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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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2017 State Population.
0.51%
Change from
2016 to 2017
6,666,818
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2016 to 2017
477,660
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.86%
Change from
2016 to 2017
184,343
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
6.45%
Change from
2016 to 2017
38.59%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.56%
Change from
2016 to 2017
78.65%

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 6,619,680 6,633,053 6,666,818
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 477,559 485,824 477,660
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 170,050 175,379 184,343
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,756,382 2,782,195 2,778,797
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.61% 36.10% 38.59%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.92% 79.09% 78.65%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.80% 4.40% 3.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.40% 20.80% 20.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.60% 13.00% 12.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 436,922 441,718 446,521
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 462,067 467,892 468,531
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 775,339 773,777 786,393
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 84,405 95,735 87,124
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 31,504 34,044 38,356
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,679 3,787 3,233
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,063 5,607 6,519
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 54 N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 19,766 18,072 21,427
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 10,595 12,578 10,145

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,215 6,579 6,841
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.00% 5.30% 5.50%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 208,908 207,660 205,562

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,466 19,041 18,747
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 33,640 34,839 32,810
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 78,175 79,797 71,357
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.30% 23.90% 26.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.80% 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.90% 5.20% 5.80%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50% 0.90% 1.10%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,249 1,483 1,203
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,367 4,147 4,800
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,143 756 879
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)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 982 1,197 521
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 539 640 292
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. 55.00% 53.00% 56.00%
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. 8.20 9.67 4.41

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,003
6,820
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 408 405 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,186 1,430 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,504 1,324 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,060 1,927 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,690 1,571 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 155 163 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.80% 32.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,334 8,735 9,702
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 299,054 301,463 300,521
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 776 517 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 611 457 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $3,916,000 $3,278,000 $2,659,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $17,704,000 $15,522,000 $15,625,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $25,922,000 $24,738,000 $26,254,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $42,738,000 $42,837,000 $45,873,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 14.00% 12.00% 10.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 10,251 11,428 12,741
Number of people served in facility based work. 4,597 4,748 4,712
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 6,448 6,877 7,346
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 28.10 28.00 25.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 70.55% 71.40% 72.62%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.55% 10.42% 9.84%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.06% 2.02% 1.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 80.16% 86.36% 85.47%
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% 30.00% 31.15%
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% 65.71% 70.49%
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% 87.14% 86.07%
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% 35.71% 39.34%

 

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 2017 2018
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 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). 33 43 34
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 33 43 35
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,437 5,258 3,457
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,437 5,258 3,457

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)
 

DEI/DRC

~~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)

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)
 

School to Work Transition

~~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)
 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information regarding this element.

Employer Engagement

~~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)
 

511

~~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)
 

Mental Health

~~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)
 

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2019 Conference on Disabilities - 05/01/2018

~~The Indiana Conference on Disability has moved to a biennial format; the next conference will take place in 2019. Information will be posted as updates become available.

 

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Request for Information Regarding: Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) - 04/23/2018

~~“Indiana is working toward a No Wrong Door System (NWD System), in which Hoosiers of all ages and their caregivers, regardless of where they live in the State or who pays for their care, will be empowered to make informed decisions, to exercise control over their long term care needs, and to achieve their personal goals and preferences. A NWD System is a person centered, one-stop coordinated system that seamlessly connects individuals to the full range of long term care options, expanding access to services and supports in an unbiased manner.  Indiana’s NWD System is being built upon the following principles:1. Hoosiers have access to high quality, comprehensive long term services and support information from a trusted network of ADRCs and key referral sources.2. Indiana’s NWD System is person-centered. 3. NWD System consumers in Indiana experience streamlined access to needed services and benefits.4. Older Hoosiers and individuals of all ages with disabilities are able to find and access the right services, in the right place, and at the right time, that are most appropriate to their individual strengths, needs, and preferences. 5. Indiana’s NWD system has strong leadership, whose mission and vision are person centered and all-payer focused, committed to ensuring a systematic, organized and high quality framework for improvement.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center - 04/13/2018

~~“The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) focuses on middle and high schools to help professionals partner with students and families to improve post-school outcomes in the areas of college, careers and community life.  However, we believe that transition planning should begin in the elementary level where the foundation is laid for academics, career awareness, interpersonal relationships, and life skills. 

Project Description:INSTRC provides technical assistance, professional development and evaluation opportunities to LEAs and educators. INSTRC is a project of the Center on Community Living and Careers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University.  INSTRC develops resources and materials as well as provides coaching, technical assistance, and professional development statewide to improve transition education, services and activities that impact post-school outcomes. 

Supports provided include:1. Evaluation of approximately 1,000 Transition IEPs 2. Regional Transition IEP trainings to improve the compliance data for Indicator 13 3. Coaching, technical assistance and professional development activities 4. Resources/materials to improve transition education5. Tuesday’s Transition Tips for Teachers listserv and website.6. Seven Cadre of Transition Leaders to implement evidence-based practices, resource development, family involvement strategies and interagency collaboration.7. Transition alignment with an early childhood focus.” 

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

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Task Force - 11/14/2017

~~“Welcome to the Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities page.

The Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was established by HEA 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly. The task force will be led by Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, a champion on issues important to people with disabilities and their families. A broad assessment of intellectual and developmental disabilities services has not taken place since 1997, when the 317 Commission was established to create a comprehensive plan for services during the time state-run institutions were closing and services were shifting to home and community-based supports. Meetings will be held around the state for the purpose of gathering input and prepare a comprehensive plan for implementation of community-based services provided to people with intellectual and other disabilities no later than November 1, 2018.”

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services - 11/01/2017

~~“The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and requires Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies to set aside federal funds for the provision of PreEmployment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to "students with disabilities who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services."  This is a great opportunity to ensure students have access to meaningful career planning in order to help with the seamless movement from high school to employment or postsecondary training.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Certificate of Completion - 10/25/2017

~~“The Office of Special Education has provided guidance documents and videos in the form of "Coffee Talks" that are posted on the website (https://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/studentassistance/coc ). In addition, the School Counselor regional trainings held in the fall of 2017 included a presentation on COC changes. An update was also provided at the regional IEP transition meetings held during the fall of 2017, and the ICASE fall conference had a break-out session. Project SUCCESS has been and will continue to provide support to districts and teachers in teaching content connectors and designing instruction in courses identified in the Course of Study.” 

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

“Teaching for Transition” - 09/07/2017

~~“Student-focused planning is the foundation of Transition IEP. It builds upon the student's present level of performance and identifies the student's academic, transition services, and accommodation needs. As shown in the graphic below, there are three components in student-focused planning: IEP development, student participation, and planning strategies.

The student must learn and use his self-determination and self-advocacy skills to be a leader of his case conference committee. By working together to develop a transition IEP, the case conference committee will understand the student's strengths, interests and preferences and will identify supports and skills the student needs in order to achieve the his postschool goals”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection Implementation - 08/01/2017

~“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received approval from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)to implement an order of selection. The Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires a state vocational rehabilitation services (VR)agency to implement an order of selection when it does not have sufficient resources to serve all eligible individuals. Under an order of selection, a VR agency is federally required to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first.“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • WIOA

IC 22-9-11-7 Competitive integrated employment first and preferred state policy - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 7. (a) It is the policy of the state to advance competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to an individual with disabilities who is of working age, regardless of the nature or the severity of the individual's disability. The policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities.     (b) State agencies shall follow the policy described in subsection (a) and ensure that the policy is implemented effectively in the state agencies' programs and services. State agencies shall implement the policy in a manner that is consistent with an individual's right to make an informed choice about employment options that meet an individual's needs and preferences.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other

IC 22-9-11-8 Obtaining competitive integrated employment transition services - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 8. (a) This section applies to transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least fourteen (14) years of age.     (b) The primary objective and preferred outcome of providing the services described in subsection (a) is to assist the child in obtaining competitive integrated employment.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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IC 22-9-11-7 Competitive integrated employment first and preferred state policy - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 7. (a) It is the policy of the state to advance competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to an individual with disabilities who is of working age, regardless of the nature or the severity of the individual's disability. The policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities.     (b) State agencies shall follow the policy described in subsection (a) and ensure that the policy is implemented effectively in the state agencies' programs and services. State agencies shall implement the policy in a manner that is consistent with an individual's right to make an informed choice about employment options that meet an individual's needs and preferences.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other

IC 22-9-11-8 Obtaining competitive integrated employment transition services - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 8. (a) This section applies to transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least fourteen (14) years of age.     (b) The primary objective and preferred outcome of providing the services described in subsection (a) is to assist the child in obtaining competitive integrated employment.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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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Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection Implementation - 08/01/2017

~“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received approval from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)to implement an order of selection. The Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires a state vocational rehabilitation services (VR)agency to implement an order of selection when it does not have sufficient resources to serve all eligible individuals. Under an order of selection, a VR agency is federally required to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first.“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • WIOA

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

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

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
  • WIOA

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

~~“Thousands of hours are dedicated by IEPRC staff each year toward technical assistance provided to administrators and staff throughout the state. Most technical assistance focuses on the Indiana IEP system and specific components of the IEP. Common topics include goals, progress monitoring, least restrictive environment, co-teaching and potential harmful effects. Virtual Office Hours, delivered during the school year via monthly webinars, provide immediate answers to the most pressing questions. Following each session the questions and answers are posted to IDOE’s Learning Connection and the IEPRC website .”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Disability Rights (formerly the Protection and Advocacy Services Commission)

~~Proposed Goals and Priorities for 2017-2018GOAL 3: Empowering persons with  disabilities by serving as a partner in rights issues, providing resources for self-advocacy and by bringing awareness to society to eliminate discrimination.

PRIORITIES TO ADDRESS:1.Promote the self-advocacy movement in Indiana through strategic collaboration and inclusion of self-advocates when opportunities arise.2.Educate legislators regarding the impact of policies on people with disabilities.3.Develop a coalition of disability leaders to improve collaborative opportunities between organizations.4.Build a database of resources to enhance information and referral services.5.Development of a public policy agenda by the IPAS Commission.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities State Plan 2017-2021 (Goal and Objectives)

Goal 2. Employment Increase resources, access and options for competitive, integrated employment at a living wage for people with disabilities. 2.1 Work with partners, including policymakers, employers and Chambers of Commerce, to develop and implement a plan to double the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are employed in competitive, integrated employment at minimum wage or higher by 2021. 2.2 Through collaboration with the IIDC, Indiana Disability Rights and Council, the DD network will advocate for the adoption and implementation of a statewide Employment First initiative.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana University at Bloomington Center on Community Living and Careers “Transition from School to Work: Vocational Rehabilitation Services”

CCLC also provides a number of transition activities funded through Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, including a variety of trainings to give educators and adult service providers the tools necessary to develop and implement quality transition services. Some activities include: -Providing support for collaboration between VR counselors,employment providers, and schools. -Developing a Summary of Performance for students that can be used by Vocational Rehabilitation Services and higher education institutions. -Conducting webinars and creating outreach materials to help students and families in transition understand how to access Indiana VR . Watch “Working with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services” here. -Developing Frequently Asked Questions for VRS counselors so that students, families and schools can better understand roles, responsibilities and expectations.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative - 01/12/2019

~“The Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative was a five-year research project examining the effectiveness of a team approach to providing students with disabilities (those who have an IEP plan) with employment coaching and resources prior to leaving high school.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Employment First Community Workshop Series for Employers - 08/21/2018

~~“LIFEDesigns, a service provider in south central Indiana, will host a series with three activities focusing on the ADA and employment. The activities will begin in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The activities will include a presentation on Employment First and the ADA, a networking event for employers and VR customers, and a community conversation on employment for people with disabilities”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

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 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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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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Indiana Medicaid State Plan

The Indiana Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how Indiana administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how Indiana may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

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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.

PDF icon IN_VR_RatesandServices.pdf

2017 State Population.
0.51%
Change from
2016 to 2017
6,666,818
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2016 to 2017
477,660
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.86%
Change from
2016 to 2017
184,343
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
6.45%
Change from
2016 to 2017
38.59%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.56%
Change from
2016 to 2017
78.65%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 6,619,680 6,633,053 6,666,818
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 477,559 485,824 477,660
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 170,050 175,379 184,343
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,756,382 2,782,195 2,778,797
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.61% 36.10% 38.59%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.92% 79.09% 78.65%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.80% 4.40% 3.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.40% 20.80% 20.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.60% 13.00% 12.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 436,922 441,718 446,521
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 462,067 467,892 468,531
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 775,339 773,777 786,393
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 84,405 95,735 87,124
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 31,504 34,044 38,356
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,679 3,787 3,233
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,063 5,607 6,519
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 54 N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 19,766 18,072 21,427
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 10,595 12,578 10,145

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,215 6,579 6,841
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.00% 5.30% 5.50%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 208,908 207,660 205,562

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,466 19,041 18,747
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 33,640 34,839 32,810
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 78,175 79,797 71,357
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.30% 23.90% 26.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.80% 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.90% 5.20% 5.80%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50% 0.90% 1.10%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,249 1,483 1,203
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,367 4,147 4,800
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,143 756 879
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)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 982 1,197 521
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 539 640 292
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. 55.00% 53.00% 56.00%
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. 8.20 9.67 4.41

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,003
6,820
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 408 405 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,186 1,430 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,504 1,324 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,060 1,927 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,690 1,571 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 155 163 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.80% 32.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,334 8,735 9,702
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 299,054 301,463 300,521
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 776 517 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 611 457 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $3,916,000 $3,278,000 $2,659,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $17,704,000 $15,522,000 $15,625,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $25,922,000 $24,738,000 $26,254,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $42,738,000 $42,837,000 $45,873,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 14.00% 12.00% 10.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 10,251 11,428 12,741
Number of people served in facility based work. 4,597 4,748 4,712
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 6,448 6,877 7,346
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 28.10 28.00 25.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 70.55% 71.40% 72.62%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.55% 10.42% 9.84%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.06% 2.02% 1.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 80.16% 86.36% 85.47%
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% 30.00% 31.15%
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% 65.71% 70.49%
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% 87.14% 86.07%
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% 35.71% 39.34%

 

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 2017 2018
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 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). 33 43 34
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 33 43 35
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,437 5,258 3,457
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,437 5,258 3,457

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)
 

DEI/DRC

~~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)

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)
 

School to Work Transition

~~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)
 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information regarding this element.

Employer Engagement

~~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)
 

511

~~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)
 

Mental Health

~~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)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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2019 Conference on Disabilities - 05/01/2018

~~The Indiana Conference on Disability has moved to a biennial format; the next conference will take place in 2019. Information will be posted as updates become available.

 

Systems
  • Other

Request for Information Regarding: Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) - 04/23/2018

~~“Indiana is working toward a No Wrong Door System (NWD System), in which Hoosiers of all ages and their caregivers, regardless of where they live in the State or who pays for their care, will be empowered to make informed decisions, to exercise control over their long term care needs, and to achieve their personal goals and preferences. A NWD System is a person centered, one-stop coordinated system that seamlessly connects individuals to the full range of long term care options, expanding access to services and supports in an unbiased manner.  Indiana’s NWD System is being built upon the following principles:1. Hoosiers have access to high quality, comprehensive long term services and support information from a trusted network of ADRCs and key referral sources.2. Indiana’s NWD System is person-centered. 3. NWD System consumers in Indiana experience streamlined access to needed services and benefits.4. Older Hoosiers and individuals of all ages with disabilities are able to find and access the right services, in the right place, and at the right time, that are most appropriate to their individual strengths, needs, and preferences. 5. Indiana’s NWD system has strong leadership, whose mission and vision are person centered and all-payer focused, committed to ensuring a systematic, organized and high quality framework for improvement.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center - 04/13/2018

~~“The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) focuses on middle and high schools to help professionals partner with students and families to improve post-school outcomes in the areas of college, careers and community life.  However, we believe that transition planning should begin in the elementary level where the foundation is laid for academics, career awareness, interpersonal relationships, and life skills. 

Project Description:INSTRC provides technical assistance, professional development and evaluation opportunities to LEAs and educators. INSTRC is a project of the Center on Community Living and Careers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University.  INSTRC develops resources and materials as well as provides coaching, technical assistance, and professional development statewide to improve transition education, services and activities that impact post-school outcomes. 

Supports provided include:1. Evaluation of approximately 1,000 Transition IEPs 2. Regional Transition IEP trainings to improve the compliance data for Indicator 13 3. Coaching, technical assistance and professional development activities 4. Resources/materials to improve transition education5. Tuesday’s Transition Tips for Teachers listserv and website.6. Seven Cadre of Transition Leaders to implement evidence-based practices, resource development, family involvement strategies and interagency collaboration.7. Transition alignment with an early childhood focus.” 

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

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Task Force - 11/14/2017

~~“Welcome to the Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities page.

The Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was established by HEA 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly. The task force will be led by Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, a champion on issues important to people with disabilities and their families. A broad assessment of intellectual and developmental disabilities services has not taken place since 1997, when the 317 Commission was established to create a comprehensive plan for services during the time state-run institutions were closing and services were shifting to home and community-based supports. Meetings will be held around the state for the purpose of gathering input and prepare a comprehensive plan for implementation of community-based services provided to people with intellectual and other disabilities no later than November 1, 2018.”

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services - 11/01/2017

~~“The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and requires Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies to set aside federal funds for the provision of PreEmployment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to "students with disabilities who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services."  This is a great opportunity to ensure students have access to meaningful career planning in order to help with the seamless movement from high school to employment or postsecondary training.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Certificate of Completion - 10/25/2017

~~“The Office of Special Education has provided guidance documents and videos in the form of "Coffee Talks" that are posted on the website (https://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/studentassistance/coc ). In addition, the School Counselor regional trainings held in the fall of 2017 included a presentation on COC changes. An update was also provided at the regional IEP transition meetings held during the fall of 2017, and the ICASE fall conference had a break-out session. Project SUCCESS has been and will continue to provide support to districts and teachers in teaching content connectors and designing instruction in courses identified in the Course of Study.” 

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

“Teaching for Transition” - 09/07/2017

~~“Student-focused planning is the foundation of Transition IEP. It builds upon the student's present level of performance and identifies the student's academic, transition services, and accommodation needs. As shown in the graphic below, there are three components in student-focused planning: IEP development, student participation, and planning strategies.

The student must learn and use his self-determination and self-advocacy skills to be a leader of his case conference committee. By working together to develop a transition IEP, the case conference committee will understand the student's strengths, interests and preferences and will identify supports and skills the student needs in order to achieve the his postschool goals”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection Implementation - 08/01/2017

~“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received approval from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)to implement an order of selection. The Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires a state vocational rehabilitation services (VR)agency to implement an order of selection when it does not have sufficient resources to serve all eligible individuals. Under an order of selection, a VR agency is federally required to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first.“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • WIOA

IC 22-9-11-7 Competitive integrated employment first and preferred state policy - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 7. (a) It is the policy of the state to advance competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to an individual with disabilities who is of working age, regardless of the nature or the severity of the individual's disability. The policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities.     (b) State agencies shall follow the policy described in subsection (a) and ensure that the policy is implemented effectively in the state agencies' programs and services. State agencies shall implement the policy in a manner that is consistent with an individual's right to make an informed choice about employment options that meet an individual's needs and preferences.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other

IC 22-9-11-8 Obtaining competitive integrated employment transition services - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 8. (a) This section applies to transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least fourteen (14) years of age.     (b) The primary objective and preferred outcome of providing the services described in subsection (a) is to assist the child in obtaining competitive integrated employment.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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IC 22-9-11-7 Competitive integrated employment first and preferred state policy - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 7. (a) It is the policy of the state to advance competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to an individual with disabilities who is of working age, regardless of the nature or the severity of the individual's disability. The policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities.     (b) State agencies shall follow the policy described in subsection (a) and ensure that the policy is implemented effectively in the state agencies' programs and services. State agencies shall implement the policy in a manner that is consistent with an individual's right to make an informed choice about employment options that meet an individual's needs and preferences.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other

IC 22-9-11-8 Obtaining competitive integrated employment transition services - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 8. (a) This section applies to transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least fourteen (14) years of age.     (b) The primary objective and preferred outcome of providing the services described in subsection (a) is to assist the child in obtaining competitive integrated employment.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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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Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection Implementation - 08/01/2017

~“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received approval from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)to implement an order of selection. The Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires a state vocational rehabilitation services (VR)agency to implement an order of selection when it does not have sufficient resources to serve all eligible individuals. Under an order of selection, a VR agency is federally required to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first.“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • WIOA

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

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

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
  • WIOA

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

~~“Thousands of hours are dedicated by IEPRC staff each year toward technical assistance provided to administrators and staff throughout the state. Most technical assistance focuses on the Indiana IEP system and specific components of the IEP. Common topics include goals, progress monitoring, least restrictive environment, co-teaching and potential harmful effects. Virtual Office Hours, delivered during the school year via monthly webinars, provide immediate answers to the most pressing questions. Following each session the questions and answers are posted to IDOE’s Learning Connection and the IEPRC website .”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Disability Rights (formerly the Protection and Advocacy Services Commission)

~~Proposed Goals and Priorities for 2017-2018GOAL 3: Empowering persons with  disabilities by serving as a partner in rights issues, providing resources for self-advocacy and by bringing awareness to society to eliminate discrimination.

PRIORITIES TO ADDRESS:1.Promote the self-advocacy movement in Indiana through strategic collaboration and inclusion of self-advocates when opportunities arise.2.Educate legislators regarding the impact of policies on people with disabilities.3.Develop a coalition of disability leaders to improve collaborative opportunities between organizations.4.Build a database of resources to enhance information and referral services.5.Development of a public policy agenda by the IPAS Commission.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities State Plan 2017-2021 (Goal and Objectives)

Goal 2. Employment Increase resources, access and options for competitive, integrated employment at a living wage for people with disabilities. 2.1 Work with partners, including policymakers, employers and Chambers of Commerce, to develop and implement a plan to double the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are employed in competitive, integrated employment at minimum wage or higher by 2021. 2.2 Through collaboration with the IIDC, Indiana Disability Rights and Council, the DD network will advocate for the adoption and implementation of a statewide Employment First initiative.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana University at Bloomington Center on Community Living and Careers “Transition from School to Work: Vocational Rehabilitation Services”

CCLC also provides a number of transition activities funded through Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, including a variety of trainings to give educators and adult service providers the tools necessary to develop and implement quality transition services. Some activities include: -Providing support for collaboration between VR counselors,employment providers, and schools. -Developing a Summary of Performance for students that can be used by Vocational Rehabilitation Services and higher education institutions. -Conducting webinars and creating outreach materials to help students and families in transition understand how to access Indiana VR . Watch “Working with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services” here. -Developing Frequently Asked Questions for VRS counselors so that students, families and schools can better understand roles, responsibilities and expectations.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative - 01/12/2019

~“The Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative was a five-year research project examining the effectiveness of a team approach to providing students with disabilities (those who have an IEP plan) with employment coaching and resources prior to leaving high school.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Employment First Community Workshop Series for Employers - 08/21/2018

~~“LIFEDesigns, a service provider in south central Indiana, will host a series with three activities focusing on the ADA and employment. The activities will begin in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The activities will include a presentation on Employment First and the ADA, a networking event for employers and VR customers, and a community conversation on employment for people with disabilities”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

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 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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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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Indiana Medicaid State Plan

The Indiana Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how Indiana administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how Indiana may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

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.

PDF icon IN_VR_RatesandServices.pdf

2017 State Population.
0.51%
Change from
2016 to 2017
6,666,818
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2016 to 2017
477,660
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.86%
Change from
2016 to 2017
184,343
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
6.45%
Change from
2016 to 2017
38.59%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.56%
Change from
2016 to 2017
78.65%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 6,619,680 6,633,053 6,666,818
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 477,559 485,824 477,660
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 170,050 175,379 184,343
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,756,382 2,782,195 2,778,797
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.61% 36.10% 38.59%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.92% 79.09% 78.65%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.80% 4.40% 3.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.40% 20.80% 20.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.60% 13.00% 12.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 436,922 441,718 446,521
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 462,067 467,892 468,531
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 775,339 773,777 786,393
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 84,405 95,735 87,124
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 31,504 34,044 38,356
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,679 3,787 3,233
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,063 5,607 6,519
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 54 N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 19,766 18,072 21,427
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 10,595 12,578 10,145

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,215 6,579 6,841
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.00% 5.30% 5.50%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 208,908 207,660 205,562

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,466 19,041 18,747
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 33,640 34,839 32,810
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 78,175 79,797 71,357
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.30% 23.90% 26.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.80% 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.90% 5.20% 5.80%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50% 0.90% 1.10%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,249 1,483 1,203
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,367 4,147 4,800
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,143 756 879
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)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 982 1,197 521
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 539 640 292
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. 55.00% 53.00% 56.00%
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. 8.20 9.67 4.41

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,003
6,820
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 408 405 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,186 1,430 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,504 1,324 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,060 1,927 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,690 1,571 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 155 163 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.80% 32.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,334 8,735 9,702
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 299,054 301,463 300,521
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 776 517 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 611 457 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $3,916,000 $3,278,000 $2,659,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $17,704,000 $15,522,000 $15,625,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $25,922,000 $24,738,000 $26,254,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $42,738,000 $42,837,000 $45,873,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 14.00% 12.00% 10.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 10,251 11,428 12,741
Number of people served in facility based work. 4,597 4,748 4,712
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 6,448 6,877 7,346
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 28.10 28.00 25.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 70.55% 71.40% 72.62%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.55% 10.42% 9.84%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.06% 2.02% 1.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 80.16% 86.36% 85.47%
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% 30.00% 31.15%
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% 65.71% 70.49%
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% 87.14% 86.07%
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% 35.71% 39.34%

 

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 2017 2018
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 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). 33 43 34
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 33 43 35
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,437 5,258 3,457
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,437 5,258 3,457

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)
 

DEI/DRC

~~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)

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)
 

School to Work Transition

~~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)
 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information regarding this element.

Employer Engagement

~~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)
 

511

~~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)
 

Mental Health

~~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)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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2019 Conference on Disabilities - 05/01/2018

~~The Indiana Conference on Disability has moved to a biennial format; the next conference will take place in 2019. Information will be posted as updates become available.

 

Systems
  • Other

Request for Information Regarding: Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) - 04/23/2018

~~“Indiana is working toward a No Wrong Door System (NWD System), in which Hoosiers of all ages and their caregivers, regardless of where they live in the State or who pays for their care, will be empowered to make informed decisions, to exercise control over their long term care needs, and to achieve their personal goals and preferences. A NWD System is a person centered, one-stop coordinated system that seamlessly connects individuals to the full range of long term care options, expanding access to services and supports in an unbiased manner.  Indiana’s NWD System is being built upon the following principles:1. Hoosiers have access to high quality, comprehensive long term services and support information from a trusted network of ADRCs and key referral sources.2. Indiana’s NWD System is person-centered. 3. NWD System consumers in Indiana experience streamlined access to needed services and benefits.4. Older Hoosiers and individuals of all ages with disabilities are able to find and access the right services, in the right place, and at the right time, that are most appropriate to their individual strengths, needs, and preferences. 5. Indiana’s NWD system has strong leadership, whose mission and vision are person centered and all-payer focused, committed to ensuring a systematic, organized and high quality framework for improvement.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center - 04/13/2018

~~“The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) focuses on middle and high schools to help professionals partner with students and families to improve post-school outcomes in the areas of college, careers and community life.  However, we believe that transition planning should begin in the elementary level where the foundation is laid for academics, career awareness, interpersonal relationships, and life skills. 

Project Description:INSTRC provides technical assistance, professional development and evaluation opportunities to LEAs and educators. INSTRC is a project of the Center on Community Living and Careers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University.  INSTRC develops resources and materials as well as provides coaching, technical assistance, and professional development statewide to improve transition education, services and activities that impact post-school outcomes. 

Supports provided include:1. Evaluation of approximately 1,000 Transition IEPs 2. Regional Transition IEP trainings to improve the compliance data for Indicator 13 3. Coaching, technical assistance and professional development activities 4. Resources/materials to improve transition education5. Tuesday’s Transition Tips for Teachers listserv and website.6. Seven Cadre of Transition Leaders to implement evidence-based practices, resource development, family involvement strategies and interagency collaboration.7. Transition alignment with an early childhood focus.” 

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

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Task Force - 11/14/2017

~~“Welcome to the Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities page.

The Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was established by HEA 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly. The task force will be led by Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, a champion on issues important to people with disabilities and their families. A broad assessment of intellectual and developmental disabilities services has not taken place since 1997, when the 317 Commission was established to create a comprehensive plan for services during the time state-run institutions were closing and services were shifting to home and community-based supports. Meetings will be held around the state for the purpose of gathering input and prepare a comprehensive plan for implementation of community-based services provided to people with intellectual and other disabilities no later than November 1, 2018.”

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services - 11/01/2017

~~“The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and requires Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies to set aside federal funds for the provision of PreEmployment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to "students with disabilities who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services."  This is a great opportunity to ensure students have access to meaningful career planning in order to help with the seamless movement from high school to employment or postsecondary training.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Certificate of Completion - 10/25/2017

~~“The Office of Special Education has provided guidance documents and videos in the form of "Coffee Talks" that are posted on the website (https://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/studentassistance/coc ). In addition, the School Counselor regional trainings held in the fall of 2017 included a presentation on COC changes. An update was also provided at the regional IEP transition meetings held during the fall of 2017, and the ICASE fall conference had a break-out session. Project SUCCESS has been and will continue to provide support to districts and teachers in teaching content connectors and designing instruction in courses identified in the Course of Study.” 

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

“Teaching for Transition” - 09/07/2017

~~“Student-focused planning is the foundation of Transition IEP. It builds upon the student's present level of performance and identifies the student's academic, transition services, and accommodation needs. As shown in the graphic below, there are three components in student-focused planning: IEP development, student participation, and planning strategies.

The student must learn and use his self-determination and self-advocacy skills to be a leader of his case conference committee. By working together to develop a transition IEP, the case conference committee will understand the student's strengths, interests and preferences and will identify supports and skills the student needs in order to achieve the his postschool goals”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection Implementation - 08/01/2017

~“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received approval from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)to implement an order of selection. The Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires a state vocational rehabilitation services (VR)agency to implement an order of selection when it does not have sufficient resources to serve all eligible individuals. Under an order of selection, a VR agency is federally required to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first.“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • WIOA

IC 22-9-11-7 Competitive integrated employment first and preferred state policy - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 7. (a) It is the policy of the state to advance competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to an individual with disabilities who is of working age, regardless of the nature or the severity of the individual's disability. The policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities.     (b) State agencies shall follow the policy described in subsection (a) and ensure that the policy is implemented effectively in the state agencies' programs and services. State agencies shall implement the policy in a manner that is consistent with an individual's right to make an informed choice about employment options that meet an individual's needs and preferences.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other

IC 22-9-11-8 Obtaining competitive integrated employment transition services - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 8. (a) This section applies to transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least fourteen (14) years of age.     (b) The primary objective and preferred outcome of providing the services described in subsection (a) is to assist the child in obtaining competitive integrated employment.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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IC 22-9-11-7 Competitive integrated employment first and preferred state policy - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 7. (a) It is the policy of the state to advance competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to an individual with disabilities who is of working age, regardless of the nature or the severity of the individual's disability. The policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities.     (b) State agencies shall follow the policy described in subsection (a) and ensure that the policy is implemented effectively in the state agencies' programs and services. State agencies shall implement the policy in a manner that is consistent with an individual's right to make an informed choice about employment options that meet an individual's needs and preferences.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other

IC 22-9-11-8 Obtaining competitive integrated employment transition services - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 8. (a) This section applies to transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least fourteen (14) years of age.     (b) The primary objective and preferred outcome of providing the services described in subsection (a) is to assist the child in obtaining competitive integrated employment.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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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Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection Implementation - 08/01/2017

~“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received approval from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)to implement an order of selection. The Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires a state vocational rehabilitation services (VR)agency to implement an order of selection when it does not have sufficient resources to serve all eligible individuals. Under an order of selection, a VR agency is federally required to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first.“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • WIOA

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

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

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
  • WIOA

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

~~“Thousands of hours are dedicated by IEPRC staff each year toward technical assistance provided to administrators and staff throughout the state. Most technical assistance focuses on the Indiana IEP system and specific components of the IEP. Common topics include goals, progress monitoring, least restrictive environment, co-teaching and potential harmful effects. Virtual Office Hours, delivered during the school year via monthly webinars, provide immediate answers to the most pressing questions. Following each session the questions and answers are posted to IDOE’s Learning Connection and the IEPRC website .”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Disability Rights (formerly the Protection and Advocacy Services Commission)

~~Proposed Goals and Priorities for 2017-2018GOAL 3: Empowering persons with  disabilities by serving as a partner in rights issues, providing resources for self-advocacy and by bringing awareness to society to eliminate discrimination.

PRIORITIES TO ADDRESS:1.Promote the self-advocacy movement in Indiana through strategic collaboration and inclusion of self-advocates when opportunities arise.2.Educate legislators regarding the impact of policies on people with disabilities.3.Develop a coalition of disability leaders to improve collaborative opportunities between organizations.4.Build a database of resources to enhance information and referral services.5.Development of a public policy agenda by the IPAS Commission.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities State Plan 2017-2021 (Goal and Objectives)

Goal 2. Employment Increase resources, access and options for competitive, integrated employment at a living wage for people with disabilities. 2.1 Work with partners, including policymakers, employers and Chambers of Commerce, to develop and implement a plan to double the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are employed in competitive, integrated employment at minimum wage or higher by 2021. 2.2 Through collaboration with the IIDC, Indiana Disability Rights and Council, the DD network will advocate for the adoption and implementation of a statewide Employment First initiative.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana University at Bloomington Center on Community Living and Careers “Transition from School to Work: Vocational Rehabilitation Services”

CCLC also provides a number of transition activities funded through Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, including a variety of trainings to give educators and adult service providers the tools necessary to develop and implement quality transition services. Some activities include: -Providing support for collaboration between VR counselors,employment providers, and schools. -Developing a Summary of Performance for students that can be used by Vocational Rehabilitation Services and higher education institutions. -Conducting webinars and creating outreach materials to help students and families in transition understand how to access Indiana VR . Watch “Working with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services” here. -Developing Frequently Asked Questions for VRS counselors so that students, families and schools can better understand roles, responsibilities and expectations.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative - 01/12/2019

~“The Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative was a five-year research project examining the effectiveness of a team approach to providing students with disabilities (those who have an IEP plan) with employment coaching and resources prior to leaving high school.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Employment First Community Workshop Series for Employers - 08/21/2018

~~“LIFEDesigns, a service provider in south central Indiana, will host a series with three activities focusing on the ADA and employment. The activities will begin in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The activities will include a presentation on Employment First and the ADA, a networking event for employers and VR customers, and a community conversation on employment for people with disabilities”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

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 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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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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Indiana Medicaid State Plan

The Indiana Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how Indiana administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how Indiana may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

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.

PDF icon IN_VR_RatesandServices.pdf

2017 State Population.
0.51%
Change from
2016 to 2017
6,666,818
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2016 to 2017
477,660
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.86%
Change from
2016 to 2017
184,343
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
6.45%
Change from
2016 to 2017
38.59%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.56%
Change from
2016 to 2017
78.65%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 6,666,818
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 477,660
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 184,343
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,778,797
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 38.59%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.65%
State/National unemployment rate. 3.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 446,521
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 468,531
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 786,393
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 87,124
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 38,356
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,233
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,519
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 21,427
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 10,145

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,841
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.50%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 205,562

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 18,747
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 32,810
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 71,357
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 26.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.80%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.10%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,203
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 4,800
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 879
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)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 521
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 292
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. 56.00%
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. 4.41

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 9,702
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 300,521
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

2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,659,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $15,625,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $26,254,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $45,873,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 10.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 12,741
Number of people served in facility based work. 4,712
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,346
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 25.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.62%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 9.84%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 85.47%
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). 31.15%
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). 70.49%
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). 86.07%
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). 39.34%

 

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

2018
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). 34
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 35
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). 3,457
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. 3,457

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)
 

DEI/DRC

~~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)

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)
 

School to Work Transition

~~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)
 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information regarding this element.

Employer Engagement

~~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)
 

511

~~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)
 

Mental Health

~~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)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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2019 Conference on Disabilities - 05/01/2018

~~The Indiana Conference on Disability has moved to a biennial format; the next conference will take place in 2019. Information will be posted as updates become available.

 

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  • Other

Request for Information Regarding: Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) - 04/23/2018

~~“Indiana is working toward a No Wrong Door System (NWD System), in which Hoosiers of all ages and their caregivers, regardless of where they live in the State or who pays for their care, will be empowered to make informed decisions, to exercise control over their long term care needs, and to achieve their personal goals and preferences. A NWD System is a person centered, one-stop coordinated system that seamlessly connects individuals to the full range of long term care options, expanding access to services and supports in an unbiased manner.  Indiana’s NWD System is being built upon the following principles:1. Hoosiers have access to high quality, comprehensive long term services and support information from a trusted network of ADRCs and key referral sources.2. Indiana’s NWD System is person-centered. 3. NWD System consumers in Indiana experience streamlined access to needed services and benefits.4. Older Hoosiers and individuals of all ages with disabilities are able to find and access the right services, in the right place, and at the right time, that are most appropriate to their individual strengths, needs, and preferences. 5. Indiana’s NWD system has strong leadership, whose mission and vision are person centered and all-payer focused, committed to ensuring a systematic, organized and high quality framework for improvement.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center - 04/13/2018

~~“The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) focuses on middle and high schools to help professionals partner with students and families to improve post-school outcomes in the areas of college, careers and community life.  However, we believe that transition planning should begin in the elementary level where the foundation is laid for academics, career awareness, interpersonal relationships, and life skills. 

Project Description:INSTRC provides technical assistance, professional development and evaluation opportunities to LEAs and educators. INSTRC is a project of the Center on Community Living and Careers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University.  INSTRC develops resources and materials as well as provides coaching, technical assistance, and professional development statewide to improve transition education, services and activities that impact post-school outcomes. 

Supports provided include:1. Evaluation of approximately 1,000 Transition IEPs 2. Regional Transition IEP trainings to improve the compliance data for Indicator 13 3. Coaching, technical assistance and professional development activities 4. Resources/materials to improve transition education5. Tuesday’s Transition Tips for Teachers listserv and website.6. Seven Cadre of Transition Leaders to implement evidence-based practices, resource development, family involvement strategies and interagency collaboration.7. Transition alignment with an early childhood focus.” 

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

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Task Force - 11/14/2017

~~“Welcome to the Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities page.

The Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was established by HEA 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly. The task force will be led by Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, a champion on issues important to people with disabilities and their families. A broad assessment of intellectual and developmental disabilities services has not taken place since 1997, when the 317 Commission was established to create a comprehensive plan for services during the time state-run institutions were closing and services were shifting to home and community-based supports. Meetings will be held around the state for the purpose of gathering input and prepare a comprehensive plan for implementation of community-based services provided to people with intellectual and other disabilities no later than November 1, 2018.”

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services - 11/01/2017

~~“The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and requires Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies to set aside federal funds for the provision of PreEmployment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to "students with disabilities who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services."  This is a great opportunity to ensure students have access to meaningful career planning in order to help with the seamless movement from high school to employment or postsecondary training.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Certificate of Completion - 10/25/2017

~~“The Office of Special Education has provided guidance documents and videos in the form of "Coffee Talks" that are posted on the website (https://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/studentassistance/coc ). In addition, the School Counselor regional trainings held in the fall of 2017 included a presentation on COC changes. An update was also provided at the regional IEP transition meetings held during the fall of 2017, and the ICASE fall conference had a break-out session. Project SUCCESS has been and will continue to provide support to districts and teachers in teaching content connectors and designing instruction in courses identified in the Course of Study.” 

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

“Teaching for Transition” - 09/07/2017

~~“Student-focused planning is the foundation of Transition IEP. It builds upon the student's present level of performance and identifies the student's academic, transition services, and accommodation needs. As shown in the graphic below, there are three components in student-focused planning: IEP development, student participation, and planning strategies.

The student must learn and use his self-determination and self-advocacy skills to be a leader of his case conference committee. By working together to develop a transition IEP, the case conference committee will understand the student's strengths, interests and preferences and will identify supports and skills the student needs in order to achieve the his postschool goals”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection Implementation - 08/01/2017

~“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received approval from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)to implement an order of selection. The Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires a state vocational rehabilitation services (VR)agency to implement an order of selection when it does not have sufficient resources to serve all eligible individuals. Under an order of selection, a VR agency is federally required to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first.“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • WIOA

IC 22-9-11-7 Competitive integrated employment first and preferred state policy - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 7. (a) It is the policy of the state to advance competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to an individual with disabilities who is of working age, regardless of the nature or the severity of the individual's disability. The policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities.     (b) State agencies shall follow the policy described in subsection (a) and ensure that the policy is implemented effectively in the state agencies' programs and services. State agencies shall implement the policy in a manner that is consistent with an individual's right to make an informed choice about employment options that meet an individual's needs and preferences.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

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  • Other

IC 22-9-11-8 Obtaining competitive integrated employment transition services - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 8. (a) This section applies to transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least fourteen (14) years of age.     (b) The primary objective and preferred outcome of providing the services described in subsection (a) is to assist the child in obtaining competitive integrated employment.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

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  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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IC 22-9-11-7 Competitive integrated employment first and preferred state policy - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 7. (a) It is the policy of the state to advance competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to an individual with disabilities who is of working age, regardless of the nature or the severity of the individual's disability. The policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities.     (b) State agencies shall follow the policy described in subsection (a) and ensure that the policy is implemented effectively in the state agencies' programs and services. State agencies shall implement the policy in a manner that is consistent with an individual's right to make an informed choice about employment options that meet an individual's needs and preferences.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

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  • Other

IC 22-9-11-8 Obtaining competitive integrated employment transition services - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 8. (a) This section applies to transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least fourteen (14) years of age.     (b) The primary objective and preferred outcome of providing the services described in subsection (a) is to assist the child in obtaining competitive integrated employment.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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.” 

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  • 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.”

 
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  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection Implementation - 08/01/2017

~“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received approval from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)to implement an order of selection. The Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires a state vocational rehabilitation services (VR)agency to implement an order of selection when it does not have sufficient resources to serve all eligible individuals. Under an order of selection, a VR agency is federally required to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first.“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • WIOA

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” 

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  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

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

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
  • WIOA

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

~~“Thousands of hours are dedicated by IEPRC staff each year toward technical assistance provided to administrators and staff throughout the state. Most technical assistance focuses on the Indiana IEP system and specific components of the IEP. Common topics include goals, progress monitoring, least restrictive environment, co-teaching and potential harmful effects. Virtual Office Hours, delivered during the school year via monthly webinars, provide immediate answers to the most pressing questions. Following each session the questions and answers are posted to IDOE’s Learning Connection and the IEPRC website .”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Disability Rights (formerly the Protection and Advocacy Services Commission)

~~Proposed Goals and Priorities for 2017-2018GOAL 3: Empowering persons with  disabilities by serving as a partner in rights issues, providing resources for self-advocacy and by bringing awareness to society to eliminate discrimination.

PRIORITIES TO ADDRESS:1.Promote the self-advocacy movement in Indiana through strategic collaboration and inclusion of self-advocates when opportunities arise.2.Educate legislators regarding the impact of policies on people with disabilities.3.Develop a coalition of disability leaders to improve collaborative opportunities between organizations.4.Build a database of resources to enhance information and referral services.5.Development of a public policy agenda by the IPAS Commission.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities State Plan 2017-2021 (Goal and Objectives)

Goal 2. Employment Increase resources, access and options for competitive, integrated employment at a living wage for people with disabilities. 2.1 Work with partners, including policymakers, employers and Chambers of Commerce, to develop and implement a plan to double the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are employed in competitive, integrated employment at minimum wage or higher by 2021. 2.2 Through collaboration with the IIDC, Indiana Disability Rights and Council, the DD network will advocate for the adoption and implementation of a statewide Employment First initiative.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana University at Bloomington Center on Community Living and Careers “Transition from School to Work: Vocational Rehabilitation Services”

CCLC also provides a number of transition activities funded through Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, including a variety of trainings to give educators and adult service providers the tools necessary to develop and implement quality transition services. Some activities include: -Providing support for collaboration between VR counselors,employment providers, and schools. -Developing a Summary of Performance for students that can be used by Vocational Rehabilitation Services and higher education institutions. -Conducting webinars and creating outreach materials to help students and families in transition understand how to access Indiana VR . Watch “Working with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services” here. -Developing Frequently Asked Questions for VRS counselors so that students, families and schools can better understand roles, responsibilities and expectations.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative - 01/12/2019

~“The Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative was a five-year research project examining the effectiveness of a team approach to providing students with disabilities (those who have an IEP plan) with employment coaching and resources prior to leaving high school.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Employment First Community Workshop Series for Employers - 08/21/2018

~~“LIFEDesigns, a service provider in south central Indiana, will host a series with three activities focusing on the ADA and employment. The activities will begin in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The activities will include a presentation on Employment First and the ADA, a networking event for employers and VR customers, and a community conversation on employment for people with disabilities”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

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 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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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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Indiana Medicaid State Plan

The Indiana Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how Indiana administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how Indiana may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

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.

PDF icon IN_VR_RatesandServices.pdf

2017 State Population.
0.51%
Change from
2016 to 2017
6,666,818
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2016 to 2017
477,660
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.86%
Change from
2016 to 2017
184,343
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
6.45%
Change from
2016 to 2017
38.59%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.56%
Change from
2016 to 2017
78.65%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 6,666,818
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 477,660
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 184,343
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,778,797
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 38.59%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.65%
State/National unemployment rate. 3.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 446,521
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 468,531
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 786,393
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 87,124
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 38,356
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,233
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,519
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 21,427
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 10,145

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,841
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.50%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 205,562

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 18,747
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 32,810
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 71,357
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 26.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.80%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.10%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,203
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 4,800
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 879
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)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 521
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 292
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. 56.00%
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. 4.41

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 9,702
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 300,521
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

2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,659,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $15,625,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $26,254,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $45,873,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 10.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 12,741
Number of people served in facility based work. 4,712
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,346
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 25.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.62%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 9.84%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 85.47%
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). 31.15%
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). 70.49%
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). 86.07%
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). 39.34%

 

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

2018
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). 34
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 35
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). 3,457
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. 3,457

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)
 

DEI/DRC

~~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)

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)
 

School to Work Transition

~~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)
 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information regarding this element.

Employer Engagement

~~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)
 

511

~~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)
 

Mental Health

~~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)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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2019 Conference on Disabilities - 05/01/2018

~~The Indiana Conference on Disability has moved to a biennial format; the next conference will take place in 2019. Information will be posted as updates become available.

 

Systems
  • Other

Request for Information Regarding: Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) - 04/23/2018

~~“Indiana is working toward a No Wrong Door System (NWD System), in which Hoosiers of all ages and their caregivers, regardless of where they live in the State or who pays for their care, will be empowered to make informed decisions, to exercise control over their long term care needs, and to achieve their personal goals and preferences. A NWD System is a person centered, one-stop coordinated system that seamlessly connects individuals to the full range of long term care options, expanding access to services and supports in an unbiased manner.  Indiana’s NWD System is being built upon the following principles:1. Hoosiers have access to high quality, comprehensive long term services and support information from a trusted network of ADRCs and key referral sources.2. Indiana’s NWD System is person-centered. 3. NWD System consumers in Indiana experience streamlined access to needed services and benefits.4. Older Hoosiers and individuals of all ages with disabilities are able to find and access the right services, in the right place, and at the right time, that are most appropriate to their individual strengths, needs, and preferences. 5. Indiana’s NWD system has strong leadership, whose mission and vision are person centered and all-payer focused, committed to ensuring a systematic, organized and high quality framework for improvement.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center - 04/13/2018

~~“The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center (INSTRC) focuses on middle and high schools to help professionals partner with students and families to improve post-school outcomes in the areas of college, careers and community life.  However, we believe that transition planning should begin in the elementary level where the foundation is laid for academics, career awareness, interpersonal relationships, and life skills. 

Project Description:INSTRC provides technical assistance, professional development and evaluation opportunities to LEAs and educators. INSTRC is a project of the Center on Community Living and Careers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University.  INSTRC develops resources and materials as well as provides coaching, technical assistance, and professional development statewide to improve transition education, services and activities that impact post-school outcomes. 

Supports provided include:1. Evaluation of approximately 1,000 Transition IEPs 2. Regional Transition IEP trainings to improve the compliance data for Indicator 13 3. Coaching, technical assistance and professional development activities 4. Resources/materials to improve transition education5. Tuesday’s Transition Tips for Teachers listserv and website.6. Seven Cadre of Transition Leaders to implement evidence-based practices, resource development, family involvement strategies and interagency collaboration.7. Transition alignment with an early childhood focus.” 

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

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Task Force - 11/14/2017

~~“Welcome to the Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities page.

The Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was established by HEA 1102 in the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly. The task force will be led by Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, a champion on issues important to people with disabilities and their families. A broad assessment of intellectual and developmental disabilities services has not taken place since 1997, when the 317 Commission was established to create a comprehensive plan for services during the time state-run institutions were closing and services were shifting to home and community-based supports. Meetings will be held around the state for the purpose of gathering input and prepare a comprehensive plan for implementation of community-based services provided to people with intellectual and other disabilities no later than November 1, 2018.”

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services - 11/01/2017

~~“The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and requires Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies to set aside federal funds for the provision of PreEmployment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to "students with disabilities who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services."  This is a great opportunity to ensure students have access to meaningful career planning in order to help with the seamless movement from high school to employment or postsecondary training.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • WIOA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Certificate of Completion - 10/25/2017

~~“The Office of Special Education has provided guidance documents and videos in the form of "Coffee Talks" that are posted on the website (https://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/studentassistance/coc ). In addition, the School Counselor regional trainings held in the fall of 2017 included a presentation on COC changes. An update was also provided at the regional IEP transition meetings held during the fall of 2017, and the ICASE fall conference had a break-out session. Project SUCCESS has been and will continue to provide support to districts and teachers in teaching content connectors and designing instruction in courses identified in the Course of Study.” 

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

“Teaching for Transition” - 09/07/2017

~~“Student-focused planning is the foundation of Transition IEP. It builds upon the student's present level of performance and identifies the student's academic, transition services, and accommodation needs. As shown in the graphic below, there are three components in student-focused planning: IEP development, student participation, and planning strategies.

The student must learn and use his self-determination and self-advocacy skills to be a leader of his case conference committee. By working together to develop a transition IEP, the case conference committee will understand the student's strengths, interests and preferences and will identify supports and skills the student needs in order to achieve the his postschool goals”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection Implementation - 08/01/2017

~“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received approval from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)to implement an order of selection. The Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires a state vocational rehabilitation services (VR)agency to implement an order of selection when it does not have sufficient resources to serve all eligible individuals. Under an order of selection, a VR agency is federally required to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first.“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • WIOA

IC 22-9-11-7 Competitive integrated employment first and preferred state policy - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 7. (a) It is the policy of the state to advance competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to an individual with disabilities who is of working age, regardless of the nature or the severity of the individual's disability. The policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities.     (b) State agencies shall follow the policy described in subsection (a) and ensure that the policy is implemented effectively in the state agencies' programs and services. State agencies shall implement the policy in a manner that is consistent with an individual's right to make an informed choice about employment options that meet an individual's needs and preferences.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other

IC 22-9-11-8 Obtaining competitive integrated employment transition services - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 8. (a) This section applies to transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least fourteen (14) years of age.     (b) The primary objective and preferred outcome of providing the services described in subsection (a) is to assist the child in obtaining competitive integrated employment.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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IC 22-9-11-7 Competitive integrated employment first and preferred state policy - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 7. (a) It is the policy of the state to advance competitive integrated employment, including self-employment, as the first and preferred option when providing services to an individual with disabilities who is of working age, regardless of the nature or the severity of the individual's disability. The policy applies to programs and agencies that provide services and support to help obtain employment for individuals with disabilities.     (b) State agencies shall follow the policy described in subsection (a) and ensure that the policy is implemented effectively in the state agencies' programs and services. State agencies shall implement the policy in a manner that is consistent with an individual's right to make an informed choice about employment options that meet an individual's needs and preferences.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other

IC 22-9-11-8 Obtaining competitive integrated employment transition services - 07/01/2017

~~“Sec. 8. (a) This section applies to transition services provided as part of a special education program or related services to a child with a disability who is at least fourteen (14) years of age.     (b) The primary objective and preferred outcome of providing the services described in subsection (a) is to assist the child in obtaining competitive integrated employment.As added by P.L.68-2017, SEC.4.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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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Vocational Rehabilitation Services Order of Selection Implementation - 08/01/2017

~“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) has received approval from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)to implement an order of selection. The Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires a state vocational rehabilitation services (VR)agency to implement an order of selection when it does not have sufficient resources to serve all eligible individuals. Under an order of selection, a VR agency is federally required to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities first.“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • WIOA

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

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

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
  • WIOA

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

~~“Thousands of hours are dedicated by IEPRC staff each year toward technical assistance provided to administrators and staff throughout the state. Most technical assistance focuses on the Indiana IEP system and specific components of the IEP. Common topics include goals, progress monitoring, least restrictive environment, co-teaching and potential harmful effects. Virtual Office Hours, delivered during the school year via monthly webinars, provide immediate answers to the most pressing questions. Following each session the questions and answers are posted to IDOE’s Learning Connection and the IEPRC website .”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Indiana Disability Rights (formerly the Protection and Advocacy Services Commission)

~~Proposed Goals and Priorities for 2017-2018GOAL 3: Empowering persons with  disabilities by serving as a partner in rights issues, providing resources for self-advocacy and by bringing awareness to society to eliminate discrimination.

PRIORITIES TO ADDRESS:1.Promote the self-advocacy movement in Indiana through strategic collaboration and inclusion of self-advocates when opportunities arise.2.Educate legislators regarding the impact of policies on people with disabilities.3.Develop a coalition of disability leaders to improve collaborative opportunities between organizations.4.Build a database of resources to enhance information and referral services.5.Development of a public policy agenda by the IPAS Commission.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities State Plan 2017-2021 (Goal and Objectives)

Goal 2. Employment Increase resources, access and options for competitive, integrated employment at a living wage for people with disabilities. 2.1 Work with partners, including policymakers, employers and Chambers of Commerce, to develop and implement a plan to double the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are employed in competitive, integrated employment at minimum wage or higher by 2021. 2.2 Through collaboration with the IIDC, Indiana Disability Rights and Council, the DD network will advocate for the adoption and implementation of a statewide Employment First initiative.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Indiana University at Bloomington Center on Community Living and Careers “Transition from School to Work: Vocational Rehabilitation Services”

CCLC also provides a number of transition activities funded through Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, including a variety of trainings to give educators and adult service providers the tools necessary to develop and implement quality transition services. Some activities include: -Providing support for collaboration between VR counselors,employment providers, and schools. -Developing a Summary of Performance for students that can be used by Vocational Rehabilitation Services and higher education institutions. -Conducting webinars and creating outreach materials to help students and families in transition understand how to access Indiana VR . Watch “Working with Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services” here. -Developing Frequently Asked Questions for VRS counselors so that students, families and schools can better understand roles, responsibilities and expectations.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative - 01/12/2019

~“The Indiana School-to-Work Collaborative was a five-year research project examining the effectiveness of a team approach to providing students with disabilities (those who have an IEP plan) with employment coaching and resources prior to leaving high school.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Employment First Community Workshop Series for Employers - 08/21/2018

~~“LIFEDesigns, a service provider in south central Indiana, will host a series with three activities focusing on the ADA and employment. The activities will begin in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The activities will include a presentation on Employment First and the ADA, a networking event for employers and VR customers, and a community conversation on employment for people with disabilities”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

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 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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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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Indiana Medicaid State Plan

The Indiana Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how Indiana administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how Indiana may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies