Iowa

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The motto of the state of Iowa is, "Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain." For Iowans with disabilities, this includes the liberties that come with having a job, and equal rights to real work for real pay.

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 Iowa’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
3,123,899
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
180,139
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.53%
Change from
2014 to 2015
83,391
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.45%
Change from
2014 to 2015
46.29%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.37%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 3,090,416 3,107,126 3,123,899
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 181,561 176,576 180,139
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 81,421 82,111 83,391
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,384,715 1,393,306 1,397,255
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 44.84% 46.50% 46.29%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.07% 82.17% 82.37%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.80% 4.40% 3.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.50% 18.90% 19.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.60% 11.40% 11.20%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 176,497 179,117 184,113
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 181,233 174,313 183,923
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 333,343 328,026 343,674
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 10,687 12,318 10,934
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 12,702 11,345 12,119
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,382 1,904 1,743
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,248 2,990 2,912
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,674 6,318 6,031
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,378 1,874 2,405

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,219 6,289 6,432
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 12.70% 12.70% 13.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 77,493 78,016 78,222

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 9,446 6,262 3,407
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 17,145 11,689 6,500
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 22,202 17,083 11,312
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 42.50% 36.70% 30.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 0.50% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 357 333 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,499 4,688 3,776
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 499 1,200 1,842
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 205 409 625
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. 41.00% 34.00% 34.00%
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. 6.67 13.23 20.01

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,696
4,047
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 24 22 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 225 217 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 873 841 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,492 1,664 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,037 1,266 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 45 37 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 39.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,346 4,083 4,820
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 113,438 114,890 115,302
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 311 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $7,712,000 $7,727,000 $9,051,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $27,222,000 $22,569,000 $22,135,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $29,587,000 $32,911,000 $48,932,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $8,062,000 $5,248,000 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00% 17.00% 16.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,461 3,208 3,603
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,106 7,603 8,713
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 65.50 70.80 77.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 64.03% 64.51% 64.92%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.37% 8.38% 8.60%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.33% 1.83% 1.80%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 68.21% 85.21% 87.56%
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). 39.95% 33.51% 30.71%
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). 66.26% 59.15% 58.57%
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). 93.17% 78.74% 83.14%
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). 26.31% 25.64% 27.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 630,402
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 532
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 9
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 63,088
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 63,097
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 4
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 108
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 112
AbilityOne wages (products). $26
AbilityOne wages (services). $785,430

 

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

2015 2016 2017
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). 54 61 33
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3 4 2
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 57 65 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). 4,817 5,668 2,992
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 303 410 185
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5,120 6,078 3,177

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Feedback from SRC members to explore opportunities to expand or develop partnerships. Progress made by IVRS in various initiatives was reported at each SRC meeting. These have included collaborative efforts established between IVRS and the following entities; the Veteran’s Administration, the Employers Disability Resource Network, Manpower (Project Ability), Disability Rights Iowa, Social Security Administration (Ticket–To–Work, Partnership Plus), Project Search, Benefits Planning, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, Iowa’s Workforce Development, the Iowa School for the Deaf, Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) Employment First, the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, Iowa Department of Human Services (including Money Follows the Person and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise), the Iowa Rehabilitation Association, APSE (Association of Persons Supporting Employment First), Developmental Disabilities Council, the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), Unity Point Diversity Initiative and Walgreens Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI). (Page 297)
IVRS has not supported segregated employment for over 16 years. However, schools have still transitioned students with the most profound disabilities into segregated settings without the assistance of IVRS. IVRS local area office supervisors are working with the local school districts to develop plans that identify how we will work collaboratively so these students may try employment first. “Section 511” programming provides students with opportunities to: discover options of competitive integrated work that would be of interest to the student; assessment and work experiences in the community; along with supported employment services designed so that the job is stable by the time of graduation with the focus of encouraging students to be competitively employed by high school graduation. Information briefings are being developed and shared with VR staff, school officials, parents, and community partners in efforts to identify opportunities to provide pre–employment transition services that focus on competitive integrated employment. Services such as Discovery, Career Exploration. (Page 306)
The IVRS counselor and job candidate refer their questions and service requests to the CRP, which determines if it has the capacity to provide answers and work in partnership with the counselor and the job candidate. A team meeting occurs to discuss the plan for Supported Employment services delivery. IVRS is making changes in the alignment and collaboration of service rates through participating the past four years in an Employment First Grant through the Office of Disability and Employment Policy. Strategic planning has collaboratively occurred through the Administration of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the State Employment Leadership Network and the DOL, Disability Employment Initiative. These efforts resulted in a focus on improved alignment of services and the funding of those services to support service delivery for individuals with the most significant disabilities. IVRS, in January of 2016, revised the Menu of Service to reflect alignment with hourly Medicaid Service rates and related performance measures and billable units which improve accountability and connection to service outcomes. (Page 314)
IVRS efforts in coordinating with our business partners will foster competitive community integrated employment. IVRS has not supported segregated employment outcomes for sixteen years so the strategies outlined above as well as what will be developed during this plan will continue to focus on increasing competitive integrated employment outcomes. Customized employment strategies including Discovery and customized job carving will be highlighted in on–going training efforts for VR staff and community providers as effective business resource tools. This training is integrated into sustaining the state’s Employment First efforts. (Page 320)
IVRS also incorporated a goal on working with business. IVRS has a representative on the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and their Executive Director serves on the leadership team of Employment First, which is coordinated through IVRS. A MOA with the Governance Group (eight state agencies which includes the State Medicaid/Mental Health Division and the Executive Director of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council collaborated to support strategies to reduce duplication and maximize employment efforts with a clear focus on competitive, community integrated employment for individuals with the most significant disabilities. This MOU describes the financial responsibilities and the populations that are served to maximize resources and avoid duplication. In addition, IVRS is adopting the Medicaid rates that DHS is implementing in FFY 16. Collaborative planning efforts occurred with DHS in the implementation of the Iowa Employment First Principles which resulted in approaching Iowa legislatures in a collaborative manner resulting in increased state monies being available to serve Iowans with disabilities. (Pages 325)
 

Customized Employment

~~It was recommended and agreed to by IVRS that the policy related to competitive integrated employment demonstrate a strong emphasis on progressive employment and creating customized employment opportunities for the most significantly disabled youth. During the March 2016 meeting the school plan for students covered under Section 511 was discussed and agreed to by the SRC. (Page 295)
These efforts of provider transformation, along with Community of Practice webinars during the past two years, positively impacted customized employment service delivery as well as increased numbers of individuals with the most significant disabilities accessing competitive, community integrated employment outcomes. (Page 315)
Customized employment strategies including Discovery and customized job carving will be highlighted in on–going training efforts for VR staff and community providers as effective business resource tools. This training is integrated into sustaining the state’s Employment First efforts. (Page 320)
The agency routinely uses the latest research and pilot projects to update training programs in areas such as ADA, assistive technology, mental illness, learning disabilities, Autism, and head injury/traumatic brain injury. IVRS is the lead agency with the Employment First Initiative and staff as well as partners has access to a myriad of customized employment training webinars. (Page 332)
Only those that are needed and cannot be provided by the agency are purchased. Additional services were added to the Menu of Services this year that include Discovery and Customized Employment. As part of the FFY15 State Plan, IVRS completed the mandatory Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) to determine the current needs of Iowans with disabilities, as well as assess the services provided by Community Rehabilitation Programs. (Page 351)
The new rate structure will allow IVRS and the Department of Human Services to collaborate with funding to assure that CRPS are adequately reimbursed for the range of services available from each agency. Implementation of new payment points and the development of Customized Employment services have occurred. Supported Employment Services with a focus on competitive, integrated employment is supported by IVRS. (Page 352)
The individuals who participated in the Employment First Initiative were from our most vulnerable and disabled population, many of whom had never worked in a competitive integrated environment. Some participated in progressive employment, first exploring their interests and sometimes starting with volunteer work; while others moved into an employment setting learning skills through a customized employment experience that created an opportunity of success for them. (Page 353)
 Competitive integrated employment – it was recommended and agreed to by IVRS that the policy related to competitive integrated employment demonstrate a strong emphasis on progressive employment and creating customized employment opportunities for the most significantly disabled youth. During the March 2016 meeting, the school plan for students covered under section 511 was discussed and agreed to by the SRC. (Page 357)
Supported employment is competitive employment in an integrated setting consistent with the strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice of the individuals with ongoing support services for individuals with the most significant disabilities. Many supported employment plans include the need for customized employment, and the IVRS menu of services that allows for the purchase of services from CRPs has been updated to include the provision of customized employment. (Page 360)
Only those that are needed and cannot be provided by the agency are purchased. Additional services were added to the Menu of Services this year that include Discovery and Customized Employment. (Page 377)
Implementation of new payment points and the development of Customized Employment services have occurred. Supported Employment Services with a focus on competitive, integrated employment is supported by IVRS. (Pages 392- 394)
A survey of IDB counselors indicated that 100% of them considered CRPs to need training in promoting supported employment and pre–employment services. They also reported that CRPS were unaware of the alternative techniques that could be used to engage in employment and often did not know how to provide training materials and other resources in formats that were accessible to people who were blind or visually impaired. The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, which has worked closely with CRPS for several years, facilitated meetings with IDB counselors and clients to discuss best practices in the delivery of customized employment services. Those discussions resulted in determining that CRPS also need training in the area of customized employment. (Page 443)
Customized Employment has been added as a vocational rehabilitation service option.  (Page 452)
The Department is also exploring Customized Employment and work based learning opportunities. The Department will partner with Community Rehabilitation Organizations to generate referrals for individuals who can benefit from competitive integrated employment in their communities.  (Page 452)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Blending and braiding of funds to maximize resources and increase efficiency. (Page 69)
A referral process that allows for direct connection by and between key agency staff, which includes holding agencies accountable for assisting workers in achieving success is underway and set to be rolled out in conjunction with the Iowa One-Stop Center standards in 2017. The braiding and blending of funding streams will maximize benefits and services to Iowa’s job seekers, employees and employers. (Page 117)
ICIE has been a key collaborator with innovative braiding of funding to expand financial and technical assistance areas specifically related to employment first and the delivery of supported employment services in Iowa. (Page 348)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.  The State of Iowa is committed to providing programs and services in a readily accessible format and delivery method to any individual who is seeking services from the workforce system. Accessibility as referenced throughout this plan refers to the direct and indirect ideas, actions, philosophies and physical and emotional supports used by an individual or employer to support employment for ALL Iowans. (Page 196)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning.  (Page 395)
Shared training has been arranged between IVRS with other entities (including Workforce/DEI, Manpower, ICIE, APSE, EDRN and SHRM). IVRS continues to have an expectation for all field staff to be involved in business development. The SRC took a lead role in organizing a series of three webinars and on–site training activities focused specifically at business partnerships. (Page 297)
The disability and employment initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an integrated resource team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 348)
 

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. Unfortunately, the Iowa workforce development representative assigned to these projects decided to step down from his state level position and no other person was assigned to the projects as a result. (Pages 341-342)
Another objective of our Iowa Plan is to engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career 6 Development of Pilot Projects – WIOA Pilots –IVRS consistently considers the use of pilot projects prior to full and comprehensive roll out of new initiatives and programs. (Page 346)
Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. Unfortunately the Iowa Workforce Development representative assigned to these projects decided to step down from his state level position and no other person was assigned to the projects. (Page 387)
Pilots have been conducted and will be expanded to partner with credit and non–credit courses to encourage the transition of adult learners to a career pathway. The pilots are designed to increase the number of adult learners earning transferrable credit, marketable credential, and, or entering post–secondary education.  (Page 274)
Our goal is for all individuals with disabilities to access services through the workforce development partners. Similar to the multi-tiered system of support designed in education, IVRS anticipates that 80% of the individuals with disabilities can be successful accessing the programs and services provided by Iowa workforce development with no specialized service needed because the staff has received basic training and etiquette in working with individuals with disabilities. (Page 342)
Another objective of our Iowa Plan is to engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career services. Development of Pilot Projects – WIOA Pilots –IVRS consistently considers the use of pilot projects prior to full and comprehensive roll out of new initiatives and programs. (Page 346)
 Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. (Page 378)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning (Page395)
Create affordable options for workers to obtain education, training, skills, including personal, soft, and basic skills, and financial literacy, necessary to secure and maintain self-sustaining employment, and· Develop opportunities for ALL Iowans to develop entrepreneurial skills and concepts while providing opportunities for connection with Iowa business leaders  (Page 95)
 

Benefits

~~The disability and employment initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an integrated resource team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 348)
The eligible individual, the counselor, and when appropriate, other extended service providers will jointly plan supported employment services. Supported employment services shall be provided by other agencies, organizations, employers, or other available sources with whom cooperative arrangements will be made. Comparable services and benefits will be used to the maximum extent appropriate. Services will be provided in the most integrated setting possible consistent with the individual’s informed choice. (Page 360)
During the extended evaluation IVRS counselors must develop a written plan for providing services to make the determination. An individual who has a disability as determined eligible for Social Security benefits shall be considered to be an individual with a significant disability and presumed to be eligible for IVRS services, provided that individual intends to achieve an employment outcome consistent with the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice of the individual. Individuals who are seeking homemaker and unpaid family worker (and other similar uncompensated occupations) are referred to the Independent Living Program for services.  (Page 373)
A continued barrier for service delivery is the timely delivery of benefits planning services for individuals and families with the most significant disabilities. This is also contributed to by the lack of information that gets to families through early education and secondary school programming. Strategies are being implemented through the delivery of Pre–Employment Transition Services. (Page 379)
Assigned staff to provide benefits planning services and benefits counseling. Staff assigned to IVRS college settings are adept in using work incentives to help address a beneficiary’s needs through school until the completion of their work goals. (Page 380)
The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 395)
 The IDB refers individuals to Iowa Workforce Development for information regarding benefits planning, labor market information, assessment information, in addition to trainings, assistance with job search activities and a variety of other services available through the local one-stop centers. (Page 414)
The Partners also recognized in 2014, that there are 110,000 Iowan’s who might benefit from SSA disability benefits planning services. Some of these individuals are served by a variety of agencies. The Department for the Blind is focused on services being provided in the community, in integrated and competitive environments. (Page 428)
Partner agencies have begun to determine the feasibility of establishing a benefits planning network that will identify approved training opportunities for Iowa benefits planners, to provide technical assistance to trainers, and to develop referral processes for SSA recipients not currently connected to the service delivery system. (Page 429)
SSA also identified those people who were working age and were receiving SSI and/or SSDI benefits. Among all working age Iowans with disabilities, 18.27% were receiving benefits, of which 2.17% of the total recipients were blind or visually impaired. Of the total recipients, 69.93% were working age individuals with disabilities, and 2.33% of working age disability recipients where individuals who were blind or visually impaired. (Page 438)
Ensure all clients receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income have the opportunity to receive individualized benefits counseling from a certified Benefits planner. (Page 465)
Extended supported employment services shall be provided by other agencies, organizations, employers, or other available sources with whom cooperative arrangements will be made. Comparable services and benefits will be used to the maximum extent appropriate. Services will be provided in the most integrated setting possible consistent with the individual’s informed choice. Supported employment services may include. (Page 469)
Benefits and services to Iowa’s job seekers, employees and employers will be maximized through the intentional braiding, integrating and seeking out of diverse funding streams. (Page 95)
Benefits to using the Iowa TIER system include:
• Reduction of data–entry by IVRS Staff;
• Centralize data collection related to pre–employment transition services provided by local education agencies and IVRS while reducing duplicative data entry;
• Connect with other data in the system to evaluate the effectiveness of the IVRS and DE collaboration. (Page 305)
 With the limited number of work–ready job candidates, the conference agenda was geared toward emphasizing the benefits to employers of hiring persons with disabilities. IVRS is striving to create these connections during this economic opportunity. (Page 316)
The Council facilitated for National Disability Awareness Month in 2015 a series of three educational webinars hosted with local collaboration/discussion occurring at three host sites. This created awareness around the business case and benefits of hiring people who have a disability. Approximately 80 people attended the session across the state, for each webinar. (Page 319) Assuring quality of vocational services provided;
(k)  Providing ongoing communication with all members of an individual’s team as needed;
(l)   Cooperating with case manager in monitoring quality of employment service, reviewing both individual and provider progress;
(m) Encouraging individuals who enter Supported Employment Services and receive Social Security benefits to become aware of and utilize SSA work incentives;
(n)  Identifying ongoing supports to begin by the time of an individual’s stabilization on the job. (Page 323)
 IVRS continues to focus on diversity growth especially in the professional classification levels and have had several meetings with the Iowa Department of Personnel to expand recruitment strategies. The Bureau Chief of the Rehabilitation Services Bureau is on the Advisory Board for the University of Iowa.  She meets with students after the board meetings to discuss employment with IVRS, the benefits, the qualities that the state agency is looking for and current trends. (Page 323)
IVRS also provides training on policy, motivational interviewing, benefits planning, and when new initiatives and issues arise, training is developed and provided by the Rehabilitation Services Bureau. Standing committees exist to help disseminate information on a regular basis in the areas of Motivational Interviewing, Business development and engagement, benefits planning and assistive technology. These trainings continue to focus on providing staff adaptive skills in providing service delivery to a changing population need involving collaboration with Unified State Planning Goals, Individuals with increased functional limitations and barriers to employment as well as an emphasis on our aging population. These efforts also have a strong point of emphasis on our pre–employment transition services for youth engagement. (Page 332) 

School to Work Transition

~~Assist all youth who are blind or visually impaired in their career path navigation by offering a variety of options supporting the transition from school to work. Measure: Number of students receiving pre–employment transition services prior to high school graduation.- Prepare Iowa’s youth to meet the evolving demands of tomorrow’s workforce. Measure: Number of students participating in paid work experiences prior to high school graduation. Number of students who have IEP goals aligned with their career goal. Strategy 5: Assist all youth who are blind or visually impaired in their career path navigation by offering a variety of options supporting the transition from school to work. Measure: Number of students receiving pre–employment transition services prior to high school graduation. Strategy 6: Prepare Iowa’s youth to meet the evolving demands of tomorrow’s workforce. Measure: Number of students participating in paid work experiences prior to high school graduation. (Page 454)
- Engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career services. Measure: Percentage of students that have IEP goals that aligns with their career path interests. (Page 460)
Expands access for students with disabilities to engage in career exploration and skill development at a younger age, launching them on a path to career success and independence;
• Increases participation of VR counselors in IEP team meetings ensuring cross–agency planning and earlier career preparation; and
• Improves strategies to ensure that students with disabilities secure employment prior to graduation and connect with long–term supports services when needed and available to ensure long term success.
• Educates parents and youth on work incentives planning by comparing benefits of work versus SSI.  (Page 37)
 

Data Collection

~~Increases efficiency throughout the workforce delivery system, and aids in accurate performance measurement used in decision-making. (Page 96)
• Minimize the participatory burden to an accessible system through the creation and implementation of a common intake and reporting system among core partners and relevant agencies. (Page 96)
IWorks will continue to operate as Iowa Workforce Development’s data collection and case management system for:
• Wagner-Peyser Act
• WIOA Title I
• Veterans Employment and Training programs
• Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers
• PROMISE JOBS (Page148)
The Iowa Rehabilitation Services System (IRSS) is an internal case management system that is owned, maintained, and updated by IVRS. The original concept of IRSS was the development of an interactive, intuitive system designed to meet agency needs for case management, financial management, contract management, vendor management and reporting. After many years of development and scale-backs on the scope of the project, IRSS was put into use in October, 2008. The system that was deployed at that time was developed to meet the data collection and financial needs of the agency. Limited reports were developed and included in the initial deployment to assist with case management. Shortly following implementation, the IVRS IRSS Priority Management Team (PMT) was formed and charged with the responsibility of developing improvements to the IRSS Case Management System to meet the financial, case management and reporting needs of the agency and move the system closer to the original concept. Representatives of the Rehabilitation Services Bureau and Administrative Services Bureau, in collaboration with IT developers and project managers, develop the projects and business rules for all IRSS development.  (Pages 149)
Employment Benefit Analysis - a survey conducted with IWD employers across Iowa are asked to provide information regarding benefits they currently offer their full-time and part-time employees in a regional analysis.  (Page 145)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Activities to support integrated education and training strategies will align with the NGA Talent PIPEline/Future Ready Initiative recommendations as well as with concepts within the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Taskforce report. A youth-focused work group will be convened by the Core Partners and key stakeholders. Individuals and small businesses will be given guidance on business enterprises, asset development, and benefits planning throughout the start-up, operations and maintenance phases of entrepreneurial pursuits. (Page 80)
The Employer Disability Resource Network (EDRN) - was designed to increase the employment of persons with disabilities by pooling agency resources and providing technical expertise to employers throughout Iowa. Members of this group include staff from IVRS, the Department for the Blind, Veteran’s Administration, Small Business Administration, and Division of Persons with Disabilities, Workforce Development, Community Rehabilitation Providers, Drake University, and Iowa Medicaid. Persons from high school transition age to the aging population are represented. Members of this group present to individual employers as well as employer organizations throughout the state. At present, much attention has been raised by this group to inform employers about Section 503 Rules for Federal Contractors. Internal tools and resources have been provided to staff of IVRS to assist in educating employers about compliance with Section 503. Additionally, this group presented a conference in August, 2015, to assist in education on hiring persons from diverse backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, and the value these individuals present to the workforce. In Iowa, the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in the last decade; therefore, business and industry are considering populations that they traditionally did not pursue in hiring. With the limited number of work-ready job candidates, the conference agenda was geared toward emphasizing the benefits to employers of hiring persons with disabilities. IVRS is striving to create these connections during this economic opportunity. (Page 127)
 In addition IVRS works with Small Business Development Centers and the IWD Small Business Development teams to provide necessary technical assistance.
The Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP), an industry-led, CEO-level advisory board established by Governor Branstad in 2011 was charged with the task of continuously identifying and studying economic growth issues facing Iowa and recommend solutions and policy alternatives. (Page 39)
 The Employer Disability Resource Network (EDRN) – is a collaborative group of state, federal and private partners working together to identify, develop and mobilize resources, supports and services that add value to Iowa businesses hiring persons with disabilities. EDRN Partners include Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Iowa Department for the Blind; Deaf Services; Division of Persons with Disabilities; Veterans Administration; Social Security Administration; Iowa Workforce Development; U.S. Small Business Administration/SCORE; Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa. EDRN provides Iowa employer’s access to qualified applicants, enhances the available labor market by combining on–the–job training, internships and classroom experiences for high–demand occupations and serves as a resource for up–to–date information about disability employment issues for the business community. (Page 316)
 Self–Employment is a vocational option that may be considered as part of an individual’s informed choice. A program for self–employment has been developed under an agreement between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) and Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB). It is available to active candidates of IVRS or IDB who are able to become self–sufficient by establishing, expanding, or acquiring a small business. IVRS employs two full–time business staff who specialize in assisting job candidates with a vocational goal of self–employment. Before investing time and money into a self–employment venture, the candidate must complete an in–depth study about the business they intend to start. The IVRS/IDB Counselors and the candidate, guided by the technical assistance of the IVRS Business Development Specialists, will outline a plan of action to help explore: an individual’s qualifications and skills; the entrepreneurial idea; determination of the feasibility of the business idea; and facilitate Business Plan development should the idea demonstrate promise. Iowa Economic Development, Iowa Small Business Development Centers, Iowa Job Centers and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) are organizations that can help with preliminary exploration of business ventures, and services available through Iowa Workforce Development may also provide additional education. IVRS and IDB provide the financial assistance to start a business to their respective job candidates with matching dollars provided by the job candidate. When the candidate is served by both agencies, IVRS and IDB coordinate the services and the plan. The data below demonstrates the number of successful businesses supported that remained in business two years post the opening of the business. (Page 319)
 The EDRN seeks to increase employment of persons with disabilities by pooling agency resources and providing technical expertise to employers throughout the state. Members of this group include staff from the Department, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Iowa Economic Development Authority, U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Human Rights – Office of Persons with Disabilities and Office of Deaf Services, Iowa Workforce Development, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Easter Seals of Iowa, Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa, Department of Education and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant program. Members of this group have presented and provided resources and assistance to employers and employer organizations throughout the state. In addition, the EDRN provides Iowa employers with access to qualified job applicants and are available to provide employers with information and support related to retaining quality employees who experience a disability. (Page 413)
 Business Development Specialists provide technical assistance to clients to assist them in reaching this goal if determined appropriate. Through the program, clients can access Iowa Economic Development, Iowa Small Business Development Centers, Iowa Job Centers and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the Iowa Workforce Development to gain additional training or assistance in developing their business plans. The Department encourages and assists clients to develop connections and mentors with other individuals, including individuals who are blind or visually impaired, who have established successful businesses. (Page 423)
 

Career Pathways

~~IVRS has attended Career Pathways trainings and are finding more opportunities to network with RAP partners and connect students to RA and related programs. (Page 95)
Through implementation of career pathways and infusing of robust sector strategies across systems, Iowa is committed to serving the underserved citizenry by closing educational and employment gaps to end disparities based on disability, ethnicity, race, class, and geographic location. By 2025, 70% of all Iowans will have earned a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized credential or certification - the new minimum - that meets employer needs. (Page 60)
IVRS area offices are also becoming involved and engaged in sector partnerships. At the state level, IVRS has representation on the statewide Career Pathways and Sector Partnership Advisory Boards and will be involved in policy development that addresses accessibility issues. At the local level, the sector partnerships are locally developed workforce partners that serve specific industry sectors by providing a talent pool of eligible job candidates, as well as technical assistance to business and industry regarding their specific questions and needs. (Page 105)
Externs who successfully complete the 120-hour REDI training have the opportunity to apply for openings at Walgreens or with a neighboring business. Since the initiation of REDI in 2012, IVRS has worked with six Iowa providers (CRPS) to deliver REDI training in twelve Walgreens stores across Iowa. IVRS continues to develop Occupational Skill Training Programs per local area office needs. Communication efforts are being expanded at the local IWD Regional Workforce Boards in order to ensure collaboration with existing career pathways and sector boards will be integrated and accessible for individuals with disabilities. (Page 106)
Through implementation of career pathways and infusing of robust sector strategies across systems, Iowa is committed to serving the underserved citizenry by closing educational and employment gaps to end disparities based on disability, ethnicity, race, class, and geographic location. (Page 109)
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) plans to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Department of Education for the purposes of expanding the Intermediary Network with the focus of serving students with disabilities to connect with career pathways. IVRS will fund up to $1.5 million to support the Intermediary Network, which is delivered by the community college system. This expansion, focused on students with disabilities who have traditionally not been able to access career pathways, will develop the mechanism by which students with disabilities gain skills in occupations that are job-driven. This will be accomplished through improved work based learning strategies. (Page 138)
Sector Partnerships – IVRS area offices are also becoming involved and engaged in sector partnerships. At the state level, IVRS has representation on the statewide Career Pathways and Sector Partnership Advisory Boards and will be involved in policy development that addresses accessibility issues. At the local level, the sector partnerships are locally developed workforce partners that serve specific industry sectors by providing a talent pool of eligible job candidates, as well as technical assistance to business and industry regarding their specific questions and needs. The Burlington Area Office has one IVRS employee on each sector partnership which has proven to be a systemic approach to placement. (Page 317)
We are expanding communication efforts at the local IWD Regional Workforce Boards in order to ensure collaboration with existing career pathways and sector boards that will be integrated and accessible for individuals with disabilities. (Page 318)
IVRS utilizes all of our employment services for adults and youth. We have seen value in understanding the business needs and being able to integrate those needs into counseling and guidance that lays the foundation for employment planning and access to career pathways for students and youth with disabilities. Programs like the IVRS Transition Alliance Programs, Making the Grade, Project Search, Occupational Skill Training Programs, Pre–Employment Transition Work Readiness Programs, Access to school STEM programs, and the increase involvement of the Iowa Department of Education Intermediary Network focused on work based learning opportunities for all students combine to enhance transition employment services for IVRS job candidates. The Rehabilitation Services Bureau Chief is actively involved with the Special Education Advisory Board and the Administrator works with the Department of Education’s Work Based Learning Grand as well as the Future Ready Iowa Program. (Page 321)
Through career pathways connections and apprenticeship trainings IVRS will be able to encourage job candidates to seek out and obtain employment i the middle skills industries. IVRS will also continue to try and expand the business contracts where IVRS embeds a diversity/retention specialist in businesses. Currently one contract exists where IVRS funds the salary of such a person employed by unity point health services, which is in the top industry sectors to be targeted. (Page 335)
Develop and implement business focused earn–and–learn opportunities, Improve linkages to career pathways and business sectors, Infuse business information and the need for “middle skill” sets when working with students and teachers in transition efforts. Encourage increased business engagement.  (Page 337)
Providing an integrated service system for employers can be accomplished similar to following the model developed by the workforce partnership in Burlington. This model ties in the community college, the special services and supports of IVRS, adult education, TANF, career pathways, etc. It provides industry the resources and supports they need and want, without involving extra unnecessary contacts and services not required. (Page 343-345)
 

Employment Networks

~~THE DESIGNATED STATE UNIT WILL COORDINATE ACTIVITIES WITH ANY OTHER STATE AGENCY THAT IS FUNCTIONING AS AN EMPLOYMENT NETWORK UNDER THE TICKET TO WORK AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM UNDER SECTION 1148 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT. 
6.   FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM:
Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation.   (Page 479)
 

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Home- and Community Based Services Rent Subsidy Program - 09/15/2017

~~“Application Period The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) is accepting applications for the Home- and Community-Based Services Rent Subsidy Program. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. A waiting list has been established, with applications being processed in the order they are received.

The HCBS Rent Subsidy program aids eligible applicants who receive services under Money Follows the Person or a federal Medicaid waiver program called home-and community-based service. The program provides a monthly rent assistance payment to applicants to help them live successfully in their own home until they become eligible for any other local, state or federal rent assistance. In Iowa, the program helps an average of 327 Iowans each month to stay in their home and to remain a part of their community”

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

“Exceptional Opportunities” _ Crossroads of Western Iowa - 08/10/2017

~~CWI fully embraces the Employment First Initiative…     “Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, possess the right and responsibility to work. Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, should have the opportunity to live their life to the fullest and contribute toward their own self-sufficiency.” 

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

Goodwill of the Heartland Mission Services – “Service Manual” - 07/13/2017

~~“Supported employment services are intended to assist persons receiving services to retain employment in the community or in their own business.  This service is intended for the person who needs longer-term supports to retain employment and/or reach career goals.1. Entrance Criteria:Meet agency admission criteriaClient expresses interest in or agrees to community-based employment.Funding is secured.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Increasing Employment for People with Disabilities” - 07/01/2017

~~“The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed including:

•State Employment Leadership Network (SELN): SELN's mission is to bring states together to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. SELN consultants help Iowa recognize the systemic barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and ways to overcome them.•Medicaid Infrastructure (MIG) Grant: This program ended in 2013. The purpose of MIG was to assist states with making improvements to their Medicaid programs that support the competitive employment of people with disabilities.•Employment First ("E1st"): Iowa is one of three states awarded an Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant to promote systems change around improving employment outcomes and one of 26 States with an APSE sponsored initiative emphasizing integrated employment. Iowa E1st includes individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, state human services and vocational staff, business leaders, and others. Iowa's Employment First Leadership State Mentor Program (EFLSMP) brings together Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) with DHS, IowaWORKS, the DD Council, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, and a family member, under the mentorship of the State of Washington.•Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment: The Administration on Developmental Disabilities Grant awarded a $358,000 per year five year grant to the Developmental Disabilities Council. The grant will which brings together the DD Council, the Iowa Department of Education (DE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and DHS to improve systems so that Iowa youth with a developmental disability have fully integrated, and competitive work opportunities. The grant will contract for 6 demonstration projects in an education environment and at least 3 demonstration projects with community rehabilitation providers. This project is called the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment (ICIE).•Iowa's Money follows the Person Grant (MFP): The Partnership for Community Integration Project is a federal Medicaid demonstration grant to assist with the transition of persons currently residing in ICFs/ID to communities of their choice. Employment plays an integral part in community inclusion and the goals of the project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa HF 572, Concerning who Consitatue the Membership of the State WIB - 07/01/2017

~~“An Iowa workforce development board is created,….” the law describes who will make up the 33 voting members and 13 non-voting of the board including the governor, a state senator, a state representative, the director of the Departments of Workforce Development, Education, the Blind, and Vocational Rehabilitation or their designees, and a number of members drawn from the business community, groups who work with persons with disabilities and other departments.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Benefits Planning (Webinar links) - 02/14/2017

~~“The Iowa Community of Practice archived webinars are now on the ICIE YouTube channel and available to anyone any time! Eventually, IACP will be adding the webinars to their global lessons (available for any provider to use) on the DirectCourse system.  Each lesson will be paired with a generic test to confirm that the content was reviewed, and be tracked on their professional training transcript.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Money Follows the Person (MFP) Update - 01/01/2017

~~“The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program is a collaborative partnership between DHS’s Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD). This program, funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or other related disabilities, to move out of intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and into their own homes or apartments in the community of their choice. Individuals living in nursing homes may also qualify. MFP grant funding (which CDD worked with the IME to obtain) provides for transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after an individual moves into the community. Under a contract with IME, nine Transition Specialists from CDD are deployed throughout the state to provide transition planning services, community options awareness, training, and ongoing support and care coordination to individuals with disabilities, their families and facility-based and community-based providers. In addition CDD has employed an Employment Specialist to address employment barriers faced by MFP participants.  CDD also employs a MFP Project Coordinator stationed at IME. This position provides oversight for the statewide project and coordinates the grant related activities. CDD also employs a Behavioral Specialist to provide training and consultation to providers, consumers and families who are assisting a person that may be experiencing challenging behaviors.”

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

Iowa Employment First Guidebook - 01/01/2017

“This Guidebook was created to provide case managers, care managers, service coordinators and integrated health home coordinators with critical information, resources and tools to help them do the best possible job of assisting transition-age youth and working-age adults with disabilities they support to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 6) - 11/01/2016

IADEI will hire five Disability Resource Coordinators and will link a variety of initiatives to make the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act real for all Iowans. IADEI will increase access to and participation in local Career Pathway models in the current five local workforce regions through a  partnership between eight state agencies and the Department of Labor. State Leadership Agencies will work with local WDBs to strengthen disability integration in service through the implementation of three DEI strategies currently being implemented under its Round 3 DEI project  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Iowa Department of Human Services “HCBS Prevocational and Supported Employment Service - 09/01/2016

“This letter is to serve as notification that in order to comply with the federal correct coding guidelines the IME will be introducing Level II Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for Tier 1 Long Term Job Coaching and for Individual Supported Employment and to provide clarification regarding a unit of service for Individual Supported Employment…. For services with a date of service beginning September 1, 2016, or after, the service must be authorized and billed using the HCPCS procedure code and the HCP CS Level II modifieras follows :• H2025 U4 for Tier 1 of Long Term Job Coaching • T2018 UC for Individual Supported Employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Iowa HF 572, Concerning who Consitatue the Membership of the State WIB - 07/01/2017

~~“An Iowa workforce development board is created,….” the law describes who will make up the 33 voting members and 13 non-voting of the board including the governor, a state senator, a state representative, the director of the Departments of Workforce Development, Education, the Blind, and Vocational Rehabilitation or their designees, and a number of members drawn from the business community, groups who work with persons with disabilities and other departments.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Iowa SF 505 - 07/02/2015

"An Iowa ABLE savings plan trust is created…The general assembly finds that the general welfare and well-being of the state are directly related to the health, maintenance, independence, and quality of life of its disabled residents,and that a vital and valid public purpose is served by the creation and implementation of programs that encourage and make possible savings to secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of individuals with disabilities …"

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Iowa Employer Tax Incentive - 10/24/2012

For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1984...a taxpayer who operates a business which is considered to be a small business…is allowed an additional deduction for 50 percent of the first 12 months of wages paid or accrued during the tax years for work done in Iowa by employees first hired on or after January 1, 1984…where the taxpayer first qualifies as a small business….and meets one of the following criteria: A handicapped individual domiciled in this state at the time of hiring. An individual domiciled in this state at the tie of hiring…  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Assistive Device Tax Credit

  The taxes imposed under this division shall be reduced by an assistive device tax credit.  A small business purchasing, renting, or modifying an assistive device or making workplace  modifications for an individual with a disability who is employed or will be employed by the small business is eligible, subject to availability of credits, to receive this assistive device tax credit which is equal to fifty percent of the first five thousand dollars paid during the tax year for the purchase, rental, or modification of the assistive device or for making the workplace modifications.  Any credit in excess of the tax liability shall be refunded with interest computed under section 422.25…

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
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Iowa Executive Order 27 - 02/04/2003

“Recognizing that the breadth and complexity of the issues required a coordinated inter-agency response, in 2003 Governor Vilsack issued Executive Order 27 calling upon state agencies to identify the barriers to community living posed by their policies and programs and to develop plans to remove them. Executive Order 27 also created the current Olmstead Consumer Taskforce to advise the Governor’s Office on strategies to promote community integration, including changes in policies or programs.”

NOTE: While Executive Order 27 mentioned employment only in general terms, the Olmstead Plan developed with assistance from the Taskforce specifically supports integrated, competitive employment.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services - 08/01/2016

“Under WIOA regulations, IVRS is required to spend 15% of our federal grant resources towards Pre-Employment Transition Services. We have a number of initiatives that are being designed and implemented for this effort. For example, programs and initiatives such as: TAP (Transition Alliance Programs)’ Project Search, Youth Leadership Forum, Intermediary Network, Work-Based Learning, Construction Simulator, zSpace, and our Summer Camp activities are all examples of PETS initiatives.”

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

Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage - 07/22/2016

“The addition of Section 511 demonstrates the intent that individuals with disabilities, especially youth with disabilities, must be afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or reenter competitive integrated employment. Section 511 imposes limitations on employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that must be satisfied before the employers may hire youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continue to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level. (the link opens a Word Document) “

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

IA Department of Human Services Report of Joint Protocols and Program Models - 12/15/2014

“IVRS and DHS are key collaborators in EFSLMP.  “IVRS is the lead agency, but DHS has committed to staff and management resources and time. … Iowa has a “grassroots Employment First (E1st) initiative that influences the state’s employment service delivery system and involves a broad range of collaborators.   …“Iowa’s E1st Vision is that “‘Iowans with disabilities are employed at the same rate as other Iowans and receiving equal benefits.’”  The Mission of E1st is to ‘Change beliefs, practices, systems and funding so that employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred outcome in the provision of publically funded services for all working age Iowans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.’”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Department of Human Services Agreement - 10/01/2014

“The purpose of this agreement is to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment services for people with developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, hereinafter referred to as IVRS, and the Iowa Department of Human Services, hereinafter referred to as DHS. This agreement will serve to clarify roles and responsibilities of IVRS and DHS in regard to common consumers.  This agreement is effective October 1, 2014, or the latest date of signature, through September 30, 2016.”

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

Olmstead Plan for Mental Health and Disability Services: State plan framework (2011 - 2015) - 01/06/2011

“The Department of Human Service’s priorities for Olmstead Plan implementation include establishing the leadership, necessary partnerships and infrastructure for a service system expanding opportunities for competitive employment.”

The goals include: “Conducting targeted outreach to families and guardians of individuals with mental illness, brain injury and other disabilities to raise awareness of opportunities for community living, including competitive employment, by accessing available supports and services; … Analyzing current policies and practice regarding transition, and determine, with the engagement of the Department of Education, how these can be strengthened to support integrated employment as a preferred outcome for students moving into the adult service system".

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Iowa Workforce Development Annual Report 2016

~~“…through our partnership with the DirectEmployers Association, we provide 10 microsites, which offer the opportunity to provide job information on mobile and hand-held devices. These sites are also search-engine optimized, and were developed at no cost to the state. The 10 microsites include:WORKINIOWA-DISABILITY.JOBSHelps employers reach the disability community. Helps employerscomply with Affirmative Action and Equal Employment OpportunityCommission efforts.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Department of Education “Secondary Transition

“The ultimate goal of secondary transition planning is to make the adjustment from high school as easy, successful and as short as possible. Successful transition planning should begin early and be based on specific knowledge and experiences of targeted future environments and activities. It includes the commitment of resources, collaboration among people and agencies, and decision making to develop an IEP for the student.”

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services “Iowa Self-Employment” Brochure

IOWA SELF-EMPLOYMENT (ISE) PROGRAM

Iowa Self-Employment (ISE) is a program designed for clients of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) or Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB), whose vocational goal is self-employment. This program is administered by IVRS and works in partnership with IDB. Following eligibility and self-employment assessment, a referral may be sent to ISE personnel. 

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

Iowa Department on Aging “Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP)

SCSEP participants are paid minimum wage while they gain marketable job skills working part-time in non-profit and public organizations, including senior centers, schools and libraries. The program provides a win-win for participants and their communities: Participants help community organizations extend their capabilities, while developing their own job skills, self-confidence and a restored sense of self-worth.

To participate in this employment program for older Iowans, a person must be:

Age 55 or older; Currently unemployed; Legally eligible to work in the United States; and Living in a household with income no more than 125 percent of the current federal poverty level. All disability payments, including Social Security Disability (SSDI), are excluded from SCSEP income eligibility determinations 25% of Social Security payment is excluded, which includes social security retirement and survivors benefits All Unemployment Compensation is excluded SSI & public assistance are excluded Veterans Benefits are excluded
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Iowa Department of Human Services “Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Transition Settings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS).  The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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“Exceptional Opportunities” _ Crossroads of Western Iowa - 08/10/2017

~~CWI fully embraces the Employment First Initiative…     “Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, possess the right and responsibility to work. Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, should have the opportunity to live their life to the fullest and contribute toward their own self-sufficiency.” 

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

Goodwill of the Heartland Mission Services – “Service Manual” - 07/13/2017

~~“Supported employment services are intended to assist persons receiving services to retain employment in the community or in their own business.  This service is intended for the person who needs longer-term supports to retain employment and/or reach career goals.1. Entrance Criteria:Meet agency admission criteriaClient expresses interest in or agrees to community-based employment.Funding is secured.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Increasing Employment for People with Disabilities” - 07/01/2017

~~“The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed including:

•State Employment Leadership Network (SELN): SELN's mission is to bring states together to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. SELN consultants help Iowa recognize the systemic barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and ways to overcome them.•Medicaid Infrastructure (MIG) Grant: This program ended in 2013. The purpose of MIG was to assist states with making improvements to their Medicaid programs that support the competitive employment of people with disabilities.•Employment First ("E1st"): Iowa is one of three states awarded an Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant to promote systems change around improving employment outcomes and one of 26 States with an APSE sponsored initiative emphasizing integrated employment. Iowa E1st includes individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, state human services and vocational staff, business leaders, and others. Iowa's Employment First Leadership State Mentor Program (EFLSMP) brings together Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) with DHS, IowaWORKS, the DD Council, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, and a family member, under the mentorship of the State of Washington.•Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment: The Administration on Developmental Disabilities Grant awarded a $358,000 per year five year grant to the Developmental Disabilities Council. The grant will which brings together the DD Council, the Iowa Department of Education (DE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and DHS to improve systems so that Iowa youth with a developmental disability have fully integrated, and competitive work opportunities. The grant will contract for 6 demonstration projects in an education environment and at least 3 demonstration projects with community rehabilitation providers. This project is called the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment (ICIE).•Iowa's Money follows the Person Grant (MFP): The Partnership for Community Integration Project is a federal Medicaid demonstration grant to assist with the transition of persons currently residing in ICFs/ID to communities of their choice. Employment plays an integral part in community inclusion and the goals of the project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Workforce Development “Employment and Disability” - 08/24/2016

“Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Regional Workforce Partners joined forces to create and operate a Regional Workforce Development System. The goal of this system is to provide high quality employment services to all individuals. This system is designed to be able to improve accessibility for job seekers with or without disabilities. Each IowaWORKS Center offers accommodations and assistive technology to increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Iowa Workforce Partners Iowa Workforce Development Iowa Department for the Blind Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services Iowa Department of Human Services Iowa Department of Human Rights/ Division of Persons with Disabilities Iowa Department of Education Iowa Developmental Disability Council Iowa Department on Aging”

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

Agreement between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Iowa Department of Education - 10/13/2015

“The purpose of this agreement is to facilitate the integration and coordination of transition services from school to post-secondary education and/or employment, for individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in secondary education and are eligible, or potentially eligible, to receive vocational rehabilitation services.” 

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

Iowa DHS: Stakeholder Brief by SELN - 03/15/2013

“Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) has been keenly focused on improving opportunities for Iowans with disabilities to become employed in quality jobs in Iowa communities since 2000 when first awarded a Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), a federal program providing financial assistance to states to facilitate the competitive employment of people with disabilities. Iowa’s Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) and Iowa’s Medicaid Enterprise (IME), both divisions of DHS, have been working together along with their stakeholders, to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities with a particular focus on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Iowa.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Olmstead Consumer Taskforce Position Statement on Employment - 01/11/2013

“The State of Iowa has been working for over a decade to support employment outcomes by raising awareness of federal work incentives for people concerned about losing Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, and by focusing attention on the transition of young people with disabilities from school to work and independent living. In the last three years this work has been accelerated and enhanced under the Employment First, State Employment Leadership Network, the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, and other initiatives.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Disability Employment Interagency Memorandum of Agreement - 10/01/2012

“An updated Interagency Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to Strengthen Employment Services for Iowans with Disabilities focused on competitive, community-based, integrated employment was signed in October, 2012 by eight State agencies and updated in January, 2015. Updates reflect changes in the federal regulations related to WIOA. “

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

Memorandum of Agreement between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the The Iowa Department of Human Services

The purpose of this agreement is to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment services for people with developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, hereinafter referred to as IVRS, and the Iowa Department of Human Services, hereinafter referred to as DHS. This agreement will serve to clarify roles and responsibilities of IVRS and DHS in regard to common consumers.  This agreement is effective October 1, 2014, or the latest date of signature, through September 30, 2016.

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

Iowa Transition Alliance Program

 “The Transition Alliance Program (TAP) is a partnership between Community School Districts and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS).  Participants of TAP receive assistance in the areas of vocational training, independent living, and post-secondary education.  Our goal is for young adults to develop positive work skills in order to obtain and maintain community employment.  TAP participants will receive follow-up services to assure long-term job success!”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 6) - 11/01/2016

IADEI will hire five Disability Resource Coordinators and will link a variety of initiatives to make the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act real for all Iowans. IADEI will increase access to and participation in local Career Pathway models in the current five local workforce regions through a  partnership between eight state agencies and the Department of Labor. State Leadership Agencies will work with local WDBs to strengthen disability integration in service through the implementation of three DEI strategies currently being implemented under its Round 3 DEI project  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 3) - 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, Iowa was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. 

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

Iowa Balancing Incentive Program - 07/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) is a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that is designed to ‘balance’ states’ spending on long term supports and services (LTSS). Iowa began participation in the BIP program in 2012 with an anticipated $61 million in enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) for Medicaid to provide persons with greater access to home and community based services (HCBS) and reduces unnecessary reliance on institutional services. To accomplish this objective, the program has three major structural reforms for the current LTSS system: No Wrong Door (NWD): This implements specific steps to streamline access to services; Core Standardized Assessments (CSA): This [improves] efficiency, consistency and fairness in eligibility determination and assessments for LTSS; [and] Conflict-Free Case Management (CFCM): This ensures conflict-free case management throughout LTSS systems.”

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

Iowa Employment First Initiative: Statement of FIndings - 10/01/2011

“In 2009 representatives of Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRP), Iowa Disability Navigator Program (DPN), the Governor’s Developmental Disability Council, the Iowa Chapter of APSE: The Employment Network (IA-APSE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) began planning for the Iowa Employment First Initiative...The goals for the Initiative include:

Goal 1. Policies and funding are aligned with Employment First and strong partnerships remove barriers.

Goal 2. Individuals with disabilities and family members advocate for Employment First and participate in the design of employment services and supports.

Goal 3: Businesses influence businesses to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Goal 4: Best practices drive transition outcomes for living, working and learning.”

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

Iowa SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI)”. In 2012, Iowa was awarded an EDI grant for self-employment initiatives. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program

“Each state will receive funding to assist them to develop and implement their strategic plan and will have access to on-site, customized technical assistance from national subject-matter experts to help them achieve their goals. In addition the states will be able to discuss their progress with other states who are working in this area through regularly scheduled Community-of-Practice teleconference calls.” “Iowa intends to build on its current Employment First Initiative in order to move state policies and funding structures with the explicit intent to increase integrated employment outcomes for people with significant disabilities. Participation in the EFSLMP will enable Iowa to study, and consider adopting, policies and funding mechanisms that emphasize interagency collaboration that result in service delivery that prioritizes integrated employment. Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services will lead its EFSLMP.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) Partnership for Community Integration Project is a $51 million grant from the Centers for Medicareid and Medicaid Services. It will provide opportunities for individuals in Iowa to move out of Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disability (ICF/ID) and into their own homes in the community of their choice. Individuals living in Nursing Facilities may also qualify. Grant funds provide funding for the transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after they transition into the community. MFP assistance is available to individuals with a diagnosis of an Intellectual Disability or Brain Injury who has lived in an ICF/ID or a Nursing Facility for at least three months. The individual must express an interest moving from the ICF/ID or Nursing Facility into the community.” 

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

Iowa AIDD Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Grant

The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment’s consortium includes representatives from various government and advocacy agencies and organizations. The objections of the coalition  are: “Develop a  Readiness for Change Plan  for systems change related to integrated, competitive employment for youth with DD; develop an outcome measurement system to measure employment success; increase the placement and support services early in high school that result in uninterrupted transition to employment; develop the capacity of service providers to promote integrated competitive employment for youth with DD; increase expectations and demands for fully integrated, competitive employment opportunities for youth with DD; and align policies, practices, and funding with employment expectations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Benefits Planning (Webinar links) - 02/14/2017

~~“The Iowa Community of Practice archived webinars are now on the ICIE YouTube channel and available to anyone any time! Eventually, IACP will be adding the webinars to their global lessons (available for any provider to use) on the DirectCourse system.  Each lesson will be paired with a generic test to confirm that the content was reviewed, and be tracked on their professional training transcript.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Iowa Employment First Guidebook - 01/01/2017

“This Guidebook was created to provide case managers, care managers, service coordinators and integrated health home coordinators with critical information, resources and tools to help them do the best possible job of assisting transition-age youth and working-age adults with disabilities they support to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Self Employment Program Success Stories - 07/29/2014

“This publication will introduce you to a fascinating collection of Iowa entrepreneurs who have found creative ways to leverage their skills, talents, abilities, resources, and social connections into their perfect job – not by finding employment, but by creating it.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Iowa Employment First Summit - 10/04/2012

“The IA-APSE Employment Summit was designed for individuals with disabilities, family members, Community Rehabilitation Provider staff, state agency personnel, case managers and other community members committed to improving employment outcomes for Iowans with disabilities.  It features national, as well as local speakers sharing progressive and innovative best practice information and strategies to move the agenda of inclusive employment forward.”   
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa's Integrated Employment Funding System Supplemental Report - 09/17/2012

This report is looking at building the capacity and expertise of employment specialists to support individual, integrated employment outcomes. MHDS is encouraged to consider what to include in an Employment Supports Core Training, how to provide ongoing professional development, and ideas for offering provider-level training and technical assistance.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR Services Forms - The Discovery Staging Record - 09/10/2011

“This form is used to stage, structure, capture and record the major events of Discovery. The recorder(s) should pay particular attention to how the tasks are typically performed, any accommodations, technology, supports, or specialized training strategies that should be employed.” Discovery is a key tool in finding community-based, integrated employment through the customized employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Iowa Community of Practice Training Sessions for 2017

~~This document gives information on the training sessions that will be done in 2017 including benefits planning, employer engagement, and school to work transition

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Employment First Initiatives

~~“Increasing economic self-sufficiency is a major goal of working. Several years ago CDD published a compressive report on self-sufficiency and asset development strategies and helpful hints about employment related supports. This information, while several years old in still applicable today.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

REM Iowa

~~“Since 1979, REM Iowa has provided quality services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other complex challenges. We also offer services for adults with brain injuries and provide a range of programs, including residential services and day and vocational programs. Our personalized approach maximizes each person’s unique efforts to learn, grow and thrive in the communities they call home. REM Iowa is a partner of The MENTOR Network, a national network of local health and human services providers offering an array of quality, community-based services across the country .”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Citations

Iowa WIOA Webinar

“This webinar covers the basics of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in regards to high school students, including Section 511 and highlights from the Memorandum of Agreement between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Iowa Department of Education.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Home- and Community Based Services Rent Subsidy Program - 09/15/2017

~~“Application Period The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) is accepting applications for the Home- and Community-Based Services Rent Subsidy Program. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. A waiting list has been established, with applications being processed in the order they are received.

The HCBS Rent Subsidy program aids eligible applicants who receive services under Money Follows the Person or a federal Medicaid waiver program called home-and community-based service. The program provides a monthly rent assistance payment to applicants to help them live successfully in their own home until they become eligible for any other local, state or federal rent assistance. In Iowa, the program helps an average of 327 Iowans each month to stay in their home and to remain a part of their community”

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

Money Follows the Person (MFP) Update - 01/01/2017

~~“The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program is a collaborative partnership between DHS’s Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD). This program, funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or other related disabilities, to move out of intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and into their own homes or apartments in the community of their choice. Individuals living in nursing homes may also qualify. MFP grant funding (which CDD worked with the IME to obtain) provides for transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after an individual moves into the community. Under a contract with IME, nine Transition Specialists from CDD are deployed throughout the state to provide transition planning services, community options awareness, training, and ongoing support and care coordination to individuals with disabilities, their families and facility-based and community-based providers. In addition CDD has employed an Employment Specialist to address employment barriers faced by MFP participants.  CDD also employs a MFP Project Coordinator stationed at IME. This position provides oversight for the statewide project and coordinates the grant related activities. CDD also employs a Behavioral Specialist to provide training and consultation to providers, consumers and families who are assisting a person that may be experiencing challenging behaviors.”

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

Iowa Department of Human Services “HCBS Prevocational and Supported Employment Service - 09/01/2016

“This letter is to serve as notification that in order to comply with the federal correct coding guidelines the IME will be introducing Level II Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for Tier 1 Long Term Job Coaching and for Individual Supported Employment and to provide clarification regarding a unit of service for Individual Supported Employment…. For services with a date of service beginning September 1, 2016, or after, the service must be authorized and billed using the HCPCS procedure code and the HCP CS Level II modifieras follows :• H2025 U4 for Tier 1 of Long Term Job Coaching • T2018 UC for Individual Supported Employment.”

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

Iowa HCBS Statewide Transition Plan - 01/29/2016

“Federal regulations that became effective on March 17, 2014 define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.” 

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

Approval of the HCBS Waiver Settings Statewide Transition Plan (STP) - 09/14/2014

“The state is responsible for the development and implementation of a Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to ensure full compliance with the CMS regulations. A proposed STP was posted for public comment in February 2016. The IME reviewed and responded to the public comments in March and on April 1, 2016, submitted a draft STP to CMS that incorporated the public comments and feedback received. Over the past several months the IME has been working with CMS to make technical corrections and clarifications to the submitted transition plan. On August 10, 2016, the IME received notice from CMS of the initial approval of the STP. The approved STP and the CMS initial approval letter are available on the DHS web page, Waiver Draft Transition Plans and the Statewide Transition Plan.”

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

Iowa Brain Injury Waiver - 09/15/2009

“BI Waiver services are individualized to meet the needs of each member. The following services are available: • Adult Day Care • Behavioral Programming • Case Management • Consumer Directed Attendant Care • Family Counseling and Training • Home and Vehicle Modifications • Interim Medical Monitoring and Treatment • Personal Emergency Response System • Prevocational Services • Respite • Specialized Medical Equipment • Supported Community Living • Supported Employment • Transportation • Consumer Choices Option”  

 

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

Iowa HCBS Intellectual Disability Waiver - 09/15/2009

“ID Waiver services are individualized to meet the needs of each member. The following services are available:

• Adult Day Care

• Consumer Directed Attendant Care (CDAC)

• Day Habilitation

• Home and Vehicle Modifications

• Home Health Aide

• Interim Medical Monitoring and Treatment

• Nursing

• Personal Emergency Response System

• Prevocational

• Respite

• Supported Community Living

• Supported Community Living-Residential Based

• Supported Employment

• Transportation

• Consumer Choices Option”

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

HCBS Prevocational and Supported Employment Services “Prevocational–Career Exploration”

“Prevocational –Career Exploration ….The outcome of this service is documentation of the participant’s stated career objective and a career plan used to guide individual employment support. ‘“Supported employment’” means the ongoing supports to participants who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to obtain and maintain an individual job in competitive or customized employment, or self-employment, in an integrated work setting in the general workforce at or above the state’s minimum wage or at or above the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities. The outcome of this service is sustained paid employment at or above the minimum wage in an integrated setting in the general workforce in a job that meets personal and career goals. Supported employment services can be provided through many different service models.

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

HCBS Waivers and Amendments

Effective May 04, 2016 the department intends to begin using the InterRAI standardized assessment tool for the purposes of level of care determination and service planning for the HCBS Brain Injury, Children’s Mental Health, Elderly, Health and Disability, Physical Disability and AIDS/HIV waivers. The department also intends to implement the InterRAI for the purposes of needs based eligibility determination and service planning for the HCBS Habilitation program.

Effective May 04, 2016 the department intends to implement changes to the Prevocational and Supported Employment services provider qualifications, service scope and definitions and reimbursement methodologies. Prevocational and Supported Employment services are currently covered as a benefit under two of the seven waivers. Prevocational and Supported Employment services are available under the following HCBS waivers; Brain Injury (BI), and Intellectual Disability (ID).

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

Iowa Department of Human Services “Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Transition Settings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS).  The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The motto of the state of Iowa is, "Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain." For Iowans with disabilities, this includes the liberties that come with having a job, and equal rights to real work for real pay.

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 Iowa’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
3,123,899
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
180,139
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.53%
Change from
2014 to 2015
83,391
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.45%
Change from
2014 to 2015
46.29%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.37%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 3,090,416 3,107,126 3,123,899
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 181,561 176,576 180,139
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 81,421 82,111 83,391
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,384,715 1,393,306 1,397,255
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 44.84% 46.50% 46.29%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.07% 82.17% 82.37%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.80% 4.40% 3.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.50% 18.90% 19.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.60% 11.40% 11.20%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 176,497 179,117 184,113
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 181,233 174,313 183,923
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 333,343 328,026 343,674
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 10,687 12,318 10,934
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 12,702 11,345 12,119
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,382 1,904 1,743
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,248 2,990 2,912
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,674 6,318 6,031
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,378 1,874 2,405

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,219 6,289 6,432
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 12.70% 12.70% 13.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 77,493 78,016 78,222

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 9,446 6,262 3,407
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 17,145 11,689 6,500
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 22,202 17,083 11,312
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 42.50% 36.70% 30.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 0.50% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 357 333 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,499 4,688 3,776
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 499 1,200 1,842
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 205 409 625
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. 41.00% 34.00% 34.00%
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. 6.67 13.23 20.01

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,696
4,047
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 24 22 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 225 217 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 873 841 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,492 1,664 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,037 1,266 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 45 37 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 39.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,346 4,083 4,820
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 113,438 114,890 115,302
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 311 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $7,712,000 $7,727,000 $9,051,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $27,222,000 $22,569,000 $22,135,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $29,587,000 $32,911,000 $48,932,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $8,062,000 $5,248,000 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00% 17.00% 16.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,461 3,208 3,603
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,106 7,603 8,713
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 65.50 70.80 77.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 64.03% 64.51% 64.92%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.37% 8.38% 8.60%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.33% 1.83% 1.80%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 68.21% 85.21% 87.56%
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). 39.95% 33.51% 30.71%
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). 66.26% 59.15% 58.57%
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). 93.17% 78.74% 83.14%
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). 26.31% 25.64% 27.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 630,402
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 532
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 9
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 63,088
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 63,097
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 4
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 108
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 112
AbilityOne wages (products). $26
AbilityOne wages (services). $785,430

 

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

2015 2016 2017
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). 54 61 33
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3 4 2
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 57 65 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). 4,817 5,668 2,992
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 303 410 185
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5,120 6,078 3,177

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Feedback from SRC members to explore opportunities to expand or develop partnerships. Progress made by IVRS in various initiatives was reported at each SRC meeting. These have included collaborative efforts established between IVRS and the following entities; the Veteran’s Administration, the Employers Disability Resource Network, Manpower (Project Ability), Disability Rights Iowa, Social Security Administration (Ticket–To–Work, Partnership Plus), Project Search, Benefits Planning, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, Iowa’s Workforce Development, the Iowa School for the Deaf, Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) Employment First, the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, Iowa Department of Human Services (including Money Follows the Person and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise), the Iowa Rehabilitation Association, APSE (Association of Persons Supporting Employment First), Developmental Disabilities Council, the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), Unity Point Diversity Initiative and Walgreens Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI). (Page 297)
IVRS has not supported segregated employment for over 16 years. However, schools have still transitioned students with the most profound disabilities into segregated settings without the assistance of IVRS. IVRS local area office supervisors are working with the local school districts to develop plans that identify how we will work collaboratively so these students may try employment first. “Section 511” programming provides students with opportunities to: discover options of competitive integrated work that would be of interest to the student; assessment and work experiences in the community; along with supported employment services designed so that the job is stable by the time of graduation with the focus of encouraging students to be competitively employed by high school graduation. Information briefings are being developed and shared with VR staff, school officials, parents, and community partners in efforts to identify opportunities to provide pre–employment transition services that focus on competitive integrated employment. Services such as Discovery, Career Exploration. (Page 306)
The IVRS counselor and job candidate refer their questions and service requests to the CRP, which determines if it has the capacity to provide answers and work in partnership with the counselor and the job candidate. A team meeting occurs to discuss the plan for Supported Employment services delivery. IVRS is making changes in the alignment and collaboration of service rates through participating the past four years in an Employment First Grant through the Office of Disability and Employment Policy. Strategic planning has collaboratively occurred through the Administration of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the State Employment Leadership Network and the DOL, Disability Employment Initiative. These efforts resulted in a focus on improved alignment of services and the funding of those services to support service delivery for individuals with the most significant disabilities. IVRS, in January of 2016, revised the Menu of Service to reflect alignment with hourly Medicaid Service rates and related performance measures and billable units which improve accountability and connection to service outcomes. (Page 314)
IVRS efforts in coordinating with our business partners will foster competitive community integrated employment. IVRS has not supported segregated employment outcomes for sixteen years so the strategies outlined above as well as what will be developed during this plan will continue to focus on increasing competitive integrated employment outcomes. Customized employment strategies including Discovery and customized job carving will be highlighted in on–going training efforts for VR staff and community providers as effective business resource tools. This training is integrated into sustaining the state’s Employment First efforts. (Page 320)
IVRS also incorporated a goal on working with business. IVRS has a representative on the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and their Executive Director serves on the leadership team of Employment First, which is coordinated through IVRS. A MOA with the Governance Group (eight state agencies which includes the State Medicaid/Mental Health Division and the Executive Director of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council collaborated to support strategies to reduce duplication and maximize employment efforts with a clear focus on competitive, community integrated employment for individuals with the most significant disabilities. This MOU describes the financial responsibilities and the populations that are served to maximize resources and avoid duplication. In addition, IVRS is adopting the Medicaid rates that DHS is implementing in FFY 16. Collaborative planning efforts occurred with DHS in the implementation of the Iowa Employment First Principles which resulted in approaching Iowa legislatures in a collaborative manner resulting in increased state monies being available to serve Iowans with disabilities. (Pages 325)
 

Customized Employment

~~It was recommended and agreed to by IVRS that the policy related to competitive integrated employment demonstrate a strong emphasis on progressive employment and creating customized employment opportunities for the most significantly disabled youth. During the March 2016 meeting the school plan for students covered under Section 511 was discussed and agreed to by the SRC. (Page 295)
These efforts of provider transformation, along with Community of Practice webinars during the past two years, positively impacted customized employment service delivery as well as increased numbers of individuals with the most significant disabilities accessing competitive, community integrated employment outcomes. (Page 315)
Customized employment strategies including Discovery and customized job carving will be highlighted in on–going training efforts for VR staff and community providers as effective business resource tools. This training is integrated into sustaining the state’s Employment First efforts. (Page 320)
The agency routinely uses the latest research and pilot projects to update training programs in areas such as ADA, assistive technology, mental illness, learning disabilities, Autism, and head injury/traumatic brain injury. IVRS is the lead agency with the Employment First Initiative and staff as well as partners has access to a myriad of customized employment training webinars. (Page 332)
Only those that are needed and cannot be provided by the agency are purchased. Additional services were added to the Menu of Services this year that include Discovery and Customized Employment. As part of the FFY15 State Plan, IVRS completed the mandatory Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) to determine the current needs of Iowans with disabilities, as well as assess the services provided by Community Rehabilitation Programs. (Page 351)
The new rate structure will allow IVRS and the Department of Human Services to collaborate with funding to assure that CRPS are adequately reimbursed for the range of services available from each agency. Implementation of new payment points and the development of Customized Employment services have occurred. Supported Employment Services with a focus on competitive, integrated employment is supported by IVRS. (Page 352)
The individuals who participated in the Employment First Initiative were from our most vulnerable and disabled population, many of whom had never worked in a competitive integrated environment. Some participated in progressive employment, first exploring their interests and sometimes starting with volunteer work; while others moved into an employment setting learning skills through a customized employment experience that created an opportunity of success for them. (Page 353)
 Competitive integrated employment – it was recommended and agreed to by IVRS that the policy related to competitive integrated employment demonstrate a strong emphasis on progressive employment and creating customized employment opportunities for the most significantly disabled youth. During the March 2016 meeting, the school plan for students covered under section 511 was discussed and agreed to by the SRC. (Page 357)
Supported employment is competitive employment in an integrated setting consistent with the strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice of the individuals with ongoing support services for individuals with the most significant disabilities. Many supported employment plans include the need for customized employment, and the IVRS menu of services that allows for the purchase of services from CRPs has been updated to include the provision of customized employment. (Page 360)
Only those that are needed and cannot be provided by the agency are purchased. Additional services were added to the Menu of Services this year that include Discovery and Customized Employment. (Page 377)
Implementation of new payment points and the development of Customized Employment services have occurred. Supported Employment Services with a focus on competitive, integrated employment is supported by IVRS. (Pages 392- 394)
A survey of IDB counselors indicated that 100% of them considered CRPs to need training in promoting supported employment and pre–employment services. They also reported that CRPS were unaware of the alternative techniques that could be used to engage in employment and often did not know how to provide training materials and other resources in formats that were accessible to people who were blind or visually impaired. The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, which has worked closely with CRPS for several years, facilitated meetings with IDB counselors and clients to discuss best practices in the delivery of customized employment services. Those discussions resulted in determining that CRPS also need training in the area of customized employment. (Page 443)
Customized Employment has been added as a vocational rehabilitation service option.  (Page 452)
The Department is also exploring Customized Employment and work based learning opportunities. The Department will partner with Community Rehabilitation Organizations to generate referrals for individuals who can benefit from competitive integrated employment in their communities.  (Page 452)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Blending and braiding of funds to maximize resources and increase efficiency. (Page 69)
A referral process that allows for direct connection by and between key agency staff, which includes holding agencies accountable for assisting workers in achieving success is underway and set to be rolled out in conjunction with the Iowa One-Stop Center standards in 2017. The braiding and blending of funding streams will maximize benefits and services to Iowa’s job seekers, employees and employers. (Page 117)
ICIE has been a key collaborator with innovative braiding of funding to expand financial and technical assistance areas specifically related to employment first and the delivery of supported employment services in Iowa. (Page 348)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.  The State of Iowa is committed to providing programs and services in a readily accessible format and delivery method to any individual who is seeking services from the workforce system. Accessibility as referenced throughout this plan refers to the direct and indirect ideas, actions, philosophies and physical and emotional supports used by an individual or employer to support employment for ALL Iowans. (Page 196)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning.  (Page 395)
Shared training has been arranged between IVRS with other entities (including Workforce/DEI, Manpower, ICIE, APSE, EDRN and SHRM). IVRS continues to have an expectation for all field staff to be involved in business development. The SRC took a lead role in organizing a series of three webinars and on–site training activities focused specifically at business partnerships. (Page 297)
The disability and employment initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an integrated resource team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 348)
 

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. Unfortunately, the Iowa workforce development representative assigned to these projects decided to step down from his state level position and no other person was assigned to the projects as a result. (Pages 341-342)
Another objective of our Iowa Plan is to engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career 6 Development of Pilot Projects – WIOA Pilots –IVRS consistently considers the use of pilot projects prior to full and comprehensive roll out of new initiatives and programs. (Page 346)
Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. Unfortunately the Iowa Workforce Development representative assigned to these projects decided to step down from his state level position and no other person was assigned to the projects. (Page 387)
Pilots have been conducted and will be expanded to partner with credit and non–credit courses to encourage the transition of adult learners to a career pathway. The pilots are designed to increase the number of adult learners earning transferrable credit, marketable credential, and, or entering post–secondary education.  (Page 274)
Our goal is for all individuals with disabilities to access services through the workforce development partners. Similar to the multi-tiered system of support designed in education, IVRS anticipates that 80% of the individuals with disabilities can be successful accessing the programs and services provided by Iowa workforce development with no specialized service needed because the staff has received basic training and etiquette in working with individuals with disabilities. (Page 342)
Another objective of our Iowa Plan is to engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career services. Development of Pilot Projects – WIOA Pilots –IVRS consistently considers the use of pilot projects prior to full and comprehensive roll out of new initiatives and programs. (Page 346)
 Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. (Page 378)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning (Page395)
Create affordable options for workers to obtain education, training, skills, including personal, soft, and basic skills, and financial literacy, necessary to secure and maintain self-sustaining employment, and· Develop opportunities for ALL Iowans to develop entrepreneurial skills and concepts while providing opportunities for connection with Iowa business leaders  (Page 95)
 

Benefits

~~The disability and employment initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an integrated resource team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 348)
The eligible individual, the counselor, and when appropriate, other extended service providers will jointly plan supported employment services. Supported employment services shall be provided by other agencies, organizations, employers, or other available sources with whom cooperative arrangements will be made. Comparable services and benefits will be used to the maximum extent appropriate. Services will be provided in the most integrated setting possible consistent with the individual’s informed choice. (Page 360)
During the extended evaluation IVRS counselors must develop a written plan for providing services to make the determination. An individual who has a disability as determined eligible for Social Security benefits shall be considered to be an individual with a significant disability and presumed to be eligible for IVRS services, provided that individual intends to achieve an employment outcome consistent with the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice of the individual. Individuals who are seeking homemaker and unpaid family worker (and other similar uncompensated occupations) are referred to the Independent Living Program for services.  (Page 373)
A continued barrier for service delivery is the timely delivery of benefits planning services for individuals and families with the most significant disabilities. This is also contributed to by the lack of information that gets to families through early education and secondary school programming. Strategies are being implemented through the delivery of Pre–Employment Transition Services. (Page 379)
Assigned staff to provide benefits planning services and benefits counseling. Staff assigned to IVRS college settings are adept in using work incentives to help address a beneficiary’s needs through school until the completion of their work goals. (Page 380)
The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 395)
 The IDB refers individuals to Iowa Workforce Development for information regarding benefits planning, labor market information, assessment information, in addition to trainings, assistance with job search activities and a variety of other services available through the local one-stop centers. (Page 414)
The Partners also recognized in 2014, that there are 110,000 Iowan’s who might benefit from SSA disability benefits planning services. Some of these individuals are served by a variety of agencies. The Department for the Blind is focused on services being provided in the community, in integrated and competitive environments. (Page 428)
Partner agencies have begun to determine the feasibility of establishing a benefits planning network that will identify approved training opportunities for Iowa benefits planners, to provide technical assistance to trainers, and to develop referral processes for SSA recipients not currently connected to the service delivery system. (Page 429)
SSA also identified those people who were working age and were receiving SSI and/or SSDI benefits. Among all working age Iowans with disabilities, 18.27% were receiving benefits, of which 2.17% of the total recipients were blind or visually impaired. Of the total recipients, 69.93% were working age individuals with disabilities, and 2.33% of working age disability recipients where individuals who were blind or visually impaired. (Page 438)
Ensure all clients receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income have the opportunity to receive individualized benefits counseling from a certified Benefits planner. (Page 465)
Extended supported employment services shall be provided by other agencies, organizations, employers, or other available sources with whom cooperative arrangements will be made. Comparable services and benefits will be used to the maximum extent appropriate. Services will be provided in the most integrated setting possible consistent with the individual’s informed choice. Supported employment services may include. (Page 469)
Benefits and services to Iowa’s job seekers, employees and employers will be maximized through the intentional braiding, integrating and seeking out of diverse funding streams. (Page 95)
Benefits to using the Iowa TIER system include:
• Reduction of data–entry by IVRS Staff;
• Centralize data collection related to pre–employment transition services provided by local education agencies and IVRS while reducing duplicative data entry;
• Connect with other data in the system to evaluate the effectiveness of the IVRS and DE collaboration. (Page 305)
 With the limited number of work–ready job candidates, the conference agenda was geared toward emphasizing the benefits to employers of hiring persons with disabilities. IVRS is striving to create these connections during this economic opportunity. (Page 316)
The Council facilitated for National Disability Awareness Month in 2015 a series of three educational webinars hosted with local collaboration/discussion occurring at three host sites. This created awareness around the business case and benefits of hiring people who have a disability. Approximately 80 people attended the session across the state, for each webinar. (Page 319) Assuring quality of vocational services provided;
(k)  Providing ongoing communication with all members of an individual’s team as needed;
(l)   Cooperating with case manager in monitoring quality of employment service, reviewing both individual and provider progress;
(m) Encouraging individuals who enter Supported Employment Services and receive Social Security benefits to become aware of and utilize SSA work incentives;
(n)  Identifying ongoing supports to begin by the time of an individual’s stabilization on the job. (Page 323)
 IVRS continues to focus on diversity growth especially in the professional classification levels and have had several meetings with the Iowa Department of Personnel to expand recruitment strategies. The Bureau Chief of the Rehabilitation Services Bureau is on the Advisory Board for the University of Iowa.  She meets with students after the board meetings to discuss employment with IVRS, the benefits, the qualities that the state agency is looking for and current trends. (Page 323)
IVRS also provides training on policy, motivational interviewing, benefits planning, and when new initiatives and issues arise, training is developed and provided by the Rehabilitation Services Bureau. Standing committees exist to help disseminate information on a regular basis in the areas of Motivational Interviewing, Business development and engagement, benefits planning and assistive technology. These trainings continue to focus on providing staff adaptive skills in providing service delivery to a changing population need involving collaboration with Unified State Planning Goals, Individuals with increased functional limitations and barriers to employment as well as an emphasis on our aging population. These efforts also have a strong point of emphasis on our pre–employment transition services for youth engagement. (Page 332) 

School to Work Transition

~~Assist all youth who are blind or visually impaired in their career path navigation by offering a variety of options supporting the transition from school to work. Measure: Number of students receiving pre–employment transition services prior to high school graduation.- Prepare Iowa’s youth to meet the evolving demands of tomorrow’s workforce. Measure: Number of students participating in paid work experiences prior to high school graduation. Number of students who have IEP goals aligned with their career goal. Strategy 5: Assist all youth who are blind or visually impaired in their career path navigation by offering a variety of options supporting the transition from school to work. Measure: Number of students receiving pre–employment transition services prior to high school graduation. Strategy 6: Prepare Iowa’s youth to meet the evolving demands of tomorrow’s workforce. Measure: Number of students participating in paid work experiences prior to high school graduation. (Page 454)
- Engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career services. Measure: Percentage of students that have IEP goals that aligns with their career path interests. (Page 460)
Expands access for students with disabilities to engage in career exploration and skill development at a younger age, launching them on a path to career success and independence;
• Increases participation of VR counselors in IEP team meetings ensuring cross–agency planning and earlier career preparation; and
• Improves strategies to ensure that students with disabilities secure employment prior to graduation and connect with long–term supports services when needed and available to ensure long term success.
• Educates parents and youth on work incentives planning by comparing benefits of work versus SSI.  (Page 37)
 

Data Collection

~~Increases efficiency throughout the workforce delivery system, and aids in accurate performance measurement used in decision-making. (Page 96)
• Minimize the participatory burden to an accessible system through the creation and implementation of a common intake and reporting system among core partners and relevant agencies. (Page 96)
IWorks will continue to operate as Iowa Workforce Development’s data collection and case management system for:
• Wagner-Peyser Act
• WIOA Title I
• Veterans Employment and Training programs
• Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers
• PROMISE JOBS (Page148)
The Iowa Rehabilitation Services System (IRSS) is an internal case management system that is owned, maintained, and updated by IVRS. The original concept of IRSS was the development of an interactive, intuitive system designed to meet agency needs for case management, financial management, contract management, vendor management and reporting. After many years of development and scale-backs on the scope of the project, IRSS was put into use in October, 2008. The system that was deployed at that time was developed to meet the data collection and financial needs of the agency. Limited reports were developed and included in the initial deployment to assist with case management. Shortly following implementation, the IVRS IRSS Priority Management Team (PMT) was formed and charged with the responsibility of developing improvements to the IRSS Case Management System to meet the financial, case management and reporting needs of the agency and move the system closer to the original concept. Representatives of the Rehabilitation Services Bureau and Administrative Services Bureau, in collaboration with IT developers and project managers, develop the projects and business rules for all IRSS development.  (Pages 149)
Employment Benefit Analysis - a survey conducted with IWD employers across Iowa are asked to provide information regarding benefits they currently offer their full-time and part-time employees in a regional analysis.  (Page 145)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Activities to support integrated education and training strategies will align with the NGA Talent PIPEline/Future Ready Initiative recommendations as well as with concepts within the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Taskforce report. A youth-focused work group will be convened by the Core Partners and key stakeholders. Individuals and small businesses will be given guidance on business enterprises, asset development, and benefits planning throughout the start-up, operations and maintenance phases of entrepreneurial pursuits. (Page 80)
The Employer Disability Resource Network (EDRN) - was designed to increase the employment of persons with disabilities by pooling agency resources and providing technical expertise to employers throughout Iowa. Members of this group include staff from IVRS, the Department for the Blind, Veteran’s Administration, Small Business Administration, and Division of Persons with Disabilities, Workforce Development, Community Rehabilitation Providers, Drake University, and Iowa Medicaid. Persons from high school transition age to the aging population are represented. Members of this group present to individual employers as well as employer organizations throughout the state. At present, much attention has been raised by this group to inform employers about Section 503 Rules for Federal Contractors. Internal tools and resources have been provided to staff of IVRS to assist in educating employers about compliance with Section 503. Additionally, this group presented a conference in August, 2015, to assist in education on hiring persons from diverse backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, and the value these individuals present to the workforce. In Iowa, the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in the last decade; therefore, business and industry are considering populations that they traditionally did not pursue in hiring. With the limited number of work-ready job candidates, the conference agenda was geared toward emphasizing the benefits to employers of hiring persons with disabilities. IVRS is striving to create these connections during this economic opportunity. (Page 127)
 In addition IVRS works with Small Business Development Centers and the IWD Small Business Development teams to provide necessary technical assistance.
The Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP), an industry-led, CEO-level advisory board established by Governor Branstad in 2011 was charged with the task of continuously identifying and studying economic growth issues facing Iowa and recommend solutions and policy alternatives. (Page 39)
 The Employer Disability Resource Network (EDRN) – is a collaborative group of state, federal and private partners working together to identify, develop and mobilize resources, supports and services that add value to Iowa businesses hiring persons with disabilities. EDRN Partners include Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Iowa Department for the Blind; Deaf Services; Division of Persons with Disabilities; Veterans Administration; Social Security Administration; Iowa Workforce Development; U.S. Small Business Administration/SCORE; Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa. EDRN provides Iowa employer’s access to qualified applicants, enhances the available labor market by combining on–the–job training, internships and classroom experiences for high–demand occupations and serves as a resource for up–to–date information about disability employment issues for the business community. (Page 316)
 Self–Employment is a vocational option that may be considered as part of an individual’s informed choice. A program for self–employment has been developed under an agreement between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) and Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB). It is available to active candidates of IVRS or IDB who are able to become self–sufficient by establishing, expanding, or acquiring a small business. IVRS employs two full–time business staff who specialize in assisting job candidates with a vocational goal of self–employment. Before investing time and money into a self–employment venture, the candidate must complete an in–depth study about the business they intend to start. The IVRS/IDB Counselors and the candidate, guided by the technical assistance of the IVRS Business Development Specialists, will outline a plan of action to help explore: an individual’s qualifications and skills; the entrepreneurial idea; determination of the feasibility of the business idea; and facilitate Business Plan development should the idea demonstrate promise. Iowa Economic Development, Iowa Small Business Development Centers, Iowa Job Centers and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) are organizations that can help with preliminary exploration of business ventures, and services available through Iowa Workforce Development may also provide additional education. IVRS and IDB provide the financial assistance to start a business to their respective job candidates with matching dollars provided by the job candidate. When the candidate is served by both agencies, IVRS and IDB coordinate the services and the plan. The data below demonstrates the number of successful businesses supported that remained in business two years post the opening of the business. (Page 319)
 The EDRN seeks to increase employment of persons with disabilities by pooling agency resources and providing technical expertise to employers throughout the state. Members of this group include staff from the Department, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Iowa Economic Development Authority, U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Human Rights – Office of Persons with Disabilities and Office of Deaf Services, Iowa Workforce Development, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Easter Seals of Iowa, Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa, Department of Education and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant program. Members of this group have presented and provided resources and assistance to employers and employer organizations throughout the state. In addition, the EDRN provides Iowa employers with access to qualified job applicants and are available to provide employers with information and support related to retaining quality employees who experience a disability. (Page 413)
 Business Development Specialists provide technical assistance to clients to assist them in reaching this goal if determined appropriate. Through the program, clients can access Iowa Economic Development, Iowa Small Business Development Centers, Iowa Job Centers and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the Iowa Workforce Development to gain additional training or assistance in developing their business plans. The Department encourages and assists clients to develop connections and mentors with other individuals, including individuals who are blind or visually impaired, who have established successful businesses. (Page 423)
 

Career Pathways

~~IVRS has attended Career Pathways trainings and are finding more opportunities to network with RAP partners and connect students to RA and related programs. (Page 95)
Through implementation of career pathways and infusing of robust sector strategies across systems, Iowa is committed to serving the underserved citizenry by closing educational and employment gaps to end disparities based on disability, ethnicity, race, class, and geographic location. By 2025, 70% of all Iowans will have earned a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized credential or certification - the new minimum - that meets employer needs. (Page 60)
IVRS area offices are also becoming involved and engaged in sector partnerships. At the state level, IVRS has representation on the statewide Career Pathways and Sector Partnership Advisory Boards and will be involved in policy development that addresses accessibility issues. At the local level, the sector partnerships are locally developed workforce partners that serve specific industry sectors by providing a talent pool of eligible job candidates, as well as technical assistance to business and industry regarding their specific questions and needs. (Page 105)
Externs who successfully complete the 120-hour REDI training have the opportunity to apply for openings at Walgreens or with a neighboring business. Since the initiation of REDI in 2012, IVRS has worked with six Iowa providers (CRPS) to deliver REDI training in twelve Walgreens stores across Iowa. IVRS continues to develop Occupational Skill Training Programs per local area office needs. Communication efforts are being expanded at the local IWD Regional Workforce Boards in order to ensure collaboration with existing career pathways and sector boards will be integrated and accessible for individuals with disabilities. (Page 106)
Through implementation of career pathways and infusing of robust sector strategies across systems, Iowa is committed to serving the underserved citizenry by closing educational and employment gaps to end disparities based on disability, ethnicity, race, class, and geographic location. (Page 109)
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) plans to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Department of Education for the purposes of expanding the Intermediary Network with the focus of serving students with disabilities to connect with career pathways. IVRS will fund up to $1.5 million to support the Intermediary Network, which is delivered by the community college system. This expansion, focused on students with disabilities who have traditionally not been able to access career pathways, will develop the mechanism by which students with disabilities gain skills in occupations that are job-driven. This will be accomplished through improved work based learning strategies. (Page 138)
Sector Partnerships – IVRS area offices are also becoming involved and engaged in sector partnerships. At the state level, IVRS has representation on the statewide Career Pathways and Sector Partnership Advisory Boards and will be involved in policy development that addresses accessibility issues. At the local level, the sector partnerships are locally developed workforce partners that serve specific industry sectors by providing a talent pool of eligible job candidates, as well as technical assistance to business and industry regarding their specific questions and needs. The Burlington Area Office has one IVRS employee on each sector partnership which has proven to be a systemic approach to placement. (Page 317)
We are expanding communication efforts at the local IWD Regional Workforce Boards in order to ensure collaboration with existing career pathways and sector boards that will be integrated and accessible for individuals with disabilities. (Page 318)
IVRS utilizes all of our employment services for adults and youth. We have seen value in understanding the business needs and being able to integrate those needs into counseling and guidance that lays the foundation for employment planning and access to career pathways for students and youth with disabilities. Programs like the IVRS Transition Alliance Programs, Making the Grade, Project Search, Occupational Skill Training Programs, Pre–Employment Transition Work Readiness Programs, Access to school STEM programs, and the increase involvement of the Iowa Department of Education Intermediary Network focused on work based learning opportunities for all students combine to enhance transition employment services for IVRS job candidates. The Rehabilitation Services Bureau Chief is actively involved with the Special Education Advisory Board and the Administrator works with the Department of Education’s Work Based Learning Grand as well as the Future Ready Iowa Program. (Page 321)
Through career pathways connections and apprenticeship trainings IVRS will be able to encourage job candidates to seek out and obtain employment i the middle skills industries. IVRS will also continue to try and expand the business contracts where IVRS embeds a diversity/retention specialist in businesses. Currently one contract exists where IVRS funds the salary of such a person employed by unity point health services, which is in the top industry sectors to be targeted. (Page 335)
Develop and implement business focused earn–and–learn opportunities, Improve linkages to career pathways and business sectors, Infuse business information and the need for “middle skill” sets when working with students and teachers in transition efforts. Encourage increased business engagement.  (Page 337)
Providing an integrated service system for employers can be accomplished similar to following the model developed by the workforce partnership in Burlington. This model ties in the community college, the special services and supports of IVRS, adult education, TANF, career pathways, etc. It provides industry the resources and supports they need and want, without involving extra unnecessary contacts and services not required. (Page 343-345)
 

Employment Networks

~~THE DESIGNATED STATE UNIT WILL COORDINATE ACTIVITIES WITH ANY OTHER STATE AGENCY THAT IS FUNCTIONING AS AN EMPLOYMENT NETWORK UNDER THE TICKET TO WORK AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM UNDER SECTION 1148 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT. 
6.   FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM:
Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation.   (Page 479)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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Home- and Community Based Services Rent Subsidy Program - 09/15/2017

~~“Application Period The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) is accepting applications for the Home- and Community-Based Services Rent Subsidy Program. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. A waiting list has been established, with applications being processed in the order they are received.

The HCBS Rent Subsidy program aids eligible applicants who receive services under Money Follows the Person or a federal Medicaid waiver program called home-and community-based service. The program provides a monthly rent assistance payment to applicants to help them live successfully in their own home until they become eligible for any other local, state or federal rent assistance. In Iowa, the program helps an average of 327 Iowans each month to stay in their home and to remain a part of their community”

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

“Exceptional Opportunities” _ Crossroads of Western Iowa - 08/10/2017

~~CWI fully embraces the Employment First Initiative…     “Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, possess the right and responsibility to work. Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, should have the opportunity to live their life to the fullest and contribute toward their own self-sufficiency.” 

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

Goodwill of the Heartland Mission Services – “Service Manual” - 07/13/2017

~~“Supported employment services are intended to assist persons receiving services to retain employment in the community or in their own business.  This service is intended for the person who needs longer-term supports to retain employment and/or reach career goals.1. Entrance Criteria:Meet agency admission criteriaClient expresses interest in or agrees to community-based employment.Funding is secured.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Increasing Employment for People with Disabilities” - 07/01/2017

~~“The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed including:

•State Employment Leadership Network (SELN): SELN's mission is to bring states together to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. SELN consultants help Iowa recognize the systemic barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and ways to overcome them.•Medicaid Infrastructure (MIG) Grant: This program ended in 2013. The purpose of MIG was to assist states with making improvements to their Medicaid programs that support the competitive employment of people with disabilities.•Employment First ("E1st"): Iowa is one of three states awarded an Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant to promote systems change around improving employment outcomes and one of 26 States with an APSE sponsored initiative emphasizing integrated employment. Iowa E1st includes individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, state human services and vocational staff, business leaders, and others. Iowa's Employment First Leadership State Mentor Program (EFLSMP) brings together Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) with DHS, IowaWORKS, the DD Council, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, and a family member, under the mentorship of the State of Washington.•Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment: The Administration on Developmental Disabilities Grant awarded a $358,000 per year five year grant to the Developmental Disabilities Council. The grant will which brings together the DD Council, the Iowa Department of Education (DE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and DHS to improve systems so that Iowa youth with a developmental disability have fully integrated, and competitive work opportunities. The grant will contract for 6 demonstration projects in an education environment and at least 3 demonstration projects with community rehabilitation providers. This project is called the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment (ICIE).•Iowa's Money follows the Person Grant (MFP): The Partnership for Community Integration Project is a federal Medicaid demonstration grant to assist with the transition of persons currently residing in ICFs/ID to communities of their choice. Employment plays an integral part in community inclusion and the goals of the project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa HF 572, Concerning who Consitatue the Membership of the State WIB - 07/01/2017

~~“An Iowa workforce development board is created,….” the law describes who will make up the 33 voting members and 13 non-voting of the board including the governor, a state senator, a state representative, the director of the Departments of Workforce Development, Education, the Blind, and Vocational Rehabilitation or their designees, and a number of members drawn from the business community, groups who work with persons with disabilities and other departments.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Benefits Planning (Webinar links) - 02/14/2017

~~“The Iowa Community of Practice archived webinars are now on the ICIE YouTube channel and available to anyone any time! Eventually, IACP will be adding the webinars to their global lessons (available for any provider to use) on the DirectCourse system.  Each lesson will be paired with a generic test to confirm that the content was reviewed, and be tracked on their professional training transcript.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Money Follows the Person (MFP) Update - 01/01/2017

~~“The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program is a collaborative partnership between DHS’s Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD). This program, funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or other related disabilities, to move out of intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and into their own homes or apartments in the community of their choice. Individuals living in nursing homes may also qualify. MFP grant funding (which CDD worked with the IME to obtain) provides for transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after an individual moves into the community. Under a contract with IME, nine Transition Specialists from CDD are deployed throughout the state to provide transition planning services, community options awareness, training, and ongoing support and care coordination to individuals with disabilities, their families and facility-based and community-based providers. In addition CDD has employed an Employment Specialist to address employment barriers faced by MFP participants.  CDD also employs a MFP Project Coordinator stationed at IME. This position provides oversight for the statewide project and coordinates the grant related activities. CDD also employs a Behavioral Specialist to provide training and consultation to providers, consumers and families who are assisting a person that may be experiencing challenging behaviors.”

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

Iowa Employment First Guidebook - 01/01/2017

“This Guidebook was created to provide case managers, care managers, service coordinators and integrated health home coordinators with critical information, resources and tools to help them do the best possible job of assisting transition-age youth and working-age adults with disabilities they support to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 6) - 11/01/2016

IADEI will hire five Disability Resource Coordinators and will link a variety of initiatives to make the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act real for all Iowans. IADEI will increase access to and participation in local Career Pathway models in the current five local workforce regions through a  partnership between eight state agencies and the Department of Labor. State Leadership Agencies will work with local WDBs to strengthen disability integration in service through the implementation of three DEI strategies currently being implemented under its Round 3 DEI project  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Iowa Department of Human Services “HCBS Prevocational and Supported Employment Service - 09/01/2016

“This letter is to serve as notification that in order to comply with the federal correct coding guidelines the IME will be introducing Level II Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for Tier 1 Long Term Job Coaching and for Individual Supported Employment and to provide clarification regarding a unit of service for Individual Supported Employment…. For services with a date of service beginning September 1, 2016, or after, the service must be authorized and billed using the HCPCS procedure code and the HCP CS Level II modifieras follows :• H2025 U4 for Tier 1 of Long Term Job Coaching • T2018 UC for Individual Supported Employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Iowa HF 572, Concerning who Consitatue the Membership of the State WIB - 07/01/2017

~~“An Iowa workforce development board is created,….” the law describes who will make up the 33 voting members and 13 non-voting of the board including the governor, a state senator, a state representative, the director of the Departments of Workforce Development, Education, the Blind, and Vocational Rehabilitation or their designees, and a number of members drawn from the business community, groups who work with persons with disabilities and other departments.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Iowa SF 505 - 07/02/2015

"An Iowa ABLE savings plan trust is created…The general assembly finds that the general welfare and well-being of the state are directly related to the health, maintenance, independence, and quality of life of its disabled residents,and that a vital and valid public purpose is served by the creation and implementation of programs that encourage and make possible savings to secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of individuals with disabilities …"

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Iowa Employer Tax Incentive - 10/24/2012

For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1984...a taxpayer who operates a business which is considered to be a small business…is allowed an additional deduction for 50 percent of the first 12 months of wages paid or accrued during the tax years for work done in Iowa by employees first hired on or after January 1, 1984…where the taxpayer first qualifies as a small business….and meets one of the following criteria: A handicapped individual domiciled in this state at the time of hiring. An individual domiciled in this state at the tie of hiring…  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Assistive Device Tax Credit

  The taxes imposed under this division shall be reduced by an assistive device tax credit.  A small business purchasing, renting, or modifying an assistive device or making workplace  modifications for an individual with a disability who is employed or will be employed by the small business is eligible, subject to availability of credits, to receive this assistive device tax credit which is equal to fifty percent of the first five thousand dollars paid during the tax year for the purchase, rental, or modification of the assistive device or for making the workplace modifications.  Any credit in excess of the tax liability shall be refunded with interest computed under section 422.25…

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
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Iowa Executive Order 27 - 02/04/2003

“Recognizing that the breadth and complexity of the issues required a coordinated inter-agency response, in 2003 Governor Vilsack issued Executive Order 27 calling upon state agencies to identify the barriers to community living posed by their policies and programs and to develop plans to remove them. Executive Order 27 also created the current Olmstead Consumer Taskforce to advise the Governor’s Office on strategies to promote community integration, including changes in policies or programs.”

NOTE: While Executive Order 27 mentioned employment only in general terms, the Olmstead Plan developed with assistance from the Taskforce specifically supports integrated, competitive employment.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services - 08/01/2016

“Under WIOA regulations, IVRS is required to spend 15% of our federal grant resources towards Pre-Employment Transition Services. We have a number of initiatives that are being designed and implemented for this effort. For example, programs and initiatives such as: TAP (Transition Alliance Programs)’ Project Search, Youth Leadership Forum, Intermediary Network, Work-Based Learning, Construction Simulator, zSpace, and our Summer Camp activities are all examples of PETS initiatives.”

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

Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage - 07/22/2016

“The addition of Section 511 demonstrates the intent that individuals with disabilities, especially youth with disabilities, must be afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or reenter competitive integrated employment. Section 511 imposes limitations on employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that must be satisfied before the employers may hire youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continue to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level. (the link opens a Word Document) “

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

IA Department of Human Services Report of Joint Protocols and Program Models - 12/15/2014

“IVRS and DHS are key collaborators in EFSLMP.  “IVRS is the lead agency, but DHS has committed to staff and management resources and time. … Iowa has a “grassroots Employment First (E1st) initiative that influences the state’s employment service delivery system and involves a broad range of collaborators.   …“Iowa’s E1st Vision is that “‘Iowans with disabilities are employed at the same rate as other Iowans and receiving equal benefits.’”  The Mission of E1st is to ‘Change beliefs, practices, systems and funding so that employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred outcome in the provision of publically funded services for all working age Iowans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.’”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Department of Human Services Agreement - 10/01/2014

“The purpose of this agreement is to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment services for people with developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, hereinafter referred to as IVRS, and the Iowa Department of Human Services, hereinafter referred to as DHS. This agreement will serve to clarify roles and responsibilities of IVRS and DHS in regard to common consumers.  This agreement is effective October 1, 2014, or the latest date of signature, through September 30, 2016.”

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

Olmstead Plan for Mental Health and Disability Services: State plan framework (2011 - 2015) - 01/06/2011

“The Department of Human Service’s priorities for Olmstead Plan implementation include establishing the leadership, necessary partnerships and infrastructure for a service system expanding opportunities for competitive employment.”

The goals include: “Conducting targeted outreach to families and guardians of individuals with mental illness, brain injury and other disabilities to raise awareness of opportunities for community living, including competitive employment, by accessing available supports and services; … Analyzing current policies and practice regarding transition, and determine, with the engagement of the Department of Education, how these can be strengthened to support integrated employment as a preferred outcome for students moving into the adult service system".

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Iowa Workforce Development Annual Report 2016

~~“…through our partnership with the DirectEmployers Association, we provide 10 microsites, which offer the opportunity to provide job information on mobile and hand-held devices. These sites are also search-engine optimized, and were developed at no cost to the state. The 10 microsites include:WORKINIOWA-DISABILITY.JOBSHelps employers reach the disability community. Helps employerscomply with Affirmative Action and Equal Employment OpportunityCommission efforts.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Department of Education “Secondary Transition

“The ultimate goal of secondary transition planning is to make the adjustment from high school as easy, successful and as short as possible. Successful transition planning should begin early and be based on specific knowledge and experiences of targeted future environments and activities. It includes the commitment of resources, collaboration among people and agencies, and decision making to develop an IEP for the student.”

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services “Iowa Self-Employment” Brochure

IOWA SELF-EMPLOYMENT (ISE) PROGRAM

Iowa Self-Employment (ISE) is a program designed for clients of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) or Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB), whose vocational goal is self-employment. This program is administered by IVRS and works in partnership with IDB. Following eligibility and self-employment assessment, a referral may be sent to ISE personnel. 

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

Iowa Department on Aging “Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP)

SCSEP participants are paid minimum wage while they gain marketable job skills working part-time in non-profit and public organizations, including senior centers, schools and libraries. The program provides a win-win for participants and their communities: Participants help community organizations extend their capabilities, while developing their own job skills, self-confidence and a restored sense of self-worth.

To participate in this employment program for older Iowans, a person must be:

Age 55 or older; Currently unemployed; Legally eligible to work in the United States; and Living in a household with income no more than 125 percent of the current federal poverty level. All disability payments, including Social Security Disability (SSDI), are excluded from SCSEP income eligibility determinations 25% of Social Security payment is excluded, which includes social security retirement and survivors benefits All Unemployment Compensation is excluded SSI & public assistance are excluded Veterans Benefits are excluded
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Iowa Department of Human Services “Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Transition Settings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS).  The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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“Exceptional Opportunities” _ Crossroads of Western Iowa - 08/10/2017

~~CWI fully embraces the Employment First Initiative…     “Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, possess the right and responsibility to work. Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, should have the opportunity to live their life to the fullest and contribute toward their own self-sufficiency.” 

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

Goodwill of the Heartland Mission Services – “Service Manual” - 07/13/2017

~~“Supported employment services are intended to assist persons receiving services to retain employment in the community or in their own business.  This service is intended for the person who needs longer-term supports to retain employment and/or reach career goals.1. Entrance Criteria:Meet agency admission criteriaClient expresses interest in or agrees to community-based employment.Funding is secured.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Increasing Employment for People with Disabilities” - 07/01/2017

~~“The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed including:

•State Employment Leadership Network (SELN): SELN's mission is to bring states together to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. SELN consultants help Iowa recognize the systemic barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and ways to overcome them.•Medicaid Infrastructure (MIG) Grant: This program ended in 2013. The purpose of MIG was to assist states with making improvements to their Medicaid programs that support the competitive employment of people with disabilities.•Employment First ("E1st"): Iowa is one of three states awarded an Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant to promote systems change around improving employment outcomes and one of 26 States with an APSE sponsored initiative emphasizing integrated employment. Iowa E1st includes individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, state human services and vocational staff, business leaders, and others. Iowa's Employment First Leadership State Mentor Program (EFLSMP) brings together Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) with DHS, IowaWORKS, the DD Council, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, and a family member, under the mentorship of the State of Washington.•Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment: The Administration on Developmental Disabilities Grant awarded a $358,000 per year five year grant to the Developmental Disabilities Council. The grant will which brings together the DD Council, the Iowa Department of Education (DE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and DHS to improve systems so that Iowa youth with a developmental disability have fully integrated, and competitive work opportunities. The grant will contract for 6 demonstration projects in an education environment and at least 3 demonstration projects with community rehabilitation providers. This project is called the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment (ICIE).•Iowa's Money follows the Person Grant (MFP): The Partnership for Community Integration Project is a federal Medicaid demonstration grant to assist with the transition of persons currently residing in ICFs/ID to communities of their choice. Employment plays an integral part in community inclusion and the goals of the project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Workforce Development “Employment and Disability” - 08/24/2016

“Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Regional Workforce Partners joined forces to create and operate a Regional Workforce Development System. The goal of this system is to provide high quality employment services to all individuals. This system is designed to be able to improve accessibility for job seekers with or without disabilities. Each IowaWORKS Center offers accommodations and assistive technology to increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Iowa Workforce Partners Iowa Workforce Development Iowa Department for the Blind Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services Iowa Department of Human Services Iowa Department of Human Rights/ Division of Persons with Disabilities Iowa Department of Education Iowa Developmental Disability Council Iowa Department on Aging”

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

Agreement between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Iowa Department of Education - 10/13/2015

“The purpose of this agreement is to facilitate the integration and coordination of transition services from school to post-secondary education and/or employment, for individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in secondary education and are eligible, or potentially eligible, to receive vocational rehabilitation services.” 

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

Iowa DHS: Stakeholder Brief by SELN - 03/15/2013

“Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) has been keenly focused on improving opportunities for Iowans with disabilities to become employed in quality jobs in Iowa communities since 2000 when first awarded a Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), a federal program providing financial assistance to states to facilitate the competitive employment of people with disabilities. Iowa’s Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) and Iowa’s Medicaid Enterprise (IME), both divisions of DHS, have been working together along with their stakeholders, to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities with a particular focus on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Iowa.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Olmstead Consumer Taskforce Position Statement on Employment - 01/11/2013

“The State of Iowa has been working for over a decade to support employment outcomes by raising awareness of federal work incentives for people concerned about losing Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, and by focusing attention on the transition of young people with disabilities from school to work and independent living. In the last three years this work has been accelerated and enhanced under the Employment First, State Employment Leadership Network, the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, and other initiatives.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Disability Employment Interagency Memorandum of Agreement - 10/01/2012

“An updated Interagency Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to Strengthen Employment Services for Iowans with Disabilities focused on competitive, community-based, integrated employment was signed in October, 2012 by eight State agencies and updated in January, 2015. Updates reflect changes in the federal regulations related to WIOA. “

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

Memorandum of Agreement between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the The Iowa Department of Human Services

The purpose of this agreement is to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment services for people with developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, hereinafter referred to as IVRS, and the Iowa Department of Human Services, hereinafter referred to as DHS. This agreement will serve to clarify roles and responsibilities of IVRS and DHS in regard to common consumers.  This agreement is effective October 1, 2014, or the latest date of signature, through September 30, 2016.

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

Iowa Transition Alliance Program

 “The Transition Alliance Program (TAP) is a partnership between Community School Districts and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS).  Participants of TAP receive assistance in the areas of vocational training, independent living, and post-secondary education.  Our goal is for young adults to develop positive work skills in order to obtain and maintain community employment.  TAP participants will receive follow-up services to assure long-term job success!”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 6) - 11/01/2016

IADEI will hire five Disability Resource Coordinators and will link a variety of initiatives to make the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act real for all Iowans. IADEI will increase access to and participation in local Career Pathway models in the current five local workforce regions through a  partnership between eight state agencies and the Department of Labor. State Leadership Agencies will work with local WDBs to strengthen disability integration in service through the implementation of three DEI strategies currently being implemented under its Round 3 DEI project  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 3) - 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, Iowa was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. 

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

Iowa Balancing Incentive Program - 07/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) is a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that is designed to ‘balance’ states’ spending on long term supports and services (LTSS). Iowa began participation in the BIP program in 2012 with an anticipated $61 million in enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) for Medicaid to provide persons with greater access to home and community based services (HCBS) and reduces unnecessary reliance on institutional services. To accomplish this objective, the program has three major structural reforms for the current LTSS system: No Wrong Door (NWD): This implements specific steps to streamline access to services; Core Standardized Assessments (CSA): This [improves] efficiency, consistency and fairness in eligibility determination and assessments for LTSS; [and] Conflict-Free Case Management (CFCM): This ensures conflict-free case management throughout LTSS systems.”

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

Iowa Employment First Initiative: Statement of FIndings - 10/01/2011

“In 2009 representatives of Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRP), Iowa Disability Navigator Program (DPN), the Governor’s Developmental Disability Council, the Iowa Chapter of APSE: The Employment Network (IA-APSE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) began planning for the Iowa Employment First Initiative...The goals for the Initiative include:

Goal 1. Policies and funding are aligned with Employment First and strong partnerships remove barriers.

Goal 2. Individuals with disabilities and family members advocate for Employment First and participate in the design of employment services and supports.

Goal 3: Businesses influence businesses to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Goal 4: Best practices drive transition outcomes for living, working and learning.”

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

Iowa SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI)”. In 2012, Iowa was awarded an EDI grant for self-employment initiatives. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program

“Each state will receive funding to assist them to develop and implement their strategic plan and will have access to on-site, customized technical assistance from national subject-matter experts to help them achieve their goals. In addition the states will be able to discuss their progress with other states who are working in this area through regularly scheduled Community-of-Practice teleconference calls.” “Iowa intends to build on its current Employment First Initiative in order to move state policies and funding structures with the explicit intent to increase integrated employment outcomes for people with significant disabilities. Participation in the EFSLMP will enable Iowa to study, and consider adopting, policies and funding mechanisms that emphasize interagency collaboration that result in service delivery that prioritizes integrated employment. Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services will lead its EFSLMP.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) Partnership for Community Integration Project is a $51 million grant from the Centers for Medicareid and Medicaid Services. It will provide opportunities for individuals in Iowa to move out of Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disability (ICF/ID) and into their own homes in the community of their choice. Individuals living in Nursing Facilities may also qualify. Grant funds provide funding for the transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after they transition into the community. MFP assistance is available to individuals with a diagnosis of an Intellectual Disability or Brain Injury who has lived in an ICF/ID or a Nursing Facility for at least three months. The individual must express an interest moving from the ICF/ID or Nursing Facility into the community.” 

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

Iowa AIDD Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Grant

The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment’s consortium includes representatives from various government and advocacy agencies and organizations. The objections of the coalition  are: “Develop a  Readiness for Change Plan  for systems change related to integrated, competitive employment for youth with DD; develop an outcome measurement system to measure employment success; increase the placement and support services early in high school that result in uninterrupted transition to employment; develop the capacity of service providers to promote integrated competitive employment for youth with DD; increase expectations and demands for fully integrated, competitive employment opportunities for youth with DD; and align policies, practices, and funding with employment expectations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Benefits Planning (Webinar links) - 02/14/2017

~~“The Iowa Community of Practice archived webinars are now on the ICIE YouTube channel and available to anyone any time! Eventually, IACP will be adding the webinars to their global lessons (available for any provider to use) on the DirectCourse system.  Each lesson will be paired with a generic test to confirm that the content was reviewed, and be tracked on their professional training transcript.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Iowa Employment First Guidebook - 01/01/2017

“This Guidebook was created to provide case managers, care managers, service coordinators and integrated health home coordinators with critical information, resources and tools to help them do the best possible job of assisting transition-age youth and working-age adults with disabilities they support to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Self Employment Program Success Stories - 07/29/2014

“This publication will introduce you to a fascinating collection of Iowa entrepreneurs who have found creative ways to leverage their skills, talents, abilities, resources, and social connections into their perfect job – not by finding employment, but by creating it.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Iowa Employment First Summit - 10/04/2012

“The IA-APSE Employment Summit was designed for individuals with disabilities, family members, Community Rehabilitation Provider staff, state agency personnel, case managers and other community members committed to improving employment outcomes for Iowans with disabilities.  It features national, as well as local speakers sharing progressive and innovative best practice information and strategies to move the agenda of inclusive employment forward.”   
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa's Integrated Employment Funding System Supplemental Report - 09/17/2012

This report is looking at building the capacity and expertise of employment specialists to support individual, integrated employment outcomes. MHDS is encouraged to consider what to include in an Employment Supports Core Training, how to provide ongoing professional development, and ideas for offering provider-level training and technical assistance.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR Services Forms - The Discovery Staging Record - 09/10/2011

“This form is used to stage, structure, capture and record the major events of Discovery. The recorder(s) should pay particular attention to how the tasks are typically performed, any accommodations, technology, supports, or specialized training strategies that should be employed.” Discovery is a key tool in finding community-based, integrated employment through the customized employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Iowa Community of Practice Training Sessions for 2017

~~This document gives information on the training sessions that will be done in 2017 including benefits planning, employer engagement, and school to work transition

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Employment First Initiatives

~~“Increasing economic self-sufficiency is a major goal of working. Several years ago CDD published a compressive report on self-sufficiency and asset development strategies and helpful hints about employment related supports. This information, while several years old in still applicable today.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

REM Iowa

~~“Since 1979, REM Iowa has provided quality services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other complex challenges. We also offer services for adults with brain injuries and provide a range of programs, including residential services and day and vocational programs. Our personalized approach maximizes each person’s unique efforts to learn, grow and thrive in the communities they call home. REM Iowa is a partner of The MENTOR Network, a national network of local health and human services providers offering an array of quality, community-based services across the country .”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Citations

Iowa WIOA Webinar

“This webinar covers the basics of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in regards to high school students, including Section 511 and highlights from the Memorandum of Agreement between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Iowa Department of Education.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Home- and Community Based Services Rent Subsidy Program - 09/15/2017

~~“Application Period The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) is accepting applications for the Home- and Community-Based Services Rent Subsidy Program. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. A waiting list has been established, with applications being processed in the order they are received.

The HCBS Rent Subsidy program aids eligible applicants who receive services under Money Follows the Person or a federal Medicaid waiver program called home-and community-based service. The program provides a monthly rent assistance payment to applicants to help them live successfully in their own home until they become eligible for any other local, state or federal rent assistance. In Iowa, the program helps an average of 327 Iowans each month to stay in their home and to remain a part of their community”

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

Money Follows the Person (MFP) Update - 01/01/2017

~~“The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program is a collaborative partnership between DHS’s Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD). This program, funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or other related disabilities, to move out of intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and into their own homes or apartments in the community of their choice. Individuals living in nursing homes may also qualify. MFP grant funding (which CDD worked with the IME to obtain) provides for transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after an individual moves into the community. Under a contract with IME, nine Transition Specialists from CDD are deployed throughout the state to provide transition planning services, community options awareness, training, and ongoing support and care coordination to individuals with disabilities, their families and facility-based and community-based providers. In addition CDD has employed an Employment Specialist to address employment barriers faced by MFP participants.  CDD also employs a MFP Project Coordinator stationed at IME. This position provides oversight for the statewide project and coordinates the grant related activities. CDD also employs a Behavioral Specialist to provide training and consultation to providers, consumers and families who are assisting a person that may be experiencing challenging behaviors.”

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

Iowa Department of Human Services “HCBS Prevocational and Supported Employment Service - 09/01/2016

“This letter is to serve as notification that in order to comply with the federal correct coding guidelines the IME will be introducing Level II Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for Tier 1 Long Term Job Coaching and for Individual Supported Employment and to provide clarification regarding a unit of service for Individual Supported Employment…. For services with a date of service beginning September 1, 2016, or after, the service must be authorized and billed using the HCPCS procedure code and the HCP CS Level II modifieras follows :• H2025 U4 for Tier 1 of Long Term Job Coaching • T2018 UC for Individual Supported Employment.”

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

Iowa HCBS Statewide Transition Plan - 01/29/2016

“Federal regulations that became effective on March 17, 2014 define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.” 

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

Approval of the HCBS Waiver Settings Statewide Transition Plan (STP) - 09/14/2014

“The state is responsible for the development and implementation of a Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to ensure full compliance with the CMS regulations. A proposed STP was posted for public comment in February 2016. The IME reviewed and responded to the public comments in March and on April 1, 2016, submitted a draft STP to CMS that incorporated the public comments and feedback received. Over the past several months the IME has been working with CMS to make technical corrections and clarifications to the submitted transition plan. On August 10, 2016, the IME received notice from CMS of the initial approval of the STP. The approved STP and the CMS initial approval letter are available on the DHS web page, Waiver Draft Transition Plans and the Statewide Transition Plan.”

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

Iowa Brain Injury Waiver - 09/15/2009

“BI Waiver services are individualized to meet the needs of each member. The following services are available: • Adult Day Care • Behavioral Programming • Case Management • Consumer Directed Attendant Care • Family Counseling and Training • Home and Vehicle Modifications • Interim Medical Monitoring and Treatment • Personal Emergency Response System • Prevocational Services • Respite • Specialized Medical Equipment • Supported Community Living • Supported Employment • Transportation • Consumer Choices Option”  

 

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

Iowa HCBS Intellectual Disability Waiver - 09/15/2009

“ID Waiver services are individualized to meet the needs of each member. The following services are available:

• Adult Day Care

• Consumer Directed Attendant Care (CDAC)

• Day Habilitation

• Home and Vehicle Modifications

• Home Health Aide

• Interim Medical Monitoring and Treatment

• Nursing

• Personal Emergency Response System

• Prevocational

• Respite

• Supported Community Living

• Supported Community Living-Residential Based

• Supported Employment

• Transportation

• Consumer Choices Option”

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

HCBS Prevocational and Supported Employment Services “Prevocational–Career Exploration”

“Prevocational –Career Exploration ….The outcome of this service is documentation of the participant’s stated career objective and a career plan used to guide individual employment support. ‘“Supported employment’” means the ongoing supports to participants who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to obtain and maintain an individual job in competitive or customized employment, or self-employment, in an integrated work setting in the general workforce at or above the state’s minimum wage or at or above the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities. The outcome of this service is sustained paid employment at or above the minimum wage in an integrated setting in the general workforce in a job that meets personal and career goals. Supported employment services can be provided through many different service models.

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

HCBS Waivers and Amendments

Effective May 04, 2016 the department intends to begin using the InterRAI standardized assessment tool for the purposes of level of care determination and service planning for the HCBS Brain Injury, Children’s Mental Health, Elderly, Health and Disability, Physical Disability and AIDS/HIV waivers. The department also intends to implement the InterRAI for the purposes of needs based eligibility determination and service planning for the HCBS Habilitation program.

Effective May 04, 2016 the department intends to implement changes to the Prevocational and Supported Employment services provider qualifications, service scope and definitions and reimbursement methodologies. Prevocational and Supported Employment services are currently covered as a benefit under two of the seven waivers. Prevocational and Supported Employment services are available under the following HCBS waivers; Brain Injury (BI), and Intellectual Disability (ID).

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

Iowa Department of Human Services “Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Transition Settings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS).  The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The motto of the state of Iowa is, "Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain." For Iowans with disabilities, this includes the liberties that come with having a job, and equal rights to real work for real pay.

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 Iowa’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
3,123,899
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
180,139
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.53%
Change from
2014 to 2015
83,391
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.45%
Change from
2014 to 2015
46.29%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.37%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 3,090,416 3,107,126 3,123,899
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 181,561 176,576 180,139
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 81,421 82,111 83,391
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,384,715 1,393,306 1,397,255
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 44.84% 46.50% 46.29%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.07% 82.17% 82.37%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.80% 4.40% 3.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.50% 18.90% 19.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.60% 11.40% 11.20%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 176,497 179,117 184,113
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 181,233 174,313 183,923
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 333,343 328,026 343,674
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 10,687 12,318 10,934
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 12,702 11,345 12,119
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,382 1,904 1,743
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,248 2,990 2,912
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,674 6,318 6,031
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,378 1,874 2,405

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,219 6,289 6,432
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 12.70% 12.70% 13.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 77,493 78,016 78,222

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 9,446 6,262 3,407
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 17,145 11,689 6,500
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 22,202 17,083 11,312
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 42.50% 36.70% 30.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 0.50% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 357 333 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,499 4,688 3,776
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 499 1,200 1,842
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 205 409 625
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. 41.00% 34.00% 34.00%
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. 6.67 13.23 20.01

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,696
4,047
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 24 22 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 225 217 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 873 841 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,492 1,664 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,037 1,266 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 45 37 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 39.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,346 4,083 4,820
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 113,438 114,890 115,302
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 311 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $7,712,000 $7,727,000 $9,051,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $27,222,000 $22,569,000 $22,135,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $29,587,000 $32,911,000 $48,932,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $8,062,000 $5,248,000 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00% 17.00% 16.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,461 3,208 3,603
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,106 7,603 8,713
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 65.50 70.80 77.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 64.03% 64.51% 64.92%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.37% 8.38% 8.60%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.33% 1.83% 1.80%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 68.21% 85.21% 87.56%
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). 39.95% 33.51% 30.71%
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). 66.26% 59.15% 58.57%
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). 93.17% 78.74% 83.14%
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). 26.31% 25.64% 27.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 630,402
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 532
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 9
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 63,088
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 63,097
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 4
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 108
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 112
AbilityOne wages (products). $26
AbilityOne wages (services). $785,430

 

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

2015 2016 2017
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). 54 61 33
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3 4 2
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 57 65 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). 4,817 5,668 2,992
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 303 410 185
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5,120 6,078 3,177

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Feedback from SRC members to explore opportunities to expand or develop partnerships. Progress made by IVRS in various initiatives was reported at each SRC meeting. These have included collaborative efforts established between IVRS and the following entities; the Veteran’s Administration, the Employers Disability Resource Network, Manpower (Project Ability), Disability Rights Iowa, Social Security Administration (Ticket–To–Work, Partnership Plus), Project Search, Benefits Planning, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, Iowa’s Workforce Development, the Iowa School for the Deaf, Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) Employment First, the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, Iowa Department of Human Services (including Money Follows the Person and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise), the Iowa Rehabilitation Association, APSE (Association of Persons Supporting Employment First), Developmental Disabilities Council, the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), Unity Point Diversity Initiative and Walgreens Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI). (Page 297)
IVRS has not supported segregated employment for over 16 years. However, schools have still transitioned students with the most profound disabilities into segregated settings without the assistance of IVRS. IVRS local area office supervisors are working with the local school districts to develop plans that identify how we will work collaboratively so these students may try employment first. “Section 511” programming provides students with opportunities to: discover options of competitive integrated work that would be of interest to the student; assessment and work experiences in the community; along with supported employment services designed so that the job is stable by the time of graduation with the focus of encouraging students to be competitively employed by high school graduation. Information briefings are being developed and shared with VR staff, school officials, parents, and community partners in efforts to identify opportunities to provide pre–employment transition services that focus on competitive integrated employment. Services such as Discovery, Career Exploration. (Page 306)
The IVRS counselor and job candidate refer their questions and service requests to the CRP, which determines if it has the capacity to provide answers and work in partnership with the counselor and the job candidate. A team meeting occurs to discuss the plan for Supported Employment services delivery. IVRS is making changes in the alignment and collaboration of service rates through participating the past four years in an Employment First Grant through the Office of Disability and Employment Policy. Strategic planning has collaboratively occurred through the Administration of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the State Employment Leadership Network and the DOL, Disability Employment Initiative. These efforts resulted in a focus on improved alignment of services and the funding of those services to support service delivery for individuals with the most significant disabilities. IVRS, in January of 2016, revised the Menu of Service to reflect alignment with hourly Medicaid Service rates and related performance measures and billable units which improve accountability and connection to service outcomes. (Page 314)
IVRS efforts in coordinating with our business partners will foster competitive community integrated employment. IVRS has not supported segregated employment outcomes for sixteen years so the strategies outlined above as well as what will be developed during this plan will continue to focus on increasing competitive integrated employment outcomes. Customized employment strategies including Discovery and customized job carving will be highlighted in on–going training efforts for VR staff and community providers as effective business resource tools. This training is integrated into sustaining the state’s Employment First efforts. (Page 320)
IVRS also incorporated a goal on working with business. IVRS has a representative on the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and their Executive Director serves on the leadership team of Employment First, which is coordinated through IVRS. A MOA with the Governance Group (eight state agencies which includes the State Medicaid/Mental Health Division and the Executive Director of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council collaborated to support strategies to reduce duplication and maximize employment efforts with a clear focus on competitive, community integrated employment for individuals with the most significant disabilities. This MOU describes the financial responsibilities and the populations that are served to maximize resources and avoid duplication. In addition, IVRS is adopting the Medicaid rates that DHS is implementing in FFY 16. Collaborative planning efforts occurred with DHS in the implementation of the Iowa Employment First Principles which resulted in approaching Iowa legislatures in a collaborative manner resulting in increased state monies being available to serve Iowans with disabilities. (Pages 325)
 

Customized Employment

~~It was recommended and agreed to by IVRS that the policy related to competitive integrated employment demonstrate a strong emphasis on progressive employment and creating customized employment opportunities for the most significantly disabled youth. During the March 2016 meeting the school plan for students covered under Section 511 was discussed and agreed to by the SRC. (Page 295)
These efforts of provider transformation, along with Community of Practice webinars during the past two years, positively impacted customized employment service delivery as well as increased numbers of individuals with the most significant disabilities accessing competitive, community integrated employment outcomes. (Page 315)
Customized employment strategies including Discovery and customized job carving will be highlighted in on–going training efforts for VR staff and community providers as effective business resource tools. This training is integrated into sustaining the state’s Employment First efforts. (Page 320)
The agency routinely uses the latest research and pilot projects to update training programs in areas such as ADA, assistive technology, mental illness, learning disabilities, Autism, and head injury/traumatic brain injury. IVRS is the lead agency with the Employment First Initiative and staff as well as partners has access to a myriad of customized employment training webinars. (Page 332)
Only those that are needed and cannot be provided by the agency are purchased. Additional services were added to the Menu of Services this year that include Discovery and Customized Employment. As part of the FFY15 State Plan, IVRS completed the mandatory Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) to determine the current needs of Iowans with disabilities, as well as assess the services provided by Community Rehabilitation Programs. (Page 351)
The new rate structure will allow IVRS and the Department of Human Services to collaborate with funding to assure that CRPS are adequately reimbursed for the range of services available from each agency. Implementation of new payment points and the development of Customized Employment services have occurred. Supported Employment Services with a focus on competitive, integrated employment is supported by IVRS. (Page 352)
The individuals who participated in the Employment First Initiative were from our most vulnerable and disabled population, many of whom had never worked in a competitive integrated environment. Some participated in progressive employment, first exploring their interests and sometimes starting with volunteer work; while others moved into an employment setting learning skills through a customized employment experience that created an opportunity of success for them. (Page 353)
 Competitive integrated employment – it was recommended and agreed to by IVRS that the policy related to competitive integrated employment demonstrate a strong emphasis on progressive employment and creating customized employment opportunities for the most significantly disabled youth. During the March 2016 meeting, the school plan for students covered under section 511 was discussed and agreed to by the SRC. (Page 357)
Supported employment is competitive employment in an integrated setting consistent with the strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice of the individuals with ongoing support services for individuals with the most significant disabilities. Many supported employment plans include the need for customized employment, and the IVRS menu of services that allows for the purchase of services from CRPs has been updated to include the provision of customized employment. (Page 360)
Only those that are needed and cannot be provided by the agency are purchased. Additional services were added to the Menu of Services this year that include Discovery and Customized Employment. (Page 377)
Implementation of new payment points and the development of Customized Employment services have occurred. Supported Employment Services with a focus on competitive, integrated employment is supported by IVRS. (Pages 392- 394)
A survey of IDB counselors indicated that 100% of them considered CRPs to need training in promoting supported employment and pre–employment services. They also reported that CRPS were unaware of the alternative techniques that could be used to engage in employment and often did not know how to provide training materials and other resources in formats that were accessible to people who were blind or visually impaired. The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, which has worked closely with CRPS for several years, facilitated meetings with IDB counselors and clients to discuss best practices in the delivery of customized employment services. Those discussions resulted in determining that CRPS also need training in the area of customized employment. (Page 443)
Customized Employment has been added as a vocational rehabilitation service option.  (Page 452)
The Department is also exploring Customized Employment and work based learning opportunities. The Department will partner with Community Rehabilitation Organizations to generate referrals for individuals who can benefit from competitive integrated employment in their communities.  (Page 452)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Blending and braiding of funds to maximize resources and increase efficiency. (Page 69)
A referral process that allows for direct connection by and between key agency staff, which includes holding agencies accountable for assisting workers in achieving success is underway and set to be rolled out in conjunction with the Iowa One-Stop Center standards in 2017. The braiding and blending of funding streams will maximize benefits and services to Iowa’s job seekers, employees and employers. (Page 117)
ICIE has been a key collaborator with innovative braiding of funding to expand financial and technical assistance areas specifically related to employment first and the delivery of supported employment services in Iowa. (Page 348)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.  The State of Iowa is committed to providing programs and services in a readily accessible format and delivery method to any individual who is seeking services from the workforce system. Accessibility as referenced throughout this plan refers to the direct and indirect ideas, actions, philosophies and physical and emotional supports used by an individual or employer to support employment for ALL Iowans. (Page 196)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning.  (Page 395)
Shared training has been arranged between IVRS with other entities (including Workforce/DEI, Manpower, ICIE, APSE, EDRN and SHRM). IVRS continues to have an expectation for all field staff to be involved in business development. The SRC took a lead role in organizing a series of three webinars and on–site training activities focused specifically at business partnerships. (Page 297)
The disability and employment initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an integrated resource team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 348)
 

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. Unfortunately, the Iowa workforce development representative assigned to these projects decided to step down from his state level position and no other person was assigned to the projects as a result. (Pages 341-342)
Another objective of our Iowa Plan is to engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career 6 Development of Pilot Projects – WIOA Pilots –IVRS consistently considers the use of pilot projects prior to full and comprehensive roll out of new initiatives and programs. (Page 346)
Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. Unfortunately the Iowa Workforce Development representative assigned to these projects decided to step down from his state level position and no other person was assigned to the projects. (Page 387)
Pilots have been conducted and will be expanded to partner with credit and non–credit courses to encourage the transition of adult learners to a career pathway. The pilots are designed to increase the number of adult learners earning transferrable credit, marketable credential, and, or entering post–secondary education.  (Page 274)
Our goal is for all individuals with disabilities to access services through the workforce development partners. Similar to the multi-tiered system of support designed in education, IVRS anticipates that 80% of the individuals with disabilities can be successful accessing the programs and services provided by Iowa workforce development with no specialized service needed because the staff has received basic training and etiquette in working with individuals with disabilities. (Page 342)
Another objective of our Iowa Plan is to engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career services. Development of Pilot Projects – WIOA Pilots –IVRS consistently considers the use of pilot projects prior to full and comprehensive roll out of new initiatives and programs. (Page 346)
 Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. (Page 378)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning (Page395)
Create affordable options for workers to obtain education, training, skills, including personal, soft, and basic skills, and financial literacy, necessary to secure and maintain self-sustaining employment, and· Develop opportunities for ALL Iowans to develop entrepreneurial skills and concepts while providing opportunities for connection with Iowa business leaders  (Page 95)
 

Benefits

~~The disability and employment initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an integrated resource team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 348)
The eligible individual, the counselor, and when appropriate, other extended service providers will jointly plan supported employment services. Supported employment services shall be provided by other agencies, organizations, employers, or other available sources with whom cooperative arrangements will be made. Comparable services and benefits will be used to the maximum extent appropriate. Services will be provided in the most integrated setting possible consistent with the individual’s informed choice. (Page 360)
During the extended evaluation IVRS counselors must develop a written plan for providing services to make the determination. An individual who has a disability as determined eligible for Social Security benefits shall be considered to be an individual with a significant disability and presumed to be eligible for IVRS services, provided that individual intends to achieve an employment outcome consistent with the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice of the individual. Individuals who are seeking homemaker and unpaid family worker (and other similar uncompensated occupations) are referred to the Independent Living Program for services.  (Page 373)
A continued barrier for service delivery is the timely delivery of benefits planning services for individuals and families with the most significant disabilities. This is also contributed to by the lack of information that gets to families through early education and secondary school programming. Strategies are being implemented through the delivery of Pre–Employment Transition Services. (Page 379)
Assigned staff to provide benefits planning services and benefits counseling. Staff assigned to IVRS college settings are adept in using work incentives to help address a beneficiary’s needs through school until the completion of their work goals. (Page 380)
The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 395)
 The IDB refers individuals to Iowa Workforce Development for information regarding benefits planning, labor market information, assessment information, in addition to trainings, assistance with job search activities and a variety of other services available through the local one-stop centers. (Page 414)
The Partners also recognized in 2014, that there are 110,000 Iowan’s who might benefit from SSA disability benefits planning services. Some of these individuals are served by a variety of agencies. The Department for the Blind is focused on services being provided in the community, in integrated and competitive environments. (Page 428)
Partner agencies have begun to determine the feasibility of establishing a benefits planning network that will identify approved training opportunities for Iowa benefits planners, to provide technical assistance to trainers, and to develop referral processes for SSA recipients not currently connected to the service delivery system. (Page 429)
SSA also identified those people who were working age and were receiving SSI and/or SSDI benefits. Among all working age Iowans with disabilities, 18.27% were receiving benefits, of which 2.17% of the total recipients were blind or visually impaired. Of the total recipients, 69.93% were working age individuals with disabilities, and 2.33% of working age disability recipients where individuals who were blind or visually impaired. (Page 438)
Ensure all clients receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income have the opportunity to receive individualized benefits counseling from a certified Benefits planner. (Page 465)
Extended supported employment services shall be provided by other agencies, organizations, employers, or other available sources with whom cooperative arrangements will be made. Comparable services and benefits will be used to the maximum extent appropriate. Services will be provided in the most integrated setting possible consistent with the individual’s informed choice. Supported employment services may include. (Page 469)
Benefits and services to Iowa’s job seekers, employees and employers will be maximized through the intentional braiding, integrating and seeking out of diverse funding streams. (Page 95)
Benefits to using the Iowa TIER system include:
• Reduction of data–entry by IVRS Staff;
• Centralize data collection related to pre–employment transition services provided by local education agencies and IVRS while reducing duplicative data entry;
• Connect with other data in the system to evaluate the effectiveness of the IVRS and DE collaboration. (Page 305)
 With the limited number of work–ready job candidates, the conference agenda was geared toward emphasizing the benefits to employers of hiring persons with disabilities. IVRS is striving to create these connections during this economic opportunity. (Page 316)
The Council facilitated for National Disability Awareness Month in 2015 a series of three educational webinars hosted with local collaboration/discussion occurring at three host sites. This created awareness around the business case and benefits of hiring people who have a disability. Approximately 80 people attended the session across the state, for each webinar. (Page 319) Assuring quality of vocational services provided;
(k)  Providing ongoing communication with all members of an individual’s team as needed;
(l)   Cooperating with case manager in monitoring quality of employment service, reviewing both individual and provider progress;
(m) Encouraging individuals who enter Supported Employment Services and receive Social Security benefits to become aware of and utilize SSA work incentives;
(n)  Identifying ongoing supports to begin by the time of an individual’s stabilization on the job. (Page 323)
 IVRS continues to focus on diversity growth especially in the professional classification levels and have had several meetings with the Iowa Department of Personnel to expand recruitment strategies. The Bureau Chief of the Rehabilitation Services Bureau is on the Advisory Board for the University of Iowa.  She meets with students after the board meetings to discuss employment with IVRS, the benefits, the qualities that the state agency is looking for and current trends. (Page 323)
IVRS also provides training on policy, motivational interviewing, benefits planning, and when new initiatives and issues arise, training is developed and provided by the Rehabilitation Services Bureau. Standing committees exist to help disseminate information on a regular basis in the areas of Motivational Interviewing, Business development and engagement, benefits planning and assistive technology. These trainings continue to focus on providing staff adaptive skills in providing service delivery to a changing population need involving collaboration with Unified State Planning Goals, Individuals with increased functional limitations and barriers to employment as well as an emphasis on our aging population. These efforts also have a strong point of emphasis on our pre–employment transition services for youth engagement. (Page 332) 

School to Work Transition

~~Assist all youth who are blind or visually impaired in their career path navigation by offering a variety of options supporting the transition from school to work. Measure: Number of students receiving pre–employment transition services prior to high school graduation.- Prepare Iowa’s youth to meet the evolving demands of tomorrow’s workforce. Measure: Number of students participating in paid work experiences prior to high school graduation. Number of students who have IEP goals aligned with their career goal. Strategy 5: Assist all youth who are blind or visually impaired in their career path navigation by offering a variety of options supporting the transition from school to work. Measure: Number of students receiving pre–employment transition services prior to high school graduation. Strategy 6: Prepare Iowa’s youth to meet the evolving demands of tomorrow’s workforce. Measure: Number of students participating in paid work experiences prior to high school graduation. (Page 454)
- Engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career services. Measure: Percentage of students that have IEP goals that aligns with their career path interests. (Page 460)
Expands access for students with disabilities to engage in career exploration and skill development at a younger age, launching them on a path to career success and independence;
• Increases participation of VR counselors in IEP team meetings ensuring cross–agency planning and earlier career preparation; and
• Improves strategies to ensure that students with disabilities secure employment prior to graduation and connect with long–term supports services when needed and available to ensure long term success.
• Educates parents and youth on work incentives planning by comparing benefits of work versus SSI.  (Page 37)
 

Data Collection

~~Increases efficiency throughout the workforce delivery system, and aids in accurate performance measurement used in decision-making. (Page 96)
• Minimize the participatory burden to an accessible system through the creation and implementation of a common intake and reporting system among core partners and relevant agencies. (Page 96)
IWorks will continue to operate as Iowa Workforce Development’s data collection and case management system for:
• Wagner-Peyser Act
• WIOA Title I
• Veterans Employment and Training programs
• Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers
• PROMISE JOBS (Page148)
The Iowa Rehabilitation Services System (IRSS) is an internal case management system that is owned, maintained, and updated by IVRS. The original concept of IRSS was the development of an interactive, intuitive system designed to meet agency needs for case management, financial management, contract management, vendor management and reporting. After many years of development and scale-backs on the scope of the project, IRSS was put into use in October, 2008. The system that was deployed at that time was developed to meet the data collection and financial needs of the agency. Limited reports were developed and included in the initial deployment to assist with case management. Shortly following implementation, the IVRS IRSS Priority Management Team (PMT) was formed and charged with the responsibility of developing improvements to the IRSS Case Management System to meet the financial, case management and reporting needs of the agency and move the system closer to the original concept. Representatives of the Rehabilitation Services Bureau and Administrative Services Bureau, in collaboration with IT developers and project managers, develop the projects and business rules for all IRSS development.  (Pages 149)
Employment Benefit Analysis - a survey conducted with IWD employers across Iowa are asked to provide information regarding benefits they currently offer their full-time and part-time employees in a regional analysis.  (Page 145)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Activities to support integrated education and training strategies will align with the NGA Talent PIPEline/Future Ready Initiative recommendations as well as with concepts within the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Taskforce report. A youth-focused work group will be convened by the Core Partners and key stakeholders. Individuals and small businesses will be given guidance on business enterprises, asset development, and benefits planning throughout the start-up, operations and maintenance phases of entrepreneurial pursuits. (Page 80)
The Employer Disability Resource Network (EDRN) - was designed to increase the employment of persons with disabilities by pooling agency resources and providing technical expertise to employers throughout Iowa. Members of this group include staff from IVRS, the Department for the Blind, Veteran’s Administration, Small Business Administration, and Division of Persons with Disabilities, Workforce Development, Community Rehabilitation Providers, Drake University, and Iowa Medicaid. Persons from high school transition age to the aging population are represented. Members of this group present to individual employers as well as employer organizations throughout the state. At present, much attention has been raised by this group to inform employers about Section 503 Rules for Federal Contractors. Internal tools and resources have been provided to staff of IVRS to assist in educating employers about compliance with Section 503. Additionally, this group presented a conference in August, 2015, to assist in education on hiring persons from diverse backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, and the value these individuals present to the workforce. In Iowa, the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in the last decade; therefore, business and industry are considering populations that they traditionally did not pursue in hiring. With the limited number of work-ready job candidates, the conference agenda was geared toward emphasizing the benefits to employers of hiring persons with disabilities. IVRS is striving to create these connections during this economic opportunity. (Page 127)
 In addition IVRS works with Small Business Development Centers and the IWD Small Business Development teams to provide necessary technical assistance.
The Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP), an industry-led, CEO-level advisory board established by Governor Branstad in 2011 was charged with the task of continuously identifying and studying economic growth issues facing Iowa and recommend solutions and policy alternatives. (Page 39)
 The Employer Disability Resource Network (EDRN) – is a collaborative group of state, federal and private partners working together to identify, develop and mobilize resources, supports and services that add value to Iowa businesses hiring persons with disabilities. EDRN Partners include Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Iowa Department for the Blind; Deaf Services; Division of Persons with Disabilities; Veterans Administration; Social Security Administration; Iowa Workforce Development; U.S. Small Business Administration/SCORE; Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa. EDRN provides Iowa employer’s access to qualified applicants, enhances the available labor market by combining on–the–job training, internships and classroom experiences for high–demand occupations and serves as a resource for up–to–date information about disability employment issues for the business community. (Page 316)
 Self–Employment is a vocational option that may be considered as part of an individual’s informed choice. A program for self–employment has been developed under an agreement between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) and Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB). It is available to active candidates of IVRS or IDB who are able to become self–sufficient by establishing, expanding, or acquiring a small business. IVRS employs two full–time business staff who specialize in assisting job candidates with a vocational goal of self–employment. Before investing time and money into a self–employment venture, the candidate must complete an in–depth study about the business they intend to start. The IVRS/IDB Counselors and the candidate, guided by the technical assistance of the IVRS Business Development Specialists, will outline a plan of action to help explore: an individual’s qualifications and skills; the entrepreneurial idea; determination of the feasibility of the business idea; and facilitate Business Plan development should the idea demonstrate promise. Iowa Economic Development, Iowa Small Business Development Centers, Iowa Job Centers and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) are organizations that can help with preliminary exploration of business ventures, and services available through Iowa Workforce Development may also provide additional education. IVRS and IDB provide the financial assistance to start a business to their respective job candidates with matching dollars provided by the job candidate. When the candidate is served by both agencies, IVRS and IDB coordinate the services and the plan. The data below demonstrates the number of successful businesses supported that remained in business two years post the opening of the business. (Page 319)
 The EDRN seeks to increase employment of persons with disabilities by pooling agency resources and providing technical expertise to employers throughout the state. Members of this group include staff from the Department, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Iowa Economic Development Authority, U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Human Rights – Office of Persons with Disabilities and Office of Deaf Services, Iowa Workforce Development, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Easter Seals of Iowa, Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa, Department of Education and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant program. Members of this group have presented and provided resources and assistance to employers and employer organizations throughout the state. In addition, the EDRN provides Iowa employers with access to qualified job applicants and are available to provide employers with information and support related to retaining quality employees who experience a disability. (Page 413)
 Business Development Specialists provide technical assistance to clients to assist them in reaching this goal if determined appropriate. Through the program, clients can access Iowa Economic Development, Iowa Small Business Development Centers, Iowa Job Centers and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the Iowa Workforce Development to gain additional training or assistance in developing their business plans. The Department encourages and assists clients to develop connections and mentors with other individuals, including individuals who are blind or visually impaired, who have established successful businesses. (Page 423)
 

Career Pathways

~~IVRS has attended Career Pathways trainings and are finding more opportunities to network with RAP partners and connect students to RA and related programs. (Page 95)
Through implementation of career pathways and infusing of robust sector strategies across systems, Iowa is committed to serving the underserved citizenry by closing educational and employment gaps to end disparities based on disability, ethnicity, race, class, and geographic location. By 2025, 70% of all Iowans will have earned a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized credential or certification - the new minimum - that meets employer needs. (Page 60)
IVRS area offices are also becoming involved and engaged in sector partnerships. At the state level, IVRS has representation on the statewide Career Pathways and Sector Partnership Advisory Boards and will be involved in policy development that addresses accessibility issues. At the local level, the sector partnerships are locally developed workforce partners that serve specific industry sectors by providing a talent pool of eligible job candidates, as well as technical assistance to business and industry regarding their specific questions and needs. (Page 105)
Externs who successfully complete the 120-hour REDI training have the opportunity to apply for openings at Walgreens or with a neighboring business. Since the initiation of REDI in 2012, IVRS has worked with six Iowa providers (CRPS) to deliver REDI training in twelve Walgreens stores across Iowa. IVRS continues to develop Occupational Skill Training Programs per local area office needs. Communication efforts are being expanded at the local IWD Regional Workforce Boards in order to ensure collaboration with existing career pathways and sector boards will be integrated and accessible for individuals with disabilities. (Page 106)
Through implementation of career pathways and infusing of robust sector strategies across systems, Iowa is committed to serving the underserved citizenry by closing educational and employment gaps to end disparities based on disability, ethnicity, race, class, and geographic location. (Page 109)
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) plans to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Department of Education for the purposes of expanding the Intermediary Network with the focus of serving students with disabilities to connect with career pathways. IVRS will fund up to $1.5 million to support the Intermediary Network, which is delivered by the community college system. This expansion, focused on students with disabilities who have traditionally not been able to access career pathways, will develop the mechanism by which students with disabilities gain skills in occupations that are job-driven. This will be accomplished through improved work based learning strategies. (Page 138)
Sector Partnerships – IVRS area offices are also becoming involved and engaged in sector partnerships. At the state level, IVRS has representation on the statewide Career Pathways and Sector Partnership Advisory Boards and will be involved in policy development that addresses accessibility issues. At the local level, the sector partnerships are locally developed workforce partners that serve specific industry sectors by providing a talent pool of eligible job candidates, as well as technical assistance to business and industry regarding their specific questions and needs. The Burlington Area Office has one IVRS employee on each sector partnership which has proven to be a systemic approach to placement. (Page 317)
We are expanding communication efforts at the local IWD Regional Workforce Boards in order to ensure collaboration with existing career pathways and sector boards that will be integrated and accessible for individuals with disabilities. (Page 318)
IVRS utilizes all of our employment services for adults and youth. We have seen value in understanding the business needs and being able to integrate those needs into counseling and guidance that lays the foundation for employment planning and access to career pathways for students and youth with disabilities. Programs like the IVRS Transition Alliance Programs, Making the Grade, Project Search, Occupational Skill Training Programs, Pre–Employment Transition Work Readiness Programs, Access to school STEM programs, and the increase involvement of the Iowa Department of Education Intermediary Network focused on work based learning opportunities for all students combine to enhance transition employment services for IVRS job candidates. The Rehabilitation Services Bureau Chief is actively involved with the Special Education Advisory Board and the Administrator works with the Department of Education’s Work Based Learning Grand as well as the Future Ready Iowa Program. (Page 321)
Through career pathways connections and apprenticeship trainings IVRS will be able to encourage job candidates to seek out and obtain employment i the middle skills industries. IVRS will also continue to try and expand the business contracts where IVRS embeds a diversity/retention specialist in businesses. Currently one contract exists where IVRS funds the salary of such a person employed by unity point health services, which is in the top industry sectors to be targeted. (Page 335)
Develop and implement business focused earn–and–learn opportunities, Improve linkages to career pathways and business sectors, Infuse business information and the need for “middle skill” sets when working with students and teachers in transition efforts. Encourage increased business engagement.  (Page 337)
Providing an integrated service system for employers can be accomplished similar to following the model developed by the workforce partnership in Burlington. This model ties in the community college, the special services and supports of IVRS, adult education, TANF, career pathways, etc. It provides industry the resources and supports they need and want, without involving extra unnecessary contacts and services not required. (Page 343-345)
 

Employment Networks

~~THE DESIGNATED STATE UNIT WILL COORDINATE ACTIVITIES WITH ANY OTHER STATE AGENCY THAT IS FUNCTIONING AS AN EMPLOYMENT NETWORK UNDER THE TICKET TO WORK AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM UNDER SECTION 1148 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT. 
6.   FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM:
Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation.   (Page 479)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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Home- and Community Based Services Rent Subsidy Program - 09/15/2017

~~“Application Period The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) is accepting applications for the Home- and Community-Based Services Rent Subsidy Program. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. A waiting list has been established, with applications being processed in the order they are received.

The HCBS Rent Subsidy program aids eligible applicants who receive services under Money Follows the Person or a federal Medicaid waiver program called home-and community-based service. The program provides a monthly rent assistance payment to applicants to help them live successfully in their own home until they become eligible for any other local, state or federal rent assistance. In Iowa, the program helps an average of 327 Iowans each month to stay in their home and to remain a part of their community”

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

“Exceptional Opportunities” _ Crossroads of Western Iowa - 08/10/2017

~~CWI fully embraces the Employment First Initiative…     “Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, possess the right and responsibility to work. Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, should have the opportunity to live their life to the fullest and contribute toward their own self-sufficiency.” 

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

Goodwill of the Heartland Mission Services – “Service Manual” - 07/13/2017

~~“Supported employment services are intended to assist persons receiving services to retain employment in the community or in their own business.  This service is intended for the person who needs longer-term supports to retain employment and/or reach career goals.1. Entrance Criteria:Meet agency admission criteriaClient expresses interest in or agrees to community-based employment.Funding is secured.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Increasing Employment for People with Disabilities” - 07/01/2017

~~“The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed including:

•State Employment Leadership Network (SELN): SELN's mission is to bring states together to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. SELN consultants help Iowa recognize the systemic barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and ways to overcome them.•Medicaid Infrastructure (MIG) Grant: This program ended in 2013. The purpose of MIG was to assist states with making improvements to their Medicaid programs that support the competitive employment of people with disabilities.•Employment First ("E1st"): Iowa is one of three states awarded an Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant to promote systems change around improving employment outcomes and one of 26 States with an APSE sponsored initiative emphasizing integrated employment. Iowa E1st includes individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, state human services and vocational staff, business leaders, and others. Iowa's Employment First Leadership State Mentor Program (EFLSMP) brings together Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) with DHS, IowaWORKS, the DD Council, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, and a family member, under the mentorship of the State of Washington.•Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment: The Administration on Developmental Disabilities Grant awarded a $358,000 per year five year grant to the Developmental Disabilities Council. The grant will which brings together the DD Council, the Iowa Department of Education (DE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and DHS to improve systems so that Iowa youth with a developmental disability have fully integrated, and competitive work opportunities. The grant will contract for 6 demonstration projects in an education environment and at least 3 demonstration projects with community rehabilitation providers. This project is called the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment (ICIE).•Iowa's Money follows the Person Grant (MFP): The Partnership for Community Integration Project is a federal Medicaid demonstration grant to assist with the transition of persons currently residing in ICFs/ID to communities of their choice. Employment plays an integral part in community inclusion and the goals of the project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa HF 572, Concerning who Consitatue the Membership of the State WIB - 07/01/2017

~~“An Iowa workforce development board is created,….” the law describes who will make up the 33 voting members and 13 non-voting of the board including the governor, a state senator, a state representative, the director of the Departments of Workforce Development, Education, the Blind, and Vocational Rehabilitation or their designees, and a number of members drawn from the business community, groups who work with persons with disabilities and other departments.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Benefits Planning (Webinar links) - 02/14/2017

~~“The Iowa Community of Practice archived webinars are now on the ICIE YouTube channel and available to anyone any time! Eventually, IACP will be adding the webinars to their global lessons (available for any provider to use) on the DirectCourse system.  Each lesson will be paired with a generic test to confirm that the content was reviewed, and be tracked on their professional training transcript.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Money Follows the Person (MFP) Update - 01/01/2017

~~“The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program is a collaborative partnership between DHS’s Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD). This program, funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or other related disabilities, to move out of intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and into their own homes or apartments in the community of their choice. Individuals living in nursing homes may also qualify. MFP grant funding (which CDD worked with the IME to obtain) provides for transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after an individual moves into the community. Under a contract with IME, nine Transition Specialists from CDD are deployed throughout the state to provide transition planning services, community options awareness, training, and ongoing support and care coordination to individuals with disabilities, their families and facility-based and community-based providers. In addition CDD has employed an Employment Specialist to address employment barriers faced by MFP participants.  CDD also employs a MFP Project Coordinator stationed at IME. This position provides oversight for the statewide project and coordinates the grant related activities. CDD also employs a Behavioral Specialist to provide training and consultation to providers, consumers and families who are assisting a person that may be experiencing challenging behaviors.”

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

Iowa Employment First Guidebook - 01/01/2017

“This Guidebook was created to provide case managers, care managers, service coordinators and integrated health home coordinators with critical information, resources and tools to help them do the best possible job of assisting transition-age youth and working-age adults with disabilities they support to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 6) - 11/01/2016

IADEI will hire five Disability Resource Coordinators and will link a variety of initiatives to make the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act real for all Iowans. IADEI will increase access to and participation in local Career Pathway models in the current five local workforce regions through a  partnership between eight state agencies and the Department of Labor. State Leadership Agencies will work with local WDBs to strengthen disability integration in service through the implementation of three DEI strategies currently being implemented under its Round 3 DEI project  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Iowa Department of Human Services “HCBS Prevocational and Supported Employment Service - 09/01/2016

“This letter is to serve as notification that in order to comply with the federal correct coding guidelines the IME will be introducing Level II Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for Tier 1 Long Term Job Coaching and for Individual Supported Employment and to provide clarification regarding a unit of service for Individual Supported Employment…. For services with a date of service beginning September 1, 2016, or after, the service must be authorized and billed using the HCPCS procedure code and the HCP CS Level II modifieras follows :• H2025 U4 for Tier 1 of Long Term Job Coaching • T2018 UC for Individual Supported Employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Iowa HF 572, Concerning who Consitatue the Membership of the State WIB - 07/01/2017

~~“An Iowa workforce development board is created,….” the law describes who will make up the 33 voting members and 13 non-voting of the board including the governor, a state senator, a state representative, the director of the Departments of Workforce Development, Education, the Blind, and Vocational Rehabilitation or their designees, and a number of members drawn from the business community, groups who work with persons with disabilities and other departments.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Iowa SF 505 - 07/02/2015

"An Iowa ABLE savings plan trust is created…The general assembly finds that the general welfare and well-being of the state are directly related to the health, maintenance, independence, and quality of life of its disabled residents,and that a vital and valid public purpose is served by the creation and implementation of programs that encourage and make possible savings to secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of individuals with disabilities …"

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Iowa Employer Tax Incentive - 10/24/2012

For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1984...a taxpayer who operates a business which is considered to be a small business…is allowed an additional deduction for 50 percent of the first 12 months of wages paid or accrued during the tax years for work done in Iowa by employees first hired on or after January 1, 1984…where the taxpayer first qualifies as a small business….and meets one of the following criteria: A handicapped individual domiciled in this state at the time of hiring. An individual domiciled in this state at the tie of hiring…  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Assistive Device Tax Credit

  The taxes imposed under this division shall be reduced by an assistive device tax credit.  A small business purchasing, renting, or modifying an assistive device or making workplace  modifications for an individual with a disability who is employed or will be employed by the small business is eligible, subject to availability of credits, to receive this assistive device tax credit which is equal to fifty percent of the first five thousand dollars paid during the tax year for the purchase, rental, or modification of the assistive device or for making the workplace modifications.  Any credit in excess of the tax liability shall be refunded with interest computed under section 422.25…

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
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Iowa Executive Order 27 - 02/04/2003

“Recognizing that the breadth and complexity of the issues required a coordinated inter-agency response, in 2003 Governor Vilsack issued Executive Order 27 calling upon state agencies to identify the barriers to community living posed by their policies and programs and to develop plans to remove them. Executive Order 27 also created the current Olmstead Consumer Taskforce to advise the Governor’s Office on strategies to promote community integration, including changes in policies or programs.”

NOTE: While Executive Order 27 mentioned employment only in general terms, the Olmstead Plan developed with assistance from the Taskforce specifically supports integrated, competitive employment.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services - 08/01/2016

“Under WIOA regulations, IVRS is required to spend 15% of our federal grant resources towards Pre-Employment Transition Services. We have a number of initiatives that are being designed and implemented for this effort. For example, programs and initiatives such as: TAP (Transition Alliance Programs)’ Project Search, Youth Leadership Forum, Intermediary Network, Work-Based Learning, Construction Simulator, zSpace, and our Summer Camp activities are all examples of PETS initiatives.”

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

Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage - 07/22/2016

“The addition of Section 511 demonstrates the intent that individuals with disabilities, especially youth with disabilities, must be afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or reenter competitive integrated employment. Section 511 imposes limitations on employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that must be satisfied before the employers may hire youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continue to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level. (the link opens a Word Document) “

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

IA Department of Human Services Report of Joint Protocols and Program Models - 12/15/2014

“IVRS and DHS are key collaborators in EFSLMP.  “IVRS is the lead agency, but DHS has committed to staff and management resources and time. … Iowa has a “grassroots Employment First (E1st) initiative that influences the state’s employment service delivery system and involves a broad range of collaborators.   …“Iowa’s E1st Vision is that “‘Iowans with disabilities are employed at the same rate as other Iowans and receiving equal benefits.’”  The Mission of E1st is to ‘Change beliefs, practices, systems and funding so that employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred outcome in the provision of publically funded services for all working age Iowans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.’”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Department of Human Services Agreement - 10/01/2014

“The purpose of this agreement is to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment services for people with developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, hereinafter referred to as IVRS, and the Iowa Department of Human Services, hereinafter referred to as DHS. This agreement will serve to clarify roles and responsibilities of IVRS and DHS in regard to common consumers.  This agreement is effective October 1, 2014, or the latest date of signature, through September 30, 2016.”

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

Olmstead Plan for Mental Health and Disability Services: State plan framework (2011 - 2015) - 01/06/2011

“The Department of Human Service’s priorities for Olmstead Plan implementation include establishing the leadership, necessary partnerships and infrastructure for a service system expanding opportunities for competitive employment.”

The goals include: “Conducting targeted outreach to families and guardians of individuals with mental illness, brain injury and other disabilities to raise awareness of opportunities for community living, including competitive employment, by accessing available supports and services; … Analyzing current policies and practice regarding transition, and determine, with the engagement of the Department of Education, how these can be strengthened to support integrated employment as a preferred outcome for students moving into the adult service system".

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Iowa Workforce Development Annual Report 2016

~~“…through our partnership with the DirectEmployers Association, we provide 10 microsites, which offer the opportunity to provide job information on mobile and hand-held devices. These sites are also search-engine optimized, and were developed at no cost to the state. The 10 microsites include:WORKINIOWA-DISABILITY.JOBSHelps employers reach the disability community. Helps employerscomply with Affirmative Action and Equal Employment OpportunityCommission efforts.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Department of Education “Secondary Transition

“The ultimate goal of secondary transition planning is to make the adjustment from high school as easy, successful and as short as possible. Successful transition planning should begin early and be based on specific knowledge and experiences of targeted future environments and activities. It includes the commitment of resources, collaboration among people and agencies, and decision making to develop an IEP for the student.”

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services “Iowa Self-Employment” Brochure

IOWA SELF-EMPLOYMENT (ISE) PROGRAM

Iowa Self-Employment (ISE) is a program designed for clients of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) or Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB), whose vocational goal is self-employment. This program is administered by IVRS and works in partnership with IDB. Following eligibility and self-employment assessment, a referral may be sent to ISE personnel. 

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

Iowa Department on Aging “Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP)

SCSEP participants are paid minimum wage while they gain marketable job skills working part-time in non-profit and public organizations, including senior centers, schools and libraries. The program provides a win-win for participants and their communities: Participants help community organizations extend their capabilities, while developing their own job skills, self-confidence and a restored sense of self-worth.

To participate in this employment program for older Iowans, a person must be:

Age 55 or older; Currently unemployed; Legally eligible to work in the United States; and Living in a household with income no more than 125 percent of the current federal poverty level. All disability payments, including Social Security Disability (SSDI), are excluded from SCSEP income eligibility determinations 25% of Social Security payment is excluded, which includes social security retirement and survivors benefits All Unemployment Compensation is excluded SSI & public assistance are excluded Veterans Benefits are excluded
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Iowa Department of Human Services “Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Transition Settings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS).  The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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“Exceptional Opportunities” _ Crossroads of Western Iowa - 08/10/2017

~~CWI fully embraces the Employment First Initiative…     “Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, possess the right and responsibility to work. Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, should have the opportunity to live their life to the fullest and contribute toward their own self-sufficiency.” 

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

Goodwill of the Heartland Mission Services – “Service Manual” - 07/13/2017

~~“Supported employment services are intended to assist persons receiving services to retain employment in the community or in their own business.  This service is intended for the person who needs longer-term supports to retain employment and/or reach career goals.1. Entrance Criteria:Meet agency admission criteriaClient expresses interest in or agrees to community-based employment.Funding is secured.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Increasing Employment for People with Disabilities” - 07/01/2017

~~“The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed including:

•State Employment Leadership Network (SELN): SELN's mission is to bring states together to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. SELN consultants help Iowa recognize the systemic barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and ways to overcome them.•Medicaid Infrastructure (MIG) Grant: This program ended in 2013. The purpose of MIG was to assist states with making improvements to their Medicaid programs that support the competitive employment of people with disabilities.•Employment First ("E1st"): Iowa is one of three states awarded an Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant to promote systems change around improving employment outcomes and one of 26 States with an APSE sponsored initiative emphasizing integrated employment. Iowa E1st includes individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, state human services and vocational staff, business leaders, and others. Iowa's Employment First Leadership State Mentor Program (EFLSMP) brings together Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) with DHS, IowaWORKS, the DD Council, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, and a family member, under the mentorship of the State of Washington.•Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment: The Administration on Developmental Disabilities Grant awarded a $358,000 per year five year grant to the Developmental Disabilities Council. The grant will which brings together the DD Council, the Iowa Department of Education (DE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and DHS to improve systems so that Iowa youth with a developmental disability have fully integrated, and competitive work opportunities. The grant will contract for 6 demonstration projects in an education environment and at least 3 demonstration projects with community rehabilitation providers. This project is called the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment (ICIE).•Iowa's Money follows the Person Grant (MFP): The Partnership for Community Integration Project is a federal Medicaid demonstration grant to assist with the transition of persons currently residing in ICFs/ID to communities of their choice. Employment plays an integral part in community inclusion and the goals of the project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Workforce Development “Employment and Disability” - 08/24/2016

“Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Regional Workforce Partners joined forces to create and operate a Regional Workforce Development System. The goal of this system is to provide high quality employment services to all individuals. This system is designed to be able to improve accessibility for job seekers with or without disabilities. Each IowaWORKS Center offers accommodations and assistive technology to increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Iowa Workforce Partners Iowa Workforce Development Iowa Department for the Blind Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services Iowa Department of Human Services Iowa Department of Human Rights/ Division of Persons with Disabilities Iowa Department of Education Iowa Developmental Disability Council Iowa Department on Aging”

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

Agreement between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Iowa Department of Education - 10/13/2015

“The purpose of this agreement is to facilitate the integration and coordination of transition services from school to post-secondary education and/or employment, for individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in secondary education and are eligible, or potentially eligible, to receive vocational rehabilitation services.” 

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

Iowa DHS: Stakeholder Brief by SELN - 03/15/2013

“Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) has been keenly focused on improving opportunities for Iowans with disabilities to become employed in quality jobs in Iowa communities since 2000 when first awarded a Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), a federal program providing financial assistance to states to facilitate the competitive employment of people with disabilities. Iowa’s Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) and Iowa’s Medicaid Enterprise (IME), both divisions of DHS, have been working together along with their stakeholders, to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities with a particular focus on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Iowa.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Olmstead Consumer Taskforce Position Statement on Employment - 01/11/2013

“The State of Iowa has been working for over a decade to support employment outcomes by raising awareness of federal work incentives for people concerned about losing Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, and by focusing attention on the transition of young people with disabilities from school to work and independent living. In the last three years this work has been accelerated and enhanced under the Employment First, State Employment Leadership Network, the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, and other initiatives.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Disability Employment Interagency Memorandum of Agreement - 10/01/2012

“An updated Interagency Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to Strengthen Employment Services for Iowans with Disabilities focused on competitive, community-based, integrated employment was signed in October, 2012 by eight State agencies and updated in January, 2015. Updates reflect changes in the federal regulations related to WIOA. “

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

Memorandum of Agreement between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the The Iowa Department of Human Services

The purpose of this agreement is to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment services for people with developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, hereinafter referred to as IVRS, and the Iowa Department of Human Services, hereinafter referred to as DHS. This agreement will serve to clarify roles and responsibilities of IVRS and DHS in regard to common consumers.  This agreement is effective October 1, 2014, or the latest date of signature, through September 30, 2016.

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

Iowa Transition Alliance Program

 “The Transition Alliance Program (TAP) is a partnership between Community School Districts and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS).  Participants of TAP receive assistance in the areas of vocational training, independent living, and post-secondary education.  Our goal is for young adults to develop positive work skills in order to obtain and maintain community employment.  TAP participants will receive follow-up services to assure long-term job success!”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 6) - 11/01/2016

IADEI will hire five Disability Resource Coordinators and will link a variety of initiatives to make the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act real for all Iowans. IADEI will increase access to and participation in local Career Pathway models in the current five local workforce regions through a  partnership between eight state agencies and the Department of Labor. State Leadership Agencies will work with local WDBs to strengthen disability integration in service through the implementation of three DEI strategies currently being implemented under its Round 3 DEI project  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 3) - 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, Iowa was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. 

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

Iowa Balancing Incentive Program - 07/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) is a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that is designed to ‘balance’ states’ spending on long term supports and services (LTSS). Iowa began participation in the BIP program in 2012 with an anticipated $61 million in enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) for Medicaid to provide persons with greater access to home and community based services (HCBS) and reduces unnecessary reliance on institutional services. To accomplish this objective, the program has three major structural reforms for the current LTSS system: No Wrong Door (NWD): This implements specific steps to streamline access to services; Core Standardized Assessments (CSA): This [improves] efficiency, consistency and fairness in eligibility determination and assessments for LTSS; [and] Conflict-Free Case Management (CFCM): This ensures conflict-free case management throughout LTSS systems.”

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

Iowa Employment First Initiative: Statement of FIndings - 10/01/2011

“In 2009 representatives of Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRP), Iowa Disability Navigator Program (DPN), the Governor’s Developmental Disability Council, the Iowa Chapter of APSE: The Employment Network (IA-APSE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) began planning for the Iowa Employment First Initiative...The goals for the Initiative include:

Goal 1. Policies and funding are aligned with Employment First and strong partnerships remove barriers.

Goal 2. Individuals with disabilities and family members advocate for Employment First and participate in the design of employment services and supports.

Goal 3: Businesses influence businesses to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Goal 4: Best practices drive transition outcomes for living, working and learning.”

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

Iowa SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI)”. In 2012, Iowa was awarded an EDI grant for self-employment initiatives. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program

“Each state will receive funding to assist them to develop and implement their strategic plan and will have access to on-site, customized technical assistance from national subject-matter experts to help them achieve their goals. In addition the states will be able to discuss their progress with other states who are working in this area through regularly scheduled Community-of-Practice teleconference calls.” “Iowa intends to build on its current Employment First Initiative in order to move state policies and funding structures with the explicit intent to increase integrated employment outcomes for people with significant disabilities. Participation in the EFSLMP will enable Iowa to study, and consider adopting, policies and funding mechanisms that emphasize interagency collaboration that result in service delivery that prioritizes integrated employment. Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services will lead its EFSLMP.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) Partnership for Community Integration Project is a $51 million grant from the Centers for Medicareid and Medicaid Services. It will provide opportunities for individuals in Iowa to move out of Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disability (ICF/ID) and into their own homes in the community of their choice. Individuals living in Nursing Facilities may also qualify. Grant funds provide funding for the transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after they transition into the community. MFP assistance is available to individuals with a diagnosis of an Intellectual Disability or Brain Injury who has lived in an ICF/ID or a Nursing Facility for at least three months. The individual must express an interest moving from the ICF/ID or Nursing Facility into the community.” 

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

Iowa AIDD Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Grant

The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment’s consortium includes representatives from various government and advocacy agencies and organizations. The objections of the coalition  are: “Develop a  Readiness for Change Plan  for systems change related to integrated, competitive employment for youth with DD; develop an outcome measurement system to measure employment success; increase the placement and support services early in high school that result in uninterrupted transition to employment; develop the capacity of service providers to promote integrated competitive employment for youth with DD; increase expectations and demands for fully integrated, competitive employment opportunities for youth with DD; and align policies, practices, and funding with employment expectations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Benefits Planning (Webinar links) - 02/14/2017

~~“The Iowa Community of Practice archived webinars are now on the ICIE YouTube channel and available to anyone any time! Eventually, IACP will be adding the webinars to their global lessons (available for any provider to use) on the DirectCourse system.  Each lesson will be paired with a generic test to confirm that the content was reviewed, and be tracked on their professional training transcript.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Iowa Employment First Guidebook - 01/01/2017

“This Guidebook was created to provide case managers, care managers, service coordinators and integrated health home coordinators with critical information, resources and tools to help them do the best possible job of assisting transition-age youth and working-age adults with disabilities they support to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Self Employment Program Success Stories - 07/29/2014

“This publication will introduce you to a fascinating collection of Iowa entrepreneurs who have found creative ways to leverage their skills, talents, abilities, resources, and social connections into their perfect job – not by finding employment, but by creating it.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Iowa Employment First Summit - 10/04/2012

“The IA-APSE Employment Summit was designed for individuals with disabilities, family members, Community Rehabilitation Provider staff, state agency personnel, case managers and other community members committed to improving employment outcomes for Iowans with disabilities.  It features national, as well as local speakers sharing progressive and innovative best practice information and strategies to move the agenda of inclusive employment forward.”   
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa's Integrated Employment Funding System Supplemental Report - 09/17/2012

This report is looking at building the capacity and expertise of employment specialists to support individual, integrated employment outcomes. MHDS is encouraged to consider what to include in an Employment Supports Core Training, how to provide ongoing professional development, and ideas for offering provider-level training and technical assistance.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR Services Forms - The Discovery Staging Record - 09/10/2011

“This form is used to stage, structure, capture and record the major events of Discovery. The recorder(s) should pay particular attention to how the tasks are typically performed, any accommodations, technology, supports, or specialized training strategies that should be employed.” Discovery is a key tool in finding community-based, integrated employment through the customized employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Iowa Community of Practice Training Sessions for 2017

~~This document gives information on the training sessions that will be done in 2017 including benefits planning, employer engagement, and school to work transition

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Employment First Initiatives

~~“Increasing economic self-sufficiency is a major goal of working. Several years ago CDD published a compressive report on self-sufficiency and asset development strategies and helpful hints about employment related supports. This information, while several years old in still applicable today.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

REM Iowa

~~“Since 1979, REM Iowa has provided quality services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other complex challenges. We also offer services for adults with brain injuries and provide a range of programs, including residential services and day and vocational programs. Our personalized approach maximizes each person’s unique efforts to learn, grow and thrive in the communities they call home. REM Iowa is a partner of The MENTOR Network, a national network of local health and human services providers offering an array of quality, community-based services across the country .”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Citations

Iowa WIOA Webinar

“This webinar covers the basics of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in regards to high school students, including Section 511 and highlights from the Memorandum of Agreement between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Iowa Department of Education.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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Home- and Community Based Services Rent Subsidy Program - 09/15/2017

~~“Application Period The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) is accepting applications for the Home- and Community-Based Services Rent Subsidy Program. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. A waiting list has been established, with applications being processed in the order they are received.

The HCBS Rent Subsidy program aids eligible applicants who receive services under Money Follows the Person or a federal Medicaid waiver program called home-and community-based service. The program provides a monthly rent assistance payment to applicants to help them live successfully in their own home until they become eligible for any other local, state or federal rent assistance. In Iowa, the program helps an average of 327 Iowans each month to stay in their home and to remain a part of their community”

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

Money Follows the Person (MFP) Update - 01/01/2017

~~“The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program is a collaborative partnership between DHS’s Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD). This program, funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or other related disabilities, to move out of intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and into their own homes or apartments in the community of their choice. Individuals living in nursing homes may also qualify. MFP grant funding (which CDD worked with the IME to obtain) provides for transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after an individual moves into the community. Under a contract with IME, nine Transition Specialists from CDD are deployed throughout the state to provide transition planning services, community options awareness, training, and ongoing support and care coordination to individuals with disabilities, their families and facility-based and community-based providers. In addition CDD has employed an Employment Specialist to address employment barriers faced by MFP participants.  CDD also employs a MFP Project Coordinator stationed at IME. This position provides oversight for the statewide project and coordinates the grant related activities. CDD also employs a Behavioral Specialist to provide training and consultation to providers, consumers and families who are assisting a person that may be experiencing challenging behaviors.”

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

Iowa Department of Human Services “HCBS Prevocational and Supported Employment Service - 09/01/2016

“This letter is to serve as notification that in order to comply with the federal correct coding guidelines the IME will be introducing Level II Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for Tier 1 Long Term Job Coaching and for Individual Supported Employment and to provide clarification regarding a unit of service for Individual Supported Employment…. For services with a date of service beginning September 1, 2016, or after, the service must be authorized and billed using the HCPCS procedure code and the HCP CS Level II modifieras follows :• H2025 U4 for Tier 1 of Long Term Job Coaching • T2018 UC for Individual Supported Employment.”

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

Iowa HCBS Statewide Transition Plan - 01/29/2016

“Federal regulations that became effective on March 17, 2014 define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.” 

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

Approval of the HCBS Waiver Settings Statewide Transition Plan (STP) - 09/14/2014

“The state is responsible for the development and implementation of a Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to ensure full compliance with the CMS regulations. A proposed STP was posted for public comment in February 2016. The IME reviewed and responded to the public comments in March and on April 1, 2016, submitted a draft STP to CMS that incorporated the public comments and feedback received. Over the past several months the IME has been working with CMS to make technical corrections and clarifications to the submitted transition plan. On August 10, 2016, the IME received notice from CMS of the initial approval of the STP. The approved STP and the CMS initial approval letter are available on the DHS web page, Waiver Draft Transition Plans and the Statewide Transition Plan.”

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

Iowa Brain Injury Waiver - 09/15/2009

“BI Waiver services are individualized to meet the needs of each member. The following services are available: • Adult Day Care • Behavioral Programming • Case Management • Consumer Directed Attendant Care • Family Counseling and Training • Home and Vehicle Modifications • Interim Medical Monitoring and Treatment • Personal Emergency Response System • Prevocational Services • Respite • Specialized Medical Equipment • Supported Community Living • Supported Employment • Transportation • Consumer Choices Option”  

 

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

Iowa HCBS Intellectual Disability Waiver - 09/15/2009

“ID Waiver services are individualized to meet the needs of each member. The following services are available:

• Adult Day Care

• Consumer Directed Attendant Care (CDAC)

• Day Habilitation

• Home and Vehicle Modifications

• Home Health Aide

• Interim Medical Monitoring and Treatment

• Nursing

• Personal Emergency Response System

• Prevocational

• Respite

• Supported Community Living

• Supported Community Living-Residential Based

• Supported Employment

• Transportation

• Consumer Choices Option”

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

HCBS Prevocational and Supported Employment Services “Prevocational–Career Exploration”

“Prevocational –Career Exploration ….The outcome of this service is documentation of the participant’s stated career objective and a career plan used to guide individual employment support. ‘“Supported employment’” means the ongoing supports to participants who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to obtain and maintain an individual job in competitive or customized employment, or self-employment, in an integrated work setting in the general workforce at or above the state’s minimum wage or at or above the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities. The outcome of this service is sustained paid employment at or above the minimum wage in an integrated setting in the general workforce in a job that meets personal and career goals. Supported employment services can be provided through many different service models.

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

HCBS Waivers and Amendments

Effective May 04, 2016 the department intends to begin using the InterRAI standardized assessment tool for the purposes of level of care determination and service planning for the HCBS Brain Injury, Children’s Mental Health, Elderly, Health and Disability, Physical Disability and AIDS/HIV waivers. The department also intends to implement the InterRAI for the purposes of needs based eligibility determination and service planning for the HCBS Habilitation program.

Effective May 04, 2016 the department intends to implement changes to the Prevocational and Supported Employment services provider qualifications, service scope and definitions and reimbursement methodologies. Prevocational and Supported Employment services are currently covered as a benefit under two of the seven waivers. Prevocational and Supported Employment services are available under the following HCBS waivers; Brain Injury (BI), and Intellectual Disability (ID).

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

Iowa Department of Human Services “Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Transition Settings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS).  The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The motto of the state of Iowa is, "Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain." For Iowans with disabilities, this includes the liberties that come with having a job, and equal rights to real work for real pay.

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 Iowa’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
3,123,899
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
180,139
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.53%
Change from
2014 to 2015
83,391
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.45%
Change from
2014 to 2015
46.29%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.37%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 3,123,899
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 180,139
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 83,391
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,397,255
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 46.29%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.37%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.20%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 184,113
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 183,923
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 343,674
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 10,934
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 12,119
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,743
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,912
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,031
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,405

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,432
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 13.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 78,222

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,407
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,500
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 11,312
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 30.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,776
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,842
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 625
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. 34.00%
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. 20.01

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,820
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 115,302
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $9,051,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $22,135,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $48,932,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 16.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 3,603
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 8,713
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 77.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 64.92%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.60%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.80%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 87.56%
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). 30.71%
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). 58.57%
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). 83.14%
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). 27.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 630,402
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 532
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 9
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 63,088
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 63,097
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 4
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 108
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 112
AbilityOne wages (products). $26
AbilityOne wages (services). $785,430

 

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

2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 33
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 2
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). 2,992
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 185
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,177

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Feedback from SRC members to explore opportunities to expand or develop partnerships. Progress made by IVRS in various initiatives was reported at each SRC meeting. These have included collaborative efforts established between IVRS and the following entities; the Veteran’s Administration, the Employers Disability Resource Network, Manpower (Project Ability), Disability Rights Iowa, Social Security Administration (Ticket–To–Work, Partnership Plus), Project Search, Benefits Planning, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, Iowa’s Workforce Development, the Iowa School for the Deaf, Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) Employment First, the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, Iowa Department of Human Services (including Money Follows the Person and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise), the Iowa Rehabilitation Association, APSE (Association of Persons Supporting Employment First), Developmental Disabilities Council, the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), Unity Point Diversity Initiative and Walgreens Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI). (Page 297)
IVRS has not supported segregated employment for over 16 years. However, schools have still transitioned students with the most profound disabilities into segregated settings without the assistance of IVRS. IVRS local area office supervisors are working with the local school districts to develop plans that identify how we will work collaboratively so these students may try employment first. “Section 511” programming provides students with opportunities to: discover options of competitive integrated work that would be of interest to the student; assessment and work experiences in the community; along with supported employment services designed so that the job is stable by the time of graduation with the focus of encouraging students to be competitively employed by high school graduation. Information briefings are being developed and shared with VR staff, school officials, parents, and community partners in efforts to identify opportunities to provide pre–employment transition services that focus on competitive integrated employment. Services such as Discovery, Career Exploration. (Page 306)
The IVRS counselor and job candidate refer their questions and service requests to the CRP, which determines if it has the capacity to provide answers and work in partnership with the counselor and the job candidate. A team meeting occurs to discuss the plan for Supported Employment services delivery. IVRS is making changes in the alignment and collaboration of service rates through participating the past four years in an Employment First Grant through the Office of Disability and Employment Policy. Strategic planning has collaboratively occurred through the Administration of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the State Employment Leadership Network and the DOL, Disability Employment Initiative. These efforts resulted in a focus on improved alignment of services and the funding of those services to support service delivery for individuals with the most significant disabilities. IVRS, in January of 2016, revised the Menu of Service to reflect alignment with hourly Medicaid Service rates and related performance measures and billable units which improve accountability and connection to service outcomes. (Page 314)
IVRS efforts in coordinating with our business partners will foster competitive community integrated employment. IVRS has not supported segregated employment outcomes for sixteen years so the strategies outlined above as well as what will be developed during this plan will continue to focus on increasing competitive integrated employment outcomes. Customized employment strategies including Discovery and customized job carving will be highlighted in on–going training efforts for VR staff and community providers as effective business resource tools. This training is integrated into sustaining the state’s Employment First efforts. (Page 320)
IVRS also incorporated a goal on working with business. IVRS has a representative on the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and their Executive Director serves on the leadership team of Employment First, which is coordinated through IVRS. A MOA with the Governance Group (eight state agencies which includes the State Medicaid/Mental Health Division and the Executive Director of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council collaborated to support strategies to reduce duplication and maximize employment efforts with a clear focus on competitive, community integrated employment for individuals with the most significant disabilities. This MOU describes the financial responsibilities and the populations that are served to maximize resources and avoid duplication. In addition, IVRS is adopting the Medicaid rates that DHS is implementing in FFY 16. Collaborative planning efforts occurred with DHS in the implementation of the Iowa Employment First Principles which resulted in approaching Iowa legislatures in a collaborative manner resulting in increased state monies being available to serve Iowans with disabilities. (Pages 325)
 

Customized Employment

~~It was recommended and agreed to by IVRS that the policy related to competitive integrated employment demonstrate a strong emphasis on progressive employment and creating customized employment opportunities for the most significantly disabled youth. During the March 2016 meeting the school plan for students covered under Section 511 was discussed and agreed to by the SRC. (Page 295)
These efforts of provider transformation, along with Community of Practice webinars during the past two years, positively impacted customized employment service delivery as well as increased numbers of individuals with the most significant disabilities accessing competitive, community integrated employment outcomes. (Page 315)
Customized employment strategies including Discovery and customized job carving will be highlighted in on–going training efforts for VR staff and community providers as effective business resource tools. This training is integrated into sustaining the state’s Employment First efforts. (Page 320)
The agency routinely uses the latest research and pilot projects to update training programs in areas such as ADA, assistive technology, mental illness, learning disabilities, Autism, and head injury/traumatic brain injury. IVRS is the lead agency with the Employment First Initiative and staff as well as partners has access to a myriad of customized employment training webinars. (Page 332)
Only those that are needed and cannot be provided by the agency are purchased. Additional services were added to the Menu of Services this year that include Discovery and Customized Employment. As part of the FFY15 State Plan, IVRS completed the mandatory Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) to determine the current needs of Iowans with disabilities, as well as assess the services provided by Community Rehabilitation Programs. (Page 351)
The new rate structure will allow IVRS and the Department of Human Services to collaborate with funding to assure that CRPS are adequately reimbursed for the range of services available from each agency. Implementation of new payment points and the development of Customized Employment services have occurred. Supported Employment Services with a focus on competitive, integrated employment is supported by IVRS. (Page 352)
The individuals who participated in the Employment First Initiative were from our most vulnerable and disabled population, many of whom had never worked in a competitive integrated environment. Some participated in progressive employment, first exploring their interests and sometimes starting with volunteer work; while others moved into an employment setting learning skills through a customized employment experience that created an opportunity of success for them. (Page 353)
 Competitive integrated employment – it was recommended and agreed to by IVRS that the policy related to competitive integrated employment demonstrate a strong emphasis on progressive employment and creating customized employment opportunities for the most significantly disabled youth. During the March 2016 meeting, the school plan for students covered under section 511 was discussed and agreed to by the SRC. (Page 357)
Supported employment is competitive employment in an integrated setting consistent with the strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice of the individuals with ongoing support services for individuals with the most significant disabilities. Many supported employment plans include the need for customized employment, and the IVRS menu of services that allows for the purchase of services from CRPs has been updated to include the provision of customized employment. (Page 360)
Only those that are needed and cannot be provided by the agency are purchased. Additional services were added to the Menu of Services this year that include Discovery and Customized Employment. (Page 377)
Implementation of new payment points and the development of Customized Employment services have occurred. Supported Employment Services with a focus on competitive, integrated employment is supported by IVRS. (Pages 392- 394)
A survey of IDB counselors indicated that 100% of them considered CRPs to need training in promoting supported employment and pre–employment services. They also reported that CRPS were unaware of the alternative techniques that could be used to engage in employment and often did not know how to provide training materials and other resources in formats that were accessible to people who were blind or visually impaired. The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, which has worked closely with CRPS for several years, facilitated meetings with IDB counselors and clients to discuss best practices in the delivery of customized employment services. Those discussions resulted in determining that CRPS also need training in the area of customized employment. (Page 443)
Customized Employment has been added as a vocational rehabilitation service option.  (Page 452)
The Department is also exploring Customized Employment and work based learning opportunities. The Department will partner with Community Rehabilitation Organizations to generate referrals for individuals who can benefit from competitive integrated employment in their communities.  (Page 452)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Blending and braiding of funds to maximize resources and increase efficiency. (Page 69)
A referral process that allows for direct connection by and between key agency staff, which includes holding agencies accountable for assisting workers in achieving success is underway and set to be rolled out in conjunction with the Iowa One-Stop Center standards in 2017. The braiding and blending of funding streams will maximize benefits and services to Iowa’s job seekers, employees and employers. (Page 117)
ICIE has been a key collaborator with innovative braiding of funding to expand financial and technical assistance areas specifically related to employment first and the delivery of supported employment services in Iowa. (Page 348)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.  The State of Iowa is committed to providing programs and services in a readily accessible format and delivery method to any individual who is seeking services from the workforce system. Accessibility as referenced throughout this plan refers to the direct and indirect ideas, actions, philosophies and physical and emotional supports used by an individual or employer to support employment for ALL Iowans. (Page 196)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning.  (Page 395)
Shared training has been arranged between IVRS with other entities (including Workforce/DEI, Manpower, ICIE, APSE, EDRN and SHRM). IVRS continues to have an expectation for all field staff to be involved in business development. The SRC took a lead role in organizing a series of three webinars and on–site training activities focused specifically at business partnerships. (Page 297)
The disability and employment initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an integrated resource team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 348)
 

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. Unfortunately, the Iowa workforce development representative assigned to these projects decided to step down from his state level position and no other person was assigned to the projects as a result. (Pages 341-342)
Another objective of our Iowa Plan is to engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career 6 Development of Pilot Projects – WIOA Pilots –IVRS consistently considers the use of pilot projects prior to full and comprehensive roll out of new initiatives and programs. (Page 346)
Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. Unfortunately the Iowa Workforce Development representative assigned to these projects decided to step down from his state level position and no other person was assigned to the projects. (Page 387)
Pilots have been conducted and will be expanded to partner with credit and non–credit courses to encourage the transition of adult learners to a career pathway. The pilots are designed to increase the number of adult learners earning transferrable credit, marketable credential, and, or entering post–secondary education.  (Page 274)
Our goal is for all individuals with disabilities to access services through the workforce development partners. Similar to the multi-tiered system of support designed in education, IVRS anticipates that 80% of the individuals with disabilities can be successful accessing the programs and services provided by Iowa workforce development with no specialized service needed because the staff has received basic training and etiquette in working with individuals with disabilities. (Page 342)
Another objective of our Iowa Plan is to engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career services. Development of Pilot Projects – WIOA Pilots –IVRS consistently considers the use of pilot projects prior to full and comprehensive roll out of new initiatives and programs. (Page 346)
 Between May and August of 2015, IVRS and IWD engaged in four pilot implementation designs where the local offices identified application and referral strategies that provided information on complementary data–sharing opportunities. In addition these pilots stimulated discussion on how to wrap services around the mutual job seeker in order to create a more seamless system of support. (Page 378)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning (Page395)
Create affordable options for workers to obtain education, training, skills, including personal, soft, and basic skills, and financial literacy, necessary to secure and maintain self-sustaining employment, and· Develop opportunities for ALL Iowans to develop entrepreneurial skills and concepts while providing opportunities for connection with Iowa business leaders  (Page 95)
 

Benefits

~~The disability and employment initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an integrated resource team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 348)
The eligible individual, the counselor, and when appropriate, other extended service providers will jointly plan supported employment services. Supported employment services shall be provided by other agencies, organizations, employers, or other available sources with whom cooperative arrangements will be made. Comparable services and benefits will be used to the maximum extent appropriate. Services will be provided in the most integrated setting possible consistent with the individual’s informed choice. (Page 360)
During the extended evaluation IVRS counselors must develop a written plan for providing services to make the determination. An individual who has a disability as determined eligible for Social Security benefits shall be considered to be an individual with a significant disability and presumed to be eligible for IVRS services, provided that individual intends to achieve an employment outcome consistent with the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice of the individual. Individuals who are seeking homemaker and unpaid family worker (and other similar uncompensated occupations) are referred to the Independent Living Program for services.  (Page 373)
A continued barrier for service delivery is the timely delivery of benefits planning services for individuals and families with the most significant disabilities. This is also contributed to by the lack of information that gets to families through early education and secondary school programming. Strategies are being implemented through the delivery of Pre–Employment Transition Services. (Page 379)
Assigned staff to provide benefits planning services and benefits counseling. Staff assigned to IVRS college settings are adept in using work incentives to help address a beneficiary’s needs through school until the completion of their work goals. (Page 380)
The Disability and Employment Initiative through IWD/DOL has also been a key collaborator and partner in increasing employment outcomes. The DEI project has enhanced communication and awareness through their local projects with an Integrated Resource Team, financial literacy strategies and benefits planning. (Page 395)
 The IDB refers individuals to Iowa Workforce Development for information regarding benefits planning, labor market information, assessment information, in addition to trainings, assistance with job search activities and a variety of other services available through the local one-stop centers. (Page 414)
The Partners also recognized in 2014, that there are 110,000 Iowan’s who might benefit from SSA disability benefits planning services. Some of these individuals are served by a variety of agencies. The Department for the Blind is focused on services being provided in the community, in integrated and competitive environments. (Page 428)
Partner agencies have begun to determine the feasibility of establishing a benefits planning network that will identify approved training opportunities for Iowa benefits planners, to provide technical assistance to trainers, and to develop referral processes for SSA recipients not currently connected to the service delivery system. (Page 429)
SSA also identified those people who were working age and were receiving SSI and/or SSDI benefits. Among all working age Iowans with disabilities, 18.27% were receiving benefits, of which 2.17% of the total recipients were blind or visually impaired. Of the total recipients, 69.93% were working age individuals with disabilities, and 2.33% of working age disability recipients where individuals who were blind or visually impaired. (Page 438)
Ensure all clients receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income have the opportunity to receive individualized benefits counseling from a certified Benefits planner. (Page 465)
Extended supported employment services shall be provided by other agencies, organizations, employers, or other available sources with whom cooperative arrangements will be made. Comparable services and benefits will be used to the maximum extent appropriate. Services will be provided in the most integrated setting possible consistent with the individual’s informed choice. Supported employment services may include. (Page 469)
Benefits and services to Iowa’s job seekers, employees and employers will be maximized through the intentional braiding, integrating and seeking out of diverse funding streams. (Page 95)
Benefits to using the Iowa TIER system include:
• Reduction of data–entry by IVRS Staff;
• Centralize data collection related to pre–employment transition services provided by local education agencies and IVRS while reducing duplicative data entry;
• Connect with other data in the system to evaluate the effectiveness of the IVRS and DE collaboration. (Page 305)
 With the limited number of work–ready job candidates, the conference agenda was geared toward emphasizing the benefits to employers of hiring persons with disabilities. IVRS is striving to create these connections during this economic opportunity. (Page 316)
The Council facilitated for National Disability Awareness Month in 2015 a series of three educational webinars hosted with local collaboration/discussion occurring at three host sites. This created awareness around the business case and benefits of hiring people who have a disability. Approximately 80 people attended the session across the state, for each webinar. (Page 319) Assuring quality of vocational services provided;
(k)  Providing ongoing communication with all members of an individual’s team as needed;
(l)   Cooperating with case manager in monitoring quality of employment service, reviewing both individual and provider progress;
(m) Encouraging individuals who enter Supported Employment Services and receive Social Security benefits to become aware of and utilize SSA work incentives;
(n)  Identifying ongoing supports to begin by the time of an individual’s stabilization on the job. (Page 323)
 IVRS continues to focus on diversity growth especially in the professional classification levels and have had several meetings with the Iowa Department of Personnel to expand recruitment strategies. The Bureau Chief of the Rehabilitation Services Bureau is on the Advisory Board for the University of Iowa.  She meets with students after the board meetings to discuss employment with IVRS, the benefits, the qualities that the state agency is looking for and current trends. (Page 323)
IVRS also provides training on policy, motivational interviewing, benefits planning, and when new initiatives and issues arise, training is developed and provided by the Rehabilitation Services Bureau. Standing committees exist to help disseminate information on a regular basis in the areas of Motivational Interviewing, Business development and engagement, benefits planning and assistive technology. These trainings continue to focus on providing staff adaptive skills in providing service delivery to a changing population need involving collaboration with Unified State Planning Goals, Individuals with increased functional limitations and barriers to employment as well as an emphasis on our aging population. These efforts also have a strong point of emphasis on our pre–employment transition services for youth engagement. (Page 332) 

School to Work Transition

~~Assist all youth who are blind or visually impaired in their career path navigation by offering a variety of options supporting the transition from school to work. Measure: Number of students receiving pre–employment transition services prior to high school graduation.- Prepare Iowa’s youth to meet the evolving demands of tomorrow’s workforce. Measure: Number of students participating in paid work experiences prior to high school graduation. Number of students who have IEP goals aligned with their career goal. Strategy 5: Assist all youth who are blind or visually impaired in their career path navigation by offering a variety of options supporting the transition from school to work. Measure: Number of students receiving pre–employment transition services prior to high school graduation. Strategy 6: Prepare Iowa’s youth to meet the evolving demands of tomorrow’s workforce. Measure: Number of students participating in paid work experiences prior to high school graduation. (Page 454)
- Engage Iowa’s youth in the career path development process using creative, progressive, and self–directed techniques in the delivery of career services. Measure: Percentage of students that have IEP goals that aligns with their career path interests. (Page 460)
Expands access for students with disabilities to engage in career exploration and skill development at a younger age, launching them on a path to career success and independence;
• Increases participation of VR counselors in IEP team meetings ensuring cross–agency planning and earlier career preparation; and
• Improves strategies to ensure that students with disabilities secure employment prior to graduation and connect with long–term supports services when needed and available to ensure long term success.
• Educates parents and youth on work incentives planning by comparing benefits of work versus SSI.  (Page 37)
 

Data Collection

~~Increases efficiency throughout the workforce delivery system, and aids in accurate performance measurement used in decision-making. (Page 96)
• Minimize the participatory burden to an accessible system through the creation and implementation of a common intake and reporting system among core partners and relevant agencies. (Page 96)
IWorks will continue to operate as Iowa Workforce Development’s data collection and case management system for:
• Wagner-Peyser Act
• WIOA Title I
• Veterans Employment and Training programs
• Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers
• PROMISE JOBS (Page148)
The Iowa Rehabilitation Services System (IRSS) is an internal case management system that is owned, maintained, and updated by IVRS. The original concept of IRSS was the development of an interactive, intuitive system designed to meet agency needs for case management, financial management, contract management, vendor management and reporting. After many years of development and scale-backs on the scope of the project, IRSS was put into use in October, 2008. The system that was deployed at that time was developed to meet the data collection and financial needs of the agency. Limited reports were developed and included in the initial deployment to assist with case management. Shortly following implementation, the IVRS IRSS Priority Management Team (PMT) was formed and charged with the responsibility of developing improvements to the IRSS Case Management System to meet the financial, case management and reporting needs of the agency and move the system closer to the original concept. Representatives of the Rehabilitation Services Bureau and Administrative Services Bureau, in collaboration with IT developers and project managers, develop the projects and business rules for all IRSS development.  (Pages 149)
Employment Benefit Analysis - a survey conducted with IWD employers across Iowa are asked to provide information regarding benefits they currently offer their full-time and part-time employees in a regional analysis.  (Page 145)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~Activities to support integrated education and training strategies will align with the NGA Talent PIPEline/Future Ready Initiative recommendations as well as with concepts within the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Taskforce report. A youth-focused work group will be convened by the Core Partners and key stakeholders. Individuals and small businesses will be given guidance on business enterprises, asset development, and benefits planning throughout the start-up, operations and maintenance phases of entrepreneurial pursuits. (Page 80)
The Employer Disability Resource Network (EDRN) - was designed to increase the employment of persons with disabilities by pooling agency resources and providing technical expertise to employers throughout Iowa. Members of this group include staff from IVRS, the Department for the Blind, Veteran’s Administration, Small Business Administration, and Division of Persons with Disabilities, Workforce Development, Community Rehabilitation Providers, Drake University, and Iowa Medicaid. Persons from high school transition age to the aging population are represented. Members of this group present to individual employers as well as employer organizations throughout the state. At present, much attention has been raised by this group to inform employers about Section 503 Rules for Federal Contractors. Internal tools and resources have been provided to staff of IVRS to assist in educating employers about compliance with Section 503. Additionally, this group presented a conference in August, 2015, to assist in education on hiring persons from diverse backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, and the value these individuals present to the workforce. In Iowa, the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in the last decade; therefore, business and industry are considering populations that they traditionally did not pursue in hiring. With the limited number of work-ready job candidates, the conference agenda was geared toward emphasizing the benefits to employers of hiring persons with disabilities. IVRS is striving to create these connections during this economic opportunity. (Page 127)
 In addition IVRS works with Small Business Development Centers and the IWD Small Business Development teams to provide necessary technical assistance.
The Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP), an industry-led, CEO-level advisory board established by Governor Branstad in 2011 was charged with the task of continuously identifying and studying economic growth issues facing Iowa and recommend solutions and policy alternatives. (Page 39)
 The Employer Disability Resource Network (EDRN) – is a collaborative group of state, federal and private partners working together to identify, develop and mobilize resources, supports and services that add value to Iowa businesses hiring persons with disabilities. EDRN Partners include Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Iowa Department for the Blind; Deaf Services; Division of Persons with Disabilities; Veterans Administration; Social Security Administration; Iowa Workforce Development; U.S. Small Business Administration/SCORE; Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa. EDRN provides Iowa employer’s access to qualified applicants, enhances the available labor market by combining on–the–job training, internships and classroom experiences for high–demand occupations and serves as a resource for up–to–date information about disability employment issues for the business community. (Page 316)
 Self–Employment is a vocational option that may be considered as part of an individual’s informed choice. A program for self–employment has been developed under an agreement between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) and Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB). It is available to active candidates of IVRS or IDB who are able to become self–sufficient by establishing, expanding, or acquiring a small business. IVRS employs two full–time business staff who specialize in assisting job candidates with a vocational goal of self–employment. Before investing time and money into a self–employment venture, the candidate must complete an in–depth study about the business they intend to start. The IVRS/IDB Counselors and the candidate, guided by the technical assistance of the IVRS Business Development Specialists, will outline a plan of action to help explore: an individual’s qualifications and skills; the entrepreneurial idea; determination of the feasibility of the business idea; and facilitate Business Plan development should the idea demonstrate promise. Iowa Economic Development, Iowa Small Business Development Centers, Iowa Job Centers and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) are organizations that can help with preliminary exploration of business ventures, and services available through Iowa Workforce Development may also provide additional education. IVRS and IDB provide the financial assistance to start a business to their respective job candidates with matching dollars provided by the job candidate. When the candidate is served by both agencies, IVRS and IDB coordinate the services and the plan. The data below demonstrates the number of successful businesses supported that remained in business two years post the opening of the business. (Page 319)
 The EDRN seeks to increase employment of persons with disabilities by pooling agency resources and providing technical expertise to employers throughout the state. Members of this group include staff from the Department, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Iowa Economic Development Authority, U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Human Rights – Office of Persons with Disabilities and Office of Deaf Services, Iowa Workforce Development, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Easter Seals of Iowa, Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa, Department of Education and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant program. Members of this group have presented and provided resources and assistance to employers and employer organizations throughout the state. In addition, the EDRN provides Iowa employers with access to qualified job applicants and are available to provide employers with information and support related to retaining quality employees who experience a disability. (Page 413)
 Business Development Specialists provide technical assistance to clients to assist them in reaching this goal if determined appropriate. Through the program, clients can access Iowa Economic Development, Iowa Small Business Development Centers, Iowa Job Centers and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and the Iowa Workforce Development to gain additional training or assistance in developing their business plans. The Department encourages and assists clients to develop connections and mentors with other individuals, including individuals who are blind or visually impaired, who have established successful businesses. (Page 423)
 

Career Pathways

~~IVRS has attended Career Pathways trainings and are finding more opportunities to network with RAP partners and connect students to RA and related programs. (Page 95)
Through implementation of career pathways and infusing of robust sector strategies across systems, Iowa is committed to serving the underserved citizenry by closing educational and employment gaps to end disparities based on disability, ethnicity, race, class, and geographic location. By 2025, 70% of all Iowans will have earned a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized credential or certification - the new minimum - that meets employer needs. (Page 60)
IVRS area offices are also becoming involved and engaged in sector partnerships. At the state level, IVRS has representation on the statewide Career Pathways and Sector Partnership Advisory Boards and will be involved in policy development that addresses accessibility issues. At the local level, the sector partnerships are locally developed workforce partners that serve specific industry sectors by providing a talent pool of eligible job candidates, as well as technical assistance to business and industry regarding their specific questions and needs. (Page 105)
Externs who successfully complete the 120-hour REDI training have the opportunity to apply for openings at Walgreens or with a neighboring business. Since the initiation of REDI in 2012, IVRS has worked with six Iowa providers (CRPS) to deliver REDI training in twelve Walgreens stores across Iowa. IVRS continues to develop Occupational Skill Training Programs per local area office needs. Communication efforts are being expanded at the local IWD Regional Workforce Boards in order to ensure collaboration with existing career pathways and sector boards will be integrated and accessible for individuals with disabilities. (Page 106)
Through implementation of career pathways and infusing of robust sector strategies across systems, Iowa is committed to serving the underserved citizenry by closing educational and employment gaps to end disparities based on disability, ethnicity, race, class, and geographic location. (Page 109)
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) plans to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Department of Education for the purposes of expanding the Intermediary Network with the focus of serving students with disabilities to connect with career pathways. IVRS will fund up to $1.5 million to support the Intermediary Network, which is delivered by the community college system. This expansion, focused on students with disabilities who have traditionally not been able to access career pathways, will develop the mechanism by which students with disabilities gain skills in occupations that are job-driven. This will be accomplished through improved work based learning strategies. (Page 138)
Sector Partnerships – IVRS area offices are also becoming involved and engaged in sector partnerships. At the state level, IVRS has representation on the statewide Career Pathways and Sector Partnership Advisory Boards and will be involved in policy development that addresses accessibility issues. At the local level, the sector partnerships are locally developed workforce partners that serve specific industry sectors by providing a talent pool of eligible job candidates, as well as technical assistance to business and industry regarding their specific questions and needs. The Burlington Area Office has one IVRS employee on each sector partnership which has proven to be a systemic approach to placement. (Page 317)
We are expanding communication efforts at the local IWD Regional Workforce Boards in order to ensure collaboration with existing career pathways and sector boards that will be integrated and accessible for individuals with disabilities. (Page 318)
IVRS utilizes all of our employment services for adults and youth. We have seen value in understanding the business needs and being able to integrate those needs into counseling and guidance that lays the foundation for employment planning and access to career pathways for students and youth with disabilities. Programs like the IVRS Transition Alliance Programs, Making the Grade, Project Search, Occupational Skill Training Programs, Pre–Employment Transition Work Readiness Programs, Access to school STEM programs, and the increase involvement of the Iowa Department of Education Intermediary Network focused on work based learning opportunities for all students combine to enhance transition employment services for IVRS job candidates. The Rehabilitation Services Bureau Chief is actively involved with the Special Education Advisory Board and the Administrator works with the Department of Education’s Work Based Learning Grand as well as the Future Ready Iowa Program. (Page 321)
Through career pathways connections and apprenticeship trainings IVRS will be able to encourage job candidates to seek out and obtain employment i the middle skills industries. IVRS will also continue to try and expand the business contracts where IVRS embeds a diversity/retention specialist in businesses. Currently one contract exists where IVRS funds the salary of such a person employed by unity point health services, which is in the top industry sectors to be targeted. (Page 335)
Develop and implement business focused earn–and–learn opportunities, Improve linkages to career pathways and business sectors, Infuse business information and the need for “middle skill” sets when working with students and teachers in transition efforts. Encourage increased business engagement.  (Page 337)
Providing an integrated service system for employers can be accomplished similar to following the model developed by the workforce partnership in Burlington. This model ties in the community college, the special services and supports of IVRS, adult education, TANF, career pathways, etc. It provides industry the resources and supports they need and want, without involving extra unnecessary contacts and services not required. (Page 343-345)
 

Employment Networks

~~THE DESIGNATED STATE UNIT WILL COORDINATE ACTIVITIES WITH ANY OTHER STATE AGENCY THAT IS FUNCTIONING AS AN EMPLOYMENT NETWORK UNDER THE TICKET TO WORK AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM UNDER SECTION 1148 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT. 
6.   FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM:
Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation.   (Page 479)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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Home- and Community Based Services Rent Subsidy Program - 09/15/2017

~~“Application Period The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) is accepting applications for the Home- and Community-Based Services Rent Subsidy Program. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. A waiting list has been established, with applications being processed in the order they are received.

The HCBS Rent Subsidy program aids eligible applicants who receive services under Money Follows the Person or a federal Medicaid waiver program called home-and community-based service. The program provides a monthly rent assistance payment to applicants to help them live successfully in their own home until they become eligible for any other local, state or federal rent assistance. In Iowa, the program helps an average of 327 Iowans each month to stay in their home and to remain a part of their community”

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

“Exceptional Opportunities” _ Crossroads of Western Iowa - 08/10/2017

~~CWI fully embraces the Employment First Initiative…     “Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, possess the right and responsibility to work. Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, should have the opportunity to live their life to the fullest and contribute toward their own self-sufficiency.” 

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

Goodwill of the Heartland Mission Services – “Service Manual” - 07/13/2017

~~“Supported employment services are intended to assist persons receiving services to retain employment in the community or in their own business.  This service is intended for the person who needs longer-term supports to retain employment and/or reach career goals.1. Entrance Criteria:Meet agency admission criteriaClient expresses interest in or agrees to community-based employment.Funding is secured.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Increasing Employment for People with Disabilities” - 07/01/2017

~~“The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed including:

•State Employment Leadership Network (SELN): SELN's mission is to bring states together to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. SELN consultants help Iowa recognize the systemic barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and ways to overcome them.•Medicaid Infrastructure (MIG) Grant: This program ended in 2013. The purpose of MIG was to assist states with making improvements to their Medicaid programs that support the competitive employment of people with disabilities.•Employment First ("E1st"): Iowa is one of three states awarded an Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant to promote systems change around improving employment outcomes and one of 26 States with an APSE sponsored initiative emphasizing integrated employment. Iowa E1st includes individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, state human services and vocational staff, business leaders, and others. Iowa's Employment First Leadership State Mentor Program (EFLSMP) brings together Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) with DHS, IowaWORKS, the DD Council, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, and a family member, under the mentorship of the State of Washington.•Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment: The Administration on Developmental Disabilities Grant awarded a $358,000 per year five year grant to the Developmental Disabilities Council. The grant will which brings together the DD Council, the Iowa Department of Education (DE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and DHS to improve systems so that Iowa youth with a developmental disability have fully integrated, and competitive work opportunities. The grant will contract for 6 demonstration projects in an education environment and at least 3 demonstration projects with community rehabilitation providers. This project is called the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment (ICIE).•Iowa's Money follows the Person Grant (MFP): The Partnership for Community Integration Project is a federal Medicaid demonstration grant to assist with the transition of persons currently residing in ICFs/ID to communities of their choice. Employment plays an integral part in community inclusion and the goals of the project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa HF 572, Concerning who Consitatue the Membership of the State WIB - 07/01/2017

~~“An Iowa workforce development board is created,….” the law describes who will make up the 33 voting members and 13 non-voting of the board including the governor, a state senator, a state representative, the director of the Departments of Workforce Development, Education, the Blind, and Vocational Rehabilitation or their designees, and a number of members drawn from the business community, groups who work with persons with disabilities and other departments.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Benefits Planning (Webinar links) - 02/14/2017

~~“The Iowa Community of Practice archived webinars are now on the ICIE YouTube channel and available to anyone any time! Eventually, IACP will be adding the webinars to their global lessons (available for any provider to use) on the DirectCourse system.  Each lesson will be paired with a generic test to confirm that the content was reviewed, and be tracked on their professional training transcript.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Money Follows the Person (MFP) Update - 01/01/2017

~~“The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program is a collaborative partnership between DHS’s Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) and the Center for Disabilities and Development (CDD). This program, funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, or other related disabilities, to move out of intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and into their own homes or apartments in the community of their choice. Individuals living in nursing homes may also qualify. MFP grant funding (which CDD worked with the IME to obtain) provides for transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after an individual moves into the community. Under a contract with IME, nine Transition Specialists from CDD are deployed throughout the state to provide transition planning services, community options awareness, training, and ongoing support and care coordination to individuals with disabilities, their families and facility-based and community-based providers. In addition CDD has employed an Employment Specialist to address employment barriers faced by MFP participants.  CDD also employs a MFP Project Coordinator stationed at IME. This position provides oversight for the statewide project and coordinates the grant related activities. CDD also employs a Behavioral Specialist to provide training and consultation to providers, consumers and families who are assisting a person that may be experiencing challenging behaviors.”

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

Iowa Employment First Guidebook - 01/01/2017

“This Guidebook was created to provide case managers, care managers, service coordinators and integrated health home coordinators with critical information, resources and tools to help them do the best possible job of assisting transition-age youth and working-age adults with disabilities they support to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 6) - 11/01/2016

IADEI will hire five Disability Resource Coordinators and will link a variety of initiatives to make the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act real for all Iowans. IADEI will increase access to and participation in local Career Pathway models in the current five local workforce regions through a  partnership between eight state agencies and the Department of Labor. State Leadership Agencies will work with local WDBs to strengthen disability integration in service through the implementation of three DEI strategies currently being implemented under its Round 3 DEI project  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Iowa Department of Human Services “HCBS Prevocational and Supported Employment Service - 09/01/2016

“This letter is to serve as notification that in order to comply with the federal correct coding guidelines the IME will be introducing Level II Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for Tier 1 Long Term Job Coaching and for Individual Supported Employment and to provide clarification regarding a unit of service for Individual Supported Employment…. For services with a date of service beginning September 1, 2016, or after, the service must be authorized and billed using the HCPCS procedure code and the HCP CS Level II modifieras follows :• H2025 U4 for Tier 1 of Long Term Job Coaching • T2018 UC for Individual Supported Employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Iowa HF 572, Concerning who Consitatue the Membership of the State WIB - 07/01/2017

~~“An Iowa workforce development board is created,….” the law describes who will make up the 33 voting members and 13 non-voting of the board including the governor, a state senator, a state representative, the director of the Departments of Workforce Development, Education, the Blind, and Vocational Rehabilitation or their designees, and a number of members drawn from the business community, groups who work with persons with disabilities and other departments.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Iowa SF 505 - 07/02/2015

"An Iowa ABLE savings plan trust is created…The general assembly finds that the general welfare and well-being of the state are directly related to the health, maintenance, independence, and quality of life of its disabled residents,and that a vital and valid public purpose is served by the creation and implementation of programs that encourage and make possible savings to secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of individuals with disabilities …"

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Iowa Employer Tax Incentive - 10/24/2012

For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1984...a taxpayer who operates a business which is considered to be a small business…is allowed an additional deduction for 50 percent of the first 12 months of wages paid or accrued during the tax years for work done in Iowa by employees first hired on or after January 1, 1984…where the taxpayer first qualifies as a small business….and meets one of the following criteria: A handicapped individual domiciled in this state at the time of hiring. An individual domiciled in this state at the tie of hiring…  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Assistive Device Tax Credit

  The taxes imposed under this division shall be reduced by an assistive device tax credit.  A small business purchasing, renting, or modifying an assistive device or making workplace  modifications for an individual with a disability who is employed or will be employed by the small business is eligible, subject to availability of credits, to receive this assistive device tax credit which is equal to fifty percent of the first five thousand dollars paid during the tax year for the purchase, rental, or modification of the assistive device or for making the workplace modifications.  Any credit in excess of the tax liability shall be refunded with interest computed under section 422.25…

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
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Iowa Executive Order 27 - 02/04/2003

“Recognizing that the breadth and complexity of the issues required a coordinated inter-agency response, in 2003 Governor Vilsack issued Executive Order 27 calling upon state agencies to identify the barriers to community living posed by their policies and programs and to develop plans to remove them. Executive Order 27 also created the current Olmstead Consumer Taskforce to advise the Governor’s Office on strategies to promote community integration, including changes in policies or programs.”

NOTE: While Executive Order 27 mentioned employment only in general terms, the Olmstead Plan developed with assistance from the Taskforce specifically supports integrated, competitive employment.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services - 08/01/2016

“Under WIOA regulations, IVRS is required to spend 15% of our federal grant resources towards Pre-Employment Transition Services. We have a number of initiatives that are being designed and implemented for this effort. For example, programs and initiatives such as: TAP (Transition Alliance Programs)’ Project Search, Youth Leadership Forum, Intermediary Network, Work-Based Learning, Construction Simulator, zSpace, and our Summer Camp activities are all examples of PETS initiatives.”

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

Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage - 07/22/2016

“The addition of Section 511 demonstrates the intent that individuals with disabilities, especially youth with disabilities, must be afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or reenter competitive integrated employment. Section 511 imposes limitations on employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that must be satisfied before the employers may hire youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continue to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level. (the link opens a Word Document) “

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

IA Department of Human Services Report of Joint Protocols and Program Models - 12/15/2014

“IVRS and DHS are key collaborators in EFSLMP.  “IVRS is the lead agency, but DHS has committed to staff and management resources and time. … Iowa has a “grassroots Employment First (E1st) initiative that influences the state’s employment service delivery system and involves a broad range of collaborators.   …“Iowa’s E1st Vision is that “‘Iowans with disabilities are employed at the same rate as other Iowans and receiving equal benefits.’”  The Mission of E1st is to ‘Change beliefs, practices, systems and funding so that employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred outcome in the provision of publically funded services for all working age Iowans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.’”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Department of Human Services Agreement - 10/01/2014

“The purpose of this agreement is to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment services for people with developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, hereinafter referred to as IVRS, and the Iowa Department of Human Services, hereinafter referred to as DHS. This agreement will serve to clarify roles and responsibilities of IVRS and DHS in regard to common consumers.  This agreement is effective October 1, 2014, or the latest date of signature, through September 30, 2016.”

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

Olmstead Plan for Mental Health and Disability Services: State plan framework (2011 - 2015) - 01/06/2011

“The Department of Human Service’s priorities for Olmstead Plan implementation include establishing the leadership, necessary partnerships and infrastructure for a service system expanding opportunities for competitive employment.”

The goals include: “Conducting targeted outreach to families and guardians of individuals with mental illness, brain injury and other disabilities to raise awareness of opportunities for community living, including competitive employment, by accessing available supports and services; … Analyzing current policies and practice regarding transition, and determine, with the engagement of the Department of Education, how these can be strengthened to support integrated employment as a preferred outcome for students moving into the adult service system".

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Iowa Workforce Development Annual Report 2016

~~“…through our partnership with the DirectEmployers Association, we provide 10 microsites, which offer the opportunity to provide job information on mobile and hand-held devices. These sites are also search-engine optimized, and were developed at no cost to the state. The 10 microsites include:WORKINIOWA-DISABILITY.JOBSHelps employers reach the disability community. Helps employerscomply with Affirmative Action and Equal Employment OpportunityCommission efforts.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Department of Education “Secondary Transition

“The ultimate goal of secondary transition planning is to make the adjustment from high school as easy, successful and as short as possible. Successful transition planning should begin early and be based on specific knowledge and experiences of targeted future environments and activities. It includes the commitment of resources, collaboration among people and agencies, and decision making to develop an IEP for the student.”

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services “Iowa Self-Employment” Brochure

IOWA SELF-EMPLOYMENT (ISE) PROGRAM

Iowa Self-Employment (ISE) is a program designed for clients of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) or Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB), whose vocational goal is self-employment. This program is administered by IVRS and works in partnership with IDB. Following eligibility and self-employment assessment, a referral may be sent to ISE personnel. 

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

Iowa Department on Aging “Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP)

SCSEP participants are paid minimum wage while they gain marketable job skills working part-time in non-profit and public organizations, including senior centers, schools and libraries. The program provides a win-win for participants and their communities: Participants help community organizations extend their capabilities, while developing their own job skills, self-confidence and a restored sense of self-worth.

To participate in this employment program for older Iowans, a person must be:

Age 55 or older; Currently unemployed; Legally eligible to work in the United States; and Living in a household with income no more than 125 percent of the current federal poverty level. All disability payments, including Social Security Disability (SSDI), are excluded from SCSEP income eligibility determinations 25% of Social Security payment is excluded, which includes social security retirement and survivors benefits All Unemployment Compensation is excluded SSI & public assistance are excluded Veterans Benefits are excluded
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Iowa Department of Human Services “Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Transition Settings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS).  The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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“Exceptional Opportunities” _ Crossroads of Western Iowa - 08/10/2017

~~CWI fully embraces the Employment First Initiative…     “Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, possess the right and responsibility to work. Iowans with disabilities, as their peers without disabilities, should have the opportunity to live their life to the fullest and contribute toward their own self-sufficiency.” 

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

Goodwill of the Heartland Mission Services – “Service Manual” - 07/13/2017

~~“Supported employment services are intended to assist persons receiving services to retain employment in the community or in their own business.  This service is intended for the person who needs longer-term supports to retain employment and/or reach career goals.1. Entrance Criteria:Meet agency admission criteriaClient expresses interest in or agrees to community-based employment.Funding is secured.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Increasing Employment for People with Disabilities” - 07/01/2017

~~“The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed including:

•State Employment Leadership Network (SELN): SELN's mission is to bring states together to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. SELN consultants help Iowa recognize the systemic barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and ways to overcome them.•Medicaid Infrastructure (MIG) Grant: This program ended in 2013. The purpose of MIG was to assist states with making improvements to their Medicaid programs that support the competitive employment of people with disabilities.•Employment First ("E1st"): Iowa is one of three states awarded an Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) grant to promote systems change around improving employment outcomes and one of 26 States with an APSE sponsored initiative emphasizing integrated employment. Iowa E1st includes individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, state human services and vocational staff, business leaders, and others. Iowa's Employment First Leadership State Mentor Program (EFLSMP) brings together Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) with DHS, IowaWORKS, the DD Council, the Iowa Association of Community Providers, and a family member, under the mentorship of the State of Washington.•Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment: The Administration on Developmental Disabilities Grant awarded a $358,000 per year five year grant to the Developmental Disabilities Council. The grant will which brings together the DD Council, the Iowa Department of Education (DE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and DHS to improve systems so that Iowa youth with a developmental disability have fully integrated, and competitive work opportunities. The grant will contract for 6 demonstration projects in an education environment and at least 3 demonstration projects with community rehabilitation providers. This project is called the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment (ICIE).•Iowa's Money follows the Person Grant (MFP): The Partnership for Community Integration Project is a federal Medicaid demonstration grant to assist with the transition of persons currently residing in ICFs/ID to communities of their choice. Employment plays an integral part in community inclusion and the goals of the project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Workforce Development “Employment and Disability” - 08/24/2016

“Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Regional Workforce Partners joined forces to create and operate a Regional Workforce Development System. The goal of this system is to provide high quality employment services to all individuals. This system is designed to be able to improve accessibility for job seekers with or without disabilities. Each IowaWORKS Center offers accommodations and assistive technology to increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Iowa Workforce Partners Iowa Workforce Development Iowa Department for the Blind Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services Iowa Department of Human Services Iowa Department of Human Rights/ Division of Persons with Disabilities Iowa Department of Education Iowa Developmental Disability Council Iowa Department on Aging”

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

Agreement between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Iowa Department of Education - 10/13/2015

“The purpose of this agreement is to facilitate the integration and coordination of transition services from school to post-secondary education and/or employment, for individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in secondary education and are eligible, or potentially eligible, to receive vocational rehabilitation services.” 

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

Iowa DHS: Stakeholder Brief by SELN - 03/15/2013

“Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) has been keenly focused on improving opportunities for Iowans with disabilities to become employed in quality jobs in Iowa communities since 2000 when first awarded a Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), a federal program providing financial assistance to states to facilitate the competitive employment of people with disabilities. Iowa’s Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) and Iowa’s Medicaid Enterprise (IME), both divisions of DHS, have been working together along with their stakeholders, to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities with a particular focus on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Iowa.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Olmstead Consumer Taskforce Position Statement on Employment - 01/11/2013

“The State of Iowa has been working for over a decade to support employment outcomes by raising awareness of federal work incentives for people concerned about losing Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, and by focusing attention on the transition of young people with disabilities from school to work and independent living. In the last three years this work has been accelerated and enhanced under the Employment First, State Employment Leadership Network, the Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment, and other initiatives.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Disability Employment Interagency Memorandum of Agreement - 10/01/2012

“An updated Interagency Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to Strengthen Employment Services for Iowans with Disabilities focused on competitive, community-based, integrated employment was signed in October, 2012 by eight State agencies and updated in January, 2015. Updates reflect changes in the federal regulations related to WIOA. “

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

Memorandum of Agreement between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the The Iowa Department of Human Services

The purpose of this agreement is to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment services for people with developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, hereinafter referred to as IVRS, and the Iowa Department of Human Services, hereinafter referred to as DHS. This agreement will serve to clarify roles and responsibilities of IVRS and DHS in regard to common consumers.  This agreement is effective October 1, 2014, or the latest date of signature, through September 30, 2016.

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

Iowa Transition Alliance Program

 “The Transition Alliance Program (TAP) is a partnership between Community School Districts and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS).  Participants of TAP receive assistance in the areas of vocational training, independent living, and post-secondary education.  Our goal is for young adults to develop positive work skills in order to obtain and maintain community employment.  TAP participants will receive follow-up services to assure long-term job success!”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 6) - 11/01/2016

IADEI will hire five Disability Resource Coordinators and will link a variety of initiatives to make the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act real for all Iowans. IADEI will increase access to and participation in local Career Pathway models in the current five local workforce regions through a  partnership between eight state agencies and the Department of Labor. State Leadership Agencies will work with local WDBs to strengthen disability integration in service through the implementation of three DEI strategies currently being implemented under its Round 3 DEI project  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Iowa Disability Employment Initiative (Round 3) - 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, Iowa was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. 

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

Iowa Balancing Incentive Program - 07/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) is a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that is designed to ‘balance’ states’ spending on long term supports and services (LTSS). Iowa began participation in the BIP program in 2012 with an anticipated $61 million in enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) for Medicaid to provide persons with greater access to home and community based services (HCBS) and reduces unnecessary reliance on institutional services. To accomplish this objective, the program has three major structural reforms for the current LTSS system: No Wrong Door (NWD): This implements specific steps to streamline access to services; Core Standardized Assessments (CSA): This [improves] efficiency, consistency and fairness in eligibility determination and assessments for LTSS; [and] Conflict-Free Case Management (CFCM): This ensures conflict-free case management throughout LTSS systems.”

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

Iowa Employment First Initiative: Statement of FIndings - 10/01/2011

“In 2009 representatives of Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRP), Iowa Disability Navigator Program (DPN), the Governor’s Developmental Disability Council, the Iowa Chapter of APSE: The Employment Network (IA-APSE), Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) began planning for the Iowa Employment First Initiative...The goals for the Initiative include:

Goal 1. Policies and funding are aligned with Employment First and strong partnerships remove barriers.

Goal 2. Individuals with disabilities and family members advocate for Employment First and participate in the design of employment services and supports.

Goal 3: Businesses influence businesses to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Goal 4: Best practices drive transition outcomes for living, working and learning.”

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

Iowa SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI)”. In 2012, Iowa was awarded an EDI grant for self-employment initiatives. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program

“Each state will receive funding to assist them to develop and implement their strategic plan and will have access to on-site, customized technical assistance from national subject-matter experts to help them achieve their goals. In addition the states will be able to discuss their progress with other states who are working in this area through regularly scheduled Community-of-Practice teleconference calls.” “Iowa intends to build on its current Employment First Initiative in order to move state policies and funding structures with the explicit intent to increase integrated employment outcomes for people with significant disabilities. Participation in the EFSLMP will enable Iowa to study, and consider adopting, policies and funding mechanisms that emphasize interagency collaboration that result in service delivery that prioritizes integrated employment. Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services will lead its EFSLMP.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) Partnership for Community Integration Project is a $51 million grant from the Centers for Medicareid and Medicaid Services. It will provide opportunities for individuals in Iowa to move out of Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disability (ICF/ID) and into their own homes in the community of their choice. Individuals living in Nursing Facilities may also qualify. Grant funds provide funding for the transition services and enhanced supports needed for the first year after they transition into the community. MFP assistance is available to individuals with a diagnosis of an Intellectual Disability or Brain Injury who has lived in an ICF/ID or a Nursing Facility for at least three months. The individual must express an interest moving from the ICF/ID or Nursing Facility into the community.” 

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

Iowa AIDD Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Grant

The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment’s consortium includes representatives from various government and advocacy agencies and organizations. The objections of the coalition  are: “Develop a  Readiness for Change Plan  for systems change related to integrated, competitive employment for youth with DD; develop an outcome measurement system to measure employment success; increase the placement and support services early in high school that result in uninterrupted transition to employment; develop the capacity of service providers to promote integrated competitive employment for youth with DD; increase expectations and demands for fully integrated, competitive employment opportunities for youth with DD; and align policies, practices, and funding with employment expectations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Benefits Planning (Webinar links) - 02/14/2017

~~“The Iowa Community of Practice archived webinars are now on the ICIE YouTube channel and available to anyone any time! Eventually, IACP will be adding the webinars to their global lessons (available for any provider to use) on the DirectCourse system.  Each lesson will be paired with a generic test to confirm that the content was reviewed, and be tracked on their professional training transcript.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Iowa Employment First Guidebook - 01/01/2017

“This Guidebook was created to provide case managers, care managers, service coordinators and integrated health home coordinators with critical information, resources and tools to help them do the best possible job of assisting transition-age youth and working-age adults with disabilities they support to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Self Employment Program Success Stories - 07/29/2014

“This publication will introduce you to a fascinating collection of Iowa entrepreneurs who have found creative ways to leverage their skills, talents, abilities, resources, and social connections into their perfect job – not by finding employment, but by creating it.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Iowa Employment First Summit - 10/04/2012

“The IA-APSE Employment Summit was designed for individuals with disabilities, family members, Community Rehabilitation Provider staff, state agency personnel, case managers and other community members committed to improving employment outcomes for Iowans with disabilities.  It features national, as well as local speakers sharing progressive and innovative best practice information and strategies to move the agenda of inclusive employment forward.”   
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa's Integrated Employment Funding System Supplemental Report - 09/17/2012

This report is looking at building the capacity and expertise of employment specialists to support individual, integrated employment outcomes. MHDS is encouraged to consider what to include in an Employment Supports Core Training, how to provide ongoing professional development, and ideas for offering provider-level training and technical assistance.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR Services Forms - The Discovery Staging Record - 09/10/2011

“This form is used to stage, structure, capture and record the major events of Discovery. The recorder(s) should pay particular attention to how the tasks are typically performed, any accommodations, technology, supports, or specialized training strategies that should be employed.” Discovery is a key tool in finding community-based, integrated employment through the customized employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Iowa Community of Practice Training Sessions for 2017

~~This document gives information on the training sessions that will be done in 2017 including benefits planning, employer engagement, and school to work transition

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Employment First Initiatives

~~“Increasing economic self-sufficiency is a major goal of working. Several years ago CDD published a compressive report on self-sufficiency and asset development strategies and helpful hints about employment related supports. This information, while several years old in still applicable today.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

REM Iowa

~~“Since 1979, REM Iowa has provided quality services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other complex challenges. We also offer services for adults with brain injuries and provide a range of programs, including residential services and day and vocational programs. Our personalized approach maximizes each person’s unique efforts to learn, grow and thrive in the communities they call home. REM Iowa is a partner of The MENTOR Network, a national network of local health and human services providers offering an array of quality, community-based services across the country .”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Citations

Iowa WIOA Webinar

“This webinar covers the basics of the