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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

2017 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2016 to 2017
6,113,532
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
463,964
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.67%
Change from
2016 to 2017
172,283
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.52%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37.13%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
99.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
79,376.00%

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 6,083,672 6,093,000 6,113,532
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 463,157 468,140 463,964
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 163,574 164,243 172,283
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,524,635 2,521,381 2,536,645
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.32% 35.08% 37.13%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.78% 79.16% 79,376.00%
State/National unemployment rate. 5.00% 4.50% 3.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.90% 22.30% 20.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.60% 12.60% 12.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 430,732 426,359 438,766
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 437,083 447,737 455,312
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 728,775 729,010 746,357
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 102,581 104,789 104,337
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 21,074 21,980 22,690
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,727 7,155 5,285
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,408 4,876 9,478
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 870 1,009 669
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 18,411 22,891 22,283
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 5,043 4,366 5,669

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,252 7,496 7,663
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.40% 5.60% 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 220,596 217,590 213,655

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,032 6,268 6,164
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 12,624 11,390 11,180
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 44,121 42,204 38,602
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.70% 14.90% 16.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.60% 1.00% 2.20%
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). 1.40% 1.30% 1.20%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 832 500 1,196
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. 712 684 645
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

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
8,301
8,600
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 50 58 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 836 919 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,816 1,778 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,264 2,405 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,579 2,697 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 756 743 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.20% 37.90% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 7,435 7,588 8,353
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 318,047 318,214 313,618
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 669 730 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 800 701 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $7,012,000 $5,578,000 $5,571,000
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. $38,353,000 $42,056,000 $46,338,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $18,291,000 $20,445,000 $22,851,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 12.00% 10.00% 9.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,644 4,027 4,470
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 3,352 3,744 4,076
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.40 9.90 9.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 57.65% 57.59% 57.36%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.92% 8.76% 8.58%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.66% 3.61% 3.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 88.58% 88.29% 87.67%
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). 31.03% 25.55% 28.50%
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). 59.49% 60.89% 59.67%
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). 64.79% 65.90% 64.29%
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). 28.46% 31.34% 31.17%

 

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 83
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 98 91 85
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 5,343
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 5,612

 

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. (Page 244-245)

Customized Employment

VR’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, VR provides eligible individuals with training (OJT, apprenticeships, customized employment, funding for community colleges, universities).  (Page 47)

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 48)

MVR continually reviews its strategies to develop new employer relationships and support those who employ persons with disabilities. Some of its flexible strategies include increasing work–based learning opportunities, on–the–job training, internships and customized employment. (Page 182)

  • SE Services –– The nature of the service itself requires intensive one–on–one job training. Services are provided by CRPs and include job development, job coaching, natural supports, task analysis and assessment, counseling and advocacy services and customized employment. Usually, SE services will not exceed nine months, but MVR can provide up to 24 months of community–based job training. (Page 197)

Provide training opportunities to include the provision of pre–employment transition services and customized employment services. (Page 267)

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 275)

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. (Pages 48,197)

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 242)

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. (Pages 244, 266, 267)

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 62)

Local level partners are conducting asset mapping, cross training and job shadowing to better understand each other’s services. These activities have led to collaborative practices such as co-enrollment and braiding of service funding. (Page 62)

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 87)

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 135)

SECTION 116 OF WIOA. 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 267)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Months, but can remain in the program for the life of the grant program (…in this case, six years). One adult must be working from the household. The family must make deposits monthly into their savings accounts, and they must attend financial literacy programs covering such topics as home ownership, economic education, career guidance, micro–enterprise development, etc. Successful IDA’s provide a great ‘return on investment’ by transforming a small contribution and hard work into a much larger payoff. Participants invest their IDA funds into their local communities, increase their incomes and become more self–sufficient. (Not disability specific but could be)  (Page 318)

School to Work Transition

MVR is collaboratively funding Disability Benefits 101 with DMH’s Division of Behavioral Health Services. Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. (Page 173)

  • 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 to provide cross training with MVR counselors and IDD case managers regarding their respective services. (Page 176)

Additional partnering activities include the sponsoring of an employment summit with the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare to facilitate clinical integration of behavioral health and community employment efforts and MVR’s and DMH–DBH’s co–funding of the customized Missouri benefits planning website DB101. (Page 184)

MVR has statewide and regional specialists that have had extensive training and experience in their area of expertise, e.g., business specialists, mental health, autism, assistive technology, AgrAbility, benefits planning, brain injury, hearing impairments, vision impairments, learning disabilities and self–employment. These specialists are available to provide direct assistance to clients as well as consultation with counselors. All counselors, regardless of their tenure, have the opportunity to work with a mentor who has expertise and experience in an area that is of interest to them. (Pages 190,  232)

Recipients of SSI/SSDI who also receive other benefits from the DSA (Pages 255)

Career Pathways

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.

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 275)

RSB has one Job Development Specialist that works directly with employers to develop relationships and identify clients from various offices to meet employer needs. This position serves on several committees including the St. Louis Deafblind Taskforce, St. Louis County Disability Resource Committee, Employment Liaison Committee, Employment Working Group for Immigrants and refugees, St. Louis Transition Council, St. Louis Special School District Agency Collaborative, and the Urban League. This position receives and distributes job postings to VR staff and assists clients in the development of business plans required for self –employment vocational goals. (Page 48)

Research verifies that pathways from school to work or secondary to post–secondary education can be more difficult for individuals with disabilities therefore the need for transition career services and pre–employment transition services is great. (Page 202)

RSB has partnered with Lighthouse for the Blind and Alphapointe Association for the Blind through a contractual relationship to provide intensive specialized prevocational skills training to youth with disabilities who are blind or visually impaired. Lighthouse for the Blind’s summer program delivers a residential program for students who plan to live independently and seek competitive integrated employment or attend a vocational training program or college upon graduation from high school. Alphapointe offers an eight–week program 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. (Pages 234)

Establishment of a task force on blind student academic and vocational performance to "develop goals and objectives to guide the improvement of...transition from school to work, rehabilitation services, independent living, and employment outcomes for eligible students.” Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Education in cooperation with the Director of the Department of Social Services (RSB’s parent agency).  (Page 23, 244, 49)

Work Incentives & Benefits

Occupational projections predict the number of workers needed in different educational and skill levels. In Missouri, the projections support the need for workers at all different skill and education levels. Through sector strategies, career pathways can minimize skills gaps since they are validated with the businesses in the area, leading to the success of the workforce. (Page 43)

Through sector strategies, partnerships between all parties within the workforce system are formed. Career pathways are developed through the collaboration of employers, the education system, and workforce system. Within the career pathways, an individual has multiple entry and exit points based on current skills and knowledge, as well as the person’s willingness and capacity to continue to learn on the job, or through formal classroom education and/or training programs. The continued efforts of all WIOA partners ensure that all eligible persons, including those with disabilities, obtain skills to become or remain employed in high-demand, well-paid occupations. (Page 44)

Special education, as determined by the eligible agency; Secondary school credit Integrated education and training; Career pathways; Concurrent enrollment; Peer tutoring and; Transition to re–entry initiatives and other post release services with the goal of reducing recidivism. (Page 47)

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 62)

  • 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. (Page 75)

MVR is involved in sector strategies planning at the local and state levels to address skills gaps and create career pathways to better serve employers with their individual needs and to provide them with prepared candidates. It has been forming employment collaboratives at the local levels to ensure employers receive the best possible delivery of services. MVR will work with businesses to ensure they have resources for necessary workplace accommodations and rehabilitation technology. (Page 183)

Employer/ Business

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 283)

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Establishment of a task force on blind student academic and vocational performance to "develop goals and objectives to guide the improvement of...transition from school to work, rehabilitation services, independent living, and employment outcomes for eligible students.” Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Education in cooperation with the Director of the Department of Social Services (RSB’s parent agency). (Page 237)

Mental Health

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

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, (Pages 114)

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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

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  • 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.”

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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. 

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

2017 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2016 to 2017
6,113,532
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
463,964
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.67%
Change from
2016 to 2017
172,283
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.52%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37.13%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
99.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
79,376.00%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 6,083,672 6,093,000 6,113,532
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 463,157 468,140 463,964
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 163,574 164,243 172,283
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,524,635 2,521,381 2,536,645
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.32% 35.08% 37.13%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.78% 79.16% 79,376.00%
State/National unemployment rate. 5.00% 4.50% 3.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.90% 22.30% 20.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.60% 12.60% 12.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 430,732 426,359 438,766
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 437,083 447,737 455,312
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 728,775 729,010 746,357
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 102,581 104,789 104,337
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 21,074 21,980 22,690
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,727 7,155 5,285
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,408 4,876 9,478
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 870 1,009 669
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 18,411 22,891 22,283
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 5,043 4,366 5,669

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,252 7,496 7,663
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.40% 5.60% 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 220,596 217,590 213,655

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,032 6,268 6,164
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 12,624 11,390 11,180
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 44,121 42,204 38,602
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.70% 14.90% 16.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.60% 1.00% 2.20%
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). 1.40% 1.30% 1.20%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 832 500 1,196
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. 712 684 645
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

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
8,301
8,600
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 50 58 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 836 919 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,816 1,778 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,264 2,405 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,579 2,697 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 756 743 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.20% 37.90% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 7,435 7,588 8,353
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 318,047 318,214 313,618
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 669 730 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 800 701 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $7,012,000 $5,578,000 $5,571,000
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. $38,353,000 $42,056,000 $46,338,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $18,291,000 $20,445,000 $22,851,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 12.00% 10.00% 9.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,644 4,027 4,470
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 3,352 3,744 4,076
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.40 9.90 9.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 57.65% 57.59% 57.36%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.92% 8.76% 8.58%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.66% 3.61% 3.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 88.58% 88.29% 87.67%
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). 31.03% 25.55% 28.50%
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). 59.49% 60.89% 59.67%
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). 64.79% 65.90% 64.29%
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). 28.46% 31.34% 31.17%

 

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 83
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 98 91 85
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 5,343
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 5,612

 

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. (Page 244-245)

Customized Employment

VR’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, VR provides eligible individuals with training (OJT, apprenticeships, customized employment, funding for community colleges, universities).  (Page 47)

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 48)

MVR continually reviews its strategies to develop new employer relationships and support those who employ persons with disabilities. Some of its flexible strategies include increasing work–based learning opportunities, on–the–job training, internships and customized employment. (Page 182)

  • SE Services –– The nature of the service itself requires intensive one–on–one job training. Services are provided by CRPs and include job development, job coaching, natural supports, task analysis and assessment, counseling and advocacy services and customized employment. Usually, SE services will not exceed nine months, but MVR can provide up to 24 months of community–based job training. (Page 197)

Provide training opportunities to include the provision of pre–employment transition services and customized employment services. (Page 267)

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 275)

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. (Pages 48,197)

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 242)

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. (Pages 244, 266, 267)

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 62)

Local level partners are conducting asset mapping, cross training and job shadowing to better understand each other’s services. These activities have led to collaborative practices such as co-enrollment and braiding of service funding. (Page 62)

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 87)

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 135)

SECTION 116 OF WIOA. 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 267)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Months, but can remain in the program for the life of the grant program (…in this case, six years). One adult must be working from the household. The family must make deposits monthly into their savings accounts, and they must attend financial literacy programs covering such topics as home ownership, economic education, career guidance, micro–enterprise development, etc. Successful IDA’s provide a great ‘return on investment’ by transforming a small contribution and hard work into a much larger payoff. Participants invest their IDA funds into their local communities, increase their incomes and become more self–sufficient. (Not disability specific but could be)  (Page 318)

School to Work Transition

MVR is collaboratively funding Disability Benefits 101 with DMH’s Division of Behavioral Health Services. Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. (Page 173)

  • 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 to provide cross training with MVR counselors and IDD case managers regarding their respective services. (Page 176)

Additional partnering activities include the sponsoring of an employment summit with the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare to facilitate clinical integration of behavioral health and community employment efforts and MVR’s and DMH–DBH’s co–funding of the customized Missouri benefits planning website DB101. (Page 184)

MVR has statewide and regional specialists that have had extensive training and experience in their area of expertise, e.g., business specialists, mental health, autism, assistive technology, AgrAbility, benefits planning, brain injury, hearing impairments, vision impairments, learning disabilities and self–employment. These specialists are available to provide direct assistance to clients as well as consultation with counselors. All counselors, regardless of their tenure, have the opportunity to work with a mentor who has expertise and experience in an area that is of interest to them. (Pages 190,  232)

Recipients of SSI/SSDI who also receive other benefits from the DSA (Pages 255)

Career Pathways

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.

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 275)

RSB has one Job Development Specialist that works directly with employers to develop relationships and identify clients from various offices to meet employer needs. This position serves on several committees including the St. Louis Deafblind Taskforce, St. Louis County Disability Resource Committee, Employment Liaison Committee, Employment Working Group for Immigrants and refugees, St. Louis Transition Council, St. Louis Special School District Agency Collaborative, and the Urban League. This position receives and distributes job postings to VR staff and assists clients in the development of business plans required for self –employment vocational goals. (Page 48)

Research verifies that pathways from school to work or secondary to post–secondary education can be more difficult for individuals with disabilities therefore the need for transition career services and pre–employment transition services is great. (Page 202)

RSB has partnered with Lighthouse for the Blind and Alphapointe Association for the Blind through a contractual relationship to provide intensive specialized prevocational skills training to youth with disabilities who are blind or visually impaired. Lighthouse for the Blind’s summer program delivers a residential program for students who plan to live independently and seek competitive integrated employment or attend a vocational training program or college upon graduation from high school. Alphapointe offers an eight–week program 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. (Pages 234)

Establishment of a task force on blind student academic and vocational performance to "develop goals and objectives to guide the improvement of...transition from school to work, rehabilitation services, independent living, and employment outcomes for eligible students.” Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Education in cooperation with the Director of the Department of Social Services (RSB’s parent agency).  (Page 23, 244, 49)

Work Incentives & Benefits

Occupational projections predict the number of workers needed in different educational and skill levels. In Missouri, the projections support the need for workers at all different skill and education levels. Through sector strategies, career pathways can minimize skills gaps since they are validated with the businesses in the area, leading to the success of the workforce. (Page 43)

Through sector strategies, partnerships between all parties within the workforce system are formed. Career pathways are developed through the collaboration of employers, the education system, and workforce system. Within the career pathways, an individual has multiple entry and exit points based on current skills and knowledge, as well as the person’s willingness and capacity to continue to learn on the job, or through formal classroom education and/or training programs. The continued efforts of all WIOA partners ensure that all eligible persons, including those with disabilities, obtain skills to become or remain employed in high-demand, well-paid occupations. (Page 44)

Special education, as determined by the eligible agency; Secondary school credit Integrated education and training; Career pathways; Concurrent enrollment; Peer tutoring and; Transition to re–entry initiatives and other post release services with the goal of reducing recidivism. (Page 47)

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 62)

  • 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. (Page 75)

MVR is involved in sector strategies planning at the local and state levels to address skills gaps and create career pathways to better serve employers with their individual needs and to provide them with prepared candidates. It has been forming employment collaboratives at the local levels to ensure employers receive the best possible delivery of services. MVR will work with businesses to ensure they have resources for necessary workplace accommodations and rehabilitation technology. (Page 183)

Employer/ Business

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 283)

511

Establishment of a task force on blind student academic and vocational performance to "develop goals and objectives to guide the improvement of...transition from school to work, rehabilitation services, independent living, and employment outcomes for eligible students.” Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Education in cooperation with the Director of the Department of Social Services (RSB’s parent agency). (Page 237)

Mental Health

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

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, (Pages 114)

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 - 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

2017 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2016 to 2017
6,113,532
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
463,964
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.67%
Change from
2016 to 2017
172,283
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.52%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37.13%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
99.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
79,376.00%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 6,083,672 6,093,000 6,113,532
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 463,157 468,140 463,964
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 163,574 164,243 172,283
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,524,635 2,521,381 2,536,645
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.32% 35.08% 37.13%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.78% 79.16% 79,376.00%
State/National unemployment rate. 5.00% 4.50% 3.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.90% 22.30% 20.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.60% 12.60% 12.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 430,732 426,359 438,766
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 437,083 447,737 455,312
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 728,775 729,010 746,357
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 102,581 104,789 104,337
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 21,074 21,980 22,690
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,727 7,155 5,285
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,408 4,876 9,478
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 870 1,009 669
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 18,411 22,891 22,283
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 5,043 4,366 5,669

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,252 7,496 7,663
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.40% 5.60% 5.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 220,596 217,590 213,655

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,032 6,268 6,164
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 12,624 11,390 11,180
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 44,121 42,204 38,602
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.70% 14.90% 16.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.60% 1.00% 2.20%
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). 1.40% 1.30% 1.20%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 832 500 1,196
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. 712 684 645
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

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
8,301
8,600
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 50 58 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 836 919 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,816 1,778 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,264 2,405 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,579 2,697 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 756 743 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.20% 37.90% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 7,435 7,588 8,353
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 318,047 318,214 313,618
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 669 730 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 800 701 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $7,012,000 $5,578,000 $5,571,000
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. $38,353,000 $42,056,000 $46,338,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $18,291,000 $20,445,000 $22,851,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 12.00% 10.00% 9.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,644 4,027 4,470
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 3,352 3,744 4,076
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.40 9.90 9.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 57.65% 57.59% 57.36%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.92% 8.76% 8.58%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.66% 3.61% 3.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 88.58% 88.29% 87.67%
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). 31.03% 25.55% 28.50%
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). 59.49% 60.89% 59.67%
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). 64.79% 65.90% 64.29%
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). 28.46% 31.34% 31.17%

 

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 83
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 98 91 85
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 5,343
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 5,612

 

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. (Page 244-245)

Customized Employment

VR’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, VR provides eligible individuals with training (OJT, apprenticeships, customized employment, funding for community colleges, universities).  (Page 47)

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 48)

MVR continually reviews its strategies to develop new employer relationships and support those who employ persons with disabilities. Some of its flexible strategies include increasing work–based learning opportunities, on–the–job training, internships and customized employment. (Page 182)

  • SE Services –– The nature of the service itself requires intensive one–on–one job training. Services are provided by CRPs and include job development, job coaching, natural supports, task analysis and assessment, counseling and advocacy services and customized employment. Usually, SE services will not exceed nine months, but MVR can provide up to 24 months of community–based job training. (Page 197)

Provide training opportunities to include the provision of pre–employment transition services and customized employment services. (Page 267)

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 275)

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. (Pages 48,197)

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 242)

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. (Pages 244, 266, 267)

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 62)

Local level partners are conducting asset mapping, cross training and job shadowing to better understand each other’s services. These activities have led to collaborative practices such as co-enrollment and braiding of service funding. (Page 62)

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 87)

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 135)

SECTION 116 OF WIOA. 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 267)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Months, but can remain in the program for the life of the grant program (…in this case, six years). One adult must be working from the household. The family must make deposits monthly into their savings accounts, and they must attend financial literacy programs covering such topics as home ownership, economic education, career guidance, micro–enterprise development, etc. Successful IDA’s provide a great ‘return on investment’ by transforming a small contribution and hard work into a much larger payoff. Participants invest their IDA funds into their local communities, increase their incomes and become more self–sufficient. (Not disability specific but could be)  (Page 318)

School to Work Transition

MVR is collaboratively funding Disability Benefits 101 with DMH’s Division of Behavioral Health Services. Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. (Page 173)

  • 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 to provide cross training with MVR counselors and IDD case managers regarding their respective services. (Page 176)

Additional partnering activities include the sponsoring of an employment summit with the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare to facilitate clinical integration of behavioral health and community employment efforts and MVR’s and DMH–DBH’s co–funding of the customized Missouri benefits planning website DB101. (Page 184)

MVR has statewide and regional specialists that have had extensive training and experience in their area of expertise, e.g., business specialists, mental health, autism, assistive technology, AgrAbility, benefits planning, brain injury, hearing impairments, vision impairments, learning disabilities and self–employment. These specialists are available to provide direct assistance to clients as well as consultation with counselors. All counselors, regardless of their tenure, have the opportunity to work with a mentor who has expertise and experience in an area that is of interest to them. (Pages 190,  232)

Recipients of SSI/SSDI who also receive other benefits from the DSA (Pages 255)

Career Pathways

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.

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 275)

RSB has one Job Development Specialist that works directly with employers to develop relationships and identify clients from various offices to meet employer needs. This position serves on several committees including the St. Louis Deafblind Taskforce, St. Louis County Disability Resource Committee, Employment Liaison Committee, Employment Working Group for Immigrants and refugees, St. Louis Transition Council, St. Louis Special School District Agency Collaborative, and the Urban League. This position receives and distributes job postings to VR staff and assists clients in the development of business plans required for self –employment vocational goals. (Page 48)

Research verifies that pathways from school to work or secondary to post–secondary education can be more difficult for individuals with disabilities therefore the need for transition career services and pre–employment transition services is great. (Page 202)

RSB has partnered with Lighthouse for the Blind and Alphapointe Association for the Blind through a contractual relationship to provide intensive specialized prevocational skills training to youth with disabilities who are blind or visually impaired. Lighthouse for the Blind’s summer program delivers a residential program for students who plan to live independently and seek competitive integrated employment or attend a vocational training program or college upon graduation from high school. Alphapointe offers an eight–week program 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. (Pages 234)

Establishment of a task force on blind student academic and vocational performance to "develop goals and objectives to guide the improvement of...transition from school to work, rehabilitation services, independent living, and employment outcomes for eligible students.” Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Education in cooperation with the Director of the Department of Social Services (RSB’s parent agency).  (Page 23, 244, 49)

Work Incentives & Benefits

Occupational projections predict the number of workers needed in different educational and skill levels. In Missouri, the projections support the need for workers at all different skill and education levels. Through sector strategies, career pathways can minimize skills gaps since they are validated with the businesses in the area, leading to the success of the workforce. (Page 43)

Through sector strategies, partnerships between all parties within the workforce system are formed. Career pathways are developed through the collaboration of employers, the education system, and workforce system. Within the career pathways, an individual has multiple entry and exit points based on current skills and knowledge, as well as the person’s willingness and capacity to continue to learn on the job, or through formal classroom education and/or training programs. The continued efforts of all WIOA partners ensure that all eligible persons, including those with disabilities, obtain skills to become or remain employed in high-demand, well-paid occupations. (Page 44)

Special education, as determined by the eligible agency; Secondary school credit Integrated education and training; Career pathways; Concurrent enrollment; Peer tutoring and; Transition to re–entry initiatives and other post release services with the goal of reducing recidivism. (Page 47)

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 62)

  • 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. (Page 75)

MVR is involved in sector strategies planning at the local and state levels to address skills gaps and create career pathways to better serve employers with their individual needs and to provide them with prepared candidates. It has been forming employment collaboratives at the local levels to ensure employers receive the best possible delivery of services. MVR will work with businesses to ensure they have resources for necessary workplace accommodations and rehabilitation technology. (Page 183)

Employer/ Business

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 283)

511

Establishment of a task force on blind student academic and vocational performance to "develop goals and objectives to guide the improvement of...transition from school to work, rehabilitation services, independent living, and employment outcomes for eligible students.” Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Education in cooperation with the Director of the Department of Social Services (RSB’s parent agency). (Page 237)

Mental Health

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

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, (Pages 114)

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

2017 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2016 to 2017
6,113,532
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
463,964
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.67%
Change from
2016 to 2017
172,283
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.52%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37.13%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
99.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
79,376.00%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 6,113,532
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 463,964
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 172,283
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,536,645
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 37.13%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79,376.00%
State/National unemployment rate. 3.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 438,766
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 455,312
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 746,357
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 104,337
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 22,690
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,285
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 9,478
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 669
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 22,283
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 5,669

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,663
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. 213,655

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,164
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 11,180
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 38,602
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.20%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,196
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 645
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

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,353
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 313,618
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

2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $5,571,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $46,338,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $22,851,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 9.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,470
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,076
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 9.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 57.36%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.58%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 87.67%
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). 28.50%
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). 59.67%
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). 64.29%
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). 31.17%

 

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). 83
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 85
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). 5,343
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. 5,612

 

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. (Page 244-245)

Customized Employment

VR’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, VR provides eligible individuals with training (OJT, apprenticeships, customized employment, funding for community colleges, universities).  (Page 47)

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 48)

MVR continually reviews its strategies to develop new employer relationships and support those who employ persons with disabilities. Some of its flexible strategies include increasing work–based learning opportunities, on–the–job training, internships and customized employment. (Page 182)

  • SE Services –– The nature of the service itself requires intensive one–on–one job training. Services are provided by CRPs and include job development, job coaching, natural supports, task analysis and assessment, counseling and advocacy services and customized employment. Usually, SE services will not exceed nine months, but MVR can provide up to 24 months of community–based job training. (Page 197)

Provide training opportunities to include the provision of pre–employment transition services and customized employment services. (Page 267)

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 275)

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. (Pages 48,197)

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 242)

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. (Pages 244, 266, 267)

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 62)

Local level partners are conducting asset mapping, cross training and job shadowing to better understand each other’s services. These activities have led to collaborative practices such as co-enrollment and braiding of service funding. (Page 62)

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 87)

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 135)

SECTION 116 OF WIOA. 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 267)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Months, but can remain in the program for the life of the grant program (…in this case, six years). One adult must be working from the household. The family must make deposits monthly into their savings accounts, and they must attend financial literacy programs covering such topics as home ownership, economic education, career guidance, micro–enterprise development, etc. Successful IDA’s provide a great ‘return on investment’ by transforming a small contribution and hard work into a much larger payoff. Participants invest their IDA funds into their local communities, increase their incomes and become more self–sufficient. (Not disability specific but could be)  (Page 318)

School to Work Transition

MVR is collaboratively funding Disability Benefits 101 with DMH’s Division of Behavioral Health Services. Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. (Page 173)

  • 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 to provide cross training with MVR counselors and IDD case managers regarding their respective services. (Page 176)

Additional partnering activities include the sponsoring of an employment summit with the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare to facilitate clinical integration of behavioral health and community employment efforts and MVR’s and DMH–DBH’s co–funding of the customized Missouri benefits planning website DB101. (Page 184)

MVR has statewide and regional specialists that have had extensive training and experience in their area of expertise, e.g., business specialists, mental health, autism, assistive technology, AgrAbility, benefits planning, brain injury, hearing impairments, vision impairments, learning disabilities and self–employment. These specialists are available to provide direct assistance to clients as well as consultation with counselors. All counselors, regardless of their tenure, have the opportunity to work with a mentor who has expertise and experience in an area that is of interest to them. (Pages 190,  232)

Recipients of SSI/SSDI who also receive other benefits from the DSA (Pages 255)

Career Pathways

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.

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 275)

RSB has one Job Development Specialist that works directly with employers to develop relationships and identify clients from various offices to meet employer needs. This position serves on several committees including the St. Louis Deafblind Taskforce, St. Louis County Disability Resource Committee, Employment Liaison Committee, Employment Working Group for Immigrants and refugees, St. Louis Transition Council, St. Louis Special School District Agency Collaborative, and the Urban League. This position receives and distributes job postings to VR staff and assists clients in the development of business plans required for self –employment vocational goals. (Page 48)

Research verifies that pathways from school to work or secondary to post–secondary education can be more difficult for individuals with disabilities therefore the need for transition career services and pre–employment transition services is great. (Page 202)

RSB has partnered with Lighthouse for the Blind and Alphapointe Association for the Blind through a contractual relationship to provide intensive specialized prevocational skills training to youth with disabilities who are blind or visually impaired. Lighthouse for the Blind’s summer program delivers a residential program for students who plan to live independently and seek competitive integrated employment or attend a vocational training program or college upon graduation from high school. Alphapointe offers an eight–week program 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. (Pages 234)

Establishment of a task force on blind student academic and vocational performance to "develop goals and objectives to guide the improvement of...transition from school to work, rehabilitation services, independent living, and employment outcomes for eligible students.” Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Education in cooperation with the Director of the Department of Social Services (RSB’s parent agency).  (Page 23, 244, 49)

Work Incentives & Benefits

Occupational projections predict the number of workers needed in different educational and skill levels. In Missouri, the projections support the need for workers at all different skill and education levels. Through sector strategies, career pathways can minimize skills gaps since they are validated with the businesses in the area, leading to the success of the workforce. (Page 43)

Through sector strategies, partnerships between all parties within the workforce system are formed. Career pathways are developed through the collaboration of employers, the education system, and workforce system. Within the career pathways, an individual has multiple entry and exit points based on current skills and knowledge, as well as the person’s willingness and capacity to continue to learn on the job, or through formal classroom education and/or training programs. The continued efforts of all WIOA partners ensure that all eligible persons, including those with disabilities, obtain skills to become or remain employed in high-demand, well-paid occupations. (Page 44)

Special education, as determined by the eligible agency; Secondary school credit Integrated education and training; Career pathways; Concurrent enrollment; Peer tutoring and; Transition to re–entry initiatives and other post release services with the goal of reducing recidivism. (Page 47)

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 62)

  • 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. (Page 75)

MVR is involved in sector strategies planning at the local and state levels to address skills gaps and create career pathways to better serve employers with their individual needs and to provide them with prepared candidates. It has been forming employment collaboratives at the local levels to ensure employers receive the best possible delivery of services. MVR will work with businesses to ensure they have resources for necessary workplace accommodations and rehabilitation technology. (Page 183)

Employer/ Business

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 283)

511

Establishment of a task force on blind student academic and vocational performance to "develop goals and objectives to guide the improvement of...transition from school to work, rehabilitation services, independent living, and employment outcomes for eligible students.” Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Education in cooperation with the Director of the Department of Social Services (RSB’s parent agency). (Page 237)

Mental Health

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

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, (Pages 114)

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'".

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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 - Phone

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

2017 State Population.
0.34%
Change from
2016 to 2017
6,113,532
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
463,964
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.67%
Change from
2016 to 2017
172,283
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.52%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37.13%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
99.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
79,376.00%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 6,113,532
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 463,964
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 172,283
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,536,645
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 37.13%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79,376.00%
State/National unemployment rate. 3.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 438,766
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 455,312
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 746,357
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 104,337
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 22,690
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,285
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 9,478
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 669
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 22,283
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 5,669

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,663
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. 213,655

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,164
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 11,180
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 38,602
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.20%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,196
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 645
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

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,353
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 313,618
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

2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $5,571,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $46,338,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $22,851,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 9.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,470
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,076
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 9.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 57.36%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.58%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 87.67%
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). 28.50%
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). 59.67%
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). 64.29%
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). 31.17%

 

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). 83
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 85
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). 5,343
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. 5,612

 

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. (Page 244-245)

Customized Employment

VR’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, VR provides eligible individuals with training (OJT, apprenticeships, customized employment, funding for community colleges, universities).  (Page 47)

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 48)

MVR continually reviews its strategies to develop new employer relationships and support those who employ persons with disabilities. Some of its flexible strategies include increasing work–based learning opportunities, on–the–job training, internships and customized employment. (Page 182)

  • SE Services –– The nature of the service itself requires intensive one–on–one job training. Services are provided by CRPs and include job development, job coaching, natural supports, task analysis and assessment, counseling and advocacy services and customized employment. Usually, SE services will not exceed nine months, but MVR can provide up to 24 months of community–based job training. (Page 197)

Provide training opportunities to include the provision of pre–employment transition services and customized employment services. (Page 267)

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 275)

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. (Pages 48,197)

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 242)

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. (Pages 244, 266, 267)

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 62)

Local level partners are conducting asset mapping, cross training and job shadowing to better understand each other’s services. These activities have led to collaborative practices such as co-enrollment and braiding of service funding. (Page 62)

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 87)

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 135)

SECTION 116 OF WIOA. 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 267)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Months, but can remain in the program for the life of the grant program (…in this case, six years). One adult must be working from the household. The family must make deposits monthly into their savings accounts, and they must attend financial literacy programs covering such topics as home ownership, economic education, career guidance, micro–enterprise development, etc. Successful IDA’s provide a great ‘return on investment’ by transforming a small contribution and hard work into a much larger payoff. Participants invest their IDA funds into their local communities, increase their incomes and become more self–sufficient. (Not disability specific but could be)  (Page 318)

School to Work Transition

MVR is collaboratively funding Disability Benefits 101 with DMH’s Division of Behavioral Health Services. Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. (Page 173)

  • 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 to provide cross training with MVR counselors and IDD case managers regarding their respective services. (Page 176)

Additional partnering activities include the sponsoring of an employment summit with the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare to facilitate clinical integration of behavioral health and community employment efforts and MVR’s and DMH–DBH’s co–funding of the customized Missouri benefits planning website DB101. (Page 184)

MVR has statewide and regional specialists that have had extensive training and experience in their area of expertise, e.g., business specialists, mental health, autism, assistive technology, AgrAbility, benefits planning, brain injury, hearing impairments, vision impairments, learning disabilities and self–employment. These specialists are available to provide direct assistance to clients as well as consultation with counselors. All counselors, regardless of their tenure, have the opportunity to work with a mentor who has expertise and experience in an area that is of interest to them. (Pages 190,  232)

Recipients of SSI/SSDI who also receive other benefits from the DSA (Pages 255)

Career Pathways

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.

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 275)

RSB has one Job Development Specialist that works directly with employers to develop relationships and identify clients from various offices to meet employer needs. This position serves on several committees including the St. Louis Deafblind Taskforce, St. Louis County Disability Resource Committee, Employment Liaison Committee, Employment Working Group for Immigrants and refugees, St. Louis Transition Council, St. Louis Special School District Agency Collaborative, and the Urban League. This position receives and distributes job postings to VR staff and assists clients in the development of business plans required for self –employment vocational goals. (Page 48)

Research verifies that pathways from school to work or secondary to post–secondary education can be more difficult for individuals with disabilities therefore the need for transition career services and pre–employment transition services is great. (Page 202)

RSB has partnered with Lighthouse for the Blind and Alphapointe Association for the Blind through a contractual relationship to provide intensive specialized prevocational skills training to youth with disabilities who are blind or visually impaired. Lighthouse for the Blind’s summer program delivers a residential program for students who plan to live independently and seek competitive integrated employment or attend a vocational training program or college upon graduation from high school. Alphapointe offers an eight–week program 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. (Pages 234)

Establishment of a task force on blind student academic and vocational performance to "develop goals and objectives to guide the improvement of...transition from school to work, rehabilitation services, independent living, and employment outcomes for eligible students.” Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Education in cooperation with the Director of the Department of Social Services (RSB’s parent agency).  (Page 23, 244, 49)

Work Incentives & Benefits

Occupational projections predict the number of workers needed in different educational and skill levels. In Missouri, the projections support the need for workers at all different skill and education levels. Through sector strategies, career pathways can minimize skills gaps since they are validated with the businesses in the area, leading to the success of the workforce. (Page 43)

Through sector strategies, partnerships between all parties within the workforce system are formed. Career pathways are developed through the collaboration of employers, the education system, and workforce system. Within the career pathways, an individual has multiple entry and exit points based on current skills and knowledge, as well as the person’s willingness and capacity to continue to learn on the job, or through formal classroom education and/or training programs. The continued efforts of all WIOA partners ensure that all eligible persons, including those with disabilities, obtain skills to become or remain employed in high-demand, well-paid occupations. (Page 44)

Special education, as determined by the eligible agency; Secondary school credit Integrated education and training; Career pathways; Concurrent enrollment; Peer tutoring and; Transition to re–entry initiatives and other post release services with the goal of reducing recidivism. (Page 47)

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 62)

  • 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. (Page 75)

MVR is involved in sector strategies planning at the local and state levels to address skills gaps and create career pathways to better serve employers with their individual needs and to provide them with prepared candidates. It has been forming employment collaboratives at the local levels to ensure employers receive the best possible delivery of services. MVR will work with businesses to ensure they have resources for necessary workplace accommodations and rehabilitation technology. (Page 183)

Employer/ Business

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 283)

511

Establishment of a task force on blind student academic and vocational performance to "develop goals and objectives to guide the improvement of...transition from school to work, rehabilitation services, independent living, and employment outcomes for eligible students.” Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Education in cooperation with the Director of the Department of Social Services (RSB’s parent agency). (Page 237)

Mental Health

Describe how the