Louisiana

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The Bayou State welcomes you to come as you are, thus inciting a motto of inclusion that should also engage and encompass Louisianans with disabilities in the general workforce and economic mainstream. 

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 Louisiana’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.45%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,670,724
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
372,108
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
122,832
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
33.01%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.77%
Change from
2014 to 2015
72.99%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 4,625,470 4,649,676 4,670,724
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 367,973 366,981 372,108
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 115,176 117,943 122,832
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,779,604 1,780,193 1,787,199
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.30% 32.14% 33.01%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.43% 72.43% 72.99%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.70% 6.40% 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 25.50% 26.30% 25.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.80% 18.80% 18.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 336,497 316,825 329,789
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 342,949 355,453 351,464
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 431,663 428,084 431,392
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 223,134 219,214 223,035
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 18,607 18,305 21,563
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,139 5,058 4,754
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 4,891 5,931 5,250
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 11,977 10,407 12,643
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,425 3,408 4,049

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,655 5,719 5,770
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.30% 3.40% 3.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 156,752 157,558 157,310

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,420 3,561 1,279
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 13,224 5,216 1,883
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 24,387 25,711 7,337
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.00% 13.90% 17.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 1.00% 2.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 1.50% 4.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.90% 6.60% 11.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 85.30% 81.50% N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 217 158 182
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 559 231 365
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,031 1,055 955
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 12,714 12,972 N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 12,198 18,478 18,600
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.04 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 882 1,475 1,863
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 362 646 723
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 41.00% 44.00% 39.00%
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. 7.87 13.97 15.46

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,318
3,667
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 162 172 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 328 373 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 769 885 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 703 738 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 912 1,016 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 444 483 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.70% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,628 4,540 4,684
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 270,043 269,626 270,688
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. 181 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $13,941,000 $13,747,000 $12,824,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $8,435,000 $8,119,000 $7,340,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $12,018,000 $12,507,000 $13,592,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $39,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 32.00% 31.00% 32.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,583 1,560 1,301
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,059 2,103 2,144
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 37.10 36.40 35.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.40% 62.37% 61.34%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.02% 13.90% 14.31%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.33% 1.36% 1.30%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
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). 28.70% 33.42% 34.13%
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). 74.44% 74.25% 73.27%
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). 88.19% 87.65% 88.19%
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). 45.74% 40.83% 39.14%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 721,050
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 131,005
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 197,993
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 328,998
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 217
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 354
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,286,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,116,168

 

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). 71 70 44
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 11 11 6
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 82 81 50
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). 3,009 2,979 1,717
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 414 414 168
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,423 3,393 1,885

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

LRS continues to participate with OCDD in the “Employment First” initiative, which was designed to provide employment as a first option for persons with developmental disabilities, as an alternative to institutionalization, and to provide integration/independence in the community.

LRS participates in roundtable discussions hosted by OCDD to inform their staff and providers of new requirements related to integration of individuals with developmental disabilities into their communities as a result of new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rules, as well as how to better collaborate with LRS to achieve goals set forth in WIOA. (Page 240)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing implementation on disability. (Page 103)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

With support of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant (2012 –2015), LWC worked to ensure the physical, communication and programmatic accessibility of all One–Stop Career Centers by conducting specialized training for all center staff on topics including accessibility for all, disability etiquette and awareness, and identifying and assisting job–seekers with hidden disabilities. LWC will continue to maintain these investments in staff training and technology to make certain One– Stop Career Center staff serve adult job–seekers with disabilities effectively.

LWC will incorporate accessibility criteria as part of the One–Stop certification criteria in collaboration with its disability partners and advocacy groups. Additionally, all One–Stop Centers will be monitored onsite annually to ensure compliance with this requirement. (Page 103)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

Upon reviewing survey information of individuals receiving SSI/SSDI, the top needs identified by respondents included job placement (47%); job readiness skills (32%); job coaching (32%); and benefits planning (30%). They identified barriers to employment as being the fear of losing their government 8ues to renew and revise existing local cooperative agreements, as applicable, with the 70 school districts and 104 Charter Schools in Louisiana. As part of the State Transition Plan, the Department of Education (DOE) and LRS continue to work together to establish Regional Core teams throughout the state. The LRS’ Transition Program Coordinator continues to collaborate and partner with DOE, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), Work Incentive Planning Program, Office of Community Services, LWC, and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross–agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator worked collaboratively with CURRENTS’ Coordinator, Peggy Hale, using monthly conference calls, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. The Training Unit developed a School–to–Work Job Readiness curriculum and has trained staff to implement the curriculum with eligible students. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for job readiness training. (Page 240)

School to Work Transition

LRS Transition Counselors conduct outreach by hosting transition meetings at area high schools to provide information about VR services and to accept referrals. Information disseminated at these meetings includes agency brochures, client handbooks describing the VR processes/services, and referrals to other community resources students may need to access. Counselors work with the students, parents and educators to plan services needed for successful transition from school to work from the point that the student with a disability is identified. (Page 193)

Some examples of collaborative efforts include Transition Core Team meetings held statewide attended by the DOE, the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Families Helping Families, and other interested individuals. These meetings are held to assist agencies who serve transition students as they exit from school to work. (Page 209)

LRS continues to renew and revise existing local cooperative agreements, as applicable, with the 70 school districts and 104 Charter Schools in Louisiana. As part of the State Transition Plan, the Department of Education (DOE) and LRS continue to work together to establish Regional Core teams throughout the state. The LRS’ Transition Program Coordinator continues to collaborate and partner with DOE, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), Work Incentive Planning Program, Office of Community Services, LWC, and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross–agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator worked collaboratively with CURRENTS’ Coordinator, Peggy Hale, using monthly conference calls, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. The Training Unit developed a School–to–Work Job Readiness curriculum and has trained staff to implement the curriculum with eligible students. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for job readiness training. (Page 240)

Incentive Planning Program, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross-agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator is working collaboratively with the Transition Learning Collaborative using video conferencing calls hosted by Laurie Ford, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. Technical support is provided to staff in the field offices to enhance transition services. The Transition Coordinator works closely with the school districts that have Third Party Cooperative Arrangements to assist the Transition Specialist as needed. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for Job Readiness training. Pre-Employment Transition Services are made available statewide to students with disabilities by LRS’ Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) to provide workplace readiness and establish work based learning experiences.  (Page 245)

Data Collection

The LRC/LRS liaison participated in several workgroups to develop the model, methods of research and data collection. Once the surveys were developed, the liaison distributed the draft survey instruments to LRC members soliciting their input. Comments and suggestions received contributed to the final development of the survey. As exhibited above, the CSNA is the result of a joint effort between LRS and the LRC with technical assistance provided by Region VI TACE. (Page 212)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

Employment and training programs administered by the Social Security Administration, including the Ticket to Work and the Self-Sufficiency Program. 

  • Employment and training programs carried out by the Small Business Administration.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) employment and training programs.
  • Other programs authorized under the National and Community Service Act of 1990.
  • In addition to these specified additional partners the law and plan allows boards to include other partners as part of the one-stop delivery system -- local employers and community-based, faith-based, and/or non-profit organizations, as well as employment, education and training programs provided by public libraries or the private sector. (Page 53)
Career Pathways

Goal 1: Establish Career Pathways as a model for skill, credential and degree attainment for Louisiana citizens to secure jobs that provide opportunities for economic independence and family stability. This goal will be accomplished by executing the following objectives:

  1. Workforce development system partners will develop a shared vision and strategy for industry sector-based career pathways for youth and adults. Career pathways must be diverse, with multiple entry and exit points allowing individuals of varying abilities, including low-skilled adults and youth with multiple barriers to employment, to have realistic access to pathways.
  2. Engage employers and integrate sector strategy principles to ensure multiple employers, business associations and organized labor are partners in creating demand-driven career pathways.  (Page 35)
Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability or implementation.  (Page 196, 267)

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Louisiana APSE - 11/13/2017

"A symposium advocating for best practices in employment services for Louisianans with disabilities will be held on November 13th, 2017."

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  • Other
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  • Provider Transformation
Citations

“LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS DRAFT ESSA PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT” - 02/20/2017

~~“ESSA's provisions become effective July 1, 2017. Per the law, the United States Secretary of Education must approve or deny a plan within 120 days of a state submitting its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Because completion of the plan prior to the start of the school year in which it becomes effective is critically important for Louisiana administrators, educators and parents, Louisiana commenced public development of its plan more than a year in advance of the law taking effect.”

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

Employment First Workgroup - 02/17/2017

~~“The first meeting of the Employment First Workgroup was held Thursday, February 16. The Workgroup is comprised of federal, state, regional and local agency stakeholders as well as community advocates, other professionals, business leaders, families, and individuals with disabilities to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. During the meeting, members of the workgroup shared information and perspectives related to education, individuals and families, developmental disabilities, and services for people with disabilities. Attendees also shared their experiences regarding seeking employment and applying to receive services.The workgroup will meet monthly and will report its work by June 30, 2017. The next meeting will take place on March 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana State Capitol on the 4th floor. The meeting will be open and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.” 

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  • Other

“Louisiana Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday announced Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a three-year, $2 million grant through phase two of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant opportunity to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for students.

 "This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "I'm confident that Louisiana's team of state and local education, economic development and workforce partners will make excellent use of these funds to dramatically improve the number of our young citizens prepared for college, career and life success."

 The phase two grant funds will be used to expand Jump Start, the state's innovative career and technical education program, said State Superintendent of Education John White. "These funds will allow our state to build upon Jump Start's strong foundation, expanding opportunities and resources that enable our students to earn the industry credentials they need to attain employment in Louisiana's most important industries."

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  • Department of Education
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  • School-to-Work Transition

“THE HEART OF ESSA: REFLECT ON RESULTS, PLAN AND PRIORITIZE, AND FUND PRIORITIES” - 01/09/2017

~~“Career education access: Louisiana developed a career education initiative, Jump Start, as well as a diverse course delivery program known as Course Choice. Using funds won through the New Skills for Youth grant, Louisiana conducted an inventory of every pathway offered in every high school in the state. Further grant funding will in part go toward bolstering connections among employers, higher education, and high schools. Students with disabilities eligible to pursue a high school diploma via an alternate pathway may also select a Jump Start pathway to earn a career diploma and a recognized workforce credential. All Jump Start pathways are accessible to these students, with the student’s IEP team setting alternate exit and performance criteria.”

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

Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

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

“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

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

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

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

Executive Order No. JBE 16-45: Louisiana Rehabilitation Council - 08/04/2016

“Whereas, the State Rehabilitation Council was originally established by executive order to provide Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities assistance in their pursuit of meaningful careers and gainful employment through specific programs.

Preparing and submitting an annual report to the governor and the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Service Administration, Washington, D.C., on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs operating within the state, and making the report available to the public.

Providing for coordination and the establishment of working relationships between Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Centers for Independent Living within the state”

Systems
  • Other
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  • Mental Health
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination - 04/13/2016

“No state agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards, entities or officers of the State of Louisiana shall harass or discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age against any individual in the provision of any service and/or benefit by such agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards or entities.”

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  • Other
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  • Employer Engagement
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Louisiana House Bill No. 598 - 06/11/2015

“…The ABLE Account Program is hereby created and shall be administered by the ABLE Account Authority, refereed to hereafter as “the authority” to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life…”

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  • Other
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  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana House Bill 508

To enact RS. 47:297.13, relative to income taxation; to provide relative to individual and corporation income tax deductions; to authorize an income tax deduction for taxpayers w employ certain qualified disabled individuals; to provide for certain definitions; to provide for certain requirements and limitations; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

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  • Other
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  • Employer Engagement
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Executive Order No. JBE 16-45: Louisiana Rehabilitation Council - 08/04/2016

“Whereas, the State Rehabilitation Council was originally established by executive order to provide Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities assistance in their pursuit of meaningful careers and gainful employment through specific programs.

Preparing and submitting an annual report to the governor and the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Service Administration, Washington, D.C., on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs operating within the state, and making the report available to the public.

Providing for coordination and the establishment of working relationships between Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Centers for Independent Living within the state”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination - 04/13/2016

“No state agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards, entities or officers of the State of Louisiana shall harass or discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age against any individual in the provision of any service and/or benefit by such agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards or entities.”

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  • Other
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  • Employer Engagement
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“LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS DRAFT ESSA PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT” - 02/20/2017

~~“ESSA's provisions become effective July 1, 2017. Per the law, the United States Secretary of Education must approve or deny a plan within 120 days of a state submitting its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Because completion of the plan prior to the start of the school year in which it becomes effective is critically important for Louisiana administrators, educators and parents, Louisiana commenced public development of its plan more than a year in advance of the law taking effect.”

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

“Louisiana Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday announced Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a three-year, $2 million grant through phase two of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant opportunity to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for students.

 "This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "I'm confident that Louisiana's team of state and local education, economic development and workforce partners will make excellent use of these funds to dramatically improve the number of our young citizens prepared for college, career and life success."

 The phase two grant funds will be used to expand Jump Start, the state's innovative career and technical education program, said State Superintendent of Education John White. "These funds will allow our state to build upon Jump Start's strong foundation, expanding opportunities and resources that enable our students to earn the industry credentials they need to attain employment in Louisiana's most important industries."

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

“THE HEART OF ESSA: REFLECT ON RESULTS, PLAN AND PRIORITIZE, AND FUND PRIORITIES” - 01/09/2017

~~“Career education access: Louisiana developed a career education initiative, Jump Start, as well as a diverse course delivery program known as Course Choice. Using funds won through the New Skills for Youth grant, Louisiana conducted an inventory of every pathway offered in every high school in the state. Further grant funding will in part go toward bolstering connections among employers, higher education, and high schools. Students with disabilities eligible to pursue a high school diploma via an alternate pathway may also select a Jump Start pathway to earn a career diploma and a recognized workforce credential. All Jump Start pathways are accessible to these students, with the student’s IEP team setting alternate exit and performance criteria.”

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

Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

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

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals “Employment for People with Disabilities is a Priority in Louisiana” - 10/01/2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, individuals with disabilities, employers and advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to call attention to the importance of employment for people with disabilities and the beginning of Louisiana’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness month.

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert outlined her agency’s efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. “The role of work in our lives has been talked about so much and from nearly every angle. Issues like work-life balance make easy headlines, but what is often left out of the discussion all too frequently is that for some individuals work hasn’t always been an option,” said DHH Secretary Kliebert. “We want to make sure that our family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities have the ability to work if they choose to do so. We are dedicated to using waiver services, supports and provider relationships to help make that possible. I want to thank our the Workforce Commission, the Advocacy Center and our other partners for continuing to work to ensure that work is an option for any Louisiana resident who wishes to join the labor force."
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  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Employment First Initiative Memo - 06/01/2011

“The OCDD official position statement on Employment First: Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age. Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workplace. A more thorough implementation statement with further detailed definitions, desired outcomes and operational procedures will be released as they are finalized.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana OCDD and Employment First - 06/01/2011

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) believes that it is time to improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Louisiana.   Over the last few years the term “Employment First” has become widely used to describe how state and local systems across the country articulate the values and philosophy which support employment services available to individuals and families.   An “Employment First” approach means integrated individual employment is offered before other service options, and that community employment is supported as the priority outcome in policy, practice, and quality management.   The OCDD believes that individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities have the right to work and through partnerships, vision, and creativity, perceived or real barriers to employment can be overcome.   The OCDD believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities CAN work and contribute to their community, when given the opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Individualized Plan for Employment” Louisiana Department of Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual - 07/01/2010

“The Individualized Plan for Employment, hereafter referred to as IPE, and all subsequent amendments assure that each individual determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services or determined appropriate for extended evaluation services shall have a formal plan for services.… The format of the IPE, to the maximum extent possible, will be in the language or mode of communication understood by the individual.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Graduation Pathways

~~“While most students with disabilities in Louisiana will pursue a traditional pathway to a high school diploma, certain students with disabilities who have an IEP have alternative pathways to a diploma available to them.•Students at the high school level who are eligible under Act 833 (2014) can pursue a standard high school diploma by meeting standard graduation requirements through alternate means.•Students at the high school level who are assessed on Louisiana Alternate Assessment Level 1 (LAA 1) can pursue a diploma pathway by meeting alternate requirements.

Resources are available which can assist both educators and families in planning and implementing a successful high school experience for students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Students with Disabilities” Louisiana Department of Education Policy on Resources for Special Education and Transition

Early Identification: Research indicates that early identification of unique learning needs can lead to more successful intervention and better student outcomes. Louisiana is committed to identifying unique learning needs and implementing appropriate interventions at the earliest possible point in a student’s academic career. Student Success: All students, regardless of their unique learning needs, should have access to aligned, high-quality instruction that supports those individual needs. Pathways to Prosperity: Louisiana has created pathways to graduation, college, and the workplace for all students that allow students to demonstrate skills and progress through alternate means when appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Employment First Workgroup - 02/17/2017

~~“The first meeting of the Employment First Workgroup was held Thursday, February 16. The Workgroup is comprised of federal, state, regional and local agency stakeholders as well as community advocates, other professionals, business leaders, families, and individuals with disabilities to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. During the meeting, members of the workgroup shared information and perspectives related to education, individuals and families, developmental disabilities, and services for people with disabilities. Attendees also shared their experiences regarding seeking employment and applying to receive services.The workgroup will meet monthly and will report its work by June 30, 2017. The next meeting will take place on March 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana State Capitol on the 4th floor. The meeting will be open and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.” 

Systems
  • Other

Louisiana's Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan - 07/01/2012

Vocational Rehabilitation

“As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”

 

W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211

“The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana Workforce Commission.

“LRS continues to collaborate with LWC in identifying effective ways to integrate services in BCSCs [Business and Career Solution Centers]. LRS is represented on each of the LWIBs and attends meetings as scheduled. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with each of the WIBs is updated annually. Within the 18 WIAs, 63 BCSCs have been established, 18 cost allocation plans have been completed by the WIBs and approved by all parties. LRS continues to pay expenses to the local centers for participation, as per the local cost allocation plans.”

“LWC is working with the Shared Youth Vision workgroup on youth, local workforce boards, youth councils, and community-based organizations to continue development of the systems needed to provide these comprehensive services to eligible youth, including coordination with Job Corps and other youth programs within each local workforce investment area. Vocational rehabilitation is involved in the development of these service strategies to ensure that youth with disabilities or other barriers to employment are included in the comprehensive service strategy.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Louisiana FY 2011 Block Grant State Plan

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is a member of the WORK PAY$ committee. “This committee is comprised of community partners and is intended to further the employment of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. OBH is also working as a collaborative partner on both a state and regional level in the development and implementation of job fairs for individuals with disabilities throughout the state.”

“The Louisiana Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (LAWIPA) program helps Social Security beneficiaries work through issues relating to social security benefits and employment. The program is a coalition between the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Human Development Center. Many individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI and/ or SSI benefits want to work or increase their work activity. One barrier for these individuals is the fear of losing health care and other benefits if they work. Valuable work incentive programs can extend benefits, but are often poorly understood and underutilized. The LAWIPA coalition educates clients and assists them in overcoming work barriers, perceived or real; and also focuses on improved community partnerships. Benefit specialists, called Community Work Incentive Coordinators, provide services to all Louisiana SSDI and SSI beneficiaries age 14 and older who have disabilities. CMHC staff and clients are able to work with Coordinators to help navigate the various work related resources (as offered in conjunction with the Ticket to Work program), and identify on an individualized basis the way their benefits will be impacted by going to work. The ultimate goal of the new WIPA coalition is to support the successful employment of beneficiaries with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
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Louisiana Medicaid Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

“Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014 Louisiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

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

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

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

Louisiana Workforce Investment Act Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Louisiana APSE - 11/13/2017

"A symposium advocating for best practices in employment services for Louisianans with disabilities will be held on November 13th, 2017."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
Citations

Increasing Employment Provider Capacity

“The Council is committed to working with its partners like the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center (HDC), the Advocacy Center, Louisiana APSE (the Association of People Support Employment First), the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council (LRC), and the Work Pay$ Coalition to increase the capacity of the employment provider system in Louisiana through increasing state match dollars and promoting the use of consistent definitions, evidence-based practice and training and technical assistance for employment providers.”

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

Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions Human Development Center

HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies, and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00AM - 4:00PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.

(If you would to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “Employment Mentoring”

The Employment Mentoring project will develop, implement, and evaluate a training and mentoring approach that will result in Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) demonstrating competencies in skills which lead to employment outcomes for job seekers with developmental disabilities including those with the most intense support needs in acquiring and maintaining community-based competitive employment.  The project will work with participating Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to enhance their operations and participating Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) to improve their competencies in the area of supported employment and successful completion of the national Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities “Resources”

The DHH Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities offers a variety and ever-changing collection of resources, trainings and literature to assist consumers, their families, providers, advocates, and others access relevant materials.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana WIA Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

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

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

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

LA Supports Waiver (0453.R02.00) - 07/01/2014

This waiver, "provides day hab, habilitation, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, housing stabilization service, housing stabilization transition, PERS for individuals w/autism, ID, DD"

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

Louisiana Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

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

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

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

Louisiana's ESEA Flexibility Request - 05/29/2012

“By submitting this flexibility request, the SEA requests flexibility through waivers of the ten ESEA requirements listed below and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements by checking each of the boxes below. The provisions below represent the general areas of flexibility requested; a chart appended to the document titled ESEA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions enumerates each specific provision of which the SEA requests a waiver, which the SEA incorporates into its request by reference.” The Louisiana Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

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

LA New Opportunities Waiver (0401.R02.00) - 07/01/2011

Provides center-based respite, day hab, employment related training, supported employment, supported living, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, individual and family support, one-time transitional, PERS, professional services, remote assistance, substitute family care for individuals w/autism, IID, MR ages 3 - no max age.

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

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

"The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

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

Louisiana CMS HCBS Final Rule and OCDD’s Transition Plan

This presentation aims to build a common understanding of CMS HCBS Community Rule related to settings and present the Transition Plan for the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). It highlights individual and group supported employment as a employment approach for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The Bayou State welcomes you to come as you are, thus inciting a motto of inclusion that should also engage and encompass Louisianans with disabilities in the general workforce and economic mainstream. 

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 Louisiana’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.45%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,670,724
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
372,108
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
122,832
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
33.01%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.77%
Change from
2014 to 2015
72.99%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 4,625,470 4,649,676 4,670,724
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 367,973 366,981 372,108
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 115,176 117,943 122,832
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,779,604 1,780,193 1,787,199
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.30% 32.14% 33.01%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.43% 72.43% 72.99%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.70% 6.40% 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 25.50% 26.30% 25.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.80% 18.80% 18.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 336,497 316,825 329,789
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 342,949 355,453 351,464
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 431,663 428,084 431,392
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 223,134 219,214 223,035
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 18,607 18,305 21,563
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,139 5,058 4,754
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 4,891 5,931 5,250
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 11,977 10,407 12,643
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,425 3,408 4,049

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,655 5,719 5,770
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.30% 3.40% 3.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 156,752 157,558 157,310

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,420 3,561 1,279
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 13,224 5,216 1,883
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 24,387 25,711 7,337
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.00% 13.90% 17.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 1.00% 2.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 1.50% 4.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.90% 6.60% 11.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 85.30% 81.50% N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 217 158 182
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 559 231 365
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,031 1,055 955
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 12,714 12,972 N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 12,198 18,478 18,600
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.04 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 882 1,475 1,863
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 362 646 723
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 41.00% 44.00% 39.00%
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. 7.87 13.97 15.46

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,318
3,667
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 162 172 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 328 373 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 769 885 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 703 738 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 912 1,016 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 444 483 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.70% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,628 4,540 4,684
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 270,043 269,626 270,688
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. 181 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $13,941,000 $13,747,000 $12,824,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $8,435,000 $8,119,000 $7,340,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $12,018,000 $12,507,000 $13,592,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $39,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 32.00% 31.00% 32.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,583 1,560 1,301
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,059 2,103 2,144
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 37.10 36.40 35.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.40% 62.37% 61.34%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.02% 13.90% 14.31%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.33% 1.36% 1.30%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
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). 28.70% 33.42% 34.13%
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). 74.44% 74.25% 73.27%
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). 88.19% 87.65% 88.19%
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). 45.74% 40.83% 39.14%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 721,050
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 131,005
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 197,993
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 328,998
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 217
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 354
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,286,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,116,168

 

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). 71 70 44
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 11 11 6
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 82 81 50
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). 3,009 2,979 1,717
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 414 414 168
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,423 3,393 1,885

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

LRS continues to participate with OCDD in the “Employment First” initiative, which was designed to provide employment as a first option for persons with developmental disabilities, as an alternative to institutionalization, and to provide integration/independence in the community.

LRS participates in roundtable discussions hosted by OCDD to inform their staff and providers of new requirements related to integration of individuals with developmental disabilities into their communities as a result of new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rules, as well as how to better collaborate with LRS to achieve goals set forth in WIOA. (Page 240)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing implementation on disability. (Page 103)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

With support of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant (2012 –2015), LWC worked to ensure the physical, communication and programmatic accessibility of all One–Stop Career Centers by conducting specialized training for all center staff on topics including accessibility for all, disability etiquette and awareness, and identifying and assisting job–seekers with hidden disabilities. LWC will continue to maintain these investments in staff training and technology to make certain One– Stop Career Center staff serve adult job–seekers with disabilities effectively.

LWC will incorporate accessibility criteria as part of the One–Stop certification criteria in collaboration with its disability partners and advocacy groups. Additionally, all One–Stop Centers will be monitored onsite annually to ensure compliance with this requirement. (Page 103)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

Upon reviewing survey information of individuals receiving SSI/SSDI, the top needs identified by respondents included job placement (47%); job readiness skills (32%); job coaching (32%); and benefits planning (30%). They identified barriers to employment as being the fear of losing their government 8ues to renew and revise existing local cooperative agreements, as applicable, with the 70 school districts and 104 Charter Schools in Louisiana. As part of the State Transition Plan, the Department of Education (DOE) and LRS continue to work together to establish Regional Core teams throughout the state. The LRS’ Transition Program Coordinator continues to collaborate and partner with DOE, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), Work Incentive Planning Program, Office of Community Services, LWC, and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross–agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator worked collaboratively with CURRENTS’ Coordinator, Peggy Hale, using monthly conference calls, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. The Training Unit developed a School–to–Work Job Readiness curriculum and has trained staff to implement the curriculum with eligible students. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for job readiness training. (Page 240)

School to Work Transition

LRS Transition Counselors conduct outreach by hosting transition meetings at area high schools to provide information about VR services and to accept referrals. Information disseminated at these meetings includes agency brochures, client handbooks describing the VR processes/services, and referrals to other community resources students may need to access. Counselors work with the students, parents and educators to plan services needed for successful transition from school to work from the point that the student with a disability is identified. (Page 193)

Some examples of collaborative efforts include Transition Core Team meetings held statewide attended by the DOE, the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Families Helping Families, and other interested individuals. These meetings are held to assist agencies who serve transition students as they exit from school to work. (Page 209)

LRS continues to renew and revise existing local cooperative agreements, as applicable, with the 70 school districts and 104 Charter Schools in Louisiana. As part of the State Transition Plan, the Department of Education (DOE) and LRS continue to work together to establish Regional Core teams throughout the state. The LRS’ Transition Program Coordinator continues to collaborate and partner with DOE, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), Work Incentive Planning Program, Office of Community Services, LWC, and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross–agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator worked collaboratively with CURRENTS’ Coordinator, Peggy Hale, using monthly conference calls, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. The Training Unit developed a School–to–Work Job Readiness curriculum and has trained staff to implement the curriculum with eligible students. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for job readiness training. (Page 240)

Incentive Planning Program, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross-agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator is working collaboratively with the Transition Learning Collaborative using video conferencing calls hosted by Laurie Ford, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. Technical support is provided to staff in the field offices to enhance transition services. The Transition Coordinator works closely with the school districts that have Third Party Cooperative Arrangements to assist the Transition Specialist as needed. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for Job Readiness training. Pre-Employment Transition Services are made available statewide to students with disabilities by LRS’ Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) to provide workplace readiness and establish work based learning experiences.  (Page 245)

Data Collection

The LRC/LRS liaison participated in several workgroups to develop the model, methods of research and data collection. Once the surveys were developed, the liaison distributed the draft survey instruments to LRC members soliciting their input. Comments and suggestions received contributed to the final development of the survey. As exhibited above, the CSNA is the result of a joint effort between LRS and the LRC with technical assistance provided by Region VI TACE. (Page 212)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

Employment and training programs administered by the Social Security Administration, including the Ticket to Work and the Self-Sufficiency Program. 

  • Employment and training programs carried out by the Small Business Administration.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) employment and training programs.
  • Other programs authorized under the National and Community Service Act of 1990.
  • In addition to these specified additional partners the law and plan allows boards to include other partners as part of the one-stop delivery system -- local employers and community-based, faith-based, and/or non-profit organizations, as well as employment, education and training programs provided by public libraries or the private sector. (Page 53)
Career Pathways

Goal 1: Establish Career Pathways as a model for skill, credential and degree attainment for Louisiana citizens to secure jobs that provide opportunities for economic independence and family stability. This goal will be accomplished by executing the following objectives:

  1. Workforce development system partners will develop a shared vision and strategy for industry sector-based career pathways for youth and adults. Career pathways must be diverse, with multiple entry and exit points allowing individuals of varying abilities, including low-skilled adults and youth with multiple barriers to employment, to have realistic access to pathways.
  2. Engage employers and integrate sector strategy principles to ensure multiple employers, business associations and organized labor are partners in creating demand-driven career pathways.  (Page 35)
Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability or implementation.  (Page 196, 267)

Policies and Initiatives

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Louisiana APSE - 11/13/2017

"A symposium advocating for best practices in employment services for Louisianans with disabilities will be held on November 13th, 2017."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
Citations

“LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS DRAFT ESSA PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT” - 02/20/2017

~~“ESSA's provisions become effective July 1, 2017. Per the law, the United States Secretary of Education must approve or deny a plan within 120 days of a state submitting its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Because completion of the plan prior to the start of the school year in which it becomes effective is critically important for Louisiana administrators, educators and parents, Louisiana commenced public development of its plan more than a year in advance of the law taking effect.”

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

Employment First Workgroup - 02/17/2017

~~“The first meeting of the Employment First Workgroup was held Thursday, February 16. The Workgroup is comprised of federal, state, regional and local agency stakeholders as well as community advocates, other professionals, business leaders, families, and individuals with disabilities to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. During the meeting, members of the workgroup shared information and perspectives related to education, individuals and families, developmental disabilities, and services for people with disabilities. Attendees also shared their experiences regarding seeking employment and applying to receive services.The workgroup will meet monthly and will report its work by June 30, 2017. The next meeting will take place on March 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana State Capitol on the 4th floor. The meeting will be open and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Louisiana Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday announced Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a three-year, $2 million grant through phase two of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant opportunity to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for students.

 "This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "I'm confident that Louisiana's team of state and local education, economic development and workforce partners will make excellent use of these funds to dramatically improve the number of our young citizens prepared for college, career and life success."

 The phase two grant funds will be used to expand Jump Start, the state's innovative career and technical education program, said State Superintendent of Education John White. "These funds will allow our state to build upon Jump Start's strong foundation, expanding opportunities and resources that enable our students to earn the industry credentials they need to attain employment in Louisiana's most important industries."

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

“THE HEART OF ESSA: REFLECT ON RESULTS, PLAN AND PRIORITIZE, AND FUND PRIORITIES” - 01/09/2017

~~“Career education access: Louisiana developed a career education initiative, Jump Start, as well as a diverse course delivery program known as Course Choice. Using funds won through the New Skills for Youth grant, Louisiana conducted an inventory of every pathway offered in every high school in the state. Further grant funding will in part go toward bolstering connections among employers, higher education, and high schools. Students with disabilities eligible to pursue a high school diploma via an alternate pathway may also select a Jump Start pathway to earn a career diploma and a recognized workforce credential. All Jump Start pathways are accessible to these students, with the student’s IEP team setting alternate exit and performance criteria.”

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

Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

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

“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

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

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

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

Executive Order No. JBE 16-45: Louisiana Rehabilitation Council - 08/04/2016

“Whereas, the State Rehabilitation Council was originally established by executive order to provide Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities assistance in their pursuit of meaningful careers and gainful employment through specific programs.

Preparing and submitting an annual report to the governor and the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Service Administration, Washington, D.C., on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs operating within the state, and making the report available to the public.

Providing for coordination and the establishment of working relationships between Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Centers for Independent Living within the state”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination - 04/13/2016

“No state agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards, entities or officers of the State of Louisiana shall harass or discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age against any individual in the provision of any service and/or benefit by such agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards or entities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Louisiana House Bill No. 598 - 06/11/2015

“…The ABLE Account Program is hereby created and shall be administered by the ABLE Account Authority, refereed to hereafter as “the authority” to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana House Bill 508

To enact RS. 47:297.13, relative to income taxation; to provide relative to individual and corporation income tax deductions; to authorize an income tax deduction for taxpayers w employ certain qualified disabled individuals; to provide for certain definitions; to provide for certain requirements and limitations; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Executive Order No. JBE 16-45: Louisiana Rehabilitation Council - 08/04/2016

“Whereas, the State Rehabilitation Council was originally established by executive order to provide Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities assistance in their pursuit of meaningful careers and gainful employment through specific programs.

Preparing and submitting an annual report to the governor and the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Service Administration, Washington, D.C., on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs operating within the state, and making the report available to the public.

Providing for coordination and the establishment of working relationships between Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Centers for Independent Living within the state”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination - 04/13/2016

“No state agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards, entities or officers of the State of Louisiana shall harass or discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age against any individual in the provision of any service and/or benefit by such agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards or entities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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“LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS DRAFT ESSA PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT” - 02/20/2017

~~“ESSA's provisions become effective July 1, 2017. Per the law, the United States Secretary of Education must approve or deny a plan within 120 days of a state submitting its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Because completion of the plan prior to the start of the school year in which it becomes effective is critically important for Louisiana administrators, educators and parents, Louisiana commenced public development of its plan more than a year in advance of the law taking effect.”

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

“Louisiana Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday announced Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a three-year, $2 million grant through phase two of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant opportunity to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for students.

 "This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "I'm confident that Louisiana's team of state and local education, economic development and workforce partners will make excellent use of these funds to dramatically improve the number of our young citizens prepared for college, career and life success."

 The phase two grant funds will be used to expand Jump Start, the state's innovative career and technical education program, said State Superintendent of Education John White. "These funds will allow our state to build upon Jump Start's strong foundation, expanding opportunities and resources that enable our students to earn the industry credentials they need to attain employment in Louisiana's most important industries."

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

“THE HEART OF ESSA: REFLECT ON RESULTS, PLAN AND PRIORITIZE, AND FUND PRIORITIES” - 01/09/2017

~~“Career education access: Louisiana developed a career education initiative, Jump Start, as well as a diverse course delivery program known as Course Choice. Using funds won through the New Skills for Youth grant, Louisiana conducted an inventory of every pathway offered in every high school in the state. Further grant funding will in part go toward bolstering connections among employers, higher education, and high schools. Students with disabilities eligible to pursue a high school diploma via an alternate pathway may also select a Jump Start pathway to earn a career diploma and a recognized workforce credential. All Jump Start pathways are accessible to these students, with the student’s IEP team setting alternate exit and performance criteria.”

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

Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

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

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals “Employment for People with Disabilities is a Priority in Louisiana” - 10/01/2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, individuals with disabilities, employers and advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to call attention to the importance of employment for people with disabilities and the beginning of Louisiana’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness month.

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert outlined her agency’s efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. “The role of work in our lives has been talked about so much and from nearly every angle. Issues like work-life balance make easy headlines, but what is often left out of the discussion all too frequently is that for some individuals work hasn’t always been an option,” said DHH Secretary Kliebert. “We want to make sure that our family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities have the ability to work if they choose to do so. We are dedicated to using waiver services, supports and provider relationships to help make that possible. I want to thank our the Workforce Commission, the Advocacy Center and our other partners for continuing to work to ensure that work is an option for any Louisiana resident who wishes to join the labor force."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Employment First Initiative Memo - 06/01/2011

“The OCDD official position statement on Employment First: Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age. Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workplace. A more thorough implementation statement with further detailed definitions, desired outcomes and operational procedures will be released as they are finalized.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana OCDD and Employment First - 06/01/2011

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) believes that it is time to improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Louisiana.   Over the last few years the term “Employment First” has become widely used to describe how state and local systems across the country articulate the values and philosophy which support employment services available to individuals and families.   An “Employment First” approach means integrated individual employment is offered before other service options, and that community employment is supported as the priority outcome in policy, practice, and quality management.   The OCDD believes that individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities have the right to work and through partnerships, vision, and creativity, perceived or real barriers to employment can be overcome.   The OCDD believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities CAN work and contribute to their community, when given the opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Individualized Plan for Employment” Louisiana Department of Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual - 07/01/2010

“The Individualized Plan for Employment, hereafter referred to as IPE, and all subsequent amendments assure that each individual determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services or determined appropriate for extended evaluation services shall have a formal plan for services.… The format of the IPE, to the maximum extent possible, will be in the language or mode of communication understood by the individual.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Graduation Pathways

~~“While most students with disabilities in Louisiana will pursue a traditional pathway to a high school diploma, certain students with disabilities who have an IEP have alternative pathways to a diploma available to them.•Students at the high school level who are eligible under Act 833 (2014) can pursue a standard high school diploma by meeting standard graduation requirements through alternate means.•Students at the high school level who are assessed on Louisiana Alternate Assessment Level 1 (LAA 1) can pursue a diploma pathway by meeting alternate requirements.

Resources are available which can assist both educators and families in planning and implementing a successful high school experience for students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Students with Disabilities” Louisiana Department of Education Policy on Resources for Special Education and Transition

Early Identification: Research indicates that early identification of unique learning needs can lead to more successful intervention and better student outcomes. Louisiana is committed to identifying unique learning needs and implementing appropriate interventions at the earliest possible point in a student’s academic career. Student Success: All students, regardless of their unique learning needs, should have access to aligned, high-quality instruction that supports those individual needs. Pathways to Prosperity: Louisiana has created pathways to graduation, college, and the workplace for all students that allow students to demonstrate skills and progress through alternate means when appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Employment First Workgroup - 02/17/2017

~~“The first meeting of the Employment First Workgroup was held Thursday, February 16. The Workgroup is comprised of federal, state, regional and local agency stakeholders as well as community advocates, other professionals, business leaders, families, and individuals with disabilities to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. During the meeting, members of the workgroup shared information and perspectives related to education, individuals and families, developmental disabilities, and services for people with disabilities. Attendees also shared their experiences regarding seeking employment and applying to receive services.The workgroup will meet monthly and will report its work by June 30, 2017. The next meeting will take place on March 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana State Capitol on the 4th floor. The meeting will be open and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.” 

Systems
  • Other

Louisiana's Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan - 07/01/2012

Vocational Rehabilitation

“As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”

 

W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211

“The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana Workforce Commission.

“LRS continues to collaborate with LWC in identifying effective ways to integrate services in BCSCs [Business and Career Solution Centers]. LRS is represented on each of the LWIBs and attends meetings as scheduled. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with each of the WIBs is updated annually. Within the 18 WIAs, 63 BCSCs have been established, 18 cost allocation plans have been completed by the WIBs and approved by all parties. LRS continues to pay expenses to the local centers for participation, as per the local cost allocation plans.”

“LWC is working with the Shared Youth Vision workgroup on youth, local workforce boards, youth councils, and community-based organizations to continue development of the systems needed to provide these comprehensive services to eligible youth, including coordination with Job Corps and other youth programs within each local workforce investment area. Vocational rehabilitation is involved in the development of these service strategies to ensure that youth with disabilities or other barriers to employment are included in the comprehensive service strategy.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Louisiana FY 2011 Block Grant State Plan

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is a member of the WORK PAY$ committee. “This committee is comprised of community partners and is intended to further the employment of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. OBH is also working as a collaborative partner on both a state and regional level in the development and implementation of job fairs for individuals with disabilities throughout the state.”

“The Louisiana Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (LAWIPA) program helps Social Security beneficiaries work through issues relating to social security benefits and employment. The program is a coalition between the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Human Development Center. Many individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI and/ or SSI benefits want to work or increase their work activity. One barrier for these individuals is the fear of losing health care and other benefits if they work. Valuable work incentive programs can extend benefits, but are often poorly understood and underutilized. The LAWIPA coalition educates clients and assists them in overcoming work barriers, perceived or real; and also focuses on improved community partnerships. Benefit specialists, called Community Work Incentive Coordinators, provide services to all Louisiana SSDI and SSI beneficiaries age 14 and older who have disabilities. CMHC staff and clients are able to work with Coordinators to help navigate the various work related resources (as offered in conjunction with the Ticket to Work program), and identify on an individualized basis the way their benefits will be impacted by going to work. The ultimate goal of the new WIPA coalition is to support the successful employment of beneficiaries with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
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Louisiana Medicaid Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

“Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014 Louisiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

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

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

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

Louisiana Workforce Investment Act Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Louisiana APSE - 11/13/2017

"A symposium advocating for best practices in employment services for Louisianans with disabilities will be held on November 13th, 2017."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
Citations

Increasing Employment Provider Capacity

“The Council is committed to working with its partners like the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center (HDC), the Advocacy Center, Louisiana APSE (the Association of People Support Employment First), the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council (LRC), and the Work Pay$ Coalition to increase the capacity of the employment provider system in Louisiana through increasing state match dollars and promoting the use of consistent definitions, evidence-based practice and training and technical assistance for employment providers.”

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

Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions Human Development Center

HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies, and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00AM - 4:00PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.

(If you would to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “Employment Mentoring”

The Employment Mentoring project will develop, implement, and evaluate a training and mentoring approach that will result in Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) demonstrating competencies in skills which lead to employment outcomes for job seekers with developmental disabilities including those with the most intense support needs in acquiring and maintaining community-based competitive employment.  The project will work with participating Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to enhance their operations and participating Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) to improve their competencies in the area of supported employment and successful completion of the national Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities “Resources”

The DHH Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities offers a variety and ever-changing collection of resources, trainings and literature to assist consumers, their families, providers, advocates, and others access relevant materials.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana WIA Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

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

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

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

LA Supports Waiver (0453.R02.00) - 07/01/2014

This waiver, "provides day hab, habilitation, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, housing stabilization service, housing stabilization transition, PERS for individuals w/autism, ID, DD"

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

Louisiana Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

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

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

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

Louisiana's ESEA Flexibility Request - 05/29/2012

“By submitting this flexibility request, the SEA requests flexibility through waivers of the ten ESEA requirements listed below and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements by checking each of the boxes below. The provisions below represent the general areas of flexibility requested; a chart appended to the document titled ESEA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions enumerates each specific provision of which the SEA requests a waiver, which the SEA incorporates into its request by reference.” The Louisiana Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

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

LA New Opportunities Waiver (0401.R02.00) - 07/01/2011

Provides center-based respite, day hab, employment related training, supported employment, supported living, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, individual and family support, one-time transitional, PERS, professional services, remote assistance, substitute family care for individuals w/autism, IID, MR ages 3 - no max age.

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

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

"The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

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

Louisiana CMS HCBS Final Rule and OCDD’s Transition Plan

This presentation aims to build a common understanding of CMS HCBS Community Rule related to settings and present the Transition Plan for the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). It highlights individual and group supported employment as a employment approach for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The Bayou State welcomes you to come as you are, thus inciting a motto of inclusion that should also engage and encompass Louisianans with disabilities in the general workforce and economic mainstream. 

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 Louisiana’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.45%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,670,724
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
372,108
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
122,832
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
33.01%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.77%
Change from
2014 to 2015
72.99%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 4,625,470 4,649,676 4,670,724
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 367,973 366,981 372,108
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 115,176 117,943 122,832
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,779,604 1,780,193 1,787,199
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.30% 32.14% 33.01%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.43% 72.43% 72.99%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.70% 6.40% 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 25.50% 26.30% 25.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.80% 18.80% 18.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 336,497 316,825 329,789
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 342,949 355,453 351,464
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 431,663 428,084 431,392
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 223,134 219,214 223,035
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 18,607 18,305 21,563
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,139 5,058 4,754
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 4,891 5,931 5,250
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 11,977 10,407 12,643
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,425 3,408 4,049

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,655 5,719 5,770
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.30% 3.40% 3.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 156,752 157,558 157,310

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,420 3,561 1,279
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 13,224 5,216 1,883
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 24,387 25,711 7,337
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.00% 13.90% 17.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 1.00% 2.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 1.50% 4.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.90% 6.60% 11.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 85.30% 81.50% N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 217 158 182
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 559 231 365
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,031 1,055 955
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 12,714 12,972 N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 12,198 18,478 18,600
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.04 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 882 1,475 1,863
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 362 646 723
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 41.00% 44.00% 39.00%
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. 7.87 13.97 15.46

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,318
3,667
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 162 172 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 328 373 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 769 885 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 703 738 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 912 1,016 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 444 483 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.70% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,628 4,540 4,684
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 270,043 269,626 270,688
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. 181 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $13,941,000 $13,747,000 $12,824,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $8,435,000 $8,119,000 $7,340,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $12,018,000 $12,507,000 $13,592,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $39,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 32.00% 31.00% 32.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,583 1,560 1,301
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,059 2,103 2,144
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 37.10 36.40 35.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.40% 62.37% 61.34%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.02% 13.90% 14.31%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.33% 1.36% 1.30%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
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). 28.70% 33.42% 34.13%
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). 74.44% 74.25% 73.27%
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). 88.19% 87.65% 88.19%
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). 45.74% 40.83% 39.14%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 721,050
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 131,005
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 197,993
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 328,998
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 217
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 354
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,286,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,116,168

 

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). 71 70 44
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 11 11 6
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 82 81 50
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). 3,009 2,979 1,717
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 414 414 168
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,423 3,393 1,885

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

LRS continues to participate with OCDD in the “Employment First” initiative, which was designed to provide employment as a first option for persons with developmental disabilities, as an alternative to institutionalization, and to provide integration/independence in the community.

LRS participates in roundtable discussions hosted by OCDD to inform their staff and providers of new requirements related to integration of individuals with developmental disabilities into their communities as a result of new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rules, as well as how to better collaborate with LRS to achieve goals set forth in WIOA. (Page 240)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing implementation on disability. (Page 103)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

With support of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant (2012 –2015), LWC worked to ensure the physical, communication and programmatic accessibility of all One–Stop Career Centers by conducting specialized training for all center staff on topics including accessibility for all, disability etiquette and awareness, and identifying and assisting job–seekers with hidden disabilities. LWC will continue to maintain these investments in staff training and technology to make certain One– Stop Career Center staff serve adult job–seekers with disabilities effectively.

LWC will incorporate accessibility criteria as part of the One–Stop certification criteria in collaboration with its disability partners and advocacy groups. Additionally, all One–Stop Centers will be monitored onsite annually to ensure compliance with this requirement. (Page 103)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

Upon reviewing survey information of individuals receiving SSI/SSDI, the top needs identified by respondents included job placement (47%); job readiness skills (32%); job coaching (32%); and benefits planning (30%). They identified barriers to employment as being the fear of losing their government 8ues to renew and revise existing local cooperative agreements, as applicable, with the 70 school districts and 104 Charter Schools in Louisiana. As part of the State Transition Plan, the Department of Education (DOE) and LRS continue to work together to establish Regional Core teams throughout the state. The LRS’ Transition Program Coordinator continues to collaborate and partner with DOE, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), Work Incentive Planning Program, Office of Community Services, LWC, and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross–agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator worked collaboratively with CURRENTS’ Coordinator, Peggy Hale, using monthly conference calls, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. The Training Unit developed a School–to–Work Job Readiness curriculum and has trained staff to implement the curriculum with eligible students. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for job readiness training. (Page 240)

School to Work Transition

LRS Transition Counselors conduct outreach by hosting transition meetings at area high schools to provide information about VR services and to accept referrals. Information disseminated at these meetings includes agency brochures, client handbooks describing the VR processes/services, and referrals to other community resources students may need to access. Counselors work with the students, parents and educators to plan services needed for successful transition from school to work from the point that the student with a disability is identified. (Page 193)

Some examples of collaborative efforts include Transition Core Team meetings held statewide attended by the DOE, the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Families Helping Families, and other interested individuals. These meetings are held to assist agencies who serve transition students as they exit from school to work. (Page 209)

LRS continues to renew and revise existing local cooperative agreements, as applicable, with the 70 school districts and 104 Charter Schools in Louisiana. As part of the State Transition Plan, the Department of Education (DOE) and LRS continue to work together to establish Regional Core teams throughout the state. The LRS’ Transition Program Coordinator continues to collaborate and partner with DOE, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), Work Incentive Planning Program, Office of Community Services, LWC, and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross–agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator worked collaboratively with CURRENTS’ Coordinator, Peggy Hale, using monthly conference calls, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. The Training Unit developed a School–to–Work Job Readiness curriculum and has trained staff to implement the curriculum with eligible students. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for job readiness training. (Page 240)

Incentive Planning Program, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross-agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator is working collaboratively with the Transition Learning Collaborative using video conferencing calls hosted by Laurie Ford, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. Technical support is provided to staff in the field offices to enhance transition services. The Transition Coordinator works closely with the school districts that have Third Party Cooperative Arrangements to assist the Transition Specialist as needed. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for Job Readiness training. Pre-Employment Transition Services are made available statewide to students with disabilities by LRS’ Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) to provide workplace readiness and establish work based learning experiences.  (Page 245)

Data Collection

The LRC/LRS liaison participated in several workgroups to develop the model, methods of research and data collection. Once the surveys were developed, the liaison distributed the draft survey instruments to LRC members soliciting their input. Comments and suggestions received contributed to the final development of the survey. As exhibited above, the CSNA is the result of a joint effort between LRS and the LRC with technical assistance provided by Region VI TACE. (Page 212)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

Employment and training programs administered by the Social Security Administration, including the Ticket to Work and the Self-Sufficiency Program. 

  • Employment and training programs carried out by the Small Business Administration.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) employment and training programs.
  • Other programs authorized under the National and Community Service Act of 1990.
  • In addition to these specified additional partners the law and plan allows boards to include other partners as part of the one-stop delivery system -- local employers and community-based, faith-based, and/or non-profit organizations, as well as employment, education and training programs provided by public libraries or the private sector. (Page 53)
Career Pathways

Goal 1: Establish Career Pathways as a model for skill, credential and degree attainment for Louisiana citizens to secure jobs that provide opportunities for economic independence and family stability. This goal will be accomplished by executing the following objectives:

  1. Workforce development system partners will develop a shared vision and strategy for industry sector-based career pathways for youth and adults. Career pathways must be diverse, with multiple entry and exit points allowing individuals of varying abilities, including low-skilled adults and youth with multiple barriers to employment, to have realistic access to pathways.
  2. Engage employers and integrate sector strategy principles to ensure multiple employers, business associations and organized labor are partners in creating demand-driven career pathways.  (Page 35)
Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability or implementation.  (Page 196, 267)

Policies and Initiatives

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Louisiana APSE - 11/13/2017

"A symposium advocating for best practices in employment services for Louisianans with disabilities will be held on November 13th, 2017."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
Citations

“LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS DRAFT ESSA PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT” - 02/20/2017

~~“ESSA's provisions become effective July 1, 2017. Per the law, the United States Secretary of Education must approve or deny a plan within 120 days of a state submitting its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Because completion of the plan prior to the start of the school year in which it becomes effective is critically important for Louisiana administrators, educators and parents, Louisiana commenced public development of its plan more than a year in advance of the law taking effect.”

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

Employment First Workgroup - 02/17/2017

~~“The first meeting of the Employment First Workgroup was held Thursday, February 16. The Workgroup is comprised of federal, state, regional and local agency stakeholders as well as community advocates, other professionals, business leaders, families, and individuals with disabilities to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. During the meeting, members of the workgroup shared information and perspectives related to education, individuals and families, developmental disabilities, and services for people with disabilities. Attendees also shared their experiences regarding seeking employment and applying to receive services.The workgroup will meet monthly and will report its work by June 30, 2017. The next meeting will take place on March 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana State Capitol on the 4th floor. The meeting will be open and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Louisiana Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday announced Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a three-year, $2 million grant through phase two of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant opportunity to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for students.

 "This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "I'm confident that Louisiana's team of state and local education, economic development and workforce partners will make excellent use of these funds to dramatically improve the number of our young citizens prepared for college, career and life success."

 The phase two grant funds will be used to expand Jump Start, the state's innovative career and technical education program, said State Superintendent of Education John White. "These funds will allow our state to build upon Jump Start's strong foundation, expanding opportunities and resources that enable our students to earn the industry credentials they need to attain employment in Louisiana's most important industries."

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

“THE HEART OF ESSA: REFLECT ON RESULTS, PLAN AND PRIORITIZE, AND FUND PRIORITIES” - 01/09/2017

~~“Career education access: Louisiana developed a career education initiative, Jump Start, as well as a diverse course delivery program known as Course Choice. Using funds won through the New Skills for Youth grant, Louisiana conducted an inventory of every pathway offered in every high school in the state. Further grant funding will in part go toward bolstering connections among employers, higher education, and high schools. Students with disabilities eligible to pursue a high school diploma via an alternate pathway may also select a Jump Start pathway to earn a career diploma and a recognized workforce credential. All Jump Start pathways are accessible to these students, with the student’s IEP team setting alternate exit and performance criteria.”

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

Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

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

“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

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

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

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

Executive Order No. JBE 16-45: Louisiana Rehabilitation Council - 08/04/2016

“Whereas, the State Rehabilitation Council was originally established by executive order to provide Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities assistance in their pursuit of meaningful careers and gainful employment through specific programs.

Preparing and submitting an annual report to the governor and the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Service Administration, Washington, D.C., on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs operating within the state, and making the report available to the public.

Providing for coordination and the establishment of working relationships between Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Centers for Independent Living within the state”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination - 04/13/2016

“No state agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards, entities or officers of the State of Louisiana shall harass or discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age against any individual in the provision of any service and/or benefit by such agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards or entities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Louisiana House Bill No. 598 - 06/11/2015

“…The ABLE Account Program is hereby created and shall be administered by the ABLE Account Authority, refereed to hereafter as “the authority” to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana House Bill 508

To enact RS. 47:297.13, relative to income taxation; to provide relative to individual and corporation income tax deductions; to authorize an income tax deduction for taxpayers w employ certain qualified disabled individuals; to provide for certain definitions; to provide for certain requirements and limitations; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Executive Order No. JBE 16-45: Louisiana Rehabilitation Council - 08/04/2016

“Whereas, the State Rehabilitation Council was originally established by executive order to provide Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities assistance in their pursuit of meaningful careers and gainful employment through specific programs.

Preparing and submitting an annual report to the governor and the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Service Administration, Washington, D.C., on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs operating within the state, and making the report available to the public.

Providing for coordination and the establishment of working relationships between Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Centers for Independent Living within the state”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination - 04/13/2016

“No state agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards, entities or officers of the State of Louisiana shall harass or discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age against any individual in the provision of any service and/or benefit by such agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards or entities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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“LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS DRAFT ESSA PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT” - 02/20/2017

~~“ESSA's provisions become effective July 1, 2017. Per the law, the United States Secretary of Education must approve or deny a plan within 120 days of a state submitting its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Because completion of the plan prior to the start of the school year in which it becomes effective is critically important for Louisiana administrators, educators and parents, Louisiana commenced public development of its plan more than a year in advance of the law taking effect.”

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

“Louisiana Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday announced Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a three-year, $2 million grant through phase two of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant opportunity to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for students.

 "This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "I'm confident that Louisiana's team of state and local education, economic development and workforce partners will make excellent use of these funds to dramatically improve the number of our young citizens prepared for college, career and life success."

 The phase two grant funds will be used to expand Jump Start, the state's innovative career and technical education program, said State Superintendent of Education John White. "These funds will allow our state to build upon Jump Start's strong foundation, expanding opportunities and resources that enable our students to earn the industry credentials they need to attain employment in Louisiana's most important industries."

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

“THE HEART OF ESSA: REFLECT ON RESULTS, PLAN AND PRIORITIZE, AND FUND PRIORITIES” - 01/09/2017

~~“Career education access: Louisiana developed a career education initiative, Jump Start, as well as a diverse course delivery program known as Course Choice. Using funds won through the New Skills for Youth grant, Louisiana conducted an inventory of every pathway offered in every high school in the state. Further grant funding will in part go toward bolstering connections among employers, higher education, and high schools. Students with disabilities eligible to pursue a high school diploma via an alternate pathway may also select a Jump Start pathway to earn a career diploma and a recognized workforce credential. All Jump Start pathways are accessible to these students, with the student’s IEP team setting alternate exit and performance criteria.”

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

Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

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

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals “Employment for People with Disabilities is a Priority in Louisiana” - 10/01/2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, individuals with disabilities, employers and advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to call attention to the importance of employment for people with disabilities and the beginning of Louisiana’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness month.

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert outlined her agency’s efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. “The role of work in our lives has been talked about so much and from nearly every angle. Issues like work-life balance make easy headlines, but what is often left out of the discussion all too frequently is that for some individuals work hasn’t always been an option,” said DHH Secretary Kliebert. “We want to make sure that our family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities have the ability to work if they choose to do so. We are dedicated to using waiver services, supports and provider relationships to help make that possible. I want to thank our the Workforce Commission, the Advocacy Center and our other partners for continuing to work to ensure that work is an option for any Louisiana resident who wishes to join the labor force."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Employment First Initiative Memo - 06/01/2011

“The OCDD official position statement on Employment First: Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age. Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workplace. A more thorough implementation statement with further detailed definitions, desired outcomes and operational procedures will be released as they are finalized.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana OCDD and Employment First - 06/01/2011

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) believes that it is time to improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Louisiana.   Over the last few years the term “Employment First” has become widely used to describe how state and local systems across the country articulate the values and philosophy which support employment services available to individuals and families.   An “Employment First” approach means integrated individual employment is offered before other service options, and that community employment is supported as the priority outcome in policy, practice, and quality management.   The OCDD believes that individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities have the right to work and through partnerships, vision, and creativity, perceived or real barriers to employment can be overcome.   The OCDD believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities CAN work and contribute to their community, when given the opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Individualized Plan for Employment” Louisiana Department of Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual - 07/01/2010

“The Individualized Plan for Employment, hereafter referred to as IPE, and all subsequent amendments assure that each individual determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services or determined appropriate for extended evaluation services shall have a formal plan for services.… The format of the IPE, to the maximum extent possible, will be in the language or mode of communication understood by the individual.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Graduation Pathways

~~“While most students with disabilities in Louisiana will pursue a traditional pathway to a high school diploma, certain students with disabilities who have an IEP have alternative pathways to a diploma available to them.•Students at the high school level who are eligible under Act 833 (2014) can pursue a standard high school diploma by meeting standard graduation requirements through alternate means.•Students at the high school level who are assessed on Louisiana Alternate Assessment Level 1 (LAA 1) can pursue a diploma pathway by meeting alternate requirements.

Resources are available which can assist both educators and families in planning and implementing a successful high school experience for students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Students with Disabilities” Louisiana Department of Education Policy on Resources for Special Education and Transition

Early Identification: Research indicates that early identification of unique learning needs can lead to more successful intervention and better student outcomes. Louisiana is committed to identifying unique learning needs and implementing appropriate interventions at the earliest possible point in a student’s academic career. Student Success: All students, regardless of their unique learning needs, should have access to aligned, high-quality instruction that supports those individual needs. Pathways to Prosperity: Louisiana has created pathways to graduation, college, and the workplace for all students that allow students to demonstrate skills and progress through alternate means when appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Employment First Workgroup - 02/17/2017

~~“The first meeting of the Employment First Workgroup was held Thursday, February 16. The Workgroup is comprised of federal, state, regional and local agency stakeholders as well as community advocates, other professionals, business leaders, families, and individuals with disabilities to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. During the meeting, members of the workgroup shared information and perspectives related to education, individuals and families, developmental disabilities, and services for people with disabilities. Attendees also shared their experiences regarding seeking employment and applying to receive services.The workgroup will meet monthly and will report its work by June 30, 2017. The next meeting will take place on March 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana State Capitol on the 4th floor. The meeting will be open and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.” 

Systems
  • Other

Louisiana's Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan - 07/01/2012

Vocational Rehabilitation

“As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”

 

W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211

“The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana Workforce Commission.

“LRS continues to collaborate with LWC in identifying effective ways to integrate services in BCSCs [Business and Career Solution Centers]. LRS is represented on each of the LWIBs and attends meetings as scheduled. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with each of the WIBs is updated annually. Within the 18 WIAs, 63 BCSCs have been established, 18 cost allocation plans have been completed by the WIBs and approved by all parties. LRS continues to pay expenses to the local centers for participation, as per the local cost allocation plans.”

“LWC is working with the Shared Youth Vision workgroup on youth, local workforce boards, youth councils, and community-based organizations to continue development of the systems needed to provide these comprehensive services to eligible youth, including coordination with Job Corps and other youth programs within each local workforce investment area. Vocational rehabilitation is involved in the development of these service strategies to ensure that youth with disabilities or other barriers to employment are included in the comprehensive service strategy.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Louisiana FY 2011 Block Grant State Plan

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is a member of the WORK PAY$ committee. “This committee is comprised of community partners and is intended to further the employment of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. OBH is also working as a collaborative partner on both a state and regional level in the development and implementation of job fairs for individuals with disabilities throughout the state.”

“The Louisiana Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (LAWIPA) program helps Social Security beneficiaries work through issues relating to social security benefits and employment. The program is a coalition between the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Human Development Center. Many individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI and/ or SSI benefits want to work or increase their work activity. One barrier for these individuals is the fear of losing health care and other benefits if they work. Valuable work incentive programs can extend benefits, but are often poorly understood and underutilized. The LAWIPA coalition educates clients and assists them in overcoming work barriers, perceived or real; and also focuses on improved community partnerships. Benefit specialists, called Community Work Incentive Coordinators, provide services to all Louisiana SSDI and SSI beneficiaries age 14 and older who have disabilities. CMHC staff and clients are able to work with Coordinators to help navigate the various work related resources (as offered in conjunction with the Ticket to Work program), and identify on an individualized basis the way their benefits will be impacted by going to work. The ultimate goal of the new WIPA coalition is to support the successful employment of beneficiaries with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
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Louisiana Medicaid Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

“Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014 Louisiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

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

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

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

Louisiana Workforce Investment Act Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Louisiana APSE - 11/13/2017

"A symposium advocating for best practices in employment services for Louisianans with disabilities will be held on November 13th, 2017."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
Citations

Increasing Employment Provider Capacity

“The Council is committed to working with its partners like the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center (HDC), the Advocacy Center, Louisiana APSE (the Association of People Support Employment First), the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council (LRC), and the Work Pay$ Coalition to increase the capacity of the employment provider system in Louisiana through increasing state match dollars and promoting the use of consistent definitions, evidence-based practice and training and technical assistance for employment providers.”

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

Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions Human Development Center

HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies, and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00AM - 4:00PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.

(If you would to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “Employment Mentoring”

The Employment Mentoring project will develop, implement, and evaluate a training and mentoring approach that will result in Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) demonstrating competencies in skills which lead to employment outcomes for job seekers with developmental disabilities including those with the most intense support needs in acquiring and maintaining community-based competitive employment.  The project will work with participating Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to enhance their operations and participating Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) to improve their competencies in the area of supported employment and successful completion of the national Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities “Resources”

The DHH Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities offers a variety and ever-changing collection of resources, trainings and literature to assist consumers, their families, providers, advocates, and others access relevant materials.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana WIA Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

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

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

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

LA Supports Waiver (0453.R02.00) - 07/01/2014

This waiver, "provides day hab, habilitation, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, housing stabilization service, housing stabilization transition, PERS for individuals w/autism, ID, DD"

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

Louisiana Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

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

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

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

Louisiana's ESEA Flexibility Request - 05/29/2012

“By submitting this flexibility request, the SEA requests flexibility through waivers of the ten ESEA requirements listed below and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements by checking each of the boxes below. The provisions below represent the general areas of flexibility requested; a chart appended to the document titled ESEA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions enumerates each specific provision of which the SEA requests a waiver, which the SEA incorporates into its request by reference.” The Louisiana Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

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

LA New Opportunities Waiver (0401.R02.00) - 07/01/2011

Provides center-based respite, day hab, employment related training, supported employment, supported living, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, individual and family support, one-time transitional, PERS, professional services, remote assistance, substitute family care for individuals w/autism, IID, MR ages 3 - no max age.

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

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

"The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

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

Louisiana CMS HCBS Final Rule and OCDD’s Transition Plan

This presentation aims to build a common understanding of CMS HCBS Community Rule related to settings and present the Transition Plan for the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). It highlights individual and group supported employment as a employment approach for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The Bayou State welcomes you to come as you are, thus inciting a motto of inclusion that should also engage and encompass Louisianans with disabilities in the general workforce and economic mainstream. 

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 Louisiana’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.45%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,670,724
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
372,108
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
122,832
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
33.01%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.77%
Change from
2014 to 2015
72.99%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 4,670,724
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 372,108
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 122,832
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,787,199
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.01%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.99%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 25.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 329,789
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 351,464
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 431,392
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 223,035
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 21,563
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,754
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 5,250
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 12,643
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 4,049

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,770
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 157,310

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 1,279
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 1,883
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 7,337
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 11.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 182
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 365
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 955
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 18,600
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,863
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 723
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. 39.00%
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. 15.46

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,684
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 270,688
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $12,824,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,340,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $13,592,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $39,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 32.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,301
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,144
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 35.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.34%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.31%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.30%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00%
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). 34.13%
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). 73.27%
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). 88.19%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 39.14%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 721,050
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 131,005
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 197,993
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 328,998
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 217
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 354
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,286,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,116,168

 

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). 44
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 6
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 50
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). 1,717
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 168
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,885

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

LRS continues to participate with OCDD in the “Employment First” initiative, which was designed to provide employment as a first option for persons with developmental disabilities, as an alternative to institutionalization, and to provide integration/independence in the community.

LRS participates in roundtable discussions hosted by OCDD to inform their staff and providers of new requirements related to integration of individuals with developmental disabilities into their communities as a result of new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rules, as well as how to better collaborate with LRS to achieve goals set forth in WIOA. (Page 240)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing implementation on disability. (Page 103)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

With support of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant (2012 –2015), LWC worked to ensure the physical, communication and programmatic accessibility of all One–Stop Career Centers by conducting specialized training for all center staff on topics including accessibility for all, disability etiquette and awareness, and identifying and assisting job–seekers with hidden disabilities. LWC will continue to maintain these investments in staff training and technology to make certain One– Stop Career Center staff serve adult job–seekers with disabilities effectively.

LWC will incorporate accessibility criteria as part of the One–Stop certification criteria in collaboration with its disability partners and advocacy groups. Additionally, all One–Stop Centers will be monitored onsite annually to ensure compliance with this requirement. (Page 103)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

Upon reviewing survey information of individuals receiving SSI/SSDI, the top needs identified by respondents included job placement (47%); job readiness skills (32%); job coaching (32%); and benefits planning (30%). They identified barriers to employment as being the fear of losing their government 8ues to renew and revise existing local cooperative agreements, as applicable, with the 70 school districts and 104 Charter Schools in Louisiana. As part of the State Transition Plan, the Department of Education (DOE) and LRS continue to work together to establish Regional Core teams throughout the state. The LRS’ Transition Program Coordinator continues to collaborate and partner with DOE, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), Work Incentive Planning Program, Office of Community Services, LWC, and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross–agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator worked collaboratively with CURRENTS’ Coordinator, Peggy Hale, using monthly conference calls, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. The Training Unit developed a School–to–Work Job Readiness curriculum and has trained staff to implement the curriculum with eligible students. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for job readiness training. (Page 240)

School to Work Transition

LRS Transition Counselors conduct outreach by hosting transition meetings at area high schools to provide information about VR services and to accept referrals. Information disseminated at these meetings includes agency brochures, client handbooks describing the VR processes/services, and referrals to other community resources students may need to access. Counselors work with the students, parents and educators to plan services needed for successful transition from school to work from the point that the student with a disability is identified. (Page 193)

Some examples of collaborative efforts include Transition Core Team meetings held statewide attended by the DOE, the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Families Helping Families, and other interested individuals. These meetings are held to assist agencies who serve transition students as they exit from school to work. (Page 209)

LRS continues to renew and revise existing local cooperative agreements, as applicable, with the 70 school districts and 104 Charter Schools in Louisiana. As part of the State Transition Plan, the Department of Education (DOE) and LRS continue to work together to establish Regional Core teams throughout the state. The LRS’ Transition Program Coordinator continues to collaborate and partner with DOE, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), Work Incentive Planning Program, Office of Community Services, LWC, and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross–agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator worked collaboratively with CURRENTS’ Coordinator, Peggy Hale, using monthly conference calls, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. The Training Unit developed a School–to–Work Job Readiness curriculum and has trained staff to implement the curriculum with eligible students. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for job readiness training. (Page 240)

Incentive Planning Program, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross-agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator is working collaboratively with the Transition Learning Collaborative using video conferencing calls hosted by Laurie Ford, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. Technical support is provided to staff in the field offices to enhance transition services. The Transition Coordinator works closely with the school districts that have Third Party Cooperative Arrangements to assist the Transition Specialist as needed. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for Job Readiness training. Pre-Employment Transition Services are made available statewide to students with disabilities by LRS’ Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) to provide workplace readiness and establish work based learning experiences.  (Page 245)

Data Collection

The LRC/LRS liaison participated in several workgroups to develop the model, methods of research and data collection. Once the surveys were developed, the liaison distributed the draft survey instruments to LRC members soliciting their input. Comments and suggestions received contributed to the final development of the survey. As exhibited above, the CSNA is the result of a joint effort between LRS and the LRC with technical assistance provided by Region VI TACE. (Page 212)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

Employment and training programs administered by the Social Security Administration, including the Ticket to Work and the Self-Sufficiency Program. 

  • Employment and training programs carried out by the Small Business Administration.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) employment and training programs.
  • Other programs authorized under the National and Community Service Act of 1990.
  • In addition to these specified additional partners the law and plan allows boards to include other partners as part of the one-stop delivery system -- local employers and community-based, faith-based, and/or non-profit organizations, as well as employment, education and training programs provided by public libraries or the private sector. (Page 53)
Career Pathways

Goal 1: Establish Career Pathways as a model for skill, credential and degree attainment for Louisiana citizens to secure jobs that provide opportunities for economic independence and family stability. This goal will be accomplished by executing the following objectives:

  1. Workforce development system partners will develop a shared vision and strategy for industry sector-based career pathways for youth and adults. Career pathways must be diverse, with multiple entry and exit points allowing individuals of varying abilities, including low-skilled adults and youth with multiple barriers to employment, to have realistic access to pathways.
  2. Engage employers and integrate sector strategy principles to ensure multiple employers, business associations and organized labor are partners in creating demand-driven career pathways.  (Page 35)
Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability or implementation.  (Page 196, 267)

Policies and Initiatives

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Louisiana APSE - 11/13/2017

"A symposium advocating for best practices in employment services for Louisianans with disabilities will be held on November 13th, 2017."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
Citations

“LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS DRAFT ESSA PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT” - 02/20/2017

~~“ESSA's provisions become effective July 1, 2017. Per the law, the United States Secretary of Education must approve or deny a plan within 120 days of a state submitting its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Because completion of the plan prior to the start of the school year in which it becomes effective is critically important for Louisiana administrators, educators and parents, Louisiana commenced public development of its plan more than a year in advance of the law taking effect.”

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

Employment First Workgroup - 02/17/2017

~~“The first meeting of the Employment First Workgroup was held Thursday, February 16. The Workgroup is comprised of federal, state, regional and local agency stakeholders as well as community advocates, other professionals, business leaders, families, and individuals with disabilities to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. During the meeting, members of the workgroup shared information and perspectives related to education, individuals and families, developmental disabilities, and services for people with disabilities. Attendees also shared their experiences regarding seeking employment and applying to receive services.The workgroup will meet monthly and will report its work by June 30, 2017. The next meeting will take place on March 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana State Capitol on the 4th floor. The meeting will be open and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Louisiana Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday announced Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a three-year, $2 million grant through phase two of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant opportunity to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for students.

 "This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "I'm confident that Louisiana's team of state and local education, economic development and workforce partners will make excellent use of these funds to dramatically improve the number of our young citizens prepared for college, career and life success."

 The phase two grant funds will be used to expand Jump Start, the state's innovative career and technical education program, said State Superintendent of Education John White. "These funds will allow our state to build upon Jump Start's strong foundation, expanding opportunities and resources that enable our students to earn the industry credentials they need to attain employment in Louisiana's most important industries."

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

“THE HEART OF ESSA: REFLECT ON RESULTS, PLAN AND PRIORITIZE, AND FUND PRIORITIES” - 01/09/2017

~~“Career education access: Louisiana developed a career education initiative, Jump Start, as well as a diverse course delivery program known as Course Choice. Using funds won through the New Skills for Youth grant, Louisiana conducted an inventory of every pathway offered in every high school in the state. Further grant funding will in part go toward bolstering connections among employers, higher education, and high schools. Students with disabilities eligible to pursue a high school diploma via an alternate pathway may also select a Jump Start pathway to earn a career diploma and a recognized workforce credential. All Jump Start pathways are accessible to these students, with the student’s IEP team setting alternate exit and performance criteria.”

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

Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

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

“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

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

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

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

Executive Order No. JBE 16-45: Louisiana Rehabilitation Council - 08/04/2016

“Whereas, the State Rehabilitation Council was originally established by executive order to provide Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities assistance in their pursuit of meaningful careers and gainful employment through specific programs.

Preparing and submitting an annual report to the governor and the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Service Administration, Washington, D.C., on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs operating within the state, and making the report available to the public.

Providing for coordination and the establishment of working relationships between Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Centers for Independent Living within the state”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination - 04/13/2016

“No state agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards, entities or officers of the State of Louisiana shall harass or discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age against any individual in the provision of any service and/or benefit by such agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards or entities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Louisiana House Bill No. 598 - 06/11/2015

“…The ABLE Account Program is hereby created and shall be administered by the ABLE Account Authority, refereed to hereafter as “the authority” to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana House Bill 508

To enact RS. 47:297.13, relative to income taxation; to provide relative to individual and corporation income tax deductions; to authorize an income tax deduction for taxpayers w employ certain qualified disabled individuals; to provide for certain definitions; to provide for certain requirements and limitations; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Executive Order No. JBE 16-45: Louisiana Rehabilitation Council - 08/04/2016

“Whereas, the State Rehabilitation Council was originally established by executive order to provide Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities assistance in their pursuit of meaningful careers and gainful employment through specific programs.

Preparing and submitting an annual report to the governor and the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Service Administration, Washington, D.C., on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs operating within the state, and making the report available to the public.

Providing for coordination and the establishment of working relationships between Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Centers for Independent Living within the state”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination - 04/13/2016

“No state agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards, entities or officers of the State of Louisiana shall harass or discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age against any individual in the provision of any service and/or benefit by such agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards or entities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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“LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS DRAFT ESSA PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT” - 02/20/2017

~~“ESSA's provisions become effective July 1, 2017. Per the law, the United States Secretary of Education must approve or deny a plan within 120 days of a state submitting its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Because completion of the plan prior to the start of the school year in which it becomes effective is critically important for Louisiana administrators, educators and parents, Louisiana commenced public development of its plan more than a year in advance of the law taking effect.”

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

“Louisiana Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday announced Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a three-year, $2 million grant through phase two of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant opportunity to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for students.

 "This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "I'm confident that Louisiana's team of state and local education, economic development and workforce partners will make excellent use of these funds to dramatically improve the number of our young citizens prepared for college, career and life success."

 The phase two grant funds will be used to expand Jump Start, the state's innovative career and technical education program, said State Superintendent of Education John White. "These funds will allow our state to build upon Jump Start's strong foundation, expanding opportunities and resources that enable our students to earn the industry credentials they need to attain employment in Louisiana's most important industries."

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

“THE HEART OF ESSA: REFLECT ON RESULTS, PLAN AND PRIORITIZE, AND FUND PRIORITIES” - 01/09/2017

~~“Career education access: Louisiana developed a career education initiative, Jump Start, as well as a diverse course delivery program known as Course Choice. Using funds won through the New Skills for Youth grant, Louisiana conducted an inventory of every pathway offered in every high school in the state. Further grant funding will in part go toward bolstering connections among employers, higher education, and high schools. Students with disabilities eligible to pursue a high school diploma via an alternate pathway may also select a Jump Start pathway to earn a career diploma and a recognized workforce credential. All Jump Start pathways are accessible to these students, with the student’s IEP team setting alternate exit and performance criteria.”

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

Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

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

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals “Employment for People with Disabilities is a Priority in Louisiana” - 10/01/2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, individuals with disabilities, employers and advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to call attention to the importance of employment for people with disabilities and the beginning of Louisiana’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness month.

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert outlined her agency’s efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. “The role of work in our lives has been talked about so much and from nearly every angle. Issues like work-life balance make easy headlines, but what is often left out of the discussion all too frequently is that for some individuals work hasn’t always been an option,” said DHH Secretary Kliebert. “We want to make sure that our family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities have the ability to work if they choose to do so. We are dedicated to using waiver services, supports and provider relationships to help make that possible. I want to thank our the Workforce Commission, the Advocacy Center and our other partners for continuing to work to ensure that work is an option for any Louisiana resident who wishes to join the labor force."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Employment First Initiative Memo - 06/01/2011

“The OCDD official position statement on Employment First: Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age. Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workplace. A more thorough implementation statement with further detailed definitions, desired outcomes and operational procedures will be released as they are finalized.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana OCDD and Employment First - 06/01/2011

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) believes that it is time to improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Louisiana.   Over the last few years the term “Employment First” has become widely used to describe how state and local systems across the country articulate the values and philosophy which support employment services available to individuals and families.   An “Employment First” approach means integrated individual employment is offered before other service options, and that community employment is supported as the priority outcome in policy, practice, and quality management.   The OCDD believes that individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities have the right to work and through partnerships, vision, and creativity, perceived or real barriers to employment can be overcome.   The OCDD believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities CAN work and contribute to their community, when given the opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Individualized Plan for Employment” Louisiana Department of Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual - 07/01/2010

“The Individualized Plan for Employment, hereafter referred to as IPE, and all subsequent amendments assure that each individual determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services or determined appropriate for extended evaluation services shall have a formal plan for services.… The format of the IPE, to the maximum extent possible, will be in the language or mode of communication understood by the individual.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Graduation Pathways

~~“While most students with disabilities in Louisiana will pursue a traditional pathway to a high school diploma, certain students with disabilities who have an IEP have alternative pathways to a diploma available to them.•Students at the high school level who are eligible under Act 833 (2014) can pursue a standard high school diploma by meeting standard graduation requirements through alternate means.•Students at the high school level who are assessed on Louisiana Alternate Assessment Level 1 (LAA 1) can pursue a diploma pathway by meeting alternate requirements.

Resources are available which can assist both educators and families in planning and implementing a successful high school experience for students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Students with Disabilities” Louisiana Department of Education Policy on Resources for Special Education and Transition

Early Identification: Research indicates that early identification of unique learning needs can lead to more successful intervention and better student outcomes. Louisiana is committed to identifying unique learning needs and implementing appropriate interventions at the earliest possible point in a student’s academic career. Student Success: All students, regardless of their unique learning needs, should have access to aligned, high-quality instruction that supports those individual needs. Pathways to Prosperity: Louisiana has created pathways to graduation, college, and the workplace for all students that allow students to demonstrate skills and progress through alternate means when appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Employment First Workgroup - 02/17/2017

~~“The first meeting of the Employment First Workgroup was held Thursday, February 16. The Workgroup is comprised of federal, state, regional and local agency stakeholders as well as community advocates, other professionals, business leaders, families, and individuals with disabilities to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. During the meeting, members of the workgroup shared information and perspectives related to education, individuals and families, developmental disabilities, and services for people with disabilities. Attendees also shared their experiences regarding seeking employment and applying to receive services.The workgroup will meet monthly and will report its work by June 30, 2017. The next meeting will take place on March 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana State Capitol on the 4th floor. The meeting will be open and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.” 

Systems
  • Other

Louisiana's Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan - 07/01/2012

Vocational Rehabilitation

“As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”

 

W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211

“The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana Workforce Commission.

“LRS continues to collaborate with LWC in identifying effective ways to integrate services in BCSCs [Business and Career Solution Centers]. LRS is represented on each of the LWIBs and attends meetings as scheduled. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with each of the WIBs is updated annually. Within the 18 WIAs, 63 BCSCs have been established, 18 cost allocation plans have been completed by the WIBs and approved by all parties. LRS continues to pay expenses to the local centers for participation, as per the local cost allocation plans.”

“LWC is working with the Shared Youth Vision workgroup on youth, local workforce boards, youth councils, and community-based organizations to continue development of the systems needed to provide these comprehensive services to eligible youth, including coordination with Job Corps and other youth programs within each local workforce investment area. Vocational rehabilitation is involved in the development of these service strategies to ensure that youth with disabilities or other barriers to employment are included in the comprehensive service strategy.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Louisiana FY 2011 Block Grant State Plan

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is a member of the WORK PAY$ committee. “This committee is comprised of community partners and is intended to further the employment of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. OBH is also working as a collaborative partner on both a state and regional level in the development and implementation of job fairs for individuals with disabilities throughout the state.”

“The Louisiana Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (LAWIPA) program helps Social Security beneficiaries work through issues relating to social security benefits and employment. The program is a coalition between the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Human Development Center. Many individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI and/ or SSI benefits want to work or increase their work activity. One barrier for these individuals is the fear of losing health care and other benefits if they work. Valuable work incentive programs can extend benefits, but are often poorly understood and underutilized. The LAWIPA coalition educates clients and assists them in overcoming work barriers, perceived or real; and also focuses on improved community partnerships. Benefit specialists, called Community Work Incentive Coordinators, provide services to all Louisiana SSDI and SSI beneficiaries age 14 and older who have disabilities. CMHC staff and clients are able to work with Coordinators to help navigate the various work related resources (as offered in conjunction with the Ticket to Work program), and identify on an individualized basis the way their benefits will be impacted by going to work. The ultimate goal of the new WIPA coalition is to support the successful employment of beneficiaries with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
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Louisiana Medicaid Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

“Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014 Louisiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

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

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

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

Louisiana Workforce Investment Act Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Louisiana APSE - 11/13/2017

"A symposium advocating for best practices in employment services for Louisianans with disabilities will be held on November 13th, 2017."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
Citations

Increasing Employment Provider Capacity

“The Council is committed to working with its partners like the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center (HDC), the Advocacy Center, Louisiana APSE (the Association of People Support Employment First), the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council (LRC), and the Work Pay$ Coalition to increase the capacity of the employment provider system in Louisiana through increasing state match dollars and promoting the use of consistent definitions, evidence-based practice and training and technical assistance for employment providers.”

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

Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions Human Development Center

HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies, and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00AM - 4:00PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.

(If you would to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “Employment Mentoring”

The Employment Mentoring project will develop, implement, and evaluate a training and mentoring approach that will result in Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) demonstrating competencies in skills which lead to employment outcomes for job seekers with developmental disabilities including those with the most intense support needs in acquiring and maintaining community-based competitive employment.  The project will work with participating Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to enhance their operations and participating Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) to improve their competencies in the area of supported employment and successful completion of the national Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities “Resources”

The DHH Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities offers a variety and ever-changing collection of resources, trainings and literature to assist consumers, their families, providers, advocates, and others access relevant materials.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana WIA Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

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

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

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

LA Supports Waiver (0453.R02.00) - 07/01/2014

This waiver, "provides day hab, habilitation, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, housing stabilization service, housing stabilization transition, PERS for individuals w/autism, ID, DD"

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

Louisiana Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

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

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

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

Louisiana's ESEA Flexibility Request - 05/29/2012

“By submitting this flexibility request, the SEA requests flexibility through waivers of the ten ESEA requirements listed below and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements by checking each of the boxes below. The provisions below represent the general areas of flexibility requested; a chart appended to the document titled ESEA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions enumerates each specific provision of which the SEA requests a waiver, which the SEA incorporates into its request by reference.” The Louisiana Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

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

LA New Opportunities Waiver (0401.R02.00) - 07/01/2011

Provides center-based respite, day hab, employment related training, supported employment, supported living, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, individual and family support, one-time transitional, PERS, professional services, remote assistance, substitute family care for individuals w/autism, IID, MR ages 3 - no max age.

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

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

"The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

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

Louisiana CMS HCBS Final Rule and OCDD’s Transition Plan

This presentation aims to build a common understanding of CMS HCBS Community Rule related to settings and present the Transition Plan for the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). It highlights individual and group supported employment as a employment approach for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

The Bayou State welcomes you to come as you are, thus inciting a motto of inclusion that should also engage and encompass Louisianans with disabilities in the general workforce and economic mainstream. 

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 Louisiana’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.45%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,670,724
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
372,108
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
122,832
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
33.01%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.77%
Change from
2014 to 2015
72.99%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 4,670,724
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 372,108
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 122,832
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,787,199
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.01%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.99%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 25.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 329,789
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 351,464
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 431,392
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 223,035
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 21,563
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,754
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 5,250
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 12,643
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 4,049

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,770
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 157,310

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 1,279
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 1,883
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 7,337
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 11.60%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 182
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 365
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 955
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 18,600
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,863
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 723
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. 39.00%
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. 15.46

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,684
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 270,688
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $12,824,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,340,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $13,592,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $39,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 32.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,301
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,144
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 35.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.34%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.31%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.30%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00%
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). 34.13%
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). 73.27%
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). 88.19%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 39.14%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 721,050
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 131,005
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 197,993
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 328,998
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 217
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 354
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,286,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,116,168

 

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). 44
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 6
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 50
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). 1,717
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 168
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,885

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

LRS continues to participate with OCDD in the “Employment First” initiative, which was designed to provide employment as a first option for persons with developmental disabilities, as an alternative to institutionalization, and to provide integration/independence in the community.

LRS participates in roundtable discussions hosted by OCDD to inform their staff and providers of new requirements related to integration of individuals with developmental disabilities into their communities as a result of new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rules, as well as how to better collaborate with LRS to achieve goals set forth in WIOA. (Page 240)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing implementation on disability. (Page 103)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

With support of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant (2012 –2015), LWC worked to ensure the physical, communication and programmatic accessibility of all One–Stop Career Centers by conducting specialized training for all center staff on topics including accessibility for all, disability etiquette and awareness, and identifying and assisting job–seekers with hidden disabilities. LWC will continue to maintain these investments in staff training and technology to make certain One– Stop Career Center staff serve adult job–seekers with disabilities effectively.

LWC will incorporate accessibility criteria as part of the One–Stop certification criteria in collaboration with its disability partners and advocacy groups. Additionally, all One–Stop Centers will be monitored onsite annually to ensure compliance with this requirement. (Page 103)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

Upon reviewing survey information of individuals receiving SSI/SSDI, the top needs identified by respondents included job placement (47%); job readiness skills (32%); job coaching (32%); and benefits planning (30%). They identified barriers to employment as being the fear of losing their government 8ues to renew and revise existing local cooperative agreements, as applicable, with the 70 school districts and 104 Charter Schools in Louisiana. As part of the State Transition Plan, the Department of Education (DOE) and LRS continue to work together to establish Regional Core teams throughout the state. The LRS’ Transition Program Coordinator continues to collaborate and partner with DOE, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), Work Incentive Planning Program, Office of Community Services, LWC, and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross–agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator worked collaboratively with CURRENTS’ Coordinator, Peggy Hale, using monthly conference calls, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. The Training Unit developed a School–to–Work Job Readiness curriculum and has trained staff to implement the curriculum with eligible students. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for job readiness training. (Page 240)

School to Work Transition

LRS Transition Counselors conduct outreach by hosting transition meetings at area high schools to provide information about VR services and to accept referrals. Information disseminated at these meetings includes agency brochures, client handbooks describing the VR processes/services, and referrals to other community resources students may need to access. Counselors work with the students, parents and educators to plan services needed for successful transition from school to work from the point that the student with a disability is identified. (Page 193)

Some examples of collaborative efforts include Transition Core Team meetings held statewide attended by the DOE, the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Families Helping Families, and other interested individuals. These meetings are held to assist agencies who serve transition students as they exit from school to work. (Page 209)

LRS continues to renew and revise existing local cooperative agreements, as applicable, with the 70 school districts and 104 Charter Schools in Louisiana. As part of the State Transition Plan, the Department of Education (DOE) and LRS continue to work together to establish Regional Core teams throughout the state. The LRS’ Transition Program Coordinator continues to collaborate and partner with DOE, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), Work Incentive Planning Program, Office of Community Services, LWC, and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross–agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator worked collaboratively with CURRENTS’ Coordinator, Peggy Hale, using monthly conference calls, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. The Training Unit developed a School–to–Work Job Readiness curriculum and has trained staff to implement the curriculum with eligible students. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for job readiness training. (Page 240)

Incentive Planning Program, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), and the Office of Youth Development in an effort to network, share information and utilize comparable benefits to enhance VR services to transition students. The primary focus of LRS’ collaboration is to identify and address barriers (e.g. policies, eligibility process, resource allocation); assure effective service provision through the support of local interagency core teams, provide cross-agency training, outreach, engage in capacity building of young adults and family outreach efforts; provide continued support of innovative models and practices related to transition; and provide information and technical assistance. The Program Coordinator provides guidance and information to the Rehabilitation Counselors regarding specific transition issues. The Program Coordinator is working collaboratively with the Transition Learning Collaborative using video conferencing calls hosted by Laurie Ford, to discuss transition topics and provide information to LRS’ field offices. Technical support is provided to staff in the field offices to enhance transition services. The Transition Coordinator works closely with the school districts that have Third Party Cooperative Arrangements to assist the Transition Specialist as needed. Training will continue to be provided statewide. VR Counselors are encouraged to provide services at least once a month, when feasible, to students determined appropriate for Job Readiness training. Pre-Employment Transition Services are made available statewide to students with disabilities by LRS’ Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) to provide workplace readiness and establish work based learning experiences.  (Page 245)

Data Collection

The LRC/LRS liaison participated in several workgroups to develop the model, methods of research and data collection. Once the surveys were developed, the liaison distributed the draft survey instruments to LRC members soliciting their input. Comments and suggestions received contributed to the final development of the survey. As exhibited above, the CSNA is the result of a joint effort between LRS and the LRC with technical assistance provided by Region VI TACE. (Page 212)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

Employment and training programs administered by the Social Security Administration, including the Ticket to Work and the Self-Sufficiency Program. 

  • Employment and training programs carried out by the Small Business Administration.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) employment and training programs.
  • Other programs authorized under the National and Community Service Act of 1990.
  • In addition to these specified additional partners the law and plan allows boards to include other partners as part of the one-stop delivery system -- local employers and community-based, faith-based, and/or non-profit organizations, as well as employment, education and training programs provided by public libraries or the private sector. (Page 53)
Career Pathways

Goal 1: Establish Career Pathways as a model for skill, credential and degree attainment for Louisiana citizens to secure jobs that provide opportunities for economic independence and family stability. This goal will be accomplished by executing the following objectives:

  1. Workforce development system partners will develop a shared vision and strategy for industry sector-based career pathways for youth and adults. Career pathways must be diverse, with multiple entry and exit points allowing individuals of varying abilities, including low-skilled adults and youth with multiple barriers to employment, to have realistic access to pathways.
  2. Engage employers and integrate sector strategy principles to ensure multiple employers, business associations and organized labor are partners in creating demand-driven career pathways.  (Page 35)
Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability or implementation.  (Page 196, 267)

Policies and Initiatives

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Louisiana APSE - 11/13/2017

"A symposium advocating for best practices in employment services for Louisianans with disabilities will be held on November 13th, 2017."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
Citations

“LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS DRAFT ESSA PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT” - 02/20/2017

~~“ESSA's provisions become effective July 1, 2017. Per the law, the United States Secretary of Education must approve or deny a plan within 120 days of a state submitting its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Because completion of the plan prior to the start of the school year in which it becomes effective is critically important for Louisiana administrators, educators and parents, Louisiana commenced public development of its plan more than a year in advance of the law taking effect.”

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

Employment First Workgroup - 02/17/2017

~~“The first meeting of the Employment First Workgroup was held Thursday, February 16. The Workgroup is comprised of federal, state, regional and local agency stakeholders as well as community advocates, other professionals, business leaders, families, and individuals with disabilities to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. During the meeting, members of the workgroup shared information and perspectives related to education, individuals and families, developmental disabilities, and services for people with disabilities. Attendees also shared their experiences regarding seeking employment and applying to receive services.The workgroup will meet monthly and will report its work by June 30, 2017. The next meeting will take place on March 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana State Capitol on the 4th floor. The meeting will be open and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Louisiana Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday announced Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a three-year, $2 million grant through phase two of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant opportunity to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for students.

 "This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "I'm confident that Louisiana's team of state and local education, economic development and workforce partners will make excellent use of these funds to dramatically improve the number of our young citizens prepared for college, career and life success."

 The phase two grant funds will be used to expand Jump Start, the state's innovative career and technical education program, said State Superintendent of Education John White. "These funds will allow our state to build upon Jump Start's strong foundation, expanding opportunities and resources that enable our students to earn the industry credentials they need to attain employment in Louisiana's most important industries."

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

“THE HEART OF ESSA: REFLECT ON RESULTS, PLAN AND PRIORITIZE, AND FUND PRIORITIES” - 01/09/2017

~~“Career education access: Louisiana developed a career education initiative, Jump Start, as well as a diverse course delivery program known as Course Choice. Using funds won through the New Skills for Youth grant, Louisiana conducted an inventory of every pathway offered in every high school in the state. Further grant funding will in part go toward bolstering connections among employers, higher education, and high schools. Students with disabilities eligible to pursue a high school diploma via an alternate pathway may also select a Jump Start pathway to earn a career diploma and a recognized workforce credential. All Jump Start pathways are accessible to these students, with the student’s IEP team setting alternate exit and performance criteria.”

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

Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

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

“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

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

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

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

Executive Order No. JBE 16-45: Louisiana Rehabilitation Council - 08/04/2016

“Whereas, the State Rehabilitation Council was originally established by executive order to provide Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities assistance in their pursuit of meaningful careers and gainful employment through specific programs.

Preparing and submitting an annual report to the governor and the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Service Administration, Washington, D.C., on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs operating within the state, and making the report available to the public.

Providing for coordination and the establishment of working relationships between Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Centers for Independent Living within the state”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination - 04/13/2016

“No state agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards, entities or officers of the State of Louisiana shall harass or discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age against any individual in the provision of any service and/or benefit by such agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards or entities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Louisiana House Bill No. 598 - 06/11/2015

“…The ABLE Account Program is hereby created and shall be administered by the ABLE Account Authority, refereed to hereafter as “the authority” to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana House Bill 508

To enact RS. 47:297.13, relative to income taxation; to provide relative to individual and corporation income tax deductions; to authorize an income tax deduction for taxpayers w employ certain qualified disabled individuals; to provide for certain definitions; to provide for certain requirements and limitations; to provide for an effective date; and to provide for related matters.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Executive Order No. JBE 16-45: Louisiana Rehabilitation Council - 08/04/2016

“Whereas, the State Rehabilitation Council was originally established by executive order to provide Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities assistance in their pursuit of meaningful careers and gainful employment through specific programs.

Preparing and submitting an annual report to the governor and the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Service Administration, Washington, D.C., on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs operating within the state, and making the report available to the public.

Providing for coordination and the establishment of working relationships between Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Centers for Independent Living within the state”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11: Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination - 04/13/2016

“No state agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards, entities or officers of the State of Louisiana shall harass or discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, disability, or age against any individual in the provision of any service and/or benefit by such agencies, departments, offices, commissions, boards or entities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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“LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION POSTS DRAFT ESSA PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT” - 02/20/2017

~~“ESSA's provisions become effective July 1, 2017. Per the law, the United States Secretary of Education must approve or deny a plan within 120 days of a state submitting its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Because completion of the plan prior to the start of the school year in which it becomes effective is critically important for Louisiana administrators, educators and parents, Louisiana commenced public development of its plan more than a year in advance of the law taking effect.”

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

“Louisiana Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education” - 01/11/2017

~~“The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday announced Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a three-year, $2 million grant through phase two of the New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant opportunity to strengthen and expand career-education pathways for students.

 "This New Skills for Youth grant will provide tremendous support for our state's high school teachers and students in accessing high-quality workforce training, particularly in rural school districts and in support of our students with disabilities," said Gov. John Bel Edwards. "I'm confident that Louisiana's team of state and local education, economic development and workforce partners will make excellent use of these funds to dramatically improve the number of our young citizens prepared for college, career and life success."

 The phase two grant funds will be used to expand Jump Start, the state's innovative career and technical education program, said State Superintendent of Education John White. "These funds will allow our state to build upon Jump Start's strong foundation, expanding opportunities and resources that enable our students to earn the industry credentials they need to attain employment in Louisiana's most important industries."

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

“THE HEART OF ESSA: REFLECT ON RESULTS, PLAN AND PRIORITIZE, AND FUND PRIORITIES” - 01/09/2017

~~“Career education access: Louisiana developed a career education initiative, Jump Start, as well as a diverse course delivery program known as Course Choice. Using funds won through the New Skills for Youth grant, Louisiana conducted an inventory of every pathway offered in every high school in the state. Further grant funding will in part go toward bolstering connections among employers, higher education, and high schools. Students with disabilities eligible to pursue a high school diploma via an alternate pathway may also select a Jump Start pathway to earn a career diploma and a recognized workforce credential. All Jump Start pathways are accessible to these students, with the student’s IEP team setting alternate exit and performance criteria.”

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

Louisiana’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) Framework - 09/28/2016

“Long-term indicators: To foster a better understanding of how skills taught in schools translate to life after high school, Louisiana will provide to schools and school systems an annual series of reports on the postsecondary success and economic productivity of their graduates as a group. These reports will provide local communities and educators with aggregated data regarding the measurable life outcomes experienced by recent graduates, including income, employment, and education attainment information

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

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals “Employment for People with Disabilities is a Priority in Louisiana” - 10/01/2014

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, individuals with disabilities, employers and advocates gathered on the Capitol steps to call attention to the importance of employment for people with disabilities and the beginning of Louisiana’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness month.

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert outlined her agency’s efforts to promote employment for people with disabilities. “The role of work in our lives has been talked about so much and from nearly every angle. Issues like work-life balance make easy headlines, but what is often left out of the discussion all too frequently is that for some individuals work hasn’t always been an option,” said DHH Secretary Kliebert. “We want to make sure that our family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities have the ability to work if they choose to do so. We are dedicated to using waiver services, supports and provider relationships to help make that possible. I want to thank our the Workforce Commission, the Advocacy Center and our other partners for continuing to work to ensure that work is an option for any Louisiana resident who wishes to join the labor force."
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana Employment First Initiative Memo - 06/01/2011

“The OCDD official position statement on Employment First: Employment will be the primary outcome for all persons receiving OCDD services who are of working age. Employment is characterized by typical jobs with competitive compensation that are fully integrated into the workplace. A more thorough implementation statement with further detailed definitions, desired outcomes and operational procedures will be released as they are finalized.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Louisiana OCDD and Employment First - 06/01/2011

The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) believes that it is time to improve employment outcomes for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Louisiana.   Over the last few years the term “Employment First” has become widely used to describe how state and local systems across the country articulate the values and philosophy which support employment services available to individuals and families.   An “Employment First” approach means integrated individual employment is offered before other service options, and that community employment is supported as the priority outcome in policy, practice, and quality management.   The OCDD believes that individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities have the right to work and through partnerships, vision, and creativity, perceived or real barriers to employment can be overcome.   The OCDD believes that all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities CAN work and contribute to their community, when given the opportunity, training, and supports that build on their strengths.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Individualized Plan for Employment” Louisiana Department of Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual - 07/01/2010

“The Individualized Plan for Employment, hereafter referred to as IPE, and all subsequent amendments assure that each individual determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services or determined appropriate for extended evaluation services shall have a formal plan for services.… The format of the IPE, to the maximum extent possible, will be in the language or mode of communication understood by the individual.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Graduation Pathways

~~“While most students with disabilities in Louisiana will pursue a traditional pathway to a high school diploma, certain students with disabilities who have an IEP have alternative pathways to a diploma available to them.•Students at the high school level who are eligible under Act 833 (2014) can pursue a standard high school diploma by meeting standard graduation requirements through alternate means.•Students at the high school level who are assessed on Louisiana Alternate Assessment Level 1 (LAA 1) can pursue a diploma pathway by meeting alternate requirements.

Resources are available which can assist both educators and families in planning and implementing a successful high school experience for students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Students with Disabilities” Louisiana Department of Education Policy on Resources for Special Education and Transition

Early Identification: Research indicates that early identification of unique learning needs can lead to more successful intervention and better student outcomes. Louisiana is committed to identifying unique learning needs and implementing appropriate interventions at the earliest possible point in a student’s academic career. Student Success: All students, regardless of their unique learning needs, should have access to aligned, high-quality instruction that supports those individual needs. Pathways to Prosperity: Louisiana has created pathways to graduation, college, and the workplace for all students that allow students to demonstrate skills and progress through alternate means when appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Employment First Workgroup - 02/17/2017

~~“The first meeting of the Employment First Workgroup was held Thursday, February 16. The Workgroup is comprised of federal, state, regional and local agency stakeholders as well as community advocates, other professionals, business leaders, families, and individuals with disabilities to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. During the meeting, members of the workgroup shared information and perspectives related to education, individuals and families, developmental disabilities, and services for people with disabilities. Attendees also shared their experiences regarding seeking employment and applying to receive services.The workgroup will meet monthly and will report its work by June 30, 2017. The next meeting will take place on March 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana State Capitol on the 4th floor. The meeting will be open and all interested parties are encouraged to participate.” 

Systems
  • Other

Louisiana's Demand-Driven Workforce Investment Plan - 07/01/2012

Vocational Rehabilitation

“As a mandated partner in the Workforce Investment Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is instrumental in meeting the workforce needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the VR Program is, in part, ‘to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.’ The VR Program operates a statewide comprehensive program to assess, plan, develop and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, ‘consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.’”

 

W-P Section 8(b) 20 CFR 652.211

“The state has designated at least one person in each state or Federal employment office to promote and develop employment opportunities, job counseling, and placement for individuals with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana Workforce Commission.

“LRS continues to collaborate with LWC in identifying effective ways to integrate services in BCSCs [Business and Career Solution Centers]. LRS is represented on each of the LWIBs and attends meetings as scheduled. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with each of the WIBs is updated annually. Within the 18 WIAs, 63 BCSCs have been established, 18 cost allocation plans have been completed by the WIBs and approved by all parties. LRS continues to pay expenses to the local centers for participation, as per the local cost allocation plans.”

“LWC is working with the Shared Youth Vision workgroup on youth, local workforce boards, youth councils, and community-based organizations to continue development of the systems needed to provide these comprehensive services to eligible youth, including coordination with Job Corps and other youth programs within each local workforce investment area. Vocational rehabilitation is involved in the development of these service strategies to ensure that youth with disabilities or other barriers to employment are included in the comprehensive service strategy.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Louisiana FY 2011 Block Grant State Plan

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is a member of the WORK PAY$ committee. “This committee is comprised of community partners and is intended to further the employment of individuals with disabilities in the state of Louisiana. OBH is also working as a collaborative partner on both a state and regional level in the development and implementation of job fairs for individuals with disabilities throughout the state.”

“The Louisiana Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (LAWIPA) program helps Social Security beneficiaries work through issues relating to social security benefits and employment. The program is a coalition between the Advocacy Center of Louisiana and the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Human Development Center. Many individuals with disabilities who receive SSDI and/ or SSI benefits want to work or increase their work activity. One barrier for these individuals is the fear of losing health care and other benefits if they work. Valuable work incentive programs can extend benefits, but are often poorly understood and underutilized. The LAWIPA coalition educates clients and assists them in overcoming work barriers, perceived or real; and also focuses on improved community partnerships. Benefit specialists, called Community Work Incentive Coordinators, provide services to all Louisiana SSDI and SSI beneficiaries age 14 and older who have disabilities. CMHC staff and clients are able to work with Coordinators to help navigate the various work related resources (as offered in conjunction with the Ticket to Work program), and identify on an individualized basis the way their benefits will be impacted by going to work. The ultimate goal of the new WIPA coalition is to support the successful employment of beneficiaries with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
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Louisiana Medicaid Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

“Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Louisiana Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014 Louisiana was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. The grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

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

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

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

Louisiana Workforce Investment Act Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Louisiana APSE - 11/13/2017

"A symposium advocating for best practices in employment services for Louisianans with disabilities will be held on November 13th, 2017."

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  • Other
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  • Provider Transformation
Citations

Increasing Employment Provider Capacity

“The Council is committed to working with its partners like the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center (HDC), the Advocacy Center, Louisiana APSE (the Association of People Support Employment First), the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council (LRC), and the Work Pay$ Coalition to increase the capacity of the employment provider system in Louisiana through increasing state match dollars and promoting the use of consistent definitions, evidence-based practice and training and technical assistance for employment providers.”

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

Louisiana State University School of Allied Health Professions Human Development Center

HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies, and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00AM - 4:00PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.

(If you would to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

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  • Other
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  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council “Employment Mentoring”

The Employment Mentoring project will develop, implement, and evaluate a training and mentoring approach that will result in Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) demonstrating competencies in skills which lead to employment outcomes for job seekers with developmental disabilities including those with the most intense support needs in acquiring and maintaining community-based competitive employment.  The project will work with participating Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to enhance their operations and participating Employment Support Professionals (ESPs) to improve their competencies in the area of supported employment and successful completion of the national Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) exam.

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  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council 2015 Annual Report

The Council provided financial support for the Employment Mentoring program with its Developmental Disability Network partner, the LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). The program provided a competency-based training and mentoring program for employment support providers.

508 mentoring hours 27 employment support professionals mentored 113 job seekers with a developmental disability participated · 
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  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
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  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities “Resources”

The DHH Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities offers a variety and ever-changing collection of resources, trainings and literature to assist consumers, their families, providers, advocates, and others access relevant materials.

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  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Louisiana WIA Training Manual

“The WIA Eligible Training Provider Manual provides educational institutions with updated information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Louisiana’s Workforce Investment System, and provides the necessary guidance, procedures, and requirements in becoming an Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in Louisiana. The Eligible Training Provider List is a list of providers and their training programs and/or services that qualify for WIA funding eligibility.”

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

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“Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) QUARTERLY DD COUNCIL REPORT September 28, 2016” Detailing DD Waiver Activities. - 09/20/2016

A report detailing Medicaid service levels, as well as a variety of Waivers and initiatives, including, but not limited to, the “residential Option Waiver, the New Opportunities Waiver, and the Self-Directed Waiver, as well as a description of ”Money Follows the Person”.

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

The Louisiana Statewide Transition Plan for Compliance with the CMS Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule - 09/14/2016

“The following represents the Louisiana Work Plan. The purpose of this plan is to guide the development and implementation of a Transition Plan to: 1) provide for a robust input and engagement process for consumers and stakeholders; 2) identify areas of non-compliance; 3) seek intervention strategies to comply with the new setting requirements ; 4) implement strategies to maintain continuous compliance; and 5) ensure quality components are designed into each phase of the Transition Plan to ensure continued compliance.”

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

LA Supports Waiver (0453.R02.00) - 07/01/2014

This waiver, "provides day hab, habilitation, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, housing stabilization service, housing stabilization transition, PERS for individuals w/autism, ID, DD"

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

Louisiana Balancing Incentive Program - 02/08/2013

Since 2001, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been engaged in focused, comprehensive system transformation of the long-term care system. These reform efforts have included stakeholder input at all levels and have resulted in changes in laws and regulations, service delivery, and funding priorities. In transforming the long-term care system, the state has committed to rebalancing the service system in order to provide choice between institutional and home and community-based services. The State has been working toward rebalancing its long-term care system by eliminating barriers that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds, increasing the ability of the Medicaid program to assure continued provision of services to people who transition from institutions by consistently increasing funding and slot allocation, improving service menus and rate structures to meet needs, and by ensuring procedures are in place for quality assurance and continuous improvement in services by consolidating licensing authority and improving IT systems tracking critical incidents.”

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

Lousiana Community First Choice Program - 06/20/2012

“The Department of Health and Hospitals, Bureau of Health Services Financing and the Office of Aging and Adult Services propose to replace the current [Long-Term Personal Care Services] LT-PCS Program by adopting provisions to establish Community First Choice Option services as a covered service under the Medicaid state plan. The LT-PCS Program shall be terminated upon the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approval of the corresponding [Community First Choice Option] CFCO state plan amendment.”

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

Louisiana's ESEA Flexibility Request - 05/29/2012

“By submitting this flexibility request, the SEA requests flexibility through waivers of the ten ESEA requirements listed below and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements by checking each of the boxes below. The provisions below represent the general areas of flexibility requested; a chart appended to the document titled ESEA Flexibility Frequently Asked Questions enumerates each specific provision of which the SEA requests a waiver, which the SEA incorporates into its request by reference.” The Louisiana Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

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

LA New Opportunities Waiver (0401.R02.00) - 07/01/2011

Provides center-based respite, day hab, employment related training, supported employment, supported living, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, adult companion care, community integration and development, environmental accessibility adaptations, housing stabilization, housing stabilization transition, individual and family support, one-time transitional, PERS, professional services, remote assistance, substitute family care for individuals w/autism, IID, MR ages 3 - no max age.

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

Louisiana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

"The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.” 

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

Louisiana CMS HCBS Final Rule and OCDD’s Transition Plan

This presentation aims to build a common understanding of CMS HCBS Community Rule related to settings and present the Transition Plan for the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD). It highlights individual and group supported employment as a employment approach for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Louisiana Money Follows the Person

In Louisiana, the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration is known as My Place Louisiana. “The Louisiana Medicaid Office is working with the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) to implement My Place Louisiana which is a ten-year (2008-2018) project focusing on Medicaid funding and following participants in transitioning from nursing facilities, hospitals and ICFs/DD to home and community–based living services.”

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