Division of Developmental Disabilities Employment First Policy


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Policies and Programs

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.

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