State of Illinois Employment First Strategic Plan Draft


State Policies & Initiatives: 
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.” 
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • 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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