Creating Conditions for Success: Blueprint Progress Report

Massachusetts

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Policy

To achieve integrated employment, the Blueprint’s architects constructed a plan to close sheltered workshops by June 30, 2015. Contingent on additional funding, participants in sheltered workshops would transition to individual or group employment and/or Community- Based Day Services (CBDS) once sheltered workshops closed. An estimated investment of

$26.7 million over a four-year period would be needed to provide supports to individuals leaving sheltered workshops and moving into integrated work and day settings.

The Blueprint rollout also included an 18 month capacity building initiative funded by DDS to build a foundation for employment success. The Department of Developmental Services committed to fund the following: (a) regional forums to brief and respond to questions from individuals and families about the Blueprint, (b) technical assistance and consultation to providers to redesign services, (c) staff development and training to build a knowledge base in delivering integrated employment supports, and (d) expansion of a cross-disability, interagency employment collaborative model in three regions of the state to more effectively engage employers. Furthermore, DDS remained dedicated to provide individuals the same number of hours of services and supports to maintain stability for families during a time of change.

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on efforts made to expand integrated employment in Massachusetts since Blueprint for Success was released in November 2013.

Systems: 
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics: 
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Date Enacted: 
10/01/2014
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