Funding System Re-Design for Ohio’s Employment First Initiative: Review of Promising Models from Other States


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This report aims to provide DODD with a comparison of funding structures from multiple states with high rates of integrated employment, including at least one state with a local tax base funding structure. The first 3 Key Principles for establishing a funding system to support Employment First uphold that, “The system should be based upon a presumption of competency, employability and ‘zero reject’ for each person with a disability, regardless of complexity; The system should reward providers for best practice implementation of Individual Supported Employment; [and] The system should require provider standards and staff training/certification to assure equal statewide access to and opportunity for Individual Supported Employment.” There are 9 principles in total that guide that together guide the structure and implementation of Employment First.

  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging
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