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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.

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2018 State Population.
0.21%
Change from
2017 to 2018
6,126,452
2018 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.91%
Change from
2017 to 2018
446,516
2018 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-6.44%
Change from
2017 to 2018
161,852
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.43%
Change from
2017 to 2018
36.25%
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-99631.12%
Change from
2017 to 2018
79.59%

General

2016 2017 2018
Population. 6,093,000 6,113,532 6,126,452
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 468,140 463,964 446,516
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 164,243 172,283 161,852
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,521,381 2,536,645 2,543,910
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.08% 37.13% 36.25%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.16% 79,376.00% 79.59%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.50% 3.80% 3.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.30% 20.90% 21.20%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.60% 12.10% 11.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 426,359 438,766 431,576
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 447,737 455,312 441,945
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 729,010 746,357 731,990
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 104,789 104,337 100,140
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 21,980 22,690 20,741
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 7,155 5,285 5,758
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 4,876 9,478 7,143
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,009 669 1,340
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 22,891 22,283 22,871
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 4,366 5,669 4,279

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,496 7,663 7,615
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.60% 5.80% 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 217,590 213,655 209,607

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,268 6,164 5,790
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 11,390 11,180 4,548
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 42,204 38,602 34,120
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.90% 16.00% 17.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00% 2.20% 2.70%
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). 1.30% 1.20% 1.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 500 1,196 1,146
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. 684 645 994
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. 10,345 7,417 5,450
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 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. 4,647 7,474 7,016
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 1,634 2,629 2,948
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. 35.00% 35.00% 42.00%
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. 27.03 43.21 48.46

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Total Number of people served under VR.
8,600
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 58 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 919 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,778 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,405 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,697 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 743 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.90% 38.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 7,588 8,353 6,645
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 318,214 313,618 310,599
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 730 487 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 701 541 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $5,578,000 $5,571,000 $6,131,298
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $42,056,000 $46,338,000 $70,727,105
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $20,445,000 $22,851,000 $28,426,869
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 10.00% 9.00% 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,027 4,470 4,070
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 3,744 4,076 3,859
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 9.90 9.50 10.84

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 57.59% 57.36% 57.04%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.76% 8.58% 8.45%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.61% 3.63% 3.57%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 88.29% 87.67% 94.42%
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). 25.55% 28.50% 25.52%
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). 60.89% 59.67% 58.25%
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). 65.90% 64.29% 62.90%
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). 31.34% 31.17% 32.73%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,683,499
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,704
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 129,942
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 245,601
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 372,429
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 220
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 555
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,055,603
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,245,518

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 95 90 87
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 98 91 89
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). 7,487 5,785 5,614
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 237 11 269
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 7,724 5,796 5,883

 

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 Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~Division of Developmental Disabilities has a statewide employment initiative, Employment First, for working age citizens with disabilities. Employment services include job preparation, job discovery, and community employment in a competitive integrated work setting that may include ongoing supports. The Division of Behavioral Health provides employment services to individuals with mental illnesses, histories of substance abuse, and/or criminal backgrounds. Clinical and vocational employment services are integrated through state—wide partnerships to help individuals who are interested in employment participate in the competitive labor market with the appropriate level of supports and services to be successful. RSB will continue to partner and collaborate with DMH programs in the delivery of employment services. (Pages 232-233) Title IV

Customized Employment

~~MVR’s workforce development activities are designed to assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining, maintaining, or advancing in competitive integrated employment. These activities include assessments, vocational guidance and counseling, job preparation activities, which can include disability awareness, resume writing, interviewing skills. Additionally, MVR provides eligible individuals with training (OJT, apprenticeships, customized employment, funding for community colleges and universities). (Page 44) Title I

RSB has developed relationships with several employers across the state communicating directly with HR staff on employment needs, identifying customized employment opportunities, and providing disability/blindness awareness and sensitivity training. Outreach activities have resulted in competitive integrated employment outcomes and work experience opportunities, both paid and unpaid, for youth and students with disabilities and adult clients. (Page 45) Title I

• SE Services --    The nature of the service itself requires an individualized approach based on the needs of an eligible individual. SE services are ongoing support services, including customized employment, and other appropriate services needed to support an individual with a most significant disability to achieve and maintain competitive integrated employment. Services are provided by CRPs. MVR can provide up to 24 months of community-based job training. (Pages 188-189) Title IV

The supported employment program ensures that individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, are afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or re—enter competitive integrated employment, including supported or customized employment. RSB’s employment outcomes for supported employment is recorded at 1.5% of total closures for FFY 2015. Of the individuals that exited the program and received supported employment services during FFY 2015, 80 percent were successfully employed in competitive jobs. These individuals averaged $9.77 per hour and worked an average of 30 hours per week. (Page 249) Title IV

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) offers assessment, job development, task analysis, and time—limited individual and group job coaching leading to supported employment through 12 formal contracts with supported employment service providers. Other services available to clients with a goal of supported employment are the same as those available to clients receiving services under Title I. The supported employment program ensures that individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, are afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or re—enter competitive integrated employment, including supported or customized employment. Extended services may be provided to youth with the most significant disabilities for a period not to exceed four years. (Page 262) Title IV

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Missouri partners are committed to developing new career pathways for youth and adults with barriers to employment including individuals with disabilities. Missouri’s core partner program leaders regularly meet to collaborate on braiding services for work-based learning and education funding. Through sector strategy regional business meetings and partner engagement, Missouri will work with employers to identify opportunities and services available to assist in eliminating employment barriers. (Page 58) Title I

Missouri is committed to finding connections between core partners, mandatory partners, and other partners in each region. Missouri’s core and mandatory partners will collaborate to share resources to create environments to foster partnering at the local level as well as maintain resource allocations that keep existing partnerships at the local level. Specific examples include: As part of their services to individuals with disabilities, VR may provide funding for post-secondary training. As partners seek to co-enroll their customers, this will provide opportunity for leveraging of these resources through braiding of both educational dollars, as well as supportive services to ensure the customer’s success. VR also provides guidance and counseling to the job seekers, to insure that access to comparable services funding is achieved, whether through partner agencies or through Federal funding, such as the Pell grant. (Page 82) Title I

MVR is working closely with all of the WIOA partners in order to provide the best services possible for consumers. MVR initiated the creation of a braiding services team, comprised of
WIOA core partners and other entities that serve individuals with disabilities, to develop methods and strategies to support collaboration between partner agencies, promote greater understanding of the services provided by each agency, and discover methods to avoid duplication of services. Many teams, consisting of members from all of the partner programs, are meeting and developing methods to meet individuals’ needs. (Pages 205-206) Title IV

MVR initiated the creation of a braiding services team, comprised of WIOA core partners and other entities that serve individuals with disabilities, to develop methods and strategies to support collaboration between partner agencies, promote greater understanding of the services provided by each agency, and discover methods to avoid duplication of services. (Pages 208-209) Title IV

The Missouri workforce development system comprised of all core WIOA partners has developed a Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of WIOA and creating the partnerships to begin developing common referrals, the braiding of services, and data sharing. These collaborative efforts will enhance access for individuals with disabilities and improve performance for all partners. Performance accountability measures under section 116 of WIOA are new to vocational rehabilitation and have not yet been measured. RSB met all required federal performance indicators during the past two years prior to WIOA. RSB will apply the same quality of service utilized in meeting those indicators to achieve the new performance measures and provide that level of quality while moving forward.  (Page 254) Title IV

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

School to Work Transition

~~RSB has formal contract agreements with community rehabilitation providers to work with employers and assist clients with job search, job placement and customized employment opportunities. Other services include work-based learning experiences, task analysis, and job coaching when needed. RSB contracts with Alphapointe Association for the Blind for an eight-week Summer Transition Employment Program (STEP) providing competitive work experience to high school age youth. The goal is to provide each consumer with a foundation for the school-to-work transition, to enable each to practice personal independence through work and goal-setting experiences, and to afford an opportunity for community involvement. This program includes vocational exploration; identifying preferences, interests, and abilities with regard to work; and learning about work related behaviors and self-advocacy. Consumers participate in general orientation during the first week of the program. The remaining seven weeks they spend on the job. Short-term job coaching may be provided to assist in orienting the consumers to the particular job site. Consumers receive an hourly wage during their placement at a job site. Involvement in this program is intended to increase a consumer’s career awareness, build marketable vocational skills, and support a healthy self-image. (Pages 46-47) Title I

Missouri will improve the outcomes for out-of-school youth by ensuring the 14 elements allowed under WIOA are met through a braiding of partner resources which will best meet each individuals need. The 14 program elements will be available to OSY participants, and will be funded with WIOA title I youth funds or leveraged partner resources. An agreement will be established with the partner to offer the program element and ensure that the activity is connected and coordinated with the WIOA youth program. (Page 129) Title I

Each local MVR district office will also participate in pre-employment transition coordination with the local education agency to include attending IEP meetings when invited, using conference calls and video conferences, when necessary; working with local workforce development entities and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities; coordinating pre-employment transition services with transition services provided in accordance with IDEA; and, when invited, attending person-centered planning meetings for youth receiving services under Title IX of the Social Security Act. To effectively coordinate these services, MVR:
• conducted statewide training to include guidance regarding IEP participation for all MVR staff that serve students in Missouri high schools;
• worked in partnership with the Parent Advocacy Coalition Educational Rights Center to develop a video introducing VR services that can be shown at IEP meetings;
• conducted cross training on services to youth with local job center staff and MVR staff in Kansas City and St. Louis, the two largest metropolitan areas of the state;
• invited special education personnel to train new MVR counselors on transition services within the IEP;
• provided cross training with local CILs to include information regarding benefits planning; and
• is currently working in collaboration with DMH’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) to provide cross training with MVR counselors and DD support coordinators regarding their respective services. (Pages 168-169) Title IV

MVR has a policy that outlines transition activities and services including the timely development and approval of an individualized plan for employment (IPE) for each eligible student prior to leaving high school. MVR will provide for the development of the IPE as early as possible during the transition planning process, but, at least, by the time the eligible student leaves the school setting. The IPE will include specific transition services or pre-employment transition services and supports needed for an eligible student with a disability or a youth with a disability, including youth with the most significant disabilities, to achieve an employment outcome or projected post-school employment outcome. An IPE is required to be developed in consideration of the IEP of a student with a disability under IDEA or a student’s Section 504 services. (Page 170) Title IV

The Cooperative Work Experience Program (COOP) agreement is an interagency state and local program between the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Special Education, MVR and Career Education); Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB); and local school districts in the state of Missouri. The agreement is embedded in the state transition MOU and is available for all school districts. The purpose is to facilitate the coordination of transition services from school to post-secondary training and/or employment for students with disabilities who participate in special education programs and are eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation services. The MOU outlines roles and responsibilities among participating agencies and school districts in the development of off-campus work experience programs. Through these programs, students with disabilities who are receiving services through an IEP can earn high school credit in accordance with Missouri high school graduation requirements for the number of hours they work in a paid competitive, integrated employment setting. Additionally, MVR continues to work collaboratively with providers and local school districts to meet transition needs of students. (Page 186) Title IV

The DESE Graduation Handbook and DESE Transition Agreement include three work-based learning experiences for students with disabilities on an IEP and are coordinated with special education. Students receive high school credit. These three experiences are the COOP Program, employer-based transition training/Project Search for students with most significant disabilities, and unpaid internships. (Page 194) Title IV

Supported employment services are available not only to individuals after leaving their secondary education program, but to students whose IEP and IPE include these services as part of their transition plan and whose school district signs a cooperative work experience program agreement with RSB.  (Page 262) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Missouri partners are committed to developing new career pathways for youth and adults with barriers to employment including individuals with disabilities. Missouri’s core partner program leaders regularly meet to collaborate on braiding services for work-based learning and education funding. Through sector strategy regional business meetings and partner engagement, Missouri will work with employers to identify opportunities and services available to assist in eliminating employment barriers. (Page 58) Title I

• In addition to training services, the Title I & Title IV partners have work based programs such as on-the-job training and work experience which offer the customers the opportunity to combine education, training and employment services. VR & Rehabilitation Services for the Blind supports career pathways by providing a variety of services to students, youth and adults with disabilities. Additional services may include assistive technology, case-management, and post-employment support to provide job retention. (Page 70) Title I

Each workforce area has a Business Services Team plan that guides outreach and services to businesses. Business Services Teams are made up of staff whose mission is to connect employers to a skilled workforce. To ensure an integrated service model, teams now include business representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), along with other combined partners who touch businesses. At a minimum, the members of the teams include Business Representatives and other Job Center staff assigned to business services, OJT Marketing Specialists, Local Veterans Employment Representatives, and VR Business Outreach Specialists. The design and makeup of each team varies slightly from region to region and may include a variety of other partners who work with businesses, such as local economic developers, educational agencies, UMOS (Missouri’s167 provider), Rehabilitative Services for the Blind Outreach Specialists and Family Support Division (FSD) TANF Outreach Specialists. Additionally, the Kansas City and Vicinity Region employs Disability Program Navigators, which are also included on their business services team. (Page 77) Title I

Apprenticeship

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Services for the Blind may provide vocational rehabilitation services to potentially eligible students with disabilities and eligible individuals, including youth with disabilities, to assist in accessing programs leading to post secondary credentials. Services are designed to create opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, including registered apprenticeship training programs, leading to industry-recognized certificates, credentials, licenses, and post-secondary degrees. Services for eligible participants may include access to training programs, disability related accommodations, and support services necessary for the successful participation and completion of the training activity. (Page 83) Title I

SB has formal contract agreements with community rehabilitation providers to work with employers and assist clients with job search, job placement and customized employment opportunities. Other services include work based learning experiences, task analysis, and job coaching when needed. RSB contracts with Alphapointe Association for the Blind for an eight—week Summer Transition Employment Program (STEP) providing competitive work experience to high—school age youth. The goal is to provide each consumer with a foundation for the school—to—work transition, to enable each to practice personal independence through work and goal—setting experiences, and to afford an opportunity for community involvement. This program includes vocational exploration; identifying preferences, interests, and abilities with regard to work; and learning about work related behaviors and self—advocacy. Consumers participate in general orientation during the first week of the program. The remaining seven weeks they spend on the job. Short—term job coaching may be provided to assist in orienting the consumers to the particular job site. Consumers receive an hourly wage during their placement at a job site. Involvement in this program is intended to increase a consumer’s career awareness, build marketable vocational skills, and support a healthy self—image. (Pages 231-232) Title IV

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~Rehabilitation Services for the Blind is not in an order of selection. RSB projects that funding for the 2018 and 2019 FFY will meet the needs of all individuals who apply for services. Data sets include:
1. Recipients of Blind Pension (BP) and Supplemental Aid for the Blind (SAB);
2. Recipients of SSI/SSDI who also receive other benefits from the DSA;
3. Recipients of Vocational Rehabilitation Services for blind and visually impaired;
4. Recipients of Independent Living Rehabilitation/Independent Living for Older Blind;
5. Recipients of Prevention of Blindness services (Page 242) Title IV
 

Employer/ Business

~~Missouri has established a WIOA Employer Engagement Committee, made up of staff from all combined partner agencies, LWDB Directors, and the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship State Director. This committee has been established to provide guidance to regions, make recommendations to the WIOA State Steering Committee, and coordinate statewide meetings as needed to ensure continued partner collaboration. (Page 79) Title I

RSB works with employers through a variety of activities at the local level to identify competitive integrated employment and career exploration opportunities to facilitate the provision of VR services and transition services, including transition services for youth and pre—employment transition services. District offices engage in outreach activities meeting directly with employers to identify employment needs and educate employers about the services RSB can offer for existing and new employees. Each district office and the Prevention of Blindness program have a tonometer to screen for the early signs of glaucoma as a service to employers and to promote VR services. Outreach activities are extended to employer health fairs, job fairs, chamber of commerce events, and participating in local Workforce Development Boards. RSB has developed relationships with several employers across the state communicating directly with HR staff on employment needs, identify customized employment opportunities, and provide disability/blindness awareness and sensitivity training. Outreach activities have resulted in competitive integrated employment outcomes and work experience opportunities, both paid and unpaid, for youth and students with disabilities and adult clients. (Page 230) Title IV

Data Collection

Missouri VR will assess its performance based upon the WIOA common performance measures as well as agency goals and objectives. The VR executive leadership team along with district office management reviews performance data on a monthly basis to determine progress toward goals and opportunities for improvement. VR’s case services and financial services work in tandem evaluating performance data for short- and long-term decision making. In addition, VR’s statewide quality assurance team evaluates case management providing guidance on program performance. (Page 95) Title I

511

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188

• Title IV: VR is actively participating with all local workforce boards and works closely with Missouri Job Centers to provide program accessibility, physical access to services, and assistive technology for people with disabilities. Strategy 2 -Create Sector Strategies (Page 69) Title I

Missouri has a committee to specifically focus on one-stop certification criteria. The committee has established the criteria for certification, including accessibility. This committee includes representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) who will assist with training and technical assistance to ensure accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology and materials for individuals with disabilities. Accessibility criteria for certification includes the accessibility requirements contained with Section 188; policy review, adaptive technology equipment availability, emergency procedures, etc. In order to better serve Missouri Job Center customers, the workforce partners are working with ODEP’s National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center) for technical assistance. Training has been conducted by the VR, LEAD Center & DWSD with AJC staff. Through this collaboration, partners developed a statewide survey that was sent to gather information from job seekers on the social, environmental and physical accessibility of the Missouri Job Centers. Local areas are using this feedback as a guide to improve training and technical assistance for serving people with disabilities. Each Workforce Development region has a dedicated Equal Opportunity officer, which comprises a statewide team, which includes VR staff. (Page 108) Title I

Vets

Through a statewide network of job centers and partner organizations, Missouri Division of Workforce Development coordinates and aligns their partnership with the Department of Employment Security, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind and the Department of Social Services Family Support Division. Together the partners provide a robust menu of vital reemployment and support services, including access to skill-building training, National Certification and Career Connections for jobs seekers, targeted programs for veterans, youth and the unemployed, and cost-saving human resource assistance and financial incentives for businesses. The partners braid workforce, education, and training activities with support services to meet the needs of our job seekers and employers. With 32 full-service centers as well as numerous satellite and affiliate locations statewide, Missouri Job Centers are the central point for WIOA core and one-stop partner services. (Pages 42-43) Title I

The Veteran services are of utmost importance. Missouri Job Centers have priority services for veterans, which will be served before all other customers. A veteran can request to see the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff or Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER) at any time in the process to receive specialized services. (Page 43) Title I

The Career Skills Program assists transitioning veterans by providing an internship with a Missouri employer, which allows the service member to gain valuable civilian work experience prior to exiting active duty. (Page 85) Title I

The Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) are fully integrated into the Missouri Job Centers as detailed by the DVOP/LVER agreement with the Secretary (Veterans State Plan). The role of the DVOP staff will not be to supplant the Wagner-Peyser responsibilities for providing priority of service to veterans, but to assist veterans with significant barriers to employment (SBE) to overcome their barriers or mitigate their barriers so the veteran is job ready through case management. Once the veteran is job ready the LVER will work with employers to create employment opportunities for the job ready veterans. DVOP/LVER will not be assigned duties that violate Title 38. DVOP will share case management for veterans enrolled in WIOA and other programs with the providers of those programs. The Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) requires compliance with Title 38, Chapters 41 and 42, in that all service delivery points of the grantee will provide veterans’ priority of service in the provision of all labor-exchange services, and specifically when making referrals for job openings and training opportunities. Local service delivery points are monitored to ensure that programs provide the required priority of service to veterans. Whenever necessary, corrective action plans will be developed and appropriate technical assistance concerning priority of service to veterans will be provided. The agreement reached between Veterans’ Employment and Training and the State will be the governing agreement for veterans’ services within the Missouri Job Centers where funding is used to provide services to the state’s veteran customers. (Pages 107-108) Title I

Show Me Heroes (SMH) is work-based learning activity that provides OJT to veterans. Transitional jobs are reserved for those chronically unemployed and provide real life work experience when it is greatly needed to be successful in the workplace. The Incumbent Worker training policy allows local Boards the flexibility to provide Incumbent Worker Training to employers when needed. (Page 123) Title I

MVR has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT). MVR and CWT are mutually committed to promoting and enhancing competitive employment opportunities for veterans, enabling every individual to reach his or her life’s potential. MVR and CWT work together in bringing enhanced employment opportunities to veterans with disabilities leading to greater individual and family economic stability and security. (Pages 166-167) Title IV

Mental Health

~~MVR has an MOU with DMH, the state agency responsible for providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health services, which covers DMH’s BH and DD divisions. The agreement outlines the collaboration on existing services, alignment of funding sources, information and data sharing, referrals and on-going development of services.
DMH’s BH and MVR work together to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS), for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. Missouri has 21 Community Mental Health/Treatment Centers (CMHCs) participating in this implementation collaborative. Ongoing technical assistance and fidelity reviews to the evidence-based practice are provided by a state trainer and a team consisting of MVR and DMH employees. The partnership between DMH and MVR includes a training format, offered to interested CMHCs statewide, on adopting IPS and on improving existing employment activities within treatment services. DMH and MVR implemented IPS for youth with serious mental illnesses in four current sites. (Page 176) Title IV

MVR will provide supported employment services to youth with the most significant disabilities for up to 24 months and will extend, if necessary, should these services be needed to achieve an employment outcome. These services may include: job coaching, job supports (both on and off the job), guidance and counseling, retention services, resources for benefits counseling, information and referral, and employer consultation.

MVR will continue to work closely with the Missouri Department of Social Services MOHealthNet Division and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DD) divisions to ensure that youth with the most significant disabilities are receiving extended services. (Page 202) Title IV

DMH BH and MVR have been working to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as IPS, for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. Missouri has 21 Community Mental Health/Treatment Centers participating in this implementation collaborative. DMH and MVR are implementing IPS for youth with serious mental illnesses in four current sites.

To assist in determining the quality and effectiveness of SE services, MVR surveys its consumers. The 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey results indicated that 98 percent of SE clients, who left services both successfully and unsuccessfully, felt MVR staff were available when needed and treated them with respect. (Page 211) Title IV

RSB will continue to work closely with the Missouri Department of Social Services MOHealthNet Division and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DD) divisions to ensure that youth with the most significant disabilities are receiving extended services. Services may include job monitoring and assessment of employment stability, establishment of peer and natural support environments, and coordination of specific services necessary to assist the individual to maintain employment. RSB will work closely with the DMH DD division utilizing home and community-based waivers to increase supported employment and extended services for youth with the most significant disabilities. (Page 250) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
Past WIOA Profile Attachment : 
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EXECUTIVE ORDER 19-16 - 09/09/2019

~~“1. The State of Missouri shall make best efforts to eliminate the disparity in the percentage of individuals with disabilities of working age in the population and the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce, and set annual goals for continuing to increase the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the State workforce.

2. The Office of Administration shall, on an annual basis, collect data, based on voluntary self-disclosure, and report initial baseline numbers of state employees with disabilities. The Office of Administration shall report and evaluate the State's progress in increasing the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce.

3. The Office of Administration, Division of Personnel, shall identify and designate a State Disability Employment Coordinator or Coordinators, who shall be responsible for advising all state agencies on disability policy and compliance with state and federal disability rights laws, collaborating with and supporting all state agencies concerning recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees with disabilities, and training of state employees and managers on disability-related issues.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) - 09/03/2019

~~“Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving Missouri’s working poor, constituting a majority of the state’s left-behind  population, including: consumers in the Medicaid gap, those with fluctuating wages working in service industries such as—hair and nail salons, and the uninsured and insured; immigrant/refugee communities; persons with relatively expensive employer based coverage; persons without employer based coverage; and low-income adults often found using urgent care, hospitals, and clinics. The Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations are Care Connection for Aging Services, Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Ahead), Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Matters), SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging. They will partner with the Cover Missouri Coalition, Veteran’s Administration call center, Centers of Independent Living, Community Action Agency offices across the state, County health departments, and Missouri Family Support Division.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Catherine Edwards, PhDPhone: (573) 619-6185Email: cedwards@ma4web.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Developmental Disabilities Waiver Manual - 07/01/2019

~~“The Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division of DD)administers four Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The four waivers are the Comprehensive Waiver; Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities Waiver   (MOCDD or Lopez Waiver);   Community   Support Waiver; and Partnership for Hope Waiver (PfH).”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Promoting Employment - 04/21/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to supporting all individuals with having the opportunity to seek competitive employment and being a part of their community’s workforce. To affirm our commitment, an Employment First Policy guides our expectations with supporting self-determination, independence and community membership. More about our services can be found by accessing the weblink."

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Eligibility (For Services) - 04/19/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, seizure disorders and other conditions that result in multiple and serious impairments in functioning.  The term “developmental” refers to conditions that result in those serious functional impairments during childhood (age 21 or younger for most conditions, or age 18 or younger for those with an intellectual disability).  While individuals older than 21 can apply and be found eligible for Division services, there must be a record of the functional impairment at age 21 or before.

Intake staff at our Regional and Satellite offices review medical, school, psychological or other records to find documentation of those conditions and limitations.  Often, Regional office staff will conduct an assessment if a recent evaluation of functional ability is not available. All of that information is used to determine if the individual meets the legal and regulatory requirements of the Division.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

UR (Utilization Review) Desktop Reference - 04/01/2019

~~“Job Development (H0038)The goal of Job Development is the acceptance by the individual of a job offer that meets the individual’s personal and career goalsJob Development may include:• Application completion assistance with the individual,• Job interviewing activities with the individual,• Completion of task analysis with or without the presence of the individual, based upon individualized need,• Negotiation with prospective employers and education of prospective employers of their role in promoting full inclusion with or without the presence of the individual based upon individualized need.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Community Transitions Manual for Support Coordinators and Community Coordinators - 02/11/2019

~~“MFP EligibilityIndividuals who transition from a Habilitation Center or nursing home may be eligible for MFP. MFP is a demonstration grant that supports efforts to:• Provide Medicaid eligible individuals the choice of where they live and receive services;• Allow qualified individuals living in nursing facilities or Habilitation Centers to move to the community; and• Promote a system that is person-centered, based on needs, and ensures high-quality services in the community.”

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

Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities “About Us” - 12/22/2018

~~“The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Offering support across the lifespan, the Division implements a statewide system of supportive services that focus on assuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment…..

More than 14,000 people in Missouri access person-centered supports through home and community-based service waiver settings to promote independent living. These settings might include someone living at home on their own, with family, with a roommate, or with someone who provides full-time care.”

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

Medicaid Eligibility - 12/16/2018

~~“In order to help DMH Agencies and Providers in assisting consumers with applying and keeping their Medicaid (MO HealthNet) coverage, the DMH Medicaid Unit has created this page to provide easy access to needed documents, answered frequently asked questions, and generally provide information about Missouri’s Medicaid program.”

This page has a list of links on subjects that include Ticket to Work Health Assurance and Medicaid waiver services

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

VA St. Louis Health Care System “Compensated Work Therapy” - 12/07/2018

~~“Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) provides a wide range of services for industry including; work site and job assessment, staff training and consultation services, employee assessment and screening, and job matching and follow-up services. CWT supports veterans through vocational case management and workplace supports to facilitate continued employment success.

The CWT Supported Employment program identifies veteran strengths and matches those skills and abilities to industries job requirements. The CWT "temp to hire" Transitional Work program allows a company to pre-screen veterans, observing them in action before making a decision regarding competitive employment. Services are provided at John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions and at the Hope Recovery Center.”This service is also available at other VA locations in Missouri

Systems
  • Other
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SB66, Payment of temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits shall be paid throughout the rehabilitative process - 07/05/2017

“Temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits shall be paid throughout the rehabilitative process until the employee reaches maximum medical improvement, unless such benefits are terminated by the employee’s return to work or are terminated as otherwise specified in this chapter.

 

The permanency of the employee’s disability under sections 287.170 to 287.200 shall not be established or adjudicated while the employee is participating in rehabilitation services.

 

Refusal of the employee to accept rehabilitation services or submit to a vocational rehabilitation assessment as deemed necessary by the employer shall result in a fifty percent reduction in all disability payments to an employee, including temporary partial disability benefits paid pursuant to section 287.180, for each week of the period of refusal.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Missouri SB 43, Modifying the Missouri Human Rights Act - 06/30/2017

“AN ACT To repeal sections 213.010, 213.040, 213.050, 213.055, 213.065, 213.070, 213.075, 213.101, and 213.111, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof ten new sections relating to unlawful discriminatory practices.”

 

It modifies the Missouri Human Rights Act. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Missouri SB 174 - 06/29/2015

"There is hereby created the 'Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] Program'".

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations
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EXECUTIVE ORDER 19-16 - 09/09/2019

~~“1. The State of Missouri shall make best efforts to eliminate the disparity in the percentage of individuals with disabilities of working age in the population and the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce, and set annual goals for continuing to increase the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the State workforce.

2. The Office of Administration shall, on an annual basis, collect data, based on voluntary self-disclosure, and report initial baseline numbers of state employees with disabilities. The Office of Administration shall report and evaluate the State's progress in increasing the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce.

3. The Office of Administration, Division of Personnel, shall identify and designate a State Disability Employment Coordinator or Coordinators, who shall be responsible for advising all state agencies on disability policy and compliance with state and federal disability rights laws, collaborating with and supporting all state agencies concerning recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees with disabilities, and training of state employees and managers on disability-related issues.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Promoting Employment - 04/21/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to supporting all individuals with having the opportunity to seek competitive employment and being a part of their community’s workforce. To affirm our commitment, an Employment First Policy guides our expectations with supporting self-determination, independence and community membership. More about our services can be found by accessing the weblink."

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Eligibility (For Services) - 04/19/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, seizure disorders and other conditions that result in multiple and serious impairments in functioning.  The term “developmental” refers to conditions that result in those serious functional impairments during childhood (age 21 or younger for most conditions, or age 18 or younger for those with an intellectual disability).  While individuals older than 21 can apply and be found eligible for Division services, there must be a record of the functional impairment at age 21 or before.

Intake staff at our Regional and Satellite offices review medical, school, psychological or other records to find documentation of those conditions and limitations.  Often, Regional office staff will conduct an assessment if a recent evaluation of functional ability is not available. All of that information is used to determine if the individual meets the legal and regulatory requirements of the Division.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

UR (Utilization Review) Desktop Reference - 04/01/2019

~~“Job Development (H0038)The goal of Job Development is the acceptance by the individual of a job offer that meets the individual’s personal and career goalsJob Development may include:• Application completion assistance with the individual,• Job interviewing activities with the individual,• Completion of task analysis with or without the presence of the individual, based upon individualized need,• Negotiation with prospective employers and education of prospective employers of their role in promoting full inclusion with or without the presence of the individual based upon individualized need.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities “About Us” - 12/22/2018

~~“The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Offering support across the lifespan, the Division implements a statewide system of supportive services that focus on assuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment…..

More than 14,000 people in Missouri access person-centered supports through home and community-based service waiver settings to promote independent living. These settings might include someone living at home on their own, with family, with a roommate, or with someone who provides full-time care.”

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

Medicaid Eligibility - 12/16/2018

~~“In order to help DMH Agencies and Providers in assisting consumers with applying and keeping their Medicaid (MO HealthNet) coverage, the DMH Medicaid Unit has created this page to provide easy access to needed documents, answered frequently asked questions, and generally provide information about Missouri’s Medicaid program.”

This page has a list of links on subjects that include Ticket to Work Health Assurance and Medicaid waiver services

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

VA St. Louis Health Care System “Compensated Work Therapy” - 12/07/2018

~~“Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) provides a wide range of services for industry including; work site and job assessment, staff training and consultation services, employee assessment and screening, and job matching and follow-up services. CWT supports veterans through vocational case management and workplace supports to facilitate continued employment success.

The CWT Supported Employment program identifies veteran strengths and matches those skills and abilities to industries job requirements. The CWT "temp to hire" Transitional Work program allows a company to pre-screen veterans, observing them in action before making a decision regarding competitive employment. Services are provided at John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions and at the Hope Recovery Center.”This service is also available at other VA locations in Missouri

Systems
  • Other

Graduation Requirements for Students in Missouri Public Schools - 11/15/2018

~~“Off-Campus InstructionMany students who are juniors and seniors in high school can benefit from authentic school-directed and supervised paid or unpaid learning experiences through assignment to off-campus locations under cooperative arrangements with business and industry or other institutions. More about these services can be found on our website.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Division of Developmental Disabilities Employment First Policy - 03/01/2018

This policy establishes community integrated employment services and supports as the first service option and primary outcome for individuals (both youth and adults.) It also establishes employment planning (Career Planning) and supports as priorities to explore with all working adults who receive services in order to ensure that supports, services, and outcomes are consistent with what the person is seeking.

Each individual will be supported to pursue his or her own unique path to work, a career, and his or her contribution to/participation in community life. All individuals, regardless of the challenge of their disability, will be afforded an opportunity to pursue employment. Career planning, including job exploration and on-going person focused self discovery, is critical when assisting individuals in making informed choices about their future careers.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Transition Timeline - 09/01/2017

“Toward successful transition: A checklist for the first 21 years.”

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

Missouri Department of Social Services “Provider Bulletin” - 03/23/2017

~~“Career Planning Service DescriptionCareer planning is a person-centered, comprehensive employment planning and support service. It provides consultative, evaluative assistance for waiver program participants to enter into, or advance in, competitive employment or self-employment. It is a focused, time-limited service engaging a participant in self-discovery, identifying a career direction and developing a plan for achieving competitive, integrated employment at or above the state’s minimum wage. The outcome of this service is documentation of the participant’s stated career objective and a career plan used to guide individual employment support.Career planning includes:• Activities that are primarily directed at assisting an individual with identification of an employment goal; and• A plan to achieve this goal (e.g., job exploration, job shadowing, informational interviewing, assessment of interests, labor market research) that are associated with performing competitive work in community integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
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Reverse Job Fair 2017 and Disability Employment Event - 08/10/2017

“The Third Annual Accommodation for Success Disability Employment Event took place on August 10, 2017, at the Forest Park Campus of St. Louis Community College. The event was organized to make it easier for area businesses to build diverse workforce. This year, the event included the first Reverse Job Fair in St. Louis.

 

Unlike most traditional job fairs, this innovative recruitment event focused on showcasing talents and professional interests of 80+ job candidates with disabilities. Participants met with potential employers in their booth spaces, demonstrating experience and skills in a variety of industries, while human resource professionals roamed the room, meeting the candidates they were interested in hiring. More than 116 recruiters representing 99 area companies were present. With 236 total registrants, not including job candidates, this year’s event was the largest yet.

 

Accommodation for Success event is a collaborative effort between the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), regional job centers, and more than 20 of the region’s disability employment organizations. Workshops and resources on disability inclusion, etiquette, recruitment, and workplace culture were offered to registered businesses, prior to the reverse job fair.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

LEAD Partners with U.S. DOL’s Civil Rights Center, Office of Disability Employment Policy and Missouri State Equal Opportunity at 2017 WIOA National Convenings - 06/29/2017

“This spring, the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL), in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convenings. The convenings were held at different regional locations on the West Coast, East Coast, and in the Midwest, and had one agenda with closely aligned content. The purpose of the convenings was to provide support and information to state and local workforce development professionals and partners on effectively implementing WIOA. Six different tracks were offered at each convening, including the following key topic areas: Business Engagement, Financial/Grants Management, Integrated Services, One-Stop Operations, Performance Accountability, and Strategic Governance. In addition, this year marked the first time in which an additional session on civil rights and disability was offered at all three convenings.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) partnered with Missouri’s State Equal Opportunity Officer (EOO) and the LEAD Center to offer a joint presentation on What You Need to Know about Section 188: Individuals with Disabilities. The U.S. DOL CRC took the lead in providing an overview of WIOA’s Section 188 Equal Opportunity Provisions. Section 188 prohibits discrimination against individuals in any WIOA Title I financially assisted program or activity, which includes job training for adults and youth, and other programs or activities provided to recipients at American Job Centers or through its partners.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Developing an Employment Partnership - 03/01/2017

~~Booklet prepared and issued: “Strategies and tools to build successful regional relationships between community mental health providers and American Job Centers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Missouri Career Guide - 05/01/2011

 

“This guide was developed through a partnership of state agencies to help Missourians of all ages, genders, and backgrounds create personal career plans that lead to fulfillment and success.”

Partners include Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Missouri Division of Workforce Development, Missouri Department of Higher Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Center for Career Education, and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) - 06/01/2007

 

“The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) formed in 2007 by the Office of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education to increase interagency collaboration at the state, regional, and local levels. This state transition team has met quarterly to address data-driven goals for improvement and collaboration with the shared vision of improving employment, independent living, and postsecondary education outcomes for Missouri students with disabilities.”

“Consisting of a diverse membership from a variety of state agencies concerned with transition, the MITT provides a venue and mechanism to share information, network, and partner to coordinate professional development activities.”

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

Missouri Transition Coalition - 06/01/2000

Since 2000, the Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities.

Our Methods

-Use self-assessment methods including professional knowledge

-Strategically combine web-based, in-person, in-print, coaching and other assistance

-Find and share research-based practices and resources

Develop and support practitioner-to-practitioner learning methods

 

 

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

Missouri Business Associated Student Education (BASE) Project - 06/01/1996

The BASE Project located in Springfield, Missouri stands for Business Associated Student Education. It is a partnership with Springfield Public Schools and St. John's Health System, Cox Health System, Doctor's Hospital, Evangel University, and Missouri State University. The goal of the program is to provide students with opportunities to develop career awareness, exploration, assessment, and positive social skills. Students are set up for a successful integration into the world of work and society.

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

MO Project SEARCH High School Transition Program - 06/01/1996

~~“Project SEARCH serves young people with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Typically, these are high school students who are on  an Individual Education Program (IEP) and in their last year of high school eligibility. The program can also be adapted to serve out-of-school youth and young adults who are beyond school age. The most important criterion for acceptance into Project SEARCH is a desire to achieve competitive employment. “

Program Overview

Program participants (interns) attend the program for a full school year in the host business/hospital. The host business provides access to an on-site training room that can accommodate up to 12 interns. The site is staffed by a special education teacher and one to three skills trainers to meet the educational and training needs of the interns.•Once the program year begins, the first few weeks are focused on intern orientation, hands-on skill assessment, and familiarization with the business environment. Interns develop a career plan, which guides the internship selection process and individualized job search.•Employment Skills Curriculum: Throughout the program year, the interns work on employability and functional skills for approximately one hour of their day. Training room activities are designed around these focus areas: Team Building, Workplace Safety, Technology, Maintaining Employment, Self-Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, and Preparing for Employment.•Internships: Through a series of three targeted internships the interns acquire competitive, marketable and transferable skills to enable them to apply for a related position. Interns also build communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills which is important to their overall development as a young worker. These are unpaid work experiences-analogous to the clinical rotations that are part of every medical school or business internship program. Potential internship sites are identified through a continuous collaborative process involving the instructor, skills trainers, and business liaison. These internship rotations begin a few weeks after the start of the program. Interns are required to interact with their supervisors via telephone and written communications to arrange a job interview to secure each rotation.”

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

Missouri Assistive Technology Council - 06/01/1992

The mission of Missouri Assistive Technology is to increase access to assistive technology for Missourians with all types of disabilities, of all ages.   Programs and initiatives of Missouri Assistive Technology are directed by the Missouri Assistive Technology Council, which was established by state statute in 1993. The Council is charged to serve as an advocate for policies, regulations and programs to establish a consumer-responsive, comprehensive assistive technology service delivery system. The Council meets at least four times a year, reports annually to the Governor and the general assembly on Council activities to increase access to assistive technology, and provides programmatic direction for all activities and services.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services - 06/01/1979

The Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services (MACDDS) is a leader in local initiatives for people with developmental disabilities. The organization is comprised of 56 county boards (including the City of St. Louis), and 8 Related Private Organizations, that provide local services for people with developmental disabilities. MACDDS is dedicated to ensuring quality community supports are available for people with developmental disabilities.   MACDDS believes having local people solving local issues results in the best services for individuals with developmental disabilities. MACDDS works to assure services and supports for people with developmental disabilities continue to be planned and carried out at the local level.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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About the Missouri Collaborative Work Initiative - 09/01/2017

“Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, the Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education initiated a new approach to addressing the achievement disparity between students with disabilities and students without disabilities. This initiative is the Collaborative Work. By invitation, Missouri districts may choose to participate.

 

The purpose of the Collaborative Work Grant is to improve learning for all students, especially students with disabilities, and improve teaching, by:

-establishing and implementing effective and efficient collaborative  teams,

-implementing with fidelity and a high degree of effectiveness a variety of teaching/learning practices which have been proven to have a high effect size on student outcomes,

-developing and administering common formative assessments to measure the effectiveness of teaching/learning practices as evidenced by student mastery of learning objectives, and

-using data‐based decision making to guide decisions about classroom teaching/learning practices.”

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

Unsicker hosts town hall to discuss Disability Employment Project - 06/28/2017

“JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Sarah Unsicker D-Shrewsbury, will host a town hall meeting at Webster University on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. to have an open dialogue regarding the barriers to employment for citizens with disabilities and to begin developing possible solutions.

 

“There are a wide range of issues to take into consideration when working to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities such as healthcare and Medicaid needs, state employment policy, employer education and transportation,” said Unsicker.

 

“During the hiring process, it is important that employers are aware of the many capabilities citizens with disabilities possess. My goal with this town hall is to provide the disability community with the opportunity to give feedback regarding these issues so we can work towards expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Toward a Successful Transition: A Checklist for the First 21 Years - 09/01/2016

“To Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities . . . It is our hope that as parents you will always consider yourselves the experts on your child. We hope that as you seek information, help and guidance you will see your child in “people first” terms—initially as a baby to love and nurture, then as a child to raise for as independent a life as he or she can attain. Whatever the disability involved, remember it is only a part of your child’s individuality. Build on his or her strengths. High expectations are a keynote in a family’s daring to act bravely and creatively.

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

MO Balancing Incentives Program - 03/28/2012

 

“The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), in partnership with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH), proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Payment Program to further develop the systems of community-based care that serve older adults and individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. The intent of the Missouri project is to realize the long term goal of increasing the percentage of expenditures for long term supports and services (LTSS) that are provided in community settings to equal or exceed the expenditures for facility-based LTSS.”

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

MO Partnerships in Employment - "Show Me Careers" - 09/30/2011

Show Me Careers: This project will address the needs of youth and young adults ages 16 to 30 with developmental and intellectual disabilities (DD/ID) who are in the process of transitioning from secondary or post-secondary education settings to community employment. The project’s goal is to scale up and sustain evidence-based practices in Missouri that support seamless transitions to integrated employment. A Leadership Consortium of state agencies…will support a statewide structure to demonstrate evidence-based practices, develop needed policies and practices, and enhance statewide collaborations.   Objectives are designed to achieve this goal include: building cross system and agency collaborations designed to exchange and transfer knowledge and effective practices between partners; review and advocate for changes to collaborative funding options, policies, and 
procedures that support broader implementation of the effective practices demonstrated within communities; develop statewide capacity to scale up demonstrations through training, dissemination and broader
implementation; and evaluate results and sustain the scaled-up practices.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Add Us In Initiative - 09/30/2010

Add Us In Kansas City has created a business-led network focused on increasing the capacity of employers, including minority owned businesses, to successfully hire and retain individuals with disabilities. Add Us In Kansas City will 1) identify and create supports needed by employers in their efforts to diversify their workforce to include this population, 2) increase the number and range of employment opportunities available to youth with disabilities, 3) develop a model continuum of career development encompassing these opportunities and supports, and 4) equip youth to successfully participate within this continuum. Urban businesses and urban youth with disabilities will be given special consideration in the development of the Add Us In model. Located in the greater Kansas City area, the program will provide a replication toolkit for nationwide dissemination at the end of year two.

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

Missouri Transition Liaison Program - 06/01/2008

 

The Missouri Transition Liaison Program was developed in 2007-2008 to identify secondary transition professionals from districts across Missouri who are leaders in the area of transition. The overall goal of the Transition Liaisons is to build capacity at the local level and develop a collaborative network of colleagues throughout the state.”

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

MO Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

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

Missouri Ticket to Work Health Assurance Program - 08/28/2007

Section 201 of the federal Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, Public Law 106-170 created a program for employed persons with disabilities. Based upon this federal law, the Health Improvement Act of 2007 (Senate Bill 577) established healthcare coverage for employed persons with disabilities in Missouri. Effective August 28, 2007, MO HealthNet implemented the new program, known as the Ticket to Work Health Assurance (TWHA) Program. Eligible participants will be enrolled under Medical Eligibility (ME) codes 85 (premium) and 86 (non-premium), and receive a limited MO HealthNet benefit package  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Money Follows the Person - 01/01/2007

The overall goal of MFP is "to support people who have disabilities and those who are aging to move from a nursing facility or habilitation center to a quality community setting that meets their needs and wants."   The objectives of MFP—My Life, My Way, My Community are:    • to move people from a facility to the community;    • identify and eliminate barriers that prevent people from being able to move to the community;    • improve the ability of MO HealthNet to provide in-home services;    • and to ensure that there is continuous quality improvement of in-home services provided.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
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2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) - 09/03/2019

~~“Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving Missouri’s working poor, constituting a majority of the state’s left-behind  population, including: consumers in the Medicaid gap, those with fluctuating wages working in service industries such as—hair and nail salons, and the uninsured and insured; immigrant/refugee communities; persons with relatively expensive employer based coverage; persons without employer based coverage; and low-income adults often found using urgent care, hospitals, and clinics. The Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations are Care Connection for Aging Services, Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Ahead), Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Matters), SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging. They will partner with the Cover Missouri Coalition, Veteran’s Administration call center, Centers of Independent Living, Community Action Agency offices across the state, County health departments, and Missouri Family Support Division.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Catherine Edwards, PhDPhone: (573) 619-6185Email: cedwards@ma4web.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri’s Cooperative Work Experience Program (COOP) - 04/12/2016

Successful transition planning for students with disabilities involves looking ahead, into the student's future, preparing not just for graduation but also for life after graduation. One of the most important aspects of a student's future involves employment. However, students often do not have any idea what type of work they would like to do or what type of career options are available. One of the best ways that a student can learn about different careers and employment is to be exposed to and participate in cooperative work experiences prior to graduation or exit from school. Cooperative work experiences provide students with direct exposure to and hands-on exploration of a variety of careers, assisting them in defining vocational choices and setting employment goals that actually seem attainable.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities Individual Support Plan Guide - 07/01/2014

The Division of Developmental Disabilities requires that each individual eligible for Division Supports have an Individual Support Plan. Individuals, their families, providers and facilitators who write plans in cooperation with all individuals receiving supports from the Division shall use this guide. Individual support planning encourages a team approach to involve the individual and community networks in planning for the future. The process involves developing a vision for the future, while coordinating resources and supports to make the vision a reality. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Supports (CMS) outcome for “participant-centered support planning and delivery” clarifies: “Supports are planned and effectively implemented in accordance with each participant’s unique needs, expressed preferences and decisions concerning his/her life in the community.” The Individual Support Plan is an investment in an individual’s life and is driven by the individual, what is important to them as designed through outcomes identified in the support plan

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri DoE Transition Coalition - 06/01/2000

Since 2000, the Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities.

Our Methods

-Use self-assessment methods including professional knowledge

-Strategically combine web-based, in-person, in-print, coaching and other assistance

-Find and share research-based practices and resources

-Develop and support practitioner-to-practitioner learning methods

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Missouri Connections - Career Development & Planning Program - 06/01/1971

Missouri Connections is a comprehensive, online, career development and planning program that is provided free of charge to all Missouri citizens. Funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, this program supports the career development efforts of schools, community organizations, and adult job seeker programs. Missouri Connections helps individuals learn about their talents, skills, and interests and makes the connection between planning for continued education and the work world.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Asset Development Project

The Missouri DD Council is partnering with the TACE, Region 7/University of MO-School of Health Professionals to promote Asset Development and Financial Education for persons with disabilities in our state by offering a variety of opportunities to learn more about this important piece of the puzzle and help people with disabilities learn more about asset development and financial education.

The first opportunity was a free webinar.  (The recording of that webinar is included here.)  In early 2014 we will be offering two opportunities to learn more with "train-the-trainer" events.  This will be followed up by a statewide summit where members from the financial community will meet with a broader group of self-advocates, family members and other members from the disability community to develop an action plan that will continue this effort into the future.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MO Customized Employment Presentation

This presentation discusses the formalized definition of customized employment by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the history of customized employment. It also takes a glimpse at progressive employment, addresses how discovery is an important component of customized and progressive employment, and discusses how motivational interviewing can be effective during the discovery process.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

MO Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities - Career Guide

“This guide will take the job seeker and his or her support team through the career planning process by providing information he or she can use during the career planning sessions. It should be noted that since everyone is unique, the individual planning process will be unique to each person as well. The guide is simply a framework to allow the job seeker and his or her team to create a vision and a plan to achieve a career that makes sense to the job seeker. It is less about the forms and more about generating ideas, clear action steps, and moving the person closer towards his or her ultimate career goals.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Missouri Transition Resource Toolkit

This toolkit has been developed by an ad hoc team comprised of a small representation of individuals from across the state working in Centers for Independent Living (CIL), Local Education Agencies (LEA) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). The goal was to create a resource tool to enhance collaboration in transition planning for young adults with disabilities. A special acknowledgement to members of these three organizations for the many valuable resources and links included in this toolkit.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Missouri DoE Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) Consultant

Each of the nine regions of Missouri has a Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) Consultant who specializes in transition. These consultants provide regional and local trainings on Transition Planning and the Updated Form C, Transition Assessment, and other transition topics. They also provide a range of other consulting and continuous improvement services to meet the needs of teachers, administrators and school districts.

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Missouri Developmental Disabilities Waiver Manual - 07/01/2019

~~“The Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division of DD)administers four Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The four waivers are the Comprehensive Waiver; Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities Waiver   (MOCDD or Lopez Waiver);   Community   Support Waiver; and Partnership for Hope Waiver (PfH).”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Community Transitions Manual for Support Coordinators and Community Coordinators - 02/11/2019

~~“MFP EligibilityIndividuals who transition from a Habilitation Center or nursing home may be eligible for MFP. MFP is a demonstration grant that supports efforts to:• Provide Medicaid eligible individuals the choice of where they live and receive services;• Allow qualified individuals living in nursing facilities or Habilitation Centers to move to the community; and• Promote a system that is person-centered, based on needs, and ensures high-quality services in the community.”

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

Missouri Medicaid (MO HealthNet) Independent Living Waiver - 03/01/2017

“The Missouri Independent Living Waiver (ILW) provides home and community based services for adults who are physically disabled. With assistance via this program, individuals can continue to live independently in their homes, rather than require placement in a nursing homes. Benefits include home modifications, personal care services, such as assistance with bathing, grooming, mobility, toiletry, and eating, and specialized medical equipment and supplies.”

 

“As of 2017, a single individual is allowed up to 85% of the Federal Poverty Level, which mean an applicant cannot have a monthly income more than $856. For married couples, the monthly income cannot exceed $1,150. However, Missouri does allow applicants that have an income greater than the allowable amount to “spend-down” in order to become eligible.”

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

Missouri HCBS Statewide Transition Plan - 07/25/2016

“Missouri administers 10 Home and Community-Based Waivers through the single State Medicaid agency, the Department of Social Services, MO HealthNet Division (MHD). The day-to-day operation of the waivers is through formal cooperative agreements with the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). The Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Mental Health are the operational entities for the waivers. Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance (MMAC) is the unit within the Department of Social Services (DSS) charged with administering and maintaining Medicaid Title XIX audit and compliance initiatives, including utilization of Medicaid services and provider enrollment functions. MMAC will participate in the transition plan as described below.”

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

MO DoE ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 06/08/2015

The Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on June 29, 2012.

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

Missouri HCSB Transition Plan - 03/01/2014

In March 2014, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) published a final rule regarding changes to Home and Community Based Waiver Services (HCBS Waiver). The rule defines home and community based settings and person-centered planning requirements in Medicaid HCBS Waiver programs. The rule requires demonstration of how state’s HCBS Waiver programs comply with the federal HCBS rules.   Missouri’s draft transition plan incorporates all HCBS Waivers administered by Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Department of Mental Health (DMH), and Department of Social Services (DSS). The purpose of Missouri’s draft transition plan is to ensure that individuals receiving HCBS Waiver services are integrated and have access to supports in the community, including:    • opportunities to seek employment,    • work in competitive integrated settings,    • engage in community life,    • and control personal resources.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MO Partnership for Hope Waiver (0841.R00.00) - 10/01/2013

The purpose of the Partnership for Hope waiver is to prevent or delay of institutional services for individuals who require minimal services in order to continue living in the community. The waiver will offer prevention services to stabilize individuals primarily living with family members who provide significant support, but are not able to meet all of the individual's needs. Goals To increase access to waiver services for children and adults at the local level in participating counties.    Objectives The objectives of the waiver are: 1) to increase the capacity of the State to meet the needs of individuals at risk of institutionalization who require minimal supports to continue living in integrated community settings; 2) to partner with local County Boards through Intergovernmental Agreements in the administration and funding of waiver services; and 3) to implement preventive services in a timely manner in order that eligible participants may continue living in the community with their families.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MO Div of Developmental Disabilities Community Support (0404.R03.00) - 07/01/2011

 

“Provides community employment, in home respite, job preparation, personal assistant, assistive technology, behavior analysis service, co-worker supports, communication skills instruction, community specialist services, counseling, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations-home mods, independent living skills development, job discovery, OT, out of home respite, person centered strategies consultation, PT, professional assessment and monitoring, specialized medical equipment and supplies (adaptive equipment), speech therapy, support broker, transportation for individuals w/ID Developmental Disabilities ages 0 - no max age.”

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

MO MR Developmental Disabilities Comprehensive (0178.R06.00) - 07/01/2011

 

“Provides community employment, day service, group home, in home respite, individualized supported living, job preparation, personal assistant, assistive technology, behavior analysis service, communication skills instruction, community specialist services, community transition, counseling, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, host home, job discovery, OT, out of home respite, PT, positive behavior support, professional assessment and monitoring, specialized medical equipment and supplies (adaptive equipment), speech therapy, support broker, transportation for individuals w/MR Developmental Disabilities ages 0 - no max age.”

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

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Snapshot

The Show Me State is expanding its efforts to deliver competitive, integrated employment options for individuals with disabilities through innovative strategies that propel Missouri's model, "Close to Home, Far from Ordinary."

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 Missouri’s VR Rates and Services

2018 State Population.
0.21%
Change from
2017 to 2018
6,126,452
2018 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.91%
Change from
2017 to 2018
446,516
2018 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-6.44%
Change from
2017 to 2018
161,852
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.43%
Change from
2017 to 2018
36.25%
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-99631.12%
Change from
2017 to 2018
79.59%

State Data

General

2016 2017 2018
Population. 6,093,000 6,113,532 6,126,452
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 468,140 463,964 446,516
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 164,243 172,283 161,852
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,521,381 2,536,645 2,543,910
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.08% 37.13% 36.25%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.16% 79,376.00% 79.59%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.50% 3.80% 3.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.30% 20.90% 21.20%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.60% 12.10% 11.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 426,359 438,766 431,576
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 447,737 455,312 441,945
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 729,010 746,357 731,990
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 104,789 104,337 100,140
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 21,980 22,690 20,741
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 7,155 5,285 5,758
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 4,876 9,478 7,143
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,009 669 1,340
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 22,891 22,283 22,871
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 4,366 5,669 4,279

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,496 7,663 7,615
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.60% 5.80% 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 217,590 213,655 209,607

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,268 6,164 5,790
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 11,390 11,180 4,548
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 42,204 38,602 34,120
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.90% 16.00% 17.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00% 2.20% 2.70%
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). 1.30% 1.20% 1.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 500 1,196 1,146
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. 684 645 994
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. 10,345 7,417 5,450
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 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. 4,647 7,474 7,016
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 1,634 2,629 2,948
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. 35.00% 35.00% 42.00%
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. 27.03 43.21 48.46

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Total Number of people served under VR.
8,600
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 58 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 919 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,778 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,405 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,697 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 743 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.90% 38.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 7,588 8,353 6,645
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 318,214 313,618 310,599
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 730 487 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 701 541 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $5,578,000 $5,571,000 $6,131,298
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $42,056,000 $46,338,000 $70,727,105
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $20,445,000 $22,851,000 $28,426,869
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 10.00% 9.00% 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,027 4,470 4,070
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 3,744 4,076 3,859
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 9.90 9.50 10.84

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 57.59% 57.36% 57.04%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.76% 8.58% 8.45%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.61% 3.63% 3.57%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 88.29% 87.67% 94.42%
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). 25.55% 28.50% 25.52%
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). 60.89% 59.67% 58.25%
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). 65.90% 64.29% 62.90%
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). 31.34% 31.17% 32.73%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,683,499
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,704
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 129,942
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 245,601
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 372,429
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 220
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 555
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,055,603
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,245,518

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 95 90 87
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 98 91 89
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). 7,487 5,785 5,614
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 237 11 269
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 7,724 5,796 5,883

 

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 Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~Division of Developmental Disabilities has a statewide employment initiative, Employment First, for working age citizens with disabilities. Employment services include job preparation, job discovery, and community employment in a competitive integrated work setting that may include ongoing supports. The Division of Behavioral Health provides employment services to individuals with mental illnesses, histories of substance abuse, and/or criminal backgrounds. Clinical and vocational employment services are integrated through state—wide partnerships to help individuals who are interested in employment participate in the competitive labor market with the appropriate level of supports and services to be successful. RSB will continue to partner and collaborate with DMH programs in the delivery of employment services. (Pages 232-233) Title IV

Customized Employment

~~MVR’s workforce development activities are designed to assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining, maintaining, or advancing in competitive integrated employment. These activities include assessments, vocational guidance and counseling, job preparation activities, which can include disability awareness, resume writing, interviewing skills. Additionally, MVR provides eligible individuals with training (OJT, apprenticeships, customized employment, funding for community colleges and universities). (Page 44) Title I

RSB has developed relationships with several employers across the state communicating directly with HR staff on employment needs, identifying customized employment opportunities, and providing disability/blindness awareness and sensitivity training. Outreach activities have resulted in competitive integrated employment outcomes and work experience opportunities, both paid and unpaid, for youth and students with disabilities and adult clients. (Page 45) Title I

• SE Services --    The nature of the service itself requires an individualized approach based on the needs of an eligible individual. SE services are ongoing support services, including customized employment, and other appropriate services needed to support an individual with a most significant disability to achieve and maintain competitive integrated employment. Services are provided by CRPs. MVR can provide up to 24 months of community-based job training. (Pages 188-189) Title IV

The supported employment program ensures that individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, are afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or re—enter competitive integrated employment, including supported or customized employment. RSB’s employment outcomes for supported employment is recorded at 1.5% of total closures for FFY 2015. Of the individuals that exited the program and received supported employment services during FFY 2015, 80 percent were successfully employed in competitive jobs. These individuals averaged $9.77 per hour and worked an average of 30 hours per week. (Page 249) Title IV

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) offers assessment, job development, task analysis, and time—limited individual and group job coaching leading to supported employment through 12 formal contracts with supported employment service providers. Other services available to clients with a goal of supported employment are the same as those available to clients receiving services under Title I. The supported employment program ensures that individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, are afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or re—enter competitive integrated employment, including supported or customized employment. Extended services may be provided to youth with the most significant disabilities for a period not to exceed four years. (Page 262) Title IV

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Missouri partners are committed to developing new career pathways for youth and adults with barriers to employment including individuals with disabilities. Missouri’s core partner program leaders regularly meet to collaborate on braiding services for work-based learning and education funding. Through sector strategy regional business meetings and partner engagement, Missouri will work with employers to identify opportunities and services available to assist in eliminating employment barriers. (Page 58) Title I

Missouri is committed to finding connections between core partners, mandatory partners, and other partners in each region. Missouri’s core and mandatory partners will collaborate to share resources to create environments to foster partnering at the local level as well as maintain resource allocations that keep existing partnerships at the local level. Specific examples include: As part of their services to individuals with disabilities, VR may provide funding for post-secondary training. As partners seek to co-enroll their customers, this will provide opportunity for leveraging of these resources through braiding of both educational dollars, as well as supportive services to ensure the customer’s success. VR also provides guidance and counseling to the job seekers, to insure that access to comparable services funding is achieved, whether through partner agencies or through Federal funding, such as the Pell grant. (Page 82) Title I

MVR is working closely with all of the WIOA partners in order to provide the best services possible for consumers. MVR initiated the creation of a braiding services team, comprised of
WIOA core partners and other entities that serve individuals with disabilities, to develop methods and strategies to support collaboration between partner agencies, promote greater understanding of the services provided by each agency, and discover methods to avoid duplication of services. Many teams, consisting of members from all of the partner programs, are meeting and developing methods to meet individuals’ needs. (Pages 205-206) Title IV

MVR initiated the creation of a braiding services team, comprised of WIOA core partners and other entities that serve individuals with disabilities, to develop methods and strategies to support collaboration between partner agencies, promote greater understanding of the services provided by each agency, and discover methods to avoid duplication of services. (Pages 208-209) Title IV

The Missouri workforce development system comprised of all core WIOA partners has developed a Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of WIOA and creating the partnerships to begin developing common referrals, the braiding of services, and data sharing. These collaborative efforts will enhance access for individuals with disabilities and improve performance for all partners. Performance accountability measures under section 116 of WIOA are new to vocational rehabilitation and have not yet been measured. RSB met all required federal performance indicators during the past two years prior to WIOA. RSB will apply the same quality of service utilized in meeting those indicators to achieve the new performance measures and provide that level of quality while moving forward.  (Page 254) Title IV

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

School to Work Transition

~~RSB has formal contract agreements with community rehabilitation providers to work with employers and assist clients with job search, job placement and customized employment opportunities. Other services include work-based learning experiences, task analysis, and job coaching when needed. RSB contracts with Alphapointe Association for the Blind for an eight-week Summer Transition Employment Program (STEP) providing competitive work experience to high school age youth. The goal is to provide each consumer with a foundation for the school-to-work transition, to enable each to practice personal independence through work and goal-setting experiences, and to afford an opportunity for community involvement. This program includes vocational exploration; identifying preferences, interests, and abilities with regard to work; and learning about work related behaviors and self-advocacy. Consumers participate in general orientation during the first week of the program. The remaining seven weeks they spend on the job. Short-term job coaching may be provided to assist in orienting the consumers to the particular job site. Consumers receive an hourly wage during their placement at a job site. Involvement in this program is intended to increase a consumer’s career awareness, build marketable vocational skills, and support a healthy self-image. (Pages 46-47) Title I

Missouri will improve the outcomes for out-of-school youth by ensuring the 14 elements allowed under WIOA are met through a braiding of partner resources which will best meet each individuals need. The 14 program elements will be available to OSY participants, and will be funded with WIOA title I youth funds or leveraged partner resources. An agreement will be established with the partner to offer the program element and ensure that the activity is connected and coordinated with the WIOA youth program. (Page 129) Title I

Each local MVR district office will also participate in pre-employment transition coordination with the local education agency to include attending IEP meetings when invited, using conference calls and video conferences, when necessary; working with local workforce development entities and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities; coordinating pre-employment transition services with transition services provided in accordance with IDEA; and, when invited, attending person-centered planning meetings for youth receiving services under Title IX of the Social Security Act. To effectively coordinate these services, MVR:
• conducted statewide training to include guidance regarding IEP participation for all MVR staff that serve students in Missouri high schools;
• worked in partnership with the Parent Advocacy Coalition Educational Rights Center to develop a video introducing VR services that can be shown at IEP meetings;
• conducted cross training on services to youth with local job center staff and MVR staff in Kansas City and St. Louis, the two largest metropolitan areas of the state;
• invited special education personnel to train new MVR counselors on transition services within the IEP;
• provided cross training with local CILs to include information regarding benefits planning; and
• is currently working in collaboration with DMH’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) to provide cross training with MVR counselors and DD support coordinators regarding their respective services. (Pages 168-169) Title IV

MVR has a policy that outlines transition activities and services including the timely development and approval of an individualized plan for employment (IPE) for each eligible student prior to leaving high school. MVR will provide for the development of the IPE as early as possible during the transition planning process, but, at least, by the time the eligible student leaves the school setting. The IPE will include specific transition services or pre-employment transition services and supports needed for an eligible student with a disability or a youth with a disability, including youth with the most significant disabilities, to achieve an employment outcome or projected post-school employment outcome. An IPE is required to be developed in consideration of the IEP of a student with a disability under IDEA or a student’s Section 504 services. (Page 170) Title IV

The Cooperative Work Experience Program (COOP) agreement is an interagency state and local program between the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Special Education, MVR and Career Education); Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB); and local school districts in the state of Missouri. The agreement is embedded in the state transition MOU and is available for all school districts. The purpose is to facilitate the coordination of transition services from school to post-secondary training and/or employment for students with disabilities who participate in special education programs and are eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation services. The MOU outlines roles and responsibilities among participating agencies and school districts in the development of off-campus work experience programs. Through these programs, students with disabilities who are receiving services through an IEP can earn high school credit in accordance with Missouri high school graduation requirements for the number of hours they work in a paid competitive, integrated employment setting. Additionally, MVR continues to work collaboratively with providers and local school districts to meet transition needs of students. (Page 186) Title IV

The DESE Graduation Handbook and DESE Transition Agreement include three work-based learning experiences for students with disabilities on an IEP and are coordinated with special education. Students receive high school credit. These three experiences are the COOP Program, employer-based transition training/Project Search for students with most significant disabilities, and unpaid internships. (Page 194) Title IV

Supported employment services are available not only to individuals after leaving their secondary education program, but to students whose IEP and IPE include these services as part of their transition plan and whose school district signs a cooperative work experience program agreement with RSB.  (Page 262) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Missouri partners are committed to developing new career pathways for youth and adults with barriers to employment including individuals with disabilities. Missouri’s core partner program leaders regularly meet to collaborate on braiding services for work-based learning and education funding. Through sector strategy regional business meetings and partner engagement, Missouri will work with employers to identify opportunities and services available to assist in eliminating employment barriers. (Page 58) Title I

• In addition to training services, the Title I & Title IV partners have work based programs such as on-the-job training and work experience which offer the customers the opportunity to combine education, training and employment services. VR & Rehabilitation Services for the Blind supports career pathways by providing a variety of services to students, youth and adults with disabilities. Additional services may include assistive technology, case-management, and post-employment support to provide job retention. (Page 70) Title I

Each workforce area has a Business Services Team plan that guides outreach and services to businesses. Business Services Teams are made up of staff whose mission is to connect employers to a skilled workforce. To ensure an integrated service model, teams now include business representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), along with other combined partners who touch businesses. At a minimum, the members of the teams include Business Representatives and other Job Center staff assigned to business services, OJT Marketing Specialists, Local Veterans Employment Representatives, and VR Business Outreach Specialists. The design and makeup of each team varies slightly from region to region and may include a variety of other partners who work with businesses, such as local economic developers, educational agencies, UMOS (Missouri’s167 provider), Rehabilitative Services for the Blind Outreach Specialists and Family Support Division (FSD) TANF Outreach Specialists. Additionally, the Kansas City and Vicinity Region employs Disability Program Navigators, which are also included on their business services team. (Page 77) Title I

Apprenticeship

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Services for the Blind may provide vocational rehabilitation services to potentially eligible students with disabilities and eligible individuals, including youth with disabilities, to assist in accessing programs leading to post secondary credentials. Services are designed to create opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, including registered apprenticeship training programs, leading to industry-recognized certificates, credentials, licenses, and post-secondary degrees. Services for eligible participants may include access to training programs, disability related accommodations, and support services necessary for the successful participation and completion of the training activity. (Page 83) Title I

SB has formal contract agreements with community rehabilitation providers to work with employers and assist clients with job search, job placement and customized employment opportunities. Other services include work based learning experiences, task analysis, and job coaching when needed. RSB contracts with Alphapointe Association for the Blind for an eight—week Summer Transition Employment Program (STEP) providing competitive work experience to high—school age youth. The goal is to provide each consumer with a foundation for the school—to—work transition, to enable each to practice personal independence through work and goal—setting experiences, and to afford an opportunity for community involvement. This program includes vocational exploration; identifying preferences, interests, and abilities with regard to work; and learning about work related behaviors and self—advocacy. Consumers participate in general orientation during the first week of the program. The remaining seven weeks they spend on the job. Short—term job coaching may be provided to assist in orienting the consumers to the particular job site. Consumers receive an hourly wage during their placement at a job site. Involvement in this program is intended to increase a consumer’s career awareness, build marketable vocational skills, and support a healthy self—image. (Pages 231-232) Title IV

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~Rehabilitation Services for the Blind is not in an order of selection. RSB projects that funding for the 2018 and 2019 FFY will meet the needs of all individuals who apply for services. Data sets include:
1. Recipients of Blind Pension (BP) and Supplemental Aid for the Blind (SAB);
2. Recipients of SSI/SSDI who also receive other benefits from the DSA;
3. Recipients of Vocational Rehabilitation Services for blind and visually impaired;
4. Recipients of Independent Living Rehabilitation/Independent Living for Older Blind;
5. Recipients of Prevention of Blindness services (Page 242) Title IV
 

Employer/ Business

~~Missouri has established a WIOA Employer Engagement Committee, made up of staff from all combined partner agencies, LWDB Directors, and the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship State Director. This committee has been established to provide guidance to regions, make recommendations to the WIOA State Steering Committee, and coordinate statewide meetings as needed to ensure continued partner collaboration. (Page 79) Title I

RSB works with employers through a variety of activities at the local level to identify competitive integrated employment and career exploration opportunities to facilitate the provision of VR services and transition services, including transition services for youth and pre—employment transition services. District offices engage in outreach activities meeting directly with employers to identify employment needs and educate employers about the services RSB can offer for existing and new employees. Each district office and the Prevention of Blindness program have a tonometer to screen for the early signs of glaucoma as a service to employers and to promote VR services. Outreach activities are extended to employer health fairs, job fairs, chamber of commerce events, and participating in local Workforce Development Boards. RSB has developed relationships with several employers across the state communicating directly with HR staff on employment needs, identify customized employment opportunities, and provide disability/blindness awareness and sensitivity training. Outreach activities have resulted in competitive integrated employment outcomes and work experience opportunities, both paid and unpaid, for youth and students with disabilities and adult clients. (Page 230) Title IV

Data Collection

Missouri VR will assess its performance based upon the WIOA common performance measures as well as agency goals and objectives. The VR executive leadership team along with district office management reviews performance data on a monthly basis to determine progress toward goals and opportunities for improvement. VR’s case services and financial services work in tandem evaluating performance data for short- and long-term decision making. In addition, VR’s statewide quality assurance team evaluates case management providing guidance on program performance. (Page 95) Title I

511

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188

• Title IV: VR is actively participating with all local workforce boards and works closely with Missouri Job Centers to provide program accessibility, physical access to services, and assistive technology for people with disabilities. Strategy 2 -Create Sector Strategies (Page 69) Title I

Missouri has a committee to specifically focus on one-stop certification criteria. The committee has established the criteria for certification, including accessibility. This committee includes representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) who will assist with training and technical assistance to ensure accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology and materials for individuals with disabilities. Accessibility criteria for certification includes the accessibility requirements contained with Section 188; policy review, adaptive technology equipment availability, emergency procedures, etc. In order to better serve Missouri Job Center customers, the workforce partners are working with ODEP’s National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center) for technical assistance. Training has been conducted by the VR, LEAD Center & DWSD with AJC staff. Through this collaboration, partners developed a statewide survey that was sent to gather information from job seekers on the social, environmental and physical accessibility of the Missouri Job Centers. Local areas are using this feedback as a guide to improve training and technical assistance for serving people with disabilities. Each Workforce Development region has a dedicated Equal Opportunity officer, which comprises a statewide team, which includes VR staff. (Page 108) Title I

Vets

Through a statewide network of job centers and partner organizations, Missouri Division of Workforce Development coordinates and aligns their partnership with the Department of Employment Security, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind and the Department of Social Services Family Support Division. Together the partners provide a robust menu of vital reemployment and support services, including access to skill-building training, National Certification and Career Connections for jobs seekers, targeted programs for veterans, youth and the unemployed, and cost-saving human resource assistance and financial incentives for businesses. The partners braid workforce, education, and training activities with support services to meet the needs of our job seekers and employers. With 32 full-service centers as well as numerous satellite and affiliate locations statewide, Missouri Job Centers are the central point for WIOA core and one-stop partner services. (Pages 42-43) Title I

The Veteran services are of utmost importance. Missouri Job Centers have priority services for veterans, which will be served before all other customers. A veteran can request to see the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff or Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER) at any time in the process to receive specialized services. (Page 43) Title I

The Career Skills Program assists transitioning veterans by providing an internship with a Missouri employer, which allows the service member to gain valuable civilian work experience prior to exiting active duty. (Page 85) Title I

The Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) are fully integrated into the Missouri Job Centers as detailed by the DVOP/LVER agreement with the Secretary (Veterans State Plan). The role of the DVOP staff will not be to supplant the Wagner-Peyser responsibilities for providing priority of service to veterans, but to assist veterans with significant barriers to employment (SBE) to overcome their barriers or mitigate their barriers so the veteran is job ready through case management. Once the veteran is job ready the LVER will work with employers to create employment opportunities for the job ready veterans. DVOP/LVER will not be assigned duties that violate Title 38. DVOP will share case management for veterans enrolled in WIOA and other programs with the providers of those programs. The Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) requires compliance with Title 38, Chapters 41 and 42, in that all service delivery points of the grantee will provide veterans’ priority of service in the provision of all labor-exchange services, and specifically when making referrals for job openings and training opportunities. Local service delivery points are monitored to ensure that programs provide the required priority of service to veterans. Whenever necessary, corrective action plans will be developed and appropriate technical assistance concerning priority of service to veterans will be provided. The agreement reached between Veterans’ Employment and Training and the State will be the governing agreement for veterans’ services within the Missouri Job Centers where funding is used to provide services to the state’s veteran customers. (Pages 107-108) Title I

Show Me Heroes (SMH) is work-based learning activity that provides OJT to veterans. Transitional jobs are reserved for those chronically unemployed and provide real life work experience when it is greatly needed to be successful in the workplace. The Incumbent Worker training policy allows local Boards the flexibility to provide Incumbent Worker Training to employers when needed. (Page 123) Title I

MVR has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT). MVR and CWT are mutually committed to promoting and enhancing competitive employment opportunities for veterans, enabling every individual to reach his or her life’s potential. MVR and CWT work together in bringing enhanced employment opportunities to veterans with disabilities leading to greater individual and family economic stability and security. (Pages 166-167) Title IV

Mental Health

~~MVR has an MOU with DMH, the state agency responsible for providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health services, which covers DMH’s BH and DD divisions. The agreement outlines the collaboration on existing services, alignment of funding sources, information and data sharing, referrals and on-going development of services.
DMH’s BH and MVR work together to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS), for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. Missouri has 21 Community Mental Health/Treatment Centers (CMHCs) participating in this implementation collaborative. Ongoing technical assistance and fidelity reviews to the evidence-based practice are provided by a state trainer and a team consisting of MVR and DMH employees. The partnership between DMH and MVR includes a training format, offered to interested CMHCs statewide, on adopting IPS and on improving existing employment activities within treatment services. DMH and MVR implemented IPS for youth with serious mental illnesses in four current sites. (Page 176) Title IV

MVR will provide supported employment services to youth with the most significant disabilities for up to 24 months and will extend, if necessary, should these services be needed to achieve an employment outcome. These services may include: job coaching, job supports (both on and off the job), guidance and counseling, retention services, resources for benefits counseling, information and referral, and employer consultation.

MVR will continue to work closely with the Missouri Department of Social Services MOHealthNet Division and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DD) divisions to ensure that youth with the most significant disabilities are receiving extended services. (Page 202) Title IV

DMH BH and MVR have been working to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as IPS, for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. Missouri has 21 Community Mental Health/Treatment Centers participating in this implementation collaborative. DMH and MVR are implementing IPS for youth with serious mental illnesses in four current sites.

To assist in determining the quality and effectiveness of SE services, MVR surveys its consumers. The 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey results indicated that 98 percent of SE clients, who left services both successfully and unsuccessfully, felt MVR staff were available when needed and treated them with respect. (Page 211) Title IV

RSB will continue to work closely with the Missouri Department of Social Services MOHealthNet Division and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DD) divisions to ensure that youth with the most significant disabilities are receiving extended services. Services may include job monitoring and assessment of employment stability, establishment of peer and natural support environments, and coordination of specific services necessary to assist the individual to maintain employment. RSB will work closely with the DMH DD division utilizing home and community-based waivers to increase supported employment and extended services for youth with the most significant disabilities. (Page 250) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
Past WIOA Profile Attachment : 

Policies and Initiatives

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EXECUTIVE ORDER 19-16 - 09/09/2019

~~“1. The State of Missouri shall make best efforts to eliminate the disparity in the percentage of individuals with disabilities of working age in the population and the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce, and set annual goals for continuing to increase the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the State workforce.

2. The Office of Administration shall, on an annual basis, collect data, based on voluntary self-disclosure, and report initial baseline numbers of state employees with disabilities. The Office of Administration shall report and evaluate the State's progress in increasing the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce.

3. The Office of Administration, Division of Personnel, shall identify and designate a State Disability Employment Coordinator or Coordinators, who shall be responsible for advising all state agencies on disability policy and compliance with state and federal disability rights laws, collaborating with and supporting all state agencies concerning recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees with disabilities, and training of state employees and managers on disability-related issues.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) - 09/03/2019

~~“Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving Missouri’s working poor, constituting a majority of the state’s left-behind  population, including: consumers in the Medicaid gap, those with fluctuating wages working in service industries such as—hair and nail salons, and the uninsured and insured; immigrant/refugee communities; persons with relatively expensive employer based coverage; persons without employer based coverage; and low-income adults often found using urgent care, hospitals, and clinics. The Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations are Care Connection for Aging Services, Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Ahead), Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Matters), SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging. They will partner with the Cover Missouri Coalition, Veteran’s Administration call center, Centers of Independent Living, Community Action Agency offices across the state, County health departments, and Missouri Family Support Division.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Catherine Edwards, PhDPhone: (573) 619-6185Email: cedwards@ma4web.org ” 

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  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Developmental Disabilities Waiver Manual - 07/01/2019

~~“The Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division of DD)administers four Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The four waivers are the Comprehensive Waiver; Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities Waiver   (MOCDD or Lopez Waiver);   Community   Support Waiver; and Partnership for Hope Waiver (PfH).”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Promoting Employment - 04/21/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to supporting all individuals with having the opportunity to seek competitive employment and being a part of their community’s workforce. To affirm our commitment, an Employment First Policy guides our expectations with supporting self-determination, independence and community membership. More about our services can be found by accessing the weblink."

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Eligibility (For Services) - 04/19/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, seizure disorders and other conditions that result in multiple and serious impairments in functioning.  The term “developmental” refers to conditions that result in those serious functional impairments during childhood (age 21 or younger for most conditions, or age 18 or younger for those with an intellectual disability).  While individuals older than 21 can apply and be found eligible for Division services, there must be a record of the functional impairment at age 21 or before.

Intake staff at our Regional and Satellite offices review medical, school, psychological or other records to find documentation of those conditions and limitations.  Often, Regional office staff will conduct an assessment if a recent evaluation of functional ability is not available. All of that information is used to determine if the individual meets the legal and regulatory requirements of the Division.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

UR (Utilization Review) Desktop Reference - 04/01/2019

~~“Job Development (H0038)The goal of Job Development is the acceptance by the individual of a job offer that meets the individual’s personal and career goalsJob Development may include:• Application completion assistance with the individual,• Job interviewing activities with the individual,• Completion of task analysis with or without the presence of the individual, based upon individualized need,• Negotiation with prospective employers and education of prospective employers of their role in promoting full inclusion with or without the presence of the individual based upon individualized need.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Community Transitions Manual for Support Coordinators and Community Coordinators - 02/11/2019

~~“MFP EligibilityIndividuals who transition from a Habilitation Center or nursing home may be eligible for MFP. MFP is a demonstration grant that supports efforts to:• Provide Medicaid eligible individuals the choice of where they live and receive services;• Allow qualified individuals living in nursing facilities or Habilitation Centers to move to the community; and• Promote a system that is person-centered, based on needs, and ensures high-quality services in the community.”

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

Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities “About Us” - 12/22/2018

~~“The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Offering support across the lifespan, the Division implements a statewide system of supportive services that focus on assuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment…..

More than 14,000 people in Missouri access person-centered supports through home and community-based service waiver settings to promote independent living. These settings might include someone living at home on their own, with family, with a roommate, or with someone who provides full-time care.”

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

Medicaid Eligibility - 12/16/2018

~~“In order to help DMH Agencies and Providers in assisting consumers with applying and keeping their Medicaid (MO HealthNet) coverage, the DMH Medicaid Unit has created this page to provide easy access to needed documents, answered frequently asked questions, and generally provide information about Missouri’s Medicaid program.”

This page has a list of links on subjects that include Ticket to Work Health Assurance and Medicaid waiver services

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

VA St. Louis Health Care System “Compensated Work Therapy” - 12/07/2018

~~“Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) provides a wide range of services for industry including; work site and job assessment, staff training and consultation services, employee assessment and screening, and job matching and follow-up services. CWT supports veterans through vocational case management and workplace supports to facilitate continued employment success.

The CWT Supported Employment program identifies veteran strengths and matches those skills and abilities to industries job requirements. The CWT "temp to hire" Transitional Work program allows a company to pre-screen veterans, observing them in action before making a decision regarding competitive employment. Services are provided at John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions and at the Hope Recovery Center.”This service is also available at other VA locations in Missouri

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SB66, Payment of temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits shall be paid throughout the rehabilitative process - 07/05/2017

“Temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits shall be paid throughout the rehabilitative process until the employee reaches maximum medical improvement, unless such benefits are terminated by the employee’s return to work or are terminated as otherwise specified in this chapter.

 

The permanency of the employee’s disability under sections 287.170 to 287.200 shall not be established or adjudicated while the employee is participating in rehabilitation services.

 

Refusal of the employee to accept rehabilitation services or submit to a vocational rehabilitation assessment as deemed necessary by the employer shall result in a fifty percent reduction in all disability payments to an employee, including temporary partial disability benefits paid pursuant to section 287.180, for each week of the period of refusal.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Missouri SB 43, Modifying the Missouri Human Rights Act - 06/30/2017

“AN ACT To repeal sections 213.010, 213.040, 213.050, 213.055, 213.065, 213.070, 213.075, 213.101, and 213.111, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof ten new sections relating to unlawful discriminatory practices.”

 

It modifies the Missouri Human Rights Act. 

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  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Missouri SB 174 - 06/29/2015

"There is hereby created the 'Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] Program'".

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  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations
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EXECUTIVE ORDER 19-16 - 09/09/2019

~~“1. The State of Missouri shall make best efforts to eliminate the disparity in the percentage of individuals with disabilities of working age in the population and the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce, and set annual goals for continuing to increase the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the State workforce.

2. The Office of Administration shall, on an annual basis, collect data, based on voluntary self-disclosure, and report initial baseline numbers of state employees with disabilities. The Office of Administration shall report and evaluate the State's progress in increasing the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce.

3. The Office of Administration, Division of Personnel, shall identify and designate a State Disability Employment Coordinator or Coordinators, who shall be responsible for advising all state agencies on disability policy and compliance with state and federal disability rights laws, collaborating with and supporting all state agencies concerning recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees with disabilities, and training of state employees and managers on disability-related issues.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Promoting Employment - 04/21/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to supporting all individuals with having the opportunity to seek competitive employment and being a part of their community’s workforce. To affirm our commitment, an Employment First Policy guides our expectations with supporting self-determination, independence and community membership. More about our services can be found by accessing the weblink."

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Eligibility (For Services) - 04/19/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, seizure disorders and other conditions that result in multiple and serious impairments in functioning.  The term “developmental” refers to conditions that result in those serious functional impairments during childhood (age 21 or younger for most conditions, or age 18 or younger for those with an intellectual disability).  While individuals older than 21 can apply and be found eligible for Division services, there must be a record of the functional impairment at age 21 or before.

Intake staff at our Regional and Satellite offices review medical, school, psychological or other records to find documentation of those conditions and limitations.  Often, Regional office staff will conduct an assessment if a recent evaluation of functional ability is not available. All of that information is used to determine if the individual meets the legal and regulatory requirements of the Division.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

UR (Utilization Review) Desktop Reference - 04/01/2019

~~“Job Development (H0038)The goal of Job Development is the acceptance by the individual of a job offer that meets the individual’s personal and career goalsJob Development may include:• Application completion assistance with the individual,• Job interviewing activities with the individual,• Completion of task analysis with or without the presence of the individual, based upon individualized need,• Negotiation with prospective employers and education of prospective employers of their role in promoting full inclusion with or without the presence of the individual based upon individualized need.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities “About Us” - 12/22/2018

~~“The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Offering support across the lifespan, the Division implements a statewide system of supportive services that focus on assuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment…..

More than 14,000 people in Missouri access person-centered supports through home and community-based service waiver settings to promote independent living. These settings might include someone living at home on their own, with family, with a roommate, or with someone who provides full-time care.”

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

Medicaid Eligibility - 12/16/2018

~~“In order to help DMH Agencies and Providers in assisting consumers with applying and keeping their Medicaid (MO HealthNet) coverage, the DMH Medicaid Unit has created this page to provide easy access to needed documents, answered frequently asked questions, and generally provide information about Missouri’s Medicaid program.”

This page has a list of links on subjects that include Ticket to Work Health Assurance and Medicaid waiver services

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

VA St. Louis Health Care System “Compensated Work Therapy” - 12/07/2018

~~“Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) provides a wide range of services for industry including; work site and job assessment, staff training and consultation services, employee assessment and screening, and job matching and follow-up services. CWT supports veterans through vocational case management and workplace supports to facilitate continued employment success.

The CWT Supported Employment program identifies veteran strengths and matches those skills and abilities to industries job requirements. The CWT "temp to hire" Transitional Work program allows a company to pre-screen veterans, observing them in action before making a decision regarding competitive employment. Services are provided at John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions and at the Hope Recovery Center.”This service is also available at other VA locations in Missouri

Systems
  • Other

Graduation Requirements for Students in Missouri Public Schools - 11/15/2018

~~“Off-Campus InstructionMany students who are juniors and seniors in high school can benefit from authentic school-directed and supervised paid or unpaid learning experiences through assignment to off-campus locations under cooperative arrangements with business and industry or other institutions. More about these services can be found on our website.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Division of Developmental Disabilities Employment First Policy - 03/01/2018

This policy establishes community integrated employment services and supports as the first service option and primary outcome for individuals (both youth and adults.) It also establishes employment planning (Career Planning) and supports as priorities to explore with all working adults who receive services in order to ensure that supports, services, and outcomes are consistent with what the person is seeking.

Each individual will be supported to pursue his or her own unique path to work, a career, and his or her contribution to/participation in community life. All individuals, regardless of the challenge of their disability, will be afforded an opportunity to pursue employment. Career planning, including job exploration and on-going person focused self discovery, is critical when assisting individuals in making informed choices about their future careers.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Transition Timeline - 09/01/2017

“Toward successful transition: A checklist for the first 21 years.”

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

Missouri Department of Social Services “Provider Bulletin” - 03/23/2017

~~“Career Planning Service DescriptionCareer planning is a person-centered, comprehensive employment planning and support service. It provides consultative, evaluative assistance for waiver program participants to enter into, or advance in, competitive employment or self-employment. It is a focused, time-limited service engaging a participant in self-discovery, identifying a career direction and developing a plan for achieving competitive, integrated employment at or above the state’s minimum wage. The outcome of this service is documentation of the participant’s stated career objective and a career plan used to guide individual employment support.Career planning includes:• Activities that are primarily directed at assisting an individual with identification of an employment goal; and• A plan to achieve this goal (e.g., job exploration, job shadowing, informational interviewing, assessment of interests, labor market research) that are associated with performing competitive work in community integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
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Reverse Job Fair 2017 and Disability Employment Event - 08/10/2017

“The Third Annual Accommodation for Success Disability Employment Event took place on August 10, 2017, at the Forest Park Campus of St. Louis Community College. The event was organized to make it easier for area businesses to build diverse workforce. This year, the event included the first Reverse Job Fair in St. Louis.

 

Unlike most traditional job fairs, this innovative recruitment event focused on showcasing talents and professional interests of 80+ job candidates with disabilities. Participants met with potential employers in their booth spaces, demonstrating experience and skills in a variety of industries, while human resource professionals roamed the room, meeting the candidates they were interested in hiring. More than 116 recruiters representing 99 area companies were present. With 236 total registrants, not including job candidates, this year’s event was the largest yet.

 

Accommodation for Success event is a collaborative effort between the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), regional job centers, and more than 20 of the region’s disability employment organizations. Workshops and resources on disability inclusion, etiquette, recruitment, and workplace culture were offered to registered businesses, prior to the reverse job fair.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

LEAD Partners with U.S. DOL’s Civil Rights Center, Office of Disability Employment Policy and Missouri State Equal Opportunity at 2017 WIOA National Convenings - 06/29/2017

“This spring, the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL), in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convenings. The convenings were held at different regional locations on the West Coast, East Coast, and in the Midwest, and had one agenda with closely aligned content. The purpose of the convenings was to provide support and information to state and local workforce development professionals and partners on effectively implementing WIOA. Six different tracks were offered at each convening, including the following key topic areas: Business Engagement, Financial/Grants Management, Integrated Services, One-Stop Operations, Performance Accountability, and Strategic Governance. In addition, this year marked the first time in which an additional session on civil rights and disability was offered at all three convenings.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) partnered with Missouri’s State Equal Opportunity Officer (EOO) and the LEAD Center to offer a joint presentation on What You Need to Know about Section 188: Individuals with Disabilities. The U.S. DOL CRC took the lead in providing an overview of WIOA’s Section 188 Equal Opportunity Provisions. Section 188 prohibits discrimination against individuals in any WIOA Title I financially assisted program or activity, which includes job training for adults and youth, and other programs or activities provided to recipients at American Job Centers or through its partners.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Developing an Employment Partnership - 03/01/2017

~~Booklet prepared and issued: “Strategies and tools to build successful regional relationships between community mental health providers and American Job Centers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Missouri Career Guide - 05/01/2011

 

“This guide was developed through a partnership of state agencies to help Missourians of all ages, genders, and backgrounds create personal career plans that lead to fulfillment and success.”

Partners include Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Missouri Division of Workforce Development, Missouri Department of Higher Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Center for Career Education, and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) - 06/01/2007

 

“The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) formed in 2007 by the Office of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education to increase interagency collaboration at the state, regional, and local levels. This state transition team has met quarterly to address data-driven goals for improvement and collaboration with the shared vision of improving employment, independent living, and postsecondary education outcomes for Missouri students with disabilities.”

“Consisting of a diverse membership from a variety of state agencies concerned with transition, the MITT provides a venue and mechanism to share information, network, and partner to coordinate professional development activities.”

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

Missouri Transition Coalition - 06/01/2000

Since 2000, the Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities.

Our Methods

-Use self-assessment methods including professional knowledge

-Strategically combine web-based, in-person, in-print, coaching and other assistance

-Find and share research-based practices and resources

Develop and support practitioner-to-practitioner learning methods

 

 

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

Missouri Business Associated Student Education (BASE) Project - 06/01/1996

The BASE Project located in Springfield, Missouri stands for Business Associated Student Education. It is a partnership with Springfield Public Schools and St. John's Health System, Cox Health System, Doctor's Hospital, Evangel University, and Missouri State University. The goal of the program is to provide students with opportunities to develop career awareness, exploration, assessment, and positive social skills. Students are set up for a successful integration into the world of work and society.

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

MO Project SEARCH High School Transition Program - 06/01/1996

~~“Project SEARCH serves young people with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Typically, these are high school students who are on  an Individual Education Program (IEP) and in their last year of high school eligibility. The program can also be adapted to serve out-of-school youth and young adults who are beyond school age. The most important criterion for acceptance into Project SEARCH is a desire to achieve competitive employment. “

Program Overview

Program participants (interns) attend the program for a full school year in the host business/hospital. The host business provides access to an on-site training room that can accommodate up to 12 interns. The site is staffed by a special education teacher and one to three skills trainers to meet the educational and training needs of the interns.•Once the program year begins, the first few weeks are focused on intern orientation, hands-on skill assessment, and familiarization with the business environment. Interns develop a career plan, which guides the internship selection process and individualized job search.•Employment Skills Curriculum: Throughout the program year, the interns work on employability and functional skills for approximately one hour of their day. Training room activities are designed around these focus areas: Team Building, Workplace Safety, Technology, Maintaining Employment, Self-Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, and Preparing for Employment.•Internships: Through a series of three targeted internships the interns acquire competitive, marketable and transferable skills to enable them to apply for a related position. Interns also build communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills which is important to their overall development as a young worker. These are unpaid work experiences-analogous to the clinical rotations that are part of every medical school or business internship program. Potential internship sites are identified through a continuous collaborative process involving the instructor, skills trainers, and business liaison. These internship rotations begin a few weeks after the start of the program. Interns are required to interact with their supervisors via telephone and written communications to arrange a job interview to secure each rotation.”

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

Missouri Assistive Technology Council - 06/01/1992

The mission of Missouri Assistive Technology is to increase access to assistive technology for Missourians with all types of disabilities, of all ages.   Programs and initiatives of Missouri Assistive Technology are directed by the Missouri Assistive Technology Council, which was established by state statute in 1993. The Council is charged to serve as an advocate for policies, regulations and programs to establish a consumer-responsive, comprehensive assistive technology service delivery system. The Council meets at least four times a year, reports annually to the Governor and the general assembly on Council activities to increase access to assistive technology, and provides programmatic direction for all activities and services.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services - 06/01/1979

The Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services (MACDDS) is a leader in local initiatives for people with developmental disabilities. The organization is comprised of 56 county boards (including the City of St. Louis), and 8 Related Private Organizations, that provide local services for people with developmental disabilities. MACDDS is dedicated to ensuring quality community supports are available for people with developmental disabilities.   MACDDS believes having local people solving local issues results in the best services for individuals with developmental disabilities. MACDDS works to assure services and supports for people with developmental disabilities continue to be planned and carried out at the local level.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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About the Missouri Collaborative Work Initiative - 09/01/2017

“Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, the Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education initiated a new approach to addressing the achievement disparity between students with disabilities and students without disabilities. This initiative is the Collaborative Work. By invitation, Missouri districts may choose to participate.

 

The purpose of the Collaborative Work Grant is to improve learning for all students, especially students with disabilities, and improve teaching, by:

-establishing and implementing effective and efficient collaborative  teams,

-implementing with fidelity and a high degree of effectiveness a variety of teaching/learning practices which have been proven to have a high effect size on student outcomes,

-developing and administering common formative assessments to measure the effectiveness of teaching/learning practices as evidenced by student mastery of learning objectives, and

-using data‐based decision making to guide decisions about classroom teaching/learning practices.”

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

Unsicker hosts town hall to discuss Disability Employment Project - 06/28/2017

“JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Sarah Unsicker D-Shrewsbury, will host a town hall meeting at Webster University on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. to have an open dialogue regarding the barriers to employment for citizens with disabilities and to begin developing possible solutions.

 

“There are a wide range of issues to take into consideration when working to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities such as healthcare and Medicaid needs, state employment policy, employer education and transportation,” said Unsicker.

 

“During the hiring process, it is important that employers are aware of the many capabilities citizens with disabilities possess. My goal with this town hall is to provide the disability community with the opportunity to give feedback regarding these issues so we can work towards expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Toward a Successful Transition: A Checklist for the First 21 Years - 09/01/2016

“To Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities . . . It is our hope that as parents you will always consider yourselves the experts on your child. We hope that as you seek information, help and guidance you will see your child in “people first” terms—initially as a baby to love and nurture, then as a child to raise for as independent a life as he or she can attain. Whatever the disability involved, remember it is only a part of your child’s individuality. Build on his or her strengths. High expectations are a keynote in a family’s daring to act bravely and creatively.

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

MO Balancing Incentives Program - 03/28/2012

 

“The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), in partnership with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH), proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Payment Program to further develop the systems of community-based care that serve older adults and individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. The intent of the Missouri project is to realize the long term goal of increasing the percentage of expenditures for long term supports and services (LTSS) that are provided in community settings to equal or exceed the expenditures for facility-based LTSS.”

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

MO Partnerships in Employment - "Show Me Careers" - 09/30/2011

Show Me Careers: This project will address the needs of youth and young adults ages 16 to 30 with developmental and intellectual disabilities (DD/ID) who are in the process of transitioning from secondary or post-secondary education settings to community employment. The project’s goal is to scale up and sustain evidence-based practices in Missouri that support seamless transitions to integrated employment. A Leadership Consortium of state agencies…will support a statewide structure to demonstrate evidence-based practices, develop needed policies and practices, and enhance statewide collaborations.   Objectives are designed to achieve this goal include: building cross system and agency collaborations designed to exchange and transfer knowledge and effective practices between partners; review and advocate for changes to collaborative funding options, policies, and 
procedures that support broader implementation of the effective practices demonstrated within communities; develop statewide capacity to scale up demonstrations through training, dissemination and broader
implementation; and evaluate results and sustain the scaled-up practices.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Add Us In Initiative - 09/30/2010

Add Us In Kansas City has created a business-led network focused on increasing the capacity of employers, including minority owned businesses, to successfully hire and retain individuals with disabilities. Add Us In Kansas City will 1) identify and create supports needed by employers in their efforts to diversify their workforce to include this population, 2) increase the number and range of employment opportunities available to youth with disabilities, 3) develop a model continuum of career development encompassing these opportunities and supports, and 4) equip youth to successfully participate within this continuum. Urban businesses and urban youth with disabilities will be given special consideration in the development of the Add Us In model. Located in the greater Kansas City area, the program will provide a replication toolkit for nationwide dissemination at the end of year two.

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

Missouri Transition Liaison Program - 06/01/2008

 

The Missouri Transition Liaison Program was developed in 2007-2008 to identify secondary transition professionals from districts across Missouri who are leaders in the area of transition. The overall goal of the Transition Liaisons is to build capacity at the local level and develop a collaborative network of colleagues throughout the state.”

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

MO Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

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

Missouri Ticket to Work Health Assurance Program - 08/28/2007

Section 201 of the federal Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, Public Law 106-170 created a program for employed persons with disabilities. Based upon this federal law, the Health Improvement Act of 2007 (Senate Bill 577) established healthcare coverage for employed persons with disabilities in Missouri. Effective August 28, 2007, MO HealthNet implemented the new program, known as the Ticket to Work Health Assurance (TWHA) Program. Eligible participants will be enrolled under Medical Eligibility (ME) codes 85 (premium) and 86 (non-premium), and receive a limited MO HealthNet benefit package  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Money Follows the Person - 01/01/2007

The overall goal of MFP is "to support people who have disabilities and those who are aging to move from a nursing facility or habilitation center to a quality community setting that meets their needs and wants."   The objectives of MFP—My Life, My Way, My Community are:    • to move people from a facility to the community;    • identify and eliminate barriers that prevent people from being able to move to the community;    • improve the ability of MO HealthNet to provide in-home services;    • and to ensure that there is continuous quality improvement of in-home services provided.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
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2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) - 09/03/2019

~~“Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving Missouri’s working poor, constituting a majority of the state’s left-behind  population, including: consumers in the Medicaid gap, those with fluctuating wages working in service industries such as—hair and nail salons, and the uninsured and insured; immigrant/refugee communities; persons with relatively expensive employer based coverage; persons without employer based coverage; and low-income adults often found using urgent care, hospitals, and clinics. The Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations are Care Connection for Aging Services, Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Ahead), Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Matters), SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging. They will partner with the Cover Missouri Coalition, Veteran’s Administration call center, Centers of Independent Living, Community Action Agency offices across the state, County health departments, and Missouri Family Support Division.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Catherine Edwards, PhDPhone: (573) 619-6185Email: cedwards@ma4web.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri’s Cooperative Work Experience Program (COOP) - 04/12/2016

Successful transition planning for students with disabilities involves looking ahead, into the student's future, preparing not just for graduation but also for life after graduation. One of the most important aspects of a student's future involves employment. However, students often do not have any idea what type of work they would like to do or what type of career options are available. One of the best ways that a student can learn about different careers and employment is to be exposed to and participate in cooperative work experiences prior to graduation or exit from school. Cooperative work experiences provide students with direct exposure to and hands-on exploration of a variety of careers, assisting them in defining vocational choices and setting employment goals that actually seem attainable.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities Individual Support Plan Guide - 07/01/2014

The Division of Developmental Disabilities requires that each individual eligible for Division Supports have an Individual Support Plan. Individuals, their families, providers and facilitators who write plans in cooperation with all individuals receiving supports from the Division shall use this guide. Individual support planning encourages a team approach to involve the individual and community networks in planning for the future. The process involves developing a vision for the future, while coordinating resources and supports to make the vision a reality. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Supports (CMS) outcome for “participant-centered support planning and delivery” clarifies: “Supports are planned and effectively implemented in accordance with each participant’s unique needs, expressed preferences and decisions concerning his/her life in the community.” The Individual Support Plan is an investment in an individual’s life and is driven by the individual, what is important to them as designed through outcomes identified in the support plan

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri DoE Transition Coalition - 06/01/2000

Since 2000, the Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities.

Our Methods

-Use self-assessment methods including professional knowledge

-Strategically combine web-based, in-person, in-print, coaching and other assistance

-Find and share research-based practices and resources

-Develop and support practitioner-to-practitioner learning methods

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Missouri Connections - Career Development & Planning Program - 06/01/1971

Missouri Connections is a comprehensive, online, career development and planning program that is provided free of charge to all Missouri citizens. Funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, this program supports the career development efforts of schools, community organizations, and adult job seeker programs. Missouri Connections helps individuals learn about their talents, skills, and interests and makes the connection between planning for continued education and the work world.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Asset Development Project

The Missouri DD Council is partnering with the TACE, Region 7/University of MO-School of Health Professionals to promote Asset Development and Financial Education for persons with disabilities in our state by offering a variety of opportunities to learn more about this important piece of the puzzle and help people with disabilities learn more about asset development and financial education.

The first opportunity was a free webinar.  (The recording of that webinar is included here.)  In early 2014 we will be offering two opportunities to learn more with "train-the-trainer" events.  This will be followed up by a statewide summit where members from the financial community will meet with a broader group of self-advocates, family members and other members from the disability community to develop an action plan that will continue this effort into the future.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MO Customized Employment Presentation

This presentation discusses the formalized definition of customized employment by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the history of customized employment. It also takes a glimpse at progressive employment, addresses how discovery is an important component of customized and progressive employment, and discusses how motivational interviewing can be effective during the discovery process.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

MO Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities - Career Guide

“This guide will take the job seeker and his or her support team through the career planning process by providing information he or she can use during the career planning sessions. It should be noted that since everyone is unique, the individual planning process will be unique to each person as well. The guide is simply a framework to allow the job seeker and his or her team to create a vision and a plan to achieve a career that makes sense to the job seeker. It is less about the forms and more about generating ideas, clear action steps, and moving the person closer towards his or her ultimate career goals.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Missouri Transition Resource Toolkit

This toolkit has been developed by an ad hoc team comprised of a small representation of individuals from across the state working in Centers for Independent Living (CIL), Local Education Agencies (LEA) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). The goal was to create a resource tool to enhance collaboration in transition planning for young adults with disabilities. A special acknowledgement to members of these three organizations for the many valuable resources and links included in this toolkit.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Missouri DoE Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) Consultant

Each of the nine regions of Missouri has a Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) Consultant who specializes in transition. These consultants provide regional and local trainings on Transition Planning and the Updated Form C, Transition Assessment, and other transition topics. They also provide a range of other consulting and continuous improvement services to meet the needs of teachers, administrators and school districts.

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Missouri Developmental Disabilities Waiver Manual - 07/01/2019

~~“The Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division of DD)administers four Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The four waivers are the Comprehensive Waiver; Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities Waiver   (MOCDD or Lopez Waiver);   Community   Support Waiver; and Partnership for Hope Waiver (PfH).”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Community Transitions Manual for Support Coordinators and Community Coordinators - 02/11/2019

~~“MFP EligibilityIndividuals who transition from a Habilitation Center or nursing home may be eligible for MFP. MFP is a demonstration grant that supports efforts to:• Provide Medicaid eligible individuals the choice of where they live and receive services;• Allow qualified individuals living in nursing facilities or Habilitation Centers to move to the community; and• Promote a system that is person-centered, based on needs, and ensures high-quality services in the community.”

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

Missouri Medicaid (MO HealthNet) Independent Living Waiver - 03/01/2017

“The Missouri Independent Living Waiver (ILW) provides home and community based services for adults who are physically disabled. With assistance via this program, individuals can continue to live independently in their homes, rather than require placement in a nursing homes. Benefits include home modifications, personal care services, such as assistance with bathing, grooming, mobility, toiletry, and eating, and specialized medical equipment and supplies.”

 

“As of 2017, a single individual is allowed up to 85% of the Federal Poverty Level, which mean an applicant cannot have a monthly income more than $856. For married couples, the monthly income cannot exceed $1,150. However, Missouri does allow applicants that have an income greater than the allowable amount to “spend-down” in order to become eligible.”

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

Missouri HCBS Statewide Transition Plan - 07/25/2016

“Missouri administers 10 Home and Community-Based Waivers through the single State Medicaid agency, the Department of Social Services, MO HealthNet Division (MHD). The day-to-day operation of the waivers is through formal cooperative agreements with the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). The Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Mental Health are the operational entities for the waivers. Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance (MMAC) is the unit within the Department of Social Services (DSS) charged with administering and maintaining Medicaid Title XIX audit and compliance initiatives, including utilization of Medicaid services and provider enrollment functions. MMAC will participate in the transition plan as described below.”

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

MO DoE ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 06/08/2015

The Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on June 29, 2012.

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

Missouri HCSB Transition Plan - 03/01/2014

In March 2014, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) published a final rule regarding changes to Home and Community Based Waiver Services (HCBS Waiver). The rule defines home and community based settings and person-centered planning requirements in Medicaid HCBS Waiver programs. The rule requires demonstration of how state’s HCBS Waiver programs comply with the federal HCBS rules.   Missouri’s draft transition plan incorporates all HCBS Waivers administered by Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Department of Mental Health (DMH), and Department of Social Services (DSS). The purpose of Missouri’s draft transition plan is to ensure that individuals receiving HCBS Waiver services are integrated and have access to supports in the community, including:    • opportunities to seek employment,    • work in competitive integrated settings,    • engage in community life,    • and control personal resources.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MO Partnership for Hope Waiver (0841.R00.00) - 10/01/2013

The purpose of the Partnership for Hope waiver is to prevent or delay of institutional services for individuals who require minimal services in order to continue living in the community. The waiver will offer prevention services to stabilize individuals primarily living with family members who provide significant support, but are not able to meet all of the individual's needs. Goals To increase access to waiver services for children and adults at the local level in participating counties.    Objectives The objectives of the waiver are: 1) to increase the capacity of the State to meet the needs of individuals at risk of institutionalization who require minimal supports to continue living in integrated community settings; 2) to partner with local County Boards through Intergovernmental Agreements in the administration and funding of waiver services; and 3) to implement preventive services in a timely manner in order that eligible participants may continue living in the community with their families.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MO Div of Developmental Disabilities Community Support (0404.R03.00) - 07/01/2011

 

“Provides community employment, in home respite, job preparation, personal assistant, assistive technology, behavior analysis service, co-worker supports, communication skills instruction, community specialist services, counseling, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations-home mods, independent living skills development, job discovery, OT, out of home respite, person centered strategies consultation, PT, professional assessment and monitoring, specialized medical equipment and supplies (adaptive equipment), speech therapy, support broker, transportation for individuals w/ID Developmental Disabilities ages 0 - no max age.”

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

MO MR Developmental Disabilities Comprehensive (0178.R06.00) - 07/01/2011

 

“Provides community employment, day service, group home, in home respite, individualized supported living, job preparation, personal assistant, assistive technology, behavior analysis service, communication skills instruction, community specialist services, community transition, counseling, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, host home, job discovery, OT, out of home respite, PT, positive behavior support, professional assessment and monitoring, specialized medical equipment and supplies (adaptive equipment), speech therapy, support broker, transportation for individuals w/MR Developmental Disabilities ages 0 - no max age.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The Show Me State is expanding its efforts to deliver competitive, integrated employment options for individuals with disabilities through innovative strategies that propel Missouri's model, "Close to Home, Far from Ordinary."

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 Missouri’s VR Rates and Services

2018 State Population.
0.21%
Change from
2017 to 2018
6,126,452
2018 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.91%
Change from
2017 to 2018
446,516
2018 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-6.44%
Change from
2017 to 2018
161,852
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.43%
Change from
2017 to 2018
36.25%
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-99631.12%
Change from
2017 to 2018
79.59%

State Data

General

2016 2017 2018
Population. 6,093,000 6,113,532 6,126,452
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 468,140 463,964 446,516
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 164,243 172,283 161,852
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,521,381 2,536,645 2,543,910
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.08% 37.13% 36.25%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.16% 79,376.00% 79.59%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.50% 3.80% 3.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.30% 20.90% 21.20%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.60% 12.10% 11.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 426,359 438,766 431,576
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 447,737 455,312 441,945
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 729,010 746,357 731,990
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 104,789 104,337 100,140
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 21,980 22,690 20,741
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 7,155 5,285 5,758
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 4,876 9,478 7,143
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,009 669 1,340
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 22,891 22,283 22,871
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 4,366 5,669 4,279

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,496 7,663 7,615
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.60% 5.80% 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 217,590 213,655 209,607

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,268 6,164 5,790
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 11,390 11,180 4,548
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 42,204 38,602 34,120
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.90% 16.00% 17.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00% 2.20% 2.70%
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). 1.30% 1.20% 1.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 500 1,196 1,146
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. 684 645 994
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. 10,345 7,417 5,450
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 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. 4,647 7,474 7,016
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 1,634 2,629 2,948
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. 35.00% 35.00% 42.00%
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. 27.03 43.21 48.46

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Total Number of people served under VR.
8,600
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 58 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 919 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,778 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,405 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,697 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 743 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.90% 38.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 7,588 8,353 6,645
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 318,214 313,618 310,599
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 730 487 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 701 541 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $5,578,000 $5,571,000 $6,131,298
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $42,056,000 $46,338,000 $70,727,105
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $20,445,000 $22,851,000 $28,426,869
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 10.00% 9.00% 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,027 4,470 4,070
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 3,744 4,076 3,859
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 9.90 9.50 10.84

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 57.59% 57.36% 57.04%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.76% 8.58% 8.45%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.61% 3.63% 3.57%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 88.29% 87.67% 94.42%
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). 25.55% 28.50% 25.52%
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). 60.89% 59.67% 58.25%
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). 65.90% 64.29% 62.90%
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). 31.34% 31.17% 32.73%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,683,499
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,704
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 129,942
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 245,601
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 372,429
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 220
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 555
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,055,603
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,245,518

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 95 90 87
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 98 91 89
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). 7,487 5,785 5,614
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 237 11 269
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 7,724 5,796 5,883

 

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 Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~Division of Developmental Disabilities has a statewide employment initiative, Employment First, for working age citizens with disabilities. Employment services include job preparation, job discovery, and community employment in a competitive integrated work setting that may include ongoing supports. The Division of Behavioral Health provides employment services to individuals with mental illnesses, histories of substance abuse, and/or criminal backgrounds. Clinical and vocational employment services are integrated through state—wide partnerships to help individuals who are interested in employment participate in the competitive labor market with the appropriate level of supports and services to be successful. RSB will continue to partner and collaborate with DMH programs in the delivery of employment services. (Pages 232-233) Title IV

Customized Employment

~~MVR’s workforce development activities are designed to assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining, maintaining, or advancing in competitive integrated employment. These activities include assessments, vocational guidance and counseling, job preparation activities, which can include disability awareness, resume writing, interviewing skills. Additionally, MVR provides eligible individuals with training (OJT, apprenticeships, customized employment, funding for community colleges and universities). (Page 44) Title I

RSB has developed relationships with several employers across the state communicating directly with HR staff on employment needs, identifying customized employment opportunities, and providing disability/blindness awareness and sensitivity training. Outreach activities have resulted in competitive integrated employment outcomes and work experience opportunities, both paid and unpaid, for youth and students with disabilities and adult clients. (Page 45) Title I

• SE Services --    The nature of the service itself requires an individualized approach based on the needs of an eligible individual. SE services are ongoing support services, including customized employment, and other appropriate services needed to support an individual with a most significant disability to achieve and maintain competitive integrated employment. Services are provided by CRPs. MVR can provide up to 24 months of community-based job training. (Pages 188-189) Title IV

The supported employment program ensures that individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, are afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or re—enter competitive integrated employment, including supported or customized employment. RSB’s employment outcomes for supported employment is recorded at 1.5% of total closures for FFY 2015. Of the individuals that exited the program and received supported employment services during FFY 2015, 80 percent were successfully employed in competitive jobs. These individuals averaged $9.77 per hour and worked an average of 30 hours per week. (Page 249) Title IV

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) offers assessment, job development, task analysis, and time—limited individual and group job coaching leading to supported employment through 12 formal contracts with supported employment service providers. Other services available to clients with a goal of supported employment are the same as those available to clients receiving services under Title I. The supported employment program ensures that individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, are afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or re—enter competitive integrated employment, including supported or customized employment. Extended services may be provided to youth with the most significant disabilities for a period not to exceed four years. (Page 262) Title IV

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Missouri partners are committed to developing new career pathways for youth and adults with barriers to employment including individuals with disabilities. Missouri’s core partner program leaders regularly meet to collaborate on braiding services for work-based learning and education funding. Through sector strategy regional business meetings and partner engagement, Missouri will work with employers to identify opportunities and services available to assist in eliminating employment barriers. (Page 58) Title I

Missouri is committed to finding connections between core partners, mandatory partners, and other partners in each region. Missouri’s core and mandatory partners will collaborate to share resources to create environments to foster partnering at the local level as well as maintain resource allocations that keep existing partnerships at the local level. Specific examples include: As part of their services to individuals with disabilities, VR may provide funding for post-secondary training. As partners seek to co-enroll their customers, this will provide opportunity for leveraging of these resources through braiding of both educational dollars, as well as supportive services to ensure the customer’s success. VR also provides guidance and counseling to the job seekers, to insure that access to comparable services funding is achieved, whether through partner agencies or through Federal funding, such as the Pell grant. (Page 82) Title I

MVR is working closely with all of the WIOA partners in order to provide the best services possible for consumers. MVR initiated the creation of a braiding services team, comprised of
WIOA core partners and other entities that serve individuals with disabilities, to develop methods and strategies to support collaboration between partner agencies, promote greater understanding of the services provided by each agency, and discover methods to avoid duplication of services. Many teams, consisting of members from all of the partner programs, are meeting and developing methods to meet individuals’ needs. (Pages 205-206) Title IV

MVR initiated the creation of a braiding services team, comprised of WIOA core partners and other entities that serve individuals with disabilities, to develop methods and strategies to support collaboration between partner agencies, promote greater understanding of the services provided by each agency, and discover methods to avoid duplication of services. (Pages 208-209) Title IV

The Missouri workforce development system comprised of all core WIOA partners has developed a Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of WIOA and creating the partnerships to begin developing common referrals, the braiding of services, and data sharing. These collaborative efforts will enhance access for individuals with disabilities and improve performance for all partners. Performance accountability measures under section 116 of WIOA are new to vocational rehabilitation and have not yet been measured. RSB met all required federal performance indicators during the past two years prior to WIOA. RSB will apply the same quality of service utilized in meeting those indicators to achieve the new performance measures and provide that level of quality while moving forward.  (Page 254) Title IV

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

School to Work Transition

~~RSB has formal contract agreements with community rehabilitation providers to work with employers and assist clients with job search, job placement and customized employment opportunities. Other services include work-based learning experiences, task analysis, and job coaching when needed. RSB contracts with Alphapointe Association for the Blind for an eight-week Summer Transition Employment Program (STEP) providing competitive work experience to high school age youth. The goal is to provide each consumer with a foundation for the school-to-work transition, to enable each to practice personal independence through work and goal-setting experiences, and to afford an opportunity for community involvement. This program includes vocational exploration; identifying preferences, interests, and abilities with regard to work; and learning about work related behaviors and self-advocacy. Consumers participate in general orientation during the first week of the program. The remaining seven weeks they spend on the job. Short-term job coaching may be provided to assist in orienting the consumers to the particular job site. Consumers receive an hourly wage during their placement at a job site. Involvement in this program is intended to increase a consumer’s career awareness, build marketable vocational skills, and support a healthy self-image. (Pages 46-47) Title I

Missouri will improve the outcomes for out-of-school youth by ensuring the 14 elements allowed under WIOA are met through a braiding of partner resources which will best meet each individuals need. The 14 program elements will be available to OSY participants, and will be funded with WIOA title I youth funds or leveraged partner resources. An agreement will be established with the partner to offer the program element and ensure that the activity is connected and coordinated with the WIOA youth program. (Page 129) Title I

Each local MVR district office will also participate in pre-employment transition coordination with the local education agency to include attending IEP meetings when invited, using conference calls and video conferences, when necessary; working with local workforce development entities and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities; coordinating pre-employment transition services with transition services provided in accordance with IDEA; and, when invited, attending person-centered planning meetings for youth receiving services under Title IX of the Social Security Act. To effectively coordinate these services, MVR:
• conducted statewide training to include guidance regarding IEP participation for all MVR staff that serve students in Missouri high schools;
• worked in partnership with the Parent Advocacy Coalition Educational Rights Center to develop a video introducing VR services that can be shown at IEP meetings;
• conducted cross training on services to youth with local job center staff and MVR staff in Kansas City and St. Louis, the two largest metropolitan areas of the state;
• invited special education personnel to train new MVR counselors on transition services within the IEP;
• provided cross training with local CILs to include information regarding benefits planning; and
• is currently working in collaboration with DMH’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) to provide cross training with MVR counselors and DD support coordinators regarding their respective services. (Pages 168-169) Title IV

MVR has a policy that outlines transition activities and services including the timely development and approval of an individualized plan for employment (IPE) for each eligible student prior to leaving high school. MVR will provide for the development of the IPE as early as possible during the transition planning process, but, at least, by the time the eligible student leaves the school setting. The IPE will include specific transition services or pre-employment transition services and supports needed for an eligible student with a disability or a youth with a disability, including youth with the most significant disabilities, to achieve an employment outcome or projected post-school employment outcome. An IPE is required to be developed in consideration of the IEP of a student with a disability under IDEA or a student’s Section 504 services. (Page 170) Title IV

The Cooperative Work Experience Program (COOP) agreement is an interagency state and local program between the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Special Education, MVR and Career Education); Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB); and local school districts in the state of Missouri. The agreement is embedded in the state transition MOU and is available for all school districts. The purpose is to facilitate the coordination of transition services from school to post-secondary training and/or employment for students with disabilities who participate in special education programs and are eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation services. The MOU outlines roles and responsibilities among participating agencies and school districts in the development of off-campus work experience programs. Through these programs, students with disabilities who are receiving services through an IEP can earn high school credit in accordance with Missouri high school graduation requirements for the number of hours they work in a paid competitive, integrated employment setting. Additionally, MVR continues to work collaboratively with providers and local school districts to meet transition needs of students. (Page 186) Title IV

The DESE Graduation Handbook and DESE Transition Agreement include three work-based learning experiences for students with disabilities on an IEP and are coordinated with special education. Students receive high school credit. These three experiences are the COOP Program, employer-based transition training/Project Search for students with most significant disabilities, and unpaid internships. (Page 194) Title IV

Supported employment services are available not only to individuals after leaving their secondary education program, but to students whose IEP and IPE include these services as part of their transition plan and whose school district signs a cooperative work experience program agreement with RSB.  (Page 262) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Missouri partners are committed to developing new career pathways for youth and adults with barriers to employment including individuals with disabilities. Missouri’s core partner program leaders regularly meet to collaborate on braiding services for work-based learning and education funding. Through sector strategy regional business meetings and partner engagement, Missouri will work with employers to identify opportunities and services available to assist in eliminating employment barriers. (Page 58) Title I

• In addition to training services, the Title I & Title IV partners have work based programs such as on-the-job training and work experience which offer the customers the opportunity to combine education, training and employment services. VR & Rehabilitation Services for the Blind supports career pathways by providing a variety of services to students, youth and adults with disabilities. Additional services may include assistive technology, case-management, and post-employment support to provide job retention. (Page 70) Title I

Each workforce area has a Business Services Team plan that guides outreach and services to businesses. Business Services Teams are made up of staff whose mission is to connect employers to a skilled workforce. To ensure an integrated service model, teams now include business representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), along with other combined partners who touch businesses. At a minimum, the members of the teams include Business Representatives and other Job Center staff assigned to business services, OJT Marketing Specialists, Local Veterans Employment Representatives, and VR Business Outreach Specialists. The design and makeup of each team varies slightly from region to region and may include a variety of other partners who work with businesses, such as local economic developers, educational agencies, UMOS (Missouri’s167 provider), Rehabilitative Services for the Blind Outreach Specialists and Family Support Division (FSD) TANF Outreach Specialists. Additionally, the Kansas City and Vicinity Region employs Disability Program Navigators, which are also included on their business services team. (Page 77) Title I

Apprenticeship

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Services for the Blind may provide vocational rehabilitation services to potentially eligible students with disabilities and eligible individuals, including youth with disabilities, to assist in accessing programs leading to post secondary credentials. Services are designed to create opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, including registered apprenticeship training programs, leading to industry-recognized certificates, credentials, licenses, and post-secondary degrees. Services for eligible participants may include access to training programs, disability related accommodations, and support services necessary for the successful participation and completion of the training activity. (Page 83) Title I

SB has formal contract agreements with community rehabilitation providers to work with employers and assist clients with job search, job placement and customized employment opportunities. Other services include work based learning experiences, task analysis, and job coaching when needed. RSB contracts with Alphapointe Association for the Blind for an eight—week Summer Transition Employment Program (STEP) providing competitive work experience to high—school age youth. The goal is to provide each consumer with a foundation for the school—to—work transition, to enable each to practice personal independence through work and goal—setting experiences, and to afford an opportunity for community involvement. This program includes vocational exploration; identifying preferences, interests, and abilities with regard to work; and learning about work related behaviors and self—advocacy. Consumers participate in general orientation during the first week of the program. The remaining seven weeks they spend on the job. Short—term job coaching may be provided to assist in orienting the consumers to the particular job site. Consumers receive an hourly wage during their placement at a job site. Involvement in this program is intended to increase a consumer’s career awareness, build marketable vocational skills, and support a healthy self—image. (Pages 231-232) Title IV

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~Rehabilitation Services for the Blind is not in an order of selection. RSB projects that funding for the 2018 and 2019 FFY will meet the needs of all individuals who apply for services. Data sets include:
1. Recipients of Blind Pension (BP) and Supplemental Aid for the Blind (SAB);
2. Recipients of SSI/SSDI who also receive other benefits from the DSA;
3. Recipients of Vocational Rehabilitation Services for blind and visually impaired;
4. Recipients of Independent Living Rehabilitation/Independent Living for Older Blind;
5. Recipients of Prevention of Blindness services (Page 242) Title IV
 

Employer/ Business

~~Missouri has established a WIOA Employer Engagement Committee, made up of staff from all combined partner agencies, LWDB Directors, and the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship State Director. This committee has been established to provide guidance to regions, make recommendations to the WIOA State Steering Committee, and coordinate statewide meetings as needed to ensure continued partner collaboration. (Page 79) Title I

RSB works with employers through a variety of activities at the local level to identify competitive integrated employment and career exploration opportunities to facilitate the provision of VR services and transition services, including transition services for youth and pre—employment transition services. District offices engage in outreach activities meeting directly with employers to identify employment needs and educate employers about the services RSB can offer for existing and new employees. Each district office and the Prevention of Blindness program have a tonometer to screen for the early signs of glaucoma as a service to employers and to promote VR services. Outreach activities are extended to employer health fairs, job fairs, chamber of commerce events, and participating in local Workforce Development Boards. RSB has developed relationships with several employers across the state communicating directly with HR staff on employment needs, identify customized employment opportunities, and provide disability/blindness awareness and sensitivity training. Outreach activities have resulted in competitive integrated employment outcomes and work experience opportunities, both paid and unpaid, for youth and students with disabilities and adult clients. (Page 230) Title IV

Data Collection

Missouri VR will assess its performance based upon the WIOA common performance measures as well as agency goals and objectives. The VR executive leadership team along with district office management reviews performance data on a monthly basis to determine progress toward goals and opportunities for improvement. VR’s case services and financial services work in tandem evaluating performance data for short- and long-term decision making. In addition, VR’s statewide quality assurance team evaluates case management providing guidance on program performance. (Page 95) Title I

511

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188

• Title IV: VR is actively participating with all local workforce boards and works closely with Missouri Job Centers to provide program accessibility, physical access to services, and assistive technology for people with disabilities. Strategy 2 -Create Sector Strategies (Page 69) Title I

Missouri has a committee to specifically focus on one-stop certification criteria. The committee has established the criteria for certification, including accessibility. This committee includes representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) who will assist with training and technical assistance to ensure accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology and materials for individuals with disabilities. Accessibility criteria for certification includes the accessibility requirements contained with Section 188; policy review, adaptive technology equipment availability, emergency procedures, etc. In order to better serve Missouri Job Center customers, the workforce partners are working with ODEP’s National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center) for technical assistance. Training has been conducted by the VR, LEAD Center & DWSD with AJC staff. Through this collaboration, partners developed a statewide survey that was sent to gather information from job seekers on the social, environmental and physical accessibility of the Missouri Job Centers. Local areas are using this feedback as a guide to improve training and technical assistance for serving people with disabilities. Each Workforce Development region has a dedicated Equal Opportunity officer, which comprises a statewide team, which includes VR staff. (Page 108) Title I

Vets

Through a statewide network of job centers and partner organizations, Missouri Division of Workforce Development coordinates and aligns their partnership with the Department of Employment Security, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind and the Department of Social Services Family Support Division. Together the partners provide a robust menu of vital reemployment and support services, including access to skill-building training, National Certification and Career Connections for jobs seekers, targeted programs for veterans, youth and the unemployed, and cost-saving human resource assistance and financial incentives for businesses. The partners braid workforce, education, and training activities with support services to meet the needs of our job seekers and employers. With 32 full-service centers as well as numerous satellite and affiliate locations statewide, Missouri Job Centers are the central point for WIOA core and one-stop partner services. (Pages 42-43) Title I

The Veteran services are of utmost importance. Missouri Job Centers have priority services for veterans, which will be served before all other customers. A veteran can request to see the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff or Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER) at any time in the process to receive specialized services. (Page 43) Title I

The Career Skills Program assists transitioning veterans by providing an internship with a Missouri employer, which allows the service member to gain valuable civilian work experience prior to exiting active duty. (Page 85) Title I

The Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) are fully integrated into the Missouri Job Centers as detailed by the DVOP/LVER agreement with the Secretary (Veterans State Plan). The role of the DVOP staff will not be to supplant the Wagner-Peyser responsibilities for providing priority of service to veterans, but to assist veterans with significant barriers to employment (SBE) to overcome their barriers or mitigate their barriers so the veteran is job ready through case management. Once the veteran is job ready the LVER will work with employers to create employment opportunities for the job ready veterans. DVOP/LVER will not be assigned duties that violate Title 38. DVOP will share case management for veterans enrolled in WIOA and other programs with the providers of those programs. The Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) requires compliance with Title 38, Chapters 41 and 42, in that all service delivery points of the grantee will provide veterans’ priority of service in the provision of all labor-exchange services, and specifically when making referrals for job openings and training opportunities. Local service delivery points are monitored to ensure that programs provide the required priority of service to veterans. Whenever necessary, corrective action plans will be developed and appropriate technical assistance concerning priority of service to veterans will be provided. The agreement reached between Veterans’ Employment and Training and the State will be the governing agreement for veterans’ services within the Missouri Job Centers where funding is used to provide services to the state’s veteran customers. (Pages 107-108) Title I

Show Me Heroes (SMH) is work-based learning activity that provides OJT to veterans. Transitional jobs are reserved for those chronically unemployed and provide real life work experience when it is greatly needed to be successful in the workplace. The Incumbent Worker training policy allows local Boards the flexibility to provide Incumbent Worker Training to employers when needed. (Page 123) Title I

MVR has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT). MVR and CWT are mutually committed to promoting and enhancing competitive employment opportunities for veterans, enabling every individual to reach his or her life’s potential. MVR and CWT work together in bringing enhanced employment opportunities to veterans with disabilities leading to greater individual and family economic stability and security. (Pages 166-167) Title IV

Mental Health

~~MVR has an MOU with DMH, the state agency responsible for providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health services, which covers DMH’s BH and DD divisions. The agreement outlines the collaboration on existing services, alignment of funding sources, information and data sharing, referrals and on-going development of services.
DMH’s BH and MVR work together to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS), for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. Missouri has 21 Community Mental Health/Treatment Centers (CMHCs) participating in this implementation collaborative. Ongoing technical assistance and fidelity reviews to the evidence-based practice are provided by a state trainer and a team consisting of MVR and DMH employees. The partnership between DMH and MVR includes a training format, offered to interested CMHCs statewide, on adopting IPS and on improving existing employment activities within treatment services. DMH and MVR implemented IPS for youth with serious mental illnesses in four current sites. (Page 176) Title IV

MVR will provide supported employment services to youth with the most significant disabilities for up to 24 months and will extend, if necessary, should these services be needed to achieve an employment outcome. These services may include: job coaching, job supports (both on and off the job), guidance and counseling, retention services, resources for benefits counseling, information and referral, and employer consultation.

MVR will continue to work closely with the Missouri Department of Social Services MOHealthNet Division and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DD) divisions to ensure that youth with the most significant disabilities are receiving extended services. (Page 202) Title IV

DMH BH and MVR have been working to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as IPS, for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. Missouri has 21 Community Mental Health/Treatment Centers participating in this implementation collaborative. DMH and MVR are implementing IPS for youth with serious mental illnesses in four current sites.

To assist in determining the quality and effectiveness of SE services, MVR surveys its consumers. The 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey results indicated that 98 percent of SE clients, who left services both successfully and unsuccessfully, felt MVR staff were available when needed and treated them with respect. (Page 211) Title IV

RSB will continue to work closely with the Missouri Department of Social Services MOHealthNet Division and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DD) divisions to ensure that youth with the most significant disabilities are receiving extended services. Services may include job monitoring and assessment of employment stability, establishment of peer and natural support environments, and coordination of specific services necessary to assist the individual to maintain employment. RSB will work closely with the DMH DD division utilizing home and community-based waivers to increase supported employment and extended services for youth with the most significant disabilities. (Page 250) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
Past WIOA Profile Attachment : 

Policies and Initiatives

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EXECUTIVE ORDER 19-16 - 09/09/2019

~~“1. The State of Missouri shall make best efforts to eliminate the disparity in the percentage of individuals with disabilities of working age in the population and the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce, and set annual goals for continuing to increase the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the State workforce.

2. The Office of Administration shall, on an annual basis, collect data, based on voluntary self-disclosure, and report initial baseline numbers of state employees with disabilities. The Office of Administration shall report and evaluate the State's progress in increasing the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce.

3. The Office of Administration, Division of Personnel, shall identify and designate a State Disability Employment Coordinator or Coordinators, who shall be responsible for advising all state agencies on disability policy and compliance with state and federal disability rights laws, collaborating with and supporting all state agencies concerning recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees with disabilities, and training of state employees and managers on disability-related issues.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) - 09/03/2019

~~“Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving Missouri’s working poor, constituting a majority of the state’s left-behind  population, including: consumers in the Medicaid gap, those with fluctuating wages working in service industries such as—hair and nail salons, and the uninsured and insured; immigrant/refugee communities; persons with relatively expensive employer based coverage; persons without employer based coverage; and low-income adults often found using urgent care, hospitals, and clinics. The Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations are Care Connection for Aging Services, Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Ahead), Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Matters), SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging. They will partner with the Cover Missouri Coalition, Veteran’s Administration call center, Centers of Independent Living, Community Action Agency offices across the state, County health departments, and Missouri Family Support Division.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Catherine Edwards, PhDPhone: (573) 619-6185Email: cedwards@ma4web.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Developmental Disabilities Waiver Manual - 07/01/2019

~~“The Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division of DD)administers four Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The four waivers are the Comprehensive Waiver; Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities Waiver   (MOCDD or Lopez Waiver);   Community   Support Waiver; and Partnership for Hope Waiver (PfH).”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Promoting Employment - 04/21/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to supporting all individuals with having the opportunity to seek competitive employment and being a part of their community’s workforce. To affirm our commitment, an Employment First Policy guides our expectations with supporting self-determination, independence and community membership. More about our services can be found by accessing the weblink."

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Eligibility (For Services) - 04/19/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, seizure disorders and other conditions that result in multiple and serious impairments in functioning.  The term “developmental” refers to conditions that result in those serious functional impairments during childhood (age 21 or younger for most conditions, or age 18 or younger for those with an intellectual disability).  While individuals older than 21 can apply and be found eligible for Division services, there must be a record of the functional impairment at age 21 or before.

Intake staff at our Regional and Satellite offices review medical, school, psychological or other records to find documentation of those conditions and limitations.  Often, Regional office staff will conduct an assessment if a recent evaluation of functional ability is not available. All of that information is used to determine if the individual meets the legal and regulatory requirements of the Division.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

UR (Utilization Review) Desktop Reference - 04/01/2019

~~“Job Development (H0038)The goal of Job Development is the acceptance by the individual of a job offer that meets the individual’s personal and career goalsJob Development may include:• Application completion assistance with the individual,• Job interviewing activities with the individual,• Completion of task analysis with or without the presence of the individual, based upon individualized need,• Negotiation with prospective employers and education of prospective employers of their role in promoting full inclusion with or without the presence of the individual based upon individualized need.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Community Transitions Manual for Support Coordinators and Community Coordinators - 02/11/2019

~~“MFP EligibilityIndividuals who transition from a Habilitation Center or nursing home may be eligible for MFP. MFP is a demonstration grant that supports efforts to:• Provide Medicaid eligible individuals the choice of where they live and receive services;• Allow qualified individuals living in nursing facilities or Habilitation Centers to move to the community; and• Promote a system that is person-centered, based on needs, and ensures high-quality services in the community.”

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

Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities “About Us” - 12/22/2018

~~“The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Offering support across the lifespan, the Division implements a statewide system of supportive services that focus on assuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment…..

More than 14,000 people in Missouri access person-centered supports through home and community-based service waiver settings to promote independent living. These settings might include someone living at home on their own, with family, with a roommate, or with someone who provides full-time care.”

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

Medicaid Eligibility - 12/16/2018

~~“In order to help DMH Agencies and Providers in assisting consumers with applying and keeping their Medicaid (MO HealthNet) coverage, the DMH Medicaid Unit has created this page to provide easy access to needed documents, answered frequently asked questions, and generally provide information about Missouri’s Medicaid program.”

This page has a list of links on subjects that include Ticket to Work Health Assurance and Medicaid waiver services

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

VA St. Louis Health Care System “Compensated Work Therapy” - 12/07/2018

~~“Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) provides a wide range of services for industry including; work site and job assessment, staff training and consultation services, employee assessment and screening, and job matching and follow-up services. CWT supports veterans through vocational case management and workplace supports to facilitate continued employment success.

The CWT Supported Employment program identifies veteran strengths and matches those skills and abilities to industries job requirements. The CWT "temp to hire" Transitional Work program allows a company to pre-screen veterans, observing them in action before making a decision regarding competitive employment. Services are provided at John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions and at the Hope Recovery Center.”This service is also available at other VA locations in Missouri

Systems
  • Other
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SB66, Payment of temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits shall be paid throughout the rehabilitative process - 07/05/2017

“Temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits shall be paid throughout the rehabilitative process until the employee reaches maximum medical improvement, unless such benefits are terminated by the employee’s return to work or are terminated as otherwise specified in this chapter.

 

The permanency of the employee’s disability under sections 287.170 to 287.200 shall not be established or adjudicated while the employee is participating in rehabilitation services.

 

Refusal of the employee to accept rehabilitation services or submit to a vocational rehabilitation assessment as deemed necessary by the employer shall result in a fifty percent reduction in all disability payments to an employee, including temporary partial disability benefits paid pursuant to section 287.180, for each week of the period of refusal.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Missouri SB 43, Modifying the Missouri Human Rights Act - 06/30/2017

“AN ACT To repeal sections 213.010, 213.040, 213.050, 213.055, 213.065, 213.070, 213.075, 213.101, and 213.111, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof ten new sections relating to unlawful discriminatory practices.”

 

It modifies the Missouri Human Rights Act. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Missouri SB 174 - 06/29/2015

"There is hereby created the 'Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] Program'".

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations
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EXECUTIVE ORDER 19-16 - 09/09/2019

~~“1. The State of Missouri shall make best efforts to eliminate the disparity in the percentage of individuals with disabilities of working age in the population and the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce, and set annual goals for continuing to increase the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the State workforce.

2. The Office of Administration shall, on an annual basis, collect data, based on voluntary self-disclosure, and report initial baseline numbers of state employees with disabilities. The Office of Administration shall report and evaluate the State's progress in increasing the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce.

3. The Office of Administration, Division of Personnel, shall identify and designate a State Disability Employment Coordinator or Coordinators, who shall be responsible for advising all state agencies on disability policy and compliance with state and federal disability rights laws, collaborating with and supporting all state agencies concerning recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees with disabilities, and training of state employees and managers on disability-related issues.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Promoting Employment - 04/21/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to supporting all individuals with having the opportunity to seek competitive employment and being a part of their community’s workforce. To affirm our commitment, an Employment First Policy guides our expectations with supporting self-determination, independence and community membership. More about our services can be found by accessing the weblink."

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Eligibility (For Services) - 04/19/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, seizure disorders and other conditions that result in multiple and serious impairments in functioning.  The term “developmental” refers to conditions that result in those serious functional impairments during childhood (age 21 or younger for most conditions, or age 18 or younger for those with an intellectual disability).  While individuals older than 21 can apply and be found eligible for Division services, there must be a record of the functional impairment at age 21 or before.

Intake staff at our Regional and Satellite offices review medical, school, psychological or other records to find documentation of those conditions and limitations.  Often, Regional office staff will conduct an assessment if a recent evaluation of functional ability is not available. All of that information is used to determine if the individual meets the legal and regulatory requirements of the Division.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

UR (Utilization Review) Desktop Reference - 04/01/2019

~~“Job Development (H0038)The goal of Job Development is the acceptance by the individual of a job offer that meets the individual’s personal and career goalsJob Development may include:• Application completion assistance with the individual,• Job interviewing activities with the individual,• Completion of task analysis with or without the presence of the individual, based upon individualized need,• Negotiation with prospective employers and education of prospective employers of their role in promoting full inclusion with or without the presence of the individual based upon individualized need.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities “About Us” - 12/22/2018

~~“The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Offering support across the lifespan, the Division implements a statewide system of supportive services that focus on assuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment…..

More than 14,000 people in Missouri access person-centered supports through home and community-based service waiver settings to promote independent living. These settings might include someone living at home on their own, with family, with a roommate, or with someone who provides full-time care.”

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

Medicaid Eligibility - 12/16/2018

~~“In order to help DMH Agencies and Providers in assisting consumers with applying and keeping their Medicaid (MO HealthNet) coverage, the DMH Medicaid Unit has created this page to provide easy access to needed documents, answered frequently asked questions, and generally provide information about Missouri’s Medicaid program.”

This page has a list of links on subjects that include Ticket to Work Health Assurance and Medicaid waiver services

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

VA St. Louis Health Care System “Compensated Work Therapy” - 12/07/2018

~~“Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) provides a wide range of services for industry including; work site and job assessment, staff training and consultation services, employee assessment and screening, and job matching and follow-up services. CWT supports veterans through vocational case management and workplace supports to facilitate continued employment success.

The CWT Supported Employment program identifies veteran strengths and matches those skills and abilities to industries job requirements. The CWT "temp to hire" Transitional Work program allows a company to pre-screen veterans, observing them in action before making a decision regarding competitive employment. Services are provided at John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions and at the Hope Recovery Center.”This service is also available at other VA locations in Missouri

Systems
  • Other

Graduation Requirements for Students in Missouri Public Schools - 11/15/2018

~~“Off-Campus InstructionMany students who are juniors and seniors in high school can benefit from authentic school-directed and supervised paid or unpaid learning experiences through assignment to off-campus locations under cooperative arrangements with business and industry or other institutions. More about these services can be found on our website.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Division of Developmental Disabilities Employment First Policy - 03/01/2018

This policy establishes community integrated employment services and supports as the first service option and primary outcome for individuals (both youth and adults.) It also establishes employment planning (Career Planning) and supports as priorities to explore with all working adults who receive services in order to ensure that supports, services, and outcomes are consistent with what the person is seeking.

Each individual will be supported to pursue his or her own unique path to work, a career, and his or her contribution to/participation in community life. All individuals, regardless of the challenge of their disability, will be afforded an opportunity to pursue employment. Career planning, including job exploration and on-going person focused self discovery, is critical when assisting individuals in making informed choices about their future careers.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Transition Timeline - 09/01/2017

“Toward successful transition: A checklist for the first 21 years.”

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

Missouri Department of Social Services “Provider Bulletin” - 03/23/2017

~~“Career Planning Service DescriptionCareer planning is a person-centered, comprehensive employment planning and support service. It provides consultative, evaluative assistance for waiver program participants to enter into, or advance in, competitive employment or self-employment. It is a focused, time-limited service engaging a participant in self-discovery, identifying a career direction and developing a plan for achieving competitive, integrated employment at or above the state’s minimum wage. The outcome of this service is documentation of the participant’s stated career objective and a career plan used to guide individual employment support.Career planning includes:• Activities that are primarily directed at assisting an individual with identification of an employment goal; and• A plan to achieve this goal (e.g., job exploration, job shadowing, informational interviewing, assessment of interests, labor market research) that are associated with performing competitive work in community integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
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Reverse Job Fair 2017 and Disability Employment Event - 08/10/2017

“The Third Annual Accommodation for Success Disability Employment Event took place on August 10, 2017, at the Forest Park Campus of St. Louis Community College. The event was organized to make it easier for area businesses to build diverse workforce. This year, the event included the first Reverse Job Fair in St. Louis.

 

Unlike most traditional job fairs, this innovative recruitment event focused on showcasing talents and professional interests of 80+ job candidates with disabilities. Participants met with potential employers in their booth spaces, demonstrating experience and skills in a variety of industries, while human resource professionals roamed the room, meeting the candidates they were interested in hiring. More than 116 recruiters representing 99 area companies were present. With 236 total registrants, not including job candidates, this year’s event was the largest yet.

 

Accommodation for Success event is a collaborative effort between the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), regional job centers, and more than 20 of the region’s disability employment organizations. Workshops and resources on disability inclusion, etiquette, recruitment, and workplace culture were offered to registered businesses, prior to the reverse job fair.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

LEAD Partners with U.S. DOL’s Civil Rights Center, Office of Disability Employment Policy and Missouri State Equal Opportunity at 2017 WIOA National Convenings - 06/29/2017

“This spring, the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL), in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convenings. The convenings were held at different regional locations on the West Coast, East Coast, and in the Midwest, and had one agenda with closely aligned content. The purpose of the convenings was to provide support and information to state and local workforce development professionals and partners on effectively implementing WIOA. Six different tracks were offered at each convening, including the following key topic areas: Business Engagement, Financial/Grants Management, Integrated Services, One-Stop Operations, Performance Accountability, and Strategic Governance. In addition, this year marked the first time in which an additional session on civil rights and disability was offered at all three convenings.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) partnered with Missouri’s State Equal Opportunity Officer (EOO) and the LEAD Center to offer a joint presentation on What You Need to Know about Section 188: Individuals with Disabilities. The U.S. DOL CRC took the lead in providing an overview of WIOA’s Section 188 Equal Opportunity Provisions. Section 188 prohibits discrimination against individuals in any WIOA Title I financially assisted program or activity, which includes job training for adults and youth, and other programs or activities provided to recipients at American Job Centers or through its partners.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Developing an Employment Partnership - 03/01/2017

~~Booklet prepared and issued: “Strategies and tools to build successful regional relationships between community mental health providers and American Job Centers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Missouri Career Guide - 05/01/2011

 

“This guide was developed through a partnership of state agencies to help Missourians of all ages, genders, and backgrounds create personal career plans that lead to fulfillment and success.”

Partners include Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Missouri Division of Workforce Development, Missouri Department of Higher Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Center for Career Education, and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) - 06/01/2007

 

“The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) formed in 2007 by the Office of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education to increase interagency collaboration at the state, regional, and local levels. This state transition team has met quarterly to address data-driven goals for improvement and collaboration with the shared vision of improving employment, independent living, and postsecondary education outcomes for Missouri students with disabilities.”

“Consisting of a diverse membership from a variety of state agencies concerned with transition, the MITT provides a venue and mechanism to share information, network, and partner to coordinate professional development activities.”

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

Missouri Transition Coalition - 06/01/2000

Since 2000, the Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities.

Our Methods

-Use self-assessment methods including professional knowledge

-Strategically combine web-based, in-person, in-print, coaching and other assistance

-Find and share research-based practices and resources

Develop and support practitioner-to-practitioner learning methods

 

 

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

Missouri Business Associated Student Education (BASE) Project - 06/01/1996

The BASE Project located in Springfield, Missouri stands for Business Associated Student Education. It is a partnership with Springfield Public Schools and St. John's Health System, Cox Health System, Doctor's Hospital, Evangel University, and Missouri State University. The goal of the program is to provide students with opportunities to develop career awareness, exploration, assessment, and positive social skills. Students are set up for a successful integration into the world of work and society.

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

MO Project SEARCH High School Transition Program - 06/01/1996

~~“Project SEARCH serves young people with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Typically, these are high school students who are on  an Individual Education Program (IEP) and in their last year of high school eligibility. The program can also be adapted to serve out-of-school youth and young adults who are beyond school age. The most important criterion for acceptance into Project SEARCH is a desire to achieve competitive employment. “

Program Overview

Program participants (interns) attend the program for a full school year in the host business/hospital. The host business provides access to an on-site training room that can accommodate up to 12 interns. The site is staffed by a special education teacher and one to three skills trainers to meet the educational and training needs of the interns.•Once the program year begins, the first few weeks are focused on intern orientation, hands-on skill assessment, and familiarization with the business environment. Interns develop a career plan, which guides the internship selection process and individualized job search.•Employment Skills Curriculum: Throughout the program year, the interns work on employability and functional skills for approximately one hour of their day. Training room activities are designed around these focus areas: Team Building, Workplace Safety, Technology, Maintaining Employment, Self-Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, and Preparing for Employment.•Internships: Through a series of three targeted internships the interns acquire competitive, marketable and transferable skills to enable them to apply for a related position. Interns also build communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills which is important to their overall development as a young worker. These are unpaid work experiences-analogous to the clinical rotations that are part of every medical school or business internship program. Potential internship sites are identified through a continuous collaborative process involving the instructor, skills trainers, and business liaison. These internship rotations begin a few weeks after the start of the program. Interns are required to interact with their supervisors via telephone and written communications to arrange a job interview to secure each rotation.”

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

Missouri Assistive Technology Council - 06/01/1992

The mission of Missouri Assistive Technology is to increase access to assistive technology for Missourians with all types of disabilities, of all ages.   Programs and initiatives of Missouri Assistive Technology are directed by the Missouri Assistive Technology Council, which was established by state statute in 1993. The Council is charged to serve as an advocate for policies, regulations and programs to establish a consumer-responsive, comprehensive assistive technology service delivery system. The Council meets at least four times a year, reports annually to the Governor and the general assembly on Council activities to increase access to assistive technology, and provides programmatic direction for all activities and services.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services - 06/01/1979

The Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services (MACDDS) is a leader in local initiatives for people with developmental disabilities. The organization is comprised of 56 county boards (including the City of St. Louis), and 8 Related Private Organizations, that provide local services for people with developmental disabilities. MACDDS is dedicated to ensuring quality community supports are available for people with developmental disabilities.   MACDDS believes having local people solving local issues results in the best services for individuals with developmental disabilities. MACDDS works to assure services and supports for people with developmental disabilities continue to be planned and carried out at the local level.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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About the Missouri Collaborative Work Initiative - 09/01/2017

“Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, the Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education initiated a new approach to addressing the achievement disparity between students with disabilities and students without disabilities. This initiative is the Collaborative Work. By invitation, Missouri districts may choose to participate.

 

The purpose of the Collaborative Work Grant is to improve learning for all students, especially students with disabilities, and improve teaching, by:

-establishing and implementing effective and efficient collaborative  teams,

-implementing with fidelity and a high degree of effectiveness a variety of teaching/learning practices which have been proven to have a high effect size on student outcomes,

-developing and administering common formative assessments to measure the effectiveness of teaching/learning practices as evidenced by student mastery of learning objectives, and

-using data‐based decision making to guide decisions about classroom teaching/learning practices.”

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

Unsicker hosts town hall to discuss Disability Employment Project - 06/28/2017

“JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Sarah Unsicker D-Shrewsbury, will host a town hall meeting at Webster University on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. to have an open dialogue regarding the barriers to employment for citizens with disabilities and to begin developing possible solutions.

 

“There are a wide range of issues to take into consideration when working to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities such as healthcare and Medicaid needs, state employment policy, employer education and transportation,” said Unsicker.

 

“During the hiring process, it is important that employers are aware of the many capabilities citizens with disabilities possess. My goal with this town hall is to provide the disability community with the opportunity to give feedback regarding these issues so we can work towards expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Toward a Successful Transition: A Checklist for the First 21 Years - 09/01/2016

“To Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities . . . It is our hope that as parents you will always consider yourselves the experts on your child. We hope that as you seek information, help and guidance you will see your child in “people first” terms—initially as a baby to love and nurture, then as a child to raise for as independent a life as he or she can attain. Whatever the disability involved, remember it is only a part of your child’s individuality. Build on his or her strengths. High expectations are a keynote in a family’s daring to act bravely and creatively.

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

MO Balancing Incentives Program - 03/28/2012

 

“The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), in partnership with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH), proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Payment Program to further develop the systems of community-based care that serve older adults and individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. The intent of the Missouri project is to realize the long term goal of increasing the percentage of expenditures for long term supports and services (LTSS) that are provided in community settings to equal or exceed the expenditures for facility-based LTSS.”

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

MO Partnerships in Employment - "Show Me Careers" - 09/30/2011

Show Me Careers: This project will address the needs of youth and young adults ages 16 to 30 with developmental and intellectual disabilities (DD/ID) who are in the process of transitioning from secondary or post-secondary education settings to community employment. The project’s goal is to scale up and sustain evidence-based practices in Missouri that support seamless transitions to integrated employment. A Leadership Consortium of state agencies…will support a statewide structure to demonstrate evidence-based practices, develop needed policies and practices, and enhance statewide collaborations.   Objectives are designed to achieve this goal include: building cross system and agency collaborations designed to exchange and transfer knowledge and effective practices between partners; review and advocate for changes to collaborative funding options, policies, and 
procedures that support broader implementation of the effective practices demonstrated within communities; develop statewide capacity to scale up demonstrations through training, dissemination and broader
implementation; and evaluate results and sustain the scaled-up practices.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Add Us In Initiative - 09/30/2010

Add Us In Kansas City has created a business-led network focused on increasing the capacity of employers, including minority owned businesses, to successfully hire and retain individuals with disabilities. Add Us In Kansas City will 1) identify and create supports needed by employers in their efforts to diversify their workforce to include this population, 2) increase the number and range of employment opportunities available to youth with disabilities, 3) develop a model continuum of career development encompassing these opportunities and supports, and 4) equip youth to successfully participate within this continuum. Urban businesses and urban youth with disabilities will be given special consideration in the development of the Add Us In model. Located in the greater Kansas City area, the program will provide a replication toolkit for nationwide dissemination at the end of year two.

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

Missouri Transition Liaison Program - 06/01/2008

 

The Missouri Transition Liaison Program was developed in 2007-2008 to identify secondary transition professionals from districts across Missouri who are leaders in the area of transition. The overall goal of the Transition Liaisons is to build capacity at the local level and develop a collaborative network of colleagues throughout the state.”

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

MO Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

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

Missouri Ticket to Work Health Assurance Program - 08/28/2007

Section 201 of the federal Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, Public Law 106-170 created a program for employed persons with disabilities. Based upon this federal law, the Health Improvement Act of 2007 (Senate Bill 577) established healthcare coverage for employed persons with disabilities in Missouri. Effective August 28, 2007, MO HealthNet implemented the new program, known as the Ticket to Work Health Assurance (TWHA) Program. Eligible participants will be enrolled under Medical Eligibility (ME) codes 85 (premium) and 86 (non-premium), and receive a limited MO HealthNet benefit package  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Money Follows the Person - 01/01/2007

The overall goal of MFP is "to support people who have disabilities and those who are aging to move from a nursing facility or habilitation center to a quality community setting that meets their needs and wants."   The objectives of MFP—My Life, My Way, My Community are:    • to move people from a facility to the community;    • identify and eliminate barriers that prevent people from being able to move to the community;    • improve the ability of MO HealthNet to provide in-home services;    • and to ensure that there is continuous quality improvement of in-home services provided.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
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2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) - 09/03/2019

~~“Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving Missouri’s working poor, constituting a majority of the state’s left-behind  population, including: consumers in the Medicaid gap, those with fluctuating wages working in service industries such as—hair and nail salons, and the uninsured and insured; immigrant/refugee communities; persons with relatively expensive employer based coverage; persons without employer based coverage; and low-income adults often found using urgent care, hospitals, and clinics. The Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations are Care Connection for Aging Services, Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Ahead), Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Matters), SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging. They will partner with the Cover Missouri Coalition, Veteran’s Administration call center, Centers of Independent Living, Community Action Agency offices across the state, County health departments, and Missouri Family Support Division.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Catherine Edwards, PhDPhone: (573) 619-6185Email: cedwards@ma4web.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri’s Cooperative Work Experience Program (COOP) - 04/12/2016

Successful transition planning for students with disabilities involves looking ahead, into the student's future, preparing not just for graduation but also for life after graduation. One of the most important aspects of a student's future involves employment. However, students often do not have any idea what type of work they would like to do or what type of career options are available. One of the best ways that a student can learn about different careers and employment is to be exposed to and participate in cooperative work experiences prior to graduation or exit from school. Cooperative work experiences provide students with direct exposure to and hands-on exploration of a variety of careers, assisting them in defining vocational choices and setting employment goals that actually seem attainable.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities Individual Support Plan Guide - 07/01/2014

The Division of Developmental Disabilities requires that each individual eligible for Division Supports have an Individual Support Plan. Individuals, their families, providers and facilitators who write plans in cooperation with all individuals receiving supports from the Division shall use this guide. Individual support planning encourages a team approach to involve the individual and community networks in planning for the future. The process involves developing a vision for the future, while coordinating resources and supports to make the vision a reality. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Supports (CMS) outcome for “participant-centered support planning and delivery” clarifies: “Supports are planned and effectively implemented in accordance with each participant’s unique needs, expressed preferences and decisions concerning his/her life in the community.” The Individual Support Plan is an investment in an individual’s life and is driven by the individual, what is important to them as designed through outcomes identified in the support plan

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri DoE Transition Coalition - 06/01/2000

Since 2000, the Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities.

Our Methods

-Use self-assessment methods including professional knowledge

-Strategically combine web-based, in-person, in-print, coaching and other assistance

-Find and share research-based practices and resources

-Develop and support practitioner-to-practitioner learning methods

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Missouri Connections - Career Development & Planning Program - 06/01/1971

Missouri Connections is a comprehensive, online, career development and planning program that is provided free of charge to all Missouri citizens. Funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, this program supports the career development efforts of schools, community organizations, and adult job seeker programs. Missouri Connections helps individuals learn about their talents, skills, and interests and makes the connection between planning for continued education and the work world.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Asset Development Project

The Missouri DD Council is partnering with the TACE, Region 7/University of MO-School of Health Professionals to promote Asset Development and Financial Education for persons with disabilities in our state by offering a variety of opportunities to learn more about this important piece of the puzzle and help people with disabilities learn more about asset development and financial education.

The first opportunity was a free webinar.  (The recording of that webinar is included here.)  In early 2014 we will be offering two opportunities to learn more with "train-the-trainer" events.  This will be followed up by a statewide summit where members from the financial community will meet with a broader group of self-advocates, family members and other members from the disability community to develop an action plan that will continue this effort into the future.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MO Customized Employment Presentation

This presentation discusses the formalized definition of customized employment by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the history of customized employment. It also takes a glimpse at progressive employment, addresses how discovery is an important component of customized and progressive employment, and discusses how motivational interviewing can be effective during the discovery process.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

MO Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities - Career Guide

“This guide will take the job seeker and his or her support team through the career planning process by providing information he or she can use during the career planning sessions. It should be noted that since everyone is unique, the individual planning process will be unique to each person as well. The guide is simply a framework to allow the job seeker and his or her team to create a vision and a plan to achieve a career that makes sense to the job seeker. It is less about the forms and more about generating ideas, clear action steps, and moving the person closer towards his or her ultimate career goals.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Missouri Transition Resource Toolkit

This toolkit has been developed by an ad hoc team comprised of a small representation of individuals from across the state working in Centers for Independent Living (CIL), Local Education Agencies (LEA) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). The goal was to create a resource tool to enhance collaboration in transition planning for young adults with disabilities. A special acknowledgement to members of these three organizations for the many valuable resources and links included in this toolkit.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Missouri DoE Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) Consultant

Each of the nine regions of Missouri has a Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) Consultant who specializes in transition. These consultants provide regional and local trainings on Transition Planning and the Updated Form C, Transition Assessment, and other transition topics. They also provide a range of other consulting and continuous improvement services to meet the needs of teachers, administrators and school districts.

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Missouri Developmental Disabilities Waiver Manual - 07/01/2019

~~“The Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division of DD)administers four Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The four waivers are the Comprehensive Waiver; Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities Waiver   (MOCDD or Lopez Waiver);   Community   Support Waiver; and Partnership for Hope Waiver (PfH).”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Community Transitions Manual for Support Coordinators and Community Coordinators - 02/11/2019

~~“MFP EligibilityIndividuals who transition from a Habilitation Center or nursing home may be eligible for MFP. MFP is a demonstration grant that supports efforts to:• Provide Medicaid eligible individuals the choice of where they live and receive services;• Allow qualified individuals living in nursing facilities or Habilitation Centers to move to the community; and• Promote a system that is person-centered, based on needs, and ensures high-quality services in the community.”

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

Missouri Medicaid (MO HealthNet) Independent Living Waiver - 03/01/2017

“The Missouri Independent Living Waiver (ILW) provides home and community based services for adults who are physically disabled. With assistance via this program, individuals can continue to live independently in their homes, rather than require placement in a nursing homes. Benefits include home modifications, personal care services, such as assistance with bathing, grooming, mobility, toiletry, and eating, and specialized medical equipment and supplies.”

 

“As of 2017, a single individual is allowed up to 85% of the Federal Poverty Level, which mean an applicant cannot have a monthly income more than $856. For married couples, the monthly income cannot exceed $1,150. However, Missouri does allow applicants that have an income greater than the allowable amount to “spend-down” in order to become eligible.”

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

Missouri HCBS Statewide Transition Plan - 07/25/2016

“Missouri administers 10 Home and Community-Based Waivers through the single State Medicaid agency, the Department of Social Services, MO HealthNet Division (MHD). The day-to-day operation of the waivers is through formal cooperative agreements with the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). The Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Mental Health are the operational entities for the waivers. Missouri Medicaid Audit and Compliance (MMAC) is the unit within the Department of Social Services (DSS) charged with administering and maintaining Medicaid Title XIX audit and compliance initiatives, including utilization of Medicaid services and provider enrollment functions. MMAC will participate in the transition plan as described below.”

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

MO DoE ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 06/08/2015

The Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on June 29, 2012.

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

Missouri HCSB Transition Plan - 03/01/2014

In March 2014, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) published a final rule regarding changes to Home and Community Based Waiver Services (HCBS Waiver). The rule defines home and community based settings and person-centered planning requirements in Medicaid HCBS Waiver programs. The rule requires demonstration of how state’s HCBS Waiver programs comply with the federal HCBS rules.   Missouri’s draft transition plan incorporates all HCBS Waivers administered by Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Department of Mental Health (DMH), and Department of Social Services (DSS). The purpose of Missouri’s draft transition plan is to ensure that individuals receiving HCBS Waiver services are integrated and have access to supports in the community, including:    • opportunities to seek employment,    • work in competitive integrated settings,    • engage in community life,    • and control personal resources.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MO Partnership for Hope Waiver (0841.R00.00) - 10/01/2013

The purpose of the Partnership for Hope waiver is to prevent or delay of institutional services for individuals who require minimal services in order to continue living in the community. The waiver will offer prevention services to stabilize individuals primarily living with family members who provide significant support, but are not able to meet all of the individual's needs. Goals To increase access to waiver services for children and adults at the local level in participating counties.    Objectives The objectives of the waiver are: 1) to increase the capacity of the State to meet the needs of individuals at risk of institutionalization who require minimal supports to continue living in integrated community settings; 2) to partner with local County Boards through Intergovernmental Agreements in the administration and funding of waiver services; and 3) to implement preventive services in a timely manner in order that eligible participants may continue living in the community with their families.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MO Div of Developmental Disabilities Community Support (0404.R03.00) - 07/01/2011

 

“Provides community employment, in home respite, job preparation, personal assistant, assistive technology, behavior analysis service, co-worker supports, communication skills instruction, community specialist services, counseling, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations-home mods, independent living skills development, job discovery, OT, out of home respite, person centered strategies consultation, PT, professional assessment and monitoring, specialized medical equipment and supplies (adaptive equipment), speech therapy, support broker, transportation for individuals w/ID Developmental Disabilities ages 0 - no max age.”

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

MO MR Developmental Disabilities Comprehensive (0178.R06.00) - 07/01/2011

 

“Provides community employment, day service, group home, in home respite, individualized supported living, job preparation, personal assistant, assistive technology, behavior analysis service, communication skills instruction, community specialist services, community transition, counseling, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, host home, job discovery, OT, out of home respite, PT, positive behavior support, professional assessment and monitoring, specialized medical equipment and supplies (adaptive equipment), speech therapy, support broker, transportation for individuals w/MR Developmental Disabilities ages 0 - no max age.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The Show Me State is expanding its efforts to deliver competitive, integrated employment options for individuals with disabilities through innovative strategies that propel Missouri's model, "Close to Home, Far from Ordinary."

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 Missouri’s VR Rates and Services

2018 State Population.
0.21%
Change from
2017 to 2018
6,126,452
2018 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.91%
Change from
2017 to 2018
446,516
2018 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-6.44%
Change from
2017 to 2018
161,852
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.43%
Change from
2017 to 2018
36.25%
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-99631.12%
Change from
2017 to 2018
79.59%

State Data

General

2018
Population. 6,126,452
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 446,516
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 161,852
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,543,910
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.25%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.59%
State/National unemployment rate. 3.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.20%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 431,576
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 441,945
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 731,990
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 100,140
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 20,741
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,758
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 7,143
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,340
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 22,871
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 4,279

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2018
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,615
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 209,607

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2018
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,790
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 4,548
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 34,120
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,146
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 994
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 5,450
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. 7,016
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 2,948
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. 42.00%
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. 48.46

 

VR OUTCOMES

2018
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. 6,645
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 310,599
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

2017
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,131,298
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $70,727,105
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $28,426,869
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,070
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 3,859
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 10.84

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 57.04%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.45%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.57%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.42%
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). 25.52%
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). 58.25%
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). 62.90%
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). 32.73%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,683,499
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,704
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 129,942
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 245,601
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 372,429
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 220
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 555
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,055,603
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,245,518

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 87
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 89
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). 5,614
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 269
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5,883

 

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 Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~Division of Developmental Disabilities has a statewide employment initiative, Employment First, for working age citizens with disabilities. Employment services include job preparation, job discovery, and community employment in a competitive integrated work setting that may include ongoing supports. The Division of Behavioral Health provides employment services to individuals with mental illnesses, histories of substance abuse, and/or criminal backgrounds. Clinical and vocational employment services are integrated through state—wide partnerships to help individuals who are interested in employment participate in the competitive labor market with the appropriate level of supports and services to be successful. RSB will continue to partner and collaborate with DMH programs in the delivery of employment services. (Pages 232-233) Title IV

Customized Employment

~~MVR’s workforce development activities are designed to assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining, maintaining, or advancing in competitive integrated employment. These activities include assessments, vocational guidance and counseling, job preparation activities, which can include disability awareness, resume writing, interviewing skills. Additionally, MVR provides eligible individuals with training (OJT, apprenticeships, customized employment, funding for community colleges and universities). (Page 44) Title I

RSB has developed relationships with several employers across the state communicating directly with HR staff on employment needs, identifying customized employment opportunities, and providing disability/blindness awareness and sensitivity training. Outreach activities have resulted in competitive integrated employment outcomes and work experience opportunities, both paid and unpaid, for youth and students with disabilities and adult clients. (Page 45) Title I

• SE Services --    The nature of the service itself requires an individualized approach based on the needs of an eligible individual. SE services are ongoing support services, including customized employment, and other appropriate services needed to support an individual with a most significant disability to achieve and maintain competitive integrated employment. Services are provided by CRPs. MVR can provide up to 24 months of community-based job training. (Pages 188-189) Title IV

The supported employment program ensures that individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, are afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or re—enter competitive integrated employment, including supported or customized employment. RSB’s employment outcomes for supported employment is recorded at 1.5% of total closures for FFY 2015. Of the individuals that exited the program and received supported employment services during FFY 2015, 80 percent were successfully employed in competitive jobs. These individuals averaged $9.77 per hour and worked an average of 30 hours per week. (Page 249) Title IV

Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) offers assessment, job development, task analysis, and time—limited individual and group job coaching leading to supported employment through 12 formal contracts with supported employment service providers. Other services available to clients with a goal of supported employment are the same as those available to clients receiving services under Title I. The supported employment program ensures that individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, are afforded a full opportunity to prepare for, obtain, maintain, advance in, or re—enter competitive integrated employment, including supported or customized employment. Extended services may be provided to youth with the most significant disabilities for a period not to exceed four years. (Page 262) Title IV

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Missouri partners are committed to developing new career pathways for youth and adults with barriers to employment including individuals with disabilities. Missouri’s core partner program leaders regularly meet to collaborate on braiding services for work-based learning and education funding. Through sector strategy regional business meetings and partner engagement, Missouri will work with employers to identify opportunities and services available to assist in eliminating employment barriers. (Page 58) Title I

Missouri is committed to finding connections between core partners, mandatory partners, and other partners in each region. Missouri’s core and mandatory partners will collaborate to share resources to create environments to foster partnering at the local level as well as maintain resource allocations that keep existing partnerships at the local level. Specific examples include: As part of their services to individuals with disabilities, VR may provide funding for post-secondary training. As partners seek to co-enroll their customers, this will provide opportunity for leveraging of these resources through braiding of both educational dollars, as well as supportive services to ensure the customer’s success. VR also provides guidance and counseling to the job seekers, to insure that access to comparable services funding is achieved, whether through partner agencies or through Federal funding, such as the Pell grant. (Page 82) Title I

MVR is working closely with all of the WIOA partners in order to provide the best services possible for consumers. MVR initiated the creation of a braiding services team, comprised of
WIOA core partners and other entities that serve individuals with disabilities, to develop methods and strategies to support collaboration between partner agencies, promote greater understanding of the services provided by each agency, and discover methods to avoid duplication of services. Many teams, consisting of members from all of the partner programs, are meeting and developing methods to meet individuals’ needs. (Pages 205-206) Title IV

MVR initiated the creation of a braiding services team, comprised of WIOA core partners and other entities that serve individuals with disabilities, to develop methods and strategies to support collaboration between partner agencies, promote greater understanding of the services provided by each agency, and discover methods to avoid duplication of services. (Pages 208-209) Title IV

The Missouri workforce development system comprised of all core WIOA partners has developed a Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of WIOA and creating the partnerships to begin developing common referrals, the braiding of services, and data sharing. These collaborative efforts will enhance access for individuals with disabilities and improve performance for all partners. Performance accountability measures under section 116 of WIOA are new to vocational rehabilitation and have not yet been measured. RSB met all required federal performance indicators during the past two years prior to WIOA. RSB will apply the same quality of service utilized in meeting those indicators to achieve the new performance measures and provide that level of quality while moving forward.  (Page 254) Title IV

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

School to Work Transition

~~RSB has formal contract agreements with community rehabilitation providers to work with employers and assist clients with job search, job placement and customized employment opportunities. Other services include work-based learning experiences, task analysis, and job coaching when needed. RSB contracts with Alphapointe Association for the Blind for an eight-week Summer Transition Employment Program (STEP) providing competitive work experience to high school age youth. The goal is to provide each consumer with a foundation for the school-to-work transition, to enable each to practice personal independence through work and goal-setting experiences, and to afford an opportunity for community involvement. This program includes vocational exploration; identifying preferences, interests, and abilities with regard to work; and learning about work related behaviors and self-advocacy. Consumers participate in general orientation during the first week of the program. The remaining seven weeks they spend on the job. Short-term job coaching may be provided to assist in orienting the consumers to the particular job site. Consumers receive an hourly wage during their placement at a job site. Involvement in this program is intended to increase a consumer’s career awareness, build marketable vocational skills, and support a healthy self-image. (Pages 46-47) Title I

Missouri will improve the outcomes for out-of-school youth by ensuring the 14 elements allowed under WIOA are met through a braiding of partner resources which will best meet each individuals need. The 14 program elements will be available to OSY participants, and will be funded with WIOA title I youth funds or leveraged partner resources. An agreement will be established with the partner to offer the program element and ensure that the activity is connected and coordinated with the WIOA youth program. (Page 129) Title I

Each local MVR district office will also participate in pre-employment transition coordination with the local education agency to include attending IEP meetings when invited, using conference calls and video conferences, when necessary; working with local workforce development entities and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities; coordinating pre-employment transition services with transition services provided in accordance with IDEA; and, when invited, attending person-centered planning meetings for youth receiving services under Title IX of the Social Security Act. To effectively coordinate these services, MVR:
• conducted statewide training to include guidance regarding IEP participation for all MVR staff that serve students in Missouri high schools;
• worked in partnership with the Parent Advocacy Coalition Educational Rights Center to develop a video introducing VR services that can be shown at IEP meetings;
• conducted cross training on services to youth with local job center staff and MVR staff in Kansas City and St. Louis, the two largest metropolitan areas of the state;
• invited special education personnel to train new MVR counselors on transition services within the IEP;
• provided cross training with local CILs to include information regarding benefits planning; and
• is currently working in collaboration with DMH’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) to provide cross training with MVR counselors and DD support coordinators regarding their respective services. (Pages 168-169) Title IV

MVR has a policy that outlines transition activities and services including the timely development and approval of an individualized plan for employment (IPE) for each eligible student prior to leaving high school. MVR will provide for the development of the IPE as early as possible during the transition planning process, but, at least, by the time the eligible student leaves the school setting. The IPE will include specific transition services or pre-employment transition services and supports needed for an eligible student with a disability or a youth with a disability, including youth with the most significant disabilities, to achieve an employment outcome or projected post-school employment outcome. An IPE is required to be developed in consideration of the IEP of a student with a disability under IDEA or a student’s Section 504 services. (Page 170) Title IV

The Cooperative Work Experience Program (COOP) agreement is an interagency state and local program between the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Special Education, MVR and Career Education); Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB); and local school districts in the state of Missouri. The agreement is embedded in the state transition MOU and is available for all school districts. The purpose is to facilitate the coordination of transition services from school to post-secondary training and/or employment for students with disabilities who participate in special education programs and are eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation services. The MOU outlines roles and responsibilities among participating agencies and school districts in the development of off-campus work experience programs. Through these programs, students with disabilities who are receiving services through an IEP can earn high school credit in accordance with Missouri high school graduation requirements for the number of hours they work in a paid competitive, integrated employment setting. Additionally, MVR continues to work collaboratively with providers and local school districts to meet transition needs of students. (Page 186) Title IV

The DESE Graduation Handbook and DESE Transition Agreement include three work-based learning experiences for students with disabilities on an IEP and are coordinated with special education. Students receive high school credit. These three experiences are the COOP Program, employer-based transition training/Project Search for students with most significant disabilities, and unpaid internships. (Page 194) Title IV

Supported employment services are available not only to individuals after leaving their secondary education program, but to students whose IEP and IPE include these services as part of their transition plan and whose school district signs a cooperative work experience program agreement with RSB.  (Page 262) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Missouri partners are committed to developing new career pathways for youth and adults with barriers to employment including individuals with disabilities. Missouri’s core partner program leaders regularly meet to collaborate on braiding services for work-based learning and education funding. Through sector strategy regional business meetings and partner engagement, Missouri will work with employers to identify opportunities and services available to assist in eliminating employment barriers. (Page 58) Title I

• In addition to training services, the Title I & Title IV partners have work based programs such as on-the-job training and work experience which offer the customers the opportunity to combine education, training and employment services. VR & Rehabilitation Services for the Blind supports career pathways by providing a variety of services to students, youth and adults with disabilities. Additional services may include assistive technology, case-management, and post-employment support to provide job retention. (Page 70) Title I

Each workforce area has a Business Services Team plan that guides outreach and services to businesses. Business Services Teams are made up of staff whose mission is to connect employers to a skilled workforce. To ensure an integrated service model, teams now include business representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), along with other combined partners who touch businesses. At a minimum, the members of the teams include Business Representatives and other Job Center staff assigned to business services, OJT Marketing Specialists, Local Veterans Employment Representatives, and VR Business Outreach Specialists. The design and makeup of each team varies slightly from region to region and may include a variety of other partners who work with businesses, such as local economic developers, educational agencies, UMOS (Missouri’s167 provider), Rehabilitative Services for the Blind Outreach Specialists and Family Support Division (FSD) TANF Outreach Specialists. Additionally, the Kansas City and Vicinity Region employs Disability Program Navigators, which are also included on their business services team. (Page 77) Title I

Apprenticeship

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Services for the Blind may provide vocational rehabilitation services to potentially eligible students with disabilities and eligible individuals, including youth with disabilities, to assist in accessing programs leading to post secondary credentials. Services are designed to create opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, including registered apprenticeship training programs, leading to industry-recognized certificates, credentials, licenses, and post-secondary degrees. Services for eligible participants may include access to training programs, disability related accommodations, and support services necessary for the successful participation and completion of the training activity. (Page 83) Title I

SB has formal contract agreements with community rehabilitation providers to work with employers and assist clients with job search, job placement and customized employment opportunities. Other services include work based learning experiences, task analysis, and job coaching when needed. RSB contracts with Alphapointe Association for the Blind for an eight—week Summer Transition Employment Program (STEP) providing competitive work experience to high—school age youth. The goal is to provide each consumer with a foundation for the school—to—work transition, to enable each to practice personal independence through work and goal—setting experiences, and to afford an opportunity for community involvement. This program includes vocational exploration; identifying preferences, interests, and abilities with regard to work; and learning about work related behaviors and self—advocacy. Consumers participate in general orientation during the first week of the program. The remaining seven weeks they spend on the job. Short—term job coaching may be provided to assist in orienting the consumers to the particular job site. Consumers receive an hourly wage during their placement at a job site. Involvement in this program is intended to increase a consumer’s career awareness, build marketable vocational skills, and support a healthy self—image. (Pages 231-232) Title IV

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~Rehabilitation Services for the Blind is not in an order of selection. RSB projects that funding for the 2018 and 2019 FFY will meet the needs of all individuals who apply for services. Data sets include:
1. Recipients of Blind Pension (BP) and Supplemental Aid for the Blind (SAB);
2. Recipients of SSI/SSDI who also receive other benefits from the DSA;
3. Recipients of Vocational Rehabilitation Services for blind and visually impaired;
4. Recipients of Independent Living Rehabilitation/Independent Living for Older Blind;
5. Recipients of Prevention of Blindness services (Page 242) Title IV
 

Employer/ Business

~~Missouri has established a WIOA Employer Engagement Committee, made up of staff from all combined partner agencies, LWDB Directors, and the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship State Director. This committee has been established to provide guidance to regions, make recommendations to the WIOA State Steering Committee, and coordinate statewide meetings as needed to ensure continued partner collaboration. (Page 79) Title I

RSB works with employers through a variety of activities at the local level to identify competitive integrated employment and career exploration opportunities to facilitate the provision of VR services and transition services, including transition services for youth and pre—employment transition services. District offices engage in outreach activities meeting directly with employers to identify employment needs and educate employers about the services RSB can offer for existing and new employees. Each district office and the Prevention of Blindness program have a tonometer to screen for the early signs of glaucoma as a service to employers and to promote VR services. Outreach activities are extended to employer health fairs, job fairs, chamber of commerce events, and participating in local Workforce Development Boards. RSB has developed relationships with several employers across the state communicating directly with HR staff on employment needs, identify customized employment opportunities, and provide disability/blindness awareness and sensitivity training. Outreach activities have resulted in competitive integrated employment outcomes and work experience opportunities, both paid and unpaid, for youth and students with disabilities and adult clients. (Page 230) Title IV

Data Collection

Missouri VR will assess its performance based upon the WIOA common performance measures as well as agency goals and objectives. The VR executive leadership team along with district office management reviews performance data on a monthly basis to determine progress toward goals and opportunities for improvement. VR’s case services and financial services work in tandem evaluating performance data for short- and long-term decision making. In addition, VR’s statewide quality assurance team evaluates case management providing guidance on program performance. (Page 95) Title I

511

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188

• Title IV: VR is actively participating with all local workforce boards and works closely with Missouri Job Centers to provide program accessibility, physical access to services, and assistive technology for people with disabilities. Strategy 2 -Create Sector Strategies (Page 69) Title I

Missouri has a committee to specifically focus on one-stop certification criteria. The committee has established the criteria for certification, including accessibility. This committee includes representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) who will assist with training and technical assistance to ensure accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology and materials for individuals with disabilities. Accessibility criteria for certification includes the accessibility requirements contained with Section 188; policy review, adaptive technology equipment availability, emergency procedures, etc. In order to better serve Missouri Job Center customers, the workforce partners are working with ODEP’s National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center) for technical assistance. Training has been conducted by the VR, LEAD Center & DWSD with AJC staff. Through this collaboration, partners developed a statewide survey that was sent to gather information from job seekers on the social, environmental and physical accessibility of the Missouri Job Centers. Local areas are using this feedback as a guide to improve training and technical assistance for serving people with disabilities. Each Workforce Development region has a dedicated Equal Opportunity officer, which comprises a statewide team, which includes VR staff. (Page 108) Title I

Vets

Through a statewide network of job centers and partner organizations, Missouri Division of Workforce Development coordinates and aligns their partnership with the Department of Employment Security, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind and the Department of Social Services Family Support Division. Together the partners provide a robust menu of vital reemployment and support services, including access to skill-building training, National Certification and Career Connections for jobs seekers, targeted programs for veterans, youth and the unemployed, and cost-saving human resource assistance and financial incentives for businesses. The partners braid workforce, education, and training activities with support services to meet the needs of our job seekers and employers. With 32 full-service centers as well as numerous satellite and affiliate locations statewide, Missouri Job Centers are the central point for WIOA core and one-stop partner services. (Pages 42-43) Title I

The Veteran services are of utmost importance. Missouri Job Centers have priority services for veterans, which will be served before all other customers. A veteran can request to see the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff or Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER) at any time in the process to receive specialized services. (Page 43) Title I

The Career Skills Program assists transitioning veterans by providing an internship with a Missouri employer, which allows the service member to gain valuable civilian work experience prior to exiting active duty. (Page 85) Title I

The Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) are fully integrated into the Missouri Job Centers as detailed by the DVOP/LVER agreement with the Secretary (Veterans State Plan). The role of the DVOP staff will not be to supplant the Wagner-Peyser responsibilities for providing priority of service to veterans, but to assist veterans with significant barriers to employment (SBE) to overcome their barriers or mitigate their barriers so the veteran is job ready through case management. Once the veteran is job ready the LVER will work with employers to create employment opportunities for the job ready veterans. DVOP/LVER will not be assigned duties that violate Title 38. DVOP will share case management for veterans enrolled in WIOA and other programs with the providers of those programs. The Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) requires compliance with Title 38, Chapters 41 and 42, in that all service delivery points of the grantee will provide veterans’ priority of service in the provision of all labor-exchange services, and specifically when making referrals for job openings and training opportunities. Local service delivery points are monitored to ensure that programs provide the required priority of service to veterans. Whenever necessary, corrective action plans will be developed and appropriate technical assistance concerning priority of service to veterans will be provided. The agreement reached between Veterans’ Employment and Training and the State will be the governing agreement for veterans’ services within the Missouri Job Centers where funding is used to provide services to the state’s veteran customers. (Pages 107-108) Title I

Show Me Heroes (SMH) is work-based learning activity that provides OJT to veterans. Transitional jobs are reserved for those chronically unemployed and provide real life work experience when it is greatly needed to be successful in the workplace. The Incumbent Worker training policy allows local Boards the flexibility to provide Incumbent Worker Training to employers when needed. (Page 123) Title I

MVR has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT). MVR and CWT are mutually committed to promoting and enhancing competitive employment opportunities for veterans, enabling every individual to reach his or her life’s potential. MVR and CWT work together in bringing enhanced employment opportunities to veterans with disabilities leading to greater individual and family economic stability and security. (Pages 166-167) Title IV

Mental Health

~~MVR has an MOU with DMH, the state agency responsible for providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health services, which covers DMH’s BH and DD divisions. The agreement outlines the collaboration on existing services, alignment of funding sources, information and data sharing, referrals and on-going development of services.
DMH’s BH and MVR work together to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS), for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. Missouri has 21 Community Mental Health/Treatment Centers (CMHCs) participating in this implementation collaborative. Ongoing technical assistance and fidelity reviews to the evidence-based practice are provided by a state trainer and a team consisting of MVR and DMH employees. The partnership between DMH and MVR includes a training format, offered to interested CMHCs statewide, on adopting IPS and on improving existing employment activities within treatment services. DMH and MVR implemented IPS for youth with serious mental illnesses in four current sites. (Page 176) Title IV

MVR will provide supported employment services to youth with the most significant disabilities for up to 24 months and will extend, if necessary, should these services be needed to achieve an employment outcome. These services may include: job coaching, job supports (both on and off the job), guidance and counseling, retention services, resources for benefits counseling, information and referral, and employer consultation.

MVR will continue to work closely with the Missouri Department of Social Services MOHealthNet Division and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DD) divisions to ensure that youth with the most significant disabilities are receiving extended services. (Page 202) Title IV

DMH BH and MVR have been working to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as IPS, for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. Missouri has 21 Community Mental Health/Treatment Centers participating in this implementation collaborative. DMH and MVR are implementing IPS for youth with serious mental illnesses in four current sites.

To assist in determining the quality and effectiveness of SE services, MVR surveys its consumers. The 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey results indicated that 98 percent of SE clients, who left services both successfully and unsuccessfully, felt MVR staff were available when needed and treated them with respect. (Page 211) Title IV

RSB will continue to work closely with the Missouri Department of Social Services MOHealthNet Division and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DD) divisions to ensure that youth with the most significant disabilities are receiving extended services. Services may include job monitoring and assessment of employment stability, establishment of peer and natural support environments, and coordination of specific services necessary to assist the individual to maintain employment. RSB will work closely with the DMH DD division utilizing home and community-based waivers to increase supported employment and extended services for youth with the most significant disabilities. (Page 250) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
Past WIOA Profile Attachment : 

Policies and Initiatives

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EXECUTIVE ORDER 19-16 - 09/09/2019

~~“1. The State of Missouri shall make best efforts to eliminate the disparity in the percentage of individuals with disabilities of working age in the population and the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce, and set annual goals for continuing to increase the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the State workforce.

2. The Office of Administration shall, on an annual basis, collect data, based on voluntary self-disclosure, and report initial baseline numbers of state employees with disabilities. The Office of Administration shall report and evaluate the State's progress in increasing the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce.

3. The Office of Administration, Division of Personnel, shall identify and designate a State Disability Employment Coordinator or Coordinators, who shall be responsible for advising all state agencies on disability policy and compliance with state and federal disability rights laws, collaborating with and supporting all state agencies concerning recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees with disabilities, and training of state employees and managers on disability-related issues.”

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  • Other
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  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) - 09/03/2019

~~“Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging (Ma4) was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving Missouri’s working poor, constituting a majority of the state’s left-behind  population, including: consumers in the Medicaid gap, those with fluctuating wages working in service industries such as—hair and nail salons, and the uninsured and insured; immigrant/refugee communities; persons with relatively expensive employer based coverage; persons without employer based coverage; and low-income adults often found using urgent care, hospitals, and clinics. The Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations are Care Connection for Aging Services, Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Ahead), Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging (d.b.a. Aging Matters), SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging. They will partner with the Cover Missouri Coalition, Veteran’s Administration call center, Centers of Independent Living, Community Action Agency offices across the state, County health departments, and Missouri Family Support Division.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Catherine Edwards, PhDPhone: (573) 619-6185Email: cedwards@ma4web.org ” 

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  • Other
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  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Developmental Disabilities Waiver Manual - 07/01/2019

~~“The Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division of DD)administers four Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The four waivers are the Comprehensive Waiver; Missouri Children with Developmental Disabilities Waiver   (MOCDD or Lopez Waiver);   Community   Support Waiver; and Partnership for Hope Waiver (PfH).”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Promoting Employment - 04/21/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to supporting all individuals with having the opportunity to seek competitive employment and being a part of their community’s workforce. To affirm our commitment, an Employment First Policy guides our expectations with supporting self-determination, independence and community membership. More about our services can be found by accessing the weblink."

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Eligibility (For Services) - 04/19/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, seizure disorders and other conditions that result in multiple and serious impairments in functioning.  The term “developmental” refers to conditions that result in those serious functional impairments during childhood (age 21 or younger for most conditions, or age 18 or younger for those with an intellectual disability).  While individuals older than 21 can apply and be found eligible for Division services, there must be a record of the functional impairment at age 21 or before.

Intake staff at our Regional and Satellite offices review medical, school, psychological or other records to find documentation of those conditions and limitations.  Often, Regional office staff will conduct an assessment if a recent evaluation of functional ability is not available. All of that information is used to determine if the individual meets the legal and regulatory requirements of the Division.”

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  • Other
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  • Mental Health

UR (Utilization Review) Desktop Reference - 04/01/2019

~~“Job Development (H0038)The goal of Job Development is the acceptance by the individual of a job offer that meets the individual’s personal and career goalsJob Development may include:• Application completion assistance with the individual,• Job interviewing activities with the individual,• Completion of task analysis with or without the presence of the individual, based upon individualized need,• Negotiation with prospective employers and education of prospective employers of their role in promoting full inclusion with or without the presence of the individual based upon individualized need.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Community Transitions Manual for Support Coordinators and Community Coordinators - 02/11/2019

~~“MFP EligibilityIndividuals who transition from a Habilitation Center or nursing home may be eligible for MFP. MFP is a demonstration grant that supports efforts to:• Provide Medicaid eligible individuals the choice of where they live and receive services;• Allow qualified individuals living in nursing facilities or Habilitation Centers to move to the community; and• Promote a system that is person-centered, based on needs, and ensures high-quality services in the community.”

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

Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities “About Us” - 12/22/2018

~~“The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Offering support across the lifespan, the Division implements a statewide system of supportive services that focus on assuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment…..

More than 14,000 people in Missouri access person-centered supports through home and community-based service waiver settings to promote independent living. These settings might include someone living at home on their own, with family, with a roommate, or with someone who provides full-time care.”

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

Medicaid Eligibility - 12/16/2018

~~“In order to help DMH Agencies and Providers in assisting consumers with applying and keeping their Medicaid (MO HealthNet) coverage, the DMH Medicaid Unit has created this page to provide easy access to needed documents, answered frequently asked questions, and generally provide information about Missouri’s Medicaid program.”

This page has a list of links on subjects that include Ticket to Work Health Assurance and Medicaid waiver services

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

VA St. Louis Health Care System “Compensated Work Therapy” - 12/07/2018

~~“Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) provides a wide range of services for industry including; work site and job assessment, staff training and consultation services, employee assessment and screening, and job matching and follow-up services. CWT supports veterans through vocational case management and workplace supports to facilitate continued employment success.

The CWT Supported Employment program identifies veteran strengths and matches those skills and abilities to industries job requirements. The CWT "temp to hire" Transitional Work program allows a company to pre-screen veterans, observing them in action before making a decision regarding competitive employment. Services are provided at John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions and at the Hope Recovery Center.”This service is also available at other VA locations in Missouri

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SB66, Payment of temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits shall be paid throughout the rehabilitative process - 07/05/2017

“Temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits shall be paid throughout the rehabilitative process until the employee reaches maximum medical improvement, unless such benefits are terminated by the employee’s return to work or are terminated as otherwise specified in this chapter.

 

The permanency of the employee’s disability under sections 287.170 to 287.200 shall not be established or adjudicated while the employee is participating in rehabilitation services.

 

Refusal of the employee to accept rehabilitation services or submit to a vocational rehabilitation assessment as deemed necessary by the employer shall result in a fifty percent reduction in all disability payments to an employee, including temporary partial disability benefits paid pursuant to section 287.180, for each week of the period of refusal.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Missouri SB 43, Modifying the Missouri Human Rights Act - 06/30/2017

“AN ACT To repeal sections 213.010, 213.040, 213.050, 213.055, 213.065, 213.070, 213.075, 213.101, and 213.111, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof ten new sections relating to unlawful discriminatory practices.”

 

It modifies the Missouri Human Rights Act. 

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  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Missouri SB 174 - 06/29/2015

"There is hereby created the 'Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] Program'".

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  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations
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EXECUTIVE ORDER 19-16 - 09/09/2019

~~“1. The State of Missouri shall make best efforts to eliminate the disparity in the percentage of individuals with disabilities of working age in the population and the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce, and set annual goals for continuing to increase the percentage of individuals with disabilities in the State workforce.

2. The Office of Administration shall, on an annual basis, collect data, based on voluntary self-disclosure, and report initial baseline numbers of state employees with disabilities. The Office of Administration shall report and evaluate the State's progress in increasing the percentage of employees with disabilities in the State workforce.

3. The Office of Administration, Division of Personnel, shall identify and designate a State Disability Employment Coordinator or Coordinators, who shall be responsible for advising all state agencies on disability policy and compliance with state and federal disability rights laws, collaborating with and supporting all state agencies concerning recruitment, hiring, and retention of employees with disabilities, and training of state employees and managers on disability-related issues.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Promoting Employment - 04/21/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to supporting all individuals with having the opportunity to seek competitive employment and being a part of their community’s workforce. To affirm our commitment, an Employment First Policy guides our expectations with supporting self-determination, independence and community membership. More about our services can be found by accessing the weblink."

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Eligibility (For Services) - 04/19/2019

~~“The Division of Developmental Disabilities serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses including intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, seizure disorders and other conditions that result in multiple and serious impairments in functioning.  The term “developmental” refers to conditions that result in those serious functional impairments during childhood (age 21 or younger for most conditions, or age 18 or younger for those with an intellectual disability).  While individuals older than 21 can apply and be found eligible for Division services, there must be a record of the functional impairment at age 21 or before.

Intake staff at our Regional and Satellite offices review medical, school, psychological or other records to find documentation of those conditions and limitations.  Often, Regional office staff will conduct an assessment if a recent evaluation of functional ability is not available. All of that information is used to determine if the individual meets the legal and regulatory requirements of the Division.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

UR (Utilization Review) Desktop Reference - 04/01/2019

~~“Job Development (H0038)The goal of Job Development is the acceptance by the individual of a job offer that meets the individual’s personal and career goalsJob Development may include:• Application completion assistance with the individual,• Job interviewing activities with the individual,• Completion of task analysis with or without the presence of the individual, based upon individualized need,• Negotiation with prospective employers and education of prospective employers of their role in promoting full inclusion with or without the presence of the individual based upon individualized need.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities “About Us” - 12/22/2018

~~“The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Offering support across the lifespan, the Division implements a statewide system of supportive services that focus on assuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment…..

More than 14,000 people in Missouri access person-centered supports through home and community-based service waiver settings to promote independent living. These settings might include someone living at home on their own, with family, with a roommate, or with someone who provides full-time care.”

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

Medicaid Eligibility - 12/16/2018

~~“In order to help DMH Agencies and Providers in assisting consumers with applying and keeping their Medicaid (MO HealthNet) coverage, the DMH Medicaid Unit has created this page to provide easy access to needed documents, answered frequently asked questions, and generally provide information about Missouri’s Medicaid program.”

This page has a list of links on subjects that include Ticket to Work Health Assurance and Medicaid waiver services

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

VA St. Louis Health Care System “Compensated Work Therapy” - 12/07/2018

~~“Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) provides a wide range of services for industry including; work site and job assessment, staff training and consultation services, employee assessment and screening, and job matching and follow-up services. CWT supports veterans through vocational case management and workplace supports to facilitate continued employment success.

The CWT Supported Employment program identifies veteran strengths and matches those skills and abilities to industries job requirements. The CWT "temp to hire" Transitional Work program allows a company to pre-screen veterans, observing them in action before making a decision regarding competitive employment. Services are provided at John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions and at the Hope Recovery Center.”This service is also available at other VA locations in Missouri

Systems
  • Other

Graduation Requirements for Students in Missouri Public Schools - 11/15/2018

~~“Off-Campus InstructionMany students who are juniors and seniors in high school can benefit from authentic school-directed and supervised paid or unpaid learning experiences through assignment to off-campus locations under cooperative arrangements with business and industry or other institutions. More about these services can be found on our website.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Division of Developmental Disabilities Employment First Policy - 03/01/2018

This policy establishes community integrated employment services and supports as the first service option and primary outcome for individuals (both youth and adults.) It also establishes employment planning (Career Planning) and supports as priorities to explore with all working adults who receive services in order to ensure that supports, services, and outcomes are consistent with what the person is seeking.

Each individual will be supported to pursue his or her own unique path to work, a career, and his or her contribution to/participation in community life. All individuals, regardless of the challenge of their disability, will be afforded an opportunity to pursue employment. Career planning, including job exploration and on-going person focused self discovery, is critical when assisting individuals in making informed choices about their future careers.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Transition Timeline - 09/01/2017

“Toward successful transition: A checklist for the first 21 years.”

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

Missouri Department of Social Services “Provider Bulletin” - 03/23/2017

~~“Career Planning Service DescriptionCareer planning is a person-centered, comprehensive employment planning and support service. It provides consultative, evaluative assistance for waiver program participants to enter into, or advance in, competitive employment or self-employment. It is a focused, time-limited service engaging a participant in self-discovery, identifying a career direction and developing a plan for achieving competitive, integrated employment at or above the state’s minimum wage. The outcome of this service is documentation of the participant’s stated career objective and a career plan used to guide individual employment support.Career planning includes:• Activities that are primarily directed at assisting an individual with identification of an employment goal; and• A plan to achieve this goal (e.g., job exploration, job shadowing, informational interviewing, assessment of interests, labor market research) that are associated with performing competitive work in community integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
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Reverse Job Fair 2017 and Disability Employment Event - 08/10/2017

“The Third Annual Accommodation for Success Disability Employment Event took place on August 10, 2017, at the Forest Park Campus of St. Louis Community College. The event was organized to make it easier for area businesses to build diverse workforce. This year, the event included the first Reverse Job Fair in St. Louis.

 

Unlike most traditional job fairs, this innovative recruitment event focused on showcasing talents and professional interests of 80+ job candidates with disabilities. Participants met with potential employers in their booth spaces, demonstrating experience and skills in a variety of industries, while human resource professionals roamed the room, meeting the candidates they were interested in hiring. More than 116 recruiters representing 99 area companies were present. With 236 total registrants, not including job candidates, this year’s event was the largest yet.

 

Accommodation for Success event is a collaborative effort between the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), regional job centers, and more than 20 of the region’s disability employment organizations. Workshops and resources on disability inclusion, etiquette, recruitment, and workplace culture were offered to registered businesses, prior to the reverse job fair.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

LEAD Partners with U.S. DOL’s Civil Rights Center, Office of Disability Employment Policy and Missouri State Equal Opportunity at 2017 WIOA National Convenings - 06/29/2017

“This spring, the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL), in collaboration with its Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convenings. The convenings were held at different regional locations on the West Coast, East Coast, and in the Midwest, and had one agenda with closely aligned content. The purpose of the convenings was to provide support and information to state and local workforce development professionals and partners on effectively implementing WIOA. Six different tracks were offered at each convening, including the following key topic areas: Business Engagement, Financial/Grants Management, Integrated Services, One-Stop Operations, Performance Accountability, and Strategic Governance. In addition, this year marked the first time in which an additional session on civil rights and disability was offered at all three convenings.

 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) partnered with Missouri’s State Equal Opportunity Officer (EOO) and the LEAD Center to offer a joint presentation on What You Need to Know about Section 188: Individuals with Disabilities. The U.S. DOL CRC took the lead in providing an overview of WIOA’s Section 188 Equal Opportunity Provisions. Section 188 prohibits discrimination against individuals in any WIOA Title I financially assisted program or activity, which includes job training for adults and youth, and other programs or activities provided to recipients at American Job Centers or through its partners.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Developing an Employment Partnership - 03/01/2017

~~Booklet prepared and issued: “Strategies and tools to build successful regional relationships between community mental health providers and American Job Centers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Missouri Career Guide - 05/01/2011

 

“This guide was developed through a partnership of state agencies to help Missourians of all ages, genders, and backgrounds create personal career plans that lead to fulfillment and success.”

Partners include Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Missouri Division of Workforce Development, Missouri Department of Higher Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Center for Career Education, and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) - 06/01/2007

 

“The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) formed in 2007 by the Office of Special Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education to increase interagency collaboration at the state, regional, and local levels. This state transition team has met quarterly to address data-driven goals for improvement and collaboration with the shared vision of improving employment, independent living, and postsecondary education outcomes for Missouri students with disabilities.”

“Consisting of a diverse membership from a variety of state agencies concerned with transition, the MITT provides a venue and mechanism to share information, network, and partner to coordinate professional development activities.”

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

Missouri Transition Coalition - 06/01/2000

Since 2000, the Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities.

Our Methods

-Use self-assessment methods including professional knowledge

-Strategically combine web-based, in-person, in-print, coaching and other assistance

-Find and share research-based practices and resources

Develop and support practitioner-to-practitioner learning methods

 

 

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

Missouri Business Associated Student Education (BASE) Project - 06/01/1996

The BASE Project located in Springfield, Missouri stands for Business Associated Student Education. It is a partnership with Springfield Public Schools and St. John's Health System, Cox Health System, Doctor's Hospital, Evangel University, and Missouri State University. The goal of the program is to provide students with opportunities to develop career awareness, exploration, assessment, and positive social skills. Students are set up for a successful integration into the world of work and society.

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

MO Project SEARCH High School Transition Program - 06/01/1996

~~“Project SEARCH serves young people with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Typically, these are high school students who are on  an Individual Education Program (IEP) and in their last year of high school eligibility. The program can also be adapted to serve out-of-school youth and young adults who are beyond school age. The most important criterion for acceptance into Project SEARCH is a desire to achieve competitive employment. “

Program Overview

Program participants (interns) attend the program for a full school year in the host business/hospital. The host business provides access to an on-site training room that can accommodate up to 12 interns. The site is staffed by a special education teacher and one to three skills trainers to meet the educational and training needs of the interns.•Once the program year begins, the first few weeks are focused on intern orientation, hands-on skill assessment, and familiarization with the business environment. Interns develop a career plan, which guides the internship selection process and individualized job search.•Employment Skills Curriculum: Throughout the program year, the interns work on employability and functional skills for approximately one hour of their day. Training room activities are designed around these focus areas: Team Building, Workplace Safety, Technology, Maintaining Employment, Self-Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, and Preparing for Employment.•Internships: Through a series of three targeted internships the interns acquire competitive, marketable and transferable skills to enable them to apply for a related position. Interns also build communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills which is important to their overall development as a young worker. These are unpaid work experiences-analogous to the clinical rotations that are part of every medical school or business internship program. Potential internship sites are identified through a continuous collaborative process involving the instructor, skills trainers, and business liaison. These internship rotations begin a few weeks after the start of the program. Interns are required to interact with their supervisors via telephone and written communications to arrange a job interview to secure each rotation.”

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

Missouri Assistive Technology Council - 06/01/1992

The mission of Missouri Assistive Technology is to increase access to assistive technology for Missourians with all types of disabilities, of all ages.   Programs and initiatives of Missouri Assistive Technology are directed by the Missouri Assistive Technology Council, which was established by state statute in 1993. The Council is charged to serve as an advocate for policies, regulations and programs to establish a consumer-responsive, comprehensive assistive technology service delivery system. The Council meets at least four times a year, reports annually to the Governor and the general assembly on Council activities to increase access to assistive technology, and provides programmatic direction for all activities and services.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services - 06/01/1979

The Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services (MACDDS) is a leader in local initiatives for people with developmental disabilities. The organization is comprised of 56 county boards (including the City of St. Louis), and 8 Related Private Organizations, that provide local services for people with developmental disabilities. MACDDS is dedicated to ensuring quality community supports are available for people with developmental disabilities.   MACDDS believes having local people solving local issues results in the best services for individuals with developmental disabilities. MACDDS works to assure services and supports for people with developmental disabilities continue to be planned and carried out at the local level.  
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  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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About the Missouri Collaborative Work Initiative - 09/01/2017

“Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, the Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education initiated a new approach to addressing the achievement disparity between students with disabilities and students without disabilities. This initiative is the Collaborative Work. By invitation, Missouri districts may choose to participate.

 

The purpose of the Collaborative Work Grant is to improve learning for all students, especially students with disabilities, and improve teaching, by:

-establishing and implementing effective and efficient collaborative  teams,

-implementing with fidelity and a high degree of effectiveness a variety of teaching/learning practices which have been proven to have a high effect size on student outcomes,

-developing and administering common formative assessments to measure the effectiveness of teaching/learning practices as evidenced by student mastery of learning objectives, and

-using data‐based decision making to guide decisions about classroom teaching/learning practices.”

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

Unsicker hosts town hall to discuss Disability Employment Project - 06/28/2017

“JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Sarah Unsicker D-Shrewsbury, will host a town hall meeting at Webster University on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. to have an open dialogue regarding the barriers to employment for citizens with disabilities and to begin developing possible solutions.

 

“There are a wide range of issues to take into consideration when working to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities such as healthcare and Medicaid needs, state employment policy, employer education and transportation,” said Unsicker.

 

“During the hiring process, it is important that employers are aware of the many capabilities citizens with disabilities possess. My goal with this town hall is to provide the disability community with the opportunity to give feedback regarding these issues so we can work towards expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Toward a Successful Transition: A Checklist for the First 21 Years - 09/01/2016

“To Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities . . . It is our hope that as parents you will always consider yourselves the experts on your child. We hope that as you seek information, help and guidance you will see your child in “people first” terms—initially as a baby to love and nurture, then as a child to raise for as independent a life as he or she can attain. Whatever the disability involved, remember it is only a part of your child’s individuality. Build on his or her strengths. High expectations are a keynote in a family’s daring to act bravely and creatively.

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

MO Balancing Incentives Program - 03/28/2012

 

“The Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), in partnership with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH), proposes to leverage the Balancing Incentive Payment Program to further develop the systems of community-based care that serve older adults and individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. The intent of the Missouri project is to realize the long term goal of increasing the percentage of expenditures for long term supports and services (LTSS) that are provided in community settings to equal or exceed the expenditures for facility-based LTSS.”

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

MO Partnerships in Employment - "Show Me Careers" - 09/30/2011

Show Me Careers: This project will address the needs of youth and young adults ages 16 to 30 with developmental and intellectual disabilities (DD/ID) who are in the process of transitioning from secondary or post-secondary education settings to community employment. The project’s goal is to scale up and sustain evidence-based practices in Missouri that support seamless transitions to integrated employment. A Leadership Consortium of state agencies…will support a statewide structure to demonstrate evidence-based practices, develop needed policies and practices, and enhance statewide collaborations.   Objectives are designed to achieve this goal include: building cross system and agency collaborations designed to exchange and transfer knowledge and effective practices between partners; review and advocate for changes to collaborative funding options, policies, and 
procedures that support broader implementation of the effective practices demonstrated within communities; develop statewide capacity to scale up demonstrations through training, dissemination and broader
implementation; and evaluate results and sustain the scaled-up practices.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Missouri Add Us In Initiative - 09/30/2010

Add Us In Kansas City has created a business-led network focused on increasing the capacity of employers, including minority owned businesses, to successfully hire and retain individuals with disabilities. Add Us In Kansas City will 1) identify and create supports needed by employers in their efforts to diversify their workforce to include this population, 2) increase the number and range of employment opportunities available to youth with disabilities, 3) develop a model continuum of career development encompassing these opportunities and supports, and 4) equip youth to successfully participate within this continuum. Urban businesses and urban youth with disabilities will be given special consideration in the development of the Add Us In model. Located in the greater Kansas City area, the program will provide a replication toolkit for nationwide dissemination at the end of year two.

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

Missouri Transition Liaison Program - 06/01/2008

 

The Missouri Transition Liaison Program was developed in 2007-2008 to identify secondary transition professionals from districts across Missouri who are leaders in the area of transition. The overall goal of the Transition Liaisons is to build capacity at the local level and develop a collaborative network of colleagues throughout the state.”

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

MO Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events.