Minnesota Employment First Policy


State Policies & Initiatives: 

The State of Minnesota is committed that all Minnesotans including those with disabilities have a wide range of employment opportunities within the general workforce. The Minnesota Employment First Policy guides state agencies in their planning, decision making, implementation, and evaluation of services and supports for Minnesotans with disabilities to make employment the first and expected option considered. The Minnesota Employment First Policy provides state agencies with:

- A clear statewide vision supporting transformational change and a long-range goal of working age youth and adults with disabilities participating in the workforce at levels similar to their peers who do not have disabilities

- A guiding vision to increase public and business expectations about employing the abilities and capacities of all people with disabilities to work in the right job with the right level of support

- A policy framework that guides present and future decisions related to people with disabilitieswho receive public services

- Guidance to provide clarity on how this policy will be applied across state agencies

- Instruction to act to develop and implement plans to ensure the Employment First principles and informed choice are integrated into new and existing employment-related policies, services and supports for people with disabilities.

  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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