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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.

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2016 State Population.
-0.46%
Change from
2015 to 2016
12,801,539
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.8%
Change from
2015 to 2016
679,862
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.93%
Change from
2015 to 2016
242,783
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.18%
Change from
2015 to 2016
35.71%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.33%
Change from
2015 to 2016
77.70%

General

2014 2015 2016
Population. 12,880,580 12,859,995 12,801,539
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 674,067 667,643 679,862
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 240,777 233,233 242,783
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,546,305 5,589,874 5,604,115
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.72% 34.93% 35.71%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.72% 76.67% 77.70%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.10% 5.90% 5.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.00% 19.50% 20.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.50% 12.90% 12.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 646,153 645,815 658,743
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 735,634 709,143 730,221
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,014,786 1,004,464 1,027,433
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 247,792 241,654 237,824
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 135,110 125,284 140,414
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,707 3,888 4,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 44,592 42,689 42,540
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 466 358 481
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 26,803 23,360 31,186
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 41,641 38,545 44,884

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 12,019 12,436 12,849
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.80% 5.00% 5.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 289,730 288,827 284,951

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 12,069 12,449 5,445
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 41,266 37,570 18,665
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 75,009 69,637 38,653
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.10% 17.90% 14.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.30% 3.60% 4.80%
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). 1.70% 1.50% 2.10%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,489 2,452 2,003
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. 1,274 1,020 903
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)

2013 2014 2015
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. 85 78 92
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 40 50 65
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. 47.00% 64.00% 71.00%
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. 0.31 0.39 0.51

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
11,751
11,297
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 833 747 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 772 781 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,693 1,430 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 5,310 5,306 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,396 2,343 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 747 690 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 13,199 14,361 13,982
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 471,002 470,434 465,465
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. 464 518 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,720,000 $8,803,000 $8,712,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $1,456,000 $1,535,000 $1,689,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $237,162,000 $240,005,000 $239,574,000
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% 7.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 198 195 189
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 22,375 22,101 22,205
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.60 12.00 13.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 53.80% 53.00% 52.65%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.36% 13.19% 13.29%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.43% 6.31% 6.20%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 93.73% 93.07% 97.50%
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). 29.32% 39.74% 27.54%
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). 60.99% 69.60% 63.19%
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). 71.54% 79.69% 73.33%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 31.66% 29.86% 35.65%

 

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

2015 2016 2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3 4 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 11 3 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 128 101 119
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 7 4 5
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 149 112 131
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 10 9 11
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 362 66 102
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 13,742 9,235 11,555
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 427 267 497
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 14,541 9,577 12,165

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)

DEI/DRC

~~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)
 

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)

School to Work Transition

~~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) 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employer Engagement

~~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)

511

~~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)

Mental Health

~~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)

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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

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 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 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 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 Employment First Summit Report - 01/31/2012

“In January 2011, the Task Force submitted its annual report to the Governor and Legislature, and that report included a recommendation that Illinois become an Employment First state – i.e., that employment in the community be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois. To enact this recommendation, the Task Force developed plans for an Employment First Summit. The invitation-only Summit was held on January 31, 2012 and included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, advocates, disability professionals, and educators. This report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discussed at the summit into reality.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

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)

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

A Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. Chapter 6: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

~~“Once it is determined that a student meets the criteria to receive special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs—it is like a road map showing where the student is and where he or she is going.”

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

Illinois Employment First Blueprint - 10/01/2014

“This Blueprint provides policymakers and stakeholders in Illinois with specific recommendations and action steps to ensure that competitive, integrated employment is the first option for all people with disabilities, a concept known as Employment First. Illinois has taken important first steps towards Employment First, including enactment of the Illinois Employment First Act and the issuance of an Employment First Executive Order. The challenge is now for Illinois to realign and modernize the states’ disability service system. Action must be taken to translate that policy into positive changes for people with disabilities.”

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

Illinois Employment First Summit Report - 01/31/2012

“In January 2011, the Task Force submitted its annual report to the Governor and Legislature, and that report included a recommendation that Illinois become an Employment First state – i.e., that employment in the community be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois. To enact this recommendation, the Task Force developed plans for an Employment First Summit. The invitation-only Summit was held on January 31, 2012 and included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, advocates, disability professionals, and educators. This report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discussed at the summit into reality.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

A Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. Chapter 6: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

~~“Once it is determined that a student meets the criteria to receive special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs—it is like a road map showing where the student is and where he or she is going.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Illinois Policy”

Illinois has adopted an Employment First policy via the Employment First Act (20 ILCS 40) in 2013. This law states that "competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age" and requires all State agencies to follow the policy as well as ensure its effective implementation within their programs and services. Additionally, Illinois has an Executive Order (14-08) that requires the participation of multiple state agencies to fully implement Employment First across the State. The state agencies include: the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Department of Employment Security, the Department of Central Management Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the State Board of Education, the Board of Higher Education, the Community College Board, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Order requires the above agencies to look at everything from policies to funding to partnerships all focused around the goal of integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other

Illinois 2015 State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program

This document outlines the plans and goals for the 2015 Division of Rehabilitation Services programs. It “constitutes the report generated by the State Plan Committee and approved by the State Rehabilitation Council.”

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

Illinois Disabled Workers Programs

"Illinois has implemented several programs and services for people with disabilities through a dedicated disabled workers initiative. This initiative includes:

The Successful Disability) Opportunities Program

“The Successful Disability Opportunities Program provides persons with disabilities a greater access to employment opportunities within the State.”

Alternative Employment Program

“The Alternative Employment Program was established by law to assist in finding alternative employment opportunities for certified employees who are on an approved leave of absence due to a work related or non-work related disability which precludes the performance of their current job duties.”

Accommodated Testing Program

“In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, State agencies must ensure that the employment process is accessible to persons with disabilities. Specifically, these laws require that the State provide reasonable accommodations upon request by individuals participating in all steps of the employment process. This includes the State of Illinois Rutan interview process.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Illinois Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force Annual Report

"This annual report “outlines the activities undertaken by the Task Force during the first full year of operation. It reflects the information that has been gathered by the Task Force to date as well as outlines the recommendations developed by the Task Force during a strategic planning meeting held in April 2011. The Task Force is committed to addressing the major issues impacting employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities in Illinois and collaborating with Illinois leaders to do this. To that end, the task force is proposing several initiatives that are aimed to begin the necessary dialogues for changing the way that existing employment programs are operated and the policies and procedures that govern them.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Consumer Handbook for Home-Based Services, Children's and Adult Medicaid Waivers ‘Person Centered Planning’ - 06/30/2018

~~‘This is a process that outlines what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to record a person's strengths, needs, desires as well as risk. Person Centered Planning has three main parts: the Discovery Tool, the Personal Plan and the Implementation Strategy. For more information on the Person Centered Planning process, see Appendix C.

Your ISC agent will contact you regarding the Person Centered Planning process. By June 30, 2018, this process and documents will replace the Individual Service Plan (ISP). Between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, all people in a DDD Waiver Service will participate in Person Centered Planning.

NOTE: Prior to July 1, 2017, if you were already in the Home-Based Waiver, your services were identified in an Individual Service Plan (ISP). An ISP was developed at an annual meeting where needs and services were documented by your service provider and approved by you. Your ISC was invited to attend that meeting. If you have a current ISP in place, your participation in the new Person Centered Planning process will begin before your next annual meeting date, but no later than June 30, 2018. If you are new to the Home-Based Waiver after July 1, 2017, you will participate in the new Person Centered Planning process before services begin.’

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

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 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
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Transforming Lives Through Employment: SAMHSA’s Supported Employment Grant Program (SEP) - 06/29/2018

The purpose of the Supported Employment Program is "to enhance state and community capacity to provide and expand evidence-based SEPs (such as the Individual Placement and Support [IPS] model) to adults with serious mental illnesses, including persons with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders" 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

“Employment First Federal-State Leadership Mentoring Program” - 03/16/2016

~~“Employment First has become a priority for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment (ODEP). Over the last several years, ODEP has been working with States on systems change efforts to increase community-based, integrated employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. Through this work, States are encouraged to align their policies, service delivery systems, and reimbursement structures to encourage the implementation and expansion of integrated and competitive employment services.

In order to help States with this work, ODEP created the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program. This program provides assistance in the alignment of policies, coordination of resources, and updating of service delivery models, all in an effort to facilitate increases in integrated employment statewide for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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
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14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference “Stepping Stones of Employment” - 10/25/2018

~~“The 14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference for transition aged youth and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education and community advocates will be held October 25-26, 2018 at: The Westin Chicago Northwest400 Park Blvd. Itasca, Illinois

he conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, invites participants to imagine the possibilities for students with disabilities in the areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community integration, health care, and self-advocacy.The conference will focus on best practices in promoting effective, person-centered transition planning that addresses all aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities.  Conference Sessions are offered in the following four tracks:”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Youth Career Pathways Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - 02/28/2018

~~“The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board announces the release of the 2018 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Career Pathways Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). With an emphasis on the needs of young people who are not in school and not working, coined Opportunity Youth, this funding opportunity is intended to support effective career pathway practices distilled by the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board.  These practices will have a positive impact on the careers of Illinois’ youth while creating a framework for long term, sustainable capacity building in delivery of those practices throughout the state.

Program GoalThe Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in conjunction with the Core WIOA Partners - Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Employment Security, and Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services, will award grants for projects that address priorities identified in the State of Illinois Unified Plan and incorporate the practices identified as effective career pathway program criteria by the Illinois Workforce Investment Board’s (IWIB) Youth Committee. Successful pilot projects will integrate workforce, education and economic development services; break down barriers to accessing job-driven training resulting in employment opportunities; and assist in the effective and efficient implementation of WIOA regulations within Illinois’ economic development regions.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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

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

“Grant Award Information for H265A100015” Rehabilitation training - State 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

Training Institute on Disability Rights

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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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)

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 IL_VR_RatesandServices.pdf

2016 State Population.
-0.46%
Change from
2015 to 2016
12,801,539
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.8%
Change from
2015 to 2016
679,862
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.93%
Change from
2015 to 2016
242,783
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.18%
Change from
2015 to 2016
35.71%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.33%
Change from
2015 to 2016
77.70%

State Data

General

2014 2015 2016
Population. 12,880,580 12,859,995 12,801,539
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 674,067 667,643 679,862
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 240,777 233,233 242,783
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,546,305 5,589,874 5,604,115
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.72% 34.93% 35.71%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.72% 76.67% 77.70%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.10% 5.90% 5.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.00% 19.50% 20.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.50% 12.90% 12.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 646,153 645,815 658,743
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 735,634 709,143 730,221
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,014,786 1,004,464 1,027,433
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 247,792 241,654 237,824
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 135,110 125,284 140,414
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,707 3,888 4,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 44,592 42,689 42,540
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 466 358 481
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 26,803 23,360 31,186
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 41,641 38,545 44,884

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 12,019 12,436 12,849
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.80% 5.00% 5.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 289,730 288,827 284,951

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 12,069 12,449 5,445
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 41,266 37,570 18,665
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 75,009 69,637 38,653
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.10% 17.90% 14.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.30% 3.60% 4.80%
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). 1.70% 1.50% 2.10%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,489 2,452 2,003
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. 1,274 1,020 903
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)

2013 2014 2015
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. 85 78 92
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 40 50 65
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. 47.00% 64.00% 71.00%
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. 0.31 0.39 0.51

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
11,751
11,297
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 833 747 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 772 781 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,693 1,430 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 5,310 5,306 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,396 2,343 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 747 690 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 13,199 14,361 13,982
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 471,002 470,434 465,465
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. 464 518 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,720,000 $8,803,000 $8,712,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $1,456,000 $1,535,000 $1,689,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $237,162,000 $240,005,000 $239,574,000
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% 7.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 198 195 189
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 22,375 22,101 22,205
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.60 12.00 13.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 53.80% 53.00% 52.65%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.36% 13.19% 13.29%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.43% 6.31% 6.20%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 93.73% 93.07% 97.50%
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). 29.32% 39.74% 27.54%
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). 60.99% 69.60% 63.19%
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). 71.54% 79.69% 73.33%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 31.66% 29.86% 35.65%

 

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

2015 2016 2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3 4 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 11 3 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 128 101 119
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 7 4 5
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 149 112 131
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 10 9 11
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 362 66 102
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 13,742 9,235 11,555
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 427 267 497
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 14,541 9,577 12,165

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)

DEI/DRC

~~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)
 

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)

School to Work Transition

~~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) 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employer Engagement

~~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)

511

~~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)

Mental Health

~~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)

Policies and Initiatives

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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

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 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 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 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 Employment First Summit Report - 01/31/2012

“In January 2011, the Task Force submitted its annual report to the Governor and Legislature, and that report included a recommendation that Illinois become an Employment First state – i.e., that employment in the community be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois. To enact this recommendation, the Task Force developed plans for an Employment First Summit. The invitation-only Summit was held on January 31, 2012 and included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, advocates, disability professionals, and educators. This report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discussed at the summit into reality.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

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)

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

A Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. Chapter 6: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

~~“Once it is determined that a student meets the criteria to receive special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs—it is like a road map showing where the student is and where he or she is going.”

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

Illinois Employment First Blueprint - 10/01/2014

“This Blueprint provides policymakers and stakeholders in Illinois with specific recommendations and action steps to ensure that competitive, integrated employment is the first option for all people with disabilities, a concept known as Employment First. Illinois has taken important first steps towards Employment First, including enactment of the Illinois Employment First Act and the issuance of an Employment First Executive Order. The challenge is now for Illinois to realign and modernize the states’ disability service system. Action must be taken to translate that policy into positive changes for people with disabilities.”

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

Illinois Employment First Summit Report - 01/31/2012

“In January 2011, the Task Force submitted its annual report to the Governor and Legislature, and that report included a recommendation that Illinois become an Employment First state – i.e., that employment in the community be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois. To enact this recommendation, the Task Force developed plans for an Employment First Summit. The invitation-only Summit was held on January 31, 2012 and included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, advocates, disability professionals, and educators. This report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discussed at the summit into reality.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

A Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. Chapter 6: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

~~“Once it is determined that a student meets the criteria to receive special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs—it is like a road map showing where the student is and where he or she is going.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Illinois Policy”

Illinois has adopted an Employment First policy via the Employment First Act (20 ILCS 40) in 2013. This law states that "competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age" and requires all State agencies to follow the policy as well as ensure its effective implementation within their programs and services. Additionally, Illinois has an Executive Order (14-08) that requires the participation of multiple state agencies to fully implement Employment First across the State. The state agencies include: the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Department of Employment Security, the Department of Central Management Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the State Board of Education, the Board of Higher Education, the Community College Board, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Order requires the above agencies to look at everything from policies to funding to partnerships all focused around the goal of integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other

Illinois 2015 State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program

This document outlines the plans and goals for the 2015 Division of Rehabilitation Services programs. It “constitutes the report generated by the State Plan Committee and approved by the State Rehabilitation Council.”

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

Illinois Disabled Workers Programs

"Illinois has implemented several programs and services for people with disabilities through a dedicated disabled workers initiative. This initiative includes:

The Successful Disability) Opportunities Program

“The Successful Disability Opportunities Program provides persons with disabilities a greater access to employment opportunities within the State.”

Alternative Employment Program

“The Alternative Employment Program was established by law to assist in finding alternative employment opportunities for certified employees who are on an approved leave of absence due to a work related or non-work related disability which precludes the performance of their current job duties.”

Accommodated Testing Program

“In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, State agencies must ensure that the employment process is accessible to persons with disabilities. Specifically, these laws require that the State provide reasonable accommodations upon request by individuals participating in all steps of the employment process. This includes the State of Illinois Rutan interview process.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Illinois Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force Annual Report

"This annual report “outlines the activities undertaken by the Task Force during the first full year of operation. It reflects the information that has been gathered by the Task Force to date as well as outlines the recommendations developed by the Task Force during a strategic planning meeting held in April 2011. The Task Force is committed to addressing the major issues impacting employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities in Illinois and collaborating with Illinois leaders to do this. To that end, the task force is proposing several initiatives that are aimed to begin the necessary dialogues for changing the way that existing employment programs are operated and the policies and procedures that govern them.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Consumer Handbook for Home-Based Services, Children's and Adult Medicaid Waivers ‘Person Centered Planning’ - 06/30/2018

~~‘This is a process that outlines what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to record a person's strengths, needs, desires as well as risk. Person Centered Planning has three main parts: the Discovery Tool, the Personal Plan and the Implementation Strategy. For more information on the Person Centered Planning process, see Appendix C.

Your ISC agent will contact you regarding the Person Centered Planning process. By June 30, 2018, this process and documents will replace the Individual Service Plan (ISP). Between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, all people in a DDD Waiver Service will participate in Person Centered Planning.

NOTE: Prior to July 1, 2017, if you were already in the Home-Based Waiver, your services were identified in an Individual Service Plan (ISP). An ISP was developed at an annual meeting where needs and services were documented by your service provider and approved by you. Your ISC was invited to attend that meeting. If you have a current ISP in place, your participation in the new Person Centered Planning process will begin before your next annual meeting date, but no later than June 30, 2018. If you are new to the Home-Based Waiver after July 1, 2017, you will participate in the new Person Centered Planning process before services begin.’

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

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 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
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Transforming Lives Through Employment: SAMHSA’s Supported Employment Grant Program (SEP) - 06/29/2018

The purpose of the Supported Employment Program is "to enhance state and community capacity to provide and expand evidence-based SEPs (such as the Individual Placement and Support [IPS] model) to adults with serious mental illnesses, including persons with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders" 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

“Employment First Federal-State Leadership Mentoring Program” - 03/16/2016

~~“Employment First has become a priority for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment (ODEP). Over the last several years, ODEP has been working with States on systems change efforts to increase community-based, integrated employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. Through this work, States are encouraged to align their policies, service delivery systems, and reimbursement structures to encourage the implementation and expansion of integrated and competitive employment services.

In order to help States with this work, ODEP created the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program. This program provides assistance in the alignment of policies, coordination of resources, and updating of service delivery models, all in an effort to facilitate increases in integrated employment statewide for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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
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14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference “Stepping Stones of Employment” - 10/25/2018

~~“The 14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference for transition aged youth and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education and community advocates will be held October 25-26, 2018 at: The Westin Chicago Northwest400 Park Blvd. Itasca, Illinois

he conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, invites participants to imagine the possibilities for students with disabilities in the areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community integration, health care, and self-advocacy.The conference will focus on best practices in promoting effective, person-centered transition planning that addresses all aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities.  Conference Sessions are offered in the following four tracks:”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Youth Career Pathways Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - 02/28/2018

~~“The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board announces the release of the 2018 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Career Pathways Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). With an emphasis on the needs of young people who are not in school and not working, coined Opportunity Youth, this funding opportunity is intended to support effective career pathway practices distilled by the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board.  These practices will have a positive impact on the careers of Illinois’ youth while creating a framework for long term, sustainable capacity building in delivery of those practices throughout the state.

Program GoalThe Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in conjunction with the Core WIOA Partners - Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Employment Security, and Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services, will award grants for projects that address priorities identified in the State of Illinois Unified Plan and incorporate the practices identified as effective career pathway program criteria by the Illinois Workforce Investment Board’s (IWIB) Youth Committee. Successful pilot projects will integrate workforce, education and economic development services; break down barriers to accessing job-driven training resulting in employment opportunities; and assist in the effective and efficient implementation of WIOA regulations within Illinois’ economic development regions.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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

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

“Grant Award Information for H265A100015” Rehabilitation training - State 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

Training Institute on Disability Rights

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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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)

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 IL_VR_RatesandServices.pdf

2016 State Population.
-0.46%
Change from
2015 to 2016
12,801,539
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.8%
Change from
2015 to 2016
679,862
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.93%
Change from
2015 to 2016
242,783
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.18%
Change from
2015 to 2016
35.71%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.33%
Change from
2015 to 2016
77.70%

State Data

General

2014 2015 2016
Population. 12,880,580 12,859,995 12,801,539
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 674,067 667,643 679,862
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 240,777 233,233 242,783
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,546,305 5,589,874 5,604,115
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.72% 34.93% 35.71%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.72% 76.67% 77.70%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.10% 5.90% 5.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.00% 19.50% 20.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.50% 12.90% 12.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 646,153 645,815 658,743
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 735,634 709,143 730,221
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,014,786 1,004,464 1,027,433
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 247,792 241,654 237,824
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 135,110 125,284 140,414
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,707 3,888 4,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 44,592 42,689 42,540
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 466 358 481
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 26,803 23,360 31,186
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 41,641 38,545 44,884

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 12,019 12,436 12,849
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.80% 5.00% 5.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 289,730 288,827 284,951

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 12,069 12,449 5,445
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 41,266 37,570 18,665
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 75,009 69,637 38,653
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.10% 17.90% 14.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.30% 3.60% 4.80%
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). 1.70% 1.50% 2.10%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,489 2,452 2,003
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. 1,274 1,020 903
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)

2013 2014 2015
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. 85 78 92
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 40 50 65
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. 47.00% 64.00% 71.00%
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. 0.31 0.39 0.51

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
11,751
11,297
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 833 747 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 772 781 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,693 1,430 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 5,310 5,306 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,396 2,343 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 747 690 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 13,199 14,361 13,982
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 471,002 470,434 465,465
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. 464 518 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,720,000 $8,803,000 $8,712,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $1,456,000 $1,535,000 $1,689,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $237,162,000 $240,005,000 $239,574,000
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% 7.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 198 195 189
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 22,375 22,101 22,205
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.60 12.00 13.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 53.80% 53.00% 52.65%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.36% 13.19% 13.29%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.43% 6.31% 6.20%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 93.73% 93.07% 97.50%
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). 29.32% 39.74% 27.54%
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). 60.99% 69.60% 63.19%
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). 71.54% 79.69% 73.33%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 31.66% 29.86% 35.65%

 

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

2015 2016 2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3 4 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 11 3 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 128 101 119
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 7 4 5
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 149 112 131
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 10 9 11
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 362 66 102
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 13,742 9,235 11,555
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 427 267 497
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 14,541 9,577 12,165

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)

DEI/DRC

~~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)
 

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)

School to Work Transition

~~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) 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employer Engagement

~~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)

511

~~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)

Mental Health

~~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)

Policies and Initiatives

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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

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 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 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 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 Employment First Summit Report - 01/31/2012

“In January 2011, the Task Force submitted its annual report to the Governor and Legislature, and that report included a recommendation that Illinois become an Employment First state – i.e., that employment in the community be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois. To enact this recommendation, the Task Force developed plans for an Employment First Summit. The invitation-only Summit was held on January 31, 2012 and included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, advocates, disability professionals, and educators. This report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discussed at the summit into reality.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

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)

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

A Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. Chapter 6: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

~~“Once it is determined that a student meets the criteria to receive special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs—it is like a road map showing where the student is and where he or she is going.”

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

Illinois Employment First Blueprint - 10/01/2014

“This Blueprint provides policymakers and stakeholders in Illinois with specific recommendations and action steps to ensure that competitive, integrated employment is the first option for all people with disabilities, a concept known as Employment First. Illinois has taken important first steps towards Employment First, including enactment of the Illinois Employment First Act and the issuance of an Employment First Executive Order. The challenge is now for Illinois to realign and modernize the states’ disability service system. Action must be taken to translate that policy into positive changes for people with disabilities.”

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

Illinois Employment First Summit Report - 01/31/2012

“In January 2011, the Task Force submitted its annual report to the Governor and Legislature, and that report included a recommendation that Illinois become an Employment First state – i.e., that employment in the community be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois. To enact this recommendation, the Task Force developed plans for an Employment First Summit. The invitation-only Summit was held on January 31, 2012 and included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, advocates, disability professionals, and educators. This report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discussed at the summit into reality.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

A Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. Chapter 6: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

~~“Once it is determined that a student meets the criteria to receive special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs—it is like a road map showing where the student is and where he or she is going.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Illinois Policy”

Illinois has adopted an Employment First policy via the Employment First Act (20 ILCS 40) in 2013. This law states that "competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age" and requires all State agencies to follow the policy as well as ensure its effective implementation within their programs and services. Additionally, Illinois has an Executive Order (14-08) that requires the participation of multiple state agencies to fully implement Employment First across the State. The state agencies include: the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Department of Employment Security, the Department of Central Management Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the State Board of Education, the Board of Higher Education, the Community College Board, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Order requires the above agencies to look at everything from policies to funding to partnerships all focused around the goal of integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other

Illinois 2015 State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program

This document outlines the plans and goals for the 2015 Division of Rehabilitation Services programs. It “constitutes the report generated by the State Plan Committee and approved by the State Rehabilitation Council.”

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

Illinois Disabled Workers Programs

"Illinois has implemented several programs and services for people with disabilities through a dedicated disabled workers initiative. This initiative includes:

The Successful Disability) Opportunities Program

“The Successful Disability Opportunities Program provides persons with disabilities a greater access to employment opportunities within the State.”

Alternative Employment Program

“The Alternative Employment Program was established by law to assist in finding alternative employment opportunities for certified employees who are on an approved leave of absence due to a work related or non-work related disability which precludes the performance of their current job duties.”

Accommodated Testing Program

“In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, State agencies must ensure that the employment process is accessible to persons with disabilities. Specifically, these laws require that the State provide reasonable accommodations upon request by individuals participating in all steps of the employment process. This includes the State of Illinois Rutan interview process.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Illinois Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force Annual Report

"This annual report “outlines the activities undertaken by the Task Force during the first full year of operation. It reflects the information that has been gathered by the Task Force to date as well as outlines the recommendations developed by the Task Force during a strategic planning meeting held in April 2011. The Task Force is committed to addressing the major issues impacting employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities in Illinois and collaborating with Illinois leaders to do this. To that end, the task force is proposing several initiatives that are aimed to begin the necessary dialogues for changing the way that existing employment programs are operated and the policies and procedures that govern them.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Consumer Handbook for Home-Based Services, Children's and Adult Medicaid Waivers ‘Person Centered Planning’ - 06/30/2018

~~‘This is a process that outlines what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to record a person's strengths, needs, desires as well as risk. Person Centered Planning has three main parts: the Discovery Tool, the Personal Plan and the Implementation Strategy. For more information on the Person Centered Planning process, see Appendix C.

Your ISC agent will contact you regarding the Person Centered Planning process. By June 30, 2018, this process and documents will replace the Individual Service Plan (ISP). Between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, all people in a DDD Waiver Service will participate in Person Centered Planning.

NOTE: Prior to July 1, 2017, if you were already in the Home-Based Waiver, your services were identified in an Individual Service Plan (ISP). An ISP was developed at an annual meeting where needs and services were documented by your service provider and approved by you. Your ISC was invited to attend that meeting. If you have a current ISP in place, your participation in the new Person Centered Planning process will begin before your next annual meeting date, but no later than June 30, 2018. If you are new to the Home-Based Waiver after July 1, 2017, you will participate in the new Person Centered Planning process before services begin.’

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

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 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
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Transforming Lives Through Employment: SAMHSA’s Supported Employment Grant Program (SEP) - 06/29/2018

The purpose of the Supported Employment Program is "to enhance state and community capacity to provide and expand evidence-based SEPs (such as the Individual Placement and Support [IPS] model) to adults with serious mental illnesses, including persons with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders" 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

“Employment First Federal-State Leadership Mentoring Program” - 03/16/2016

~~“Employment First has become a priority for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment (ODEP). Over the last several years, ODEP has been working with States on systems change efforts to increase community-based, integrated employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. Through this work, States are encouraged to align their policies, service delivery systems, and reimbursement structures to encourage the implementation and expansion of integrated and competitive employment services.

In order to help States with this work, ODEP created the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program. This program provides assistance in the alignment of policies, coordination of resources, and updating of service delivery models, all in an effort to facilitate increases in integrated employment statewide for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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
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14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference “Stepping Stones of Employment” - 10/25/2018

~~“The 14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference for transition aged youth and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education and community advocates will be held October 25-26, 2018 at: The Westin Chicago Northwest400 Park Blvd. Itasca, Illinois

he conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, invites participants to imagine the possibilities for students with disabilities in the areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community integration, health care, and self-advocacy.The conference will focus on best practices in promoting effective, person-centered transition planning that addresses all aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities.  Conference Sessions are offered in the following four tracks:”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Youth Career Pathways Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - 02/28/2018

~~“The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board announces the release of the 2018 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Career Pathways Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). With an emphasis on the needs of young people who are not in school and not working, coined Opportunity Youth, this funding opportunity is intended to support effective career pathway practices distilled by the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board.  These practices will have a positive impact on the careers of Illinois’ youth while creating a framework for long term, sustainable capacity building in delivery of those practices throughout the state.

Program GoalThe Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in conjunction with the Core WIOA Partners - Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Employment Security, and Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services, will award grants for projects that address priorities identified in the State of Illinois Unified Plan and incorporate the practices identified as effective career pathway program criteria by the Illinois Workforce Investment Board’s (IWIB) Youth Committee. Successful pilot projects will integrate workforce, education and economic development services; break down barriers to accessing job-driven training resulting in employment opportunities; and assist in the effective and efficient implementation of WIOA regulations within Illinois’ economic development regions.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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

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

“Grant Award Information for H265A100015” Rehabilitation training - State 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

Training Institute on Disability Rights

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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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)

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 IL_VR_RatesandServices.pdf

2016 State Population.
-0.46%
Change from
2015 to 2016
12,801,539
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.8%
Change from
2015 to 2016
679,862
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.93%
Change from
2015 to 2016
242,783
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.18%
Change from
2015 to 2016
35.71%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.33%
Change from
2015 to 2016
77.70%

State Data

General

2016
Population. 12,801,539
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 679,862
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 242,783
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,604,115
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.71%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.70%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 658,743
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 730,221
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,027,433
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 237,824
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 140,414
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 42,540
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 481
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 31,186
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 44,884

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 12,849
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 284,951

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,445
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 18,665
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 38,653
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.10%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,003
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 903
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)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 92
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 65
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. 71.00%
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. 0.51

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
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. 13,982
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 465,465
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

2015
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,712,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $1,689,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $239,574,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 7.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 189
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 22,205
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 13.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.65%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.29%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.20%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.50%
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). 27.54%
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). 63.19%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 73.33%
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). 35.65%

 

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

2017
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). 119
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 5
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 131
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 11
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 102
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 11,555
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 497
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 12,165

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)

DEI/DRC

~~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)
 

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)

School to Work Transition

~~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) 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employer Engagement

~~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)

511

~~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)

Mental Health

~~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)

Policies and Initiatives

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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

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 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 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 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 Employment First Summit Report - 01/31/2012

“In January 2011, the Task Force submitted its annual report to the Governor and Legislature, and that report included a recommendation that Illinois become an Employment First state – i.e., that employment in the community be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois. To enact this recommendation, the Task Force developed plans for an Employment First Summit. The invitation-only Summit was held on January 31, 2012 and included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, advocates, disability professionals, and educators. This report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discussed at the summit into reality.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

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)

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

A Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. Chapter 6: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

~~“Once it is determined that a student meets the criteria to receive special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs—it is like a road map showing where the student is and where he or she is going.”

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

Illinois Employment First Blueprint - 10/01/2014

“This Blueprint provides policymakers and stakeholders in Illinois with specific recommendations and action steps to ensure that competitive, integrated employment is the first option for all people with disabilities, a concept known as Employment First. Illinois has taken important first steps towards Employment First, including enactment of the Illinois Employment First Act and the issuance of an Employment First Executive Order. The challenge is now for Illinois to realign and modernize the states’ disability service system. Action must be taken to translate that policy into positive changes for people with disabilities.”

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

Illinois Employment First Summit Report - 01/31/2012

“In January 2011, the Task Force submitted its annual report to the Governor and Legislature, and that report included a recommendation that Illinois become an Employment First state – i.e., that employment in the community be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois. To enact this recommendation, the Task Force developed plans for an Employment First Summit. The invitation-only Summit was held on January 31, 2012 and included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, advocates, disability professionals, and educators. This report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discussed at the summit into reality.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

A Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. Chapter 6: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

~~“Once it is determined that a student meets the criteria to receive special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs—it is like a road map showing where the student is and where he or she is going.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Illinois Policy”

Illinois has adopted an Employment First policy via the Employment First Act (20 ILCS 40) in 2013. This law states that "competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age" and requires all State agencies to follow the policy as well as ensure its effective implementation within their programs and services. Additionally, Illinois has an Executive Order (14-08) that requires the participation of multiple state agencies to fully implement Employment First across the State. The state agencies include: the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Department of Employment Security, the Department of Central Management Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the State Board of Education, the Board of Higher Education, the Community College Board, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Order requires the above agencies to look at everything from policies to funding to partnerships all focused around the goal of integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other

Illinois 2015 State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program

This document outlines the plans and goals for the 2015 Division of Rehabilitation Services programs. It “constitutes the report generated by the State Plan Committee and approved by the State Rehabilitation Council.”

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

Illinois Disabled Workers Programs

"Illinois has implemented several programs and services for people with disabilities through a dedicated disabled workers initiative. This initiative includes:

The Successful Disability) Opportunities Program

“The Successful Disability Opportunities Program provides persons with disabilities a greater access to employment opportunities within the State.”

Alternative Employment Program

“The Alternative Employment Program was established by law to assist in finding alternative employment opportunities for certified employees who are on an approved leave of absence due to a work related or non-work related disability which precludes the performance of their current job duties.”

Accommodated Testing Program

“In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, State agencies must ensure that the employment process is accessible to persons with disabilities. Specifically, these laws require that the State provide reasonable accommodations upon request by individuals participating in all steps of the employment process. This includes the State of Illinois Rutan interview process.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Illinois Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force Annual Report

"This annual report “outlines the activities undertaken by the Task Force during the first full year of operation. It reflects the information that has been gathered by the Task Force to date as well as outlines the recommendations developed by the Task Force during a strategic planning meeting held in April 2011. The Task Force is committed to addressing the major issues impacting employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities in Illinois and collaborating with Illinois leaders to do this. To that end, the task force is proposing several initiatives that are aimed to begin the necessary dialogues for changing the way that existing employment programs are operated and the policies and procedures that govern them.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Consumer Handbook for Home-Based Services, Children's and Adult Medicaid Waivers ‘Person Centered Planning’ - 06/30/2018

~~‘This is a process that outlines what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to record a person's strengths, needs, desires as well as risk. Person Centered Planning has three main parts: the Discovery Tool, the Personal Plan and the Implementation Strategy. For more information on the Person Centered Planning process, see Appendix C.

Your ISC agent will contact you regarding the Person Centered Planning process. By June 30, 2018, this process and documents will replace the Individual Service Plan (ISP). Between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, all people in a DDD Waiver Service will participate in Person Centered Planning.

NOTE: Prior to July 1, 2017, if you were already in the Home-Based Waiver, your services were identified in an Individual Service Plan (ISP). An ISP was developed at an annual meeting where needs and services were documented by your service provider and approved by you. Your ISC was invited to attend that meeting. If you have a current ISP in place, your participation in the new Person Centered Planning process will begin before your next annual meeting date, but no later than June 30, 2018. If you are new to the Home-Based Waiver after July 1, 2017, you will participate in the new Person Centered Planning process before services begin.’

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

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 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
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Transforming Lives Through Employment: SAMHSA’s Supported Employment Grant Program (SEP) - 06/29/2018

The purpose of the Supported Employment Program is "to enhance state and community capacity to provide and expand evidence-based SEPs (such as the Individual Placement and Support [IPS] model) to adults with serious mental illnesses, including persons with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders" 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

“Employment First Federal-State Leadership Mentoring Program” - 03/16/2016

~~“Employment First has become a priority for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment (ODEP). Over the last several years, ODEP has been working with States on systems change efforts to increase community-based, integrated employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. Through this work, States are encouraged to align their policies, service delivery systems, and reimbursement structures to encourage the implementation and expansion of integrated and competitive employment services.

In order to help States with this work, ODEP created the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program. This program provides assistance in the alignment of policies, coordination of resources, and updating of service delivery models, all in an effort to facilitate increases in integrated employment statewide for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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
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14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference “Stepping Stones of Employment” - 10/25/2018

~~“The 14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference for transition aged youth and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education and community advocates will be held October 25-26, 2018 at: The Westin Chicago Northwest400 Park Blvd. Itasca, Illinois

he conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, invites participants to imagine the possibilities for students with disabilities in the areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community integration, health care, and self-advocacy.The conference will focus on best practices in promoting effective, person-centered transition planning that addresses all aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities.  Conference Sessions are offered in the following four tracks:”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Youth Career Pathways Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - 02/28/2018

~~“The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board announces the release of the 2018 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Career Pathways Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). With an emphasis on the needs of young people who are not in school and not working, coined Opportunity Youth, this funding opportunity is intended to support effective career pathway practices distilled by the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board.  These practices will have a positive impact on the careers of Illinois’ youth while creating a framework for long term, sustainable capacity building in delivery of those practices throughout the state.

Program GoalThe Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in conjunction with the Core WIOA Partners - Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Employment Security, and Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services, will award grants for projects that address priorities identified in the State of Illinois Unified Plan and incorporate the practices identified as effective career pathway program criteria by the Illinois Workforce Investment Board’s (IWIB) Youth Committee. Successful pilot projects will integrate workforce, education and economic development services; break down barriers to accessing job-driven training resulting in employment opportunities; and assist in the effective and efficient implementation of WIOA regulations within Illinois’ economic development regions.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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

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

“Grant Award Information for H265A100015” Rehabilitation training - State 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

Training Institute on Disability Rights

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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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)

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 IL_VR_RatesandServices.pdf

2016 State Population.
-0.46%
Change from
2015 to 2016
12,801,539
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.8%
Change from
2015 to 2016
679,862
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.93%
Change from
2015 to 2016
242,783
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.18%
Change from
2015 to 2016
35.71%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.33%
Change from
2015 to 2016
77.70%

State Data

General

2016
Population. 12,801,539
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 679,862
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 242,783
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,604,115
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.71%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.70%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 658,743
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 730,221
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,027,433
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 237,824
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 140,414
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 42,540
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 481
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 31,186
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 44,884

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 12,849
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 284,951

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,445
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 18,665
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 38,653
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.10%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,003
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 903
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)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 92
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 65
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. 71.00%
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. 0.51

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
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. 13,982
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 465,465
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

2015
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,712,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $1,689,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $239,574,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 7.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 189
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 22,205
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 13.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.65%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.29%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.20%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.50%
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). 27.54%
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). 63.19%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 73.33%
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). 35.65%

 

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

2017
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). 119
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 5
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 131
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 11
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 102
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 11,555
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 497
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 12,165

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)

DEI/DRC

~~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)
 

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)

School to Work Transition

~~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) 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employer Engagement

~~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)

511

~~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)

Mental Health

~~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)

Policies and Initiatives

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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

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 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 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 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 Employment First Summit Report - 01/31/2012

“In January 2011, the Task Force submitted its annual report to the Governor and Legislature, and that report included a recommendation that Illinois become an Employment First state – i.e., that employment in the community be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois. To enact this recommendation, the Task Force developed plans for an Employment First Summit. The invitation-only Summit was held on January 31, 2012 and included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, advocates, disability professionals, and educators. This report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discussed at the summit into reality.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

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)

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

A Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. Chapter 6: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

~~“Once it is determined that a student meets the criteria to receive special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs—it is like a road map showing where the student is and where he or she is going.”

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

Illinois Employment First Blueprint - 10/01/2014

“This Blueprint provides policymakers and stakeholders in Illinois with specific recommendations and action steps to ensure that competitive, integrated employment is the first option for all people with disabilities, a concept known as Employment First. Illinois has taken important first steps towards Employment First, including enactment of the Illinois Employment First Act and the issuance of an Employment First Executive Order. The challenge is now for Illinois to realign and modernize the states’ disability service system. Action must be taken to translate that policy into positive changes for people with disabilities.”

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

Illinois Employment First Summit Report - 01/31/2012

“In January 2011, the Task Force submitted its annual report to the Governor and Legislature, and that report included a recommendation that Illinois become an Employment First state – i.e., that employment in the community be the first and preferred option for individuals with disabilities receiving publicly funded services in Illinois. To enact this recommendation, the Task Force developed plans for an Employment First Summit. The invitation-only Summit was held on January 31, 2012 and included a cross-section of individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers, advocates, disability professionals, and educators. This report summarizes the findings from the summit, and lays out a series of recommendations for turning the vision of Employment First discussed at the summit into reality.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

A Parent's Guide - Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois. Chapter 6: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

~~“Once it is determined that a student meets the criteria to receive special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs—it is like a road map showing where the student is and where he or she is going.”

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

Illinois Department of Human Services “Employment First Illinois Policy”

Illinois has adopted an Employment First policy via the Employment First Act (20 ILCS 40) in 2013. This law states that "competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age" and requires all State agencies to follow the policy as well as ensure its effective implementation within their programs and services. Additionally, Illinois has an Executive Order (14-08) that requires the participation of multiple state agencies to fully implement Employment First across the State. The state agencies include: the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Department of Employment Security, the Department of Central Management Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the State Board of Education, the Board of Higher Education, the Community College Board, and the Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Order requires the above agencies to look at everything from policies to funding to partnerships all focused around the goal of integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other

Illinois 2015 State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program

This document outlines the plans and goals for the 2015 Division of Rehabilitation Services programs. It “constitutes the report generated by the State Plan Committee and approved by the State Rehabilitation Council.”

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

Illinois Disabled Workers Programs

"Illinois has implemented several programs and services for people with disabilities through a dedicated disabled workers initiative. This initiative includes:

The Successful Disability) Opportunities Program

“The Successful Disability Opportunities Program provides persons with disabilities a greater access to employment opportunities within the State.”

Alternative Employment Program

“The Alternative Employment Program was established by law to assist in finding alternative employment opportunities for certified employees who are on an approved leave of absence due to a work related or non-work related disability which precludes the performance of their current job duties.”

Accommodated Testing Program

“In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act, State agencies must ensure that the employment process is accessible to persons with disabilities. Specifically, these laws require that the State provide reasonable accommodations upon request by individuals participating in all steps of the employment process. This includes the State of Illinois Rutan interview process.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Illinois Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force Annual Report

"This annual report “outlines the activities undertaken by the Task Force during the first full year of operation. It reflects the information that has been gathered by the Task Force to date as well as outlines the recommendations developed by the Task Force during a strategic planning meeting held in April 2011. The Task Force is committed to addressing the major issues impacting employment and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities in Illinois and collaborating with Illinois leaders to do this. To that end, the task force is proposing several initiatives that are aimed to begin the necessary dialogues for changing the way that existing employment programs are operated and the policies and procedures that govern them.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Consumer Handbook for Home-Based Services, Children's and Adult Medicaid Waivers ‘Person Centered Planning’ - 06/30/2018

~~‘This is a process that outlines what is important to a person and what is important for a person. It is a way to record a person's strengths, needs, desires as well as risk. Person Centered Planning has three main parts: the Discovery Tool, the Personal Plan and the Implementation Strategy. For more information on the Person Centered Planning process, see Appendix C.

Your ISC agent will contact you regarding the Person Centered Planning process. By June 30, 2018, this process and documents will replace the Individual Service Plan (ISP). Between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, all people in a DDD Waiver Service will participate in Person Centered Planning.

NOTE: Prior to July 1, 2017, if you were already in the Home-Based Waiver, your services were identified in an Individual Service Plan (ISP). An ISP was developed at an annual meeting where needs and services were documented by your service provider and approved by you. Your ISC was invited to attend that meeting. If you have a current ISP in place, your participation in the new Person Centered Planning process will begin before your next annual meeting date, but no later than June 30, 2018. If you are new to the Home-Based Waiver after July 1, 2017, you will participate in the new Person Centered Planning process before services begin.’

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

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 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
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Transforming Lives Through Employment: SAMHSA’s Supported Employment Grant Program (SEP) - 06/29/2018

The purpose of the Supported Employment Program is "to enhance state and community capacity to provide and expand evidence-based SEPs (such as the Individual Placement and Support [IPS] model) to adults with serious mental illnesses, including persons with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders" 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

“Employment First Federal-State Leadership Mentoring Program” - 03/16/2016

~~“Employment First has become a priority for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment (ODEP). Over the last several years, ODEP has been working with States on systems change efforts to increase community-based, integrated employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. Through this work, States are encouraged to align their policies, service delivery systems, and reimbursement structures to encourage the implementation and expansion of integrated and competitive employment services.

In order to help States with this work, ODEP created the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program. This program provides assistance in the alignment of policies, coordination of resources, and updating of service delivery models, all in an effort to facilitate increases in integrated employment statewide for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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
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14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference “Stepping Stones of Employment” - 10/25/2018

~~“The 14th Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference for transition aged youth and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education and community advocates will be held October 25-26, 2018 at: The Westin Chicago Northwest400 Park Blvd. Itasca, Illinois

he conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, invites participants to imagine the possibilities for students with disabilities in the areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community integration, health care, and self-advocacy.The conference will focus on best practices in promoting effective, person-centered transition planning that addresses all aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities.  Conference Sessions are offered in the following four tracks:”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Youth Career Pathways Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) - 02/28/2018

~~“The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board announces the release of the 2018 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Career Pathways Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). With an emphasis on the needs of young people who are not in school and not working, coined Opportunity Youth, this funding opportunity is intended to support effective career pathway practices distilled by the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board.  These practices will have a positive impact on the careers of Illinois’ youth while creating a framework for long term, sustainable capacity building in delivery of those practices throughout the state.

Program GoalThe Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in conjunction with the Core WIOA Partners - Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Employment Security, and Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services, will award grants for projects that address priorities identified in the State of Illinois Unified Plan and incorporate the practices identified as effective career pathway program criteria by the Illinois Workforce Investment Board’s (IWIB) Youth Committee. Successful pilot projects will integrate workforce, education and economic development services; break down barriers to accessing job-driven training resulting in employment opportunities; and assist in the effective and efficient implementation of WIOA regulations within Illinois’ economic development regions.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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

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

“Grant Award Information for H265A100015” Rehabilitation training - State 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

Training Institute on Disability Rights

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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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)