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State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon New Jersey’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.22%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,958,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
428,810
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
162,728
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.95%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.50%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 8,899,339 8,938,175 8,958,013
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 44,447 434,368 428,810
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 162,589 170,279 162,728
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,816,311 3,913,966 3,920,159
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.58% 39.20% 37.95%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.06% 76.49% 76.50%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 6.60% 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.80% 10.40% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 433,985 425,045 426,196
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 501,848 504,432 494,830
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 666,019 672,309 670,296
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 151,509 146,084 139,907
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 147,378 147,481 144,762
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,395 3,225 1,826
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 43,301 36,711 41,610
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 20,930 19,596 21,292
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 51,567 51,375 45,875

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,937 6,988 7,263
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.70% 4.70% 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 201,536 203,208 202,497

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 75,051 76,163 76,132
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 172,434 175,360 175,482
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 273,442 279,646 281,707
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.40% 27.20% 27.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.60% 1.50% 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.40% 4.40% 4.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 1.70% 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,930 1,842 1,868
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 5,324 5,531 5,989
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,340 2,150 2,376
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. 3,946 3,540 3,415
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
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. 42 44 26
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 28 33 17
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. 67.00% 79.00% 65.00%
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. 0.32 0.37 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,073
6,826
6,082
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 42 49 36
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 862 941 851
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,348 1,380 1,188
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,251 2,136 1,981
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,858 1,811 1,616
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 712 509 410
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.20% 31.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 5,720 8,797
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 304,077 305,347
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 2 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 189 186 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 0.00% 11.00% 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 2,655 2,676
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 7,603 7,465
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.00 14.50 15.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 47.50% 45.85% 44.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 17.50% 16.12% 16.09%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.80% 7.65% 7.60%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.54% 90.41% 76.24%
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). 44.30% 49.24% 51.88%
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). 73.10% 74.05% 81.27%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 84.40% 84.07% 87.76%
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). 28.80% 24.81% 29.39%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,103,352
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 55,312
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 365,337
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 420,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 138
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 302
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 440
AbilityOne wages (products). $440,745
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,882,285

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3 2 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 66 53 61
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 3 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 59 68
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 31 72
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 5,977 6,607
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 373 373
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6,381 7,052

 

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Theme 1: Building Career Pathways with a focus on Industry–Valued Credentials

Through a common definition of career pathways, a newly created list of industry–valued credentials, literacy standards and a renewed commitment to Employment First for all persons with disabilities, New Jersey will ensure that all workforce investments are enabling individuals to access greater economic opportunity and to build on their skills throughout their careers. These efforts will expand the number of career pathways, at all levels of education and workforce services, which will help more individuals obtain industry–valued credentials and degrees. (Page 9) 

EMPLOYMENT FIRST FRAMEWORK AND CAREER PATHWAYS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

In April 2012, Governor Chris Christie declared that New Jersey would become the 14th Employment First state in the United States. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states and their Local WDBs to invest prescribed resources to promote the creation and implementation of workforce development and training programs and services designed specifically for individuals with significant disabilities. A unified Employment First Definition for New Jersey ensures that the workforce system has a singular focus and vision that ensures all workforce development and training resources dedicated for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, have the potential for yielding the highest return on investment.

EMPLOYMENT FIRST is a framework for systems change that is centered on the premise that all citizens with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. Individuals with disabilities are a multi-skilled workforce resource for employers. An inclusive workplace promotes diversity, expands the tax base and creates an expanded pool of qualified candidates for available jobs. ‘Employment First’ is about creating an environment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, that empowers them with choices for their future, reduces poverty, eases demand on state and community based social service agencies and provides workers with a sense of achievement.(Page 62)

DVRS subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career pathway development.

DVRS is committed to working with all WIOA partners, and currently 16 of the 18 Vocational Rehabilitation offices throughout the State of New Jersey are co-located at One-Stop Career Centers. They collaborate on a range of activities, and the goals and recommendations within this section outline the main priorities for collaboration and integration of these services within the WIOA system. 

DVRS has information on its website, developed in conjunction with the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired that is standard and reciprocal across the two programs, and that information also provides common language and references to services and programs delivered by LWD that the populations served by the two organizations can access.

Goals to Further Align Vocational Rehabilitation with WIOA Title I One-Stop System:

1. Goal 1: By September 30, 2017, the number of individuals with DD, including ASD applying for DVRS services will increase by 50%. Strategic objectives to meet this goal include the following:

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.  (Page 103)

6. Goal 6: By September 30, 2016, DVRS will hold public forums to report on specific topics related to its service delivery and integration with the WIOA system, such as how DVRS is performing at the Employment First goal, and how services are succeeding with the deaf and hard of hearing population.

State Rehabilitation Council Recommendations 

Specific SRC recommendations for the Plan are provided in Section VI. Program Specific Requirements for Core Programs in the section on the Vocational Rehabilitation, item (a) Input of State Rehabilitation Council. (Page 105)

CBVI subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career development.

CBVI is committed to working with all WIOA partners, including One-Stop Career Centers, to provide technical assistance that will help guarantee that general employment focused services are provided in accessible forms to consumers who are blind, vision-impaired, and deaf-blind.

Services are integrated with wider DVRS services and the entire One-Stop system through a number of mechanisms. Currently, CBVI’s programs are not generally co-located with One-Stop Career Centers or other Vocational Rehabilitation services. As noted, the majority of services are by itinerant staff who deliver services directly to blind and visually impaired New Jersey residents in their homes or other community locations most suitable for delivery of those services. New Jersey confident that successful coordination and collaboration can occur through referral and partnership. (Page 106)

DVRS subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career pathway development.

DVRS is committed to working with all WIOA partners, and is currently co-located in 16 of the 18 offices throughout the State of New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) provides oversight and advises the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the designated state unit (DSU) within the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). LWD is the designated state agency (DSA). The SRC is a partnership of people with disabilities, advocates, and other interested persons who are committed to ensuring through policy development, implementation, and advocacy that New Jersey has a rehabilitation program that is not only comprehensive and consumer-responsive but also effective, efficient, and significantly funded. The SRC is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities receive rehabilitation services that result in gainful employment. Representing the myriad of diversity that is New Jersey, council members believe that individuals with disabilities are the “untapped resource” to the business community and assert that disability is a natural  part of the human experience that in no way diminishes a person’s right to fully participate in all aspects of American life. Members of the SRC in New Jersey believe in a public system of vocational rehabilitation that is responsible and accountable to those it serves and to those who fund it; they believe that competitive jobs generate tax revenue and enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to spend discretionary income which contributes to the state’s economy. (Page 228)

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) believes that collaboration with stakeholders is essential to assisting people with disabilities to successfully become employed. Such an ongoing effort maximizes resources and addresses the quality of life issues that can impact the ability of a person with a disability to obtain and maintain employment.

The DVRS is part of Workforce Development within LWD and is a strong partner with the One-Stop Career Center Workforce Investment System throughout the state. The agency also enjoys a cooperative relationship with state and community-based agencies to collaborate on programs that will promote the empowerment and economic independence of individuals with disabilities in an effort to encourage employment. The agency arranges memoranda of understanding (MOUs) for the purpose of carrying out activities that require a formalized response or protocol in the delivery of services. Since the Governor has declared through Executive Order, that New Jersey become the 14th Employment First state, the DVRS is reexamining all of the current MOUs in order to ensure policy aligns with the intent of Employment First. (Page 233)

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) The DDD serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability, are eligible for and maintain Medicaid eligibility, and are at least 18 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age to receive services. Conditions generally considered developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, and autism. Part of DDD’s implementation of the Employment First Initiative includes an annual discussion with individuals served, family members, and Support Coordinators providing care management services to identify each individual’s current employment status and identify how to assist the individual in reaching his/her employment outcomes. In addition, an employment-related outcome is required within the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) of every individual served through DDD. When an individual is not pursuing employment, a statement explaining why the individual is not pursuing employment at that time is included in the ISP. When an individual is in need of employment services to assist him/her in obtaining and/or maintaining employment, he/she must seek those services through DVRS initially. DDD provides other needed services while the eligibility determination is being made with DVRS or in addition to the employment services provided through DVRS. Once an eligibility determination is made with DVRS, DDD is able to provide employment services not available through DVRS, as well as the other services that are available through DDD. Because the DDD has transferred all of their children services to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the DVRS will be reaching out to the DCF to develop an MOU for the purpose of supporting students in transition who will need DVRS services in order to access employment. (Page 235)

The designated State unit's plans, policies, and procedures for coordination with education officials to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to the receipt of VR services, including pre-employment transition services, as well as procedures for the timely development and approval of individualized plans for employment for the students.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) understands the critical relationship that exists among education and employment that in turn affects independence and quality of life. Transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities is a top priority for the DVRS. The Division has had a long–standing formal interagency agreement for transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. This agreement is with the DVRS, the Office of Special Education Programs and the Office of Career and Technical Education in the New Jersey Department of Education, and the CBVI in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Since the Governor has declared through Executive Order, that New Jersey become the 14th Employment First state, it is critical that the DVRS reexamine this agreement to ensure policy aligns with the intent of Employment First. The DVRS will identify policy alignment with the SEA to ensure that employment is the first and presumed outcome for students with disabilities. (Page 238)

New Jersey is an Employment First State, and particular attention is given to youth with the most significant disabilities who, through informed choice, wish to pursue competitive integrated employment. DVRS has approved supported employment vendors who also vendor with DDD. The DDD system provides support coordinators to their participants who identify the individualized services needed and help arrange for those supports. DVRS counselors meet with DDD support coordinators and identify supported employment vendors common to both agencies in order to ensure a smooth transition of funding. DVRS is piloting “discovery” throughout the state in order to provide counselors with the tools to address the needs of this unique population. (Page 243)

New Jersey is also an Employment First state, and DVRS has identified goals to increase the number of individuals with significant ID/DD to avail themselves to DVRS services that result in an integrated competitive employment outcome.

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

A revised 5 year MOU was executed on July 1, 2015 by DVRS, CBVI, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities within the New Jersey Department of Human Services with the objective to define the roles and responsibilities of State agencies primarily involved in assisting individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive integrated employment and will assist the State agencies to operate in an efficient and successful manner to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities by operating consistently across agencies ensuring quality service provision. The agreement is in alignment with the New Jersey’s Employment First initiative proclaimed by Governor Christie on April 19, 2012. (Page 247)

Describe the development and implementation of a plan to address the current and projected needs for qualified personnel including, the coordination and facilitation of efforts between the designated State unit and institutions of higher education and professional associations to recruit, prepare, and retain personnel who are qualified, including personnel from minority backgrounds and personnel who are individuals with disabilities.

DVRS continues to recruit highly qualified candidates with master’s degrees in vocational rehabilitation counseling or closely related field for the counselor I position. DVRS is currently allowed to have 140 counselors statewide, and keeps an ongoing list of qualified candidates. DVRS only hires candidates with master’s degrees for this position. The division supports its staff through a number of continuing education opportunities, and provides in–house training on a regular basis. The New Jersey Rehabilitation Association, the Garden State Employment and Training Association, and the Association for Persons Supporting Employment First each sponsor continuing education credits with their respective yearly conferences, and DVRS supports a significant number of counselors for these conferences yearly. DVRS predicts a need to hire staff specifically for the coordination of pre–employment transition services and plans to submit this request in 2016. (Page 251)

  • Stakeholder meetings/listening tours of the One-Stop Career Center staff members in May 2014; and
  • Stakeholder meetings with the Deaf community held September 28, 2013 and October 12, 2013. 

Highlights of the survey results indicated a need to improve services/access to:

  • Individuals with the most significant disabilities, in particular individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), aligning the New Jersey Employment First Initiative; 

The DVRS identified key issues pertaining to meeting the intent of Employment First:

  • How should DCF (Division of Children & Families, DOE (Dept. of Education) and other state entities be aligned as partners in serving this consumer base?
  • State partners may have their own vision of Employment First which may or not be in alignment with DVRS.
  • Data Collection is difficult due to federal code restrictions and DVRS’s current case management system (WORCS). 
  • Need for Stakeholder analysis to identify and utilize internal and external partners.
  • Identify and engage “the Voice of the Customer.”
  • Strategic objectives to meet the DVRS Employment First initiative include the following:
  • More individuals with significant developmental disabilities (DD) and ASD will have greater access to become DVRS consumers. (Page 260)

Employment First (EF) identifies individuals with the most significant disabilities who historically have not been served appropriately by the public VR system. A typical outcome for this group was placement in segregated settings with little or no ability to obtain employment services that would increase the likelihood of self-sufficiency or community integration. Goals for EF are identified specifically to address this. (Page 263)

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.
  • Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Work with sheltered workshops to support individuals who wish to move into integrated employment. Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 268)

GOAL 6: By September 30, 2016, DVRS will hold public forums to report on specific topics related to its service delivery and integration with the WIOA system, such as how DVRS is performing at the Employment First goal, and how services are succeeding with the deaf and hard of hearing population.

DVRS is developing a Business Outreach Unit to strengthen the relationships with employers as a dual customer of the VR program. The members of the unit will work with businesses throughout the state to assist in addressing their need for qualified candidates, provide the lead for DVRS with targeted hiring events, help pre-screen candidates as warranted, liaison with other business services representatives throughout the workforce system, provide technical assistance regarding the ADA, and provide education on disability-related topics. (Page 270)

The goal of the DVRS is to create an effective, coordinated system of SE work opportunities throughout New Jersey to meet the needs of individuals with significant disabilities. SE funds are tracked separately to ensure reporting for individuals with the most significant disabilities that are served under the SE program. New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF). This initiative identifies that every person, including persons with the most significant disabilities have the right, through informed choice, to have equal access to employment services.

Of individuals with a SE outcome, the DVRS will increase the number of outcomes each year. The agency utilizes supported employment funds through a fee schedule based authorization process. That fee schedule ensures that the DVRS funds are spent on specific designated services. (Page 276)

DVRS and CBVI recently entered into a new MOU with DDD. The MOU identifies that resources to expand extended services and supported employment opportunities for youth with the most significant disabilities will be allocated for youth being served by DDD through individualized budget allocations specific for employment support in competitive, integrated settings. This agreement further supports New Jersey’s emphasis on Employment First. DVRS has also secured state funds to provide long-term follow-along (LTFA) to ensure job retention during any changes related to disability or environment. One reality to consider is that the number of people in LTFA increases every year as individuals secure employment in competitive settings. The DVRS state funds have not been able to keep up with the need. The DVRS updated its MOU with DDD to reflect DDD’s commitment to provide the LTFA once a consumer has been rehabilitated through the DVRS. The division also plans to create an MOU with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to be able to transfer LTFA for individuals with serious psychiatric illness to them. (Page 277)

  • Identify and provide targeted hiring events throughout the state; and
  • Analyze client data via dashboard approach for assessment purposes on a monthly basis. 

In order to increase the number of DVRS consumers with DD/ASD, the DVRS will apply the following strategies: 

  • DVRS will identify stakeholders and develop an education and communication plan that promotes Employment First (EF);
  • DVRS will research how other states’ agency partners are collaborating on EF strategies;
  • DVRS will develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD/ASD are served by DVRS;
  • DVRS will create a plan to allow transition students with DD/ASD to have open cases two years prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH pilot. (Page 278)

DVRS is committed to establishing Employment First initiatives throughout the state. Strategies include establishing Project SEARCH and developing targeted hiring events for qualified candidates with disabilities. The business outreach unit will lead these efforts. Additionally, DVRS identified goals to improve services to Deaf/hard of hearing consumers. Strategies to reach these goals include establishing regional Deaf language specialist positions throughout the state, improving the direct access for Deaf consumers via video phones in the offices, updating the DVRS hearing aid policy that includes best practices regarding individuals with cochlear implants, and working with the three Deaf centers to increase outreach to this population. DVRS also plans to contract with the Boggs Center, New Jersey’s Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, to provide technical assistance for the following: (Page 283)

  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and
  • Participating as a lead member to implement the Employment First initiative in the state.  (Page 284)

New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF) in April of 2012. EF is a framework that is centered on the premise that all citizens are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. This initiative identified that competitive employment in an integrated setting is the preferred first choice for every individual seeking employment in New Jersey. This effort shifts assumptions about whether individuals with certain categories of disabilities can to work to one of determining the supports and services necessary so that these individuals will be successful in competitive employment. The DVRS adheres to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. An individual with a disability must want and qualify for the services.

Counselors in all the offices received training on trial work experiences (TWE) in the spring of 2014. CRPs were also given access to the same training. TWE will be utilized when the DVRS counselor needs clear and convincing evidence regarding whether an individual with a disability will benefit from VR services. (Page 290)

CBVI subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career development. CBVI is committed to working with all WIOA partners, including One-Stop Career Centers, to provide technical assistance that will help guarantee that general employment focused services are provided in accessible forms to consumers who are blind, vision-impaired, and deaf-blind. (Page 308)

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) - DVRS and CBVI entered into a formal MOU with DDD in FFY 2015. The MOU outlines the process for DDD consumers who are interested in competitive integrated employment to access VR services. DDD serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability, are eligible for and maintain Medicaid eligibility, and are at least 18 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age to receive services. Conditions generally considered developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, and autism. Part of DDD’s implementation of the Employment First Initiative includes an annual discussion with individuals served, family members, and Support Coordinators providing care management services to identify each individual’s current employment status and identify how to assist the individual in reaching his/her employment outcomes. In addition, an employment-related outcome is required within the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) of every individual served through DDD. When an individual is not pursuing employment, a statement explaining why the individual is not pursuing employment at that time is included in the ISP. When an individual is in need of employment services to assist him/her in obtaining and/or maintaining employment, he/she must seek those services through DVRS initially. DDD provides other needed services while the eligibility determination is being made with DVRS or in addition to the employment services provided through DVRS. Once an eligibility determination is made with DVRS, DDD is able to provide employment services not available through DVRS, as well as the other services that are available through DDD. Because the DDD has transferred all of their children services to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the DVRS will be reaching out to the DCF to develop an MOU for the purpose of supporting students in transition who will need DVRS services in order to access employment. (Page 312)

A revised 5 year MOU was executed on July 1, 2015 by DVRS, CBVI, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities within the New Jersey Department of Human Services with the objective to define the roles and responsibilities of State agencies primarily involved in assisting individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive integrated employment and will assist the State agencies to operate in an efficient and successful manner to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities by operating consistently across agencies ensuring quality service provision. The agreement is in alignment with the New Jersey’s Employment First initiative proclaimed by Governor Christie on April 19, 2012 (Page 322)

In addition, the agency recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the DVRS, the general VR agency, and DDD, a sister agency within the New Jersey Department of Human Services and an agency that provides a full array of employment supports including extended services to individuals with a wide array of developmental disabilities, with the goal of furthering Employment First principles in the state by increasing access to supports needed to obtain and maintain employment. (Page 339)

DVRS and CBVI recently entered into a new MOU with DDD. The MOU identifies that resources to expand extended services and supported employment opportunities for youth with the most significant disabilities will be allocated for youth being served by DDD through individualized budget allocations specific for employment support in competitive, integrated settings. This agreement further supports New Jersey’s emphasis on Employment First.

The DVRS has organized the provision of SE through the use of community rehabilitation programs on a fee-for-service basis generally requiring up to 100 hours of intensive job coaching. The DVRS is currently reviewing the provision of SE services to determine that it is being offered to those in the most need and that there is a true collaboration among the three parties; the consumer, the DVRS vocational rehabilitation counselor and the vendor. (Page 340)

New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF) in April of 2012. EF is a framework that is centered on the premise that all citizens are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. This initiative identified that competitive employment in an integrated setting is the preferred first choice for every individual seeking employment in New Jersey. This effort shifts assumptions about whether individuals with certain categories of disabilities can to work to one of determining the supports and services necessary so that these individuals will be successful in competitive employment. The DVRS adheres to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. An individual with a disability must want and qualify for the services.

Counselors in all the offices received training on trial work experiences (TWE) in the spring of 2014. CRPs were also given access to the same training. TWE will be utilized when the DVRS counselor needs clear and convincing evidence regarding whether an individual with a disability will benefit from VR services. (Page 357)

 

Customized Employment
  • TA to designated institutes of higher education in order to establish programs for youth with ID/DD that will provide industry–recognized credentials and a Career Pathways approach for their skill development; and
  • TA to designated sheltered workshop staff for training in Customized Employment and Person–Centered Planning. 

Strategies to reach all transition students with disabilities are significant as well. They include establishing a PETS unit to coordinate activities with LEAs and CILs as well as developing an MOU with the SEA to help DVRS achieve the requirement of providing PETS to all students with disabilities in transition. DVRS also posted a notice of funding for PETS activities to work with vendors to reach this goal.(Page 248)

CBVI will continue to provide professional staff with developmental instruction that will enhance the delivery of VR services. Specifically, CBVI has and will continue to provide its staff with instruction in Customized Employment practices, the use of labor market information in career planning, leadership development programs, and other VR-specific opportunities and courses, as they are made available.

CBVI is the designated State Licensing Agency to administer the Federal Randolph-Sheppard program, an entrepreneurial program for qualified, legally blind candidates, who are interested in operating and managing businesses on Federal, State, and municipal properties. ( Page 310)

Greater communication with the Division of Developmental Disabilities has helped to identify additional individuals with the most significant disabilities who may benefit from supported employment services to gain employment in integrated settings. The agency also recently expanded its collaborations with the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities to expand cross training opportunities with community rehabilitation providers who provide supported employment services and agency staff. The agency also participates annually in the New Jersey Association for Persons in Supported Employment statewide conference to present on agency services as an outreach effort to additional communities that serve or advocate on behalf of individuals with the most significant disabilities and those that are unserved or underserved. Finally, CBVI undertook a comprehensive training of all VR staff in the skills of Customized Employment, strengthening the agency’s ability to cater well to the diverse needs of the most significantly disabled among its consumers. (Page 344)

  • Maintain the EDGE program (Employment, Development, Guidance, and Engagement) a year-round program for transition-aged youth (14-21) eligible for vocational rehabilitation services emphasizing employment development, mentoring by employed blind/vision impaired adults, and experiential learning experiences to promote independence.
  • Establish a Business Relations Unit, charged with educating employers about blindness and catering to the unique needs of business as a secondary customer of CBVI services, in alignment with provisions in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Redesigning and strengthening the Randolph-Sheppard program in New Jersey (Business Enterprises New Jersey - BENJ)
  • Develop competencies for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Supervisors in utilizing evidence-based practices, including incorporating motivational interviewing techniques and customized employment methodologies into the counseling relationship to increase employment outcomes.
  • Expand vocational exploration, experiential programs, and other career planning opportunities for consumers. (Page 349)
Braiding/Blending Resources

Under the DVRS EF strategy, long–term SE services will be provided by the DDD and the DMHAS for consumers who qualify for these services after a DVRS consumer is successfully placed in employment. This braiding of funding provides supports to a higher number of consumers. The DVRS continues to partner with the DDD and the DMHAS in order to do this.

DDD – DVRS and CBVI successfully negotiated a new MOU with the DDD in FFY 2015. The DDD recently changed its policy and now requires all individuals who receive DDD services to apply for services with the DVRS as a condition to receiving DDD funding. While the DVRS is very willing to provide services to individuals who qualify and want services, the division will adhere to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in WIOA. ability related information found. (Page 291)

Under the DVRS EF strategy, long-term SE services will be provided by the DDD and the DMHAS for consumers who qualify for these services after a DVRS consumer is successfully placed in employment. This braiding of funding provides supports to a higher number of consumers. The DVRS continues to partner with the DDD and the DMHAS in order to do this.

DDD - DVRS and CBVI successfully negotiated a new MOU with the DDD in FFY 2015. The DDD recently changed its policy and now requires all individuals who receive DDD services to apply for services with the DVRS as a condition to receiving DDD funding. While the DVRS is very willing to provide services to individuals who qualify and want services, the division will adhere to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in WIOA. (Page 358)

Title II providers, including the community college system, to move people seamlessly from English as a Second Language and/or basic literacy skills training through to a postsecondary credential, including integrated basic skills alongside workforce career exploration and planning, and a transition to skills training and credentials.

LWD is in the process of providing planning grants to local workforce development areas for consolidation of literacy funds with workforce development and a more seamless transition from basic skills training to occupational training. The solicitation for providers of both Title I and Title II programs will include clear expectations for how to integrate these services, including Bridge Program models as well as more comprehensive blending of the curricula. (Page 101)

LWD provides TANF grant and support services reimbursement to the Division of Family Development for WorkFirst NJ TANF recipients who have been approved by the One-Stop system to pursue a college level program leading to an AAA/AAS or BA/BS degree. The grant and support services reimbursement is through NJ Workforce Development Program funds and stops the five (5) year TANF eligibility clock while the TANF participant is pursuing their college level degree.

This innovative collaboration is another example of New Jersey’s close collaboration among programs and deep commitment to blending funding to the greatest extent possible within existing law and regulations in order to best serve New Jersey residents. (Page 109)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

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

In August 2010, LWD reorganized its structure to include the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) within the workforce development system. This provides a solid foundation to work with the State’s workforce investment system. DVRS is a core participant in the One-Stop system and maintains an active presence in the 17 local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) as well as the SETC, New Jersey’s State WDB. This close involvement ensures that physical and programmatic accessibility is at the forefront of all efforts of the WIOA system. (Page 154)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment
  • c. Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • d. Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • e. Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 104)

DVRS is also supporting the establishment of Pilot SEARCH programs in three counties through its innovation and expansion funding, and requests a waiver of statewideness to implement them. Our eventual goal is to support sites in every county; however, it is critical that DVRS pilots this effort before moving to a statewide implementation. (Page 231)

New Jersey is fortunate to have state–appropriated funding for post–employment services which is referred to as the long–term follow–along (LTFA) program. The LTFA funding of approximately $5.4 million went out under an NGO for the third time in FY 2015, and 71 supported employment programs were given contracts to provide extended services. (Page 241)

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.
  • Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Work with sheltered workshops to support individuals who wish to move into integrated employment. Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 268)
    • Partner with other state agencies (i.e. the DDD, the CBVI) to make sure the DVRS services information is distributed as warranted;
    • Identify and provide targeted hiring events throughout the state; and
    • Analyze client data via dashboard approach for assessment purposes on a monthly basis. 

In order to increase the number of DVRS consumers with DD/ASD, the DVRS will apply the following strategies:

  • DVRS will research how other states’ agency partners are collaborating on EF strategies;
  • DVRS will develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD/ASD are served by DVRS;
  • DVRS will create a plan to allow transition students with DD/ASD to have open cases two years prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH pilot (Page 278)
  • Information and demonstration;
  • Community outreach;
  • Equipment recycling; and
  • Technical consultation. 

Assistive technology services and devices will be provided to individuals with disabilities on a statewide basis through a renewed and expanded contract with Advancing Opportunities using the following methods:

  • Allowing the DVRS clients to try out equipment before purchase to determine best match for their specific needs;
  • Continuing a pilot program with local offices to focus on organization and project management strategies among professional staff; ( Page 279)

CBVI Goal 2: Work Skills Prep: Post-Graduation Follow Along

CBVI will improve employment outcomes for its consumers who attended the Work Skills Prep program and graduated from their secondary school program from the current success rate of 22.22% to 30% of all those who exit the VR program. This goal is scheduled to be completed by 9/30/2013. This is a one year pilot project. If successful, the agency will look to expand the strategies to continue to improve employment outcomes for individuals with the most significant disabilities.

Update: The job developer hired for this position was able to achieve three additional closures of Work Skills graduates, but unfortunately found other employment before the end of the project year. A new job developer was hired, and began to work with counselors in the services centers and consumers around job development activities. The program has experienced another setback; as the new job developer was diverted to another project. The agency had decided to redesign the program and will roll out the new program in FFY 2016. ( Page 351)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

D/HH individuals will have increased opportunities to become DVRS consumers, obtain job skills, and obtain competitive employment that matches their interests, skills & capabilities.

  • Qualified interpreters will accompany D/HH consumers at job interviews rather than job coaches.

The DVRS identified key issues regarding the need to improve community rehabilitation programs within New Jersey:

  • Ensuring that DVRS consumers in supported employment have access to qualified employment specialists.
  • Defining the role of New Jersey’s set-aside programs that employ individuals with DD.
  • Transforming the current system of sheltered programs to a system that supports movement into competitive employment for individuals with DD/ASD.
  • Fear of family members to allow family members with DD/ASD to become competitively employed.
  • Families need information from qualified SSI/SSDI benefits counselors.
  • Strategic objectives to improve community rehabilitation programs within the state include the following:
  • Increased oversight from DVRS program development specialists will identify individuals currently in extended employment who should have DVRS cases opened;  (Page 262)
  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and

The DVRS plans to work with the CRPs to develop integrated employment strategies for individuals with disabilities who currently attend sheltered workshop programs who, through informed choice, choose to access competitive employment. DVRS implemented reporting requirements in 2016 that identify extended workers who currently make above minimum wage in order to provide counseling, including benefits counseling, and encouragement for them to pursue competitive, integrated employment. (Page 284)

School to Work Transition

DVRS assigned a lead transition counselor to each office. Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate all the transition activities throughout the catchment area.
  • Support transition fairs
  • Provide training on a local county–wide basis

Additionally, each counselor is assigned to specific public high schools. They provide technical assistance to the schools in the following ways:

  • Attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings
  • Provide TA to the schools as warranted
  • Meet with individual schools
  • Confer with parents
  • Referral to benefits counseling when appropriate (Page 280)

The LWD has established four priorities for the next three years:

  1. Reemployment – What steps can LWD take to decrease the amount of time that people receive UI?
  2. Opportunity – How can LWD assist more people to move from government benefits (SSI, SSDI, GA, and TANF) to work?
  3. Alignment – How can LWD increase the number of people who have an industry recognized, post–secondary credential?
  4. 4. Accountability – What data and information about program performance would help us to improve services? (Page 283)
Data Collection

The DVRS identified key issues pertaining to meeting the intent of Employment First:

  • How should DCF (Division of Children & Families, DOE (Dept. of Education) and other state entities be aligned as partners in serving this consumer base?
  • State partners may have their own vision of Employment First which may or not be in alignment with DVRS.
  • Data Collection is difficult due to federal code restrictions and DVRS’s current case management system (WORCS).
  • Need for Stakeholder analysis to identify and utilize internal and external partners.
  • Identify and engage “the Voice of the Customer.”
  • Strategic objectives to meet the DVRS Employment First initiative include the following:
  • More individuals with significant developmental disabilities (DD) and ASD will have greater access to become DVRS consumers.
  • DVRS staff members, vendors, and state partners will have the expectation that employment is the first and preferred option for adult activity for those with DD. (Page 260)

Data Collection from National Databases

As part of the assessment process, the agency gathered data from sources connected to the United States Census Bureau, specifically data that was originally gathered via the American Community Survey (ACS). The three main data sources used and that were available during the assessment process were the 2011 Disability Status Report for New Jersey published by the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University (published 2012), 2013 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium published by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (published November 2013), and the American Foundation for Blind - Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss (updated January 2014), which provided a further breakdown of data points obtained from ACS methodology. (Page 331)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

No specific disability related information found.

Employment Networks

DVRS will work with sheltered workshops to assist individuals to obtain competitive employment;

  • DVRS will identify staff members in all local offices who will coordinate the provision of pre–employment transition services in partnership with LEAs.
  • DVRS will develop partnerships with schools to provide technical assistance to students with DD/ASD that will identify community–based integrated work opportunities prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will encourage and provide TA to CRPs who wish to become an employment network.

DVRS is currently assessing the community rehabilitation programs within the state to determine strategies that will result in the following outcomes:

  • Nationally recognized credentials for supported employment specialists;
  • Ability of CRPs to deliver customized employment strategies; • Ability of CRPs to provide community-based appropriate assessments to individuals with disabilities; and
  • Capacity of CRPs to use a discovery process for individuals with the most significant disabilities when appropriate. New Jersey currently supports center-based segregated programs using non-federal dollars; DVRS is actively involved with these programs to provide technical assistance to vendors who are engaged in business transformation for their program. (Page 281)

Strategies to overcome identified barriers relating to equitable access to and participation of individuals with disabilities in the state Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and the state Supported Employment Services Program include the following:

  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and
  • Participating as a lead member to implement the Employment First initiative in the state. (Page 284)
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What services does DVRS provide? - 07/01/2017

~~“Time-Limited Job Coaching (TLJC): One-on-one assistance in applying for jobs and/or on-the-job coaching after a job is obtained. Services are time-limited.

Supported Employment (SE): Customers who require an intensive level of job coaching are referred to a supported employment provider for one-on-one assistance in job searching, interviewing skills training, and applying for jobs. The supported employment provider delivers on-the-job coaching to assist the customer in learning job duties and adjusting to the work environment. SE also includes periodic follow-up to make sure the consumer retains his or her job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Innovation and Expansion Program Notice of Grant Opportunity Federal Fiscal Year 2017 - 06/01/2017

~~“Career Pathways Initiatives for Individuals with Significant DisabilitiesB. Purpose of the GrantImportant federal policy changes and legal actions reinforce the importance of having a job in society and the multiple benefits gained by individuals and businesses when adults with disabilities are employed. In 2010, New Jersey became the 14th state to join the Employment First policy, recognizing the value of competitive, integrated employment as a preferred service option and optimal outcome for working age adults with disabilities. Being employed improves a person's quality of life, in part by causing them to be perceived in a more positive light. Individuals with disabilities working in the community have increased self-confidence and a sense of pride. Working also allows them to contribute as a tax-paying citizens. In addition, businesses benefit by having a diverse workforce that meets specific employment needs and reflects the communities they serve.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

May-02-17 Department Of Labor Acting Commissioner Delivers Senate Budget Testimony - 05/02/2017

~~“Employer Engagement

Second, for the past seven years, our department has worked closely with employers across the state to ensure that investments in education and training programs are aligned with the needs of the business community.

In 2011, we created Talent Networks around the seven key industry clusters that employ more than two-thirds of the workers in New Jersey and pay more than two-thirds of the annual wages. Talent Networks engage industry employers to pinpoint the relevant skills that jobseekers need to get jobs in those major industry clusters and link employers with the state’s educational institutions, employee training providers, state officials and jobseekers.

In October, we released our first-ever Industry-Valued Credentials List to help students and job seekers identify the skills and credentials most in-demand in New Jersey.  Our labor market analysts worked closely with employers, educators and workforce development professionals to compile the list of 198 credentials and degrees. We have committed to using this list to direct occupational training dollars toward the most effective workforce and education programs. The list also serves as a consumer protection tool for individuals in search of high-quality occupational training, ensuring that the credential they are seeking is valid and recommended by knowledgeable employers, educators and workforce professionals.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Community Care Waiver - 04/01/2017

~~“The Community Care Waiver (CCW) is a program for individuals with developmental disabilities that pays for the services and supports they need in order to live in the community. Administered by the Division, the CCW is funded by the state, with assistance from the federal government’s Medicaid program. 

The Community Care Waiver is a critical component of the Division's ability to provide services in the community to individuals with developmental disabilities. Without the CCW, New Jersey could only use Medicaid funding to help provide services to these individuals if they resided in an institution. The federal government allowed states to create waivers, including the CCW, as a way to help individuals with specific needs avoid institutionalization and return to or remain in the community.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.

This case study focuses on the launch of New Jersey’s MLTSS program, which was supported by the Balancing Incentive Program. New Jersey spent 70% of the enhanced FMAP earned through the Program on the expanded services offered under MLTSS. These funds were directed to new individuals receiving services, additional services provided to new and existing community LTSS users, and enhanced care management offered through Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). Since the launch of MLTSS in July 2014, almost 6,000 more people have accessed community LTSS. In addition, MCOs offer expanded care management to their enrollees, connecting individuals to providers and coordinating acute and long-term care. The Balancing Incentive Program provided New Jersey with a crucial source of revenue, helping the state fund these expansions during MLTSS’ first two years.”

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

Supportive Housing Assoc. of New Jersey (SHA) Community Housing with Support: - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
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New Jersey ABLE Legislation - 02/24/2015

Authorizes establishment of tax-exempt Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts for persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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New Jersey Governor’s Employment First Declaration - 04/19/2012

Furthering the Christie Administration’s commitment to expand life opportunities and job prospects for New Jerseyans with disabilities, Governor Chris Christie today announced that New Jersey will become the 14th state to adopt an Employment First initiative. The initiative embraces a philosophy – implemented through policies, programs and services – to proactively promote competitive employment in the general workforce for people with any type of disability.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to be productive, earn a living, and feel a sense of personal fulfillment from employment,” said Governor Christie. “By adopting an Employment First policy, this Administration is firmly committed to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. That’s why we’re working cooperatively with the private sector to ensure that people with disabilities are a seamless part of New Jersey’s workforce, with the independence and sense of community that comes from relationships developed inside and outside of the workplace.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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What services does DVRS provide? - 07/01/2017

~~“Time-Limited Job Coaching (TLJC): One-on-one assistance in applying for jobs and/or on-the-job coaching after a job is obtained. Services are time-limited.

Supported Employment (SE): Customers who require an intensive level of job coaching are referred to a supported employment provider for one-on-one assistance in job searching, interviewing skills training, and applying for jobs. The supported employment provider delivers on-the-job coaching to assist the customer in learning job duties and adjusting to the work environment. SE also includes periodic follow-up to make sure the consumer retains his or her job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Innovation and Expansion Program Notice of Grant Opportunity Federal Fiscal Year 2017 - 06/01/2017

~~“Career Pathways Initiatives for Individuals with Significant DisabilitiesB. Purpose of the GrantImportant federal policy changes and legal actions reinforce the importance of having a job in society and the multiple benefits gained by individuals and businesses when adults with disabilities are employed. In 2010, New Jersey became the 14th state to join the Employment First policy, recognizing the value of competitive, integrated employment as a preferred service option and optimal outcome for working age adults with disabilities. Being employed improves a person's quality of life, in part by causing them to be perceived in a more positive light. Individuals with disabilities working in the community have increased self-confidence and a sense of pride. Working also allows them to contribute as a tax-paying citizens. In addition, businesses benefit by having a diverse workforce that meets specific employment needs and reflects the communities they serve.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

May-02-17 Department Of Labor Acting Commissioner Delivers Senate Budget Testimony - 05/02/2017

~~“Employer Engagement

Second, for the past seven years, our department has worked closely with employers across the state to ensure that investments in education and training programs are aligned with the needs of the business community.

In 2011, we created Talent Networks around the seven key industry clusters that employ more than two-thirds of the workers in New Jersey and pay more than two-thirds of the annual wages. Talent Networks engage industry employers to pinpoint the relevant skills that jobseekers need to get jobs in those major industry clusters and link employers with the state’s educational institutions, employee training providers, state officials and jobseekers.

In October, we released our first-ever Industry-Valued Credentials List to help students and job seekers identify the skills and credentials most in-demand in New Jersey.  Our labor market analysts worked closely with employers, educators and workforce development professionals to compile the list of 198 credentials and degrees. We have committed to using this list to direct occupational training dollars toward the most effective workforce and education programs. The list also serves as a consumer protection tool for individuals in search of high-quality occupational training, ensuring that the credential they are seeking is valid and recommended by knowledgeable employers, educators and workforce professionals.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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

New Jersey Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students Report - 08/01/2015

The Task Force identified numerous topics relevant to the charges mandated by the legislation and requested and examined extensive data from the New Jersey Department of Education (Department), including federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant awards, special education student counts by eligibility category and placement, post-school outcomes, proficiency rates for students with disabilities, sample monitoring reports, dispute resolution activities, and private schools for students with disabilities. In addition, the Task Force invited speakers who presented on various topics including the following: funding, monitoring, approved private schools for students with disabilities, and the dispute resolution process. The Task Force also reviewed the reports of the previous task forces that have examined these issues. In October, the Task Force formed the following three subgroups, in order to expedite deliberations: Classifying, Educating, and Best Practice; Funding, Accountability, and Reducing Costs; and Standards and Oversight. Each subgroup designated a chair and a secretary to record minutes. The subgroups convened in addition to the Task Force meetings to discuss the assigned topics in more detail and develop recommendations for the Task Force’s consideration.

The Task Force is presenting 27 recommendations for consideration.

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

Division of Developmental Disabilities Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination - 03/27/2014

“The purpose of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination is to provide clarity on practices governing the delivery of Support Coordination services during the transition period to full implementation of the Supports Program and a fee-for service system. These policies apply to all Support Coordination Agencies (and its personnel) currently working with “new presenters” and using the Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Some of these policies will change as ongoing Division-wide reform efforts are implemented in the coming months. The current standards will remain in place in the interim as established in this guide. Updates and revisions will be made as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Upcoming Changes to DDD’s Policy on Funding of Sheltered Workshops - 03/01/2013

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has begun to phase-out funding for services provided in sheltered workshop settings (also referred to as “extended employment” or “sheltered employment”). As part of the first phase of this reform, the Supports Program, a new program in development at DDD that is expected to begin in FY2014, will not provide funding for services in these settings. Additionally, funding for these services will be phased-out of DDD’s Community Care Waiver (CCW) over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State of New Jersey Unified Workforce Investment Plan: NJ Talent Connection (July 2012-June 2017) - 12/13/2012

Goal 2.16 IMPLEMENT EMPLOYMENT FIRST THROUGHOUT ALL PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Meet Employment First goals by aligning funding for services for persons with disabilities to transition to community integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing
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Memorandum of Understanding between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities for Supported Employment Services - 09/19/2008

"The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to assist the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to operate in an efficient and successful manner to ensure quality service provision. This, in turn, will help guide efforts toward improving employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities who are entering the workforce."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ - 01/15/2005

~~“Within the  past decade, considerable scholarly and applied research reports have described the barriers to employment and economic independence faced by people with disabilities. Despite many government efforts and research that provides compelling reasons for hiring people with disabilities, the rates of employment for New Jersey residents with disabilities remain unacceptably low. In New Jersey, as in the United States as a whole, residents with disabilities are half as likely as those without disabilities to be employed. Among those individuals in the state with a disability who are employed, both earnings and household incomes are lower than their non-disabled counterparts.

To reemphasize New Jersey’s concern and commitment to address these issues, New Jersey has developed DiscoverAbility: New Jersey’s Strategic Plan to Create a Comprehensive Employment System for People with Disabilities. This plan, which will become a core element of the state’s Strategic Unified Workforce Investment Plan, provides New Jersey with a shared vision and a strategic roadmap toward building a more comprehensive system of employment services and supports for people with disabilities. The plan is meant to be visionary, directional, and ambitious yet attainable — requiring coordination and cooperation, public/private partnerships, community and consumer support as well as state leadership to achieve its goals. The plan reflects a culmination of thought, advice, input, and interest from a wide variety of stakeholders including people with disabilities and their families, employers, government agencies, community-based service providers, researchers and scholars, and others interested in employment and disability issues. DiscoverAbility builds on the state’s longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities, while incorporating contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities and improve employment and economic outcomes. The plan is a clear roadmap to change but is also a fluid and evolving document. It puts forth a vision that reflects the desired  ”ideal state,” and a mission that reflects what New Jersey hopes to achieve through implementation of this plan.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Meeting the Employment Transportation Needs of People with Disabilities in New Jersey - 01/01/2005

~~“Getting and keeping a job can be a challenge for anyone, regardless of disability status.  For people with disabilities in New Jersey, the challenge can be even greater.  Although the state has a large and extensive public transportation network, many suburban and rural areas have little or no public transportation.  In addition, in areas where transportation options are available, they are not always accessible and affordable.   In an effort to address transportation and other barriers to work for people with disabilities wishing to work in a competitive work environment, in 2000, the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services (DDS) applied for and was awarded a Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 Medicaid Infrastructure Grant from the federal Health Care Financing Administration.  The goal of the project, is to design and implement services that support individuals with disabilities as they secure and sustain competitive employment in an integrated setting. “ 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

It’s All About Work Program

It's All About Work is a program developed by the New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living in conjunction with the NJ Division on Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to help prepare transition students and adults for the world of work and inclusive community living.

This comprehensive program, is designed to meet the challenges faced by persons with disabilities whose goal is to obtain employment. ACI works with school districts in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties to bring It's All About Work curriculum to its transition students (age 14 to 21).

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

NJ WorkAbility

The NJ WorkAbility Program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.   NJ WorkAbility was created by the federal Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and Chapter 116 of PL2000 of New Jersey.   Eligible candidates must meet the following guidelines: Be between the ages of 16 and 64 Work part time, full time or be self-employed and have proof of employment Have a permanent disability as determined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Disability Review Team at the Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services (DMAHS) Have an earned income of no more than $60,625 per year (no more than $81,425 per year if an eligible couple--both with permanent disability, both working) Have unearned income (pensions, child support, interest, etc.) less than $981 per month (less than $1,328 for eligible couples) Have less than $20,000 in liquid assets (or less than $30,000 if an eligible couple)

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.

This case study focuses on the launch of New Jersey’s MLTSS program, which was supported by the Balancing Incentive Program. New Jersey spent 70% of the enhanced FMAP earned through the Program on the expanded services offered under MLTSS. These funds were directed to new individuals receiving services, additional services provided to new and existing community LTSS users, and enhanced care management offered through Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). Since the launch of MLTSS in July 2014, almost 6,000 more people have accessed community LTSS. In addition, MCOs offer expanded care management to their enrollees, connecting individuals to providers and coordinating acute and long-term care. The Balancing Incentive Program provided New Jersey with a crucial source of revenue, helping the state fund these expansions during MLTSS’ first two years.”

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

Supportive Housing Assoc. of New Jersey (SHA) Community Housing with Support: - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

New Jersey SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) - 2011 - 07/01/2011

In 2011 New Jersey was awarded an EDI grant to continue working on the peer wellness coach idea, but from an employment standpoint.   In light of the health challenges facing individuals with SMI in a variety of positions (i.e., service participant, peer provider), the proposed project intended to: 1) have each Supported Employment (SE) program develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services in order to help remove the employment barrier of poor health management; 2) help each IMR provider organization develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services also with the goal of removing the barrier of health concerns in the pursuit of educational and employment goals; and 3) provide wellness coaching specifically to peer providers with health and wellness concerns  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Disability Employment Initiative 2010 - 07/01/2010

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will build their DEI project upon earlier Work Incentive Grant and Disability Program Navigator grant activities. The approach utilizes Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance and Continuing Education training for One-Stop Career Center staff and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to conduct outreach to employers and expand the availability of Technical Assistance Centers, as well as market discoverAbility events. Other strategic approaches include year round career exploration, career education and planning, self assessment, and work readiness skills training and apprenticeship opportunities through the Youth Transitions to Work program. Another key strategy will be focused on the development of self-employment opportunities, including working with the Business Leadership Network’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program to certify companies as disability owned and operated companies.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey 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
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Money Follows the Person - 05/25/2007

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution.

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

New Jersey Project HIRE

"The Arc of New Jersey’s Project HIRE is a supported employment program designed to connect people with disabilities to integrated employment opportunities in their community. The program assists adults with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive employment. The program also assists Middle and High School students in their preparation and transition to adult life with its School-to-Work program.

Project HIRE is funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS), the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), and Public School districts for its School-to-Work transition program."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
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NJ Customized Employment Initiative - 07/21/2014

~~The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, Griffin-Hammis Associates, and The Boggs Center are sponsoring a six-session training series on customized employment. Attendance at all six sessions will result in National Certification in Community Employment Services through the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). Each session stands alone in its content, so educators, transition coordinators, employment specialists, case managers, employment seekers and family members should feel free to register for any sessions of interest

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

DiscoverAbility NJ Leadership Academy - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAiblity NJ has partnered with Rutgers University’s Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance at the School of Social Work to provide an intensive Leadership Academy for rising professionals in the field of disability employment. New Jersey is currently developing a framework as well as identifying curriculum for the Leadership Academy to be implemented in 2011.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance

Since 1987, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has been providing Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance throughout the state of New Jersey.  In our continuing efforts to provide the most comprehensive, highest quality of trainings and services, The Boggs Center maintains effective partnerships and collaborations with state and local government agencies including the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and NJ Department of Education.  

The Boggs Center offers two training series in Supported Employment:

·         Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge and Skills

·         Employment Specialist Supplemental

Training courses are intended to provide both new and veteran employment specialists with the most up to date and proven best practices in supported employment. The purpose of training activities is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by:

·         Developing competence among service providers in all areas related to assisting people with disabilities to choose, obtain, and maintain employment;

·         Increasing the knowledge and skill among people with disabilities and their families in the areas of employment acquisition, available services, the impact of earned income on Social Security and other benefits, assistive technology and self-advocacy; and

·         Increasing knowledge and skill among employers in recognizing the capabilities of workers with disabilities, providing supports and accommodations, understanding and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessing assistance from Supported Employment providers in recruiting, hiring, and supporting employees with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Department of Education

~~This page has resources for those who work with the Structured Learning Experiences (SLE) program.

All teachers supervising Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs) complete a training program required by DOE. This includes courses on federal and state child wage and hour laws, regulations and hazardous orders, the OSHA 10 general industry certificate program and a course on designing and implementing SLE student training plans. Nearly 1,000 teachers have participated in the required training.

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

Capacity Building in New Jersey’s Workforce Investment Boards (WIBS) and One Stop Career Centers

DiscoverAbility NJ is working with the State Employment and Training Commission, to enhance the capacity of local WIBS and One Stop Career Centers to provide better access and services to individuals with disabilities seeking employment and re-employment services. WIBS and One Stop Career Centers can apply for special targeted technical assistance through a dedicated portal available on the DiscoverAbility NJ Website.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Travel Training & Information Series

DiscoverAbility NJ partnered with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University to pilot a travel/ training and information series is designed to inform job coaches/employment counselors of a variety of transportation options and how to access them. Progress to date includes the initiation of a review of federal, state, foundation/non-profit funding programs to determine additional opportunities for para-transit funding, planning for key informant listening sessions, and a data sharing agreement from NJ Transit. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Marketing & Training on Disability Benefits

DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the World Institute on Disability (WID) to improve the capacity to figure benefits and support for better employment outcomes by upgrading the current New Jersey Benefits Calculator (DB 101) and translating it into Spanish. DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the Family Resource Network to provide a NJ DB101 training program to 17 ARC Directors, 26 One Stop Directors, 9 Center for Independent Living Directors and 19 Vocational Rehabilitation offices. www.njdb101.org is a powerful internet based tool that can help job seekers with disabilities carefully plan for the transition to work through enhanced knowledge about health care coverage and other public benefits. DiscoverAbilty NJ supports this effort and is working to increase knowledge and use of the customized disability benefits website. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) Scholarships

DiscoverAbility NJ sponsored ten scholarships for disability employment service providers to attend the GSETA Fall Conference. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility Learning at Work Symposium

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes."

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Community Care Waiver - 04/01/2017

~~“The Community Care Waiver (CCW) is a program for individuals with developmental disabilities that pays for the services and supports they need in order to live in the community. Administered by the Division, the CCW is funded by the state, with assistance from the federal government’s Medicaid program. 

The Community Care Waiver is a critical component of the Division's ability to provide services in the community to individuals with developmental disabilities. Without the CCW, New Jersey could only use Medicaid funding to help provide services to these individuals if they resided in an institution. The federal government allowed states to create waivers, including the CCW, as a way to help individuals with specific needs avoid institutionalization and return to or remain in the community.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.”

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

New Jersey HCBS Transition Plan - 04/17/2015

The Statewide Transition Plan outlines to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) how New Jersey will meet compliance with federal Home and Community Based Settings regulations by 2019.The Statewide Transition Plan sets forth the determination of New Jersey’s compliance with the regulation requirements for home and community-based settings and person-centered planning.

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

New Jersey ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 02/09/2012

The New Jersey State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 12/12/2007

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
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Olmstead Plan - 05/02/2007

Action Step 8: Expansion of Community Supports (RFP to expand agencies qualified to provide housing, residential, employment/day medical, and behavioral supports) with outcome of 63 agencies qualified to provide employment/day supports, and

Action Step 9: Identification of Independent Support Coordination Agencies with a goal of awarding support coordination contracts to six additional agencies qualified for employment/day supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Medicaid State Plan

The New Jersey Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how New Jersey administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how New Jersey may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution. 

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

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Snapshot

With a commitment to Liberty and Prosperity, workers with disabilities are encouraged to aim high and go after their dreams for employment and economic advancement in the Garden State of New Jersey!

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 New Jersey’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.22%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,958,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
428,810
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
162,728
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.95%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.50%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 8,899,339 8,938,175 8,958,013
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 44,447 434,368 428,810
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 162,589 170,279 162,728
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,816,311 3,913,966 3,920,159
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.58% 39.20% 37.95%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.06% 76.49% 76.50%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 6.60% 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.80% 10.40% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 433,985 425,045 426,196
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 501,848 504,432 494,830
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 666,019 672,309 670,296
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 151,509 146,084 139,907
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 147,378 147,481 144,762
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,395 3,225 1,826
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 43,301 36,711 41,610
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 20,930 19,596 21,292
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 51,567 51,375 45,875

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,937 6,988 7,263
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.70% 4.70% 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 201,536 203,208 202,497

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 75,051 76,163 76,132
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 172,434 175,360 175,482
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 273,442 279,646 281,707
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.40% 27.20% 27.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.60% 1.50% 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.40% 4.40% 4.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 1.70% 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,930 1,842 1,868
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 5,324 5,531 5,989
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,340 2,150 2,376
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. 3,946 3,540 3,415
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
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. 42 44 26
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 28 33 17
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. 67.00% 79.00% 65.00%
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. 0.32 0.37 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,073
6,826
6,082
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 42 49 36
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 862 941 851
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,348 1,380 1,188
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,251 2,136 1,981
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,858 1,811 1,616
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 712 509 410
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.20% 31.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 5,720 8,797
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 304,077 305,347
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 2 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 189 186 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 0.00% 11.00% 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 2,655 2,676
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 7,603 7,465
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.00 14.50 15.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 47.50% 45.85% 44.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 17.50% 16.12% 16.09%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.80% 7.65% 7.60%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.54% 90.41% 76.24%
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). 44.30% 49.24% 51.88%
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). 73.10% 74.05% 81.27%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 84.40% 84.07% 87.76%
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). 28.80% 24.81% 29.39%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,103,352
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 55,312
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 365,337
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 420,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 138
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 302
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 440
AbilityOne wages (products). $440,745
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,882,285

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3 2 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 66 53 61
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 3 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 59 68
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 31 72
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 5,977 6,607
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 373 373
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6,381 7,052

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Theme 1: Building Career Pathways with a focus on Industry–Valued Credentials

Through a common definition of career pathways, a newly created list of industry–valued credentials, literacy standards and a renewed commitment to Employment First for all persons with disabilities, New Jersey will ensure that all workforce investments are enabling individuals to access greater economic opportunity and to build on their skills throughout their careers. These efforts will expand the number of career pathways, at all levels of education and workforce services, which will help more individuals obtain industry–valued credentials and degrees. (Page 9) 

EMPLOYMENT FIRST FRAMEWORK AND CAREER PATHWAYS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

In April 2012, Governor Chris Christie declared that New Jersey would become the 14th Employment First state in the United States. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states and their Local WDBs to invest prescribed resources to promote the creation and implementation of workforce development and training programs and services designed specifically for individuals with significant disabilities. A unified Employment First Definition for New Jersey ensures that the workforce system has a singular focus and vision that ensures all workforce development and training resources dedicated for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, have the potential for yielding the highest return on investment.

EMPLOYMENT FIRST is a framework for systems change that is centered on the premise that all citizens with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. Individuals with disabilities are a multi-skilled workforce resource for employers. An inclusive workplace promotes diversity, expands the tax base and creates an expanded pool of qualified candidates for available jobs. ‘Employment First’ is about creating an environment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, that empowers them with choices for their future, reduces poverty, eases demand on state and community based social service agencies and provides workers with a sense of achievement.(Page 62)

DVRS subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career pathway development.

DVRS is committed to working with all WIOA partners, and currently 16 of the 18 Vocational Rehabilitation offices throughout the State of New Jersey are co-located at One-Stop Career Centers. They collaborate on a range of activities, and the goals and recommendations within this section outline the main priorities for collaboration and integration of these services within the WIOA system. 

DVRS has information on its website, developed in conjunction with the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired that is standard and reciprocal across the two programs, and that information also provides common language and references to services and programs delivered by LWD that the populations served by the two organizations can access.

Goals to Further Align Vocational Rehabilitation with WIOA Title I One-Stop System:

1. Goal 1: By September 30, 2017, the number of individuals with DD, including ASD applying for DVRS services will increase by 50%. Strategic objectives to meet this goal include the following:

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.  (Page 103)

6. Goal 6: By September 30, 2016, DVRS will hold public forums to report on specific topics related to its service delivery and integration with the WIOA system, such as how DVRS is performing at the Employment First goal, and how services are succeeding with the deaf and hard of hearing population.

State Rehabilitation Council Recommendations 

Specific SRC recommendations for the Plan are provided in Section VI. Program Specific Requirements for Core Programs in the section on the Vocational Rehabilitation, item (a) Input of State Rehabilitation Council. (Page 105)

CBVI subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career development.

CBVI is committed to working with all WIOA partners, including One-Stop Career Centers, to provide technical assistance that will help guarantee that general employment focused services are provided in accessible forms to consumers who are blind, vision-impaired, and deaf-blind.

Services are integrated with wider DVRS services and the entire One-Stop system through a number of mechanisms. Currently, CBVI’s programs are not generally co-located with One-Stop Career Centers or other Vocational Rehabilitation services. As noted, the majority of services are by itinerant staff who deliver services directly to blind and visually impaired New Jersey residents in their homes or other community locations most suitable for delivery of those services. New Jersey confident that successful coordination and collaboration can occur through referral and partnership. (Page 106)

DVRS subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career pathway development.

DVRS is committed to working with all WIOA partners, and is currently co-located in 16 of the 18 offices throughout the State of New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) provides oversight and advises the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the designated state unit (DSU) within the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). LWD is the designated state agency (DSA). The SRC is a partnership of people with disabilities, advocates, and other interested persons who are committed to ensuring through policy development, implementation, and advocacy that New Jersey has a rehabilitation program that is not only comprehensive and consumer-responsive but also effective, efficient, and significantly funded. The SRC is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities receive rehabilitation services that result in gainful employment. Representing the myriad of diversity that is New Jersey, council members believe that individuals with disabilities are the “untapped resource” to the business community and assert that disability is a natural  part of the human experience that in no way diminishes a person’s right to fully participate in all aspects of American life. Members of the SRC in New Jersey believe in a public system of vocational rehabilitation that is responsible and accountable to those it serves and to those who fund it; they believe that competitive jobs generate tax revenue and enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to spend discretionary income which contributes to the state’s economy. (Page 228)

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) believes that collaboration with stakeholders is essential to assisting people with disabilities to successfully become employed. Such an ongoing effort maximizes resources and addresses the quality of life issues that can impact the ability of a person with a disability to obtain and maintain employment.

The DVRS is part of Workforce Development within LWD and is a strong partner with the One-Stop Career Center Workforce Investment System throughout the state. The agency also enjoys a cooperative relationship with state and community-based agencies to collaborate on programs that will promote the empowerment and economic independence of individuals with disabilities in an effort to encourage employment. The agency arranges memoranda of understanding (MOUs) for the purpose of carrying out activities that require a formalized response or protocol in the delivery of services. Since the Governor has declared through Executive Order, that New Jersey become the 14th Employment First state, the DVRS is reexamining all of the current MOUs in order to ensure policy aligns with the intent of Employment First. (Page 233)

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) The DDD serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability, are eligible for and maintain Medicaid eligibility, and are at least 18 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age to receive services. Conditions generally considered developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, and autism. Part of DDD’s implementation of the Employment First Initiative includes an annual discussion with individuals served, family members, and Support Coordinators providing care management services to identify each individual’s current employment status and identify how to assist the individual in reaching his/her employment outcomes. In addition, an employment-related outcome is required within the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) of every individual served through DDD. When an individual is not pursuing employment, a statement explaining why the individual is not pursuing employment at that time is included in the ISP. When an individual is in need of employment services to assist him/her in obtaining and/or maintaining employment, he/she must seek those services through DVRS initially. DDD provides other needed services while the eligibility determination is being made with DVRS or in addition to the employment services provided through DVRS. Once an eligibility determination is made with DVRS, DDD is able to provide employment services not available through DVRS, as well as the other services that are available through DDD. Because the DDD has transferred all of their children services to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the DVRS will be reaching out to the DCF to develop an MOU for the purpose of supporting students in transition who will need DVRS services in order to access employment. (Page 235)

The designated State unit's plans, policies, and procedures for coordination with education officials to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to the receipt of VR services, including pre-employment transition services, as well as procedures for the timely development and approval of individualized plans for employment for the students.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) understands the critical relationship that exists among education and employment that in turn affects independence and quality of life. Transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities is a top priority for the DVRS. The Division has had a long–standing formal interagency agreement for transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. This agreement is with the DVRS, the Office of Special Education Programs and the Office of Career and Technical Education in the New Jersey Department of Education, and the CBVI in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Since the Governor has declared through Executive Order, that New Jersey become the 14th Employment First state, it is critical that the DVRS reexamine this agreement to ensure policy aligns with the intent of Employment First. The DVRS will identify policy alignment with the SEA to ensure that employment is the first and presumed outcome for students with disabilities. (Page 238)

New Jersey is an Employment First State, and particular attention is given to youth with the most significant disabilities who, through informed choice, wish to pursue competitive integrated employment. DVRS has approved supported employment vendors who also vendor with DDD. The DDD system provides support coordinators to their participants who identify the individualized services needed and help arrange for those supports. DVRS counselors meet with DDD support coordinators and identify supported employment vendors common to both agencies in order to ensure a smooth transition of funding. DVRS is piloting “discovery” throughout the state in order to provide counselors with the tools to address the needs of this unique population. (Page 243)

New Jersey is also an Employment First state, and DVRS has identified goals to increase the number of individuals with significant ID/DD to avail themselves to DVRS services that result in an integrated competitive employment outcome.

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

A revised 5 year MOU was executed on July 1, 2015 by DVRS, CBVI, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities within the New Jersey Department of Human Services with the objective to define the roles and responsibilities of State agencies primarily involved in assisting individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive integrated employment and will assist the State agencies to operate in an efficient and successful manner to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities by operating consistently across agencies ensuring quality service provision. The agreement is in alignment with the New Jersey’s Employment First initiative proclaimed by Governor Christie on April 19, 2012. (Page 247)

Describe the development and implementation of a plan to address the current and projected needs for qualified personnel including, the coordination and facilitation of efforts between the designated State unit and institutions of higher education and professional associations to recruit, prepare, and retain personnel who are qualified, including personnel from minority backgrounds and personnel who are individuals with disabilities.

DVRS continues to recruit highly qualified candidates with master’s degrees in vocational rehabilitation counseling or closely related field for the counselor I position. DVRS is currently allowed to have 140 counselors statewide, and keeps an ongoing list of qualified candidates. DVRS only hires candidates with master’s degrees for this position. The division supports its staff through a number of continuing education opportunities, and provides in–house training on a regular basis. The New Jersey Rehabilitation Association, the Garden State Employment and Training Association, and the Association for Persons Supporting Employment First each sponsor continuing education credits with their respective yearly conferences, and DVRS supports a significant number of counselors for these conferences yearly. DVRS predicts a need to hire staff specifically for the coordination of pre–employment transition services and plans to submit this request in 2016. (Page 251)

  • Stakeholder meetings/listening tours of the One-Stop Career Center staff members in May 2014; and
  • Stakeholder meetings with the Deaf community held September 28, 2013 and October 12, 2013. 

Highlights of the survey results indicated a need to improve services/access to:

  • Individuals with the most significant disabilities, in particular individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), aligning the New Jersey Employment First Initiative; 

The DVRS identified key issues pertaining to meeting the intent of Employment First:

  • How should DCF (Division of Children & Families, DOE (Dept. of Education) and other state entities be aligned as partners in serving this consumer base?
  • State partners may have their own vision of Employment First which may or not be in alignment with DVRS.
  • Data Collection is difficult due to federal code restrictions and DVRS’s current case management system (WORCS). 
  • Need for Stakeholder analysis to identify and utilize internal and external partners.
  • Identify and engage “the Voice of the Customer.”
  • Strategic objectives to meet the DVRS Employment First initiative include the following:
  • More individuals with significant developmental disabilities (DD) and ASD will have greater access to become DVRS consumers. (Page 260)

Employment First (EF) identifies individuals with the most significant disabilities who historically have not been served appropriately by the public VR system. A typical outcome for this group was placement in segregated settings with little or no ability to obtain employment services that would increase the likelihood of self-sufficiency or community integration. Goals for EF are identified specifically to address this. (Page 263)

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.
  • Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Work with sheltered workshops to support individuals who wish to move into integrated employment. Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 268)

GOAL 6: By September 30, 2016, DVRS will hold public forums to report on specific topics related to its service delivery and integration with the WIOA system, such as how DVRS is performing at the Employment First goal, and how services are succeeding with the deaf and hard of hearing population.

DVRS is developing a Business Outreach Unit to strengthen the relationships with employers as a dual customer of the VR program. The members of the unit will work with businesses throughout the state to assist in addressing their need for qualified candidates, provide the lead for DVRS with targeted hiring events, help pre-screen candidates as warranted, liaison with other business services representatives throughout the workforce system, provide technical assistance regarding the ADA, and provide education on disability-related topics. (Page 270)

The goal of the DVRS is to create an effective, coordinated system of SE work opportunities throughout New Jersey to meet the needs of individuals with significant disabilities. SE funds are tracked separately to ensure reporting for individuals with the most significant disabilities that are served under the SE program. New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF). This initiative identifies that every person, including persons with the most significant disabilities have the right, through informed choice, to have equal access to employment services.

Of individuals with a SE outcome, the DVRS will increase the number of outcomes each year. The agency utilizes supported employment funds through a fee schedule based authorization process. That fee schedule ensures that the DVRS funds are spent on specific designated services. (Page 276)

DVRS and CBVI recently entered into a new MOU with DDD. The MOU identifies that resources to expand extended services and supported employment opportunities for youth with the most significant disabilities will be allocated for youth being served by DDD through individualized budget allocations specific for employment support in competitive, integrated settings. This agreement further supports New Jersey’s emphasis on Employment First. DVRS has also secured state funds to provide long-term follow-along (LTFA) to ensure job retention during any changes related to disability or environment. One reality to consider is that the number of people in LTFA increases every year as individuals secure employment in competitive settings. The DVRS state funds have not been able to keep up with the need. The DVRS updated its MOU with DDD to reflect DDD’s commitment to provide the LTFA once a consumer has been rehabilitated through the DVRS. The division also plans to create an MOU with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to be able to transfer LTFA for individuals with serious psychiatric illness to them. (Page 277)

  • Identify and provide targeted hiring events throughout the state; and
  • Analyze client data via dashboard approach for assessment purposes on a monthly basis. 

In order to increase the number of DVRS consumers with DD/ASD, the DVRS will apply the following strategies: 

  • DVRS will identify stakeholders and develop an education and communication plan that promotes Employment First (EF);
  • DVRS will research how other states’ agency partners are collaborating on EF strategies;
  • DVRS will develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD/ASD are served by DVRS;
  • DVRS will create a plan to allow transition students with DD/ASD to have open cases two years prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH pilot. (Page 278)

DVRS is committed to establishing Employment First initiatives throughout the state. Strategies include establishing Project SEARCH and developing targeted hiring events for qualified candidates with disabilities. The business outreach unit will lead these efforts. Additionally, DVRS identified goals to improve services to Deaf/hard of hearing consumers. Strategies to reach these goals include establishing regional Deaf language specialist positions throughout the state, improving the direct access for Deaf consumers via video phones in the offices, updating the DVRS hearing aid policy that includes best practices regarding individuals with cochlear implants, and working with the three Deaf centers to increase outreach to this population. DVRS also plans to contract with the Boggs Center, New Jersey’s Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, to provide technical assistance for the following: (Page 283)

  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and
  • Participating as a lead member to implement the Employment First initiative in the state.  (Page 284)

New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF) in April of 2012. EF is a framework that is centered on the premise that all citizens are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. This initiative identified that competitive employment in an integrated setting is the preferred first choice for every individual seeking employment in New Jersey. This effort shifts assumptions about whether individuals with certain categories of disabilities can to work to one of determining the supports and services necessary so that these individuals will be successful in competitive employment. The DVRS adheres to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. An individual with a disability must want and qualify for the services.

Counselors in all the offices received training on trial work experiences (TWE) in the spring of 2014. CRPs were also given access to the same training. TWE will be utilized when the DVRS counselor needs clear and convincing evidence regarding whether an individual with a disability will benefit from VR services. (Page 290)

CBVI subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career development. CBVI is committed to working with all WIOA partners, including One-Stop Career Centers, to provide technical assistance that will help guarantee that general employment focused services are provided in accessible forms to consumers who are blind, vision-impaired, and deaf-blind. (Page 308)

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) - DVRS and CBVI entered into a formal MOU with DDD in FFY 2015. The MOU outlines the process for DDD consumers who are interested in competitive integrated employment to access VR services. DDD serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability, are eligible for and maintain Medicaid eligibility, and are at least 18 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age to receive services. Conditions generally considered developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, and autism. Part of DDD’s implementation of the Employment First Initiative includes an annual discussion with individuals served, family members, and Support Coordinators providing care management services to identify each individual’s current employment status and identify how to assist the individual in reaching his/her employment outcomes. In addition, an employment-related outcome is required within the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) of every individual served through DDD. When an individual is not pursuing employment, a statement explaining why the individual is not pursuing employment at that time is included in the ISP. When an individual is in need of employment services to assist him/her in obtaining and/or maintaining employment, he/she must seek those services through DVRS initially. DDD provides other needed services while the eligibility determination is being made with DVRS or in addition to the employment services provided through DVRS. Once an eligibility determination is made with DVRS, DDD is able to provide employment services not available through DVRS, as well as the other services that are available through DDD. Because the DDD has transferred all of their children services to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the DVRS will be reaching out to the DCF to develop an MOU for the purpose of supporting students in transition who will need DVRS services in order to access employment. (Page 312)

A revised 5 year MOU was executed on July 1, 2015 by DVRS, CBVI, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities within the New Jersey Department of Human Services with the objective to define the roles and responsibilities of State agencies primarily involved in assisting individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive integrated employment and will assist the State agencies to operate in an efficient and successful manner to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities by operating consistently across agencies ensuring quality service provision. The agreement is in alignment with the New Jersey’s Employment First initiative proclaimed by Governor Christie on April 19, 2012 (Page 322)

In addition, the agency recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the DVRS, the general VR agency, and DDD, a sister agency within the New Jersey Department of Human Services and an agency that provides a full array of employment supports including extended services to individuals with a wide array of developmental disabilities, with the goal of furthering Employment First principles in the state by increasing access to supports needed to obtain and maintain employment. (Page 339)

DVRS and CBVI recently entered into a new MOU with DDD. The MOU identifies that resources to expand extended services and supported employment opportunities for youth with the most significant disabilities will be allocated for youth being served by DDD through individualized budget allocations specific for employment support in competitive, integrated settings. This agreement further supports New Jersey’s emphasis on Employment First.

The DVRS has organized the provision of SE through the use of community rehabilitation programs on a fee-for-service basis generally requiring up to 100 hours of intensive job coaching. The DVRS is currently reviewing the provision of SE services to determine that it is being offered to those in the most need and that there is a true collaboration among the three parties; the consumer, the DVRS vocational rehabilitation counselor and the vendor. (Page 340)

New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF) in April of 2012. EF is a framework that is centered on the premise that all citizens are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. This initiative identified that competitive employment in an integrated setting is the preferred first choice for every individual seeking employment in New Jersey. This effort shifts assumptions about whether individuals with certain categories of disabilities can to work to one of determining the supports and services necessary so that these individuals will be successful in competitive employment. The DVRS adheres to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. An individual with a disability must want and qualify for the services.

Counselors in all the offices received training on trial work experiences (TWE) in the spring of 2014. CRPs were also given access to the same training. TWE will be utilized when the DVRS counselor needs clear and convincing evidence regarding whether an individual with a disability will benefit from VR services. (Page 357)

 

Customized Employment
  • TA to designated institutes of higher education in order to establish programs for youth with ID/DD that will provide industry–recognized credentials and a Career Pathways approach for their skill development; and
  • TA to designated sheltered workshop staff for training in Customized Employment and Person–Centered Planning. 

Strategies to reach all transition students with disabilities are significant as well. They include establishing a PETS unit to coordinate activities with LEAs and CILs as well as developing an MOU with the SEA to help DVRS achieve the requirement of providing PETS to all students with disabilities in transition. DVRS also posted a notice of funding for PETS activities to work with vendors to reach this goal.(Page 248)

CBVI will continue to provide professional staff with developmental instruction that will enhance the delivery of VR services. Specifically, CBVI has and will continue to provide its staff with instruction in Customized Employment practices, the use of labor market information in career planning, leadership development programs, and other VR-specific opportunities and courses, as they are made available.

CBVI is the designated State Licensing Agency to administer the Federal Randolph-Sheppard program, an entrepreneurial program for qualified, legally blind candidates, who are interested in operating and managing businesses on Federal, State, and municipal properties. ( Page 310)

Greater communication with the Division of Developmental Disabilities has helped to identify additional individuals with the most significant disabilities who may benefit from supported employment services to gain employment in integrated settings. The agency also recently expanded its collaborations with the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities to expand cross training opportunities with community rehabilitation providers who provide supported employment services and agency staff. The agency also participates annually in the New Jersey Association for Persons in Supported Employment statewide conference to present on agency services as an outreach effort to additional communities that serve or advocate on behalf of individuals with the most significant disabilities and those that are unserved or underserved. Finally, CBVI undertook a comprehensive training of all VR staff in the skills of Customized Employment, strengthening the agency’s ability to cater well to the diverse needs of the most significantly disabled among its consumers. (Page 344)

  • Maintain the EDGE program (Employment, Development, Guidance, and Engagement) a year-round program for transition-aged youth (14-21) eligible for vocational rehabilitation services emphasizing employment development, mentoring by employed blind/vision impaired adults, and experiential learning experiences to promote independence.
  • Establish a Business Relations Unit, charged with educating employers about blindness and catering to the unique needs of business as a secondary customer of CBVI services, in alignment with provisions in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Redesigning and strengthening the Randolph-Sheppard program in New Jersey (Business Enterprises New Jersey - BENJ)
  • Develop competencies for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Supervisors in utilizing evidence-based practices, including incorporating motivational interviewing techniques and customized employment methodologies into the counseling relationship to increase employment outcomes.
  • Expand vocational exploration, experiential programs, and other career planning opportunities for consumers. (Page 349)
Braiding/Blending Resources

Under the DVRS EF strategy, long–term SE services will be provided by the DDD and the DMHAS for consumers who qualify for these services after a DVRS consumer is successfully placed in employment. This braiding of funding provides supports to a higher number of consumers. The DVRS continues to partner with the DDD and the DMHAS in order to do this.

DDD – DVRS and CBVI successfully negotiated a new MOU with the DDD in FFY 2015. The DDD recently changed its policy and now requires all individuals who receive DDD services to apply for services with the DVRS as a condition to receiving DDD funding. While the DVRS is very willing to provide services to individuals who qualify and want services, the division will adhere to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in WIOA. ability related information found. (Page 291)

Under the DVRS EF strategy, long-term SE services will be provided by the DDD and the DMHAS for consumers who qualify for these services after a DVRS consumer is successfully placed in employment. This braiding of funding provides supports to a higher number of consumers. The DVRS continues to partner with the DDD and the DMHAS in order to do this.

DDD - DVRS and CBVI successfully negotiated a new MOU with the DDD in FFY 2015. The DDD recently changed its policy and now requires all individuals who receive DDD services to apply for services with the DVRS as a condition to receiving DDD funding. While the DVRS is very willing to provide services to individuals who qualify and want services, the division will adhere to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in WIOA. (Page 358)

Title II providers, including the community college system, to move people seamlessly from English as a Second Language and/or basic literacy skills training through to a postsecondary credential, including integrated basic skills alongside workforce career exploration and planning, and a transition to skills training and credentials.

LWD is in the process of providing planning grants to local workforce development areas for consolidation of literacy funds with workforce development and a more seamless transition from basic skills training to occupational training. The solicitation for providers of both Title I and Title II programs will include clear expectations for how to integrate these services, including Bridge Program models as well as more comprehensive blending of the curricula. (Page 101)

LWD provides TANF grant and support services reimbursement to the Division of Family Development for WorkFirst NJ TANF recipients who have been approved by the One-Stop system to pursue a college level program leading to an AAA/AAS or BA/BS degree. The grant and support services reimbursement is through NJ Workforce Development Program funds and stops the five (5) year TANF eligibility clock while the TANF participant is pursuing their college level degree.

This innovative collaboration is another example of New Jersey’s close collaboration among programs and deep commitment to blending funding to the greatest extent possible within existing law and regulations in order to best serve New Jersey residents. (Page 109)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

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

In August 2010, LWD reorganized its structure to include the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) within the workforce development system. This provides a solid foundation to work with the State’s workforce investment system. DVRS is a core participant in the One-Stop system and maintains an active presence in the 17 local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) as well as the SETC, New Jersey’s State WDB. This close involvement ensures that physical and programmatic accessibility is at the forefront of all efforts of the WIOA system. (Page 154)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment
  • c. Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • d. Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • e. Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 104)

DVRS is also supporting the establishment of Pilot SEARCH programs in three counties through its innovation and expansion funding, and requests a waiver of statewideness to implement them. Our eventual goal is to support sites in every county; however, it is critical that DVRS pilots this effort before moving to a statewide implementation. (Page 231)

New Jersey is fortunate to have state–appropriated funding for post–employment services which is referred to as the long–term follow–along (LTFA) program. The LTFA funding of approximately $5.4 million went out under an NGO for the third time in FY 2015, and 71 supported employment programs were given contracts to provide extended services. (Page 241)

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.
  • Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Work with sheltered workshops to support individuals who wish to move into integrated employment. Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 268)
    • Partner with other state agencies (i.e. the DDD, the CBVI) to make sure the DVRS services information is distributed as warranted;
    • Identify and provide targeted hiring events throughout the state; and
    • Analyze client data via dashboard approach for assessment purposes on a monthly basis. 

In order to increase the number of DVRS consumers with DD/ASD, the DVRS will apply the following strategies:

  • DVRS will research how other states’ agency partners are collaborating on EF strategies;
  • DVRS will develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD/ASD are served by DVRS;
  • DVRS will create a plan to allow transition students with DD/ASD to have open cases two years prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH pilot (Page 278)
  • Information and demonstration;
  • Community outreach;
  • Equipment recycling; and
  • Technical consultation. 

Assistive technology services and devices will be provided to individuals with disabilities on a statewide basis through a renewed and expanded contract with Advancing Opportunities using the following methods:

  • Allowing the DVRS clients to try out equipment before purchase to determine best match for their specific needs;
  • Continuing a pilot program with local offices to focus on organization and project management strategies among professional staff; ( Page 279)

CBVI Goal 2: Work Skills Prep: Post-Graduation Follow Along

CBVI will improve employment outcomes for its consumers who attended the Work Skills Prep program and graduated from their secondary school program from the current success rate of 22.22% to 30% of all those who exit the VR program. This goal is scheduled to be completed by 9/30/2013. This is a one year pilot project. If successful, the agency will look to expand the strategies to continue to improve employment outcomes for individuals with the most significant disabilities.

Update: The job developer hired for this position was able to achieve three additional closures of Work Skills graduates, but unfortunately found other employment before the end of the project year. A new job developer was hired, and began to work with counselors in the services centers and consumers around job development activities. The program has experienced another setback; as the new job developer was diverted to another project. The agency had decided to redesign the program and will roll out the new program in FFY 2016. ( Page 351)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

D/HH individuals will have increased opportunities to become DVRS consumers, obtain job skills, and obtain competitive employment that matches their interests, skills & capabilities.

  • Qualified interpreters will accompany D/HH consumers at job interviews rather than job coaches.

The DVRS identified key issues regarding the need to improve community rehabilitation programs within New Jersey:

  • Ensuring that DVRS consumers in supported employment have access to qualified employment specialists.
  • Defining the role of New Jersey’s set-aside programs that employ individuals with DD.
  • Transforming the current system of sheltered programs to a system that supports movement into competitive employment for individuals with DD/ASD.
  • Fear of family members to allow family members with DD/ASD to become competitively employed.
  • Families need information from qualified SSI/SSDI benefits counselors.
  • Strategic objectives to improve community rehabilitation programs within the state include the following:
  • Increased oversight from DVRS program development specialists will identify individuals currently in extended employment who should have DVRS cases opened;  (Page 262)
  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and

The DVRS plans to work with the CRPs to develop integrated employment strategies for individuals with disabilities who currently attend sheltered workshop programs who, through informed choice, choose to access competitive employment. DVRS implemented reporting requirements in 2016 that identify extended workers who currently make above minimum wage in order to provide counseling, including benefits counseling, and encouragement for them to pursue competitive, integrated employment. (Page 284)

School to Work Transition

DVRS assigned a lead transition counselor to each office. Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate all the transition activities throughout the catchment area.
  • Support transition fairs
  • Provide training on a local county–wide basis

Additionally, each counselor is assigned to specific public high schools. They provide technical assistance to the schools in the following ways:

  • Attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings
  • Provide TA to the schools as warranted
  • Meet with individual schools
  • Confer with parents
  • Referral to benefits counseling when appropriate (Page 280)

The LWD has established four priorities for the next three years:

  1. Reemployment – What steps can LWD take to decrease the amount of time that people receive UI?
  2. Opportunity – How can LWD assist more people to move from government benefits (SSI, SSDI, GA, and TANF) to work?
  3. Alignment – How can LWD increase the number of people who have an industry recognized, post–secondary credential?
  4. 4. Accountability – What data and information about program performance would help us to improve services? (Page 283)
Data Collection

The DVRS identified key issues pertaining to meeting the intent of Employment First:

  • How should DCF (Division of Children & Families, DOE (Dept. of Education) and other state entities be aligned as partners in serving this consumer base?
  • State partners may have their own vision of Employment First which may or not be in alignment with DVRS.
  • Data Collection is difficult due to federal code restrictions and DVRS’s current case management system (WORCS).
  • Need for Stakeholder analysis to identify and utilize internal and external partners.
  • Identify and engage “the Voice of the Customer.”
  • Strategic objectives to meet the DVRS Employment First initiative include the following:
  • More individuals with significant developmental disabilities (DD) and ASD will have greater access to become DVRS consumers.
  • DVRS staff members, vendors, and state partners will have the expectation that employment is the first and preferred option for adult activity for those with DD. (Page 260)

Data Collection from National Databases

As part of the assessment process, the agency gathered data from sources connected to the United States Census Bureau, specifically data that was originally gathered via the American Community Survey (ACS). The three main data sources used and that were available during the assessment process were the 2011 Disability Status Report for New Jersey published by the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University (published 2012), 2013 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium published by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (published November 2013), and the American Foundation for Blind - Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss (updated January 2014), which provided a further breakdown of data points obtained from ACS methodology. (Page 331)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

No specific disability related information found.

Employment Networks

DVRS will work with sheltered workshops to assist individuals to obtain competitive employment;

  • DVRS will identify staff members in all local offices who will coordinate the provision of pre–employment transition services in partnership with LEAs.
  • DVRS will develop partnerships with schools to provide technical assistance to students with DD/ASD that will identify community–based integrated work opportunities prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will encourage and provide TA to CRPs who wish to become an employment network.

DVRS is currently assessing the community rehabilitation programs within the state to determine strategies that will result in the following outcomes:

  • Nationally recognized credentials for supported employment specialists;
  • Ability of CRPs to deliver customized employment strategies; • Ability of CRPs to provide community-based appropriate assessments to individuals with disabilities; and
  • Capacity of CRPs to use a discovery process for individuals with the most significant disabilities when appropriate. New Jersey currently supports center-based segregated programs using non-federal dollars; DVRS is actively involved with these programs to provide technical assistance to vendors who are engaged in business transformation for their program. (Page 281)

Strategies to overcome identified barriers relating to equitable access to and participation of individuals with disabilities in the state Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and the state Supported Employment Services Program include the following:

  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and
  • Participating as a lead member to implement the Employment First initiative in the state. (Page 284)

Policies and Initiatives

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What services does DVRS provide? - 07/01/2017

~~“Time-Limited Job Coaching (TLJC): One-on-one assistance in applying for jobs and/or on-the-job coaching after a job is obtained. Services are time-limited.

Supported Employment (SE): Customers who require an intensive level of job coaching are referred to a supported employment provider for one-on-one assistance in job searching, interviewing skills training, and applying for jobs. The supported employment provider delivers on-the-job coaching to assist the customer in learning job duties and adjusting to the work environment. SE also includes periodic follow-up to make sure the consumer retains his or her job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Innovation and Expansion Program Notice of Grant Opportunity Federal Fiscal Year 2017 - 06/01/2017

~~“Career Pathways Initiatives for Individuals with Significant DisabilitiesB. Purpose of the GrantImportant federal policy changes and legal actions reinforce the importance of having a job in society and the multiple benefits gained by individuals and businesses when adults with disabilities are employed. In 2010, New Jersey became the 14th state to join the Employment First policy, recognizing the value of competitive, integrated employment as a preferred service option and optimal outcome for working age adults with disabilities. Being employed improves a person's quality of life, in part by causing them to be perceived in a more positive light. Individuals with disabilities working in the community have increased self-confidence and a sense of pride. Working also allows them to contribute as a tax-paying citizens. In addition, businesses benefit by having a diverse workforce that meets specific employment needs and reflects the communities they serve.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

May-02-17 Department Of Labor Acting Commissioner Delivers Senate Budget Testimony - 05/02/2017

~~“Employer Engagement

Second, for the past seven years, our department has worked closely with employers across the state to ensure that investments in education and training programs are aligned with the needs of the business community.

In 2011, we created Talent Networks around the seven key industry clusters that employ more than two-thirds of the workers in New Jersey and pay more than two-thirds of the annual wages. Talent Networks engage industry employers to pinpoint the relevant skills that jobseekers need to get jobs in those major industry clusters and link employers with the state’s educational institutions, employee training providers, state officials and jobseekers.

In October, we released our first-ever Industry-Valued Credentials List to help students and job seekers identify the skills and credentials most in-demand in New Jersey.  Our labor market analysts worked closely with employers, educators and workforce development professionals to compile the list of 198 credentials and degrees. We have committed to using this list to direct occupational training dollars toward the most effective workforce and education programs. The list also serves as a consumer protection tool for individuals in search of high-quality occupational training, ensuring that the credential they are seeking is valid and recommended by knowledgeable employers, educators and workforce professionals.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Community Care Waiver - 04/01/2017

~~“The Community Care Waiver (CCW) is a program for individuals with developmental disabilities that pays for the services and supports they need in order to live in the community. Administered by the Division, the CCW is funded by the state, with assistance from the federal government’s Medicaid program. 

The Community Care Waiver is a critical component of the Division's ability to provide services in the community to individuals with developmental disabilities. Without the CCW, New Jersey could only use Medicaid funding to help provide services to these individuals if they resided in an institution. The federal government allowed states to create waivers, including the CCW, as a way to help individuals with specific needs avoid institutionalization and return to or remain in the community.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.

This case study focuses on the launch of New Jersey’s MLTSS program, which was supported by the Balancing Incentive Program. New Jersey spent 70% of the enhanced FMAP earned through the Program on the expanded services offered under MLTSS. These funds were directed to new individuals receiving services, additional services provided to new and existing community LTSS users, and enhanced care management offered through Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). Since the launch of MLTSS in July 2014, almost 6,000 more people have accessed community LTSS. In addition, MCOs offer expanded care management to their enrollees, connecting individuals to providers and coordinating acute and long-term care. The Balancing Incentive Program provided New Jersey with a crucial source of revenue, helping the state fund these expansions during MLTSS’ first two years.”

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

Supportive Housing Assoc. of New Jersey (SHA) Community Housing with Support: - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
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New Jersey ABLE Legislation - 02/24/2015

Authorizes establishment of tax-exempt Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts for persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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New Jersey Governor’s Employment First Declaration - 04/19/2012

Furthering the Christie Administration’s commitment to expand life opportunities and job prospects for New Jerseyans with disabilities, Governor Chris Christie today announced that New Jersey will become the 14th state to adopt an Employment First initiative. The initiative embraces a philosophy – implemented through policies, programs and services – to proactively promote competitive employment in the general workforce for people with any type of disability.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to be productive, earn a living, and feel a sense of personal fulfillment from employment,” said Governor Christie. “By adopting an Employment First policy, this Administration is firmly committed to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. That’s why we’re working cooperatively with the private sector to ensure that people with disabilities are a seamless part of New Jersey’s workforce, with the independence and sense of community that comes from relationships developed inside and outside of the workplace.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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What services does DVRS provide? - 07/01/2017

~~“Time-Limited Job Coaching (TLJC): One-on-one assistance in applying for jobs and/or on-the-job coaching after a job is obtained. Services are time-limited.

Supported Employment (SE): Customers who require an intensive level of job coaching are referred to a supported employment provider for one-on-one assistance in job searching, interviewing skills training, and applying for jobs. The supported employment provider delivers on-the-job coaching to assist the customer in learning job duties and adjusting to the work environment. SE also includes periodic follow-up to make sure the consumer retains his or her job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Innovation and Expansion Program Notice of Grant Opportunity Federal Fiscal Year 2017 - 06/01/2017

~~“Career Pathways Initiatives for Individuals with Significant DisabilitiesB. Purpose of the GrantImportant federal policy changes and legal actions reinforce the importance of having a job in society and the multiple benefits gained by individuals and businesses when adults with disabilities are employed. In 2010, New Jersey became the 14th state to join the Employment First policy, recognizing the value of competitive, integrated employment as a preferred service option and optimal outcome for working age adults with disabilities. Being employed improves a person's quality of life, in part by causing them to be perceived in a more positive light. Individuals with disabilities working in the community have increased self-confidence and a sense of pride. Working also allows them to contribute as a tax-paying citizens. In addition, businesses benefit by having a diverse workforce that meets specific employment needs and reflects the communities they serve.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

May-02-17 Department Of Labor Acting Commissioner Delivers Senate Budget Testimony - 05/02/2017

~~“Employer Engagement

Second, for the past seven years, our department has worked closely with employers across the state to ensure that investments in education and training programs are aligned with the needs of the business community.

In 2011, we created Talent Networks around the seven key industry clusters that employ more than two-thirds of the workers in New Jersey and pay more than two-thirds of the annual wages. Talent Networks engage industry employers to pinpoint the relevant skills that jobseekers need to get jobs in those major industry clusters and link employers with the state’s educational institutions, employee training providers, state officials and jobseekers.

In October, we released our first-ever Industry-Valued Credentials List to help students and job seekers identify the skills and credentials most in-demand in New Jersey.  Our labor market analysts worked closely with employers, educators and workforce development professionals to compile the list of 198 credentials and degrees. We have committed to using this list to direct occupational training dollars toward the most effective workforce and education programs. The list also serves as a consumer protection tool for individuals in search of high-quality occupational training, ensuring that the credential they are seeking is valid and recommended by knowledgeable employers, educators and workforce professionals.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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

New Jersey Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students Report - 08/01/2015

The Task Force identified numerous topics relevant to the charges mandated by the legislation and requested and examined extensive data from the New Jersey Department of Education (Department), including federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant awards, special education student counts by eligibility category and placement, post-school outcomes, proficiency rates for students with disabilities, sample monitoring reports, dispute resolution activities, and private schools for students with disabilities. In addition, the Task Force invited speakers who presented on various topics including the following: funding, monitoring, approved private schools for students with disabilities, and the dispute resolution process. The Task Force also reviewed the reports of the previous task forces that have examined these issues. In October, the Task Force formed the following three subgroups, in order to expedite deliberations: Classifying, Educating, and Best Practice; Funding, Accountability, and Reducing Costs; and Standards and Oversight. Each subgroup designated a chair and a secretary to record minutes. The subgroups convened in addition to the Task Force meetings to discuss the assigned topics in more detail and develop recommendations for the Task Force’s consideration.

The Task Force is presenting 27 recommendations for consideration.

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

Division of Developmental Disabilities Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination - 03/27/2014

“The purpose of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination is to provide clarity on practices governing the delivery of Support Coordination services during the transition period to full implementation of the Supports Program and a fee-for service system. These policies apply to all Support Coordination Agencies (and its personnel) currently working with “new presenters” and using the Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Some of these policies will change as ongoing Division-wide reform efforts are implemented in the coming months. The current standards will remain in place in the interim as established in this guide. Updates and revisions will be made as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Upcoming Changes to DDD’s Policy on Funding of Sheltered Workshops - 03/01/2013

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has begun to phase-out funding for services provided in sheltered workshop settings (also referred to as “extended employment” or “sheltered employment”). As part of the first phase of this reform, the Supports Program, a new program in development at DDD that is expected to begin in FY2014, will not provide funding for services in these settings. Additionally, funding for these services will be phased-out of DDD’s Community Care Waiver (CCW) over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State of New Jersey Unified Workforce Investment Plan: NJ Talent Connection (July 2012-June 2017) - 12/13/2012

Goal 2.16 IMPLEMENT EMPLOYMENT FIRST THROUGHOUT ALL PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Meet Employment First goals by aligning funding for services for persons with disabilities to transition to community integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing
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Memorandum of Understanding between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities for Supported Employment Services - 09/19/2008

"The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to assist the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to operate in an efficient and successful manner to ensure quality service provision. This, in turn, will help guide efforts toward improving employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities who are entering the workforce."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ - 01/15/2005

~~“Within the  past decade, considerable scholarly and applied research reports have described the barriers to employment and economic independence faced by people with disabilities. Despite many government efforts and research that provides compelling reasons for hiring people with disabilities, the rates of employment for New Jersey residents with disabilities remain unacceptably low. In New Jersey, as in the United States as a whole, residents with disabilities are half as likely as those without disabilities to be employed. Among those individuals in the state with a disability who are employed, both earnings and household incomes are lower than their non-disabled counterparts.

To reemphasize New Jersey’s concern and commitment to address these issues, New Jersey has developed DiscoverAbility: New Jersey’s Strategic Plan to Create a Comprehensive Employment System for People with Disabilities. This plan, which will become a core element of the state’s Strategic Unified Workforce Investment Plan, provides New Jersey with a shared vision and a strategic roadmap toward building a more comprehensive system of employment services and supports for people with disabilities. The plan is meant to be visionary, directional, and ambitious yet attainable — requiring coordination and cooperation, public/private partnerships, community and consumer support as well as state leadership to achieve its goals. The plan reflects a culmination of thought, advice, input, and interest from a wide variety of stakeholders including people with disabilities and their families, employers, government agencies, community-based service providers, researchers and scholars, and others interested in employment and disability issues. DiscoverAbility builds on the state’s longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities, while incorporating contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities and improve employment and economic outcomes. The plan is a clear roadmap to change but is also a fluid and evolving document. It puts forth a vision that reflects the desired  ”ideal state,” and a mission that reflects what New Jersey hopes to achieve through implementation of this plan.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Meeting the Employment Transportation Needs of People with Disabilities in New Jersey - 01/01/2005

~~“Getting and keeping a job can be a challenge for anyone, regardless of disability status.  For people with disabilities in New Jersey, the challenge can be even greater.  Although the state has a large and extensive public transportation network, many suburban and rural areas have little or no public transportation.  In addition, in areas where transportation options are available, they are not always accessible and affordable.   In an effort to address transportation and other barriers to work for people with disabilities wishing to work in a competitive work environment, in 2000, the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services (DDS) applied for and was awarded a Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 Medicaid Infrastructure Grant from the federal Health Care Financing Administration.  The goal of the project, is to design and implement services that support individuals with disabilities as they secure and sustain competitive employment in an integrated setting. “ 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

It’s All About Work Program

It's All About Work is a program developed by the New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living in conjunction with the NJ Division on Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to help prepare transition students and adults for the world of work and inclusive community living.

This comprehensive program, is designed to meet the challenges faced by persons with disabilities whose goal is to obtain employment. ACI works with school districts in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties to bring It's All About Work curriculum to its transition students (age 14 to 21).

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

NJ WorkAbility

The NJ WorkAbility Program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.   NJ WorkAbility was created by the federal Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and Chapter 116 of PL2000 of New Jersey.   Eligible candidates must meet the following guidelines: Be between the ages of 16 and 64 Work part time, full time or be self-employed and have proof of employment Have a permanent disability as determined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Disability Review Team at the Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services (DMAHS) Have an earned income of no more than $60,625 per year (no more than $81,425 per year if an eligible couple--both with permanent disability, both working) Have unearned income (pensions, child support, interest, etc.) less than $981 per month (less than $1,328 for eligible couples) Have less than $20,000 in liquid assets (or less than $30,000 if an eligible couple)

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations
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“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.

This case study focuses on the launch of New Jersey’s MLTSS program, which was supported by the Balancing Incentive Program. New Jersey spent 70% of the enhanced FMAP earned through the Program on the expanded services offered under MLTSS. These funds were directed to new individuals receiving services, additional services provided to new and existing community LTSS users, and enhanced care management offered through Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). Since the launch of MLTSS in July 2014, almost 6,000 more people have accessed community LTSS. In addition, MCOs offer expanded care management to their enrollees, connecting individuals to providers and coordinating acute and long-term care. The Balancing Incentive Program provided New Jersey with a crucial source of revenue, helping the state fund these expansions during MLTSS’ first two years.”

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

Supportive Housing Assoc. of New Jersey (SHA) Community Housing with Support: - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

New Jersey SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) - 2011 - 07/01/2011

In 2011 New Jersey was awarded an EDI grant to continue working on the peer wellness coach idea, but from an employment standpoint.   In light of the health challenges facing individuals with SMI in a variety of positions (i.e., service participant, peer provider), the proposed project intended to: 1) have each Supported Employment (SE) program develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services in order to help remove the employment barrier of poor health management; 2) help each IMR provider organization develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services also with the goal of removing the barrier of health concerns in the pursuit of educational and employment goals; and 3) provide wellness coaching specifically to peer providers with health and wellness concerns  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Disability Employment Initiative 2010 - 07/01/2010

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will build their DEI project upon earlier Work Incentive Grant and Disability Program Navigator grant activities. The approach utilizes Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance and Continuing Education training for One-Stop Career Center staff and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to conduct outreach to employers and expand the availability of Technical Assistance Centers, as well as market discoverAbility events. Other strategic approaches include year round career exploration, career education and planning, self assessment, and work readiness skills training and apprenticeship opportunities through the Youth Transitions to Work program. Another key strategy will be focused on the development of self-employment opportunities, including working with the Business Leadership Network’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program to certify companies as disability owned and operated companies.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey 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
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Money Follows the Person - 05/25/2007

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution.

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

New Jersey Project HIRE

"The Arc of New Jersey’s Project HIRE is a supported employment program designed to connect people with disabilities to integrated employment opportunities in their community. The program assists adults with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive employment. The program also assists Middle and High School students in their preparation and transition to adult life with its School-to-Work program.

Project HIRE is funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS), the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), and Public School districts for its School-to-Work transition program."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
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NJ Customized Employment Initiative - 07/21/2014

~~The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, Griffin-Hammis Associates, and The Boggs Center are sponsoring a six-session training series on customized employment. Attendance at all six sessions will result in National Certification in Community Employment Services through the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). Each session stands alone in its content, so educators, transition coordinators, employment specialists, case managers, employment seekers and family members should feel free to register for any sessions of interest

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

DiscoverAbility NJ Leadership Academy - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAiblity NJ has partnered with Rutgers University’s Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance at the School of Social Work to provide an intensive Leadership Academy for rising professionals in the field of disability employment. New Jersey is currently developing a framework as well as identifying curriculum for the Leadership Academy to be implemented in 2011.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance

Since 1987, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has been providing Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance throughout the state of New Jersey.  In our continuing efforts to provide the most comprehensive, highest quality of trainings and services, The Boggs Center maintains effective partnerships and collaborations with state and local government agencies including the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and NJ Department of Education.  

The Boggs Center offers two training series in Supported Employment:

·         Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge and Skills

·         Employment Specialist Supplemental

Training courses are intended to provide both new and veteran employment specialists with the most up to date and proven best practices in supported employment. The purpose of training activities is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by:

·         Developing competence among service providers in all areas related to assisting people with disabilities to choose, obtain, and maintain employment;

·         Increasing the knowledge and skill among people with disabilities and their families in the areas of employment acquisition, available services, the impact of earned income on Social Security and other benefits, assistive technology and self-advocacy; and

·         Increasing knowledge and skill among employers in recognizing the capabilities of workers with disabilities, providing supports and accommodations, understanding and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessing assistance from Supported Employment providers in recruiting, hiring, and supporting employees with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Department of Education

~~This page has resources for those who work with the Structured Learning Experiences (SLE) program.

All teachers supervising Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs) complete a training program required by DOE. This includes courses on federal and state child wage and hour laws, regulations and hazardous orders, the OSHA 10 general industry certificate program and a course on designing and implementing SLE student training plans. Nearly 1,000 teachers have participated in the required training.

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

Capacity Building in New Jersey’s Workforce Investment Boards (WIBS) and One Stop Career Centers

DiscoverAbility NJ is working with the State Employment and Training Commission, to enhance the capacity of local WIBS and One Stop Career Centers to provide better access and services to individuals with disabilities seeking employment and re-employment services. WIBS and One Stop Career Centers can apply for special targeted technical assistance through a dedicated portal available on the DiscoverAbility NJ Website.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Travel Training & Information Series

DiscoverAbility NJ partnered with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University to pilot a travel/ training and information series is designed to inform job coaches/employment counselors of a variety of transportation options and how to access them. Progress to date includes the initiation of a review of federal, state, foundation/non-profit funding programs to determine additional opportunities for para-transit funding, planning for key informant listening sessions, and a data sharing agreement from NJ Transit. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Marketing & Training on Disability Benefits

DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the World Institute on Disability (WID) to improve the capacity to figure benefits and support for better employment outcomes by upgrading the current New Jersey Benefits Calculator (DB 101) and translating it into Spanish. DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the Family Resource Network to provide a NJ DB101 training program to 17 ARC Directors, 26 One Stop Directors, 9 Center for Independent Living Directors and 19 Vocational Rehabilitation offices. www.njdb101.org is a powerful internet based tool that can help job seekers with disabilities carefully plan for the transition to work through enhanced knowledge about health care coverage and other public benefits. DiscoverAbilty NJ supports this effort and is working to increase knowledge and use of the customized disability benefits website. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) Scholarships

DiscoverAbility NJ sponsored ten scholarships for disability employment service providers to attend the GSETA Fall Conference. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility Learning at Work Symposium

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes."

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Community Care Waiver - 04/01/2017

~~“The Community Care Waiver (CCW) is a program for individuals with developmental disabilities that pays for the services and supports they need in order to live in the community. Administered by the Division, the CCW is funded by the state, with assistance from the federal government’s Medicaid program. 

The Community Care Waiver is a critical component of the Division's ability to provide services in the community to individuals with developmental disabilities. Without the CCW, New Jersey could only use Medicaid funding to help provide services to these individuals if they resided in an institution. The federal government allowed states to create waivers, including the CCW, as a way to help individuals with specific needs avoid institutionalization and return to or remain in the community.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.”

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

New Jersey HCBS Transition Plan - 04/17/2015

The Statewide Transition Plan outlines to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) how New Jersey will meet compliance with federal Home and Community Based Settings regulations by 2019.The Statewide Transition Plan sets forth the determination of New Jersey’s compliance with the regulation requirements for home and community-based settings and person-centered planning.

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

New Jersey ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 02/09/2012

The New Jersey State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 12/12/2007

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
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Olmstead Plan - 05/02/2007

Action Step 8: Expansion of Community Supports (RFP to expand agencies qualified to provide housing, residential, employment/day medical, and behavioral supports) with outcome of 63 agencies qualified to provide employment/day supports, and

Action Step 9: Identification of Independent Support Coordination Agencies with a goal of awarding support coordination contracts to six additional agencies qualified for employment/day supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Medicaid State Plan

The New Jersey Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how New Jersey administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how New Jersey may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution. 

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

With a commitment to Liberty and Prosperity, workers with disabilities are encouraged to aim high and go after their dreams for employment and economic advancement in the Garden State of New Jersey!

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 New Jersey’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.22%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,958,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
428,810
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
162,728
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.95%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.50%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 8,899,339 8,938,175 8,958,013
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 44,447 434,368 428,810
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 162,589 170,279 162,728
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,816,311 3,913,966 3,920,159
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.58% 39.20% 37.95%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.06% 76.49% 76.50%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 6.60% 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.80% 10.40% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 433,985 425,045 426,196
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 501,848 504,432 494,830
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 666,019 672,309 670,296
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 151,509 146,084 139,907
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 147,378 147,481 144,762
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,395 3,225 1,826
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 43,301 36,711 41,610
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 20,930 19,596 21,292
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 51,567 51,375 45,875

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,937 6,988 7,263
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.70% 4.70% 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 201,536 203,208 202,497

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 75,051 76,163 76,132
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 172,434 175,360 175,482
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 273,442 279,646 281,707
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.40% 27.20% 27.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.60% 1.50% 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.40% 4.40% 4.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 1.70% 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,930 1,842 1,868
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 5,324 5,531 5,989
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,340 2,150 2,376
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. 3,946 3,540 3,415
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
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. 42 44 26
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 28 33 17
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. 67.00% 79.00% 65.00%
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. 0.32 0.37 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,073
6,826
6,082
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 42 49 36
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 862 941 851
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,348 1,380 1,188
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,251 2,136 1,981
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,858 1,811 1,616
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 712 509 410
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.20% 31.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 5,720 8,797
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 304,077 305,347
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 2 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 189 186 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 0.00% 11.00% 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 N/A N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 2,655 2,676
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 7,603 7,465
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.00 14.50 15.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 47.50% 45.85% 44.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 17.50% 16.12% 16.09%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.80% 7.65% 7.60%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.54% 90.41% 76.24%
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). 44.30% 49.24% 51.88%
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). 73.10% 74.05% 81.27%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 84.40% 84.07% 87.76%
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). 28.80% 24.81% 29.39%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,103,352
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 55,312
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 365,337
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 420,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 138
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 302
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 440
AbilityOne wages (products). $440,745
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,882,285

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3 2 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 66 53 61
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 3 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 59 68
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 31 72
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 5,977 6,607
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 373 373
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6,381 7,052

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Theme 1: Building Career Pathways with a focus on Industry–Valued Credentials

Through a common definition of career pathways, a newly created list of industry–valued credentials, literacy standards and a renewed commitment to Employment First for all persons with disabilities, New Jersey will ensure that all workforce investments are enabling individuals to access greater economic opportunity and to build on their skills throughout their careers. These efforts will expand the number of career pathways, at all levels of education and workforce services, which will help more individuals obtain industry–valued credentials and degrees. (Page 9) 

EMPLOYMENT FIRST FRAMEWORK AND CAREER PATHWAYS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

In April 2012, Governor Chris Christie declared that New Jersey would become the 14th Employment First state in the United States. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states and their Local WDBs to invest prescribed resources to promote the creation and implementation of workforce development and training programs and services designed specifically for individuals with significant disabilities. A unified Employment First Definition for New Jersey ensures that the workforce system has a singular focus and vision that ensures all workforce development and training resources dedicated for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, have the potential for yielding the highest return on investment.

EMPLOYMENT FIRST is a framework for systems change that is centered on the premise that all citizens with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. Individuals with disabilities are a multi-skilled workforce resource for employers. An inclusive workplace promotes diversity, expands the tax base and creates an expanded pool of qualified candidates for available jobs. ‘Employment First’ is about creating an environment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, that empowers them with choices for their future, reduces poverty, eases demand on state and community based social service agencies and provides workers with a sense of achievement.(Page 62)

DVRS subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career pathway development.

DVRS is committed to working with all WIOA partners, and currently 16 of the 18 Vocational Rehabilitation offices throughout the State of New Jersey are co-located at One-Stop Career Centers. They collaborate on a range of activities, and the goals and recommendations within this section outline the main priorities for collaboration and integration of these services within the WIOA system. 

DVRS has information on its website, developed in conjunction with the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired that is standard and reciprocal across the two programs, and that information also provides common language and references to services and programs delivered by LWD that the populations served by the two organizations can access.

Goals to Further Align Vocational Rehabilitation with WIOA Title I One-Stop System:

1. Goal 1: By September 30, 2017, the number of individuals with DD, including ASD applying for DVRS services will increase by 50%. Strategic objectives to meet this goal include the following:

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.  (Page 103)

6. Goal 6: By September 30, 2016, DVRS will hold public forums to report on specific topics related to its service delivery and integration with the WIOA system, such as how DVRS is performing at the Employment First goal, and how services are succeeding with the deaf and hard of hearing population.

State Rehabilitation Council Recommendations 

Specific SRC recommendations for the Plan are provided in Section VI. Program Specific Requirements for Core Programs in the section on the Vocational Rehabilitation, item (a) Input of State Rehabilitation Council. (Page 105)

CBVI subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career development.

CBVI is committed to working with all WIOA partners, including One-Stop Career Centers, to provide technical assistance that will help guarantee that general employment focused services are provided in accessible forms to consumers who are blind, vision-impaired, and deaf-blind.

Services are integrated with wider DVRS services and the entire One-Stop system through a number of mechanisms. Currently, CBVI’s programs are not generally co-located with One-Stop Career Centers or other Vocational Rehabilitation services. As noted, the majority of services are by itinerant staff who deliver services directly to blind and visually impaired New Jersey residents in their homes or other community locations most suitable for delivery of those services. New Jersey confident that successful coordination and collaboration can occur through referral and partnership. (Page 106)

DVRS subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career pathway development.

DVRS is committed to working with all WIOA partners, and is currently co-located in 16 of the 18 offices throughout the State of New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) provides oversight and advises the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the designated state unit (DSU) within the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). LWD is the designated state agency (DSA). The SRC is a partnership of people with disabilities, advocates, and other interested persons who are committed to ensuring through policy development, implementation, and advocacy that New Jersey has a rehabilitation program that is not only comprehensive and consumer-responsive but also effective, efficient, and significantly funded. The SRC is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities receive rehabilitation services that result in gainful employment. Representing the myriad of diversity that is New Jersey, council members believe that individuals with disabilities are the “untapped resource” to the business community and assert that disability is a natural  part of the human experience that in no way diminishes a person’s right to fully participate in all aspects of American life. Members of the SRC in New Jersey believe in a public system of vocational rehabilitation that is responsible and accountable to those it serves and to those who fund it; they believe that competitive jobs generate tax revenue and enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to spend discretionary income which contributes to the state’s economy. (Page 228)

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) believes that collaboration with stakeholders is essential to assisting people with disabilities to successfully become employed. Such an ongoing effort maximizes resources and addresses the quality of life issues that can impact the ability of a person with a disability to obtain and maintain employment.

The DVRS is part of Workforce Development within LWD and is a strong partner with the One-Stop Career Center Workforce Investment System throughout the state. The agency also enjoys a cooperative relationship with state and community-based agencies to collaborate on programs that will promote the empowerment and economic independence of individuals with disabilities in an effort to encourage employment. The agency arranges memoranda of understanding (MOUs) for the purpose of carrying out activities that require a formalized response or protocol in the delivery of services. Since the Governor has declared through Executive Order, that New Jersey become the 14th Employment First state, the DVRS is reexamining all of the current MOUs in order to ensure policy aligns with the intent of Employment First. (Page 233)

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) The DDD serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability, are eligible for and maintain Medicaid eligibility, and are at least 18 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age to receive services. Conditions generally considered developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, and autism. Part of DDD’s implementation of the Employment First Initiative includes an annual discussion with individuals served, family members, and Support Coordinators providing care management services to identify each individual’s current employment status and identify how to assist the individual in reaching his/her employment outcomes. In addition, an employment-related outcome is required within the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) of every individual served through DDD. When an individual is not pursuing employment, a statement explaining why the individual is not pursuing employment at that time is included in the ISP. When an individual is in need of employment services to assist him/her in obtaining and/or maintaining employment, he/she must seek those services through DVRS initially. DDD provides other needed services while the eligibility determination is being made with DVRS or in addition to the employment services provided through DVRS. Once an eligibility determination is made with DVRS, DDD is able to provide employment services not available through DVRS, as well as the other services that are available through DDD. Because the DDD has transferred all of their children services to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the DVRS will be reaching out to the DCF to develop an MOU for the purpose of supporting students in transition who will need DVRS services in order to access employment. (Page 235)

The designated State unit's plans, policies, and procedures for coordination with education officials to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to the receipt of VR services, including pre-employment transition services, as well as procedures for the timely development and approval of individualized plans for employment for the students.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) understands the critical relationship that exists among education and employment that in turn affects independence and quality of life. Transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities is a top priority for the DVRS. The Division has had a long–standing formal interagency agreement for transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. This agreement is with the DVRS, the Office of Special Education Programs and the Office of Career and Technical Education in the New Jersey Department of Education, and the CBVI in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Since the Governor has declared through Executive Order, that New Jersey become the 14th Employment First state, it is critical that the DVRS reexamine this agreement to ensure policy aligns with the intent of Employment First. The DVRS will identify policy alignment with the SEA to ensure that employment is the first and presumed outcome for students with disabilities. (Page 238)

New Jersey is an Employment First State, and particular attention is given to youth with the most significant disabilities who, through informed choice, wish to pursue competitive integrated employment. DVRS has approved supported employment vendors who also vendor with DDD. The DDD system provides support coordinators to their participants who identify the individualized services needed and help arrange for those supports. DVRS counselors meet with DDD support coordinators and identify supported employment vendors common to both agencies in order to ensure a smooth transition of funding. DVRS is piloting “discovery” throughout the state in order to provide counselors with the tools to address the needs of this unique population. (Page 243)

New Jersey is also an Employment First state, and DVRS has identified goals to increase the number of individuals with significant ID/DD to avail themselves to DVRS services that result in an integrated competitive employment outcome.

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

A revised 5 year MOU was executed on July 1, 2015 by DVRS, CBVI, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities within the New Jersey Department of Human Services with the objective to define the roles and responsibilities of State agencies primarily involved in assisting individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive integrated employment and will assist the State agencies to operate in an efficient and successful manner to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities by operating consistently across agencies ensuring quality service provision. The agreement is in alignment with the New Jersey’s Employment First initiative proclaimed by Governor Christie on April 19, 2012. (Page 247)

Describe the development and implementation of a plan to address the current and projected needs for qualified personnel including, the coordination and facilitation of efforts between the designated State unit and institutions of higher education and professional associations to recruit, prepare, and retain personnel who are qualified, including personnel from minority backgrounds and personnel who are individuals with disabilities.

DVRS continues to recruit highly qualified candidates with master’s degrees in vocational rehabilitation counseling or closely related field for the counselor I position. DVRS is currently allowed to have 140 counselors statewide, and keeps an ongoing list of qualified candidates. DVRS only hires candidates with master’s degrees for this position. The division supports its staff through a number of continuing education opportunities, and provides in–house training on a regular basis. The New Jersey Rehabilitation Association, the Garden State Employment and Training Association, and the Association for Persons Supporting Employment First each sponsor continuing education credits with their respective yearly conferences, and DVRS supports a significant number of counselors for these conferences yearly. DVRS predicts a need to hire staff specifically for the coordination of pre–employment transition services and plans to submit this request in 2016. (Page 251)

  • Stakeholder meetings/listening tours of the One-Stop Career Center staff members in May 2014; and
  • Stakeholder meetings with the Deaf community held September 28, 2013 and October 12, 2013. 

Highlights of the survey results indicated a need to improve services/access to:

  • Individuals with the most significant disabilities, in particular individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), aligning the New Jersey Employment First Initiative; 

The DVRS identified key issues pertaining to meeting the intent of Employment First:

  • How should DCF (Division of Children & Families, DOE (Dept. of Education) and other state entities be aligned as partners in serving this consumer base?
  • State partners may have their own vision of Employment First which may or not be in alignment with DVRS.
  • Data Collection is difficult due to federal code restrictions and DVRS’s current case management system (WORCS). 
  • Need for Stakeholder analysis to identify and utilize internal and external partners.
  • Identify and engage “the Voice of the Customer.”
  • Strategic objectives to meet the DVRS Employment First initiative include the following:
  • More individuals with significant developmental disabilities (DD) and ASD will have greater access to become DVRS consumers. (Page 260)

Employment First (EF) identifies individuals with the most significant disabilities who historically have not been served appropriately by the public VR system. A typical outcome for this group was placement in segregated settings with little or no ability to obtain employment services that would increase the likelihood of self-sufficiency or community integration. Goals for EF are identified specifically to address this. (Page 263)

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.
  • Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Work with sheltered workshops to support individuals who wish to move into integrated employment. Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 268)

GOAL 6: By September 30, 2016, DVRS will hold public forums to report on specific topics related to its service delivery and integration with the WIOA system, such as how DVRS is performing at the Employment First goal, and how services are succeeding with the deaf and hard of hearing population.

DVRS is developing a Business Outreach Unit to strengthen the relationships with employers as a dual customer of the VR program. The members of the unit will work with businesses throughout the state to assist in addressing their need for qualified candidates, provide the lead for DVRS with targeted hiring events, help pre-screen candidates as warranted, liaison with other business services representatives throughout the workforce system, provide technical assistance regarding the ADA, and provide education on disability-related topics. (Page 270)

The goal of the DVRS is to create an effective, coordinated system of SE work opportunities throughout New Jersey to meet the needs of individuals with significant disabilities. SE funds are tracked separately to ensure reporting for individuals with the most significant disabilities that are served under the SE program. New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF). This initiative identifies that every person, including persons with the most significant disabilities have the right, through informed choice, to have equal access to employment services.

Of individuals with a SE outcome, the DVRS will increase the number of outcomes each year. The agency utilizes supported employment funds through a fee schedule based authorization process. That fee schedule ensures that the DVRS funds are spent on specific designated services. (Page 276)

DVRS and CBVI recently entered into a new MOU with DDD. The MOU identifies that resources to expand extended services and supported employment opportunities for youth with the most significant disabilities will be allocated for youth being served by DDD through individualized budget allocations specific for employment support in competitive, integrated settings. This agreement further supports New Jersey’s emphasis on Employment First. DVRS has also secured state funds to provide long-term follow-along (LTFA) to ensure job retention during any changes related to disability or environment. One reality to consider is that the number of people in LTFA increases every year as individuals secure employment in competitive settings. The DVRS state funds have not been able to keep up with the need. The DVRS updated its MOU with DDD to reflect DDD’s commitment to provide the LTFA once a consumer has been rehabilitated through the DVRS. The division also plans to create an MOU with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to be able to transfer LTFA for individuals with serious psychiatric illness to them. (Page 277)

  • Identify and provide targeted hiring events throughout the state; and
  • Analyze client data via dashboard approach for assessment purposes on a monthly basis. 

In order to increase the number of DVRS consumers with DD/ASD, the DVRS will apply the following strategies: 

  • DVRS will identify stakeholders and develop an education and communication plan that promotes Employment First (EF);
  • DVRS will research how other states’ agency partners are collaborating on EF strategies;
  • DVRS will develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD/ASD are served by DVRS;
  • DVRS will create a plan to allow transition students with DD/ASD to have open cases two years prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH pilot. (Page 278)

DVRS is committed to establishing Employment First initiatives throughout the state. Strategies include establishing Project SEARCH and developing targeted hiring events for qualified candidates with disabilities. The business outreach unit will lead these efforts. Additionally, DVRS identified goals to improve services to Deaf/hard of hearing consumers. Strategies to reach these goals include establishing regional Deaf language specialist positions throughout the state, improving the direct access for Deaf consumers via video phones in the offices, updating the DVRS hearing aid policy that includes best practices regarding individuals with cochlear implants, and working with the three Deaf centers to increase outreach to this population. DVRS also plans to contract with the Boggs Center, New Jersey’s Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, to provide technical assistance for the following: (Page 283)

  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and
  • Participating as a lead member to implement the Employment First initiative in the state.  (Page 284)

New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF) in April of 2012. EF is a framework that is centered on the premise that all citizens are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. This initiative identified that competitive employment in an integrated setting is the preferred first choice for every individual seeking employment in New Jersey. This effort shifts assumptions about whether individuals with certain categories of disabilities can to work to one of determining the supports and services necessary so that these individuals will be successful in competitive employment. The DVRS adheres to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. An individual with a disability must want and qualify for the services.

Counselors in all the offices received training on trial work experiences (TWE) in the spring of 2014. CRPs were also given access to the same training. TWE will be utilized when the DVRS counselor needs clear and convincing evidence regarding whether an individual with a disability will benefit from VR services. (Page 290)

CBVI subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career development. CBVI is committed to working with all WIOA partners, including One-Stop Career Centers, to provide technical assistance that will help guarantee that general employment focused services are provided in accessible forms to consumers who are blind, vision-impaired, and deaf-blind. (Page 308)

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) - DVRS and CBVI entered into a formal MOU with DDD in FFY 2015. The MOU outlines the process for DDD consumers who are interested in competitive integrated employment to access VR services. DDD serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability, are eligible for and maintain Medicaid eligibility, and are at least 18 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age to receive services. Conditions generally considered developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, and autism. Part of DDD’s implementation of the Employment First Initiative includes an annual discussion with individuals served, family members, and Support Coordinators providing care management services to identify each individual’s current employment status and identify how to assist the individual in reaching his/her employment outcomes. In addition, an employment-related outcome is required within the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) of every individual served through DDD. When an individual is not pursuing employment, a statement explaining why the individual is not pursuing employment at that time is included in the ISP. When an individual is in need of employment services to assist him/her in obtaining and/or maintaining employment, he/she must seek those services through DVRS initially. DDD provides other needed services while the eligibility determination is being made with DVRS or in addition to the employment services provided through DVRS. Once an eligibility determination is made with DVRS, DDD is able to provide employment services not available through DVRS, as well as the other services that are available through DDD. Because the DDD has transferred all of their children services to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the DVRS will be reaching out to the DCF to develop an MOU for the purpose of supporting students in transition who will need DVRS services in order to access employment. (Page 312)

A revised 5 year MOU was executed on July 1, 2015 by DVRS, CBVI, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities within the New Jersey Department of Human Services with the objective to define the roles and responsibilities of State agencies primarily involved in assisting individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive integrated employment and will assist the State agencies to operate in an efficient and successful manner to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities by operating consistently across agencies ensuring quality service provision. The agreement is in alignment with the New Jersey’s Employment First initiative proclaimed by Governor Christie on April 19, 2012 (Page 322)

In addition, the agency recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the DVRS, the general VR agency, and DDD, a sister agency within the New Jersey Department of Human Services and an agency that provides a full array of employment supports including extended services to individuals with a wide array of developmental disabilities, with the goal of furthering Employment First principles in the state by increasing access to supports needed to obtain and maintain employment. (Page 339)

DVRS and CBVI recently entered into a new MOU with DDD. The MOU identifies that resources to expand extended services and supported employment opportunities for youth with the most significant disabilities will be allocated for youth being served by DDD through individualized budget allocations specific for employment support in competitive, integrated settings. This agreement further supports New Jersey’s emphasis on Employment First.

The DVRS has organized the provision of SE through the use of community rehabilitation programs on a fee-for-service basis generally requiring up to 100 hours of intensive job coaching. The DVRS is currently reviewing the provision of SE services to determine that it is being offered to those in the most need and that there is a true collaboration among the three parties; the consumer, the DVRS vocational rehabilitation counselor and the vendor. (Page 340)

New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF) in April of 2012. EF is a framework that is centered on the premise that all citizens are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. This initiative identified that competitive employment in an integrated setting is the preferred first choice for every individual seeking employment in New Jersey. This effort shifts assumptions about whether individuals with certain categories of disabilities can to work to one of determining the supports and services necessary so that these individuals will be successful in competitive employment. The DVRS adheres to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. An individual with a disability must want and qualify for the services.

Counselors in all the offices received training on trial work experiences (TWE) in the spring of 2014. CRPs were also given access to the same training. TWE will be utilized when the DVRS counselor needs clear and convincing evidence regarding whether an individual with a disability will benefit from VR services. (Page 357)

 

Customized Employment
  • TA to designated institutes of higher education in order to establish programs for youth with ID/DD that will provide industry–recognized credentials and a Career Pathways approach for their skill development; and
  • TA to designated sheltered workshop staff for training in Customized Employment and Person–Centered Planning. 

Strategies to reach all transition students with disabilities are significant as well. They include establishing a PETS unit to coordinate activities with LEAs and CILs as well as developing an MOU with the SEA to help DVRS achieve the requirement of providing PETS to all students with disabilities in transition. DVRS also posted a notice of funding for PETS activities to work with vendors to reach this goal.(Page 248)

CBVI will continue to provide professional staff with developmental instruction that will enhance the delivery of VR services. Specifically, CBVI has and will continue to provide its staff with instruction in Customized Employment practices, the use of labor market information in career planning, leadership development programs, and other VR-specific opportunities and courses, as they are made available.

CBVI is the designated State Licensing Agency to administer the Federal Randolph-Sheppard program, an entrepreneurial program for qualified, legally blind candidates, who are interested in operating and managing businesses on Federal, State, and municipal properties. ( Page 310)

Greater communication with the Division of Developmental Disabilities has helped to identify additional individuals with the most significant disabilities who may benefit from supported employment services to gain employment in integrated settings. The agency also recently expanded its collaborations with the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities to expand cross training opportunities with community rehabilitation providers who provide supported employment services and agency staff. The agency also participates annually in the New Jersey Association for Persons in Supported Employment statewide conference to present on agency services as an outreach effort to additional communities that serve or advocate on behalf of individuals with the most significant disabilities and those that are unserved or underserved. Finally, CBVI undertook a comprehensive training of all VR staff in the skills of Customized Employment, strengthening the agency’s ability to cater well to the diverse needs of the most significantly disabled among its consumers. (Page 344)

  • Maintain the EDGE program (Employment, Development, Guidance, and Engagement) a year-round program for transition-aged youth (14-21) eligible for vocational rehabilitation services emphasizing employment development, mentoring by employed blind/vision impaired adults, and experiential learning experiences to promote independence.
  • Establish a Business Relations Unit, charged with educating employers about blindness and catering to the unique needs of business as a secondary customer of CBVI services, in alignment with provisions in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Redesigning and strengthening the Randolph-Sheppard program in New Jersey (Business Enterprises New Jersey - BENJ)
  • Develop competencies for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Supervisors in utilizing evidence-based practices, including incorporating motivational interviewing techniques and customized employment methodologies into the counseling relationship to increase employment outcomes.
  • Expand vocational exploration, experiential programs, and other career planning opportunities for consumers. (Page 349)
Braiding/Blending Resources

Under the DVRS EF strategy, long–term SE services will be provided by the DDD and the DMHAS for consumers who qualify for these services after a DVRS consumer is successfully placed in employment. This braiding of funding provides supports to a higher number of consumers. The DVRS continues to partner with the DDD and the DMHAS in order to do this.

DDD – DVRS and CBVI successfully negotiated a new MOU with the DDD in FFY 2015. The DDD recently changed its policy and now requires all individuals who receive DDD services to apply for services with the DVRS as a condition to receiving DDD funding. While the DVRS is very willing to provide services to individuals who qualify and want services, the division will adhere to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in WIOA. ability related information found. (Page 291)

Under the DVRS EF strategy, long-term SE services will be provided by the DDD and the DMHAS for consumers who qualify for these services after a DVRS consumer is successfully placed in employment. This braiding of funding provides supports to a higher number of consumers. The DVRS continues to partner with the DDD and the DMHAS in order to do this.

DDD - DVRS and CBVI successfully negotiated a new MOU with the DDD in FFY 2015. The DDD recently changed its policy and now requires all individuals who receive DDD services to apply for services with the DVRS as a condition to receiving DDD funding. While the DVRS is very willing to provide services to individuals who qualify and want services, the division will adhere to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in WIOA. (Page 358)

Title II providers, including the community college system, to move people seamlessly from English as a Second Language and/or basic literacy skills training through to a postsecondary credential, including integrated basic skills alongside workforce career exploration and planning, and a transition to skills training and credentials.

LWD is in the process of providing planning grants to local workforce development areas for consolidation of literacy funds with workforce development and a more seamless transition from basic skills training to occupational training. The solicitation for providers of both Title I and Title II programs will include clear expectations for how to integrate these services, including Bridge Program models as well as more comprehensive blending of the curricula. (Page 101)

LWD provides TANF grant and support services reimbursement to the Division of Family Development for WorkFirst NJ TANF recipients who have been approved by the One-Stop system to pursue a college level program leading to an AAA/AAS or BA/BS degree. The grant and support services reimbursement is through NJ Workforce Development Program funds and stops the five (5) year TANF eligibility clock while the TANF participant is pursuing their college level degree.

This innovative collaboration is another example of New Jersey’s close collaboration among programs and deep commitment to blending funding to the greatest extent possible within existing law and regulations in order to best serve New Jersey residents. (Page 109)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

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

In August 2010, LWD reorganized its structure to include the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) within the workforce development system. This provides a solid foundation to work with the State’s workforce investment system. DVRS is a core participant in the One-Stop system and maintains an active presence in the 17 local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) as well as the SETC, New Jersey’s State WDB. This close involvement ensures that physical and programmatic accessibility is at the forefront of all efforts of the WIOA system. (Page 154)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment
  • c. Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • d. Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • e. Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 104)

DVRS is also supporting the establishment of Pilot SEARCH programs in three counties through its innovation and expansion funding, and requests a waiver of statewideness to implement them. Our eventual goal is to support sites in every county; however, it is critical that DVRS pilots this effort before moving to a statewide implementation. (Page 231)

New Jersey is fortunate to have state–appropriated funding for post–employment services which is referred to as the long–term follow–along (LTFA) program. The LTFA funding of approximately $5.4 million went out under an NGO for the third time in FY 2015, and 71 supported employment programs were given contracts to provide extended services. (Page 241)

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.
  • Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Work with sheltered workshops to support individuals who wish to move into integrated employment. Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 268)
    • Partner with other state agencies (i.e. the DDD, the CBVI) to make sure the DVRS services information is distributed as warranted;
    • Identify and provide targeted hiring events throughout the state; and
    • Analyze client data via dashboard approach for assessment purposes on a monthly basis. 

In order to increase the number of DVRS consumers with DD/ASD, the DVRS will apply the following strategies:

  • DVRS will research how other states’ agency partners are collaborating on EF strategies;
  • DVRS will develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD/ASD are served by DVRS;
  • DVRS will create a plan to allow transition students with DD/ASD to have open cases two years prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH pilot (Page 278)
  • Information and demonstration;
  • Community outreach;
  • Equipment recycling; and
  • Technical consultation. 

Assistive technology services and devices will be provided to individuals with disabilities on a statewide basis through a renewed and expanded contract with Advancing Opportunities using the following methods:

  • Allowing the DVRS clients to try out equipment before purchase to determine best match for their specific needs;
  • Continuing a pilot program with local offices to focus on organization and project management strategies among professional staff; ( Page 279)

CBVI Goal 2: Work Skills Prep: Post-Graduation Follow Along

CBVI will improve employment outcomes for its consumers who attended the Work Skills Prep program and graduated from their secondary school program from the current success rate of 22.22% to 30% of all those who exit the VR program. This goal is scheduled to be completed by 9/30/2013. This is a one year pilot project. If successful, the agency will look to expand the strategies to continue to improve employment outcomes for individuals with the most significant disabilities.

Update: The job developer hired for this position was able to achieve three additional closures of Work Skills graduates, but unfortunately found other employment before the end of the project year. A new job developer was hired, and began to work with counselors in the services centers and consumers around job development activities. The program has experienced another setback; as the new job developer was diverted to another project. The agency had decided to redesign the program and will roll out the new program in FFY 2016. ( Page 351)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

D/HH individuals will have increased opportunities to become DVRS consumers, obtain job skills, and obtain competitive employment that matches their interests, skills & capabilities.

  • Qualified interpreters will accompany D/HH consumers at job interviews rather than job coaches.

The DVRS identified key issues regarding the need to improve community rehabilitation programs within New Jersey:

  • Ensuring that DVRS consumers in supported employment have access to qualified employment specialists.
  • Defining the role of New Jersey’s set-aside programs that employ individuals with DD.
  • Transforming the current system of sheltered programs to a system that supports movement into competitive employment for individuals with DD/ASD.
  • Fear of family members to allow family members with DD/ASD to become competitively employed.
  • Families need information from qualified SSI/SSDI benefits counselors.
  • Strategic objectives to improve community rehabilitation programs within the state include the following:
  • Increased oversight from DVRS program development specialists will identify individuals currently in extended employment who should have DVRS cases opened;  (Page 262)
  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and

The DVRS plans to work with the CRPs to develop integrated employment strategies for individuals with disabilities who currently attend sheltered workshop programs who, through informed choice, choose to access competitive employment. DVRS implemented reporting requirements in 2016 that identify extended workers who currently make above minimum wage in order to provide counseling, including benefits counseling, and encouragement for them to pursue competitive, integrated employment. (Page 284)

School to Work Transition

DVRS assigned a lead transition counselor to each office. Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate all the transition activities throughout the catchment area.
  • Support transition fairs
  • Provide training on a local county–wide basis

Additionally, each counselor is assigned to specific public high schools. They provide technical assistance to the schools in the following ways:

  • Attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings
  • Provide TA to the schools as warranted
  • Meet with individual schools
  • Confer with parents
  • Referral to benefits counseling when appropriate (Page 280)

The LWD has established four priorities for the next three years:

  1. Reemployment – What steps can LWD take to decrease the amount of time that people receive UI?
  2. Opportunity – How can LWD assist more people to move from government benefits (SSI, SSDI, GA, and TANF) to work?
  3. Alignment – How can LWD increase the number of people who have an industry recognized, post–secondary credential?
  4. 4. Accountability – What data and information about program performance would help us to improve services? (Page 283)
Data Collection

The DVRS identified key issues pertaining to meeting the intent of Employment First:

  • How should DCF (Division of Children & Families, DOE (Dept. of Education) and other state entities be aligned as partners in serving this consumer base?
  • State partners may have their own vision of Employment First which may or not be in alignment with DVRS.
  • Data Collection is difficult due to federal code restrictions and DVRS’s current case management system (WORCS).
  • Need for Stakeholder analysis to identify and utilize internal and external partners.
  • Identify and engage “the Voice of the Customer.”
  • Strategic objectives to meet the DVRS Employment First initiative include the following:
  • More individuals with significant developmental disabilities (DD) and ASD will have greater access to become DVRS consumers.
  • DVRS staff members, vendors, and state partners will have the expectation that employment is the first and preferred option for adult activity for those with DD. (Page 260)

Data Collection from National Databases

As part of the assessment process, the agency gathered data from sources connected to the United States Census Bureau, specifically data that was originally gathered via the American Community Survey (ACS). The three main data sources used and that were available during the assessment process were the 2011 Disability Status Report for New Jersey published by the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University (published 2012), 2013 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium published by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (published November 2013), and the American Foundation for Blind - Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss (updated January 2014), which provided a further breakdown of data points obtained from ACS methodology. (Page 331)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

No specific disability related information found.

Employment Networks

DVRS will work with sheltered workshops to assist individuals to obtain competitive employment;

  • DVRS will identify staff members in all local offices who will coordinate the provision of pre–employment transition services in partnership with LEAs.
  • DVRS will develop partnerships with schools to provide technical assistance to students with DD/ASD that will identify community–based integrated work opportunities prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will encourage and provide TA to CRPs who wish to become an employment network.

DVRS is currently assessing the community rehabilitation programs within the state to determine strategies that will result in the following outcomes:

  • Nationally recognized credentials for supported employment specialists;
  • Ability of CRPs to deliver customized employment strategies; • Ability of CRPs to provide community-based appropriate assessments to individuals with disabilities; and
  • Capacity of CRPs to use a discovery process for individuals with the most significant disabilities when appropriate. New Jersey currently supports center-based segregated programs using non-federal dollars; DVRS is actively involved with these programs to provide technical assistance to vendors who are engaged in business transformation for their program. (Page 281)

Strategies to overcome identified barriers relating to equitable access to and participation of individuals with disabilities in the state Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and the state Supported Employment Services Program include the following:

  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and
  • Participating as a lead member to implement the Employment First initiative in the state. (Page 284)

Policies and Initiatives

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What services does DVRS provide? - 07/01/2017

~~“Time-Limited Job Coaching (TLJC): One-on-one assistance in applying for jobs and/or on-the-job coaching after a job is obtained. Services are time-limited.

Supported Employment (SE): Customers who require an intensive level of job coaching are referred to a supported employment provider for one-on-one assistance in job searching, interviewing skills training, and applying for jobs. The supported employment provider delivers on-the-job coaching to assist the customer in learning job duties and adjusting to the work environment. SE also includes periodic follow-up to make sure the consumer retains his or her job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Innovation and Expansion Program Notice of Grant Opportunity Federal Fiscal Year 2017 - 06/01/2017

~~“Career Pathways Initiatives for Individuals with Significant DisabilitiesB. Purpose of the GrantImportant federal policy changes and legal actions reinforce the importance of having a job in society and the multiple benefits gained by individuals and businesses when adults with disabilities are employed. In 2010, New Jersey became the 14th state to join the Employment First policy, recognizing the value of competitive, integrated employment as a preferred service option and optimal outcome for working age adults with disabilities. Being employed improves a person's quality of life, in part by causing them to be perceived in a more positive light. Individuals with disabilities working in the community have increased self-confidence and a sense of pride. Working also allows them to contribute as a tax-paying citizens. In addition, businesses benefit by having a diverse workforce that meets specific employment needs and reflects the communities they serve.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

May-02-17 Department Of Labor Acting Commissioner Delivers Senate Budget Testimony - 05/02/2017

~~“Employer Engagement

Second, for the past seven years, our department has worked closely with employers across the state to ensure that investments in education and training programs are aligned with the needs of the business community.

In 2011, we created Talent Networks around the seven key industry clusters that employ more than two-thirds of the workers in New Jersey and pay more than two-thirds of the annual wages. Talent Networks engage industry employers to pinpoint the relevant skills that jobseekers need to get jobs in those major industry clusters and link employers with the state’s educational institutions, employee training providers, state officials and jobseekers.

In October, we released our first-ever Industry-Valued Credentials List to help students and job seekers identify the skills and credentials most in-demand in New Jersey.  Our labor market analysts worked closely with employers, educators and workforce development professionals to compile the list of 198 credentials and degrees. We have committed to using this list to direct occupational training dollars toward the most effective workforce and education programs. The list also serves as a consumer protection tool for individuals in search of high-quality occupational training, ensuring that the credential they are seeking is valid and recommended by knowledgeable employers, educators and workforce professionals.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Community Care Waiver - 04/01/2017

~~“The Community Care Waiver (CCW) is a program for individuals with developmental disabilities that pays for the services and supports they need in order to live in the community. Administered by the Division, the CCW is funded by the state, with assistance from the federal government’s Medicaid program. 

The Community Care Waiver is a critical component of the Division's ability to provide services in the community to individuals with developmental disabilities. Without the CCW, New Jersey could only use Medicaid funding to help provide services to these individuals if they resided in an institution. The federal government allowed states to create waivers, including the CCW, as a way to help individuals with specific needs avoid institutionalization and return to or remain in the community.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.

This case study focuses on the launch of New Jersey’s MLTSS program, which was supported by the Balancing Incentive Program. New Jersey spent 70% of the enhanced FMAP earned through the Program on the expanded services offered under MLTSS. These funds were directed to new individuals receiving services, additional services provided to new and existing community LTSS users, and enhanced care management offered through Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). Since the launch of MLTSS in July 2014, almost 6,000 more people have accessed community LTSS. In addition, MCOs offer expanded care management to their enrollees, connecting individuals to providers and coordinating acute and long-term care. The Balancing Incentive Program provided New Jersey with a crucial source of revenue, helping the state fund these expansions during MLTSS’ first two years.”

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

Supportive Housing Assoc. of New Jersey (SHA) Community Housing with Support: - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
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New Jersey ABLE Legislation - 02/24/2015

Authorizes establishment of tax-exempt Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts for persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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New Jersey Governor’s Employment First Declaration - 04/19/2012

Furthering the Christie Administration’s commitment to expand life opportunities and job prospects for New Jerseyans with disabilities, Governor Chris Christie today announced that New Jersey will become the 14th state to adopt an Employment First initiative. The initiative embraces a philosophy – implemented through policies, programs and services – to proactively promote competitive employment in the general workforce for people with any type of disability.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to be productive, earn a living, and feel a sense of personal fulfillment from employment,” said Governor Christie. “By adopting an Employment First policy, this Administration is firmly committed to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. That’s why we’re working cooperatively with the private sector to ensure that people with disabilities are a seamless part of New Jersey’s workforce, with the independence and sense of community that comes from relationships developed inside and outside of the workplace.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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What services does DVRS provide? - 07/01/2017

~~“Time-Limited Job Coaching (TLJC): One-on-one assistance in applying for jobs and/or on-the-job coaching after a job is obtained. Services are time-limited.

Supported Employment (SE): Customers who require an intensive level of job coaching are referred to a supported employment provider for one-on-one assistance in job searching, interviewing skills training, and applying for jobs. The supported employment provider delivers on-the-job coaching to assist the customer in learning job duties and adjusting to the work environment. SE also includes periodic follow-up to make sure the consumer retains his or her job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Innovation and Expansion Program Notice of Grant Opportunity Federal Fiscal Year 2017 - 06/01/2017

~~“Career Pathways Initiatives for Individuals with Significant DisabilitiesB. Purpose of the GrantImportant federal policy changes and legal actions reinforce the importance of having a job in society and the multiple benefits gained by individuals and businesses when adults with disabilities are employed. In 2010, New Jersey became the 14th state to join the Employment First policy, recognizing the value of competitive, integrated employment as a preferred service option and optimal outcome for working age adults with disabilities. Being employed improves a person's quality of life, in part by causing them to be perceived in a more positive light. Individuals with disabilities working in the community have increased self-confidence and a sense of pride. Working also allows them to contribute as a tax-paying citizens. In addition, businesses benefit by having a diverse workforce that meets specific employment needs and reflects the communities they serve.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

May-02-17 Department Of Labor Acting Commissioner Delivers Senate Budget Testimony - 05/02/2017

~~“Employer Engagement

Second, for the past seven years, our department has worked closely with employers across the state to ensure that investments in education and training programs are aligned with the needs of the business community.

In 2011, we created Talent Networks around the seven key industry clusters that employ more than two-thirds of the workers in New Jersey and pay more than two-thirds of the annual wages. Talent Networks engage industry employers to pinpoint the relevant skills that jobseekers need to get jobs in those major industry clusters and link employers with the state’s educational institutions, employee training providers, state officials and jobseekers.

In October, we released our first-ever Industry-Valued Credentials List to help students and job seekers identify the skills and credentials most in-demand in New Jersey.  Our labor market analysts worked closely with employers, educators and workforce development professionals to compile the list of 198 credentials and degrees. We have committed to using this list to direct occupational training dollars toward the most effective workforce and education programs. The list also serves as a consumer protection tool for individuals in search of high-quality occupational training, ensuring that the credential they are seeking is valid and recommended by knowledgeable employers, educators and workforce professionals.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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

New Jersey Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students Report - 08/01/2015

The Task Force identified numerous topics relevant to the charges mandated by the legislation and requested and examined extensive data from the New Jersey Department of Education (Department), including federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant awards, special education student counts by eligibility category and placement, post-school outcomes, proficiency rates for students with disabilities, sample monitoring reports, dispute resolution activities, and private schools for students with disabilities. In addition, the Task Force invited speakers who presented on various topics including the following: funding, monitoring, approved private schools for students with disabilities, and the dispute resolution process. The Task Force also reviewed the reports of the previous task forces that have examined these issues. In October, the Task Force formed the following three subgroups, in order to expedite deliberations: Classifying, Educating, and Best Practice; Funding, Accountability, and Reducing Costs; and Standards and Oversight. Each subgroup designated a chair and a secretary to record minutes. The subgroups convened in addition to the Task Force meetings to discuss the assigned topics in more detail and develop recommendations for the Task Force’s consideration.

The Task Force is presenting 27 recommendations for consideration.

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

Division of Developmental Disabilities Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination - 03/27/2014

“The purpose of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination is to provide clarity on practices governing the delivery of Support Coordination services during the transition period to full implementation of the Supports Program and a fee-for service system. These policies apply to all Support Coordination Agencies (and its personnel) currently working with “new presenters” and using the Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Some of these policies will change as ongoing Division-wide reform efforts are implemented in the coming months. The current standards will remain in place in the interim as established in this guide. Updates and revisions will be made as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Upcoming Changes to DDD’s Policy on Funding of Sheltered Workshops - 03/01/2013

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has begun to phase-out funding for services provided in sheltered workshop settings (also referred to as “extended employment” or “sheltered employment”). As part of the first phase of this reform, the Supports Program, a new program in development at DDD that is expected to begin in FY2014, will not provide funding for services in these settings. Additionally, funding for these services will be phased-out of DDD’s Community Care Waiver (CCW) over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State of New Jersey Unified Workforce Investment Plan: NJ Talent Connection (July 2012-June 2017) - 12/13/2012

Goal 2.16 IMPLEMENT EMPLOYMENT FIRST THROUGHOUT ALL PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Meet Employment First goals by aligning funding for services for persons with disabilities to transition to community integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing
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Memorandum of Understanding between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities for Supported Employment Services - 09/19/2008

"The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to assist the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to operate in an efficient and successful manner to ensure quality service provision. This, in turn, will help guide efforts toward improving employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities who are entering the workforce."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ - 01/15/2005

~~“Within the  past decade, considerable scholarly and applied research reports have described the barriers to employment and economic independence faced by people with disabilities. Despite many government efforts and research that provides compelling reasons for hiring people with disabilities, the rates of employment for New Jersey residents with disabilities remain unacceptably low. In New Jersey, as in the United States as a whole, residents with disabilities are half as likely as those without disabilities to be employed. Among those individuals in the state with a disability who are employed, both earnings and household incomes are lower than their non-disabled counterparts.

To reemphasize New Jersey’s concern and commitment to address these issues, New Jersey has developed DiscoverAbility: New Jersey’s Strategic Plan to Create a Comprehensive Employment System for People with Disabilities. This plan, which will become a core element of the state’s Strategic Unified Workforce Investment Plan, provides New Jersey with a shared vision and a strategic roadmap toward building a more comprehensive system of employment services and supports for people with disabilities. The plan is meant to be visionary, directional, and ambitious yet attainable — requiring coordination and cooperation, public/private partnerships, community and consumer support as well as state leadership to achieve its goals. The plan reflects a culmination of thought, advice, input, and interest from a wide variety of stakeholders including people with disabilities and their families, employers, government agencies, community-based service providers, researchers and scholars, and others interested in employment and disability issues. DiscoverAbility builds on the state’s longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities, while incorporating contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities and improve employment and economic outcomes. The plan is a clear roadmap to change but is also a fluid and evolving document. It puts forth a vision that reflects the desired  ”ideal state,” and a mission that reflects what New Jersey hopes to achieve through implementation of this plan.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Meeting the Employment Transportation Needs of People with Disabilities in New Jersey - 01/01/2005

~~“Getting and keeping a job can be a challenge for anyone, regardless of disability status.  For people with disabilities in New Jersey, the challenge can be even greater.  Although the state has a large and extensive public transportation network, many suburban and rural areas have little or no public transportation.  In addition, in areas where transportation options are available, they are not always accessible and affordable.   In an effort to address transportation and other barriers to work for people with disabilities wishing to work in a competitive work environment, in 2000, the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services (DDS) applied for and was awarded a Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 Medicaid Infrastructure Grant from the federal Health Care Financing Administration.  The goal of the project, is to design and implement services that support individuals with disabilities as they secure and sustain competitive employment in an integrated setting. “ 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

It’s All About Work Program

It's All About Work is a program developed by the New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living in conjunction with the NJ Division on Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to help prepare transition students and adults for the world of work and inclusive community living.

This comprehensive program, is designed to meet the challenges faced by persons with disabilities whose goal is to obtain employment. ACI works with school districts in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties to bring It's All About Work curriculum to its transition students (age 14 to 21).

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

NJ WorkAbility

The NJ WorkAbility Program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.   NJ WorkAbility was created by the federal Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and Chapter 116 of PL2000 of New Jersey.   Eligible candidates must meet the following guidelines: Be between the ages of 16 and 64 Work part time, full time or be self-employed and have proof of employment Have a permanent disability as determined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Disability Review Team at the Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services (DMAHS) Have an earned income of no more than $60,625 per year (no more than $81,425 per year if an eligible couple--both with permanent disability, both working) Have unearned income (pensions, child support, interest, etc.) less than $981 per month (less than $1,328 for eligible couples) Have less than $20,000 in liquid assets (or less than $30,000 if an eligible couple)

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations
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“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.

This case study focuses on the launch of New Jersey’s MLTSS program, which was supported by the Balancing Incentive Program. New Jersey spent 70% of the enhanced FMAP earned through the Program on the expanded services offered under MLTSS. These funds were directed to new individuals receiving services, additional services provided to new and existing community LTSS users, and enhanced care management offered through Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). Since the launch of MLTSS in July 2014, almost 6,000 more people have accessed community LTSS. In addition, MCOs offer expanded care management to their enrollees, connecting individuals to providers and coordinating acute and long-term care. The Balancing Incentive Program provided New Jersey with a crucial source of revenue, helping the state fund these expansions during MLTSS’ first two years.”

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

Supportive Housing Assoc. of New Jersey (SHA) Community Housing with Support: - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

New Jersey SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) - 2011 - 07/01/2011

In 2011 New Jersey was awarded an EDI grant to continue working on the peer wellness coach idea, but from an employment standpoint.   In light of the health challenges facing individuals with SMI in a variety of positions (i.e., service participant, peer provider), the proposed project intended to: 1) have each Supported Employment (SE) program develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services in order to help remove the employment barrier of poor health management; 2) help each IMR provider organization develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services also with the goal of removing the barrier of health concerns in the pursuit of educational and employment goals; and 3) provide wellness coaching specifically to peer providers with health and wellness concerns  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Disability Employment Initiative 2010 - 07/01/2010

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will build their DEI project upon earlier Work Incentive Grant and Disability Program Navigator grant activities. The approach utilizes Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance and Continuing Education training for One-Stop Career Center staff and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to conduct outreach to employers and expand the availability of Technical Assistance Centers, as well as market discoverAbility events. Other strategic approaches include year round career exploration, career education and planning, self assessment, and work readiness skills training and apprenticeship opportunities through the Youth Transitions to Work program. Another key strategy will be focused on the development of self-employment opportunities, including working with the Business Leadership Network’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program to certify companies as disability owned and operated companies.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey 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
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Money Follows the Person - 05/25/2007

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution.

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

New Jersey Project HIRE

"The Arc of New Jersey’s Project HIRE is a supported employment program designed to connect people with disabilities to integrated employment opportunities in their community. The program assists adults with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive employment. The program also assists Middle and High School students in their preparation and transition to adult life with its School-to-Work program.

Project HIRE is funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS), the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), and Public School districts for its School-to-Work transition program."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
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NJ Customized Employment Initiative - 07/21/2014

~~The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, Griffin-Hammis Associates, and The Boggs Center are sponsoring a six-session training series on customized employment. Attendance at all six sessions will result in National Certification in Community Employment Services through the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). Each session stands alone in its content, so educators, transition coordinators, employment specialists, case managers, employment seekers and family members should feel free to register for any sessions of interest

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

DiscoverAbility NJ Leadership Academy - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAiblity NJ has partnered with Rutgers University’s Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance at the School of Social Work to provide an intensive Leadership Academy for rising professionals in the field of disability employment. New Jersey is currently developing a framework as well as identifying curriculum for the Leadership Academy to be implemented in 2011.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance

Since 1987, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has been providing Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance throughout the state of New Jersey.  In our continuing efforts to provide the most comprehensive, highest quality of trainings and services, The Boggs Center maintains effective partnerships and collaborations with state and local government agencies including the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and NJ Department of Education.  

The Boggs Center offers two training series in Supported Employment:

·         Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge and Skills

·         Employment Specialist Supplemental

Training courses are intended to provide both new and veteran employment specialists with the most up to date and proven best practices in supported employment. The purpose of training activities is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by:

·         Developing competence among service providers in all areas related to assisting people with disabilities to choose, obtain, and maintain employment;

·         Increasing the knowledge and skill among people with disabilities and their families in the areas of employment acquisition, available services, the impact of earned income on Social Security and other benefits, assistive technology and self-advocacy; and

·         Increasing knowledge and skill among employers in recognizing the capabilities of workers with disabilities, providing supports and accommodations, understanding and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessing assistance from Supported Employment providers in recruiting, hiring, and supporting employees with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Department of Education

~~This page has resources for those who work with the Structured Learning Experiences (SLE) program.

All teachers supervising Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs) complete a training program required by DOE. This includes courses on federal and state child wage and hour laws, regulations and hazardous orders, the OSHA 10 general industry certificate program and a course on designing and implementing SLE student training plans. Nearly 1,000 teachers have participated in the required training.

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

Capacity Building in New Jersey’s Workforce Investment Boards (WIBS) and One Stop Career Centers

DiscoverAbility NJ is working with the State Employment and Training Commission, to enhance the capacity of local WIBS and One Stop Career Centers to provide better access and services to individuals with disabilities seeking employment and re-employment services. WIBS and One Stop Career Centers can apply for special targeted technical assistance through a dedicated portal available on the DiscoverAbility NJ Website.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Travel Training & Information Series

DiscoverAbility NJ partnered with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University to pilot a travel/ training and information series is designed to inform job coaches/employment counselors of a variety of transportation options and how to access them. Progress to date includes the initiation of a review of federal, state, foundation/non-profit funding programs to determine additional opportunities for para-transit funding, planning for key informant listening sessions, and a data sharing agreement from NJ Transit. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Marketing & Training on Disability Benefits

DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the World Institute on Disability (WID) to improve the capacity to figure benefits and support for better employment outcomes by upgrading the current New Jersey Benefits Calculator (DB 101) and translating it into Spanish. DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the Family Resource Network to provide a NJ DB101 training program to 17 ARC Directors, 26 One Stop Directors, 9 Center for Independent Living Directors and 19 Vocational Rehabilitation offices. www.njdb101.org is a powerful internet based tool that can help job seekers with disabilities carefully plan for the transition to work through enhanced knowledge about health care coverage and other public benefits. DiscoverAbilty NJ supports this effort and is working to increase knowledge and use of the customized disability benefits website. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) Scholarships

DiscoverAbility NJ sponsored ten scholarships for disability employment service providers to attend the GSETA Fall Conference. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility Learning at Work Symposium

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes."

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Community Care Waiver - 04/01/2017

~~“The Community Care Waiver (CCW) is a program for individuals with developmental disabilities that pays for the services and supports they need in order to live in the community. Administered by the Division, the CCW is funded by the state, with assistance from the federal government’s Medicaid program. 

The Community Care Waiver is a critical component of the Division's ability to provide services in the community to individuals with developmental disabilities. Without the CCW, New Jersey could only use Medicaid funding to help provide services to these individuals if they resided in an institution. The federal government allowed states to create waivers, including the CCW, as a way to help individuals with specific needs avoid institutionalization and return to or remain in the community.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.”

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

New Jersey HCBS Transition Plan - 04/17/2015

The Statewide Transition Plan outlines to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) how New Jersey will meet compliance with federal Home and Community Based Settings regulations by 2019.The Statewide Transition Plan sets forth the determination of New Jersey’s compliance with the regulation requirements for home and community-based settings and person-centered planning.

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

New Jersey ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 02/09/2012

The New Jersey State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 12/12/2007

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
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Olmstead Plan - 05/02/2007

Action Step 8: Expansion of Community Supports (RFP to expand agencies qualified to provide housing, residential, employment/day medical, and behavioral supports) with outcome of 63 agencies qualified to provide employment/day supports, and

Action Step 9: Identification of Independent Support Coordination Agencies with a goal of awarding support coordination contracts to six additional agencies qualified for employment/day supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Medicaid State Plan

The New Jersey Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how New Jersey administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how New Jersey may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution. 

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

With a commitment to Liberty and Prosperity, workers with disabilities are encouraged to aim high and go after their dreams for employment and economic advancement in the Garden State of New Jersey!

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 New Jersey’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.22%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,958,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
428,810
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
162,728
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.95%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.50%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 8,958,013
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 428,810
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 162,728
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,920,159
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 37.95%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.50%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 16.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 426,196
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 494,830
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 670,296
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 139,907
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 144,762
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,826
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 41,610
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,292
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 45,875

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,263
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 202,497

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 76,132
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 175,482
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 281,707
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,868
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 5,989
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,376
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,415
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
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. 26
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 17
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. 65.00%
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. 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,082
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 36
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 851
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,188
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,981
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,616
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 410
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,797
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 305,347
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

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,676
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,465
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 15.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 44.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 16.09%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.60%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 76.24%
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). 51.88%
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). 81.27%
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). 87.76%
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). 29.39%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,103,352
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 55,312
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 365,337
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 420,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 138
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 302
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 440
AbilityOne wages (products). $440,745
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,882,285

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 61
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 3
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 68
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). 72
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 6,607
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 373
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 7,052

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Theme 1: Building Career Pathways with a focus on Industry–Valued Credentials

Through a common definition of career pathways, a newly created list of industry–valued credentials, literacy standards and a renewed commitment to Employment First for all persons with disabilities, New Jersey will ensure that all workforce investments are enabling individuals to access greater economic opportunity and to build on their skills throughout their careers. These efforts will expand the number of career pathways, at all levels of education and workforce services, which will help more individuals obtain industry–valued credentials and degrees. (Page 9) 

EMPLOYMENT FIRST FRAMEWORK AND CAREER PATHWAYS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

In April 2012, Governor Chris Christie declared that New Jersey would become the 14th Employment First state in the United States. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states and their Local WDBs to invest prescribed resources to promote the creation and implementation of workforce development and training programs and services designed specifically for individuals with significant disabilities. A unified Employment First Definition for New Jersey ensures that the workforce system has a singular focus and vision that ensures all workforce development and training resources dedicated for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, have the potential for yielding the highest return on investment.

EMPLOYMENT FIRST is a framework for systems change that is centered on the premise that all citizens with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. Individuals with disabilities are a multi-skilled workforce resource for employers. An inclusive workplace promotes diversity, expands the tax base and creates an expanded pool of qualified candidates for available jobs. ‘Employment First’ is about creating an environment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, that empowers them with choices for their future, reduces poverty, eases demand on state and community based social service agencies and provides workers with a sense of achievement.(Page 62)

DVRS subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career pathway development.

DVRS is committed to working with all WIOA partners, and currently 16 of the 18 Vocational Rehabilitation offices throughout the State of New Jersey are co-located at One-Stop Career Centers. They collaborate on a range of activities, and the goals and recommendations within this section outline the main priorities for collaboration and integration of these services within the WIOA system. 

DVRS has information on its website, developed in conjunction with the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired that is standard and reciprocal across the two programs, and that information also provides common language and references to services and programs delivered by LWD that the populations served by the two organizations can access.

Goals to Further Align Vocational Rehabilitation with WIOA Title I One-Stop System:

1. Goal 1: By September 30, 2017, the number of individuals with DD, including ASD applying for DVRS services will increase by 50%. Strategic objectives to meet this goal include the following:

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.  (Page 103)

6. Goal 6: By September 30, 2016, DVRS will hold public forums to report on specific topics related to its service delivery and integration with the WIOA system, such as how DVRS is performing at the Employment First goal, and how services are succeeding with the deaf and hard of hearing population.

State Rehabilitation Council Recommendations 

Specific SRC recommendations for the Plan are provided in Section VI. Program Specific Requirements for Core Programs in the section on the Vocational Rehabilitation, item (a) Input of State Rehabilitation Council. (Page 105)

CBVI subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career development.

CBVI is committed to working with all WIOA partners, including One-Stop Career Centers, to provide technical assistance that will help guarantee that general employment focused services are provided in accessible forms to consumers who are blind, vision-impaired, and deaf-blind.

Services are integrated with wider DVRS services and the entire One-Stop system through a number of mechanisms. Currently, CBVI’s programs are not generally co-located with One-Stop Career Centers or other Vocational Rehabilitation services. As noted, the majority of services are by itinerant staff who deliver services directly to blind and visually impaired New Jersey residents in their homes or other community locations most suitable for delivery of those services. New Jersey confident that successful coordination and collaboration can occur through referral and partnership. (Page 106)

DVRS subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and the agency believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career pathway development.

DVRS is committed to working with all WIOA partners, and is currently co-located in 16 of the 18 offices throughout the State of New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) provides oversight and advises the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the designated state unit (DSU) within the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). LWD is the designated state agency (DSA). The SRC is a partnership of people with disabilities, advocates, and other interested persons who are committed to ensuring through policy development, implementation, and advocacy that New Jersey has a rehabilitation program that is not only comprehensive and consumer-responsive but also effective, efficient, and significantly funded. The SRC is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities receive rehabilitation services that result in gainful employment. Representing the myriad of diversity that is New Jersey, council members believe that individuals with disabilities are the “untapped resource” to the business community and assert that disability is a natural  part of the human experience that in no way diminishes a person’s right to fully participate in all aspects of American life. Members of the SRC in New Jersey believe in a public system of vocational rehabilitation that is responsible and accountable to those it serves and to those who fund it; they believe that competitive jobs generate tax revenue and enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to spend discretionary income which contributes to the state’s economy. (Page 228)

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) believes that collaboration with stakeholders is essential to assisting people with disabilities to successfully become employed. Such an ongoing effort maximizes resources and addresses the quality of life issues that can impact the ability of a person with a disability to obtain and maintain employment.

The DVRS is part of Workforce Development within LWD and is a strong partner with the One-Stop Career Center Workforce Investment System throughout the state. The agency also enjoys a cooperative relationship with state and community-based agencies to collaborate on programs that will promote the empowerment and economic independence of individuals with disabilities in an effort to encourage employment. The agency arranges memoranda of understanding (MOUs) for the purpose of carrying out activities that require a formalized response or protocol in the delivery of services. Since the Governor has declared through Executive Order, that New Jersey become the 14th Employment First state, the DVRS is reexamining all of the current MOUs in order to ensure policy aligns with the intent of Employment First. (Page 233)

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) The DDD serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability, are eligible for and maintain Medicaid eligibility, and are at least 18 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age to receive services. Conditions generally considered developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, and autism. Part of DDD’s implementation of the Employment First Initiative includes an annual discussion with individuals served, family members, and Support Coordinators providing care management services to identify each individual’s current employment status and identify how to assist the individual in reaching his/her employment outcomes. In addition, an employment-related outcome is required within the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) of every individual served through DDD. When an individual is not pursuing employment, a statement explaining why the individual is not pursuing employment at that time is included in the ISP. When an individual is in need of employment services to assist him/her in obtaining and/or maintaining employment, he/she must seek those services through DVRS initially. DDD provides other needed services while the eligibility determination is being made with DVRS or in addition to the employment services provided through DVRS. Once an eligibility determination is made with DVRS, DDD is able to provide employment services not available through DVRS, as well as the other services that are available through DDD. Because the DDD has transferred all of their children services to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the DVRS will be reaching out to the DCF to develop an MOU for the purpose of supporting students in transition who will need DVRS services in order to access employment. (Page 235)

The designated State unit's plans, policies, and procedures for coordination with education officials to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to the receipt of VR services, including pre-employment transition services, as well as procedures for the timely development and approval of individualized plans for employment for the students.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) understands the critical relationship that exists among education and employment that in turn affects independence and quality of life. Transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities is a top priority for the DVRS. The Division has had a long–standing formal interagency agreement for transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. This agreement is with the DVRS, the Office of Special Education Programs and the Office of Career and Technical Education in the New Jersey Department of Education, and the CBVI in the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Since the Governor has declared through Executive Order, that New Jersey become the 14th Employment First state, it is critical that the DVRS reexamine this agreement to ensure policy aligns with the intent of Employment First. The DVRS will identify policy alignment with the SEA to ensure that employment is the first and presumed outcome for students with disabilities. (Page 238)

New Jersey is an Employment First State, and particular attention is given to youth with the most significant disabilities who, through informed choice, wish to pursue competitive integrated employment. DVRS has approved supported employment vendors who also vendor with DDD. The DDD system provides support coordinators to their participants who identify the individualized services needed and help arrange for those supports. DVRS counselors meet with DDD support coordinators and identify supported employment vendors common to both agencies in order to ensure a smooth transition of funding. DVRS is piloting “discovery” throughout the state in order to provide counselors with the tools to address the needs of this unique population. (Page 243)

New Jersey is also an Employment First state, and DVRS has identified goals to increase the number of individuals with significant ID/DD to avail themselves to DVRS services that result in an integrated competitive employment outcome.

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

A revised 5 year MOU was executed on July 1, 2015 by DVRS, CBVI, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities within the New Jersey Department of Human Services with the objective to define the roles and responsibilities of State agencies primarily involved in assisting individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive integrated employment and will assist the State agencies to operate in an efficient and successful manner to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities by operating consistently across agencies ensuring quality service provision. The agreement is in alignment with the New Jersey’s Employment First initiative proclaimed by Governor Christie on April 19, 2012. (Page 247)

Describe the development and implementation of a plan to address the current and projected needs for qualified personnel including, the coordination and facilitation of efforts between the designated State unit and institutions of higher education and professional associations to recruit, prepare, and retain personnel who are qualified, including personnel from minority backgrounds and personnel who are individuals with disabilities.

DVRS continues to recruit highly qualified candidates with master’s degrees in vocational rehabilitation counseling or closely related field for the counselor I position. DVRS is currently allowed to have 140 counselors statewide, and keeps an ongoing list of qualified candidates. DVRS only hires candidates with master’s degrees for this position. The division supports its staff through a number of continuing education opportunities, and provides in–house training on a regular basis. The New Jersey Rehabilitation Association, the Garden State Employment and Training Association, and the Association for Persons Supporting Employment First each sponsor continuing education credits with their respective yearly conferences, and DVRS supports a significant number of counselors for these conferences yearly. DVRS predicts a need to hire staff specifically for the coordination of pre–employment transition services and plans to submit this request in 2016. (Page 251)

  • Stakeholder meetings/listening tours of the One-Stop Career Center staff members in May 2014; and
  • Stakeholder meetings with the Deaf community held September 28, 2013 and October 12, 2013. 

Highlights of the survey results indicated a need to improve services/access to:

  • Individuals with the most significant disabilities, in particular individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), aligning the New Jersey Employment First Initiative; 

The DVRS identified key issues pertaining to meeting the intent of Employment First:

  • How should DCF (Division of Children & Families, DOE (Dept. of Education) and other state entities be aligned as partners in serving this consumer base?
  • State partners may have their own vision of Employment First which may or not be in alignment with DVRS.
  • Data Collection is difficult due to federal code restrictions and DVRS’s current case management system (WORCS). 
  • Need for Stakeholder analysis to identify and utilize internal and external partners.
  • Identify and engage “the Voice of the Customer.”
  • Strategic objectives to meet the DVRS Employment First initiative include the following:
  • More individuals with significant developmental disabilities (DD) and ASD will have greater access to become DVRS consumers. (Page 260)

Employment First (EF) identifies individuals with the most significant disabilities who historically have not been served appropriately by the public VR system. A typical outcome for this group was placement in segregated settings with little or no ability to obtain employment services that would increase the likelihood of self-sufficiency or community integration. Goals for EF are identified specifically to address this. (Page 263)

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.
  • Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Work with sheltered workshops to support individuals who wish to move into integrated employment. Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 268)

GOAL 6: By September 30, 2016, DVRS will hold public forums to report on specific topics related to its service delivery and integration with the WIOA system, such as how DVRS is performing at the Employment First goal, and how services are succeeding with the deaf and hard of hearing population.

DVRS is developing a Business Outreach Unit to strengthen the relationships with employers as a dual customer of the VR program. The members of the unit will work with businesses throughout the state to assist in addressing their need for qualified candidates, provide the lead for DVRS with targeted hiring events, help pre-screen candidates as warranted, liaison with other business services representatives throughout the workforce system, provide technical assistance regarding the ADA, and provide education on disability-related topics. (Page 270)

The goal of the DVRS is to create an effective, coordinated system of SE work opportunities throughout New Jersey to meet the needs of individuals with significant disabilities. SE funds are tracked separately to ensure reporting for individuals with the most significant disabilities that are served under the SE program. New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF). This initiative identifies that every person, including persons with the most significant disabilities have the right, through informed choice, to have equal access to employment services.

Of individuals with a SE outcome, the DVRS will increase the number of outcomes each year. The agency utilizes supported employment funds through a fee schedule based authorization process. That fee schedule ensures that the DVRS funds are spent on specific designated services. (Page 276)

DVRS and CBVI recently entered into a new MOU with DDD. The MOU identifies that resources to expand extended services and supported employment opportunities for youth with the most significant disabilities will be allocated for youth being served by DDD through individualized budget allocations specific for employment support in competitive, integrated settings. This agreement further supports New Jersey’s emphasis on Employment First. DVRS has also secured state funds to provide long-term follow-along (LTFA) to ensure job retention during any changes related to disability or environment. One reality to consider is that the number of people in LTFA increases every year as individuals secure employment in competitive settings. The DVRS state funds have not been able to keep up with the need. The DVRS updated its MOU with DDD to reflect DDD’s commitment to provide the LTFA once a consumer has been rehabilitated through the DVRS. The division also plans to create an MOU with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to be able to transfer LTFA for individuals with serious psychiatric illness to them. (Page 277)

  • Identify and provide targeted hiring events throughout the state; and
  • Analyze client data via dashboard approach for assessment purposes on a monthly basis. 

In order to increase the number of DVRS consumers with DD/ASD, the DVRS will apply the following strategies: 

  • DVRS will identify stakeholders and develop an education and communication plan that promotes Employment First (EF);
  • DVRS will research how other states’ agency partners are collaborating on EF strategies;
  • DVRS will develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD/ASD are served by DVRS;
  • DVRS will create a plan to allow transition students with DD/ASD to have open cases two years prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH pilot. (Page 278)

DVRS is committed to establishing Employment First initiatives throughout the state. Strategies include establishing Project SEARCH and developing targeted hiring events for qualified candidates with disabilities. The business outreach unit will lead these efforts. Additionally, DVRS identified goals to improve services to Deaf/hard of hearing consumers. Strategies to reach these goals include establishing regional Deaf language specialist positions throughout the state, improving the direct access for Deaf consumers via video phones in the offices, updating the DVRS hearing aid policy that includes best practices regarding individuals with cochlear implants, and working with the three Deaf centers to increase outreach to this population. DVRS also plans to contract with the Boggs Center, New Jersey’s Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, to provide technical assistance for the following: (Page 283)

  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and
  • Participating as a lead member to implement the Employment First initiative in the state.  (Page 284)

New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF) in April of 2012. EF is a framework that is centered on the premise that all citizens are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. This initiative identified that competitive employment in an integrated setting is the preferred first choice for every individual seeking employment in New Jersey. This effort shifts assumptions about whether individuals with certain categories of disabilities can to work to one of determining the supports and services necessary so that these individuals will be successful in competitive employment. The DVRS adheres to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. An individual with a disability must want and qualify for the services.

Counselors in all the offices received training on trial work experiences (TWE) in the spring of 2014. CRPs were also given access to the same training. TWE will be utilized when the DVRS counselor needs clear and convincing evidence regarding whether an individual with a disability will benefit from VR services. (Page 290)

CBVI subscribes to the Employment First principles adopted by Governor Christie, and believes that these principles should be accomplished in the context of long-term career development. CBVI is committed to working with all WIOA partners, including One-Stop Career Centers, to provide technical assistance that will help guarantee that general employment focused services are provided in accessible forms to consumers who are blind, vision-impaired, and deaf-blind. (Page 308)

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) - DVRS and CBVI entered into a formal MOU with DDD in FFY 2015. The MOU outlines the process for DDD consumers who are interested in competitive integrated employment to access VR services. DDD serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who meet the functional criteria of having a developmental disability, are eligible for and maintain Medicaid eligibility, and are at least 18 years of age at the time of application and 21 years of age to receive services. Conditions generally considered developmental disabilities include intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida, and autism. Part of DDD’s implementation of the Employment First Initiative includes an annual discussion with individuals served, family members, and Support Coordinators providing care management services to identify each individual’s current employment status and identify how to assist the individual in reaching his/her employment outcomes. In addition, an employment-related outcome is required within the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) of every individual served through DDD. When an individual is not pursuing employment, a statement explaining why the individual is not pursuing employment at that time is included in the ISP. When an individual is in need of employment services to assist him/her in obtaining and/or maintaining employment, he/she must seek those services through DVRS initially. DDD provides other needed services while the eligibility determination is being made with DVRS or in addition to the employment services provided through DVRS. Once an eligibility determination is made with DVRS, DDD is able to provide employment services not available through DVRS, as well as the other services that are available through DDD. Because the DDD has transferred all of their children services to the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), the DVRS will be reaching out to the DCF to develop an MOU for the purpose of supporting students in transition who will need DVRS services in order to access employment. (Page 312)

A revised 5 year MOU was executed on July 1, 2015 by DVRS, CBVI, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities within the New Jersey Department of Human Services with the objective to define the roles and responsibilities of State agencies primarily involved in assisting individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive integrated employment and will assist the State agencies to operate in an efficient and successful manner to improve employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities by operating consistently across agencies ensuring quality service provision. The agreement is in alignment with the New Jersey’s Employment First initiative proclaimed by Governor Christie on April 19, 2012 (Page 322)

In addition, the agency recently signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the DVRS, the general VR agency, and DDD, a sister agency within the New Jersey Department of Human Services and an agency that provides a full array of employment supports including extended services to individuals with a wide array of developmental disabilities, with the goal of furthering Employment First principles in the state by increasing access to supports needed to obtain and maintain employment. (Page 339)

DVRS and CBVI recently entered into a new MOU with DDD. The MOU identifies that resources to expand extended services and supported employment opportunities for youth with the most significant disabilities will be allocated for youth being served by DDD through individualized budget allocations specific for employment support in competitive, integrated settings. This agreement further supports New Jersey’s emphasis on Employment First.

The DVRS has organized the provision of SE through the use of community rehabilitation programs on a fee-for-service basis generally requiring up to 100 hours of intensive job coaching. The DVRS is currently reviewing the provision of SE services to determine that it is being offered to those in the most need and that there is a true collaboration among the three parties; the consumer, the DVRS vocational rehabilitation counselor and the vendor. (Page 340)

New Jersey became the 14th state to embrace the concept of Employment First (EF) in April of 2012. EF is a framework that is centered on the premise that all citizens are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life. This initiative identified that competitive employment in an integrated setting is the preferred first choice for every individual seeking employment in New Jersey. This effort shifts assumptions about whether individuals with certain categories of disabilities can to work to one of determining the supports and services necessary so that these individuals will be successful in competitive employment. The DVRS adheres to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. An individual with a disability must want and qualify for the services.

Counselors in all the offices received training on trial work experiences (TWE) in the spring of 2014. CRPs were also given access to the same training. TWE will be utilized when the DVRS counselor needs clear and convincing evidence regarding whether an individual with a disability will benefit from VR services. (Page 357)

 

Customized Employment
  • TA to designated institutes of higher education in order to establish programs for youth with ID/DD that will provide industry–recognized credentials and a Career Pathways approach for their skill development; and
  • TA to designated sheltered workshop staff for training in Customized Employment and Person–Centered Planning. 

Strategies to reach all transition students with disabilities are significant as well. They include establishing a PETS unit to coordinate activities with LEAs and CILs as well as developing an MOU with the SEA to help DVRS achieve the requirement of providing PETS to all students with disabilities in transition. DVRS also posted a notice of funding for PETS activities to work with vendors to reach this goal.(Page 248)

CBVI will continue to provide professional staff with developmental instruction that will enhance the delivery of VR services. Specifically, CBVI has and will continue to provide its staff with instruction in Customized Employment practices, the use of labor market information in career planning, leadership development programs, and other VR-specific opportunities and courses, as they are made available.

CBVI is the designated State Licensing Agency to administer the Federal Randolph-Sheppard program, an entrepreneurial program for qualified, legally blind candidates, who are interested in operating and managing businesses on Federal, State, and municipal properties. ( Page 310)

Greater communication with the Division of Developmental Disabilities has helped to identify additional individuals with the most significant disabilities who may benefit from supported employment services to gain employment in integrated settings. The agency also recently expanded its collaborations with the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities to expand cross training opportunities with community rehabilitation providers who provide supported employment services and agency staff. The agency also participates annually in the New Jersey Association for Persons in Supported Employment statewide conference to present on agency services as an outreach effort to additional communities that serve or advocate on behalf of individuals with the most significant disabilities and those that are unserved or underserved. Finally, CBVI undertook a comprehensive training of all VR staff in the skills of Customized Employment, strengthening the agency’s ability to cater well to the diverse needs of the most significantly disabled among its consumers. (Page 344)

  • Maintain the EDGE program (Employment, Development, Guidance, and Engagement) a year-round program for transition-aged youth (14-21) eligible for vocational rehabilitation services emphasizing employment development, mentoring by employed blind/vision impaired adults, and experiential learning experiences to promote independence.
  • Establish a Business Relations Unit, charged with educating employers about blindness and catering to the unique needs of business as a secondary customer of CBVI services, in alignment with provisions in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
  • Redesigning and strengthening the Randolph-Sheppard program in New Jersey (Business Enterprises New Jersey - BENJ)
  • Develop competencies for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Supervisors in utilizing evidence-based practices, including incorporating motivational interviewing techniques and customized employment methodologies into the counseling relationship to increase employment outcomes.
  • Expand vocational exploration, experiential programs, and other career planning opportunities for consumers. (Page 349)
Braiding/Blending Resources

Under the DVRS EF strategy, long–term SE services will be provided by the DDD and the DMHAS for consumers who qualify for these services after a DVRS consumer is successfully placed in employment. This braiding of funding provides supports to a higher number of consumers. The DVRS continues to partner with the DDD and the DMHAS in order to do this.

DDD – DVRS and CBVI successfully negotiated a new MOU with the DDD in FFY 2015. The DDD recently changed its policy and now requires all individuals who receive DDD services to apply for services with the DVRS as a condition to receiving DDD funding. While the DVRS is very willing to provide services to individuals who qualify and want services, the division will adhere to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in WIOA. ability related information found. (Page 291)

Under the DVRS EF strategy, long-term SE services will be provided by the DDD and the DMHAS for consumers who qualify for these services after a DVRS consumer is successfully placed in employment. This braiding of funding provides supports to a higher number of consumers. The DVRS continues to partner with the DDD and the DMHAS in order to do this.

DDD - DVRS and CBVI successfully negotiated a new MOU with the DDD in FFY 2015. The DDD recently changed its policy and now requires all individuals who receive DDD services to apply for services with the DVRS as a condition to receiving DDD funding. While the DVRS is very willing to provide services to individuals who qualify and want services, the division will adhere to the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in WIOA. (Page 358)

Title II providers, including the community college system, to move people seamlessly from English as a Second Language and/or basic literacy skills training through to a postsecondary credential, including integrated basic skills alongside workforce career exploration and planning, and a transition to skills training and credentials.

LWD is in the process of providing planning grants to local workforce development areas for consolidation of literacy funds with workforce development and a more seamless transition from basic skills training to occupational training. The solicitation for providers of both Title I and Title II programs will include clear expectations for how to integrate these services, including Bridge Program models as well as more comprehensive blending of the curricula. (Page 101)

LWD provides TANF grant and support services reimbursement to the Division of Family Development for WorkFirst NJ TANF recipients who have been approved by the One-Stop system to pursue a college level program leading to an AAA/AAS or BA/BS degree. The grant and support services reimbursement is through NJ Workforce Development Program funds and stops the five (5) year TANF eligibility clock while the TANF participant is pursuing their college level degree.

This innovative collaboration is another example of New Jersey’s close collaboration among programs and deep commitment to blending funding to the greatest extent possible within existing law and regulations in order to best serve New Jersey residents. (Page 109)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

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

In August 2010, LWD reorganized its structure to include the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) within the workforce development system. This provides a solid foundation to work with the State’s workforce investment system. DVRS is a core participant in the One-Stop system and maintains an active presence in the 17 local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) as well as the SETC, New Jersey’s State WDB. This close involvement ensures that physical and programmatic accessibility is at the forefront of all efforts of the WIOA system. (Page 154)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment
  • c. Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • d. Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • e. Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 104)

DVRS is also supporting the establishment of Pilot SEARCH programs in three counties through its innovation and expansion funding, and requests a waiver of statewideness to implement them. Our eventual goal is to support sites in every county; however, it is critical that DVRS pilots this effort before moving to a statewide implementation. (Page 231)

New Jersey is fortunate to have state–appropriated funding for post–employment services which is referred to as the long–term follow–along (LTFA) program. The LTFA funding of approximately $5.4 million went out under an NGO for the third time in FY 2015, and 71 supported employment programs were given contracts to provide extended services. (Page 241)

In October 2010, LWD secured grant funding from USDOL for a youth–centered Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DVRS was identified as the lead division to increase the capacity of pilot Workforce Development Board areas to serve youth with disabilities (ages 16 – 26), in particular youth offender populations and returning veteran youth. This funding also includes ability to promote universal design in One–Stop Career Centers throughout the entire state. (Page 246)

  • Provide education and communication - All identified stakeholders will know about the DVRS Employment First (EF) initiative by the end of year one. Surveys will be used to determine initial training needs for DVRS staff members and CRPs.
  • Collaborate with interagency partners - Identify key state partners and research how other states are collaborating on EF initiatives. Design the process, roles and responsibilities for partners.
  • Improve DVRS access for individuals with significant disabilities - Work with sheltered workshops to support individuals who wish to move into integrated employment. Develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD are served by the DVRS. Create a plan to prioritize students with DD to be linked to DVRS two years prior to exiting the school.
  • Develop innovative and expanded services that offer increased employment opportunities - Verify successful Innovation and Expansion grantees for possible expansion. Determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH Pilot.
  • Engage employers - Take advantage of the new 503 regulations. Engage LWD talent networks. Find options for work trials through internships. Replicate the Schedule A targeted hiring events throughout the state. (Page 268)
    • Partner with other state agencies (i.e. the DDD, the CBVI) to make sure the DVRS services information is distributed as warranted;
    • Identify and provide targeted hiring events throughout the state; and
    • Analyze client data via dashboard approach for assessment purposes on a monthly basis. 

In order to increase the number of DVRS consumers with DD/ASD, the DVRS will apply the following strategies:

  • DVRS will research how other states’ agency partners are collaborating on EF strategies;
  • DVRS will develop a plan for obtaining valid statistics of how many individuals with DD/ASD are served by DVRS;
  • DVRS will create a plan to allow transition students with DD/ASD to have open cases two years prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will determine possible sites for a Project SEARCH pilot (Page 278)
  • Information and demonstration;
  • Community outreach;
  • Equipment recycling; and
  • Technical consultation. 

Assistive technology services and devices will be provided to individuals with disabilities on a statewide basis through a renewed and expanded contract with Advancing Opportunities using the following methods:

  • Allowing the DVRS clients to try out equipment before purchase to determine best match for their specific needs;
  • Continuing a pilot program with local offices to focus on organization and project management strategies among professional staff; ( Page 279)

CBVI Goal 2: Work Skills Prep: Post-Graduation Follow Along

CBVI will improve employment outcomes for its consumers who attended the Work Skills Prep program and graduated from their secondary school program from the current success rate of 22.22% to 30% of all those who exit the VR program. This goal is scheduled to be completed by 9/30/2013. This is a one year pilot project. If successful, the agency will look to expand the strategies to continue to improve employment outcomes for individuals with the most significant disabilities.

Update: The job developer hired for this position was able to achieve three additional closures of Work Skills graduates, but unfortunately found other employment before the end of the project year. A new job developer was hired, and began to work with counselors in the services centers and consumers around job development activities. The program has experienced another setback; as the new job developer was diverted to another project. The agency had decided to redesign the program and will roll out the new program in FFY 2016. ( Page 351)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

D/HH individuals will have increased opportunities to become DVRS consumers, obtain job skills, and obtain competitive employment that matches their interests, skills & capabilities.

  • Qualified interpreters will accompany D/HH consumers at job interviews rather than job coaches.

The DVRS identified key issues regarding the need to improve community rehabilitation programs within New Jersey:

  • Ensuring that DVRS consumers in supported employment have access to qualified employment specialists.
  • Defining the role of New Jersey’s set-aside programs that employ individuals with DD.
  • Transforming the current system of sheltered programs to a system that supports movement into competitive employment for individuals with DD/ASD.
  • Fear of family members to allow family members with DD/ASD to become competitively employed.
  • Families need information from qualified SSI/SSDI benefits counselors.
  • Strategic objectives to improve community rehabilitation programs within the state include the following:
  • Increased oversight from DVRS program development specialists will identify individuals currently in extended employment who should have DVRS cases opened;  (Page 262)
  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and

The DVRS plans to work with the CRPs to develop integrated employment strategies for individuals with disabilities who currently attend sheltered workshop programs who, through informed choice, choose to access competitive employment. DVRS implemented reporting requirements in 2016 that identify extended workers who currently make above minimum wage in order to provide counseling, including benefits counseling, and encouragement for them to pursue competitive, integrated employment. (Page 284)

School to Work Transition

DVRS assigned a lead transition counselor to each office. Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate all the transition activities throughout the catchment area.
  • Support transition fairs
  • Provide training on a local county–wide basis

Additionally, each counselor is assigned to specific public high schools. They provide technical assistance to the schools in the following ways:

  • Attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings
  • Provide TA to the schools as warranted
  • Meet with individual schools
  • Confer with parents
  • Referral to benefits counseling when appropriate (Page 280)

The LWD has established four priorities for the next three years:

  1. Reemployment – What steps can LWD take to decrease the amount of time that people receive UI?
  2. Opportunity – How can LWD assist more people to move from government benefits (SSI, SSDI, GA, and TANF) to work?
  3. Alignment – How can LWD increase the number of people who have an industry recognized, post–secondary credential?
  4. 4. Accountability – What data and information about program performance would help us to improve services? (Page 283)
Data Collection

The DVRS identified key issues pertaining to meeting the intent of Employment First:

  • How should DCF (Division of Children & Families, DOE (Dept. of Education) and other state entities be aligned as partners in serving this consumer base?
  • State partners may have their own vision of Employment First which may or not be in alignment with DVRS.
  • Data Collection is difficult due to federal code restrictions and DVRS’s current case management system (WORCS).
  • Need for Stakeholder analysis to identify and utilize internal and external partners.
  • Identify and engage “the Voice of the Customer.”
  • Strategic objectives to meet the DVRS Employment First initiative include the following:
  • More individuals with significant developmental disabilities (DD) and ASD will have greater access to become DVRS consumers.
  • DVRS staff members, vendors, and state partners will have the expectation that employment is the first and preferred option for adult activity for those with DD. (Page 260)

Data Collection from National Databases

As part of the assessment process, the agency gathered data from sources connected to the United States Census Bureau, specifically data that was originally gathered via the American Community Survey (ACS). The three main data sources used and that were available during the assessment process were the 2011 Disability Status Report for New Jersey published by the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University (published 2012), 2013 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium published by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (published November 2013), and the American Foundation for Blind - Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss (updated January 2014), which provided a further breakdown of data points obtained from ACS methodology. (Page 331)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

No specific disability related information found.

Employment Networks

DVRS will work with sheltered workshops to assist individuals to obtain competitive employment;

  • DVRS will identify staff members in all local offices who will coordinate the provision of pre–employment transition services in partnership with LEAs.
  • DVRS will develop partnerships with schools to provide technical assistance to students with DD/ASD that will identify community–based integrated work opportunities prior to exiting school; and
  • DVRS will encourage and provide TA to CRPs who wish to become an employment network.

DVRS is currently assessing the community rehabilitation programs within the state to determine strategies that will result in the following outcomes:

  • Nationally recognized credentials for supported employment specialists;
  • Ability of CRPs to deliver customized employment strategies; • Ability of CRPs to provide community-based appropriate assessments to individuals with disabilities; and
  • Capacity of CRPs to use a discovery process for individuals with the most significant disabilities when appropriate. New Jersey currently supports center-based segregated programs using non-federal dollars; DVRS is actively involved with these programs to provide technical assistance to vendors who are engaged in business transformation for their program. (Page 281)

Strategies to overcome identified barriers relating to equitable access to and participation of individuals with disabilities in the state Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and the state Supported Employment Services Program include the following:

  • Updating the extended employment guidelines;
  • Standardizing vendor reporting forms;
  • Monitoring required vendor accreditation and staff development;
  • Meeting with the APSE board;
  • Continuing the liaison meetings with ACCSES–NJ;
  • Outreaching to the DDD to provide employment services to individuals affected by deinstitutionalization;
  • Encouraging CRPs to become employment networks; and
  • Participating as a lead member to implement the Employment First initiative in the state. (Page 284)

Policies and Initiatives

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What services does DVRS provide? - 07/01/2017

~~“Time-Limited Job Coaching (TLJC): One-on-one assistance in applying for jobs and/or on-the-job coaching after a job is obtained. Services are time-limited.

Supported Employment (SE): Customers who require an intensive level of job coaching are referred to a supported employment provider for one-on-one assistance in job searching, interviewing skills training, and applying for jobs. The supported employment provider delivers on-the-job coaching to assist the customer in learning job duties and adjusting to the work environment. SE also includes periodic follow-up to make sure the consumer retains his or her job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Innovation and Expansion Program Notice of Grant Opportunity Federal Fiscal Year 2017 - 06/01/2017

~~“Career Pathways Initiatives for Individuals with Significant DisabilitiesB. Purpose of the GrantImportant federal policy changes and legal actions reinforce the importance of having a job in society and the multiple benefits gained by individuals and businesses when adults with disabilities are employed. In 2010, New Jersey became the 14th state to join the Employment First policy, recognizing the value of competitive, integrated employment as a preferred service option and optimal outcome for working age adults with disabilities. Being employed improves a person's quality of life, in part by causing them to be perceived in a more positive light. Individuals with disabilities working in the community have increased self-confidence and a sense of pride. Working also allows them to contribute as a tax-paying citizens. In addition, businesses benefit by having a diverse workforce that meets specific employment needs and reflects the communities they serve.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

May-02-17 Department Of Labor Acting Commissioner Delivers Senate Budget Testimony - 05/02/2017

~~“Employer Engagement

Second, for the past seven years, our department has worked closely with employers across the state to ensure that investments in education and training programs are aligned with the needs of the business community.

In 2011, we created Talent Networks around the seven key industry clusters that employ more than two-thirds of the workers in New Jersey and pay more than two-thirds of the annual wages. Talent Networks engage industry employers to pinpoint the relevant skills that jobseekers need to get jobs in those major industry clusters and link employers with the state’s educational institutions, employee training providers, state officials and jobseekers.

In October, we released our first-ever Industry-Valued Credentials List to help students and job seekers identify the skills and credentials most in-demand in New Jersey.  Our labor market analysts worked closely with employers, educators and workforce development professionals to compile the list of 198 credentials and degrees. We have committed to using this list to direct occupational training dollars toward the most effective workforce and education programs. The list also serves as a consumer protection tool for individuals in search of high-quality occupational training, ensuring that the credential they are seeking is valid and recommended by knowledgeable employers, educators and workforce professionals.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Community Care Waiver - 04/01/2017

~~“The Community Care Waiver (CCW) is a program for individuals with developmental disabilities that pays for the services and supports they need in order to live in the community. Administered by the Division, the CCW is funded by the state, with assistance from the federal government’s Medicaid program. 

The Community Care Waiver is a critical component of the Division's ability to provide services in the community to individuals with developmental disabilities. Without the CCW, New Jersey could only use Medicaid funding to help provide services to these individuals if they resided in an institution. The federal government allowed states to create waivers, including the CCW, as a way to help individuals with specific needs avoid institutionalization and return to or remain in the community.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.

This case study focuses on the launch of New Jersey’s MLTSS program, which was supported by the Balancing Incentive Program. New Jersey spent 70% of the enhanced FMAP earned through the Program on the expanded services offered under MLTSS. These funds were directed to new individuals receiving services, additional services provided to new and existing community LTSS users, and enhanced care management offered through Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). Since the launch of MLTSS in July 2014, almost 6,000 more people have accessed community LTSS. In addition, MCOs offer expanded care management to their enrollees, connecting individuals to providers and coordinating acute and long-term care. The Balancing Incentive Program provided New Jersey with a crucial source of revenue, helping the state fund these expansions during MLTSS’ first two years.”

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

Supportive Housing Assoc. of New Jersey (SHA) Community Housing with Support: - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
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New Jersey ABLE Legislation - 02/24/2015

Authorizes establishment of tax-exempt Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts for persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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New Jersey Governor’s Employment First Declaration - 04/19/2012

Furthering the Christie Administration’s commitment to expand life opportunities and job prospects for New Jerseyans with disabilities, Governor Chris Christie today announced that New Jersey will become the 14th state to adopt an Employment First initiative. The initiative embraces a philosophy – implemented through policies, programs and services – to proactively promote competitive employment in the general workforce for people with any type of disability.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to be productive, earn a living, and feel a sense of personal fulfillment from employment,” said Governor Christie. “By adopting an Employment First policy, this Administration is firmly committed to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. That’s why we’re working cooperatively with the private sector to ensure that people with disabilities are a seamless part of New Jersey’s workforce, with the independence and sense of community that comes from relationships developed inside and outside of the workplace.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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What services does DVRS provide? - 07/01/2017

~~“Time-Limited Job Coaching (TLJC): One-on-one assistance in applying for jobs and/or on-the-job coaching after a job is obtained. Services are time-limited.

Supported Employment (SE): Customers who require an intensive level of job coaching are referred to a supported employment provider for one-on-one assistance in job searching, interviewing skills training, and applying for jobs. The supported employment provider delivers on-the-job coaching to assist the customer in learning job duties and adjusting to the work environment. SE also includes periodic follow-up to make sure the consumer retains his or her job.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Innovation and Expansion Program Notice of Grant Opportunity Federal Fiscal Year 2017 - 06/01/2017

~~“Career Pathways Initiatives for Individuals with Significant DisabilitiesB. Purpose of the GrantImportant federal policy changes and legal actions reinforce the importance of having a job in society and the multiple benefits gained by individuals and businesses when adults with disabilities are employed. In 2010, New Jersey became the 14th state to join the Employment First policy, recognizing the value of competitive, integrated employment as a preferred service option and optimal outcome for working age adults with disabilities. Being employed improves a person's quality of life, in part by causing them to be perceived in a more positive light. Individuals with disabilities working in the community have increased self-confidence and a sense of pride. Working also allows them to contribute as a tax-paying citizens. In addition, businesses benefit by having a diverse workforce that meets specific employment needs and reflects the communities they serve.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

May-02-17 Department Of Labor Acting Commissioner Delivers Senate Budget Testimony - 05/02/2017

~~“Employer Engagement

Second, for the past seven years, our department has worked closely with employers across the state to ensure that investments in education and training programs are aligned with the needs of the business community.

In 2011, we created Talent Networks around the seven key industry clusters that employ more than two-thirds of the workers in New Jersey and pay more than two-thirds of the annual wages. Talent Networks engage industry employers to pinpoint the relevant skills that jobseekers need to get jobs in those major industry clusters and link employers with the state’s educational institutions, employee training providers, state officials and jobseekers.

In October, we released our first-ever Industry-Valued Credentials List to help students and job seekers identify the skills and credentials most in-demand in New Jersey.  Our labor market analysts worked closely with employers, educators and workforce development professionals to compile the list of 198 credentials and degrees. We have committed to using this list to direct occupational training dollars toward the most effective workforce and education programs. The list also serves as a consumer protection tool for individuals in search of high-quality occupational training, ensuring that the credential they are seeking is valid and recommended by knowledgeable employers, educators and workforce professionals.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities Organizational Rules - 04/18/2016

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities funds services for eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. The Division’s mission is to assure the opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to receive quality services and supports, participate meaningfully in their communities, and exercise their right to make choices. This mission and the Division’s goals are founded within these core principles:

 

…2. To promote and expand community-based supports and services to avoid institutional, segregated, and out-of-state services;…

5. To support provider agencies in achieving core principles;…

9. To promote collaboration and partnerships with individuals, families, providers, and all other stakeholders…”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-06 - 01/19/2016

Competitive integrated employment will be seen as the first and primary option for all individuals with disabilities, including individuals with the most significant intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), who apply through informed choice for workforce services.  

RESOLUTION:  The State Employment and Training Commission hereby resolves that the State of New Jersey and its local area requests for defining Employment First for New Jersey, as identified above, be reviewed and approved or denied, as defined in this policy.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Resolution #2016-07 - 01/19/2016

Capitalizing on the work already done by the New Jersey Department of Labor in identifying industry sectors that engage employers and align the skills and training to the needs of targeted industry sectors, New Jersey’s workforce development system will strive to:

· Increase the availability of integrated workforce, education and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  

 · Increase the number of youth with disabilities who earn a post‐secondary industry‐valued credential or degree in their chosen careers;  

 · Increase knowledge among individuals with disabilities and their families of the variety of pathways that lead to competitive integrated employment; and

 · Increase the number of individuals with disabilities who obtain competitive integrated employment.

 RESOLUTION: The State Employment and Training Commission undertakes a commitment to support the development of an Employment First Career Pathways Framework to improve competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including individuals with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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

New Jersey Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students Report - 08/01/2015

The Task Force identified numerous topics relevant to the charges mandated by the legislation and requested and examined extensive data from the New Jersey Department of Education (Department), including federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant awards, special education student counts by eligibility category and placement, post-school outcomes, proficiency rates for students with disabilities, sample monitoring reports, dispute resolution activities, and private schools for students with disabilities. In addition, the Task Force invited speakers who presented on various topics including the following: funding, monitoring, approved private schools for students with disabilities, and the dispute resolution process. The Task Force also reviewed the reports of the previous task forces that have examined these issues. In October, the Task Force formed the following three subgroups, in order to expedite deliberations: Classifying, Educating, and Best Practice; Funding, Accountability, and Reducing Costs; and Standards and Oversight. Each subgroup designated a chair and a secretary to record minutes. The subgroups convened in addition to the Task Force meetings to discuss the assigned topics in more detail and develop recommendations for the Task Force’s consideration.

The Task Force is presenting 27 recommendations for consideration.

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

Division of Developmental Disabilities Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination - 03/27/2014

“The purpose of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (Division) Interim Policy Guide to Support Coordination is to provide clarity on practices governing the delivery of Support Coordination services during the transition period to full implementation of the Supports Program and a fee-for service system. These policies apply to all Support Coordination Agencies (and its personnel) currently working with “new presenters” and using the Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Some of these policies will change as ongoing Division-wide reform efforts are implemented in the coming months. The current standards will remain in place in the interim as established in this guide. Updates and revisions will be made as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Upcoming Changes to DDD’s Policy on Funding of Sheltered Workshops - 03/01/2013

The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has begun to phase-out funding for services provided in sheltered workshop settings (also referred to as “extended employment” or “sheltered employment”). As part of the first phase of this reform, the Supports Program, a new program in development at DDD that is expected to begin in FY2014, will not provide funding for services in these settings. Additionally, funding for these services will be phased-out of DDD’s Community Care Waiver (CCW) over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State of New Jersey Unified Workforce Investment Plan: NJ Talent Connection (July 2012-June 2017) - 12/13/2012

Goal 2.16 IMPLEMENT EMPLOYMENT FIRST THROUGHOUT ALL PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Meet Employment First goals by aligning funding for services for persons with disabilities to transition to community integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing
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Memorandum of Understanding between the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities for Supported Employment Services - 09/19/2008

"The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to assist the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to operate in an efficient and successful manner to ensure quality service provision. This, in turn, will help guide efforts toward improving employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities who are entering the workforce."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ - 01/15/2005

~~“Within the  past decade, considerable scholarly and applied research reports have described the barriers to employment and economic independence faced by people with disabilities. Despite many government efforts and research that provides compelling reasons for hiring people with disabilities, the rates of employment for New Jersey residents with disabilities remain unacceptably low. In New Jersey, as in the United States as a whole, residents with disabilities are half as likely as those without disabilities to be employed. Among those individuals in the state with a disability who are employed, both earnings and household incomes are lower than their non-disabled counterparts.

To reemphasize New Jersey’s concern and commitment to address these issues, New Jersey has developed DiscoverAbility: New Jersey’s Strategic Plan to Create a Comprehensive Employment System for People with Disabilities. This plan, which will become a core element of the state’s Strategic Unified Workforce Investment Plan, provides New Jersey with a shared vision and a strategic roadmap toward building a more comprehensive system of employment services and supports for people with disabilities. The plan is meant to be visionary, directional, and ambitious yet attainable — requiring coordination and cooperation, public/private partnerships, community and consumer support as well as state leadership to achieve its goals. The plan reflects a culmination of thought, advice, input, and interest from a wide variety of stakeholders including people with disabilities and their families, employers, government agencies, community-based service providers, researchers and scholars, and others interested in employment and disability issues. DiscoverAbility builds on the state’s longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities, while incorporating contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities and improve employment and economic outcomes. The plan is a clear roadmap to change but is also a fluid and evolving document. It puts forth a vision that reflects the desired  ”ideal state,” and a mission that reflects what New Jersey hopes to achieve through implementation of this plan.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Meeting the Employment Transportation Needs of People with Disabilities in New Jersey - 01/01/2005

~~“Getting and keeping a job can be a challenge for anyone, regardless of disability status.  For people with disabilities in New Jersey, the challenge can be even greater.  Although the state has a large and extensive public transportation network, many suburban and rural areas have little or no public transportation.  In addition, in areas where transportation options are available, they are not always accessible and affordable.   In an effort to address transportation and other barriers to work for people with disabilities wishing to work in a competitive work environment, in 2000, the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services (DDS) applied for and was awarded a Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 Medicaid Infrastructure Grant from the federal Health Care Financing Administration.  The goal of the project, is to design and implement services that support individuals with disabilities as they secure and sustain competitive employment in an integrated setting. “ 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

It’s All About Work Program

It's All About Work is a program developed by the New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living in conjunction with the NJ Division on Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to help prepare transition students and adults for the world of work and inclusive community living.

This comprehensive program, is designed to meet the challenges faced by persons with disabilities whose goal is to obtain employment. ACI works with school districts in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties to bring It's All About Work curriculum to its transition students (age 14 to 21).

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

NJ WorkAbility

The NJ WorkAbility Program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.   NJ WorkAbility was created by the federal Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and Chapter 116 of PL2000 of New Jersey.   Eligible candidates must meet the following guidelines: Be between the ages of 16 and 64 Work part time, full time or be self-employed and have proof of employment Have a permanent disability as determined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Disability Review Team at the Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services (DMAHS) Have an earned income of no more than $60,625 per year (no more than $81,425 per year if an eligible couple--both with permanent disability, both working) Have unearned income (pensions, child support, interest, etc.) less than $981 per month (less than $1,328 for eligible couples) Have less than $20,000 in liquid assets (or less than $30,000 if an eligible couple)

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations
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“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.

This case study focuses on the launch of New Jersey’s MLTSS program, which was supported by the Balancing Incentive Program. New Jersey spent 70% of the enhanced FMAP earned through the Program on the expanded services offered under MLTSS. These funds were directed to new individuals receiving services, additional services provided to new and existing community LTSS users, and enhanced care management offered through Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). Since the launch of MLTSS in July 2014, almost 6,000 more people have accessed community LTSS. In addition, MCOs offer expanded care management to their enrollees, connecting individuals to providers and coordinating acute and long-term care. The Balancing Incentive Program provided New Jersey with a crucial source of revenue, helping the state fund these expansions during MLTSS’ first two years.”

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

Supportive Housing Assoc. of New Jersey (SHA) Community Housing with Support: - 05/01/2016

"The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey is a nonprofit with 16 years of experience consisting of over 100 member organizations and representing the NJ supportive housing industry. Many members are property developers and the service providers who create community housing along with supports for people with disabilities. Over 50% of members represent the needs of PWI/DD. SHA is uniquely qualified to develop and direct an investigation into supportive housing options, understanding the field comprehensively and having a pipeline to information through housing experts, families/consumers and public officials.

The purpose of this project is to identify the broad array of housing models available in NJ and elsewhere, and to empower families and consumers by providing a tool kit to expand options for independent living. Additionally, the project will lay the foundation for systems change within housing and supports for PWI/DD. It will commence with a research investigation into current and potential housing models in NJ and other states and result in a rewrite of the NJ Housing Resource Guide."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

New Jersey SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) - 2011 - 07/01/2011

In 2011 New Jersey was awarded an EDI grant to continue working on the peer wellness coach idea, but from an employment standpoint.   In light of the health challenges facing individuals with SMI in a variety of positions (i.e., service participant, peer provider), the proposed project intended to: 1) have each Supported Employment (SE) program develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services in order to help remove the employment barrier of poor health management; 2) help each IMR provider organization develop the capacity to deliver wellness coaching services also with the goal of removing the barrier of health concerns in the pursuit of educational and employment goals; and 3) provide wellness coaching specifically to peer providers with health and wellness concerns  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ODEP Disability Employment Initiative 2010 - 07/01/2010

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will build their DEI project upon earlier Work Incentive Grant and Disability Program Navigator grant activities. The approach utilizes Rehabilitation Services Administration Technical Assistance and Continuing Education training for One-Stop Career Center staff and the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to conduct outreach to employers and expand the availability of Technical Assistance Centers, as well as market discoverAbility events. Other strategic approaches include year round career exploration, career education and planning, self assessment, and work readiness skills training and apprenticeship opportunities through the Youth Transitions to Work program. Another key strategy will be focused on the development of self-employment opportunities, including working with the Business Leadership Network’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program to certify companies as disability owned and operated companies.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey 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
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Money Follows the Person - 05/25/2007

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution.

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

New Jersey Project HIRE

"The Arc of New Jersey’s Project HIRE is a supported employment program designed to connect people with disabilities to integrated employment opportunities in their community. The program assists adults with disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive employment. The program also assists Middle and High School students in their preparation and transition to adult life with its School-to-Work program.

Project HIRE is funded by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVRS), the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI), and Public School districts for its School-to-Work transition program."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
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NJ Customized Employment Initiative - 07/21/2014

~~The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, Griffin-Hammis Associates, and The Boggs Center are sponsoring a six-session training series on customized employment. Attendance at all six sessions will result in National Certification in Community Employment Services through the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). Each session stands alone in its content, so educators, transition coordinators, employment specialists, case managers, employment seekers and family members should feel free to register for any sessions of interest

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

DiscoverAbility NJ Leadership Academy - 01/15/2005

DiscoverAiblity NJ has partnered with Rutgers University’s Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance at the School of Social Work to provide an intensive Leadership Academy for rising professionals in the field of disability employment. New Jersey is currently developing a framework as well as identifying curriculum for the Leadership Academy to be implemented in 2011.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance

Since 1987, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has been providing Supported Employment Training and Technical Assistance throughout the state of New Jersey.  In our continuing efforts to provide the most comprehensive, highest quality of trainings and services, The Boggs Center maintains effective partnerships and collaborations with state and local government agencies including the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), and NJ Department of Education.  

The Boggs Center offers two training series in Supported Employment:

·         Employment Specialist Foundations: Basic Knowledge and Skills

·         Employment Specialist Supplemental

Training courses are intended to provide both new and veteran employment specialists with the most up to date and proven best practices in supported employment. The purpose of training activities is to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities by:

·         Developing competence among service providers in all areas related to assisting people with disabilities to choose, obtain, and maintain employment;

·         Increasing the knowledge and skill among people with disabilities and their families in the areas of employment acquisition, available services, the impact of earned income on Social Security and other benefits, assistive technology and self-advocacy; and

·         Increasing knowledge and skill among employers in recognizing the capabilities of workers with disabilities, providing supports and accommodations, understanding and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, accessing assistance from Supported Employment providers in recruiting, hiring, and supporting employees with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Department of Education

~~This page has resources for those who work with the Structured Learning Experiences (SLE) program.

All teachers supervising Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs) complete a training program required by DOE. This includes courses on federal and state child wage and hour laws, regulations and hazardous orders, the OSHA 10 general industry certificate program and a course on designing and implementing SLE student training plans. Nearly 1,000 teachers have participated in the required training.

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

Capacity Building in New Jersey’s Workforce Investment Boards (WIBS) and One Stop Career Centers

DiscoverAbility NJ is working with the State Employment and Training Commission, to enhance the capacity of local WIBS and One Stop Career Centers to provide better access and services to individuals with disabilities seeking employment and re-employment services. WIBS and One Stop Career Centers can apply for special targeted technical assistance through a dedicated portal available on the DiscoverAbility NJ Website.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Travel Training & Information Series

DiscoverAbility NJ partnered with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University to pilot a travel/ training and information series is designed to inform job coaches/employment counselors of a variety of transportation options and how to access them. Progress to date includes the initiation of a review of federal, state, foundation/non-profit funding programs to determine additional opportunities for para-transit funding, planning for key informant listening sessions, and a data sharing agreement from NJ Transit. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Marketing & Training on Disability Benefits

DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the World Institute on Disability (WID) to improve the capacity to figure benefits and support for better employment outcomes by upgrading the current New Jersey Benefits Calculator (DB 101) and translating it into Spanish. DiscoverAbility NJ has partnered with the Family Resource Network to provide a NJ DB101 training program to 17 ARC Directors, 26 One Stop Directors, 9 Center for Independent Living Directors and 19 Vocational Rehabilitation offices. www.njdb101.org is a powerful internet based tool that can help job seekers with disabilities carefully plan for the transition to work through enhanced knowledge about health care coverage and other public benefits. DiscoverAbilty NJ supports this effort and is working to increase knowledge and use of the customized disability benefits website. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Garden State Employment and Training Association (GSETA) Scholarships

DiscoverAbility NJ sponsored ten scholarships for disability employment service providers to attend the GSETA Fall Conference. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility Learning at Work Symposium

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DiscoverAbility NJ

DiscoverAbility NJ is a living document that was built upon the state's longstanding efforts to improve the labor market participation of people with disabilities. At the same time it included contemporary thinking about what is needed to increase their work opportunities (for instance, better transportation services) and improve employment and economic outcomes."

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Community Care Waiver - 04/01/2017

~~“The Community Care Waiver (CCW) is a program for individuals with developmental disabilities that pays for the services and supports they need in order to live in the community. Administered by the Division, the CCW is funded by the state, with assistance from the federal government’s Medicaid program. 

The Community Care Waiver is a critical component of the Division's ability to provide services in the community to individuals with developmental disabilities. Without the CCW, New Jersey could only use Medicaid funding to help provide services to these individuals if they resided in an institution. The federal government allowed states to create waivers, including the CCW, as a way to help individuals with specific needs avoid institutionalization and return to or remain in the community.”

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

“Innovations in the Balancing Incentive Program: New Jersey” - 02/01/2017

~~“In an effort to learn more about how states are transforming their LTSS systems under the Balancing Incentive Program, CMS and its technical assistance provider, Mission Analytics, selected five Program states that implemented structural changes successfully and used Program funds innovatively to expand access to community LTSS. In the spring of 2016, Mission Analytics conducted site visits to these states, interviewing key state staff and stakeholders, and developed case studies based on findings.”

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

New Jersey HCBS Transition Plan - 04/17/2015

The Statewide Transition Plan outlines to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) how New Jersey will meet compliance with federal Home and Community Based Settings regulations by 2019.The Statewide Transition Plan sets forth the determination of New Jersey’s compliance with the regulation requirements for home and community-based settings and person-centered planning.

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

New Jersey ESEA Flexibility Request Approval - 02/09/2012

The New Jersey State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 12/12/2007

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
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Olmstead Plan - 05/02/2007

Action Step 8: Expansion of Community Supports (RFP to expand agencies qualified to provide housing, residential, employment/day medical, and behavioral supports) with outcome of 63 agencies qualified to provide employment/day supports, and

Action Step 9: Identification of Independent Support Coordination Agencies with a goal of awarding support coordination contracts to six additional agencies qualified for employment/day supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Jersey Medicaid State Plan

The New Jersey Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how New Jersey administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how New Jersey may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federal demonstration project that helps eligible individuals who have been residing in nursing homes and developmental centers for a minimum of 90 consecutive days move into a community-setting. The setting will offer transitional services and long-term supports that prevent or delay the need to return to institutionalization care. The same public funds that pay for services in the institution will pay for services in the community, only the service providers may change. Participants are monitored to ensure the program meets their needs and interviewed periodically as part of the grant’s evaluation process. Participants receive a special package of services through MFP for one year after they move from an institution. 

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

With a commitment to Liberty and Prosperity, workers with disabilities are encouraged to aim high and go after their dreams for employment and economic advancement in the Garden State of New Jersey!

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 New Jersey’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.22%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,958,013
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
428,810
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.64%
Change from
2014 to 2015
162,728
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.95%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.50%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 8,958,013
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 428,810
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 162,728
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,920,159
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 37.95%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.50%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 16.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 426,196
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 494,830
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 670,296
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 139,907
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 144,762
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,826
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 41,610
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,292
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 45,875

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 7,263
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 202,497

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 76,132
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 175,482
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 281,707
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 27.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,868
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 5,989
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,376
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A