North Dakota

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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

2017 State Population.
-0.34%
Change from
2016 to 2017
755,393
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-16.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37,320
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.79%
Change from
2016 to 2017
21,019
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.22%
Change from
2016 to 2017
56.32%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2016 to 2017
84.35%

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 756,928 757,953 755,393
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 38,112 43,627 37,320
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 18,582 23,286 21,019
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 359,388 354,090 355,450
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.76% 53.38% 56.32%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 83.58% 84.34% 84.35%
State/National unemployment rate. 2.80% 3.20% 2.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.50% 17.50% 19.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10% 9.90% 9.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 39,126 43,879 40,687
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 40,152 41,449 35,114
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 70,328 74,163 65,778
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,218 1,407 2,313
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,784 2,266 1,414
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,089 6,174 5,990
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 769 490 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 1,193 2,847 1,137
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 661 N/A 310

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,200 1,177 1,135
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 15.40% 15.00% 14.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,917 13,926 14,114

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 4,096 3,777 3,001
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,841 6,652 5,716
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,562 10,192 8,300
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 38.80% 37.10% 36.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.10% 1.80% 0.30%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 81 67 10
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 0 N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 0 N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 0 N/A N/A

 

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)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 19 23 17
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 14 14 8
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. 74.00% 61.00% 53.00%
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. 1.94 1.85 1.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
744
772
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 14 27 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 103 121 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 174 131 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 228 224 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 164 195 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 61 74 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 38.50% 36.50% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 418 506 539
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 20,921 20,902 21,309
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 29 30 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 48 42 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

Data Not Available

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 74.58% 74.08% 73.25%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.11% 5.33% 5.69%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.66% 1.75% 1.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.36% 97.90% 98.85%
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% 33.47% 29.07%
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% 56.90% 58.72%
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% 87.03% 83.14%
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% 23.43% 29.65%

 

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 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 5 15 15
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5 15 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 340 712 706
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 340 712 706

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~• The individual must be in extended services for a minimum of 90 days prior to case closure. In the spirit of Employment First and the need for competitive integrated employment for individuals with the most-significant disabilities working for sub-minimum wage or in sheltered employment, DVR is piloting a three year Expanded Supported Employment Project, which began in July 2015. The project outcomes will influence the amendments to SEP policies, practices, guidelines and payment rates; as well as assist in the development of a customized employment policy, guidelines and payment rate. (Page 211) Title I

Customized Employment

~~DVR has received technical assistance and training by the national Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC.) Utilizing their technical assistance, DVR developed and began utilizing an LMI curriculum tailored to North Dakota’s needs. The LMI curriculum is used to help clients set and accomplish career goals based on current business and employment needs within the state. In addition, the JD-VRTAC provided 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 67) Title I

Goal 4: DVR will develop and implement a customized employment policy that will result in 16 people obtaining competitive integrated employment within the next two years.
Priority 1: Develop the expertise of community rehabilitation providers to offer high quality supported employment services that lead to competitive, integrated employment.
Priority 2: To provide individuals with the most significant disabilities with the opportunity for competitive integrated employment. (Page 193) Title IV

VR received recommendations from the Washington Initiative on Supported Employment (WISE), North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD), State Rehab Council members and through public comment to develop and implement a Customized Employment. North Dakota VR will develop a Customized Employment policy, payment rates for customized employment and training and technical assistance for Community Rehab Providers (CRP). VR will invest in training and technical assistance for CRPS to gain the skills necessary skills to ensure that Customized Employment services are available across the state. Through site visits by VR and NDACP staff the following information was captured from the Expanded Supported Employment Pilot: 1) the four providers enrolled in the grant originally thought they were providing customized employment, but through the training and technical assistance they agreed they were not providing true customized employment. 2) they developed the necessary skills to provide customized employment. (Page 204) Title IV

Goal 4 *DVR will develop and implement a customized employment policy that will result in 16 people obtaining competitive integrated employment within the next two years.
Strategy 4.1 Develop a customized employment policy and payment system by July 2019. Innovation/enhancement/improvement
Strategy 4.2 Define how technical assistance will be provided to vocational rehabilitation counselors and community rehabilitation providers. Innovation/enhancement/improvement Strategy 4.3 Collaborate with the Developmental Disabilities Division to implement customized employment in ND. Innovation/enhancement/improvement. (Page 205) Title IV

• DVR has piloted an Expanded Supported Employment project, providing training to 4 Community Rehabilitation Providers on the discovery process and customized employment. These providers have identified individuals to participate in the project and attempt to obtain competitive integrated employment. (Page 208) Title IV
 

 

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Forty-two full time VR counselors are employed by the division with their offices located in the eight larger communities in the state. These VR counselors work closely with staff from JSND and the Adult Education Programs located in these same communities. Staff and fiscal resources are leveraged by all three agencies to provide workforce service to the business community, individuals with disabilities, populations receiving state economic assistance to include TANF and New Americans. NDVR is currently operating in an approved Order of Selection with all categories open. Increased operating and cost to provide case service will result in the agency potential to close up to two categories during the life of the Unified Plan. (Page 34) Title I

The North Dakota workforce development and training system receives Federal and State funding support, and in many cases matching funds are also provided by the private sector. WIOA Title I funds are used to help leverage other Federal fund sources such as Pell Grants and student loans. In addition, WIOA funds are used to help leverage state and private sector funds available to address workforce training needs. North Dakota has a strong collaboration among state workforce partners to increase the employment of North Dakotan’s with disabilities. The core program partners are represented as members of the State’s Workforce Leadership team. Staff from local offices of DVR, Job Service North Dakota and Adult Basic Education collaborate in joint planning and service delivery to individuals with disabilities. (Page 47) Title I
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

School to Work Transition

~~With WIOA, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has committed approximately $1.5 million (at least 15% of the federal grant) per year statewide to fund pre-employment transition services. Required activities include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training. In addition to services purchased based on approved IPEs for students, DVR staff are providing services which includes tracking time spent for travel to rural areas. Under IDEA, the local school districts are required to provide transition services, however DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts and private providers to enhance or expand services. (Page 171) Title IV

DVR is committed to provide pre-employment transition services to students. Activities will include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training and other services based on individual needs. DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts to enhance or expand services. The activities will include the following:

• Teachers and DVR counselors are collaborating to provide students with a foundation with activities such as career exploration, self-advocacy, interest testing, and work place readiness training using a common curriculum.

• DVR is partnering with schools and community rehabilitation providers to offer competitive, integrated work experience.

• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers.

• DVR and North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind have sponsored a weekend retreats with the purpose of providing intensive pre-employment career services to youth with visual impairments. Due to the success of these retreats, plans are to continue holding these events. (Page 201) Title IV

VR Responsibility: 

• Services include the provision of Pre-ETS for students who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services; and

• Assist in the achievement of employment goals for individuals who have applied and been found eligible for VR services.  DPI Responsibility:

• Request consultation and technical assistance from VR when needed for planning and implementation of transition services;

• Provide all existing educational, medical, psychological, and career assessments through a release of information as necessary for a determination of eligibility by the VR agency;

• Provide special education and related services as developed and documented for students with disabilities in an IEP;

• Provide VR with documentation of completion of transition services or Pre-ETS for students with disabilities;

• Provide representation on the VR State Rehabilitation Council and relevant committee participation; and

• Encourage LEA to identify points of contact for field staff from VR. (Page 164) Title IV

VR staff, in cooperation with education staff, shall participate in the planning process that is designed to facilitate the development and completion of the IEP. The VR counselor shall review and consider a student’s IEP during the development of their VR IPE. Services reflected on the IEP may or may not need to be included in their VR IPE depending upon the employment goal and individual situation of each student, but can serve as a vital starting point when providing Pre-ETS or transition services. Once either type of IPE is developed and approved, there will be two active plans for the client, the IPE and the IEP, each reflecting coordinated goals and a range of services for a period of time. Collaborating with education staff to align the two plans can contribute in a positive manner for the student to gain basic workplace skills, knowledge of specific occupational skills, and an understanding.  (Page 167) Title IV

Joint Responsibility of VR and DPI:

• Provide training to LEA and VR counselors to assure transition and pre-employment services training will include activities such as the development and implementation of their IEP under Section 614(d) of the IDEA, coordination on Pre-Employment Services under Section 113, Accommodations under Section 504, and those related to Limitations on Sub-Minimum Wages under Section 511 of the Rehab Act of 1973, as amended;

• Provide training to local level LEA and VR to assure that the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) that VR develops for a student with a disability who is receiving special education services should be coordinated with the IEP the LEA develops in terms of the goals, objectives, and services identified. (Pages 167-168) Title IV

VR Responsibility: 

• VR Regional Administrators are responsible to ensure VR staff are available to serve students attending the LEA;

• Determine eligibility for VR service and provide rehabilitation services to school-aged students with disabilities when referred by the LEA;

• The IPE should be developed for students who are two years from exiting school, allowing for a smooth transition planning process, at the latest, just before exiting school; and

• Because the definition of a “student” with a disability for the VR program includes an individual with a disability for purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is broader than the definition under IDEA. VR agencies are authorized to provide transition services to this broader population of students with disabilities than LEA are authorized to provide under IDEA. Since the VR program may serve students with disabilities, including those individuals with a disability for purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is possible that these students may not have an IEP under IDEA, and therefore would not be eligible for or receiving special education or related services under IDEA. (Page 168) Title IV

DPI Responsibility: 

• DPI will provide training and oversight to the LEAs to assure the following transition requirements of IDEA are followed:

o DPI will encourage inviting VR to IEP meetings and other team meetings so VR can provide information, technical assistance, case consultation, and information/referral as needed for eligible or potentially eligible students;

o Provide IEP team-determined transition services; (Page 168) Title IV

Schools are responsible to provide the necessary services the student needs, in each domain of the IEP They are academics, communicative status, adaptive characteristics, ecological factors, jobs and job training, recreation and leisure, home/independent living, community participation, Post-Secondary Training and Learning Opportunities and related services while in school. VR’s primary responsibility to the schools had been technical assistance and consultation only, and we have typically not paid for any services until close to the end of the senior year. VR has now begun to provide pre-employment transition services in addition to TA and consultation, to students ages 14 to 21. VR has many Pre-Employment Transition Purchase of Service agreements across the state to expand on the pre-employment services formerly provided solely by the local schools and DPI is kept up to date on those activities. (Page 170) Title IV

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is working with the Department of Public Instruction and local school districts to identify students with disabilities on an IEP. Transitioning students who are identified through the education unit's Section 504 coordinator are also referred to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and contacts are made with the guidance counselors to assure students with special needs are aware of services through DVR. Referrals are also received from independent living centers, human service centers, and community rehabilitation providers working with transition age students. (Page 172) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Vocational Rehabilitation allows for exited individuals to reapply for increased skills for career advancement. Career pathway training provides new opportunities for individuals whose disability has advanced and is now requiring changes in work environment and needs new or advanced skills. (Page 50) Title I

The state of North Dakota has been proactive in development of partnerships with business and industry, education, economic development, and the workforce development system to continuously identify and address workforce challenges. The North Dakota Talent Initiative is the basis for full statewide collaboration on workforce vision, goals, and issues. The Talent Initiative and ongoing partnership development facilitates solutions through strong relationships among partners. The Workforce Development Council, community colleges, business and labor, the Office of Apprenticeship, and TrainND all work closely to identify workforce needs and address training solutions. DVR’s 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, DVR assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. DVR also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability—related areas. Core program partners will collaborate with Career and Technical Education to receive professional development to build a common understanding of career pathways and how they can be used across all agencies. Career and Technical Education will, with consultation of the others involved, take the lead on professional development that will be applied across all agencies. (Page 51) Title I

WIOA training funds expand the access to postsecondary credential by providing training opportunities to low income, New Americans, disabled individuals and dislocated workers. Occupation areas such as healthcare career ladders of nurse assistant, licensed practical nurse and registered nurse offer career pathways and credential earning opportunities. Transportation occupations offer increased wages and opportunity based on skills and endorsements earned. Welding occupations require a variety of skills and certifications to work in specific areas. The ND eligible training provider list offers many certifications to expand skills for these in demand occupations in the State. (Page 77) Title I

Apprenticeship

With WIOA, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has committed approximately $1.5 million (at least 15% of the federal grant) per year statewide to fund pre-employment transition services. Required activities include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training. In addition to services purchased based on approved IPEs for students, DVR staff are providing services which includes tracking time spent for travel to rural areas. Under IDEA, the local school districts are required to provide transition services, however DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts and private providers to enhance or expand services. (Page 171) Title IV
DVR is committed to provide pre-employment transition services to students. Activities will include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training and other services based on individual needs. DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts to enhance or expand services. The activities will include the following:
• Teachers and DVR counselors are collaborating to provide students with a foundation with activities such as career exploration, self-advocacy, interest testing, and work place readiness training using a common curriculum.
• DVR is partnering with schools and community rehabilitation providers to offer competitive, integrated work experience.
• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers.
• DVR and North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind have sponsored a weekend retreats with the purpose of providing intensive pre-employment career services to youth with visual impairments. Due to the success of these retreats, plans are to continue holding these events. (Page 201) Title IV

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~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. (Pages 201-202) Title IV
 

Employer/ Business

~~Joint Responsibility of VR and DPI:
• Facilitate the local level engagement of potential employers to provide job shadows, work experience, etc. for students with disabilities; (Pages 167-168) Title IV

• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide
transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers. (Pages 171-172) Title IV

The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is committed to building strong, long-term relationships with business. The agency has a dual customer approach with business being a key consumer of VR service. Services provide to business include consultation, technical assistance and information that serves to build awareness of business to an available source of qualified employees. Long term engagement with business will result in incorporating the workforce needs of business when assisting consumers of DVR to develop goals that are consistent with in-demand occupations.

DVR has developed a team of Business Service Specialists (BSSs) within the state. This team was developed through re-classification and assignment of VR Counseling staff. Full time BSSs are employed in the division’s larger offices which include Fargo, Minot, Grand Forks and Bismarck. Each covers one quadrant of the state ensuring a statewide program. Staff from the Institute for Community Inclusion’s Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center provided support to the division in development of goals and strategies to capitalize on the resource of business service staff to assist the agency in developing goals, strategies and objectives.

Goal 1: Increase business engagement and assist businesses retain or hire employees that have incurred an injury, illness or health impairment.

Objective: Increase the number of contacts between business and staff from the VR agency.

Strategies:

1. Develop Best Practice Guidelines that will be used to train staff to increase staff skill in assessing business needs.

2. Develop standards for the number and extent of presentations and outreach to business by staff to include Business Specialist and Rehabilitation Counselors.

3. Participate as a member organization in business-led organizations, such as Chambers of Commerce, Rotary etc.

4. Attend the Workforce Development Board meetings and disseminate information to the statewide VR staff on the business needs as expressed during board meetings.

5. Participate in the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s National Employment Team (NET) and the NET-Southeast regional team to share referrals and best practices (Pages 176-177) Title IV

In addition, VR staff, teachers and CRPs are working with employers to place transition students in work experiences which will lead to competitive integrated employment.  During the student’s school year, the VR staff, CRP’s, and teachers collaborate to identify what summer work experience would be beneficial to the student. The team outreaches to potential employers in order to provide opportunities for placement. When an employer sees the success of a student in summer work experience, they often offer them permanent positions. Another result of the employer having that great experience with our team is their willingness to give other students an opportunity to do work experience during the school year. Our state provides year round work experience through our pre-employment transition service purchase of service contracts. The team, consisting of the contract staff, teachers and VR counselors, share their business contacts and outreach to potential employers in order to provide opportunities for placement. (Page 178) Title IV

Data Collection

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 14-24 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. Web-based and real time reports are available to all staff with access to AWARE, both remotely and at itinerant locations. Counselors and managers can view a variety of data and information, including budgets, production activities and “action due” reports. The RSA-113 and RSA-911 reports produced for RSA are generated directly from AWARE. (Page 83) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation conducts an assessment of the training needs of the current staff at all levels - administrative, counselor, and support staff. The needs assessment focuses on two levels of training (1) statewide training topics that are consistent with the State Plan, Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Regulations, RSA 911 requirements, and RSA priorities, and (2) regional training that addresses issues identified through case reviews, performance appraisals and other training that will assist staff in progressing toward their career goals. (Page 185) Title I

511

~~• Development of the process to document the completion of the required activities under Section 511 for youth who are 24 or younger and seeking subminimum wage, including:
o Services provided by VR
o Pre-ETS
o Career Counseling
o Information and Referral Transition services provided by the LEA under IDEA (Pages 163-164) Title IV
 

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity Plan to the US DOL Civil Rights Center.
Job Service, in determining site or location of facilities, may not make selections with the purpose or effect of excluding individuals from denying them the benefits of, or subjecting them to discrimination on a prohibited ground, or with the purpose or effect of defeating or substantially impairing the accomplishment of the objectives of the program, or the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions. The Webmaster keeps the Job Service website in compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 with the use of Compliance Sheriff Software. The Agency Webmaster utilizes Compliance Sheriff after the release of website updates and the North Dakota State Information Technology Department also runs routine compliance checks of the website using Compliance Sheriff. (Pages 98-99) Title I

Job Service’s online service is a web—based self—service system that satisfies a major one—stop objective: Universal access to a broad range of employment, training and education services. Job Service North Dakota’s online services ensure: • Access to specific services is available to all customers throughout the one—stop system. • Access 24/7 services to anyone with Internet access. • Access to services by clients in remote and rural areas who might find it inconvenient to use a physical one—stop. • Access to services by clients in urban areas who are unable to access a physical one—stop due to lack of transportation, disability, etc. Job Service’s online services provide users with a text only interface option. It is ideal for customers who use non—graphic browsers or extremely slow and unreliable Internet connections. 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 99) Title I

Accessibility to the services provided by Job Service ND and all Partner agencies is essential to meeting the requirements and goals of North Dakota. Job seekers and businesses must be able to access all information relevant to them via visits to physical locations as well as in virtual spaces, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other classification protected under state or federal law. • Physical accessibility - One-stop centers will maintain a culture of inclusiveness and the physical characteristics of the facility, both indoor and outdoor, will meet the latest standards of accessible design. Services will be available in a convenient, high traffic, and accessible location, taking into account reasonable distance from public transportation and adequate parking (including parking clearly marked for individuals with disabilities). Indoor space will be designed in an “equal and meaningful” manner providing access for individuals with disabilities. • Virtual accessibility —Job Service ND will ensure that job seekers and businesses have access to the same information online as they do in a physical facility. Information must be clearly marked and compliant with Section 508 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services code. Partners will comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010; the law that requires that federal agencies use "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use" and all information kept virtually will be updated regularly to ensure dissemination of correct information. • Communication accessibility - Communications access, for purposes of this MOU, means that individuals with sensory disabilities can communicate (and be communicated with) on an equal footing with those who do not have such disabilities. All Partners agree that they will provide accommodations for individuals who have communication challenges, including but not limited to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, individuals with vision impairments, and individuals with speech-language impairments. • Programmatic accessibility - All Partners agree that they will not discriminate in their employment practices or services on the basis of gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other classification protected under state or federal law. (Pages 125-126) Title I

Vets

The agencies responsible for the WIOA core and required program in North Dakota include: • Job Service ND (which has responsibility for the majority of the WIOA core and required programs, such as WIOA Title I, Wagner Peyser, Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program, Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs and Unemployment Compensation Programs including RESEA• The Department of Human services (which has responsibility for Vocational Rehabilitation, SCSEP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) • The Department of Commerce (Community Services Block Grant) • The Department of Public Instruction (Adult Education), and • Motivation, Education and Training (National Farmworker Jobs Program) (Page 33) Title I
The Job Service AJCs staff include the Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG). All JVSG staff are Disable Veteran Outreach Program and assist the needs of disabled veterans and those veterans and eligible persons who require intensive services in order to obtain and retain employment that supports their self—sufficiency. DVOP services are available in all Job Service AJCs and are integrated into all service delivery offerings. (Page 52) Title I
Job Service AJC staff will conduct an intake/assessment for each Veteran/Eligible Spouse at point of entry to a Job Service AJC. Throughout the intake process, Veterans who disclose or self-attest to meeting one or more of the criteria for DVOP services will be referred to a DVOP. If a DVOP is not available when a referral is necessary, the Veteran/Eligible Spouse may choose to be served on a priority basis by another staff member.
Veterans not meeting the criteria for DVOP services are to be referred to appropriate non-JVSG staff to receive core, intensive, and/or training services on a priority of service basis.
Job Service will monitor priority of service to veterans/eligible persons to ensure that all staff are in compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding all Department of Labor programs. Priority of service will be monitored through analysis of data found in the Employment and Training Administration’s Federal Reports, from observations annotated in the Manager’s Quarterly Report on Services to Veterans and from reports completed by Job Service Systems Management Staff. These reports are reviewed by the Job Service Workforce Development Director, the State Veterans’ Program Administrator and the Director of Veterans’ Employment and Training and conclusions drawn regarding the extent of priority of service demonstrated by each Customer Service Area. Process improvement plans are recommended for those offices needing improvement. (Page 98) Title I
Veterans and eligible spouses of veterans - covered persons - will receive priority of service. 20 CFR Part 1010.110 adopts the term “covered person” to define those veterans and spouses of eligible veterans who are eligible for priority of service. The Jobs for Veterans Act does not change the requirement that individuals, to include veterans and military spouses, must first qualify as eligible under the WIOA Adult Program before participation. (Page 115) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation continues to work with multiple agencies and entities throughout the state. A number of these are related to cooperative ventures with the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division in development of a sustained system of benefit planning and other vocational supports that facilitate employment of persons with the most significant disabilities. Listed below are the primary businesses, agencies and groups with whom we are currently working. The only group in this attachment, with whom we have a formal written agreement, is with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program — Cooperative agreement with VA/VR is to ‘ensure seamless, coordinated, and effective VR services to North Dakota’s veterans with disabilities and their dependents with disabilities; to improve cooperation and collaboration between the two agencies; to avoid duplication of services; to improve interagency communication; and to establish staff cross-training opportunities. (Page 159) Title IV

Mental Health

~~North Dakota DVR has defined a student with a disability as an individual with a disability in a secondary, post-secondary, or other recognized education program, who is between the ages of 14-21, is eligible for, and receiving, special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is an individual with a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or students with disabilities including but not limited to: physical, sensory, intellectual, mental health, and communication. A youth with a disability is any individual with a disability who is between the ages of 14-24, regardless of education status. (Page 163) Title IV

ND was selected to receive the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) grant which began in August, 2015 and will continue through December, 2019. Partners involved in the grant include DPI, local school districts, Special Education directors, students with disabilities, VR state and local staff, job coaches, Behavioral Health Division, parents, parent advocates and employers. ND has chosen to focus activities in the grant on students with behavioral, social/emotional, social communication and mental health needs.   (Page 165) Title IV
VR has a high level of collaboration with DHS Behavioral Health Division in the delivery of employment services to consumers who experience behavioral health issues. VR provides employment services including SEP for individuals with mental illness with extended services provided through the Behavioral Health Divisions’ funding. DVR is also involved as a team member for individuals involved in the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) program which then allows for a smooth transition into VR SEP once those individuals have stabilized and are ready to pursue competitive integrated employment. (Page 179) Title IV
 

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

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
Past WIOA Profile Attachment : 
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Medicaid Waivers - 11/01/2018

~~“Waivers are agreements between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a state's Medicaid agency and serve specific groups of people.Waivers specify:• Number of participants to be served• Eligibility criteria• Available services, including any limits on services• Procedures for the evaluation and re-evaluation of level of careWaivers give eligible people options if their needs can be met in their homes, and if providing services in a home and community setting is cost neutral compared to institutional services.” 

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

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 10/30/2018

~~“The purpose of this manual is to establish policies and procedures for implementing the provisions of Federal and State Regulating Authority for Developmental Disabilities Services in the State of North Dakota. Developmental Disabilities provides support and training to individuals and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency; to prevent institutionalization; and to enable institutionalized individuals to return to the community. To achieve this goal, Developmental Disabilities contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. “ 

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

North Dakota Association of Community Providers: Creating Inclusive Communities - 05/04/2018

The North Dakota Association of Community Providers’ 32nd Annual Conference covering topics of continuing education, customized employment training, and Medicaid benefits. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Division Provider Manual - 04/13/2018

“This manual functions as a primary reference document for DD licensed providers delivering services covered by North Dakota's Department of Human Services’ (“Department”) Developmental Disabilities Division (“DD Division”). The DD Division provides support and training to clients and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency. The DD Division contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. This manual is intended to complement the federal and state rules and regulations, not to supplant it. Any lack of clarity or apparent conflict among the documents is certainly unintended. Should the reader observe such a situation, the federal and state rules and regulations are the final authority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program (ASTEP) - 01/01/2018

“ASTEP is a transition and postsecondary education program that makes college a reality for young adults with intellectual disabilities.  ASTEP uses a person-centered planning process that incorporates the individual’s personal goals, career plans, and dreams into an inclusive education plan to help students learn employment and self-advocacy skills while gaining independence.

Young adults ages 18 to 26 attend college at Minot State University for two to three years where students can earn a College-to-Career certificate, and other career focused certificates.

ASTEP students live on campus or in the community where they enroll in college courses, complete an employment internship, learn independent living skills, and engage in campus and community life. A variety of supports are available in campus, employment, community, and social settings.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Cost of Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - 10/24/2017

~~“The North Dakota Department of Human Services pays for a continuum of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Costs reflect the statewide average cost of the continuum of care, from institutional level of care at the Life Skills and Transition Center (LSTC), which serves people whose needs exceed community capacity, to community-based services”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 09/15/2017

“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

ND Workforce Development Council - 07/21/2017

~~North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized July 21, 2017 under Executive  Order 2017-10. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce innovation and opportunity board in accordance with Section 101(e) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide workforce innovation and opportunity activities, through statewide and local workforce innovation and opportunity systems, that increase the employment retention, and earnings of participants, and increase the occupational skills attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.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.

 

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

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
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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
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities “Our Five Year Plan ”

~~NDCPD will implement four goals focused on the needs of people with developmental disabilities  during 2017 - 2022. Click on the corresponding arrow icon in the circle for more information.

Goal 1 - Employment: ND citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to information, experiences, and supports that allows them to be successful in the general workforce. Goal 2 - Aging: ND citizens will with intellectual and developmental disabilities will experience highest levels of quality of life and self-direction as part of healthy aging. Goal 3 - Educational and Early Childhood: ND children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have quality educational and early childhood services and systems. Goal 4 - Health: ND citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have improved quality and access to health services, systems, and information.

 

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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North Dakota Association of Community Providers (NDACP) - 06/10/2019

~~/“The North Dakota Association of Community /Providers (NDACP) is made up of 31 organizations across the state, providing services in 195+ communities.

We represent approximately 7,200 DD staff, 5,300 of whom are Direct Support Professionals, or DSP’s, and approximately 8,200 staff serving all populations.  We serve approximately 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities. “

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ND Workforce Development Council - 07/21/2017

~~North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized July 21, 2017 under Executive  Order 2017-10. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce innovation and opportunity board in accordance with Section 101(e) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide workforce innovation and opportunity activities, through statewide and local workforce innovation and opportunity systems, that increase the employment retention, and earnings of participants, and increase the occupational skills attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.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.

 

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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ASPIRE PROMISE Grant - 11/02/2016

~~“Interventions, services and supports will be delivered to ASPIRE youth in six states, including ND. 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

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

~~“The Council advocates for policy changes that promote choice, independence, productivity and inclusion for all North Dakotans with developmental disabilities (DD). The Council supports and provides funding for projects and activities that maximize opportunities for consumers and families. NDSCDD serves in planning and advisory capacity to state policymakers and agencies relative to services for persons with DD….Financial Assistance for HousingPublic Housing Authorities (PHA) Public Housing Authorities provide quality, affordable housing opportunities and promote maximum independence for our community’s lower income families, elderly, and persons with disabilities.Who is eligible: Low-income families, seniors and/or persons with disabilities are eligible to apply for Family Housing and/or Section 8 Rental Assistance” 

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

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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2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Family HealthCare Center was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the “Left behind” populations, uninsured; nonelderly adults living at 200% or below the poverty level; New Americans including refugees; Pregnant women and new mothers; American Indians and the disabled; Recently released from incarceration; and the Medicaid eligible population.   There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Homeless shelters and veterans drop-in centers, Cass County Social Services, F5 Project, Share House, Fargo Public School District, and the Barnes County Public Health Unit.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Kaylin FrappierPhone: (701) 271-6385Email: kfrappier@famhealthcare.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Resource Directory - 04/23/2019

~~This page has information on organizations that have resources to help persons with brain-injury-related disabilities 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Association of Community Providers: Creating Inclusive Communities - 05/04/2018

The North Dakota Association of Community Providers’ 32nd Annual Conference covering topics of continuing education, customized employment training, and Medicaid benefits. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Division Provider Manual - 04/13/2018

“This manual functions as a primary reference document for DD licensed providers delivering services covered by North Dakota's Department of Human Services’ (“Department”) Developmental Disabilities Division (“DD Division”). The DD Division provides support and training to clients and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency. The DD Division contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. This manual is intended to complement the federal and state rules and regulations, not to supplant it. Any lack of clarity or apparent conflict among the documents is certainly unintended. Should the reader observe such a situation, the federal and state rules and regulations are the final authority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Overall Service Plan Instructions - 06/25/2019

~~“The OSP consists of two (2) sections:1.State Individual Service Plan (ISP)which is the pre-authorization of payment for DD Medicaid Waiver and State Plan Services. The ISP is completed by the DD Program Manager, a representative of the State Medicaid agency.  This section can only be edited and entered by the DDPM. The ISP lists Title XIX Medicaid funded services that will be provided to the person including the amount, type, frequency, service provider, funding source, and start/end dates.  It also lists the generic non-Medicaid funded services the person is receiving.  The ISP is the document that authorizes Medicaid payment for DD Title XIX services in the Medicaid payment system.  An ISP must be completed in order for payment to be made.” 

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

Waiver Number: ND.0037. R08.00 Draft ID: ND.007.08.0 Renewal - 04/01/2019

~~“Major ChangesIn Appendix B – slots were increased by 150 each year of the waiver and update performance measure B-2.In Appendix C- modifications and clarification was made in Day Habilitation, Homemaker, Independent Habilitation, Individual Employment Support, Extended Home Health Care, Environmental Modifications, Equipment and Supplies, and In-Home Supports. Community Transition Services was added as a new service. Performance measures C-1 and C-4 were updated and C-3 was removed.In Appendix D- performance measures D-3, D-4, and the remediation was updated.In Appendix E- updated the goal for number of participants each year of the waiver and removed co-employer as an option for participant employer status. …” 

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

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Approval Letter - 02/01/2019

~~“Final approval is granted due to the state completing the following activities:o Conducted a comprehensive site-specific assessment and validation of all settings serving individuals receiving Medicaid-funded I{CBS, and included in the STP the outcomes of these activities and proposed remediation strategies to rectify any issues uncovered through the site specific assessment and validation processes by the end of the transition period.o Outlined a detailed plan for identifying settings that are presumed to have institutional characteristics, including qualities that isolate HCBS beneficiaries, as well as the proposed process for evaluating these settings and preparing for submission to CMS for review under heightened scrutiny;o Developed a process for communicating with beneficiaries who are currently receiving services in settings that the state has determined cannot or will not come into compliance with the home and community-based settings criteria by March 17 ,2022; ando Established ongoing monitoring and quality assurance processes that will ensure all settings providing HCBS continue to remain fully compliant with the rule in the future.” 

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

North Dakota Revised Statewide Transition Plan For HCBS Settings Under 1915(c) Waivers - 01/31/2019

~~“North Dakota submitted an initial Statewide Transition Plan that included public comment to CMS on November 28, 2014. CMS has completed a review of the initial plan and provided additional recommendations that are addressed in this document. Prior to submission this revised plan was submitted for public comment. The draft Statewide Transition Plan that applies to all of North Dakota’s 1915(c) waivers was open for public comment for 30 days from February 19, 2016 through March 20, 2016 to allow all consumers, providers and stakeholders an opportunity to provide input to the plan. The final plan which included changes that were made as result of the public comment was submitted to CMS on March 31, 2016.North Dakota received initial approval of its Statewide Transition Plan on November 1, 2016.  At that time, CMS provided feedback to the State on the additional information that must be included in a revised Statewide Transition Plan so that the State can be granted final approval. Those revisions are included in this document.”

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

Medicaid Waivers - 11/01/2018

~~“Waivers are agreements between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a state's Medicaid agency and serve specific groups of people.Waivers specify:• Number of participants to be served• Eligibility criteria• Available services, including any limits on services• Procedures for the evaluation and re-evaluation of level of careWaivers give eligible people options if their needs can be met in their homes, and if providing services in a home and community setting is cost neutral compared to institutional services.” 

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

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

2017 State Population.
-0.34%
Change from
2016 to 2017
755,393
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-16.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37,320
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.79%
Change from
2016 to 2017
21,019
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.22%
Change from
2016 to 2017
56.32%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2016 to 2017
84.35%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 756,928 757,953 755,393
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 38,112 43,627 37,320
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 18,582 23,286 21,019
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 359,388 354,090 355,450
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.76% 53.38% 56.32%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 83.58% 84.34% 84.35%
State/National unemployment rate. 2.80% 3.20% 2.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.50% 17.50% 19.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10% 9.90% 9.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 39,126 43,879 40,687
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 40,152 41,449 35,114
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 70,328 74,163 65,778
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,218 1,407 2,313
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,784 2,266 1,414
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,089 6,174 5,990
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 769 490 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 1,193 2,847 1,137
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 661 N/A 310

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,200 1,177 1,135
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 15.40% 15.00% 14.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,917 13,926 14,114

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 4,096 3,777 3,001
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,841 6,652 5,716
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,562 10,192 8,300
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 38.80% 37.10% 36.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.10% 1.80% 0.30%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 81 67 10
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 0 N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 0 N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 0 N/A N/A

 

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)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 19 23 17
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 14 14 8
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. 74.00% 61.00% 53.00%
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. 1.94 1.85 1.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
744
772
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 14 27 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 103 121 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 174 131 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 228 224 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 164 195 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 61 74 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 38.50% 36.50% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 418 506 539
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 20,921 20,902 21,309
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 29 30 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 48 42 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

Data Not Available

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 74.58% 74.08% 73.25%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.11% 5.33% 5.69%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.66% 1.75% 1.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.36% 97.90% 98.85%
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% 33.47% 29.07%
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% 56.90% 58.72%
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% 87.03% 83.14%
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% 23.43% 29.65%

 

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 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 5 15 15
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5 15 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 340 712 706
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 340 712 706

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~• The individual must be in extended services for a minimum of 90 days prior to case closure. In the spirit of Employment First and the need for competitive integrated employment for individuals with the most-significant disabilities working for sub-minimum wage or in sheltered employment, DVR is piloting a three year Expanded Supported Employment Project, which began in July 2015. The project outcomes will influence the amendments to SEP policies, practices, guidelines and payment rates; as well as assist in the development of a customized employment policy, guidelines and payment rate. (Page 211) Title I

Customized Employment

~~DVR has received technical assistance and training by the national Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC.) Utilizing their technical assistance, DVR developed and began utilizing an LMI curriculum tailored to North Dakota’s needs. The LMI curriculum is used to help clients set and accomplish career goals based on current business and employment needs within the state. In addition, the JD-VRTAC provided 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 67) Title I

Goal 4: DVR will develop and implement a customized employment policy that will result in 16 people obtaining competitive integrated employment within the next two years.
Priority 1: Develop the expertise of community rehabilitation providers to offer high quality supported employment services that lead to competitive, integrated employment.
Priority 2: To provide individuals with the most significant disabilities with the opportunity for competitive integrated employment. (Page 193) Title IV

VR received recommendations from the Washington Initiative on Supported Employment (WISE), North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD), State Rehab Council members and through public comment to develop and implement a Customized Employment. North Dakota VR will develop a Customized Employment policy, payment rates for customized employment and training and technical assistance for Community Rehab Providers (CRP). VR will invest in training and technical assistance for CRPS to gain the skills necessary skills to ensure that Customized Employment services are available across the state. Through site visits by VR and NDACP staff the following information was captured from the Expanded Supported Employment Pilot: 1) the four providers enrolled in the grant originally thought they were providing customized employment, but through the training and technical assistance they agreed they were not providing true customized employment. 2) they developed the necessary skills to provide customized employment. (Page 204) Title IV

Goal 4 *DVR will develop and implement a customized employment policy that will result in 16 people obtaining competitive integrated employment within the next two years.
Strategy 4.1 Develop a customized employment policy and payment system by July 2019. Innovation/enhancement/improvement
Strategy 4.2 Define how technical assistance will be provided to vocational rehabilitation counselors and community rehabilitation providers. Innovation/enhancement/improvement Strategy 4.3 Collaborate with the Developmental Disabilities Division to implement customized employment in ND. Innovation/enhancement/improvement. (Page 205) Title IV

• DVR has piloted an Expanded Supported Employment project, providing training to 4 Community Rehabilitation Providers on the discovery process and customized employment. These providers have identified individuals to participate in the project and attempt to obtain competitive integrated employment. (Page 208) Title IV
 

 

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Forty-two full time VR counselors are employed by the division with their offices located in the eight larger communities in the state. These VR counselors work closely with staff from JSND and the Adult Education Programs located in these same communities. Staff and fiscal resources are leveraged by all three agencies to provide workforce service to the business community, individuals with disabilities, populations receiving state economic assistance to include TANF and New Americans. NDVR is currently operating in an approved Order of Selection with all categories open. Increased operating and cost to provide case service will result in the agency potential to close up to two categories during the life of the Unified Plan. (Page 34) Title I

The North Dakota workforce development and training system receives Federal and State funding support, and in many cases matching funds are also provided by the private sector. WIOA Title I funds are used to help leverage other Federal fund sources such as Pell Grants and student loans. In addition, WIOA funds are used to help leverage state and private sector funds available to address workforce training needs. North Dakota has a strong collaboration among state workforce partners to increase the employment of North Dakotan’s with disabilities. The core program partners are represented as members of the State’s Workforce Leadership team. Staff from local offices of DVR, Job Service North Dakota and Adult Basic Education collaborate in joint planning and service delivery to individuals with disabilities. (Page 47) Title I
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

School to Work Transition

~~With WIOA, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has committed approximately $1.5 million (at least 15% of the federal grant) per year statewide to fund pre-employment transition services. Required activities include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training. In addition to services purchased based on approved IPEs for students, DVR staff are providing services which includes tracking time spent for travel to rural areas. Under IDEA, the local school districts are required to provide transition services, however DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts and private providers to enhance or expand services. (Page 171) Title IV

DVR is committed to provide pre-employment transition services to students. Activities will include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training and other services based on individual needs. DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts to enhance or expand services. The activities will include the following:

• Teachers and DVR counselors are collaborating to provide students with a foundation with activities such as career exploration, self-advocacy, interest testing, and work place readiness training using a common curriculum.

• DVR is partnering with schools and community rehabilitation providers to offer competitive, integrated work experience.

• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers.

• DVR and North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind have sponsored a weekend retreats with the purpose of providing intensive pre-employment career services to youth with visual impairments. Due to the success of these retreats, plans are to continue holding these events. (Page 201) Title IV

VR Responsibility: 

• Services include the provision of Pre-ETS for students who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services; and

• Assist in the achievement of employment goals for individuals who have applied and been found eligible for VR services.  DPI Responsibility:

• Request consultation and technical assistance from VR when needed for planning and implementation of transition services;

• Provide all existing educational, medical, psychological, and career assessments through a release of information as necessary for a determination of eligibility by the VR agency;

• Provide special education and related services as developed and documented for students with disabilities in an IEP;

• Provide VR with documentation of completion of transition services or Pre-ETS for students with disabilities;

• Provide representation on the VR State Rehabilitation Council and relevant committee participation; and

• Encourage LEA to identify points of contact for field staff from VR. (Page 164) Title IV

VR staff, in cooperation with education staff, shall participate in the planning process that is designed to facilitate the development and completion of the IEP. The VR counselor shall review and consider a student’s IEP during the development of their VR IPE. Services reflected on the IEP may or may not need to be included in their VR IPE depending upon the employment goal and individual situation of each student, but can serve as a vital starting point when providing Pre-ETS or transition services. Once either type of IPE is developed and approved, there will be two active plans for the client, the IPE and the IEP, each reflecting coordinated goals and a range of services for a period of time. Collaborating with education staff to align the two plans can contribute in a positive manner for the student to gain basic workplace skills, knowledge of specific occupational skills, and an understanding.  (Page 167) Title IV

Joint Responsibility of VR and DPI:

• Provide training to LEA and VR counselors to assure transition and pre-employment services training will include activities such as the development and implementation of their IEP under Section 614(d) of the IDEA, coordination on Pre-Employment Services under Section 113, Accommodations under Section 504, and those related to Limitations on Sub-Minimum Wages under Section 511 of the Rehab Act of 1973, as amended;

• Provide training to local level LEA and VR to assure that the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) that VR develops for a student with a disability who is receiving special education services should be coordinated with the IEP the LEA develops in terms of the goals, objectives, and services identified. (Pages 167-168) Title IV

VR Responsibility: 

• VR Regional Administrators are responsible to ensure VR staff are available to serve students attending the LEA;

• Determine eligibility for VR service and provide rehabilitation services to school-aged students with disabilities when referred by the LEA;

• The IPE should be developed for students who are two years from exiting school, allowing for a smooth transition planning process, at the latest, just before exiting school; and

• Because the definition of a “student” with a disability for the VR program includes an individual with a disability for purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is broader than the definition under IDEA. VR agencies are authorized to provide transition services to this broader population of students with disabilities than LEA are authorized to provide under IDEA. Since the VR program may serve students with disabilities, including those individuals with a disability for purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is possible that these students may not have an IEP under IDEA, and therefore would not be eligible for or receiving special education or related services under IDEA. (Page 168) Title IV

DPI Responsibility: 

• DPI will provide training and oversight to the LEAs to assure the following transition requirements of IDEA are followed:

o DPI will encourage inviting VR to IEP meetings and other team meetings so VR can provide information, technical assistance, case consultation, and information/referral as needed for eligible or potentially eligible students;

o Provide IEP team-determined transition services; (Page 168) Title IV

Schools are responsible to provide the necessary services the student needs, in each domain of the IEP They are academics, communicative status, adaptive characteristics, ecological factors, jobs and job training, recreation and leisure, home/independent living, community participation, Post-Secondary Training and Learning Opportunities and related services while in school. VR’s primary responsibility to the schools had been technical assistance and consultation only, and we have typically not paid for any services until close to the end of the senior year. VR has now begun to provide pre-employment transition services in addition to TA and consultation, to students ages 14 to 21. VR has many Pre-Employment Transition Purchase of Service agreements across the state to expand on the pre-employment services formerly provided solely by the local schools and DPI is kept up to date on those activities. (Page 170) Title IV

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is working with the Department of Public Instruction and local school districts to identify students with disabilities on an IEP. Transitioning students who are identified through the education unit's Section 504 coordinator are also referred to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and contacts are made with the guidance counselors to assure students with special needs are aware of services through DVR. Referrals are also received from independent living centers, human service centers, and community rehabilitation providers working with transition age students. (Page 172) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Vocational Rehabilitation allows for exited individuals to reapply for increased skills for career advancement. Career pathway training provides new opportunities for individuals whose disability has advanced and is now requiring changes in work environment and needs new or advanced skills. (Page 50) Title I

The state of North Dakota has been proactive in development of partnerships with business and industry, education, economic development, and the workforce development system to continuously identify and address workforce challenges. The North Dakota Talent Initiative is the basis for full statewide collaboration on workforce vision, goals, and issues. The Talent Initiative and ongoing partnership development facilitates solutions through strong relationships among partners. The Workforce Development Council, community colleges, business and labor, the Office of Apprenticeship, and TrainND all work closely to identify workforce needs and address training solutions. DVR’s 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, DVR assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. DVR also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability—related areas. Core program partners will collaborate with Career and Technical Education to receive professional development to build a common understanding of career pathways and how they can be used across all agencies. Career and Technical Education will, with consultation of the others involved, take the lead on professional development that will be applied across all agencies. (Page 51) Title I

WIOA training funds expand the access to postsecondary credential by providing training opportunities to low income, New Americans, disabled individuals and dislocated workers. Occupation areas such as healthcare career ladders of nurse assistant, licensed practical nurse and registered nurse offer career pathways and credential earning opportunities. Transportation occupations offer increased wages and opportunity based on skills and endorsements earned. Welding occupations require a variety of skills and certifications to work in specific areas. The ND eligible training provider list offers many certifications to expand skills for these in demand occupations in the State. (Page 77) Title I

Apprenticeship

With WIOA, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has committed approximately $1.5 million (at least 15% of the federal grant) per year statewide to fund pre-employment transition services. Required activities include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training. In addition to services purchased based on approved IPEs for students, DVR staff are providing services which includes tracking time spent for travel to rural areas. Under IDEA, the local school districts are required to provide transition services, however DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts and private providers to enhance or expand services. (Page 171) Title IV
DVR is committed to provide pre-employment transition services to students. Activities will include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training and other services based on individual needs. DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts to enhance or expand services. The activities will include the following:
• Teachers and DVR counselors are collaborating to provide students with a foundation with activities such as career exploration, self-advocacy, interest testing, and work place readiness training using a common curriculum.
• DVR is partnering with schools and community rehabilitation providers to offer competitive, integrated work experience.
• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers.
• DVR and North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind have sponsored a weekend retreats with the purpose of providing intensive pre-employment career services to youth with visual impairments. Due to the success of these retreats, plans are to continue holding these events. (Page 201) Title IV

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~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. (Pages 201-202) Title IV
 

Employer/ Business

~~Joint Responsibility of VR and DPI:
• Facilitate the local level engagement of potential employers to provide job shadows, work experience, etc. for students with disabilities; (Pages 167-168) Title IV

• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide
transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers. (Pages 171-172) Title IV

The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is committed to building strong, long-term relationships with business. The agency has a dual customer approach with business being a key consumer of VR service. Services provide to business include consultation, technical assistance and information that serves to build awareness of business to an available source of qualified employees. Long term engagement with business will result in incorporating the workforce needs of business when assisting consumers of DVR to develop goals that are consistent with in-demand occupations.

DVR has developed a team of Business Service Specialists (BSSs) within the state. This team was developed through re-classification and assignment of VR Counseling staff. Full time BSSs are employed in the division’s larger offices which include Fargo, Minot, Grand Forks and Bismarck. Each covers one quadrant of the state ensuring a statewide program. Staff from the Institute for Community Inclusion’s Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center provided support to the division in development of goals and strategies to capitalize on the resource of business service staff to assist the agency in developing goals, strategies and objectives.

Goal 1: Increase business engagement and assist businesses retain or hire employees that have incurred an injury, illness or health impairment.

Objective: Increase the number of contacts between business and staff from the VR agency.

Strategies:

1. Develop Best Practice Guidelines that will be used to train staff to increase staff skill in assessing business needs.

2. Develop standards for the number and extent of presentations and outreach to business by staff to include Business Specialist and Rehabilitation Counselors.

3. Participate as a member organization in business-led organizations, such as Chambers of Commerce, Rotary etc.

4. Attend the Workforce Development Board meetings and disseminate information to the statewide VR staff on the business needs as expressed during board meetings.

5. Participate in the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s National Employment Team (NET) and the NET-Southeast regional team to share referrals and best practices (Pages 176-177) Title IV

In addition, VR staff, teachers and CRPs are working with employers to place transition students in work experiences which will lead to competitive integrated employment.  During the student’s school year, the VR staff, CRP’s, and teachers collaborate to identify what summer work experience would be beneficial to the student. The team outreaches to potential employers in order to provide opportunities for placement. When an employer sees the success of a student in summer work experience, they often offer them permanent positions. Another result of the employer having that great experience with our team is their willingness to give other students an opportunity to do work experience during the school year. Our state provides year round work experience through our pre-employment transition service purchase of service contracts. The team, consisting of the contract staff, teachers and VR counselors, share their business contacts and outreach to potential employers in order to provide opportunities for placement. (Page 178) Title IV

Data Collection

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 14-24 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. Web-based and real time reports are available to all staff with access to AWARE, both remotely and at itinerant locations. Counselors and managers can view a variety of data and information, including budgets, production activities and “action due” reports. The RSA-113 and RSA-911 reports produced for RSA are generated directly from AWARE. (Page 83) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation conducts an assessment of the training needs of the current staff at all levels - administrative, counselor, and support staff. The needs assessment focuses on two levels of training (1) statewide training topics that are consistent with the State Plan, Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Regulations, RSA 911 requirements, and RSA priorities, and (2) regional training that addresses issues identified through case reviews, performance appraisals and other training that will assist staff in progressing toward their career goals. (Page 185) Title I

511

~~• Development of the process to document the completion of the required activities under Section 511 for youth who are 24 or younger and seeking subminimum wage, including:
o Services provided by VR
o Pre-ETS
o Career Counseling
o Information and Referral Transition services provided by the LEA under IDEA (Pages 163-164) Title IV
 

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity Plan to the US DOL Civil Rights Center.
Job Service, in determining site or location of facilities, may not make selections with the purpose or effect of excluding individuals from denying them the benefits of, or subjecting them to discrimination on a prohibited ground, or with the purpose or effect of defeating or substantially impairing the accomplishment of the objectives of the program, or the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions. The Webmaster keeps the Job Service website in compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 with the use of Compliance Sheriff Software. The Agency Webmaster utilizes Compliance Sheriff after the release of website updates and the North Dakota State Information Technology Department also runs routine compliance checks of the website using Compliance Sheriff. (Pages 98-99) Title I

Job Service’s online service is a web—based self—service system that satisfies a major one—stop objective: Universal access to a broad range of employment, training and education services. Job Service North Dakota’s online services ensure: • Access to specific services is available to all customers throughout the one—stop system. • Access 24/7 services to anyone with Internet access. • Access to services by clients in remote and rural areas who might find it inconvenient to use a physical one—stop. • Access to services by clients in urban areas who are unable to access a physical one—stop due to lack of transportation, disability, etc. Job Service’s online services provide users with a text only interface option. It is ideal for customers who use non—graphic browsers or extremely slow and unreliable Internet connections. 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 99) Title I

Accessibility to the services provided by Job Service ND and all Partner agencies is essential to meeting the requirements and goals of North Dakota. Job seekers and businesses must be able to access all information relevant to them via visits to physical locations as well as in virtual spaces, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other classification protected under state or federal law. • Physical accessibility - One-stop centers will maintain a culture of inclusiveness and the physical characteristics of the facility, both indoor and outdoor, will meet the latest standards of accessible design. Services will be available in a convenient, high traffic, and accessible location, taking into account reasonable distance from public transportation and adequate parking (including parking clearly marked for individuals with disabilities). Indoor space will be designed in an “equal and meaningful” manner providing access for individuals with disabilities. • Virtual accessibility —Job Service ND will ensure that job seekers and businesses have access to the same information online as they do in a physical facility. Information must be clearly marked and compliant with Section 508 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services code. Partners will comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010; the law that requires that federal agencies use "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use" and all information kept virtually will be updated regularly to ensure dissemination of correct information. • Communication accessibility - Communications access, for purposes of this MOU, means that individuals with sensory disabilities can communicate (and be communicated with) on an equal footing with those who do not have such disabilities. All Partners agree that they will provide accommodations for individuals who have communication challenges, including but not limited to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, individuals with vision impairments, and individuals with speech-language impairments. • Programmatic accessibility - All Partners agree that they will not discriminate in their employment practices or services on the basis of gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other classification protected under state or federal law. (Pages 125-126) Title I

Vets

The agencies responsible for the WIOA core and required program in North Dakota include: • Job Service ND (which has responsibility for the majority of the WIOA core and required programs, such as WIOA Title I, Wagner Peyser, Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program, Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs and Unemployment Compensation Programs including RESEA• The Department of Human services (which has responsibility for Vocational Rehabilitation, SCSEP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) • The Department of Commerce (Community Services Block Grant) • The Department of Public Instruction (Adult Education), and • Motivation, Education and Training (National Farmworker Jobs Program) (Page 33) Title I
The Job Service AJCs staff include the Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG). All JVSG staff are Disable Veteran Outreach Program and assist the needs of disabled veterans and those veterans and eligible persons who require intensive services in order to obtain and retain employment that supports their self—sufficiency. DVOP services are available in all Job Service AJCs and are integrated into all service delivery offerings. (Page 52) Title I
Job Service AJC staff will conduct an intake/assessment for each Veteran/Eligible Spouse at point of entry to a Job Service AJC. Throughout the intake process, Veterans who disclose or self-attest to meeting one or more of the criteria for DVOP services will be referred to a DVOP. If a DVOP is not available when a referral is necessary, the Veteran/Eligible Spouse may choose to be served on a priority basis by another staff member.
Veterans not meeting the criteria for DVOP services are to be referred to appropriate non-JVSG staff to receive core, intensive, and/or training services on a priority of service basis.
Job Service will monitor priority of service to veterans/eligible persons to ensure that all staff are in compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding all Department of Labor programs. Priority of service will be monitored through analysis of data found in the Employment and Training Administration’s Federal Reports, from observations annotated in the Manager’s Quarterly Report on Services to Veterans and from reports completed by Job Service Systems Management Staff. These reports are reviewed by the Job Service Workforce Development Director, the State Veterans’ Program Administrator and the Director of Veterans’ Employment and Training and conclusions drawn regarding the extent of priority of service demonstrated by each Customer Service Area. Process improvement plans are recommended for those offices needing improvement. (Page 98) Title I
Veterans and eligible spouses of veterans - covered persons - will receive priority of service. 20 CFR Part 1010.110 adopts the term “covered person” to define those veterans and spouses of eligible veterans who are eligible for priority of service. The Jobs for Veterans Act does not change the requirement that individuals, to include veterans and military spouses, must first qualify as eligible under the WIOA Adult Program before participation. (Page 115) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation continues to work with multiple agencies and entities throughout the state. A number of these are related to cooperative ventures with the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division in development of a sustained system of benefit planning and other vocational supports that facilitate employment of persons with the most significant disabilities. Listed below are the primary businesses, agencies and groups with whom we are currently working. The only group in this attachment, with whom we have a formal written agreement, is with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program — Cooperative agreement with VA/VR is to ‘ensure seamless, coordinated, and effective VR services to North Dakota’s veterans with disabilities and their dependents with disabilities; to improve cooperation and collaboration between the two agencies; to avoid duplication of services; to improve interagency communication; and to establish staff cross-training opportunities. (Page 159) Title IV

Mental Health

~~North Dakota DVR has defined a student with a disability as an individual with a disability in a secondary, post-secondary, or other recognized education program, who is between the ages of 14-21, is eligible for, and receiving, special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is an individual with a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or students with disabilities including but not limited to: physical, sensory, intellectual, mental health, and communication. A youth with a disability is any individual with a disability who is between the ages of 14-24, regardless of education status. (Page 163) Title IV

ND was selected to receive the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) grant which began in August, 2015 and will continue through December, 2019. Partners involved in the grant include DPI, local school districts, Special Education directors, students with disabilities, VR state and local staff, job coaches, Behavioral Health Division, parents, parent advocates and employers. ND has chosen to focus activities in the grant on students with behavioral, social/emotional, social communication and mental health needs.   (Page 165) Title IV
VR has a high level of collaboration with DHS Behavioral Health Division in the delivery of employment services to consumers who experience behavioral health issues. VR provides employment services including SEP for individuals with mental illness with extended services provided through the Behavioral Health Divisions’ funding. DVR is also involved as a team member for individuals involved in the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) program which then allows for a smooth transition into VR SEP once those individuals have stabilized and are ready to pursue competitive integrated employment. (Page 179) Title IV
 

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

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

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

Policies and Initiatives

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Medicaid Waivers - 11/01/2018

~~“Waivers are agreements between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a state's Medicaid agency and serve specific groups of people.Waivers specify:• Number of participants to be served• Eligibility criteria• Available services, including any limits on services• Procedures for the evaluation and re-evaluation of level of careWaivers give eligible people options if their needs can be met in their homes, and if providing services in a home and community setting is cost neutral compared to institutional services.” 

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

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 10/30/2018

~~“The purpose of this manual is to establish policies and procedures for implementing the provisions of Federal and State Regulating Authority for Developmental Disabilities Services in the State of North Dakota. Developmental Disabilities provides support and training to individuals and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency; to prevent institutionalization; and to enable institutionalized individuals to return to the community. To achieve this goal, Developmental Disabilities contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. “ 

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

North Dakota Association of Community Providers: Creating Inclusive Communities - 05/04/2018

The North Dakota Association of Community Providers’ 32nd Annual Conference covering topics of continuing education, customized employment training, and Medicaid benefits. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Division Provider Manual - 04/13/2018

“This manual functions as a primary reference document for DD licensed providers delivering services covered by North Dakota's Department of Human Services’ (“Department”) Developmental Disabilities Division (“DD Division”). The DD Division provides support and training to clients and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency. The DD Division contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. This manual is intended to complement the federal and state rules and regulations, not to supplant it. Any lack of clarity or apparent conflict among the documents is certainly unintended. Should the reader observe such a situation, the federal and state rules and regulations are the final authority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program (ASTEP) - 01/01/2018

“ASTEP is a transition and postsecondary education program that makes college a reality for young adults with intellectual disabilities.  ASTEP uses a person-centered planning process that incorporates the individual’s personal goals, career plans, and dreams into an inclusive education plan to help students learn employment and self-advocacy skills while gaining independence.

Young adults ages 18 to 26 attend college at Minot State University for two to three years where students can earn a College-to-Career certificate, and other career focused certificates.

ASTEP students live on campus or in the community where they enroll in college courses, complete an employment internship, learn independent living skills, and engage in campus and community life. A variety of supports are available in campus, employment, community, and social settings.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Cost of Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - 10/24/2017

~~“The North Dakota Department of Human Services pays for a continuum of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Costs reflect the statewide average cost of the continuum of care, from institutional level of care at the Life Skills and Transition Center (LSTC), which serves people whose needs exceed community capacity, to community-based services”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 09/15/2017

“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

ND Workforce Development Council - 07/21/2017

~~North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized July 21, 2017 under Executive  Order 2017-10. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce innovation and opportunity board in accordance with Section 101(e) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide workforce innovation and opportunity activities, through statewide and local workforce innovation and opportunity systems, that increase the employment retention, and earnings of participants, and increase the occupational skills attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.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.

 

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

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
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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
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities “Our Five Year Plan ”

~~NDCPD will implement four goals focused on the needs of people with developmental disabilities  during 2017 - 2022. Click on the corresponding arrow icon in the circle for more information.

Goal 1 - Employment: ND citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to information, experiences, and supports that allows them to be successful in the general workforce. Goal 2 - Aging: ND citizens will with intellectual and developmental disabilities will experience highest levels of quality of life and self-direction as part of healthy aging. Goal 3 - Educational and Early Childhood: ND children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have quality educational and early childhood services and systems. Goal 4 - Health: ND citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have improved quality and access to health services, systems, and information.

 

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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North Dakota Association of Community Providers (NDACP) - 06/10/2019

~~/“The North Dakota Association of Community /Providers (NDACP) is made up of 31 organizations across the state, providing services in 195+ communities.

We represent approximately 7,200 DD staff, 5,300 of whom are Direct Support Professionals, or DSP’s, and approximately 8,200 staff serving all populations.  We serve approximately 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities. “

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ND Workforce Development Council - 07/21/2017

~~North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized July 21, 2017 under Executive  Order 2017-10. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce innovation and opportunity board in accordance with Section 101(e) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide workforce innovation and opportunity activities, through statewide and local workforce innovation and opportunity systems, that increase the employment retention, and earnings of participants, and increase the occupational skills attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.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.

 

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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ASPIRE PROMISE Grant - 11/02/2016

~~“Interventions, services and supports will be delivered to ASPIRE youth in six states, including ND. 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

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

~~“The Council advocates for policy changes that promote choice, independence, productivity and inclusion for all North Dakotans with developmental disabilities (DD). The Council supports and provides funding for projects and activities that maximize opportunities for consumers and families. NDSCDD serves in planning and advisory capacity to state policymakers and agencies relative to services for persons with DD….Financial Assistance for HousingPublic Housing Authorities (PHA) Public Housing Authorities provide quality, affordable housing opportunities and promote maximum independence for our community’s lower income families, elderly, and persons with disabilities.Who is eligible: Low-income families, seniors and/or persons with disabilities are eligible to apply for Family Housing and/or Section 8 Rental Assistance” 

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

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”. 

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2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Family HealthCare Center was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the “Left behind” populations, uninsured; nonelderly adults living at 200% or below the poverty level; New Americans including refugees; Pregnant women and new mothers; American Indians and the disabled; Recently released from incarceration; and the Medicaid eligible population.   There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Homeless shelters and veterans drop-in centers, Cass County Social Services, F5 Project, Share House, Fargo Public School District, and the Barnes County Public Health Unit.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Kaylin FrappierPhone: (701) 271-6385Email: kfrappier@famhealthcare.org ” 

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  • Other
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  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Resource Directory - 04/23/2019

~~This page has information on organizations that have resources to help persons with brain-injury-related disabilities 

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  • Other
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  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Association of Community Providers: Creating Inclusive Communities - 05/04/2018

The North Dakota Association of Community Providers’ 32nd Annual Conference covering topics of continuing education, customized employment training, and Medicaid benefits. 

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  • Other
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  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Division Provider Manual - 04/13/2018

“This manual functions as a primary reference document for DD licensed providers delivering services covered by North Dakota's Department of Human Services’ (“Department”) Developmental Disabilities Division (“DD Division”). The DD Division provides support and training to clients and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency. The DD Division contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. This manual is intended to complement the federal and state rules and regulations, not to supplant it. Any lack of clarity or apparent conflict among the documents is certainly unintended. Should the reader observe such a situation, the federal and state rules and regulations are the final authority.”

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  • Other
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  • Mental Health

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.”

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  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
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  • 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.

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No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Overall Service Plan Instructions - 06/25/2019

~~“The OSP consists of two (2) sections:1.State Individual Service Plan (ISP)which is the pre-authorization of payment for DD Medicaid Waiver and State Plan Services. The ISP is completed by the DD Program Manager, a representative of the State Medicaid agency.  This section can only be edited and entered by the DDPM. The ISP lists Title XIX Medicaid funded services that will be provided to the person including the amount, type, frequency, service provider, funding source, and start/end dates.  It also lists the generic non-Medicaid funded services the person is receiving.  The ISP is the document that authorizes Medicaid payment for DD Title XIX services in the Medicaid payment system.  An ISP must be completed in order for payment to be made.” 

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

Waiver Number: ND.0037. R08.00 Draft ID: ND.007.08.0 Renewal - 04/01/2019

~~“Major ChangesIn Appendix B – slots were increased by 150 each year of the waiver and update performance measure B-2.In Appendix C- modifications and clarification was made in Day Habilitation, Homemaker, Independent Habilitation, Individual Employment Support, Extended Home Health Care, Environmental Modifications, Equipment and Supplies, and In-Home Supports. Community Transition Services was added as a new service. Performance measures C-1 and C-4 were updated and C-3 was removed.In Appendix D- performance measures D-3, D-4, and the remediation was updated.In Appendix E- updated the goal for number of participants each year of the waiver and removed co-employer as an option for participant employer status. …” 

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

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Approval Letter - 02/01/2019

~~“Final approval is granted due to the state completing the following activities:o Conducted a comprehensive site-specific assessment and validation of all settings serving individuals receiving Medicaid-funded I{CBS, and included in the STP the outcomes of these activities and proposed remediation strategies to rectify any issues uncovered through the site specific assessment and validation processes by the end of the transition period.o Outlined a detailed plan for identifying settings that are presumed to have institutional characteristics, including qualities that isolate HCBS beneficiaries, as well as the proposed process for evaluating these settings and preparing for submission to CMS for review under heightened scrutiny;o Developed a process for communicating with beneficiaries who are currently receiving services in settings that the state has determined cannot or will not come into compliance with the home and community-based settings criteria by March 17 ,2022; ando Established ongoing monitoring and quality assurance processes that will ensure all settings providing HCBS continue to remain fully compliant with the rule in the future.” 

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

North Dakota Revised Statewide Transition Plan For HCBS Settings Under 1915(c) Waivers - 01/31/2019

~~“North Dakota submitted an initial Statewide Transition Plan that included public comment to CMS on November 28, 2014. CMS has completed a review of the initial plan and provided additional recommendations that are addressed in this document. Prior to submission this revised plan was submitted for public comment. The draft Statewide Transition Plan that applies to all of North Dakota’s 1915(c) waivers was open for public comment for 30 days from February 19, 2016 through March 20, 2016 to allow all consumers, providers and stakeholders an opportunity to provide input to the plan. The final plan which included changes that were made as result of the public comment was submitted to CMS on March 31, 2016.North Dakota received initial approval of its Statewide Transition Plan on November 1, 2016.  At that time, CMS provided feedback to the State on the additional information that must be included in a revised Statewide Transition Plan so that the State can be granted final approval. Those revisions are included in this document.”

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

Medicaid Waivers - 11/01/2018

~~“Waivers are agreements between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a state's Medicaid agency and serve specific groups of people.Waivers specify:• Number of participants to be served• Eligibility criteria• Available services, including any limits on services• Procedures for the evaluation and re-evaluation of level of careWaivers give eligible people options if their needs can be met in their homes, and if providing services in a home and community setting is cost neutral compared to institutional services.” 

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  • Medicaid Agencies
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  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Citations

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.” 

 

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  • Medicaid Agencies
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  • 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.   
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  • 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

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  • Medicaid Agencies
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  • 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

2017 State Population.
-0.34%
Change from
2016 to 2017
755,393
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-16.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37,320
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.79%
Change from
2016 to 2017
21,019
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.22%
Change from
2016 to 2017
56.32%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2016 to 2017
84.35%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 756,928 757,953 755,393
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 38,112 43,627 37,320
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 18,582 23,286 21,019
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 359,388 354,090 355,450
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.76% 53.38% 56.32%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 83.58% 84.34% 84.35%
State/National unemployment rate. 2.80% 3.20% 2.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.50% 17.50% 19.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10% 9.90% 9.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 39,126 43,879 40,687
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 40,152 41,449 35,114
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 70,328 74,163 65,778
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,218 1,407 2,313
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,784 2,266 1,414
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,089 6,174 5,990
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 769 490 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 1,193 2,847 1,137
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 661 N/A 310

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,200 1,177 1,135
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 15.40% 15.00% 14.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,917 13,926 14,114

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 4,096 3,777 3,001
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,841 6,652 5,716
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,562 10,192 8,300
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 38.80% 37.10% 36.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.10% 1.80% 0.30%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 81 67 10
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 0 N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 0 N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 0 N/A N/A

 

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)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 19 23 17
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 14 14 8
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. 74.00% 61.00% 53.00%
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. 1.94 1.85 1.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
744
772
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 14 27 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 103 121 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 174 131 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 228 224 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 164 195 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 61 74 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 38.50% 36.50% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 418 506 539
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 20,921 20,902 21,309
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 29 30 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 48 42 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

Data Not Available

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 74.58% 74.08% 73.25%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.11% 5.33% 5.69%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.66% 1.75% 1.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.36% 97.90% 98.85%
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% 33.47% 29.07%
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% 56.90% 58.72%
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% 87.03% 83.14%
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% 23.43% 29.65%

 

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 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 5 15 15
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5 15 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 340 712 706
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 340 712 706

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~• The individual must be in extended services for a minimum of 90 days prior to case closure. In the spirit of Employment First and the need for competitive integrated employment for individuals with the most-significant disabilities working for sub-minimum wage or in sheltered employment, DVR is piloting a three year Expanded Supported Employment Project, which began in July 2015. The project outcomes will influence the amendments to SEP policies, practices, guidelines and payment rates; as well as assist in the development of a customized employment policy, guidelines and payment rate. (Page 211) Title I

Customized Employment

~~DVR has received technical assistance and training by the national Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC.) Utilizing their technical assistance, DVR developed and began utilizing an LMI curriculum tailored to North Dakota’s needs. The LMI curriculum is used to help clients set and accomplish career goals based on current business and employment needs within the state. In addition, the JD-VRTAC provided 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 67) Title I

Goal 4: DVR will develop and implement a customized employment policy that will result in 16 people obtaining competitive integrated employment within the next two years.
Priority 1: Develop the expertise of community rehabilitation providers to offer high quality supported employment services that lead to competitive, integrated employment.
Priority 2: To provide individuals with the most significant disabilities with the opportunity for competitive integrated employment. (Page 193) Title IV

VR received recommendations from the Washington Initiative on Supported Employment (WISE), North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD), State Rehab Council members and through public comment to develop and implement a Customized Employment. North Dakota VR will develop a Customized Employment policy, payment rates for customized employment and training and technical assistance for Community Rehab Providers (CRP). VR will invest in training and technical assistance for CRPS to gain the skills necessary skills to ensure that Customized Employment services are available across the state. Through site visits by VR and NDACP staff the following information was captured from the Expanded Supported Employment Pilot: 1) the four providers enrolled in the grant originally thought they were providing customized employment, but through the training and technical assistance they agreed they were not providing true customized employment. 2) they developed the necessary skills to provide customized employment. (Page 204) Title IV

Goal 4 *DVR will develop and implement a customized employment policy that will result in 16 people obtaining competitive integrated employment within the next two years.
Strategy 4.1 Develop a customized employment policy and payment system by July 2019. Innovation/enhancement/improvement
Strategy 4.2 Define how technical assistance will be provided to vocational rehabilitation counselors and community rehabilitation providers. Innovation/enhancement/improvement Strategy 4.3 Collaborate with the Developmental Disabilities Division to implement customized employment in ND. Innovation/enhancement/improvement. (Page 205) Title IV

• DVR has piloted an Expanded Supported Employment project, providing training to 4 Community Rehabilitation Providers on the discovery process and customized employment. These providers have identified individuals to participate in the project and attempt to obtain competitive integrated employment. (Page 208) Title IV
 

 

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Forty-two full time VR counselors are employed by the division with their offices located in the eight larger communities in the state. These VR counselors work closely with staff from JSND and the Adult Education Programs located in these same communities. Staff and fiscal resources are leveraged by all three agencies to provide workforce service to the business community, individuals with disabilities, populations receiving state economic assistance to include TANF and New Americans. NDVR is currently operating in an approved Order of Selection with all categories open. Increased operating and cost to provide case service will result in the agency potential to close up to two categories during the life of the Unified Plan. (Page 34) Title I

The North Dakota workforce development and training system receives Federal and State funding support, and in many cases matching funds are also provided by the private sector. WIOA Title I funds are used to help leverage other Federal fund sources such as Pell Grants and student loans. In addition, WIOA funds are used to help leverage state and private sector funds available to address workforce training needs. North Dakota has a strong collaboration among state workforce partners to increase the employment of North Dakotan’s with disabilities. The core program partners are represented as members of the State’s Workforce Leadership team. Staff from local offices of DVR, Job Service North Dakota and Adult Basic Education collaborate in joint planning and service delivery to individuals with disabilities. (Page 47) Title I
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

School to Work Transition

~~With WIOA, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has committed approximately $1.5 million (at least 15% of the federal grant) per year statewide to fund pre-employment transition services. Required activities include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training. In addition to services purchased based on approved IPEs for students, DVR staff are providing services which includes tracking time spent for travel to rural areas. Under IDEA, the local school districts are required to provide transition services, however DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts and private providers to enhance or expand services. (Page 171) Title IV

DVR is committed to provide pre-employment transition services to students. Activities will include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training and other services based on individual needs. DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts to enhance or expand services. The activities will include the following:

• Teachers and DVR counselors are collaborating to provide students with a foundation with activities such as career exploration, self-advocacy, interest testing, and work place readiness training using a common curriculum.

• DVR is partnering with schools and community rehabilitation providers to offer competitive, integrated work experience.

• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers.

• DVR and North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind have sponsored a weekend retreats with the purpose of providing intensive pre-employment career services to youth with visual impairments. Due to the success of these retreats, plans are to continue holding these events. (Page 201) Title IV

VR Responsibility: 

• Services include the provision of Pre-ETS for students who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services; and

• Assist in the achievement of employment goals for individuals who have applied and been found eligible for VR services.  DPI Responsibility:

• Request consultation and technical assistance from VR when needed for planning and implementation of transition services;

• Provide all existing educational, medical, psychological, and career assessments through a release of information as necessary for a determination of eligibility by the VR agency;

• Provide special education and related services as developed and documented for students with disabilities in an IEP;

• Provide VR with documentation of completion of transition services or Pre-ETS for students with disabilities;

• Provide representation on the VR State Rehabilitation Council and relevant committee participation; and

• Encourage LEA to identify points of contact for field staff from VR. (Page 164) Title IV

VR staff, in cooperation with education staff, shall participate in the planning process that is designed to facilitate the development and completion of the IEP. The VR counselor shall review and consider a student’s IEP during the development of their VR IPE. Services reflected on the IEP may or may not need to be included in their VR IPE depending upon the employment goal and individual situation of each student, but can serve as a vital starting point when providing Pre-ETS or transition services. Once either type of IPE is developed and approved, there will be two active plans for the client, the IPE and the IEP, each reflecting coordinated goals and a range of services for a period of time. Collaborating with education staff to align the two plans can contribute in a positive manner for the student to gain basic workplace skills, knowledge of specific occupational skills, and an understanding.  (Page 167) Title IV

Joint Responsibility of VR and DPI:

• Provide training to LEA and VR counselors to assure transition and pre-employment services training will include activities such as the development and implementation of their IEP under Section 614(d) of the IDEA, coordination on Pre-Employment Services under Section 113, Accommodations under Section 504, and those related to Limitations on Sub-Minimum Wages under Section 511 of the Rehab Act of 1973, as amended;

• Provide training to local level LEA and VR to assure that the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) that VR develops for a student with a disability who is receiving special education services should be coordinated with the IEP the LEA develops in terms of the goals, objectives, and services identified. (Pages 167-168) Title IV

VR Responsibility: 

• VR Regional Administrators are responsible to ensure VR staff are available to serve students attending the LEA;

• Determine eligibility for VR service and provide rehabilitation services to school-aged students with disabilities when referred by the LEA;

• The IPE should be developed for students who are two years from exiting school, allowing for a smooth transition planning process, at the latest, just before exiting school; and

• Because the definition of a “student” with a disability for the VR program includes an individual with a disability for purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is broader than the definition under IDEA. VR agencies are authorized to provide transition services to this broader population of students with disabilities than LEA are authorized to provide under IDEA. Since the VR program may serve students with disabilities, including those individuals with a disability for purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is possible that these students may not have an IEP under IDEA, and therefore would not be eligible for or receiving special education or related services under IDEA. (Page 168) Title IV

DPI Responsibility: 

• DPI will provide training and oversight to the LEAs to assure the following transition requirements of IDEA are followed:

o DPI will encourage inviting VR to IEP meetings and other team meetings so VR can provide information, technical assistance, case consultation, and information/referral as needed for eligible or potentially eligible students;

o Provide IEP team-determined transition services; (Page 168) Title IV

Schools are responsible to provide the necessary services the student needs, in each domain of the IEP They are academics, communicative status, adaptive characteristics, ecological factors, jobs and job training, recreation and leisure, home/independent living, community participation, Post-Secondary Training and Learning Opportunities and related services while in school. VR’s primary responsibility to the schools had been technical assistance and consultation only, and we have typically not paid for any services until close to the end of the senior year. VR has now begun to provide pre-employment transition services in addition to TA and consultation, to students ages 14 to 21. VR has many Pre-Employment Transition Purchase of Service agreements across the state to expand on the pre-employment services formerly provided solely by the local schools and DPI is kept up to date on those activities. (Page 170) Title IV

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is working with the Department of Public Instruction and local school districts to identify students with disabilities on an IEP. Transitioning students who are identified through the education unit's Section 504 coordinator are also referred to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and contacts are made with the guidance counselors to assure students with special needs are aware of services through DVR. Referrals are also received from independent living centers, human service centers, and community rehabilitation providers working with transition age students. (Page 172) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Vocational Rehabilitation allows for exited individuals to reapply for increased skills for career advancement. Career pathway training provides new opportunities for individuals whose disability has advanced and is now requiring changes in work environment and needs new or advanced skills. (Page 50) Title I

The state of North Dakota has been proactive in development of partnerships with business and industry, education, economic development, and the workforce development system to continuously identify and address workforce challenges. The North Dakota Talent Initiative is the basis for full statewide collaboration on workforce vision, goals, and issues. The Talent Initiative and ongoing partnership development facilitates solutions through strong relationships among partners. The Workforce Development Council, community colleges, business and labor, the Office of Apprenticeship, and TrainND all work closely to identify workforce needs and address training solutions. DVR’s 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, DVR assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. DVR also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability—related areas. Core program partners will collaborate with Career and Technical Education to receive professional development to build a common understanding of career pathways and how they can be used across all agencies. Career and Technical Education will, with consultation of the others involved, take the lead on professional development that will be applied across all agencies. (Page 51) Title I

WIOA training funds expand the access to postsecondary credential by providing training opportunities to low income, New Americans, disabled individuals and dislocated workers. Occupation areas such as healthcare career ladders of nurse assistant, licensed practical nurse and registered nurse offer career pathways and credential earning opportunities. Transportation occupations offer increased wages and opportunity based on skills and endorsements earned. Welding occupations require a variety of skills and certifications to work in specific areas. The ND eligible training provider list offers many certifications to expand skills for these in demand occupations in the State. (Page 77) Title I

Apprenticeship

With WIOA, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has committed approximately $1.5 million (at least 15% of the federal grant) per year statewide to fund pre-employment transition services. Required activities include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training. In addition to services purchased based on approved IPEs for students, DVR staff are providing services which includes tracking time spent for travel to rural areas. Under IDEA, the local school districts are required to provide transition services, however DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts and private providers to enhance or expand services. (Page 171) Title IV
DVR is committed to provide pre-employment transition services to students. Activities will include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training and other services based on individual needs. DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts to enhance or expand services. The activities will include the following:
• Teachers and DVR counselors are collaborating to provide students with a foundation with activities such as career exploration, self-advocacy, interest testing, and work place readiness training using a common curriculum.
• DVR is partnering with schools and community rehabilitation providers to offer competitive, integrated work experience.
• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers.
• DVR and North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind have sponsored a weekend retreats with the purpose of providing intensive pre-employment career services to youth with visual impairments. Due to the success of these retreats, plans are to continue holding these events. (Page 201) Title IV

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~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. (Pages 201-202) Title IV
 

Employer/ Business

~~Joint Responsibility of VR and DPI:
• Facilitate the local level engagement of potential employers to provide job shadows, work experience, etc. for students with disabilities; (Pages 167-168) Title IV

• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide
transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers. (Pages 171-172) Title IV

The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is committed to building strong, long-term relationships with business. The agency has a dual customer approach with business being a key consumer of VR service. Services provide to business include consultation, technical assistance and information that serves to build awareness of business to an available source of qualified employees. Long term engagement with business will result in incorporating the workforce needs of business when assisting consumers of DVR to develop goals that are consistent with in-demand occupations.

DVR has developed a team of Business Service Specialists (BSSs) within the state. This team was developed through re-classification and assignment of VR Counseling staff. Full time BSSs are employed in the division’s larger offices which include Fargo, Minot, Grand Forks and Bismarck. Each covers one quadrant of the state ensuring a statewide program. Staff from the Institute for Community Inclusion’s Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center provided support to the division in development of goals and strategies to capitalize on the resource of business service staff to assist the agency in developing goals, strategies and objectives.

Goal 1: Increase business engagement and assist businesses retain or hire employees that have incurred an injury, illness or health impairment.

Objective: Increase the number of contacts between business and staff from the VR agency.

Strategies:

1. Develop Best Practice Guidelines that will be used to train staff to increase staff skill in assessing business needs.

2. Develop standards for the number and extent of presentations and outreach to business by staff to include Business Specialist and Rehabilitation Counselors.

3. Participate as a member organization in business-led organizations, such as Chambers of Commerce, Rotary etc.

4. Attend the Workforce Development Board meetings and disseminate information to the statewide VR staff on the business needs as expressed during board meetings.

5. Participate in the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s National Employment Team (NET) and the NET-Southeast regional team to share referrals and best practices (Pages 176-177) Title IV

In addition, VR staff, teachers and CRPs are working with employers to place transition students in work experiences which will lead to competitive integrated employment.  During the student’s school year, the VR staff, CRP’s, and teachers collaborate to identify what summer work experience would be beneficial to the student. The team outreaches to potential employers in order to provide opportunities for placement. When an employer sees the success of a student in summer work experience, they often offer them permanent positions. Another result of the employer having that great experience with our team is their willingness to give other students an opportunity to do work experience during the school year. Our state provides year round work experience through our pre-employment transition service purchase of service contracts. The team, consisting of the contract staff, teachers and VR counselors, share their business contacts and outreach to potential employers in order to provide opportunities for placement. (Page 178) Title IV

Data Collection

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 14-24 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. Web-based and real time reports are available to all staff with access to AWARE, both remotely and at itinerant locations. Counselors and managers can view a variety of data and information, including budgets, production activities and “action due” reports. The RSA-113 and RSA-911 reports produced for RSA are generated directly from AWARE. (Page 83) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation conducts an assessment of the training needs of the current staff at all levels - administrative, counselor, and support staff. The needs assessment focuses on two levels of training (1) statewide training topics that are consistent with the State Plan, Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Regulations, RSA 911 requirements, and RSA priorities, and (2) regional training that addresses issues identified through case reviews, performance appraisals and other training that will assist staff in progressing toward their career goals. (Page 185) Title I

511

~~• Development of the process to document the completion of the required activities under Section 511 for youth who are 24 or younger and seeking subminimum wage, including:
o Services provided by VR
o Pre-ETS
o Career Counseling
o Information and Referral Transition services provided by the LEA under IDEA (Pages 163-164) Title IV
 

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity Plan to the US DOL Civil Rights Center.
Job Service, in determining site or location of facilities, may not make selections with the purpose or effect of excluding individuals from denying them the benefits of, or subjecting them to discrimination on a prohibited ground, or with the purpose or effect of defeating or substantially impairing the accomplishment of the objectives of the program, or the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions. The Webmaster keeps the Job Service website in compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 with the use of Compliance Sheriff Software. The Agency Webmaster utilizes Compliance Sheriff after the release of website updates and the North Dakota State Information Technology Department also runs routine compliance checks of the website using Compliance Sheriff. (Pages 98-99) Title I

Job Service’s online service is a web—based self—service system that satisfies a major one—stop objective: Universal access to a broad range of employment, training and education services. Job Service North Dakota’s online services ensure: • Access to specific services is available to all customers throughout the one—stop system. • Access 24/7 services to anyone with Internet access. • Access to services by clients in remote and rural areas who might find it inconvenient to use a physical one—stop. • Access to services by clients in urban areas who are unable to access a physical one—stop due to lack of transportation, disability, etc. Job Service’s online services provide users with a text only interface option. It is ideal for customers who use non—graphic browsers or extremely slow and unreliable Internet connections. 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 99) Title I

Accessibility to the services provided by Job Service ND and all Partner agencies is essential to meeting the requirements and goals of North Dakota. Job seekers and businesses must be able to access all information relevant to them via visits to physical locations as well as in virtual spaces, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other classification protected under state or federal law. • Physical accessibility - One-stop centers will maintain a culture of inclusiveness and the physical characteristics of the facility, both indoor and outdoor, will meet the latest standards of accessible design. Services will be available in a convenient, high traffic, and accessible location, taking into account reasonable distance from public transportation and adequate parking (including parking clearly marked for individuals with disabilities). Indoor space will be designed in an “equal and meaningful” manner providing access for individuals with disabilities. • Virtual accessibility —Job Service ND will ensure that job seekers and businesses have access to the same information online as they do in a physical facility. Information must be clearly marked and compliant with Section 508 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services code. Partners will comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010; the law that requires that federal agencies use "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use" and all information kept virtually will be updated regularly to ensure dissemination of correct information. • Communication accessibility - Communications access, for purposes of this MOU, means that individuals with sensory disabilities can communicate (and be communicated with) on an equal footing with those who do not have such disabilities. All Partners agree that they will provide accommodations for individuals who have communication challenges, including but not limited to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, individuals with vision impairments, and individuals with speech-language impairments. • Programmatic accessibility - All Partners agree that they will not discriminate in their employment practices or services on the basis of gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other classification protected under state or federal law. (Pages 125-126) Title I

Vets

The agencies responsible for the WIOA core and required program in North Dakota include: • Job Service ND (which has responsibility for the majority of the WIOA core and required programs, such as WIOA Title I, Wagner Peyser, Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program, Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs and Unemployment Compensation Programs including RESEA• The Department of Human services (which has responsibility for Vocational Rehabilitation, SCSEP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) • The Department of Commerce (Community Services Block Grant) • The Department of Public Instruction (Adult Education), and • Motivation, Education and Training (National Farmworker Jobs Program) (Page 33) Title I
The Job Service AJCs staff include the Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG). All JVSG staff are Disable Veteran Outreach Program and assist the needs of disabled veterans and those veterans and eligible persons who require intensive services in order to obtain and retain employment that supports their self—sufficiency. DVOP services are available in all Job Service AJCs and are integrated into all service delivery offerings. (Page 52) Title I
Job Service AJC staff will conduct an intake/assessment for each Veteran/Eligible Spouse at point of entry to a Job Service AJC. Throughout the intake process, Veterans who disclose or self-attest to meeting one or more of the criteria for DVOP services will be referred to a DVOP. If a DVOP is not available when a referral is necessary, the Veteran/Eligible Spouse may choose to be served on a priority basis by another staff member.
Veterans not meeting the criteria for DVOP services are to be referred to appropriate non-JVSG staff to receive core, intensive, and/or training services on a priority of service basis.
Job Service will monitor priority of service to veterans/eligible persons to ensure that all staff are in compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding all Department of Labor programs. Priority of service will be monitored through analysis of data found in the Employment and Training Administration’s Federal Reports, from observations annotated in the Manager’s Quarterly Report on Services to Veterans and from reports completed by Job Service Systems Management Staff. These reports are reviewed by the Job Service Workforce Development Director, the State Veterans’ Program Administrator and the Director of Veterans’ Employment and Training and conclusions drawn regarding the extent of priority of service demonstrated by each Customer Service Area. Process improvement plans are recommended for those offices needing improvement. (Page 98) Title I
Veterans and eligible spouses of veterans - covered persons - will receive priority of service. 20 CFR Part 1010.110 adopts the term “covered person” to define those veterans and spouses of eligible veterans who are eligible for priority of service. The Jobs for Veterans Act does not change the requirement that individuals, to include veterans and military spouses, must first qualify as eligible under the WIOA Adult Program before participation. (Page 115) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation continues to work with multiple agencies and entities throughout the state. A number of these are related to cooperative ventures with the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division in development of a sustained system of benefit planning and other vocational supports that facilitate employment of persons with the most significant disabilities. Listed below are the primary businesses, agencies and groups with whom we are currently working. The only group in this attachment, with whom we have a formal written agreement, is with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program — Cooperative agreement with VA/VR is to ‘ensure seamless, coordinated, and effective VR services to North Dakota’s veterans with disabilities and their dependents with disabilities; to improve cooperation and collaboration between the two agencies; to avoid duplication of services; to improve interagency communication; and to establish staff cross-training opportunities. (Page 159) Title IV

Mental Health

~~North Dakota DVR has defined a student with a disability as an individual with a disability in a secondary, post-secondary, or other recognized education program, who is between the ages of 14-21, is eligible for, and receiving, special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is an individual with a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or students with disabilities including but not limited to: physical, sensory, intellectual, mental health, and communication. A youth with a disability is any individual with a disability who is between the ages of 14-24, regardless of education status. (Page 163) Title IV

ND was selected to receive the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) grant which began in August, 2015 and will continue through December, 2019. Partners involved in the grant include DPI, local school districts, Special Education directors, students with disabilities, VR state and local staff, job coaches, Behavioral Health Division, parents, parent advocates and employers. ND has chosen to focus activities in the grant on students with behavioral, social/emotional, social communication and mental health needs.   (Page 165) Title IV
VR has a high level of collaboration with DHS Behavioral Health Division in the delivery of employment services to consumers who experience behavioral health issues. VR provides employment services including SEP for individuals with mental illness with extended services provided through the Behavioral Health Divisions’ funding. DVR is also involved as a team member for individuals involved in the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) program which then allows for a smooth transition into VR SEP once those individuals have stabilized and are ready to pursue competitive integrated employment. (Page 179) Title IV
 

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

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

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

Policies and Initiatives

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Medicaid Waivers - 11/01/2018

~~“Waivers are agreements between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a state's Medicaid agency and serve specific groups of people.Waivers specify:• Number of participants to be served• Eligibility criteria• Available services, including any limits on services• Procedures for the evaluation and re-evaluation of level of careWaivers give eligible people options if their needs can be met in their homes, and if providing services in a home and community setting is cost neutral compared to institutional services.” 

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

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 10/30/2018

~~“The purpose of this manual is to establish policies and procedures for implementing the provisions of Federal and State Regulating Authority for Developmental Disabilities Services in the State of North Dakota. Developmental Disabilities provides support and training to individuals and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency; to prevent institutionalization; and to enable institutionalized individuals to return to the community. To achieve this goal, Developmental Disabilities contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. “ 

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

North Dakota Association of Community Providers: Creating Inclusive Communities - 05/04/2018

The North Dakota Association of Community Providers’ 32nd Annual Conference covering topics of continuing education, customized employment training, and Medicaid benefits. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Division Provider Manual - 04/13/2018

“This manual functions as a primary reference document for DD licensed providers delivering services covered by North Dakota's Department of Human Services’ (“Department”) Developmental Disabilities Division (“DD Division”). The DD Division provides support and training to clients and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency. The DD Division contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. This manual is intended to complement the federal and state rules and regulations, not to supplant it. Any lack of clarity or apparent conflict among the documents is certainly unintended. Should the reader observe such a situation, the federal and state rules and regulations are the final authority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program (ASTEP) - 01/01/2018

“ASTEP is a transition and postsecondary education program that makes college a reality for young adults with intellectual disabilities.  ASTEP uses a person-centered planning process that incorporates the individual’s personal goals, career plans, and dreams into an inclusive education plan to help students learn employment and self-advocacy skills while gaining independence.

Young adults ages 18 to 26 attend college at Minot State University for two to three years where students can earn a College-to-Career certificate, and other career focused certificates.

ASTEP students live on campus or in the community where they enroll in college courses, complete an employment internship, learn independent living skills, and engage in campus and community life. A variety of supports are available in campus, employment, community, and social settings.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Cost of Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - 10/24/2017

~~“The North Dakota Department of Human Services pays for a continuum of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Costs reflect the statewide average cost of the continuum of care, from institutional level of care at the Life Skills and Transition Center (LSTC), which serves people whose needs exceed community capacity, to community-based services”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 09/15/2017

“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

ND Workforce Development Council - 07/21/2017

~~North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized July 21, 2017 under Executive  Order 2017-10. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce innovation and opportunity board in accordance with Section 101(e) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide workforce innovation and opportunity activities, through statewide and local workforce innovation and opportunity systems, that increase the employment retention, and earnings of participants, and increase the occupational skills attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.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.

 

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

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
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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
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities “Our Five Year Plan ”

~~NDCPD will implement four goals focused on the needs of people with developmental disabilities  during 2017 - 2022. Click on the corresponding arrow icon in the circle for more information.

Goal 1 - Employment: ND citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to information, experiences, and supports that allows them to be successful in the general workforce. Goal 2 - Aging: ND citizens will with intellectual and developmental disabilities will experience highest levels of quality of life and self-direction as part of healthy aging. Goal 3 - Educational and Early Childhood: ND children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have quality educational and early childhood services and systems. Goal 4 - Health: ND citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have improved quality and access to health services, systems, and information.

 

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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North Dakota Association of Community Providers (NDACP) - 06/10/2019

~~/“The North Dakota Association of Community /Providers (NDACP) is made up of 31 organizations across the state, providing services in 195+ communities.

We represent approximately 7,200 DD staff, 5,300 of whom are Direct Support Professionals, or DSP’s, and approximately 8,200 staff serving all populations.  We serve approximately 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities. “

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ND Workforce Development Council - 07/21/2017

~~North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized July 21, 2017 under Executive  Order 2017-10. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce innovation and opportunity board in accordance with Section 101(e) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide workforce innovation and opportunity activities, through statewide and local workforce innovation and opportunity systems, that increase the employment retention, and earnings of participants, and increase the occupational skills attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.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.

 

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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ASPIRE PROMISE Grant - 11/02/2016

~~“Interventions, services and supports will be delivered to ASPIRE youth in six states, including ND. 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

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

~~“The Council advocates for policy changes that promote choice, independence, productivity and inclusion for all North Dakotans with developmental disabilities (DD). The Council supports and provides funding for projects and activities that maximize opportunities for consumers and families. NDSCDD serves in planning and advisory capacity to state policymakers and agencies relative to services for persons with DD….Financial Assistance for HousingPublic Housing Authorities (PHA) Public Housing Authorities provide quality, affordable housing opportunities and promote maximum independence for our community’s lower income families, elderly, and persons with disabilities.Who is eligible: Low-income families, seniors and/or persons with disabilities are eligible to apply for Family Housing and/or Section 8 Rental Assistance” 

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

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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2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Family HealthCare Center was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the “Left behind” populations, uninsured; nonelderly adults living at 200% or below the poverty level; New Americans including refugees; Pregnant women and new mothers; American Indians and the disabled; Recently released from incarceration; and the Medicaid eligible population.   There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Homeless shelters and veterans drop-in centers, Cass County Social Services, F5 Project, Share House, Fargo Public School District, and the Barnes County Public Health Unit.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Kaylin FrappierPhone: (701) 271-6385Email: kfrappier@famhealthcare.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Resource Directory - 04/23/2019

~~This page has information on organizations that have resources to help persons with brain-injury-related disabilities 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Association of Community Providers: Creating Inclusive Communities - 05/04/2018

The North Dakota Association of Community Providers’ 32nd Annual Conference covering topics of continuing education, customized employment training, and Medicaid benefits. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Division Provider Manual - 04/13/2018

“This manual functions as a primary reference document for DD licensed providers delivering services covered by North Dakota's Department of Human Services’ (“Department”) Developmental Disabilities Division (“DD Division”). The DD Division provides support and training to clients and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency. The DD Division contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. This manual is intended to complement the federal and state rules and regulations, not to supplant it. Any lack of clarity or apparent conflict among the documents is certainly unintended. Should the reader observe such a situation, the federal and state rules and regulations are the final authority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Overall Service Plan Instructions - 06/25/2019

~~“The OSP consists of two (2) sections:1.State Individual Service Plan (ISP)which is the pre-authorization of payment for DD Medicaid Waiver and State Plan Services. The ISP is completed by the DD Program Manager, a representative of the State Medicaid agency.  This section can only be edited and entered by the DDPM. The ISP lists Title XIX Medicaid funded services that will be provided to the person including the amount, type, frequency, service provider, funding source, and start/end dates.  It also lists the generic non-Medicaid funded services the person is receiving.  The ISP is the document that authorizes Medicaid payment for DD Title XIX services in the Medicaid payment system.  An ISP must be completed in order for payment to be made.” 

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

Waiver Number: ND.0037. R08.00 Draft ID: ND.007.08.0 Renewal - 04/01/2019

~~“Major ChangesIn Appendix B – slots were increased by 150 each year of the waiver and update performance measure B-2.In Appendix C- modifications and clarification was made in Day Habilitation, Homemaker, Independent Habilitation, Individual Employment Support, Extended Home Health Care, Environmental Modifications, Equipment and Supplies, and In-Home Supports. Community Transition Services was added as a new service. Performance measures C-1 and C-4 were updated and C-3 was removed.In Appendix D- performance measures D-3, D-4, and the remediation was updated.In Appendix E- updated the goal for number of participants each year of the waiver and removed co-employer as an option for participant employer status. …” 

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

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Approval Letter - 02/01/2019

~~“Final approval is granted due to the state completing the following activities:o Conducted a comprehensive site-specific assessment and validation of all settings serving individuals receiving Medicaid-funded I{CBS, and included in the STP the outcomes of these activities and proposed remediation strategies to rectify any issues uncovered through the site specific assessment and validation processes by the end of the transition period.o Outlined a detailed plan for identifying settings that are presumed to have institutional characteristics, including qualities that isolate HCBS beneficiaries, as well as the proposed process for evaluating these settings and preparing for submission to CMS for review under heightened scrutiny;o Developed a process for communicating with beneficiaries who are currently receiving services in settings that the state has determined cannot or will not come into compliance with the home and community-based settings criteria by March 17 ,2022; ando Established ongoing monitoring and quality assurance processes that will ensure all settings providing HCBS continue to remain fully compliant with the rule in the future.” 

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

North Dakota Revised Statewide Transition Plan For HCBS Settings Under 1915(c) Waivers - 01/31/2019

~~“North Dakota submitted an initial Statewide Transition Plan that included public comment to CMS on November 28, 2014. CMS has completed a review of the initial plan and provided additional recommendations that are addressed in this document. Prior to submission this revised plan was submitted for public comment. The draft Statewide Transition Plan that applies to all of North Dakota’s 1915(c) waivers was open for public comment for 30 days from February 19, 2016 through March 20, 2016 to allow all consumers, providers and stakeholders an opportunity to provide input to the plan. The final plan which included changes that were made as result of the public comment was submitted to CMS on March 31, 2016.North Dakota received initial approval of its Statewide Transition Plan on November 1, 2016.  At that time, CMS provided feedback to the State on the additional information that must be included in a revised Statewide Transition Plan so that the State can be granted final approval. Those revisions are included in this document.”

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

Medicaid Waivers - 11/01/2018

~~“Waivers are agreements between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a state's Medicaid agency and serve specific groups of people.Waivers specify:• Number of participants to be served• Eligibility criteria• Available services, including any limits on services• Procedures for the evaluation and re-evaluation of level of careWaivers give eligible people options if their needs can be met in their homes, and if providing services in a home and community setting is cost neutral compared to institutional services.” 

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

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

2017 State Population.
-0.34%
Change from
2016 to 2017
755,393
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-16.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37,320
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.79%
Change from
2016 to 2017
21,019
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.22%
Change from
2016 to 2017
56.32%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2016 to 2017
84.35%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 755,393
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 37,320
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 21,019
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 355,450
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 56.32%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 84.35%
State/National unemployment rate. 2.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 40,687
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 35,114
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 65,778
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 2,313
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,414
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,990
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 1,137
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 310

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,135
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 14.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,114

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,001
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,716
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 8,300
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 36.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.30%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 10
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

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)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 17
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8
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. 53.00%
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. 1.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 539
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,309
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

Data Not Available

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 73.25%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.69%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.85%
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). 29.07%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 58.72%
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). 83.14%
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). 29.65%

 

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

2019
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). 15
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 15
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). 706
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. 706

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~• The individual must be in extended services for a minimum of 90 days prior to case closure. In the spirit of Employment First and the need for competitive integrated employment for individuals with the most-significant disabilities working for sub-minimum wage or in sheltered employment, DVR is piloting a three year Expanded Supported Employment Project, which began in July 2015. The project outcomes will influence the amendments to SEP policies, practices, guidelines and payment rates; as well as assist in the development of a customized employment policy, guidelines and payment rate. (Page 211) Title I

Customized Employment

~~DVR has received technical assistance and training by the national Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC.) Utilizing their technical assistance, DVR developed and began utilizing an LMI curriculum tailored to North Dakota’s needs. The LMI curriculum is used to help clients set and accomplish career goals based on current business and employment needs within the state. In addition, the JD-VRTAC provided 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 67) Title I

Goal 4: DVR will develop and implement a customized employment policy that will result in 16 people obtaining competitive integrated employment within the next two years.
Priority 1: Develop the expertise of community rehabilitation providers to offer high quality supported employment services that lead to competitive, integrated employment.
Priority 2: To provide individuals with the most significant disabilities with the opportunity for competitive integrated employment. (Page 193) Title IV

VR received recommendations from the Washington Initiative on Supported Employment (WISE), North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD), State Rehab Council members and through public comment to develop and implement a Customized Employment. North Dakota VR will develop a Customized Employment policy, payment rates for customized employment and training and technical assistance for Community Rehab Providers (CRP). VR will invest in training and technical assistance for CRPS to gain the skills necessary skills to ensure that Customized Employment services are available across the state. Through site visits by VR and NDACP staff the following information was captured from the Expanded Supported Employment Pilot: 1) the four providers enrolled in the grant originally thought they were providing customized employment, but through the training and technical assistance they agreed they were not providing true customized employment. 2) they developed the necessary skills to provide customized employment. (Page 204) Title IV

Goal 4 *DVR will develop and implement a customized employment policy that will result in 16 people obtaining competitive integrated employment within the next two years.
Strategy 4.1 Develop a customized employment policy and payment system by July 2019. Innovation/enhancement/improvement
Strategy 4.2 Define how technical assistance will be provided to vocational rehabilitation counselors and community rehabilitation providers. Innovation/enhancement/improvement Strategy 4.3 Collaborate with the Developmental Disabilities Division to implement customized employment in ND. Innovation/enhancement/improvement. (Page 205) Title IV

• DVR has piloted an Expanded Supported Employment project, providing training to 4 Community Rehabilitation Providers on the discovery process and customized employment. These providers have identified individuals to participate in the project and attempt to obtain competitive integrated employment. (Page 208) Title IV
 

 

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Forty-two full time VR counselors are employed by the division with their offices located in the eight larger communities in the state. These VR counselors work closely with staff from JSND and the Adult Education Programs located in these same communities. Staff and fiscal resources are leveraged by all three agencies to provide workforce service to the business community, individuals with disabilities, populations receiving state economic assistance to include TANF and New Americans. NDVR is currently operating in an approved Order of Selection with all categories open. Increased operating and cost to provide case service will result in the agency potential to close up to two categories during the life of the Unified Plan. (Page 34) Title I

The North Dakota workforce development and training system receives Federal and State funding support, and in many cases matching funds are also provided by the private sector. WIOA Title I funds are used to help leverage other Federal fund sources such as Pell Grants and student loans. In addition, WIOA funds are used to help leverage state and private sector funds available to address workforce training needs. North Dakota has a strong collaboration among state workforce partners to increase the employment of North Dakotan’s with disabilities. The core program partners are represented as members of the State’s Workforce Leadership team. Staff from local offices of DVR, Job Service North Dakota and Adult Basic Education collaborate in joint planning and service delivery to individuals with disabilities. (Page 47) Title I
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

School to Work Transition

~~With WIOA, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has committed approximately $1.5 million (at least 15% of the federal grant) per year statewide to fund pre-employment transition services. Required activities include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training. In addition to services purchased based on approved IPEs for students, DVR staff are providing services which includes tracking time spent for travel to rural areas. Under IDEA, the local school districts are required to provide transition services, however DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts and private providers to enhance or expand services. (Page 171) Title IV

DVR is committed to provide pre-employment transition services to students. Activities will include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training and other services based on individual needs. DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts to enhance or expand services. The activities will include the following:

• Teachers and DVR counselors are collaborating to provide students with a foundation with activities such as career exploration, self-advocacy, interest testing, and work place readiness training using a common curriculum.

• DVR is partnering with schools and community rehabilitation providers to offer competitive, integrated work experience.

• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers.

• DVR and North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind have sponsored a weekend retreats with the purpose of providing intensive pre-employment career services to youth with visual impairments. Due to the success of these retreats, plans are to continue holding these events. (Page 201) Title IV

VR Responsibility: 

• Services include the provision of Pre-ETS for students who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services; and

• Assist in the achievement of employment goals for individuals who have applied and been found eligible for VR services.  DPI Responsibility:

• Request consultation and technical assistance from VR when needed for planning and implementation of transition services;

• Provide all existing educational, medical, psychological, and career assessments through a release of information as necessary for a determination of eligibility by the VR agency;

• Provide special education and related services as developed and documented for students with disabilities in an IEP;

• Provide VR with documentation of completion of transition services or Pre-ETS for students with disabilities;

• Provide representation on the VR State Rehabilitation Council and relevant committee participation; and

• Encourage LEA to identify points of contact for field staff from VR. (Page 164) Title IV

VR staff, in cooperation with education staff, shall participate in the planning process that is designed to facilitate the development and completion of the IEP. The VR counselor shall review and consider a student’s IEP during the development of their VR IPE. Services reflected on the IEP may or may not need to be included in their VR IPE depending upon the employment goal and individual situation of each student, but can serve as a vital starting point when providing Pre-ETS or transition services. Once either type of IPE is developed and approved, there will be two active plans for the client, the IPE and the IEP, each reflecting coordinated goals and a range of services for a period of time. Collaborating with education staff to align the two plans can contribute in a positive manner for the student to gain basic workplace skills, knowledge of specific occupational skills, and an understanding.  (Page 167) Title IV

Joint Responsibility of VR and DPI:

• Provide training to LEA and VR counselors to assure transition and pre-employment services training will include activities such as the development and implementation of their IEP under Section 614(d) of the IDEA, coordination on Pre-Employment Services under Section 113, Accommodations under Section 504, and those related to Limitations on Sub-Minimum Wages under Section 511 of the Rehab Act of 1973, as amended;

• Provide training to local level LEA and VR to assure that the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) that VR develops for a student with a disability who is receiving special education services should be coordinated with the IEP the LEA develops in terms of the goals, objectives, and services identified. (Pages 167-168) Title IV

VR Responsibility: 

• VR Regional Administrators are responsible to ensure VR staff are available to serve students attending the LEA;

• Determine eligibility for VR service and provide rehabilitation services to school-aged students with disabilities when referred by the LEA;

• The IPE should be developed for students who are two years from exiting school, allowing for a smooth transition planning process, at the latest, just before exiting school; and

• Because the definition of a “student” with a disability for the VR program includes an individual with a disability for purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is broader than the definition under IDEA. VR agencies are authorized to provide transition services to this broader population of students with disabilities than LEA are authorized to provide under IDEA. Since the VR program may serve students with disabilities, including those individuals with a disability for purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is possible that these students may not have an IEP under IDEA, and therefore would not be eligible for or receiving special education or related services under IDEA. (Page 168) Title IV

DPI Responsibility: 

• DPI will provide training and oversight to the LEAs to assure the following transition requirements of IDEA are followed:

o DPI will encourage inviting VR to IEP meetings and other team meetings so VR can provide information, technical assistance, case consultation, and information/referral as needed for eligible or potentially eligible students;

o Provide IEP team-determined transition services; (Page 168) Title IV

Schools are responsible to provide the necessary services the student needs, in each domain of the IEP They are academics, communicative status, adaptive characteristics, ecological factors, jobs and job training, recreation and leisure, home/independent living, community participation, Post-Secondary Training and Learning Opportunities and related services while in school. VR’s primary responsibility to the schools had been technical assistance and consultation only, and we have typically not paid for any services until close to the end of the senior year. VR has now begun to provide pre-employment transition services in addition to TA and consultation, to students ages 14 to 21. VR has many Pre-Employment Transition Purchase of Service agreements across the state to expand on the pre-employment services formerly provided solely by the local schools and DPI is kept up to date on those activities. (Page 170) Title IV

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is working with the Department of Public Instruction and local school districts to identify students with disabilities on an IEP. Transitioning students who are identified through the education unit's Section 504 coordinator are also referred to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and contacts are made with the guidance counselors to assure students with special needs are aware of services through DVR. Referrals are also received from independent living centers, human service centers, and community rehabilitation providers working with transition age students. (Page 172) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Vocational Rehabilitation allows for exited individuals to reapply for increased skills for career advancement. Career pathway training provides new opportunities for individuals whose disability has advanced and is now requiring changes in work environment and needs new or advanced skills. (Page 50) Title I

The state of North Dakota has been proactive in development of partnerships with business and industry, education, economic development, and the workforce development system to continuously identify and address workforce challenges. The North Dakota Talent Initiative is the basis for full statewide collaboration on workforce vision, goals, and issues. The Talent Initiative and ongoing partnership development facilitates solutions through strong relationships among partners. The Workforce Development Council, community colleges, business and labor, the Office of Apprenticeship, and TrainND all work closely to identify workforce needs and address training solutions. DVR’s 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, DVR assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. DVR also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability—related areas. Core program partners will collaborate with Career and Technical Education to receive professional development to build a common understanding of career pathways and how they can be used across all agencies. Career and Technical Education will, with consultation of the others involved, take the lead on professional development that will be applied across all agencies. (Page 51) Title I

WIOA training funds expand the access to postsecondary credential by providing training opportunities to low income, New Americans, disabled individuals and dislocated workers. Occupation areas such as healthcare career ladders of nurse assistant, licensed practical nurse and registered nurse offer career pathways and credential earning opportunities. Transportation occupations offer increased wages and opportunity based on skills and endorsements earned. Welding occupations require a variety of skills and certifications to work in specific areas. The ND eligible training provider list offers many certifications to expand skills for these in demand occupations in the State. (Page 77) Title I

Apprenticeship

With WIOA, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has committed approximately $1.5 million (at least 15% of the federal grant) per year statewide to fund pre-employment transition services. Required activities include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training. In addition to services purchased based on approved IPEs for students, DVR staff are providing services which includes tracking time spent for travel to rural areas. Under IDEA, the local school districts are required to provide transition services, however DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts and private providers to enhance or expand services. (Page 171) Title IV
DVR is committed to provide pre-employment transition services to students. Activities will include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training and other services based on individual needs. DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts to enhance or expand services. The activities will include the following:
• Teachers and DVR counselors are collaborating to provide students with a foundation with activities such as career exploration, self-advocacy, interest testing, and work place readiness training using a common curriculum.
• DVR is partnering with schools and community rehabilitation providers to offer competitive, integrated work experience.
• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers.
• DVR and North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind have sponsored a weekend retreats with the purpose of providing intensive pre-employment career services to youth with visual impairments. Due to the success of these retreats, plans are to continue holding these events. (Page 201) Title IV

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~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. (Pages 201-202) Title IV
 

Employer/ Business

~~Joint Responsibility of VR and DPI:
• Facilitate the local level engagement of potential employers to provide job shadows, work experience, etc. for students with disabilities; (Pages 167-168) Title IV

• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide
transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers. (Pages 171-172) Title IV

The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is committed to building strong, long-term relationships with business. The agency has a dual customer approach with business being a key consumer of VR service. Services provide to business include consultation, technical assistance and information that serves to build awareness of business to an available source of qualified employees. Long term engagement with business will result in incorporating the workforce needs of business when assisting consumers of DVR to develop goals that are consistent with in-demand occupations.

DVR has developed a team of Business Service Specialists (BSSs) within the state. This team was developed through re-classification and assignment of VR Counseling staff. Full time BSSs are employed in the division’s larger offices which include Fargo, Minot, Grand Forks and Bismarck. Each covers one quadrant of the state ensuring a statewide program. Staff from the Institute for Community Inclusion’s Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center provided support to the division in development of goals and strategies to capitalize on the resource of business service staff to assist the agency in developing goals, strategies and objectives.

Goal 1: Increase business engagement and assist businesses retain or hire employees that have incurred an injury, illness or health impairment.

Objective: Increase the number of contacts between business and staff from the VR agency.

Strategies:

1. Develop Best Practice Guidelines that will be used to train staff to increase staff skill in assessing business needs.

2. Develop standards for the number and extent of presentations and outreach to business by staff to include Business Specialist and Rehabilitation Counselors.

3. Participate as a member organization in business-led organizations, such as Chambers of Commerce, Rotary etc.

4. Attend the Workforce Development Board meetings and disseminate information to the statewide VR staff on the business needs as expressed during board meetings.

5. Participate in the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s National Employment Team (NET) and the NET-Southeast regional team to share referrals and best practices (Pages 176-177) Title IV

In addition, VR staff, teachers and CRPs are working with employers to place transition students in work experiences which will lead to competitive integrated employment.  During the student’s school year, the VR staff, CRP’s, and teachers collaborate to identify what summer work experience would be beneficial to the student. The team outreaches to potential employers in order to provide opportunities for placement. When an employer sees the success of a student in summer work experience, they often offer them permanent positions. Another result of the employer having that great experience with our team is their willingness to give other students an opportunity to do work experience during the school year. Our state provides year round work experience through our pre-employment transition service purchase of service contracts. The team, consisting of the contract staff, teachers and VR counselors, share their business contacts and outreach to potential employers in order to provide opportunities for placement. (Page 178) Title IV

Data Collection

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 14-24 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. Web-based and real time reports are available to all staff with access to AWARE, both remotely and at itinerant locations. Counselors and managers can view a variety of data and information, including budgets, production activities and “action due” reports. The RSA-113 and RSA-911 reports produced for RSA are generated directly from AWARE. (Page 83) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation conducts an assessment of the training needs of the current staff at all levels - administrative, counselor, and support staff. The needs assessment focuses on two levels of training (1) statewide training topics that are consistent with the State Plan, Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Regulations, RSA 911 requirements, and RSA priorities, and (2) regional training that addresses issues identified through case reviews, performance appraisals and other training that will assist staff in progressing toward their career goals. (Page 185) Title I

511

~~• Development of the process to document the completion of the required activities under Section 511 for youth who are 24 or younger and seeking subminimum wage, including:
o Services provided by VR
o Pre-ETS
o Career Counseling
o Information and Referral Transition services provided by the LEA under IDEA (Pages 163-164) Title IV
 

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity Plan to the US DOL Civil Rights Center.
Job Service, in determining site or location of facilities, may not make selections with the purpose or effect of excluding individuals from denying them the benefits of, or subjecting them to discrimination on a prohibited ground, or with the purpose or effect of defeating or substantially impairing the accomplishment of the objectives of the program, or the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions. The Webmaster keeps the Job Service website in compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 with the use of Compliance Sheriff Software. The Agency Webmaster utilizes Compliance Sheriff after the release of website updates and the North Dakota State Information Technology Department also runs routine compliance checks of the website using Compliance Sheriff. (Pages 98-99) Title I

Job Service’s online service is a web—based self—service system that satisfies a major one—stop objective: Universal access to a broad range of employment, training and education services. Job Service North Dakota’s online services ensure: • Access to specific services is available to all customers throughout the one—stop system. • Access 24/7 services to anyone with Internet access. • Access to services by clients in remote and rural areas who might find it inconvenient to use a physical one—stop. • Access to services by clients in urban areas who are unable to access a physical one—stop due to lack of transportation, disability, etc. Job Service’s online services provide users with a text only interface option. It is ideal for customers who use non—graphic browsers or extremely slow and unreliable Internet connections. 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 99) Title I

Accessibility to the services provided by Job Service ND and all Partner agencies is essential to meeting the requirements and goals of North Dakota. Job seekers and businesses must be able to access all information relevant to them via visits to physical locations as well as in virtual spaces, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other classification protected under state or federal law. • Physical accessibility - One-stop centers will maintain a culture of inclusiveness and the physical characteristics of the facility, both indoor and outdoor, will meet the latest standards of accessible design. Services will be available in a convenient, high traffic, and accessible location, taking into account reasonable distance from public transportation and adequate parking (including parking clearly marked for individuals with disabilities). Indoor space will be designed in an “equal and meaningful” manner providing access for individuals with disabilities. • Virtual accessibility —Job Service ND will ensure that job seekers and businesses have access to the same information online as they do in a physical facility. Information must be clearly marked and compliant with Section 508 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services code. Partners will comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010; the law that requires that federal agencies use "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use" and all information kept virtually will be updated regularly to ensure dissemination of correct information. • Communication accessibility - Communications access, for purposes of this MOU, means that individuals with sensory disabilities can communicate (and be communicated with) on an equal footing with those who do not have such disabilities. All Partners agree that they will provide accommodations for individuals who have communication challenges, including but not limited to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, individuals with vision impairments, and individuals with speech-language impairments. • Programmatic accessibility - All Partners agree that they will not discriminate in their employment practices or services on the basis of gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other classification protected under state or federal law. (Pages 125-126) Title I

Vets

The agencies responsible for the WIOA core and required program in North Dakota include: • Job Service ND (which has responsibility for the majority of the WIOA core and required programs, such as WIOA Title I, Wagner Peyser, Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program, Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs and Unemployment Compensation Programs including RESEA• The Department of Human services (which has responsibility for Vocational Rehabilitation, SCSEP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) • The Department of Commerce (Community Services Block Grant) • The Department of Public Instruction (Adult Education), and • Motivation, Education and Training (National Farmworker Jobs Program) (Page 33) Title I
The Job Service AJCs staff include the Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG). All JVSG staff are Disable Veteran Outreach Program and assist the needs of disabled veterans and those veterans and eligible persons who require intensive services in order to obtain and retain employment that supports their self—sufficiency. DVOP services are available in all Job Service AJCs and are integrated into all service delivery offerings. (Page 52) Title I
Job Service AJC staff will conduct an intake/assessment for each Veteran/Eligible Spouse at point of entry to a Job Service AJC. Throughout the intake process, Veterans who disclose or self-attest to meeting one or more of the criteria for DVOP services will be referred to a DVOP. If a DVOP is not available when a referral is necessary, the Veteran/Eligible Spouse may choose to be served on a priority basis by another staff member.
Veterans not meeting the criteria for DVOP services are to be referred to appropriate non-JVSG staff to receive core, intensive, and/or training services on a priority of service basis.
Job Service will monitor priority of service to veterans/eligible persons to ensure that all staff are in compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding all Department of Labor programs. Priority of service will be monitored through analysis of data found in the Employment and Training Administration’s Federal Reports, from observations annotated in the Manager’s Quarterly Report on Services to Veterans and from reports completed by Job Service Systems Management Staff. These reports are reviewed by the Job Service Workforce Development Director, the State Veterans’ Program Administrator and the Director of Veterans’ Employment and Training and conclusions drawn regarding the extent of priority of service demonstrated by each Customer Service Area. Process improvement plans are recommended for those offices needing improvement. (Page 98) Title I
Veterans and eligible spouses of veterans - covered persons - will receive priority of service. 20 CFR Part 1010.110 adopts the term “covered person” to define those veterans and spouses of eligible veterans who are eligible for priority of service. The Jobs for Veterans Act does not change the requirement that individuals, to include veterans and military spouses, must first qualify as eligible under the WIOA Adult Program before participation. (Page 115) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation continues to work with multiple agencies and entities throughout the state. A number of these are related to cooperative ventures with the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division in development of a sustained system of benefit planning and other vocational supports that facilitate employment of persons with the most significant disabilities. Listed below are the primary businesses, agencies and groups with whom we are currently working. The only group in this attachment, with whom we have a formal written agreement, is with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program — Cooperative agreement with VA/VR is to ‘ensure seamless, coordinated, and effective VR services to North Dakota’s veterans with disabilities and their dependents with disabilities; to improve cooperation and collaboration between the two agencies; to avoid duplication of services; to improve interagency communication; and to establish staff cross-training opportunities. (Page 159) Title IV

Mental Health

~~North Dakota DVR has defined a student with a disability as an individual with a disability in a secondary, post-secondary, or other recognized education program, who is between the ages of 14-21, is eligible for, and receiving, special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is an individual with a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or students with disabilities including but not limited to: physical, sensory, intellectual, mental health, and communication. A youth with a disability is any individual with a disability who is between the ages of 14-24, regardless of education status. (Page 163) Title IV

ND was selected to receive the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) grant which began in August, 2015 and will continue through December, 2019. Partners involved in the grant include DPI, local school districts, Special Education directors, students with disabilities, VR state and local staff, job coaches, Behavioral Health Division, parents, parent advocates and employers. ND has chosen to focus activities in the grant on students with behavioral, social/emotional, social communication and mental health needs.   (Page 165) Title IV
VR has a high level of collaboration with DHS Behavioral Health Division in the delivery of employment services to consumers who experience behavioral health issues. VR provides employment services including SEP for individuals with mental illness with extended services provided through the Behavioral Health Divisions’ funding. DVR is also involved as a team member for individuals involved in the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) program which then allows for a smooth transition into VR SEP once those individuals have stabilized and are ready to pursue competitive integrated employment. (Page 179) Title IV
 

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

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

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

Policies and Initiatives

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Medicaid Waivers - 11/01/2018

~~“Waivers are agreements between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a state's Medicaid agency and serve specific groups of people.Waivers specify:• Number of participants to be served• Eligibility criteria• Available services, including any limits on services• Procedures for the evaluation and re-evaluation of level of careWaivers give eligible people options if their needs can be met in their homes, and if providing services in a home and community setting is cost neutral compared to institutional services.” 

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

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 10/30/2018

~~“The purpose of this manual is to establish policies and procedures for implementing the provisions of Federal and State Regulating Authority for Developmental Disabilities Services in the State of North Dakota. Developmental Disabilities provides support and training to individuals and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency; to prevent institutionalization; and to enable institutionalized individuals to return to the community. To achieve this goal, Developmental Disabilities contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. “ 

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

North Dakota Association of Community Providers: Creating Inclusive Communities - 05/04/2018

The North Dakota Association of Community Providers’ 32nd Annual Conference covering topics of continuing education, customized employment training, and Medicaid benefits. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Division Provider Manual - 04/13/2018

“This manual functions as a primary reference document for DD licensed providers delivering services covered by North Dakota's Department of Human Services’ (“Department”) Developmental Disabilities Division (“DD Division”). The DD Division provides support and training to clients and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency. The DD Division contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. This manual is intended to complement the federal and state rules and regulations, not to supplant it. Any lack of clarity or apparent conflict among the documents is certainly unintended. Should the reader observe such a situation, the federal and state rules and regulations are the final authority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program (ASTEP) - 01/01/2018

“ASTEP is a transition and postsecondary education program that makes college a reality for young adults with intellectual disabilities.  ASTEP uses a person-centered planning process that incorporates the individual’s personal goals, career plans, and dreams into an inclusive education plan to help students learn employment and self-advocacy skills while gaining independence.

Young adults ages 18 to 26 attend college at Minot State University for two to three years where students can earn a College-to-Career certificate, and other career focused certificates.

ASTEP students live on campus or in the community where they enroll in college courses, complete an employment internship, learn independent living skills, and engage in campus and community life. A variety of supports are available in campus, employment, community, and social settings.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Cost of Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - 10/24/2017

~~“The North Dakota Department of Human Services pays for a continuum of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Costs reflect the statewide average cost of the continuum of care, from institutional level of care at the Life Skills and Transition Center (LSTC), which serves people whose needs exceed community capacity, to community-based services”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 09/15/2017

“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

ND Workforce Development Council - 07/21/2017

~~North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized July 21, 2017 under Executive  Order 2017-10. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce innovation and opportunity board in accordance with Section 101(e) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide workforce innovation and opportunity activities, through statewide and local workforce innovation and opportunity systems, that increase the employment retention, and earnings of participants, and increase the occupational skills attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.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.

 

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

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
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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
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities “Our Five Year Plan ”

~~NDCPD will implement four goals focused on the needs of people with developmental disabilities  during 2017 - 2022. Click on the corresponding arrow icon in the circle for more information.

Goal 1 - Employment: ND citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to information, experiences, and supports that allows them to be successful in the general workforce. Goal 2 - Aging: ND citizens will with intellectual and developmental disabilities will experience highest levels of quality of life and self-direction as part of healthy aging. Goal 3 - Educational and Early Childhood: ND children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have quality educational and early childhood services and systems. Goal 4 - Health: ND citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have improved quality and access to health services, systems, and information.

 

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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North Dakota Association of Community Providers (NDACP) - 06/10/2019

~~/“The North Dakota Association of Community /Providers (NDACP) is made up of 31 organizations across the state, providing services in 195+ communities.

We represent approximately 7,200 DD staff, 5,300 of whom are Direct Support Professionals, or DSP’s, and approximately 8,200 staff serving all populations.  We serve approximately 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities. “

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ND Workforce Development Council - 07/21/2017

~~North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized July 21, 2017 under Executive  Order 2017-10. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce innovation and opportunity board in accordance with Section 101(e) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide workforce innovation and opportunity activities, through statewide and local workforce innovation and opportunity systems, that increase the employment retention, and earnings of participants, and increase the occupational skills attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.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.

 

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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ASPIRE PROMISE Grant - 11/02/2016

~~“Interventions, services and supports will be delivered to ASPIRE youth in six states, including ND. 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

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

~~“The Council advocates for policy changes that promote choice, independence, productivity and inclusion for all North Dakotans with developmental disabilities (DD). The Council supports and provides funding for projects and activities that maximize opportunities for consumers and families. NDSCDD serves in planning and advisory capacity to state policymakers and agencies relative to services for persons with DD….Financial Assistance for HousingPublic Housing Authorities (PHA) Public Housing Authorities provide quality, affordable housing opportunities and promote maximum independence for our community’s lower income families, elderly, and persons with disabilities.Who is eligible: Low-income families, seniors and/or persons with disabilities are eligible to apply for Family Housing and/or Section 8 Rental Assistance” 

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

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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2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Family HealthCare Center was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the “Left behind” populations, uninsured; nonelderly adults living at 200% or below the poverty level; New Americans including refugees; Pregnant women and new mothers; American Indians and the disabled; Recently released from incarceration; and the Medicaid eligible population.   There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Homeless shelters and veterans drop-in centers, Cass County Social Services, F5 Project, Share House, Fargo Public School District, and the Barnes County Public Health Unit.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Kaylin FrappierPhone: (701) 271-6385Email: kfrappier@famhealthcare.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Resource Directory - 04/23/2019

~~This page has information on organizations that have resources to help persons with brain-injury-related disabilities 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Association of Community Providers: Creating Inclusive Communities - 05/04/2018

The North Dakota Association of Community Providers’ 32nd Annual Conference covering topics of continuing education, customized employment training, and Medicaid benefits. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Division Provider Manual - 04/13/2018

“This manual functions as a primary reference document for DD licensed providers delivering services covered by North Dakota's Department of Human Services’ (“Department”) Developmental Disabilities Division (“DD Division”). The DD Division provides support and training to clients and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency. The DD Division contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. This manual is intended to complement the federal and state rules and regulations, not to supplant it. Any lack of clarity or apparent conflict among the documents is certainly unintended. Should the reader observe such a situation, the federal and state rules and regulations are the final authority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Overall Service Plan Instructions - 06/25/2019

~~“The OSP consists of two (2) sections:1.State Individual Service Plan (ISP)which is the pre-authorization of payment for DD Medicaid Waiver and State Plan Services. The ISP is completed by the DD Program Manager, a representative of the State Medicaid agency.  This section can only be edited and entered by the DDPM. The ISP lists Title XIX Medicaid funded services that will be provided to the person including the amount, type, frequency, service provider, funding source, and start/end dates.  It also lists the generic non-Medicaid funded services the person is receiving.  The ISP is the document that authorizes Medicaid payment for DD Title XIX services in the Medicaid payment system.  An ISP must be completed in order for payment to be made.” 

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

Waiver Number: ND.0037. R08.00 Draft ID: ND.007.08.0 Renewal - 04/01/2019

~~“Major ChangesIn Appendix B – slots were increased by 150 each year of the waiver and update performance measure B-2.In Appendix C- modifications and clarification was made in Day Habilitation, Homemaker, Independent Habilitation, Individual Employment Support, Extended Home Health Care, Environmental Modifications, Equipment and Supplies, and In-Home Supports. Community Transition Services was added as a new service. Performance measures C-1 and C-4 were updated and C-3 was removed.In Appendix D- performance measures D-3, D-4, and the remediation was updated.In Appendix E- updated the goal for number of participants each year of the waiver and removed co-employer as an option for participant employer status. …” 

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

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Approval Letter - 02/01/2019

~~“Final approval is granted due to the state completing the following activities:o Conducted a comprehensive site-specific assessment and validation of all settings serving individuals receiving Medicaid-funded I{CBS, and included in the STP the outcomes of these activities and proposed remediation strategies to rectify any issues uncovered through the site specific assessment and validation processes by the end of the transition period.o Outlined a detailed plan for identifying settings that are presumed to have institutional characteristics, including qualities that isolate HCBS beneficiaries, as well as the proposed process for evaluating these settings and preparing for submission to CMS for review under heightened scrutiny;o Developed a process for communicating with beneficiaries who are currently receiving services in settings that the state has determined cannot or will not come into compliance with the home and community-based settings criteria by March 17 ,2022; ando Established ongoing monitoring and quality assurance processes that will ensure all settings providing HCBS continue to remain fully compliant with the rule in the future.” 

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

North Dakota Revised Statewide Transition Plan For HCBS Settings Under 1915(c) Waivers - 01/31/2019

~~“North Dakota submitted an initial Statewide Transition Plan that included public comment to CMS on November 28, 2014. CMS has completed a review of the initial plan and provided additional recommendations that are addressed in this document. Prior to submission this revised plan was submitted for public comment. The draft Statewide Transition Plan that applies to all of North Dakota’s 1915(c) waivers was open for public comment for 30 days from February 19, 2016 through March 20, 2016 to allow all consumers, providers and stakeholders an opportunity to provide input to the plan. The final plan which included changes that were made as result of the public comment was submitted to CMS on March 31, 2016.North Dakota received initial approval of its Statewide Transition Plan on November 1, 2016.  At that time, CMS provided feedback to the State on the additional information that must be included in a revised Statewide Transition Plan so that the State can be granted final approval. Those revisions are included in this document.”

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

Medicaid Waivers - 11/01/2018

~~“Waivers are agreements between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a state's Medicaid agency and serve specific groups of people.Waivers specify:• Number of participants to be served• Eligibility criteria• Available services, including any limits on services• Procedures for the evaluation and re-evaluation of level of careWaivers give eligible people options if their needs can be met in their homes, and if providing services in a home and community setting is cost neutral compared to institutional services.” 

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

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 - Phone

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

2017 State Population.
-0.34%
Change from
2016 to 2017
755,393
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-16.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37,320
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.79%
Change from
2016 to 2017
21,019
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.22%
Change from
2016 to 2017
56.32%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.01%
Change from
2016 to 2017
84.35%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 755,393
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 37,320
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 21,019
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 355,450
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 56.32%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 84.35%
State/National unemployment rate. 2.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 40,687
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 35,114
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 65,778
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 2,313
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,414
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,990
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 1,137
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 310

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,135
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 14.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,114

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,001
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,716
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 8,300
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 36.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.30%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 10
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

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)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 17
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8
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. 53.00%
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. 1.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 539
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,309
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

Data Not Available

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 73.25%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.69%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.85%
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). 29.07%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 58.72%
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). 83.14%
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). 29.65%

 

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

2019
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). 15
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 15
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). 706
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. 706

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~• The individual must be in extended services for a minimum of 90 days prior to case closure. In the spirit of Employment First and the need for competitive integrated employment for individuals with the most-significant disabilities working for sub-minimum wage or in sheltered employment, DVR is piloting a three year Expanded Supported Employment Project, which began in July 2015. The project outcomes will influence the amendments to SEP policies, practices, guidelines and payment rates; as well as assist in the development of a customized employment policy, guidelines and payment rate. (Page 211) Title I

Customized Employment

~~DVR has received technical assistance and training by the national Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center (JD-VRTAC.) Utilizing their technical assistance, DVR developed and began utilizing an LMI curriculum tailored to North Dakota’s needs. The LMI curriculum is used to help clients set and accomplish career goals based on current business and employment needs within the state. In addition, the JD-VRTAC provided 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 67) Title I

Goal 4: DVR will develop and implement a customized employment policy that will result in 16 people obtaining competitive integrated employment within the next two years.
Priority 1: Develop the expertise of community rehabilitation providers to offer high quality supported employment services that lead to competitive, integrated employment.
Priority 2: To provide individuals with the most significant disabilities with the opportunity for competitive integrated employment. (Page 193) Title IV

VR received recommendations from the Washington Initiative on Supported Employment (WISE), North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD), State Rehab Council members and through public comment to develop and implement a Customized Employment. North Dakota VR will develop a Customized Employment policy, payment rates for customized employment and training and technical assistance for Community Rehab Providers (CRP). VR will invest in training and technical assistance for CRPS to gain the skills necessary skills to ensure that Customized Employment services are available across the state. Through site visits by VR and NDACP staff the following information was captured from the Expanded Supported Employment Pilot: 1) the four providers enrolled in the grant originally thought they were providing customized employment, but through the training and technical assistance they agreed they were not providing true customized employment. 2) they developed the necessary skills to provide customized employment. (Page 204) Title IV

Goal 4 *DVR will develop and implement a customized employment policy that will result in 16 people obtaining competitive integrated employment within the next two years.
Strategy 4.1 Develop a customized employment policy and payment system by July 2019. Innovation/enhancement/improvement
Strategy 4.2 Define how technical assistance will be provided to vocational rehabilitation counselors and community rehabilitation providers. Innovation/enhancement/improvement Strategy 4.3 Collaborate with the Developmental Disabilities Division to implement customized employment in ND. Innovation/enhancement/improvement. (Page 205) Title IV

• DVR has piloted an Expanded Supported Employment project, providing training to 4 Community Rehabilitation Providers on the discovery process and customized employment. These providers have identified individuals to participate in the project and attempt to obtain competitive integrated employment. (Page 208) Title IV
 

 

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Forty-two full time VR counselors are employed by the division with their offices located in the eight larger communities in the state. These VR counselors work closely with staff from JSND and the Adult Education Programs located in these same communities. Staff and fiscal resources are leveraged by all three agencies to provide workforce service to the business community, individuals with disabilities, populations receiving state economic assistance to include TANF and New Americans. NDVR is currently operating in an approved Order of Selection with all categories open. Increased operating and cost to provide case service will result in the agency potential to close up to two categories during the life of the Unified Plan. (Page 34) Title I

The North Dakota workforce development and training system receives Federal and State funding support, and in many cases matching funds are also provided by the private sector. WIOA Title I funds are used to help leverage other Federal fund sources such as Pell Grants and student loans. In addition, WIOA funds are used to help leverage state and private sector funds available to address workforce training needs. North Dakota has a strong collaboration among state workforce partners to increase the employment of North Dakotan’s with disabilities. The core program partners are represented as members of the State’s Workforce Leadership team. Staff from local offices of DVR, Job Service North Dakota and Adult Basic Education collaborate in joint planning and service delivery to individuals with disabilities. (Page 47) Title I
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

School to Work Transition

~~With WIOA, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has committed approximately $1.5 million (at least 15% of the federal grant) per year statewide to fund pre-employment transition services. Required activities include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training. In addition to services purchased based on approved IPEs for students, DVR staff are providing services which includes tracking time spent for travel to rural areas. Under IDEA, the local school districts are required to provide transition services, however DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts and private providers to enhance or expand services. (Page 171) Title IV

DVR is committed to provide pre-employment transition services to students. Activities will include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training and other services based on individual needs. DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts to enhance or expand services. The activities will include the following:

• Teachers and DVR counselors are collaborating to provide students with a foundation with activities such as career exploration, self-advocacy, interest testing, and work place readiness training using a common curriculum.

• DVR is partnering with schools and community rehabilitation providers to offer competitive, integrated work experience.

• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers.

• DVR and North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind have sponsored a weekend retreats with the purpose of providing intensive pre-employment career services to youth with visual impairments. Due to the success of these retreats, plans are to continue holding these events. (Page 201) Title IV

VR Responsibility: 

• Services include the provision of Pre-ETS for students who are eligible or potentially eligible for VR services; and

• Assist in the achievement of employment goals for individuals who have applied and been found eligible for VR services.  DPI Responsibility:

• Request consultation and technical assistance from VR when needed for planning and implementation of transition services;

• Provide all existing educational, medical, psychological, and career assessments through a release of information as necessary for a determination of eligibility by the VR agency;

• Provide special education and related services as developed and documented for students with disabilities in an IEP;

• Provide VR with documentation of completion of transition services or Pre-ETS for students with disabilities;

• Provide representation on the VR State Rehabilitation Council and relevant committee participation; and

• Encourage LEA to identify points of contact for field staff from VR. (Page 164) Title IV

VR staff, in cooperation with education staff, shall participate in the planning process that is designed to facilitate the development and completion of the IEP. The VR counselor shall review and consider a student’s IEP during the development of their VR IPE. Services reflected on the IEP may or may not need to be included in their VR IPE depending upon the employment goal and individual situation of each student, but can serve as a vital starting point when providing Pre-ETS or transition services. Once either type of IPE is developed and approved, there will be two active plans for the client, the IPE and the IEP, each reflecting coordinated goals and a range of services for a period of time. Collaborating with education staff to align the two plans can contribute in a positive manner for the student to gain basic workplace skills, knowledge of specific occupational skills, and an understanding.  (Page 167) Title IV

Joint Responsibility of VR and DPI:

• Provide training to LEA and VR counselors to assure transition and pre-employment services training will include activities such as the development and implementation of their IEP under Section 614(d) of the IDEA, coordination on Pre-Employment Services under Section 113, Accommodations under Section 504, and those related to Limitations on Sub-Minimum Wages under Section 511 of the Rehab Act of 1973, as amended;

• Provide training to local level LEA and VR to assure that the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) that VR develops for a student with a disability who is receiving special education services should be coordinated with the IEP the LEA develops in terms of the goals, objectives, and services identified. (Pages 167-168) Title IV

VR Responsibility: 

• VR Regional Administrators are responsible to ensure VR staff are available to serve students attending the LEA;

• Determine eligibility for VR service and provide rehabilitation services to school-aged students with disabilities when referred by the LEA;

• The IPE should be developed for students who are two years from exiting school, allowing for a smooth transition planning process, at the latest, just before exiting school; and

• Because the definition of a “student” with a disability for the VR program includes an individual with a disability for purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is broader than the definition under IDEA. VR agencies are authorized to provide transition services to this broader population of students with disabilities than LEA are authorized to provide under IDEA. Since the VR program may serve students with disabilities, including those individuals with a disability for purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is possible that these students may not have an IEP under IDEA, and therefore would not be eligible for or receiving special education or related services under IDEA. (Page 168) Title IV

DPI Responsibility: 

• DPI will provide training and oversight to the LEAs to assure the following transition requirements of IDEA are followed:

o DPI will encourage inviting VR to IEP meetings and other team meetings so VR can provide information, technical assistance, case consultation, and information/referral as needed for eligible or potentially eligible students;

o Provide IEP team-determined transition services; (Page 168) Title IV

Schools are responsible to provide the necessary services the student needs, in each domain of the IEP They are academics, communicative status, adaptive characteristics, ecological factors, jobs and job training, recreation and leisure, home/independent living, community participation, Post-Secondary Training and Learning Opportunities and related services while in school. VR’s primary responsibility to the schools had been technical assistance and consultation only, and we have typically not paid for any services until close to the end of the senior year. VR has now begun to provide pre-employment transition services in addition to TA and consultation, to students ages 14 to 21. VR has many Pre-Employment Transition Purchase of Service agreements across the state to expand on the pre-employment services formerly provided solely by the local schools and DPI is kept up to date on those activities. (Page 170) Title IV

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is working with the Department of Public Instruction and local school districts to identify students with disabilities on an IEP. Transitioning students who are identified through the education unit's Section 504 coordinator are also referred to the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and contacts are made with the guidance counselors to assure students with special needs are aware of services through DVR. Referrals are also received from independent living centers, human service centers, and community rehabilitation providers working with transition age students. (Page 172) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Vocational Rehabilitation allows for exited individuals to reapply for increased skills for career advancement. Career pathway training provides new opportunities for individuals whose disability has advanced and is now requiring changes in work environment and needs new or advanced skills. (Page 50) Title I

The state of North Dakota has been proactive in development of partnerships with business and industry, education, economic development, and the workforce development system to continuously identify and address workforce challenges. The North Dakota Talent Initiative is the basis for full statewide collaboration on workforce vision, goals, and issues. The Talent Initiative and ongoing partnership development facilitates solutions through strong relationships among partners. The Workforce Development Council, community colleges, business and labor, the Office of Apprenticeship, and TrainND all work closely to identify workforce needs and address training solutions. DVR’s 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, DVR assist individuals with permanent injuries, illness, or impairments to achieve competitive employment and increased independence. DVR also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability—related areas. Core program partners will collaborate with Career and Technical Education to receive professional development to build a common understanding of career pathways and how they can be used across all agencies. Career and Technical Education will, with consultation of the others involved, take the lead on professional development that will be applied across all agencies. (Page 51) Title I

WIOA training funds expand the access to postsecondary credential by providing training opportunities to low income, New Americans, disabled individuals and dislocated workers. Occupation areas such as healthcare career ladders of nurse assistant, licensed practical nurse and registered nurse offer career pathways and credential earning opportunities. Transportation occupations offer increased wages and opportunity based on skills and endorsements earned. Welding occupations require a variety of skills and certifications to work in specific areas. The ND eligible training provider list offers many certifications to expand skills for these in demand occupations in the State. (Page 77) Title I

Apprenticeship

With WIOA, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has committed approximately $1.5 million (at least 15% of the federal grant) per year statewide to fund pre-employment transition services. Required activities include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training. In addition to services purchased based on approved IPEs for students, DVR staff are providing services which includes tracking time spent for travel to rural areas. Under IDEA, the local school districts are required to provide transition services, however DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts and private providers to enhance or expand services. (Page 171) Title IV
DVR is committed to provide pre-employment transition services to students. Activities will include job exploration counseling, work based learning experiences, training on self-advocacy, counseling on post-secondary opportunities, and work place readiness training and other services based on individual needs. DVR has entered into purchase of service agreements with local school districts to enhance or expand services. The activities will include the following:
• Teachers and DVR counselors are collaborating to provide students with a foundation with activities such as career exploration, self-advocacy, interest testing, and work place readiness training using a common curriculum.
• DVR is partnering with schools and community rehabilitation providers to offer competitive, integrated work experience.
• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers.
• DVR and North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind have sponsored a weekend retreats with the purpose of providing intensive pre-employment career services to youth with visual impairments. Due to the success of these retreats, plans are to continue holding these events. (Page 201) Title IV

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~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. (Pages 201-202) Title IV
 

Employer/ Business

~~Joint Responsibility of VR and DPI:
• Facilitate the local level engagement of potential employers to provide job shadows, work experience, etc. for students with disabilities; (Pages 167-168) Title IV

• DVR and DPI continue to collaborate at a local level with colleges, work force offices, community rehabilitation providers, independent living centers, and employers to provide
transition fairs. These fairs provide transition students with hands on opportunities to explore and experience various careers. (Pages 171-172) Title IV

The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is committed to building strong, long-term relationships with business. The agency has a dual customer approach with business being a key consumer of VR service. Services provide to business include consultation, technical assistance and information that serves to build awareness of business to an available source of qualified employees. Long term engagement with business will result in incorporating the workforce needs of business when assisting consumers of DVR to develop goals that are consistent with in-demand occupations.

DVR has developed a team of Business Service Specialists (BSSs) within the state. This team was developed through re-classification and assignment of VR Counseling staff. Full time BSSs are employed in the division’s larger offices which include Fargo, Minot, Grand Forks and Bismarck. Each covers one quadrant of the state ensuring a statewide program. Staff from the Institute for Community Inclusion’s Job Driven VR Technical Assistance Center provided support to the division in development of goals and strategies to capitalize on the resource of business service staff to assist the agency in developing goals, strategies and objectives.

Goal 1: Increase business engagement and assist businesses retain or hire employees that have incurred an injury, illness or health impairment.

Objective: Increase the number of contacts between business and staff from the VR agency.

Strategies:

1. Develop Best Practice Guidelines that will be used to train staff to increase staff skill in assessing business needs.

2. Develop standards for the number and extent of presentations and outreach to business by staff to include Business Specialist and Rehabilitation Counselors.

3. Participate as a member organization in business-led organizations, such as Chambers of Commerce, Rotary etc.

4. Attend the Workforce Development Board meetings and disseminate information to the statewide VR staff on the business needs as expressed during board meetings.

5. Participate in the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s National Employment Team (NET) and the NET-Southeast regional team to share referrals and best practices (Pages 176-177) Title IV

In addition, VR staff, teachers and CRPs are working with employers to place transition students in work experiences which will lead to competitive integrated employment.  During the student’s school year, the VR staff, CRP’s, and teachers collaborate to identify what summer work experience would be beneficial to the student. The team outreaches to potential employers in order to provide opportunities for placement. When an employer sees the success of a student in summer work experience, they often offer them permanent positions. Another result of the employer having that great experience with our team is their willingness to give other students an opportunity to do work experience during the school year. Our state provides year round work experience through our pre-employment transition service purchase of service contracts. The team, consisting of the contract staff, teachers and VR counselors, share their business contacts and outreach to potential employers in order to provide opportunities for placement. (Page 178) Title IV

Data Collection

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 14-24 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. Web-based and real time reports are available to all staff with access to AWARE, both remotely and at itinerant locations. Counselors and managers can view a variety of data and information, including budgets, production activities and “action due” reports. The RSA-113 and RSA-911 reports produced for RSA are generated directly from AWARE. (Page 83) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation conducts an assessment of the training needs of the current staff at all levels - administrative, counselor, and support staff. The needs assessment focuses on two levels of training (1) statewide training topics that are consistent with the State Plan, Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Regulations, RSA 911 requirements, and RSA priorities, and (2) regional training that addresses issues identified through case reviews, performance appraisals and other training that will assist staff in progressing toward their career goals. (Page 185) Title I

511

~~• Development of the process to document the completion of the required activities under Section 511 for youth who are 24 or younger and seeking subminimum wage, including:
o Services provided by VR
o Pre-ETS
o Career Counseling
o Information and Referral Transition services provided by the LEA under IDEA (Pages 163-164) Title IV
 

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Non-discrimination and Equal Opportunity Plan to the US DOL Civil Rights Center.
Job Service, in determining site or location of facilities, may not make selections with the purpose or effect of excluding individuals from denying them the benefits of, or subjecting them to discrimination on a prohibited ground, or with the purpose or effect of defeating or substantially impairing the accomplishment of the objectives of the program, or the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions. The Webmaster keeps the Job Service website in compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 with the use of Compliance Sheriff Software. The Agency Webmaster utilizes Compliance Sheriff after the release of website updates and the North Dakota State Information Technology Department also runs routine compliance checks of the website using Compliance Sheriff. (Pages 98-99) Title I

Job Service’s online service is a web—based self—service system that satisfies a major one—stop objective: Universal access to a broad range of employment, training and education services. Job Service North Dakota’s online services ensure: • Access to specific services is available to all customers throughout the one—stop system. • Access 24/7 services to anyone with Internet access. • Access to services by clients in remote and rural areas who might find it inconvenient to use a physical one—stop. • Access to services by clients in urban areas who are unable to access a physical one—stop due to lack of transportation, disability, etc. Job Service’s online services provide users with a text only interface option. It is ideal for customers who use non—graphic browsers or extremely slow and unreliable Internet connections. 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 99) Title I

Accessibility to the services provided by Job Service ND and all Partner agencies is essential to meeting the requirements and goals of North Dakota. Job seekers and businesses must be able to access all information relevant to them via visits to physical locations as well as in virtual spaces, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other classification protected under state or federal law. • Physical accessibility - One-stop centers will maintain a culture of inclusiveness and the physical characteristics of the facility, both indoor and outdoor, will meet the latest standards of accessible design. Services will be available in a convenient, high traffic, and accessible location, taking into account reasonable distance from public transportation and adequate parking (including parking clearly marked for individuals with disabilities). Indoor space will be designed in an “equal and meaningful” manner providing access for individuals with disabilities. • Virtual accessibility —Job Service ND will ensure that job seekers and businesses have access to the same information online as they do in a physical facility. Information must be clearly marked and compliant with Section 508 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services code. Partners will comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010; the law that requires that federal agencies use "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use" and all information kept virtually will be updated regularly to ensure dissemination of correct information. • Communication accessibility - Communications access, for purposes of this MOU, means that individuals with sensory disabilities can communicate (and be communicated with) on an equal footing with those who do not have such disabilities. All Partners agree that they will provide accommodations for individuals who have communication challenges, including but not limited to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, individuals with vision impairments, and individuals with speech-language impairments. • Programmatic accessibility - All Partners agree that they will not discriminate in their employment practices or services on the basis of gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, race, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or on the basis of any other classification protected under state or federal law. (Pages 125-126) Title I

Vets

The agencies responsible for the WIOA core and required program in North Dakota include: • Job Service ND (which has responsibility for the majority of the WIOA core and required programs, such as WIOA Title I, Wagner Peyser, Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program, Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs and Unemployment Compensation Programs including RESEA• The Department of Human services (which has responsibility for Vocational Rehabilitation, SCSEP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) • The Department of Commerce (Community Services Block Grant) • The Department of Public Instruction (Adult Education), and • Motivation, Education and Training (National Farmworker Jobs Program) (Page 33) Title I
The Job Service AJCs staff include the Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG). All JVSG staff are Disable Veteran Outreach Program and assist the needs of disabled veterans and those veterans and eligible persons who require intensive services in order to obtain and retain employment that supports their self—sufficiency. DVOP services are available in all Job Service AJCs and are integrated into all service delivery offerings. (Page 52) Title I
Job Service AJC staff will conduct an intake/assessment for each Veteran/Eligible Spouse at point of entry to a Job Service AJC. Throughout the intake process, Veterans who disclose or self-attest to meeting one or more of the criteria for DVOP services will be referred to a DVOP. If a DVOP is not available when a referral is necessary, the Veteran/Eligible Spouse may choose to be served on a priority basis by another staff member.
Veterans not meeting the criteria for DVOP services are to be referred to appropriate non-JVSG staff to receive core, intensive, and/or training services on a priority of service basis.
Job Service will monitor priority of service to veterans/eligible persons to ensure that all staff are in compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding all Department of Labor programs. Priority of service will be monitored through analysis of data found in the Employment and Training Administration’s Federal Reports, from observations annotated in the Manager’s Quarterly Report on Services to Veterans and from reports completed by Job Service Systems Management Staff. These reports are reviewed by the Job Service Workforce Development Director, the State Veterans’ Program Administrator and the Director of Veterans’ Employment and Training and conclusions drawn regarding the extent of priority of service demonstrated by each Customer Service Area. Process improvement plans are recommended for those offices needing improvement. (Page 98) Title I
Veterans and eligible spouses of veterans - covered persons - will receive priority of service. 20 CFR Part 1010.110 adopts the term “covered person” to define those veterans and spouses of eligible veterans who are eligible for priority of service. The Jobs for Veterans Act does not change the requirement that individuals, to include veterans and military spouses, must first qualify as eligible under the WIOA Adult Program before participation. (Page 115) Title I
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation continues to work with multiple agencies and entities throughout the state. A number of these are related to cooperative ventures with the Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division in development of a sustained system of benefit planning and other vocational supports that facilitate employment of persons with the most significant disabilities. Listed below are the primary businesses, agencies and groups with whom we are currently working. The only group in this attachment, with whom we have a formal written agreement, is with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program — Cooperative agreement with VA/VR is to ‘ensure seamless, coordinated, and effective VR services to North Dakota’s veterans with disabilities and their dependents with disabilities; to improve cooperation and collaboration between the two agencies; to avoid duplication of services; to improve interagency communication; and to establish staff cross-training opportunities. (Page 159) Title IV

Mental Health

~~North Dakota DVR has defined a student with a disability as an individual with a disability in a secondary, post-secondary, or other recognized education program, who is between the ages of 14-21, is eligible for, and receiving, special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is an individual with a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or students with disabilities including but not limited to: physical, sensory, intellectual, mental health, and communication. A youth with a disability is any individual with a disability who is between the ages of 14-24, regardless of education status. (Page 163) Title IV

ND was selected to receive the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) grant which began in August, 2015 and will continue through December, 2019. Partners involved in the grant include DPI, local school districts, Special Education directors, students with disabilities, VR state and local staff, job coaches, Behavioral Health Division, parents, parent advocates and employers. ND has chosen to focus activities in the grant on students with behavioral, social/emotional, social communication and mental health needs.   (Page 165) Title IV
VR has a high level of collaboration with DHS Behavioral Health Division in the delivery of employment services to consumers who experience behavioral health issues. VR provides employment services including SEP for individuals with mental illness with extended services provided through the Behavioral Health Divisions’ funding. DVR is also involved as a team member for individuals involved in the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) program which then allows for a smooth transition into VR SEP once those individuals have stabilized and are ready to pursue competitive integrated employment. (Page 179) Title IV
 

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

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

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

Policies and Initiatives

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Medicaid Waivers - 11/01/2018

~~“Waivers are agreements between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a state's Medicaid agency and serve specific groups of people.Waivers specify:• Number of participants to be served• Eligibility criteria• Available services, including any limits on services• Procedures for the evaluation and re-evaluation of level of careWaivers give eligible people options if their needs can be met in their homes, and if providing services in a home and community setting is cost neutral compared to institutional services.” 

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

North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Policy Manual - 10/30/2018

~~“The purpose of this manual is to establish policies and procedures for implementing the provisions of Federal and State Regulating Authority for Developmental Disabilities Services in the State of North Dakota. Developmental Disabilities provides support and training to individuals and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency; to prevent institutionalization; and to enable institutionalized individuals to return to the community. To achieve this goal, Developmental Disabilities contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. “ 

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

North Dakota Association of Community Providers: Creating Inclusive Communities - 05/04/2018

The North Dakota Association of Community Providers’ 32nd Annual Conference covering topics of continuing education, customized employment training, and Medicaid benefits. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

North Dakota Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Division Provider Manual - 04/13/2018

“This manual functions as a primary reference document for DD licensed providers delivering services covered by North Dakota's Department of Human Services’ (“Department”) Developmental Disabilities Division (“DD Division”). The DD Division provides support and training to clients and families in order to maximize community and family inclusion, independence, and self-sufficiency. The DD Division contracts with private, nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide an array of residential services, day services, and family support services. This manual is intended to complement the federal and state rules and regulations, not to supplant it. Any lack of clarity or apparent conflict among the documents is certainly unintended. Should the reader observe such a situation, the federal and state rules and regulations are the final authority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program (ASTEP) - 01/01/2018

“ASTEP is a transition and postsecondary education program that makes college a reality for young adults with intellectual disabilities.  ASTEP uses a person-centered planning process that incorporates the individual’s personal goals, career plans, and dreams into an inclusive education plan to help students learn employment and self-advocacy skills while gaining independence.

Young adults ages 18 to 26 attend college at Minot State University for two to three years where students can earn a College-to-Career certificate, and other career focused certificates.

ASTEP students live on campus or in the community where they enroll in college courses, complete an employment internship, learn independent living skills, and engage in campus and community life. A variety of supports are available in campus, employment, community, and social settings.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Cost of Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - 10/24/2017

~~“The North Dakota Department of Human Services pays for a continuum of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Costs reflect the statewide average cost of the continuum of care, from institutional level of care at the Life Skills and Transition Center (LSTC), which serves people whose needs exceed community capacity, to community-based services”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

US Labor Department Conducting Wage Survey in North Dakota - 09/15/2017

“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

ND Workforce Development Council - 07/21/2017

~~North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized July 21, 2017 under Executive  Order 2017-10. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce innovation and opportunity board in accordance with Section 101(e) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide workforce innovation and opportunity activities, through statewide and local workforce innovation and opportunity systems, that increase the employment retention, and earnings of participants, and increase the occupational skills attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.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.

 

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

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
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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
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  • 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.

 
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  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
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  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities “Our Five Year Plan ”

~~NDCPD will implement four goals focused on the needs of people with developmental disabilities  during 2017 - 2022. Click on the corresponding arrow icon in the circle for more information.

Goal 1 - Employment: ND citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have access to information, experiences, and supports that allows them to be successful in the general workforce. Goal 2 - Aging: ND citizens will with intellectual and developmental disabilities will experience highest levels of quality of life and self-direction as part of healthy aging. Goal 3 - Educational and Early Childhood: ND children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have quality educational and early childhood services and systems. Goal 4 - Health: ND citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have improved quality and access to health services, systems, and information.

 

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.  
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  • 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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North Dakota Association of Community Providers (NDACP) - 06/10/2019

~~/“The North Dakota Association of Community /Providers (NDACP) is made up of 31 organizations across the state, providing services in 195+ communities.

We represent approximately 7,200 DD staff, 5,300 of whom are Direct Support Professionals, or DSP’s, and approximately 8,200 staff serving all populations.  We serve approximately 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities. “

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  • Other
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  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

ND Workforce Development Council - 07/21/2017

~~North Dakota Workforce Development Council was authorized July 21, 2017 under Executive  Order 2017-10. The Governor designated the Council as the state’s workforce innovation and opportunity board in accordance with Section 101(e) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA).The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide workforce innovation and opportunity activities, through statewide and local workforce innovation and opportunity systems, that increase the employment retention, and earnings of participants, and increase the occupational skills attainment by participants, and, as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation.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.

 

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