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

2016 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2015 to 2016
3,134,693
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.72%
Change from
2015 to 2016
175,367
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.7%
Change from
2015 to 2016
80,416
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.94%
Change from
2015 to 2016
45.86%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.1%
Change from
2015 to 2016
82.45%

General

2014 2015 2016
Population. 3,107,126 3,123,899 3,134,693
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 176,576 180,139 175,367
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 82,111 83,391 80,416
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,393,306 1,397,255 1,401,585
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 46.50% 46.29% 45.86%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.17% 82.37% 82.45%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.40% 3.80% 3.70%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.90% 19.10% 18.00%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.40% 11.20% 10.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 179,117 184,113 182,805
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 174,313 183,923 181,225
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 328,026 343,674 341,059
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 12,318 10,934 9,322
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 11,345 12,119 12,505
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,904 1,743 1,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,990 2,912 3,482
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,318 6,031 5,535
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,874 2,405 2,366

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,289 6,432 6,172
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 12.70% 13.10% 12.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 78,016 78,222 77,750

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,262 3,407 3,473
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 11,689 6,500 7,359
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 17,083 11,312 12,660
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 36.70% 30.10% 27.40%
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). 0.50% N/A 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. 333 N/A 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)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,200 1,842 2,524
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 409 625 831
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% 34.00% 33.00%
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. 13.23 20.01 26.60

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,047
4,227
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 22 21 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 217 217 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 841 808 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,664 1,836 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,266 1,303 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 37 42 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 39.30% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,083 4,820 5,068
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 114,890 115,302 115,916
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. 377 417 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $7,727,000 $9,051,000 $10,714,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $22,569,000 $22,135,000 $22,720,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $32,911,000 $48,932,000 $29,896,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $5,248,000 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 16.00% 19.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 3,208 3,603 3,834
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,603 8,713 8,736
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 70.80 77.50 92.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 64.51% 64.92% 65.63%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.38% 8.60% 8.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.83% 1.80% 1.57%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 85.21% 87.56% 94.74%
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). 33.51% 30.71% 28.46%
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). 59.15% 58.57% 53.94%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 78.74% 83.14% 89.46%
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). 25.64% 27.86% 25.48%

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)
 

DEI/DRC

~~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)
 

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)
 

School to Work Transition

~~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) 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~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)
 

Employer Engagement

~~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)
 

511

~~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)

Mental Health

~~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)

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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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Senate File 2353 An Act Relating to the Membership and Duties of the State and Local Workforce Development Boards and Related Responsibilities of the Department of Workforce Development and including Effective Date Provisions - 05/16/2018

~~“(1) The individual is compensated at a rate in Accordance with all of the following:

(a) If the individual is not self-employed, all of the following apply:     (i) The rate of compensation shall not be less than the higher of applicable federal or state Minimum wage. Rate of compensation shall not be less than the customary rate paid by the Employer for the same or similar work performed by other employees who are not Individuals with disabilities, and who are similarly situated in similar occupations by the same employer and who have similar training, experience, and skills.(b) If the individual is self-employed, the rate of compensation yields an income that is comparable to the income received by other individuals who are not individuals with disabilities, and who are self-employed in similar occupations or on similar tasks and who have similar training, experience, and skills.

(2) The individual is eligible for the level of benefits provided to other employees.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

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 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)

~~“As authorized by Section 502 of the Older Americans Act, the Iowa Department on Aging  oversees the state’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to help foster individual economic self-sufficiency among older Iowans and promote useful opportunities in community service activities. SCSEP serves unemployed, low-income individuals who are 55 or older and who have limited employment prospects due to a lack of experience, outdated skills or long-term unemployment. The program’s objective is to provide job skills training to older adults to assist them in obtaining and maintaining unsubsidized employment. It meets this goal by placing participants at government or not-for-profit organizations, where they receive paid training for community service work….

The Department has collaborated with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services to create the Older Worker Employment Program (OWEP). The program uses federal funds to house older worker employment specialists at each of the state’s six Area Agencies on Aging, where they provide employment services to Iowans aged 55 or older with disabilities. Services include assisting job candidates with completing job applications, writing resumes, practicing for interviews and networking with prospective employers.Benefits to Older Iowans

Research shows that people who work into the later half of their 60s (or beyond) benefit from a number of things, including a more secure financial future, improved access to insurance options and increased socialization. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Iowa currently has the ninth highest employment-to-population ratio in the nation for workers aged 55 or older, at 43 percent.”

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)

Iowa Department of Education “Secondary Transition – Guidance to Quality IEPs”

In Iowa, secondary transition planning should begin no later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team.

The ultimate goal of transition planning is to make the adjustment from high school as easy and successful as possible.  It should be based on specific knowledge and experiences of targeted future environments and activities, as well as transition assessment information.

The transition of youth with disabilities from high school to learning, living and working in the community is a process that involves ongoing planning, preparation, and revision. It is not a single event or a series of isolated events

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services 2015-2018 Strategic Plan

“The State Plan is required to be submitted annually for approval by RSA in order for IVRS to receive Title 1 and Title VI Part B grant funds. The State Plan describes the administrative and operational activities of IVRS, in addition to specific areas that involve public input, waiting list information, an analysis of data, goal planning, and an evaluation of reported progress. Significant legislative changes occurred in July 2014, with the approval of the Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA). This federal legislation will create opportunities for changes in service delivery, with a clear focus on increased accountability resulting in employment outcomes. Collaborative partnerships, dynamic service delivery focused on meeting the needs of our business customers, improved transition outcomes and services facilitating the transition into competitive community integrated employment settings for individuals with the most significant disabilities are just a few of the key points in the legislation.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

IA Department for the Blind: Vocational Rehabilitation Services

“The Department's employment services are delivered through its Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. Our VR program helps blind or visually impaired Iowans prepare for, obtain and retain employment in a variety of occupations. Applicants are eligible for services based upon their visual disability, their need for employment services and their intent to work. You will work with a VR Counselor to jointly identify an employment goal and the services you need to achieve it.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Iowa DHS Disability Employment Vision and Initiatives

"Employment in the general workforce is the first priority and the expected and preferred outcome in the provision of publically funded services for all working age Iowan's with disabilities...By employment we mean: regular or customized employment in the general workforce, where employees with disabilities are earning at least minimum or prevailing wages and benefits. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security
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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

Iowa State Rehabilitation Council

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), with members appointed by the Governor, has been in operation since January 1993, providing advice and direction to the Department of Education's Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) on the quality and effectiveness of programs and services. The SRC, which is comprised of a majority of individuals with disabilities, is a vital link to the constituency groups which IVRS serves or through which it procures its goods and services. The Council's goal is to seek and improve the quality of employment outcomes and community participation. The SRC is mandated by the Rehabilitation Act to have at least 15 voting members.”

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) Partners Page

The IVRS Partners Page presents a list, with links, to the various partnerships in which IVRS takes part to achieve its mission of serving persons with disabilities. Some of the partnerships include the Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP), the MOA between IVRS and DHS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the State Rehabilitation Council, and the Transition Alliance Program, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment

“The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment’s consortium includes representatives from the Iowa DD Council, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa VR and the Department of Human Services. The partners have a history of routinely working together on employment and transition issues and projects for youth with disabilities. Other partners include representatives from Iowa APSE, individuals with developmental disabilities and family members.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR: SSA Ticket to Work Program

“The Ticket to Work program is a federal program for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who receive SSDI or SSI benefits based on a disability and would like to work. It is designed to provide help and support for those beneficiaries who desire to regain financial independence through employment. The program is free; it is voluntary and offers work incentives that allow benefits to continue during the transition to employment. IVRS partners with other Employment Networks (ENs) to ensure our job candidates receive ongoing services once on the job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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What is Employment First? - 05/22/2018

~~“Employment First is a movement to deliver meaningful employment, fair wages, and career advancement for people with disabilities. How did Employment First come to be? What is the Great Debate around the Shift from Sheltered Workshops to Competitive Integrated Employment?The Iowa APSE Chapter was formed to improve and expand integrated employment services and outcomes through supported employment for persons with disabilities. Supported Employment (SE) enables people with disabilities who have not been successfully employed to work and contribute to society. SE focuses on a person’s abilities and provides the supports the individual needs to be successful on a long-term basis.

It allows people experiencing disabilities, their families, businesses, and their communities to experience the successes of people with disabilities. The partnership that SE has established between individuals experiencing disabilities and their communities is having a lasting impact on the way the public perceives people with disabilities. SE affords the public the opportunity to see the person for who they are rather than seeing the disability.”

Systems
  • Other

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 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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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

Iowa Employment First Website

“Through the efforts of the Iowa Employment First Leadership Team, which has benefited from consultation, technical assistance and financial assistance by participating in the Office of Disability and Employment Policy's Employment First Program, competitive community-integrated employment is moving forward in Iowa. Collaboration has occurred with the Iowa Coalition of Integrated Employment and the Disability Employment Initiative, resulting in increased attention and partnering across the state with employment efforts. Please enjoy the resources on this site and we hope it will provide value in the discussion of Employment First Opportunities!”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR Services Forms - Referral Action Plan

This worksheet helps job seekers plan their employer engagement approach by encouraging them to list 10 specific actions that they will take to build their referral business.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa VR Services Forms - Negotiation Model

This worksheet serves as a guide and overview of the stages and components in strategic job negotiation. Job negotiation is a core component to customized employment and assists employers in understanding how an employee with disabilities can most effectively serve their business while gaining fulfillment from their job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Employment First Webinars

Iowa receives technical assistance through the Employment First initiative.  Trainings include webinars on different aspects of Customized Employment, parental involvement, and employment best practices for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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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)

Iowa Money Follows the Person Partnership for Community Integration Project

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) Partnership for Community Integration Project is a $51 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It will provide opportunities for individuals in Iowa to move out of Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (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)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Medicaid State Plan

A State Plan is a contract between a state and the Federal Government describing how that state administers its Medicaid program. It gives an assurance that a state abides by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its Medicaid program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative requirements that States must meet to participate. States frequently send a state plan amendment, otherwise referred to as a SPA, to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. There are many reasons why a state might want to amend their state plan.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Iowa Medicaid Balancing Incentive Payments Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program (BIPP) 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)

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

2016 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2015 to 2016
3,134,693
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.72%
Change from
2015 to 2016
175,367
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.7%
Change from
2015 to 2016
80,416
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.94%
Change from
2015 to 2016
45.86%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.1%
Change from
2015 to 2016
82.45%

State Data

General

2014 2015 2016
Population. 3,107,126 3,123,899 3,134,693
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 176,576 180,139 175,367
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 82,111 83,391 80,416
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,393,306 1,397,255 1,401,585
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 46.50% 46.29% 45.86%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.17% 82.37% 82.45%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.40% 3.80% 3.70%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.90% 19.10% 18.00%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.40% 11.20% 10.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 179,117 184,113 182,805
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 174,313 183,923 181,225
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 328,026 343,674 341,059
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 12,318 10,934 9,322
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 11,345 12,119 12,505
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,904 1,743 1,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,990 2,912 3,482
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,318 6,031 5,535
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,874 2,405 2,366

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,289 6,432 6,172
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 12.70% 13.10% 12.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 78,016 78,222 77,750

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,262 3,407 3,473
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 11,689 6,500 7,359
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 17,083 11,312 12,660
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 36.70% 30.10% 27.40%
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). 0.50% N/A 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. 333 N/A 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)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,200 1,842 2,524
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 409 625 831
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% 34.00% 33.00%
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. 13.23 20.01 26.60

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,047
4,227
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 22 21 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 217 217 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 841 808 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,664 1,836 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,266 1,303 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 37 42 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 39.30% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,083 4,820 5,068
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 114,890 115,302 115,916
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. 377 417 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $7,727,000 $9,051,000 $10,714,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $22,569,000 $22,135,000 $22,720,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $32,911,000 $48,932,000 $29,896,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $5,248,000 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 16.00% 19.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 3,208 3,603 3,834
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,603 8,713 8,736
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 70.80 77.50 92.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 64.51% 64.92% 65.63%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.38% 8.60% 8.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.83% 1.80% 1.57%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 85.21% 87.56% 94.74%
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). 33.51% 30.71% 28.46%
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). 59.15% 58.57% 53.94%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 78.74% 83.14% 89.46%
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). 25.64% 27.86% 25.48%

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)
 

DEI/DRC

~~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)
 

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)
 

School to Work Transition

~~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) 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~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)
 

Employer Engagement

~~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)
 

511

~~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)

Mental Health

~~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)

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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Senate File 2353 An Act Relating to the Membership and Duties of the State and Local Workforce Development Boards and Related Responsibilities of the Department of Workforce Development and including Effective Date Provisions - 05/16/2018

~~“(1) The individual is compensated at a rate in Accordance with all of the following:

(a) If the individual is not self-employed, all of the following apply:     (i) The rate of compensation shall not be less than the higher of applicable federal or state Minimum wage. Rate of compensation shall not be less than the customary rate paid by the Employer for the same or similar work performed by other employees who are not Individuals with disabilities, and who are similarly situated in similar occupations by the same employer and who have similar training, experience, and skills.(b) If the individual is self-employed, the rate of compensation yields an income that is comparable to the income received by other individuals who are not individuals with disabilities, and who are self-employed in similar occupations or on similar tasks and who have similar training, experience, and skills.

(2) The individual is eligible for the level of benefits provided to other employees.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

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 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)

~~“As authorized by Section 502 of the Older Americans Act, the Iowa Department on Aging  oversees the state’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to help foster individual economic self-sufficiency among older Iowans and promote useful opportunities in community service activities. SCSEP serves unemployed, low-income individuals who are 55 or older and who have limited employment prospects due to a lack of experience, outdated skills or long-term unemployment. The program’s objective is to provide job skills training to older adults to assist them in obtaining and maintaining unsubsidized employment. It meets this goal by placing participants at government or not-for-profit organizations, where they receive paid training for community service work….

The Department has collaborated with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services to create the Older Worker Employment Program (OWEP). The program uses federal funds to house older worker employment specialists at each of the state’s six Area Agencies on Aging, where they provide employment services to Iowans aged 55 or older with disabilities. Services include assisting job candidates with completing job applications, writing resumes, practicing for interviews and networking with prospective employers.Benefits to Older Iowans

Research shows that people who work into the later half of their 60s (or beyond) benefit from a number of things, including a more secure financial future, improved access to insurance options and increased socialization. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Iowa currently has the ninth highest employment-to-population ratio in the nation for workers aged 55 or older, at 43 percent.”

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)

Iowa Department of Education “Secondary Transition – Guidance to Quality IEPs”

In Iowa, secondary transition planning should begin no later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team.

The ultimate goal of transition planning is to make the adjustment from high school as easy and successful as possible.  It should be based on specific knowledge and experiences of targeted future environments and activities, as well as transition assessment information.

The transition of youth with disabilities from high school to learning, living and working in the community is a process that involves ongoing planning, preparation, and revision. It is not a single event or a series of isolated events

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services 2015-2018 Strategic Plan

“The State Plan is required to be submitted annually for approval by RSA in order for IVRS to receive Title 1 and Title VI Part B grant funds. The State Plan describes the administrative and operational activities of IVRS, in addition to specific areas that involve public input, waiting list information, an analysis of data, goal planning, and an evaluation of reported progress. Significant legislative changes occurred in July 2014, with the approval of the Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA). This federal legislation will create opportunities for changes in service delivery, with a clear focus on increased accountability resulting in employment outcomes. Collaborative partnerships, dynamic service delivery focused on meeting the needs of our business customers, improved transition outcomes and services facilitating the transition into competitive community integrated employment settings for individuals with the most significant disabilities are just a few of the key points in the legislation.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

IA Department for the Blind: Vocational Rehabilitation Services

“The Department's employment services are delivered through its Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. Our VR program helps blind or visually impaired Iowans prepare for, obtain and retain employment in a variety of occupations. Applicants are eligible for services based upon their visual disability, their need for employment services and their intent to work. You will work with a VR Counselor to jointly identify an employment goal and the services you need to achieve it.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Iowa DHS Disability Employment Vision and Initiatives

"Employment in the general workforce is the first priority and the expected and preferred outcome in the provision of publically funded services for all working age Iowan's with disabilities...By employment we mean: regular or customized employment in the general workforce, where employees with disabilities are earning at least minimum or prevailing wages and benefits. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security
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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

Iowa State Rehabilitation Council

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), with members appointed by the Governor, has been in operation since January 1993, providing advice and direction to the Department of Education's Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) on the quality and effectiveness of programs and services. The SRC, which is comprised of a majority of individuals with disabilities, is a vital link to the constituency groups which IVRS serves or through which it procures its goods and services. The Council's goal is to seek and improve the quality of employment outcomes and community participation. The SRC is mandated by the Rehabilitation Act to have at least 15 voting members.”

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) Partners Page

The IVRS Partners Page presents a list, with links, to the various partnerships in which IVRS takes part to achieve its mission of serving persons with disabilities. Some of the partnerships include the Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP), the MOA between IVRS and DHS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the State Rehabilitation Council, and the Transition Alliance Program, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment

“The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment’s consortium includes representatives from the Iowa DD Council, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa VR and the Department of Human Services. The partners have a history of routinely working together on employment and transition issues and projects for youth with disabilities. Other partners include representatives from Iowa APSE, individuals with developmental disabilities and family members.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR: SSA Ticket to Work Program

“The Ticket to Work program is a federal program for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who receive SSDI or SSI benefits based on a disability and would like to work. It is designed to provide help and support for those beneficiaries who desire to regain financial independence through employment. The program is free; it is voluntary and offers work incentives that allow benefits to continue during the transition to employment. IVRS partners with other Employment Networks (ENs) to ensure our job candidates receive ongoing services once on the job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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What is Employment First? - 05/22/2018

~~“Employment First is a movement to deliver meaningful employment, fair wages, and career advancement for people with disabilities. How did Employment First come to be? What is the Great Debate around the Shift from Sheltered Workshops to Competitive Integrated Employment?The Iowa APSE Chapter was formed to improve and expand integrated employment services and outcomes through supported employment for persons with disabilities. Supported Employment (SE) enables people with disabilities who have not been successfully employed to work and contribute to society. SE focuses on a person’s abilities and provides the supports the individual needs to be successful on a long-term basis.

It allows people experiencing disabilities, their families, businesses, and their communities to experience the successes of people with disabilities. The partnership that SE has established between individuals experiencing disabilities and their communities is having a lasting impact on the way the public perceives people with disabilities. SE affords the public the opportunity to see the person for who they are rather than seeing the disability.”

Systems
  • Other

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 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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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

Iowa Employment First Website

“Through the efforts of the Iowa Employment First Leadership Team, which has benefited from consultation, technical assistance and financial assistance by participating in the Office of Disability and Employment Policy's Employment First Program, competitive community-integrated employment is moving forward in Iowa. Collaboration has occurred with the Iowa Coalition of Integrated Employment and the Disability Employment Initiative, resulting in increased attention and partnering across the state with employment efforts. Please enjoy the resources on this site and we hope it will provide value in the discussion of Employment First Opportunities!”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR Services Forms - Referral Action Plan

This worksheet helps job seekers plan their employer engagement approach by encouraging them to list 10 specific actions that they will take to build their referral business.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa VR Services Forms - Negotiation Model

This worksheet serves as a guide and overview of the stages and components in strategic job negotiation. Job negotiation is a core component to customized employment and assists employers in understanding how an employee with disabilities can most effectively serve their business while gaining fulfillment from their job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Employment First Webinars

Iowa receives technical assistance through the Employment First initiative.  Trainings include webinars on different aspects of Customized Employment, parental involvement, and employment best practices for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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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)

Iowa Money Follows the Person Partnership for Community Integration Project

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) Partnership for Community Integration Project is a $51 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It will provide opportunities for individuals in Iowa to move out of Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (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)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Medicaid State Plan

A State Plan is a contract between a state and the Federal Government describing how that state administers its Medicaid program. It gives an assurance that a state abides by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its Medicaid program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative requirements that States must meet to participate. States frequently send a state plan amendment, otherwise referred to as a SPA, to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. There are many reasons why a state might want to amend their state plan.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Iowa Medicaid Balancing Incentive Payments Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program (BIPP) 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)

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

2016 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2015 to 2016
3,134,693
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.72%
Change from
2015 to 2016
175,367
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.7%
Change from
2015 to 2016
80,416
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.94%
Change from
2015 to 2016
45.86%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.1%
Change from
2015 to 2016
82.45%

State Data

General

2014 2015 2016
Population. 3,107,126 3,123,899 3,134,693
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 176,576 180,139 175,367
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 82,111 83,391 80,416
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,393,306 1,397,255 1,401,585
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 46.50% 46.29% 45.86%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.17% 82.37% 82.45%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.40% 3.80% 3.70%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.90% 19.10% 18.00%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.40% 11.20% 10.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 179,117 184,113 182,805
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 174,313 183,923 181,225
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 328,026 343,674 341,059
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 12,318 10,934 9,322
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 11,345 12,119 12,505
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,904 1,743 1,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,990 2,912 3,482
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,318 6,031 5,535
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,874 2,405 2,366

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,289 6,432 6,172
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 12.70% 13.10% 12.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 78,016 78,222 77,750

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,262 3,407 3,473
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 11,689 6,500 7,359
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 17,083 11,312 12,660
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 36.70% 30.10% 27.40%
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). 0.50% N/A 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. 333 N/A 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)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,200 1,842 2,524
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 409 625 831
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% 34.00% 33.00%
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. 13.23 20.01 26.60

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,047
4,227
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 22 21 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 217 217 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 841 808 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,664 1,836 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,266 1,303 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 37 42 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 39.30% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,083 4,820 5,068
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 114,890 115,302 115,916
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. 377 417 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $7,727,000 $9,051,000 $10,714,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $22,569,000 $22,135,000 $22,720,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $32,911,000 $48,932,000 $29,896,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $5,248,000 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 16.00% 19.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 3,208 3,603 3,834
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,603 8,713 8,736
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 70.80 77.50 92.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 64.51% 64.92% 65.63%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.38% 8.60% 8.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.83% 1.80% 1.57%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 85.21% 87.56% 94.74%
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). 33.51% 30.71% 28.46%
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). 59.15% 58.57% 53.94%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 78.74% 83.14% 89.46%
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). 25.64% 27.86% 25.48%

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)
 

DEI/DRC

~~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)
 

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)
 

School to Work Transition

~~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) 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~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)
 

Employer Engagement

~~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)
 

511

~~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)

Mental Health

~~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)

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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Senate File 2353 An Act Relating to the Membership and Duties of the State and Local Workforce Development Boards and Related Responsibilities of the Department of Workforce Development and including Effective Date Provisions - 05/16/2018

~~“(1) The individual is compensated at a rate in Accordance with all of the following:

(a) If the individual is not self-employed, all of the following apply:     (i) The rate of compensation shall not be less than the higher of applicable federal or state Minimum wage. Rate of compensation shall not be less than the customary rate paid by the Employer for the same or similar work performed by other employees who are not Individuals with disabilities, and who are similarly situated in similar occupations by the same employer and who have similar training, experience, and skills.(b) If the individual is self-employed, the rate of compensation yields an income that is comparable to the income received by other individuals who are not individuals with disabilities, and who are self-employed in similar occupations or on similar tasks and who have similar training, experience, and skills.

(2) The individual is eligible for the level of benefits provided to other employees.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

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 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)

~~“As authorized by Section 502 of the Older Americans Act, the Iowa Department on Aging  oversees the state’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to help foster individual economic self-sufficiency among older Iowans and promote useful opportunities in community service activities. SCSEP serves unemployed, low-income individuals who are 55 or older and who have limited employment prospects due to a lack of experience, outdated skills or long-term unemployment. The program’s objective is to provide job skills training to older adults to assist them in obtaining and maintaining unsubsidized employment. It meets this goal by placing participants at government or not-for-profit organizations, where they receive paid training for community service work….

The Department has collaborated with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services to create the Older Worker Employment Program (OWEP). The program uses federal funds to house older worker employment specialists at each of the state’s six Area Agencies on Aging, where they provide employment services to Iowans aged 55 or older with disabilities. Services include assisting job candidates with completing job applications, writing resumes, practicing for interviews and networking with prospective employers.Benefits to Older Iowans

Research shows that people who work into the later half of their 60s (or beyond) benefit from a number of things, including a more secure financial future, improved access to insurance options and increased socialization. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Iowa currently has the ninth highest employment-to-population ratio in the nation for workers aged 55 or older, at 43 percent.”

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)

Iowa Department of Education “Secondary Transition – Guidance to Quality IEPs”

In Iowa, secondary transition planning should begin no later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team.

The ultimate goal of transition planning is to make the adjustment from high school as easy and successful as possible.  It should be based on specific knowledge and experiences of targeted future environments and activities, as well as transition assessment information.

The transition of youth with disabilities from high school to learning, living and working in the community is a process that involves ongoing planning, preparation, and revision. It is not a single event or a series of isolated events

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services 2015-2018 Strategic Plan

“The State Plan is required to be submitted annually for approval by RSA in order for IVRS to receive Title 1 and Title VI Part B grant funds. The State Plan describes the administrative and operational activities of IVRS, in addition to specific areas that involve public input, waiting list information, an analysis of data, goal planning, and an evaluation of reported progress. Significant legislative changes occurred in July 2014, with the approval of the Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA). This federal legislation will create opportunities for changes in service delivery, with a clear focus on increased accountability resulting in employment outcomes. Collaborative partnerships, dynamic service delivery focused on meeting the needs of our business customers, improved transition outcomes and services facilitating the transition into competitive community integrated employment settings for individuals with the most significant disabilities are just a few of the key points in the legislation.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

IA Department for the Blind: Vocational Rehabilitation Services

“The Department's employment services are delivered through its Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. Our VR program helps blind or visually impaired Iowans prepare for, obtain and retain employment in a variety of occupations. Applicants are eligible for services based upon their visual disability, their need for employment services and their intent to work. You will work with a VR Counselor to jointly identify an employment goal and the services you need to achieve it.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Iowa DHS Disability Employment Vision and Initiatives

"Employment in the general workforce is the first priority and the expected and preferred outcome in the provision of publically funded services for all working age Iowan's with disabilities...By employment we mean: regular or customized employment in the general workforce, where employees with disabilities are earning at least minimum or prevailing wages and benefits. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security
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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

Iowa State Rehabilitation Council

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), with members appointed by the Governor, has been in operation since January 1993, providing advice and direction to the Department of Education's Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) on the quality and effectiveness of programs and services. The SRC, which is comprised of a majority of individuals with disabilities, is a vital link to the constituency groups which IVRS serves or through which it procures its goods and services. The Council's goal is to seek and improve the quality of employment outcomes and community participation. The SRC is mandated by the Rehabilitation Act to have at least 15 voting members.”

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) Partners Page

The IVRS Partners Page presents a list, with links, to the various partnerships in which IVRS takes part to achieve its mission of serving persons with disabilities. Some of the partnerships include the Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP), the MOA between IVRS and DHS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the State Rehabilitation Council, and the Transition Alliance Program, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment

“The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment’s consortium includes representatives from the Iowa DD Council, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa VR and the Department of Human Services. The partners have a history of routinely working together on employment and transition issues and projects for youth with disabilities. Other partners include representatives from Iowa APSE, individuals with developmental disabilities and family members.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR: SSA Ticket to Work Program

“The Ticket to Work program is a federal program for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who receive SSDI or SSI benefits based on a disability and would like to work. It is designed to provide help and support for those beneficiaries who desire to regain financial independence through employment. The program is free; it is voluntary and offers work incentives that allow benefits to continue during the transition to employment. IVRS partners with other Employment Networks (ENs) to ensure our job candidates receive ongoing services once on the job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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What is Employment First? - 05/22/2018

~~“Employment First is a movement to deliver meaningful employment, fair wages, and career advancement for people with disabilities. How did Employment First come to be? What is the Great Debate around the Shift from Sheltered Workshops to Competitive Integrated Employment?The Iowa APSE Chapter was formed to improve and expand integrated employment services and outcomes through supported employment for persons with disabilities. Supported Employment (SE) enables people with disabilities who have not been successfully employed to work and contribute to society. SE focuses on a person’s abilities and provides the supports the individual needs to be successful on a long-term basis.

It allows people experiencing disabilities, their families, businesses, and their communities to experience the successes of people with disabilities. The partnership that SE has established between individuals experiencing disabilities and their communities is having a lasting impact on the way the public perceives people with disabilities. SE affords the public the opportunity to see the person for who they are rather than seeing the disability.”

Systems
  • Other

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 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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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

Iowa Employment First Website

“Through the efforts of the Iowa Employment First Leadership Team, which has benefited from consultation, technical assistance and financial assistance by participating in the Office of Disability and Employment Policy's Employment First Program, competitive community-integrated employment is moving forward in Iowa. Collaboration has occurred with the Iowa Coalition of Integrated Employment and the Disability Employment Initiative, resulting in increased attention and partnering across the state with employment efforts. Please enjoy the resources on this site and we hope it will provide value in the discussion of Employment First Opportunities!”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR Services Forms - Referral Action Plan

This worksheet helps job seekers plan their employer engagement approach by encouraging them to list 10 specific actions that they will take to build their referral business.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa VR Services Forms - Negotiation Model

This worksheet serves as a guide and overview of the stages and components in strategic job negotiation. Job negotiation is a core component to customized employment and assists employers in understanding how an employee with disabilities can most effectively serve their business while gaining fulfillment from their job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Employment First Webinars

Iowa receives technical assistance through the Employment First initiative.  Trainings include webinars on different aspects of Customized Employment, parental involvement, and employment best practices for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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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)

Iowa Money Follows the Person Partnership for Community Integration Project

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) Partnership for Community Integration Project is a $51 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It will provide opportunities for individuals in Iowa to move out of Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (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)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Medicaid State Plan

A State Plan is a contract between a state and the Federal Government describing how that state administers its Medicaid program. It gives an assurance that a state abides by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its Medicaid program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative requirements that States must meet to participate. States frequently send a state plan amendment, otherwise referred to as a SPA, to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. There are many reasons why a state might want to amend their state plan.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Iowa Medicaid Balancing Incentive Payments Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program (BIPP) 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)

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

2016 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2015 to 2016
3,134,693
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.72%
Change from
2015 to 2016
175,367
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.7%
Change from
2015 to 2016
80,416
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.94%
Change from
2015 to 2016
45.86%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.1%
Change from
2015 to 2016
82.45%

State Data

General

2016
Population. 3,134,693
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 175,367
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 80,416
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,401,585
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 45.86%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.45%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.70%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.00%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 182,805
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 181,225
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 341,059
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 9,322
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 12,505
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,482
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,535
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,366

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,172
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 12.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 77,750

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,473
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 7,359
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 12,660
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.40%
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)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 2,524
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 831
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. 33.00%
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. 26.60

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,068
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 115,916
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

2015
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $10,714,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $22,720,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $29,896,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 19.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 3,834
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 8,736
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 92.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 65.63%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.57%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.74%
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). 28.46%
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). 53.94%
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). 89.46%
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). 25.48%

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)
 

DEI/DRC

~~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)
 

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)
 

School to Work Transition

~~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) 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~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)
 

Employer Engagement

~~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)
 

511

~~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)

Mental Health

~~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)

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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Senate File 2353 An Act Relating to the Membership and Duties of the State and Local Workforce Development Boards and Related Responsibilities of the Department of Workforce Development and including Effective Date Provisions - 05/16/2018

~~“(1) The individual is compensated at a rate in Accordance with all of the following:

(a) If the individual is not self-employed, all of the following apply:     (i) The rate of compensation shall not be less than the higher of applicable federal or state Minimum wage. Rate of compensation shall not be less than the customary rate paid by the Employer for the same or similar work performed by other employees who are not Individuals with disabilities, and who are similarly situated in similar occupations by the same employer and who have similar training, experience, and skills.(b) If the individual is self-employed, the rate of compensation yields an income that is comparable to the income received by other individuals who are not individuals with disabilities, and who are self-employed in similar occupations or on similar tasks and who have similar training, experience, and skills.

(2) The individual is eligible for the level of benefits provided to other employees.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

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 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)

~~“As authorized by Section 502 of the Older Americans Act, the Iowa Department on Aging  oversees the state’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to help foster individual economic self-sufficiency among older Iowans and promote useful opportunities in community service activities. SCSEP serves unemployed, low-income individuals who are 55 or older and who have limited employment prospects due to a lack of experience, outdated skills or long-term unemployment. The program’s objective is to provide job skills training to older adults to assist them in obtaining and maintaining unsubsidized employment. It meets this goal by placing participants at government or not-for-profit organizations, where they receive paid training for community service work….

The Department has collaborated with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services to create the Older Worker Employment Program (OWEP). The program uses federal funds to house older worker employment specialists at each of the state’s six Area Agencies on Aging, where they provide employment services to Iowans aged 55 or older with disabilities. Services include assisting job candidates with completing job applications, writing resumes, practicing for interviews and networking with prospective employers.Benefits to Older Iowans

Research shows that people who work into the later half of their 60s (or beyond) benefit from a number of things, including a more secure financial future, improved access to insurance options and increased socialization. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Iowa currently has the ninth highest employment-to-population ratio in the nation for workers aged 55 or older, at 43 percent.”

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)

Iowa Department of Education “Secondary Transition – Guidance to Quality IEPs”

In Iowa, secondary transition planning should begin no later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team.

The ultimate goal of transition planning is to make the adjustment from high school as easy and successful as possible.  It should be based on specific knowledge and experiences of targeted future environments and activities, as well as transition assessment information.

The transition of youth with disabilities from high school to learning, living and working in the community is a process that involves ongoing planning, preparation, and revision. It is not a single event or a series of isolated events

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services 2015-2018 Strategic Plan

“The State Plan is required to be submitted annually for approval by RSA in order for IVRS to receive Title 1 and Title VI Part B grant funds. The State Plan describes the administrative and operational activities of IVRS, in addition to specific areas that involve public input, waiting list information, an analysis of data, goal planning, and an evaluation of reported progress. Significant legislative changes occurred in July 2014, with the approval of the Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA). This federal legislation will create opportunities for changes in service delivery, with a clear focus on increased accountability resulting in employment outcomes. Collaborative partnerships, dynamic service delivery focused on meeting the needs of our business customers, improved transition outcomes and services facilitating the transition into competitive community integrated employment settings for individuals with the most significant disabilities are just a few of the key points in the legislation.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

IA Department for the Blind: Vocational Rehabilitation Services

“The Department's employment services are delivered through its Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. Our VR program helps blind or visually impaired Iowans prepare for, obtain and retain employment in a variety of occupations. Applicants are eligible for services based upon their visual disability, their need for employment services and their intent to work. You will work with a VR Counselor to jointly identify an employment goal and the services you need to achieve it.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Iowa DHS Disability Employment Vision and Initiatives

"Employment in the general workforce is the first priority and the expected and preferred outcome in the provision of publically funded services for all working age Iowan's with disabilities...By employment we mean: regular or customized employment in the general workforce, where employees with disabilities are earning at least minimum or prevailing wages and benefits. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security
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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

Iowa State Rehabilitation Council

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), with members appointed by the Governor, has been in operation since January 1993, providing advice and direction to the Department of Education's Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) on the quality and effectiveness of programs and services. The SRC, which is comprised of a majority of individuals with disabilities, is a vital link to the constituency groups which IVRS serves or through which it procures its goods and services. The Council's goal is to seek and improve the quality of employment outcomes and community participation. The SRC is mandated by the Rehabilitation Act to have at least 15 voting members.”

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) Partners Page

The IVRS Partners Page presents a list, with links, to the various partnerships in which IVRS takes part to achieve its mission of serving persons with disabilities. Some of the partnerships include the Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP), the MOA between IVRS and DHS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the State Rehabilitation Council, and the Transition Alliance Program, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment

“The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment’s consortium includes representatives from the Iowa DD Council, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa VR and the Department of Human Services. The partners have a history of routinely working together on employment and transition issues and projects for youth with disabilities. Other partners include representatives from Iowa APSE, individuals with developmental disabilities and family members.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR: SSA Ticket to Work Program

“The Ticket to Work program is a federal program for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who receive SSDI or SSI benefits based on a disability and would like to work. It is designed to provide help and support for those beneficiaries who desire to regain financial independence through employment. The program is free; it is voluntary and offers work incentives that allow benefits to continue during the transition to employment. IVRS partners with other Employment Networks (ENs) to ensure our job candidates receive ongoing services once on the job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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What is Employment First? - 05/22/2018

~~“Employment First is a movement to deliver meaningful employment, fair wages, and career advancement for people with disabilities. How did Employment First come to be? What is the Great Debate around the Shift from Sheltered Workshops to Competitive Integrated Employment?The Iowa APSE Chapter was formed to improve and expand integrated employment services and outcomes through supported employment for persons with disabilities. Supported Employment (SE) enables people with disabilities who have not been successfully employed to work and contribute to society. SE focuses on a person’s abilities and provides the supports the individual needs to be successful on a long-term basis.

It allows people experiencing disabilities, their families, businesses, and their communities to experience the successes of people with disabilities. The partnership that SE has established between individuals experiencing disabilities and their communities is having a lasting impact on the way the public perceives people with disabilities. SE affords the public the opportunity to see the person for who they are rather than seeing the disability.”

Systems
  • Other

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 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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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

Iowa Employment First Website

“Through the efforts of the Iowa Employment First Leadership Team, which has benefited from consultation, technical assistance and financial assistance by participating in the Office of Disability and Employment Policy's Employment First Program, competitive community-integrated employment is moving forward in Iowa. Collaboration has occurred with the Iowa Coalition of Integrated Employment and the Disability Employment Initiative, resulting in increased attention and partnering across the state with employment efforts. Please enjoy the resources on this site and we hope it will provide value in the discussion of Employment First Opportunities!”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR Services Forms - Referral Action Plan

This worksheet helps job seekers plan their employer engagement approach by encouraging them to list 10 specific actions that they will take to build their referral business.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa VR Services Forms - Negotiation Model

This worksheet serves as a guide and overview of the stages and components in strategic job negotiation. Job negotiation is a core component to customized employment and assists employers in understanding how an employee with disabilities can most effectively serve their business while gaining fulfillment from their job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Iowa Employment First Webinars

Iowa receives technical assistance through the Employment First initiative.  Trainings include webinars on different aspects of Customized Employment, parental involvement, and employment best practices for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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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)

Iowa Money Follows the Person Partnership for Community Integration Project

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) Partnership for Community Integration Project is a $51 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It will provide opportunities for individuals in Iowa to move out of Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (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)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Medicaid State Plan

A State Plan is a contract between a state and the Federal Government describing how that state administers its Medicaid program. It gives an assurance that a state abides by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its Medicaid program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative requirements that States must meet to participate. States frequently send a state plan amendment, otherwise referred to as a SPA, to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. There are many reasons why a state might want to amend their state plan.

Systems
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Iowa Medicaid Balancing Incentive Payments Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program (BIPP) 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.”

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  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

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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

2016 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2015 to 2016
3,134,693
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.72%
Change from
2015 to 2016
175,367
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.7%
Change from
2015 to 2016
80,416
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.94%
Change from
2015 to 2016
45.86%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.1%
Change from
2015 to 2016
82.45%

State Data

General

2016
Population. 3,134,693
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 175,367
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 80,416
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,401,585
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 45.86%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.45%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.70%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.00%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 182,805
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 181,225
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 341,059
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 9,322
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 12,505
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,482
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,535
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,366

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,172
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 12.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 77,750

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,473
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 7,359
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 12,660
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.40%
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)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 2,524
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 831
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. 33.00%
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. 26.60

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,068
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 115,916
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

2015
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $10,714,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $22,720,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $29,896,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 19.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 3,834
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 8,736
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 92.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 65.63%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.57%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.74%
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). 28.46%
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). 53.94%
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). 89.46%
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). 25.48%

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~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)
 

Blending/ Braiding 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)
 

DEI/DRC

~~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)
 

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)
 

School to Work Transition

~~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) 

Career Pathways

~~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)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~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)
 

Employer Engagement

~~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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~~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)

Mental Health

~~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)

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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Senate File 2353 An Act Relating to the Membership and Duties of the State and Local Workforce Development Boards and Related Responsibilities of the Department of Workforce Development and including Effective Date Provisions - 05/16/2018

~~“(1) The individual is compensated at a rate in Accordance with all of the following:

(a) If the individual is not self-employed, all of the following apply:     (i) The rate of compensation shall not be less than the higher of applicable federal or state Minimum wage. Rate of compensation shall not be less than the customary rate paid by the Employer for the same or similar work performed by other employees who are not Individuals with disabilities, and who are similarly situated in similar occupations by the same employer and who have similar training, experience, and skills.(b) If the individual is self-employed, the rate of compensation yields an income that is comparable to the income received by other individuals who are not individuals with disabilities, and who are self-employed in similar occupations or on similar tasks and who have similar training, experience, and skills.

(2) The individual is eligible for the level of benefits provided to other employees.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

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 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)

~~“As authorized by Section 502 of the Older Americans Act, the Iowa Department on Aging  oversees the state’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to help foster individual economic self-sufficiency among older Iowans and promote useful opportunities in community service activities. SCSEP serves unemployed, low-income individuals who are 55 or older and who have limited employment prospects due to a lack of experience, outdated skills or long-term unemployment. The program’s objective is to provide job skills training to older adults to assist them in obtaining and maintaining unsubsidized employment. It meets this goal by placing participants at government or not-for-profit organizations, where they receive paid training for community service work….

The Department has collaborated with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services to create the Older Worker Employment Program (OWEP). The program uses federal funds to house older worker employment specialists at each of the state’s six Area Agencies on Aging, where they provide employment services to Iowans aged 55 or older with disabilities. Services include assisting job candidates with completing job applications, writing resumes, practicing for interviews and networking with prospective employers.Benefits to Older Iowans

Research shows that people who work into the later half of their 60s (or beyond) benefit from a number of things, including a more secure financial future, improved access to insurance options and increased socialization. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Iowa currently has the ninth highest employment-to-population ratio in the nation for workers aged 55 or older, at 43 percent.”

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)

Iowa Department of Education “Secondary Transition – Guidance to Quality IEPs”

In Iowa, secondary transition planning should begin no later than the first IEP to be in effect when the child turns 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team.

The ultimate goal of transition planning is to make the adjustment from high school as easy and successful as possible.  It should be based on specific knowledge and experiences of targeted future environments and activities, as well as transition assessment information.

The transition of youth with disabilities from high school to learning, living and working in the community is a process that involves ongoing planning, preparation, and revision. It is not a single event or a series of isolated events

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services 2015-2018 Strategic Plan

“The State Plan is required to be submitted annually for approval by RSA in order for IVRS to receive Title 1 and Title VI Part B grant funds. The State Plan describes the administrative and operational activities of IVRS, in addition to specific areas that involve public input, waiting list information, an analysis of data, goal planning, and an evaluation of reported progress. Significant legislative changes occurred in July 2014, with the approval of the Workforce Innovation Opportunities Act (WIOA). This federal legislation will create opportunities for changes in service delivery, with a clear focus on increased accountability resulting in employment outcomes. Collaborative partnerships, dynamic service delivery focused on meeting the needs of our business customers, improved transition outcomes and services facilitating the transition into competitive community integrated employment settings for individuals with the most significant disabilities are just a few of the key points in the legislation.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

IA Department for the Blind: Vocational Rehabilitation Services

“The Department's employment services are delivered through its Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. Our VR program helps blind or visually impaired Iowans prepare for, obtain and retain employment in a variety of occupations. Applicants are eligible for services based upon their visual disability, their need for employment services and their intent to work. You will work with a VR Counselor to jointly identify an employment goal and the services you need to achieve it.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Iowa DHS Disability Employment Vision and Initiatives

"Employment in the general workforce is the first priority and the expected and preferred outcome in the provision of publically funded services for all working age Iowan's with disabilities...By employment we mean: regular or customized employment in the general workforce, where employees with disabilities are earning at least minimum or prevailing wages and benefits. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is involved with a number of initiatives intended to increase the number of people with disabilities competitively employed."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security
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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

Iowa State Rehabilitation Council

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), with members appointed by the Governor, has been in operation since January 1993, providing advice and direction to the Department of Education's Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) on the quality and effectiveness of programs and services. The SRC, which is comprised of a majority of individuals with disabilities, is a vital link to the constituency groups which IVRS serves or through which it procures its goods and services. The Council's goal is to seek and improve the quality of employment outcomes and community participation. The SRC is mandated by the Rehabilitation Act to have at least 15 voting members.”

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

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) Partners Page

The IVRS Partners Page presents a list, with links, to the various partnerships in which IVRS takes part to achieve its mission of serving persons with disabilities. Some of the partnerships include the Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP), the MOA between IVRS and DHS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the State Rehabilitation Council, and the Transition Alliance Program, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment

“The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment’s consortium includes representatives from the Iowa DD Council, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa VR and the Department of Human Services. The partners have a history of routinely working together on employment and transition issues and projects for youth with disabilities. Other partners include representatives from Iowa APSE, individuals with developmental disabilities and family members.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Iowa VR: SSA Ticket to Work Program

“The Ticket to Work program is a federal program for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who receive SSDI or SSI benefits based on a disability and would like to work. It is designed to provide help and support for those beneficiaries who desire to regain financial independence through employment. The program is free; it is voluntary and offers work incentives that allow benefits to continue during the transition to employment. IVRS partners with other Employment Networks (ENs) to ensure our job candidates receive ongoing services once on the job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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