Guiding Employment First In Indiana: A Statewide Plan


State Policies & Initiatives: 

“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.
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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