Maine Employment First Coalition Report to the Governor, Legislature and State Agencies


“Employment First is a growing national and state-level effort to ensure gainful employment is a priority focus of publicly funded programs and services for people with disabilities. It is a banner under which states are taking proactive steps to increase the workforce participation rate of their working -age residents with disabilities, putting in place policies and programmatic strategies to ensure gainful employment is expected first and supported first so that each person with a disability has the opportunity to find and keep gainful employment that matches their skills and abilities with businesses who need those skills and abilities. There are few if any states that do not have any Employment First efforts underway. Yet turning the tide, and revamping publicly funded programs to expect, encourage and support work first, is no simple task. As we know, nothing worth achieving is ever easy or quickly accomplished”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
  • Other
  • Maine Employment First Coalition
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