/18/2016

“Task Force Responsibilities. The Task Force shall analyze programs and policies of the State to determine what changes, modifications, and innovations may be necessary to remove barriers to competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities, including barriers such as transportation, housing, program accessibility, and benefit structure. The Task Force shall also analyze State disability systems, including the mental health, developmental disabilities, veterans' assistance, workforce investment, and rehabilitation services systems, and their effect on employment of persons with disabilities. The Task Force shall review and analyze applicable research and policy studies, innovations used in other states, and any federal policy initiatives such as customized employment, and federal funding opportunities that would increase competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities in Illinois”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois SB 1383 - 07/27/2015

"The “Achieving a Better Life Experience” or “ABLE” account program is hereby created and shall be administered by the State Treasurer. The purpose of the ABLE plan is to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, and to provide secure funding for disability-related expensed on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, federal and State medical and disability insurance, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Illinois Employment First Act (HB2591) - 07/16/2013

The bill, which became effective on July 16, 2013, declares Illinois an Employment First State and establishes competitive employment in integrated settings as the first option for working-age persons with disabilities in Illinois.    The bill also requires states to coordinate across agencies share data and information across systems, and requires the Economics Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities (EEOPWD) Task for responsible for establishing measures and monitoring procedures for Employment First.:    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois Disabled Hiring Incentives (HB 0040)

Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Central Management Services, in cooperation with the Department of Human Services, to develop and implement plans to increase the number of individuals with a disability employed by State government and to submit an annual report. Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in cooperation with not-for-profit groups and community partners, to develop and implement an education and outreach campaign designed to increase statewide awareness of issues that affect individuals with a disability. Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Requires the Department of Human Services to collect information during the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 regarding employers claims of the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit and to submit an annual report. Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that a chief procurement officer may, as part of any solicitation, encourage prospective vendors to consider hiring qualified individuals with a disability and to notify them of any available financial incentives or other advantages associated with hiring such persons. Effective immediately.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act

It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois to promote and encourage each State agency and public institution of higher education to use businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities in the area of goods and services, including, but not limited to, insurance services, investment management services, information technology services, accounting services, architectural and engineering services, and legal services. Furthermore, each State agency and public institution of higher education shall utilize such firms to the greatest extent feasible within the bounds of financial and fiduciary prudence, and take affirmative steps to remove any barriers to the full participation of such firms in the procurement and contracting opportunities afforded.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging
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Illinois Employment First Executive Order - 06/03/2014

“WHEREAS, the Illinois Employment First Act (20 ILCS 40 et. seq) requires that State agencies follow and implement the State’s policy of competitive and integrated employment as the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age, regardless of level of disability, (the ‘Employment First Policy’)...An Employment First Liaison (the “Liaison”) shall be appointed within the Office of the Governor to implement Illinois’ Employment First Policy, in conjunction with the Task Force and State Agencies, as defined below...The Liaison’s goal and purpose shall be the implementation of the Employment First Policy, which seeks to facilitate the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. The Liaison shall work with the following entities (together the ‘Parties’) to develop a preliminary five-year plan (the ‘Preliminary Plan’) and a final plan (the ‘Final Plan’) to improve community integrated private employment outcomes for people with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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“Person Centered Philosophy Statements” - 06/28/2017

~~“The Person Centered Planning can be described as the balance between what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to identify strengths, preferences, needs (both clinical and support needs) and desired outcomes of a person. Person Centered Planning:

• Must be driven by the person• Ensure services are delivered in a manner that reflects personal preferences and choices• Must include evidence that setting is chosen by the individual• Assist to achieve personally defined outcomes in the most integrated setting• Contributes to the assurance of health and welfare of the person receiving services• Must include opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings• Must include opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to same degree of access as those not receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based Services.• Includes risk factors and measures to minimize risk• Should be written in plain language that can be understood by the person who receives services and their guardian• Reflects cultural considerations• Include strategies for solving disagreements”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities - 06/11/2017

~~“The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) was created by statute in 1974 to support State of Illinois employees with disabilities.

The Committee holds regular meetings to plan activities that promote and expand access, opportunity, and independence within State employment. The Committee is a forum for the dissemination of information on disability matters and as a place where issues of general concern for State of Illinois employees with disabilities can be raised.

Learn more about current ICED members, how qualifying State of Illinois employees can join the Committee, or how to participate in a meeting.  The Committee can be reached by visiting the Contact Us page.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Employment Resources for Job Seekers” - 04/25/2017

~~“Looking for a job does not have to be a solo project. Job seekers can get help from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Many people refer to IDES as the “unemployment agency.” But IDES offers much more than unemployment insurance services. We are committed to helping people find suitable employment. The reason is simple: When the people of Illinois work, the Illinois economy works.

The IDES mission also includes publication of reliable, high quality data on employment and occupational trends. This information can help people make more informed career and business decisions.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

“Resources for People with Disabilities” Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services - 04/01/2017

~~“The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities.  DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.  If you have a disability, the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job.”

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

The DDD Scoop “Employment First Project” - 02/03/2017

~~“As previously reported in the DDD Scoop, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is managing an employment project with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the State's capacity and expertise in the delivery of individualized, competitive integrated employment. This project is being funded through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) and participating providers were chosen through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The project's funding allows for a maximum of 200 individuals to be enrolled in the project, and the project ends June 30, 2017.

The Division is currently working with 11 DT providers who are providing employment recruitment, assessment and placement services to the individuals enrolled. The recruitment and enrollment process for this project began at the end of October of 2016, and to date there are 186 enrollees. Of these individuals, 59 have had an assessment and job development reports submitted, and 4 individuals have already secured employment. We are excited to see these positive outcomes so quickly, and look forward to more successful outcomes by June 30. We appreciate the efforts of the providers involved, and congratulate the individuals enrolled.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Balancing Incentive Program Project” - 08/05/2016

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS or Department) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity funded by the Balancing Incentive Program with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the state's capacity and expertise to provide individualized competitive, integrated employment services and supports to individuals with I/DD. The DDD intends to use the results of this NOFO process to award up to $3.0 million in grant funds to successfully place at least 200 individuals with I/DD into individualized competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 07/19/2016

Employment First Update Recently, the Division met with a small group of stakeholders to work on Employment First concepts specific to the Division's services. This project is being facilitated through the support of a consultant, Lisa Mills, funded through a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It is also supported with funds from the federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The first meeting of the group was held on March 30, 2016. During that meeting, the stakeholders focused on service definitions and possible modifications to enhance opportunities for individuals to access supported or competitive employment. The second meeting, held on April 7, 2016, focused on provider and staff qualifications and rate structures. Staff are now working with Ms. Mills to develop written descriptions of the draft modifications for review by the group. The stakeholders intend to meet again by the end of May. It is the Division's intent that this work will be used during the renewal of the Adult Medicaid Waiver now underway.

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

Illinois Worknet WOIA Youth Pathways “Goals and Objectives” - 04/13/2016

Evidence Based Programming that encourages youth to progress through a career pathway, completing secondary, postsecondary education and/or advanced training, and enter into unsubsidized employment

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Illinois Dept of Healthcare and Family Services “Annual Report Medical Assistance Program Fiscal Years 2013, 2014 and 2015” - 04/01/2016

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, authorized under 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allow the State to provide specialized long term care services in an individual’s home or community. The 1915 (c) Waivers were initiated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1981. Illinois’ first HCBS waiver programs began in 1983. HCBS waivers have enabled the State to tailor services to meet the needs of particular target groups. Within these target groups, the State is also permitted to establish additional criteria to further specify the population to be served on a HCBS waiver. The State has the discretion to design the waivers as they choose, within certain parameters For example, States may choose the number of consumers to serve, the services provided, and whether or not the program is statewide. Federal CMS continually reviews the waivers and requires each waiver to prove cost neutrality in comparison to institutions. Initial waivers are approved for three years, and waiver renewals have a five year term.

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

State of Illinois Employment First Strategic Plan Draft - 12/29/2014

The Draft report summarizes the history of Employment First in Illinois, and details the initiatives planneds for the future. Plans for the future are broken down in to two phases. The first phase requires collaboration with expert consults to: “Define the types of opportunities DDD wish to promote;   Determine provider qualifications;   Review and, as needed, modify current rate structure;   Discuss maximum utilization issues; and   Establish data collection and benchmark expectations.    The second phase will include obtaining services through an RFI process to:  Assist 200 individuals in the Adult DD Waiver in accessing supported and competitive employment; and  Develop a procedural guide and other materials for use by providers throughout the Illinois system in assisting and supporting individuals to find and maintain employment.”   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing
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Illinois State Rehabilitation Council

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) advises the Secretary of the Department of Human Services and the Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Services in matters concerning individuals with disabilities and the provision of rehabilitation services. The SRC provides true customer input into the current and future VR process.“

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

Illinois Interagency Committee of Employees with Disabilities.

The ICED “serves to support state employees with disabilities and state agencies who have disability-related questions. ICED was created by statute to promote access, independence, and opportunity for state employees with disabilities. Co-chaired by the Department of Human Rights and the Departments of Human Services, the Committee has five agency members and four employee members appointed by the Governor. The five statutory agency members are the Departments of Human Rights, Human Services, Central Management Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Civil Service Commission. In addition, ICED has the following standing committee members: the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, U of I Division of Specialized Care for Children, the Office of the Secretary of State, the Department of Employment Security, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Illinois Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, Illinois was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. When this grant ended in 2013, a Round 4 grant was awarded. This grant began in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Advancing Customized Employment (Project ACE) - 04/15/2004

Advancing Customized Employment, Project ACE, was designed to, “enrich the capacity of local One-Stops to provide customized employment (CE) services to people with psychiatric disabilities who are not regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois "Add Us In Chicagoland"

“This project has two main goals: first, to identify and develop strategies to increase the capacity of small businesses and communities, to employ youth and adults with disabilities, and second, to enhance the opportunities and skills of individuals with disabilities pursuing employment or self-employment.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person/Community Reintegration Program (MFP) is part of a statewide, multidepartment demonstration program. Participation is voluntary. “The goals of MFP are to: increase the use of home- and community-based long term care services; eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict flexible use of Medicaid funds for necessary long term care services in the settings reflecting individual choice; increase the ability to assure continued community-based long term care services to eligible individuals after transition; and ensure that quality assurance and improvement continuously occurs for community-based long term care services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Illinois Department of Human Services, Rehabilitative Services “Real Work for Real Pay” - 05/27/2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires state vocational rehabilitation agencies to reach out to individuals working under subminimum wage certificates and offer them the opportunity to pursue competitive integrated employment. The Division of Rehabilitation Services has begun an effort to engage approximately 14,000 individuals in Illinois currently working for subminimum wages. The U.S. Department of Labor has provided a list of over 150 employers with 14(c) subminimum wage certificates. DRS has surveyed those employers and received an estimate of the number of workers at each location. Since DRS does not have a list of individual workers, we will be sending information packets to the employers and requesting that they provide a packet to each individual working for a subminimum wage. This packet of information includes a letter from DRS, as well as an informational flyer and a postage-paid post card. There are links to a web site and an e-mail address which offer these workers several options for responding to DRS

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 04/15/2016

Training Many Division staff will be attending an "all-day" intensive training on Active Treatment on April 20, 2016. The training will address the removal of active treatment expectations for waiver program services. The Division is also offering the following training opportunities for providers and others interested…. A Webinar: "Life Choices Initiative - From Active Treatment to Supports - Changing the Model of Service Delivery for Developmental Disabilities Waivers in Illinois will be offered three times next month. Those interested in attending can choose from May 4, May 5, or May 12. Webinar Description: Historically, Illinois has used an active treatment standard in the delivery of developmental disabilities services in Illinois for both individuals living in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID), and those receiving home and community based waiver services. Federal rules require active treatment as an aspect of the delivery of services within an ICF/IID, based on a treatment model which requires intensive engagement every day. The Home and Community-Based services (HCBS) Waiver, however, does not require providers to offer and deliver active treatment to people enrolled. The HCBS waiver requires the delivery of support and services, identified through a person-centered planning process and based on a person's identified outcomes, which will assist the person to continue to live in the most integrated setting possible.

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

Project Set

On Saturday May 14, 2016, the third GET SET Conference hosted by the Project SET Scholars at Access Living was successful! Breakout sessions about community involvement, interagency collaboration, and employment were filled with many attendees ready to learn. A community conversation took place in the afternoon discussing themes from past conferences and action steps that attendees could implement when they got back to their own communities. A big thank you to the UIC College of Education, Department of Special Education and the Center for Urban Educational Leadership for sponsoring the space, breakfast, and lunch. A great day for networking and collaborating about the transition of youth with disabilities! For pictures of the GET SET Conference 2016 please see the link HERE

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Citations

Illinois Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) - "Ready for Business Guide: Self Employment for People with Disabilities "

“The purpose of this guide is to assist individuals with disabilities, and their supports, by providing resources that are available for assistance during the development of a business concept and preparation for future growth of the business. Starting a business is a complex and difficult process for anyone with a dream of being self-employed. Understanding the steps needed to be considered before starting the process can even be complicated! Please keep in mind that this guide is not intended to be a ‘How to Start a Business Guide.’ Rather, it is meant to be used as a tool for accessing resources to help a person take the first steps to starting a business.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Illinois Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program

“Employment First has become a critical priority for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  In order to help states invest in systems change efforts, ODEP developed the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP).  Illinois participated as a core state in the Program for FY 2015 and was recently announced as a participant for FY 2016 as well.  Through this work, Illinois will work directly with state agency staff, provider agencies, direct support professionals, and advocates to identify ways to better serve individuals with disabilities or mental illness who utilize supported employment services. “

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois VR In-Service Training

“The In-Service Training Program continues to play a role in helping state VR agencies to develop and implement their CSPD standards for hiring, training and retaining qualified rehabilitation professionals to provide for succession planning to provide leadership development and capacity-building and to provide training on the Rehabilitation Act in their respective states.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation Quality Assurance (VR QA) Project

"This project has “been implemented by the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CCBMDR) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Its purpose is to implement a strategy with the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (IDRS) to promote data utilization by office supervisors to improve case management and the effectiveness and efficiency of vocational counselors.

Within IDRS, the state program utilizes a virtual case management system (VCM) in which staff and administrators generate regular electronic case-management reports and counselors update client progress. Collectively, agency administrators, field supervisors, and counselors utilize the VCM to monitor activities to improve the efficiency of case management in the VR service- delivery process. … Thus, the UIC team and IDRS collaborators aim to utilize the findings [from] the VR QA project to document organizational capacity-building and to inform other states about promising practices in organizational efforts related to data use in the VR system.”

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

Illinois Disability Rights Trainings

The “Training Institute delivers customized, educational seminars through partnership with local service providers, and local and state government.  We host training across the state with local social service agencies, hospitals, schools, state mental health centers, state developmental centers and others.”  Training topics include:

Americans with Disabilities Act Employment Education Self Determination  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Williams Consent Decree - 09/29/2010

“On September 29, 2010, the State of Illinois entered into a Consent Decree, settling the Williams v Quinn class action lawsuit, first filed in 2005…Though the State denied liability and any violation of [ADA] related federal laws, the Parties to the suit were always fundamentally in agreement that, when clinically appropriate, consistent with the parameters now set forth in the Williams Consent Decree, all persons with Serious Mental Illness currently residing in Institutes of Mental Disease (IMD) in Illinois have the right to choose to live in community-based settings, and that the State has an obligation to expand the current community-based service system to support the needs of those individuals…In the Implementation Plan… the State proposes not only to expand the current system of care, but to create a number of recovery-oriented system enhancements in both services and housing, designed to assure that each person choosing to move from an IMD has the best opportunity for a successful transition to community living.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Proposed Renewal of HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program - 05/31/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) proposes to renew the HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program. The proposed renewal includes (1) changes necessary to comply with federal regulations, including modifications to the processes related to Participant Centered Planning (PCP) and inclusion of language described in the Illinois Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with HCBS settings as required by CMS, (2) provisions for a new electronic process for submitting claims, and (3) changes to the onsite certification reviews for the dementia care program, making the reviews annual instead of biannual.”

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

State of Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organization Request for Proposals - 02/27/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking services from qualified, experienced, and financially sound Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to enter into risk-based contracts for the Medicaid Managed Care Program.  These Contractors shall provide the full spectrum of Medicaid-covered services to the general Medicaid population through an integrated care delivery system.”

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

ADULT WAIVER RENEWAL DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES DRAFT POSTED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FEBRUARY 9, 2017 SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES - 02/09/2017

~~“EMPLOYMENT AND DAY PROGRAMSAccess to Supported Employment. Service definitions in Appendix C have been modified to strengthen and enhance access to Supported Employment Programs. These service definitions have been developed with input from the Employment First stakeholder workgroup. Along with these proposed definitions, we are considering new rate methodologies to support the programs. The stakeholder workgroup has provided suggestions that are now being reviewed in accordance with available funding levels. Questions being considered are rates reflecting geographic differences and/or acuity-based components versus standard, statewide rates. The inclusion of incentives to increase working hours is also being discussed. In addition, we are proposing revised language in Appendix C that would allow Participants to receive Supported Employment Services while also enrolled or waiting to be enrolled in VocationalRehabilitation Services, as long as the services are not duplicated or delivered on the same date and time.” 

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

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services “Annual Report Medical Assistance Program Fiscal Years 2013, 2014 and 2015” - 04/01/2016

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, authorized under 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allow the State to provide specialized long term care services in an individual’s home or community. The 1915 (c) Waivers were initiated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1981. Illinois’ first HCBS waiver programs began in 1983. HCBS waivers have enabled the State to tailor services to meet the needs of particular target groups. Within these target groups, the State is also permitted to establish additional criteria to further specify the population to be served on a HCBS waiver. The State has the discretion to design the waivers as they choose, within certain parameters For example, States may choose the number of consumers to serve, the services provided, and whether or not the program is statewide. Federal CMS continually reviews the waivers and requires each waiver to prove cost neutrality in comparison to institutions. Initial waivers are approved for three years, and waiver renewals have a five year term.

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

Illinois Statewide HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

“On January 16, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final regulations that pertain to Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs, including 1915 (c) , 1915 (i) and 1915(k) as described in 42 CFR 441.301(c) (4) (5) and 441.710(a) (1) (2). The final regulations went into effect on March 17, 2014 and align home and community-based setting requirements across three Medicaid authorities. The regulations require states operating a 1915 (c) waiver (s) to develop a Statewide Transition Plan which describes the strategies for coming into compliance with the new regulations. Illinois’ assessment of its current HCBS Waiver programs in relation to the new regulations and the remediation strategies necessary to ensure full compliance with the new rules are outlined in the Statewide Transition Plan”

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

Illinois HCBS Waiver for People with Brain Injury (0329.R03.00) - 07/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day care, day hab, home health aide, homemaker, personal assistant, prevocational, respite, supported employment, cognitive behavioral therapies, environmental accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, intermittent nursing, nursing, OT, PERS, PT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapist for individuals w/brain injury ages 0 - no max age."

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

Illinois Waiver for Adults with DD (0350.R03.00) - 07/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day care, developmental training, residential hab, supported employment-individual/group, OT-extended, PT-extended, speech therapy-extended, service facilitation, adaptive equipment, behavior intervention/treatment, behavioral-psychotherapy/counseling, emergency home response services, home accessibility mods, non-medical transportation, personal support, skilled nursing, temporary assistance (formerly crisis), training/counseling services for unpaid caregivers, vehicle mods for individuals w/autism, DD, IID ages 18 - no max age."

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

Illinois Release Draft 1115 Waiver For Behavioral Health Redesign

“The 1115 waiver is proposed as part of the state’s broader initiatives around the State Innovation Model (SIM) design grant awards, the State Health Assessment (SHA), and the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), with goals of strengthening the state’s behavioral health care system, reducing silos in behavioral health care, and promoting greater integration of physical and behavioral health. The waiver specifically proposes the inclusion of a package of new benefits for individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD), as well individuals nearing release from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and Cook County Jail systems… DHFS is accepting comments on the draft 1115 waiver through September 26, 2016.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

A description of Home and Community Based Waiver Program Services: “Eligible Population: Persons age 18 or older with developmental disabilities who are at risk of placement in an Intermediate Care Facility for persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD). Among the services available to adults with developmental disabilities are: Developmental Training Supported Employment Behavior Intervention and Treatment Occupational Therapy”

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

Illinois Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person/Community Reintegration Program (MFP) is part of a statewide, multidepartment demonstration program. Participation is voluntary. “The goals of MFP are to: increase the use of home- and community-based long term care services; eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict flexible use of Medicaid funds for necessary long term care services in the settings reflecting individual choice; increase the ability to assure continued community-based long term care services to eligible individuals after transition; and ensure that quality assurance and improvement continuously occurs for community-based long term care services.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

In the Prairie State of Illinois, there is mile after magnificent mile of opportunity to expand competitive, integrated employment options for individuals with disabilities. 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Illinois' VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
12,859,995
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.96%
Change from
2014 to 2015
667,643
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
233,233
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34.93%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.67%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 12,859,995
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 667,643
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 233,233
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,589,874
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.93%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.67%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 645,815
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 709,143
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,004,464
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 241,654
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 125,284
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,888
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 42,689
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 358
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 23,360
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 38,545

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 12,436
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 288,827

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 12,449
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 37,570
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 69,637
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,452
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,020
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,498
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 78
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 50
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 64.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.39

 

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. 14,361
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 470,434
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. $8,803,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $1,535,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $240,005,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 6.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 195
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 22,101
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 12.00

 

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). 53.00%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.19%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.31%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 93.07%
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). 39.74%
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). 69.60%
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). 79.69%
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). 29.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,980,290
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,147
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 27,367
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 730,086
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 757,453
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 63
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 964
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,027
AbilityOne wages (products). $180,290
AbilityOne wages (services). $8,915,166

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 101
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 112
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 9
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 66
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 9,235
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 267
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 9,577

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~An important resource for meeting the employment needs of Illinoisans with disabilities is the Employment First initiative. Illinois became an Employment First state in July 2013 with the passage of the Employment First Act (Public Act 98-91). Employment First is a national movement to promote competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities, particularly individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Page 168)
Coordination with the Employment and Economic Development for Persons with Disabilities Task Force created under Illinois’ Employment First initiative will be an important resource for increasing competitive integrated employment for citizens with disabilities. (Page 207)
State Medicaid Agency: Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) In the last two years DRS has worked with HFS as part of the Illinois Employment First initiative. This is a multi–agency effort to promote competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities in both the private sector and public sector. (Page 310)
  It is expected that most individuals in that category will be eligible for services funded through one of the Medicaid waivers operated by those agencies. The Illinois Employment First effort is a mechanism to support additional cooperation between VR funded and Medicaid waiver funded employment programs for people with most significant disabilities. (Page 337-338)

Customized Employment

~~DRS and the state agency serving individuals with intellectual disabilities have agreed in principle to facilitate referrals of individuals requiring longer term paid supports. DRS is also committed to continuing expansion of customized employment services as an option for youth with the most significant disabilities. (Page 338)
DRS is pursuing several strategies to continually increase the number of employment outcomes, including: development of a business engagement strategy; establishment of stronger partnerships with local workforce boards; increasing business partnerships through the NET and other approaches; providing job placement training to all VR counselors; continuing an emphasis on establishing performance based contracts with community provider agencies; providing personal organization training to VR counselors; establishing outreach efforts to increase referrals to the VR program; and implementation of customized employment methodologies. DRS is following three main strategies to increase median earnings. The first is to increase the number of individuals enrolled in university and community college programs. (Page 339)
The businesses target in this approach will be those identified through the sector analysis conducted as part of the State’s WIOA regional planning process. DRS intends to continue development of innovative program options, including customized employment and individual placement and support (IPS) services. One strategy is continued involvement with national technical assistance resources, including subject matter experts made available through the DOL Vision Quest program. (Page 340)
DRS has initiated an effort to provide supported employment services, including customized employment services where appropriate, to students with disabilities prior to their exiting high school. While such referrals have taken place in the past, the number of referrals was small and the level of coordination between DRS, the school and the community provider agency was limited. (Page 342) In the most recent DRS needs assessment survey, the five highest ranked needs, based on the weighted score were: Job creation; Vocational training; Supported employment; Career exploration; and Customized employment. (Page 343) Another effort involves coordination with provider agencies also funded by the state developmental disabilities waiver program in an effort to identify individuals who are likely to benefit from VR funded supported employment services. DRS recently completed two pilot projects involving customized employment for persons with developmental disabilities. (Page 344)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~The Departments of Commerce and Child and Family Services are developing an initiative to expand career pathway services to older foster youth who are nearing age-out. Successful models for braiding and blending WIOA and Chafee Foster Care Funds are under consideration as a basis for Illinois’ effort. (Page 118)
Successful models for braiding and blending WIOA and Chafee Foster Care funds are under consideration as a basis for Illinois’ effort.
• Aligning and coordinating the critical programs and services for Veterans. Employment Security provides veterans’ employment representatives, who are fellow veterans and specialists in providing employment services. (Page 136)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~A key focus will be utilizing the Section 188 Disability Reference Guide developed by the DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy. This guide focuses on the concept of universal access and presents disability issues in the context of local workforce centers. DRS believes that training built around this resource will make a valuable contribution to program access for people with disabilities. (Page 343)
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. Illinois is committed to ensuring both programmatic and physical accessibility to the One-Stop delivery system by maintaining compliance with WIOA Section 188, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and all other applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. (Page 198)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~One component is the set of Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) projects funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. These projects involve a variety of approaches to providing work experiences to youth with disabilities. In addition, DRS and Commerce are partnering on a set of innovative youth projects that will involve joint funding of work experiences and other approaches to employment for youth with disabilities. (Page 342)
DRS has worked effectively with Commerce around its DEI projects throughout the state. In one instance, DRS provided cooperative funding to support individuals with disabilities seeking to establish their own businesses. In another, DRS provided funding to community providers as part of an overall package including DEI funds. (Page 67)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) pilot projects and career pathway initiatives for individuals with disabilities will be supported by core and required partners.
• Commerce will support making local staff aware of best and promising practices and provide technical assistance to foster their integration into the regular WIOA local workflow. (Page 117)
Through the implementation of best practices from programs such as DEI, the state will develop policies through the IWIB policy process to ensure that there is a customer-centered approach of coordinating services that consider the additional needs of the targeted populations as identified in this plan. (Page 128)
Illinois will expand pilot programs that are successful in coordinating services with Human Services programs including the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) and the Employment Opportunities, Personalized Services, Individualized Training, Career Planning (EPIC) pilot program (Page 133)
Aligning and implementing the best practices of the current and future Disability. Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects. Commerce, ICCB, and Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) have worked with regional and local partners to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities (aged 18 and above) in integrated career pathway and academic programs through community colleges and non-profit organizations in cooperation with American Job Centers, Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIB), employment networks and other regional partners. (Page 135)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Vocational Rehabilitation has worked effectively with Commerce around its DEI projects throughout the state. In one instance, Vocational Rehabilitation provided cooperative funding to support individuals with disabilities seeking to establish their own businesses. (Page 205)
 Coordination of the CSPD and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Relationship to IDEIA: DRS staff  provide services annually to thousands of young people with disabilities, most of whom receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Pages 320,341)
 

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Innovative Workforce Pilots & Research Commerce is interested in pilot projects that integrate the workforce, education and economic development services that respond to the talent pipeline needs of businesses within regions. Priority consideration will be given to regional projects.   Priority Populations Pilots Commerce is interested in regional projects that break down barriers to accessing job-driven training that will result in employment opportunities for all Illinois workers. (Page 224)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Provide Career Pathways for Economic Advancement Commerce, Employment Security, ICCB and the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Interagency Data Team will continue to provide an analysis of economic and labor market information to the state and local economic development professionals. It is vital that local economic development staff have the most current macro-level data, but also work with us to share micro-level data and the vision they have for their communities. The Interagency Data Team will play an important coordinating role to foster better intra-regional communication (such as through WIOA regional planning) so that as many communities as possible within a region have a similar vision that can be used to leverage the efforts of all. The state and local economic development professionals play an important role in working with business to validate and refine the labor market information (LMI) based on the current needs of business in the region and local areas. (Page 150)

Benefits

~~SRC Comment: SRC members believe that creation of a Workforce Development Unit within VR would be beneficial. This unit could concentrate on attracting small–to–large employers within the State and explain the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities.  (Page 295)
DRS is participating in the job driven technical assistance program through the Institute for Community Inclusion. The goals of this project are to establish a business engagement strategy and to train VR staff to provide basic business engagement services, including those related to disability awareness, workplace accommodations and benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.  (Page 308)
The DRS Staff Development Section (SDS) oversees the needs assessment, development, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of all training programs offered within DRS. SDS has three full–time trainers and a program manager in addition to two support staff. SDS is responsible for providing training to DRS VR staff as well as coordinating training from other sources and maintaining the training data base which tracks the number of training hours for each staff person. The following section lists training courses provided by the Staff Development Section in the last year, as well as statewide conferences attended by DRS staff with financial support from DRS. Training Provided by the DRS Staff Development Section Job Placement and Job Development Strategies; Case Progression and Documentation; Valuing Diversity in the Workplace; Conflict and Stress Management for Professionals; Working Effectively in Teams; Platinum Customer Service; Customer Service and Telephone Skills; Projecting a Professional Image; Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Work Place (re–titled The Respect Effect); Section 590 Subpart C: Training and Related Services (Webinar); Effective Communication & Conflict Management; Dealing with Difficult Behavior in the Workplace; Partnering with Autonomy Works (Webinar); The NET: A Model for Successful Employment Outcomes (Webinar); Team Building and Problem Solving; Case Notes: Styles, Structures and Time Management; Training Provided by External Training Resources Job Placement Skills; Social Security Benefits Training Conferences Supported by DRS Illinois Rehabilitation Association; Illinois Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired; Illinois Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy; Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees; Latino Mental Health Conference. (Pages 317)
Benefits Planning Services: Help to manage Social Security benefits and plan to begin working 50.6 (Page 325)
An individual who has been determined eligible for disability benefits pursuant to Title II (SSDI) or Title XVI (SSI) of the Social Security Act is considered to be presumed eligible for VR services and an individual with a significant disability, unless the analysis of his or her functional limitations and service needs, as described above, place the individual into a higher category of the order of selection. (Page 334)
Many people with disabilities have low incomes, and about one-third of DRS participants receive Social Security disability benefits. Long-term unemployment is a frequent condition for many people with disabilities, as is a poor work history and a lack of basic skills, along with limited English proficiency. The DRS program seeks to mitigate these barriers through supportive services alongside provision of vocational services. Through participation in local workforce boards DRS expects to expand its awareness of supportive services available throughout the community and make these available to people with disabilities as needed. (Page 101) 

School to Work Transition

~~DRS staff are closely involved in the statewide network of Transition Planning Councils (TPCs), which consist of rehabilitation and education professionals, as well as employers and school administrators. The purpose of the TPCs is to facilitate transition from school to work and to identify local issues that affect transition. DRS staff are involved with the schools in their communities and frequently attend training events sponsored by schools. (Page 320) 
These programs are described as business-led, one year school-to-work programs that are embedded within an actual workplace. The VR program has since expanded use of this model to other sites throughout the state. (Page 228)
 

Data Collection

~~The agreement provides that DRS and the State Board of Education will cooperatively participate in planning, training, policy development, data collection, and resource identification and dissemination to improve transition planning for students with disabilities. (Page 304)
The state encourages regional and local partners to regularly and systemically analyze and validate complementary data through various forms of business engagement. The long-term goal is to develop the most robust data collection possible so that supply and demand projections benefit from as near to real-time information as possible. (Page 15) 
Data collection methods and standards that are best practices in some core program partners and could be explored for use by other core program partners (e.g., how to account for participants who lack a Social Security number when reporting performance outcomes) (Page 189)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The entrepreneurship training program also was the result of several years of planning and working with other entities including the University of Illinois at Chicago’s assistive technology unit. The expansion of IPS programs is another example of an ongoing effort continuing to produce positive results. DRS has provided staff training and has utilized subject matter experts from the Dartmouth IPS center to build upon past success and maintain program quality. (Page 345)
Focus on Continuous Improvement and Innovation - The system should establish mechanisms for continual assessment of system performance and opportunities for improvement, as well as for encouraging innovation and disseminating best practices. This includes the continued enhancement of non-traditional methods for delivering education and training. Additionally, the growing role of entrepreneurship and its contributions to employment and economic growth will be an outcome of continuous improvement and innovation.  (Page 80)
 

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~Aligning and implementing the best practices of the current and future Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects. Commerce, ICCB, and Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) have worked with regional and local partners to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities (aged 18 and above) in integrated career pathway and academic programs through community colleges and non-profit organizations in cooperation with American Job Centers, Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIB), employment networks and other regional partners. (Page 135)

Policies and Initiatives

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“Person Centered Philosophy Statements” - 06/28/2017

~~“The Person Centered Planning can be described as the balance between what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to identify strengths, preferences, needs (both clinical and support needs) and desired outcomes of a person. Person Centered Planning:

• Must be driven by the person• Ensure services are delivered in a manner that reflects personal preferences and choices• Must include evidence that setting is chosen by the individual• Assist to achieve personally defined outcomes in the most integrated setting• Contributes to the assurance of health and welfare of the person receiving services• Must include opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings• Must include opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to same degree of access as those not receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based Services.• Includes risk factors and measures to minimize risk• Should be written in plain language that can be understood by the person who receives services and their guardian• Reflects cultural considerations• Include strategies for solving disagreements”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities - 06/11/2017

~~“The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) was created by statute in 1974 to support State of Illinois employees with disabilities.

The Committee holds regular meetings to plan activities that promote and expand access, opportunity, and independence within State employment. The Committee is a forum for the dissemination of information on disability matters and as a place where issues of general concern for State of Illinois employees with disabilities can be raised.

Learn more about current ICED members, how qualifying State of Illinois employees can join the Committee, or how to participate in a meeting.  The Committee can be reached by visiting the Contact Us page.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Proposed Renewal of HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program - 05/31/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) proposes to renew the HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program. The proposed renewal includes (1) changes necessary to comply with federal regulations, including modifications to the processes related to Participant Centered Planning (PCP) and inclusion of language described in the Illinois Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with HCBS settings as required by CMS, (2) provisions for a new electronic process for submitting claims, and (3) changes to the onsite certification reviews for the dementia care program, making the reviews annual instead of biannual.”

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

“Employment Resources for Job Seekers” - 04/25/2017

~~“Looking for a job does not have to be a solo project. Job seekers can get help from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Many people refer to IDES as the “unemployment agency.” But IDES offers much more than unemployment insurance services. We are committed to helping people find suitable employment. The reason is simple: When the people of Illinois work, the Illinois economy works.

The IDES mission also includes publication of reliable, high quality data on employment and occupational trends. This information can help people make more informed career and business decisions.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

“Resources for People with Disabilities” Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services - 04/01/2017

~~“The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities.  DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.  If you have a disability, the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job.”

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

State of Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organization Request for Proposals - 02/27/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking services from qualified, experienced, and financially sound Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to enter into risk-based contracts for the Medicaid Managed Care Program.  These Contractors shall provide the full spectrum of Medicaid-covered services to the general Medicaid population through an integrated care delivery system.”

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

ADULT WAIVER RENEWAL DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES DRAFT POSTED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FEBRUARY 9, 2017 SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES - 02/09/2017

~~“EMPLOYMENT AND DAY PROGRAMSAccess to Supported Employment. Service definitions in Appendix C have been modified to strengthen and enhance access to Supported Employment Programs. These service definitions have been developed with input from the Employment First stakeholder workgroup. Along with these proposed definitions, we are considering new rate methodologies to support the programs. The stakeholder workgroup has provided suggestions that are now being reviewed in accordance with available funding levels. Questions being considered are rates reflecting geographic differences and/or acuity-based components versus standard, statewide rates. The inclusion of incentives to increase working hours is also being discussed. In addition, we are proposing revised language in Appendix C that would allow Participants to receive Supported Employment Services while also enrolled or waiting to be enrolled in VocationalRehabilitation Services, as long as the services are not duplicated or delivered on the same date and time.” 

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

The DDD Scoop “Employment First Project” - 02/03/2017

~~“As previously reported in the DDD Scoop, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is managing an employment project with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the State's capacity and expertise in the delivery of individualized, competitive integrated employment. This project is being funded through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) and participating providers were chosen through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The project's funding allows for a maximum of 200 individuals to be enrolled in the project, and the project ends June 30, 2017.

The Division is currently working with 11 DT providers who are providing employment recruitment, assessment and placement services to the individuals enrolled. The recruitment and enrollment process for this project began at the end of October of 2016, and to date there are 186 enrollees. Of these individuals, 59 have had an assessment and job development reports submitted, and 4 individuals have already secured employment. We are excited to see these positive outcomes so quickly, and look forward to more successful outcomes by June 30. We appreciate the efforts of the providers involved, and congratulate the individuals enrolled.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Balancing Incentive Program Project” - 08/05/2016

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS or Department) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity funded by the Balancing Incentive Program with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the state's capacity and expertise to provide individualized competitive, integrated employment services and supports to individuals with I/DD. The DDD intends to use the results of this NOFO process to award up to $3.0 million in grant funds to successfully place at least 200 individuals with I/DD into individualized competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 07/19/2016

Employment First Update Recently, the Division met with a small group of stakeholders to work on Employment First concepts specific to the Division's services. This project is being facilitated through the support of a consultant, Lisa Mills, funded through a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It is also supported with funds from the federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The first meeting of the group was held on March 30, 2016. During that meeting, the stakeholders focused on service definitions and possible modifications to enhance opportunities for individuals to access supported or competitive employment. The second meeting, held on April 7, 2016, focused on provider and staff qualifications and rate structures. Staff are now working with Ms. Mills to develop written descriptions of the draft modifications for review by the group. The stakeholders intend to meet again by the end of May. It is the Division's intent that this work will be used during the renewal of the Adult Medicaid Waiver now underway.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
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Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force Act - 07/18/2016

“Task Force Responsibilities. The Task Force shall analyze programs and policies of the State to determine what changes, modifications, and innovations may be necessary to remove barriers to competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities, including barriers such as transportation, housing, program accessibility, and benefit structure. The Task Force shall also analyze State disability systems, including the mental health, developmental disabilities, veterans' assistance, workforce investment, and rehabilitation services systems, and their effect on employment of persons with disabilities. The Task Force shall review and analyze applicable research and policy studies, innovations used in other states, and any federal policy initiatives such as customized employment, and federal funding opportunities that would increase competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities in Illinois”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois SB 1383 - 07/27/2015

"The “Achieving a Better Life Experience” or “ABLE” account program is hereby created and shall be administered by the State Treasurer. The purpose of the ABLE plan is to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, and to provide secure funding for disability-related expensed on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, federal and State medical and disability insurance, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Illinois Employment First Act (HB2591) - 07/16/2013

The bill, which became effective on July 16, 2013, declares Illinois an Employment First State and establishes competitive employment in integrated settings as the first option for working-age persons with disabilities in Illinois.    The bill also requires states to coordinate across agencies share data and information across systems, and requires the Economics Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities (EEOPWD) Task for responsible for establishing measures and monitoring procedures for Employment First.:    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois Disabled Hiring Incentives (HB 0040)

Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Central Management Services, in cooperation with the Department of Human Services, to develop and implement plans to increase the number of individuals with a disability employed by State government and to submit an annual report. Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in cooperation with not-for-profit groups and community partners, to develop and implement an education and outreach campaign designed to increase statewide awareness of issues that affect individuals with a disability. Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Requires the Department of Human Services to collect information during the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 regarding employers claims of the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit and to submit an annual report. Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that a chief procurement officer may, as part of any solicitation, encourage prospective vendors to consider hiring qualified individuals with a disability and to notify them of any available financial incentives or other advantages associated with hiring such persons. Effective immediately.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act

It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois to promote and encourage each State agency and public institution of higher education to use businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities in the area of goods and services, including, but not limited to, insurance services, investment management services, information technology services, accounting services, architectural and engineering services, and legal services. Furthermore, each State agency and public institution of higher education shall utilize such firms to the greatest extent feasible within the bounds of financial and fiduciary prudence, and take affirmative steps to remove any barriers to the full participation of such firms in the procurement and contracting opportunities afforded.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging
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Illinois Employment First Executive Order - 06/03/2014

“WHEREAS, the Illinois Employment First Act (20 ILCS 40 et. seq) requires that State agencies follow and implement the State’s policy of competitive and integrated employment as the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age, regardless of level of disability, (the ‘Employment First Policy’)...An Employment First Liaison (the “Liaison”) shall be appointed within the Office of the Governor to implement Illinois’ Employment First Policy, in conjunction with the Task Force and State Agencies, as defined below...The Liaison’s goal and purpose shall be the implementation of the Employment First Policy, which seeks to facilitate the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. The Liaison shall work with the following entities (together the ‘Parties’) to develop a preliminary five-year plan (the ‘Preliminary Plan’) and a final plan (the ‘Final Plan’) to improve community integrated private employment outcomes for people with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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“Person Centered Philosophy Statements” - 06/28/2017

~~“The Person Centered Planning can be described as the balance between what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to identify strengths, preferences, needs (both clinical and support needs) and desired outcomes of a person. Person Centered Planning:

• Must be driven by the person• Ensure services are delivered in a manner that reflects personal preferences and choices• Must include evidence that setting is chosen by the individual• Assist to achieve personally defined outcomes in the most integrated setting• Contributes to the assurance of health and welfare of the person receiving services• Must include opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings• Must include opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to same degree of access as those not receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based Services.• Includes risk factors and measures to minimize risk• Should be written in plain language that can be understood by the person who receives services and their guardian• Reflects cultural considerations• Include strategies for solving disagreements”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities - 06/11/2017

~~“The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) was created by statute in 1974 to support State of Illinois employees with disabilities.

The Committee holds regular meetings to plan activities that promote and expand access, opportunity, and independence within State employment. The Committee is a forum for the dissemination of information on disability matters and as a place where issues of general concern for State of Illinois employees with disabilities can be raised.

Learn more about current ICED members, how qualifying State of Illinois employees can join the Committee, or how to participate in a meeting.  The Committee can be reached by visiting the Contact Us page.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Employment Resources for Job Seekers” - 04/25/2017

~~“Looking for a job does not have to be a solo project. Job seekers can get help from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Many people refer to IDES as the “unemployment agency.” But IDES offers much more than unemployment insurance services. We are committed to helping people find suitable employment. The reason is simple: When the people of Illinois work, the Illinois economy works.

The IDES mission also includes publication of reliable, high quality data on employment and occupational trends. This information can help people make more informed career and business decisions.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

“Resources for People with Disabilities” Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services - 04/01/2017

~~“The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities.  DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.  If you have a disability, the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job.”

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

The DDD Scoop “Employment First Project” - 02/03/2017

~~“As previously reported in the DDD Scoop, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is managing an employment project with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the State's capacity and expertise in the delivery of individualized, competitive integrated employment. This project is being funded through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) and participating providers were chosen through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The project's funding allows for a maximum of 200 individuals to be enrolled in the project, and the project ends June 30, 2017.

The Division is currently working with 11 DT providers who are providing employment recruitment, assessment and placement services to the individuals enrolled. The recruitment and enrollment process for this project began at the end of October of 2016, and to date there are 186 enrollees. Of these individuals, 59 have had an assessment and job development reports submitted, and 4 individuals have already secured employment. We are excited to see these positive outcomes so quickly, and look forward to more successful outcomes by June 30. We appreciate the efforts of the providers involved, and congratulate the individuals enrolled.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Balancing Incentive Program Project” - 08/05/2016

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS or Department) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity funded by the Balancing Incentive Program with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the state's capacity and expertise to provide individualized competitive, integrated employment services and supports to individuals with I/DD. The DDD intends to use the results of this NOFO process to award up to $3.0 million in grant funds to successfully place at least 200 individuals with I/DD into individualized competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 07/19/2016

Employment First Update Recently, the Division met with a small group of stakeholders to work on Employment First concepts specific to the Division's services. This project is being facilitated through the support of a consultant, Lisa Mills, funded through a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It is also supported with funds from the federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The first meeting of the group was held on March 30, 2016. During that meeting, the stakeholders focused on service definitions and possible modifications to enhance opportunities for individuals to access supported or competitive employment. The second meeting, held on April 7, 2016, focused on provider and staff qualifications and rate structures. Staff are now working with Ms. Mills to develop written descriptions of the draft modifications for review by the group. The stakeholders intend to meet again by the end of May. It is the Division's intent that this work will be used during the renewal of the Adult Medicaid Waiver now underway.

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

Illinois Worknet WOIA Youth Pathways “Goals and Objectives” - 04/13/2016

Evidence Based Programming that encourages youth to progress through a career pathway, completing secondary, postsecondary education and/or advanced training, and enter into unsubsidized employment

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Illinois Dept of Healthcare and Family Services “Annual Report Medical Assistance Program Fiscal Years 2013, 2014 and 2015” - 04/01/2016

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, authorized under 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allow the State to provide specialized long term care services in an individual’s home or community. The 1915 (c) Waivers were initiated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1981. Illinois’ first HCBS waiver programs began in 1983. HCBS waivers have enabled the State to tailor services to meet the needs of particular target groups. Within these target groups, the State is also permitted to establish additional criteria to further specify the population to be served on a HCBS waiver. The State has the discretion to design the waivers as they choose, within certain parameters For example, States may choose the number of consumers to serve, the services provided, and whether or not the program is statewide. Federal CMS continually reviews the waivers and requires each waiver to prove cost neutrality in comparison to institutions. Initial waivers are approved for three years, and waiver renewals have a five year term.

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

State of Illinois Employment First Strategic Plan Draft - 12/29/2014

The Draft report summarizes the history of Employment First in Illinois, and details the initiatives planneds for the future. Plans for the future are broken down in to two phases. The first phase requires collaboration with expert consults to: “Define the types of opportunities DDD wish to promote;   Determine provider qualifications;   Review and, as needed, modify current rate structure;   Discuss maximum utilization issues; and   Establish data collection and benchmark expectations.    The second phase will include obtaining services through an RFI process to:  Assist 200 individuals in the Adult DD Waiver in accessing supported and competitive employment; and  Develop a procedural guide and other materials for use by providers throughout the Illinois system in assisting and supporting individuals to find and maintain employment.”   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing
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Illinois State Rehabilitation Council

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) advises the Secretary of the Department of Human Services and the Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Services in matters concerning individuals with disabilities and the provision of rehabilitation services. The SRC provides true customer input into the current and future VR process.“

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

Illinois Interagency Committee of Employees with Disabilities.

The ICED “serves to support state employees with disabilities and state agencies who have disability-related questions. ICED was created by statute to promote access, independence, and opportunity for state employees with disabilities. Co-chaired by the Department of Human Rights and the Departments of Human Services, the Committee has five agency members and four employee members appointed by the Governor. The five statutory agency members are the Departments of Human Rights, Human Services, Central Management Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Civil Service Commission. In addition, ICED has the following standing committee members: the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, U of I Division of Specialized Care for Children, the Office of the Secretary of State, the Department of Employment Security, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Illinois Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, Illinois was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. When this grant ended in 2013, a Round 4 grant was awarded. This grant began in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Advancing Customized Employment (Project ACE) - 04/15/2004

Advancing Customized Employment, Project ACE, was designed to, “enrich the capacity of local One-Stops to provide customized employment (CE) services to people with psychiatric disabilities who are not regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois "Add Us In Chicagoland"

“This project has two main goals: first, to identify and develop strategies to increase the capacity of small businesses and communities, to employ youth and adults with disabilities, and second, to enhance the opportunities and skills of individuals with disabilities pursuing employment or self-employment.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person/Community Reintegration Program (MFP) is part of a statewide, multidepartment demonstration program. Participation is voluntary. “The goals of MFP are to: increase the use of home- and community-based long term care services; eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict flexible use of Medicaid funds for necessary long term care services in the settings reflecting individual choice; increase the ability to assure continued community-based long term care services to eligible individuals after transition; and ensure that quality assurance and improvement continuously occurs for community-based long term care services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Illinois Department of Human Services, Rehabilitative Services “Real Work for Real Pay” - 05/27/2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires state vocational rehabilitation agencies to reach out to individuals working under subminimum wage certificates and offer them the opportunity to pursue competitive integrated employment. The Division of Rehabilitation Services has begun an effort to engage approximately 14,000 individuals in Illinois currently working for subminimum wages. The U.S. Department of Labor has provided a list of over 150 employers with 14(c) subminimum wage certificates. DRS has surveyed those employers and received an estimate of the number of workers at each location. Since DRS does not have a list of individual workers, we will be sending information packets to the employers and requesting that they provide a packet to each individual working for a subminimum wage. This packet of information includes a letter from DRS, as well as an informational flyer and a postage-paid post card. There are links to a web site and an e-mail address which offer these workers several options for responding to DRS

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 04/15/2016

Training Many Division staff will be attending an "all-day" intensive training on Active Treatment on April 20, 2016. The training will address the removal of active treatment expectations for waiver program services. The Division is also offering the following training opportunities for providers and others interested…. A Webinar: "Life Choices Initiative - From Active Treatment to Supports - Changing the Model of Service Delivery for Developmental Disabilities Waivers in Illinois will be offered three times next month. Those interested in attending can choose from May 4, May 5, or May 12. Webinar Description: Historically, Illinois has used an active treatment standard in the delivery of developmental disabilities services in Illinois for both individuals living in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID), and those receiving home and community based waiver services. Federal rules require active treatment as an aspect of the delivery of services within an ICF/IID, based on a treatment model which requires intensive engagement every day. The Home and Community-Based services (HCBS) Waiver, however, does not require providers to offer and deliver active treatment to people enrolled. The HCBS waiver requires the delivery of support and services, identified through a person-centered planning process and based on a person's identified outcomes, which will assist the person to continue to live in the most integrated setting possible.

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

Project Set

On Saturday May 14, 2016, the third GET SET Conference hosted by the Project SET Scholars at Access Living was successful! Breakout sessions about community involvement, interagency collaboration, and employment were filled with many attendees ready to learn. A community conversation took place in the afternoon discussing themes from past conferences and action steps that attendees could implement when they got back to their own communities. A big thank you to the UIC College of Education, Department of Special Education and the Center for Urban Educational Leadership for sponsoring the space, breakfast, and lunch. A great day for networking and collaborating about the transition of youth with disabilities! For pictures of the GET SET Conference 2016 please see the link HERE

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Citations

Illinois Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) - "Ready for Business Guide: Self Employment for People with Disabilities "

“The purpose of this guide is to assist individuals with disabilities, and their supports, by providing resources that are available for assistance during the development of a business concept and preparation for future growth of the business. Starting a business is a complex and difficult process for anyone with a dream of being self-employed. Understanding the steps needed to be considered before starting the process can even be complicated! Please keep in mind that this guide is not intended to be a ‘How to Start a Business Guide.’ Rather, it is meant to be used as a tool for accessing resources to help a person take the first steps to starting a business.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Illinois Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program

“Employment First has become a critical priority for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  In order to help states invest in systems change efforts, ODEP developed the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP).  Illinois participated as a core state in the Program for FY 2015 and was recently announced as a participant for FY 2016 as well.  Through this work, Illinois will work directly with state agency staff, provider agencies, direct support professionals, and advocates to identify ways to better serve individuals with disabilities or mental illness who utilize supported employment services. “

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois VR In-Service Training

“The In-Service Training Program continues to play a role in helping state VR agencies to develop and implement their CSPD standards for hiring, training and retaining qualified rehabilitation professionals to provide for succession planning to provide leadership development and capacity-building and to provide training on the Rehabilitation Act in their respective states.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation Quality Assurance (VR QA) Project

"This project has “been implemented by the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CCBMDR) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Its purpose is to implement a strategy with the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (IDRS) to promote data utilization by office supervisors to improve case management and the effectiveness and efficiency of vocational counselors.

Within IDRS, the state program utilizes a virtual case management system (VCM) in which staff and administrators generate regular electronic case-management reports and counselors update client progress. Collectively, agency administrators, field supervisors, and counselors utilize the VCM to monitor activities to improve the efficiency of case management in the VR service- delivery process. … Thus, the UIC team and IDRS collaborators aim to utilize the findings [from] the VR QA project to document organizational capacity-building and to inform other states about promising practices in organizational efforts related to data use in the VR system.”

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

Illinois Disability Rights Trainings

The “Training Institute delivers customized, educational seminars through partnership with local service providers, and local and state government.  We host training across the state with local social service agencies, hospitals, schools, state mental health centers, state developmental centers and others.”  Training topics include:

Americans with Disabilities Act Employment Education Self Determination  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Williams Consent Decree - 09/29/2010

“On September 29, 2010, the State of Illinois entered into a Consent Decree, settling the Williams v Quinn class action lawsuit, first filed in 2005…Though the State denied liability and any violation of [ADA] related federal laws, the Parties to the suit were always fundamentally in agreement that, when clinically appropriate, consistent with the parameters now set forth in the Williams Consent Decree, all persons with Serious Mental Illness currently residing in Institutes of Mental Disease (IMD) in Illinois have the right to choose to live in community-based settings, and that the State has an obligation to expand the current community-based service system to support the needs of those individuals…In the Implementation Plan… the State proposes not only to expand the current system of care, but to create a number of recovery-oriented system enhancements in both services and housing, designed to assure that each person choosing to move from an IMD has the best opportunity for a successful transition to community living.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Proposed Renewal of HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program - 05/31/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) proposes to renew the HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program. The proposed renewal includes (1) changes necessary to comply with federal regulations, including modifications to the processes related to Participant Centered Planning (PCP) and inclusion of language described in the Illinois Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with HCBS settings as required by CMS, (2) provisions for a new electronic process for submitting claims, and (3) changes to the onsite certification reviews for the dementia care program, making the reviews annual instead of biannual.”

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

State of Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organization Request for Proposals - 02/27/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking services from qualified, experienced, and financially sound Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to enter into risk-based contracts for the Medicaid Managed Care Program.  These Contractors shall provide the full spectrum of Medicaid-covered services to the general Medicaid population through an integrated care delivery system.”

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

ADULT WAIVER RENEWAL DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES DRAFT POSTED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FEBRUARY 9, 2017 SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES - 02/09/2017

~~“EMPLOYMENT AND DAY PROGRAMSAccess to Supported Employment. Service definitions in Appendix C have been modified to strengthen and enhance access to Supported Employment Programs. These service definitions have been developed with input from the Employment First stakeholder workgroup. Along with these proposed definitions, we are considering new rate methodologies to support the programs. The stakeholder workgroup has provided suggestions that are now being reviewed in accordance with available funding levels. Questions being considered are rates reflecting geographic differences and/or acuity-based components versus standard, statewide rates. The inclusion of incentives to increase working hours is also being discussed. In addition, we are proposing revised language in Appendix C that would allow Participants to receive Supported Employment Services while also enrolled or waiting to be enrolled in VocationalRehabilitation Services, as long as the services are not duplicated or delivered on the same date and time.” 

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

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services “Annual Report Medical Assistance Program Fiscal Years 2013, 2014 and 2015” - 04/01/2016

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, authorized under 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allow the State to provide specialized long term care services in an individual’s home or community. The 1915 (c) Waivers were initiated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1981. Illinois’ first HCBS waiver programs began in 1983. HCBS waivers have enabled the State to tailor services to meet the needs of particular target groups. Within these target groups, the State is also permitted to establish additional criteria to further specify the population to be served on a HCBS waiver. The State has the discretion to design the waivers as they choose, within certain parameters For example, States may choose the number of consumers to serve, the services provided, and whether or not the program is statewide. Federal CMS continually reviews the waivers and requires each waiver to prove cost neutrality in comparison to institutions. Initial waivers are approved for three years, and waiver renewals have a five year term.

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

Illinois Statewide HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

“On January 16, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final regulations that pertain to Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs, including 1915 (c) , 1915 (i) and 1915(k) as described in 42 CFR 441.301(c) (4) (5) and 441.710(a) (1) (2). The final regulations went into effect on March 17, 2014 and align home and community-based setting requirements across three Medicaid authorities. The regulations require states operating a 1915 (c) waiver (s) to develop a Statewide Transition Plan which describes the strategies for coming into compliance with the new regulations. Illinois’ assessment of its current HCBS Waiver programs in relation to the new regulations and the remediation strategies necessary to ensure full compliance with the new rules are outlined in the Statewide Transition Plan”

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

Illinois HCBS Waiver for People with Brain Injury (0329.R03.00) - 07/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day care, day hab, home health aide, homemaker, personal assistant, prevocational, respite, supported employment, cognitive behavioral therapies, environmental accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, intermittent nursing, nursing, OT, PERS, PT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapist for individuals w/brain injury ages 0 - no max age."

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

Illinois Waiver for Adults with DD (0350.R03.00) - 07/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day care, developmental training, residential hab, supported employment-individual/group, OT-extended, PT-extended, speech therapy-extended, service facilitation, adaptive equipment, behavior intervention/treatment, behavioral-psychotherapy/counseling, emergency home response services, home accessibility mods, non-medical transportation, personal support, skilled nursing, temporary assistance (formerly crisis), training/counseling services for unpaid caregivers, vehicle mods for individuals w/autism, DD, IID ages 18 - no max age."

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

Illinois Release Draft 1115 Waiver For Behavioral Health Redesign

“The 1115 waiver is proposed as part of the state’s broader initiatives around the State Innovation Model (SIM) design grant awards, the State Health Assessment (SHA), and the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), with goals of strengthening the state’s behavioral health care system, reducing silos in behavioral health care, and promoting greater integration of physical and behavioral health. The waiver specifically proposes the inclusion of a package of new benefits for individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD), as well individuals nearing release from the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and Cook County Jail systems… DHFS is accepting comments on the draft 1115 waiver through September 26, 2016.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

A description of Home and Community Based Waiver Program Services: “Eligible Population: Persons age 18 or older with developmental disabilities who are at risk of placement in an Intermediate Care Facility for persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DD). Among the services available to adults with developmental disabilities are: Developmental Training Supported Employment Behavior Intervention and Treatment Occupational Therapy”

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

Illinois Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person/Community Reintegration Program (MFP) is part of a statewide, multidepartment demonstration program. Participation is voluntary. “The goals of MFP are to: increase the use of home- and community-based long term care services; eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict flexible use of Medicaid funds for necessary long term care services in the settings reflecting individual choice; increase the ability to assure continued community-based long term care services to eligible individuals after transition; and ensure that quality assurance and improvement continuously occurs for community-based long term care services.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

In the Prairie State of Illinois, there is mile after magnificent mile of opportunity to expand competitive, integrated employment options for individuals with disabilities. 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Illinois' VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
12,859,995
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.96%
Change from
2014 to 2015
667,643
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
233,233
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34.93%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.67%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 12,859,995
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 667,643
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 233,233
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,589,874
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.93%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.67%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 645,815
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 709,143
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,004,464
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 241,654
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 125,284
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,888
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 42,689
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 358
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 23,360
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 38,545

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 12,436
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 288,827

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 12,449
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 37,570
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 69,637
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,452
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,020
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,498
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 78
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 50
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 64.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.39

 

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. 14,361
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 470,434
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. $8,803,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $1,535,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $240,005,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 6.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 195
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 22,101
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 12.00

 

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). 53.00%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.19%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.31%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 93.07%
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). 39.74%
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). 69.60%
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). 79.69%
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). 29.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,980,290
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,147
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 27,367
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 730,086
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 757,453
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 63
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 964
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,027
AbilityOne wages (products). $180,290
AbilityOne wages (services). $8,915,166

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 101
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 112
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 9
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 66
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 9,235
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 267
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 9,577

 

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)

~~An important resource for meeting the employment needs of Illinoisans with disabilities is the Employment First initiative. Illinois became an Employment First state in July 2013 with the passage of the Employment First Act (Public Act 98-91). Employment First is a national movement to promote competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities, particularly individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Page 168)
Coordination with the Employment and Economic Development for Persons with Disabilities Task Force created under Illinois’ Employment First initiative will be an important resource for increasing competitive integrated employment for citizens with disabilities. (Page 207)
State Medicaid Agency: Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) In the last two years DRS has worked with HFS as part of the Illinois Employment First initiative. This is a multi–agency effort to promote competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities in both the private sector and public sector. (Page 310)
  It is expected that most individuals in that category will be eligible for services funded through one of the Medicaid waivers operated by those agencies. The Illinois Employment First effort is a mechanism to support additional cooperation between VR funded and Medicaid waiver funded employment programs for people with most significant disabilities. (Page 337-338)

Customized Employment

~~DRS and the state agency serving individuals with intellectual disabilities have agreed in principle to facilitate referrals of individuals requiring longer term paid supports. DRS is also committed to continuing expansion of customized employment services as an option for youth with the most significant disabilities. (Page 338)
DRS is pursuing several strategies to continually increase the number of employment outcomes, including: development of a business engagement strategy; establishment of stronger partnerships with local workforce boards; increasing business partnerships through the NET and other approaches; providing job placement training to all VR counselors; continuing an emphasis on establishing performance based contracts with community provider agencies; providing personal organization training to VR counselors; establishing outreach efforts to increase referrals to the VR program; and implementation of customized employment methodologies. DRS is following three main strategies to increase median earnings. The first is to increase the number of individuals enrolled in university and community college programs. (Page 339)
The businesses target in this approach will be those identified through the sector analysis conducted as part of the State’s WIOA regional planning process. DRS intends to continue development of innovative program options, including customized employment and individual placement and support (IPS) services. One strategy is continued involvement with national technical assistance resources, including subject matter experts made available through the DOL Vision Quest program. (Page 340)
DRS has initiated an effort to provide supported employment services, including customized employment services where appropriate, to students with disabilities prior to their exiting high school. While such referrals have taken place in the past, the number of referrals was small and the level of coordination between DRS, the school and the community provider agency was limited. (Page 342) In the most recent DRS needs assessment survey, the five highest ranked needs, based on the weighted score were: Job creation; Vocational training; Supported employment; Career exploration; and Customized employment. (Page 343) Another effort involves coordination with provider agencies also funded by the state developmental disabilities waiver program in an effort to identify individuals who are likely to benefit from VR funded supported employment services. DRS recently completed two pilot projects involving customized employment for persons with developmental disabilities. (Page 344)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~The Departments of Commerce and Child and Family Services are developing an initiative to expand career pathway services to older foster youth who are nearing age-out. Successful models for braiding and blending WIOA and Chafee Foster Care Funds are under consideration as a basis for Illinois’ effort. (Page 118)
Successful models for braiding and blending WIOA and Chafee Foster Care funds are under consideration as a basis for Illinois’ effort.
• Aligning and coordinating the critical programs and services for Veterans. Employment Security provides veterans’ employment representatives, who are fellow veterans and specialists in providing employment services. (Page 136)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~A key focus will be utilizing the Section 188 Disability Reference Guide developed by the DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy. This guide focuses on the concept of universal access and presents disability issues in the context of local workforce centers. DRS believes that training built around this resource will make a valuable contribution to program access for people with disabilities. (Page 343)
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. Illinois is committed to ensuring both programmatic and physical accessibility to the One-Stop delivery system by maintaining compliance with WIOA Section 188, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and all other applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. (Page 198)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~One component is the set of Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) projects funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. These projects involve a variety of approaches to providing work experiences to youth with disabilities. In addition, DRS and Commerce are partnering on a set of innovative youth projects that will involve joint funding of work experiences and other approaches to employment for youth with disabilities. (Page 342)
DRS has worked effectively with Commerce around its DEI projects throughout the state. In one instance, DRS provided cooperative funding to support individuals with disabilities seeking to establish their own businesses. In another, DRS provided funding to community providers as part of an overall package including DEI funds. (Page 67)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) pilot projects and career pathway initiatives for individuals with disabilities will be supported by core and required partners.
• Commerce will support making local staff aware of best and promising practices and provide technical assistance to foster their integration into the regular WIOA local workflow. (Page 117)
Through the implementation of best practices from programs such as DEI, the state will develop policies through the IWIB policy process to ensure that there is a customer-centered approach of coordinating services that consider the additional needs of the targeted populations as identified in this plan. (Page 128)
Illinois will expand pilot programs that are successful in coordinating services with Human Services programs including the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) and the Employment Opportunities, Personalized Services, Individualized Training, Career Planning (EPIC) pilot program (Page 133)
Aligning and implementing the best practices of the current and future Disability. Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects. Commerce, ICCB, and Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) have worked with regional and local partners to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities (aged 18 and above) in integrated career pathway and academic programs through community colleges and non-profit organizations in cooperation with American Job Centers, Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIB), employment networks and other regional partners. (Page 135)
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Vocational Rehabilitation has worked effectively with Commerce around its DEI projects throughout the state. In one instance, Vocational Rehabilitation provided cooperative funding to support individuals with disabilities seeking to establish their own businesses. (Page 205)
 Coordination of the CSPD and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Relationship to IDEIA: DRS staff  provide services annually to thousands of young people with disabilities, most of whom receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Pages 320,341)
 

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Innovative Workforce Pilots & Research Commerce is interested in pilot projects that integrate the workforce, education and economic development services that respond to the talent pipeline needs of businesses within regions. Priority consideration will be given to regional projects.   Priority Populations Pilots Commerce is interested in regional projects that break down barriers to accessing job-driven training that will result in employment opportunities for all Illinois workers. (Page 224)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Provide Career Pathways for Economic Advancement Commerce, Employment Security, ICCB and the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Interagency Data Team will continue to provide an analysis of economic and labor market information to the state and local economic development professionals. It is vital that local economic development staff have the most current macro-level data, but also work with us to share micro-level data and the vision they have for their communities. The Interagency Data Team will play an important coordinating role to foster better intra-regional communication (such as through WIOA regional planning) so that as many communities as possible within a region have a similar vision that can be used to leverage the efforts of all. The state and local economic development professionals play an important role in working with business to validate and refine the labor market information (LMI) based on the current needs of business in the region and local areas. (Page 150)

Benefits

~~SRC Comment: SRC members believe that creation of a Workforce Development Unit within VR would be beneficial. This unit could concentrate on attracting small–to–large employers within the State and explain the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities.  (Page 295)
DRS is participating in the job driven technical assistance program through the Institute for Community Inclusion. The goals of this project are to establish a business engagement strategy and to train VR staff to provide basic business engagement services, including those related to disability awareness, workplace accommodations and benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.  (Page 308)
The DRS Staff Development Section (SDS) oversees the needs assessment, development, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of all training programs offered within DRS. SDS has three full–time trainers and a program manager in addition to two support staff. SDS is responsible for providing training to DRS VR staff as well as coordinating training from other sources and maintaining the training data base which tracks the number of training hours for each staff person. The following section lists training courses provided by the Staff Development Section in the last year, as well as statewide conferences attended by DRS staff with financial support from DRS. Training Provided by the DRS Staff Development Section Job Placement and Job Development Strategies; Case Progression and Documentation; Valuing Diversity in the Workplace; Conflict and Stress Management for Professionals; Working Effectively in Teams; Platinum Customer Service; Customer Service and Telephone Skills; Projecting a Professional Image; Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Work Place (re–titled The Respect Effect); Section 590 Subpart C: Training and Related Services (Webinar); Effective Communication & Conflict Management; Dealing with Difficult Behavior in the Workplace; Partnering with Autonomy Works (Webinar); The NET: A Model for Successful Employment Outcomes (Webinar); Team Building and Problem Solving; Case Notes: Styles, Structures and Time Management; Training Provided by External Training Resources Job Placement Skills; Social Security Benefits Training Conferences Supported by DRS Illinois Rehabilitation Association; Illinois Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired; Illinois Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy; Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees; Latino Mental Health Conference. (Pages 317)
Benefits Planning Services: Help to manage Social Security benefits and plan to begin working 50.6 (Page 325)
An individual who has been determined eligible for disability benefits pursuant to Title II (SSDI) or Title XVI (SSI) of the Social Security Act is considered to be presumed eligible for VR services and an individual with a significant disability, unless the analysis of his or her functional limitations and service needs, as described above, place the individual into a higher category of the order of selection. (Page 334)
Many people with disabilities have low incomes, and about one-third of DRS participants receive Social Security disability benefits. Long-term unemployment is a frequent condition for many people with disabilities, as is a poor work history and a lack of basic skills, along with limited English proficiency. The DRS program seeks to mitigate these barriers through supportive services alongside provision of vocational services. Through participation in local workforce boards DRS expects to expand its awareness of supportive services available throughout the community and make these available to people with disabilities as needed. (Page 101) 

School to Work Transition

~~DRS staff are closely involved in the statewide network of Transition Planning Councils (TPCs), which consist of rehabilitation and education professionals, as well as employers and school administrators. The purpose of the TPCs is to facilitate transition from school to work and to identify local issues that affect transition. DRS staff are involved with the schools in their communities and frequently attend training events sponsored by schools. (Page 320) 
These programs are described as business-led, one year school-to-work programs that are embedded within an actual workplace. The VR program has since expanded use of this model to other sites throughout the state. (Page 228)
 

Data Collection

~~The agreement provides that DRS and the State Board of Education will cooperatively participate in planning, training, policy development, data collection, and resource identification and dissemination to improve transition planning for students with disabilities. (Page 304)
The state encourages regional and local partners to regularly and systemically analyze and validate complementary data through various forms of business engagement. The long-term goal is to develop the most robust data collection possible so that supply and demand projections benefit from as near to real-time information as possible. (Page 15) 
Data collection methods and standards that are best practices in some core program partners and could be explored for use by other core program partners (e.g., how to account for participants who lack a Social Security number when reporting performance outcomes) (Page 189)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The entrepreneurship training program also was the result of several years of planning and working with other entities including the University of Illinois at Chicago’s assistive technology unit. The expansion of IPS programs is another example of an ongoing effort continuing to produce positive results. DRS has provided staff training and has utilized subject matter experts from the Dartmouth IPS center to build upon past success and maintain program quality. (Page 345)
Focus on Continuous Improvement and Innovation - The system should establish mechanisms for continual assessment of system performance and opportunities for improvement, as well as for encouraging innovation and disseminating best practices. This includes the continued enhancement of non-traditional methods for delivering education and training. Additionally, the growing role of entrepreneurship and its contributions to employment and economic growth will be an outcome of continuous improvement and innovation.  (Page 80)
 

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~Aligning and implementing the best practices of the current and future Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects. Commerce, ICCB, and Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) have worked with regional and local partners to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities (aged 18 and above) in integrated career pathway and academic programs through community colleges and non-profit organizations in cooperation with American Job Centers, Local Workforce Innovation Boards (LWIB), employment networks and other regional partners. (Page 135)

Policies and Initiatives

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“Person Centered Philosophy Statements” - 06/28/2017

~~“The Person Centered Planning can be described as the balance between what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to identify strengths, preferences, needs (both clinical and support needs) and desired outcomes of a person. Person Centered Planning:

• Must be driven by the person• Ensure services are delivered in a manner that reflects personal preferences and choices• Must include evidence that setting is chosen by the individual• Assist to achieve personally defined outcomes in the most integrated setting• Contributes to the assurance of health and welfare of the person receiving services• Must include opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings• Must include opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to same degree of access as those not receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based Services.• Includes risk factors and measures to minimize risk• Should be written in plain language that can be understood by the person who receives services and their guardian• Reflects cultural considerations• Include strategies for solving disagreements”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities - 06/11/2017

~~“The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) was created by statute in 1974 to support State of Illinois employees with disabilities.

The Committee holds regular meetings to plan activities that promote and expand access, opportunity, and independence within State employment. The Committee is a forum for the dissemination of information on disability matters and as a place where issues of general concern for State of Illinois employees with disabilities can be raised.

Learn more about current ICED members, how qualifying State of Illinois employees can join the Committee, or how to participate in a meeting.  The Committee can be reached by visiting the Contact Us page.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Proposed Renewal of HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program - 05/31/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) proposes to renew the HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program. The proposed renewal includes (1) changes necessary to comply with federal regulations, including modifications to the processes related to Participant Centered Planning (PCP) and inclusion of language described in the Illinois Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with HCBS settings as required by CMS, (2) provisions for a new electronic process for submitting claims, and (3) changes to the onsite certification reviews for the dementia care program, making the reviews annual instead of biannual.”

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

“Employment Resources for Job Seekers” - 04/25/2017

~~“Looking for a job does not have to be a solo project. Job seekers can get help from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Many people refer to IDES as the “unemployment agency.” But IDES offers much more than unemployment insurance services. We are committed to helping people find suitable employment. The reason is simple: When the people of Illinois work, the Illinois economy works.

The IDES mission also includes publication of reliable, high quality data on employment and occupational trends. This information can help people make more informed career and business decisions.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

“Resources for People with Disabilities” Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services - 04/01/2017

~~“The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities.  DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.  If you have a disability, the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job.”

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

State of Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organization Request for Proposals - 02/27/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking services from qualified, experienced, and financially sound Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to enter into risk-based contracts for the Medicaid Managed Care Program.  These Contractors shall provide the full spectrum of Medicaid-covered services to the general Medicaid population through an integrated care delivery system.”

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

ADULT WAIVER RENEWAL DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES DRAFT POSTED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FEBRUARY 9, 2017 SUMMARY OF MAJOR CHANGES - 02/09/2017

~~“EMPLOYMENT AND DAY PROGRAMSAccess to Supported Employment. Service definitions in Appendix C have been modified to strengthen and enhance access to Supported Employment Programs. These service definitions have been developed with input from the Employment First stakeholder workgroup. Along with these proposed definitions, we are considering new rate methodologies to support the programs. The stakeholder workgroup has provided suggestions that are now being reviewed in accordance with available funding levels. Questions being considered are rates reflecting geographic differences and/or acuity-based components versus standard, statewide rates. The inclusion of incentives to increase working hours is also being discussed. In addition, we are proposing revised language in Appendix C that would allow Participants to receive Supported Employment Services while also enrolled or waiting to be enrolled in VocationalRehabilitation Services, as long as the services are not duplicated or delivered on the same date and time.” 

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

The DDD Scoop “Employment First Project” - 02/03/2017

~~“As previously reported in the DDD Scoop, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is managing an employment project with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the State's capacity and expertise in the delivery of individualized, competitive integrated employment. This project is being funded through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) and participating providers were chosen through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The project's funding allows for a maximum of 200 individuals to be enrolled in the project, and the project ends June 30, 2017.

The Division is currently working with 11 DT providers who are providing employment recruitment, assessment and placement services to the individuals enrolled. The recruitment and enrollment process for this project began at the end of October of 2016, and to date there are 186 enrollees. Of these individuals, 59 have had an assessment and job development reports submitted, and 4 individuals have already secured employment. We are excited to see these positive outcomes so quickly, and look forward to more successful outcomes by June 30. We appreciate the efforts of the providers involved, and congratulate the individuals enrolled.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Balancing Incentive Program Project” - 08/05/2016

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS or Department) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity funded by the Balancing Incentive Program with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the state's capacity and expertise to provide individualized competitive, integrated employment services and supports to individuals with I/DD. The DDD intends to use the results of this NOFO process to award up to $3.0 million in grant funds to successfully place at least 200 individuals with I/DD into individualized competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 07/19/2016

Employment First Update Recently, the Division met with a small group of stakeholders to work on Employment First concepts specific to the Division's services. This project is being facilitated through the support of a consultant, Lisa Mills, funded through a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It is also supported with funds from the federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The first meeting of the group was held on March 30, 2016. During that meeting, the stakeholders focused on service definitions and possible modifications to enhance opportunities for individuals to access supported or competitive employment. The second meeting, held on April 7, 2016, focused on provider and staff qualifications and rate structures. Staff are now working with Ms. Mills to develop written descriptions of the draft modifications for review by the group. The stakeholders intend to meet again by the end of May. It is the Division's intent that this work will be used during the renewal of the Adult Medicaid Waiver now underway.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
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Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force Act - 07/18/2016

“Task Force Responsibilities. The Task Force shall analyze programs and policies of the State to determine what changes, modifications, and innovations may be necessary to remove barriers to competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities, including barriers such as transportation, housing, program accessibility, and benefit structure. The Task Force shall also analyze State disability systems, including the mental health, developmental disabilities, veterans' assistance, workforce investment, and rehabilitation services systems, and their effect on employment of persons with disabilities. The Task Force shall review and analyze applicable research and policy studies, innovations used in other states, and any federal policy initiatives such as customized employment, and federal funding opportunities that would increase competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities in Illinois”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois SB 1383 - 07/27/2015

"The “Achieving a Better Life Experience” or “ABLE” account program is hereby created and shall be administered by the State Treasurer. The purpose of the ABLE plan is to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, and to provide secure funding for disability-related expensed on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, federal and State medical and disability insurance, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Illinois Employment First Act (HB2591) - 07/16/2013

The bill, which became effective on July 16, 2013, declares Illinois an Employment First State and establishes competitive employment in integrated settings as the first option for working-age persons with disabilities in Illinois.    The bill also requires states to coordinate across agencies share data and information across systems, and requires the Economics Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities (EEOPWD) Task for responsible for establishing measures and monitoring procedures for Employment First.:    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois Disabled Hiring Incentives (HB 0040)

Amends the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Central Management Services, in cooperation with the Department of Human Services, to develop and implement plans to increase the number of individuals with a disability employed by State government and to submit an annual report. Amends the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in cooperation with not-for-profit groups and community partners, to develop and implement an education and outreach campaign designed to increase statewide awareness of issues that affect individuals with a disability. Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Requires the Department of Human Services to collect information during the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 regarding employers claims of the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit and to submit an annual report. Amends the Illinois Procurement Code. Provides that a chief procurement officer may, as part of any solicitation, encourage prospective vendors to consider hiring qualified individuals with a disability and to notify them of any available financial incentives or other advantages associated with hiring such persons. Effective immediately.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act

It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of Illinois to promote and encourage each State agency and public institution of higher education to use businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities in the area of goods and services, including, but not limited to, insurance services, investment management services, information technology services, accounting services, architectural and engineering services, and legal services. Furthermore, each State agency and public institution of higher education shall utilize such firms to the greatest extent feasible within the bounds of financial and fiduciary prudence, and take affirmative steps to remove any barriers to the full participation of such firms in the procurement and contracting opportunities afforded.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging
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Illinois Employment First Executive Order - 06/03/2014

“WHEREAS, the Illinois Employment First Act (20 ILCS 40 et. seq) requires that State agencies follow and implement the State’s policy of competitive and integrated employment as the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age, regardless of level of disability, (the ‘Employment First Policy’)...An Employment First Liaison (the “Liaison”) shall be appointed within the Office of the Governor to implement Illinois’ Employment First Policy, in conjunction with the Task Force and State Agencies, as defined below...The Liaison’s goal and purpose shall be the implementation of the Employment First Policy, which seeks to facilitate the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. The Liaison shall work with the following entities (together the ‘Parties’) to develop a preliminary five-year plan (the ‘Preliminary Plan’) and a final plan (the ‘Final Plan’) to improve community integrated private employment outcomes for people with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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“Person Centered Philosophy Statements” - 06/28/2017

~~“The Person Centered Planning can be described as the balance between what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to identify strengths, preferences, needs (both clinical and support needs) and desired outcomes of a person. Person Centered Planning:

• Must be driven by the person• Ensure services are delivered in a manner that reflects personal preferences and choices• Must include evidence that setting is chosen by the individual• Assist to achieve personally defined outcomes in the most integrated setting• Contributes to the assurance of health and welfare of the person receiving services• Must include opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings• Must include opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to same degree of access as those not receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based Services.• Includes risk factors and measures to minimize risk• Should be written in plain language that can be understood by the person who receives services and their guardian• Reflects cultural considerations• Include strategies for solving disagreements”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities - 06/11/2017

~~“The Interagency Committee on Employees with Disabilities (ICED) was created by statute in 1974 to support State of Illinois employees with disabilities.

The Committee holds regular meetings to plan activities that promote and expand access, opportunity, and independence within State employment. The Committee is a forum for the dissemination of information on disability matters and as a place where issues of general concern for State of Illinois employees with disabilities can be raised.

Learn more about current ICED members, how qualifying State of Illinois employees can join the Committee, or how to participate in a meeting.  The Committee can be reached by visiting the Contact Us page.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Employment Resources for Job Seekers” - 04/25/2017

~~“Looking for a job does not have to be a solo project. Job seekers can get help from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Many people refer to IDES as the “unemployment agency.” But IDES offers much more than unemployment insurance services. We are committed to helping people find suitable employment. The reason is simple: When the people of Illinois work, the Illinois economy works.

The IDES mission also includes publication of reliable, high quality data on employment and occupational trends. This information can help people make more informed career and business decisions.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

“Resources for People with Disabilities” Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services - 04/01/2017

~~“The Division of Rehabilitation Services is the state's lead agency serving individuals with disabilities.  DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.  If you have a disability, the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services may be able to help you find a job.”

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

The DDD Scoop “Employment First Project” - 02/03/2017

~~“As previously reported in the DDD Scoop, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is managing an employment project with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the State's capacity and expertise in the delivery of individualized, competitive integrated employment. This project is being funded through the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) and participating providers were chosen through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The project's funding allows for a maximum of 200 individuals to be enrolled in the project, and the project ends June 30, 2017.

The Division is currently working with 11 DT providers who are providing employment recruitment, assessment and placement services to the individuals enrolled. The recruitment and enrollment process for this project began at the end of October of 2016, and to date there are 186 enrollees. Of these individuals, 59 have had an assessment and job development reports submitted, and 4 individuals have already secured employment. We are excited to see these positive outcomes so quickly, and look forward to more successful outcomes by June 30. We appreciate the efforts of the providers involved, and congratulate the individuals enrolled.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Balancing Incentive Program Project” - 08/05/2016

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS or Department) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is issuing a Notice of Funding Opportunity funded by the Balancing Incentive Program with the intent to increase the number of individuals with I/DD working in individualized, competitive integrated employment and to expand the state's capacity and expertise to provide individualized competitive, integrated employment services and supports to individuals with I/DD. The DDD intends to use the results of this NOFO process to award up to $3.0 million in grant funds to successfully place at least 200 individuals with I/DD into individualized competitive integrated employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 07/19/2016

Employment First Update Recently, the Division met with a small group of stakeholders to work on Employment First concepts specific to the Division's services. This project is being facilitated through the support of a consultant, Lisa Mills, funded through a grant from the United States Department of Labor. It is also supported with funds from the federal Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). The first meeting of the group was held on March 30, 2016. During that meeting, the stakeholders focused on service definitions and possible modifications to enhance opportunities for individuals to access supported or competitive employment. The second meeting, held on April 7, 2016, focused on provider and staff qualifications and rate structures. Staff are now working with Ms. Mills to develop written descriptions of the draft modifications for review by the group. The stakeholders intend to meet again by the end of May. It is the Division's intent that this work will be used during the renewal of the Adult Medicaid Waiver now underway.

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

Illinois Worknet WOIA Youth Pathways “Goals and Objectives” - 04/13/2016

Evidence Based Programming that encourages youth to progress through a career pathway, completing secondary, postsecondary education and/or advanced training, and enter into unsubsidized employment

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Illinois Dept of Healthcare and Family Services “Annual Report Medical Assistance Program Fiscal Years 2013, 2014 and 2015” - 04/01/2016

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, authorized under 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allow the State to provide specialized long term care services in an individual’s home or community. The 1915 (c) Waivers were initiated by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 1981. Illinois’ first HCBS waiver programs began in 1983. HCBS waivers have enabled the State to tailor services to meet the needs of particular target groups. Within these target groups, the State is also permitted to establish additional criteria to further specify the population to be served on a HCBS waiver. The State has the discretion to design the waivers as they choose, within certain parameters For example, States may choose the number of consumers to serve, the services provided, and whether or not the program is statewide. Federal CMS continually reviews the waivers and requires each waiver to prove cost neutrality in comparison to institutions. Initial waivers are approved for three years, and waiver renewals have a five year term.

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

State of Illinois Employment First Strategic Plan Draft - 12/29/2014

The Draft report summarizes the history of Employment First in Illinois, and details the initiatives planneds for the future. Plans for the future are broken down in to two phases. The first phase requires collaboration with expert consults to: “Define the types of opportunities DDD wish to promote;   Determine provider qualifications;   Review and, as needed, modify current rate structure;   Discuss maximum utilization issues; and   Establish data collection and benchmark expectations.    The second phase will include obtaining services through an RFI process to:  Assist 200 individuals in the Adult DD Waiver in accessing supported and competitive employment; and  Develop a procedural guide and other materials for use by providers throughout the Illinois system in assisting and supporting individuals to find and maintain employment.”   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing
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Illinois State Rehabilitation Council

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) advises the Secretary of the Department of Human Services and the Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Services in matters concerning individuals with disabilities and the provision of rehabilitation services. The SRC provides true customer input into the current and future VR process.“

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

Illinois Interagency Committee of Employees with Disabilities.

The ICED “serves to support state employees with disabilities and state agencies who have disability-related questions. ICED was created by statute to promote access, independence, and opportunity for state employees with disabilities. Co-chaired by the Department of Human Rights and the Departments of Human Services, the Committee has five agency members and four employee members appointed by the Governor. The five statutory agency members are the Departments of Human Rights, Human Services, Central Management Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Civil Service Commission. In addition, ICED has the following standing committee members: the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, U of I Division of Specialized Care for Children, the Office of the Secretary of State, the Department of Employment Security, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Illinois Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, Illinois was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. When this grant ended in 2013, a Round 4 grant was awarded. This grant began in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Advancing Customized Employment (Project ACE) - 04/15/2004

Advancing Customized Employment, Project ACE, was designed to, “enrich the capacity of local One-Stops to provide customized employment (CE) services to people with psychiatric disabilities who are not regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois "Add Us In Chicagoland"

“This project has two main goals: first, to identify and develop strategies to increase the capacity of small businesses and communities, to employ youth and adults with disabilities, and second, to enhance the opportunities and skills of individuals with disabilities pursuing employment or self-employment.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Illinois Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person/Community Reintegration Program (MFP) is part of a statewide, multidepartment demonstration program. Participation is voluntary. “The goals of MFP are to: increase the use of home- and community-based long term care services; eliminate barriers that prevent or restrict flexible use of Medicaid funds for necessary long term care services in the settings reflecting individual choice; increase the ability to assure continued community-based long term care services to eligible individuals after transition; and ensure that quality assurance and improvement continuously occurs for community-based long term care services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Illinois Department of Human Services, Rehabilitative Services “Real Work for Real Pay” - 05/27/2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires state vocational rehabilitation agencies to reach out to individuals working under subminimum wage certificates and offer them the opportunity to pursue competitive integrated employment. The Division of Rehabilitation Services has begun an effort to engage approximately 14,000 individuals in Illinois currently working for subminimum wages. The U.S. Department of Labor has provided a list of over 150 employers with 14(c) subminimum wage certificates. DRS has surveyed those employers and received an estimate of the number of workers at each location. Since DRS does not have a list of individual workers, we will be sending information packets to the employers and requesting that they provide a packet to each individual working for a subminimum wage. This packet of information includes a letter from DRS, as well as an informational flyer and a postage-paid post card. There are links to a web site and an e-mail address which offer these workers several options for responding to DRS

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Illinois Department of Human Services “The DDD Scoop 4-15-16” - 04/15/2016

Training Many Division staff will be attending an "all-day" intensive training on Active Treatment on April 20, 2016. The training will address the removal of active treatment expectations for waiver program services. The Division is also offering the following training opportunities for providers and others interested…. A Webinar: "Life Choices Initiative - From Active Treatment to Supports - Changing the Model of Service Delivery for Developmental Disabilities Waivers in Illinois will be offered three times next month. Those interested in attending can choose from May 4, May 5, or May 12. Webinar Description: Historically, Illinois has used an active treatment standard in the delivery of developmental disabilities services in Illinois for both individuals living in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID), and those receiving home and community based waiver services. Federal rules require active treatment as an aspect of the delivery of services within an ICF/IID, based on a treatment model which requires intensive engagement every day. The Home and Community-Based services (HCBS) Waiver, however, does not require providers to offer and deliver active treatment to people enrolled. The HCBS waiver requires the delivery of support and services, identified through a person-centered planning process and based on a person's identified outcomes, which will assist the person to continue to live in the most integrated setting possible.

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

Project Set

On Saturday May 14, 2016, the third GET SET Conference hosted by the Project SET Scholars at Access Living was successful! Breakout sessions about community involvement, interagency collaboration, and employment were filled with many attendees ready to learn. A community conversation took place in the afternoon discussing themes from past conferences and action steps that attendees could implement when they got back to their own communities. A big thank you to the UIC College of Education, Department of Special Education and the Center for Urban Educational Leadership for sponsoring the space, breakfast, and lunch. A great day for networking and collaborating about the transition of youth with disabilities! For pictures of the GET SET Conference 2016 please see the link HERE

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Citations

Illinois Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) - "Ready for Business Guide: Self Employment for People with Disabilities "

“The purpose of this guide is to assist individuals with disabilities, and their supports, by providing resources that are available for assistance during the development of a business concept and preparation for future growth of the business. Starting a business is a complex and difficult process for anyone with a dream of being self-employed. Understanding the steps needed to be considered before starting the process can even be complicated! Please keep in mind that this guide is not intended to be a ‘How to Start a Business Guide.’ Rather, it is meant to be used as a tool for accessing resources to help a person take the first steps to starting a business.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Illinois Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program

“Employment First has become a critical priority for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  In order to help states invest in systems change efforts, ODEP developed the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP).  Illinois participated as a core state in the Program for FY 2015 and was recently announced as a participant for FY 2016 as well.  Through this work, Illinois will work directly with state agency staff, provider agencies, direct support professionals, and advocates to identify ways to better serve individuals with disabilities or mental illness who utilize supported employment services. “

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Illinois VR In-Service Training

“The In-Service Training Program continues to play a role in helping state VR agencies to develop and implement their CSPD standards for hiring, training and retaining qualified rehabilitation professionals to provide for succession planning to provide leadership development and capacity-building and to provide training on the Rehabilitation Act in their respective states.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation Quality Assurance (VR QA) Project

"This project has “been implemented by the Center for Capacity Building on Minorities with Disabilities Research (CCBMDR) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Its purpose is to implement a strategy with the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services (IDRS) to promote data utilization by office supervisors to improve case management and the effectiveness and efficiency of vocational counselors.

Within IDRS, the state program utilizes a virtual case management system (VCM) in which staff and administrators generate regular electronic case-management reports and counselors update client progress. Collectively, agency administrators, field supervisors, and counselors utilize the VCM to monitor activities to improve the efficiency of case management in the VR service- delivery process. … Thus, the UIC team and IDRS collaborators aim to utilize the findings [from] the VR QA project to document organizational capacity-building and to inform other states about promising practices in organizational efforts related to data use in the VR system.”

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

Illinois Disability Rights Trainings

The “Training Institute delivers customized, educational seminars through partnership with local service providers, and local and state government.  We host training across the state with local social service agencies, hospitals, schools, state mental health centers, state developmental centers and others.”  Training topics include:

Americans with Disabilities Act Employment Education Self Determination  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Williams Consent Decree - 09/29/2010

“On September 29, 2010, the State of Illinois entered into a Consent Decree, settling the Williams v Quinn class action lawsuit, first filed in 2005…Though the State denied liability and any violation of [ADA] related federal laws, the Parties to the suit were always fundamentally in agreement that, when clinically appropriate, consistent with the parameters now set forth in the Williams Consent Decree, all persons with Serious Mental Illness currently residing in Institutes of Mental Disease (IMD) in Illinois have the right to choose to live in community-based settings, and that the State has an obligation to expand the current community-based service system to support the needs of those individuals…In the Implementation Plan… the State proposes not only to expand the current system of care, but to create a number of recovery-oriented system enhancements in both services and housing, designed to assure that each person choosing to move from an IMD has the best opportunity for a successful transition to community living.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Proposed Renewal of HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program - 05/31/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) proposes to renew the HCBS Waiver for the Supportive Living Program. The proposed renewal includes (1) changes necessary to comply with federal regulations, including modifications to the processes related to Participant Centered Planning (PCP) and inclusion of language described in the Illinois Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with HCBS settings as required by CMS, (2) provisions for a new electronic process for submitting claims, and (3) changes to the onsite certification reviews for the dementia care program, making the reviews annual instead of biannual.”

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

State of Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organization Request for Proposals - 02/27/2017

~~“The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking services from qualified, experienced, and financially sound Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to enter into risk-based contracts for the Medicaid Managed Care Program.  These Contractors shall provide the full spectrum of Medicaid-covered services to the general Medicaid population through an integrated care delivery system.”

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