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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 Mississippi’s VR Rates and Services

2016 State Population.
-0.12%
Change from
2015 to 2016
2,988,726
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.17%
Change from
2015 to 2016
258,824
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.23%
Change from
2015 to 2016
76,078
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
6.36%
Change from
2015 to 2016
29.39%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.6%
Change from
2015 to 2016
71.25%

General

2014 2015 2016
Population. 2,994,079 2,992,333 2,988,726
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 267,593 259,265 258,824
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 73,264 71,339 76,078
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,066,946 1,061,622 1,074,318
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.38% 27.52% 29.39%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 70.45% 70.11% 71.25%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.80% 6.40% 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 27.10% 27.30% 26.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 20.50% 21.00% 19.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 231,514 223,702 221,845
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 250,464 250,610 254,199
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 298,920 297,654 295,963
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 170,931 164,801 166,959
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 6,380 7,006 8,249
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,632 2,147 2,355
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 1,808 2,733 1,270
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,202 5,206 6,792
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,464 1,733 2,660

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,562 2,668 2,741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.20% 2.30% 2.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 132,596 131,143 128,746

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 8,345 7,194 6,655
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 28,442 13,834 12,648
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 58,875 52,960 49,347
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.20% 13.60% 13.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,987 2,013 2,076
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 123 119 120
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 96 96 86
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. 0.78% 81.00% 72.00%
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. 3.21 3.21 2.87

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,537
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 729 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,443 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 2,480 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,308 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 168 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,409 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,150 1,925 1,712
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 204,438 203,145 200,763
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. N/A N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,306,000 $201,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $161,000 $237,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $13,248,000 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 800 1,927
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,821 472
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.00 20.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 67.20% 64.27% 63.02%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.33% 14.42% 15.10%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.07% 2.08% 2.01%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.73% 99.98% 99.98%
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). 23.69% 22.45% 29.01%
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). 61.45% 54.96% 66.78%
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). 80.86% 73.85% 84.38%
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). 37.76% 32.51% 37.77%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 558,965
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,561
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 63,390
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 241,418
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 304,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 49
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 300
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 349
AbilityOne wages (products). $548,297
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,097,679

 

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). 22 22 14
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 23 23 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,684 4,743 1,285
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 66 66 49
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,750 4,809 1,334

 

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)

No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

MDRS continues to identify current information from research, rehabilitation trends and professional resources. This information is provided to agency staff through a variety of methods, including training at the state, regional, and district levels. Most recently this training has been focused on Autism and customized employment. Additionally, this information is posted and available to staff on MDRS Connect, the agency intranet. (Page 194)

Based on the individuals who are Deafblind that we do serve, the needed services include customized employment as well as services similar to those provided for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 197-198)

  • Person Centered Planning and Customized Employment as integral parts of service provision continue to be high priorities. These service approaches have been embraced by mental health providers, the DD Council, and other service providers in the state as accepted best practices for model service delivery. (Page 210)

Plans for improving community rehabilitation programs (private and agency-supported) include training staff to provide PETS, customized employment services, and on-the-job tryout services which facilitate the agency’s ability to achieve the changes in WIOA (Page 217)

Goal II: Increase Training Opportunities for VR Consumers, Including Community Rehabilitation Program Services, Customized Employment, Apprenticeships, and Internships.

  1. MDRS staff attended 61 trainings that addressed available training resources for clients. (Page 222)

Early in FFY 2013 MDRS entered into an agreement with the MS Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) to join the Customized Employment Demonstration Project with The Arc of MS, MDRS and Sheltered Workshop Agencies. The Arc of MS manages the project. The agreement is scheduled to terminate in 2016. MDRS is also continuing to work with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) to design a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment service for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between MDRS and DMH. SE Counselors continued to expand cooperative arrangements with other provider agencies and organizations, both public and private.

MDRS has made it a priority for SE Counselors to utilize the concepts behind Customized Employment, which makes job seeker placements more individualized, based on the individual’s interests and abilities. SE Counselors utilized Customized Employment and Discovery to help with employment placements for the job seekers. (Page 223)

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.

The technical assistance guide for one-stop certification issued by MDES addresses accommodations for persons with disabilities. The guide recommends that all sites give priority to ensuring that persons with disabilities are provided with assistive devices to enable access to all services. The guide recommends that an accessibility assessment be performed at each site by an appropriate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specialist. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services will provide technical assistance and consultation for ADA compliance. (Page 110)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

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

MDHS also supports Mississippi Access to Care (MAC) centers. MAC centers are accessible places located throughout the state where older individuals and individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and representatives, can obtain unbiased information and assistance for locating long-term care services and applying for benefits. The centers provide a central source of reliable, objective information about a broad range of programs and services. MAC centers also help people understand and evaluate the various options available, regardless of income or eligibility, for publically funded long-term care. (Page 44)

 SE staff members continue to make every effort to identify and facilitate natural supports that occur in the workplace in order to maximize utilization of funds. These natural supports do not replace the one-on-one intensive support provided to clients by the SE Counselors. However, when properly identified and utilized, these natural supports do result in decreased direct service costs and increased quality of support. 

  • Cooperative arrangements will continue to be developed with other provider agencies and organizations, both public and private, to expand the SE Program to unserved and underserved populations. The focus of these arrangements is on promoting and enabling SE Counselors and service provider personnel from other agencies to work as teams to share expertise, provide technical support in specific disability areas, and conduct joint training.
  • The SE Program will continue to emphasize individual employment placements. Other models will remain an option for clients and may be utilized when feasible. However, when given a choice, clients prefer individual placements by an overwhelming majority. Individual placement is the preferred option of MDRS as well as the clients because it achieves integration in the work environment, it is competitive integrated employment, and it provides more opportunities for career pathways and better quality jobs with more benefits. (Page 210)

6.   Business Relations Specialist will provide information to VR staff in the following areas:

  • Services BRS provides to employers
  • Training and information regarding work incentives
  • Job analysis and job matching
  • Career opportunities in the local area
  • On-going disability etiquette training 

7. Refer those consumers receiving Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income cash benefits who are interested in earnings that will eliminate their reliance on Social Security Administration cash benefits for work incentives benefits analysis and counseling

8. Coordinate and conduct in partnership with the Governor’s Job Fair the Annual MDRS EmployAbility Job Fair for individuals with disabilities. (Page 213)

The VR/VRB partnership within Mississippi’s one-stop system is clarified through Memoranda of Understanding with the State and each of the four local workforce development areas. The partnership is further enhanced through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), the lead state workforce agency designated to disburse federal workforce funds and the main operator of the WIN Job Centers, to continually improve the lifestyle, acceptance and accessibility of persons with disabilities within Mississippi’s WIN. These MOUs include language to provide for inter-component staff training and technical assistance on availability of benefits and information on eligibility standards for VR services, and promotion of equal, effective and meaningful participation by individuals with disabilities in workforce development activities in the state through the promotion of program accessibility (including programmatic accessibility and physical accessibility), the use of nondiscriminatory policies and procedures, provision of reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services, and rehabilitation technology. (Page 217)

7.   Refer those consumers receiving Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income cash benefits who are interested in earnings that will eliminate their reliance on Social Security Administration cash benefits for work incentives benefits analysis and counseling

8.   Coordinate and conduct in partnership with the Governor’s Job Fair the Annual MDRS EmployAbility Job Fair for individuals with disabilities 

Goal 2: Improve the VR Service Delivery System to individuals with disabilities. (Page 219)

D.   DETERMINE WHETHER COMPARABLE SERVICES AND BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 101(A)(8) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.

E.   COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR EMPLOYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(B) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT. (Page 237)

Mississippi requires regular school attendance and regular immunizations for all dependent children served under TANF. This is in accordance with State Law at 43-17-5. A 25% monthly benefit reduction is imposed for failure to comply without good cause. Mississippi will impose a family benefit cap to prevent increases in assistance for new children coming into the family after the initial ten months of benefits, with certain exceptions (State Law 43-17-5). Mississippi will also deny assistance for ten years to an individual convicted in Federal or State court of having made a fraudulent statement or representation, with respect to the individual’s place of residence in order to receive TANF assistance simultaneously from two or more states.

Mississippi will deny benefits to all adult TANF applicants who do not meet an exemption from work requirements and fail to comply with job search or vocational rehabilitation activities during the 30-day TANF application processing period. (Page 244)

School to Work Transition

Community-based organizations are also heavily engaged in dropout prevention and recovery. Jobs for Mississippi Graduates (JMG) is a Mississippi affiliate of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Program. For 22 years, JMG has worked in partnership with community colleges and local high schools to support recent graduates, students at risk of dropout, and students who need assistance in the transition from school to work. JMG operates 52 program sites in Mississippi and serves about 1,849 individuals per year. Students receiving services from JMG graduate at a rate of 90.6 percent, and to date the program has supported these graduates with $6.7 million in scholarships. (Page 33)

No specific disability related information found.  

Data Collection

Effectiveness in Serving Employers. Per current WIOA requirements, Mississippi will choose two of three options proposed for measuring effectiveness in serving employers for data collection and reporting during PY 2016 and PY 2017. During the Mississippi WIOA implementation process, the relative merits of the proposed measures—employee retention rate, repeat business customer rate, and employer penetration rate—will be discussed and measures will be selected based on state needs and employer feedback. (Page 55)

Mississippi’s climate of data cooperation will enable a smooth implementation of WIOA program assessment and reporting requirements. Ultimately, data collection for all programs and activities will be accomplished through the integration of partner systems with the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module. The State Workforce Investment Board will create a phased transition plan under which Combined Plan Partners will agree to a scheduled sharing of case management data with the Mississippi State Longitudinal Data System clearinghouse. This process will enable data analysis and reporting during the creation of the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module and during integration efforts to make all partner systems interoperable. After a period of transition, real-time data sharing from partner systems to the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module will automate the sharing of case management data and allow for real-time labor market analysis. Data sharing will be conducted according to the clear set of rules developed by the SLDS Governing Board that ensure data integrity, security, confidentiality, and privacy (see Appendix B). (Page 86)

Data Validation-Benefits

The reason(s) for the deficiency;

A.  The additional initial claim information was not captured in the UI System. This occurred when the prior weekly certification filed with excessive earnings.

A description of the actions/activities which will be undertaken to improve performance;

B.  System modifications were requested and completed to capture the AIC information.

A brief description of plans for monitoring and assessing accomplishment of planned actions and for controlling quality after achieving performance goals;

D.  Staff will continue to monitor and review samples for Population 3a. (Page 296)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

SRC comments and/or recommendations for input in terms of potential service providers or discussions on the performance of service providers currently being used by OVR/OVRB:

  • Consumers are reporting a high level of satisfaction with service providers.
  • Based on what appears in the client satisfaction survey, a review of service providers.
  • Performance should be reported on a quarterly basis for input into the service delivery process.
  • Try to utilize local small businesses in the communities. They may become employers for clients.
  • Utilizing service providers with specialty areas is important.
  • A question might be added relative to service providers on the client satisfaction

(Page 175)

MDES Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP) and WIN Job Center staff have will work closely with the reserves, the National Guard, and active duty family readiness coordinators, to help identify those military spouses who need assistance. DVOP Specialists will continue to work with the Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR & E) program.

MDES Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) and WIN Job Center staff will work with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide information to veterans on opportunities in federal contracting. This will assist service-disabled business owners to receive information on sole-source and set-aside procurement opportunities and benefits. LVER staff will continue outreach efforts to federal contractors. (Page 281)

Career Pathways

3.   Collaboration with educational boards (MBE, MCCB, IHL), partners, and service providers in the development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system in the state, including:

  1. Identification of barriers and means for removing barriers to better coordinate, align, and avoid duplication among the programs and activities carried out through the system.
  2. Development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skill adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities), with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment.
  3. Development of strategies for providing effective outreach to and improved access for individuals and employers who could benefit from services provided through the workforce development system. (Page 66)
Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 238)

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DD Network News: A Collaborative Publication from MSCDD, DRMS, and IDS - 02/01/2018

“Welcome! Thank you for reading the first issue of DD News, a joint publication of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD), Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS), and the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive services as required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. You can learn more about the agencies by researching their websites, listed on the agency pages of this newsletter.

The collaboration among our three agencies continues to expand and increase to benefit people with disabilities in our state. The more closely our agencies work together on issues to create the change that ultimately improves the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities, the greater the impact for all of Mississippi. We continue to collaborate with self-advocates, families, and professionals as evidenced by some of the work highlighted in this edition.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AbilityWorks - 11/03/2017

“AbilityWorks is a network of community rehabilitation programs that provide vocational assessment, job training, and actual work experience for individuals with disabilities. This is possible through a wide array of contract and subcontract services provided to local business and industry.

 

There are 17 locations in a statewide AbilityWorks network of vocationally oriented community programs and is a division of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. AbilityWork’s mission to clients is “to improve the quality of life, employment opportunities, and integration of people with disabilities into the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) State Work Plan - 10/01/2017

“The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) stipulates that State Councils’ investments (grants, programs, and/or projects) support at least one of the following nine Areas of Emphasis:

 

1. Child Care

2. Community Supports (Formal or Informal)

3. Education and Early Intervention

4. Employment

5. Health

6. Housing

7. Quality Assurance

8. Recreation

9. Transportation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

DMH Begins Implementation of Conflict Free Case Management - 08/01/2017

“The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has begun the implementation of conflict-free case management services for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver.  Conflict-free case management is required for all states by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and will result in the transfer of a number of DMH employees to other community providers as it is implemented at DMH programs throughout the state.

 

DMH believes the function of Support Coordination is within the mission of the agency.  IDD regional programs will continue to provide Support Coordination services and no longer provide other ID/DD Waiver services. This plan has been approved by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and CMS. The first implementation of conflict-free case management began at Ellisville State School in August 2017 and will be taking place at other DMH regional programs by the end of 2018. A large number of employees affected by these transitions will continue to serve Mississippians who require support from the ID/DD Waiver. There will not be a change in the type or amount of service people currently enrolled in the program receive.”

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

House Bill 909 - Medical benefits for retired public employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits. - 07/01/2017

“(d)  Medical benefits for retired employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits.  For employees who retire before July 1, 2005, and for employees retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to retired employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  For employees who retire on or after July 1, 2005, and not retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to those retiring employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits only if the retiring employees were participants in the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan for four (4) years or more before their retirement, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  This section will apply to those employees who retire due to one hundred percent (100%) medical disability as well as those employees electing early retirement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services - 07/01/2017

“The Transition Services Program works with eligible secondary school students with disabilities to enable them to transition from school to subsequent work environments. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) works cooperatively with the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts in planning and implementing a variety of programs designed to provide training and assistance for students with disabilities to support them in making the difficult transition from school to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Elderly and Disabled Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program is administered directly by the Home and Community Based Services division (HCBS).

The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program provides home and community-based services to individuals age 21 years old and older who, but for the provision of such services, would require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. Beneficiaries of this waiver must qualify for Medicaid as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries or meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for income level up to 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate and meet medical criteria of the program.”

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

Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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House Bill 909 - Medical benefits for retired public employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits. - 07/01/2017

“(d)  Medical benefits for retired employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits.  For employees who retire before July 1, 2005, and for employees retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to retired employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  For employees who retire on or after July 1, 2005, and not retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to those retiring employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits only if the retiring employees were participants in the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan for four (4) years or more before their retirement, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  This section will apply to those employees who retire due to one hundred percent (100%) medical disability as well as those employees electing early retirement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

MS HB 836 (including amendments to Miss. Code Ann. §43-30-1) - 07/01/2015

An act to require state agencies that provide services an support to persons with disabilities to consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities; to require all state agencies to follow this policy for employment by coordinating all collaborating efforts among agencies; to authorize state agencies to adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this act; to require the Disability Resource Commission to review measurable goals and objectives as submitting to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of this act; to provide reporting requirements for state agencies; to amend Section 43-30-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, in conformity thereto; and for related purposes. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

SB 2034 Employment First Act - 07/01/2014

“AN ACT TO CREATE THE "EMPLOYMENT FIRST ACT"; TO REQUIRE THAT STATE AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE SERVICES AND SUPPORT TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES SHALL CONSIDER, AS THEIR FIRST OPTION, COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT IN AN INTEGRATED SETTING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES; TO REQUIRE ALL STATE AGENCIES TO FOLLOW THIS POLICY FOR EMPLOYMENT BY COORDINATING ALL COLLABORATING EFFORTS AMONG AGENCIES; TO AUTHORIZE STATE AGENCIES TO ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE ACT; TO ESTABLISH AN EMPLOYMENT FIRST OVERSIGHT COMMISSION WHICH SHALL REVIEW MEASURABLE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES AS SUBMITTED TO IT BY EACH RELEVANT STATE AGENCY TO ENSURE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACT; TO PROVIDE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Concurrent Resolution No. 563

“State agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall coordinate efforts and collaborate within and among such agencies to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities who are of working age....

All state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems in order to track progress toward full implementation of ‘Employment First’ and shall adopt measurable goals and objectives to promote assessment of progress in implementing this resolution.

This resolution "died on calendar" in April 2013”

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Mississippi Executive Order 1335 - 01/14/2014

“Whereas, my administration is committed to supporting policies under which agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities and/or provide employment, economic development, or other related services explore employment in an integrated setting as the first priority option for persons with disabilities who are of working age.  Now, Therefore, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby order as follows:

State agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities, and state agencies which provide employment, economic development, or other related services, shall coordinate efforts and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, and procedures support employment in integrated settings as the first priority option, to the extent feasible, for persons with disabilities who are of working age. The same state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems and adopt measureable goals and objectives to track progress toward the achievement of the goals of this Executive Order. The Mississippi Disability Resource Commission, Miss. Code Ann. § 43-30-1, is authorized to monitor implementation of this Executive Order.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) State Work Plan - 10/01/2017

“The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) stipulates that State Councils’ investments (grants, programs, and/or projects) support at least one of the following nine Areas of Emphasis:

 

1. Child Care

2. Community Supports (Formal or Informal)

3. Education and Early Intervention

4. Employment

5. Health

6. Housing

7. Quality Assurance

8. Recreation

9. Transportation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

DMH Begins Implementation of Conflict Free Case Management - 08/01/2017

“The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has begun the implementation of conflict-free case management services for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver.  Conflict-free case management is required for all states by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and will result in the transfer of a number of DMH employees to other community providers as it is implemented at DMH programs throughout the state.

 

DMH believes the function of Support Coordination is within the mission of the agency.  IDD regional programs will continue to provide Support Coordination services and no longer provide other ID/DD Waiver services. This plan has been approved by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and CMS. The first implementation of conflict-free case management began at Ellisville State School in August 2017 and will be taking place at other DMH regional programs by the end of 2018. A large number of employees affected by these transitions will continue to serve Mississippians who require support from the ID/DD Waiver. There will not be a change in the type or amount of service people currently enrolled in the program receive.”

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

Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Secondary Transition: A Collaborative Planning Process” - 01/06/2017

“Mississippi Occupational Diploma (MOD): The MOD requires a student with a disability to earn 21 credits by successfully completing selected courses from the general education curriculum, vocational education programs, MOD portfolio objectives or a combination of these courses, create an occupational diploma portfolio, and successfully complete a two-year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program or document a minimum of five hundred forty (540) hours of successful, paid employment. Its primary focus is to teach employability skills and prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment.”

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

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services – Office of Business Development - 01/01/2017

~~“The Office of Business Development (OBD) is committed to being a valuable resource for any business.  Business Development Representatives help to customize recruitment efforts and provide a variety of services to employers…Our GoalsTo promote diversity in the workplace by recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilitiesTo sponsor employer-focused education and identify areas of need in supporting employeesTo provide resources, information and access to qualified job candidatesPromote best practices and bring talent to Mississippi's workplaceTo help individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in jobs and careers.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Autism Advisory Council “2016 Report to Legislature” - 09/08/2016

“Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation recognizes the importance of emphasizing the strengths and contributions that many of the clients with ASD can offer businesses. Individual characteristics such as punctuality, attention to detail, consistency, reliability, or good visual-spatial or mechanical skills can make these individuals more attractive to employers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors utilize different tools in seeking employment options for clients with ASD; they include but are not limited to: o Person-Centered Planning (PCP): where an action plan is developed to provide directions in employment by identifying client desires, dreams and employment goals. o Customized Employment (CE): Includes discovery, profile portfolio, resume, and negotiation with employers and job placement.”

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

Department of Mental Health Strategic Plan FY16-FY18 - 07/01/2015

Goal 1 and Goal 2 set forth DMH’s vision of individuals receiving services having a direct and active role in designing and planning the services they receive as well as evaluating how well the system meets and addresses their expressed needs. This includes all populations - mental health, substance use and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. These Goals also highlight the transformation to a community-based service system. This transformation is woven throughout the entire Strategic Plan; however, this goal emphasizes the development of new and expanded services in the priority areas of crisis services, housing, supported employment, long-term community supports and other specialized services to help individuals transition from institutions to the community and help individuals remain in the community.

Objective 2.5 Provide Supported Employment Services to people with IDD Outcome: Number of people receiving Supported Employment Services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

     Strategy 2.5.1 Implement the Memorandum of Understanding developed in FY15

     Strategy 2.5.2 Train Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, ID/DD Waiver Support Coordinators, and ID/DD Waiver Providers about MOU requirements

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

Special Education Policies and Procedures Volume V: Secondary Transition - 01/01/2015

For children fourteen (14) years of age (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Committee), SBE Policy 7219 requires school districts to determine each child’s postsecondary goals in the areas of employment, education or training, and, where appropriate, independent living based on age-appropriate assessments. The Policy further defines transition services as a set of coordinated activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These post-school activities may include, but not be limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The services must be based on the individual child’s needs and take into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests. The IEP Committee is further required to develop a coordinated set of activities in the areas of instruction to promote the movement of a child from school to postsecondary adult living. These activities should include community experiences, activities that promote the development of employment and other post-school adult living skills and, if appropriate, activities that promote the acquisition of daily living skills (IDEA, 2004).

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

Mississippi Supported Employment - 09/01/2014

“Supported Employment provides the opportunity to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities in finding employment. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) provides a team of professionals that identify the services and ongoing supports needed to maintain employment.”

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

Department of Mental Health Operational Standards – effective October 2013 - 11/01/2013

Rule 29.1 Work Activity Services “Work Activity Services for persons with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities provide opportunities for the acquisition of necessary work and living skills. A person must be at least sixteen (16) years old to participate in Work Activity Services.” “The individual plan of all participants in Work Activity Services must include a career development plan that addresses an individual’s goals for integrated community employment and objectives to support the individual in the achievement of those goals.” “All certified providers of Work Activity Services must have and implement a ‘Return to Services’ policy which ensures individuals who leave Work Activity Services to work in the community can return to needed services if his/her community job ends.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
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DD Network News: A Collaborative Publication from MSCDD, DRMS, and IDS - 02/01/2018

“Welcome! Thank you for reading the first issue of DD News, a joint publication of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD), Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS), and the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive services as required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. You can learn more about the agencies by researching their websites, listed on the agency pages of this newsletter.

The collaboration among our three agencies continues to expand and increase to benefit people with disabilities in our state. The more closely our agencies work together on issues to create the change that ultimately improves the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities, the greater the impact for all of Mississippi. We continue to collaborate with self-advocates, families, and professionals as evidenced by some of the work highlighted in this edition.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AbilityWorks - 11/03/2017

“AbilityWorks is a network of community rehabilitation programs that provide vocational assessment, job training, and actual work experience for individuals with disabilities. This is possible through a wide array of contract and subcontract services provided to local business and industry.

 

There are 17 locations in a statewide AbilityWorks network of vocationally oriented community programs and is a division of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. AbilityWork’s mission to clients is “to improve the quality of life, employment opportunities, and integration of people with disabilities into the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services - 07/01/2017

“The Transition Services Program works with eligible secondary school students with disabilities to enable them to transition from school to subsequent work environments. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) works cooperatively with the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts in planning and implementing a variety of programs designed to provide training and assistance for students with disabilities to support them in making the difficult transition from school to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities - 08/13/2012

Employment Objectives:

• “Identify and promote at least one Best Practice Model for increasing community employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Identify at least one barrier to increasing community development options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Determine and advocate for at least one Policy Change to improve Community Employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Collaborate with other stakeholders to facilitate the transition [of] up to 15 individuals from work activity centers into community employment of their choosing.” • “Partner with others to achieve successful community employment for at least 10 individuals with Developmental Disabilities in their respective communities.”   Intermediaries and collaborators for this goal include State protection and advocacy system, university centers, and State DD Agency.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:

lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and] improving quality measurement & oversight.

It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”

 

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

Mississippi Partnerships for Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 10/01/2011

“The primary focus of this 5-year project is to build capacity across existing state services for sustainable systems change that improves outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The project will work together with critical stakeholders to develop policies, remove systemic barriers, implement strategies and best practices, and improve the transition process for Mississippi youth and young adults with DD/ID from school or training to competitive employment in integrated community settings.” This is a joint project with various organizations and agencies across the state.

MSPE Grantee Demonstration Projects:

Customized Employment: Linking Job Seekers with Employers will target three sheltered workshops to begin the process of Customized Employment to link job seekers to community employers. Gathering Grounds will be a community-based business (coffee/art shop) teaching students transitional work skills in an inclusive, safe environment. Students will operate the coffee shop featuring original student artwork. The goal is to provide the extensive job skills training needed in the areas of employability and social skills to reach each student’s goal of competitive, paid employment. Building Opportunities for Learning and Transition Success (BOLTS) is intended to increase competitive employment outcomes and/or transition service for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who attend the Oxford School District. It will be accomplished through the development of on-campus work training opportunities, development of job/career videos or pod casts through digital media, development of a Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide, providing transition training opportunities, expanding the current array of transition services, and providing hands-on training for future teachers."  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) - 09/01/2004

This was a collaborative demonstration program through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), Harrison County School District, Jackson County School District, Gulfport WIN Job Center, MS Social Security Administration, The Arc of Mississippi and Marc Gold & Associates. Youth from ages 10 to 25 were served with a focus on transition phases with designated vocational activities and benefits planning to lead to a career, earning a wage and reducing Social Security benefits.

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

Mississippi Department of Mental Health MOU with DRS

“SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD: DMH has implemented an MOU with the Department of Rehabilitation Services that is providing supported employment for people with IDD. Three hundred employees from DMH, MDRS, and the Division of Medicaid received training in early 2016 regarding supported employment services. As of June 2016, 18 people had been employed. 41 people have been referred for supported employment services through MDRS.”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Client Assistance Program (MSCAP)

This program provides “advocacy services for clients and client applicants of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, and the Independent Living programs.” The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services provides grant funding to the Mississippi Society for Disabilities for program administration.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging
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Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

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

MS CDD Grants and Contracts - 07/01/2016

“MS Partnerships in Employment grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) – Disability Rights Mississippi; $74,410

DRMS’s responsibility within MSPE is to maintain the Employment Workgroup and carrying out its activities.  This group focuses on policies, removing barriers, improving access to competitive employment, and system change efforts.

 

MS Partnerships in Employment grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Institute for Disability Studies; $144,000

IDS’s responsibility within MSPE is the Stakeholder’s Group and carrying out its activities.  The activities include focusing on innovative strategies and best practices for systems improved for competitive employment.  IDS provides knowledge and awareness to MSPE with periodic information sessions presented to the Employment Workgroup and the Consortium while assisting in carrying out various training activities across the State.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:  • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency  • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]  • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment - 06/01/2011

“In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

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

MS Partnerships in Employment

“Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The consortium will develop and implement policies that support competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings by removing systemic barriers; identifying and implementing strategies and best practices that improve employment outcomes; and enhancing statewide collaboration that facilitates transition from secondary to post-secondary outcomes. Mississippi’s Partnership includes the DD Council, the University of Southern Mississippi’s UCEDD, Disability Rights Mississippi, VR, Department of Education, the Department of Mental Health Bureau of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Department of Employment Security, and self-advocates”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Mississippi DMH Web-Based Training

“The Department of Mental Health provides Web-Based Training through Relias Learning (formerly Essential Learning) for registered providers. Relias is a customized learning management system and staff development tool. This training website, developed for DMH staff, presents and tracks training requirements in an accessible and easy to use format.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Southeast Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE) Center

“The mission of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center Region IV (Southeast TACE) is to provide  technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE) activities that meet the strategic goals and program performance needs of state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their community partners.” 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Mississippi Department of Mental Health Findings Letter - 12/22/2011

We [United States Department of Justice] conclude that the State of Mississippi fails to provide services to qualified individuals with disabilities, including mental illness and developmental disabilities, in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA. This has led to the needless and prolonged institutionalization of adults and children with disabilities who could be served in more integrated settings in the community with adequate services and supports. Further, systemic failures in the State’s system place qualified individuals with disabilities at risk of unnecessary institutionalization now and going forward.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
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Elderly and Disabled Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program is administered directly by the Home and Community Based Services division (HCBS).

The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program provides home and community-based services to individuals age 21 years old and older who, but for the provision of such services, would require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. Beneficiaries of this waiver must qualify for Medicaid as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries or meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for income level up to 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate and meet medical criteria of the program.”

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

Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Revised Statewide Transition Plan Summary 1915(c) and 1915(i) Home and Community Based (HCB) Programs - 11/28/2016

“ID/DD Waiver services provided in the participant’s private home or a relative’s home which is fully integrated with opportunities for full access to the greater community include: • Home and Community Supports, • Occupational Therapy, • Physical Therapy, • Speech Therapy, • Crisis Support, • Crisis Intervention, • In-Home Nursing Respite, • Supported Living, • Transition Assistance, • Support Coordination, • Supported Employment, and • Specialized Medical Supplies.”

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

Mississippi HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On Jan. 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, effective March 17, 2014, which amends the requirements for qualities of home and community-based (HCB) settings. These requirements reflect CMS’s intent that individuals receive services and supports in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule requires the use of a person-centered planning process to develop a participant/beneficiary’s annual Plan for Services and Supports (PSS).

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

MS Intellectual Disabilities/DD Waiver (0282.R04.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day services-adults, prevocational, residential hab, respite, support coordination, supported employment, behavior support/intervention, home and community supports, specialized medical supplies, therapy services for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi ESEA Flexibility Request - 07/19/2012

“The Mississippi Department Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on July 19, 2012.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Medicaid State Plan

The Mississippi Medicaid State Plan (State Plan) is a detailed agreement between the State of Mississippi and the Federal Government that describes the nature and scope of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program. The State Plan is based on the federal requirements and regulations found in Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Changes to the State Plan, called State Plan Amendments (SPAs), must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prior to implementation

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Mississippi Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:     • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency     • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]     • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

Mississippi "feels like coming home" for workers with disabilities who have found great jobs in their communities in the Magnolia State.

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 Mississippi’s VR Rates and Services

2016 State Population.
-0.12%
Change from
2015 to 2016
2,988,726
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.17%
Change from
2015 to 2016
258,824
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.23%
Change from
2015 to 2016
76,078
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
6.36%
Change from
2015 to 2016
29.39%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.6%
Change from
2015 to 2016
71.25%

State Data

General

2014 2015 2016
Population. 2,994,079 2,992,333 2,988,726
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 267,593 259,265 258,824
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 73,264 71,339 76,078
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,066,946 1,061,622 1,074,318
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.38% 27.52% 29.39%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 70.45% 70.11% 71.25%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.80% 6.40% 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 27.10% 27.30% 26.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 20.50% 21.00% 19.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 231,514 223,702 221,845
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 250,464 250,610 254,199
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 298,920 297,654 295,963
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 170,931 164,801 166,959
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 6,380 7,006 8,249
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,632 2,147 2,355
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 1,808 2,733 1,270
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,202 5,206 6,792
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,464 1,733 2,660

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,562 2,668 2,741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.20% 2.30% 2.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 132,596 131,143 128,746

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 8,345 7,194 6,655
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 28,442 13,834 12,648
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 58,875 52,960 49,347
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.20% 13.60% 13.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,987 2,013 2,076
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 123 119 120
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 96 96 86
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. 0.78% 81.00% 72.00%
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. 3.21 3.21 2.87

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,537
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 729 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,443 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 2,480 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,308 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 168 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,409 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,150 1,925 1,712
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 204,438 203,145 200,763
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. N/A N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,306,000 $201,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $161,000 $237,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $13,248,000 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 800 1,927
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,821 472
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.00 20.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 67.20% 64.27% 63.02%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.33% 14.42% 15.10%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.07% 2.08% 2.01%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.73% 99.98% 99.98%
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). 23.69% 22.45% 29.01%
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). 61.45% 54.96% 66.78%
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). 80.86% 73.85% 84.38%
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). 37.76% 32.51% 37.77%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 558,965
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,561
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 63,390
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 241,418
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 304,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 49
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 300
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 349
AbilityOne wages (products). $548,297
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,097,679

 

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). 22 22 14
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 23 23 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,684 4,743 1,285
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 66 66 49
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,750 4,809 1,334

 

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)

No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

MDRS continues to identify current information from research, rehabilitation trends and professional resources. This information is provided to agency staff through a variety of methods, including training at the state, regional, and district levels. Most recently this training has been focused on Autism and customized employment. Additionally, this information is posted and available to staff on MDRS Connect, the agency intranet. (Page 194)

Based on the individuals who are Deafblind that we do serve, the needed services include customized employment as well as services similar to those provided for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 197-198)

  • Person Centered Planning and Customized Employment as integral parts of service provision continue to be high priorities. These service approaches have been embraced by mental health providers, the DD Council, and other service providers in the state as accepted best practices for model service delivery. (Page 210)

Plans for improving community rehabilitation programs (private and agency-supported) include training staff to provide PETS, customized employment services, and on-the-job tryout services which facilitate the agency’s ability to achieve the changes in WIOA (Page 217)

Goal II: Increase Training Opportunities for VR Consumers, Including Community Rehabilitation Program Services, Customized Employment, Apprenticeships, and Internships.

  1. MDRS staff attended 61 trainings that addressed available training resources for clients. (Page 222)

Early in FFY 2013 MDRS entered into an agreement with the MS Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) to join the Customized Employment Demonstration Project with The Arc of MS, MDRS and Sheltered Workshop Agencies. The Arc of MS manages the project. The agreement is scheduled to terminate in 2016. MDRS is also continuing to work with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) to design a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment service for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between MDRS and DMH. SE Counselors continued to expand cooperative arrangements with other provider agencies and organizations, both public and private.

MDRS has made it a priority for SE Counselors to utilize the concepts behind Customized Employment, which makes job seeker placements more individualized, based on the individual’s interests and abilities. SE Counselors utilized Customized Employment and Discovery to help with employment placements for the job seekers. (Page 223)

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.

The technical assistance guide for one-stop certification issued by MDES addresses accommodations for persons with disabilities. The guide recommends that all sites give priority to ensuring that persons with disabilities are provided with assistive devices to enable access to all services. The guide recommends that an accessibility assessment be performed at each site by an appropriate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specialist. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services will provide technical assistance and consultation for ADA compliance. (Page 110)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

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

MDHS also supports Mississippi Access to Care (MAC) centers. MAC centers are accessible places located throughout the state where older individuals and individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and representatives, can obtain unbiased information and assistance for locating long-term care services and applying for benefits. The centers provide a central source of reliable, objective information about a broad range of programs and services. MAC centers also help people understand and evaluate the various options available, regardless of income or eligibility, for publically funded long-term care. (Page 44)

 SE staff members continue to make every effort to identify and facilitate natural supports that occur in the workplace in order to maximize utilization of funds. These natural supports do not replace the one-on-one intensive support provided to clients by the SE Counselors. However, when properly identified and utilized, these natural supports do result in decreased direct service costs and increased quality of support. 

  • Cooperative arrangements will continue to be developed with other provider agencies and organizations, both public and private, to expand the SE Program to unserved and underserved populations. The focus of these arrangements is on promoting and enabling SE Counselors and service provider personnel from other agencies to work as teams to share expertise, provide technical support in specific disability areas, and conduct joint training.
  • The SE Program will continue to emphasize individual employment placements. Other models will remain an option for clients and may be utilized when feasible. However, when given a choice, clients prefer individual placements by an overwhelming majority. Individual placement is the preferred option of MDRS as well as the clients because it achieves integration in the work environment, it is competitive integrated employment, and it provides more opportunities for career pathways and better quality jobs with more benefits. (Page 210)

6.   Business Relations Specialist will provide information to VR staff in the following areas:

  • Services BRS provides to employers
  • Training and information regarding work incentives
  • Job analysis and job matching
  • Career opportunities in the local area
  • On-going disability etiquette training 

7. Refer those consumers receiving Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income cash benefits who are interested in earnings that will eliminate their reliance on Social Security Administration cash benefits for work incentives benefits analysis and counseling

8. Coordinate and conduct in partnership with the Governor’s Job Fair the Annual MDRS EmployAbility Job Fair for individuals with disabilities. (Page 213)

The VR/VRB partnership within Mississippi’s one-stop system is clarified through Memoranda of Understanding with the State and each of the four local workforce development areas. The partnership is further enhanced through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), the lead state workforce agency designated to disburse federal workforce funds and the main operator of the WIN Job Centers, to continually improve the lifestyle, acceptance and accessibility of persons with disabilities within Mississippi’s WIN. These MOUs include language to provide for inter-component staff training and technical assistance on availability of benefits and information on eligibility standards for VR services, and promotion of equal, effective and meaningful participation by individuals with disabilities in workforce development activities in the state through the promotion of program accessibility (including programmatic accessibility and physical accessibility), the use of nondiscriminatory policies and procedures, provision of reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services, and rehabilitation technology. (Page 217)

7.   Refer those consumers receiving Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income cash benefits who are interested in earnings that will eliminate their reliance on Social Security Administration cash benefits for work incentives benefits analysis and counseling

8.   Coordinate and conduct in partnership with the Governor’s Job Fair the Annual MDRS EmployAbility Job Fair for individuals with disabilities 

Goal 2: Improve the VR Service Delivery System to individuals with disabilities. (Page 219)

D.   DETERMINE WHETHER COMPARABLE SERVICES AND BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 101(A)(8) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.

E.   COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR EMPLOYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(B) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT. (Page 237)

Mississippi requires regular school attendance and regular immunizations for all dependent children served under TANF. This is in accordance with State Law at 43-17-5. A 25% monthly benefit reduction is imposed for failure to comply without good cause. Mississippi will impose a family benefit cap to prevent increases in assistance for new children coming into the family after the initial ten months of benefits, with certain exceptions (State Law 43-17-5). Mississippi will also deny assistance for ten years to an individual convicted in Federal or State court of having made a fraudulent statement or representation, with respect to the individual’s place of residence in order to receive TANF assistance simultaneously from two or more states.

Mississippi will deny benefits to all adult TANF applicants who do not meet an exemption from work requirements and fail to comply with job search or vocational rehabilitation activities during the 30-day TANF application processing period. (Page 244)

School to Work Transition

Community-based organizations are also heavily engaged in dropout prevention and recovery. Jobs for Mississippi Graduates (JMG) is a Mississippi affiliate of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Program. For 22 years, JMG has worked in partnership with community colleges and local high schools to support recent graduates, students at risk of dropout, and students who need assistance in the transition from school to work. JMG operates 52 program sites in Mississippi and serves about 1,849 individuals per year. Students receiving services from JMG graduate at a rate of 90.6 percent, and to date the program has supported these graduates with $6.7 million in scholarships. (Page 33)

No specific disability related information found.  

Data Collection

Effectiveness in Serving Employers. Per current WIOA requirements, Mississippi will choose two of three options proposed for measuring effectiveness in serving employers for data collection and reporting during PY 2016 and PY 2017. During the Mississippi WIOA implementation process, the relative merits of the proposed measures—employee retention rate, repeat business customer rate, and employer penetration rate—will be discussed and measures will be selected based on state needs and employer feedback. (Page 55)

Mississippi’s climate of data cooperation will enable a smooth implementation of WIOA program assessment and reporting requirements. Ultimately, data collection for all programs and activities will be accomplished through the integration of partner systems with the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module. The State Workforce Investment Board will create a phased transition plan under which Combined Plan Partners will agree to a scheduled sharing of case management data with the Mississippi State Longitudinal Data System clearinghouse. This process will enable data analysis and reporting during the creation of the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module and during integration efforts to make all partner systems interoperable. After a period of transition, real-time data sharing from partner systems to the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module will automate the sharing of case management data and allow for real-time labor market analysis. Data sharing will be conducted according to the clear set of rules developed by the SLDS Governing Board that ensure data integrity, security, confidentiality, and privacy (see Appendix B). (Page 86)

Data Validation-Benefits

The reason(s) for the deficiency;

A.  The additional initial claim information was not captured in the UI System. This occurred when the prior weekly certification filed with excessive earnings.

A description of the actions/activities which will be undertaken to improve performance;

B.  System modifications were requested and completed to capture the AIC information.

A brief description of plans for monitoring and assessing accomplishment of planned actions and for controlling quality after achieving performance goals;

D.  Staff will continue to monitor and review samples for Population 3a. (Page 296)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

SRC comments and/or recommendations for input in terms of potential service providers or discussions on the performance of service providers currently being used by OVR/OVRB:

  • Consumers are reporting a high level of satisfaction with service providers.
  • Based on what appears in the client satisfaction survey, a review of service providers.
  • Performance should be reported on a quarterly basis for input into the service delivery process.
  • Try to utilize local small businesses in the communities. They may become employers for clients.
  • Utilizing service providers with specialty areas is important.
  • A question might be added relative to service providers on the client satisfaction

(Page 175)

MDES Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP) and WIN Job Center staff have will work closely with the reserves, the National Guard, and active duty family readiness coordinators, to help identify those military spouses who need assistance. DVOP Specialists will continue to work with the Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR & E) program.

MDES Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) and WIN Job Center staff will work with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide information to veterans on opportunities in federal contracting. This will assist service-disabled business owners to receive information on sole-source and set-aside procurement opportunities and benefits. LVER staff will continue outreach efforts to federal contractors. (Page 281)

Career Pathways

3.   Collaboration with educational boards (MBE, MCCB, IHL), partners, and service providers in the development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system in the state, including:

  1. Identification of barriers and means for removing barriers to better coordinate, align, and avoid duplication among the programs and activities carried out through the system.
  2. Development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skill adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities), with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment.
  3. Development of strategies for providing effective outreach to and improved access for individuals and employers who could benefit from services provided through the workforce development system. (Page 66)
Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 238)

Policies and Initiatives

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DD Network News: A Collaborative Publication from MSCDD, DRMS, and IDS - 02/01/2018

“Welcome! Thank you for reading the first issue of DD News, a joint publication of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD), Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS), and the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive services as required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. You can learn more about the agencies by researching their websites, listed on the agency pages of this newsletter.

The collaboration among our three agencies continues to expand and increase to benefit people with disabilities in our state. The more closely our agencies work together on issues to create the change that ultimately improves the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities, the greater the impact for all of Mississippi. We continue to collaborate with self-advocates, families, and professionals as evidenced by some of the work highlighted in this edition.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AbilityWorks - 11/03/2017

“AbilityWorks is a network of community rehabilitation programs that provide vocational assessment, job training, and actual work experience for individuals with disabilities. This is possible through a wide array of contract and subcontract services provided to local business and industry.

 

There are 17 locations in a statewide AbilityWorks network of vocationally oriented community programs and is a division of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. AbilityWork’s mission to clients is “to improve the quality of life, employment opportunities, and integration of people with disabilities into the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) State Work Plan - 10/01/2017

“The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) stipulates that State Councils’ investments (grants, programs, and/or projects) support at least one of the following nine Areas of Emphasis:

 

1. Child Care

2. Community Supports (Formal or Informal)

3. Education and Early Intervention

4. Employment

5. Health

6. Housing

7. Quality Assurance

8. Recreation

9. Transportation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

DMH Begins Implementation of Conflict Free Case Management - 08/01/2017

“The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has begun the implementation of conflict-free case management services for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver.  Conflict-free case management is required for all states by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and will result in the transfer of a number of DMH employees to other community providers as it is implemented at DMH programs throughout the state.

 

DMH believes the function of Support Coordination is within the mission of the agency.  IDD regional programs will continue to provide Support Coordination services and no longer provide other ID/DD Waiver services. This plan has been approved by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and CMS. The first implementation of conflict-free case management began at Ellisville State School in August 2017 and will be taking place at other DMH regional programs by the end of 2018. A large number of employees affected by these transitions will continue to serve Mississippians who require support from the ID/DD Waiver. There will not be a change in the type or amount of service people currently enrolled in the program receive.”

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

House Bill 909 - Medical benefits for retired public employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits. - 07/01/2017

“(d)  Medical benefits for retired employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits.  For employees who retire before July 1, 2005, and for employees retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to retired employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  For employees who retire on or after July 1, 2005, and not retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to those retiring employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits only if the retiring employees were participants in the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan for four (4) years or more before their retirement, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  This section will apply to those employees who retire due to one hundred percent (100%) medical disability as well as those employees electing early retirement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services - 07/01/2017

“The Transition Services Program works with eligible secondary school students with disabilities to enable them to transition from school to subsequent work environments. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) works cooperatively with the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts in planning and implementing a variety of programs designed to provide training and assistance for students with disabilities to support them in making the difficult transition from school to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Elderly and Disabled Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program is administered directly by the Home and Community Based Services division (HCBS).

The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program provides home and community-based services to individuals age 21 years old and older who, but for the provision of such services, would require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. Beneficiaries of this waiver must qualify for Medicaid as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries or meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for income level up to 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate and meet medical criteria of the program.”

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

Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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House Bill 909 - Medical benefits for retired public employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits. - 07/01/2017

“(d)  Medical benefits for retired employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits.  For employees who retire before July 1, 2005, and for employees retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to retired employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  For employees who retire on or after July 1, 2005, and not retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to those retiring employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits only if the retiring employees were participants in the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan for four (4) years or more before their retirement, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  This section will apply to those employees who retire due to one hundred percent (100%) medical disability as well as those employees electing early retirement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

MS HB 836 (including amendments to Miss. Code Ann. §43-30-1) - 07/01/2015

An act to require state agencies that provide services an support to persons with disabilities to consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities; to require all state agencies to follow this policy for employment by coordinating all collaborating efforts among agencies; to authorize state agencies to adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this act; to require the Disability Resource Commission to review measurable goals and objectives as submitting to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of this act; to provide reporting requirements for state agencies; to amend Section 43-30-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, in conformity thereto; and for related purposes. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

SB 2034 Employment First Act - 07/01/2014

“AN ACT TO CREATE THE "EMPLOYMENT FIRST ACT"; TO REQUIRE THAT STATE AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE SERVICES AND SUPPORT TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES SHALL CONSIDER, AS THEIR FIRST OPTION, COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT IN AN INTEGRATED SETTING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES; TO REQUIRE ALL STATE AGENCIES TO FOLLOW THIS POLICY FOR EMPLOYMENT BY COORDINATING ALL COLLABORATING EFFORTS AMONG AGENCIES; TO AUTHORIZE STATE AGENCIES TO ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE ACT; TO ESTABLISH AN EMPLOYMENT FIRST OVERSIGHT COMMISSION WHICH SHALL REVIEW MEASURABLE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES AS SUBMITTED TO IT BY EACH RELEVANT STATE AGENCY TO ENSURE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACT; TO PROVIDE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Concurrent Resolution No. 563

“State agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall coordinate efforts and collaborate within and among such agencies to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities who are of working age....

All state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems in order to track progress toward full implementation of ‘Employment First’ and shall adopt measurable goals and objectives to promote assessment of progress in implementing this resolution.

This resolution "died on calendar" in April 2013”

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Mississippi Executive Order 1335 - 01/14/2014

“Whereas, my administration is committed to supporting policies under which agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities and/or provide employment, economic development, or other related services explore employment in an integrated setting as the first priority option for persons with disabilities who are of working age.  Now, Therefore, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby order as follows:

State agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities, and state agencies which provide employment, economic development, or other related services, shall coordinate efforts and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, and procedures support employment in integrated settings as the first priority option, to the extent feasible, for persons with disabilities who are of working age. The same state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems and adopt measureable goals and objectives to track progress toward the achievement of the goals of this Executive Order. The Mississippi Disability Resource Commission, Miss. Code Ann. § 43-30-1, is authorized to monitor implementation of this Executive Order.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) State Work Plan - 10/01/2017

“The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) stipulates that State Councils’ investments (grants, programs, and/or projects) support at least one of the following nine Areas of Emphasis:

 

1. Child Care

2. Community Supports (Formal or Informal)

3. Education and Early Intervention

4. Employment

5. Health

6. Housing

7. Quality Assurance

8. Recreation

9. Transportation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

DMH Begins Implementation of Conflict Free Case Management - 08/01/2017

“The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has begun the implementation of conflict-free case management services for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver.  Conflict-free case management is required for all states by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and will result in the transfer of a number of DMH employees to other community providers as it is implemented at DMH programs throughout the state.

 

DMH believes the function of Support Coordination is within the mission of the agency.  IDD regional programs will continue to provide Support Coordination services and no longer provide other ID/DD Waiver services. This plan has been approved by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and CMS. The first implementation of conflict-free case management began at Ellisville State School in August 2017 and will be taking place at other DMH regional programs by the end of 2018. A large number of employees affected by these transitions will continue to serve Mississippians who require support from the ID/DD Waiver. There will not be a change in the type or amount of service people currently enrolled in the program receive.”

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

Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Secondary Transition: A Collaborative Planning Process” - 01/06/2017

“Mississippi Occupational Diploma (MOD): The MOD requires a student with a disability to earn 21 credits by successfully completing selected courses from the general education curriculum, vocational education programs, MOD portfolio objectives or a combination of these courses, create an occupational diploma portfolio, and successfully complete a two-year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program or document a minimum of five hundred forty (540) hours of successful, paid employment. Its primary focus is to teach employability skills and prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment.”

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

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services – Office of Business Development - 01/01/2017

~~“The Office of Business Development (OBD) is committed to being a valuable resource for any business.  Business Development Representatives help to customize recruitment efforts and provide a variety of services to employers…Our GoalsTo promote diversity in the workplace by recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilitiesTo sponsor employer-focused education and identify areas of need in supporting employeesTo provide resources, information and access to qualified job candidatesPromote best practices and bring talent to Mississippi's workplaceTo help individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in jobs and careers.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Autism Advisory Council “2016 Report to Legislature” - 09/08/2016

“Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation recognizes the importance of emphasizing the strengths and contributions that many of the clients with ASD can offer businesses. Individual characteristics such as punctuality, attention to detail, consistency, reliability, or good visual-spatial or mechanical skills can make these individuals more attractive to employers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors utilize different tools in seeking employment options for clients with ASD; they include but are not limited to: o Person-Centered Planning (PCP): where an action plan is developed to provide directions in employment by identifying client desires, dreams and employment goals. o Customized Employment (CE): Includes discovery, profile portfolio, resume, and negotiation with employers and job placement.”

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

Department of Mental Health Strategic Plan FY16-FY18 - 07/01/2015

Goal 1 and Goal 2 set forth DMH’s vision of individuals receiving services having a direct and active role in designing and planning the services they receive as well as evaluating how well the system meets and addresses their expressed needs. This includes all populations - mental health, substance use and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. These Goals also highlight the transformation to a community-based service system. This transformation is woven throughout the entire Strategic Plan; however, this goal emphasizes the development of new and expanded services in the priority areas of crisis services, housing, supported employment, long-term community supports and other specialized services to help individuals transition from institutions to the community and help individuals remain in the community.

Objective 2.5 Provide Supported Employment Services to people with IDD Outcome: Number of people receiving Supported Employment Services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

     Strategy 2.5.1 Implement the Memorandum of Understanding developed in FY15

     Strategy 2.5.2 Train Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, ID/DD Waiver Support Coordinators, and ID/DD Waiver Providers about MOU requirements

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

Special Education Policies and Procedures Volume V: Secondary Transition - 01/01/2015

For children fourteen (14) years of age (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Committee), SBE Policy 7219 requires school districts to determine each child’s postsecondary goals in the areas of employment, education or training, and, where appropriate, independent living based on age-appropriate assessments. The Policy further defines transition services as a set of coordinated activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These post-school activities may include, but not be limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The services must be based on the individual child’s needs and take into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests. The IEP Committee is further required to develop a coordinated set of activities in the areas of instruction to promote the movement of a child from school to postsecondary adult living. These activities should include community experiences, activities that promote the development of employment and other post-school adult living skills and, if appropriate, activities that promote the acquisition of daily living skills (IDEA, 2004).

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

Mississippi Supported Employment - 09/01/2014

“Supported Employment provides the opportunity to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities in finding employment. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) provides a team of professionals that identify the services and ongoing supports needed to maintain employment.”

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

Department of Mental Health Operational Standards – effective October 2013 - 11/01/2013

Rule 29.1 Work Activity Services “Work Activity Services for persons with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities provide opportunities for the acquisition of necessary work and living skills. A person must be at least sixteen (16) years old to participate in Work Activity Services.” “The individual plan of all participants in Work Activity Services must include a career development plan that addresses an individual’s goals for integrated community employment and objectives to support the individual in the achievement of those goals.” “All certified providers of Work Activity Services must have and implement a ‘Return to Services’ policy which ensures individuals who leave Work Activity Services to work in the community can return to needed services if his/her community job ends.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
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DD Network News: A Collaborative Publication from MSCDD, DRMS, and IDS - 02/01/2018

“Welcome! Thank you for reading the first issue of DD News, a joint publication of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD), Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS), and the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive services as required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. You can learn more about the agencies by researching their websites, listed on the agency pages of this newsletter.

The collaboration among our three agencies continues to expand and increase to benefit people with disabilities in our state. The more closely our agencies work together on issues to create the change that ultimately improves the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities, the greater the impact for all of Mississippi. We continue to collaborate with self-advocates, families, and professionals as evidenced by some of the work highlighted in this edition.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AbilityWorks - 11/03/2017

“AbilityWorks is a network of community rehabilitation programs that provide vocational assessment, job training, and actual work experience for individuals with disabilities. This is possible through a wide array of contract and subcontract services provided to local business and industry.

 

There are 17 locations in a statewide AbilityWorks network of vocationally oriented community programs and is a division of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. AbilityWork’s mission to clients is “to improve the quality of life, employment opportunities, and integration of people with disabilities into the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services - 07/01/2017

“The Transition Services Program works with eligible secondary school students with disabilities to enable them to transition from school to subsequent work environments. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) works cooperatively with the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts in planning and implementing a variety of programs designed to provide training and assistance for students with disabilities to support them in making the difficult transition from school to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities - 08/13/2012

Employment Objectives:

• “Identify and promote at least one Best Practice Model for increasing community employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Identify at least one barrier to increasing community development options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Determine and advocate for at least one Policy Change to improve Community Employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Collaborate with other stakeholders to facilitate the transition [of] up to 15 individuals from work activity centers into community employment of their choosing.” • “Partner with others to achieve successful community employment for at least 10 individuals with Developmental Disabilities in their respective communities.”   Intermediaries and collaborators for this goal include State protection and advocacy system, university centers, and State DD Agency.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:

lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and] improving quality measurement & oversight.

It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”

 

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

Mississippi Partnerships for Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 10/01/2011

“The primary focus of this 5-year project is to build capacity across existing state services for sustainable systems change that improves outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The project will work together with critical stakeholders to develop policies, remove systemic barriers, implement strategies and best practices, and improve the transition process for Mississippi youth and young adults with DD/ID from school or training to competitive employment in integrated community settings.” This is a joint project with various organizations and agencies across the state.

MSPE Grantee Demonstration Projects:

Customized Employment: Linking Job Seekers with Employers will target three sheltered workshops to begin the process of Customized Employment to link job seekers to community employers. Gathering Grounds will be a community-based business (coffee/art shop) teaching students transitional work skills in an inclusive, safe environment. Students will operate the coffee shop featuring original student artwork. The goal is to provide the extensive job skills training needed in the areas of employability and social skills to reach each student’s goal of competitive, paid employment. Building Opportunities for Learning and Transition Success (BOLTS) is intended to increase competitive employment outcomes and/or transition service for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who attend the Oxford School District. It will be accomplished through the development of on-campus work training opportunities, development of job/career videos or pod casts through digital media, development of a Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide, providing transition training opportunities, expanding the current array of transition services, and providing hands-on training for future teachers."  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) - 09/01/2004

This was a collaborative demonstration program through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), Harrison County School District, Jackson County School District, Gulfport WIN Job Center, MS Social Security Administration, The Arc of Mississippi and Marc Gold & Associates. Youth from ages 10 to 25 were served with a focus on transition phases with designated vocational activities and benefits planning to lead to a career, earning a wage and reducing Social Security benefits.

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

Mississippi Department of Mental Health MOU with DRS

“SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD: DMH has implemented an MOU with the Department of Rehabilitation Services that is providing supported employment for people with IDD. Three hundred employees from DMH, MDRS, and the Division of Medicaid received training in early 2016 regarding supported employment services. As of June 2016, 18 people had been employed. 41 people have been referred for supported employment services through MDRS.”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Client Assistance Program (MSCAP)

This program provides “advocacy services for clients and client applicants of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, and the Independent Living programs.” The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services provides grant funding to the Mississippi Society for Disabilities for program administration.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging
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Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

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

MS CDD Grants and Contracts - 07/01/2016

“MS Partnerships in Employment grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) – Disability Rights Mississippi; $74,410

DRMS’s responsibility within MSPE is to maintain the Employment Workgroup and carrying out its activities.  This group focuses on policies, removing barriers, improving access to competitive employment, and system change efforts.

 

MS Partnerships in Employment grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Institute for Disability Studies; $144,000

IDS’s responsibility within MSPE is the Stakeholder’s Group and carrying out its activities.  The activities include focusing on innovative strategies and best practices for systems improved for competitive employment.  IDS provides knowledge and awareness to MSPE with periodic information sessions presented to the Employment Workgroup and the Consortium while assisting in carrying out various training activities across the State.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:  • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency  • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]  • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment - 06/01/2011

“In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

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

MS Partnerships in Employment

“Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The consortium will develop and implement policies that support competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings by removing systemic barriers; identifying and implementing strategies and best practices that improve employment outcomes; and enhancing statewide collaboration that facilitates transition from secondary to post-secondary outcomes. Mississippi’s Partnership includes the DD Council, the University of Southern Mississippi’s UCEDD, Disability Rights Mississippi, VR, Department of Education, the Department of Mental Health Bureau of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Department of Employment Security, and self-advocates”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Mississippi DMH Web-Based Training

“The Department of Mental Health provides Web-Based Training through Relias Learning (formerly Essential Learning) for registered providers. Relias is a customized learning management system and staff development tool. This training website, developed for DMH staff, presents and tracks training requirements in an accessible and easy to use format.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Southeast Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE) Center

“The mission of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center Region IV (Southeast TACE) is to provide  technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE) activities that meet the strategic goals and program performance needs of state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their community partners.” 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Mississippi Department of Mental Health Findings Letter - 12/22/2011

We [United States Department of Justice] conclude that the State of Mississippi fails to provide services to qualified individuals with disabilities, including mental illness and developmental disabilities, in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA. This has led to the needless and prolonged institutionalization of adults and children with disabilities who could be served in more integrated settings in the community with adequate services and supports. Further, systemic failures in the State’s system place qualified individuals with disabilities at risk of unnecessary institutionalization now and going forward.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
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Elderly and Disabled Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program is administered directly by the Home and Community Based Services division (HCBS).

The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program provides home and community-based services to individuals age 21 years old and older who, but for the provision of such services, would require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. Beneficiaries of this waiver must qualify for Medicaid as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries or meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for income level up to 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate and meet medical criteria of the program.”

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

Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Revised Statewide Transition Plan Summary 1915(c) and 1915(i) Home and Community Based (HCB) Programs - 11/28/2016

“ID/DD Waiver services provided in the participant’s private home or a relative’s home which is fully integrated with opportunities for full access to the greater community include: • Home and Community Supports, • Occupational Therapy, • Physical Therapy, • Speech Therapy, • Crisis Support, • Crisis Intervention, • In-Home Nursing Respite, • Supported Living, • Transition Assistance, • Support Coordination, • Supported Employment, and • Specialized Medical Supplies.”

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

Mississippi HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On Jan. 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, effective March 17, 2014, which amends the requirements for qualities of home and community-based (HCB) settings. These requirements reflect CMS’s intent that individuals receive services and supports in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule requires the use of a person-centered planning process to develop a participant/beneficiary’s annual Plan for Services and Supports (PSS).

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

MS Intellectual Disabilities/DD Waiver (0282.R04.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day services-adults, prevocational, residential hab, respite, support coordination, supported employment, behavior support/intervention, home and community supports, specialized medical supplies, therapy services for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi ESEA Flexibility Request - 07/19/2012

“The Mississippi Department Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on July 19, 2012.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Medicaid State Plan

The Mississippi Medicaid State Plan (State Plan) is a detailed agreement between the State of Mississippi and the Federal Government that describes the nature and scope of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program. The State Plan is based on the federal requirements and regulations found in Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Changes to the State Plan, called State Plan Amendments (SPAs), must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prior to implementation

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Mississippi Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:     • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency     • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]     • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

Mississippi "feels like coming home" for workers with disabilities who have found great jobs in their communities in the Magnolia State.

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 Mississippi’s VR Rates and Services

2016 State Population.
-0.12%
Change from
2015 to 2016
2,988,726
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.17%
Change from
2015 to 2016
258,824
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.23%
Change from
2015 to 2016
76,078
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
6.36%
Change from
2015 to 2016
29.39%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.6%
Change from
2015 to 2016
71.25%

State Data

General

2014 2015 2016
Population. 2,994,079 2,992,333 2,988,726
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 267,593 259,265 258,824
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 73,264 71,339 76,078
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,066,946 1,061,622 1,074,318
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.38% 27.52% 29.39%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 70.45% 70.11% 71.25%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.80% 6.40% 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 27.10% 27.30% 26.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 20.50% 21.00% 19.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 231,514 223,702 221,845
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 250,464 250,610 254,199
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 298,920 297,654 295,963
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 170,931 164,801 166,959
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 6,380 7,006 8,249
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,632 2,147 2,355
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 1,808 2,733 1,270
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,202 5,206 6,792
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,464 1,733 2,660

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,562 2,668 2,741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.20% 2.30% 2.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 132,596 131,143 128,746

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 8,345 7,194 6,655
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 28,442 13,834 12,648
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 58,875 52,960 49,347
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.20% 13.60% 13.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,987 2,013 2,076
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 123 119 120
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 96 96 86
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. 0.78% 81.00% 72.00%
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. 3.21 3.21 2.87

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,537
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 729 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,443 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 2,480 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,308 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 168 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,409 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,150 1,925 1,712
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 204,438 203,145 200,763
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. N/A N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,306,000 $201,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $161,000 $237,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $13,248,000 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 800 1,927
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,821 472
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.00 20.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 67.20% 64.27% 63.02%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.33% 14.42% 15.10%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.07% 2.08% 2.01%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.73% 99.98% 99.98%
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). 23.69% 22.45% 29.01%
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). 61.45% 54.96% 66.78%
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). 80.86% 73.85% 84.38%
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). 37.76% 32.51% 37.77%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 558,965
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,561
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 63,390
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 241,418
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 304,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 49
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 300
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 349
AbilityOne wages (products). $548,297
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,097,679

 

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). 22 22 14
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 23 23 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,684 4,743 1,285
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 66 66 49
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,750 4,809 1,334

 

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)

No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

MDRS continues to identify current information from research, rehabilitation trends and professional resources. This information is provided to agency staff through a variety of methods, including training at the state, regional, and district levels. Most recently this training has been focused on Autism and customized employment. Additionally, this information is posted and available to staff on MDRS Connect, the agency intranet. (Page 194)

Based on the individuals who are Deafblind that we do serve, the needed services include customized employment as well as services similar to those provided for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 197-198)

  • Person Centered Planning and Customized Employment as integral parts of service provision continue to be high priorities. These service approaches have been embraced by mental health providers, the DD Council, and other service providers in the state as accepted best practices for model service delivery. (Page 210)

Plans for improving community rehabilitation programs (private and agency-supported) include training staff to provide PETS, customized employment services, and on-the-job tryout services which facilitate the agency’s ability to achieve the changes in WIOA (Page 217)

Goal II: Increase Training Opportunities for VR Consumers, Including Community Rehabilitation Program Services, Customized Employment, Apprenticeships, and Internships.

  1. MDRS staff attended 61 trainings that addressed available training resources for clients. (Page 222)

Early in FFY 2013 MDRS entered into an agreement with the MS Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) to join the Customized Employment Demonstration Project with The Arc of MS, MDRS and Sheltered Workshop Agencies. The Arc of MS manages the project. The agreement is scheduled to terminate in 2016. MDRS is also continuing to work with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) to design a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment service for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between MDRS and DMH. SE Counselors continued to expand cooperative arrangements with other provider agencies and organizations, both public and private.

MDRS has made it a priority for SE Counselors to utilize the concepts behind Customized Employment, which makes job seeker placements more individualized, based on the individual’s interests and abilities. SE Counselors utilized Customized Employment and Discovery to help with employment placements for the job seekers. (Page 223)

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.

The technical assistance guide for one-stop certification issued by MDES addresses accommodations for persons with disabilities. The guide recommends that all sites give priority to ensuring that persons with disabilities are provided with assistive devices to enable access to all services. The guide recommends that an accessibility assessment be performed at each site by an appropriate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specialist. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services will provide technical assistance and consultation for ADA compliance. (Page 110)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

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

MDHS also supports Mississippi Access to Care (MAC) centers. MAC centers are accessible places located throughout the state where older individuals and individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and representatives, can obtain unbiased information and assistance for locating long-term care services and applying for benefits. The centers provide a central source of reliable, objective information about a broad range of programs and services. MAC centers also help people understand and evaluate the various options available, regardless of income or eligibility, for publically funded long-term care. (Page 44)

 SE staff members continue to make every effort to identify and facilitate natural supports that occur in the workplace in order to maximize utilization of funds. These natural supports do not replace the one-on-one intensive support provided to clients by the SE Counselors. However, when properly identified and utilized, these natural supports do result in decreased direct service costs and increased quality of support. 

  • Cooperative arrangements will continue to be developed with other provider agencies and organizations, both public and private, to expand the SE Program to unserved and underserved populations. The focus of these arrangements is on promoting and enabling SE Counselors and service provider personnel from other agencies to work as teams to share expertise, provide technical support in specific disability areas, and conduct joint training.
  • The SE Program will continue to emphasize individual employment placements. Other models will remain an option for clients and may be utilized when feasible. However, when given a choice, clients prefer individual placements by an overwhelming majority. Individual placement is the preferred option of MDRS as well as the clients because it achieves integration in the work environment, it is competitive integrated employment, and it provides more opportunities for career pathways and better quality jobs with more benefits. (Page 210)

6.   Business Relations Specialist will provide information to VR staff in the following areas:

  • Services BRS provides to employers
  • Training and information regarding work incentives
  • Job analysis and job matching
  • Career opportunities in the local area
  • On-going disability etiquette training 

7. Refer those consumers receiving Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income cash benefits who are interested in earnings that will eliminate their reliance on Social Security Administration cash benefits for work incentives benefits analysis and counseling

8. Coordinate and conduct in partnership with the Governor’s Job Fair the Annual MDRS EmployAbility Job Fair for individuals with disabilities. (Page 213)

The VR/VRB partnership within Mississippi’s one-stop system is clarified through Memoranda of Understanding with the State and each of the four local workforce development areas. The partnership is further enhanced through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), the lead state workforce agency designated to disburse federal workforce funds and the main operator of the WIN Job Centers, to continually improve the lifestyle, acceptance and accessibility of persons with disabilities within Mississippi’s WIN. These MOUs include language to provide for inter-component staff training and technical assistance on availability of benefits and information on eligibility standards for VR services, and promotion of equal, effective and meaningful participation by individuals with disabilities in workforce development activities in the state through the promotion of program accessibility (including programmatic accessibility and physical accessibility), the use of nondiscriminatory policies and procedures, provision of reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services, and rehabilitation technology. (Page 217)

7.   Refer those consumers receiving Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income cash benefits who are interested in earnings that will eliminate their reliance on Social Security Administration cash benefits for work incentives benefits analysis and counseling

8.   Coordinate and conduct in partnership with the Governor’s Job Fair the Annual MDRS EmployAbility Job Fair for individuals with disabilities 

Goal 2: Improve the VR Service Delivery System to individuals with disabilities. (Page 219)

D.   DETERMINE WHETHER COMPARABLE SERVICES AND BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 101(A)(8) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.

E.   COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR EMPLOYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(B) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT. (Page 237)

Mississippi requires regular school attendance and regular immunizations for all dependent children served under TANF. This is in accordance with State Law at 43-17-5. A 25% monthly benefit reduction is imposed for failure to comply without good cause. Mississippi will impose a family benefit cap to prevent increases in assistance for new children coming into the family after the initial ten months of benefits, with certain exceptions (State Law 43-17-5). Mississippi will also deny assistance for ten years to an individual convicted in Federal or State court of having made a fraudulent statement or representation, with respect to the individual’s place of residence in order to receive TANF assistance simultaneously from two or more states.

Mississippi will deny benefits to all adult TANF applicants who do not meet an exemption from work requirements and fail to comply with job search or vocational rehabilitation activities during the 30-day TANF application processing period. (Page 244)

School to Work Transition

Community-based organizations are also heavily engaged in dropout prevention and recovery. Jobs for Mississippi Graduates (JMG) is a Mississippi affiliate of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Program. For 22 years, JMG has worked in partnership with community colleges and local high schools to support recent graduates, students at risk of dropout, and students who need assistance in the transition from school to work. JMG operates 52 program sites in Mississippi and serves about 1,849 individuals per year. Students receiving services from JMG graduate at a rate of 90.6 percent, and to date the program has supported these graduates with $6.7 million in scholarships. (Page 33)

No specific disability related information found.  

Data Collection

Effectiveness in Serving Employers. Per current WIOA requirements, Mississippi will choose two of three options proposed for measuring effectiveness in serving employers for data collection and reporting during PY 2016 and PY 2017. During the Mississippi WIOA implementation process, the relative merits of the proposed measures—employee retention rate, repeat business customer rate, and employer penetration rate—will be discussed and measures will be selected based on state needs and employer feedback. (Page 55)

Mississippi’s climate of data cooperation will enable a smooth implementation of WIOA program assessment and reporting requirements. Ultimately, data collection for all programs and activities will be accomplished through the integration of partner systems with the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module. The State Workforce Investment Board will create a phased transition plan under which Combined Plan Partners will agree to a scheduled sharing of case management data with the Mississippi State Longitudinal Data System clearinghouse. This process will enable data analysis and reporting during the creation of the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module and during integration efforts to make all partner systems interoperable. After a period of transition, real-time data sharing from partner systems to the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module will automate the sharing of case management data and allow for real-time labor market analysis. Data sharing will be conducted according to the clear set of rules developed by the SLDS Governing Board that ensure data integrity, security, confidentiality, and privacy (see Appendix B). (Page 86)

Data Validation-Benefits

The reason(s) for the deficiency;

A.  The additional initial claim information was not captured in the UI System. This occurred when the prior weekly certification filed with excessive earnings.

A description of the actions/activities which will be undertaken to improve performance;

B.  System modifications were requested and completed to capture the AIC information.

A brief description of plans for monitoring and assessing accomplishment of planned actions and for controlling quality after achieving performance goals;

D.  Staff will continue to monitor and review samples for Population 3a. (Page 296)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

SRC comments and/or recommendations for input in terms of potential service providers or discussions on the performance of service providers currently being used by OVR/OVRB:

  • Consumers are reporting a high level of satisfaction with service providers.
  • Based on what appears in the client satisfaction survey, a review of service providers.
  • Performance should be reported on a quarterly basis for input into the service delivery process.
  • Try to utilize local small businesses in the communities. They may become employers for clients.
  • Utilizing service providers with specialty areas is important.
  • A question might be added relative to service providers on the client satisfaction

(Page 175)

MDES Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP) and WIN Job Center staff have will work closely with the reserves, the National Guard, and active duty family readiness coordinators, to help identify those military spouses who need assistance. DVOP Specialists will continue to work with the Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR & E) program.

MDES Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) and WIN Job Center staff will work with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide information to veterans on opportunities in federal contracting. This will assist service-disabled business owners to receive information on sole-source and set-aside procurement opportunities and benefits. LVER staff will continue outreach efforts to federal contractors. (Page 281)

Career Pathways

3.   Collaboration with educational boards (MBE, MCCB, IHL), partners, and service providers in the development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system in the state, including:

  1. Identification of barriers and means for removing barriers to better coordinate, align, and avoid duplication among the programs and activities carried out through the system.
  2. Development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skill adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities), with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment.
  3. Development of strategies for providing effective outreach to and improved access for individuals and employers who could benefit from services provided through the workforce development system. (Page 66)
Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 238)

Policies and Initiatives

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DD Network News: A Collaborative Publication from MSCDD, DRMS, and IDS - 02/01/2018

“Welcome! Thank you for reading the first issue of DD News, a joint publication of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD), Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS), and the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive services as required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. You can learn more about the agencies by researching their websites, listed on the agency pages of this newsletter.

The collaboration among our three agencies continues to expand and increase to benefit people with disabilities in our state. The more closely our agencies work together on issues to create the change that ultimately improves the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities, the greater the impact for all of Mississippi. We continue to collaborate with self-advocates, families, and professionals as evidenced by some of the work highlighted in this edition.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AbilityWorks - 11/03/2017

“AbilityWorks is a network of community rehabilitation programs that provide vocational assessment, job training, and actual work experience for individuals with disabilities. This is possible through a wide array of contract and subcontract services provided to local business and industry.

 

There are 17 locations in a statewide AbilityWorks network of vocationally oriented community programs and is a division of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. AbilityWork’s mission to clients is “to improve the quality of life, employment opportunities, and integration of people with disabilities into the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) State Work Plan - 10/01/2017

“The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) stipulates that State Councils’ investments (grants, programs, and/or projects) support at least one of the following nine Areas of Emphasis:

 

1. Child Care

2. Community Supports (Formal or Informal)

3. Education and Early Intervention

4. Employment

5. Health

6. Housing

7. Quality Assurance

8. Recreation

9. Transportation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

DMH Begins Implementation of Conflict Free Case Management - 08/01/2017

“The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has begun the implementation of conflict-free case management services for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver.  Conflict-free case management is required for all states by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and will result in the transfer of a number of DMH employees to other community providers as it is implemented at DMH programs throughout the state.

 

DMH believes the function of Support Coordination is within the mission of the agency.  IDD regional programs will continue to provide Support Coordination services and no longer provide other ID/DD Waiver services. This plan has been approved by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and CMS. The first implementation of conflict-free case management began at Ellisville State School in August 2017 and will be taking place at other DMH regional programs by the end of 2018. A large number of employees affected by these transitions will continue to serve Mississippians who require support from the ID/DD Waiver. There will not be a change in the type or amount of service people currently enrolled in the program receive.”

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

House Bill 909 - Medical benefits for retired public employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits. - 07/01/2017

“(d)  Medical benefits for retired employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits.  For employees who retire before July 1, 2005, and for employees retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to retired employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  For employees who retire on or after July 1, 2005, and not retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to those retiring employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits only if the retiring employees were participants in the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan for four (4) years or more before their retirement, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  This section will apply to those employees who retire due to one hundred percent (100%) medical disability as well as those employees electing early retirement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services - 07/01/2017

“The Transition Services Program works with eligible secondary school students with disabilities to enable them to transition from school to subsequent work environments. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) works cooperatively with the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts in planning and implementing a variety of programs designed to provide training and assistance for students with disabilities to support them in making the difficult transition from school to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Elderly and Disabled Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program is administered directly by the Home and Community Based Services division (HCBS).

The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program provides home and community-based services to individuals age 21 years old and older who, but for the provision of such services, would require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. Beneficiaries of this waiver must qualify for Medicaid as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries or meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for income level up to 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate and meet medical criteria of the program.”

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

Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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House Bill 909 - Medical benefits for retired public employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits. - 07/01/2017

“(d)  Medical benefits for retired employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits.  For employees who retire before July 1, 2005, and for employees retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to retired employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  For employees who retire on or after July 1, 2005, and not retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to those retiring employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits only if the retiring employees were participants in the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan for four (4) years or more before their retirement, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  This section will apply to those employees who retire due to one hundred percent (100%) medical disability as well as those employees electing early retirement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

MS HB 836 (including amendments to Miss. Code Ann. §43-30-1) - 07/01/2015

An act to require state agencies that provide services an support to persons with disabilities to consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities; to require all state agencies to follow this policy for employment by coordinating all collaborating efforts among agencies; to authorize state agencies to adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this act; to require the Disability Resource Commission to review measurable goals and objectives as submitting to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of this act; to provide reporting requirements for state agencies; to amend Section 43-30-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, in conformity thereto; and for related purposes. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

SB 2034 Employment First Act - 07/01/2014

“AN ACT TO CREATE THE "EMPLOYMENT FIRST ACT"; TO REQUIRE THAT STATE AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE SERVICES AND SUPPORT TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES SHALL CONSIDER, AS THEIR FIRST OPTION, COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT IN AN INTEGRATED SETTING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES; TO REQUIRE ALL STATE AGENCIES TO FOLLOW THIS POLICY FOR EMPLOYMENT BY COORDINATING ALL COLLABORATING EFFORTS AMONG AGENCIES; TO AUTHORIZE STATE AGENCIES TO ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE ACT; TO ESTABLISH AN EMPLOYMENT FIRST OVERSIGHT COMMISSION WHICH SHALL REVIEW MEASURABLE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES AS SUBMITTED TO IT BY EACH RELEVANT STATE AGENCY TO ENSURE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACT; TO PROVIDE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Concurrent Resolution No. 563

“State agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall coordinate efforts and collaborate within and among such agencies to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities who are of working age....

All state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems in order to track progress toward full implementation of ‘Employment First’ and shall adopt measurable goals and objectives to promote assessment of progress in implementing this resolution.

This resolution "died on calendar" in April 2013”

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Mississippi Executive Order 1335 - 01/14/2014

“Whereas, my administration is committed to supporting policies under which agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities and/or provide employment, economic development, or other related services explore employment in an integrated setting as the first priority option for persons with disabilities who are of working age.  Now, Therefore, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby order as follows:

State agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities, and state agencies which provide employment, economic development, or other related services, shall coordinate efforts and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, and procedures support employment in integrated settings as the first priority option, to the extent feasible, for persons with disabilities who are of working age. The same state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems and adopt measureable goals and objectives to track progress toward the achievement of the goals of this Executive Order. The Mississippi Disability Resource Commission, Miss. Code Ann. § 43-30-1, is authorized to monitor implementation of this Executive Order.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) State Work Plan - 10/01/2017

“The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) stipulates that State Councils’ investments (grants, programs, and/or projects) support at least one of the following nine Areas of Emphasis:

 

1. Child Care

2. Community Supports (Formal or Informal)

3. Education and Early Intervention

4. Employment

5. Health

6. Housing

7. Quality Assurance

8. Recreation

9. Transportation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

DMH Begins Implementation of Conflict Free Case Management - 08/01/2017

“The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has begun the implementation of conflict-free case management services for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver.  Conflict-free case management is required for all states by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and will result in the transfer of a number of DMH employees to other community providers as it is implemented at DMH programs throughout the state.

 

DMH believes the function of Support Coordination is within the mission of the agency.  IDD regional programs will continue to provide Support Coordination services and no longer provide other ID/DD Waiver services. This plan has been approved by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and CMS. The first implementation of conflict-free case management began at Ellisville State School in August 2017 and will be taking place at other DMH regional programs by the end of 2018. A large number of employees affected by these transitions will continue to serve Mississippians who require support from the ID/DD Waiver. There will not be a change in the type or amount of service people currently enrolled in the program receive.”

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

Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Secondary Transition: A Collaborative Planning Process” - 01/06/2017

“Mississippi Occupational Diploma (MOD): The MOD requires a student with a disability to earn 21 credits by successfully completing selected courses from the general education curriculum, vocational education programs, MOD portfolio objectives or a combination of these courses, create an occupational diploma portfolio, and successfully complete a two-year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program or document a minimum of five hundred forty (540) hours of successful, paid employment. Its primary focus is to teach employability skills and prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment.”

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

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services – Office of Business Development - 01/01/2017

~~“The Office of Business Development (OBD) is committed to being a valuable resource for any business.  Business Development Representatives help to customize recruitment efforts and provide a variety of services to employers…Our GoalsTo promote diversity in the workplace by recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilitiesTo sponsor employer-focused education and identify areas of need in supporting employeesTo provide resources, information and access to qualified job candidatesPromote best practices and bring talent to Mississippi's workplaceTo help individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in jobs and careers.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Autism Advisory Council “2016 Report to Legislature” - 09/08/2016

“Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation recognizes the importance of emphasizing the strengths and contributions that many of the clients with ASD can offer businesses. Individual characteristics such as punctuality, attention to detail, consistency, reliability, or good visual-spatial or mechanical skills can make these individuals more attractive to employers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors utilize different tools in seeking employment options for clients with ASD; they include but are not limited to: o Person-Centered Planning (PCP): where an action plan is developed to provide directions in employment by identifying client desires, dreams and employment goals. o Customized Employment (CE): Includes discovery, profile portfolio, resume, and negotiation with employers and job placement.”

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

Department of Mental Health Strategic Plan FY16-FY18 - 07/01/2015

Goal 1 and Goal 2 set forth DMH’s vision of individuals receiving services having a direct and active role in designing and planning the services they receive as well as evaluating how well the system meets and addresses their expressed needs. This includes all populations - mental health, substance use and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. These Goals also highlight the transformation to a community-based service system. This transformation is woven throughout the entire Strategic Plan; however, this goal emphasizes the development of new and expanded services in the priority areas of crisis services, housing, supported employment, long-term community supports and other specialized services to help individuals transition from institutions to the community and help individuals remain in the community.

Objective 2.5 Provide Supported Employment Services to people with IDD Outcome: Number of people receiving Supported Employment Services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

     Strategy 2.5.1 Implement the Memorandum of Understanding developed in FY15

     Strategy 2.5.2 Train Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, ID/DD Waiver Support Coordinators, and ID/DD Waiver Providers about MOU requirements

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

Special Education Policies and Procedures Volume V: Secondary Transition - 01/01/2015

For children fourteen (14) years of age (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Committee), SBE Policy 7219 requires school districts to determine each child’s postsecondary goals in the areas of employment, education or training, and, where appropriate, independent living based on age-appropriate assessments. The Policy further defines transition services as a set of coordinated activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These post-school activities may include, but not be limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The services must be based on the individual child’s needs and take into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests. The IEP Committee is further required to develop a coordinated set of activities in the areas of instruction to promote the movement of a child from school to postsecondary adult living. These activities should include community experiences, activities that promote the development of employment and other post-school adult living skills and, if appropriate, activities that promote the acquisition of daily living skills (IDEA, 2004).

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

Mississippi Supported Employment - 09/01/2014

“Supported Employment provides the opportunity to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities in finding employment. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) provides a team of professionals that identify the services and ongoing supports needed to maintain employment.”

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

Department of Mental Health Operational Standards – effective October 2013 - 11/01/2013

Rule 29.1 Work Activity Services “Work Activity Services for persons with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities provide opportunities for the acquisition of necessary work and living skills. A person must be at least sixteen (16) years old to participate in Work Activity Services.” “The individual plan of all participants in Work Activity Services must include a career development plan that addresses an individual’s goals for integrated community employment and objectives to support the individual in the achievement of those goals.” “All certified providers of Work Activity Services must have and implement a ‘Return to Services’ policy which ensures individuals who leave Work Activity Services to work in the community can return to needed services if his/her community job ends.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
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DD Network News: A Collaborative Publication from MSCDD, DRMS, and IDS - 02/01/2018

“Welcome! Thank you for reading the first issue of DD News, a joint publication of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD), Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS), and the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive services as required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. You can learn more about the agencies by researching their websites, listed on the agency pages of this newsletter.

The collaboration among our three agencies continues to expand and increase to benefit people with disabilities in our state. The more closely our agencies work together on issues to create the change that ultimately improves the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities, the greater the impact for all of Mississippi. We continue to collaborate with self-advocates, families, and professionals as evidenced by some of the work highlighted in this edition.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AbilityWorks - 11/03/2017

“AbilityWorks is a network of community rehabilitation programs that provide vocational assessment, job training, and actual work experience for individuals with disabilities. This is possible through a wide array of contract and subcontract services provided to local business and industry.

 

There are 17 locations in a statewide AbilityWorks network of vocationally oriented community programs and is a division of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. AbilityWork’s mission to clients is “to improve the quality of life, employment opportunities, and integration of people with disabilities into the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services - 07/01/2017

“The Transition Services Program works with eligible secondary school students with disabilities to enable them to transition from school to subsequent work environments. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) works cooperatively with the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts in planning and implementing a variety of programs designed to provide training and assistance for students with disabilities to support them in making the difficult transition from school to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities - 08/13/2012

Employment Objectives:

• “Identify and promote at least one Best Practice Model for increasing community employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Identify at least one barrier to increasing community development options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Determine and advocate for at least one Policy Change to improve Community Employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Collaborate with other stakeholders to facilitate the transition [of] up to 15 individuals from work activity centers into community employment of their choosing.” • “Partner with others to achieve successful community employment for at least 10 individuals with Developmental Disabilities in their respective communities.”   Intermediaries and collaborators for this goal include State protection and advocacy system, university centers, and State DD Agency.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:

lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and] improving quality measurement & oversight.

It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”

 

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

Mississippi Partnerships for Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 10/01/2011

“The primary focus of this 5-year project is to build capacity across existing state services for sustainable systems change that improves outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The project will work together with critical stakeholders to develop policies, remove systemic barriers, implement strategies and best practices, and improve the transition process for Mississippi youth and young adults with DD/ID from school or training to competitive employment in integrated community settings.” This is a joint project with various organizations and agencies across the state.

MSPE Grantee Demonstration Projects:

Customized Employment: Linking Job Seekers with Employers will target three sheltered workshops to begin the process of Customized Employment to link job seekers to community employers. Gathering Grounds will be a community-based business (coffee/art shop) teaching students transitional work skills in an inclusive, safe environment. Students will operate the coffee shop featuring original student artwork. The goal is to provide the extensive job skills training needed in the areas of employability and social skills to reach each student’s goal of competitive, paid employment. Building Opportunities for Learning and Transition Success (BOLTS) is intended to increase competitive employment outcomes and/or transition service for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who attend the Oxford School District. It will be accomplished through the development of on-campus work training opportunities, development of job/career videos or pod casts through digital media, development of a Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide, providing transition training opportunities, expanding the current array of transition services, and providing hands-on training for future teachers."  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) - 09/01/2004

This was a collaborative demonstration program through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), Harrison County School District, Jackson County School District, Gulfport WIN Job Center, MS Social Security Administration, The Arc of Mississippi and Marc Gold & Associates. Youth from ages 10 to 25 were served with a focus on transition phases with designated vocational activities and benefits planning to lead to a career, earning a wage and reducing Social Security benefits.

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

Mississippi Department of Mental Health MOU with DRS

“SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD: DMH has implemented an MOU with the Department of Rehabilitation Services that is providing supported employment for people with IDD. Three hundred employees from DMH, MDRS, and the Division of Medicaid received training in early 2016 regarding supported employment services. As of June 2016, 18 people had been employed. 41 people have been referred for supported employment services through MDRS.”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Client Assistance Program (MSCAP)

This program provides “advocacy services for clients and client applicants of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, and the Independent Living programs.” The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services provides grant funding to the Mississippi Society for Disabilities for program administration.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging
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Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

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

MS CDD Grants and Contracts - 07/01/2016

“MS Partnerships in Employment grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) – Disability Rights Mississippi; $74,410

DRMS’s responsibility within MSPE is to maintain the Employment Workgroup and carrying out its activities.  This group focuses on policies, removing barriers, improving access to competitive employment, and system change efforts.

 

MS Partnerships in Employment grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Institute for Disability Studies; $144,000

IDS’s responsibility within MSPE is the Stakeholder’s Group and carrying out its activities.  The activities include focusing on innovative strategies and best practices for systems improved for competitive employment.  IDS provides knowledge and awareness to MSPE with periodic information sessions presented to the Employment Workgroup and the Consortium while assisting in carrying out various training activities across the State.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:  • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency  • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]  • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment - 06/01/2011

“In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

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

MS Partnerships in Employment

“Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The consortium will develop and implement policies that support competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings by removing systemic barriers; identifying and implementing strategies and best practices that improve employment outcomes; and enhancing statewide collaboration that facilitates transition from secondary to post-secondary outcomes. Mississippi’s Partnership includes the DD Council, the University of Southern Mississippi’s UCEDD, Disability Rights Mississippi, VR, Department of Education, the Department of Mental Health Bureau of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Department of Employment Security, and self-advocates”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Mississippi DMH Web-Based Training

“The Department of Mental Health provides Web-Based Training through Relias Learning (formerly Essential Learning) for registered providers. Relias is a customized learning management system and staff development tool. This training website, developed for DMH staff, presents and tracks training requirements in an accessible and easy to use format.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Southeast Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE) Center

“The mission of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center Region IV (Southeast TACE) is to provide  technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE) activities that meet the strategic goals and program performance needs of state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their community partners.” 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Mississippi Department of Mental Health Findings Letter - 12/22/2011

We [United States Department of Justice] conclude that the State of Mississippi fails to provide services to qualified individuals with disabilities, including mental illness and developmental disabilities, in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA. This has led to the needless and prolonged institutionalization of adults and children with disabilities who could be served in more integrated settings in the community with adequate services and supports. Further, systemic failures in the State’s system place qualified individuals with disabilities at risk of unnecessary institutionalization now and going forward.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
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Elderly and Disabled Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program is administered directly by the Home and Community Based Services division (HCBS).

The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program provides home and community-based services to individuals age 21 years old and older who, but for the provision of such services, would require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. Beneficiaries of this waiver must qualify for Medicaid as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries or meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for income level up to 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate and meet medical criteria of the program.”

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

Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Revised Statewide Transition Plan Summary 1915(c) and 1915(i) Home and Community Based (HCB) Programs - 11/28/2016

“ID/DD Waiver services provided in the participant’s private home or a relative’s home which is fully integrated with opportunities for full access to the greater community include: • Home and Community Supports, • Occupational Therapy, • Physical Therapy, • Speech Therapy, • Crisis Support, • Crisis Intervention, • In-Home Nursing Respite, • Supported Living, • Transition Assistance, • Support Coordination, • Supported Employment, and • Specialized Medical Supplies.”

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

Mississippi HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On Jan. 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, effective March 17, 2014, which amends the requirements for qualities of home and community-based (HCB) settings. These requirements reflect CMS’s intent that individuals receive services and supports in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule requires the use of a person-centered planning process to develop a participant/beneficiary’s annual Plan for Services and Supports (PSS).

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

MS Intellectual Disabilities/DD Waiver (0282.R04.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day services-adults, prevocational, residential hab, respite, support coordination, supported employment, behavior support/intervention, home and community supports, specialized medical supplies, therapy services for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi ESEA Flexibility Request - 07/19/2012

“The Mississippi Department Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on July 19, 2012.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Medicaid State Plan

The Mississippi Medicaid State Plan (State Plan) is a detailed agreement between the State of Mississippi and the Federal Government that describes the nature and scope of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program. The State Plan is based on the federal requirements and regulations found in Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Changes to the State Plan, called State Plan Amendments (SPAs), must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prior to implementation

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Mississippi Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:     • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency     • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]     • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

Mississippi "feels like coming home" for workers with disabilities who have found great jobs in their communities in the Magnolia State.

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 Mississippi’s VR Rates and Services

2016 State Population.
-0.12%
Change from
2015 to 2016
2,988,726
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.17%
Change from
2015 to 2016
258,824
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.23%
Change from
2015 to 2016
76,078
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
6.36%
Change from
2015 to 2016
29.39%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.6%
Change from
2015 to 2016
71.25%

State Data

General

2016
Population. 2,988,726
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 258,824
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 76,078
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,074,318
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 29.39%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.25%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 26.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 19.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 221,845
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 254,199
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 295,963
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 166,959
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 8,249
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,355
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 1,270
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,792
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,660

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 128,746

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,655
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 12,648
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 49,347
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,076
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 120
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 86
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. 72.00%
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. 2.87

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,712
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 200,763
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. $201,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $237,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,927
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 472
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 20.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 63.02%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.10%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.01%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98%
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). 29.01%
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). 66.78%
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). 84.38%
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). 37.77%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 558,965
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,561
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 63,390
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 241,418
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 304,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 49
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 300
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 349
AbilityOne wages (products). $548,297
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,097,679

 

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). 14
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 15
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). 1,285
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 49
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,334

 

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)

No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

MDRS continues to identify current information from research, rehabilitation trends and professional resources. This information is provided to agency staff through a variety of methods, including training at the state, regional, and district levels. Most recently this training has been focused on Autism and customized employment. Additionally, this information is posted and available to staff on MDRS Connect, the agency intranet. (Page 194)

Based on the individuals who are Deafblind that we do serve, the needed services include customized employment as well as services similar to those provided for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 197-198)

  • Person Centered Planning and Customized Employment as integral parts of service provision continue to be high priorities. These service approaches have been embraced by mental health providers, the DD Council, and other service providers in the state as accepted best practices for model service delivery. (Page 210)

Plans for improving community rehabilitation programs (private and agency-supported) include training staff to provide PETS, customized employment services, and on-the-job tryout services which facilitate the agency’s ability to achieve the changes in WIOA (Page 217)

Goal II: Increase Training Opportunities for VR Consumers, Including Community Rehabilitation Program Services, Customized Employment, Apprenticeships, and Internships.

  1. MDRS staff attended 61 trainings that addressed available training resources for clients. (Page 222)

Early in FFY 2013 MDRS entered into an agreement with the MS Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) to join the Customized Employment Demonstration Project with The Arc of MS, MDRS and Sheltered Workshop Agencies. The Arc of MS manages the project. The agreement is scheduled to terminate in 2016. MDRS is also continuing to work with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) to design a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment service for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between MDRS and DMH. SE Counselors continued to expand cooperative arrangements with other provider agencies and organizations, both public and private.

MDRS has made it a priority for SE Counselors to utilize the concepts behind Customized Employment, which makes job seeker placements more individualized, based on the individual’s interests and abilities. SE Counselors utilized Customized Employment and Discovery to help with employment placements for the job seekers. (Page 223)

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.

The technical assistance guide for one-stop certification issued by MDES addresses accommodations for persons with disabilities. The guide recommends that all sites give priority to ensuring that persons with disabilities are provided with assistive devices to enable access to all services. The guide recommends that an accessibility assessment be performed at each site by an appropriate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specialist. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services will provide technical assistance and consultation for ADA compliance. (Page 110)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

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

MDHS also supports Mississippi Access to Care (MAC) centers. MAC centers are accessible places located throughout the state where older individuals and individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and representatives, can obtain unbiased information and assistance for locating long-term care services and applying for benefits. The centers provide a central source of reliable, objective information about a broad range of programs and services. MAC centers also help people understand and evaluate the various options available, regardless of income or eligibility, for publically funded long-term care. (Page 44)

 SE staff members continue to make every effort to identify and facilitate natural supports that occur in the workplace in order to maximize utilization of funds. These natural supports do not replace the one-on-one intensive support provided to clients by the SE Counselors. However, when properly identified and utilized, these natural supports do result in decreased direct service costs and increased quality of support. 

  • Cooperative arrangements will continue to be developed with other provider agencies and organizations, both public and private, to expand the SE Program to unserved and underserved populations. The focus of these arrangements is on promoting and enabling SE Counselors and service provider personnel from other agencies to work as teams to share expertise, provide technical support in specific disability areas, and conduct joint training.
  • The SE Program will continue to emphasize individual employment placements. Other models will remain an option for clients and may be utilized when feasible. However, when given a choice, clients prefer individual placements by an overwhelming majority. Individual placement is the preferred option of MDRS as well as the clients because it achieves integration in the work environment, it is competitive integrated employment, and it provides more opportunities for career pathways and better quality jobs with more benefits. (Page 210)

6.   Business Relations Specialist will provide information to VR staff in the following areas:

  • Services BRS provides to employers
  • Training and information regarding work incentives
  • Job analysis and job matching
  • Career opportunities in the local area
  • On-going disability etiquette training 

7. Refer those consumers receiving Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income cash benefits who are interested in earnings that will eliminate their reliance on Social Security Administration cash benefits for work incentives benefits analysis and counseling

8. Coordinate and conduct in partnership with the Governor’s Job Fair the Annual MDRS EmployAbility Job Fair for individuals with disabilities. (Page 213)

The VR/VRB partnership within Mississippi’s one-stop system is clarified through Memoranda of Understanding with the State and each of the four local workforce development areas. The partnership is further enhanced through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), the lead state workforce agency designated to disburse federal workforce funds and the main operator of the WIN Job Centers, to continually improve the lifestyle, acceptance and accessibility of persons with disabilities within Mississippi’s WIN. These MOUs include language to provide for inter-component staff training and technical assistance on availability of benefits and information on eligibility standards for VR services, and promotion of equal, effective and meaningful participation by individuals with disabilities in workforce development activities in the state through the promotion of program accessibility (including programmatic accessibility and physical accessibility), the use of nondiscriminatory policies and procedures, provision of reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services, and rehabilitation technology. (Page 217)

7.   Refer those consumers receiving Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income cash benefits who are interested in earnings that will eliminate their reliance on Social Security Administration cash benefits for work incentives benefits analysis and counseling

8.   Coordinate and conduct in partnership with the Governor’s Job Fair the Annual MDRS EmployAbility Job Fair for individuals with disabilities 

Goal 2: Improve the VR Service Delivery System to individuals with disabilities. (Page 219)

D.   DETERMINE WHETHER COMPARABLE SERVICES AND BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 101(A)(8) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.

E.   COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR EMPLOYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(B) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT. (Page 237)

Mississippi requires regular school attendance and regular immunizations for all dependent children served under TANF. This is in accordance with State Law at 43-17-5. A 25% monthly benefit reduction is imposed for failure to comply without good cause. Mississippi will impose a family benefit cap to prevent increases in assistance for new children coming into the family after the initial ten months of benefits, with certain exceptions (State Law 43-17-5). Mississippi will also deny assistance for ten years to an individual convicted in Federal or State court of having made a fraudulent statement or representation, with respect to the individual’s place of residence in order to receive TANF assistance simultaneously from two or more states.

Mississippi will deny benefits to all adult TANF applicants who do not meet an exemption from work requirements and fail to comply with job search or vocational rehabilitation activities during the 30-day TANF application processing period. (Page 244)

School to Work Transition

Community-based organizations are also heavily engaged in dropout prevention and recovery. Jobs for Mississippi Graduates (JMG) is a Mississippi affiliate of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Program. For 22 years, JMG has worked in partnership with community colleges and local high schools to support recent graduates, students at risk of dropout, and students who need assistance in the transition from school to work. JMG operates 52 program sites in Mississippi and serves about 1,849 individuals per year. Students receiving services from JMG graduate at a rate of 90.6 percent, and to date the program has supported these graduates with $6.7 million in scholarships. (Page 33)

No specific disability related information found.  

Data Collection

Effectiveness in Serving Employers. Per current WIOA requirements, Mississippi will choose two of three options proposed for measuring effectiveness in serving employers for data collection and reporting during PY 2016 and PY 2017. During the Mississippi WIOA implementation process, the relative merits of the proposed measures—employee retention rate, repeat business customer rate, and employer penetration rate—will be discussed and measures will be selected based on state needs and employer feedback. (Page 55)

Mississippi’s climate of data cooperation will enable a smooth implementation of WIOA program assessment and reporting requirements. Ultimately, data collection for all programs and activities will be accomplished through the integration of partner systems with the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module. The State Workforce Investment Board will create a phased transition plan under which Combined Plan Partners will agree to a scheduled sharing of case management data with the Mississippi State Longitudinal Data System clearinghouse. This process will enable data analysis and reporting during the creation of the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module and during integration efforts to make all partner systems interoperable. After a period of transition, real-time data sharing from partner systems to the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module will automate the sharing of case management data and allow for real-time labor market analysis. Data sharing will be conducted according to the clear set of rules developed by the SLDS Governing Board that ensure data integrity, security, confidentiality, and privacy (see Appendix B). (Page 86)

Data Validation-Benefits

The reason(s) for the deficiency;

A.  The additional initial claim information was not captured in the UI System. This occurred when the prior weekly certification filed with excessive earnings.

A description of the actions/activities which will be undertaken to improve performance;

B.  System modifications were requested and completed to capture the AIC information.

A brief description of plans for monitoring and assessing accomplishment of planned actions and for controlling quality after achieving performance goals;

D.  Staff will continue to monitor and review samples for Population 3a. (Page 296)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

SRC comments and/or recommendations for input in terms of potential service providers or discussions on the performance of service providers currently being used by OVR/OVRB:

  • Consumers are reporting a high level of satisfaction with service providers.
  • Based on what appears in the client satisfaction survey, a review of service providers.
  • Performance should be reported on a quarterly basis for input into the service delivery process.
  • Try to utilize local small businesses in the communities. They may become employers for clients.
  • Utilizing service providers with specialty areas is important.
  • A question might be added relative to service providers on the client satisfaction

(Page 175)

MDES Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP) and WIN Job Center staff have will work closely with the reserves, the National Guard, and active duty family readiness coordinators, to help identify those military spouses who need assistance. DVOP Specialists will continue to work with the Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR & E) program.

MDES Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) and WIN Job Center staff will work with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide information to veterans on opportunities in federal contracting. This will assist service-disabled business owners to receive information on sole-source and set-aside procurement opportunities and benefits. LVER staff will continue outreach efforts to federal contractors. (Page 281)

Career Pathways

3.   Collaboration with educational boards (MBE, MCCB, IHL), partners, and service providers in the development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system in the state, including:

  1. Identification of barriers and means for removing barriers to better coordinate, align, and avoid duplication among the programs and activities carried out through the system.
  2. Development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skill adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities), with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment.
  3. Development of strategies for providing effective outreach to and improved access for individuals and employers who could benefit from services provided through the workforce development system. (Page 66)
Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 238)

Policies and Initiatives

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DD Network News: A Collaborative Publication from MSCDD, DRMS, and IDS - 02/01/2018

“Welcome! Thank you for reading the first issue of DD News, a joint publication of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD), Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS), and the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive services as required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. You can learn more about the agencies by researching their websites, listed on the agency pages of this newsletter.

The collaboration among our three agencies continues to expand and increase to benefit people with disabilities in our state. The more closely our agencies work together on issues to create the change that ultimately improves the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities, the greater the impact for all of Mississippi. We continue to collaborate with self-advocates, families, and professionals as evidenced by some of the work highlighted in this edition.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AbilityWorks - 11/03/2017

“AbilityWorks is a network of community rehabilitation programs that provide vocational assessment, job training, and actual work experience for individuals with disabilities. This is possible through a wide array of contract and subcontract services provided to local business and industry.

 

There are 17 locations in a statewide AbilityWorks network of vocationally oriented community programs and is a division of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. AbilityWork’s mission to clients is “to improve the quality of life, employment opportunities, and integration of people with disabilities into the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) State Work Plan - 10/01/2017

“The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) stipulates that State Councils’ investments (grants, programs, and/or projects) support at least one of the following nine Areas of Emphasis:

 

1. Child Care

2. Community Supports (Formal or Informal)

3. Education and Early Intervention

4. Employment

5. Health

6. Housing

7. Quality Assurance

8. Recreation

9. Transportation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

DMH Begins Implementation of Conflict Free Case Management - 08/01/2017

“The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has begun the implementation of conflict-free case management services for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver.  Conflict-free case management is required for all states by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and will result in the transfer of a number of DMH employees to other community providers as it is implemented at DMH programs throughout the state.

 

DMH believes the function of Support Coordination is within the mission of the agency.  IDD regional programs will continue to provide Support Coordination services and no longer provide other ID/DD Waiver services. This plan has been approved by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and CMS. The first implementation of conflict-free case management began at Ellisville State School in August 2017 and will be taking place at other DMH regional programs by the end of 2018. A large number of employees affected by these transitions will continue to serve Mississippians who require support from the ID/DD Waiver. There will not be a change in the type or amount of service people currently enrolled in the program receive.”

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

House Bill 909 - Medical benefits for retired public employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits. - 07/01/2017

“(d)  Medical benefits for retired employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits.  For employees who retire before July 1, 2005, and for employees retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to retired employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  For employees who retire on or after July 1, 2005, and not retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to those retiring employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits only if the retiring employees were participants in the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan for four (4) years or more before their retirement, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  This section will apply to those employees who retire due to one hundred percent (100%) medical disability as well as those employees electing early retirement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services - 07/01/2017

“The Transition Services Program works with eligible secondary school students with disabilities to enable them to transition from school to subsequent work environments. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) works cooperatively with the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts in planning and implementing a variety of programs designed to provide training and assistance for students with disabilities to support them in making the difficult transition from school to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Elderly and Disabled Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program is administered directly by the Home and Community Based Services division (HCBS).

The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program provides home and community-based services to individuals age 21 years old and older who, but for the provision of such services, would require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. Beneficiaries of this waiver must qualify for Medicaid as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries or meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for income level up to 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate and meet medical criteria of the program.”

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

Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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House Bill 909 - Medical benefits for retired public employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits. - 07/01/2017

“(d)  Medical benefits for retired employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits.  For employees who retire before July 1, 2005, and for employees retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to retired employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  For employees who retire on or after July 1, 2005, and not retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to those retiring employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits only if the retiring employees were participants in the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan for four (4) years or more before their retirement, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  This section will apply to those employees who retire due to one hundred percent (100%) medical disability as well as those employees electing early retirement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

MS HB 836 (including amendments to Miss. Code Ann. §43-30-1) - 07/01/2015

An act to require state agencies that provide services an support to persons with disabilities to consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities; to require all state agencies to follow this policy for employment by coordinating all collaborating efforts among agencies; to authorize state agencies to adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this act; to require the Disability Resource Commission to review measurable goals and objectives as submitting to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of this act; to provide reporting requirements for state agencies; to amend Section 43-30-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, in conformity thereto; and for related purposes. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

SB 2034 Employment First Act - 07/01/2014

“AN ACT TO CREATE THE "EMPLOYMENT FIRST ACT"; TO REQUIRE THAT STATE AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE SERVICES AND SUPPORT TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES SHALL CONSIDER, AS THEIR FIRST OPTION, COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT IN AN INTEGRATED SETTING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES; TO REQUIRE ALL STATE AGENCIES TO FOLLOW THIS POLICY FOR EMPLOYMENT BY COORDINATING ALL COLLABORATING EFFORTS AMONG AGENCIES; TO AUTHORIZE STATE AGENCIES TO ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE ACT; TO ESTABLISH AN EMPLOYMENT FIRST OVERSIGHT COMMISSION WHICH SHALL REVIEW MEASURABLE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES AS SUBMITTED TO IT BY EACH RELEVANT STATE AGENCY TO ENSURE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACT; TO PROVIDE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Concurrent Resolution No. 563

“State agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall coordinate efforts and collaborate within and among such agencies to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities who are of working age....

All state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems in order to track progress toward full implementation of ‘Employment First’ and shall adopt measurable goals and objectives to promote assessment of progress in implementing this resolution.

This resolution "died on calendar" in April 2013”

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Mississippi Executive Order 1335 - 01/14/2014

“Whereas, my administration is committed to supporting policies under which agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities and/or provide employment, economic development, or other related services explore employment in an integrated setting as the first priority option for persons with disabilities who are of working age.  Now, Therefore, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby order as follows:

State agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities, and state agencies which provide employment, economic development, or other related services, shall coordinate efforts and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, and procedures support employment in integrated settings as the first priority option, to the extent feasible, for persons with disabilities who are of working age. The same state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems and adopt measureable goals and objectives to track progress toward the achievement of the goals of this Executive Order. The Mississippi Disability Resource Commission, Miss. Code Ann. § 43-30-1, is authorized to monitor implementation of this Executive Order.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) State Work Plan - 10/01/2017

“The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) stipulates that State Councils’ investments (grants, programs, and/or projects) support at least one of the following nine Areas of Emphasis:

 

1. Child Care

2. Community Supports (Formal or Informal)

3. Education and Early Intervention

4. Employment

5. Health

6. Housing

7. Quality Assurance

8. Recreation

9. Transportation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

DMH Begins Implementation of Conflict Free Case Management - 08/01/2017

“The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has begun the implementation of conflict-free case management services for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver.  Conflict-free case management is required for all states by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and will result in the transfer of a number of DMH employees to other community providers as it is implemented at DMH programs throughout the state.

 

DMH believes the function of Support Coordination is within the mission of the agency.  IDD regional programs will continue to provide Support Coordination services and no longer provide other ID/DD Waiver services. This plan has been approved by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and CMS. The first implementation of conflict-free case management began at Ellisville State School in August 2017 and will be taking place at other DMH regional programs by the end of 2018. A large number of employees affected by these transitions will continue to serve Mississippians who require support from the ID/DD Waiver. There will not be a change in the type or amount of service people currently enrolled in the program receive.”

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

Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Secondary Transition: A Collaborative Planning Process” - 01/06/2017

“Mississippi Occupational Diploma (MOD): The MOD requires a student with a disability to earn 21 credits by successfully completing selected courses from the general education curriculum, vocational education programs, MOD portfolio objectives or a combination of these courses, create an occupational diploma portfolio, and successfully complete a two-year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program or document a minimum of five hundred forty (540) hours of successful, paid employment. Its primary focus is to teach employability skills and prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment.”

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

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services – Office of Business Development - 01/01/2017

~~“The Office of Business Development (OBD) is committed to being a valuable resource for any business.  Business Development Representatives help to customize recruitment efforts and provide a variety of services to employers…Our GoalsTo promote diversity in the workplace by recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilitiesTo sponsor employer-focused education and identify areas of need in supporting employeesTo provide resources, information and access to qualified job candidatesPromote best practices and bring talent to Mississippi's workplaceTo help individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in jobs and careers.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Autism Advisory Council “2016 Report to Legislature” - 09/08/2016

“Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation recognizes the importance of emphasizing the strengths and contributions that many of the clients with ASD can offer businesses. Individual characteristics such as punctuality, attention to detail, consistency, reliability, or good visual-spatial or mechanical skills can make these individuals more attractive to employers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors utilize different tools in seeking employment options for clients with ASD; they include but are not limited to: o Person-Centered Planning (PCP): where an action plan is developed to provide directions in employment by identifying client desires, dreams and employment goals. o Customized Employment (CE): Includes discovery, profile portfolio, resume, and negotiation with employers and job placement.”

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

Department of Mental Health Strategic Plan FY16-FY18 - 07/01/2015

Goal 1 and Goal 2 set forth DMH’s vision of individuals receiving services having a direct and active role in designing and planning the services they receive as well as evaluating how well the system meets and addresses their expressed needs. This includes all populations - mental health, substance use and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. These Goals also highlight the transformation to a community-based service system. This transformation is woven throughout the entire Strategic Plan; however, this goal emphasizes the development of new and expanded services in the priority areas of crisis services, housing, supported employment, long-term community supports and other specialized services to help individuals transition from institutions to the community and help individuals remain in the community.

Objective 2.5 Provide Supported Employment Services to people with IDD Outcome: Number of people receiving Supported Employment Services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

     Strategy 2.5.1 Implement the Memorandum of Understanding developed in FY15

     Strategy 2.5.2 Train Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, ID/DD Waiver Support Coordinators, and ID/DD Waiver Providers about MOU requirements

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

Special Education Policies and Procedures Volume V: Secondary Transition - 01/01/2015

For children fourteen (14) years of age (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Committee), SBE Policy 7219 requires school districts to determine each child’s postsecondary goals in the areas of employment, education or training, and, where appropriate, independent living based on age-appropriate assessments. The Policy further defines transition services as a set of coordinated activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These post-school activities may include, but not be limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The services must be based on the individual child’s needs and take into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests. The IEP Committee is further required to develop a coordinated set of activities in the areas of instruction to promote the movement of a child from school to postsecondary adult living. These activities should include community experiences, activities that promote the development of employment and other post-school adult living skills and, if appropriate, activities that promote the acquisition of daily living skills (IDEA, 2004).

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

Mississippi Supported Employment - 09/01/2014

“Supported Employment provides the opportunity to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities in finding employment. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) provides a team of professionals that identify the services and ongoing supports needed to maintain employment.”

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

Department of Mental Health Operational Standards – effective October 2013 - 11/01/2013

Rule 29.1 Work Activity Services “Work Activity Services for persons with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities provide opportunities for the acquisition of necessary work and living skills. A person must be at least sixteen (16) years old to participate in Work Activity Services.” “The individual plan of all participants in Work Activity Services must include a career development plan that addresses an individual’s goals for integrated community employment and objectives to support the individual in the achievement of those goals.” “All certified providers of Work Activity Services must have and implement a ‘Return to Services’ policy which ensures individuals who leave Work Activity Services to work in the community can return to needed services if his/her community job ends.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
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DD Network News: A Collaborative Publication from MSCDD, DRMS, and IDS - 02/01/2018

“Welcome! Thank you for reading the first issue of DD News, a joint publication of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD), Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS), and the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive services as required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. You can learn more about the agencies by researching their websites, listed on the agency pages of this newsletter.

The collaboration among our three agencies continues to expand and increase to benefit people with disabilities in our state. The more closely our agencies work together on issues to create the change that ultimately improves the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities, the greater the impact for all of Mississippi. We continue to collaborate with self-advocates, families, and professionals as evidenced by some of the work highlighted in this edition.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AbilityWorks - 11/03/2017

“AbilityWorks is a network of community rehabilitation programs that provide vocational assessment, job training, and actual work experience for individuals with disabilities. This is possible through a wide array of contract and subcontract services provided to local business and industry.

 

There are 17 locations in a statewide AbilityWorks network of vocationally oriented community programs and is a division of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. AbilityWork’s mission to clients is “to improve the quality of life, employment opportunities, and integration of people with disabilities into the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services - 07/01/2017

“The Transition Services Program works with eligible secondary school students with disabilities to enable them to transition from school to subsequent work environments. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) works cooperatively with the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts in planning and implementing a variety of programs designed to provide training and assistance for students with disabilities to support them in making the difficult transition from school to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities - 08/13/2012

Employment Objectives:

• “Identify and promote at least one Best Practice Model for increasing community employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Identify at least one barrier to increasing community development options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Determine and advocate for at least one Policy Change to improve Community Employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Collaborate with other stakeholders to facilitate the transition [of] up to 15 individuals from work activity centers into community employment of their choosing.” • “Partner with others to achieve successful community employment for at least 10 individuals with Developmental Disabilities in their respective communities.”   Intermediaries and collaborators for this goal include State protection and advocacy system, university centers, and State DD Agency.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:

lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and] improving quality measurement & oversight.

It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”

 

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

Mississippi Partnerships for Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 10/01/2011

“The primary focus of this 5-year project is to build capacity across existing state services for sustainable systems change that improves outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The project will work together with critical stakeholders to develop policies, remove systemic barriers, implement strategies and best practices, and improve the transition process for Mississippi youth and young adults with DD/ID from school or training to competitive employment in integrated community settings.” This is a joint project with various organizations and agencies across the state.

MSPE Grantee Demonstration Projects:

Customized Employment: Linking Job Seekers with Employers will target three sheltered workshops to begin the process of Customized Employment to link job seekers to community employers. Gathering Grounds will be a community-based business (coffee/art shop) teaching students transitional work skills in an inclusive, safe environment. Students will operate the coffee shop featuring original student artwork. The goal is to provide the extensive job skills training needed in the areas of employability and social skills to reach each student’s goal of competitive, paid employment. Building Opportunities for Learning and Transition Success (BOLTS) is intended to increase competitive employment outcomes and/or transition service for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who attend the Oxford School District. It will be accomplished through the development of on-campus work training opportunities, development of job/career videos or pod casts through digital media, development of a Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide, providing transition training opportunities, expanding the current array of transition services, and providing hands-on training for future teachers."  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) - 09/01/2004

This was a collaborative demonstration program through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), Harrison County School District, Jackson County School District, Gulfport WIN Job Center, MS Social Security Administration, The Arc of Mississippi and Marc Gold & Associates. Youth from ages 10 to 25 were served with a focus on transition phases with designated vocational activities and benefits planning to lead to a career, earning a wage and reducing Social Security benefits.

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

Mississippi Department of Mental Health MOU with DRS

“SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD: DMH has implemented an MOU with the Department of Rehabilitation Services that is providing supported employment for people with IDD. Three hundred employees from DMH, MDRS, and the Division of Medicaid received training in early 2016 regarding supported employment services. As of June 2016, 18 people had been employed. 41 people have been referred for supported employment services through MDRS.”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Client Assistance Program (MSCAP)

This program provides “advocacy services for clients and client applicants of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, and the Independent Living programs.” The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services provides grant funding to the Mississippi Society for Disabilities for program administration.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging
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Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

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

MS CDD Grants and Contracts - 07/01/2016

“MS Partnerships in Employment grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) – Disability Rights Mississippi; $74,410

DRMS’s responsibility within MSPE is to maintain the Employment Workgroup and carrying out its activities.  This group focuses on policies, removing barriers, improving access to competitive employment, and system change efforts.

 

MS Partnerships in Employment grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Institute for Disability Studies; $144,000

IDS’s responsibility within MSPE is the Stakeholder’s Group and carrying out its activities.  The activities include focusing on innovative strategies and best practices for systems improved for competitive employment.  IDS provides knowledge and awareness to MSPE with periodic information sessions presented to the Employment Workgroup and the Consortium while assisting in carrying out various training activities across the State.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:  • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency  • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]  • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment - 06/01/2011

“In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

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

MS Partnerships in Employment

“Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The consortium will develop and implement policies that support competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings by removing systemic barriers; identifying and implementing strategies and best practices that improve employment outcomes; and enhancing statewide collaboration that facilitates transition from secondary to post-secondary outcomes. Mississippi’s Partnership includes the DD Council, the University of Southern Mississippi’s UCEDD, Disability Rights Mississippi, VR, Department of Education, the Department of Mental Health Bureau of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Department of Employment Security, and self-advocates”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Mississippi DMH Web-Based Training

“The Department of Mental Health provides Web-Based Training through Relias Learning (formerly Essential Learning) for registered providers. Relias is a customized learning management system and staff development tool. This training website, developed for DMH staff, presents and tracks training requirements in an accessible and easy to use format.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Southeast Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE) Center

“The mission of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center Region IV (Southeast TACE) is to provide  technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE) activities that meet the strategic goals and program performance needs of state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their community partners.” 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Mississippi Department of Mental Health Findings Letter - 12/22/2011

We [United States Department of Justice] conclude that the State of Mississippi fails to provide services to qualified individuals with disabilities, including mental illness and developmental disabilities, in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA. This has led to the needless and prolonged institutionalization of adults and children with disabilities who could be served in more integrated settings in the community with adequate services and supports. Further, systemic failures in the State’s system place qualified individuals with disabilities at risk of unnecessary institutionalization now and going forward.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
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Elderly and Disabled Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program is administered directly by the Home and Community Based Services division (HCBS).

The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program provides home and community-based services to individuals age 21 years old and older who, but for the provision of such services, would require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. Beneficiaries of this waiver must qualify for Medicaid as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries or meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for income level up to 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate and meet medical criteria of the program.”

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

Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Revised Statewide Transition Plan Summary 1915(c) and 1915(i) Home and Community Based (HCB) Programs - 11/28/2016

“ID/DD Waiver services provided in the participant’s private home or a relative’s home which is fully integrated with opportunities for full access to the greater community include: • Home and Community Supports, • Occupational Therapy, • Physical Therapy, • Speech Therapy, • Crisis Support, • Crisis Intervention, • In-Home Nursing Respite, • Supported Living, • Transition Assistance, • Support Coordination, • Supported Employment, and • Specialized Medical Supplies.”

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

Mississippi HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On Jan. 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, effective March 17, 2014, which amends the requirements for qualities of home and community-based (HCB) settings. These requirements reflect CMS’s intent that individuals receive services and supports in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule requires the use of a person-centered planning process to develop a participant/beneficiary’s annual Plan for Services and Supports (PSS).

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

MS Intellectual Disabilities/DD Waiver (0282.R04.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day services-adults, prevocational, residential hab, respite, support coordination, supported employment, behavior support/intervention, home and community supports, specialized medical supplies, therapy services for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi ESEA Flexibility Request - 07/19/2012

“The Mississippi Department Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on July 19, 2012.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Medicaid State Plan

The Mississippi Medicaid State Plan (State Plan) is a detailed agreement between the State of Mississippi and the Federal Government that describes the nature and scope of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program. The State Plan is based on the federal requirements and regulations found in Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Changes to the State Plan, called State Plan Amendments (SPAs), must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prior to implementation

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Mississippi Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:     • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency     • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]     • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

Mississippi "feels like coming home" for workers with disabilities who have found great jobs in their communities in the Magnolia State.

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 Mississippi’s VR Rates and Services

2016 State Population.
-0.12%
Change from
2015 to 2016
2,988,726
2016 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.17%
Change from
2015 to 2016
258,824
2016 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.23%
Change from
2015 to 2016
76,078
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
6.36%
Change from
2015 to 2016
29.39%
2016 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.6%
Change from
2015 to 2016
71.25%

State Data

General

2016
Population. 2,988,726
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 258,824
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 76,078
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,074,318
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 29.39%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.25%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 26.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 19.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 221,845
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 254,199
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 295,963
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 166,959
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 8,249
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,355
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 1,270
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,792
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,660

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 128,746

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,655
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 12,648
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 49,347
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,076
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 120
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 86
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. 72.00%
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. 2.87

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,712
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 200,763
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. $201,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $237,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,927
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 472
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 20.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 63.02%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.10%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.01%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98%
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). 29.01%
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). 66.78%
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). 84.38%
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). 37.77%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 558,965
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,561
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 63,390
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 241,418
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 304,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 49
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 300
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 349
AbilityOne wages (products). $548,297
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,097,679

 

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). 14
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 15
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). 1,285
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 49
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,334

 

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)

No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

MDRS continues to identify current information from research, rehabilitation trends and professional resources. This information is provided to agency staff through a variety of methods, including training at the state, regional, and district levels. Most recently this training has been focused on Autism and customized employment. Additionally, this information is posted and available to staff on MDRS Connect, the agency intranet. (Page 194)

Based on the individuals who are Deafblind that we do serve, the needed services include customized employment as well as services similar to those provided for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 197-198)

  • Person Centered Planning and Customized Employment as integral parts of service provision continue to be high priorities. These service approaches have been embraced by mental health providers, the DD Council, and other service providers in the state as accepted best practices for model service delivery. (Page 210)

Plans for improving community rehabilitation programs (private and agency-supported) include training staff to provide PETS, customized employment services, and on-the-job tryout services which facilitate the agency’s ability to achieve the changes in WIOA (Page 217)

Goal II: Increase Training Opportunities for VR Consumers, Including Community Rehabilitation Program Services, Customized Employment, Apprenticeships, and Internships.

  1. MDRS staff attended 61 trainings that addressed available training resources for clients. (Page 222)

Early in FFY 2013 MDRS entered into an agreement with the MS Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) to join the Customized Employment Demonstration Project with The Arc of MS, MDRS and Sheltered Workshop Agencies. The Arc of MS manages the project. The agreement is scheduled to terminate in 2016. MDRS is also continuing to work with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) to design a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment service for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between MDRS and DMH. SE Counselors continued to expand cooperative arrangements with other provider agencies and organizations, both public and private.

MDRS has made it a priority for SE Counselors to utilize the concepts behind Customized Employment, which makes job seeker placements more individualized, based on the individual’s interests and abilities. SE Counselors utilized Customized Employment and Discovery to help with employment placements for the job seekers. (Page 223)

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.

The technical assistance guide for one-stop certification issued by MDES addresses accommodations for persons with disabilities. The guide recommends that all sites give priority to ensuring that persons with disabilities are provided with assistive devices to enable access to all services. The guide recommends that an accessibility assessment be performed at each site by an appropriate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specialist. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services will provide technical assistance and consultation for ADA compliance. (Page 110)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

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

MDHS also supports Mississippi Access to Care (MAC) centers. MAC centers are accessible places located throughout the state where older individuals and individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and representatives, can obtain unbiased information and assistance for locating long-term care services and applying for benefits. The centers provide a central source of reliable, objective information about a broad range of programs and services. MAC centers also help people understand and evaluate the various options available, regardless of income or eligibility, for publically funded long-term care. (Page 44)

 SE staff members continue to make every effort to identify and facilitate natural supports that occur in the workplace in order to maximize utilization of funds. These natural supports do not replace the one-on-one intensive support provided to clients by the SE Counselors. However, when properly identified and utilized, these natural supports do result in decreased direct service costs and increased quality of support. 

  • Cooperative arrangements will continue to be developed with other provider agencies and organizations, both public and private, to expand the SE Program to unserved and underserved populations. The focus of these arrangements is on promoting and enabling SE Counselors and service provider personnel from other agencies to work as teams to share expertise, provide technical support in specific disability areas, and conduct joint training.
  • The SE Program will continue to emphasize individual employment placements. Other models will remain an option for clients and may be utilized when feasible. However, when given a choice, clients prefer individual placements by an overwhelming majority. Individual placement is the preferred option of MDRS as well as the clients because it achieves integration in the work environment, it is competitive integrated employment, and it provides more opportunities for career pathways and better quality jobs with more benefits. (Page 210)

6.   Business Relations Specialist will provide information to VR staff in the following areas:

  • Services BRS provides to employers
  • Training and information regarding work incentives
  • Job analysis and job matching
  • Career opportunities in the local area
  • On-going disability etiquette training 

7. Refer those consumers receiving Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income cash benefits who are interested in earnings that will eliminate their reliance on Social Security Administration cash benefits for work incentives benefits analysis and counseling

8. Coordinate and conduct in partnership with the Governor’s Job Fair the Annual MDRS EmployAbility Job Fair for individuals with disabilities. (Page 213)

The VR/VRB partnership within Mississippi’s one-stop system is clarified through Memoranda of Understanding with the State and each of the four local workforce development areas. The partnership is further enhanced through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), the lead state workforce agency designated to disburse federal workforce funds and the main operator of the WIN Job Centers, to continually improve the lifestyle, acceptance and accessibility of persons with disabilities within Mississippi’s WIN. These MOUs include language to provide for inter-component staff training and technical assistance on availability of benefits and information on eligibility standards for VR services, and promotion of equal, effective and meaningful participation by individuals with disabilities in workforce development activities in the state through the promotion of program accessibility (including programmatic accessibility and physical accessibility), the use of nondiscriminatory policies and procedures, provision of reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services, and rehabilitation technology. (Page 217)

7.   Refer those consumers receiving Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Income cash benefits who are interested in earnings that will eliminate their reliance on Social Security Administration cash benefits for work incentives benefits analysis and counseling

8.   Coordinate and conduct in partnership with the Governor’s Job Fair the Annual MDRS EmployAbility Job Fair for individuals with disabilities 

Goal 2: Improve the VR Service Delivery System to individuals with disabilities. (Page 219)

D.   DETERMINE WHETHER COMPARABLE SERVICES AND BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 101(A)(8) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.

E.   COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR EMPLOYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(B) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT. (Page 237)

Mississippi requires regular school attendance and regular immunizations for all dependent children served under TANF. This is in accordance with State Law at 43-17-5. A 25% monthly benefit reduction is imposed for failure to comply without good cause. Mississippi will impose a family benefit cap to prevent increases in assistance for new children coming into the family after the initial ten months of benefits, with certain exceptions (State Law 43-17-5). Mississippi will also deny assistance for ten years to an individual convicted in Federal or State court of having made a fraudulent statement or representation, with respect to the individual’s place of residence in order to receive TANF assistance simultaneously from two or more states.

Mississippi will deny benefits to all adult TANF applicants who do not meet an exemption from work requirements and fail to comply with job search or vocational rehabilitation activities during the 30-day TANF application processing period. (Page 244)

School to Work Transition

Community-based organizations are also heavily engaged in dropout prevention and recovery. Jobs for Mississippi Graduates (JMG) is a Mississippi affiliate of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Program. For 22 years, JMG has worked in partnership with community colleges and local high schools to support recent graduates, students at risk of dropout, and students who need assistance in the transition from school to work. JMG operates 52 program sites in Mississippi and serves about 1,849 individuals per year. Students receiving services from JMG graduate at a rate of 90.6 percent, and to date the program has supported these graduates with $6.7 million in scholarships. (Page 33)

No specific disability related information found.  

Data Collection

Effectiveness in Serving Employers. Per current WIOA requirements, Mississippi will choose two of three options proposed for measuring effectiveness in serving employers for data collection and reporting during PY 2016 and PY 2017. During the Mississippi WIOA implementation process, the relative merits of the proposed measures—employee retention rate, repeat business customer rate, and employer penetration rate—will be discussed and measures will be selected based on state needs and employer feedback. (Page 55)

Mississippi’s climate of data cooperation will enable a smooth implementation of WIOA program assessment and reporting requirements. Ultimately, data collection for all programs and activities will be accomplished through the integration of partner systems with the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module. The State Workforce Investment Board will create a phased transition plan under which Combined Plan Partners will agree to a scheduled sharing of case management data with the Mississippi State Longitudinal Data System clearinghouse. This process will enable data analysis and reporting during the creation of the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module and during integration efforts to make all partner systems interoperable. After a period of transition, real-time data sharing from partner systems to the Mississippi Works Common Intake and Reporting Module will automate the sharing of case management data and allow for real-time labor market analysis. Data sharing will be conducted according to the clear set of rules developed by the SLDS Governing Board that ensure data integrity, security, confidentiality, and privacy (see Appendix B). (Page 86)

Data Validation-Benefits

The reason(s) for the deficiency;

A.  The additional initial claim information was not captured in the UI System. This occurred when the prior weekly certification filed with excessive earnings.

A description of the actions/activities which will be undertaken to improve performance;

B.  System modifications were requested and completed to capture the AIC information.

A brief description of plans for monitoring and assessing accomplishment of planned actions and for controlling quality after achieving performance goals;

D.  Staff will continue to monitor and review samples for Population 3a. (Page 296)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

SRC comments and/or recommendations for input in terms of potential service providers or discussions on the performance of service providers currently being used by OVR/OVRB:

  • Consumers are reporting a high level of satisfaction with service providers.
  • Based on what appears in the client satisfaction survey, a review of service providers.
  • Performance should be reported on a quarterly basis for input into the service delivery process.
  • Try to utilize local small businesses in the communities. They may become employers for clients.
  • Utilizing service providers with specialty areas is important.
  • A question might be added relative to service providers on the client satisfaction

(Page 175)

MDES Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP) and WIN Job Center staff have will work closely with the reserves, the National Guard, and active duty family readiness coordinators, to help identify those military spouses who need assistance. DVOP Specialists will continue to work with the Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR & E) program.

MDES Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) and WIN Job Center staff will work with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide information to veterans on opportunities in federal contracting. This will assist service-disabled business owners to receive information on sole-source and set-aside procurement opportunities and benefits. LVER staff will continue outreach efforts to federal contractors. (Page 281)

Career Pathways

3.   Collaboration with educational boards (MBE, MCCB, IHL), partners, and service providers in the development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system in the state, including:

  1. Identification of barriers and means for removing barriers to better coordinate, align, and avoid duplication among the programs and activities carried out through the system.
  2. Development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skill adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities), with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment.
  3. Development of strategies for providing effective outreach to and improved access for individuals and employers who could benefit from services provided through the workforce development system. (Page 66)
Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 238)

Policies and Initiatives

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DD Network News: A Collaborative Publication from MSCDD, DRMS, and IDS - 02/01/2018

“Welcome! Thank you for reading the first issue of DD News, a joint publication of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD), Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS), and the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive services as required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. You can learn more about the agencies by researching their websites, listed on the agency pages of this newsletter.

The collaboration among our three agencies continues to expand and increase to benefit people with disabilities in our state. The more closely our agencies work together on issues to create the change that ultimately improves the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities, the greater the impact for all of Mississippi. We continue to collaborate with self-advocates, families, and professionals as evidenced by some of the work highlighted in this edition.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AbilityWorks - 11/03/2017

“AbilityWorks is a network of community rehabilitation programs that provide vocational assessment, job training, and actual work experience for individuals with disabilities. This is possible through a wide array of contract and subcontract services provided to local business and industry.

 

There are 17 locations in a statewide AbilityWorks network of vocationally oriented community programs and is a division of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. AbilityWork’s mission to clients is “to improve the quality of life, employment opportunities, and integration of people with disabilities into the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) State Work Plan - 10/01/2017

“The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) stipulates that State Councils’ investments (grants, programs, and/or projects) support at least one of the following nine Areas of Emphasis:

 

1. Child Care

2. Community Supports (Formal or Informal)

3. Education and Early Intervention

4. Employment

5. Health

6. Housing

7. Quality Assurance

8. Recreation

9. Transportation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

DMH Begins Implementation of Conflict Free Case Management - 08/01/2017

“The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has begun the implementation of conflict-free case management services for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver.  Conflict-free case management is required for all states by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and will result in the transfer of a number of DMH employees to other community providers as it is implemented at DMH programs throughout the state.

 

DMH believes the function of Support Coordination is within the mission of the agency.  IDD regional programs will continue to provide Support Coordination services and no longer provide other ID/DD Waiver services. This plan has been approved by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and CMS. The first implementation of conflict-free case management began at Ellisville State School in August 2017 and will be taking place at other DMH regional programs by the end of 2018. A large number of employees affected by these transitions will continue to serve Mississippians who require support from the ID/DD Waiver. There will not be a change in the type or amount of service people currently enrolled in the program receive.”

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

House Bill 909 - Medical benefits for retired public employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits. - 07/01/2017

“(d)  Medical benefits for retired employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits.  For employees who retire before July 1, 2005, and for employees retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to retired employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  For employees who retire on or after July 1, 2005, and not retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to those retiring employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits only if the retiring employees were participants in the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan for four (4) years or more before their retirement, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  This section will apply to those employees who retire due to one hundred percent (100%) medical disability as well as those employees electing early retirement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services - 07/01/2017

“The Transition Services Program works with eligible secondary school students with disabilities to enable them to transition from school to subsequent work environments. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) works cooperatively with the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts in planning and implementing a variety of programs designed to provide training and assistance for students with disabilities to support them in making the difficult transition from school to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Elderly and Disabled Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program is administered directly by the Home and Community Based Services division (HCBS).

The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program provides home and community-based services to individuals age 21 years old and older who, but for the provision of such services, would require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. Beneficiaries of this waiver must qualify for Medicaid as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries or meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for income level up to 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate and meet medical criteria of the program.”

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

Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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House Bill 909 - Medical benefits for retired public employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits. - 07/01/2017

“(d)  Medical benefits for retired employees and dependents under age sixty-five (65) years and not eligible for Medicare benefits.  For employees who retire before July 1, 2005, and for employees retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to retired employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  For employees who retire on or after July 1, 2005, and not retiring due to work-related disability under the Public Employees' Retirement System, the same health insurance coverage as for all other active employees and their dependents shall be available to those retiring employees and all dependents under age sixty-five (65) years who are not eligible for Medicare benefits only if the retiring employees were participants in the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan for four (4) years or more before their retirement, the level of benefits to be the same level as for all other active participants.  This section will apply to those employees who retire due to one hundred percent (100%) medical disability as well as those employees electing early retirement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

MS HB 836 (including amendments to Miss. Code Ann. §43-30-1) - 07/01/2015

An act to require state agencies that provide services an support to persons with disabilities to consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities; to require all state agencies to follow this policy for employment by coordinating all collaborating efforts among agencies; to authorize state agencies to adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this act; to require the Disability Resource Commission to review measurable goals and objectives as submitting to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of this act; to provide reporting requirements for state agencies; to amend Section 43-30-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, in conformity thereto; and for related purposes. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

SB 2034 Employment First Act - 07/01/2014

“AN ACT TO CREATE THE "EMPLOYMENT FIRST ACT"; TO REQUIRE THAT STATE AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE SERVICES AND SUPPORT TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES SHALL CONSIDER, AS THEIR FIRST OPTION, COMPETITIVE EMPLOYMENT IN AN INTEGRATED SETTING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES; TO REQUIRE ALL STATE AGENCIES TO FOLLOW THIS POLICY FOR EMPLOYMENT BY COORDINATING ALL COLLABORATING EFFORTS AMONG AGENCIES; TO AUTHORIZE STATE AGENCIES TO ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE ACT; TO ESTABLISH AN EMPLOYMENT FIRST OVERSIGHT COMMISSION WHICH SHALL REVIEW MEASURABLE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES AS SUBMITTED TO IT BY EACH RELEVANT STATE AGENCY TO ENSURE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACT; TO PROVIDE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Concurrent Resolution No. 563

“State agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall coordinate efforts and collaborate within and among such agencies to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities who are of working age....

All state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems in order to track progress toward full implementation of ‘Employment First’ and shall adopt measurable goals and objectives to promote assessment of progress in implementing this resolution.

This resolution "died on calendar" in April 2013”

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Mississippi Executive Order 1335 - 01/14/2014

“Whereas, my administration is committed to supporting policies under which agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities and/or provide employment, economic development, or other related services explore employment in an integrated setting as the first priority option for persons with disabilities who are of working age.  Now, Therefore, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby order as follows:

State agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities, and state agencies which provide employment, economic development, or other related services, shall coordinate efforts and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, and procedures support employment in integrated settings as the first priority option, to the extent feasible, for persons with disabilities who are of working age. The same state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems and adopt measureable goals and objectives to track progress toward the achievement of the goals of this Executive Order. The Mississippi Disability Resource Commission, Miss. Code Ann. § 43-30-1, is authorized to monitor implementation of this Executive Order.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) State Work Plan - 10/01/2017

“The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) stipulates that State Councils’ investments (grants, programs, and/or projects) support at least one of the following nine Areas of Emphasis:

 

1. Child Care

2. Community Supports (Formal or Informal)

3. Education and Early Intervention

4. Employment

5. Health

6. Housing

7. Quality Assurance

8. Recreation

9. Transportation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

DMH Begins Implementation of Conflict Free Case Management - 08/01/2017

“The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) has begun the implementation of conflict-free case management services for the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Waiver.  Conflict-free case management is required for all states by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and will result in the transfer of a number of DMH employees to other community providers as it is implemented at DMH programs throughout the state.

 

DMH believes the function of Support Coordination is within the mission of the agency.  IDD regional programs will continue to provide Support Coordination services and no longer provide other ID/DD Waiver services. This plan has been approved by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid and CMS. The first implementation of conflict-free case management began at Ellisville State School in August 2017 and will be taking place at other DMH regional programs by the end of 2018. A large number of employees affected by these transitions will continue to serve Mississippians who require support from the ID/DD Waiver. There will not be a change in the type or amount of service people currently enrolled in the program receive.”

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

Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Secondary Transition: A Collaborative Planning Process” - 01/06/2017

“Mississippi Occupational Diploma (MOD): The MOD requires a student with a disability to earn 21 credits by successfully completing selected courses from the general education curriculum, vocational education programs, MOD portfolio objectives or a combination of these courses, create an occupational diploma portfolio, and successfully complete a two-year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program or document a minimum of five hundred forty (540) hours of successful, paid employment. Its primary focus is to teach employability skills and prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment.”

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

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services – Office of Business Development - 01/01/2017

~~“The Office of Business Development (OBD) is committed to being a valuable resource for any business.  Business Development Representatives help to customize recruitment efforts and provide a variety of services to employers…Our GoalsTo promote diversity in the workplace by recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilitiesTo sponsor employer-focused education and identify areas of need in supporting employeesTo provide resources, information and access to qualified job candidatesPromote best practices and bring talent to Mississippi's workplaceTo help individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in jobs and careers.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Autism Advisory Council “2016 Report to Legislature” - 09/08/2016

“Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation recognizes the importance of emphasizing the strengths and contributions that many of the clients with ASD can offer businesses. Individual characteristics such as punctuality, attention to detail, consistency, reliability, or good visual-spatial or mechanical skills can make these individuals more attractive to employers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors utilize different tools in seeking employment options for clients with ASD; they include but are not limited to: o Person-Centered Planning (PCP): where an action plan is developed to provide directions in employment by identifying client desires, dreams and employment goals. o Customized Employment (CE): Includes discovery, profile portfolio, resume, and negotiation with employers and job placement.”

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

Department of Mental Health Strategic Plan FY16-FY18 - 07/01/2015

Goal 1 and Goal 2 set forth DMH’s vision of individuals receiving services having a direct and active role in designing and planning the services they receive as well as evaluating how well the system meets and addresses their expressed needs. This includes all populations - mental health, substance use and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. These Goals also highlight the transformation to a community-based service system. This transformation is woven throughout the entire Strategic Plan; however, this goal emphasizes the development of new and expanded services in the priority areas of crisis services, housing, supported employment, long-term community supports and other specialized services to help individuals transition from institutions to the community and help individuals remain in the community.

Objective 2.5 Provide Supported Employment Services to people with IDD Outcome: Number of people receiving Supported Employment Services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

     Strategy 2.5.1 Implement the Memorandum of Understanding developed in FY15

     Strategy 2.5.2 Train Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, ID/DD Waiver Support Coordinators, and ID/DD Waiver Providers about MOU requirements

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

Special Education Policies and Procedures Volume V: Secondary Transition - 01/01/2015

For children fourteen (14) years of age (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Committee), SBE Policy 7219 requires school districts to determine each child’s postsecondary goals in the areas of employment, education or training, and, where appropriate, independent living based on age-appropriate assessments. The Policy further defines transition services as a set of coordinated activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These post-school activities may include, but not be limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The services must be based on the individual child’s needs and take into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests. The IEP Committee is further required to develop a coordinated set of activities in the areas of instruction to promote the movement of a child from school to postsecondary adult living. These activities should include community experiences, activities that promote the development of employment and other post-school adult living skills and, if appropriate, activities that promote the acquisition of daily living skills (IDEA, 2004).

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

Mississippi Supported Employment - 09/01/2014

“Supported Employment provides the opportunity to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities in finding employment. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) provides a team of professionals that identify the services and ongoing supports needed to maintain employment.”

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

Department of Mental Health Operational Standards – effective October 2013 - 11/01/2013

Rule 29.1 Work Activity Services “Work Activity Services for persons with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities provide opportunities for the acquisition of necessary work and living skills. A person must be at least sixteen (16) years old to participate in Work Activity Services.” “The individual plan of all participants in Work Activity Services must include a career development plan that addresses an individual’s goals for integrated community employment and objectives to support the individual in the achievement of those goals.” “All certified providers of Work Activity Services must have and implement a ‘Return to Services’ policy which ensures individuals who leave Work Activity Services to work in the community can return to needed services if his/her community job ends.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
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DD Network News: A Collaborative Publication from MSCDD, DRMS, and IDS - 02/01/2018

“Welcome! Thank you for reading the first issue of DD News, a joint publication of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD), Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS), and the Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) at The University of Southern Mississippi. All three agencies are funded by the federal Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to ensure that people with developmental disabilities receive services as required by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. You can learn more about the agencies by researching their websites, listed on the agency pages of this newsletter.

The collaboration among our three agencies continues to expand and increase to benefit people with disabilities in our state. The more closely our agencies work together on issues to create the change that ultimately improves the lives of people with developmental and other disabilities, the greater the impact for all of Mississippi. We continue to collaborate with self-advocates, families, and professionals as evidenced by some of the work highlighted in this edition.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AbilityWorks - 11/03/2017

“AbilityWorks is a network of community rehabilitation programs that provide vocational assessment, job training, and actual work experience for individuals with disabilities. This is possible through a wide array of contract and subcontract services provided to local business and industry.

 

There are 17 locations in a statewide AbilityWorks network of vocationally oriented community programs and is a division of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. AbilityWork’s mission to clients is “to improve the quality of life, employment opportunities, and integration of people with disabilities into the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services - 07/01/2017

“The Transition Services Program works with eligible secondary school students with disabilities to enable them to transition from school to subsequent work environments. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) works cooperatively with the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts in planning and implementing a variety of programs designed to provide training and assistance for students with disabilities to support them in making the difficult transition from school to work.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities - 08/13/2012

Employment Objectives:

• “Identify and promote at least one Best Practice Model for increasing community employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Identify at least one barrier to increasing community development options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Determine and advocate for at least one Policy Change to improve Community Employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Collaborate with other stakeholders to facilitate the transition [of] up to 15 individuals from work activity centers into community employment of their choosing.” • “Partner with others to achieve successful community employment for at least 10 individuals with Developmental Disabilities in their respective communities.”   Intermediaries and collaborators for this goal include State protection and advocacy system, university centers, and State DD Agency.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:

lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and] improving quality measurement & oversight.

It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”

 

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

Mississippi Partnerships for Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 10/01/2011

“The primary focus of this 5-year project is to build capacity across existing state services for sustainable systems change that improves outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The project will work together with critical stakeholders to develop policies, remove systemic barriers, implement strategies and best practices, and improve the transition process for Mississippi youth and young adults with DD/ID from school or training to competitive employment in integrated community settings.” This is a joint project with various organizations and agencies across the state.

MSPE Grantee Demonstration Projects:

Customized Employment: Linking Job Seekers with Employers will target three sheltered workshops to begin the process of Customized Employment to link job seekers to community employers. Gathering Grounds will be a community-based business (coffee/art shop) teaching students transitional work skills in an inclusive, safe environment. Students will operate the coffee shop featuring original student artwork. The goal is to provide the extensive job skills training needed in the areas of employability and social skills to reach each student’s goal of competitive, paid employment. Building Opportunities for Learning and Transition Success (BOLTS) is intended to increase competitive employment outcomes and/or transition service for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who attend the Oxford School District. It will be accomplished through the development of on-campus work training opportunities, development of job/career videos or pod casts through digital media, development of a Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide, providing transition training opportunities, expanding the current array of transition services, and providing hands-on training for future teachers."  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) - 09/01/2004

This was a collaborative demonstration program through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), Harrison County School District, Jackson County School District, Gulfport WIN Job Center, MS Social Security Administration, The Arc of Mississippi and Marc Gold & Associates. Youth from ages 10 to 25 were served with a focus on transition phases with designated vocational activities and benefits planning to lead to a career, earning a wage and reducing Social Security benefits.

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

Mississippi Department of Mental Health MOU with DRS

“SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD: DMH has implemented an MOU with the Department of Rehabilitation Services that is providing supported employment for people with IDD. Three hundred employees from DMH, MDRS, and the Division of Medicaid received training in early 2016 regarding supported employment services. As of June 2016, 18 people had been employed. 41 people have been referred for supported employment services through MDRS.”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Client Assistance Program (MSCAP)

This program provides “advocacy services for clients and client applicants of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, and the Independent Living programs.” The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services provides grant funding to the Mississippi Society for Disabilities for program administration.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging
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Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

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

MS CDD Grants and Contracts - 07/01/2016

“MS Partnerships in Employment grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) – Disability Rights Mississippi; $74,410

DRMS’s responsibility within MSPE is to maintain the Employment Workgroup and carrying out its activities.  This group focuses on policies, removing barriers, improving access to competitive employment, and system change efforts.

 

MS Partnerships in Employment grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Institute for Disability Studies; $144,000

IDS’s responsibility within MSPE is the Stakeholder’s Group and carrying out its activities.  The activities include focusing on innovative strategies and best practices for systems improved for competitive employment.  IDS provides knowledge and awareness to MSPE with periodic information sessions presented to the Employment Workgroup and the Consortium while assisting in carrying out various training activities across the State.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:  • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency  • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]  • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment - 06/01/2011

“In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

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

MS Partnerships in Employment

“Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The consortium will develop and implement policies that support competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings by removing systemic barriers; identifying and implementing strategies and best practices that improve employment outcomes; and enhancing statewide collaboration that facilitates transition from secondary to post-secondary outcomes. Mississippi’s Partnership includes the DD Council, the University of Southern Mississippi’s UCEDD, Disability Rights Mississippi, VR, Department of Education, the Department of Mental Health Bureau of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Department of Employment Security, and self-advocates”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Mississippi DMH Web-Based Training

“The Department of Mental Health provides Web-Based Training through Relias Learning (formerly Essential Learning) for registered providers. Relias is a customized learning management system and staff development tool. This training website, developed for DMH staff, presents and tracks training requirements in an accessible and easy to use format.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Southeast Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE) Center

“The mission of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center Region IV (Southeast TACE) is to provide  technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE) activities that meet the strategic goals and program performance needs of state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their community partners.” 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Mississippi Department of Mental Health Findings Letter - 12/22/2011

We [United States Department of Justice] conclude that the State of Mississippi fails to provide services to qualified individuals with disabilities, including mental illness and developmental disabilities, in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA. This has led to the needless and prolonged institutionalization of adults and children with disabilities who could be served in more integrated settings in the community with adequate services and supports. Further, systemic failures in the State’s system place qualified individuals with disabilities at risk of unnecessary institutionalization now and going forward.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
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Elderly and Disabled Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program is administered directly by the Home and Community Based Services division (HCBS).

The Elderly and Disabled Waiver program provides home and community-based services to individuals age 21 years old and older who, but for the provision of such services, would require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. Beneficiaries of this waiver must qualify for Medicaid as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries or meet the income and resource eligibility requirements for income level up to 300% of the SSI federal benefit rate and meet medical criteria of the program.”

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

Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Revised Statewide Transition Plan Summary 1915(c) and 1915(i) Home and Community Based (HCB) Programs - 11/28/2016

“ID/DD Waiver services provided in the participant’s private home or a relative’s home which is fully integrated with opportunities for full access to the greater community include: • Home and Community Supports, • Occupational Therapy, • Physical Therapy, • Speech Therapy, • Crisis Support, • Crisis Intervention, • In-Home Nursing Respite, • Supported Living, • Transition Assistance, • Support Coordination, • Supported Employment, and • Specialized Medical Supplies.”

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

Mississippi HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On Jan. 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, effective March 17, 2014, which amends the requirements for qualities of home and community-based (HCB) settings. These requirements reflect CMS’s intent that individuals receive services and supports in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule requires the use of a person-centered planning process to develop a participant/beneficiary’s annual Plan for Services and Supports (PSS).

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