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The Peace Garden State of North Dakota is legendary for many reasons, setting a path for another lasting success story related to the career aspirations of its workers with disabilities. 

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 North Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
2.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
756,928
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.2%
Change from
2014 to 2015
38,112
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
18,582
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.42%
Change from
2014 to 2015
48.76%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
83.58%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 723,393 739,482 756,928
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 38,300 38,037 38,112
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 20,239 18,996 18,582
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 343,011 344,719 359,388
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 52.84% 49.94% 48.76%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 83.05% 82.01% 83.58%
Overall unemployment rate. 2.90% 2.80% 2.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.00% 18.40% 18.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.00% 10.80% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 40,234 40,570 39,126
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 34,968 36,376 40,152
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 67,892 69,492 70,328
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 552 948 1,218
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,781 1,475 1,784
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,941 4,380 5,089
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 516 847 769
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,777 1,044 1,193
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 661

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,207 1,213 1,200
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 15.10% 15.50% 15.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 15,064 14,048 13,917

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,842 3,475 4,096
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,593 5,915 6,841
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,373 9,383 10,562
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 37.00% 37.00% 38.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.10% 2.40% 2.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 35 68 81
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A 0
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A 0
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A 0

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,886 2,789 2,582
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.05

 

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. 24 19 23
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 15 14 14
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. 63.00% 74.00% 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 2.14 1.94 1.85

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
976
626
744
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 15 23 14
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 41 44 103
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 247 176 174
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 339 189 228
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 209 138 164
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 125 56 61
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 17.80% 25.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 404 418
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 20,945 20,921
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 26 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 37 47 N/A

 

Data Not Available

 

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). 77.61% 75.32% 74.58%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 4.13% 4.54% 5.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.44% 1.60% 1.66%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 86.31% 98.38% 98.36%
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). 35.50% 29.89% 26.88%
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). 64.50% 56.52% 56.45%
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). 90.30% 80.98% 82.26%
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). 29.03% 26.63% 29.57%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 384,819
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 907
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 211
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 120,030
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 120,241
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 7
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 247
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 254
AbilityOne wages (products). $783
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,217,456

 

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

2015 2016 2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 16 17 5
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 18 19 5
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 7 7 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 828 924 340
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 836 932 340

 

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)

Goal 4

*   Individuals currently receiving subminimum wage employment will have access to services that result in obtaining competitive, integrated employment.

Strategy 4.1 DVR will take the lead on implementing the Governor’s Employment First Initiative.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.2 DVR will provide training and technical assistance to four community providers serving individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities to expand competitive integrated employment.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.3 DVR will identify all individuals who are currently working for sub-minimum wage.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement (Page 229)

Customized Employment

DVR applied for and has been selected to receive technical assistance and training by the national Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC.) Utilizing their technical assistance, DVR will develop and begin utilizing an LMI curriculum tailored to North Dakota’s needs. The LMI curriculum will be used to help clients set and accomplish career goals based on current business and employment needs within the state. In addition, the JD-VRTAC will provide technical assistance to further enhance our methods for building and maintaining employer relations. This will result in improved services to employers including employer driven training and meeting their needs utilizing customized employment. (Page 75)

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center. (Page 103)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is purchasing services from 21 providers, for the provision of supported employment services and extended services. Outcome based SEP rates and guidelines were implemented October 1, 2012. Two work groups were established from the semi-annual provider meeting to review and update SEP guidelines. A standardized fee for service was implemented with an annual 3% inflationary increase. During the 2016 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment Survey, providers indicated insufficient funds for the level of intervention they were providing. Based on the results, supported employment guidelines and rates will be reviewed and updated. All units that purchase extended services fall under the administrative control of the North Dakota Department of Human Services and have developed a Memorandum of Understanding. During this past year, the units were focused on securing a contract to provide extended services. The contract was granted to Rocky Mountain Rehab PC and is being managed by the Behavioral Health Division. In cooperation with the Behavioral Health Division, DVR participated in a supported employment pilot project in one of the regional offices. The project uses an evidence-based supported employment model for consumers with the dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse. The project began March 2009. Due to the positive outcomes, the project has been expanded into two additional regions. The DVR state office program administrator responsible for supported employment is involved with the project. Regional VR staff are involved with the fidelity review teams. (Page 196)

DVR is working with providers to try to expand the services that they are able to provide. A pilot project has been launched to explore expanded SEP which will provide additional intensive training for providers and will result in policy amendments. There will also be continued education and awareness activities for the business community, lawmakers, service providers, educators, family members, and the general public. DVR will also continue to work with Extended Services Funding sources to ensure individuals are able to utilize SEP and access supports once the DVR case is closed.  

Barriers: CRPs felt that funding for agency operations and services was the most significant barrier to their ability to provide employment related services followed by funding for staff and funding for extended services. Advocate respondents felt that there are insufficient community resources followed by funding for extended services and funding for agency operations and services.

Comments were made about the need for increased funding for SEP/Extended services and job coaching. (Page 210)

Goal 4

* Provide leadership that promotes competitive, integrated employment as the first choice for individuals who are of working age.

Strategy 4.1 Facilitate the Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in managing the State’s Employment First Initiative. Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.2 Partner with four community providers and WISE and to pilot the Expanded SEP program. Innovation/enhancement/improvement (Page 229)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Job Service AJC staff utilize Community Action Partnership as a referral source for support services. The services include budgeting and money management, child care, commodities, emergency assistance, energy assistance, food pantry, head start, housing, self-sufficiency, volunteer income tax assistance, and weatherization in most locations. Community Action has a financial literacy resource available online that is available for all customers. (Page 67)

  • 10. Financial literacy education: Youth in need of financial literacy education services will have access to activities designed to educate or assist youth with the following: making informed financial decisions including budgeting and accessing checking and savings accounts; learning to effectively manage spending, credit and debt; learning the significance of credit report and credit scores. Case managers have knowledge of financial literacy resources in their local area and will make an effort to identify youth who need financial literacy assistance. (Page 127)

Under the WIOA (Section 203), adult education and literacy activities are defined as, “programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy, workplace adult education, and literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities, integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.” A wide variety of program strategies will continue or begin to be implemented to be responsive to the needs of adult learners, with a strong foundational emphasis on quality, intensity and duration of services which will result in real learning and related life changes, over placing emphasis on serving large numbers of students. These areas include the following: Reading, writing and numeracy for grades 0 – 12.9 English language – NRS levels 0 – 6 Civics education – includes individual education plan, career research, and employability skills Instruction to assist students in acquiring high school equivalency credentials and transition into post–secondary (career pathway focus) Integrated ABE and ELL with occupational instruction (Career Pathway Bridges) Digital literacy – computer literacy to meet workplace competency demands and transition to post–secondary education and training Financial literacy – courses and individualized work helping students understand issues including budgeting, debt, impact of student loans, unfair lending practices, etc. Workforce readiness training – individualized advising as part of individual education plan to include career research, employability skills, etc. (Page 156)

Benefits

NDVR provides services such as counseling and guidance, assessment, vocational training, post-secondary education, transportation, personal assistance services, and job placement. Through customer informed choice and in partnership with their VR counselor, individuals with disabilities are able to create an individualized plan for employment, maximize their potential, and reach the goal of competitive integrated employment. Service identification is determined through a comprehensive assessment of the individual needs and interests based upon vocational goal selection. Comparable benefits are sought prior to the expenditure of program funds for nonexempt services.

The VR agency also provides more specialized services to individuals with significant targeted to their specific populations. For example, the NDVR provides a myriad of educational and training programs such as the Blindness Skills Training, Assistive Technology Training, and Low Vision Services to individuals that experience significant vision loss. Specialized technical assistance and training support is provided to provide Supported Employment to individuals with the most significant disabilities that result in competitive and integrated employment. DVR takes very seriously its responsibility to provide high quality services to all individuals with a disability. DVR has forged a strong relationship with agencies such as the North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Visually Impaired and Community Rehabilitation Programs that provide service to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. (Page 37)

Local Job Service AJC staff engage and collaborate with many county Job Development Authorities in their localities and staff are members on their boards. All locations in North Dakota are experiencing workforce shortages and collaborating with these local entities assist with recruitment of workforce and offer training resources. One Job Service Employer Committee remains in North Dakota and has continued due to the benefits of collaboration for this value added agriculture and manufacturing community.

Job Service AJC and VR staff partner with local economic development corporations (EDC) in a variety of ways. Many Job Service management are members on the EDC boards. Job Service AJC staff participate in EDC strategic planning meetings, workforce study planning, provide labor market information and regional employment issues such as workforce shortages and child care. Partnerships are developed to collaborate to ensure the success of new employers who open their business. This assistance includes recruiting workforce, posting job orders and resume searches. Joint meetings are held with entrepreneurs and new employers who are looking to locate or expand their markets to the area and receive information on the workforce resources and financial incentives available. Financial incentives may include WOTC, WIOA and State funded programs for incumbent worker training and state tax incentives. County and city demographics are shared as well as supply and demand information. (Page 81)

A common identifier between core programs will be built into the Common MIS project to enable reports to be created based on co-enrollments. Cohorts of co-enrolled customers will be compared to cohorts of customers who were provided service by a single core program. The result of the evaluation and research will be shared with all core programs to illustrate the extent of the benefits of co-enrollment and will be used with program staff to further promote the integration of core programs.

The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has traditionally met and exceeded prime indicators. As an, example the VR program standard for the percent of employment outcomes for a North Dakota Combined is 55.8%. North Dakota VR’s percent of employment outcomes for FY 15 is 72%. (Page 92)

Job Service shall ensure accessibility to individuals with disabilities in employment and employment–related training; including reasonable accommodation, program, and physical accessibility. Job Service AJCs have self–service job getting rooms with individual workstations for clients with disabilities. These workstations consist of height–adjustable work surface areas that are operated either electrically or hydraulically. Modern adaptive technology is available in Job Service AJCs to eliminate barriers often experienced by hearing impaired, physically impaired, and/or visually impaired customers. In 2015, funding was provided by VR to purchase additional adapt technology for resource rooms in the Job Service AJCs. A phone amplifier, ear–covering, noise–cancelling headphones, Magic with Speech software and 24” monitors were purchased after consulting with the ND Interagency for Assistive Technology, VR and the ND School for the Blind. Training on the equipment purchased is coordinated with VR. Qualified individuals with disabilities shall: receive aid, benefits, services, or training equal to or as effective as that provided to others; not receive benefits separately unless it is needed to provide training, benefits, or services that are as effective as that provided to others; have opportunity to be on planning advisory boards for WIOA; enjoy any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity enjoyed by others; and receive services in the most integrated setting. (Page 103-104)

North Dakota intends to use the small amount of Governor’s set aside funds to primarily meet the WIOA required activities. Any additional resources remaining would be used to conduct an evaluation of the benefits of co-enrollment and implement innovative activities in support of the Governor’s workforce initiatives which may include increasing apprenticeships and sector strategies for emerging industries such as unmanned aerial systems.

The Dislocated Worker Office (DWO) of Job Service has been designated by the Governor as the entity responsible for providing Rapid Response services through the Job Service AJC Managers’ direct supervision and provision of these services. WIA funding is utilized for Rapid Response services. (Page 113)

  • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides counseling and training services leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. It is the responsibility of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for eligible students within 90 days of eligibility determination, and begin activities leading to employment. Appropriate services include counseling and guidance, career planning, assessment to determine rehabilitation needs, identification of employment outcomes, information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning to adult life, labor market information, benefits planning, when and how to disclose a disability, when and how to request job accommodations, guidance on the proper AT to transition from school to work , and provision of vocational services as appropriate to the individual needs of the consumer. VR is a part of the IEP teams partnering to provide career planning and technical assistance on employment as well as information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning from high school to adult life.
  • The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division administers the statewide community-based delivery system for people of all ages who have intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities. It is the responsibility of the Division to provide support and training to individuals with disabilities and their families in order to maximize community inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency; to prevent institutionalization; and to enable individuals who are institutionalized to return to the community. Potential services can include day habilitation, employment supports, residential living supports, and family supports. (Page 188)

PROMISE is targeted for transition youth, who are ages 14 – 16 at the time of enrollment and are beneficiaries of SSI. Due to the number of youth required to receive the grant, ND has joined a multi–state consortium including: South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. The ND agency partners include: the Governor’s Office, Behavioral Health Division, Developmental Disabilities Division, Medicaid, Parent Training Programs, DPI, Job Service, the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities, Benefits Planners and DVR.

PROMISE is intended to improve the education and employment outcomes of child SSI recipients and their families, and eventually lead to increased economic self–sufficiency and a reduction in their dependence on SSI payments. For the program participants who are assigned to the Model Demonstration Project (MDP), or treatment group, an array of services and supports would be available to the students and their families. This would include case management, benefits counseling, career and work–based learning experiences, and parent training and information, as well as other services which may help the student’s education and employment outcomes. (Page 226)

School to Work Transition

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides counseling and training services leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. It is the responsibility of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for eligible students within 90 days of eligibility determination, and begin activities leading to employment. Appropriate services include counseling and guidance, career planning, assessment to determine rehabilitation needs, identification of employment outcomes, information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning to adult life, labor market information, benefits planning, when and how to disclose a disability, when and how to request job accommodations, guidance on the proper AT to transition from school to work , and provision of vocational services as appropriate to the individual needs of the consumer. VR is a part of the IEP teams partnering to provide career planning and technical assistance on employment as well as information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning from high school to adult life. (Page 188)

Targeting supported employment as an outcome for students with the most severe disabilities transitioning from school–to–work through regional transition services.

Coordination of the departments, agencies, divisions, organizations and programs whose activities have a direct impact on Supported Employment Services.

Identification of training and technical assistance needs based on provider outcome data. (Page 236)

Data Collection

Technical assistance will continue to be a strong component of leadership activities and funds as the State Office continues to support local programs with research/evidence based programs, activities and curriculums to meet the individual needs of students. Technical assistance will focus on data and the student data management system (LACES), assessment and instruction; additionally, the aforementioned areas of career readiness, integrated employment and training and career pathways, and core partner services will be key for local programs. The 2016-2017 PD calendar has been designed with these focused topics in mind. (Page 167)

Geographic Solutions is the vendor for North Dakota’s labor market information. Jobsnd.com includes the link to North Dakota’s Workforce Intelligence Network (NDWIN). NDWIN is a next generation internet application bringing together diverse stakeholders through an expanded data collection and data mining effort. NDWIN generates, compiles, disseminates and publishes the state’s leading economic data and labor market information—from wages to projections to the latest employment figures—resulting in better-informed economic decisions. NDWIN has the most extensive network of economic data resources in the state, maintained by experienced research analysts meeting high statistical standards. (Page 84)

Job Service receives a data file generated from Geographic Solutions from all program information. Job Service sends this file to WRIS and uses the file to match against North Dakota wage records. The results from WRIS and the state’s wages are combined and sent back to Geographic Solutions. The wage results are incorporated into the data file and returned to Job Service. This file is used to generate the WIOA, Wagner-Peyser, VETS and Trade Act federal reports through the E-DRVS.

Vocational Rehabilitation AWARE can be customized to include data elements unique to NDVR’s business plan and to produce specialized reports. The agency uses AWARE to track service delivery, case service funds, usage and outcomes. The agency further uses AWARE to track service provided through contracts with local school districts and providers to students age 14-21 engaged in pre-employment activities. Pre-employment activities to this group follow the required cores service funded through 15% of the agencies federal VR grant. Students’ engagement in pre-employment service can be tracked and their activities achieved in the AWARE until the time they graduate secondary school, no longer participate in pre-employment service or apply for and are found eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation service.(Page 85)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Ongoing coordination of shared training and education programs between SBA staff and DVR staff.

Department of Commerce and local economic development groups – Offers resources for funding and business development for DVR consumers.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) – Provides mentoring and consultation to DVR consumers who are developing business plans.

Lewis and Clark Development Corporation – Process revolving loan fund applications for DVR consumers pursuing self–employment.

Developmental Disabilities Council – Periodically provides monies for the revolving loan fund. They also provided an overview of transition data in ND as it relates to ND DVR and employment outcomes. (Page 183)

Career Pathways

Career Pathways WIOA provides an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for North Dakota workers and job seekers through an integrated, job-driven, public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses. It supports the development of strong, vibrant regional economies where businesses thrive and people want to live and work. The workforce system includes three focus areas: the needs of business and workers drive workforce solutions; American Job Centers provide customer service to jobseekers and employers and the workforce system supports strong economies and plays an active role in community and workforce development. (Page 54)

To ensure the WIOA requirements are implemented with fidelity and to the ‘spirit’ of the law, the state core partner agencies will work together to develop a professional development calendar. This calendar will cover such topics as labor market information (LMI), career pathways, motivational interviewing, agency roles and partnerships, and the new data interface system. Trainings will be regional or quadrant and will include all core program staff to ensure networking, common training understanding and implementation of exemplary practices. This training concept maximizes staff time, funding and participant outcomes. (Page 65)

The CRH and AHEC, in partnership with the ND Department of Commerce, and other stakeholders across the state, support students training for a health related careers. Career pathway efforts include Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning Health Scrubs Academy and Scrubs Camps and Health Occupations Students of America Future Health Professionals fostering excitement about  healthcare careers. (Page 66)

The Workforce Leadership Team will establish a committee to specifically address career pathways and strategies to improve access to post-secondary credentials. The committee will consist of staff from Career and Technical Education, Higher Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Commerce, Adult Education and Job Service North Dakota. The committee will set goals and metrics which will be tracked through the State Longitudinal Data System and the State Office of Apprenticeship. (Page 78)

The Workforce Leadership Team will establish a committee to specifically address career pathways and strategies to improve access to post-secondary credentials. The committee will consist of staff from Career and Technical Education, Higher Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Commerce, Adult Education and Job Service ND. The committee will set goals and metrics which will be tracked through the State Longitudinal Data System and the State Office of Apprenticeship. This team will strengthen the partnership between the State Director and other WIOA partners.

Registered Apprenticeship will be incorporated into Job Service ND applicant services and business services within the WIOA core programs. Communication between the Registered Apprenticeship State Director and Job Service ND Workforce Development Director is scheduled on a regular basis. (Page 119)

All youth services will be accessible through the Job Service AJCs and services will be designed based on labor market information. All youth, including youth with disabilities, entering the service delivery process will receive an objective assessment. Assessment will follow the guidelines in WIOA, section 129, including a review of academic and occupational skills, interests and supportive service needs. Assessments will provide the needed information and data to complete employment plans that link employment, educational and career pathway goals with the service strategies necessary to reach the goals. (Page 126)

4. Comprehensive guidance and counseling: Through the comprehensive assessment process, a Youth Coordinator may identify that guidance and counseling services would be of benefit to a youth as the individual proceeds through the program. If so, referral to various providers would occur. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling services may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Referrals to drug and alcohol counseling;
  2. Referrals to mental health counseling;
  3. Career counseling including information on career pathways and review of the RUReady.nd resource;
  4. Educational counseling; and
  5. Case management performed by a professional Social Worker or Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. Each of these services must be provided by an appropriately trained staff member, educational instructor, licensed counselor or social worker. (Page 127)

Under the WIOA (Section 203), adult education and literacy activities are defined as, “programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy, workplace adult education, and literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities, integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.” A wide variety of program strategies will continue or begin to be implemented to be responsive to the needs of adult learners, with a strong foundational emphasis on quality, intensity and duration of services which will result in real learning and related life changes, over placing emphasis on serving large numbers of students. These areas include the following: Reading, writing and numeracy for grades 0 – 12.9 English language – NRS levels 0 – 6 Civics education – includes individual education plan, career research, and employability skills Instruction to assist students in acquiring high school equivalency credentials and transition into post–secondary (career pathway focus) Integrated ABE and ELL with occupational instruction (Career Pathway Bridges) Digital literacy – computer literacy to meet workplace competency demands and transition to post–secondary education and training Financial literacy – courses and individualized work helping students understand issues including budgeting, debt, impact of student loans, unfair lending practices, etc. Workforce readiness training – individualized advising as part of individual education plan to include career research, employability skills, etc. (Page 156)

The NDDPI currently allocates federal and state funds to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) to provide adult education and literacy services at five state correctional facilities: State Penitentiary, Missouri River Correctional Center, James Valley Correctional Center, Dakota Women’s Rehabilitation and Correctional Center and the Youth Correctional Center. Current DOCR educational staff teach a comprehensive program which includes special education services, secondary high school diploma or GED, integrated education and training, career pathways, peer tutoring and re–entry transition. (Page 161)

The NDDPI currently allocates federal and state funds to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) to provide adult education and literacy services at five state correctional facilities: State Penitentiary, Missouri River Correctional Center, James Valley Correctional Center, Dakota Women’s Rehabilitation and Correctional Center and the Youth Correctional Center. This agency is the sole provider of corrections education statewide. DOCR educational staff teach a comprehensive program which includes special education services, secondary high school diploma or GED, EL services, integrated education and training, career pathways, peer tutoring and re-entry transition. Allocated funds for multi-year grants will be used to support education programs for these areas. (Page 162)

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 245-246)

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Request for Amendment to a 1915(C) HCS Waiver - 07/12/2017

~~“Individual with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (IID/DD) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) WaiverThe Traditional IID/DD waiver serves people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and includes an array of home and community-based services in the least restrictive environment.The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division is seeking public comment on amending the Traditional IID/DD HCBS waiver. The proposed amendment will remove the service of extended services and replace it with prevocational, small group employment and individual employment. Other changes include a new rate methodology for some of the services as outlined by legislation and updates to the service plan section due to the new services being added. A detailed description of the changes can be found on page 1 of the draft application, which is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/disabilities/docs/7-12-17-draft-nd-1915c-hcbs-waiver-amendment-id-dd-services.pdf, or can be obtained by contacting the division.” 

 

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

North Dakota VR Guidelines for Services to Individuals with an Impairment of Substance Abuse/Dependency Impairment - 12/22/2016

“The purpose of the Desk Reference is to provide VR counselors with a convenient resource on substance use disorder issues in vocational rehabilitation. The Desk Reference provides links to additional information, allowing access to varying levels of complexity and detail on typical issues facing VR counselors and consumers.

The Desk Reference may help rehabilitation professionals (especially those holding the CRC certification), meet their responsibility to: (1) increase their own awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities; (2) further develop knowledge and skills; and (3) increase awareness of scientific bases for intervention. Meeting these responsibilities promotes a course of action that best serves persons with substance use disorders who are also consumers of VR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Mental Health

US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 06/01/2016

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

 

The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

North Dakota HCBS Transition Plan - 02/19/2016

States are required to ensure all HCBS settings comply with the new federal requirements to ensure that all individuals receiving HCBS are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including opportunities to engage in community life, work in integrated environments, and control their own personal resources. The ND Department of Human Services (Department) has created a draft Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

North Dakota ABLE Legislation (HB 1373) - 04/01/2015

An act to create and enact section 6-09-38.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to creation of the North Dakota achieving a better life experience plan; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

ND Protection & Advocacy Project - Employment and People with Disabilities Training - 10/24/2014

Are you an employee or potential employee with a disability? Come and learn what the law says about workplace accommodations that may benefit you in keeping or obtaining employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project - 10/01/2013

“The Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project will assist individuals with developmental disabilities live more independently within a community of their choice. The project will complete the following five objectives: (1) develop, print and disseminate 500 booklets on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (2) develop, print and disseminate 500 copies of a one page frequently asked question resource guide; (3) develop and present a training module for an array of audiences on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (4) collaborate with local and statewide agencies and providers to deliver educational opportunities; and (5) collaborate with agencies to promote the expansion of low income housing options. The project will partner with individuals with disabilities, Money Follows the Person Housing Team, other housing stakeholders and human service providers to accomplish this project. Through the implementation of the project people will have increased knowledge of and guided access to the services and supports they need in order to live inclusively, independently, and with needed Home and Community Based Services in a community of their choice."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 09/11/2013

"Rehabilitation Consulting & Services (RCS) is North Dakota's Vocational Rehabilitation division. Our primary mission is to assist North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues. Through this "dual client" approach, we assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. We also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability-related areas."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

North Dakota Senate Bill No. 2271 - 04/01/2013

Legislation signed into law in April 2013, establishing a Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, for furthering the goal of employment as the first option for people with disabilities.

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

Employment First Summit Report - 10/07/2011

Meeting summary of current and proposed practices needed to implement Employment First, including more widespread use of Customized Employment principles and practices.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation
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North Dakota ABLE Legislation (HB 1373) - 04/01/2015

An act to create and enact section 6-09-38.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to creation of the North Dakota achieving a better life experience plan; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

North Dakota Senate Bill No. 2271 - 04/01/2013

Legislation signed into law in April 2013, establishing a Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, for furthering the goal of employment as the first option for people with disabilities.

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 06/01/2016

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

 

The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 09/11/2013

"Rehabilitation Consulting & Services (RCS) is North Dakota's Vocational Rehabilitation division. Our primary mission is to assist North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues. Through this "dual client" approach, we assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. We also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability-related areas."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Employment First Summit Report - 10/07/2011

Meeting summary of current and proposed practices needed to implement Employment First, including more widespread use of Customized Employment principles and practices.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

North Dakota Transition to Independence Policy Manual - 07/25/2011

Objective 642-01-01:  To help transition aged individuals who are at risk obtain education/employment Services 642-01-50: Vocational rehabilitation services for transitioning students from high school to employment or post-secondary education Outcomes 642-01-10: Individuals will have employment and/or educational goals.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Results of Statewide Assessment of the Rehabilitation Needs of Individuals with Disabilities

In November/December of 2011, DVR completed a series of assessment activities to determine the employment service needs of individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Grants for Disability Mentoring Day

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a nationwide effort to promote career development for students with disabilities through hands-on career exploration. Students with disabilities (mentees) are matched with workplace mentors according to expressed career interests. Mentees experience a typical day on the job and learn how to prepare to enter the world of work. Employers gain an increased awareness that people with disabilities represent an overlooked talent pool. Disability Mentoring Day is a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project

As encouraged by federal funding sources, and following input activities by people with disabilities, family members and the public, each year P&A chooses some of the most important issues affecting people with disabilities and makes them priorities. Nearly all P&A services (including information & referral, client assistance & representation, education & training, and systems advocacy) are then focused on these priority issues.   P&A's current priorities, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, include the following:   • Employment: Advocating for persons with disabilities to have access to meaningful employment at a fair wage. Areas of focus include:        o employment discrimination based on disability and reasonable accommodation in the workplace.        o advocacy for services and supports needed in order for people with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.        o provision of information and/or training regarding advocacy, vocational and support services and employment rights (including those under the Rehabilitation Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act), and the Client Assistance Program.        o advocating for the rights of people with disabilities who are seeking or receiving treatment, services, or rehabilitation under the Rehabilitation Act.        o systems advocacy that seeks an increase in vocational services and employment options for people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
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ND Workforce Development Council - 12/31/1999

North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized December 31, 1999 under Executive Order 95-01. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce investment board in accordance with Section 111(e) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). The role of the North Dakota Workforce Development Council is to advise the Governor and the public concerning the nature and extent of workforce development in the context of North Dakota's economic development needs, and how to meet these needs effectively while maximizing the efficient use of available resources and avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort. Members include representatives from North Dakota Department of Commerce; North Dakota Department of Human Services; Bismarck State College; Job Service North Dakota; North Dakota Department of Public Instruction;   North Dakota Department of Career & Technical Education ;  North Dakota University System;  North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission;  Veterans Affairs of North Dakota.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Transition Consortium (Launch My Life North Dakota)

“The North Dakota Transition Consortium is a partnership of programs and agencies. The goal is to promote, improve, and educate about services that help young adults with disabilities move from high school into college, training, or a job.”

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

ND Transition Services MOU

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Transition Services was revised and renewed July 1, 2011, and is in effect through June 30, 2015, or until such time as IDEA is reauthorized. Parties to the agreement are the Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, Job Service North Dakota, the Department of Career and Technical Education, and the Department of Health’s Children’s Special Health Services Unit, Developmental Disabilities Division, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The MOU addresses many areas including: consultation and technical assistance, transition planning, and roles and responsibilities including financial responsibilities of the agencies and outreach.    DVR and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) are involved with a Community of Practice (CoP) for Transition. The mission of the group is to work towards building, supporting, and sustaining community partnerships and systems that promote and improve the scope, opportunity and quality of transition for youth with disabilities to adequately prepare for life and career beyond high school  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects

North Dakota's Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects and North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) collaborate in the provision of services to eligible American Indian participants. The Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects and DVR seek to bridge cultural traditions and values to expand opportunities of employment and self-support. The Tribal 121 Projects offer a greater understanding of the local, cultural, and familial needs on the Indian Nation while DVR offers a broad understanding of the business and college environment off the native lands.

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

ND Community of Practice

"Communities of Practice (COP) involve people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a similar passion (in this case - improving transition outcomes for young adults with disabilities), and who interact on a regular basis to learn from each other and problem solve. The mission of the ND Community of Practice for Transition is to work towards building, supporting, and sustaining community partnerships.”

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

ND State Independent Living Council

“The North Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) guides the development of the Independent Living system in North Dakota, through the active involvement of people with disabilities.”

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

ND State Rehabilitation Council

“The purpose of the North Dakota State Rehabilitation Council is to advise the Director of North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) on issues concerning policy and program, delivery of services, and methods for reaching potential consumers.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project - 10/01/2013

“The Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project will assist individuals with developmental disabilities live more independently within a community of their choice. The project will complete the following five objectives: (1) develop, print and disseminate 500 booklets on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (2) develop, print and disseminate 500 copies of a one page frequently asked question resource guide; (3) develop and present a training module for an array of audiences on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (4) collaborate with local and statewide agencies and providers to deliver educational opportunities; and (5) collaborate with agencies to promote the expansion of low income housing options. The project will partner with individuals with disabilities, Money Follows the Person Housing Team, other housing stakeholders and human service providers to accomplish this project. Through the implementation of the project people will have increased knowledge of and guided access to the services and supports they need in order to live inclusively, independently, and with needed Home and Community Based Services in a community of their choice."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ASPIRE PROMISE Grant

The same interventions will be delivered to all youth in the six states [including North Dakota].  Delivery of the ASPIRE Services may vary by state depending on each state’s infrastructure and framework.   Interventions for youth and families assigned to ASPIRE Services include:

Training and information for parents and families, including advocacy, community resources, educational and employment opportunities, and more. A complete individualized explanation of the public benefits the youth and family are receiving and how working and increased earnings will impact those benefits. A paid employment opportunity for the youth while he or she is still in high school. Self-determination training for the youth and families. Financial education and capability training to assist families in understanding their values and available resources to move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Case management services provided to the youth and family to assist them in navigating the complicated systems of public benefits and assistance in accessing services, supports and information to support greater self-sufficiency.
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) 2012

In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

North Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

ND Money Follows the Person

“As part of its ongoing efforts to support community-based services and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, the North Dakota Department of Human Services applied for and received a federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant.  [The grant]  help[s] move eligible individuals from institutions to community settings. The grant is administered by the department’s Medical Services Division”. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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North Dakota VR Guidelines for Services to Individuals with an Impairment of Substance Abuse/Dependency Impairment - 12/22/2016

“The purpose of the Desk Reference is to provide VR counselors with a convenient resource on substance use disorder issues in vocational rehabilitation. The Desk Reference provides links to additional information, allowing access to varying levels of complexity and detail on typical issues facing VR counselors and consumers.

The Desk Reference may help rehabilitation professionals (especially those holding the CRC certification), meet their responsibility to: (1) increase their own awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities; (2) further develop knowledge and skills; and (3) increase awareness of scientific bases for intervention. Meeting these responsibilities promotes a course of action that best serves persons with substance use disorders who are also consumers of VR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Mental Health

ND Protection & Advocacy Project - Employment and People with Disabilities Training - 10/24/2014

Are you an employee or potential employee with a disability? Come and learn what the law says about workplace accommodations that may benefit you in keeping or obtaining employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Secondary Transition Requirements Training

Transition planning for the movement from high school to adult living is required for all students receiving special education services, according to federal legislation, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004). IEP teams must now include transition planning in the first IEP that will be in effect when the child is 16 years of age, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. This website is designed to provide information as to the activities of the ND Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, with regards to transition, along with other resources and links.

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Request for Amendment to a 1915(C) HCS Waiver - 07/12/2017

~~“Individual with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (IID/DD) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) WaiverThe Traditional IID/DD waiver serves people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and includes an array of home and community-based services in the least restrictive environment.The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division is seeking public comment on amending the Traditional IID/DD HCBS waiver. The proposed amendment will remove the service of extended services and replace it with prevocational, small group employment and individual employment. Other changes include a new rate methodology for some of the services as outlined by legislation and updates to the service plan section due to the new services being added. A detailed description of the changes can be found on page 1 of the draft application, which is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/disabilities/docs/7-12-17-draft-nd-1915c-hcbs-waiver-amendment-id-dd-services.pdf, or can be obtained by contacting the division.” 

 

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

North Dakota HCBS Transition Plan - 02/19/2016

States are required to ensure all HCBS settings comply with the new federal requirements to ensure that all individuals receiving HCBS are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including opportunities to engage in community life, work in integrated environments, and control their own personal resources. The ND Department of Human Services (Department) has created a draft Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

“As part of its ongoing efforts to support community-based services and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, the North Dakota Department of Human Services applied for and received a federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant.”

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

ND Medicaid Waiver HCBS (0273.R04.00)

Provides adult day care, adult residential care, case management, homemaker, respite care, supported employment, adult family foster care, chore, emergency response, environmental mods, extended personal care, family personal care, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, specialized equipment and supplies, transitional living for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled and other disabilities ages 18-64

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The Peace Garden State of North Dakota is legendary for many reasons, setting a path for another lasting success story related to the career aspirations of its workers with disabilities. 

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 North Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
2.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
756,928
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.2%
Change from
2014 to 2015
38,112
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
18,582
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.42%
Change from
2014 to 2015
48.76%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
83.58%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 723,393 739,482 756,928
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 38,300 38,037 38,112
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 20,239 18,996 18,582
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 343,011 344,719 359,388
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 52.84% 49.94% 48.76%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 83.05% 82.01% 83.58%
Overall unemployment rate. 2.90% 2.80% 2.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.00% 18.40% 18.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.00% 10.80% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 40,234 40,570 39,126
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 34,968 36,376 40,152
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 67,892 69,492 70,328
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 552 948 1,218
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,781 1,475 1,784
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,941 4,380 5,089
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 516 847 769
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,777 1,044 1,193
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 661

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,207 1,213 1,200
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 15.10% 15.50% 15.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 15,064 14,048 13,917

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,842 3,475 4,096
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,593 5,915 6,841
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,373 9,383 10,562
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 37.00% 37.00% 38.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.10% 2.40% 2.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 35 68 81
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A 0
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A 0
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A 0

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,886 2,789 2,582
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.05

 

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. 24 19 23
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 15 14 14
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. 63.00% 74.00% 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 2.14 1.94 1.85

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
976
626
744
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 15 23 14
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 41 44 103
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 247 176 174
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 339 189 228
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 209 138 164
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 125 56 61
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 17.80% 25.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 404 418
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 20,945 20,921
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 26 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 37 47 N/A

 

Data Not Available

 

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). 77.61% 75.32% 74.58%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 4.13% 4.54% 5.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.44% 1.60% 1.66%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 86.31% 98.38% 98.36%
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). 35.50% 29.89% 26.88%
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). 64.50% 56.52% 56.45%
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). 90.30% 80.98% 82.26%
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). 29.03% 26.63% 29.57%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 384,819
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 907
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 211
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 120,030
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 120,241
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 7
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 247
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 254
AbilityOne wages (products). $783
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,217,456

 

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

2015 2016 2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 16 17 5
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 18 19 5
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 7 7 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 828 924 340
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 836 932 340

 

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)

Goal 4

*   Individuals currently receiving subminimum wage employment will have access to services that result in obtaining competitive, integrated employment.

Strategy 4.1 DVR will take the lead on implementing the Governor’s Employment First Initiative.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.2 DVR will provide training and technical assistance to four community providers serving individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities to expand competitive integrated employment.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.3 DVR will identify all individuals who are currently working for sub-minimum wage.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement (Page 229)

Customized Employment

DVR applied for and has been selected to receive technical assistance and training by the national Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC.) Utilizing their technical assistance, DVR will develop and begin utilizing an LMI curriculum tailored to North Dakota’s needs. The LMI curriculum will be used to help clients set and accomplish career goals based on current business and employment needs within the state. In addition, the JD-VRTAC will provide technical assistance to further enhance our methods for building and maintaining employer relations. This will result in improved services to employers including employer driven training and meeting their needs utilizing customized employment. (Page 75)

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center. (Page 103)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is purchasing services from 21 providers, for the provision of supported employment services and extended services. Outcome based SEP rates and guidelines were implemented October 1, 2012. Two work groups were established from the semi-annual provider meeting to review and update SEP guidelines. A standardized fee for service was implemented with an annual 3% inflationary increase. During the 2016 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment Survey, providers indicated insufficient funds for the level of intervention they were providing. Based on the results, supported employment guidelines and rates will be reviewed and updated. All units that purchase extended services fall under the administrative control of the North Dakota Department of Human Services and have developed a Memorandum of Understanding. During this past year, the units were focused on securing a contract to provide extended services. The contract was granted to Rocky Mountain Rehab PC and is being managed by the Behavioral Health Division. In cooperation with the Behavioral Health Division, DVR participated in a supported employment pilot project in one of the regional offices. The project uses an evidence-based supported employment model for consumers with the dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse. The project began March 2009. Due to the positive outcomes, the project has been expanded into two additional regions. The DVR state office program administrator responsible for supported employment is involved with the project. Regional VR staff are involved with the fidelity review teams. (Page 196)

DVR is working with providers to try to expand the services that they are able to provide. A pilot project has been launched to explore expanded SEP which will provide additional intensive training for providers and will result in policy amendments. There will also be continued education and awareness activities for the business community, lawmakers, service providers, educators, family members, and the general public. DVR will also continue to work with Extended Services Funding sources to ensure individuals are able to utilize SEP and access supports once the DVR case is closed.  

Barriers: CRPs felt that funding for agency operations and services was the most significant barrier to their ability to provide employment related services followed by funding for staff and funding for extended services. Advocate respondents felt that there are insufficient community resources followed by funding for extended services and funding for agency operations and services.

Comments were made about the need for increased funding for SEP/Extended services and job coaching. (Page 210)

Goal 4

* Provide leadership that promotes competitive, integrated employment as the first choice for individuals who are of working age.

Strategy 4.1 Facilitate the Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in managing the State’s Employment First Initiative. Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.2 Partner with four community providers and WISE and to pilot the Expanded SEP program. Innovation/enhancement/improvement (Page 229)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Job Service AJC staff utilize Community Action Partnership as a referral source for support services. The services include budgeting and money management, child care, commodities, emergency assistance, energy assistance, food pantry, head start, housing, self-sufficiency, volunteer income tax assistance, and weatherization in most locations. Community Action has a financial literacy resource available online that is available for all customers. (Page 67)

  • 10. Financial literacy education: Youth in need of financial literacy education services will have access to activities designed to educate or assist youth with the following: making informed financial decisions including budgeting and accessing checking and savings accounts; learning to effectively manage spending, credit and debt; learning the significance of credit report and credit scores. Case managers have knowledge of financial literacy resources in their local area and will make an effort to identify youth who need financial literacy assistance. (Page 127)

Under the WIOA (Section 203), adult education and literacy activities are defined as, “programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy, workplace adult education, and literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities, integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.” A wide variety of program strategies will continue or begin to be implemented to be responsive to the needs of adult learners, with a strong foundational emphasis on quality, intensity and duration of services which will result in real learning and related life changes, over placing emphasis on serving large numbers of students. These areas include the following: Reading, writing and numeracy for grades 0 – 12.9 English language – NRS levels 0 – 6 Civics education – includes individual education plan, career research, and employability skills Instruction to assist students in acquiring high school equivalency credentials and transition into post–secondary (career pathway focus) Integrated ABE and ELL with occupational instruction (Career Pathway Bridges) Digital literacy – computer literacy to meet workplace competency demands and transition to post–secondary education and training Financial literacy – courses and individualized work helping students understand issues including budgeting, debt, impact of student loans, unfair lending practices, etc. Workforce readiness training – individualized advising as part of individual education plan to include career research, employability skills, etc. (Page 156)

Benefits

NDVR provides services such as counseling and guidance, assessment, vocational training, post-secondary education, transportation, personal assistance services, and job placement. Through customer informed choice and in partnership with their VR counselor, individuals with disabilities are able to create an individualized plan for employment, maximize their potential, and reach the goal of competitive integrated employment. Service identification is determined through a comprehensive assessment of the individual needs and interests based upon vocational goal selection. Comparable benefits are sought prior to the expenditure of program funds for nonexempt services.

The VR agency also provides more specialized services to individuals with significant targeted to their specific populations. For example, the NDVR provides a myriad of educational and training programs such as the Blindness Skills Training, Assistive Technology Training, and Low Vision Services to individuals that experience significant vision loss. Specialized technical assistance and training support is provided to provide Supported Employment to individuals with the most significant disabilities that result in competitive and integrated employment. DVR takes very seriously its responsibility to provide high quality services to all individuals with a disability. DVR has forged a strong relationship with agencies such as the North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Visually Impaired and Community Rehabilitation Programs that provide service to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. (Page 37)

Local Job Service AJC staff engage and collaborate with many county Job Development Authorities in their localities and staff are members on their boards. All locations in North Dakota are experiencing workforce shortages and collaborating with these local entities assist with recruitment of workforce and offer training resources. One Job Service Employer Committee remains in North Dakota and has continued due to the benefits of collaboration for this value added agriculture and manufacturing community.

Job Service AJC and VR staff partner with local economic development corporations (EDC) in a variety of ways. Many Job Service management are members on the EDC boards. Job Service AJC staff participate in EDC strategic planning meetings, workforce study planning, provide labor market information and regional employment issues such as workforce shortages and child care. Partnerships are developed to collaborate to ensure the success of new employers who open their business. This assistance includes recruiting workforce, posting job orders and resume searches. Joint meetings are held with entrepreneurs and new employers who are looking to locate or expand their markets to the area and receive information on the workforce resources and financial incentives available. Financial incentives may include WOTC, WIOA and State funded programs for incumbent worker training and state tax incentives. County and city demographics are shared as well as supply and demand information. (Page 81)

A common identifier between core programs will be built into the Common MIS project to enable reports to be created based on co-enrollments. Cohorts of co-enrolled customers will be compared to cohorts of customers who were provided service by a single core program. The result of the evaluation and research will be shared with all core programs to illustrate the extent of the benefits of co-enrollment and will be used with program staff to further promote the integration of core programs.

The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has traditionally met and exceeded prime indicators. As an, example the VR program standard for the percent of employment outcomes for a North Dakota Combined is 55.8%. North Dakota VR’s percent of employment outcomes for FY 15 is 72%. (Page 92)

Job Service shall ensure accessibility to individuals with disabilities in employment and employment–related training; including reasonable accommodation, program, and physical accessibility. Job Service AJCs have self–service job getting rooms with individual workstations for clients with disabilities. These workstations consist of height–adjustable work surface areas that are operated either electrically or hydraulically. Modern adaptive technology is available in Job Service AJCs to eliminate barriers often experienced by hearing impaired, physically impaired, and/or visually impaired customers. In 2015, funding was provided by VR to purchase additional adapt technology for resource rooms in the Job Service AJCs. A phone amplifier, ear–covering, noise–cancelling headphones, Magic with Speech software and 24” monitors were purchased after consulting with the ND Interagency for Assistive Technology, VR and the ND School for the Blind. Training on the equipment purchased is coordinated with VR. Qualified individuals with disabilities shall: receive aid, benefits, services, or training equal to or as effective as that provided to others; not receive benefits separately unless it is needed to provide training, benefits, or services that are as effective as that provided to others; have opportunity to be on planning advisory boards for WIOA; enjoy any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity enjoyed by others; and receive services in the most integrated setting. (Page 103-104)

North Dakota intends to use the small amount of Governor’s set aside funds to primarily meet the WIOA required activities. Any additional resources remaining would be used to conduct an evaluation of the benefits of co-enrollment and implement innovative activities in support of the Governor’s workforce initiatives which may include increasing apprenticeships and sector strategies for emerging industries such as unmanned aerial systems.

The Dislocated Worker Office (DWO) of Job Service has been designated by the Governor as the entity responsible for providing Rapid Response services through the Job Service AJC Managers’ direct supervision and provision of these services. WIA funding is utilized for Rapid Response services. (Page 113)

  • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides counseling and training services leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. It is the responsibility of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for eligible students within 90 days of eligibility determination, and begin activities leading to employment. Appropriate services include counseling and guidance, career planning, assessment to determine rehabilitation needs, identification of employment outcomes, information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning to adult life, labor market information, benefits planning, when and how to disclose a disability, when and how to request job accommodations, guidance on the proper AT to transition from school to work , and provision of vocational services as appropriate to the individual needs of the consumer. VR is a part of the IEP teams partnering to provide career planning and technical assistance on employment as well as information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning from high school to adult life.
  • The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division administers the statewide community-based delivery system for people of all ages who have intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities. It is the responsibility of the Division to provide support and training to individuals with disabilities and their families in order to maximize community inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency; to prevent institutionalization; and to enable individuals who are institutionalized to return to the community. Potential services can include day habilitation, employment supports, residential living supports, and family supports. (Page 188)

PROMISE is targeted for transition youth, who are ages 14 – 16 at the time of enrollment and are beneficiaries of SSI. Due to the number of youth required to receive the grant, ND has joined a multi–state consortium including: South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. The ND agency partners include: the Governor’s Office, Behavioral Health Division, Developmental Disabilities Division, Medicaid, Parent Training Programs, DPI, Job Service, the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities, Benefits Planners and DVR.

PROMISE is intended to improve the education and employment outcomes of child SSI recipients and their families, and eventually lead to increased economic self–sufficiency and a reduction in their dependence on SSI payments. For the program participants who are assigned to the Model Demonstration Project (MDP), or treatment group, an array of services and supports would be available to the students and their families. This would include case management, benefits counseling, career and work–based learning experiences, and parent training and information, as well as other services which may help the student’s education and employment outcomes. (Page 226)

School to Work Transition

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides counseling and training services leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. It is the responsibility of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for eligible students within 90 days of eligibility determination, and begin activities leading to employment. Appropriate services include counseling and guidance, career planning, assessment to determine rehabilitation needs, identification of employment outcomes, information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning to adult life, labor market information, benefits planning, when and how to disclose a disability, when and how to request job accommodations, guidance on the proper AT to transition from school to work , and provision of vocational services as appropriate to the individual needs of the consumer. VR is a part of the IEP teams partnering to provide career planning and technical assistance on employment as well as information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning from high school to adult life. (Page 188)

Targeting supported employment as an outcome for students with the most severe disabilities transitioning from school–to–work through regional transition services.

Coordination of the departments, agencies, divisions, organizations and programs whose activities have a direct impact on Supported Employment Services.

Identification of training and technical assistance needs based on provider outcome data. (Page 236)

Data Collection

Technical assistance will continue to be a strong component of leadership activities and funds as the State Office continues to support local programs with research/evidence based programs, activities and curriculums to meet the individual needs of students. Technical assistance will focus on data and the student data management system (LACES), assessment and instruction; additionally, the aforementioned areas of career readiness, integrated employment and training and career pathways, and core partner services will be key for local programs. The 2016-2017 PD calendar has been designed with these focused topics in mind. (Page 167)

Geographic Solutions is the vendor for North Dakota’s labor market information. Jobsnd.com includes the link to North Dakota’s Workforce Intelligence Network (NDWIN). NDWIN is a next generation internet application bringing together diverse stakeholders through an expanded data collection and data mining effort. NDWIN generates, compiles, disseminates and publishes the state’s leading economic data and labor market information—from wages to projections to the latest employment figures—resulting in better-informed economic decisions. NDWIN has the most extensive network of economic data resources in the state, maintained by experienced research analysts meeting high statistical standards. (Page 84)

Job Service receives a data file generated from Geographic Solutions from all program information. Job Service sends this file to WRIS and uses the file to match against North Dakota wage records. The results from WRIS and the state’s wages are combined and sent back to Geographic Solutions. The wage results are incorporated into the data file and returned to Job Service. This file is used to generate the WIOA, Wagner-Peyser, VETS and Trade Act federal reports through the E-DRVS.

Vocational Rehabilitation AWARE can be customized to include data elements unique to NDVR’s business plan and to produce specialized reports. The agency uses AWARE to track service delivery, case service funds, usage and outcomes. The agency further uses AWARE to track service provided through contracts with local school districts and providers to students age 14-21 engaged in pre-employment activities. Pre-employment activities to this group follow the required cores service funded through 15% of the agencies federal VR grant. Students’ engagement in pre-employment service can be tracked and their activities achieved in the AWARE until the time they graduate secondary school, no longer participate in pre-employment service or apply for and are found eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation service.(Page 85)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Ongoing coordination of shared training and education programs between SBA staff and DVR staff.

Department of Commerce and local economic development groups – Offers resources for funding and business development for DVR consumers.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) – Provides mentoring and consultation to DVR consumers who are developing business plans.

Lewis and Clark Development Corporation – Process revolving loan fund applications for DVR consumers pursuing self–employment.

Developmental Disabilities Council – Periodically provides monies for the revolving loan fund. They also provided an overview of transition data in ND as it relates to ND DVR and employment outcomes. (Page 183)

Career Pathways

Career Pathways WIOA provides an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for North Dakota workers and job seekers through an integrated, job-driven, public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses. It supports the development of strong, vibrant regional economies where businesses thrive and people want to live and work. The workforce system includes three focus areas: the needs of business and workers drive workforce solutions; American Job Centers provide customer service to jobseekers and employers and the workforce system supports strong economies and plays an active role in community and workforce development. (Page 54)

To ensure the WIOA requirements are implemented with fidelity and to the ‘spirit’ of the law, the state core partner agencies will work together to develop a professional development calendar. This calendar will cover such topics as labor market information (LMI), career pathways, motivational interviewing, agency roles and partnerships, and the new data interface system. Trainings will be regional or quadrant and will include all core program staff to ensure networking, common training understanding and implementation of exemplary practices. This training concept maximizes staff time, funding and participant outcomes. (Page 65)

The CRH and AHEC, in partnership with the ND Department of Commerce, and other stakeholders across the state, support students training for a health related careers. Career pathway efforts include Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning Health Scrubs Academy and Scrubs Camps and Health Occupations Students of America Future Health Professionals fostering excitement about  healthcare careers. (Page 66)

The Workforce Leadership Team will establish a committee to specifically address career pathways and strategies to improve access to post-secondary credentials. The committee will consist of staff from Career and Technical Education, Higher Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Commerce, Adult Education and Job Service North Dakota. The committee will set goals and metrics which will be tracked through the State Longitudinal Data System and the State Office of Apprenticeship. (Page 78)

The Workforce Leadership Team will establish a committee to specifically address career pathways and strategies to improve access to post-secondary credentials. The committee will consist of staff from Career and Technical Education, Higher Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Commerce, Adult Education and Job Service ND. The committee will set goals and metrics which will be tracked through the State Longitudinal Data System and the State Office of Apprenticeship. This team will strengthen the partnership between the State Director and other WIOA partners.

Registered Apprenticeship will be incorporated into Job Service ND applicant services and business services within the WIOA core programs. Communication between the Registered Apprenticeship State Director and Job Service ND Workforce Development Director is scheduled on a regular basis. (Page 119)

All youth services will be accessible through the Job Service AJCs and services will be designed based on labor market information. All youth, including youth with disabilities, entering the service delivery process will receive an objective assessment. Assessment will follow the guidelines in WIOA, section 129, including a review of academic and occupational skills, interests and supportive service needs. Assessments will provide the needed information and data to complete employment plans that link employment, educational and career pathway goals with the service strategies necessary to reach the goals. (Page 126)

4. Comprehensive guidance and counseling: Through the comprehensive assessment process, a Youth Coordinator may identify that guidance and counseling services would be of benefit to a youth as the individual proceeds through the program. If so, referral to various providers would occur. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling services may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Referrals to drug and alcohol counseling;
  2. Referrals to mental health counseling;
  3. Career counseling including information on career pathways and review of the RUReady.nd resource;
  4. Educational counseling; and
  5. Case management performed by a professional Social Worker or Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. Each of these services must be provided by an appropriately trained staff member, educational instructor, licensed counselor or social worker. (Page 127)

Under the WIOA (Section 203), adult education and literacy activities are defined as, “programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy, workplace adult education, and literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities, integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.” A wide variety of program strategies will continue or begin to be implemented to be responsive to the needs of adult learners, with a strong foundational emphasis on quality, intensity and duration of services which will result in real learning and related life changes, over placing emphasis on serving large numbers of students. These areas include the following: Reading, writing and numeracy for grades 0 – 12.9 English language – NRS levels 0 – 6 Civics education – includes individual education plan, career research, and employability skills Instruction to assist students in acquiring high school equivalency credentials and transition into post–secondary (career pathway focus) Integrated ABE and ELL with occupational instruction (Career Pathway Bridges) Digital literacy – computer literacy to meet workplace competency demands and transition to post–secondary education and training Financial literacy – courses and individualized work helping students understand issues including budgeting, debt, impact of student loans, unfair lending practices, etc. Workforce readiness training – individualized advising as part of individual education plan to include career research, employability skills, etc. (Page 156)

The NDDPI currently allocates federal and state funds to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) to provide adult education and literacy services at five state correctional facilities: State Penitentiary, Missouri River Correctional Center, James Valley Correctional Center, Dakota Women’s Rehabilitation and Correctional Center and the Youth Correctional Center. Current DOCR educational staff teach a comprehensive program which includes special education services, secondary high school diploma or GED, integrated education and training, career pathways, peer tutoring and re–entry transition. (Page 161)

The NDDPI currently allocates federal and state funds to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) to provide adult education and literacy services at five state correctional facilities: State Penitentiary, Missouri River Correctional Center, James Valley Correctional Center, Dakota Women’s Rehabilitation and Correctional Center and the Youth Correctional Center. This agency is the sole provider of corrections education statewide. DOCR educational staff teach a comprehensive program which includes special education services, secondary high school diploma or GED, EL services, integrated education and training, career pathways, peer tutoring and re-entry transition. Allocated funds for multi-year grants will be used to support education programs for these areas. (Page 162)

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 245-246)

Policies and Initiatives

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Request for Amendment to a 1915(C) HCS Waiver - 07/12/2017

~~“Individual with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (IID/DD) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) WaiverThe Traditional IID/DD waiver serves people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and includes an array of home and community-based services in the least restrictive environment.The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division is seeking public comment on amending the Traditional IID/DD HCBS waiver. The proposed amendment will remove the service of extended services and replace it with prevocational, small group employment and individual employment. Other changes include a new rate methodology for some of the services as outlined by legislation and updates to the service plan section due to the new services being added. A detailed description of the changes can be found on page 1 of the draft application, which is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/disabilities/docs/7-12-17-draft-nd-1915c-hcbs-waiver-amendment-id-dd-services.pdf, or can be obtained by contacting the division.” 

 

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

North Dakota VR Guidelines for Services to Individuals with an Impairment of Substance Abuse/Dependency Impairment - 12/22/2016

“The purpose of the Desk Reference is to provide VR counselors with a convenient resource on substance use disorder issues in vocational rehabilitation. The Desk Reference provides links to additional information, allowing access to varying levels of complexity and detail on typical issues facing VR counselors and consumers.

The Desk Reference may help rehabilitation professionals (especially those holding the CRC certification), meet their responsibility to: (1) increase their own awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities; (2) further develop knowledge and skills; and (3) increase awareness of scientific bases for intervention. Meeting these responsibilities promotes a course of action that best serves persons with substance use disorders who are also consumers of VR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Mental Health

US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 06/01/2016

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

 

The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

North Dakota HCBS Transition Plan - 02/19/2016

States are required to ensure all HCBS settings comply with the new federal requirements to ensure that all individuals receiving HCBS are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including opportunities to engage in community life, work in integrated environments, and control their own personal resources. The ND Department of Human Services (Department) has created a draft Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

North Dakota ABLE Legislation (HB 1373) - 04/01/2015

An act to create and enact section 6-09-38.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to creation of the North Dakota achieving a better life experience plan; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

ND Protection & Advocacy Project - Employment and People with Disabilities Training - 10/24/2014

Are you an employee or potential employee with a disability? Come and learn what the law says about workplace accommodations that may benefit you in keeping or obtaining employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project - 10/01/2013

“The Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project will assist individuals with developmental disabilities live more independently within a community of their choice. The project will complete the following five objectives: (1) develop, print and disseminate 500 booklets on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (2) develop, print and disseminate 500 copies of a one page frequently asked question resource guide; (3) develop and present a training module for an array of audiences on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (4) collaborate with local and statewide agencies and providers to deliver educational opportunities; and (5) collaborate with agencies to promote the expansion of low income housing options. The project will partner with individuals with disabilities, Money Follows the Person Housing Team, other housing stakeholders and human service providers to accomplish this project. Through the implementation of the project people will have increased knowledge of and guided access to the services and supports they need in order to live inclusively, independently, and with needed Home and Community Based Services in a community of their choice."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 09/11/2013

"Rehabilitation Consulting & Services (RCS) is North Dakota's Vocational Rehabilitation division. Our primary mission is to assist North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues. Through this "dual client" approach, we assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. We also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability-related areas."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

North Dakota Senate Bill No. 2271 - 04/01/2013

Legislation signed into law in April 2013, establishing a Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, for furthering the goal of employment as the first option for people with disabilities.

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

Employment First Summit Report - 10/07/2011

Meeting summary of current and proposed practices needed to implement Employment First, including more widespread use of Customized Employment principles and practices.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation
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North Dakota ABLE Legislation (HB 1373) - 04/01/2015

An act to create and enact section 6-09-38.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to creation of the North Dakota achieving a better life experience plan; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

North Dakota Senate Bill No. 2271 - 04/01/2013

Legislation signed into law in April 2013, establishing a Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, for furthering the goal of employment as the first option for people with disabilities.

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 06/01/2016

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

 

The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 09/11/2013

"Rehabilitation Consulting & Services (RCS) is North Dakota's Vocational Rehabilitation division. Our primary mission is to assist North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues. Through this "dual client" approach, we assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. We also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability-related areas."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Employment First Summit Report - 10/07/2011

Meeting summary of current and proposed practices needed to implement Employment First, including more widespread use of Customized Employment principles and practices.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

North Dakota Transition to Independence Policy Manual - 07/25/2011

Objective 642-01-01:  To help transition aged individuals who are at risk obtain education/employment Services 642-01-50: Vocational rehabilitation services for transitioning students from high school to employment or post-secondary education Outcomes 642-01-10: Individuals will have employment and/or educational goals.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Results of Statewide Assessment of the Rehabilitation Needs of Individuals with Disabilities

In November/December of 2011, DVR completed a series of assessment activities to determine the employment service needs of individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Grants for Disability Mentoring Day

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a nationwide effort to promote career development for students with disabilities through hands-on career exploration. Students with disabilities (mentees) are matched with workplace mentors according to expressed career interests. Mentees experience a typical day on the job and learn how to prepare to enter the world of work. Employers gain an increased awareness that people with disabilities represent an overlooked talent pool. Disability Mentoring Day is a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project

As encouraged by federal funding sources, and following input activities by people with disabilities, family members and the public, each year P&A chooses some of the most important issues affecting people with disabilities and makes them priorities. Nearly all P&A services (including information & referral, client assistance & representation, education & training, and systems advocacy) are then focused on these priority issues.   P&A's current priorities, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, include the following:   • Employment: Advocating for persons with disabilities to have access to meaningful employment at a fair wage. Areas of focus include:        o employment discrimination based on disability and reasonable accommodation in the workplace.        o advocacy for services and supports needed in order for people with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.        o provision of information and/or training regarding advocacy, vocational and support services and employment rights (including those under the Rehabilitation Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act), and the Client Assistance Program.        o advocating for the rights of people with disabilities who are seeking or receiving treatment, services, or rehabilitation under the Rehabilitation Act.        o systems advocacy that seeks an increase in vocational services and employment options for people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
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ND Workforce Development Council - 12/31/1999

North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized December 31, 1999 under Executive Order 95-01. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce investment board in accordance with Section 111(e) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). The role of the North Dakota Workforce Development Council is to advise the Governor and the public concerning the nature and extent of workforce development in the context of North Dakota's economic development needs, and how to meet these needs effectively while maximizing the efficient use of available resources and avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort. Members include representatives from North Dakota Department of Commerce; North Dakota Department of Human Services; Bismarck State College; Job Service North Dakota; North Dakota Department of Public Instruction;   North Dakota Department of Career & Technical Education ;  North Dakota University System;  North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission;  Veterans Affairs of North Dakota.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Transition Consortium (Launch My Life North Dakota)

“The North Dakota Transition Consortium is a partnership of programs and agencies. The goal is to promote, improve, and educate about services that help young adults with disabilities move from high school into college, training, or a job.”

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

ND Transition Services MOU

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Transition Services was revised and renewed July 1, 2011, and is in effect through June 30, 2015, or until such time as IDEA is reauthorized. Parties to the agreement are the Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, Job Service North Dakota, the Department of Career and Technical Education, and the Department of Health’s Children’s Special Health Services Unit, Developmental Disabilities Division, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The MOU addresses many areas including: consultation and technical assistance, transition planning, and roles and responsibilities including financial responsibilities of the agencies and outreach.    DVR and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) are involved with a Community of Practice (CoP) for Transition. The mission of the group is to work towards building, supporting, and sustaining community partnerships and systems that promote and improve the scope, opportunity and quality of transition for youth with disabilities to adequately prepare for life and career beyond high school  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects

North Dakota's Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects and North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) collaborate in the provision of services to eligible American Indian participants. The Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects and DVR seek to bridge cultural traditions and values to expand opportunities of employment and self-support. The Tribal 121 Projects offer a greater understanding of the local, cultural, and familial needs on the Indian Nation while DVR offers a broad understanding of the business and college environment off the native lands.

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

ND Community of Practice

"Communities of Practice (COP) involve people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a similar passion (in this case - improving transition outcomes for young adults with disabilities), and who interact on a regular basis to learn from each other and problem solve. The mission of the ND Community of Practice for Transition is to work towards building, supporting, and sustaining community partnerships.”

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

ND State Independent Living Council

“The North Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) guides the development of the Independent Living system in North Dakota, through the active involvement of people with disabilities.”

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

ND State Rehabilitation Council

“The purpose of the North Dakota State Rehabilitation Council is to advise the Director of North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) on issues concerning policy and program, delivery of services, and methods for reaching potential consumers.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project - 10/01/2013

“The Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project will assist individuals with developmental disabilities live more independently within a community of their choice. The project will complete the following five objectives: (1) develop, print and disseminate 500 booklets on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (2) develop, print and disseminate 500 copies of a one page frequently asked question resource guide; (3) develop and present a training module for an array of audiences on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (4) collaborate with local and statewide agencies and providers to deliver educational opportunities; and (5) collaborate with agencies to promote the expansion of low income housing options. The project will partner with individuals with disabilities, Money Follows the Person Housing Team, other housing stakeholders and human service providers to accomplish this project. Through the implementation of the project people will have increased knowledge of and guided access to the services and supports they need in order to live inclusively, independently, and with needed Home and Community Based Services in a community of their choice."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ASPIRE PROMISE Grant

The same interventions will be delivered to all youth in the six states [including North Dakota].  Delivery of the ASPIRE Services may vary by state depending on each state’s infrastructure and framework.   Interventions for youth and families assigned to ASPIRE Services include:

Training and information for parents and families, including advocacy, community resources, educational and employment opportunities, and more. A complete individualized explanation of the public benefits the youth and family are receiving and how working and increased earnings will impact those benefits. A paid employment opportunity for the youth while he or she is still in high school. Self-determination training for the youth and families. Financial education and capability training to assist families in understanding their values and available resources to move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Case management services provided to the youth and family to assist them in navigating the complicated systems of public benefits and assistance in accessing services, supports and information to support greater self-sufficiency.
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) 2012

In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

North Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

ND Money Follows the Person

“As part of its ongoing efforts to support community-based services and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, the North Dakota Department of Human Services applied for and received a federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant.  [The grant]  help[s] move eligible individuals from institutions to community settings. The grant is administered by the department’s Medical Services Division”. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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North Dakota VR Guidelines for Services to Individuals with an Impairment of Substance Abuse/Dependency Impairment - 12/22/2016

“The purpose of the Desk Reference is to provide VR counselors with a convenient resource on substance use disorder issues in vocational rehabilitation. The Desk Reference provides links to additional information, allowing access to varying levels of complexity and detail on typical issues facing VR counselors and consumers.

The Desk Reference may help rehabilitation professionals (especially those holding the CRC certification), meet their responsibility to: (1) increase their own awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities; (2) further develop knowledge and skills; and (3) increase awareness of scientific bases for intervention. Meeting these responsibilities promotes a course of action that best serves persons with substance use disorders who are also consumers of VR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Mental Health

ND Protection & Advocacy Project - Employment and People with Disabilities Training - 10/24/2014

Are you an employee or potential employee with a disability? Come and learn what the law says about workplace accommodations that may benefit you in keeping or obtaining employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Secondary Transition Requirements Training

Transition planning for the movement from high school to adult living is required for all students receiving special education services, according to federal legislation, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004). IEP teams must now include transition planning in the first IEP that will be in effect when the child is 16 years of age, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. This website is designed to provide information as to the activities of the ND Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, with regards to transition, along with other resources and links.

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Request for Amendment to a 1915(C) HCS Waiver - 07/12/2017

~~“Individual with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (IID/DD) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) WaiverThe Traditional IID/DD waiver serves people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and includes an array of home and community-based services in the least restrictive environment.The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division is seeking public comment on amending the Traditional IID/DD HCBS waiver. The proposed amendment will remove the service of extended services and replace it with prevocational, small group employment and individual employment. Other changes include a new rate methodology for some of the services as outlined by legislation and updates to the service plan section due to the new services being added. A detailed description of the changes can be found on page 1 of the draft application, which is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/disabilities/docs/7-12-17-draft-nd-1915c-hcbs-waiver-amendment-id-dd-services.pdf, or can be obtained by contacting the division.” 

 

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

North Dakota HCBS Transition Plan - 02/19/2016

States are required to ensure all HCBS settings comply with the new federal requirements to ensure that all individuals receiving HCBS are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including opportunities to engage in community life, work in integrated environments, and control their own personal resources. The ND Department of Human Services (Department) has created a draft Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

“As part of its ongoing efforts to support community-based services and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, the North Dakota Department of Human Services applied for and received a federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant.”

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

ND Medicaid Waiver HCBS (0273.R04.00)

Provides adult day care, adult residential care, case management, homemaker, respite care, supported employment, adult family foster care, chore, emergency response, environmental mods, extended personal care, family personal care, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, specialized equipment and supplies, transitional living for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled and other disabilities ages 18-64

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The Peace Garden State of North Dakota is legendary for many reasons, setting a path for another lasting success story related to the career aspirations of its workers with disabilities. 

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 North Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
2.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
756,928
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.2%
Change from
2014 to 2015
38,112
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
18,582
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.42%
Change from
2014 to 2015
48.76%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
83.58%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 723,393 739,482 756,928
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 38,300 38,037 38,112
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 20,239 18,996 18,582
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 343,011 344,719 359,388
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 52.84% 49.94% 48.76%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 83.05% 82.01% 83.58%
Overall unemployment rate. 2.90% 2.80% 2.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.00% 18.40% 18.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.00% 10.80% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 40,234 40,570 39,126
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 34,968 36,376 40,152
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 67,892 69,492 70,328
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 552 948 1,218
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,781 1,475 1,784
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,941 4,380 5,089
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 516 847 769
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,777 1,044 1,193
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 661

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,207 1,213 1,200
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 15.10% 15.50% 15.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 15,064 14,048 13,917

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,842 3,475 4,096
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,593 5,915 6,841
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,373 9,383 10,562
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 37.00% 37.00% 38.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.10% 2.40% 2.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 35 68 81
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A 0
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A 0
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A 0

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,886 2,789 2,582
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.05

 

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. 24 19 23
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 15 14 14
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. 63.00% 74.00% 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 2.14 1.94 1.85

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
976
626
744
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 15 23 14
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 41 44 103
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 247 176 174
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 339 189 228
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 209 138 164
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 125 56 61
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 17.80% 25.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 404 418
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 20,945 20,921
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 26 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 37 47 N/A

 

Data Not Available

 

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). 77.61% 75.32% 74.58%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 4.13% 4.54% 5.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.44% 1.60% 1.66%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 86.31% 98.38% 98.36%
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). 35.50% 29.89% 26.88%
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). 64.50% 56.52% 56.45%
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). 90.30% 80.98% 82.26%
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). 29.03% 26.63% 29.57%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 384,819
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 907
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 211
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 120,030
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 120,241
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 7
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 247
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 254
AbilityOne wages (products). $783
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,217,456

 

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

2015 2016 2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 16 17 5
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 18 19 5
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 7 7 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 828 924 340
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1 1 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 836 932 340

 

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)

Goal 4

*   Individuals currently receiving subminimum wage employment will have access to services that result in obtaining competitive, integrated employment.

Strategy 4.1 DVR will take the lead on implementing the Governor’s Employment First Initiative.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.2 DVR will provide training and technical assistance to four community providers serving individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities to expand competitive integrated employment.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.3 DVR will identify all individuals who are currently working for sub-minimum wage.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement (Page 229)

Customized Employment

DVR applied for and has been selected to receive technical assistance and training by the national Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC.) Utilizing their technical assistance, DVR will develop and begin utilizing an LMI curriculum tailored to North Dakota’s needs. The LMI curriculum will be used to help clients set and accomplish career goals based on current business and employment needs within the state. In addition, the JD-VRTAC will provide technical assistance to further enhance our methods for building and maintaining employer relations. This will result in improved services to employers including employer driven training and meeting their needs utilizing customized employment. (Page 75)

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center. (Page 103)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is purchasing services from 21 providers, for the provision of supported employment services and extended services. Outcome based SEP rates and guidelines were implemented October 1, 2012. Two work groups were established from the semi-annual provider meeting to review and update SEP guidelines. A standardized fee for service was implemented with an annual 3% inflationary increase. During the 2016 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment Survey, providers indicated insufficient funds for the level of intervention they were providing. Based on the results, supported employment guidelines and rates will be reviewed and updated. All units that purchase extended services fall under the administrative control of the North Dakota Department of Human Services and have developed a Memorandum of Understanding. During this past year, the units were focused on securing a contract to provide extended services. The contract was granted to Rocky Mountain Rehab PC and is being managed by the Behavioral Health Division. In cooperation with the Behavioral Health Division, DVR participated in a supported employment pilot project in one of the regional offices. The project uses an evidence-based supported employment model for consumers with the dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse. The project began March 2009. Due to the positive outcomes, the project has been expanded into two additional regions. The DVR state office program administrator responsible for supported employment is involved with the project. Regional VR staff are involved with the fidelity review teams. (Page 196)

DVR is working with providers to try to expand the services that they are able to provide. A pilot project has been launched to explore expanded SEP which will provide additional intensive training for providers and will result in policy amendments. There will also be continued education and awareness activities for the business community, lawmakers, service providers, educators, family members, and the general public. DVR will also continue to work with Extended Services Funding sources to ensure individuals are able to utilize SEP and access supports once the DVR case is closed.  

Barriers: CRPs felt that funding for agency operations and services was the most significant barrier to their ability to provide employment related services followed by funding for staff and funding for extended services. Advocate respondents felt that there are insufficient community resources followed by funding for extended services and funding for agency operations and services.

Comments were made about the need for increased funding for SEP/Extended services and job coaching. (Page 210)

Goal 4

* Provide leadership that promotes competitive, integrated employment as the first choice for individuals who are of working age.

Strategy 4.1 Facilitate the Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in managing the State’s Employment First Initiative. Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.2 Partner with four community providers and WISE and to pilot the Expanded SEP program. Innovation/enhancement/improvement (Page 229)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Job Service AJC staff utilize Community Action Partnership as a referral source for support services. The services include budgeting and money management, child care, commodities, emergency assistance, energy assistance, food pantry, head start, housing, self-sufficiency, volunteer income tax assistance, and weatherization in most locations. Community Action has a financial literacy resource available online that is available for all customers. (Page 67)

  • 10. Financial literacy education: Youth in need of financial literacy education services will have access to activities designed to educate or assist youth with the following: making informed financial decisions including budgeting and accessing checking and savings accounts; learning to effectively manage spending, credit and debt; learning the significance of credit report and credit scores. Case managers have knowledge of financial literacy resources in their local area and will make an effort to identify youth who need financial literacy assistance. (Page 127)

Under the WIOA (Section 203), adult education and literacy activities are defined as, “programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy, workplace adult education, and literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities, integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.” A wide variety of program strategies will continue or begin to be implemented to be responsive to the needs of adult learners, with a strong foundational emphasis on quality, intensity and duration of services which will result in real learning and related life changes, over placing emphasis on serving large numbers of students. These areas include the following: Reading, writing and numeracy for grades 0 – 12.9 English language – NRS levels 0 – 6 Civics education – includes individual education plan, career research, and employability skills Instruction to assist students in acquiring high school equivalency credentials and transition into post–secondary (career pathway focus) Integrated ABE and ELL with occupational instruction (Career Pathway Bridges) Digital literacy – computer literacy to meet workplace competency demands and transition to post–secondary education and training Financial literacy – courses and individualized work helping students understand issues including budgeting, debt, impact of student loans, unfair lending practices, etc. Workforce readiness training – individualized advising as part of individual education plan to include career research, employability skills, etc. (Page 156)

Benefits

NDVR provides services such as counseling and guidance, assessment, vocational training, post-secondary education, transportation, personal assistance services, and job placement. Through customer informed choice and in partnership with their VR counselor, individuals with disabilities are able to create an individualized plan for employment, maximize their potential, and reach the goal of competitive integrated employment. Service identification is determined through a comprehensive assessment of the individual needs and interests based upon vocational goal selection. Comparable benefits are sought prior to the expenditure of program funds for nonexempt services.

The VR agency also provides more specialized services to individuals with significant targeted to their specific populations. For example, the NDVR provides a myriad of educational and training programs such as the Blindness Skills Training, Assistive Technology Training, and Low Vision Services to individuals that experience significant vision loss. Specialized technical assistance and training support is provided to provide Supported Employment to individuals with the most significant disabilities that result in competitive and integrated employment. DVR takes very seriously its responsibility to provide high quality services to all individuals with a disability. DVR has forged a strong relationship with agencies such as the North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Visually Impaired and Community Rehabilitation Programs that provide service to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. (Page 37)

Local Job Service AJC staff engage and collaborate with many county Job Development Authorities in their localities and staff are members on their boards. All locations in North Dakota are experiencing workforce shortages and collaborating with these local entities assist with recruitment of workforce and offer training resources. One Job Service Employer Committee remains in North Dakota and has continued due to the benefits of collaboration for this value added agriculture and manufacturing community.

Job Service AJC and VR staff partner with local economic development corporations (EDC) in a variety of ways. Many Job Service management are members on the EDC boards. Job Service AJC staff participate in EDC strategic planning meetings, workforce study planning, provide labor market information and regional employment issues such as workforce shortages and child care. Partnerships are developed to collaborate to ensure the success of new employers who open their business. This assistance includes recruiting workforce, posting job orders and resume searches. Joint meetings are held with entrepreneurs and new employers who are looking to locate or expand their markets to the area and receive information on the workforce resources and financial incentives available. Financial incentives may include WOTC, WIOA and State funded programs for incumbent worker training and state tax incentives. County and city demographics are shared as well as supply and demand information. (Page 81)

A common identifier between core programs will be built into the Common MIS project to enable reports to be created based on co-enrollments. Cohorts of co-enrolled customers will be compared to cohorts of customers who were provided service by a single core program. The result of the evaluation and research will be shared with all core programs to illustrate the extent of the benefits of co-enrollment and will be used with program staff to further promote the integration of core programs.

The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has traditionally met and exceeded prime indicators. As an, example the VR program standard for the percent of employment outcomes for a North Dakota Combined is 55.8%. North Dakota VR’s percent of employment outcomes for FY 15 is 72%. (Page 92)

Job Service shall ensure accessibility to individuals with disabilities in employment and employment–related training; including reasonable accommodation, program, and physical accessibility. Job Service AJCs have self–service job getting rooms with individual workstations for clients with disabilities. These workstations consist of height–adjustable work surface areas that are operated either electrically or hydraulically. Modern adaptive technology is available in Job Service AJCs to eliminate barriers often experienced by hearing impaired, physically impaired, and/or visually impaired customers. In 2015, funding was provided by VR to purchase additional adapt technology for resource rooms in the Job Service AJCs. A phone amplifier, ear–covering, noise–cancelling headphones, Magic with Speech software and 24” monitors were purchased after consulting with the ND Interagency for Assistive Technology, VR and the ND School for the Blind. Training on the equipment purchased is coordinated with VR. Qualified individuals with disabilities shall: receive aid, benefits, services, or training equal to or as effective as that provided to others; not receive benefits separately unless it is needed to provide training, benefits, or services that are as effective as that provided to others; have opportunity to be on planning advisory boards for WIOA; enjoy any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity enjoyed by others; and receive services in the most integrated setting. (Page 103-104)

North Dakota intends to use the small amount of Governor’s set aside funds to primarily meet the WIOA required activities. Any additional resources remaining would be used to conduct an evaluation of the benefits of co-enrollment and implement innovative activities in support of the Governor’s workforce initiatives which may include increasing apprenticeships and sector strategies for emerging industries such as unmanned aerial systems.

The Dislocated Worker Office (DWO) of Job Service has been designated by the Governor as the entity responsible for providing Rapid Response services through the Job Service AJC Managers’ direct supervision and provision of these services. WIA funding is utilized for Rapid Response services. (Page 113)

  • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides counseling and training services leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. It is the responsibility of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for eligible students within 90 days of eligibility determination, and begin activities leading to employment. Appropriate services include counseling and guidance, career planning, assessment to determine rehabilitation needs, identification of employment outcomes, information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning to adult life, labor market information, benefits planning, when and how to disclose a disability, when and how to request job accommodations, guidance on the proper AT to transition from school to work , and provision of vocational services as appropriate to the individual needs of the consumer. VR is a part of the IEP teams partnering to provide career planning and technical assistance on employment as well as information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning from high school to adult life.
  • The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division administers the statewide community-based delivery system for people of all ages who have intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities. It is the responsibility of the Division to provide support and training to individuals with disabilities and their families in order to maximize community inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency; to prevent institutionalization; and to enable individuals who are institutionalized to return to the community. Potential services can include day habilitation, employment supports, residential living supports, and family supports. (Page 188)

PROMISE is targeted for transition youth, who are ages 14 – 16 at the time of enrollment and are beneficiaries of SSI. Due to the number of youth required to receive the grant, ND has joined a multi–state consortium including: South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. The ND agency partners include: the Governor’s Office, Behavioral Health Division, Developmental Disabilities Division, Medicaid, Parent Training Programs, DPI, Job Service, the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities, Benefits Planners and DVR.

PROMISE is intended to improve the education and employment outcomes of child SSI recipients and their families, and eventually lead to increased economic self–sufficiency and a reduction in their dependence on SSI payments. For the program participants who are assigned to the Model Demonstration Project (MDP), or treatment group, an array of services and supports would be available to the students and their families. This would include case management, benefits counseling, career and work–based learning experiences, and parent training and information, as well as other services which may help the student’s education and employment outcomes. (Page 226)

School to Work Transition

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides counseling and training services leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. It is the responsibility of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for eligible students within 90 days of eligibility determination, and begin activities leading to employment. Appropriate services include counseling and guidance, career planning, assessment to determine rehabilitation needs, identification of employment outcomes, information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning to adult life, labor market information, benefits planning, when and how to disclose a disability, when and how to request job accommodations, guidance on the proper AT to transition from school to work , and provision of vocational services as appropriate to the individual needs of the consumer. VR is a part of the IEP teams partnering to provide career planning and technical assistance on employment as well as information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning from high school to adult life. (Page 188)

Targeting supported employment as an outcome for students with the most severe disabilities transitioning from school–to–work through regional transition services.

Coordination of the departments, agencies, divisions, organizations and programs whose activities have a direct impact on Supported Employment Services.

Identification of training and technical assistance needs based on provider outcome data. (Page 236)

Data Collection

Technical assistance will continue to be a strong component of leadership activities and funds as the State Office continues to support local programs with research/evidence based programs, activities and curriculums to meet the individual needs of students. Technical assistance will focus on data and the student data management system (LACES), assessment and instruction; additionally, the aforementioned areas of career readiness, integrated employment and training and career pathways, and core partner services will be key for local programs. The 2016-2017 PD calendar has been designed with these focused topics in mind. (Page 167)

Geographic Solutions is the vendor for North Dakota’s labor market information. Jobsnd.com includes the link to North Dakota’s Workforce Intelligence Network (NDWIN). NDWIN is a next generation internet application bringing together diverse stakeholders through an expanded data collection and data mining effort. NDWIN generates, compiles, disseminates and publishes the state’s leading economic data and labor market information—from wages to projections to the latest employment figures—resulting in better-informed economic decisions. NDWIN has the most extensive network of economic data resources in the state, maintained by experienced research analysts meeting high statistical standards. (Page 84)

Job Service receives a data file generated from Geographic Solutions from all program information. Job Service sends this file to WRIS and uses the file to match against North Dakota wage records. The results from WRIS and the state’s wages are combined and sent back to Geographic Solutions. The wage results are incorporated into the data file and returned to Job Service. This file is used to generate the WIOA, Wagner-Peyser, VETS and Trade Act federal reports through the E-DRVS.

Vocational Rehabilitation AWARE can be customized to include data elements unique to NDVR’s business plan and to produce specialized reports. The agency uses AWARE to track service delivery, case service funds, usage and outcomes. The agency further uses AWARE to track service provided through contracts with local school districts and providers to students age 14-21 engaged in pre-employment activities. Pre-employment activities to this group follow the required cores service funded through 15% of the agencies federal VR grant. Students’ engagement in pre-employment service can be tracked and their activities achieved in the AWARE until the time they graduate secondary school, no longer participate in pre-employment service or apply for and are found eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation service.(Page 85)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Ongoing coordination of shared training and education programs between SBA staff and DVR staff.

Department of Commerce and local economic development groups – Offers resources for funding and business development for DVR consumers.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) – Provides mentoring and consultation to DVR consumers who are developing business plans.

Lewis and Clark Development Corporation – Process revolving loan fund applications for DVR consumers pursuing self–employment.

Developmental Disabilities Council – Periodically provides monies for the revolving loan fund. They also provided an overview of transition data in ND as it relates to ND DVR and employment outcomes. (Page 183)

Career Pathways

Career Pathways WIOA provides an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for North Dakota workers and job seekers through an integrated, job-driven, public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses. It supports the development of strong, vibrant regional economies where businesses thrive and people want to live and work. The workforce system includes three focus areas: the needs of business and workers drive workforce solutions; American Job Centers provide customer service to jobseekers and employers and the workforce system supports strong economies and plays an active role in community and workforce development. (Page 54)

To ensure the WIOA requirements are implemented with fidelity and to the ‘spirit’ of the law, the state core partner agencies will work together to develop a professional development calendar. This calendar will cover such topics as labor market information (LMI), career pathways, motivational interviewing, agency roles and partnerships, and the new data interface system. Trainings will be regional or quadrant and will include all core program staff to ensure networking, common training understanding and implementation of exemplary practices. This training concept maximizes staff time, funding and participant outcomes. (Page 65)

The CRH and AHEC, in partnership with the ND Department of Commerce, and other stakeholders across the state, support students training for a health related careers. Career pathway efforts include Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning Health Scrubs Academy and Scrubs Camps and Health Occupations Students of America Future Health Professionals fostering excitement about  healthcare careers. (Page 66)

The Workforce Leadership Team will establish a committee to specifically address career pathways and strategies to improve access to post-secondary credentials. The committee will consist of staff from Career and Technical Education, Higher Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Commerce, Adult Education and Job Service North Dakota. The committee will set goals and metrics which will be tracked through the State Longitudinal Data System and the State Office of Apprenticeship. (Page 78)

The Workforce Leadership Team will establish a committee to specifically address career pathways and strategies to improve access to post-secondary credentials. The committee will consist of staff from Career and Technical Education, Higher Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Commerce, Adult Education and Job Service ND. The committee will set goals and metrics which will be tracked through the State Longitudinal Data System and the State Office of Apprenticeship. This team will strengthen the partnership between the State Director and other WIOA partners.

Registered Apprenticeship will be incorporated into Job Service ND applicant services and business services within the WIOA core programs. Communication between the Registered Apprenticeship State Director and Job Service ND Workforce Development Director is scheduled on a regular basis. (Page 119)

All youth services will be accessible through the Job Service AJCs and services will be designed based on labor market information. All youth, including youth with disabilities, entering the service delivery process will receive an objective assessment. Assessment will follow the guidelines in WIOA, section 129, including a review of academic and occupational skills, interests and supportive service needs. Assessments will provide the needed information and data to complete employment plans that link employment, educational and career pathway goals with the service strategies necessary to reach the goals. (Page 126)

4. Comprehensive guidance and counseling: Through the comprehensive assessment process, a Youth Coordinator may identify that guidance and counseling services would be of benefit to a youth as the individual proceeds through the program. If so, referral to various providers would occur. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling services may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Referrals to drug and alcohol counseling;
  2. Referrals to mental health counseling;
  3. Career counseling including information on career pathways and review of the RUReady.nd resource;
  4. Educational counseling; and
  5. Case management performed by a professional Social Worker or Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. Each of these services must be provided by an appropriately trained staff member, educational instructor, licensed counselor or social worker. (Page 127)

Under the WIOA (Section 203), adult education and literacy activities are defined as, “programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy, workplace adult education, and literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities, integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.” A wide variety of program strategies will continue or begin to be implemented to be responsive to the needs of adult learners, with a strong foundational emphasis on quality, intensity and duration of services which will result in real learning and related life changes, over placing emphasis on serving large numbers of students. These areas include the following: Reading, writing and numeracy for grades 0 – 12.9 English language – NRS levels 0 – 6 Civics education – includes individual education plan, career research, and employability skills Instruction to assist students in acquiring high school equivalency credentials and transition into post–secondary (career pathway focus) Integrated ABE and ELL with occupational instruction (Career Pathway Bridges) Digital literacy – computer literacy to meet workplace competency demands and transition to post–secondary education and training Financial literacy – courses and individualized work helping students understand issues including budgeting, debt, impact of student loans, unfair lending practices, etc. Workforce readiness training – individualized advising as part of individual education plan to include career research, employability skills, etc. (Page 156)

The NDDPI currently allocates federal and state funds to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) to provide adult education and literacy services at five state correctional facilities: State Penitentiary, Missouri River Correctional Center, James Valley Correctional Center, Dakota Women’s Rehabilitation and Correctional Center and the Youth Correctional Center. Current DOCR educational staff teach a comprehensive program which includes special education services, secondary high school diploma or GED, integrated education and training, career pathways, peer tutoring and re–entry transition. (Page 161)

The NDDPI currently allocates federal and state funds to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) to provide adult education and literacy services at five state correctional facilities: State Penitentiary, Missouri River Correctional Center, James Valley Correctional Center, Dakota Women’s Rehabilitation and Correctional Center and the Youth Correctional Center. This agency is the sole provider of corrections education statewide. DOCR educational staff teach a comprehensive program which includes special education services, secondary high school diploma or GED, EL services, integrated education and training, career pathways, peer tutoring and re-entry transition. Allocated funds for multi-year grants will be used to support education programs for these areas. (Page 162)

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 245-246)

Policies and Initiatives

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Request for Amendment to a 1915(C) HCS Waiver - 07/12/2017

~~“Individual with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (IID/DD) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) WaiverThe Traditional IID/DD waiver serves people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and includes an array of home and community-based services in the least restrictive environment.The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division is seeking public comment on amending the Traditional IID/DD HCBS waiver. The proposed amendment will remove the service of extended services and replace it with prevocational, small group employment and individual employment. Other changes include a new rate methodology for some of the services as outlined by legislation and updates to the service plan section due to the new services being added. A detailed description of the changes can be found on page 1 of the draft application, which is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/disabilities/docs/7-12-17-draft-nd-1915c-hcbs-waiver-amendment-id-dd-services.pdf, or can be obtained by contacting the division.” 

 

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

North Dakota VR Guidelines for Services to Individuals with an Impairment of Substance Abuse/Dependency Impairment - 12/22/2016

“The purpose of the Desk Reference is to provide VR counselors with a convenient resource on substance use disorder issues in vocational rehabilitation. The Desk Reference provides links to additional information, allowing access to varying levels of complexity and detail on typical issues facing VR counselors and consumers.

The Desk Reference may help rehabilitation professionals (especially those holding the CRC certification), meet their responsibility to: (1) increase their own awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities; (2) further develop knowledge and skills; and (3) increase awareness of scientific bases for intervention. Meeting these responsibilities promotes a course of action that best serves persons with substance use disorders who are also consumers of VR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Mental Health

US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 06/01/2016

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

 

The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

North Dakota HCBS Transition Plan - 02/19/2016

States are required to ensure all HCBS settings comply with the new federal requirements to ensure that all individuals receiving HCBS are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including opportunities to engage in community life, work in integrated environments, and control their own personal resources. The ND Department of Human Services (Department) has created a draft Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

North Dakota ABLE Legislation (HB 1373) - 04/01/2015

An act to create and enact section 6-09-38.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to creation of the North Dakota achieving a better life experience plan; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

ND Protection & Advocacy Project - Employment and People with Disabilities Training - 10/24/2014

Are you an employee or potential employee with a disability? Come and learn what the law says about workplace accommodations that may benefit you in keeping or obtaining employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project - 10/01/2013

“The Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project will assist individuals with developmental disabilities live more independently within a community of their choice. The project will complete the following five objectives: (1) develop, print and disseminate 500 booklets on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (2) develop, print and disseminate 500 copies of a one page frequently asked question resource guide; (3) develop and present a training module for an array of audiences on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (4) collaborate with local and statewide agencies and providers to deliver educational opportunities; and (5) collaborate with agencies to promote the expansion of low income housing options. The project will partner with individuals with disabilities, Money Follows the Person Housing Team, other housing stakeholders and human service providers to accomplish this project. Through the implementation of the project people will have increased knowledge of and guided access to the services and supports they need in order to live inclusively, independently, and with needed Home and Community Based Services in a community of their choice."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 09/11/2013

"Rehabilitation Consulting & Services (RCS) is North Dakota's Vocational Rehabilitation division. Our primary mission is to assist North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues. Through this "dual client" approach, we assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. We also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability-related areas."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

North Dakota Senate Bill No. 2271 - 04/01/2013

Legislation signed into law in April 2013, establishing a Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, for furthering the goal of employment as the first option for people with disabilities.

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

Employment First Summit Report - 10/07/2011

Meeting summary of current and proposed practices needed to implement Employment First, including more widespread use of Customized Employment principles and practices.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation
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North Dakota ABLE Legislation (HB 1373) - 04/01/2015

An act to create and enact section 6-09-38.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to creation of the North Dakota achieving a better life experience plan; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

North Dakota Senate Bill No. 2271 - 04/01/2013

Legislation signed into law in April 2013, establishing a Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, for furthering the goal of employment as the first option for people with disabilities.

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 06/01/2016

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

 

The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 09/11/2013

"Rehabilitation Consulting & Services (RCS) is North Dakota's Vocational Rehabilitation division. Our primary mission is to assist North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues. Through this "dual client" approach, we assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. We also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability-related areas."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Employment First Summit Report - 10/07/2011

Meeting summary of current and proposed practices needed to implement Employment First, including more widespread use of Customized Employment principles and practices.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

North Dakota Transition to Independence Policy Manual - 07/25/2011

Objective 642-01-01:  To help transition aged individuals who are at risk obtain education/employment Services 642-01-50: Vocational rehabilitation services for transitioning students from high school to employment or post-secondary education Outcomes 642-01-10: Individuals will have employment and/or educational goals.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Results of Statewide Assessment of the Rehabilitation Needs of Individuals with Disabilities

In November/December of 2011, DVR completed a series of assessment activities to determine the employment service needs of individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Grants for Disability Mentoring Day

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a nationwide effort to promote career development for students with disabilities through hands-on career exploration. Students with disabilities (mentees) are matched with workplace mentors according to expressed career interests. Mentees experience a typical day on the job and learn how to prepare to enter the world of work. Employers gain an increased awareness that people with disabilities represent an overlooked talent pool. Disability Mentoring Day is a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project

As encouraged by federal funding sources, and following input activities by people with disabilities, family members and the public, each year P&A chooses some of the most important issues affecting people with disabilities and makes them priorities. Nearly all P&A services (including information & referral, client assistance & representation, education & training, and systems advocacy) are then focused on these priority issues.   P&A's current priorities, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, include the following:   • Employment: Advocating for persons with disabilities to have access to meaningful employment at a fair wage. Areas of focus include:        o employment discrimination based on disability and reasonable accommodation in the workplace.        o advocacy for services and supports needed in order for people with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.        o provision of information and/or training regarding advocacy, vocational and support services and employment rights (including those under the Rehabilitation Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act), and the Client Assistance Program.        o advocating for the rights of people with disabilities who are seeking or receiving treatment, services, or rehabilitation under the Rehabilitation Act.        o systems advocacy that seeks an increase in vocational services and employment options for people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
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ND Workforce Development Council - 12/31/1999

North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized December 31, 1999 under Executive Order 95-01. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce investment board in accordance with Section 111(e) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). The role of the North Dakota Workforce Development Council is to advise the Governor and the public concerning the nature and extent of workforce development in the context of North Dakota's economic development needs, and how to meet these needs effectively while maximizing the efficient use of available resources and avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort. Members include representatives from North Dakota Department of Commerce; North Dakota Department of Human Services; Bismarck State College; Job Service North Dakota; North Dakota Department of Public Instruction;   North Dakota Department of Career & Technical Education ;  North Dakota University System;  North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission;  Veterans Affairs of North Dakota.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Transition Consortium (Launch My Life North Dakota)

“The North Dakota Transition Consortium is a partnership of programs and agencies. The goal is to promote, improve, and educate about services that help young adults with disabilities move from high school into college, training, or a job.”

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

ND Transition Services MOU

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Transition Services was revised and renewed July 1, 2011, and is in effect through June 30, 2015, or until such time as IDEA is reauthorized. Parties to the agreement are the Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, Job Service North Dakota, the Department of Career and Technical Education, and the Department of Health’s Children’s Special Health Services Unit, Developmental Disabilities Division, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The MOU addresses many areas including: consultation and technical assistance, transition planning, and roles and responsibilities including financial responsibilities of the agencies and outreach.    DVR and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) are involved with a Community of Practice (CoP) for Transition. The mission of the group is to work towards building, supporting, and sustaining community partnerships and systems that promote and improve the scope, opportunity and quality of transition for youth with disabilities to adequately prepare for life and career beyond high school  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects

North Dakota's Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects and North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) collaborate in the provision of services to eligible American Indian participants. The Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects and DVR seek to bridge cultural traditions and values to expand opportunities of employment and self-support. The Tribal 121 Projects offer a greater understanding of the local, cultural, and familial needs on the Indian Nation while DVR offers a broad understanding of the business and college environment off the native lands.

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

ND Community of Practice

"Communities of Practice (COP) involve people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a similar passion (in this case - improving transition outcomes for young adults with disabilities), and who interact on a regular basis to learn from each other and problem solve. The mission of the ND Community of Practice for Transition is to work towards building, supporting, and sustaining community partnerships.”

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

ND State Independent Living Council

“The North Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) guides the development of the Independent Living system in North Dakota, through the active involvement of people with disabilities.”

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

ND State Rehabilitation Council

“The purpose of the North Dakota State Rehabilitation Council is to advise the Director of North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) on issues concerning policy and program, delivery of services, and methods for reaching potential consumers.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project - 10/01/2013

“The Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project will assist individuals with developmental disabilities live more independently within a community of their choice. The project will complete the following five objectives: (1) develop, print and disseminate 500 booklets on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (2) develop, print and disseminate 500 copies of a one page frequently asked question resource guide; (3) develop and present a training module for an array of audiences on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (4) collaborate with local and statewide agencies and providers to deliver educational opportunities; and (5) collaborate with agencies to promote the expansion of low income housing options. The project will partner with individuals with disabilities, Money Follows the Person Housing Team, other housing stakeholders and human service providers to accomplish this project. Through the implementation of the project people will have increased knowledge of and guided access to the services and supports they need in order to live inclusively, independently, and with needed Home and Community Based Services in a community of their choice."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ASPIRE PROMISE Grant

The same interventions will be delivered to all youth in the six states [including North Dakota].  Delivery of the ASPIRE Services may vary by state depending on each state’s infrastructure and framework.   Interventions for youth and families assigned to ASPIRE Services include:

Training and information for parents and families, including advocacy, community resources, educational and employment opportunities, and more. A complete individualized explanation of the public benefits the youth and family are receiving and how working and increased earnings will impact those benefits. A paid employment opportunity for the youth while he or she is still in high school. Self-determination training for the youth and families. Financial education and capability training to assist families in understanding their values and available resources to move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Case management services provided to the youth and family to assist them in navigating the complicated systems of public benefits and assistance in accessing services, supports and information to support greater self-sufficiency.
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) 2012

In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

North Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

ND Money Follows the Person

“As part of its ongoing efforts to support community-based services and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, the North Dakota Department of Human Services applied for and received a federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant.  [The grant]  help[s] move eligible individuals from institutions to community settings. The grant is administered by the department’s Medical Services Division”. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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North Dakota VR Guidelines for Services to Individuals with an Impairment of Substance Abuse/Dependency Impairment - 12/22/2016

“The purpose of the Desk Reference is to provide VR counselors with a convenient resource on substance use disorder issues in vocational rehabilitation. The Desk Reference provides links to additional information, allowing access to varying levels of complexity and detail on typical issues facing VR counselors and consumers.

The Desk Reference may help rehabilitation professionals (especially those holding the CRC certification), meet their responsibility to: (1) increase their own awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities; (2) further develop knowledge and skills; and (3) increase awareness of scientific bases for intervention. Meeting these responsibilities promotes a course of action that best serves persons with substance use disorders who are also consumers of VR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Mental Health

ND Protection & Advocacy Project - Employment and People with Disabilities Training - 10/24/2014

Are you an employee or potential employee with a disability? Come and learn what the law says about workplace accommodations that may benefit you in keeping or obtaining employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Secondary Transition Requirements Training

Transition planning for the movement from high school to adult living is required for all students receiving special education services, according to federal legislation, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004). IEP teams must now include transition planning in the first IEP that will be in effect when the child is 16 years of age, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. This website is designed to provide information as to the activities of the ND Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, with regards to transition, along with other resources and links.

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Request for Amendment to a 1915(C) HCS Waiver - 07/12/2017

~~“Individual with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (IID/DD) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) WaiverThe Traditional IID/DD waiver serves people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and includes an array of home and community-based services in the least restrictive environment.The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division is seeking public comment on amending the Traditional IID/DD HCBS waiver. The proposed amendment will remove the service of extended services and replace it with prevocational, small group employment and individual employment. Other changes include a new rate methodology for some of the services as outlined by legislation and updates to the service plan section due to the new services being added. A detailed description of the changes can be found on page 1 of the draft application, which is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/disabilities/docs/7-12-17-draft-nd-1915c-hcbs-waiver-amendment-id-dd-services.pdf, or can be obtained by contacting the division.” 

 

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

North Dakota HCBS Transition Plan - 02/19/2016

States are required to ensure all HCBS settings comply with the new federal requirements to ensure that all individuals receiving HCBS are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including opportunities to engage in community life, work in integrated environments, and control their own personal resources. The ND Department of Human Services (Department) has created a draft Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

“As part of its ongoing efforts to support community-based services and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, the North Dakota Department of Human Services applied for and received a federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant.”

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

ND Medicaid Waiver HCBS (0273.R04.00)

Provides adult day care, adult residential care, case management, homemaker, respite care, supported employment, adult family foster care, chore, emergency response, environmental mods, extended personal care, family personal care, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, specialized equipment and supplies, transitional living for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled and other disabilities ages 18-64

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The Peace Garden State of North Dakota is legendary for many reasons, setting a path for another lasting success story related to the career aspirations of its workers with disabilities. 

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 North Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
2.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
756,928
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.2%
Change from
2014 to 2015
38,112
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
18,582
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.42%
Change from
2014 to 2015
48.76%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
83.58%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 756,928
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 38,112
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 18,582
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 359,388
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.76%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 83.58%
Overall unemployment rate. 2.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 39,126
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 40,152
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 70,328
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,218
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,784
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,089
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 769
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,193
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 661

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,200
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 15.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,917

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 4,096
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,841
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,562
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 38.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 81
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 0
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 0
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 0

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,582
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

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. 23
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 14
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. 61.00%
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. 1.85

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
744
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 14
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 103
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 174
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 228
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 164
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 61
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 418
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 20,921
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

 

Data Not Available

 

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). 74.58%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.66%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.36%
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). 26.88%
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). 56.45%
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). 82.26%
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). 29.57%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 384,819
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 907
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 211
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 120,030
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 120,241
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 7
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 247
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 254
AbilityOne wages (products). $783
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,217,456

 

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

2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 5
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 340
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 340

 

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)

Goal 4

*   Individuals currently receiving subminimum wage employment will have access to services that result in obtaining competitive, integrated employment.

Strategy 4.1 DVR will take the lead on implementing the Governor’s Employment First Initiative.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.2 DVR will provide training and technical assistance to four community providers serving individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities to expand competitive integrated employment.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.3 DVR will identify all individuals who are currently working for sub-minimum wage.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement (Page 229)

Customized Employment

DVR applied for and has been selected to receive technical assistance and training by the national Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC.) Utilizing their technical assistance, DVR will develop and begin utilizing an LMI curriculum tailored to North Dakota’s needs. The LMI curriculum will be used to help clients set and accomplish career goals based on current business and employment needs within the state. In addition, the JD-VRTAC will provide technical assistance to further enhance our methods for building and maintaining employer relations. This will result in improved services to employers including employer driven training and meeting their needs utilizing customized employment. (Page 75)

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center. (Page 103)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is purchasing services from 21 providers, for the provision of supported employment services and extended services. Outcome based SEP rates and guidelines were implemented October 1, 2012. Two work groups were established from the semi-annual provider meeting to review and update SEP guidelines. A standardized fee for service was implemented with an annual 3% inflationary increase. During the 2016 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment Survey, providers indicated insufficient funds for the level of intervention they were providing. Based on the results, supported employment guidelines and rates will be reviewed and updated. All units that purchase extended services fall under the administrative control of the North Dakota Department of Human Services and have developed a Memorandum of Understanding. During this past year, the units were focused on securing a contract to provide extended services. The contract was granted to Rocky Mountain Rehab PC and is being managed by the Behavioral Health Division. In cooperation with the Behavioral Health Division, DVR participated in a supported employment pilot project in one of the regional offices. The project uses an evidence-based supported employment model for consumers with the dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse. The project began March 2009. Due to the positive outcomes, the project has been expanded into two additional regions. The DVR state office program administrator responsible for supported employment is involved with the project. Regional VR staff are involved with the fidelity review teams. (Page 196)

DVR is working with providers to try to expand the services that they are able to provide. A pilot project has been launched to explore expanded SEP which will provide additional intensive training for providers and will result in policy amendments. There will also be continued education and awareness activities for the business community, lawmakers, service providers, educators, family members, and the general public. DVR will also continue to work with Extended Services Funding sources to ensure individuals are able to utilize SEP and access supports once the DVR case is closed.  

Barriers: CRPs felt that funding for agency operations and services was the most significant barrier to their ability to provide employment related services followed by funding for staff and funding for extended services. Advocate respondents felt that there are insufficient community resources followed by funding for extended services and funding for agency operations and services.

Comments were made about the need for increased funding for SEP/Extended services and job coaching. (Page 210)

Goal 4

* Provide leadership that promotes competitive, integrated employment as the first choice for individuals who are of working age.

Strategy 4.1 Facilitate the Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in managing the State’s Employment First Initiative. Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.2 Partner with four community providers and WISE and to pilot the Expanded SEP program. Innovation/enhancement/improvement (Page 229)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Job Service AJC staff utilize Community Action Partnership as a referral source for support services. The services include budgeting and money management, child care, commodities, emergency assistance, energy assistance, food pantry, head start, housing, self-sufficiency, volunteer income tax assistance, and weatherization in most locations. Community Action has a financial literacy resource available online that is available for all customers. (Page 67)

  • 10. Financial literacy education: Youth in need of financial literacy education services will have access to activities designed to educate or assist youth with the following: making informed financial decisions including budgeting and accessing checking and savings accounts; learning to effectively manage spending, credit and debt; learning the significance of credit report and credit scores. Case managers have knowledge of financial literacy resources in their local area and will make an effort to identify youth who need financial literacy assistance. (Page 127)

Under the WIOA (Section 203), adult education and literacy activities are defined as, “programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy, workplace adult education, and literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities, integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.” A wide variety of program strategies will continue or begin to be implemented to be responsive to the needs of adult learners, with a strong foundational emphasis on quality, intensity and duration of services which will result in real learning and related life changes, over placing emphasis on serving large numbers of students. These areas include the following: Reading, writing and numeracy for grades 0 – 12.9 English language – NRS levels 0 – 6 Civics education – includes individual education plan, career research, and employability skills Instruction to assist students in acquiring high school equivalency credentials and transition into post–secondary (career pathway focus) Integrated ABE and ELL with occupational instruction (Career Pathway Bridges) Digital literacy – computer literacy to meet workplace competency demands and transition to post–secondary education and training Financial literacy – courses and individualized work helping students understand issues including budgeting, debt, impact of student loans, unfair lending practices, etc. Workforce readiness training – individualized advising as part of individual education plan to include career research, employability skills, etc. (Page 156)

Benefits

NDVR provides services such as counseling and guidance, assessment, vocational training, post-secondary education, transportation, personal assistance services, and job placement. Through customer informed choice and in partnership with their VR counselor, individuals with disabilities are able to create an individualized plan for employment, maximize their potential, and reach the goal of competitive integrated employment. Service identification is determined through a comprehensive assessment of the individual needs and interests based upon vocational goal selection. Comparable benefits are sought prior to the expenditure of program funds for nonexempt services.

The VR agency also provides more specialized services to individuals with significant targeted to their specific populations. For example, the NDVR provides a myriad of educational and training programs such as the Blindness Skills Training, Assistive Technology Training, and Low Vision Services to individuals that experience significant vision loss. Specialized technical assistance and training support is provided to provide Supported Employment to individuals with the most significant disabilities that result in competitive and integrated employment. DVR takes very seriously its responsibility to provide high quality services to all individuals with a disability. DVR has forged a strong relationship with agencies such as the North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Visually Impaired and Community Rehabilitation Programs that provide service to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. (Page 37)

Local Job Service AJC staff engage and collaborate with many county Job Development Authorities in their localities and staff are members on their boards. All locations in North Dakota are experiencing workforce shortages and collaborating with these local entities assist with recruitment of workforce and offer training resources. One Job Service Employer Committee remains in North Dakota and has continued due to the benefits of collaboration for this value added agriculture and manufacturing community.

Job Service AJC and VR staff partner with local economic development corporations (EDC) in a variety of ways. Many Job Service management are members on the EDC boards. Job Service AJC staff participate in EDC strategic planning meetings, workforce study planning, provide labor market information and regional employment issues such as workforce shortages and child care. Partnerships are developed to collaborate to ensure the success of new employers who open their business. This assistance includes recruiting workforce, posting job orders and resume searches. Joint meetings are held with entrepreneurs and new employers who are looking to locate or expand their markets to the area and receive information on the workforce resources and financial incentives available. Financial incentives may include WOTC, WIOA and State funded programs for incumbent worker training and state tax incentives. County and city demographics are shared as well as supply and demand information. (Page 81)

A common identifier between core programs will be built into the Common MIS project to enable reports to be created based on co-enrollments. Cohorts of co-enrolled customers will be compared to cohorts of customers who were provided service by a single core program. The result of the evaluation and research will be shared with all core programs to illustrate the extent of the benefits of co-enrollment and will be used with program staff to further promote the integration of core programs.

The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has traditionally met and exceeded prime indicators. As an, example the VR program standard for the percent of employment outcomes for a North Dakota Combined is 55.8%. North Dakota VR’s percent of employment outcomes for FY 15 is 72%. (Page 92)

Job Service shall ensure accessibility to individuals with disabilities in employment and employment–related training; including reasonable accommodation, program, and physical accessibility. Job Service AJCs have self–service job getting rooms with individual workstations for clients with disabilities. These workstations consist of height–adjustable work surface areas that are operated either electrically or hydraulically. Modern adaptive technology is available in Job Service AJCs to eliminate barriers often experienced by hearing impaired, physically impaired, and/or visually impaired customers. In 2015, funding was provided by VR to purchase additional adapt technology for resource rooms in the Job Service AJCs. A phone amplifier, ear–covering, noise–cancelling headphones, Magic with Speech software and 24” monitors were purchased after consulting with the ND Interagency for Assistive Technology, VR and the ND School for the Blind. Training on the equipment purchased is coordinated with VR. Qualified individuals with disabilities shall: receive aid, benefits, services, or training equal to or as effective as that provided to others; not receive benefits separately unless it is needed to provide training, benefits, or services that are as effective as that provided to others; have opportunity to be on planning advisory boards for WIOA; enjoy any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity enjoyed by others; and receive services in the most integrated setting. (Page 103-104)

North Dakota intends to use the small amount of Governor’s set aside funds to primarily meet the WIOA required activities. Any additional resources remaining would be used to conduct an evaluation of the benefits of co-enrollment and implement innovative activities in support of the Governor’s workforce initiatives which may include increasing apprenticeships and sector strategies for emerging industries such as unmanned aerial systems.

The Dislocated Worker Office (DWO) of Job Service has been designated by the Governor as the entity responsible for providing Rapid Response services through the Job Service AJC Managers’ direct supervision and provision of these services. WIA funding is utilized for Rapid Response services. (Page 113)

  • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides counseling and training services leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. It is the responsibility of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for eligible students within 90 days of eligibility determination, and begin activities leading to employment. Appropriate services include counseling and guidance, career planning, assessment to determine rehabilitation needs, identification of employment outcomes, information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning to adult life, labor market information, benefits planning, when and how to disclose a disability, when and how to request job accommodations, guidance on the proper AT to transition from school to work , and provision of vocational services as appropriate to the individual needs of the consumer. VR is a part of the IEP teams partnering to provide career planning and technical assistance on employment as well as information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning from high school to adult life.
  • The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division administers the statewide community-based delivery system for people of all ages who have intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities. It is the responsibility of the Division to provide support and training to individuals with disabilities and their families in order to maximize community inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency; to prevent institutionalization; and to enable individuals who are institutionalized to return to the community. Potential services can include day habilitation, employment supports, residential living supports, and family supports. (Page 188)

PROMISE is targeted for transition youth, who are ages 14 – 16 at the time of enrollment and are beneficiaries of SSI. Due to the number of youth required to receive the grant, ND has joined a multi–state consortium including: South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. The ND agency partners include: the Governor’s Office, Behavioral Health Division, Developmental Disabilities Division, Medicaid, Parent Training Programs, DPI, Job Service, the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities, Benefits Planners and DVR.

PROMISE is intended to improve the education and employment outcomes of child SSI recipients and their families, and eventually lead to increased economic self–sufficiency and a reduction in their dependence on SSI payments. For the program participants who are assigned to the Model Demonstration Project (MDP), or treatment group, an array of services and supports would be available to the students and their families. This would include case management, benefits counseling, career and work–based learning experiences, and parent training and information, as well as other services which may help the student’s education and employment outcomes. (Page 226)

School to Work Transition

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides counseling and training services leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. It is the responsibility of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for eligible students within 90 days of eligibility determination, and begin activities leading to employment. Appropriate services include counseling and guidance, career planning, assessment to determine rehabilitation needs, identification of employment outcomes, information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning to adult life, labor market information, benefits planning, when and how to disclose a disability, when and how to request job accommodations, guidance on the proper AT to transition from school to work , and provision of vocational services as appropriate to the individual needs of the consumer. VR is a part of the IEP teams partnering to provide career planning and technical assistance on employment as well as information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning from high school to adult life. (Page 188)

Targeting supported employment as an outcome for students with the most severe disabilities transitioning from school–to–work through regional transition services.

Coordination of the departments, agencies, divisions, organizations and programs whose activities have a direct impact on Supported Employment Services.

Identification of training and technical assistance needs based on provider outcome data. (Page 236)

Data Collection

Technical assistance will continue to be a strong component of leadership activities and funds as the State Office continues to support local programs with research/evidence based programs, activities and curriculums to meet the individual needs of students. Technical assistance will focus on data and the student data management system (LACES), assessment and instruction; additionally, the aforementioned areas of career readiness, integrated employment and training and career pathways, and core partner services will be key for local programs. The 2016-2017 PD calendar has been designed with these focused topics in mind. (Page 167)

Geographic Solutions is the vendor for North Dakota’s labor market information. Jobsnd.com includes the link to North Dakota’s Workforce Intelligence Network (NDWIN). NDWIN is a next generation internet application bringing together diverse stakeholders through an expanded data collection and data mining effort. NDWIN generates, compiles, disseminates and publishes the state’s leading economic data and labor market information—from wages to projections to the latest employment figures—resulting in better-informed economic decisions. NDWIN has the most extensive network of economic data resources in the state, maintained by experienced research analysts meeting high statistical standards. (Page 84)

Job Service receives a data file generated from Geographic Solutions from all program information. Job Service sends this file to WRIS and uses the file to match against North Dakota wage records. The results from WRIS and the state’s wages are combined and sent back to Geographic Solutions. The wage results are incorporated into the data file and returned to Job Service. This file is used to generate the WIOA, Wagner-Peyser, VETS and Trade Act federal reports through the E-DRVS.

Vocational Rehabilitation AWARE can be customized to include data elements unique to NDVR’s business plan and to produce specialized reports. The agency uses AWARE to track service delivery, case service funds, usage and outcomes. The agency further uses AWARE to track service provided through contracts with local school districts and providers to students age 14-21 engaged in pre-employment activities. Pre-employment activities to this group follow the required cores service funded through 15% of the agencies federal VR grant. Students’ engagement in pre-employment service can be tracked and their activities achieved in the AWARE until the time they graduate secondary school, no longer participate in pre-employment service or apply for and are found eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation service.(Page 85)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Ongoing coordination of shared training and education programs between SBA staff and DVR staff.

Department of Commerce and local economic development groups – Offers resources for funding and business development for DVR consumers.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) – Provides mentoring and consultation to DVR consumers who are developing business plans.

Lewis and Clark Development Corporation – Process revolving loan fund applications for DVR consumers pursuing self–employment.

Developmental Disabilities Council – Periodically provides monies for the revolving loan fund. They also provided an overview of transition data in ND as it relates to ND DVR and employment outcomes. (Page 183)

Career Pathways

Career Pathways WIOA provides an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for North Dakota workers and job seekers through an integrated, job-driven, public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses. It supports the development of strong, vibrant regional economies where businesses thrive and people want to live and work. The workforce system includes three focus areas: the needs of business and workers drive workforce solutions; American Job Centers provide customer service to jobseekers and employers and the workforce system supports strong economies and plays an active role in community and workforce development. (Page 54)

To ensure the WIOA requirements are implemented with fidelity and to the ‘spirit’ of the law, the state core partner agencies will work together to develop a professional development calendar. This calendar will cover such topics as labor market information (LMI), career pathways, motivational interviewing, agency roles and partnerships, and the new data interface system. Trainings will be regional or quadrant and will include all core program staff to ensure networking, common training understanding and implementation of exemplary practices. This training concept maximizes staff time, funding and participant outcomes. (Page 65)

The CRH and AHEC, in partnership with the ND Department of Commerce, and other stakeholders across the state, support students training for a health related careers. Career pathway efforts include Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning Health Scrubs Academy and Scrubs Camps and Health Occupations Students of America Future Health Professionals fostering excitement about  healthcare careers. (Page 66)

The Workforce Leadership Team will establish a committee to specifically address career pathways and strategies to improve access to post-secondary credentials. The committee will consist of staff from Career and Technical Education, Higher Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Commerce, Adult Education and Job Service North Dakota. The committee will set goals and metrics which will be tracked through the State Longitudinal Data System and the State Office of Apprenticeship. (Page 78)

The Workforce Leadership Team will establish a committee to specifically address career pathways and strategies to improve access to post-secondary credentials. The committee will consist of staff from Career and Technical Education, Higher Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Commerce, Adult Education and Job Service ND. The committee will set goals and metrics which will be tracked through the State Longitudinal Data System and the State Office of Apprenticeship. This team will strengthen the partnership between the State Director and other WIOA partners.

Registered Apprenticeship will be incorporated into Job Service ND applicant services and business services within the WIOA core programs. Communication between the Registered Apprenticeship State Director and Job Service ND Workforce Development Director is scheduled on a regular basis. (Page 119)

All youth services will be accessible through the Job Service AJCs and services will be designed based on labor market information. All youth, including youth with disabilities, entering the service delivery process will receive an objective assessment. Assessment will follow the guidelines in WIOA, section 129, including a review of academic and occupational skills, interests and supportive service needs. Assessments will provide the needed information and data to complete employment plans that link employment, educational and career pathway goals with the service strategies necessary to reach the goals. (Page 126)

4. Comprehensive guidance and counseling: Through the comprehensive assessment process, a Youth Coordinator may identify that guidance and counseling services would be of benefit to a youth as the individual proceeds through the program. If so, referral to various providers would occur. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling services may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Referrals to drug and alcohol counseling;
  2. Referrals to mental health counseling;
  3. Career counseling including information on career pathways and review of the RUReady.nd resource;
  4. Educational counseling; and
  5. Case management performed by a professional Social Worker or Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. Each of these services must be provided by an appropriately trained staff member, educational instructor, licensed counselor or social worker. (Page 127)

Under the WIOA (Section 203), adult education and literacy activities are defined as, “programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy, workplace adult education, and literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities, integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.” A wide variety of program strategies will continue or begin to be implemented to be responsive to the needs of adult learners, with a strong foundational emphasis on quality, intensity and duration of services which will result in real learning and related life changes, over placing emphasis on serving large numbers of students. These areas include the following: Reading, writing and numeracy for grades 0 – 12.9 English language – NRS levels 0 – 6 Civics education – includes individual education plan, career research, and employability skills Instruction to assist students in acquiring high school equivalency credentials and transition into post–secondary (career pathway focus) Integrated ABE and ELL with occupational instruction (Career Pathway Bridges) Digital literacy – computer literacy to meet workplace competency demands and transition to post–secondary education and training Financial literacy – courses and individualized work helping students understand issues including budgeting, debt, impact of student loans, unfair lending practices, etc. Workforce readiness training – individualized advising as part of individual education plan to include career research, employability skills, etc. (Page 156)

The NDDPI currently allocates federal and state funds to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) to provide adult education and literacy services at five state correctional facilities: State Penitentiary, Missouri River Correctional Center, James Valley Correctional Center, Dakota Women’s Rehabilitation and Correctional Center and the Youth Correctional Center. Current DOCR educational staff teach a comprehensive program which includes special education services, secondary high school diploma or GED, integrated education and training, career pathways, peer tutoring and re–entry transition. (Page 161)

The NDDPI currently allocates federal and state funds to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) to provide adult education and literacy services at five state correctional facilities: State Penitentiary, Missouri River Correctional Center, James Valley Correctional Center, Dakota Women’s Rehabilitation and Correctional Center and the Youth Correctional Center. This agency is the sole provider of corrections education statewide. DOCR educational staff teach a comprehensive program which includes special education services, secondary high school diploma or GED, EL services, integrated education and training, career pathways, peer tutoring and re-entry transition. Allocated funds for multi-year grants will be used to support education programs for these areas. (Page 162)

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 245-246)

Policies and Initiatives

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Request for Amendment to a 1915(C) HCS Waiver - 07/12/2017

~~“Individual with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (IID/DD) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) WaiverThe Traditional IID/DD waiver serves people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and includes an array of home and community-based services in the least restrictive environment.The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division is seeking public comment on amending the Traditional IID/DD HCBS waiver. The proposed amendment will remove the service of extended services and replace it with prevocational, small group employment and individual employment. Other changes include a new rate methodology for some of the services as outlined by legislation and updates to the service plan section due to the new services being added. A detailed description of the changes can be found on page 1 of the draft application, which is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/disabilities/docs/7-12-17-draft-nd-1915c-hcbs-waiver-amendment-id-dd-services.pdf, or can be obtained by contacting the division.” 

 

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

North Dakota VR Guidelines for Services to Individuals with an Impairment of Substance Abuse/Dependency Impairment - 12/22/2016

“The purpose of the Desk Reference is to provide VR counselors with a convenient resource on substance use disorder issues in vocational rehabilitation. The Desk Reference provides links to additional information, allowing access to varying levels of complexity and detail on typical issues facing VR counselors and consumers.

The Desk Reference may help rehabilitation professionals (especially those holding the CRC certification), meet their responsibility to: (1) increase their own awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities; (2) further develop knowledge and skills; and (3) increase awareness of scientific bases for intervention. Meeting these responsibilities promotes a course of action that best serves persons with substance use disorders who are also consumers of VR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Mental Health

US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 06/01/2016

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

 

The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

North Dakota HCBS Transition Plan - 02/19/2016

States are required to ensure all HCBS settings comply with the new federal requirements to ensure that all individuals receiving HCBS are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including opportunities to engage in community life, work in integrated environments, and control their own personal resources. The ND Department of Human Services (Department) has created a draft Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

North Dakota ABLE Legislation (HB 1373) - 04/01/2015

An act to create and enact section 6-09-38.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to creation of the North Dakota achieving a better life experience plan; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

ND Protection & Advocacy Project - Employment and People with Disabilities Training - 10/24/2014

Are you an employee or potential employee with a disability? Come and learn what the law says about workplace accommodations that may benefit you in keeping or obtaining employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project - 10/01/2013

“The Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project will assist individuals with developmental disabilities live more independently within a community of their choice. The project will complete the following five objectives: (1) develop, print and disseminate 500 booklets on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (2) develop, print and disseminate 500 copies of a one page frequently asked question resource guide; (3) develop and present a training module for an array of audiences on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (4) collaborate with local and statewide agencies and providers to deliver educational opportunities; and (5) collaborate with agencies to promote the expansion of low income housing options. The project will partner with individuals with disabilities, Money Follows the Person Housing Team, other housing stakeholders and human service providers to accomplish this project. Through the implementation of the project people will have increased knowledge of and guided access to the services and supports they need in order to live inclusively, independently, and with needed Home and Community Based Services in a community of their choice."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 09/11/2013

"Rehabilitation Consulting & Services (RCS) is North Dakota's Vocational Rehabilitation division. Our primary mission is to assist North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues. Through this "dual client" approach, we assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. We also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability-related areas."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

North Dakota Senate Bill No. 2271 - 04/01/2013

Legislation signed into law in April 2013, establishing a Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, for furthering the goal of employment as the first option for people with disabilities.

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

Employment First Summit Report - 10/07/2011

Meeting summary of current and proposed practices needed to implement Employment First, including more widespread use of Customized Employment principles and practices.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation
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North Dakota ABLE Legislation (HB 1373) - 04/01/2015

An act to create and enact section 6-09-38.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to creation of the North Dakota achieving a better life experience plan; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

North Dakota Senate Bill No. 2271 - 04/01/2013

Legislation signed into law in April 2013, establishing a Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, for furthering the goal of employment as the first option for people with disabilities.

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 06/01/2016

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

 

The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 09/11/2013

"Rehabilitation Consulting & Services (RCS) is North Dakota's Vocational Rehabilitation division. Our primary mission is to assist North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues. Through this "dual client" approach, we assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. We also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability-related areas."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Employment First Summit Report - 10/07/2011

Meeting summary of current and proposed practices needed to implement Employment First, including more widespread use of Customized Employment principles and practices.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

North Dakota Transition to Independence Policy Manual - 07/25/2011

Objective 642-01-01:  To help transition aged individuals who are at risk obtain education/employment Services 642-01-50: Vocational rehabilitation services for transitioning students from high school to employment or post-secondary education Outcomes 642-01-10: Individuals will have employment and/or educational goals.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Results of Statewide Assessment of the Rehabilitation Needs of Individuals with Disabilities

In November/December of 2011, DVR completed a series of assessment activities to determine the employment service needs of individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Grants for Disability Mentoring Day

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a nationwide effort to promote career development for students with disabilities through hands-on career exploration. Students with disabilities (mentees) are matched with workplace mentors according to expressed career interests. Mentees experience a typical day on the job and learn how to prepare to enter the world of work. Employers gain an increased awareness that people with disabilities represent an overlooked talent pool. Disability Mentoring Day is a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project

As encouraged by federal funding sources, and following input activities by people with disabilities, family members and the public, each year P&A chooses some of the most important issues affecting people with disabilities and makes them priorities. Nearly all P&A services (including information & referral, client assistance & representation, education & training, and systems advocacy) are then focused on these priority issues.   P&A's current priorities, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, include the following:   • Employment: Advocating for persons with disabilities to have access to meaningful employment at a fair wage. Areas of focus include:        o employment discrimination based on disability and reasonable accommodation in the workplace.        o advocacy for services and supports needed in order for people with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.        o provision of information and/or training regarding advocacy, vocational and support services and employment rights (including those under the Rehabilitation Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act), and the Client Assistance Program.        o advocating for the rights of people with disabilities who are seeking or receiving treatment, services, or rehabilitation under the Rehabilitation Act.        o systems advocacy that seeks an increase in vocational services and employment options for people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
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ND Workforce Development Council - 12/31/1999

North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized December 31, 1999 under Executive Order 95-01. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce investment board in accordance with Section 111(e) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). The role of the North Dakota Workforce Development Council is to advise the Governor and the public concerning the nature and extent of workforce development in the context of North Dakota's economic development needs, and how to meet these needs effectively while maximizing the efficient use of available resources and avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort. Members include representatives from North Dakota Department of Commerce; North Dakota Department of Human Services; Bismarck State College; Job Service North Dakota; North Dakota Department of Public Instruction;   North Dakota Department of Career & Technical Education ;  North Dakota University System;  North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission;  Veterans Affairs of North Dakota.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Transition Consortium (Launch My Life North Dakota)

“The North Dakota Transition Consortium is a partnership of programs and agencies. The goal is to promote, improve, and educate about services that help young adults with disabilities move from high school into college, training, or a job.”

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

ND Transition Services MOU

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Transition Services was revised and renewed July 1, 2011, and is in effect through June 30, 2015, or until such time as IDEA is reauthorized. Parties to the agreement are the Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, Job Service North Dakota, the Department of Career and Technical Education, and the Department of Health’s Children’s Special Health Services Unit, Developmental Disabilities Division, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The MOU addresses many areas including: consultation and technical assistance, transition planning, and roles and responsibilities including financial responsibilities of the agencies and outreach.    DVR and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) are involved with a Community of Practice (CoP) for Transition. The mission of the group is to work towards building, supporting, and sustaining community partnerships and systems that promote and improve the scope, opportunity and quality of transition for youth with disabilities to adequately prepare for life and career beyond high school  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects

North Dakota's Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects and North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) collaborate in the provision of services to eligible American Indian participants. The Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects and DVR seek to bridge cultural traditions and values to expand opportunities of employment and self-support. The Tribal 121 Projects offer a greater understanding of the local, cultural, and familial needs on the Indian Nation while DVR offers a broad understanding of the business and college environment off the native lands.

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

ND Community of Practice

"Communities of Practice (COP) involve people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a similar passion (in this case - improving transition outcomes for young adults with disabilities), and who interact on a regular basis to learn from each other and problem solve. The mission of the ND Community of Practice for Transition is to work towards building, supporting, and sustaining community partnerships.”

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

ND State Independent Living Council

“The North Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) guides the development of the Independent Living system in North Dakota, through the active involvement of people with disabilities.”

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

ND State Rehabilitation Council

“The purpose of the North Dakota State Rehabilitation Council is to advise the Director of North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) on issues concerning policy and program, delivery of services, and methods for reaching potential consumers.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project - 10/01/2013

“The Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project will assist individuals with developmental disabilities live more independently within a community of their choice. The project will complete the following five objectives: (1) develop, print and disseminate 500 booklets on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (2) develop, print and disseminate 500 copies of a one page frequently asked question resource guide; (3) develop and present a training module for an array of audiences on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (4) collaborate with local and statewide agencies and providers to deliver educational opportunities; and (5) collaborate with agencies to promote the expansion of low income housing options. The project will partner with individuals with disabilities, Money Follows the Person Housing Team, other housing stakeholders and human service providers to accomplish this project. Through the implementation of the project people will have increased knowledge of and guided access to the services and supports they need in order to live inclusively, independently, and with needed Home and Community Based Services in a community of their choice."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ASPIRE PROMISE Grant

The same interventions will be delivered to all youth in the six states [including North Dakota].  Delivery of the ASPIRE Services may vary by state depending on each state’s infrastructure and framework.   Interventions for youth and families assigned to ASPIRE Services include:

Training and information for parents and families, including advocacy, community resources, educational and employment opportunities, and more. A complete individualized explanation of the public benefits the youth and family are receiving and how working and increased earnings will impact those benefits. A paid employment opportunity for the youth while he or she is still in high school. Self-determination training for the youth and families. Financial education and capability training to assist families in understanding their values and available resources to move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Case management services provided to the youth and family to assist them in navigating the complicated systems of public benefits and assistance in accessing services, supports and information to support greater self-sufficiency.
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) 2012

In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

North Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

ND Money Follows the Person

“As part of its ongoing efforts to support community-based services and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, the North Dakota Department of Human Services applied for and received a federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant.  [The grant]  help[s] move eligible individuals from institutions to community settings. The grant is administered by the department’s Medical Services Division”. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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North Dakota VR Guidelines for Services to Individuals with an Impairment of Substance Abuse/Dependency Impairment - 12/22/2016

“The purpose of the Desk Reference is to provide VR counselors with a convenient resource on substance use disorder issues in vocational rehabilitation. The Desk Reference provides links to additional information, allowing access to varying levels of complexity and detail on typical issues facing VR counselors and consumers.

The Desk Reference may help rehabilitation professionals (especially those holding the CRC certification), meet their responsibility to: (1) increase their own awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities; (2) further develop knowledge and skills; and (3) increase awareness of scientific bases for intervention. Meeting these responsibilities promotes a course of action that best serves persons with substance use disorders who are also consumers of VR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Mental Health

ND Protection & Advocacy Project - Employment and People with Disabilities Training - 10/24/2014

Are you an employee or potential employee with a disability? Come and learn what the law says about workplace accommodations that may benefit you in keeping or obtaining employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Secondary Transition Requirements Training

Transition planning for the movement from high school to adult living is required for all students receiving special education services, according to federal legislation, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004). IEP teams must now include transition planning in the first IEP that will be in effect when the child is 16 years of age, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. This website is designed to provide information as to the activities of the ND Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, with regards to transition, along with other resources and links.

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Request for Amendment to a 1915(C) HCS Waiver - 07/12/2017

~~“Individual with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (IID/DD) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) WaiverThe Traditional IID/DD waiver serves people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and includes an array of home and community-based services in the least restrictive environment.The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division is seeking public comment on amending the Traditional IID/DD HCBS waiver. The proposed amendment will remove the service of extended services and replace it with prevocational, small group employment and individual employment. Other changes include a new rate methodology for some of the services as outlined by legislation and updates to the service plan section due to the new services being added. A detailed description of the changes can be found on page 1 of the draft application, which is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/disabilities/docs/7-12-17-draft-nd-1915c-hcbs-waiver-amendment-id-dd-services.pdf, or can be obtained by contacting the division.” 

 

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

North Dakota HCBS Transition Plan - 02/19/2016

States are required to ensure all HCBS settings comply with the new federal requirements to ensure that all individuals receiving HCBS are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including opportunities to engage in community life, work in integrated environments, and control their own personal resources. The ND Department of Human Services (Department) has created a draft Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

“As part of its ongoing efforts to support community-based services and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, the North Dakota Department of Human Services applied for and received a federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
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Snapshot

The Peace Garden State of North Dakota is legendary for many reasons, setting a path for another lasting success story related to the career aspirations of its workers with disabilities. 

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 North Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
2.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
756,928
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.2%
Change from
2014 to 2015
38,112
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
18,582
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.42%
Change from
2014 to 2015
48.76%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
83.58%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 756,928
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 38,112
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 18,582
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 359,388
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.76%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 83.58%
Overall unemployment rate. 2.80%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 39,126
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 40,152
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 70,328
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,218
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,784
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,089
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 769
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,193
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 661

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,200
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 15.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,917

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 4,096
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,841
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,562
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 38.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 81
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 0
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 0
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 0

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,582
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

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. 23
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 14
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. 61.00%
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. 1.85

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
744
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 14
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 103
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 174
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 228
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 164
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 61
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 418
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 20,921
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

 

Data Not Available

 

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). 74.58%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.66%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.36%
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). 26.88%
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). 56.45%
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). 82.26%
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). 29.57%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 384,819
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 907
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 211
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 120,030
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 120,241
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 7
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 247
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 254
AbilityOne wages (products). $783
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,217,456

 

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

2017
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 5
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 340
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 340

 

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)

Goal 4

*   Individuals currently receiving subminimum wage employment will have access to services that result in obtaining competitive, integrated employment.

Strategy 4.1 DVR will take the lead on implementing the Governor’s Employment First Initiative.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.2 DVR will provide training and technical assistance to four community providers serving individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities to expand competitive integrated employment.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.3 DVR will identify all individuals who are currently working for sub-minimum wage.

Innovation/enhancement/improvement (Page 229)

Customized Employment

DVR applied for and has been selected to receive technical assistance and training by the national Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC.) Utilizing their technical assistance, DVR will develop and begin utilizing an LMI curriculum tailored to North Dakota’s needs. The LMI curriculum will be used to help clients set and accomplish career goals based on current business and employment needs within the state. In addition, the JD-VRTAC will provide technical assistance to further enhance our methods for building and maintaining employer relations. This will result in improved services to employers including employer driven training and meeting their needs utilizing customized employment. (Page 75)

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center. (Page 103)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is purchasing services from 21 providers, for the provision of supported employment services and extended services. Outcome based SEP rates and guidelines were implemented October 1, 2012. Two work groups were established from the semi-annual provider meeting to review and update SEP guidelines. A standardized fee for service was implemented with an annual 3% inflationary increase. During the 2016 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment Survey, providers indicated insufficient funds for the level of intervention they were providing. Based on the results, supported employment guidelines and rates will be reviewed and updated. All units that purchase extended services fall under the administrative control of the North Dakota Department of Human Services and have developed a Memorandum of Understanding. During this past year, the units were focused on securing a contract to provide extended services. The contract was granted to Rocky Mountain Rehab PC and is being managed by the Behavioral Health Division. In cooperation with the Behavioral Health Division, DVR participated in a supported employment pilot project in one of the regional offices. The project uses an evidence-based supported employment model for consumers with the dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse. The project began March 2009. Due to the positive outcomes, the project has been expanded into two additional regions. The DVR state office program administrator responsible for supported employment is involved with the project. Regional VR staff are involved with the fidelity review teams. (Page 196)

DVR is working with providers to try to expand the services that they are able to provide. A pilot project has been launched to explore expanded SEP which will provide additional intensive training for providers and will result in policy amendments. There will also be continued education and awareness activities for the business community, lawmakers, service providers, educators, family members, and the general public. DVR will also continue to work with Extended Services Funding sources to ensure individuals are able to utilize SEP and access supports once the DVR case is closed.  

Barriers: CRPs felt that funding for agency operations and services was the most significant barrier to their ability to provide employment related services followed by funding for staff and funding for extended services. Advocate respondents felt that there are insufficient community resources followed by funding for extended services and funding for agency operations and services.

Comments were made about the need for increased funding for SEP/Extended services and job coaching. (Page 210)

Goal 4

* Provide leadership that promotes competitive, integrated employment as the first choice for individuals who are of working age.

Strategy 4.1 Facilitate the Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in managing the State’s Employment First Initiative. Innovation/enhancement/improvement

Strategy 4.2 Partner with four community providers and WISE and to pilot the Expanded SEP program. Innovation/enhancement/improvement (Page 229)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Job Service AJC staff utilize Community Action Partnership as a referral source for support services. The services include budgeting and money management, child care, commodities, emergency assistance, energy assistance, food pantry, head start, housing, self-sufficiency, volunteer income tax assistance, and weatherization in most locations. Community Action has a financial literacy resource available online that is available for all customers. (Page 67)

  • 10. Financial literacy education: Youth in need of financial literacy education services will have access to activities designed to educate or assist youth with the following: making informed financial decisions including budgeting and accessing checking and savings accounts; learning to effectively manage spending, credit and debt; learning the significance of credit report and credit scores. Case managers have knowledge of financial literacy resources in their local area and will make an effort to identify youth who need financial literacy assistance. (Page 127)

Under the WIOA (Section 203), adult education and literacy activities are defined as, “programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy, workplace adult education, and literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities, integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.” A wide variety of program strategies will continue or begin to be implemented to be responsive to the needs of adult learners, with a strong foundational emphasis on quality, intensity and duration of services which will result in real learning and related life changes, over placing emphasis on serving large numbers of students. These areas include the following: Reading, writing and numeracy for grades 0 – 12.9 English language – NRS levels 0 – 6 Civics education – includes individual education plan, career research, and employability skills Instruction to assist students in acquiring high school equivalency credentials and transition into post–secondary (career pathway focus) Integrated ABE and ELL with occupational instruction (Career Pathway Bridges) Digital literacy – computer literacy to meet workplace competency demands and transition to post–secondary education and training Financial literacy – courses and individualized work helping students understand issues including budgeting, debt, impact of student loans, unfair lending practices, etc. Workforce readiness training – individualized advising as part of individual education plan to include career research, employability skills, etc. (Page 156)

Benefits

NDVR provides services such as counseling and guidance, assessment, vocational training, post-secondary education, transportation, personal assistance services, and job placement. Through customer informed choice and in partnership with their VR counselor, individuals with disabilities are able to create an individualized plan for employment, maximize their potential, and reach the goal of competitive integrated employment. Service identification is determined through a comprehensive assessment of the individual needs and interests based upon vocational goal selection. Comparable benefits are sought prior to the expenditure of program funds for nonexempt services.

The VR agency also provides more specialized services to individuals with significant targeted to their specific populations. For example, the NDVR provides a myriad of educational and training programs such as the Blindness Skills Training, Assistive Technology Training, and Low Vision Services to individuals that experience significant vision loss. Specialized technical assistance and training support is provided to provide Supported Employment to individuals with the most significant disabilities that result in competitive and integrated employment. DVR takes very seriously its responsibility to provide high quality services to all individuals with a disability. DVR has forged a strong relationship with agencies such as the North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Visually Impaired and Community Rehabilitation Programs that provide service to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. (Page 37)

Local Job Service AJC staff engage and collaborate with many county Job Development Authorities in their localities and staff are members on their boards. All locations in North Dakota are experiencing workforce shortages and collaborating with these local entities assist with recruitment of workforce and offer training resources. One Job Service Employer Committee remains in North Dakota and has continued due to the benefits of collaboration for this value added agriculture and manufacturing community.

Job Service AJC and VR staff partner with local economic development corporations (EDC) in a variety of ways. Many Job Service management are members on the EDC boards. Job Service AJC staff participate in EDC strategic planning meetings, workforce study planning, provide labor market information and regional employment issues such as workforce shortages and child care. Partnerships are developed to collaborate to ensure the success of new employers who open their business. This assistance includes recruiting workforce, posting job orders and resume searches. Joint meetings are held with entrepreneurs and new employers who are looking to locate or expand their markets to the area and receive information on the workforce resources and financial incentives available. Financial incentives may include WOTC, WIOA and State funded programs for incumbent worker training and state tax incentives. County and city demographics are shared as well as supply and demand information. (Page 81)

A common identifier between core programs will be built into the Common MIS project to enable reports to be created based on co-enrollments. Cohorts of co-enrolled customers will be compared to cohorts of customers who were provided service by a single core program. The result of the evaluation and research will be shared with all core programs to illustrate the extent of the benefits of co-enrollment and will be used with program staff to further promote the integration of core programs.

The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has traditionally met and exceeded prime indicators. As an, example the VR program standard for the percent of employment outcomes for a North Dakota Combined is 55.8%. North Dakota VR’s percent of employment outcomes for FY 15 is 72%. (Page 92)

Job Service shall ensure accessibility to individuals with disabilities in employment and employment–related training; including reasonable accommodation, program, and physical accessibility. Job Service AJCs have self–service job getting rooms with individual workstations for clients with disabilities. These workstations consist of height–adjustable work surface areas that are operated either electrically or hydraulically. Modern adaptive technology is available in Job Service AJCs to eliminate barriers often experienced by hearing impaired, physically impaired, and/or visually impaired customers. In 2015, funding was provided by VR to purchase additional adapt technology for resource rooms in the Job Service AJCs. A phone amplifier, ear–covering, noise–cancelling headphones, Magic with Speech software and 24” monitors were purchased after consulting with the ND Interagency for Assistive Technology, VR and the ND School for the Blind. Training on the equipment purchased is coordinated with VR. Qualified individuals with disabilities shall: receive aid, benefits, services, or training equal to or as effective as that provided to others; not receive benefits separately unless it is needed to provide training, benefits, or services that are as effective as that provided to others; have opportunity to be on planning advisory boards for WIOA; enjoy any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity enjoyed by others; and receive services in the most integrated setting. (Page 103-104)

North Dakota intends to use the small amount of Governor’s set aside funds to primarily meet the WIOA required activities. Any additional resources remaining would be used to conduct an evaluation of the benefits of co-enrollment and implement innovative activities in support of the Governor’s workforce initiatives which may include increasing apprenticeships and sector strategies for emerging industries such as unmanned aerial systems.

The Dislocated Worker Office (DWO) of Job Service has been designated by the Governor as the entity responsible for providing Rapid Response services through the Job Service AJC Managers’ direct supervision and provision of these services. WIA funding is utilized for Rapid Response services. (Page 113)

  • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides counseling and training services leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. It is the responsibility of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for eligible students within 90 days of eligibility determination, and begin activities leading to employment. Appropriate services include counseling and guidance, career planning, assessment to determine rehabilitation needs, identification of employment outcomes, information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning to adult life, labor market information, benefits planning, when and how to disclose a disability, when and how to request job accommodations, guidance on the proper AT to transition from school to work , and provision of vocational services as appropriate to the individual needs of the consumer. VR is a part of the IEP teams partnering to provide career planning and technical assistance on employment as well as information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning from high school to adult life.
  • The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division administers the statewide community-based delivery system for people of all ages who have intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities. It is the responsibility of the Division to provide support and training to individuals with disabilities and their families in order to maximize community inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency; to prevent institutionalization; and to enable individuals who are institutionalized to return to the community. Potential services can include day habilitation, employment supports, residential living supports, and family supports. (Page 188)

PROMISE is targeted for transition youth, who are ages 14 – 16 at the time of enrollment and are beneficiaries of SSI. Due to the number of youth required to receive the grant, ND has joined a multi–state consortium including: South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. The ND agency partners include: the Governor’s Office, Behavioral Health Division, Developmental Disabilities Division, Medicaid, Parent Training Programs, DPI, Job Service, the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities, Benefits Planners and DVR.

PROMISE is intended to improve the education and employment outcomes of child SSI recipients and their families, and eventually lead to increased economic self–sufficiency and a reduction in their dependence on SSI payments. For the program participants who are assigned to the Model Demonstration Project (MDP), or treatment group, an array of services and supports would be available to the students and their families. This would include case management, benefits counseling, career and work–based learning experiences, and parent training and information, as well as other services which may help the student’s education and employment outcomes. (Page 226)

School to Work Transition

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides counseling and training services leading to employment for individuals with disabilities. It is the responsibility of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for eligible students within 90 days of eligibility determination, and begin activities leading to employment. Appropriate services include counseling and guidance, career planning, assessment to determine rehabilitation needs, identification of employment outcomes, information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning to adult life, labor market information, benefits planning, when and how to disclose a disability, when and how to request job accommodations, guidance on the proper AT to transition from school to work , and provision of vocational services as appropriate to the individual needs of the consumer. VR is a part of the IEP teams partnering to provide career planning and technical assistance on employment as well as information and referral to agencies that provide services to students transitioning from high school to adult life. (Page 188)

Targeting supported employment as an outcome for students with the most severe disabilities transitioning from school–to–work through regional transition services.

Coordination of the departments, agencies, divisions, organizations and programs whose activities have a direct impact on Supported Employment Services.

Identification of training and technical assistance needs based on provider outcome data. (Page 236)

Data Collection

Technical assistance will continue to be a strong component of leadership activities and funds as the State Office continues to support local programs with research/evidence based programs, activities and curriculums to meet the individual needs of students. Technical assistance will focus on data and the student data management system (LACES), assessment and instruction; additionally, the aforementioned areas of career readiness, integrated employment and training and career pathways, and core partner services will be key for local programs. The 2016-2017 PD calendar has been designed with these focused topics in mind. (Page 167)

Geographic Solutions is the vendor for North Dakota’s labor market information. Jobsnd.com includes the link to North Dakota’s Workforce Intelligence Network (NDWIN). NDWIN is a next generation internet application bringing together diverse stakeholders through an expanded data collection and data mining effort. NDWIN generates, compiles, disseminates and publishes the state’s leading economic data and labor market information—from wages to projections to the latest employment figures—resulting in better-informed economic decisions. NDWIN has the most extensive network of economic data resources in the state, maintained by experienced research analysts meeting high statistical standards. (Page 84)

Job Service receives a data file generated from Geographic Solutions from all program information. Job Service sends this file to WRIS and uses the file to match against North Dakota wage records. The results from WRIS and the state’s wages are combined and sent back to Geographic Solutions. The wage results are incorporated into the data file and returned to Job Service. This file is used to generate the WIOA, Wagner-Peyser, VETS and Trade Act federal reports through the E-DRVS.

Vocational Rehabilitation AWARE can be customized to include data elements unique to NDVR’s business plan and to produce specialized reports. The agency uses AWARE to track service delivery, case service funds, usage and outcomes. The agency further uses AWARE to track service provided through contracts with local school districts and providers to students age 14-21 engaged in pre-employment activities. Pre-employment activities to this group follow the required cores service funded through 15% of the agencies federal VR grant. Students’ engagement in pre-employment service can be tracked and their activities achieved in the AWARE until the time they graduate secondary school, no longer participate in pre-employment service or apply for and are found eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation service.(Page 85)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

Small Business Administration (SBA) – Ongoing coordination of shared training and education programs between SBA staff and DVR staff.

Department of Commerce and local economic development groups – Offers resources for funding and business development for DVR consumers.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) – Provides mentoring and consultation to DVR consumers who are developing business plans.

Lewis and Clark Development Corporation – Process revolving loan fund applications for DVR consumers pursuing self–employment.

Developmental Disabilities Council – Periodically provides monies for the revolving loan fund. They also provided an overview of transition data in ND as it relates to ND DVR and employment outcomes. (Page 183)

Career Pathways

Career Pathways WIOA provides an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for North Dakota workers and job seekers through an integrated, job-driven, public workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses. It supports the development of strong, vibrant regional economies where businesses thrive and people want to live and work. The workforce system includes three focus areas: the needs of business and workers drive workforce solutions; American Job Centers provide customer service to jobseekers and employers and the workforce system supports strong economies and plays an active role in community and workforce development. (Page 54)

To ensure the WIOA requirements are implemented with fidelity and to the ‘spirit’ of the law, the state core partner agencies will work together to develop a professional development calendar. This calendar will cover such topics as labor market information (LMI), career pathways, motivational interviewing, agency roles and partnerships, and the new data interface system. Trainings will be regional or quadrant and will include all core program staff to ensure networking, common training understanding and implementation of exemplary practices. This training concept maximizes staff time, funding and participant outcomes. (Page 65)

The CRH and AHEC, in partnership with the ND Department of Commerce, and other stakeholders across the state, support students training for a health related careers. Career pathway efforts include Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning Health Scrubs Academy and Scrubs Camps and Health Occupations Students of America Future Health Professionals fostering excitement about  healthcare careers. (Page 66)

The Workforce Leadership Team will establish a committee to specifically address career pathways and strategies to improve access to post-secondary credentials. The committee will consist of staff from Career and Technical Education, Higher Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Commerce, Adult Education and Job Service North Dakota. The committee will set goals and metrics which will be tracked through the State Longitudinal Data System and the State Office of Apprenticeship. (Page 78)

The Workforce Leadership Team will establish a committee to specifically address career pathways and strategies to improve access to post-secondary credentials. The committee will consist of staff from Career and Technical Education, Higher Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Commerce, Adult Education and Job Service ND. The committee will set goals and metrics which will be tracked through the State Longitudinal Data System and the State Office of Apprenticeship. This team will strengthen the partnership between the State Director and other WIOA partners.

Registered Apprenticeship will be incorporated into Job Service ND applicant services and business services within the WIOA core programs. Communication between the Registered Apprenticeship State Director and Job Service ND Workforce Development Director is scheduled on a regular basis. (Page 119)

All youth services will be accessible through the Job Service AJCs and services will be designed based on labor market information. All youth, including youth with disabilities, entering the service delivery process will receive an objective assessment. Assessment will follow the guidelines in WIOA, section 129, including a review of academic and occupational skills, interests and supportive service needs. Assessments will provide the needed information and data to complete employment plans that link employment, educational and career pathway goals with the service strategies necessary to reach the goals. (Page 126)

4. Comprehensive guidance and counseling: Through the comprehensive assessment process, a Youth Coordinator may identify that guidance and counseling services would be of benefit to a youth as the individual proceeds through the program. If so, referral to various providers would occur. Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling services may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  1. Referrals to drug and alcohol counseling;
  2. Referrals to mental health counseling;
  3. Career counseling including information on career pathways and review of the RUReady.nd resource;
  4. Educational counseling; and
  5. Case management performed by a professional Social Worker or Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. Each of these services must be provided by an appropriately trained staff member, educational instructor, licensed counselor or social worker. (Page 127)

Under the WIOA (Section 203), adult education and literacy activities are defined as, “programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy, workplace adult education, and literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities, integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.” A wide variety of program strategies will continue or begin to be implemented to be responsive to the needs of adult learners, with a strong foundational emphasis on quality, intensity and duration of services which will result in real learning and related life changes, over placing emphasis on serving large numbers of students. These areas include the following: Reading, writing and numeracy for grades 0 – 12.9 English language – NRS levels 0 – 6 Civics education – includes individual education plan, career research, and employability skills Instruction to assist students in acquiring high school equivalency credentials and transition into post–secondary (career pathway focus) Integrated ABE and ELL with occupational instruction (Career Pathway Bridges) Digital literacy – computer literacy to meet workplace competency demands and transition to post–secondary education and training Financial literacy – courses and individualized work helping students understand issues including budgeting, debt, impact of student loans, unfair lending practices, etc. Workforce readiness training – individualized advising as part of individual education plan to include career research, employability skills, etc. (Page 156)

The NDDPI currently allocates federal and state funds to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) to provide adult education and literacy services at five state correctional facilities: State Penitentiary, Missouri River Correctional Center, James Valley Correctional Center, Dakota Women’s Rehabilitation and Correctional Center and the Youth Correctional Center. Current DOCR educational staff teach a comprehensive program which includes special education services, secondary high school diploma or GED, integrated education and training, career pathways, peer tutoring and re–entry transition. (Page 161)

The NDDPI currently allocates federal and state funds to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) to provide adult education and literacy services at five state correctional facilities: State Penitentiary, Missouri River Correctional Center, James Valley Correctional Center, Dakota Women’s Rehabilitation and Correctional Center and the Youth Correctional Center. This agency is the sole provider of corrections education statewide. DOCR educational staff teach a comprehensive program which includes special education services, secondary high school diploma or GED, EL services, integrated education and training, career pathways, peer tutoring and re-entry transition. Allocated funds for multi-year grants will be used to support education programs for these areas. (Page 162)

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 245-246)

Policies and Initiatives

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Request for Amendment to a 1915(C) HCS Waiver - 07/12/2017

~~“Individual with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (IID/DD) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) WaiverThe Traditional IID/DD waiver serves people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and includes an array of home and community-based services in the least restrictive environment.The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division is seeking public comment on amending the Traditional IID/DD HCBS waiver. The proposed amendment will remove the service of extended services and replace it with prevocational, small group employment and individual employment. Other changes include a new rate methodology for some of the services as outlined by legislation and updates to the service plan section due to the new services being added. A detailed description of the changes can be found on page 1 of the draft application, which is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/disabilities/docs/7-12-17-draft-nd-1915c-hcbs-waiver-amendment-id-dd-services.pdf, or can be obtained by contacting the division.” 

 

Systems
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Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

North Dakota VR Guidelines for Services to Individuals with an Impairment of Substance Abuse/Dependency Impairment - 12/22/2016

“The purpose of the Desk Reference is to provide VR counselors with a convenient resource on substance use disorder issues in vocational rehabilitation. The Desk Reference provides links to additional information, allowing access to varying levels of complexity and detail on typical issues facing VR counselors and consumers.

The Desk Reference may help rehabilitation professionals (especially those holding the CRC certification), meet their responsibility to: (1) increase their own awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities; (2) further develop knowledge and skills; and (3) increase awareness of scientific bases for intervention. Meeting these responsibilities promotes a course of action that best serves persons with substance use disorders who are also consumers of VR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Mental Health

US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 06/01/2016

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

 

The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

North Dakota HCBS Transition Plan - 02/19/2016

States are required to ensure all HCBS settings comply with the new federal requirements to ensure that all individuals receiving HCBS are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including opportunities to engage in community life, work in integrated environments, and control their own personal resources. The ND Department of Human Services (Department) has created a draft Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

North Dakota ABLE Legislation (HB 1373) - 04/01/2015

An act to create and enact section 6-09-38.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to creation of the North Dakota achieving a better life experience plan; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

ND Protection & Advocacy Project - Employment and People with Disabilities Training - 10/24/2014

Are you an employee or potential employee with a disability? Come and learn what the law says about workplace accommodations that may benefit you in keeping or obtaining employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project - 10/01/2013

“The Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project will assist individuals with developmental disabilities live more independently within a community of their choice. The project will complete the following five objectives: (1) develop, print and disseminate 500 booklets on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (2) develop, print and disseminate 500 copies of a one page frequently asked question resource guide; (3) develop and present a training module for an array of audiences on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (4) collaborate with local and statewide agencies and providers to deliver educational opportunities; and (5) collaborate with agencies to promote the expansion of low income housing options. The project will partner with individuals with disabilities, Money Follows the Person Housing Team, other housing stakeholders and human service providers to accomplish this project. Through the implementation of the project people will have increased knowledge of and guided access to the services and supports they need in order to live inclusively, independently, and with needed Home and Community Based Services in a community of their choice."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 09/11/2013

"Rehabilitation Consulting & Services (RCS) is North Dakota's Vocational Rehabilitation division. Our primary mission is to assist North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues. Through this "dual client" approach, we assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. We also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability-related areas."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

North Dakota Senate Bill No. 2271 - 04/01/2013

Legislation signed into law in April 2013, establishing a Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, for furthering the goal of employment as the first option for people with disabilities.

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

Employment First Summit Report - 10/07/2011

Meeting summary of current and proposed practices needed to implement Employment First, including more widespread use of Customized Employment principles and practices.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation
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North Dakota ABLE Legislation (HB 1373) - 04/01/2015

An act to create and enact section 6-09-38.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to creation of the North Dakota achieving a better life experience plan; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

North Dakota Senate Bill No. 2271 - 04/01/2013

Legislation signed into law in April 2013, establishing a Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, for furthering the goal of employment as the first option for people with disabilities.

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 06/01/2016

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a statewide survey of wages paid to workers on heavy construction projects in North Dakota to establish prevailing wage rates required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

 

The agency is seeking data from employers and interested parties on wages paid to workers on all active heavy construction projects in North Dakota from June 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federal or federally funded construction projects.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 09/11/2013

"Rehabilitation Consulting & Services (RCS) is North Dakota's Vocational Rehabilitation division. Our primary mission is to assist North Dakotans with disabilities to improve their employment opportunities and to assist North Dakota businesses in finding solutions to their disability-related issues. Through this "dual client" approach, we assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. We also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability-related areas."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Employment First Summit Report - 10/07/2011

Meeting summary of current and proposed practices needed to implement Employment First, including more widespread use of Customized Employment principles and practices.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

North Dakota Transition to Independence Policy Manual - 07/25/2011

Objective 642-01-01:  To help transition aged individuals who are at risk obtain education/employment Services 642-01-50: Vocational rehabilitation services for transitioning students from high school to employment or post-secondary education Outcomes 642-01-10: Individuals will have employment and/or educational goals.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Results of Statewide Assessment of the Rehabilitation Needs of Individuals with Disabilities

In November/December of 2011, DVR completed a series of assessment activities to determine the employment service needs of individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Grants for Disability Mentoring Day

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a nationwide effort to promote career development for students with disabilities through hands-on career exploration. Students with disabilities (mentees) are matched with workplace mentors according to expressed career interests. Mentees experience a typical day on the job and learn how to prepare to enter the world of work. Employers gain an increased awareness that people with disabilities represent an overlooked talent pool. Disability Mentoring Day is a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project

As encouraged by federal funding sources, and following input activities by people with disabilities, family members and the public, each year P&A chooses some of the most important issues affecting people with disabilities and makes them priorities. Nearly all P&A services (including information & referral, client assistance & representation, education & training, and systems advocacy) are then focused on these priority issues.   P&A's current priorities, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, include the following:   • Employment: Advocating for persons with disabilities to have access to meaningful employment at a fair wage. Areas of focus include:        o employment discrimination based on disability and reasonable accommodation in the workplace.        o advocacy for services and supports needed in order for people with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.        o provision of information and/or training regarding advocacy, vocational and support services and employment rights (including those under the Rehabilitation Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act), and the Client Assistance Program.        o advocating for the rights of people with disabilities who are seeking or receiving treatment, services, or rehabilitation under the Rehabilitation Act.        o systems advocacy that seeks an increase in vocational services and employment options for people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
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ND Workforce Development Council - 12/31/1999

North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized December 31, 1999 under Executive Order 95-01. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce investment board in accordance with Section 111(e) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). The role of the North Dakota Workforce Development Council is to advise the Governor and the public concerning the nature and extent of workforce development in the context of North Dakota's economic development needs, and how to meet these needs effectively while maximizing the efficient use of available resources and avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort. Members include representatives from North Dakota Department of Commerce; North Dakota Department of Human Services; Bismarck State College; Job Service North Dakota; North Dakota Department of Public Instruction;   North Dakota Department of Career & Technical Education ;  North Dakota University System;  North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission;  Veterans Affairs of North Dakota.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Transition Consortium (Launch My Life North Dakota)

“The North Dakota Transition Consortium is a partnership of programs and agencies. The goal is to promote, improve, and educate about services that help young adults with disabilities move from high school into college, training, or a job.”

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

ND Transition Services MOU

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Transition Services was revised and renewed July 1, 2011, and is in effect through June 30, 2015, or until such time as IDEA is reauthorized. Parties to the agreement are the Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, Job Service North Dakota, the Department of Career and Technical Education, and the Department of Health’s Children’s Special Health Services Unit, Developmental Disabilities Division, Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The MOU addresses many areas including: consultation and technical assistance, transition planning, and roles and responsibilities including financial responsibilities of the agencies and outreach.    DVR and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) are involved with a Community of Practice (CoP) for Transition. The mission of the group is to work towards building, supporting, and sustaining community partnerships and systems that promote and improve the scope, opportunity and quality of transition for youth with disabilities to adequately prepare for life and career beyond high school  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects

North Dakota's Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects and North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) collaborate in the provision of services to eligible American Indian participants. The Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects and DVR seek to bridge cultural traditions and values to expand opportunities of employment and self-support. The Tribal 121 Projects offer a greater understanding of the local, cultural, and familial needs on the Indian Nation while DVR offers a broad understanding of the business and college environment off the native lands.

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

ND Community of Practice

"Communities of Practice (COP) involve people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a similar passion (in this case - improving transition outcomes for young adults with disabilities), and who interact on a regular basis to learn from each other and problem solve. The mission of the ND Community of Practice for Transition is to work towards building, supporting, and sustaining community partnerships.”

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

ND State Independent Living Council

“The North Dakota Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) guides the development of the Independent Living system in North Dakota, through the active involvement of people with disabilities.”

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

ND State Rehabilitation Council

“The purpose of the North Dakota State Rehabilitation Council is to advise the Director of North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) on issues concerning policy and program, delivery of services, and methods for reaching potential consumers.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project - 10/01/2013

“The Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible Housing Project will assist individuals with developmental disabilities live more independently within a community of their choice. The project will complete the following five objectives: (1) develop, print and disseminate 500 booklets on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (2) develop, print and disseminate 500 copies of a one page frequently asked question resource guide; (3) develop and present a training module for an array of audiences on inclusive, affordable, accessible housing options; (4) collaborate with local and statewide agencies and providers to deliver educational opportunities; and (5) collaborate with agencies to promote the expansion of low income housing options. The project will partner with individuals with disabilities, Money Follows the Person Housing Team, other housing stakeholders and human service providers to accomplish this project. Through the implementation of the project people will have increased knowledge of and guided access to the services and supports they need in order to live inclusively, independently, and with needed Home and Community Based Services in a community of their choice."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ASPIRE PROMISE Grant

The same interventions will be delivered to all youth in the six states [including North Dakota].  Delivery of the ASPIRE Services may vary by state depending on each state’s infrastructure and framework.   Interventions for youth and families assigned to ASPIRE Services include:

Training and information for parents and families, including advocacy, community resources, educational and employment opportunities, and more. A complete individualized explanation of the public benefits the youth and family are receiving and how working and increased earnings will impact those benefits. A paid employment opportunity for the youth while he or she is still in high school. Self-determination training for the youth and families. Financial education and capability training to assist families in understanding their values and available resources to move from poverty to self-sufficiency. Case management services provided to the youth and family to assist them in navigating the complicated systems of public benefits and assistance in accessing services, supports and information to support greater self-sufficiency.
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) 2012

In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

North Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

ND Money Follows the Person

“As part of its ongoing efforts to support community-based services and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, the North Dakota Department of Human Services applied for and received a federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant.  [The grant]  help[s] move eligible individuals from institutions to community settings. The grant is administered by the department’s Medical Services Division”. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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North Dakota VR Guidelines for Services to Individuals with an Impairment of Substance Abuse/Dependency Impairment - 12/22/2016

“The purpose of the Desk Reference is to provide VR counselors with a convenient resource on substance use disorder issues in vocational rehabilitation. The Desk Reference provides links to additional information, allowing access to varying levels of complexity and detail on typical issues facing VR counselors and consumers.

The Desk Reference may help rehabilitation professionals (especially those holding the CRC certification), meet their responsibility to: (1) increase their own awareness and sensitivity to individuals with disabilities; (2) further develop knowledge and skills; and (3) increase awareness of scientific bases for intervention. Meeting these responsibilities promotes a course of action that best serves persons with substance use disorders who are also consumers of VR services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Mental Health

ND Protection & Advocacy Project - Employment and People with Disabilities Training - 10/24/2014

Are you an employee or potential employee with a disability? Come and learn what the law says about workplace accommodations that may benefit you in keeping or obtaining employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Secondary Transition Requirements Training

Transition planning for the movement from high school to adult living is required for all students receiving special education services, according to federal legislation, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004). IEP teams must now include transition planning in the first IEP that will be in effect when the child is 16 years of age, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. This website is designed to provide information as to the activities of the ND Department of Public Instruction, Office of Special Education, with regards to transition, along with other resources and links.

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Request for Amendment to a 1915(C) HCS Waiver - 07/12/2017

~~“Individual with Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (IID/DD) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) WaiverThe Traditional IID/DD waiver serves people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and includes an array of home and community-based services in the least restrictive environment.The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities (DD) Division is seeking public comment on amending the Traditional IID/DD HCBS waiver. The proposed amendment will remove the service of extended services and replace it with prevocational, small group employment and individual employment. Other changes include a new rate methodology for some of the services as outlined by legislation and updates to the service plan section due to the new services being added. A detailed description of the changes can be found on page 1 of the draft application, which is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/disabilities/docs/7-12-17-draft-nd-1915c-hcbs-waiver-amendment-id-dd-services.pdf, or can be obtained by contacting the division.” 

 

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

North Dakota HCBS Transition Plan - 02/19/2016

States are required to ensure all HCBS settings comply with the new federal requirements to ensure that all individuals receiving HCBS are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including opportunities to engage in community life, work in integrated environments, and control their own personal resources. The ND Department of Human Services (Department) has created a draft Statewide Transition Plan to assess compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule and identify strategies and timelines for coming into compliance with the new rule.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

“As part of its ongoing efforts to support community-based services and community inclusion of individuals with disabilities, the North Dakota Department of Human Services applied for and received a federal Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant.”

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

ND Medicaid Waiver HCBS (0273.R04.00)

Provides adult day care, adult residential care, case management, homemaker, respite care, supported employment, adult family foster care, chore, emergency response, environmental mods, extended personal care, family personal care, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, specialized equipment and supplies, transitional living for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled and other disabilities ages 18-64

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