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State VR Rates and Services

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

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2015 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,619,680
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
477,559
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
170,050
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.61%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.92%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,570,902 6,596,855 6,619,680
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 487,266 482,228 477,559
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 164,556 174,676 170,050
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,677,485 2,717,004 2,756,382
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.77% 36.22% 35.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.03% 76.96% 77.92%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.70% 6.00% 4.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.70% 20.80% 20.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.80% 14.30% 13.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 437,065 430,302 436,922
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 461,369 472,787 462,067
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 772,536 770,011 775,339
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 87,209 96,141 84,405
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 32,018 34,418 31,504
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,491 3,760 2,679
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,457 4,388 6,063
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 17,903 17,154 19,766
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 10,733 11,072 10,595

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,668 5,886 6,215
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.60% 4.80% 5.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 207,522 208,645 208,908

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 13,050 15,761 17,466
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 27,829 32,359 33,640
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 67,247 75,538 78,175
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.40% 20.90% 22.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.70% 1.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 3.90% 3.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.70% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,131 1,311 1,249
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,523 3,005 2,367
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 476 393 1,143
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. 11,186 11,335 10,590
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,073 982 1,197
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 526 539 640
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. 49.00% 55.00% 53.00%
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. 8.05 8.20 9.67

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,356
7,003
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 395 408 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,219 1,186 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,585 1,504 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,135 2,060 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,864 1,690 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 158 155 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,612 8,334 8,735
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 295,622 299,054 301,463
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. 633 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $4,874,000 $4,546,000 $3,916,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $18,451,000 $18,095,000 $17,704,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $20,104,000 $22,980,000 $25,922,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $34,680,000 $35,276,000 $42,738,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 15.00% 14.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 9,599 9,284 10,251
Number of people served in facility based work. 4,655 4,456 4,597
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,410 5,589 6,448
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 33.80 29.70 28.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.81% 70.01% 70.55%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.90% 10.65% 10.55%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.19% 2.08% 2.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 79.00% 81.05% 80.16%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 35.90% 33.21% 35.68%
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). 63.80% 60.26% 62.81%
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). 78.00% 79.49% 83.92%
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). 27.90% 27.05% 27.13%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,825,018
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,360
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 238,730
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 283,720
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 522,451
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 515
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 258
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 773
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,426,931
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,636,380

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 46 45 33
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 46 33
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 1 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 7,357 4,437
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 7,358 4,437

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First (IN-APSE): BRS and IN-APSE share a common mission in that competitive, integrated employment should be the first and preferred option for all individuals with disabilities. BRS participates in IN-APSE events including the annual IN-APSE conference, and BRS staff regularly participate in planning as well as presenting at the conference. The IN-APSE statement on Employment First is based on several underlying principles including a presumption that all work age adults and youth with disabilities can work in jobs fully integrated with the general workforce, earning minimum wage or higher; and that employees with disabilities, as with all other individuals, require assistance and support to ensure job success and should have access to adequate, long term supports necessary to succeed in the workplace. These underlying principles are very much in line with BRS priorities, especially in light of WIOA and enhanced requirements to ensure that individuals receiving counseling, information and referral regarding alternatives to subminimum wage employment. (Page 164)
 VR in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) established a Statewide Transition Alliance to identify and address the barriers that continue to impact students, and develop and implement strategies and services to make the transition successful for students and youth with disabilities. The Transition Alliance will establish a work plan with the basis of the work plan created using the Transition to Careers Subcommittee Chapter recommendations (one of the four created by the full Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID)). The Statewide Transition Alliance includes representation from a wide range of key partners and stakeholders, including the following: VR, DOE, local educational agencies’ school personnel and administrators, Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services (BDDS), the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Department of Corrections, Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education, Center for Education & Career Innovation, Community Mental Health Centers, First Steps, Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First (INAPSE), Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF), Indiana Institute of Disability and Community (IIDC), parent representation, the Arc of Indiana, INSOURCE, and other family advocacy groups. (Page 167)

Customized Employment

~~In the fall of 2015, VR staff and staff of community rehabilitation programs (CRP) were surveyed as to their training needs. Surveys were received from 622 individuals – 60% were from CRP personnel and 28% from VR staff.
The top five General Employment needs were identified as:
• Discovery process – in–depth training
• Understanding supported employment
• Job–readiness training
• Understanding the difference between supported and customized employment
• Understanding how to fund employment services (Page 198)
Goal 2: VR Supported Employment providers will increase knowledge and skills on the provision of supported employment services, including greater understanding and focus on development of natural supports, job readiness training techniques, customized employment, and appropriate fading of supports. (Page 211)
With the employment service changes, VR has collaborated with IIDC and Griffin and Hammis to provide additional training and technical assistance to Community Rehabilitation Providers and VR in the area of Discovery statewide. The training focused on Discovery, which is an individualized information gathering process that will guide employment services for the consumer. The training provided a framework to develop and implement a person-centered employment plan. While Discovery is important for many consumers, it is critical for consumers with the most significant disabilities and has an impact on their supported employment needs. Interagency collaboration will aim to increase the quality of SE services, including customized employment, and ensure appropriate extended services are appropriately utilized when necessary for long-term supports. (Page 212)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~• Wagner Peyser staff and labor exchange services are co-located in WorkOne centers, thus Title I and III programs are already completely coordinated.
• Indiana has had tremendous outcomes for both the WorkINdiana and HIRE programs.
• VR staff are community based, sharing office space with TANF and WorkONE, but also meeting their clients in the community to ensure accessibility of services.
• The state is braiding TANF funding with other state and federal dollars to assist with funding the JAG, HIRE, WorkINdiana and Serve Indiana programs. (Page 24)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~DWD will develop marketing materials made available through a broad range of media, (i.e., online, print, and social media), to promote universal access and equal opportunity for adults and youth with disabilities. The marketing materials will include positive images of people with disabilities and the types of available services, assistance, and accommodations provided in the WorkOne offices. Additionally, DWD will continue to enhance the Job Seekers with Disabilities website, http://www.in.gov/dwd/2416.htm, to include resources for both job seekers and employers. (Page 84)
7. The State has taken the appropriate action to be in compliance with WIOA section 188, Nondiscrimination, as applicable; Yes (Page 88)
DWD will conduct training for One-stop office staff, (including youth staff), to better understand the different types of disabilities, how to handle issues of disclosure and disability identification with sensitivity at program intake, and how to determine the most effective mix of services and referrals to make when a disability is identified. These trainings will be presented by subject matter experts and include such topics as: federal, state, and local disability policies; identifying barriers/hidden disabilities; disability awareness and etiquette; website accessibility; providing reasonable accommodations; assistive technology accommodations and resources; Section 503 for federal contractors; and simulation training. VR, Mental Health Centers, and the Department of Correction will also be invited to attend these events and asked to present on relevant topics. Disability Resource Coordinators sustained through Indiana’s Disability Employment Initiative (IN-DEI) grant will be utilized as subject matter experts in the field and also assist with training staff on serving individuals with disabilities. Best practices will be identified by these coordinators and shared with the WDBs for implementation when appropriate. (Page 84)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~DWD will conduct training for One-stop office staff, (including youth staff), to better understand the different types of disabilities, how to handle issues of disclosure and disability identification with sensitivity at program intake, and how to determine the most effective mix of services and referrals to make when a disability is identified. These trainings will be presented by subject matter experts and include such topics as: federal, state, and local disability policies; identifying barriers/hidden disabilities; disability awareness and etiquette; website accessibility; providing reasonable accommodations; assistive technology accommodations and resources; Section 503 for federal contractors; and simulation training. VR, Mental Health Centers, and the Department of Correction will also be invited to attend these events and asked to present on relevant topics. Disability Resource Coordinators sustained through Indiana’s Disability Employment Initiative (IN-DEI) grant will be utilized as subject matter experts in the field and also assist with training staff on serving individuals with disabilities. Best practices will be identified by these coordinators and shared with the WDBs for implementation when appropriate. (Page 84)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~• STRATEGY 1.4: Ensure the culture of the One Stop system promotes knowledge transfer across partner programs, such that staff embraces the “no wrong door” philosophy and is capable of providing information on services across programs and making appropriate referrals.

 Provide training to current staff on services across programs
 Develop cross training materials that can be used in the future on new hires
 In Region 11, DWD and VR are working on a Pilot to have a subject matter expert on WorkOne services in the VR office and to have a subject expert on VR services in the WorkOne office. Common referrals and communication channels are being established between the offices and staff training is being conducted so the entire VR or WorkOne office will be cross trained. (Page 42)
Additional suggestions regarding services to youth with disabilities included looking at best practices from a School-to-work pilot project utilizing career coaches in schools and providing work experiences prior to a student’s exit from school.
VR Response: VR continues to facilitate a Statewide Transition Workgroup and will address these recommendations with the group. VR has implemented modifications to the VR employment service model and Discovery services. One of the changes is increased access to work experiences by all VR consumers, including youth. Discussions are already underway between the VR Director and the DWD Youth program directors. Both parties are very interested in better collaboration on programs such as Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). (Page 158)
Training is provided through a variety of modalities, including statewide symposiums, regional trainings, webinars, and in-person workshops. VR continues to collaborate with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) in coordination of joint trainings to better serve shared consumers as well. In 2015, VR and DWD determined a need for cross-training and identification of subject-matter experts in each of the DWD WorkOne offices and the VR area offices statewide. A pilot group of subject matter experts came together for initial training in July 2015 and this group has been meeting regularly to work collaboratively in joint efforts to better serve consumers.
VR maintains the ability to communicate with VR consumers in their preferred mode of communication in a variety of ways. VR staff access and coordinate foreign language translation, ASL communication, Communication Access Real Time (CART), etc. whenever needed. To ensure communication services are available despite a shortage of some providers (i.e. ASL interpreters, CART providers), VR has increased utilization of remote interpreting services. Publications and brochures are available in large print and Spanish versions. VR has VR Counselors that cover population-specific caseloads including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, individuals with low vision, and individuals with a traumatic brain injury. VR seeks candidates with some fluency in ASL for Counselor positions covering a caseload of consumers with hearing loss. Virtual ASL training was piloted in 2015 for interested staff as well. (Page 185)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Commission also suggested that further exploration is necessary on the provision of work experience services to students, including those working toward a High School diploma. Financial literacy and self-disclosure are also important issues for individuals with disabilities and VR is encouraged to ensure resources are in place to meet these needs. (Page185)
• Educating school personnel including special education teachers, guidance counselors and transition coordinators about services offered through WIOA partners, including WorkOne services. (Page 190)
 

Benefits

~~BENEFITS COUNSELING
VR should continue to support benefits counseling as this is a key concern for families. It was recommended that benefits counseling resources and knowledge be shared across WIOA core partners. This could be achieved through collaboration with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grants, through education and training of WIOA partners, and be exploring the availability of benefits counseling in the local Work One centers.
VR Response: VR plans to continue to support benefits counseling through the funding of the Benefits Information Network (BIN), and agrees that counseling on the impact of working on benefits and available federal and state work incentives is critical in helping consumers to make informed choices about working and in working toward self-sufficiency. VR will include discussion on the importance of benefits counseling in conversations with WIOA partners.
VR should continue to support benefits counseling as this is a key concern for families. It was recommended that benefits counseling resources and knowledge be shared across WIOA core partners. This could be achieved through collaboration with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grants, through education and training of WIOA partners, and be exploring the availability of benefits counseling in the local Work One centers. (Page 157)
Through a contract, the Indiana Institute of Disability and Community provides training and consultation to all employment services providers, including mental health centers and VR staff regarding employment for people with disabilities, including a focus on mental health. There are approximately 25 CMHCs across the State that are community rehabilitation providers. DMHA continues to promote employment for persons with mental illness by including employment and career planning as measures in consumer services reviews. VR Leadership meets quarterly with the Mental Health Employment Council to discuss new initiatives and identify how initiatives, such as the recent Employment Service Model Revisions, impact CMHC’s and consumers with mental illness. CMHC employment staff also serve on the Employment Service workgroup.
Social Security Administration (SSA): VR collaborates with SSA on Ticket-To-Work. VR continues to support the Indiana’s Benefits Information Network (BIN) to ensure that beneficiaries receive appropriate benefits planning and education on utilizing work incentives to work toward self-sufficiency. (Page 162)
VR has provided education and outreach regarding Indiana’s Medicaid buy-in program (called M.E.D. Works) to increase access to competitive, integrated employment for individuals with disabilities receiving Medicaid. Through the VR-funded Benefits Information Network (BIN), VR consumers also receive information about M.E.D. Works and how this program can enable them to both work and maintain their needed Medicaid benefits. The BIN process also educates VR consumers to make overall informed choices about working, providing education not only about the impact on Medicaid, but also the impact on other federal and state benefits, and the use of federal and state work incentives to assist in achieving gainful employment. (Page 176)
The percentage of non–institutionalized persons, aged 21 to 64 years with a disability, who were receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in 2013 was 17.7% in Indiana and 18.9% for the U.S.
Nationally, in December 2012, of the 8,262,877 individuals who received federally administered payments from the SSI program, 1,156,188 were eligible based on age (65 or older), 67,725 were eligible based on blindness, and 7,038,964 were eligible based on disability. In Indiana, of the 124,998 individuals who received SSI, 873 were eligible based on blindness and 118,655 were eligible based on disability. (Page 188)
Indiana has a Benefits Information Network (BIN) of certified liaisons that assists individuals in assessing the impact of employment on benefits. During the year July 2014 – June 2015, 1,394 BIN plans were completed. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) at Indiana University conducted eight trainings with 184 Certified BIN liaisons and 14 certified Community Work Incentive Counselors. Indiana VR purchases this assessment of benefits through the trained liaisons. (Page 190)
 

School to Work Transition

~~Vocational Rehabilitation is an engaged partner to increase educational access to job-seekers that may need VR services and supports to be successful in other state and federal programs. VR is able to provide services to assist with barriers stemming from an individual’s disability that assists in access to existing programs or aids in successfully completing a program. VR is working with State programs, like JAG and local educational agencies, to identify ways to collaborate to serve student and youth populations through pre-employment transition services. Project SEARCH is a VR program that is a worksite-based school-to-work program that provides employment and education opportunities for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The program benefits employers by increasing workforce diversity and reducing recruitment and training costs. Many employers experience improved job retention, enhanced community image and increased customer satisfaction. Additionally, the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (http://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/4901.htm) provides entrepreneurial opportunities for legally blind clients of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). These blind entrepreneurs manage a wide variety of food-service operations, including cafeterias, coffee shops, vending locations, and highway area vending sites. Through this program, blind individuals receive training and opportunities to become productive, tax-paying citizens and independent business owners. (Page 19)
Additional suggestions regarding services to youth with disabilities included looking at best practices from a School-to-work pilot project utilizing career coaches in schools and providing work experiences prior to a student’s exit from school.
VR Response: VR continues to facilitate a Statewide Transition Workgroup and will address these recommendations with the group. VR has implemented modifications to the VR employment service model and Discovery services. One of the changes is increased access to work experiences by all VR consumers, including youth. Discussions are already underway between the VR Director and the DWD Youth program directors. Both parties are very interested in better collaboration on programs such as Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). (Page 158)
VR has provided training on VR and its services to the Cadres and is attending the regularly scheduled cadre meetings to continue the joint collaboration. For more information please see: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/cadre-leaders. Through IIDC and a study entitled Effects of Embedded Employment Resources on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-age Youth, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, (Grant H133A130028), VR is working with IIDC through the five-year research project examining the effectiveness of a team approach to providing students with disabilities (those who have an IEP) with employment coaching and resources prior to leaving high school. These sites are referred to as the “Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative.” At the five designated sites across the state, career coaches are working with students and families, their Transition IEP teams, and a VR Counselor to ensure students have internship opportunities before they leave school. The collaborative site features the following benefits for participating students: collaboration of schools, VR, and community rehabilitation providers; single point of contact to be a liaison between VR and school personnel; personal student profile; immersed internship; student empowerment training; benefits planning; and family training. The outcomes of this research will provide data, information, and best practices that will continue to shape transition services, including pre-employment transition services for Indiana. For more information, please see: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/indiana-school-to-work-collaborative (Page 168)
The IPE will include pre-employment transition services when appropriate for transition students. The VR counselor will collaborate with the school staff to enable for a seamless transition to life after high school. Additionally VR is piloting having 3 dedicated VR Counselors for several Marion Co high schools to focus strictly on transition students having a caseload that is 100% transition. After evaluating the effectiveness of this pilot VR will consider expansion into other area offices. (Page 168)
VR counselors and/or area supervisors are involved in local transition councils if they exist in the community. Councils are made up of local stakeholders who are involved in the transition from school to work and adult life. Councils could include students/family, school personnel, service providers, etc. In addition, VR is responsible for providing written information to students and their families regarding adult services. This written information is available in both English and Spanish. (Page 170)
 

Data Collection

~~DWD and VR are in the process of building separate case management systems to meet their unique needs, but the agencies are working together to determine how the systems, once fully built, can interface. While DWD is in the beginning stages of working with a newly procured vendor, VR is almost 2 years into the process. VR’s system is under a larger umbrella of the Case Management for Social Services within Indiana’s Family Social Services Administration (FSSA). The purpose of the overarching FSSA system is to oversee and provide appropriate and timely services to all FSSA consumers being served in various programs. Additionally, the consolidated system shall enhance system integration, data integrity, and remove legacy systems. The VR portion of the project started February of 2014 and is presently gathering the current and future business state and processes. The VR portion requires improved efficiency to enhance the existing mobile and paperless work environment of VR field staff. Furthermore, VR will closely work with DWD to ensure appropriate system integration and data- sharing occurs to align resources, improve reporting processes and outcomes, and enhance the consumer’s experience. The ultimate goal is to have the Core programs working seamlessly together. (Page 59)
While Indiana’s formal comprehensive statewide needs assessment is conducted every three years, data is gathered on a continuous basis. It is a joint effort of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and the Commission on Rehabilitation Services (CRS). The Commission provides ongoing input, especially in the acquisition of satisfaction data. It also provides input into the development and content of the final report. Commission members have an opportunity to review and offer comments prior to the release of the triennial needs assessment. Indiana’s 2017 comprehensive statewide needs assessment reflects a synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data addressing the state’s overall vocational rehabilitation needs. The data collection techniques varied as well. They included review of demographic data for Indiana, feedback from the Commission on Rehabilitation Services, input from providers, VR staff, Workforce Development staff, WIOA partners, advocates, and consumers. (Page 187)
VR has reviewed the new performance accountability measures and begun discussions on how to capture new data elements in order to report on the new measures. The recent revisions to the VR Employment Services model were designed to improve the quality of employment outcomes, such as increasing wages, hours worked, and retention. It is expected that VR performance on these qualitative factors will begin to increase as a result. VR is in process of contracting with an entity to ensure appropriate data collection and evaluation of employment service revisions. (Page 217)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Small Business Administration (SBA): As consumers explore small business ventures, VR utilizes the resources available through local SBA facilities. SBA has specialized staff that frequently work with VR consumers on developing business plans. Consumers also participate in classes through SBA. There is a renewed and strengthened relationship with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of free, expert business mentors. Discussions have begun on increasing and strengthening the resources available for VR counselors when it comes to providing support to consumers who would like to begin a small business or become self-employed. (Page 164)
• Direct experience as an employer, as a small business owner or operator, or in self-employment, or other experience in human resources, recruitment, or experience in supervising employees, training, or other activities that provide experience in competitive integrated employment environments.(Page 182)
 

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~WDBs, through the IN-DEI grant, may continue to operate as Employment Networks (EN) and either offer benefits counseling in-house or work with their local Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) representative to provide benefits counseling to Social Security beneficiaries receiving SSI/SSDI. WDBs not currently operating as an EN will receive information and training about the benefits of the Ticket to Work Program and how to become an active EN.(Page 85)
WDBs, through the IN-DEI grant, may continue to operate as Employment Networks (EN) and either offer benefits counseling in-house or work with their local Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) representative to provide benefits counseling to Social Security beneficiaries receiving SSI/SSDI. WDBs not currently operating as an EN will receive information and training about the benefits of the Ticket to Work Program and how to become an active EN. (Page 88)
 

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Indiana APSE 2017 Conference - 11/08/2017

~~The 27th Annual In-APSE Conference will take place November 8thand 9th 2017 in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with IN-APSE professionals from across the state.

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  • Customized Employment

“Up to $20 Million in Grants Available Through Department of Workforce Development’s Skill UP Indiana! Program” - 06/05/2017

~~“The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) employer-driven Skill UP Indiana! Program is about to enter round three. At stake over a two-year period is a pool of up to $20 million in grant funding that is being made available to financially support Innovation Networks to provide more and better avenues for skill-specific training and certification.

“’We often hear from employers who tell us they cannot find qualified candidates to fill open high-wage, high demand positions,’” said Steve Braun, DWD Commissioner. ‘“The goal of Skill UP Indiana! is to encourage regional networks and industry partnerships that meet these employer needs through training, education and certification.’””

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 390, Concerning the Membership of the Commission on Rehabilitation Services.” - 04/13/2017

~~This act “ increases the number of members and changes the membership of the commission on rehabilitation services (commission). Makes changes in the terms of service of commission members and requires the governor to specify each member's term of service to ensure that terms expire on a staggered basis. Adds the following to the commission's duties: (1) Establish baseline data regarding the number of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment and set annual goals for increasing the percentage of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. (2) Identify and resolve barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.  (3) Analyze federal, state, and local agency policies concerning the provision of services to individuals with disabilities, including the impact of those policies on opportunities for competitive integrated employment, and recommend changes to state policies. (4) Assist state agencies in the implementation of the policy concerning employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. (5) Provide an annual report to the governor and the rehabilitation services administration commissioner concerning the employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Fact Sheet: Senate Enrolled Act No. 11 (ABLE Accounts) - 03/21/2017

~~“What items or services can an ABLE account fund?Senate Enrolled Act No. 11, signed into law on March 21st, 2016, allows people with ABLE accounts to pay for qualified disability expenses, including:• Assistive technology• Education• Employment training and support• Healthcare• Housing• Transportation” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection - 03/10/2017

~~“After thorough review and evaluation, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is seeking approval through an amendment to the Unified State Plan to implement a process called “order of selection” for Indiana’s VR program. Once approved and implemented, VR will prioritize individuals with the most significant disabilities to receive services. A state VR agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Indiana will be the 35th state to implement this process, which must be used to prioritize consumer services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). BRS anticipates implementing the order of selection by the end of the current federal fiscal year, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Medicaid Waiver Hiatus - 09/01/2016

~~“The Division of Aging (DA) is continuing the hiatus for Adult Day Service, Adult Family Care and Structured Day Program provider applications through approximately April 30, 2017. 

Effective March 6, 2017, the DA is lifting the hiatus for Assisted Living providers that are NOT presumed institutional, i.e. those that are free-standing, not co-located with a nursing facility and do not have a secure memory care unit.

The DA is not lifting the hiatus for providers that have been identified as presumed institutional.  The hiatus for presumed institutional Assisted Living providers will continue until further notice.

During the hiatus, DA will continue to process changes of ownership for providers.

The purpose of the hiatus is to allow the DA time to develop a transition plan for Home and Community-Based Services following the March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule. This CMS rule requires states to ensure that all Medicaid Waiver services are delivered in settings that meet the requirements of a home and community-based setting.

For additional details regarding the CMS rule and the DA’s implementation please visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm.”

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

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration “FAQ CMS Final Rule Impact on Non-Residential Services in Indiana” - 08/31/2016

“Sometimes referred to as the HCBS settings rule, the rule impacts all HCBS waiver programs administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). The context of this FAQ addresses impact of the rule only on the Family Supports (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waivers serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The FSW and CIH waivers are administered by the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS).”

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

Indiana Government “Guidelines for Disclosure ” - 07/22/2016

“When an individual discloses, he or she is intentionally releasing personal information about him or herself for a specific purpose. Some personal information, such as one’s Social Security number, banking records, or medical records may be important to keep confidential. It is important to keep in mind that the decision to disclose is a personal one and should be helpful to the individual. Remember that it is not essential that a person with a disability divulge all personal information about his or her disability. What is most important and helpful is to provide information about how his or her disability affects his or her capacity to learn and perform effectively, and the environment, supports, and services he or she will need in order to access, participate in, and excel in his or her job, studies, and community. The person with a disability must decide what and how much of this sensitive information is necessary to reveal in order to obtain the needed accommodations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services “2016-08 Provision of Pre-Employment Transition services awardees - 07/22/2016

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is pleased to announce that several area providers have been awarded funding for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities, beginning in October 2016… The awarded providers, along with various partner organizations, will provide Pre-Employment Transition services to students with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana. The specific services being offered include job exploration counseling, work- based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for postsecondary education, workplace readiness training and instruction in self-advocacy. The nine providers awarded were selected from among 22 respondents to a request for funding Each awarded provider is collaborating with several other VR service providers in each respective geographic area, ensuring that Pre-Employment Transition services are widely available to students with disabilities

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The State of Employment First in Indiana - 07/01/2016

~~“For the last two years IN-APSE has been working with Indiana legislators, state entities, providers, and individuals with disabilities to create Employment first legislation. This law would make it the policy of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.

In March 2016, The Indiana Senate voted approval to Senate Resolution 39 to establish a study group on Employment First. Exciting News!! The Study Group was approved in May thanks to all of your help in reaching out  to the Indiana House and Senate Leadership to let them know you support a study group to make sure Indiana has a plan for community employment for Hoosiers with Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
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SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 390, Concerning the Membership of the Commission on Rehabilitation Services.” - 04/13/2017

~~This act “ increases the number of members and changes the membership of the commission on rehabilitation services (commission). Makes changes in the terms of service of commission members and requires the governor to specify each member's term of service to ensure that terms expire on a staggered basis. Adds the following to the commission's duties: (1) Establish baseline data regarding the number of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment and set annual goals for increasing the percentage of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. (2) Identify and resolve barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.  (3) Analyze federal, state, and local agency policies concerning the provision of services to individuals with disabilities, including the impact of those policies on opportunities for competitive integrated employment, and recommend changes to state policies. (4) Assist state agencies in the implementation of the policy concerning employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. (5) Provide an annual report to the governor and the rehabilitation services administration commissioner concerning the employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Indiana ABLE Legislation S.B. 11 - 07/01/2016

ABLE savings accounts for persons with a disability.  This bill creates the “achieving a better life experience” (ABLE) authority (authority).  Establishes the ABLE board (board) of the authority.  Provides that the authority may establish a qualified ABLE program under which a person may make contributions for a table year for the benefit of an eligible individual with a disability to an ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary in compliance with federal law.  Sets forth duties and powers of the authority and the board. Establishes a general operating fund, endowment fund, and trust fund.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Resolution No. 39 – “Employment First” - 03/08/2016

~~“Be it resolved by the Senate of the 14General Assembly of the State of Indiana:SECTION 1. That the Indiana Senate urges the legislative council to assign the topic of an Employment First Program, which promotes and expands quality, community employment outcomes for all people with disabilities to an appropriate study committee.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

IN 2015 Senate Resolution 38 - 04/15/2015

“A SENATE RESOLUTION urging the legislative council to assign the topic of an Employment First Program, which promotes and expands quality, community employment outcomes for all people with disabilities to an appropriate study committee.”

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Fact Sheet: Senate Enrolled Act No. 11 (ABLE Accounts) - 03/21/2017

~~“What items or services can an ABLE account fund?Senate Enrolled Act No. 11, signed into law on March 21st, 2016, allows people with ABLE accounts to pay for qualified disability expenses, including:• Assistive technology• Education• Employment training and support• Healthcare• Housing• Transportation” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection - 03/10/2017

~~“After thorough review and evaluation, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is seeking approval through an amendment to the Unified State Plan to implement a process called “order of selection” for Indiana’s VR program. Once approved and implemented, VR will prioritize individuals with the most significant disabilities to receive services. A state VR agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Indiana will be the 35th state to implement this process, which must be used to prioritize consumer services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). BRS anticipates implementing the order of selection by the end of the current federal fiscal year, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services “2016-08 Provision of Pre-Employment Transition services awardees - 07/22/2016

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is pleased to announce that several area providers have been awarded funding for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities, beginning in October 2016… The awarded providers, along with various partner organizations, will provide Pre-Employment Transition services to students with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana. The specific services being offered include job exploration counseling, work- based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for postsecondary education, workplace readiness training and instruction in self-advocacy. The nine providers awarded were selected from among 22 respondents to a request for funding Each awarded provider is collaborating with several other VR service providers in each respective geographic area, ensuring that Pre-Employment Transition services are widely available to students with disabilities

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The State of Employment First in Indiana - 07/01/2016

~~“For the last two years IN-APSE has been working with Indiana legislators, state entities, providers, and individuals with disabilities to create Employment first legislation. This law would make it the policy of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.

In March 2016, The Indiana Senate voted approval to Senate Resolution 39 to establish a study group on Employment First. Exciting News!! The Study Group was approved in May thanks to all of your help in reaching out  to the Indiana House and Senate Leadership to let them know you support a study group to make sure Indiana has a plan for community employment for Hoosiers with Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

“Modifications to Employment Service Revisions: Discovery service code modifications ” Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - 06/01/2016

In order to simplify and streamline the authorization process for Discovery Services, VR is reducing the number of separate service codes for select Discovery activities Effective immediately, the separate service codes for Vocational Testing ’(01-44), ‘Job Shadow’ (53-09), “Situational Assessment’ (53-02), and ‘Other Discovery Activities’(53-10), will be authorized under a single service code. The service code to be used for all four of these activities is 53-10 ‘Discovery Activities. ’ These changes are being made to reduce the volume of authorizations, and to streamline the tracking and billing of authorized services. BRS continues to emphasize that Discovery activities should be purposeful and individualized, based on the needs of each consumer . Therefore, all Discovery activities, including Vocational Testing, Job Shadow and Situational Assessment, will continue to be outlined individually on the Employment Service Referral form . Also, VR wil l continue to request these specific Discovery activities, as appropriate for each individual, when issuing authorizations for services under service code 53-10 ‘Discovery Activities. Additionally, the distinct definitions and expectations for each of these Discovery Activities, as currently outlined in the VR Employment service manual, will remain. CRPs will be required to continue to document these separate activities utilizing the Discovery profile.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, Pre-Employment Transition Services Request for Funding - 05/20/2016

On May 9, 2016, The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) released a funding opportunity to approved Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Employment service providers who have a current VR provider agreement. The Request for Funding (RFF) is for the provision of Pre -Employment Transition Services (PETS) as described in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), for students with disabilities between the ages of 14 22 years of age who are eligible, or potentially eligible, for VR services

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

Indiana Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements: 2015 Draft - 02/11/2011

“Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor that outlines a four-year workforce development strategy for the State’s workforce development system. The publicly-funded workforce system is a national network of Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and organizations that provide a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Guiding Employment First In Indiana: A Statewide Plan - 02/02/2011

“In January 2010, the Indiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) began formal work to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to improve the employment services systems for individuals with disabilities (IWD). The MIG is a federal grant that works to remove barriers to employment for this population. In Indiana the MIG is working toward changes that will allow IWD to work to their fullest potential, which could include moving out of poverty.…. Increasing employment for IWD to levels comparable to non-disabled individuals will drive the state forward in commerce, reduce reliance on federal and state entitlement programs, increase tax revenues, and bring individuals out of poverty. Under the advisement of a statewide Leadership Council, the Indiana Comprehensive Employment Strategic Plan outlines a roadmap for integrated employment services for Hoosiers with disabilities through 2015.”

  The Strategic Plan lists needs, outcomes, and objectives in four priority areas.  1. Improving access to healthcare for employees with disabilities; 2. Engaging businesses in the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities; 3. Developing and enhancing the work incentives planning infrastructure, including financial literacy and asset development; and 4. Improving supported employment services so individuals can acquire, keep, and advance in competitive, integrated employment.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Indiana IEP Resource Center

~~“A balanced and robust menu of professional development opportunities are delivered via a variety of methods; specifically through face-to-face workshops and conferences, technical assistance in various formats, webinars, printed materials, virtual meetings and the IEPRC website. While most training events revolve around IEP Processes, additional professional development opportunities address co-teaching, inclusive practices and RtI.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana “Link-Age” ( ACL No Wrong Door)

Indiana's Aging and Disability Resource Centers coordinate information, referral and programmatic/financial eligibility determinations for older people and individuals with physical disabilities. The management information systems from the aging network and physical disabilities network will be integrated and internet-based to provide the foundation for statewide expansion of the Resource Centers. Link-age provides information and assistance to persons age 50 and over and their familes and care givers including “Age 55+ Employment info”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center – University of Indiana Bloomington

“We create and enhance professional development activities and resources to support teachers and, ultimately, students with disabilities, as they transition from school to their adult lives, working and participating in their communities, jobs and/or postsecondary education.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities “State Plan”

“Every five years, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is required by federal law to develop a 5-year strategic plan, outlining goals, objectives and specific activities that will be implemented each year of the plan. With public input and guidance from the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, the state plan is developed in accordance with requirements of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act). The 2017-2021 State Plan covers the time period from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2021. It addresses specific information required by the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and includes the Council's determination of areas of emphasis and resulting goals and objectives for the five-year time period. The Council must spend a minimum of 70 percent of its federal funding to address the Plan objectives. All programs and projects of the Council are to be conducted in a manner that respects individual differences and cultural diversity.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Family & Social Services Administration. (2011). Guiding Employment First in Indiana: A statewide plan for systems change.

“The organizations primarily represented in the strategic planning process are leaders from state and federal agencies, consumer and advocacy agencies, provider organizations and MIG project partners. …This plan will be implemented beginning in 2011 through 2015…By providing avenues of communication and convening high-level leadership within state agency divisions, the plan provides the opportunity to align initiatives, reduce duplication of effort and address goals for employment of individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies

Project Search

The High School Transition Program is a one-year internship program for students with disabilities, in their last year of high school. It is targeted for students whose goal is competitive employment. The program takes place in a healthcare, government or business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills. Students participate in three internships to explore a variety of career paths. The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher and Rehabilitation Services Administration to create an employment goal and support the student during this important transition from school to work.

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

Indiana Developmental Disability Stakeholder Workgroup 2012 Report

“The Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has long shown commitment to supporting Hoosiers with developmental disabilities. To fulfill the charge of the 2011 Indiana General Assembly, DDRS convened a stakeholder workgroup to discuss the topics defined in Section 144 of HEA 1001 as well as a broader scope of program areas administered by the division. This document summarizes research, data and trends, group discussions, outcomes, and next steps. Noting the ongoing challenges faced by all who support this population, the workgroup embraced this opportunity to positively alter the outcomes of individuals receiving services while reducing overall program costs. After much discussion, the workgroup identified three recurring themes:  • Increase employment for persons with disabilities  • Keep the family unit together longer  • Serve high-cost/high-needs individuals appropriately and as cost-effectively as possible”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Governor’s Council for People With Disabilities

“The Indiana Governor's Council is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Our mission is to advance the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and advocacy.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Indiana 2005 Employment First Coalition: Employment First—Investing in Success

“On September 29, 2005, the Employment First Coalition brought together Leaders of Government, Business, Labor, Community and Education and the non-profit sectors to create a strategic plan ensuring employment is an outcome for all Hoosiers with disabilities.” This fact sheet provides a summary of the outcomes of the summit.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Indiana Government “Guidelines for Disclosure ” - 07/22/2016

“When an individual discloses, he or she is intentionally releasing personal information about him or herself for a specific purpose. Some personal information, such as one’s Social Security number, banking records, or medical records may be important to keep confidential. It is important to keep in mind that the decision to disclose is a personal one and should be helpful to the individual. Remember that it is not essential that a person with a disability divulge all personal information about his or her disability. What is most important and helpful is to provide information about how his or her disability affects his or her capacity to learn and perform effectively, and the environment, supports, and services he or she will need in order to access, participate in, and excel in his or her job, studies, and community. The person with a disability must decide what and how much of this sensitive information is necessary to reveal in order to obtain the needed accommodations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

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 2012, Indiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
Citations

Indiana Employment First Systems Change Statewide Plan (2011-2015) - 02/11/2011

“Through the use of MIG funds, Indiana has made a number of improvements to the state’s infrastructure supporting employment of IWD. While Indiana has been a leader in many aspects of employment supports and the use of innovative practices, the state realizes that ongoing efforts are necessary to improve employment outcomes, economic outlook and the overall well-being of IWD". 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Indiana Money Follows the Person Grant

“The MFP program is funded through a grant from the federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The MFP program was developed to help states move individuals from institutional settings to home and community-based settings. Indiana was approved for the MFP program in 2007 and since that time has focused on assisting eligible persons to leave institutional care by providing services for individuals to live safely in their community.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Indiana APSE 2017 Conference - 11/08/2017

~~The 27th Annual In-APSE Conference will take place November 8thand 9th 2017 in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with IN-APSE professionals from across the state.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“Up to $20 Million in Grants Available Through Department of Workforce Development’s Skill UP Indiana! Program” - 06/05/2017

~~“The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) employer-driven Skill UP Indiana! Program is about to enter round three. At stake over a two-year period is a pool of up to $20 million in grant funding that is being made available to financially support Innovation Networks to provide more and better avenues for skill-specific training and certification.

“’We often hear from employers who tell us they cannot find qualified candidates to fill open high-wage, high demand positions,’” said Steve Braun, DWD Commissioner. ‘“The goal of Skill UP Indiana! is to encourage regional networks and industry partnerships that meet these employer needs through training, education and certification.’””

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

A Guide to Community Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) - 06/15/2015

“If you are interested in employment, VRS is a good place to start. This guide will help you learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation Services [Vocational Rehabilitation Services], what to expect, and how to prepare so that you have the right supports to find the job that is best for you.”

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

Indiana Day and Employment Services and Outcomes System (DESOS): 2014 Report - 07/20/2014

“The Indiana Day and Employment Services and Outcomes System (DESOS) is an annual compilation of data pertaining to people with disabilities who are receiving supports from adult service providers. The report gives us a “snapshot” data view, answering questions about where thousands of individuals throughout Indiana are spending the majority of their day; what types of work they may be doing; and the outcomes they are achieving related to employment, specifically wages and hours worked.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

ADA Indiana Webinar “Reaching Employers about Disability Inclusiveness: The Just-in-Time Program”

From the Northeast ADA Center More than 25 years after the passing of the ADA, people with disabilities still face barriers and discrimination in employment. One key to bringing about change lies in creating more powerful approaches to reaching employers. The Just-in-Time (JIT) Program is based on the idea that we need to reach those key players who are most likely to make decisions that impact the employment lives of people with disabilities: Managers and supervisors. During this session, we will review research on employment discrimination, provide an overview of the JIT Program and discuss our evaluation findings

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services In*Source Training

HCBS Final Rule Two important aspects to this Rule: -The Person-Centered Planning Process is key! - All HCBS settings need to provide for: –Opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings –Engagement in community life –Control of personal resources –Opportunity to receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment, a series of short films, celebrates seven unique individuals who prove that hi]ring people with developmental disabilities is "Good for Business, Good for People & Good for the Economy." The films were produced for the The Arc of Indiana by filmmaker Ken Oguss, with support from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Indiana 2015 Conference for People with Disabilities

The Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities hosted its annual Conference for People with Disabilities. The weblink provides information on the many conference topics including employment and the PowerPoint slides presented at each session.

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

Indiana Employment First Initiative

This PowerPoint presentation describes Employment First principles and steps for individuals with disabilities to take to access employment resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS): Employment Service Revisions (Spring 2015)

This training reviews the revisions made to the Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services’ policies on rate reform, employment services, assessments and documentation, with a number of case studies. It emphasizes the incorporation of Discovery into their core services.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Medicaid Waiver Hiatus - 09/01/2016

~~“The Division of Aging (DA) is continuing the hiatus for Adult Day Service, Adult Family Care and Structured Day Program provider applications through approximately April 30, 2017. 

Effective March 6, 2017, the DA is lifting the hiatus for Assisted Living providers that are NOT presumed institutional, i.e. those that are free-standing, not co-located with a nursing facility and do not have a secure memory care unit.

The DA is not lifting the hiatus for providers that have been identified as presumed institutional.  The hiatus for presumed institutional Assisted Living providers will continue until further notice.

During the hiatus, DA will continue to process changes of ownership for providers.

The purpose of the hiatus is to allow the DA time to develop a transition plan for Home and Community-Based Services following the March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule. This CMS rule requires states to ensure that all Medicaid Waiver services are delivered in settings that meet the requirements of a home and community-based setting.

For additional details regarding the CMS rule and the DA’s implementation please visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm.”

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

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration “FAQ CMS Final Rule Impact on Non-Residential Services in Indiana” - 08/31/2016

“Sometimes referred to as the HCBS settings rule, the rule impacts all HCBS waiver programs administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). The context of this FAQ addresses impact of the rule only on the Family Supports (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waivers serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The FSW and CIH waivers are administered by the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS).”

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

Indiana HCBS Statewide Transition Plan Amended - 07/01/2016

~~“In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published regulations to better define the settings in which states can provide Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The HCBS final rule became effective March 17, 2014. The HCBS settings final rule, along with additional guidance and fact sheets, is available on the CMS Home and Community-Based Services site.The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that members receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to review current HCBS programs and to develop a transition plan providing an assessment, strategies and timelines for compliance with the new rules.The programs currently under review include 1915(c) HCBS Waivers and 1915(i) HCBS State Plan programs operated by the following divisions within the Family and Social Services Administration.”

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

Indiana Statewide HCBS Transition Plan - 12/10/2014

“Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated and that support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS. These changes will maximize the opportunities for participants in HCBS programs to have access to the benefits of community living and to receive services in the most integrated setting. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has created a Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule as it relates to all FSSA HCBS programs. States must be in full compliance with the federal requirements by the time frame approved in the Statewide Transition Plan but no later than March 17, 2019.”

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

IN Community Integration and Habilitation (0378.R03.00) - 10/01/2014

Provides adult day, prevocational, rent and food for unrelated live-in caregiver, residential hab and support, respite, supported employment follow along, OT, PT, psychological therapy, speech/language therapy, adult foster care, behavioral support, community based hab-group, community based hab-individual, community transition, electronic monitoring, environmental mods, facility based hab-group, facility based hab-individual, facility based support services, family and caregiver training, intensive behavior intervention, music therapy, PERS, recreational therapy, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, workplace assistance for individuals w/autism, ID, DD ages 0 - no max age.

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

IN Traumatic Brain Injury (4197.R03.00) - 01/01/2013

Provides adult day, attendant care, case management, homemaker, residential based hab, respite, structured day program, supported employment, adult family care, behavior management/behavior program and counseling, community transition, environmental mods, health care coordination, home delivered meals, nutritional supplements, PERS, pest control, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/brain injury ages 0 - no max age.

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

Indiana Employment First Systems Change Statewide Plan (2011-2015) - 02/11/2011

“Through the use of MIG funds, Indiana has made a number of improvements to the state’s infrastructure supporting employment of IWD. While Indiana has been a leader in many aspects of employment supports and the use of innovative practices, the state realizes that ongoing efforts are necessary to improve employment outcomes, economic outlook and the overall well-being of IWD."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

IN Family Support Services (0387.R02.00) - 04/01/2010

Provides adult day, case management, prevocational, respite, supported employment follow along, OT, PT, psychological therapy, speech/language therapy, behavioral support services, community based hab-group, community based hab-individual, facility based hab-group, facility based hab-individual, facility based support services, family and caregiver training, intensive behavioral intervention, music therapy, participant assistance and care, PERS, recreational therapy, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, workplace assistance for individuals w/autism, MR, DD ages 0 - no max age.

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

Notice of Public Comment Period for Statewide Transition Plan

“Notice is hereby given that the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) will submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) a revision to Indiana's Statewide Transition Plan for compliance with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) regulations of 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5) and Section 441.710(a)(1)-(2). Additional information on the Statewide Transition Plan for compliance with the federal regulations of 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5) and Section 441.710(a)(1)-(2) can also be found at http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm .”

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

Indiana Money Follows the Person

“The MFP program is funded through a grant from the federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The MFP program was developed to help states move individuals from institutional settings to home and community-based settings. Indiana was approved for the MFP program in 2007 and since that time has focused on assisting eligible persons to leave institutional care by providing services for individuals to live safely in their community.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

Start your engines for fast paced jobs in the Crossroads of America! The state of Indiana is ready for workers with disabilities to cross the finish line of career success! 

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.

State VR Rates and Services list not yet available.

2015 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,619,680
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
477,559
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
170,050
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.61%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.92%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,570,902 6,596,855 6,619,680
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 487,266 482,228 477,559
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 164,556 174,676 170,050
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,677,485 2,717,004 2,756,382
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.77% 36.22% 35.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.03% 76.96% 77.92%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.70% 6.00% 4.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.70% 20.80% 20.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.80% 14.30% 13.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 437,065 430,302 436,922
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 461,369 472,787 462,067
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 772,536 770,011 775,339
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 87,209 96,141 84,405
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 32,018 34,418 31,504
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,491 3,760 2,679
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,457 4,388 6,063
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 17,903 17,154 19,766
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 10,733 11,072 10,595

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,668 5,886 6,215
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.60% 4.80% 5.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 207,522 208,645 208,908

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 13,050 15,761 17,466
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 27,829 32,359 33,640
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 67,247 75,538 78,175
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.40% 20.90% 22.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.70% 1.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 3.90% 3.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.70% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,131 1,311 1,249
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,523 3,005 2,367
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 476 393 1,143
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. 11,186 11,335 10,590
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,073 982 1,197
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 526 539 640
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. 49.00% 55.00% 53.00%
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. 8.05 8.20 9.67

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,356
7,003
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 395 408 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,219 1,186 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,585 1,504 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,135 2,060 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,864 1,690 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 158 155 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,612 8,334 8,735
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 295,622 299,054 301,463
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. 633 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $4,874,000 $4,546,000 $3,916,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $18,451,000 $18,095,000 $17,704,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $20,104,000 $22,980,000 $25,922,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $34,680,000 $35,276,000 $42,738,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 15.00% 14.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 9,599 9,284 10,251
Number of people served in facility based work. 4,655 4,456 4,597
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,410 5,589 6,448
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 33.80 29.70 28.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.81% 70.01% 70.55%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.90% 10.65% 10.55%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.19% 2.08% 2.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 79.00% 81.05% 80.16%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 35.90% 33.21% 35.68%
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). 63.80% 60.26% 62.81%
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). 78.00% 79.49% 83.92%
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). 27.90% 27.05% 27.13%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,825,018
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,360
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 238,730
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 283,720
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 522,451
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 515
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 258
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 773
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,426,931
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,636,380

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 46 45 33
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 46 33
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 1 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 7,357 4,437
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 7,358 4,437

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First (IN-APSE): BRS and IN-APSE share a common mission in that competitive, integrated employment should be the first and preferred option for all individuals with disabilities. BRS participates in IN-APSE events including the annual IN-APSE conference, and BRS staff regularly participate in planning as well as presenting at the conference. The IN-APSE statement on Employment First is based on several underlying principles including a presumption that all work age adults and youth with disabilities can work in jobs fully integrated with the general workforce, earning minimum wage or higher; and that employees with disabilities, as with all other individuals, require assistance and support to ensure job success and should have access to adequate, long term supports necessary to succeed in the workplace. These underlying principles are very much in line with BRS priorities, especially in light of WIOA and enhanced requirements to ensure that individuals receiving counseling, information and referral regarding alternatives to subminimum wage employment. (Page 164)
 VR in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) established a Statewide Transition Alliance to identify and address the barriers that continue to impact students, and develop and implement strategies and services to make the transition successful for students and youth with disabilities. The Transition Alliance will establish a work plan with the basis of the work plan created using the Transition to Careers Subcommittee Chapter recommendations (one of the four created by the full Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID)). The Statewide Transition Alliance includes representation from a wide range of key partners and stakeholders, including the following: VR, DOE, local educational agencies’ school personnel and administrators, Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services (BDDS), the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Department of Corrections, Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education, Center for Education & Career Innovation, Community Mental Health Centers, First Steps, Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First (INAPSE), Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF), Indiana Institute of Disability and Community (IIDC), parent representation, the Arc of Indiana, INSOURCE, and other family advocacy groups. (Page 167)

Customized Employment

~~In the fall of 2015, VR staff and staff of community rehabilitation programs (CRP) were surveyed as to their training needs. Surveys were received from 622 individuals – 60% were from CRP personnel and 28% from VR staff.
The top five General Employment needs were identified as:
• Discovery process – in–depth training
• Understanding supported employment
• Job–readiness training
• Understanding the difference between supported and customized employment
• Understanding how to fund employment services (Page 198)
Goal 2: VR Supported Employment providers will increase knowledge and skills on the provision of supported employment services, including greater understanding and focus on development of natural supports, job readiness training techniques, customized employment, and appropriate fading of supports. (Page 211)
With the employment service changes, VR has collaborated with IIDC and Griffin and Hammis to provide additional training and technical assistance to Community Rehabilitation Providers and VR in the area of Discovery statewide. The training focused on Discovery, which is an individualized information gathering process that will guide employment services for the consumer. The training provided a framework to develop and implement a person-centered employment plan. While Discovery is important for many consumers, it is critical for consumers with the most significant disabilities and has an impact on their supported employment needs. Interagency collaboration will aim to increase the quality of SE services, including customized employment, and ensure appropriate extended services are appropriately utilized when necessary for long-term supports. (Page 212)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~• Wagner Peyser staff and labor exchange services are co-located in WorkOne centers, thus Title I and III programs are already completely coordinated.
• Indiana has had tremendous outcomes for both the WorkINdiana and HIRE programs.
• VR staff are community based, sharing office space with TANF and WorkONE, but also meeting their clients in the community to ensure accessibility of services.
• The state is braiding TANF funding with other state and federal dollars to assist with funding the JAG, HIRE, WorkINdiana and Serve Indiana programs. (Page 24)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~DWD will develop marketing materials made available through a broad range of media, (i.e., online, print, and social media), to promote universal access and equal opportunity for adults and youth with disabilities. The marketing materials will include positive images of people with disabilities and the types of available services, assistance, and accommodations provided in the WorkOne offices. Additionally, DWD will continue to enhance the Job Seekers with Disabilities website, http://www.in.gov/dwd/2416.htm, to include resources for both job seekers and employers. (Page 84)
7. The State has taken the appropriate action to be in compliance with WIOA section 188, Nondiscrimination, as applicable; Yes (Page 88)
DWD will conduct training for One-stop office staff, (including youth staff), to better understand the different types of disabilities, how to handle issues of disclosure and disability identification with sensitivity at program intake, and how to determine the most effective mix of services and referrals to make when a disability is identified. These trainings will be presented by subject matter experts and include such topics as: federal, state, and local disability policies; identifying barriers/hidden disabilities; disability awareness and etiquette; website accessibility; providing reasonable accommodations; assistive technology accommodations and resources; Section 503 for federal contractors; and simulation training. VR, Mental Health Centers, and the Department of Correction will also be invited to attend these events and asked to present on relevant topics. Disability Resource Coordinators sustained through Indiana’s Disability Employment Initiative (IN-DEI) grant will be utilized as subject matter experts in the field and also assist with training staff on serving individuals with disabilities. Best practices will be identified by these coordinators and shared with the WDBs for implementation when appropriate. (Page 84)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~DWD will conduct training for One-stop office staff, (including youth staff), to better understand the different types of disabilities, how to handle issues of disclosure and disability identification with sensitivity at program intake, and how to determine the most effective mix of services and referrals to make when a disability is identified. These trainings will be presented by subject matter experts and include such topics as: federal, state, and local disability policies; identifying barriers/hidden disabilities; disability awareness and etiquette; website accessibility; providing reasonable accommodations; assistive technology accommodations and resources; Section 503 for federal contractors; and simulation training. VR, Mental Health Centers, and the Department of Correction will also be invited to attend these events and asked to present on relevant topics. Disability Resource Coordinators sustained through Indiana’s Disability Employment Initiative (IN-DEI) grant will be utilized as subject matter experts in the field and also assist with training staff on serving individuals with disabilities. Best practices will be identified by these coordinators and shared with the WDBs for implementation when appropriate. (Page 84)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~• STRATEGY 1.4: Ensure the culture of the One Stop system promotes knowledge transfer across partner programs, such that staff embraces the “no wrong door” philosophy and is capable of providing information on services across programs and making appropriate referrals.

 Provide training to current staff on services across programs
 Develop cross training materials that can be used in the future on new hires
 In Region 11, DWD and VR are working on a Pilot to have a subject matter expert on WorkOne services in the VR office and to have a subject expert on VR services in the WorkOne office. Common referrals and communication channels are being established between the offices and staff training is being conducted so the entire VR or WorkOne office will be cross trained. (Page 42)
Additional suggestions regarding services to youth with disabilities included looking at best practices from a School-to-work pilot project utilizing career coaches in schools and providing work experiences prior to a student’s exit from school.
VR Response: VR continues to facilitate a Statewide Transition Workgroup and will address these recommendations with the group. VR has implemented modifications to the VR employment service model and Discovery services. One of the changes is increased access to work experiences by all VR consumers, including youth. Discussions are already underway between the VR Director and the DWD Youth program directors. Both parties are very interested in better collaboration on programs such as Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). (Page 158)
Training is provided through a variety of modalities, including statewide symposiums, regional trainings, webinars, and in-person workshops. VR continues to collaborate with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) in coordination of joint trainings to better serve shared consumers as well. In 2015, VR and DWD determined a need for cross-training and identification of subject-matter experts in each of the DWD WorkOne offices and the VR area offices statewide. A pilot group of subject matter experts came together for initial training in July 2015 and this group has been meeting regularly to work collaboratively in joint efforts to better serve consumers.
VR maintains the ability to communicate with VR consumers in their preferred mode of communication in a variety of ways. VR staff access and coordinate foreign language translation, ASL communication, Communication Access Real Time (CART), etc. whenever needed. To ensure communication services are available despite a shortage of some providers (i.e. ASL interpreters, CART providers), VR has increased utilization of remote interpreting services. Publications and brochures are available in large print and Spanish versions. VR has VR Counselors that cover population-specific caseloads including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, individuals with low vision, and individuals with a traumatic brain injury. VR seeks candidates with some fluency in ASL for Counselor positions covering a caseload of consumers with hearing loss. Virtual ASL training was piloted in 2015 for interested staff as well. (Page 185)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Commission also suggested that further exploration is necessary on the provision of work experience services to students, including those working toward a High School diploma. Financial literacy and self-disclosure are also important issues for individuals with disabilities and VR is encouraged to ensure resources are in place to meet these needs. (Page185)
• Educating school personnel including special education teachers, guidance counselors and transition coordinators about services offered through WIOA partners, including WorkOne services. (Page 190)
 

Benefits

~~BENEFITS COUNSELING
VR should continue to support benefits counseling as this is a key concern for families. It was recommended that benefits counseling resources and knowledge be shared across WIOA core partners. This could be achieved through collaboration with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grants, through education and training of WIOA partners, and be exploring the availability of benefits counseling in the local Work One centers.
VR Response: VR plans to continue to support benefits counseling through the funding of the Benefits Information Network (BIN), and agrees that counseling on the impact of working on benefits and available federal and state work incentives is critical in helping consumers to make informed choices about working and in working toward self-sufficiency. VR will include discussion on the importance of benefits counseling in conversations with WIOA partners.
VR should continue to support benefits counseling as this is a key concern for families. It was recommended that benefits counseling resources and knowledge be shared across WIOA core partners. This could be achieved through collaboration with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grants, through education and training of WIOA partners, and be exploring the availability of benefits counseling in the local Work One centers. (Page 157)
Through a contract, the Indiana Institute of Disability and Community provides training and consultation to all employment services providers, including mental health centers and VR staff regarding employment for people with disabilities, including a focus on mental health. There are approximately 25 CMHCs across the State that are community rehabilitation providers. DMHA continues to promote employment for persons with mental illness by including employment and career planning as measures in consumer services reviews. VR Leadership meets quarterly with the Mental Health Employment Council to discuss new initiatives and identify how initiatives, such as the recent Employment Service Model Revisions, impact CMHC’s and consumers with mental illness. CMHC employment staff also serve on the Employment Service workgroup.
Social Security Administration (SSA): VR collaborates with SSA on Ticket-To-Work. VR continues to support the Indiana’s Benefits Information Network (BIN) to ensure that beneficiaries receive appropriate benefits planning and education on utilizing work incentives to work toward self-sufficiency. (Page 162)
VR has provided education and outreach regarding Indiana’s Medicaid buy-in program (called M.E.D. Works) to increase access to competitive, integrated employment for individuals with disabilities receiving Medicaid. Through the VR-funded Benefits Information Network (BIN), VR consumers also receive information about M.E.D. Works and how this program can enable them to both work and maintain their needed Medicaid benefits. The BIN process also educates VR consumers to make overall informed choices about working, providing education not only about the impact on Medicaid, but also the impact on other federal and state benefits, and the use of federal and state work incentives to assist in achieving gainful employment. (Page 176)
The percentage of non–institutionalized persons, aged 21 to 64 years with a disability, who were receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in 2013 was 17.7% in Indiana and 18.9% for the U.S.
Nationally, in December 2012, of the 8,262,877 individuals who received federally administered payments from the SSI program, 1,156,188 were eligible based on age (65 or older), 67,725 were eligible based on blindness, and 7,038,964 were eligible based on disability. In Indiana, of the 124,998 individuals who received SSI, 873 were eligible based on blindness and 118,655 were eligible based on disability. (Page 188)
Indiana has a Benefits Information Network (BIN) of certified liaisons that assists individuals in assessing the impact of employment on benefits. During the year July 2014 – June 2015, 1,394 BIN plans were completed. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) at Indiana University conducted eight trainings with 184 Certified BIN liaisons and 14 certified Community Work Incentive Counselors. Indiana VR purchases this assessment of benefits through the trained liaisons. (Page 190)
 

School to Work Transition

~~Vocational Rehabilitation is an engaged partner to increase educational access to job-seekers that may need VR services and supports to be successful in other state and federal programs. VR is able to provide services to assist with barriers stemming from an individual’s disability that assists in access to existing programs or aids in successfully completing a program. VR is working with State programs, like JAG and local educational agencies, to identify ways to collaborate to serve student and youth populations through pre-employment transition services. Project SEARCH is a VR program that is a worksite-based school-to-work program that provides employment and education opportunities for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The program benefits employers by increasing workforce diversity and reducing recruitment and training costs. Many employers experience improved job retention, enhanced community image and increased customer satisfaction. Additionally, the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (http://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/4901.htm) provides entrepreneurial opportunities for legally blind clients of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). These blind entrepreneurs manage a wide variety of food-service operations, including cafeterias, coffee shops, vending locations, and highway area vending sites. Through this program, blind individuals receive training and opportunities to become productive, tax-paying citizens and independent business owners. (Page 19)
Additional suggestions regarding services to youth with disabilities included looking at best practices from a School-to-work pilot project utilizing career coaches in schools and providing work experiences prior to a student’s exit from school.
VR Response: VR continues to facilitate a Statewide Transition Workgroup and will address these recommendations with the group. VR has implemented modifications to the VR employment service model and Discovery services. One of the changes is increased access to work experiences by all VR consumers, including youth. Discussions are already underway between the VR Director and the DWD Youth program directors. Both parties are very interested in better collaboration on programs such as Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). (Page 158)
VR has provided training on VR and its services to the Cadres and is attending the regularly scheduled cadre meetings to continue the joint collaboration. For more information please see: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/cadre-leaders. Through IIDC and a study entitled Effects of Embedded Employment Resources on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-age Youth, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, (Grant H133A130028), VR is working with IIDC through the five-year research project examining the effectiveness of a team approach to providing students with disabilities (those who have an IEP) with employment coaching and resources prior to leaving high school. These sites are referred to as the “Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative.” At the five designated sites across the state, career coaches are working with students and families, their Transition IEP teams, and a VR Counselor to ensure students have internship opportunities before they leave school. The collaborative site features the following benefits for participating students: collaboration of schools, VR, and community rehabilitation providers; single point of contact to be a liaison between VR and school personnel; personal student profile; immersed internship; student empowerment training; benefits planning; and family training. The outcomes of this research will provide data, information, and best practices that will continue to shape transition services, including pre-employment transition services for Indiana. For more information, please see: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/indiana-school-to-work-collaborative (Page 168)
The IPE will include pre-employment transition services when appropriate for transition students. The VR counselor will collaborate with the school staff to enable for a seamless transition to life after high school. Additionally VR is piloting having 3 dedicated VR Counselors for several Marion Co high schools to focus strictly on transition students having a caseload that is 100% transition. After evaluating the effectiveness of this pilot VR will consider expansion into other area offices. (Page 168)
VR counselors and/or area supervisors are involved in local transition councils if they exist in the community. Councils are made up of local stakeholders who are involved in the transition from school to work and adult life. Councils could include students/family, school personnel, service providers, etc. In addition, VR is responsible for providing written information to students and their families regarding adult services. This written information is available in both English and Spanish. (Page 170)
 

Data Collection

~~DWD and VR are in the process of building separate case management systems to meet their unique needs, but the agencies are working together to determine how the systems, once fully built, can interface. While DWD is in the beginning stages of working with a newly procured vendor, VR is almost 2 years into the process. VR’s system is under a larger umbrella of the Case Management for Social Services within Indiana’s Family Social Services Administration (FSSA). The purpose of the overarching FSSA system is to oversee and provide appropriate and timely services to all FSSA consumers being served in various programs. Additionally, the consolidated system shall enhance system integration, data integrity, and remove legacy systems. The VR portion of the project started February of 2014 and is presently gathering the current and future business state and processes. The VR portion requires improved efficiency to enhance the existing mobile and paperless work environment of VR field staff. Furthermore, VR will closely work with DWD to ensure appropriate system integration and data- sharing occurs to align resources, improve reporting processes and outcomes, and enhance the consumer’s experience. The ultimate goal is to have the Core programs working seamlessly together. (Page 59)
While Indiana’s formal comprehensive statewide needs assessment is conducted every three years, data is gathered on a continuous basis. It is a joint effort of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and the Commission on Rehabilitation Services (CRS). The Commission provides ongoing input, especially in the acquisition of satisfaction data. It also provides input into the development and content of the final report. Commission members have an opportunity to review and offer comments prior to the release of the triennial needs assessment. Indiana’s 2017 comprehensive statewide needs assessment reflects a synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data addressing the state’s overall vocational rehabilitation needs. The data collection techniques varied as well. They included review of demographic data for Indiana, feedback from the Commission on Rehabilitation Services, input from providers, VR staff, Workforce Development staff, WIOA partners, advocates, and consumers. (Page 187)
VR has reviewed the new performance accountability measures and begun discussions on how to capture new data elements in order to report on the new measures. The recent revisions to the VR Employment Services model were designed to improve the quality of employment outcomes, such as increasing wages, hours worked, and retention. It is expected that VR performance on these qualitative factors will begin to increase as a result. VR is in process of contracting with an entity to ensure appropriate data collection and evaluation of employment service revisions. (Page 217)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Small Business Administration (SBA): As consumers explore small business ventures, VR utilizes the resources available through local SBA facilities. SBA has specialized staff that frequently work with VR consumers on developing business plans. Consumers also participate in classes through SBA. There is a renewed and strengthened relationship with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of free, expert business mentors. Discussions have begun on increasing and strengthening the resources available for VR counselors when it comes to providing support to consumers who would like to begin a small business or become self-employed. (Page 164)
• Direct experience as an employer, as a small business owner or operator, or in self-employment, or other experience in human resources, recruitment, or experience in supervising employees, training, or other activities that provide experience in competitive integrated employment environments.(Page 182)
 

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~WDBs, through the IN-DEI grant, may continue to operate as Employment Networks (EN) and either offer benefits counseling in-house or work with their local Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) representative to provide benefits counseling to Social Security beneficiaries receiving SSI/SSDI. WDBs not currently operating as an EN will receive information and training about the benefits of the Ticket to Work Program and how to become an active EN.(Page 85)
WDBs, through the IN-DEI grant, may continue to operate as Employment Networks (EN) and either offer benefits counseling in-house or work with their local Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) representative to provide benefits counseling to Social Security beneficiaries receiving SSI/SSDI. WDBs not currently operating as an EN will receive information and training about the benefits of the Ticket to Work Program and how to become an active EN. (Page 88)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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Indiana APSE 2017 Conference - 11/08/2017

~~The 27th Annual In-APSE Conference will take place November 8thand 9th 2017 in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with IN-APSE professionals from across the state.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“Up to $20 Million in Grants Available Through Department of Workforce Development’s Skill UP Indiana! Program” - 06/05/2017

~~“The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) employer-driven Skill UP Indiana! Program is about to enter round three. At stake over a two-year period is a pool of up to $20 million in grant funding that is being made available to financially support Innovation Networks to provide more and better avenues for skill-specific training and certification.

“’We often hear from employers who tell us they cannot find qualified candidates to fill open high-wage, high demand positions,’” said Steve Braun, DWD Commissioner. ‘“The goal of Skill UP Indiana! is to encourage regional networks and industry partnerships that meet these employer needs through training, education and certification.’””

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 390, Concerning the Membership of the Commission on Rehabilitation Services.” - 04/13/2017

~~This act “ increases the number of members and changes the membership of the commission on rehabilitation services (commission). Makes changes in the terms of service of commission members and requires the governor to specify each member's term of service to ensure that terms expire on a staggered basis. Adds the following to the commission's duties: (1) Establish baseline data regarding the number of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment and set annual goals for increasing the percentage of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. (2) Identify and resolve barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.  (3) Analyze federal, state, and local agency policies concerning the provision of services to individuals with disabilities, including the impact of those policies on opportunities for competitive integrated employment, and recommend changes to state policies. (4) Assist state agencies in the implementation of the policy concerning employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. (5) Provide an annual report to the governor and the rehabilitation services administration commissioner concerning the employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Fact Sheet: Senate Enrolled Act No. 11 (ABLE Accounts) - 03/21/2017

~~“What items or services can an ABLE account fund?Senate Enrolled Act No. 11, signed into law on March 21st, 2016, allows people with ABLE accounts to pay for qualified disability expenses, including:• Assistive technology• Education• Employment training and support• Healthcare• Housing• Transportation” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection - 03/10/2017

~~“After thorough review and evaluation, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is seeking approval through an amendment to the Unified State Plan to implement a process called “order of selection” for Indiana’s VR program. Once approved and implemented, VR will prioritize individuals with the most significant disabilities to receive services. A state VR agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Indiana will be the 35th state to implement this process, which must be used to prioritize consumer services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). BRS anticipates implementing the order of selection by the end of the current federal fiscal year, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Medicaid Waiver Hiatus - 09/01/2016

~~“The Division of Aging (DA) is continuing the hiatus for Adult Day Service, Adult Family Care and Structured Day Program provider applications through approximately April 30, 2017. 

Effective March 6, 2017, the DA is lifting the hiatus for Assisted Living providers that are NOT presumed institutional, i.e. those that are free-standing, not co-located with a nursing facility and do not have a secure memory care unit.

The DA is not lifting the hiatus for providers that have been identified as presumed institutional.  The hiatus for presumed institutional Assisted Living providers will continue until further notice.

During the hiatus, DA will continue to process changes of ownership for providers.

The purpose of the hiatus is to allow the DA time to develop a transition plan for Home and Community-Based Services following the March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule. This CMS rule requires states to ensure that all Medicaid Waiver services are delivered in settings that meet the requirements of a home and community-based setting.

For additional details regarding the CMS rule and the DA’s implementation please visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm.”

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

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration “FAQ CMS Final Rule Impact on Non-Residential Services in Indiana” - 08/31/2016

“Sometimes referred to as the HCBS settings rule, the rule impacts all HCBS waiver programs administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). The context of this FAQ addresses impact of the rule only on the Family Supports (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waivers serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The FSW and CIH waivers are administered by the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS).”

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

Indiana Government “Guidelines for Disclosure ” - 07/22/2016

“When an individual discloses, he or she is intentionally releasing personal information about him or herself for a specific purpose. Some personal information, such as one’s Social Security number, banking records, or medical records may be important to keep confidential. It is important to keep in mind that the decision to disclose is a personal one and should be helpful to the individual. Remember that it is not essential that a person with a disability divulge all personal information about his or her disability. What is most important and helpful is to provide information about how his or her disability affects his or her capacity to learn and perform effectively, and the environment, supports, and services he or she will need in order to access, participate in, and excel in his or her job, studies, and community. The person with a disability must decide what and how much of this sensitive information is necessary to reveal in order to obtain the needed accommodations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services “2016-08 Provision of Pre-Employment Transition services awardees - 07/22/2016

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is pleased to announce that several area providers have been awarded funding for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities, beginning in October 2016… The awarded providers, along with various partner organizations, will provide Pre-Employment Transition services to students with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana. The specific services being offered include job exploration counseling, work- based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for postsecondary education, workplace readiness training and instruction in self-advocacy. The nine providers awarded were selected from among 22 respondents to a request for funding Each awarded provider is collaborating with several other VR service providers in each respective geographic area, ensuring that Pre-Employment Transition services are widely available to students with disabilities

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The State of Employment First in Indiana - 07/01/2016

~~“For the last two years IN-APSE has been working with Indiana legislators, state entities, providers, and individuals with disabilities to create Employment first legislation. This law would make it the policy of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.

In March 2016, The Indiana Senate voted approval to Senate Resolution 39 to establish a study group on Employment First. Exciting News!! The Study Group was approved in May thanks to all of your help in reaching out  to the Indiana House and Senate Leadership to let them know you support a study group to make sure Indiana has a plan for community employment for Hoosiers with Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
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SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 390, Concerning the Membership of the Commission on Rehabilitation Services.” - 04/13/2017

~~This act “ increases the number of members and changes the membership of the commission on rehabilitation services (commission). Makes changes in the terms of service of commission members and requires the governor to specify each member's term of service to ensure that terms expire on a staggered basis. Adds the following to the commission's duties: (1) Establish baseline data regarding the number of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment and set annual goals for increasing the percentage of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. (2) Identify and resolve barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.  (3) Analyze federal, state, and local agency policies concerning the provision of services to individuals with disabilities, including the impact of those policies on opportunities for competitive integrated employment, and recommend changes to state policies. (4) Assist state agencies in the implementation of the policy concerning employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. (5) Provide an annual report to the governor and the rehabilitation services administration commissioner concerning the employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Indiana ABLE Legislation S.B. 11 - 07/01/2016

ABLE savings accounts for persons with a disability.  This bill creates the “achieving a better life experience” (ABLE) authority (authority).  Establishes the ABLE board (board) of the authority.  Provides that the authority may establish a qualified ABLE program under which a person may make contributions for a table year for the benefit of an eligible individual with a disability to an ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary in compliance with federal law.  Sets forth duties and powers of the authority and the board. Establishes a general operating fund, endowment fund, and trust fund.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Resolution No. 39 – “Employment First” - 03/08/2016

~~“Be it resolved by the Senate of the 14General Assembly of the State of Indiana:SECTION 1. That the Indiana Senate urges the legislative council to assign the topic of an Employment First Program, which promotes and expands quality, community employment outcomes for all people with disabilities to an appropriate study committee.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

IN 2015 Senate Resolution 38 - 04/15/2015

“A SENATE RESOLUTION urging the legislative council to assign the topic of an Employment First Program, which promotes and expands quality, community employment outcomes for all people with disabilities to an appropriate study committee.”

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Fact Sheet: Senate Enrolled Act No. 11 (ABLE Accounts) - 03/21/2017

~~“What items or services can an ABLE account fund?Senate Enrolled Act No. 11, signed into law on March 21st, 2016, allows people with ABLE accounts to pay for qualified disability expenses, including:• Assistive technology• Education• Employment training and support• Healthcare• Housing• Transportation” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection - 03/10/2017

~~“After thorough review and evaluation, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is seeking approval through an amendment to the Unified State Plan to implement a process called “order of selection” for Indiana’s VR program. Once approved and implemented, VR will prioritize individuals with the most significant disabilities to receive services. A state VR agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Indiana will be the 35th state to implement this process, which must be used to prioritize consumer services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). BRS anticipates implementing the order of selection by the end of the current federal fiscal year, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services “2016-08 Provision of Pre-Employment Transition services awardees - 07/22/2016

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is pleased to announce that several area providers have been awarded funding for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities, beginning in October 2016… The awarded providers, along with various partner organizations, will provide Pre-Employment Transition services to students with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana. The specific services being offered include job exploration counseling, work- based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for postsecondary education, workplace readiness training and instruction in self-advocacy. The nine providers awarded were selected from among 22 respondents to a request for funding Each awarded provider is collaborating with several other VR service providers in each respective geographic area, ensuring that Pre-Employment Transition services are widely available to students with disabilities

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The State of Employment First in Indiana - 07/01/2016

~~“For the last two years IN-APSE has been working with Indiana legislators, state entities, providers, and individuals with disabilities to create Employment first legislation. This law would make it the policy of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.

In March 2016, The Indiana Senate voted approval to Senate Resolution 39 to establish a study group on Employment First. Exciting News!! The Study Group was approved in May thanks to all of your help in reaching out  to the Indiana House and Senate Leadership to let them know you support a study group to make sure Indiana has a plan for community employment for Hoosiers with Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

“Modifications to Employment Service Revisions: Discovery service code modifications ” Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - 06/01/2016

In order to simplify and streamline the authorization process for Discovery Services, VR is reducing the number of separate service codes for select Discovery activities Effective immediately, the separate service codes for Vocational Testing ’(01-44), ‘Job Shadow’ (53-09), “Situational Assessment’ (53-02), and ‘Other Discovery Activities’(53-10), will be authorized under a single service code. The service code to be used for all four of these activities is 53-10 ‘Discovery Activities. ’ These changes are being made to reduce the volume of authorizations, and to streamline the tracking and billing of authorized services. BRS continues to emphasize that Discovery activities should be purposeful and individualized, based on the needs of each consumer . Therefore, all Discovery activities, including Vocational Testing, Job Shadow and Situational Assessment, will continue to be outlined individually on the Employment Service Referral form . Also, VR wil l continue to request these specific Discovery activities, as appropriate for each individual, when issuing authorizations for services under service code 53-10 ‘Discovery Activities. Additionally, the distinct definitions and expectations for each of these Discovery Activities, as currently outlined in the VR Employment service manual, will remain. CRPs will be required to continue to document these separate activities utilizing the Discovery profile.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, Pre-Employment Transition Services Request for Funding - 05/20/2016

On May 9, 2016, The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) released a funding opportunity to approved Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Employment service providers who have a current VR provider agreement. The Request for Funding (RFF) is for the provision of Pre -Employment Transition Services (PETS) as described in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), for students with disabilities between the ages of 14 22 years of age who are eligible, or potentially eligible, for VR services

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

Indiana Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements: 2015 Draft - 02/11/2011

“Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor that outlines a four-year workforce development strategy for the State’s workforce development system. The publicly-funded workforce system is a national network of Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and organizations that provide a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Guiding Employment First In Indiana: A Statewide Plan - 02/02/2011

“In January 2010, the Indiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) began formal work to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to improve the employment services systems for individuals with disabilities (IWD). The MIG is a federal grant that works to remove barriers to employment for this population. In Indiana the MIG is working toward changes that will allow IWD to work to their fullest potential, which could include moving out of poverty.…. Increasing employment for IWD to levels comparable to non-disabled individuals will drive the state forward in commerce, reduce reliance on federal and state entitlement programs, increase tax revenues, and bring individuals out of poverty. Under the advisement of a statewide Leadership Council, the Indiana Comprehensive Employment Strategic Plan outlines a roadmap for integrated employment services for Hoosiers with disabilities through 2015.”

  The Strategic Plan lists needs, outcomes, and objectives in four priority areas.  1. Improving access to healthcare for employees with disabilities; 2. Engaging businesses in the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities; 3. Developing and enhancing the work incentives planning infrastructure, including financial literacy and asset development; and 4. Improving supported employment services so individuals can acquire, keep, and advance in competitive, integrated employment.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Indiana IEP Resource Center

~~“A balanced and robust menu of professional development opportunities are delivered via a variety of methods; specifically through face-to-face workshops and conferences, technical assistance in various formats, webinars, printed materials, virtual meetings and the IEPRC website. While most training events revolve around IEP Processes, additional professional development opportunities address co-teaching, inclusive practices and RtI.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana “Link-Age” ( ACL No Wrong Door)

Indiana's Aging and Disability Resource Centers coordinate information, referral and programmatic/financial eligibility determinations for older people and individuals with physical disabilities. The management information systems from the aging network and physical disabilities network will be integrated and internet-based to provide the foundation for statewide expansion of the Resource Centers. Link-age provides information and assistance to persons age 50 and over and their familes and care givers including “Age 55+ Employment info”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center – University of Indiana Bloomington

“We create and enhance professional development activities and resources to support teachers and, ultimately, students with disabilities, as they transition from school to their adult lives, working and participating in their communities, jobs and/or postsecondary education.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities “State Plan”

“Every five years, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is required by federal law to develop a 5-year strategic plan, outlining goals, objectives and specific activities that will be implemented each year of the plan. With public input and guidance from the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, the state plan is developed in accordance with requirements of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act). The 2017-2021 State Plan covers the time period from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2021. It addresses specific information required by the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and includes the Council's determination of areas of emphasis and resulting goals and objectives for the five-year time period. The Council must spend a minimum of 70 percent of its federal funding to address the Plan objectives. All programs and projects of the Council are to be conducted in a manner that respects individual differences and cultural diversity.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Family & Social Services Administration. (2011). Guiding Employment First in Indiana: A statewide plan for systems change.

“The organizations primarily represented in the strategic planning process are leaders from state and federal agencies, consumer and advocacy agencies, provider organizations and MIG project partners. …This plan will be implemented beginning in 2011 through 2015…By providing avenues of communication and convening high-level leadership within state agency divisions, the plan provides the opportunity to align initiatives, reduce duplication of effort and address goals for employment of individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies

Project Search

The High School Transition Program is a one-year internship program for students with disabilities, in their last year of high school. It is targeted for students whose goal is competitive employment. The program takes place in a healthcare, government or business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills. Students participate in three internships to explore a variety of career paths. The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher and Rehabilitation Services Administration to create an employment goal and support the student during this important transition from school to work.

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

Indiana Developmental Disability Stakeholder Workgroup 2012 Report

“The Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has long shown commitment to supporting Hoosiers with developmental disabilities. To fulfill the charge of the 2011 Indiana General Assembly, DDRS convened a stakeholder workgroup to discuss the topics defined in Section 144 of HEA 1001 as well as a broader scope of program areas administered by the division. This document summarizes research, data and trends, group discussions, outcomes, and next steps. Noting the ongoing challenges faced by all who support this population, the workgroup embraced this opportunity to positively alter the outcomes of individuals receiving services while reducing overall program costs. After much discussion, the workgroup identified three recurring themes:  • Increase employment for persons with disabilities  • Keep the family unit together longer  • Serve high-cost/high-needs individuals appropriately and as cost-effectively as possible”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Governor’s Council for People With Disabilities

“The Indiana Governor's Council is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Our mission is to advance the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and advocacy.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Indiana 2005 Employment First Coalition: Employment First—Investing in Success

“On September 29, 2005, the Employment First Coalition brought together Leaders of Government, Business, Labor, Community and Education and the non-profit sectors to create a strategic plan ensuring employment is an outcome for all Hoosiers with disabilities.” This fact sheet provides a summary of the outcomes of the summit.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Indiana Government “Guidelines for Disclosure ” - 07/22/2016

“When an individual discloses, he or she is intentionally releasing personal information about him or herself for a specific purpose. Some personal information, such as one’s Social Security number, banking records, or medical records may be important to keep confidential. It is important to keep in mind that the decision to disclose is a personal one and should be helpful to the individual. Remember that it is not essential that a person with a disability divulge all personal information about his or her disability. What is most important and helpful is to provide information about how his or her disability affects his or her capacity to learn and perform effectively, and the environment, supports, and services he or she will need in order to access, participate in, and excel in his or her job, studies, and community. The person with a disability must decide what and how much of this sensitive information is necessary to reveal in order to obtain the needed accommodations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

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 2012, Indiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
Citations

Indiana Employment First Systems Change Statewide Plan (2011-2015) - 02/11/2011

“Through the use of MIG funds, Indiana has made a number of improvements to the state’s infrastructure supporting employment of IWD. While Indiana has been a leader in many aspects of employment supports and the use of innovative practices, the state realizes that ongoing efforts are necessary to improve employment outcomes, economic outlook and the overall well-being of IWD". 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Indiana Money Follows the Person Grant

“The MFP program is funded through a grant from the federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The MFP program was developed to help states move individuals from institutional settings to home and community-based settings. Indiana was approved for the MFP program in 2007 and since that time has focused on assisting eligible persons to leave institutional care by providing services for individuals to live safely in their community.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Indiana APSE 2017 Conference - 11/08/2017

~~The 27th Annual In-APSE Conference will take place November 8thand 9th 2017 in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with IN-APSE professionals from across the state.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“Up to $20 Million in Grants Available Through Department of Workforce Development’s Skill UP Indiana! Program” - 06/05/2017

~~“The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) employer-driven Skill UP Indiana! Program is about to enter round three. At stake over a two-year period is a pool of up to $20 million in grant funding that is being made available to financially support Innovation Networks to provide more and better avenues for skill-specific training and certification.

“’We often hear from employers who tell us they cannot find qualified candidates to fill open high-wage, high demand positions,’” said Steve Braun, DWD Commissioner. ‘“The goal of Skill UP Indiana! is to encourage regional networks and industry partnerships that meet these employer needs through training, education and certification.’””

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

A Guide to Community Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) - 06/15/2015

“If you are interested in employment, VRS is a good place to start. This guide will help you learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation Services [Vocational Rehabilitation Services], what to expect, and how to prepare so that you have the right supports to find the job that is best for you.”

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

Indiana Day and Employment Services and Outcomes System (DESOS): 2014 Report - 07/20/2014

“The Indiana Day and Employment Services and Outcomes System (DESOS) is an annual compilation of data pertaining to people with disabilities who are receiving supports from adult service providers. The report gives us a “snapshot” data view, answering questions about where thousands of individuals throughout Indiana are spending the majority of their day; what types of work they may be doing; and the outcomes they are achieving related to employment, specifically wages and hours worked.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

ADA Indiana Webinar “Reaching Employers about Disability Inclusiveness: The Just-in-Time Program”

From the Northeast ADA Center More than 25 years after the passing of the ADA, people with disabilities still face barriers and discrimination in employment. One key to bringing about change lies in creating more powerful approaches to reaching employers. The Just-in-Time (JIT) Program is based on the idea that we need to reach those key players who are most likely to make decisions that impact the employment lives of people with disabilities: Managers and supervisors. During this session, we will review research on employment discrimination, provide an overview of the JIT Program and discuss our evaluation findings

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services In*Source Training

HCBS Final Rule Two important aspects to this Rule: -The Person-Centered Planning Process is key! - All HCBS settings need to provide for: –Opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings –Engagement in community life –Control of personal resources –Opportunity to receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment, a series of short films, celebrates seven unique individuals who prove that hi]ring people with developmental disabilities is "Good for Business, Good for People & Good for the Economy." The films were produced for the The Arc of Indiana by filmmaker Ken Oguss, with support from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Indiana 2015 Conference for People with Disabilities

The Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities hosted its annual Conference for People with Disabilities. The weblink provides information on the many conference topics including employment and the PowerPoint slides presented at each session.

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

Indiana Employment First Initiative

This PowerPoint presentation describes Employment First principles and steps for individuals with disabilities to take to access employment resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS): Employment Service Revisions (Spring 2015)

This training reviews the revisions made to the Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services’ policies on rate reform, employment services, assessments and documentation, with a number of case studies. It emphasizes the incorporation of Discovery into their core services.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Medicaid Waiver Hiatus - 09/01/2016

~~“The Division of Aging (DA) is continuing the hiatus for Adult Day Service, Adult Family Care and Structured Day Program provider applications through approximately April 30, 2017. 

Effective March 6, 2017, the DA is lifting the hiatus for Assisted Living providers that are NOT presumed institutional, i.e. those that are free-standing, not co-located with a nursing facility and do not have a secure memory care unit.

The DA is not lifting the hiatus for providers that have been identified as presumed institutional.  The hiatus for presumed institutional Assisted Living providers will continue until further notice.

During the hiatus, DA will continue to process changes of ownership for providers.

The purpose of the hiatus is to allow the DA time to develop a transition plan for Home and Community-Based Services following the March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule. This CMS rule requires states to ensure that all Medicaid Waiver services are delivered in settings that meet the requirements of a home and community-based setting.

For additional details regarding the CMS rule and the DA’s implementation please visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm.”

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

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration “FAQ CMS Final Rule Impact on Non-Residential Services in Indiana” - 08/31/2016

“Sometimes referred to as the HCBS settings rule, the rule impacts all HCBS waiver programs administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). The context of this FAQ addresses impact of the rule only on the Family Supports (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waivers serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The FSW and CIH waivers are administered by the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS).”

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

Indiana HCBS Statewide Transition Plan Amended - 07/01/2016

~~“In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published regulations to better define the settings in which states can provide Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The HCBS final rule became effective March 17, 2014. The HCBS settings final rule, along with additional guidance and fact sheets, is available on the CMS Home and Community-Based Services site.The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that members receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to review current HCBS programs and to develop a transition plan providing an assessment, strategies and timelines for compliance with the new rules.The programs currently under review include 1915(c) HCBS Waivers and 1915(i) HCBS State Plan programs operated by the following divisions within the Family and Social Services Administration.”

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

Indiana Statewide HCBS Transition Plan - 12/10/2014

“Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated and that support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS. These changes will maximize the opportunities for participants in HCBS programs to have access to the benefits of community living and to receive services in the most integrated setting. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has created a Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule as it relates to all FSSA HCBS programs. States must be in full compliance with the federal requirements by the time frame approved in the Statewide Transition Plan but no later than March 17, 2019.”

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

IN Community Integration and Habilitation (0378.R03.00) - 10/01/2014

Provides adult day, prevocational, rent and food for unrelated live-in caregiver, residential hab and support, respite, supported employment follow along, OT, PT, psychological therapy, speech/language therapy, adult foster care, behavioral support, community based hab-group, community based hab-individual, community transition, electronic monitoring, environmental mods, facility based hab-group, facility based hab-individual, facility based support services, family and caregiver training, intensive behavior intervention, music therapy, PERS, recreational therapy, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, workplace assistance for individuals w/autism, ID, DD ages 0 - no max age.

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

IN Traumatic Brain Injury (4197.R03.00) - 01/01/2013

Provides adult day, attendant care, case management, homemaker, residential based hab, respite, structured day program, supported employment, adult family care, behavior management/behavior program and counseling, community transition, environmental mods, health care coordination, home delivered meals, nutritional supplements, PERS, pest control, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/brain injury ages 0 - no max age.

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

Indiana Employment First Systems Change Statewide Plan (2011-2015) - 02/11/2011

“Through the use of MIG funds, Indiana has made a number of improvements to the state’s infrastructure supporting employment of IWD. While Indiana has been a leader in many aspects of employment supports and the use of innovative practices, the state realizes that ongoing efforts are necessary to improve employment outcomes, economic outlook and the overall well-being of IWD."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

IN Family Support Services (0387.R02.00) - 04/01/2010

Provides adult day, case management, prevocational, respite, supported employment follow along, OT, PT, psychological therapy, speech/language therapy, behavioral support services, community based hab-group, community based hab-individual, facility based hab-group, facility based hab-individual, facility based support services, family and caregiver training, intensive behavioral intervention, music therapy, participant assistance and care, PERS, recreational therapy, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, workplace assistance for individuals w/autism, MR, DD ages 0 - no max age.

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

Notice of Public Comment Period for Statewide Transition Plan

“Notice is hereby given that the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) will submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) a revision to Indiana's Statewide Transition Plan for compliance with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) regulations of 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5) and Section 441.710(a)(1)-(2). Additional information on the Statewide Transition Plan for compliance with the federal regulations of 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5) and Section 441.710(a)(1)-(2) can also be found at http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm .”

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

Indiana Money Follows the Person

“The MFP program is funded through a grant from the federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The MFP program was developed to help states move individuals from institutional settings to home and community-based settings. Indiana was approved for the MFP program in 2007 and since that time has focused on assisting eligible persons to leave institutional care by providing services for individuals to live safely in their community.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

Start your engines for fast paced jobs in the Crossroads of America! The state of Indiana is ready for workers with disabilities to cross the finish line of career success! 

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.

State VR Rates and Services list not yet available.

2015 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,619,680
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
477,559
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
170,050
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.61%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.92%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,570,902 6,596,855 6,619,680
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 487,266 482,228 477,559
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 164,556 174,676 170,050
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,677,485 2,717,004 2,756,382
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.77% 36.22% 35.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.03% 76.96% 77.92%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.70% 6.00% 4.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.70% 20.80% 20.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.80% 14.30% 13.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 437,065 430,302 436,922
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 461,369 472,787 462,067
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 772,536 770,011 775,339
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 87,209 96,141 84,405
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 32,018 34,418 31,504
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,491 3,760 2,679
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,457 4,388 6,063
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 17,903 17,154 19,766
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 10,733 11,072 10,595

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,668 5,886 6,215
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.60% 4.80% 5.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 207,522 208,645 208,908

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 13,050 15,761 17,466
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 27,829 32,359 33,640
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 67,247 75,538 78,175
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.40% 20.90% 22.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.70% 1.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 3.90% 3.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.70% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,131 1,311 1,249
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,523 3,005 2,367
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 476 393 1,143
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. 11,186 11,335 10,590
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,073 982 1,197
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 526 539 640
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. 49.00% 55.00% 53.00%
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. 8.05 8.20 9.67

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,356
7,003
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 395 408 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,219 1,186 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,585 1,504 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,135 2,060 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,864 1,690 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 158 155 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,612 8,334 8,735
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 295,622 299,054 301,463
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. 633 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $4,874,000 $4,546,000 $3,916,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $18,451,000 $18,095,000 $17,704,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $20,104,000 $22,980,000 $25,922,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $34,680,000 $35,276,000 $42,738,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 15.00% 14.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 9,599 9,284 10,251
Number of people served in facility based work. 4,655 4,456 4,597
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,410 5,589 6,448
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 33.80 29.70 28.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.81% 70.01% 70.55%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.90% 10.65% 10.55%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.19% 2.08% 2.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 79.00% 81.05% 80.16%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 35.90% 33.21% 35.68%
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). 63.80% 60.26% 62.81%
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). 78.00% 79.49% 83.92%
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). 27.90% 27.05% 27.13%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,825,018
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,360
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 238,730
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 283,720
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 522,451
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 515
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 258
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 773
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,426,931
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,636,380

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 46 45 33
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 46 33
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 1 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 7,357 4,437
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 7,358 4,437

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First (IN-APSE): BRS and IN-APSE share a common mission in that competitive, integrated employment should be the first and preferred option for all individuals with disabilities. BRS participates in IN-APSE events including the annual IN-APSE conference, and BRS staff regularly participate in planning as well as presenting at the conference. The IN-APSE statement on Employment First is based on several underlying principles including a presumption that all work age adults and youth with disabilities can work in jobs fully integrated with the general workforce, earning minimum wage or higher; and that employees with disabilities, as with all other individuals, require assistance and support to ensure job success and should have access to adequate, long term supports necessary to succeed in the workplace. These underlying principles are very much in line with BRS priorities, especially in light of WIOA and enhanced requirements to ensure that individuals receiving counseling, information and referral regarding alternatives to subminimum wage employment. (Page 164)
 VR in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) established a Statewide Transition Alliance to identify and address the barriers that continue to impact students, and develop and implement strategies and services to make the transition successful for students and youth with disabilities. The Transition Alliance will establish a work plan with the basis of the work plan created using the Transition to Careers Subcommittee Chapter recommendations (one of the four created by the full Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID)). The Statewide Transition Alliance includes representation from a wide range of key partners and stakeholders, including the following: VR, DOE, local educational agencies’ school personnel and administrators, Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services (BDDS), the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Department of Corrections, Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education, Center for Education & Career Innovation, Community Mental Health Centers, First Steps, Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First (INAPSE), Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF), Indiana Institute of Disability and Community (IIDC), parent representation, the Arc of Indiana, INSOURCE, and other family advocacy groups. (Page 167)

Customized Employment

~~In the fall of 2015, VR staff and staff of community rehabilitation programs (CRP) were surveyed as to their training needs. Surveys were received from 622 individuals – 60% were from CRP personnel and 28% from VR staff.
The top five General Employment needs were identified as:
• Discovery process – in–depth training
• Understanding supported employment
• Job–readiness training
• Understanding the difference between supported and customized employment
• Understanding how to fund employment services (Page 198)
Goal 2: VR Supported Employment providers will increase knowledge and skills on the provision of supported employment services, including greater understanding and focus on development of natural supports, job readiness training techniques, customized employment, and appropriate fading of supports. (Page 211)
With the employment service changes, VR has collaborated with IIDC and Griffin and Hammis to provide additional training and technical assistance to Community Rehabilitation Providers and VR in the area of Discovery statewide. The training focused on Discovery, which is an individualized information gathering process that will guide employment services for the consumer. The training provided a framework to develop and implement a person-centered employment plan. While Discovery is important for many consumers, it is critical for consumers with the most significant disabilities and has an impact on their supported employment needs. Interagency collaboration will aim to increase the quality of SE services, including customized employment, and ensure appropriate extended services are appropriately utilized when necessary for long-term supports. (Page 212)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~• Wagner Peyser staff and labor exchange services are co-located in WorkOne centers, thus Title I and III programs are already completely coordinated.
• Indiana has had tremendous outcomes for both the WorkINdiana and HIRE programs.
• VR staff are community based, sharing office space with TANF and WorkONE, but also meeting their clients in the community to ensure accessibility of services.
• The state is braiding TANF funding with other state and federal dollars to assist with funding the JAG, HIRE, WorkINdiana and Serve Indiana programs. (Page 24)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~DWD will develop marketing materials made available through a broad range of media, (i.e., online, print, and social media), to promote universal access and equal opportunity for adults and youth with disabilities. The marketing materials will include positive images of people with disabilities and the types of available services, assistance, and accommodations provided in the WorkOne offices. Additionally, DWD will continue to enhance the Job Seekers with Disabilities website, http://www.in.gov/dwd/2416.htm, to include resources for both job seekers and employers. (Page 84)
7. The State has taken the appropriate action to be in compliance with WIOA section 188, Nondiscrimination, as applicable; Yes (Page 88)
DWD will conduct training for One-stop office staff, (including youth staff), to better understand the different types of disabilities, how to handle issues of disclosure and disability identification with sensitivity at program intake, and how to determine the most effective mix of services and referrals to make when a disability is identified. These trainings will be presented by subject matter experts and include such topics as: federal, state, and local disability policies; identifying barriers/hidden disabilities; disability awareness and etiquette; website accessibility; providing reasonable accommodations; assistive technology accommodations and resources; Section 503 for federal contractors; and simulation training. VR, Mental Health Centers, and the Department of Correction will also be invited to attend these events and asked to present on relevant topics. Disability Resource Coordinators sustained through Indiana’s Disability Employment Initiative (IN-DEI) grant will be utilized as subject matter experts in the field and also assist with training staff on serving individuals with disabilities. Best practices will be identified by these coordinators and shared with the WDBs for implementation when appropriate. (Page 84)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~DWD will conduct training for One-stop office staff, (including youth staff), to better understand the different types of disabilities, how to handle issues of disclosure and disability identification with sensitivity at program intake, and how to determine the most effective mix of services and referrals to make when a disability is identified. These trainings will be presented by subject matter experts and include such topics as: federal, state, and local disability policies; identifying barriers/hidden disabilities; disability awareness and etiquette; website accessibility; providing reasonable accommodations; assistive technology accommodations and resources; Section 503 for federal contractors; and simulation training. VR, Mental Health Centers, and the Department of Correction will also be invited to attend these events and asked to present on relevant topics. Disability Resource Coordinators sustained through Indiana’s Disability Employment Initiative (IN-DEI) grant will be utilized as subject matter experts in the field and also assist with training staff on serving individuals with disabilities. Best practices will be identified by these coordinators and shared with the WDBs for implementation when appropriate. (Page 84)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~• STRATEGY 1.4: Ensure the culture of the One Stop system promotes knowledge transfer across partner programs, such that staff embraces the “no wrong door” philosophy and is capable of providing information on services across programs and making appropriate referrals.

 Provide training to current staff on services across programs
 Develop cross training materials that can be used in the future on new hires
 In Region 11, DWD and VR are working on a Pilot to have a subject matter expert on WorkOne services in the VR office and to have a subject expert on VR services in the WorkOne office. Common referrals and communication channels are being established between the offices and staff training is being conducted so the entire VR or WorkOne office will be cross trained. (Page 42)
Additional suggestions regarding services to youth with disabilities included looking at best practices from a School-to-work pilot project utilizing career coaches in schools and providing work experiences prior to a student’s exit from school.
VR Response: VR continues to facilitate a Statewide Transition Workgroup and will address these recommendations with the group. VR has implemented modifications to the VR employment service model and Discovery services. One of the changes is increased access to work experiences by all VR consumers, including youth. Discussions are already underway between the VR Director and the DWD Youth program directors. Both parties are very interested in better collaboration on programs such as Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). (Page 158)
Training is provided through a variety of modalities, including statewide symposiums, regional trainings, webinars, and in-person workshops. VR continues to collaborate with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) in coordination of joint trainings to better serve shared consumers as well. In 2015, VR and DWD determined a need for cross-training and identification of subject-matter experts in each of the DWD WorkOne offices and the VR area offices statewide. A pilot group of subject matter experts came together for initial training in July 2015 and this group has been meeting regularly to work collaboratively in joint efforts to better serve consumers.
VR maintains the ability to communicate with VR consumers in their preferred mode of communication in a variety of ways. VR staff access and coordinate foreign language translation, ASL communication, Communication Access Real Time (CART), etc. whenever needed. To ensure communication services are available despite a shortage of some providers (i.e. ASL interpreters, CART providers), VR has increased utilization of remote interpreting services. Publications and brochures are available in large print and Spanish versions. VR has VR Counselors that cover population-specific caseloads including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, individuals with low vision, and individuals with a traumatic brain injury. VR seeks candidates with some fluency in ASL for Counselor positions covering a caseload of consumers with hearing loss. Virtual ASL training was piloted in 2015 for interested staff as well. (Page 185)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Commission also suggested that further exploration is necessary on the provision of work experience services to students, including those working toward a High School diploma. Financial literacy and self-disclosure are also important issues for individuals with disabilities and VR is encouraged to ensure resources are in place to meet these needs. (Page185)
• Educating school personnel including special education teachers, guidance counselors and transition coordinators about services offered through WIOA partners, including WorkOne services. (Page 190)
 

Benefits

~~BENEFITS COUNSELING
VR should continue to support benefits counseling as this is a key concern for families. It was recommended that benefits counseling resources and knowledge be shared across WIOA core partners. This could be achieved through collaboration with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grants, through education and training of WIOA partners, and be exploring the availability of benefits counseling in the local Work One centers.
VR Response: VR plans to continue to support benefits counseling through the funding of the Benefits Information Network (BIN), and agrees that counseling on the impact of working on benefits and available federal and state work incentives is critical in helping consumers to make informed choices about working and in working toward self-sufficiency. VR will include discussion on the importance of benefits counseling in conversations with WIOA partners.
VR should continue to support benefits counseling as this is a key concern for families. It was recommended that benefits counseling resources and knowledge be shared across WIOA core partners. This could be achieved through collaboration with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grants, through education and training of WIOA partners, and be exploring the availability of benefits counseling in the local Work One centers. (Page 157)
Through a contract, the Indiana Institute of Disability and Community provides training and consultation to all employment services providers, including mental health centers and VR staff regarding employment for people with disabilities, including a focus on mental health. There are approximately 25 CMHCs across the State that are community rehabilitation providers. DMHA continues to promote employment for persons with mental illness by including employment and career planning as measures in consumer services reviews. VR Leadership meets quarterly with the Mental Health Employment Council to discuss new initiatives and identify how initiatives, such as the recent Employment Service Model Revisions, impact CMHC’s and consumers with mental illness. CMHC employment staff also serve on the Employment Service workgroup.
Social Security Administration (SSA): VR collaborates with SSA on Ticket-To-Work. VR continues to support the Indiana’s Benefits Information Network (BIN) to ensure that beneficiaries receive appropriate benefits planning and education on utilizing work incentives to work toward self-sufficiency. (Page 162)
VR has provided education and outreach regarding Indiana’s Medicaid buy-in program (called M.E.D. Works) to increase access to competitive, integrated employment for individuals with disabilities receiving Medicaid. Through the VR-funded Benefits Information Network (BIN), VR consumers also receive information about M.E.D. Works and how this program can enable them to both work and maintain their needed Medicaid benefits. The BIN process also educates VR consumers to make overall informed choices about working, providing education not only about the impact on Medicaid, but also the impact on other federal and state benefits, and the use of federal and state work incentives to assist in achieving gainful employment. (Page 176)
The percentage of non–institutionalized persons, aged 21 to 64 years with a disability, who were receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in 2013 was 17.7% in Indiana and 18.9% for the U.S.
Nationally, in December 2012, of the 8,262,877 individuals who received federally administered payments from the SSI program, 1,156,188 were eligible based on age (65 or older), 67,725 were eligible based on blindness, and 7,038,964 were eligible based on disability. In Indiana, of the 124,998 individuals who received SSI, 873 were eligible based on blindness and 118,655 were eligible based on disability. (Page 188)
Indiana has a Benefits Information Network (BIN) of certified liaisons that assists individuals in assessing the impact of employment on benefits. During the year July 2014 – June 2015, 1,394 BIN plans were completed. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) at Indiana University conducted eight trainings with 184 Certified BIN liaisons and 14 certified Community Work Incentive Counselors. Indiana VR purchases this assessment of benefits through the trained liaisons. (Page 190)
 

School to Work Transition

~~Vocational Rehabilitation is an engaged partner to increase educational access to job-seekers that may need VR services and supports to be successful in other state and federal programs. VR is able to provide services to assist with barriers stemming from an individual’s disability that assists in access to existing programs or aids in successfully completing a program. VR is working with State programs, like JAG and local educational agencies, to identify ways to collaborate to serve student and youth populations through pre-employment transition services. Project SEARCH is a VR program that is a worksite-based school-to-work program that provides employment and education opportunities for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The program benefits employers by increasing workforce diversity and reducing recruitment and training costs. Many employers experience improved job retention, enhanced community image and increased customer satisfaction. Additionally, the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (http://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/4901.htm) provides entrepreneurial opportunities for legally blind clients of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). These blind entrepreneurs manage a wide variety of food-service operations, including cafeterias, coffee shops, vending locations, and highway area vending sites. Through this program, blind individuals receive training and opportunities to become productive, tax-paying citizens and independent business owners. (Page 19)
Additional suggestions regarding services to youth with disabilities included looking at best practices from a School-to-work pilot project utilizing career coaches in schools and providing work experiences prior to a student’s exit from school.
VR Response: VR continues to facilitate a Statewide Transition Workgroup and will address these recommendations with the group. VR has implemented modifications to the VR employment service model and Discovery services. One of the changes is increased access to work experiences by all VR consumers, including youth. Discussions are already underway between the VR Director and the DWD Youth program directors. Both parties are very interested in better collaboration on programs such as Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). (Page 158)
VR has provided training on VR and its services to the Cadres and is attending the regularly scheduled cadre meetings to continue the joint collaboration. For more information please see: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/cadre-leaders. Through IIDC and a study entitled Effects of Embedded Employment Resources on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-age Youth, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, (Grant H133A130028), VR is working with IIDC through the five-year research project examining the effectiveness of a team approach to providing students with disabilities (those who have an IEP) with employment coaching and resources prior to leaving high school. These sites are referred to as the “Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative.” At the five designated sites across the state, career coaches are working with students and families, their Transition IEP teams, and a VR Counselor to ensure students have internship opportunities before they leave school. The collaborative site features the following benefits for participating students: collaboration of schools, VR, and community rehabilitation providers; single point of contact to be a liaison between VR and school personnel; personal student profile; immersed internship; student empowerment training; benefits planning; and family training. The outcomes of this research will provide data, information, and best practices that will continue to shape transition services, including pre-employment transition services for Indiana. For more information, please see: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/indiana-school-to-work-collaborative (Page 168)
The IPE will include pre-employment transition services when appropriate for transition students. The VR counselor will collaborate with the school staff to enable for a seamless transition to life after high school. Additionally VR is piloting having 3 dedicated VR Counselors for several Marion Co high schools to focus strictly on transition students having a caseload that is 100% transition. After evaluating the effectiveness of this pilot VR will consider expansion into other area offices. (Page 168)
VR counselors and/or area supervisors are involved in local transition councils if they exist in the community. Councils are made up of local stakeholders who are involved in the transition from school to work and adult life. Councils could include students/family, school personnel, service providers, etc. In addition, VR is responsible for providing written information to students and their families regarding adult services. This written information is available in both English and Spanish. (Page 170)
 

Data Collection

~~DWD and VR are in the process of building separate case management systems to meet their unique needs, but the agencies are working together to determine how the systems, once fully built, can interface. While DWD is in the beginning stages of working with a newly procured vendor, VR is almost 2 years into the process. VR’s system is under a larger umbrella of the Case Management for Social Services within Indiana’s Family Social Services Administration (FSSA). The purpose of the overarching FSSA system is to oversee and provide appropriate and timely services to all FSSA consumers being served in various programs. Additionally, the consolidated system shall enhance system integration, data integrity, and remove legacy systems. The VR portion of the project started February of 2014 and is presently gathering the current and future business state and processes. The VR portion requires improved efficiency to enhance the existing mobile and paperless work environment of VR field staff. Furthermore, VR will closely work with DWD to ensure appropriate system integration and data- sharing occurs to align resources, improve reporting processes and outcomes, and enhance the consumer’s experience. The ultimate goal is to have the Core programs working seamlessly together. (Page 59)
While Indiana’s formal comprehensive statewide needs assessment is conducted every three years, data is gathered on a continuous basis. It is a joint effort of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and the Commission on Rehabilitation Services (CRS). The Commission provides ongoing input, especially in the acquisition of satisfaction data. It also provides input into the development and content of the final report. Commission members have an opportunity to review and offer comments prior to the release of the triennial needs assessment. Indiana’s 2017 comprehensive statewide needs assessment reflects a synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data addressing the state’s overall vocational rehabilitation needs. The data collection techniques varied as well. They included review of demographic data for Indiana, feedback from the Commission on Rehabilitation Services, input from providers, VR staff, Workforce Development staff, WIOA partners, advocates, and consumers. (Page 187)
VR has reviewed the new performance accountability measures and begun discussions on how to capture new data elements in order to report on the new measures. The recent revisions to the VR Employment Services model were designed to improve the quality of employment outcomes, such as increasing wages, hours worked, and retention. It is expected that VR performance on these qualitative factors will begin to increase as a result. VR is in process of contracting with an entity to ensure appropriate data collection and evaluation of employment service revisions. (Page 217)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Small Business Administration (SBA): As consumers explore small business ventures, VR utilizes the resources available through local SBA facilities. SBA has specialized staff that frequently work with VR consumers on developing business plans. Consumers also participate in classes through SBA. There is a renewed and strengthened relationship with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of free, expert business mentors. Discussions have begun on increasing and strengthening the resources available for VR counselors when it comes to providing support to consumers who would like to begin a small business or become self-employed. (Page 164)
• Direct experience as an employer, as a small business owner or operator, or in self-employment, or other experience in human resources, recruitment, or experience in supervising employees, training, or other activities that provide experience in competitive integrated employment environments.(Page 182)
 

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~WDBs, through the IN-DEI grant, may continue to operate as Employment Networks (EN) and either offer benefits counseling in-house or work with their local Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) representative to provide benefits counseling to Social Security beneficiaries receiving SSI/SSDI. WDBs not currently operating as an EN will receive information and training about the benefits of the Ticket to Work Program and how to become an active EN.(Page 85)
WDBs, through the IN-DEI grant, may continue to operate as Employment Networks (EN) and either offer benefits counseling in-house or work with their local Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) representative to provide benefits counseling to Social Security beneficiaries receiving SSI/SSDI. WDBs not currently operating as an EN will receive information and training about the benefits of the Ticket to Work Program and how to become an active EN. (Page 88)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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Indiana APSE 2017 Conference - 11/08/2017

~~The 27th Annual In-APSE Conference will take place November 8thand 9th 2017 in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with IN-APSE professionals from across the state.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“Up to $20 Million in Grants Available Through Department of Workforce Development’s Skill UP Indiana! Program” - 06/05/2017

~~“The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) employer-driven Skill UP Indiana! Program is about to enter round three. At stake over a two-year period is a pool of up to $20 million in grant funding that is being made available to financially support Innovation Networks to provide more and better avenues for skill-specific training and certification.

“’We often hear from employers who tell us they cannot find qualified candidates to fill open high-wage, high demand positions,’” said Steve Braun, DWD Commissioner. ‘“The goal of Skill UP Indiana! is to encourage regional networks and industry partnerships that meet these employer needs through training, education and certification.’””

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 390, Concerning the Membership of the Commission on Rehabilitation Services.” - 04/13/2017

~~This act “ increases the number of members and changes the membership of the commission on rehabilitation services (commission). Makes changes in the terms of service of commission members and requires the governor to specify each member's term of service to ensure that terms expire on a staggered basis. Adds the following to the commission's duties: (1) Establish baseline data regarding the number of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment and set annual goals for increasing the percentage of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. (2) Identify and resolve barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.  (3) Analyze federal, state, and local agency policies concerning the provision of services to individuals with disabilities, including the impact of those policies on opportunities for competitive integrated employment, and recommend changes to state policies. (4) Assist state agencies in the implementation of the policy concerning employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. (5) Provide an annual report to the governor and the rehabilitation services administration commissioner concerning the employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Fact Sheet: Senate Enrolled Act No. 11 (ABLE Accounts) - 03/21/2017

~~“What items or services can an ABLE account fund?Senate Enrolled Act No. 11, signed into law on March 21st, 2016, allows people with ABLE accounts to pay for qualified disability expenses, including:• Assistive technology• Education• Employment training and support• Healthcare• Housing• Transportation” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection - 03/10/2017

~~“After thorough review and evaluation, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is seeking approval through an amendment to the Unified State Plan to implement a process called “order of selection” for Indiana’s VR program. Once approved and implemented, VR will prioritize individuals with the most significant disabilities to receive services. A state VR agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Indiana will be the 35th state to implement this process, which must be used to prioritize consumer services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). BRS anticipates implementing the order of selection by the end of the current federal fiscal year, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Medicaid Waiver Hiatus - 09/01/2016

~~“The Division of Aging (DA) is continuing the hiatus for Adult Day Service, Adult Family Care and Structured Day Program provider applications through approximately April 30, 2017. 

Effective March 6, 2017, the DA is lifting the hiatus for Assisted Living providers that are NOT presumed institutional, i.e. those that are free-standing, not co-located with a nursing facility and do not have a secure memory care unit.

The DA is not lifting the hiatus for providers that have been identified as presumed institutional.  The hiatus for presumed institutional Assisted Living providers will continue until further notice.

During the hiatus, DA will continue to process changes of ownership for providers.

The purpose of the hiatus is to allow the DA time to develop a transition plan for Home and Community-Based Services following the March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule. This CMS rule requires states to ensure that all Medicaid Waiver services are delivered in settings that meet the requirements of a home and community-based setting.

For additional details regarding the CMS rule and the DA’s implementation please visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm.”

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

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration “FAQ CMS Final Rule Impact on Non-Residential Services in Indiana” - 08/31/2016

“Sometimes referred to as the HCBS settings rule, the rule impacts all HCBS waiver programs administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). The context of this FAQ addresses impact of the rule only on the Family Supports (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waivers serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The FSW and CIH waivers are administered by the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS).”

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

Indiana Government “Guidelines for Disclosure ” - 07/22/2016

“When an individual discloses, he or she is intentionally releasing personal information about him or herself for a specific purpose. Some personal information, such as one’s Social Security number, banking records, or medical records may be important to keep confidential. It is important to keep in mind that the decision to disclose is a personal one and should be helpful to the individual. Remember that it is not essential that a person with a disability divulge all personal information about his or her disability. What is most important and helpful is to provide information about how his or her disability affects his or her capacity to learn and perform effectively, and the environment, supports, and services he or she will need in order to access, participate in, and excel in his or her job, studies, and community. The person with a disability must decide what and how much of this sensitive information is necessary to reveal in order to obtain the needed accommodations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services “2016-08 Provision of Pre-Employment Transition services awardees - 07/22/2016

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is pleased to announce that several area providers have been awarded funding for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities, beginning in October 2016… The awarded providers, along with various partner organizations, will provide Pre-Employment Transition services to students with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana. The specific services being offered include job exploration counseling, work- based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for postsecondary education, workplace readiness training and instruction in self-advocacy. The nine providers awarded were selected from among 22 respondents to a request for funding Each awarded provider is collaborating with several other VR service providers in each respective geographic area, ensuring that Pre-Employment Transition services are widely available to students with disabilities

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The State of Employment First in Indiana - 07/01/2016

~~“For the last two years IN-APSE has been working with Indiana legislators, state entities, providers, and individuals with disabilities to create Employment first legislation. This law would make it the policy of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.

In March 2016, The Indiana Senate voted approval to Senate Resolution 39 to establish a study group on Employment First. Exciting News!! The Study Group was approved in May thanks to all of your help in reaching out  to the Indiana House and Senate Leadership to let them know you support a study group to make sure Indiana has a plan for community employment for Hoosiers with Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
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SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 390, Concerning the Membership of the Commission on Rehabilitation Services.” - 04/13/2017

~~This act “ increases the number of members and changes the membership of the commission on rehabilitation services (commission). Makes changes in the terms of service of commission members and requires the governor to specify each member's term of service to ensure that terms expire on a staggered basis. Adds the following to the commission's duties: (1) Establish baseline data regarding the number of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment and set annual goals for increasing the percentage of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. (2) Identify and resolve barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.  (3) Analyze federal, state, and local agency policies concerning the provision of services to individuals with disabilities, including the impact of those policies on opportunities for competitive integrated employment, and recommend changes to state policies. (4) Assist state agencies in the implementation of the policy concerning employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. (5) Provide an annual report to the governor and the rehabilitation services administration commissioner concerning the employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Indiana ABLE Legislation S.B. 11 - 07/01/2016

ABLE savings accounts for persons with a disability.  This bill creates the “achieving a better life experience” (ABLE) authority (authority).  Establishes the ABLE board (board) of the authority.  Provides that the authority may establish a qualified ABLE program under which a person may make contributions for a table year for the benefit of an eligible individual with a disability to an ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary in compliance with federal law.  Sets forth duties and powers of the authority and the board. Establishes a general operating fund, endowment fund, and trust fund.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Resolution No. 39 – “Employment First” - 03/08/2016

~~“Be it resolved by the Senate of the 14General Assembly of the State of Indiana:SECTION 1. That the Indiana Senate urges the legislative council to assign the topic of an Employment First Program, which promotes and expands quality, community employment outcomes for all people with disabilities to an appropriate study committee.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

IN 2015 Senate Resolution 38 - 04/15/2015

“A SENATE RESOLUTION urging the legislative council to assign the topic of an Employment First Program, which promotes and expands quality, community employment outcomes for all people with disabilities to an appropriate study committee.”

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Fact Sheet: Senate Enrolled Act No. 11 (ABLE Accounts) - 03/21/2017

~~“What items or services can an ABLE account fund?Senate Enrolled Act No. 11, signed into law on March 21st, 2016, allows people with ABLE accounts to pay for qualified disability expenses, including:• Assistive technology• Education• Employment training and support• Healthcare• Housing• Transportation” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection - 03/10/2017

~~“After thorough review and evaluation, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is seeking approval through an amendment to the Unified State Plan to implement a process called “order of selection” for Indiana’s VR program. Once approved and implemented, VR will prioritize individuals with the most significant disabilities to receive services. A state VR agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Indiana will be the 35th state to implement this process, which must be used to prioritize consumer services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). BRS anticipates implementing the order of selection by the end of the current federal fiscal year, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services “2016-08 Provision of Pre-Employment Transition services awardees - 07/22/2016

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is pleased to announce that several area providers have been awarded funding for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities, beginning in October 2016… The awarded providers, along with various partner organizations, will provide Pre-Employment Transition services to students with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana. The specific services being offered include job exploration counseling, work- based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for postsecondary education, workplace readiness training and instruction in self-advocacy. The nine providers awarded were selected from among 22 respondents to a request for funding Each awarded provider is collaborating with several other VR service providers in each respective geographic area, ensuring that Pre-Employment Transition services are widely available to students with disabilities

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The State of Employment First in Indiana - 07/01/2016

~~“For the last two years IN-APSE has been working with Indiana legislators, state entities, providers, and individuals with disabilities to create Employment first legislation. This law would make it the policy of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.

In March 2016, The Indiana Senate voted approval to Senate Resolution 39 to establish a study group on Employment First. Exciting News!! The Study Group was approved in May thanks to all of your help in reaching out  to the Indiana House and Senate Leadership to let them know you support a study group to make sure Indiana has a plan for community employment for Hoosiers with Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

“Modifications to Employment Service Revisions: Discovery service code modifications ” Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - 06/01/2016

In order to simplify and streamline the authorization process for Discovery Services, VR is reducing the number of separate service codes for select Discovery activities Effective immediately, the separate service codes for Vocational Testing ’(01-44), ‘Job Shadow’ (53-09), “Situational Assessment’ (53-02), and ‘Other Discovery Activities’(53-10), will be authorized under a single service code. The service code to be used for all four of these activities is 53-10 ‘Discovery Activities. ’ These changes are being made to reduce the volume of authorizations, and to streamline the tracking and billing of authorized services. BRS continues to emphasize that Discovery activities should be purposeful and individualized, based on the needs of each consumer . Therefore, all Discovery activities, including Vocational Testing, Job Shadow and Situational Assessment, will continue to be outlined individually on the Employment Service Referral form . Also, VR wil l continue to request these specific Discovery activities, as appropriate for each individual, when issuing authorizations for services under service code 53-10 ‘Discovery Activities. Additionally, the distinct definitions and expectations for each of these Discovery Activities, as currently outlined in the VR Employment service manual, will remain. CRPs will be required to continue to document these separate activities utilizing the Discovery profile.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, Pre-Employment Transition Services Request for Funding - 05/20/2016

On May 9, 2016, The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) released a funding opportunity to approved Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Employment service providers who have a current VR provider agreement. The Request for Funding (RFF) is for the provision of Pre -Employment Transition Services (PETS) as described in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), for students with disabilities between the ages of 14 22 years of age who are eligible, or potentially eligible, for VR services

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

Indiana Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements: 2015 Draft - 02/11/2011

“Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor that outlines a four-year workforce development strategy for the State’s workforce development system. The publicly-funded workforce system is a national network of Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and organizations that provide a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Guiding Employment First In Indiana: A Statewide Plan - 02/02/2011

“In January 2010, the Indiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) began formal work to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to improve the employment services systems for individuals with disabilities (IWD). The MIG is a federal grant that works to remove barriers to employment for this population. In Indiana the MIG is working toward changes that will allow IWD to work to their fullest potential, which could include moving out of poverty.…. Increasing employment for IWD to levels comparable to non-disabled individuals will drive the state forward in commerce, reduce reliance on federal and state entitlement programs, increase tax revenues, and bring individuals out of poverty. Under the advisement of a statewide Leadership Council, the Indiana Comprehensive Employment Strategic Plan outlines a roadmap for integrated employment services for Hoosiers with disabilities through 2015.”

  The Strategic Plan lists needs, outcomes, and objectives in four priority areas.  1. Improving access to healthcare for employees with disabilities; 2. Engaging businesses in the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities; 3. Developing and enhancing the work incentives planning infrastructure, including financial literacy and asset development; and 4. Improving supported employment services so individuals can acquire, keep, and advance in competitive, integrated employment.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Indiana IEP Resource Center

~~“A balanced and robust menu of professional development opportunities are delivered via a variety of methods; specifically through face-to-face workshops and conferences, technical assistance in various formats, webinars, printed materials, virtual meetings and the IEPRC website. While most training events revolve around IEP Processes, additional professional development opportunities address co-teaching, inclusive practices and RtI.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana “Link-Age” ( ACL No Wrong Door)

Indiana's Aging and Disability Resource Centers coordinate information, referral and programmatic/financial eligibility determinations for older people and individuals with physical disabilities. The management information systems from the aging network and physical disabilities network will be integrated and internet-based to provide the foundation for statewide expansion of the Resource Centers. Link-age provides information and assistance to persons age 50 and over and their familes and care givers including “Age 55+ Employment info”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center – University of Indiana Bloomington

“We create and enhance professional development activities and resources to support teachers and, ultimately, students with disabilities, as they transition from school to their adult lives, working and participating in their communities, jobs and/or postsecondary education.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities “State Plan”

“Every five years, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is required by federal law to develop a 5-year strategic plan, outlining goals, objectives and specific activities that will be implemented each year of the plan. With public input and guidance from the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, the state plan is developed in accordance with requirements of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act). The 2017-2021 State Plan covers the time period from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2021. It addresses specific information required by the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and includes the Council's determination of areas of emphasis and resulting goals and objectives for the five-year time period. The Council must spend a minimum of 70 percent of its federal funding to address the Plan objectives. All programs and projects of the Council are to be conducted in a manner that respects individual differences and cultural diversity.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Family & Social Services Administration. (2011). Guiding Employment First in Indiana: A statewide plan for systems change.

“The organizations primarily represented in the strategic planning process are leaders from state and federal agencies, consumer and advocacy agencies, provider organizations and MIG project partners. …This plan will be implemented beginning in 2011 through 2015…By providing avenues of communication and convening high-level leadership within state agency divisions, the plan provides the opportunity to align initiatives, reduce duplication of effort and address goals for employment of individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies

Project Search

The High School Transition Program is a one-year internship program for students with disabilities, in their last year of high school. It is targeted for students whose goal is competitive employment. The program takes place in a healthcare, government or business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills. Students participate in three internships to explore a variety of career paths. The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher and Rehabilitation Services Administration to create an employment goal and support the student during this important transition from school to work.

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

Indiana Developmental Disability Stakeholder Workgroup 2012 Report

“The Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has long shown commitment to supporting Hoosiers with developmental disabilities. To fulfill the charge of the 2011 Indiana General Assembly, DDRS convened a stakeholder workgroup to discuss the topics defined in Section 144 of HEA 1001 as well as a broader scope of program areas administered by the division. This document summarizes research, data and trends, group discussions, outcomes, and next steps. Noting the ongoing challenges faced by all who support this population, the workgroup embraced this opportunity to positively alter the outcomes of individuals receiving services while reducing overall program costs. After much discussion, the workgroup identified three recurring themes:  • Increase employment for persons with disabilities  • Keep the family unit together longer  • Serve high-cost/high-needs individuals appropriately and as cost-effectively as possible”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Governor’s Council for People With Disabilities

“The Indiana Governor's Council is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Our mission is to advance the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and advocacy.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Indiana 2005 Employment First Coalition: Employment First—Investing in Success

“On September 29, 2005, the Employment First Coalition brought together Leaders of Government, Business, Labor, Community and Education and the non-profit sectors to create a strategic plan ensuring employment is an outcome for all Hoosiers with disabilities.” This fact sheet provides a summary of the outcomes of the summit.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Indiana Government “Guidelines for Disclosure ” - 07/22/2016

“When an individual discloses, he or she is intentionally releasing personal information about him or herself for a specific purpose. Some personal information, such as one’s Social Security number, banking records, or medical records may be important to keep confidential. It is important to keep in mind that the decision to disclose is a personal one and should be helpful to the individual. Remember that it is not essential that a person with a disability divulge all personal information about his or her disability. What is most important and helpful is to provide information about how his or her disability affects his or her capacity to learn and perform effectively, and the environment, supports, and services he or she will need in order to access, participate in, and excel in his or her job, studies, and community. The person with a disability must decide what and how much of this sensitive information is necessary to reveal in order to obtain the needed accommodations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

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 2012, Indiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
Citations

Indiana Employment First Systems Change Statewide Plan (2011-2015) - 02/11/2011

“Through the use of MIG funds, Indiana has made a number of improvements to the state’s infrastructure supporting employment of IWD. While Indiana has been a leader in many aspects of employment supports and the use of innovative practices, the state realizes that ongoing efforts are necessary to improve employment outcomes, economic outlook and the overall well-being of IWD". 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Indiana Money Follows the Person Grant

“The MFP program is funded through a grant from the federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The MFP program was developed to help states move individuals from institutional settings to home and community-based settings. Indiana was approved for the MFP program in 2007 and since that time has focused on assisting eligible persons to leave institutional care by providing services for individuals to live safely in their community.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Indiana APSE 2017 Conference - 11/08/2017

~~The 27th Annual In-APSE Conference will take place November 8thand 9th 2017 in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with IN-APSE professionals from across the state.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“Up to $20 Million in Grants Available Through Department of Workforce Development’s Skill UP Indiana! Program” - 06/05/2017

~~“The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) employer-driven Skill UP Indiana! Program is about to enter round three. At stake over a two-year period is a pool of up to $20 million in grant funding that is being made available to financially support Innovation Networks to provide more and better avenues for skill-specific training and certification.

“’We often hear from employers who tell us they cannot find qualified candidates to fill open high-wage, high demand positions,’” said Steve Braun, DWD Commissioner. ‘“The goal of Skill UP Indiana! is to encourage regional networks and industry partnerships that meet these employer needs through training, education and certification.’””

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

A Guide to Community Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) - 06/15/2015

“If you are interested in employment, VRS is a good place to start. This guide will help you learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation Services [Vocational Rehabilitation Services], what to expect, and how to prepare so that you have the right supports to find the job that is best for you.”

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

Indiana Day and Employment Services and Outcomes System (DESOS): 2014 Report - 07/20/2014

“The Indiana Day and Employment Services and Outcomes System (DESOS) is an annual compilation of data pertaining to people with disabilities who are receiving supports from adult service providers. The report gives us a “snapshot” data view, answering questions about where thousands of individuals throughout Indiana are spending the majority of their day; what types of work they may be doing; and the outcomes they are achieving related to employment, specifically wages and hours worked.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

ADA Indiana Webinar “Reaching Employers about Disability Inclusiveness: The Just-in-Time Program”

From the Northeast ADA Center More than 25 years after the passing of the ADA, people with disabilities still face barriers and discrimination in employment. One key to bringing about change lies in creating more powerful approaches to reaching employers. The Just-in-Time (JIT) Program is based on the idea that we need to reach those key players who are most likely to make decisions that impact the employment lives of people with disabilities: Managers and supervisors. During this session, we will review research on employment discrimination, provide an overview of the JIT Program and discuss our evaluation findings

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services In*Source Training

HCBS Final Rule Two important aspects to this Rule: -The Person-Centered Planning Process is key! - All HCBS settings need to provide for: –Opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings –Engagement in community life –Control of personal resources –Opportunity to receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment, a series of short films, celebrates seven unique individuals who prove that hi]ring people with developmental disabilities is "Good for Business, Good for People & Good for the Economy." The films were produced for the The Arc of Indiana by filmmaker Ken Oguss, with support from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Indiana 2015 Conference for People with Disabilities

The Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities hosted its annual Conference for People with Disabilities. The weblink provides information on the many conference topics including employment and the PowerPoint slides presented at each session.

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

Indiana Employment First Initiative

This PowerPoint presentation describes Employment First principles and steps for individuals with disabilities to take to access employment resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS): Employment Service Revisions (Spring 2015)

This training reviews the revisions made to the Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services’ policies on rate reform, employment services, assessments and documentation, with a number of case studies. It emphasizes the incorporation of Discovery into their core services.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

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Medicaid Waiver Hiatus - 09/01/2016

~~“The Division of Aging (DA) is continuing the hiatus for Adult Day Service, Adult Family Care and Structured Day Program provider applications through approximately April 30, 2017. 

Effective March 6, 2017, the DA is lifting the hiatus for Assisted Living providers that are NOT presumed institutional, i.e. those that are free-standing, not co-located with a nursing facility and do not have a secure memory care unit.

The DA is not lifting the hiatus for providers that have been identified as presumed institutional.  The hiatus for presumed institutional Assisted Living providers will continue until further notice.

During the hiatus, DA will continue to process changes of ownership for providers.

The purpose of the hiatus is to allow the DA time to develop a transition plan for Home and Community-Based Services following the March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule. This CMS rule requires states to ensure that all Medicaid Waiver services are delivered in settings that meet the requirements of a home and community-based setting.

For additional details regarding the CMS rule and the DA’s implementation please visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm.”

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

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration “FAQ CMS Final Rule Impact on Non-Residential Services in Indiana” - 08/31/2016

“Sometimes referred to as the HCBS settings rule, the rule impacts all HCBS waiver programs administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). The context of this FAQ addresses impact of the rule only on the Family Supports (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waivers serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The FSW and CIH waivers are administered by the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS).”

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

Indiana HCBS Statewide Transition Plan Amended - 07/01/2016

~~“In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published regulations to better define the settings in which states can provide Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The HCBS final rule became effective March 17, 2014. The HCBS settings final rule, along with additional guidance and fact sheets, is available on the CMS Home and Community-Based Services site.The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that members receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to review current HCBS programs and to develop a transition plan providing an assessment, strategies and timelines for compliance with the new rules.The programs currently under review include 1915(c) HCBS Waivers and 1915(i) HCBS State Plan programs operated by the following divisions within the Family and Social Services Administration.”

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

Indiana Statewide HCBS Transition Plan - 12/10/2014

“Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated and that support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS. These changes will maximize the opportunities for participants in HCBS programs to have access to the benefits of community living and to receive services in the most integrated setting. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has created a Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule as it relates to all FSSA HCBS programs. States must be in full compliance with the federal requirements by the time frame approved in the Statewide Transition Plan but no later than March 17, 2019.”

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

IN Community Integration and Habilitation (0378.R03.00) - 10/01/2014

Provides adult day, prevocational, rent and food for unrelated live-in caregiver, residential hab and support, respite, supported employment follow along, OT, PT, psychological therapy, speech/language therapy, adult foster care, behavioral support, community based hab-group, community based hab-individual, community transition, electronic monitoring, environmental mods, facility based hab-group, facility based hab-individual, facility based support services, family and caregiver training, intensive behavior intervention, music therapy, PERS, recreational therapy, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, workplace assistance for individuals w/autism, ID, DD ages 0 - no max age.

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

IN Traumatic Brain Injury (4197.R03.00) - 01/01/2013

Provides adult day, attendant care, case management, homemaker, residential based hab, respite, structured day program, supported employment, adult family care, behavior management/behavior program and counseling, community transition, environmental mods, health care coordination, home delivered meals, nutritional supplements, PERS, pest control, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/brain injury ages 0 - no max age.

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

Indiana Employment First Systems Change Statewide Plan (2011-2015) - 02/11/2011

“Through the use of MIG funds, Indiana has made a number of improvements to the state’s infrastructure supporting employment of IWD. While Indiana has been a leader in many aspects of employment supports and the use of innovative practices, the state realizes that ongoing efforts are necessary to improve employment outcomes, economic outlook and the overall well-being of IWD."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

IN Family Support Services (0387.R02.00) - 04/01/2010

Provides adult day, case management, prevocational, respite, supported employment follow along, OT, PT, psychological therapy, speech/language therapy, behavioral support services, community based hab-group, community based hab-individual, facility based hab-group, facility based hab-individual, facility based support services, family and caregiver training, intensive behavioral intervention, music therapy, participant assistance and care, PERS, recreational therapy, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, workplace assistance for individuals w/autism, MR, DD ages 0 - no max age.

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

Notice of Public Comment Period for Statewide Transition Plan

“Notice is hereby given that the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) will submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) a revision to Indiana's Statewide Transition Plan for compliance with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) regulations of 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5) and Section 441.710(a)(1)-(2). Additional information on the Statewide Transition Plan for compliance with the federal regulations of 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5) and Section 441.710(a)(1)-(2) can also be found at http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm .”

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

Indiana Money Follows the Person

“The MFP program is funded through a grant from the federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The MFP program was developed to help states move individuals from institutional settings to home and community-based settings. Indiana was approved for the MFP program in 2007 and since that time has focused on assisting eligible persons to leave institutional care by providing services for individuals to live safely in their community.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

Start your engines for fast paced jobs in the Crossroads of America! The state of Indiana is ready for workers with disabilities to cross the finish line of career success! 

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.

State VR Rates and Services list not yet available.

2015 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,619,680
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
477,559
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
170,050
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.61%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.92%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 6,619,680
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 477,559
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 170,050
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,756,382
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.92%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 436,922
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 462,067
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 775,339
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 84,405
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 31,504
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,679
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,063
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 19,766
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 10,595

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,215
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 208,908

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,466
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 33,640
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 78,175
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,249
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,367
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,143
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 10,590
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,197
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 640
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 53.00%
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. 9.67

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,735
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 301,463
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $3,916,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $17,704,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $25,922,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $42,738,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 14.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 10,251
Number of people served in facility based work. 4,597
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 6,448
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 28.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 70.55%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.55%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 80.16%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 35.68%
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). 62.81%
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). 83.92%
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). 27.13%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,825,018
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,360
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 238,730
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 283,720
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 522,451
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 515
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 258
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 773
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,426,931
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,636,380

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 33
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 33
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,437
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,437

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First (IN-APSE): BRS and IN-APSE share a common mission in that competitive, integrated employment should be the first and preferred option for all individuals with disabilities. BRS participates in IN-APSE events including the annual IN-APSE conference, and BRS staff regularly participate in planning as well as presenting at the conference. The IN-APSE statement on Employment First is based on several underlying principles including a presumption that all work age adults and youth with disabilities can work in jobs fully integrated with the general workforce, earning minimum wage or higher; and that employees with disabilities, as with all other individuals, require assistance and support to ensure job success and should have access to adequate, long term supports necessary to succeed in the workplace. These underlying principles are very much in line with BRS priorities, especially in light of WIOA and enhanced requirements to ensure that individuals receiving counseling, information and referral regarding alternatives to subminimum wage employment. (Page 164)
 VR in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) established a Statewide Transition Alliance to identify and address the barriers that continue to impact students, and develop and implement strategies and services to make the transition successful for students and youth with disabilities. The Transition Alliance will establish a work plan with the basis of the work plan created using the Transition to Careers Subcommittee Chapter recommendations (one of the four created by the full Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID)). The Statewide Transition Alliance includes representation from a wide range of key partners and stakeholders, including the following: VR, DOE, local educational agencies’ school personnel and administrators, Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services (BDDS), the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Department of Corrections, Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education, Center for Education & Career Innovation, Community Mental Health Centers, First Steps, Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First (INAPSE), Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF), Indiana Institute of Disability and Community (IIDC), parent representation, the Arc of Indiana, INSOURCE, and other family advocacy groups. (Page 167)

Customized Employment

~~In the fall of 2015, VR staff and staff of community rehabilitation programs (CRP) were surveyed as to their training needs. Surveys were received from 622 individuals – 60% were from CRP personnel and 28% from VR staff.
The top five General Employment needs were identified as:
• Discovery process – in–depth training
• Understanding supported employment
• Job–readiness training
• Understanding the difference between supported and customized employment
• Understanding how to fund employment services (Page 198)
Goal 2: VR Supported Employment providers will increase knowledge and skills on the provision of supported employment services, including greater understanding and focus on development of natural supports, job readiness training techniques, customized employment, and appropriate fading of supports. (Page 211)
With the employment service changes, VR has collaborated with IIDC and Griffin and Hammis to provide additional training and technical assistance to Community Rehabilitation Providers and VR in the area of Discovery statewide. The training focused on Discovery, which is an individualized information gathering process that will guide employment services for the consumer. The training provided a framework to develop and implement a person-centered employment plan. While Discovery is important for many consumers, it is critical for consumers with the most significant disabilities and has an impact on their supported employment needs. Interagency collaboration will aim to increase the quality of SE services, including customized employment, and ensure appropriate extended services are appropriately utilized when necessary for long-term supports. (Page 212)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~• Wagner Peyser staff and labor exchange services are co-located in WorkOne centers, thus Title I and III programs are already completely coordinated.
• Indiana has had tremendous outcomes for both the WorkINdiana and HIRE programs.
• VR staff are community based, sharing office space with TANF and WorkONE, but also meeting their clients in the community to ensure accessibility of services.
• The state is braiding TANF funding with other state and federal dollars to assist with funding the JAG, HIRE, WorkINdiana and Serve Indiana programs. (Page 24)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~DWD will develop marketing materials made available through a broad range of media, (i.e., online, print, and social media), to promote universal access and equal opportunity for adults and youth with disabilities. The marketing materials will include positive images of people with disabilities and the types of available services, assistance, and accommodations provided in the WorkOne offices. Additionally, DWD will continue to enhance the Job Seekers with Disabilities website, http://www.in.gov/dwd/2416.htm, to include resources for both job seekers and employers. (Page 84)
7. The State has taken the appropriate action to be in compliance with WIOA section 188, Nondiscrimination, as applicable; Yes (Page 88)
DWD will conduct training for One-stop office staff, (including youth staff), to better understand the different types of disabilities, how to handle issues of disclosure and disability identification with sensitivity at program intake, and how to determine the most effective mix of services and referrals to make when a disability is identified. These trainings will be presented by subject matter experts and include such topics as: federal, state, and local disability policies; identifying barriers/hidden disabilities; disability awareness and etiquette; website accessibility; providing reasonable accommodations; assistive technology accommodations and resources; Section 503 for federal contractors; and simulation training. VR, Mental Health Centers, and the Department of Correction will also be invited to attend these events and asked to present on relevant topics. Disability Resource Coordinators sustained through Indiana’s Disability Employment Initiative (IN-DEI) grant will be utilized as subject matter experts in the field and also assist with training staff on serving individuals with disabilities. Best practices will be identified by these coordinators and shared with the WDBs for implementation when appropriate. (Page 84)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~DWD will conduct training for One-stop office staff, (including youth staff), to better understand the different types of disabilities, how to handle issues of disclosure and disability identification with sensitivity at program intake, and how to determine the most effective mix of services and referrals to make when a disability is identified. These trainings will be presented by subject matter experts and include such topics as: federal, state, and local disability policies; identifying barriers/hidden disabilities; disability awareness and etiquette; website accessibility; providing reasonable accommodations; assistive technology accommodations and resources; Section 503 for federal contractors; and simulation training. VR, Mental Health Centers, and the Department of Correction will also be invited to attend these events and asked to present on relevant topics. Disability Resource Coordinators sustained through Indiana’s Disability Employment Initiative (IN-DEI) grant will be utilized as subject matter experts in the field and also assist with training staff on serving individuals with disabilities. Best practices will be identified by these coordinators and shared with the WDBs for implementation when appropriate. (Page 84)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~• STRATEGY 1.4: Ensure the culture of the One Stop system promotes knowledge transfer across partner programs, such that staff embraces the “no wrong door” philosophy and is capable of providing information on services across programs and making appropriate referrals.

 Provide training to current staff on services across programs
 Develop cross training materials that can be used in the future on new hires
 In Region 11, DWD and VR are working on a Pilot to have a subject matter expert on WorkOne services in the VR office and to have a subject expert on VR services in the WorkOne office. Common referrals and communication channels are being established between the offices and staff training is being conducted so the entire VR or WorkOne office will be cross trained. (Page 42)
Additional suggestions regarding services to youth with disabilities included looking at best practices from a School-to-work pilot project utilizing career coaches in schools and providing work experiences prior to a student’s exit from school.
VR Response: VR continues to facilitate a Statewide Transition Workgroup and will address these recommendations with the group. VR has implemented modifications to the VR employment service model and Discovery services. One of the changes is increased access to work experiences by all VR consumers, including youth. Discussions are already underway between the VR Director and the DWD Youth program directors. Both parties are very interested in better collaboration on programs such as Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). (Page 158)
Training is provided through a variety of modalities, including statewide symposiums, regional trainings, webinars, and in-person workshops. VR continues to collaborate with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) in coordination of joint trainings to better serve shared consumers as well. In 2015, VR and DWD determined a need for cross-training and identification of subject-matter experts in each of the DWD WorkOne offices and the VR area offices statewide. A pilot group of subject matter experts came together for initial training in July 2015 and this group has been meeting regularly to work collaboratively in joint efforts to better serve consumers.
VR maintains the ability to communicate with VR consumers in their preferred mode of communication in a variety of ways. VR staff access and coordinate foreign language translation, ASL communication, Communication Access Real Time (CART), etc. whenever needed. To ensure communication services are available despite a shortage of some providers (i.e. ASL interpreters, CART providers), VR has increased utilization of remote interpreting services. Publications and brochures are available in large print and Spanish versions. VR has VR Counselors that cover population-specific caseloads including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, individuals with low vision, and individuals with a traumatic brain injury. VR seeks candidates with some fluency in ASL for Counselor positions covering a caseload of consumers with hearing loss. Virtual ASL training was piloted in 2015 for interested staff as well. (Page 185)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Commission also suggested that further exploration is necessary on the provision of work experience services to students, including those working toward a High School diploma. Financial literacy and self-disclosure are also important issues for individuals with disabilities and VR is encouraged to ensure resources are in place to meet these needs. (Page185)
• Educating school personnel including special education teachers, guidance counselors and transition coordinators about services offered through WIOA partners, including WorkOne services. (Page 190)
 

Benefits

~~BENEFITS COUNSELING
VR should continue to support benefits counseling as this is a key concern for families. It was recommended that benefits counseling resources and knowledge be shared across WIOA core partners. This could be achieved through collaboration with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grants, through education and training of WIOA partners, and be exploring the availability of benefits counseling in the local Work One centers.
VR Response: VR plans to continue to support benefits counseling through the funding of the Benefits Information Network (BIN), and agrees that counseling on the impact of working on benefits and available federal and state work incentives is critical in helping consumers to make informed choices about working and in working toward self-sufficiency. VR will include discussion on the importance of benefits counseling in conversations with WIOA partners.
VR should continue to support benefits counseling as this is a key concern for families. It was recommended that benefits counseling resources and knowledge be shared across WIOA core partners. This could be achieved through collaboration with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grants, through education and training of WIOA partners, and be exploring the availability of benefits counseling in the local Work One centers. (Page 157)
Through a contract, the Indiana Institute of Disability and Community provides training and consultation to all employment services providers, including mental health centers and VR staff regarding employment for people with disabilities, including a focus on mental health. There are approximately 25 CMHCs across the State that are community rehabilitation providers. DMHA continues to promote employment for persons with mental illness by including employment and career planning as measures in consumer services reviews. VR Leadership meets quarterly with the Mental Health Employment Council to discuss new initiatives and identify how initiatives, such as the recent Employment Service Model Revisions, impact CMHC’s and consumers with mental illness. CMHC employment staff also serve on the Employment Service workgroup.
Social Security Administration (SSA): VR collaborates with SSA on Ticket-To-Work. VR continues to support the Indiana’s Benefits Information Network (BIN) to ensure that beneficiaries receive appropriate benefits planning and education on utilizing work incentives to work toward self-sufficiency. (Page 162)
VR has provided education and outreach regarding Indiana’s Medicaid buy-in program (called M.E.D. Works) to increase access to competitive, integrated employment for individuals with disabilities receiving Medicaid. Through the VR-funded Benefits Information Network (BIN), VR consumers also receive information about M.E.D. Works and how this program can enable them to both work and maintain their needed Medicaid benefits. The BIN process also educates VR consumers to make overall informed choices about working, providing education not only about the impact on Medicaid, but also the impact on other federal and state benefits, and the use of federal and state work incentives to assist in achieving gainful employment. (Page 176)
The percentage of non–institutionalized persons, aged 21 to 64 years with a disability, who were receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in 2013 was 17.7% in Indiana and 18.9% for the U.S.
Nationally, in December 2012, of the 8,262,877 individuals who received federally administered payments from the SSI program, 1,156,188 were eligible based on age (65 or older), 67,725 were eligible based on blindness, and 7,038,964 were eligible based on disability. In Indiana, of the 124,998 individuals who received SSI, 873 were eligible based on blindness and 118,655 were eligible based on disability. (Page 188)
Indiana has a Benefits Information Network (BIN) of certified liaisons that assists individuals in assessing the impact of employment on benefits. During the year July 2014 – June 2015, 1,394 BIN plans were completed. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) at Indiana University conducted eight trainings with 184 Certified BIN liaisons and 14 certified Community Work Incentive Counselors. Indiana VR purchases this assessment of benefits through the trained liaisons. (Page 190)
 

School to Work Transition

~~Vocational Rehabilitation is an engaged partner to increase educational access to job-seekers that may need VR services and supports to be successful in other state and federal programs. VR is able to provide services to assist with barriers stemming from an individual’s disability that assists in access to existing programs or aids in successfully completing a program. VR is working with State programs, like JAG and local educational agencies, to identify ways to collaborate to serve student and youth populations through pre-employment transition services. Project SEARCH is a VR program that is a worksite-based school-to-work program that provides employment and education opportunities for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The program benefits employers by increasing workforce diversity and reducing recruitment and training costs. Many employers experience improved job retention, enhanced community image and increased customer satisfaction. Additionally, the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (http://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/4901.htm) provides entrepreneurial opportunities for legally blind clients of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). These blind entrepreneurs manage a wide variety of food-service operations, including cafeterias, coffee shops, vending locations, and highway area vending sites. Through this program, blind individuals receive training and opportunities to become productive, tax-paying citizens and independent business owners. (Page 19)
Additional suggestions regarding services to youth with disabilities included looking at best practices from a School-to-work pilot project utilizing career coaches in schools and providing work experiences prior to a student’s exit from school.
VR Response: VR continues to facilitate a Statewide Transition Workgroup and will address these recommendations with the group. VR has implemented modifications to the VR employment service model and Discovery services. One of the changes is increased access to work experiences by all VR consumers, including youth. Discussions are already underway between the VR Director and the DWD Youth program directors. Both parties are very interested in better collaboration on programs such as Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). (Page 158)
VR has provided training on VR and its services to the Cadres and is attending the regularly scheduled cadre meetings to continue the joint collaboration. For more information please see: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/cadre-leaders. Through IIDC and a study entitled Effects of Embedded Employment Resources on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-age Youth, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, (Grant H133A130028), VR is working with IIDC through the five-year research project examining the effectiveness of a team approach to providing students with disabilities (those who have an IEP) with employment coaching and resources prior to leaving high school. These sites are referred to as the “Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative.” At the five designated sites across the state, career coaches are working with students and families, their Transition IEP teams, and a VR Counselor to ensure students have internship opportunities before they leave school. The collaborative site features the following benefits for participating students: collaboration of schools, VR, and community rehabilitation providers; single point of contact to be a liaison between VR and school personnel; personal student profile; immersed internship; student empowerment training; benefits planning; and family training. The outcomes of this research will provide data, information, and best practices that will continue to shape transition services, including pre-employment transition services for Indiana. For more information, please see: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/indiana-school-to-work-collaborative (Page 168)
The IPE will include pre-employment transition services when appropriate for transition students. The VR counselor will collaborate with the school staff to enable for a seamless transition to life after high school. Additionally VR is piloting having 3 dedicated VR Counselors for several Marion Co high schools to focus strictly on transition students having a caseload that is 100% transition. After evaluating the effectiveness of this pilot VR will consider expansion into other area offices. (Page 168)
VR counselors and/or area supervisors are involved in local transition councils if they exist in the community. Councils are made up of local stakeholders who are involved in the transition from school to work and adult life. Councils could include students/family, school personnel, service providers, etc. In addition, VR is responsible for providing written information to students and their families regarding adult services. This written information is available in both English and Spanish. (Page 170)
 

Data Collection

~~DWD and VR are in the process of building separate case management systems to meet their unique needs, but the agencies are working together to determine how the systems, once fully built, can interface. While DWD is in the beginning stages of working with a newly procured vendor, VR is almost 2 years into the process. VR’s system is under a larger umbrella of the Case Management for Social Services within Indiana’s Family Social Services Administration (FSSA). The purpose of the overarching FSSA system is to oversee and provide appropriate and timely services to all FSSA consumers being served in various programs. Additionally, the consolidated system shall enhance system integration, data integrity, and remove legacy systems. The VR portion of the project started February of 2014 and is presently gathering the current and future business state and processes. The VR portion requires improved efficiency to enhance the existing mobile and paperless work environment of VR field staff. Furthermore, VR will closely work with DWD to ensure appropriate system integration and data- sharing occurs to align resources, improve reporting processes and outcomes, and enhance the consumer’s experience. The ultimate goal is to have the Core programs working seamlessly together. (Page 59)
While Indiana’s formal comprehensive statewide needs assessment is conducted every three years, data is gathered on a continuous basis. It is a joint effort of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and the Commission on Rehabilitation Services (CRS). The Commission provides ongoing input, especially in the acquisition of satisfaction data. It also provides input into the development and content of the final report. Commission members have an opportunity to review and offer comments prior to the release of the triennial needs assessment. Indiana’s 2017 comprehensive statewide needs assessment reflects a synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data addressing the state’s overall vocational rehabilitation needs. The data collection techniques varied as well. They included review of demographic data for Indiana, feedback from the Commission on Rehabilitation Services, input from providers, VR staff, Workforce Development staff, WIOA partners, advocates, and consumers. (Page 187)
VR has reviewed the new performance accountability measures and begun discussions on how to capture new data elements in order to report on the new measures. The recent revisions to the VR Employment Services model were designed to improve the quality of employment outcomes, such as increasing wages, hours worked, and retention. It is expected that VR performance on these qualitative factors will begin to increase as a result. VR is in process of contracting with an entity to ensure appropriate data collection and evaluation of employment service revisions. (Page 217)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Small Business Administration (SBA): As consumers explore small business ventures, VR utilizes the resources available through local SBA facilities. SBA has specialized staff that frequently work with VR consumers on developing business plans. Consumers also participate in classes through SBA. There is a renewed and strengthened relationship with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of free, expert business mentors. Discussions have begun on increasing and strengthening the resources available for VR counselors when it comes to providing support to consumers who would like to begin a small business or become self-employed. (Page 164)
• Direct experience as an employer, as a small business owner or operator, or in self-employment, or other experience in human resources, recruitment, or experience in supervising employees, training, or other activities that provide experience in competitive integrated employment environments.(Page 182)
 

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~WDBs, through the IN-DEI grant, may continue to operate as Employment Networks (EN) and either offer benefits counseling in-house or work with their local Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) representative to provide benefits counseling to Social Security beneficiaries receiving SSI/SSDI. WDBs not currently operating as an EN will receive information and training about the benefits of the Ticket to Work Program and how to become an active EN.(Page 85)
WDBs, through the IN-DEI grant, may continue to operate as Employment Networks (EN) and either offer benefits counseling in-house or work with their local Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) representative to provide benefits counseling to Social Security beneficiaries receiving SSI/SSDI. WDBs not currently operating as an EN will receive information and training about the benefits of the Ticket to Work Program and how to become an active EN. (Page 88)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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Indiana APSE 2017 Conference - 11/08/2017

~~The 27th Annual In-APSE Conference will take place November 8thand 9th 2017 in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with IN-APSE professionals from across the state.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“Up to $20 Million in Grants Available Through Department of Workforce Development’s Skill UP Indiana! Program” - 06/05/2017

~~“The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) employer-driven Skill UP Indiana! Program is about to enter round three. At stake over a two-year period is a pool of up to $20 million in grant funding that is being made available to financially support Innovation Networks to provide more and better avenues for skill-specific training and certification.

“’We often hear from employers who tell us they cannot find qualified candidates to fill open high-wage, high demand positions,’” said Steve Braun, DWD Commissioner. ‘“The goal of Skill UP Indiana! is to encourage regional networks and industry partnerships that meet these employer needs through training, education and certification.’””

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 390, Concerning the Membership of the Commission on Rehabilitation Services.” - 04/13/2017

~~This act “ increases the number of members and changes the membership of the commission on rehabilitation services (commission). Makes changes in the terms of service of commission members and requires the governor to specify each member's term of service to ensure that terms expire on a staggered basis. Adds the following to the commission's duties: (1) Establish baseline data regarding the number of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment and set annual goals for increasing the percentage of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. (2) Identify and resolve barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.  (3) Analyze federal, state, and local agency policies concerning the provision of services to individuals with disabilities, including the impact of those policies on opportunities for competitive integrated employment, and recommend changes to state policies. (4) Assist state agencies in the implementation of the policy concerning employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. (5) Provide an annual report to the governor and the rehabilitation services administration commissioner concerning the employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Fact Sheet: Senate Enrolled Act No. 11 (ABLE Accounts) - 03/21/2017

~~“What items or services can an ABLE account fund?Senate Enrolled Act No. 11, signed into law on March 21st, 2016, allows people with ABLE accounts to pay for qualified disability expenses, including:• Assistive technology• Education• Employment training and support• Healthcare• Housing• Transportation” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection - 03/10/2017

~~“After thorough review and evaluation, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is seeking approval through an amendment to the Unified State Plan to implement a process called “order of selection” for Indiana’s VR program. Once approved and implemented, VR will prioritize individuals with the most significant disabilities to receive services. A state VR agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Indiana will be the 35th state to implement this process, which must be used to prioritize consumer services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). BRS anticipates implementing the order of selection by the end of the current federal fiscal year, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Medicaid Waiver Hiatus - 09/01/2016

~~“The Division of Aging (DA) is continuing the hiatus for Adult Day Service, Adult Family Care and Structured Day Program provider applications through approximately April 30, 2017. 

Effective March 6, 2017, the DA is lifting the hiatus for Assisted Living providers that are NOT presumed institutional, i.e. those that are free-standing, not co-located with a nursing facility and do not have a secure memory care unit.

The DA is not lifting the hiatus for providers that have been identified as presumed institutional.  The hiatus for presumed institutional Assisted Living providers will continue until further notice.

During the hiatus, DA will continue to process changes of ownership for providers.

The purpose of the hiatus is to allow the DA time to develop a transition plan for Home and Community-Based Services following the March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule. This CMS rule requires states to ensure that all Medicaid Waiver services are delivered in settings that meet the requirements of a home and community-based setting.

For additional details regarding the CMS rule and the DA’s implementation please visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm.”

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

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration “FAQ CMS Final Rule Impact on Non-Residential Services in Indiana” - 08/31/2016

“Sometimes referred to as the HCBS settings rule, the rule impacts all HCBS waiver programs administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). The context of this FAQ addresses impact of the rule only on the Family Supports (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waivers serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The FSW and CIH waivers are administered by the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS).”

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

Indiana Government “Guidelines for Disclosure ” - 07/22/2016

“When an individual discloses, he or she is intentionally releasing personal information about him or herself for a specific purpose. Some personal information, such as one’s Social Security number, banking records, or medical records may be important to keep confidential. It is important to keep in mind that the decision to disclose is a personal one and should be helpful to the individual. Remember that it is not essential that a person with a disability divulge all personal information about his or her disability. What is most important and helpful is to provide information about how his or her disability affects his or her capacity to learn and perform effectively, and the environment, supports, and services he or she will need in order to access, participate in, and excel in his or her job, studies, and community. The person with a disability must decide what and how much of this sensitive information is necessary to reveal in order to obtain the needed accommodations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services “2016-08 Provision of Pre-Employment Transition services awardees - 07/22/2016

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is pleased to announce that several area providers have been awarded funding for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities, beginning in October 2016… The awarded providers, along with various partner organizations, will provide Pre-Employment Transition services to students with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana. The specific services being offered include job exploration counseling, work- based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for postsecondary education, workplace readiness training and instruction in self-advocacy. The nine providers awarded were selected from among 22 respondents to a request for funding Each awarded provider is collaborating with several other VR service providers in each respective geographic area, ensuring that Pre-Employment Transition services are widely available to students with disabilities

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The State of Employment First in Indiana - 07/01/2016

~~“For the last two years IN-APSE has been working with Indiana legislators, state entities, providers, and individuals with disabilities to create Employment first legislation. This law would make it the policy of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.

In March 2016, The Indiana Senate voted approval to Senate Resolution 39 to establish a study group on Employment First. Exciting News!! The Study Group was approved in May thanks to all of your help in reaching out  to the Indiana House and Senate Leadership to let them know you support a study group to make sure Indiana has a plan for community employment for Hoosiers with Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
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SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 390, Concerning the Membership of the Commission on Rehabilitation Services.” - 04/13/2017

~~This act “ increases the number of members and changes the membership of the commission on rehabilitation services (commission). Makes changes in the terms of service of commission members and requires the governor to specify each member's term of service to ensure that terms expire on a staggered basis. Adds the following to the commission's duties: (1) Establish baseline data regarding the number of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment and set annual goals for increasing the percentage of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. (2) Identify and resolve barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.  (3) Analyze federal, state, and local agency policies concerning the provision of services to individuals with disabilities, including the impact of those policies on opportunities for competitive integrated employment, and recommend changes to state policies. (4) Assist state agencies in the implementation of the policy concerning employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. (5) Provide an annual report to the governor and the rehabilitation services administration commissioner concerning the employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Indiana ABLE Legislation S.B. 11 - 07/01/2016

ABLE savings accounts for persons with a disability.  This bill creates the “achieving a better life experience” (ABLE) authority (authority).  Establishes the ABLE board (board) of the authority.  Provides that the authority may establish a qualified ABLE program under which a person may make contributions for a table year for the benefit of an eligible individual with a disability to an ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary in compliance with federal law.  Sets forth duties and powers of the authority and the board. Establishes a general operating fund, endowment fund, and trust fund.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Resolution No. 39 – “Employment First” - 03/08/2016

~~“Be it resolved by the Senate of the 14General Assembly of the State of Indiana:SECTION 1. That the Indiana Senate urges the legislative council to assign the topic of an Employment First Program, which promotes and expands quality, community employment outcomes for all people with disabilities to an appropriate study committee.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

IN 2015 Senate Resolution 38 - 04/15/2015

“A SENATE RESOLUTION urging the legislative council to assign the topic of an Employment First Program, which promotes and expands quality, community employment outcomes for all people with disabilities to an appropriate study committee.”

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Fact Sheet: Senate Enrolled Act No. 11 (ABLE Accounts) - 03/21/2017

~~“What items or services can an ABLE account fund?Senate Enrolled Act No. 11, signed into law on March 21st, 2016, allows people with ABLE accounts to pay for qualified disability expenses, including:• Assistive technology• Education• Employment training and support• Healthcare• Housing• Transportation” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection - 03/10/2017

~~“After thorough review and evaluation, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is seeking approval through an amendment to the Unified State Plan to implement a process called “order of selection” for Indiana’s VR program. Once approved and implemented, VR will prioritize individuals with the most significant disabilities to receive services. A state VR agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Indiana will be the 35th state to implement this process, which must be used to prioritize consumer services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). BRS anticipates implementing the order of selection by the end of the current federal fiscal year, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services “2016-08 Provision of Pre-Employment Transition services awardees - 07/22/2016

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is pleased to announce that several area providers have been awarded funding for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities, beginning in October 2016… The awarded providers, along with various partner organizations, will provide Pre-Employment Transition services to students with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana. The specific services being offered include job exploration counseling, work- based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for postsecondary education, workplace readiness training and instruction in self-advocacy. The nine providers awarded were selected from among 22 respondents to a request for funding Each awarded provider is collaborating with several other VR service providers in each respective geographic area, ensuring that Pre-Employment Transition services are widely available to students with disabilities

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The State of Employment First in Indiana - 07/01/2016

~~“For the last two years IN-APSE has been working with Indiana legislators, state entities, providers, and individuals with disabilities to create Employment first legislation. This law would make it the policy of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.

In March 2016, The Indiana Senate voted approval to Senate Resolution 39 to establish a study group on Employment First. Exciting News!! The Study Group was approved in May thanks to all of your help in reaching out  to the Indiana House and Senate Leadership to let them know you support a study group to make sure Indiana has a plan for community employment for Hoosiers with Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

“Modifications to Employment Service Revisions: Discovery service code modifications ” Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - 06/01/2016

In order to simplify and streamline the authorization process for Discovery Services, VR is reducing the number of separate service codes for select Discovery activities Effective immediately, the separate service codes for Vocational Testing ’(01-44), ‘Job Shadow’ (53-09), “Situational Assessment’ (53-02), and ‘Other Discovery Activities’(53-10), will be authorized under a single service code. The service code to be used for all four of these activities is 53-10 ‘Discovery Activities. ’ These changes are being made to reduce the volume of authorizations, and to streamline the tracking and billing of authorized services. BRS continues to emphasize that Discovery activities should be purposeful and individualized, based on the needs of each consumer . Therefore, all Discovery activities, including Vocational Testing, Job Shadow and Situational Assessment, will continue to be outlined individually on the Employment Service Referral form . Also, VR wil l continue to request these specific Discovery activities, as appropriate for each individual, when issuing authorizations for services under service code 53-10 ‘Discovery Activities. Additionally, the distinct definitions and expectations for each of these Discovery Activities, as currently outlined in the VR Employment service manual, will remain. CRPs will be required to continue to document these separate activities utilizing the Discovery profile.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, Pre-Employment Transition Services Request for Funding - 05/20/2016

On May 9, 2016, The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) released a funding opportunity to approved Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Employment service providers who have a current VR provider agreement. The Request for Funding (RFF) is for the provision of Pre -Employment Transition Services (PETS) as described in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), for students with disabilities between the ages of 14 22 years of age who are eligible, or potentially eligible, for VR services

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

Indiana Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements: 2015 Draft - 02/11/2011

“Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor that outlines a four-year workforce development strategy for the State’s workforce development system. The publicly-funded workforce system is a national network of Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and organizations that provide a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Guiding Employment First In Indiana: A Statewide Plan - 02/02/2011

“In January 2010, the Indiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) began formal work to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to improve the employment services systems for individuals with disabilities (IWD). The MIG is a federal grant that works to remove barriers to employment for this population. In Indiana the MIG is working toward changes that will allow IWD to work to their fullest potential, which could include moving out of poverty.…. Increasing employment for IWD to levels comparable to non-disabled individuals will drive the state forward in commerce, reduce reliance on federal and state entitlement programs, increase tax revenues, and bring individuals out of poverty. Under the advisement of a statewide Leadership Council, the Indiana Comprehensive Employment Strategic Plan outlines a roadmap for integrated employment services for Hoosiers with disabilities through 2015.”

  The Strategic Plan lists needs, outcomes, and objectives in four priority areas.  1. Improving access to healthcare for employees with disabilities; 2. Engaging businesses in the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities; 3. Developing and enhancing the work incentives planning infrastructure, including financial literacy and asset development; and 4. Improving supported employment services so individuals can acquire, keep, and advance in competitive, integrated employment.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Indiana IEP Resource Center

~~“A balanced and robust menu of professional development opportunities are delivered via a variety of methods; specifically through face-to-face workshops and conferences, technical assistance in various formats, webinars, printed materials, virtual meetings and the IEPRC website. While most training events revolve around IEP Processes, additional professional development opportunities address co-teaching, inclusive practices and RtI.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana “Link-Age” ( ACL No Wrong Door)

Indiana's Aging and Disability Resource Centers coordinate information, referral and programmatic/financial eligibility determinations for older people and individuals with physical disabilities. The management information systems from the aging network and physical disabilities network will be integrated and internet-based to provide the foundation for statewide expansion of the Resource Centers. Link-age provides information and assistance to persons age 50 and over and their familes and care givers including “Age 55+ Employment info”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center – University of Indiana Bloomington

“We create and enhance professional development activities and resources to support teachers and, ultimately, students with disabilities, as they transition from school to their adult lives, working and participating in their communities, jobs and/or postsecondary education.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities “State Plan”

“Every five years, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities is required by federal law to develop a 5-year strategic plan, outlining goals, objectives and specific activities that will be implemented each year of the plan. With public input and guidance from the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, the state plan is developed in accordance with requirements of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act). The 2017-2021 State Plan covers the time period from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2021. It addresses specific information required by the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and includes the Council's determination of areas of emphasis and resulting goals and objectives for the five-year time period. The Council must spend a minimum of 70 percent of its federal funding to address the Plan objectives. All programs and projects of the Council are to be conducted in a manner that respects individual differences and cultural diversity.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Family & Social Services Administration. (2011). Guiding Employment First in Indiana: A statewide plan for systems change.

“The organizations primarily represented in the strategic planning process are leaders from state and federal agencies, consumer and advocacy agencies, provider organizations and MIG project partners. …This plan will be implemented beginning in 2011 through 2015…By providing avenues of communication and convening high-level leadership within state agency divisions, the plan provides the opportunity to align initiatives, reduce duplication of effort and address goals for employment of individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies

Project Search

The High School Transition Program is a one-year internship program for students with disabilities, in their last year of high school. It is targeted for students whose goal is competitive employment. The program takes place in a healthcare, government or business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills. Students participate in three internships to explore a variety of career paths. The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher and Rehabilitation Services Administration to create an employment goal and support the student during this important transition from school to work.

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

Indiana Developmental Disability Stakeholder Workgroup 2012 Report

“The Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) has long shown commitment to supporting Hoosiers with developmental disabilities. To fulfill the charge of the 2011 Indiana General Assembly, DDRS convened a stakeholder workgroup to discuss the topics defined in Section 144 of HEA 1001 as well as a broader scope of program areas administered by the division. This document summarizes research, data and trends, group discussions, outcomes, and next steps. Noting the ongoing challenges faced by all who support this population, the workgroup embraced this opportunity to positively alter the outcomes of individuals receiving services while reducing overall program costs. After much discussion, the workgroup identified three recurring themes:  • Increase employment for persons with disabilities  • Keep the family unit together longer  • Serve high-cost/high-needs individuals appropriately and as cost-effectively as possible”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Governor’s Council for People With Disabilities

“The Indiana Governor's Council is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Our mission is to advance the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and advocacy.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Indiana 2005 Employment First Coalition: Employment First—Investing in Success

“On September 29, 2005, the Employment First Coalition brought together Leaders of Government, Business, Labor, Community and Education and the non-profit sectors to create a strategic plan ensuring employment is an outcome for all Hoosiers with disabilities.” This fact sheet provides a summary of the outcomes of the summit.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Indiana Government “Guidelines for Disclosure ” - 07/22/2016

“When an individual discloses, he or she is intentionally releasing personal information about him or herself for a specific purpose. Some personal information, such as one’s Social Security number, banking records, or medical records may be important to keep confidential. It is important to keep in mind that the decision to disclose is a personal one and should be helpful to the individual. Remember that it is not essential that a person with a disability divulge all personal information about his or her disability. What is most important and helpful is to provide information about how his or her disability affects his or her capacity to learn and perform effectively, and the environment, supports, and services he or she will need in order to access, participate in, and excel in his or her job, studies, and community. The person with a disability must decide what and how much of this sensitive information is necessary to reveal in order to obtain the needed accommodations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

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 2012, Indiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
Citations

Indiana Employment First Systems Change Statewide Plan (2011-2015) - 02/11/2011

“Through the use of MIG funds, Indiana has made a number of improvements to the state’s infrastructure supporting employment of IWD. While Indiana has been a leader in many aspects of employment supports and the use of innovative practices, the state realizes that ongoing efforts are necessary to improve employment outcomes, economic outlook and the overall well-being of IWD". 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Indiana Money Follows the Person Grant

“The MFP program is funded through a grant from the federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The MFP program was developed to help states move individuals from institutional settings to home and community-based settings. Indiana was approved for the MFP program in 2007 and since that time has focused on assisting eligible persons to leave institutional care by providing services for individuals to live safely in their community.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Indiana APSE 2017 Conference - 11/08/2017

~~The 27th Annual In-APSE Conference will take place November 8thand 9th 2017 in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with IN-APSE professionals from across the state.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“Up to $20 Million in Grants Available Through Department of Workforce Development’s Skill UP Indiana! Program” - 06/05/2017

~~“The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) employer-driven Skill UP Indiana! Program is about to enter round three. At stake over a two-year period is a pool of up to $20 million in grant funding that is being made available to financially support Innovation Networks to provide more and better avenues for skill-specific training and certification.

“’We often hear from employers who tell us they cannot find qualified candidates to fill open high-wage, high demand positions,’” said Steve Braun, DWD Commissioner. ‘“The goal of Skill UP Indiana! is to encourage regional networks and industry partnerships that meet these employer needs through training, education and certification.’””

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

A Guide to Community Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) - 06/15/2015

“If you are interested in employment, VRS is a good place to start. This guide will help you learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation Services [Vocational Rehabilitation Services], what to expect, and how to prepare so that you have the right supports to find the job that is best for you.”

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

Indiana Day and Employment Services and Outcomes System (DESOS): 2014 Report - 07/20/2014

“The Indiana Day and Employment Services and Outcomes System (DESOS) is an annual compilation of data pertaining to people with disabilities who are receiving supports from adult service providers. The report gives us a “snapshot” data view, answering questions about where thousands of individuals throughout Indiana are spending the majority of their day; what types of work they may be doing; and the outcomes they are achieving related to employment, specifically wages and hours worked.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

ADA Indiana Webinar “Reaching Employers about Disability Inclusiveness: The Just-in-Time Program”

From the Northeast ADA Center More than 25 years after the passing of the ADA, people with disabilities still face barriers and discrimination in employment. One key to bringing about change lies in creating more powerful approaches to reaching employers. The Just-in-Time (JIT) Program is based on the idea that we need to reach those key players who are most likely to make decisions that impact the employment lives of people with disabilities: Managers and supervisors. During this session, we will review research on employment discrimination, provide an overview of the JIT Program and discuss our evaluation findings

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services In*Source Training

HCBS Final Rule Two important aspects to this Rule: -The Person-Centered Planning Process is key! - All HCBS settings need to provide for: –Opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings –Engagement in community life –Control of personal resources –Opportunity to receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment, a series of short films, celebrates seven unique individuals who prove that hi]ring people with developmental disabilities is "Good for Business, Good for People & Good for the Economy." The films were produced for the The Arc of Indiana by filmmaker Ken Oguss, with support from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Indiana 2015 Conference for People with Disabilities

The Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities hosted its annual Conference for People with Disabilities. The weblink provides information on the many conference topics including employment and the PowerPoint slides presented at each session.

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

Indiana Employment First Initiative

This PowerPoint presentation describes Employment First principles and steps for individuals with disabilities to take to access employment resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS): Employment Service Revisions (Spring 2015)

This training reviews the revisions made to the Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services’ policies on rate reform, employment services, assessments and documentation, with a number of case studies. It emphasizes the incorporation of Discovery into their core services.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Medicaid Waiver Hiatus - 09/01/2016

~~“The Division of Aging (DA) is continuing the hiatus for Adult Day Service, Adult Family Care and Structured Day Program provider applications through approximately April 30, 2017. 

Effective March 6, 2017, the DA is lifting the hiatus for Assisted Living providers that are NOT presumed institutional, i.e. those that are free-standing, not co-located with a nursing facility and do not have a secure memory care unit.

The DA is not lifting the hiatus for providers that have been identified as presumed institutional.  The hiatus for presumed institutional Assisted Living providers will continue until further notice.

During the hiatus, DA will continue to process changes of ownership for providers.

The purpose of the hiatus is to allow the DA time to develop a transition plan for Home and Community-Based Services following the March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule. This CMS rule requires states to ensure that all Medicaid Waiver services are delivered in settings that meet the requirements of a home and community-based setting.

For additional details regarding the CMS rule and the DA’s implementation please visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm.”

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

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration “FAQ CMS Final Rule Impact on Non-Residential Services in Indiana” - 08/31/2016

“Sometimes referred to as the HCBS settings rule, the rule impacts all HCBS waiver programs administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). The context of this FAQ addresses impact of the rule only on the Family Supports (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waivers serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The FSW and CIH waivers are administered by the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS).”

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

Indiana HCBS Statewide Transition Plan Amended - 07/01/2016

~~“In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published regulations to better define the settings in which states can provide Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The HCBS final rule became effective March 17, 2014. The HCBS settings final rule, along with additional guidance and fact sheets, is available on the CMS Home and Community-Based Services site.The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that members receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to review current HCBS programs and to develop a transition plan providing an assessment, strategies and timelines for compliance with the new rules.The programs currently under review include 1915(c) HCBS Waivers and 1915(i) HCBS State Plan programs operated by the following divisions within the Family and Social Services Administration.”

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

Indiana Statewide HCBS Transition Plan - 12/10/2014

“Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated and that support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS. These changes will maximize the opportunities for participants in HCBS programs to have access to the benefits of community living and to receive services in the most integrated setting. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has created a Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule as it relates to all FSSA HCBS programs. States must be in full compliance with the federal requirements by the time frame approved in the Statewide Transition Plan but no later than March 17, 2019.”

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

IN Community Integration and Habilitation (0378.R03.00) - 10/01/2014

Provides adult day, prevocational, rent and food for unrelated live-in caregiver, residential hab and support, respite, supported employment follow along, OT, PT, psychological therapy, speech/language therapy, adult foster care, behavioral support, community based hab-group, community based hab-individual, community transition, electronic monitoring, environmental mods, facility based hab-group, facility based hab-individual, facility based support services, family and caregiver training, intensive behavior intervention, music therapy, PERS, recreational therapy, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, workplace assistance for individuals w/autism, ID, DD ages 0 - no max age.

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

IN Traumatic Brain Injury (4197.R03.00) - 01/01/2013

Provides adult day, attendant care, case management, homemaker, residential based hab, respite, structured day program, supported employment, adult family care, behavior management/behavior program and counseling, community transition, environmental mods, health care coordination, home delivered meals, nutritional supplements, PERS, pest control, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/brain injury ages 0 - no max age.

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

Indiana Employment First Systems Change Statewide Plan (2011-2015) - 02/11/2011

“Through the use of MIG funds, Indiana has made a number of improvements to the state’s infrastructure supporting employment of IWD. While Indiana has been a leader in many aspects of employment supports and the use of innovative practices, the state realizes that ongoing efforts are necessary to improve employment outcomes, economic outlook and the overall well-being of IWD."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

IN Family Support Services (0387.R02.00) - 04/01/2010

Provides adult day, case management, prevocational, respite, supported employment follow along, OT, PT, psychological therapy, speech/language therapy, behavioral support services, community based hab-group, community based hab-individual, facility based hab-group, facility based hab-individual, facility based support services, family and caregiver training, intensive behavioral intervention, music therapy, participant assistance and care, PERS, recreational therapy, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, workplace assistance for individuals w/autism, MR, DD ages 0 - no max age.

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

Notice of Public Comment Period for Statewide Transition Plan

“Notice is hereby given that the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) will submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) a revision to Indiana's Statewide Transition Plan for compliance with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) regulations of 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5) and Section 441.710(a)(1)-(2). Additional information on the Statewide Transition Plan for compliance with the federal regulations of 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5) and Section 441.710(a)(1)-(2) can also be found at http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm .”

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

Indiana Money Follows the Person

“The MFP program is funded through a grant from the federal agency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The MFP program was developed to help states move individuals from institutional settings to home and community-based settings. Indiana was approved for the MFP program in 2007 and since that time has focused on assisting eligible persons to leave institutional care by providing services for individuals to live safely in their community.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

Start your engines for fast paced jobs in the Crossroads of America! The state of Indiana is ready for workers with disabilities to cross the finish line of career success! 

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.

State VR Rates and Services list not yet available.

2015 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,619,680
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
477,559
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
170,050
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.61%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.92%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 6,619,680
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 477,559
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 170,050
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,756,382
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.92%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 436,922
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 462,067
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 775,339
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 84,405
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 31,504
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,679
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,063
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 19,766
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 10,595

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,215
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 208,908

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,466
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 33,640
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 78,175
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,249
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,367
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,143
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 10,590
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,197
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 640
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 53.00%
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. 9.67

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,735
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 301,463
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $3,916,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $17,704,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $25,922,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $42,738,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 14.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 10,251
Number of people served in facility based work. 4,597
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 6,448
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 28.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 70.55%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.55%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 80.16%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 35.68%
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). 62.81%
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). 83.92%
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). 27.13%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,825,018
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,360
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 238,730
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 283,720
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 522,451
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 515
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 258
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 773
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,426,931
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,636,380

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 33
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 33
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,437
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,437

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First (IN-APSE): BRS and IN-APSE share a common mission in that competitive, integrated employment should be the first and preferred option for all individuals with disabilities. BRS participates in IN-APSE events including the annual IN-APSE conference, and BRS staff regularly participate in planning as well as presenting at the conference. The IN-APSE statement on Employment First is based on several underlying principles including a presumption that all work age adults and youth with disabilities can work in jobs fully integrated with the general workforce, earning minimum wage or higher; and that employees with disabilities, as with all other individuals, require assistance and support to ensure job success and should have access to adequate, long term supports necessary to succeed in the workplace. These underlying principles are very much in line with BRS priorities, especially in light of WIOA and enhanced requirements to ensure that individuals receiving counseling, information and referral regarding alternatives to subminimum wage employment. (Page 164)
 VR in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) established a Statewide Transition Alliance to identify and address the barriers that continue to impact students, and develop and implement strategies and services to make the transition successful for students and youth with disabilities. The Transition Alliance will establish a work plan with the basis of the work plan created using the Transition to Careers Subcommittee Chapter recommendations (one of the four created by the full Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID)). The Statewide Transition Alliance includes representation from a wide range of key partners and stakeholders, including the following: VR, DOE, local educational agencies’ school personnel and administrators, Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services (BDDS), the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Department of Corrections, Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education, Center for Education & Career Innovation, Community Mental Health Centers, First Steps, Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First (INAPSE), Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF), Indiana Institute of Disability and Community (IIDC), parent representation, the Arc of Indiana, INSOURCE, and other family advocacy groups. (Page 167)

Customized Employment

~~In the fall of 2015, VR staff and staff of community rehabilitation programs (CRP) were surveyed as to their training needs. Surveys were received from 622 individuals – 60% were from CRP personnel and 28% from VR staff.
The top five General Employment needs were identified as:
• Discovery process – in–depth training
• Understanding supported employment
• Job–readiness training
• Understanding the difference between supported and customized employment
• Understanding how to fund employment services (Page 198)
Goal 2: VR Supported Employment providers will increase knowledge and skills on the provision of supported employment services, including greater understanding and focus on development of natural supports, job readiness training techniques, customized employment, and appropriate fading of supports. (Page 211)
With the employment service changes, VR has collaborated with IIDC and Griffin and Hammis to provide additional training and technical assistance to Community Rehabilitation Providers and VR in the area of Discovery statewide. The training focused on Discovery, which is an individualized information gathering process that will guide employment services for the consumer. The training provided a framework to develop and implement a person-centered employment plan. While Discovery is important for many consumers, it is critical for consumers with the most significant disabilities and has an impact on their supported employment needs. Interagency collaboration will aim to increase the quality of SE services, including customized employment, and ensure appropriate extended services are appropriately utilized when necessary for long-term supports. (Page 212)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~• Wagner Peyser staff and labor exchange services are co-located in WorkOne centers, thus Title I and III programs are already completely coordinated.
• Indiana has had tremendous outcomes for both the WorkINdiana and HIRE programs.
• VR staff are community based, sharing office space with TANF and WorkONE, but also meeting their clients in the community to ensure accessibility of services.
• The state is braiding TANF funding with other state and federal dollars to assist with funding the JAG, HIRE, WorkINdiana and Serve Indiana programs. (Page 24)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~DWD will develop marketing materials made available through a broad range of media, (i.e., online, print, and social media), to promote universal access and equal opportunity for adults and youth with disabilities. The marketing materials will include positive images of people with disabilities and the types of available services, assistance, and accommodations provided in the WorkOne offices. Additionally, DWD will continue to enhance the Job Seekers with Disabilities website, http://www.in.gov/dwd/2416.htm, to include resources for both job seekers and employers. (Page 84)
7. The State has taken the appropriate action to be in compliance with WIOA section 188, Nondiscrimination, as applicable; Yes (Page 88)
DWD will conduct training for One-stop office staff, (including youth staff), to better understand the different types of disabilities, how to handle issues of disclosure and disability identification with sensitivity at program intake, and how to determine the most effective mix of services and referrals to make when a disability is identified. These trainings will be presented by subject matter experts and include such topics as: federal, state, and local disability policies; identifying barriers/hidden disabilities; disability awareness and etiquette; website accessibility; providing reasonable accommodations; assistive technology accommodations and resources; Section 503 for federal contractors; and simulation training. VR, Mental Health Centers, and the Department of Correction will also be invited to attend these events and asked to present on relevant topics. Disability Resource Coordinators sustained through Indiana’s Disability Employment Initiative (IN-DEI) grant will be utilized as subject matter experts in the field and also assist with training staff on serving individuals with disabilities. Best practices will be identified by these coordinators and shared with the WDBs for implementation when appropriate. (Page 84)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~DWD will conduct training for One-stop office staff, (including youth staff), to better understand the different types of disabilities, how to handle issues of disclosure and disability identification with sensitivity at program intake, and how to determine the most effective mix of services and referrals to make when a disability is identified. These trainings will be presented by subject matter experts and include such topics as: federal, state, and local disability policies; identifying barriers/hidden disabilities; disability awareness and etiquette; website accessibility; providing reasonable accommodations; assistive technology accommodations and resources; Section 503 for federal contractors; and simulation training. VR, Mental Health Centers, and the Department of Correction will also be invited to attend these events and asked to present on relevant topics. Disability Resource Coordinators sustained through Indiana’s Disability Employment Initiative (IN-DEI) grant will be utilized as subject matter experts in the field and also assist with training staff on serving individuals with disabilities. Best practices will be identified by these coordinators and shared with the WDBs for implementation when appropriate. (Page 84)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~• STRATEGY 1.4: Ensure the culture of the One Stop system promotes knowledge transfer across partner programs, such that staff embraces the “no wrong door” philosophy and is capable of providing information on services across programs and making appropriate referrals.

 Provide training to current staff on services across programs
 Develop cross training materials that can be used in the future on new hires
 In Region 11, DWD and VR are working on a Pilot to have a subject matter expert on WorkOne services in the VR office and to have a subject expert on VR services in the WorkOne office. Common referrals and communication channels are being established between the offices and staff training is being conducted so the entire VR or WorkOne office will be cross trained. (Page 42)
Additional suggestions regarding services to youth with disabilities included looking at best practices from a School-to-work pilot project utilizing career coaches in schools and providing work experiences prior to a student’s exit from school.
VR Response: VR continues to facilitate a Statewide Transition Workgroup and will address these recommendations with the group. VR has implemented modifications to the VR employment service model and Discovery services. One of the changes is increased access to work experiences by all VR consumers, including youth. Discussions are already underway between the VR Director and the DWD Youth program directors. Both parties are very interested in better collaboration on programs such as Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). (Page 158)
Training is provided through a variety of modalities, including statewide symposiums, regional trainings, webinars, and in-person workshops. VR continues to collaborate with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) in coordination of joint trainings to better serve shared consumers as well. In 2015, VR and DWD determined a need for cross-training and identification of subject-matter experts in each of the DWD WorkOne offices and the VR area offices statewide. A pilot group of subject matter experts came together for initial training in July 2015 and this group has been meeting regularly to work collaboratively in joint efforts to better serve consumers.
VR maintains the ability to communicate with VR consumers in their preferred mode of communication in a variety of ways. VR staff access and coordinate foreign language translation, ASL communication, Communication Access Real Time (CART), etc. whenever needed. To ensure communication services are available despite a shortage of some providers (i.e. ASL interpreters, CART providers), VR has increased utilization of remote interpreting services. Publications and brochures are available in large print and Spanish versions. VR has VR Counselors that cover population-specific caseloads including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, individuals with low vision, and individuals with a traumatic brain injury. VR seeks candidates with some fluency in ASL for Counselor positions covering a caseload of consumers with hearing loss. Virtual ASL training was piloted in 2015 for interested staff as well. (Page 185)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Commission also suggested that further exploration is necessary on the provision of work experience services to students, including those working toward a High School diploma. Financial literacy and self-disclosure are also important issues for individuals with disabilities and VR is encouraged to ensure resources are in place to meet these needs. (Page185)
• Educating school personnel including special education teachers, guidance counselors and transition coordinators about services offered through WIOA partners, including WorkOne services. (Page 190)
 

Benefits

~~BENEFITS COUNSELING
VR should continue to support benefits counseling as this is a key concern for families. It was recommended that benefits counseling resources and knowledge be shared across WIOA core partners. This could be achieved through collaboration with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grants, through education and training of WIOA partners, and be exploring the availability of benefits counseling in the local Work One centers.
VR Response: VR plans to continue to support benefits counseling through the funding of the Benefits Information Network (BIN), and agrees that counseling on the impact of working on benefits and available federal and state work incentives is critical in helping consumers to make informed choices about working and in working toward self-sufficiency. VR will include discussion on the importance of benefits counseling in conversations with WIOA partners.
VR should continue to support benefits counseling as this is a key concern for families. It was recommended that benefits counseling resources and knowledge be shared across WIOA core partners. This could be achieved through collaboration with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grants, through education and training of WIOA partners, and be exploring the availability of benefits counseling in the local Work One centers. (Page 157)
Through a contract, the Indiana Institute of Disability and Community provides training and consultation to all employment services providers, including mental health centers and VR staff regarding employment for people with disabilities, including a focus on mental health. There are approximately 25 CMHCs across the State that are community rehabilitation providers. DMHA continues to promote employment for persons with mental illness by including employment and career planning as measures in consumer services reviews. VR Leadership meets quarterly with the Mental Health Employment Council to discuss new initiatives and identify how initiatives, such as the recent Employment Service Model Revisions, impact CMHC’s and consumers with mental illness. CMHC employment staff also serve on the Employment Service workgroup.
Social Security Administration (SSA): VR collaborates with SSA on Ticket-To-Work. VR continues to support the Indiana’s Benefits Information Network (BIN) to ensure that beneficiaries receive appropriate benefits planning and education on utilizing work incentives to work toward self-sufficiency. (Page 162)
VR has provided education and outreach regarding Indiana’s Medicaid buy-in program (called M.E.D. Works) to increase access to competitive, integrated employment for individuals with disabilities receiving Medicaid. Through the VR-funded Benefits Information Network (BIN), VR consumers also receive information about M.E.D. Works and how this program can enable them to both work and maintain their needed Medicaid benefits. The BIN process also educates VR consumers to make overall informed choices about working, providing education not only about the impact on Medicaid, but also the impact on other federal and state benefits, and the use of federal and state work incentives to assist in achieving gainful employment. (Page 176)
The percentage of non–institutionalized persons, aged 21 to 64 years with a disability, who were receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in 2013 was 17.7% in Indiana and 18.9% for the U.S.
Nationally, in December 2012, of the 8,262,877 individuals who received federally administered payments from the SSI program, 1,156,188 were eligible based on age (65 or older), 67,725 were eligible based on blindness, and 7,038,964 were eligible based on disability. In Indiana, of the 124,998 individuals who received SSI, 873 were eligible based on blindness and 118,655 were eligible based on disability. (Page 188)
Indiana has a Benefits Information Network (BIN) of certified liaisons that assists individuals in assessing the impact of employment on benefits. During the year July 2014 – June 2015, 1,394 BIN plans were completed. The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC) at Indiana University conducted eight trainings with 184 Certified BIN liaisons and 14 certified Community Work Incentive Counselors. Indiana VR purchases this assessment of benefits through the trained liaisons. (Page 190)
 

School to Work Transition

~~Vocational Rehabilitation is an engaged partner to increase educational access to job-seekers that may need VR services and supports to be successful in other state and federal programs. VR is able to provide services to assist with barriers stemming from an individual’s disability that assists in access to existing programs or aids in successfully completing a program. VR is working with State programs, like JAG and local educational agencies, to identify ways to collaborate to serve student and youth populations through pre-employment transition services. Project SEARCH is a VR program that is a worksite-based school-to-work program that provides employment and education opportunities for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The program benefits employers by increasing workforce diversity and reducing recruitment and training costs. Many employers experience improved job retention, enhanced community image and increased customer satisfaction. Additionally, the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program (http://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/4901.htm) provides entrepreneurial opportunities for legally blind clients of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS). These blind entrepreneurs manage a wide variety of food-service operations, including cafeterias, coffee shops, vending locations, and highway area vending sites. Through this program, blind individuals receive training and opportunities to become productive, tax-paying citizens and independent business owners. (Page 19)
Additional suggestions regarding services to youth with disabilities included looking at best practices from a School-to-work pilot project utilizing career coaches in schools and providing work experiences prior to a student’s exit from school.
VR Response: VR continues to facilitate a Statewide Transition Workgroup and will address these recommendations with the group. VR has implemented modifications to the VR employment service model and Discovery services. One of the changes is increased access to work experiences by all VR consumers, including youth. Discussions are already underway between the VR Director and the DWD Youth program directors. Both parties are very interested in better collaboration on programs such as Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). (Page 158)
VR has provided training on VR and its services to the Cadres and is attending the regularly scheduled cadre meetings to continue the joint collaboration. For more information please see: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/cadre-leaders. Through IIDC and a study entitled Effects of Embedded Employment Resources on the Employment Outcomes of Transition-age Youth, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, (Grant H133A130028), VR is working with IIDC through the five-year research project examining the effectiveness of a team approach to providing students with disabilities (those who have an IEP) with employment coaching and resources prior to leaving high school. These sites are referred to as the “Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative.” At the five designated sites across the state, career coaches are working with students and families, their Transition IEP teams, and a VR Counselor to ensure students have internship opportunities before they leave school. The collaborative site features the following benefits for participating students: collaboration of schools, VR, and community rehabilitation providers; single point of contact to be a liaison between VR and school personnel; personal student profile; immersed internship; student empowerment training; benefits planning; and family training. The outcomes of this research will provide data, information, and best practices that will continue to shape transition services, including pre-employment transition services for Indiana. For more information, please see: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/indiana-school-to-work-collaborative (Page 168)
The IPE will include pre-employment transition services when appropriate for transition students. The VR counselor will collaborate with the school staff to enable for a seamless transition to life after high school. Additionally VR is piloting having 3 dedicated VR Counselors for several Marion Co high schools to focus strictly on transition students having a caseload that is 100% transition. After evaluating the effectiveness of this pilot VR will consider expansion into other area offices. (Page 168)
VR counselors and/or area supervisors are involved in local transition councils if they exist in the community. Councils are made up of local stakeholders who are involved in the transition from school to work and adult life. Councils could include students/family, school personnel, service providers, etc. In addition, VR is responsible for providing written information to students and their families regarding adult services. This written information is available in both English and Spanish. (Page 170)
 

Data Collection

~~DWD and VR are in the process of building separate case management systems to meet their unique needs, but the agencies are working together to determine how the systems, once fully built, can interface. While DWD is in the beginning stages of working with a newly procured vendor, VR is almost 2 years into the process. VR’s system is under a larger umbrella of the Case Management for Social Services within Indiana’s Family Social Services Administration (FSSA). The purpose of the overarching FSSA system is to oversee and provide appropriate and timely services to all FSSA consumers being served in various programs. Additionally, the consolidated system shall enhance system integration, data integrity, and remove legacy systems. The VR portion of the project started February of 2014 and is presently gathering the current and future business state and processes. The VR portion requires improved efficiency to enhance the existing mobile and paperless work environment of VR field staff. Furthermore, VR will closely work with DWD to ensure appropriate system integration and data- sharing occurs to align resources, improve reporting processes and outcomes, and enhance the consumer’s experience. The ultimate goal is to have the Core programs working seamlessly together. (Page 59)
While Indiana’s formal comprehensive statewide needs assessment is conducted every three years, data is gathered on a continuous basis. It is a joint effort of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and the Commission on Rehabilitation Services (CRS). The Commission provides ongoing input, especially in the acquisition of satisfaction data. It also provides input into the development and content of the final report. Commission members have an opportunity to review and offer comments prior to the release of the triennial needs assessment. Indiana’s 2017 comprehensive statewide needs assessment reflects a synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data addressing the state’s overall vocational rehabilitation needs. The data collection techniques varied as well. They included review of demographic data for Indiana, feedback from the Commission on Rehabilitation Services, input from providers, VR staff, Workforce Development staff, WIOA partners, advocates, and consumers. (Page 187)
VR has reviewed the new performance accountability measures and begun discussions on how to capture new data elements in order to report on the new measures. The recent revisions to the VR Employment Services model were designed to improve the quality of employment outcomes, such as increasing wages, hours worked, and retention. It is expected that VR performance on these qualitative factors will begin to increase as a result. VR is in process of contracting with an entity to ensure appropriate data collection and evaluation of employment service revisions. (Page 217)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Small Business Administration (SBA): As consumers explore small business ventures, VR utilizes the resources available through local SBA facilities. SBA has specialized staff that frequently work with VR consumers on developing business plans. Consumers also participate in classes through SBA. There is a renewed and strengthened relationship with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of free, expert business mentors. Discussions have begun on increasing and strengthening the resources available for VR counselors when it comes to providing support to consumers who would like to begin a small business or become self-employed. (Page 164)
• Direct experience as an employer, as a small business owner or operator, or in self-employment, or other experience in human resources, recruitment, or experience in supervising employees, training, or other activities that provide experience in competitive integrated employment environments.(Page 182)
 

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~WDBs, through the IN-DEI grant, may continue to operate as Employment Networks (EN) and either offer benefits counseling in-house or work with their local Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) representative to provide benefits counseling to Social Security beneficiaries receiving SSI/SSDI. WDBs not currently operating as an EN will receive information and training about the benefits of the Ticket to Work Program and how to become an active EN.(Page 85)
WDBs, through the IN-DEI grant, may continue to operate as Employment Networks (EN) and either offer benefits counseling in-house or work with their local Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) representative to provide benefits counseling to Social Security beneficiaries receiving SSI/SSDI. WDBs not currently operating as an EN will receive information and training about the benefits of the Ticket to Work Program and how to become an active EN. (Page 88)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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Indiana APSE 2017 Conference - 11/08/2017

~~The 27th Annual In-APSE Conference will take place November 8thand 9th 2017 in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Marriott East.  We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with IN-APSE professionals from across the state.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“Up to $20 Million in Grants Available Through Department of Workforce Development’s Skill UP Indiana! Program” - 06/05/2017

~~“The Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s (DWD) employer-driven Skill UP Indiana! Program is about to enter round three. At stake over a two-year period is a pool of up to $20 million in grant funding that is being made available to financially support Innovation Networks to provide more and better avenues for skill-specific training and certification.

“’We often hear from employers who tell us they cannot find qualified candidates to fill open high-wage, high demand positions,’” said Steve Braun, DWD Commissioner. ‘“The goal of Skill UP Indiana! is to encourage regional networks and industry partnerships that meet these employer needs through training, education and certification.’””

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 390, Concerning the Membership of the Commission on Rehabilitation Services.” - 04/13/2017

~~This act “ increases the number of members and changes the membership of the commission on rehabilitation services (commission). Makes changes in the terms of service of commission members and requires the governor to specify each member's term of service to ensure that terms expire on a staggered basis. Adds the following to the commission's duties: (1) Establish baseline data regarding the number of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment and set annual goals for increasing the percentage of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. (2) Identify and resolve barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.  (3) Analyze federal, state, and local agency policies concerning the provision of services to individuals with disabilities, including the impact of those policies on opportunities for competitive integrated employment, and recommend changes to state policies. (4) Assist state agencies in the implementation of the policy concerning employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. (5) Provide an annual report to the governor and the rehabilitation services administration commissioner concerning the employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Fact Sheet: Senate Enrolled Act No. 11 (ABLE Accounts) - 03/21/2017

~~“What items or services can an ABLE account fund?Senate Enrolled Act No. 11, signed into law on March 21st, 2016, allows people with ABLE accounts to pay for qualified disability expenses, including:• Assistive technology• Education• Employment training and support• Healthcare• Housing• Transportation” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection - 03/10/2017

~~“After thorough review and evaluation, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is seeking approval through an amendment to the Unified State Plan to implement a process called “order of selection” for Indiana’s VR program. Once approved and implemented, VR will prioritize individuals with the most significant disabilities to receive services. A state VR agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Indiana will be the 35th state to implement this process, which must be used to prioritize consumer services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). BRS anticipates implementing the order of selection by the end of the current federal fiscal year, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Medicaid Waiver Hiatus - 09/01/2016

~~“The Division of Aging (DA) is continuing the hiatus for Adult Day Service, Adult Family Care and Structured Day Program provider applications through approximately April 30, 2017. 

Effective March 6, 2017, the DA is lifting the hiatus for Assisted Living providers that are NOT presumed institutional, i.e. those that are free-standing, not co-located with a nursing facility and do not have a secure memory care unit.

The DA is not lifting the hiatus for providers that have been identified as presumed institutional.  The hiatus for presumed institutional Assisted Living providers will continue until further notice.

During the hiatus, DA will continue to process changes of ownership for providers.

The purpose of the hiatus is to allow the DA time to develop a transition plan for Home and Community-Based Services following the March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule. This CMS rule requires states to ensure that all Medicaid Waiver services are delivered in settings that meet the requirements of a home and community-based setting.

For additional details regarding the CMS rule and the DA’s implementation please visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/4917.htm.”

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

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration “FAQ CMS Final Rule Impact on Non-Residential Services in Indiana” - 08/31/2016

“Sometimes referred to as the HCBS settings rule, the rule impacts all HCBS waiver programs administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). The context of this FAQ addresses impact of the rule only on the Family Supports (FSW) and the Community Integration and Habilitation (CIH) Waivers serving individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The FSW and CIH waivers are administered by the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS).”

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

Indiana Government “Guidelines for Disclosure ” - 07/22/2016

“When an individual discloses, he or she is intentionally releasing personal information about him or herself for a specific purpose. Some personal information, such as one’s Social Security number, banking records, or medical records may be important to keep confidential. It is important to keep in mind that the decision to disclose is a personal one and should be helpful to the individual. Remember that it is not essential that a person with a disability divulge all personal information about his or her disability. What is most important and helpful is to provide information about how his or her disability affects his or her capacity to learn and perform effectively, and the environment, supports, and services he or she will need in order to access, participate in, and excel in his or her job, studies, and community. The person with a disability must decide what and how much of this sensitive information is necessary to reveal in order to obtain the needed accommodations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services “2016-08 Provision of Pre-Employment Transition services awardees - 07/22/2016

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is pleased to announce that several area providers have been awarded funding for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities, beginning in October 2016… The awarded providers, along with various partner organizations, will provide Pre-Employment Transition services to students with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana. The specific services being offered include job exploration counseling, work- based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for postsecondary education, workplace readiness training and instruction in self-advocacy. The nine providers awarded were selected from among 22 respondents to a request for funding Each awarded provider is collaborating with several other VR service providers in each respective geographic area, ensuring that Pre-Employment Transition services are widely available to students with disabilities

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The State of Employment First in Indiana - 07/01/2016

~~“For the last two years IN-APSE has been working with Indiana legislators, state entities, providers, and individuals with disabilities to create Employment first legislation. This law would make it the policy of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.

In March 2016, The Indiana Senate voted approval to Senate Resolution 39 to establish a study group on Employment First. Exciting News!! The Study Group was approved in May thanks to all of your help in reaching out  to the Indiana House and Senate Leadership to let them know you support a study group to make sure Indiana has a plan for community employment for Hoosiers with Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
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SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 390, Concerning the Membership of the Commission on Rehabilitation Services.” - 04/13/2017

~~This act “ increases the number of members and changes the membership of the commission on rehabilitation services (commission). Makes changes in the terms of service of commission members and requires the governor to specify each member's term of service to ensure that terms expire on a staggered basis. Adds the following to the commission's duties: (1) Establish baseline data regarding the number of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment and set annual goals for increasing the percentage of individuals with disabilities in competitive integrated employment. (2) Identify and resolve barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.  (3) Analyze federal, state, and local agency policies concerning the provision of services to individuals with disabilities, including the impact of those policies on opportunities for competitive integrated employment, and recommend changes to state policies. (4) Assist state agencies in the implementation of the policy concerning employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. (5) Provide an annual report to the governor and the rehabilitation services administration commissioner concerning the employment of individuals with disabilities. Provides that the policy (policy) of the state is to promote competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Indiana ABLE Legislation S.B. 11 - 07/01/2016

ABLE savings accounts for persons with a disability.  This bill creates the “achieving a better life experience” (ABLE) authority (authority).  Establishes the ABLE board (board) of the authority.  Provides that the authority may establish a qualified ABLE program under which a person may make contributions for a table year for the benefit of an eligible individual with a disability to an ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary in compliance with federal law.  Sets forth duties and powers of the authority and the board. Establishes a general operating fund, endowment fund, and trust fund.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Resolution No. 39 – “Employment First” - 03/08/2016

~~“Be it resolved by the Senate of the 14General Assembly of the State of Indiana:SECTION 1. That the Indiana Senate urges the legislative council to assign the topic of an Employment First Program, which promotes and expands quality, community employment outcomes for all people with disabilities to an appropriate study committee.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

IN 2015 Senate Resolution 38 - 04/15/2015

“A SENATE RESOLUTION urging the legislative council to assign the topic of an Employment First Program, which promotes and expands quality, community employment outcomes for all people with disabilities to an appropriate study committee.”

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Fact Sheet: Senate Enrolled Act No. 11 (ABLE Accounts) - 03/21/2017

~~“What items or services can an ABLE account fund?Senate Enrolled Act No. 11, signed into law on March 21st, 2016, allows people with ABLE accounts to pay for qualified disability expenses, including:• Assistive technology• Education• Employment training and support• Healthcare• Housing• Transportation” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection - 03/10/2017

~~“After thorough review and evaluation, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is seeking approval through an amendment to the Unified State Plan to implement a process called “order of selection” for Indiana’s VR program. Once approved and implemented, VR will prioritize individuals with the most significant disabilities to receive services. A state VR agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Indiana will be the 35th state to implement this process, which must be used to prioritize consumer services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). BRS anticipates implementing the order of selection by the end of the current federal fiscal year, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services “2016-08 Provision of Pre-Employment Transition services awardees - 07/22/2016

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is pleased to announce that several area providers have been awarded funding for the provision of Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities, beginning in October 2016… The awarded providers, along with various partner organizations, will provide Pre-Employment Transition services to students with disabilities throughout the state of Indiana. The specific services being offered include job exploration counseling, work- based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for postsecondary education, workplace readiness training and instruction in self-advocacy. The nine providers awarded were selected from among 22 respondents to a request for funding Each awarded provider is collaborating with several other VR service providers in each respective geographic area, ensuring that Pre-Employment Transition services are widely available to students with disabilities

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The State of Employment First in Indiana - 07/01/2016

~~“For the last two years IN-APSE has been working with Indiana legislators, state entities, providers, and individuals with disabilities to create Employment first legislation. This law would make it the policy of the state is to promote competitive and integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to individuals with disabilities who are of working age.

In March 2016, The Indiana Senate voted approval to Senate Resolution 39 to establish a study group on Employment First. Exciting News!! The Study Group was approved in May thanks to all of your help in reaching out  to the Indiana House and Senate Leadership to let them know you support a study group to make sure Indiana has a plan for community employment for Hoosiers with Disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

“Modifications to Employment Service Revisions: Discovery service code modifications ” Bureau of Rehabilitation Services - 06/01/2016

In order to simplify and streamline the authorization process for Discovery Services, VR is reducing the number of separate service codes for select Discovery activities Effective immediately, the separate service codes for Vocational Testing ’(01-44), ‘Job Shadow’ (53-09), “Situational Assessment’ (53-02), and ‘Other Discovery Activities’(53-10), will be authorized under a single service code. The service code to be used for all four of these activities is 53-10 ‘Discovery Activities. ’ These changes are being made to reduce the volume of authorizations, and to streamline the tracking and billing of authorized services. BRS continues to emphasize that Discovery activities should be purposeful and individualized, based on the needs of each consumer . Therefore, all Discovery activities, including Vocational Testing, Job Shadow and Situational Assessment, will continue to be outlined individually on the Employment Service Referral form . Also, VR wil l continue to request these specific Discovery activities, as appropriate for each individual, when issuing authorizations for services under service code 53-10 ‘Discovery Activities. Additionally, the distinct definitions and expectations for each of these Discovery Activities, as currently outlined in the VR Employment service manual, will remain. CRPs will be required to continue to document these separate activities utilizing the Discovery profile.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, Pre-Employment Transition Services Request for Funding - 05/20/2016

On May 9, 2016, The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) released a funding opportunity to approved Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Employment service providers who have a current VR provider agreement. The Request for Funding (RFF) is for the provision of Pre -Employment Transition Services (PETS) as described in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), for students with disabilities between the ages of 14 22 years of age who are eligible, or potentially eligible, for VR services

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