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.”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Systems-Change Funding
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships