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The Beaver State of Oregon believes that "Things Look Different Here" when it comes to creating innovative employment options for 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 Oregon’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.46%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,028,977
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.36%
Change from
2014 to 2015
320,586
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.08%
Change from
2014 to 2015
121,155
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.76%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.79%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.78%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.22%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 3,930,065 3,970,239 4,028,977
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 307,872 316,222 320,586
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 108,264 114,997 121,155
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,576,561 1,597,093 1,646,699
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.17% 36.37% 37.79%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.92% 74.86% 76.22%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.90% 6.90% 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.50% 23.20% 22.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.50% 15.40% 14.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 283,743 295,226 299,421
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 288,239 301,467 305,954
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 505,449 525,531 536,463
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 10,999 11,137 10,487
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 40,334 43,219 43,966
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,019 9,015 9,203
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 11,855 12,810 13,604
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 2,396 1,925 1,320
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,711 29,870 26,984
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 10,553 10,405 7,314

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,472 4,593 4,736
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.00% 6.00% 6.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 107,732 109,329 109,815

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 9,498 7,896 14,588
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 29,911 23,422 36,542
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 68,833 57,809 66,459
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.80% 13.70% 22.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.40% 2.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.90% 0.80% 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 29.80% 24.60% 23.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 968 1,026 1,563
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 621 564 676
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 20,926 17,517 14,806

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 16,874 15,839 15,471
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 7,987 6,910 3,689
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 2,994 2,765 1,637
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. 37.00% 40.00% 44.00%
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. 76.78 70.36 40.63

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,867
3,805
4,181
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 31 36 31
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 492 524 628
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,042 949 1,003
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,128 1,063 1,243
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 703 737 797
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 471 496 479
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 29.80% 32.60% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,020 2,402
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 163,242 166,352
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 204 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 202 234 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $11,204,000 $11,015,000 $11,015,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $23,405,000 $24,453,000 $24,453,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $25,007,000 $26,347,000 $26,347,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $28,384,000 $31,979,000 $31,979,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 32.00% 32.00% 32.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,178 3,499 3,499
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,619 2,671 2,671
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,862 2,690 2,690
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 87.50 90.30 89.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.60% 72.91% 72.92%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.80% 10.60% 10.57%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.40% 1.18% 1.42%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 73.20% 81.68% 76.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 25.70% 23.99% 22.37%
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). 54.40% 53.92% 56.40%
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). 70.00% 69.71% 71.34%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 28.70% 29.93% 34.03%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,723,537
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,680
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 8,299
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 289,705
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 298,004
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 19
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 308
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 327
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,095,598
AbilityOne wages (services). $97,396

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 5 4 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 41 42 29
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 46 32
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 7 3
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,475 2,353
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,482 2,356

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

VR works closely with other State agencies whose populations benefit from VR Supported Employment (SE) Services. VR, the Department of Education, and the Office of Developmental Disability Services work together with the State’s Employment First program to ensure that individuals who experience Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities receive coordinated and sequenced services that meet their employment needs. This multi–agency collaboration operates under the guidance of Executive Order 15–01 and actively works to ensure that policies and services are aligned in a way that makes sense for transition age students as well as adults seeking services (Page 187)

VR and Oregon Department of Developmental Disability Services have refocused their work together over the last couple of years to achieve the outcomes set forth in Executive order 13–04, which was updated in Executive Order 15–01. These Executive Orders emphasize with more clarity the State’s Employment First Policy. Additionally, the State of Oregon has recently settled a lawsuit that calls for increased integrated employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. VR, ODDS, and the I/DD service delivery system have a working relationship that shares information, leverages and braids funding, and encourages the joint case management of joint clients. Moving forward VR will continue to work with ODDS and I/DD service delivery system as well as the Department of Education to increase our collaboration to maximize funding, streamline processes, and meet the competitive and integrated employment goals of joint clients. (Page 190)

  • Hired staff specialists who serve individuals with I/DD. These three groups of regional staff meet regularly; co–train other agency staff; and, co–develop tools and strategies to provide services that are consistent and reflect best practices
  • Have established collaborative training regarding consistency and quality in curricula used for VR, ODDS and ODE staff throughout Oregon; accomplished through:
    • Agency conferences (VR In–Service, DD Case Management Conference, and ODE Regional Transition Conferences) used mixed groups of staff and cross training techniques to further collaborative training goals
    • VR, DD, and school transition (ODE) staff training on varied topics, presented regionally to groups consisting of staff from all three agencies
    • Staff are consistently co–trained by specialists from the three agencies
  • Ongoing and regularly scheduled meetings lead to collaborative actions by Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS), VR and Oregon Department of Education (ODE):
    • Employment First Steering Committee meetings direct the overall work of the following collaborative meetings. This committee is co–led by VR and ODDS Administrators
    • Policy and Innovation meetings are co–led by VR staff and DD Staff to facilitate these collaborative actions:
  • The three agencies review and discuss all new or newly revised policy to assure alignment across agencies
  • Each agency sends policy transmittals to their regional and community staff when another of them adopts new or newly revised policy
    • Education and Transition meetings discuss pertinent issues for students who have transition plans including those receiving Pre–Vocational Services; facilitating these collaborative actions:
  • A jointly held goal of seamless transition for: students with transition plans, students in transition programs. (Page 190)

The Oregon Legislature has the sole authority to establish the type and number of state government positions, including VR positions. Over the last two biennium the legislature approved 14 new VRC positions to help support statewide Employment First initiatives. (Page 192)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability or implementation. (Page 114)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

In Gresham and Eugene, WSO Offices have installed a Video Relay System (VRS) for assuring equitable access to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D&HH) community. VRS works in the same way as the 711 Relay services and is funded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The difference is that with VRS, a D&HH customer may use Sign Language to communicate with a relay operator who then transmits the information to the hearing receiver through a regular phone. There is no need for a VRS, or video phone, on the receiving end. The VRS in these two offices serves as a pilot project and is in compliance with ADA regulations in terms of assuring that customers have equitable access to our services. If the pilot proves successful, more offices will receive the VRS devices. Many D&HH individuals already have VRS in their homes. The VRS in our offices will be treated as a means for this community to contact UI as well as for employment purposes. Should a UI claims taker or other UI staff receive a call via the VRS, they will be told that a VRS operator is on the other end before the customer’s message is relayed, just like if they were receiving a 711 call. (Page 105)

VR follows State of Oregon contractual processes when establishing contracts for services. VR works with and establishes relationships with non–profit organizations to fully utilize the benefits provided through the SSA TTW program. In January 2010, Oregon VR initiated a Ticket to Work shared payment agreement pilot with ten community mental health programs that provide evidence–based mental health supported employment services. These mental health agencies are governed by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) who contracts with the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) to provide annual programs and technical assistance. These agreements allow Oregon VR to be the Employment Network of record with SSA, partner with the mental health agency to provide dual services to an individual. (Page 186)

  • VR’s Youth Transition Program Transition (YTP) is operating in over 112 school districts across the state to provide pre–employment transition services (PETS) which includes “work experience” and “career counseling.”
  • YTP Transition Specialists work directly with employers to:
    • Perform worksite assessments before student placement
    • Train students in workplace readiness
    • Provide screening and referral of appropriate youth
    • Identification of appropriate worksites and task
    • Provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive training opportunities to meet the desired qualification of employers
  • In the Portland Metro area VR staff are working with health providers Legacy and Providence Health to pilot training and streamlined hiring program for students with disabilities. Students placed in competitive integrated employment with these employers are supported with 12 months of follow along services to ensure stable employment.
  • VR Contractors are working with business and schools regarding employer engagement models to offer competitive, integrated employment and career exploration opportunities. These trainings include:
    • Pre–employment trainings with school staff to meet employer needs
    • Interest inventories with students
    • Trainings on developing partnership agreements
    • Trainings on job needs analysis
    • Marketing school based programs
    • Pre and post training evaluations for students involved in work experiences. (Page 189)
Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

At application, the majority of VR program clients are already receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits as a result of legal blindness. During development of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE), the OCB explores the client’s vocational goals and income needs, and commensurate with their skills, strengths and previous work experience jointly sets employment goals. For client’s targeting employment with earnings above the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level, the OCB utilizes the Ticket to Work program for cost reimbursement upon 9 months of successful employment at or above SGA level earnings.  (Page 27)

Expand the use of Benefits Planning to assist Oregonians with Disabilities 

  1. Create online benefits training and information to address basic benefit concerns
  2. Work with partner agencies to create additional funding opportunities for expanding capacity
  3. Continue to partner with the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program operated by Disability Rights Oregon  (Page 206)
  4. Create an expansive employer engagement model that creates opportunities for work–based learning opportunities 
  • Develop a common employer engagement plan, language, and focus that can be used statewide
  • Implement a progressive employment model
  • Create and train local VR employer engagement teams
  • Work with partners on joint engagement opportunities
  • Engage with employers the need to meet the 503 federal hiring targets
  • Utilize the SRC Business Committee to enhance engagement with employers 

       5. Expand the use of Benefits Planning to assist Oregonians with Disabilities

  • Create online benefits training and information to address basic benefit concerns
  • Work with partner agencies to create additional funding opportunities for expanding capacity
  • Continue to partner with the Work Inc. (Page 219)

While receipt of SSI/SSDI indicates significance of disability, it can also impact employment for an individual, based on the need to maintain benefits and especially health insurance benefits that are income–dependent. The Commission addresses this consumer need through providing benefits planning services. Commission Services for Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities The Commission is reaching those with the most significant disabilities through outreach and by providing individualized services. (Page 261)

Outcome % of participants who were receiving SSI/SSDI at application*

  • Exited VR before services began 55%
  • Exited VR without an employment outcome, after services 60%
  • Exited VR with a noncompetitive employment outcome 62%
  • Exited VR with a competitive employment outcome 46% 

*   Note: Commission data is cumulative 2009–2013. While receipt of SSI/SSDI indicates significance of disability, it can also impact employment for an individual, based on the need to maintain benefits and especially health insurance benefits that are income–dependent. The Commission addresses this consumer need through providing benefits planning services. (Page 301)

School to Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) requests a continuation of its waiver of state–wideness for its Youth Transition Program (YTP). Through this program, transition age youth with disabilities are provided with enhanced activities and services that lead to employment or career–related postsecondary education or training. YTP has two distinct but interconnected goals. The first is to improve post–school transition outcomes for youth with disabilities by preparing them for employment, postsecondary education or training, and independent living. The second is to increase capacity and foster positive systems change in schools and other agencies in assisting youth with disabilities in moving from school to work. (Page 178)

Our goals for the program for FFY 16 include:

  1. Coordinate the Summer Work Experience Program for students who require ongoing supports in partnership with the Department of Education
  2. Partner with the education team that will support students who are leaving secondary school programs to develop a transition plan for school to work
  3. Continue to outreach to the deaf–blind community
  4. Coordinate with community resources to maximize comparable benefits and improve services for our clients
  5. Grow the number of individuals served in the program and focus on positive outcomes in integrated settings with supports 

In addition: OCB will provide SE extended services after placement for up to 4 years for individuals not covered by alternative programs or funding. (Page 281)

Progress: The agency attended individualized transition plan meetings for all Supported Employment students exiting the schools in order to provide seamless services to students exiting the school system. (Page 296)

Goal 2: Partner with the education team that will support Supported Employment students who are leaving secondary school programs to develop a transition plan for school to work Progress: The agency attended individualized transition plan meetings for all Supported Employment students exiting the schools in order to provide seamless services to students exiting the school system. (Page 298-299)

Data Collection

State Operating Systems 

State operating systems to support implementation of the state’s strategies are primarily divided into three categories: 

  • Labor Market Information
  • Data Collection and Reporting Systems
  • Operations and Management Systems 

Labor Market Information 

The Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division provides accurate, reliable, and timely information about Oregon’s state and local labor markets. The division’s goal is to provide quality information that helps our customers make informed choices. Workforce development policy makers are a key research customer group, particularly serving the labor market information needs of state and local workforce development boards.

The division’s efforts focus on direct employer surveys, information from tax records, analysis of the data, and dissemination through publications, presentations, and responses to customer requests. Most labor market information is available on–line allowing staff more time to focus on custom analysis and answering challenging questions about the labor market. (All of Page 79 )

OWIB has established a goal and five strategies around creating a customer–centric, easy to access workforce system, including developing accountability mechanisms focused on results. The state board will assist the Governor by continuing to focus on system results and the needs or impediments to both measuring and improving the results for individuals and employers. Alignment of technology and data systems across the partner programs and agencies are the key to creating such a system and accountability mechanisms. (Page 99)

  • Support for the development of instructional content and models for career pathways;
  • Potential revision of OPABS and expansion of I–BEST and VESL models that integrate education and training;
  • Technical assistance to eligible providers on strategies to achieve negotiated targets on the primary indicators of performance;
  • Exploration of a standardized adult education and literacy orientation process with identified learning outcomes; and
  • Support for changes required to meet WIOA data collection and reporting requirements. (Page 167)

In the coming year, Oregon Adult Learning Standards trainers will also be able to track how Institute participants are implementing the Learning Standards in their classrooms and at a programmatic level. The State will continue to review evidence of implementation, e.g., course outlines, lesson plans, and classroom observation, as other training opportunities in Learning Standards, data collection and use, English language acquisition, and other topics in order to ensure the quality of professional development. (Page 168)Through the data collection efforts, researchers solicited information from four primary stakeholder groups:

  • potential, actual, or former consumers of VR services located throughout the state;
  • representatives of organizations that provide services to individuals who are potential, actual, or former consumers of VR services;
  • VR staff; and
  • representatives of businesses

The approach was designed to capture input from a variety of perspectives in order to acquire a sense of the multi-faceted needs of persons with disabilities in the state. Responses to the individual survey reflect the opinions of current and former clients of VR including individuals who had not yet developed a rehabilitation plan, individuals with active rehabilitation plans, and individuals whose cases had been closed. Efforts were made to gather information pertinent to un-served and under-served populations through inquiries with individuals who serve a broad range of persons with disabilities in the state (whether they are affiliated with VR or not). Likewise, the VR staff members that participated in key informant interviews, focus groups and surveys serve individuals with disabilities representing a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Efforts were made to solicit responses from businesses reflecting the opinions of employers representing a variety of industries. (Page 199)

Promote earlier engagement with Workforce partners for VR clients in the application process ii. Streamline referral and data collection from common referral agencies iii. Work with VR staff to streamline the Individual Plan for Employment process in order to get clients into plan more quickly iv. Use data to determine success rate of specific services and focus on their duplication v. Work with Lean Coordinator to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in service delivery and policy that can be addressed. (Page 204)

The methods to be used to expand and improve services to individuals with disabilities: 

  1. Promote earlier engagement with Workforce partners for VR clients in the application process
  2. Streamline referral and data collection from common referral agencies
  3. Work with VR staff to streamline the Individual Plan for Employment process in order to get clients into plan more quickly
  4. Use data to determine success rate of specific services and focus on their duplication
  5. Work with LEAN Coordinator to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in service delivery and policy that can be addressed. (Page 212)
Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

Overall, the development and expansion of credit–bearing Career Pathways certificates across the 17 community colleges has been a key strategy for enhancing the training and job skills of Oregon’s workforce. Currently, the community colleges offer more than 400 Career Pathway certificate programs. These certificates are defined in Oregon statute as being 15 – 44 credit certificates that are completely contained within an Associate of Applied Science degree or one–year certificate. This means a working learner can continue to make progress toward a higher level credential without losing time or money having to take classes that are required in the higher level credential but different from those in the Career Pathway certificate. (Page 32)

AEFLA-funded Adult-Basic-Skills Programs work with employers through connections with their colleges’ Career Pathways, Customized Training, Workforce Training, and Occupational Skills Training programs. Another critical partner is VR. The Vocational Rehabilitation program by design contacts the Business and employer community utilizing a client specific approach. VR’s approach of utilizing contracted vendors to job develop for individual clients indicates a different model regarding employer outreach. However, employers also approach the VR offices with Job Opportunities and VR will address a process where these contacts and opportunities can be blended into a Workforce combined business outreach method. (Page 69)

9. Whether the eligible provider’s activities are delivered by well-trained instructors, counselors and administrators who meet any minimum qualifications established by the State, where applicable, and who have access to high quality professional development, including through electronic means.

10. Whether the eligible provider coordinates with other available education, training and social service resources in the community, such as by establishing strong links with elementary schools and secondary schools, postsecondary educational institutions, institutions of higher education, local workforce development boards, one-stop centers, job training programs, and social service agencies, business, industry, labor organizations, community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and intermediaries in the development of career pathways.

11. Whether the eligible provider’s activities offer the flexible schedules and coordination with Federal, State and local support services (such as child care, transportation, mental health services, and career planning) that are necessary to enable individuals, including individuals with disabilities or other special needs, to attend and complete programs. (Page 160)

Employment Networks

Oregon VR initiated a Ticket to Work shared payment agreement pilot with ten community mental health programs that provide evidence–based mental health supported employment services. These mental health agencies are governed by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) who contracts with the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) to provide annual programs and technical assistance. These agreements allow Oregon VR to be the Employment Network of record with SSA, partner with the mental health agency to provide dual services to an individual. Once the VR case is closed, the mental health agency continues to support the individual until the support is no longer needed. If the individual works and reaches the SSA TTW wage thresholds, Oregon VR receives TTW payments which in turn are split with the mental health agencies. This pilot evolved into a project that has strengthened the relationship between VR and these participating agencies by providing additional TTW dollars for additional program funding. As of July 2015 we have sixteen agreements in place. (Page 186)

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Oregon HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance - 06/02/2017

“Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), in partnership with the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority, is committed to providing supportive housing opportunities through the HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program for extremely low-income Oregonians with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and/or developmental disabilities.

OHCS received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to integrate approximately seventy-five 811 PRA subsidized units into properties located throughout the State of Oregon funded with federal, state, and/or local programs such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and HOME.”

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

Oregon Local EF Teams’ Community of Practice - 05/09/2017

“During 2017, we worked with the DHS Employment First Office and Local Employment First teams on their ongoing Community of Practice (CoP), a subject-based discussion series of topics important to Employment First. Each topic was featured in a 2-hour CoP session, which was recorded, and in an online ongoing Discussion Forum to allow access to the information and continue the conversation(s).”

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

Oregon Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment - 03/03/2017

“Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is a free day-long training conducted by the Work Incentives Network. Attendees are those interested in learning the basics about work incentives and the impact employment has on benefits. They will learn facts to combat the common myths, how to access available work incentives, and when to refer a participant to a certified benefits and work incentives coordinator.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Oregon Supported Employment Services Department of Education Guidance - 12/13/2016

“This guidance document is provided for special education directors, secondary special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists. The Settlement Agreement for the Lane v. Brown case was approved in December 2015. A portion of the Settlement Agreement deals with transition services, and it provides that ODE shall require that the transition planning process include information about, and provide opportunities to experience, Supported Employment Services in Integrated Employment Settings for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and the and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) makes Supported Employment Services available to Oregon students who are found eligible to receive services, and ODE issues this guidance so that district IEP teams will take steps to inform themselves and others, including transition-age individuals and their families, of these services.”

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

Oregon’s Transition Resource Handbook - 09/01/2016

“Nationally and locally, the educational system is focusing on college and career readiness— transition for all, including students with disabilities. This validates the need for all students to have a plan for their future as they leave school. Earning a living wage requires acquisition of skills that lead to post-secondary training and integrated employment.

By 2025, Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal aims for 40 percent of Oregonians to have a baccalaureate degree or higher, for 40 percent to have an associate’s degree or certificate in a skilled occupation, and for the remaining 20 percent without a post-secondary credential to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent credential. There are multiple pathways to careers: on-the-job-training provided by employers, on-line educational opportunities, the military, apprenticeships, occupational certification, and traditional degree programs that are offered through community colleges and four-year universities are some of these.”

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

Oregon Medicaid and CHIP State Plan and Proposed Amendments - 07/12/2016

"This webpage provides the Medicaid and CHIP state plans for Oregon.  In addition, it also provides any amendments that are currently being considered by CMS."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Memorandum of Understanding Developmental Disabilities Services Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/30/2016

“,,,IDDS adoption of and VR endorsement of the “Employment First Policy” for working age adults with developmental disabilities”   “This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services.  This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of the MOUR is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and rthe Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 115-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. “  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding: Developmental Disabilities Services and Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/28/2016

“This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services. This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and the Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 15-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.”

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

Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) Provider FAQ Employment Services - 03/01/2016

“This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is being distributed to help clarify and facilitate the services provided by the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) for adults with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Oregon.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Council on Developmental Disability Fiscal Year 2016: State Plan (Findings) - 12/31/2015

A broad overview of the Comprehensive Review and Analysis conducted by the Council. The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) provides DD waiver and Medicaid Community First Choice state plan (K plan) services to about 23,776 eligible children and adults. Oregon has two DD waivers serving both children and adults. Oregon is experiencing a workforce shortage. According to November 2015 DHS caseload data, 23,776 adults receive a variety DD waiver and K plan services (5,738 receive case management only). Most adults (77%) live in their own homes or family homes. About 5,455 (23%) live in 24-hour settings: 2,603 in foster care; 2,754 in group homes; 98 in state-operated 24-hour Stabilization and Crisis Units (SACU).

Oregon settled the Lane v. Brown lawsuit to increase access to supported employment services for people with IDD. Current VR data show that over the past two years there has been a 42% increase in people with IDD applying to VR; an 86% increase in people with IDD entering an IPE; and a 56% increase in people with IDD exiting VR with a competitive job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Data Sharing
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Oregon SB 777 (ABLE Act) - 08/12/2015

"The Oregon 529 Savings Board shall establish by rule and maintain a qualified ABLE [Achieving a Better Life Experience] program in accordance with the requirements of the ABLE Act. (2) The rules must: (a) Allow a person to make contributions for a taxable year to an ABLE account established for the purpose of meeting the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account..."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Oregon Senate Bill 22 - Employment First - 04/08/2013

The bill details the rights of persons with developmental disabilities who are receiving developmental disability services.  It proclaims that “individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and society as a whole benefit when the individuals exercise choice and self-determination, living and working in the most integrated community settings appropriate to their needs, with supportive services that are designed and implemented consistent with the choice of the individuals regarding services, providers, goals and activities.”  Moreover it proclaims that, “the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities in fully integrated work settings is the highest priority over unemployment, segregated employment, facility-based employment or day habilitation.” 

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

427.007 OR Policy; Department of Human Services to plan and facilitate community services.

Emphasizes the importance of home and community based services that help to facilitate community integration for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Therefore, the Department of Human Services is directed to facilitate the development of appropriate community-based services, including family support, residential facilities, day programs, home care and other necessary support, care and training programs, in an orderly and systematic manner. The role of state-operated hospitals and training centers in Oregon shall be as specialized back-up facilities to a primary system of community-based services for persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
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Oregon Executive Order 15-01 - Providing employment services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities - 02/02/2015

Supersedes Executive Order 13-04   “This Executive Order revises and supersedes Executive Order 13-04 in order to provide further policy guidance intended to continue the state’s progress in these areas [providing supported employment services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities], including through a substantial reduction in employment in sheltered workshops.  Continue to improve Oregon’s delivery of employment services, with the goal of achieving competitive integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, consistent with their abilities and choices, will benefit individuals with disabilities, their families, our communities, the economy, and the state.”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Integrated Employment Services to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

“Executive Order 15-01 which supersedes Executive Order 13-04 and outlines detailed strategies and requires the Oregon Department of Human Services (Department) to work with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and delivering employment systems to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities toward fulfillment of Oregon’s Employment First Policy, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Oregon HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance - 06/02/2017

“Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), in partnership with the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority, is committed to providing supportive housing opportunities through the HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program for extremely low-income Oregonians with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and/or developmental disabilities.

OHCS received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to integrate approximately seventy-five 811 PRA subsidized units into properties located throughout the State of Oregon funded with federal, state, and/or local programs such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and HOME.”

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

Oregon Council on Developmental Disability Fiscal Year 2016: State Plan (Findings) - 12/31/2015

A broad overview of the Comprehensive Review and Analysis conducted by the Council. The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) provides DD waiver and Medicaid Community First Choice state plan (K plan) services to about 23,776 eligible children and adults. Oregon has two DD waivers serving both children and adults. Oregon is experiencing a workforce shortage. According to November 2015 DHS caseload data, 23,776 adults receive a variety DD waiver and K plan services (5,738 receive case management only). Most adults (77%) live in their own homes or family homes. About 5,455 (23%) live in 24-hour settings: 2,603 in foster care; 2,754 in group homes; 98 in state-operated 24-hour Stabilization and Crisis Units (SACU).

Oregon settled the Lane v. Brown lawsuit to increase access to supported employment services for people with IDD. Current VR data show that over the past two years there has been a 42% increase in people with IDD applying to VR; an 86% increase in people with IDD entering an IPE; and a 56% increase in people with IDD exiting VR with a competitive job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Data Sharing

Integrated employment Plan: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability - 07/06/2015

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) along with its many partners and stakeholders, strives to support the choices of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families within local communities by promoting and providing services that are person-centered and directed, flexible, inclusive and supportive of the discovery and development of each individual's unique gifts, talents and abilities. Oregon is committed to work toward service options that ensure people with I/DD have the opportunity to live lives that are fulfilling and meaningful. Therefore, services offered must promote activities, routines and relationships that are common to most citizens. A key element of this approach is employment – the path to independence, contribution and belonging and the road out of poverty.

This Integrated Employment plan (Plan) is written consistent with Section IX (4) State Agency Actions, of Governor Kitzhaber’s Executive Order 13-04, “Providing Employment Services to Individual with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Order).” A copy of the Order is provided as Attachment 1. This Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The Order also recognizes the implementation of Oregon’s Employment First policy as a framework for accomplishing the Executive Order’s desired goals.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Developmental Disabilities Services Policy Change Regarding Sheltered Workshops - 07/01/2015

“In order to further Oregon’s Employment First policy, effective July 1, 2015, ODDS will no longer fund Sheltered Work or services in a Sheltered Workshop setting, for individuals who are newly eligible for services, or individuals already using services but not in a Sheltered Workshop setting.”

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

3.14 Supported Employment - 04/21/2015

Revisions to Supported Employment policy 3.14 to align with the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act of July 22, 2014.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Department of Human Services Integrated Employment Plan Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (revised 1/31/15) - 01/31/2015

"This Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The Order also recognizes the implementation of Oregon’s Employment First policy as a framework for accomplishing the Executive Order’s desired goals.” 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon ReBAR Employment Rate Model, Day Support Activities Agency Rate Matrix, Interim Tier Assignments and Reviews - 09/01/2014

"This transmittal is to communicate that effective September 1, 2014, the department will implement a new employment rate model. The ReBAR Employment Rate Model applies to all agency providers who provide employment services under the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) Comprehensive Waiver, Support Services Waiver and Day Support Activities (Formerly Day Habilitation, ATE, and Community Inclusion) under the Community First Choice State Plan Option (K-Plan).”

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Employment First Report - 07/15/2014

“The Governor’s Executive Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with I/DD. More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by the DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The strategies and planned actions are targeted to increase and improve the delivery of employment services to individuals with I/DD with the goal of increasing integrated employment. The Executive Order calls for regular monitoring of the progress through ‘data collection, data analysis and quality improvement activities.’ This report serves as one step in continuing to implement the Order.”

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

Oregon Employment First Report: Bettering Employment Outcomes for Oregonians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - 01/15/2014

"The Employment First team within the Department of Human Services (DHS) produces a semiannual report to the Employment Coordinator which provides data concerning Oregonians with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). This report outlines the employment statistics for Oregonians with I/DD found eligible for services through the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and provides a detailed breakdown of their employment settings.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Core Competencies and Training Standards: Supported Employment Professionals - 12/05/2013

This document introduces Supported Employment and reviews the core competencies and training standards related to Discovery and career planning, marketing and job development, workplace and job analysis, different aspects of job coaching, managing benefits, resources for employment, school-to-work transition, organizational change , and self-employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Memorandum of Understanding Developmental Disabilities Services Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/30/2016

“,,,IDDS adoption of and VR endorsement of the “Employment First Policy” for working age adults with developmental disabilities”   “This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services.  This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of the MOUR is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and rthe Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 115-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. “  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding: Developmental Disabilities Services and Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/28/2016

“This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services. This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and the Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 15-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.”

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

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce - 02/02/2015

“Together with Executive Order No.15-01, this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recognizes that, while the State cannot guarantee jobs, Oregon starts with the presumption that everyone can be employed in an integrated setting in a community-based job…Oregon is not guaranteeing anyone a job, but with significant additional resources, Oregon s optimistic that all persons with IDD will have an opportunity to obtain integrated employment.”   “Vision: Through strong agency collaboration, youth with disabilities will transition into competitive integrated employment or post-secondary education/ training.”    MOU Partners Include: Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services Oregon Department of Education Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Cooperative Agreement Between the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education - 12/01/2014

“The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to set forth the commitments of the ODE and VR to cooperate in activities leading to a successful transition for students with disabilities from a free and appropriate public education to postsecondary career-related training and employment activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce (August 2011) - 08/01/2011

"The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education that creates the initiative entitled, "Integrated, Continuous Transition Services for Students with Developmental Disabilities: A Pathway to Employment.” The specific purpose is to outline mutual goals, strategies, actions and responsibilities that staff of-the parties will endorse and conduct to accomplish the desired objectives(s).”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Youth Transition Program

“The Youth Transition Program (YTP) is a comprehensive transition program for youth with disabilities operated collaboratively by Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR), the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the University of Oregon (U of O), and local school districts statewide in Oregon.

The purpose of the program is to prepare youth with disabilities for employment or career related post-secondary education or training."

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

Employment First: Capacity Building and Training and Technical Assistance Strategic Plan 2014-2015

The mission of this strategic plan is to, “To improve Oregon’s delivery of employment services, with the goal of achieving integrated employment for individuals experiencing IDD, consistent with their abilities and choices. To improve Oregon’s employment services through innovation, best practices, and increased capacity, with the outcome of achieving integrated employment services for all individuals experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Oregon Johnson & Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program - 10/27/2015

“The mission of the Johnson & Johnson - Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program is to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS), for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. This national program systematically works with states to implement supported employment following the evidence-based guidelines, initially in a small number of sites (typically 3-4 community mental health centers) and expanding statewide over time. The program is administered in each participating state through the collaboration between the state mental health authority and the state vocational rehabilitation administration. Through the support of Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contribution, the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center (PRC) oversees the Program and provides ongoing technical assistance and consultation on IPS supported employment to the states  and developing training and educational materials and courses for stakeholders."

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

Oregon Project ACCESS - 09/14/2015

“The purpose of Project Access is to establish, implement, and evaluate a multi-level interagency transition model in the state of Oregon. The overall goal of the project is to improve and extend transition services to a greater number of youth with disabilities through a model program that brings vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRC's) into high school settings.”

“The model is a collaborative effort between Oregon's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), public high schools in three Oregon school districts, and researchers at the University of Oregon.”

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

Ticket to Work Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - Integrated Employment Plan (revised 7/2015) - 07/06/2015

“(2010-2011) During this time period VR used resources within its Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIG) Competitive Employment Project (CEP) and other available resources to support of a variety of Employment First related activities including: Co-funding for many of the stakeholder and partner gatherings (e.g. Employment First Summit, Meet at the Mountain, stakeholder work groups); Participation in the Supported Employment Leadership Network (SELN); and Improving access to benefits counseling and planning services such as the Work Incentive Project (WIN); and  Supporting other training and technical assistance activities”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Employed Persons with Disabilities (EPD) – Medicaid Buy-in - 01/01/2012

“EPD is a Medicaid program administered by the Oregon Department of Human services. EPD provides medical coverage and long-term services to people with disabilities who are employed. If you are eligible to participate, you will be charged a nominal fee based on your income.”

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

Oregon Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

“Oregon plans to build on its 2008 Employment First Policy to increase the number of high school age youth who transition to integrated employment and decrease the number of adults currently served in facility based employment services. It will focus on improving its strategic plan to align state policies and funding mechanisms that support these goals. It will also increase service provider and general community capacity to develop, provide, and support integrated supported employment. The Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS) will be the lead agency for this grant.”

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

The Work Incentive Network (WIN!) (now part of the activities of the MIG)

Part of the activities of the MIG

“Benefits and Work Incentive Counseling services help people with disabilities make informed decisions about work, benefits and the use of work incentives to achieve their employment goals, as well as helping them navigate the benefits system when they begin working."

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

Oregon Mental Health Treatment Study (MHTS) – SSA funded demonstration

“Options has been chosen by Dartmouth College as one of 20 sites in the U.S. to host a four year mental health treatment study. The study will examine the efficacy of utilizing evidence based practices to assist individuals seeking employment. 75 participants will be enrolled in Josephine County and all mental health and supported employment services will be billed through insurance backed by the project. In addition, the study is funding a nurse care coordinator and research assistant.” 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Money Follows the Person (MFP) “On the Move”

Oregon’s Money Follows the Person project “On the Move in Oregon” aimed to reverse the increase in nursing facility utilization… and continue this state’s   historic rebalancing efforts using Home and Community-Based services.   From May 2007 through September 2011, the State agency transitioned 305 clients from institutions to home and community-based settings.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Oregon Local EF Teams’ Community of Practice - 05/09/2017

“During 2017, we worked with the DHS Employment First Office and Local Employment First teams on their ongoing Community of Practice (CoP), a subject-based discussion series of topics important to Employment First. Each topic was featured in a 2-hour CoP session, which was recorded, and in an online ongoing Discussion Forum to allow access to the information and continue the conversation(s).”

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

Oregon Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment - 03/03/2017

“Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is a free day-long training conducted by the Work Incentives Network. Attendees are those interested in learning the basics about work incentives and the impact employment has on benefits. They will learn facts to combat the common myths, how to access available work incentives, and when to refer a participant to a certified benefits and work incentives coordinator.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Oregon Supported Employment Services Department of Education Guidance - 12/13/2016

“This guidance document is provided for special education directors, secondary special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists. The Settlement Agreement for the Lane v. Brown case was approved in December 2015. A portion of the Settlement Agreement deals with transition services, and it provides that ODE shall require that the transition planning process include information about, and provide opportunities to experience, Supported Employment Services in Integrated Employment Settings for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and the and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) makes Supported Employment Services available to Oregon students who are found eligible to receive services, and ODE issues this guidance so that district IEP teams will take steps to inform themselves and others, including transition-age individuals and their families, of these services.”

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

Oregon’s Transition Resource Handbook - 09/01/2016

“Nationally and locally, the educational system is focusing on college and career readiness— transition for all, including students with disabilities. This validates the need for all students to have a plan for their future as they leave school. Earning a living wage requires acquisition of skills that lead to post-secondary training and integrated employment.

By 2025, Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal aims for 40 percent of Oregonians to have a baccalaureate degree or higher, for 40 percent to have an associate’s degree or certificate in a skilled occupation, and for the remaining 20 percent without a post-secondary credential to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent credential. There are multiple pathways to careers: on-the-job-training provided by employers, on-line educational opportunities, the military, apprenticeships, occupational certification, and traditional degree programs that are offered through community colleges and four-year universities are some of these.”

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

Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) Provider FAQ Employment Services - 03/01/2016

“This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is being distributed to help clarify and facilitate the services provided by the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) for adults with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Oregon.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Job Placement Services Contract Technical Assistance Guide 2015-2020 - 09/23/2015

"This manual is designed to serve as reference material and as a guide for the execution of the 2015-2020 Job Placement Contract. This guide focuses on the key components of job placement including: Definitions of service categories and guidance for their use; Process maps, flow charts and matrices for job placement processes which will aid in the implementation of this contract; A job development process specifically designed to serve participants who will benefit from a supported or customized employment approach; and An amended pay structure and the requirements associated with this new structure.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Oregon Office of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OMHAS) - 06/15/2009

The Oregon Department of Human Services Employee Training Plan states that mental health providers and allied service providers receive training on evidence-based practices such as supported employment through OMHAS. Much of the OMHAS training funds are provided through the Federal Mental Health and ATOD Block Grants.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Supported Employment Center of Excellence (OSECE) - 05/15/2008

“The Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) was created in 2008 as part of Oregon’s Supported Employment Initiative to provide technical assistance to Supported Employment providers, conduct fidelity reviews, collect, evaluate and share outcome data, educate and advise local and State level policy makers and coordinate media coverage of SE success stories. Beginning July, 2011, OSECE will be providing program evaluation to 3 Supported Education pilot sites… The Center will also be offering technical assistance to other mental health programs that are interested in starting Supported Education programming.”

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

Rebuilding Lives...from the Streets to a Home and a Job - 09/01/2006

“Ending chronic homelessness in our communities means not only providing permanent housing for people whose homelessness is measured in years, but also creating the opportunity to participate in the workforce, earn an income, and to contribute to America’s economy. In these projects, the Departments of Labor and Housing and Urban Development are demonstrating how communities can develop partnerships to end chronic homelessness through employment and housing and developing the tools to help the workforce development and homeless assistance systems achieve their goals.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

OTAC Supported Employment Trainings

“OTAC has been providing training and technical assistance on employment topics since its inception in 1984. We believe people with disabilities have the same inherent right to the opportunities as any other citizen has regarding employment options…Trainings include or are developed about: Social security benefits planning, self-employment, partners and resources, organizational change as well as high school transition."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Lane v. Brown Settlement (12-29-2015) - 12/29/2015

The Agreement converts all of the structural reforms to Oregon’s employment service system identified in Executive Order 15-01 into binding and enforceable legal obligations, and significantly expands on those requirements by establishing new systemic requirements, firm implementation dates, and integration criteria for the provision of supported employment services. The key terms are as follows:   …3. The State will help 1,115 persons who have worked in sheltered workshops (out of about 4,000 persons who have worked in sheltered workshops since 2012) to obtain community jobs at a competitive wage. Agreement, § V.3. That number was taken directly from the State’s existing IEP. 4. The State will issue “guidance” that the recommended standard for services is the “opportunity” to work at least 20 hours per week, if that is what the individual wants. Agreement, § VII.1  
Systems
  • Other

Lane v. Kitzhaber, 12-CV-00138, (D. OR 2012) - 05/22/2013

“On May 22, 2013, the Court granted the United States' March 27 Motion to Intervene in a pending class action lawsuit against the State of Oregon. The United States' accompanying Complaint in Intervention alleges violations of Title II of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for unnecessarily segregating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in sheltered workshops when they could be served in integrated employment settings.”

  “Prior to requesting intervention the United States filed on April 20, 2012, a Statement of Interest in Support of Plaintiffs Regarding Defendants' Motion to Dismiss.  The United States argued that Title II and the integration regulation apply to all services, programs, and activities of a public entity, including segregated, non-residential employment settings such as sheltered workshops.”    “On June 18, 2012, the United States filed a second Statement of Interest in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification. In its Statement of Interest, the United States urged the Court to uphold class certification for a plaintiff class of thousands of individuals in, or referred to, Oregon sheltered workshops.”   
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Oregon - From the Department of Justice Findings Letter (2012) - 06/29/2012

“We have concluded that the State is failing to provide employment and vocational services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the most  integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA.  The State plans, structures, and administers its system of providing employment and vocational services in a manner that delivers such services primarily in segregated sheltered workshops, rather than in integrated community employment.  Sheltered workshops segregate individuals from the community and provide little or no opportunity to interact with persons without disabilities, other than paid staff…  most persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving employment and vocational services from the state remain unnecessarily – and often indefinitely – confined to segregated sheltered workshops..”    
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Oregon - Staley v. Kitzhaber 2000 - 01/14/2000

“The lawsuit was the result of years of frustration in waiting for appropriate, adequate services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families… The lawsuit alleges that the State of Oregon failed to provide services in the most integrated possible setting to adults with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities eligible for placement in an ICF/MR (intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded) and that individuals with developmental disabilities are entitled to receive Medicaid-Funded services with reasonable promptness.”

“This agreement is intended to provide relief to not only the plaintiffs but also to all other similarly situated individuals with developmental disabilities eligible to receive services under the federal Medicaid program.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Oregon Medicaid and CHIP State Plan and Proposed Amendments - 07/12/2016

"This webpage provides the Medicaid and CHIP state plans for Oregon.  In addition, it also provides any amendments that are currently being considered by CMS."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Comprehensive Waiver Services Amendment Application (12/2015) - 12/01/2015

The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.   Provides “Respite; Habilitation (Day, Residential, Prevocational, Supported Employment); Environmental Accessibility Adaptations; Non-Medical Transportation; Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies; Family Training; In-Home Support Services; Crisis/Diversion Services; PT/OT/Speech.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Oregon Home and Community Based Transition Plan - 10/20/2015

“Oregon’s HCBS Transition Plan is broken down into phases. Each phase builds on previous phases and is intended to provide additional information and guidance on the next phase. As an example, the development of the global scorecard described below, provided DHS, OHA and its Stakeholders an overview of the current regulatory status of DHS’s and OHA’s HCBS system. The next phase, through the Provider Self-Assessment and the Individual Experience Assessment, will define specific provider issues and will meet DHS’s and OHA’s requirements to assess specific settings. The phases in the plan are:

Phase I – Initial Regulatory Assessment Phase II – Statewide Training and Education Efforts Phase III – Provider Self-Assessment and Individual Experience Assessment Phase IV – Heightened Scrutiny Process Phase V – Remediation Activities Phase VI – Ongoing Compliance and Oversight”
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program - 12/16/2014

The Oregon Health Authority is the single State agency designated to administer or supervise the administration of the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act. (All references in this plan to "the Medicaid agency" mean the agency named in this paragraph.)

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

Oregon 1915(c) HCBS Waiver - Comprehensive Residential (0117.R05.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides supported employment/prevocational, waiver case management, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language, alternatives to employment-habilitation, family training/counseling for individuals w/DD, IID ages 0 - no max age.

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

Application for a §1915(c) Home and Community-Based Service Waiver - 06/24/2011

“The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.”

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

Oregon Money Follows the Person (MFP) “On the Move” (2008) - 03/01/2008

“On the Move in Oregon Transition Coordinators will provide one-on-one assistance to help create a package of services and supports that help people live more independently in the community without sacrificing needed care”    “Oregon’s Money Follows the Person project “On the Move in Oregon” aimed to reverse the increase in nursing facility utilization… and continue this state’s historic rebalancing efforts using Home and Community-Based services.” (Program concluded)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Oregon Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Oregon as of 2013.

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

Ticket to Work Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - Integrated Employment Plan (revised 7/2015)

“(2010-2011) During this time period VR used resources within its Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIG) Competitive Employment Project (CEP) and other available resources to support of a variety of Employment First related activities including: Co-funding for many of the stakeholder and partner gatherings (e.g. Employment First Summit, Meet at the Mountain, stakeholder work groups); Participation in the Supported Employment Leadership Network (SELN); and Improving access to benefits counseling and planning services such as the Work Incentive Project (WIN); and  Supporting other training and technical assistance activities”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employed Persons with Disabilities (EPD) – Medicaid Buy-in

“EPD is a Medicaid program administered by the Oregon Department of Human services. EPD provides medical coverage and long-term services to people with disabilities who are employed. If you are eligible to participate, you will be charged a nominal fee based on your income.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The Beaver State of Oregon believes that "Things Look Different Here" when it comes to creating innovative employment options for 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 Oregon’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.46%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,028,977
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.36%
Change from
2014 to 2015
320,586
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.08%
Change from
2014 to 2015
121,155
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.76%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.79%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.78%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.22%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 3,930,065 3,970,239 4,028,977
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 307,872 316,222 320,586
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 108,264 114,997 121,155
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,576,561 1,597,093 1,646,699
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.17% 36.37% 37.79%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.92% 74.86% 76.22%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.90% 6.90% 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.50% 23.20% 22.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.50% 15.40% 14.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 283,743 295,226 299,421
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 288,239 301,467 305,954
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 505,449 525,531 536,463
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 10,999 11,137 10,487
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 40,334 43,219 43,966
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,019 9,015 9,203
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 11,855 12,810 13,604
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 2,396 1,925 1,320
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,711 29,870 26,984
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 10,553 10,405 7,314

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,472 4,593 4,736
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.00% 6.00% 6.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 107,732 109,329 109,815

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 9,498 7,896 14,588
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 29,911 23,422 36,542
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 68,833 57,809 66,459
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.80% 13.70% 22.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.40% 2.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.90% 0.80% 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 29.80% 24.60% 23.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 968 1,026 1,563
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 621 564 676
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 20,926 17,517 14,806

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 16,874 15,839 15,471
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 7,987 6,910 3,689
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 2,994 2,765 1,637
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. 37.00% 40.00% 44.00%
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. 76.78 70.36 40.63

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,867
3,805
4,181
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 31 36 31
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 492 524 628
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,042 949 1,003
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,128 1,063 1,243
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 703 737 797
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 471 496 479
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 29.80% 32.60% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,020 2,402
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 163,242 166,352
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 204 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 202 234 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $11,204,000 $11,015,000 $11,015,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $23,405,000 $24,453,000 $24,453,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $25,007,000 $26,347,000 $26,347,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $28,384,000 $31,979,000 $31,979,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 32.00% 32.00% 32.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,178 3,499 3,499
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,619 2,671 2,671
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,862 2,690 2,690
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 87.50 90.30 89.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.60% 72.91% 72.92%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.80% 10.60% 10.57%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.40% 1.18% 1.42%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 73.20% 81.68% 76.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 25.70% 23.99% 22.37%
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). 54.40% 53.92% 56.40%
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). 70.00% 69.71% 71.34%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 28.70% 29.93% 34.03%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,723,537
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,680
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 8,299
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 289,705
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 298,004
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 19
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 308
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 327
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,095,598
AbilityOne wages (services). $97,396

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 5 4 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 41 42 29
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 46 32
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 7 3
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,475 2,353
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,482 2,356

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

VR works closely with other State agencies whose populations benefit from VR Supported Employment (SE) Services. VR, the Department of Education, and the Office of Developmental Disability Services work together with the State’s Employment First program to ensure that individuals who experience Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities receive coordinated and sequenced services that meet their employment needs. This multi–agency collaboration operates under the guidance of Executive Order 15–01 and actively works to ensure that policies and services are aligned in a way that makes sense for transition age students as well as adults seeking services (Page 187)

VR and Oregon Department of Developmental Disability Services have refocused their work together over the last couple of years to achieve the outcomes set forth in Executive order 13–04, which was updated in Executive Order 15–01. These Executive Orders emphasize with more clarity the State’s Employment First Policy. Additionally, the State of Oregon has recently settled a lawsuit that calls for increased integrated employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. VR, ODDS, and the I/DD service delivery system have a working relationship that shares information, leverages and braids funding, and encourages the joint case management of joint clients. Moving forward VR will continue to work with ODDS and I/DD service delivery system as well as the Department of Education to increase our collaboration to maximize funding, streamline processes, and meet the competitive and integrated employment goals of joint clients. (Page 190)

  • Hired staff specialists who serve individuals with I/DD. These three groups of regional staff meet regularly; co–train other agency staff; and, co–develop tools and strategies to provide services that are consistent and reflect best practices
  • Have established collaborative training regarding consistency and quality in curricula used for VR, ODDS and ODE staff throughout Oregon; accomplished through:
    • Agency conferences (VR In–Service, DD Case Management Conference, and ODE Regional Transition Conferences) used mixed groups of staff and cross training techniques to further collaborative training goals
    • VR, DD, and school transition (ODE) staff training on varied topics, presented regionally to groups consisting of staff from all three agencies
    • Staff are consistently co–trained by specialists from the three agencies
  • Ongoing and regularly scheduled meetings lead to collaborative actions by Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS), VR and Oregon Department of Education (ODE):
    • Employment First Steering Committee meetings direct the overall work of the following collaborative meetings. This committee is co–led by VR and ODDS Administrators
    • Policy and Innovation meetings are co–led by VR staff and DD Staff to facilitate these collaborative actions:
  • The three agencies review and discuss all new or newly revised policy to assure alignment across agencies
  • Each agency sends policy transmittals to their regional and community staff when another of them adopts new or newly revised policy
    • Education and Transition meetings discuss pertinent issues for students who have transition plans including those receiving Pre–Vocational Services; facilitating these collaborative actions:
  • A jointly held goal of seamless transition for: students with transition plans, students in transition programs. (Page 190)

The Oregon Legislature has the sole authority to establish the type and number of state government positions, including VR positions. Over the last two biennium the legislature approved 14 new VRC positions to help support statewide Employment First initiatives. (Page 192)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability or implementation. (Page 114)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

In Gresham and Eugene, WSO Offices have installed a Video Relay System (VRS) for assuring equitable access to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D&HH) community. VRS works in the same way as the 711 Relay services and is funded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The difference is that with VRS, a D&HH customer may use Sign Language to communicate with a relay operator who then transmits the information to the hearing receiver through a regular phone. There is no need for a VRS, or video phone, on the receiving end. The VRS in these two offices serves as a pilot project and is in compliance with ADA regulations in terms of assuring that customers have equitable access to our services. If the pilot proves successful, more offices will receive the VRS devices. Many D&HH individuals already have VRS in their homes. The VRS in our offices will be treated as a means for this community to contact UI as well as for employment purposes. Should a UI claims taker or other UI staff receive a call via the VRS, they will be told that a VRS operator is on the other end before the customer’s message is relayed, just like if they were receiving a 711 call. (Page 105)

VR follows State of Oregon contractual processes when establishing contracts for services. VR works with and establishes relationships with non–profit organizations to fully utilize the benefits provided through the SSA TTW program. In January 2010, Oregon VR initiated a Ticket to Work shared payment agreement pilot with ten community mental health programs that provide evidence–based mental health supported employment services. These mental health agencies are governed by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) who contracts with the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) to provide annual programs and technical assistance. These agreements allow Oregon VR to be the Employment Network of record with SSA, partner with the mental health agency to provide dual services to an individual. (Page 186)

  • VR’s Youth Transition Program Transition (YTP) is operating in over 112 school districts across the state to provide pre–employment transition services (PETS) which includes “work experience” and “career counseling.”
  • YTP Transition Specialists work directly with employers to:
    • Perform worksite assessments before student placement
    • Train students in workplace readiness
    • Provide screening and referral of appropriate youth
    • Identification of appropriate worksites and task
    • Provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive training opportunities to meet the desired qualification of employers
  • In the Portland Metro area VR staff are working with health providers Legacy and Providence Health to pilot training and streamlined hiring program for students with disabilities. Students placed in competitive integrated employment with these employers are supported with 12 months of follow along services to ensure stable employment.
  • VR Contractors are working with business and schools regarding employer engagement models to offer competitive, integrated employment and career exploration opportunities. These trainings include:
    • Pre–employment trainings with school staff to meet employer needs
    • Interest inventories with students
    • Trainings on developing partnership agreements
    • Trainings on job needs analysis
    • Marketing school based programs
    • Pre and post training evaluations for students involved in work experiences. (Page 189)
Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

At application, the majority of VR program clients are already receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits as a result of legal blindness. During development of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE), the OCB explores the client’s vocational goals and income needs, and commensurate with their skills, strengths and previous work experience jointly sets employment goals. For client’s targeting employment with earnings above the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level, the OCB utilizes the Ticket to Work program for cost reimbursement upon 9 months of successful employment at or above SGA level earnings.  (Page 27)

Expand the use of Benefits Planning to assist Oregonians with Disabilities 

  1. Create online benefits training and information to address basic benefit concerns
  2. Work with partner agencies to create additional funding opportunities for expanding capacity
  3. Continue to partner with the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program operated by Disability Rights Oregon  (Page 206)
  4. Create an expansive employer engagement model that creates opportunities for work–based learning opportunities 
  • Develop a common employer engagement plan, language, and focus that can be used statewide
  • Implement a progressive employment model
  • Create and train local VR employer engagement teams
  • Work with partners on joint engagement opportunities
  • Engage with employers the need to meet the 503 federal hiring targets
  • Utilize the SRC Business Committee to enhance engagement with employers 

       5. Expand the use of Benefits Planning to assist Oregonians with Disabilities

  • Create online benefits training and information to address basic benefit concerns
  • Work with partner agencies to create additional funding opportunities for expanding capacity
  • Continue to partner with the Work Inc. (Page 219)

While receipt of SSI/SSDI indicates significance of disability, it can also impact employment for an individual, based on the need to maintain benefits and especially health insurance benefits that are income–dependent. The Commission addresses this consumer need through providing benefits planning services. Commission Services for Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities The Commission is reaching those with the most significant disabilities through outreach and by providing individualized services. (Page 261)

Outcome % of participants who were receiving SSI/SSDI at application*

  • Exited VR before services began 55%
  • Exited VR without an employment outcome, after services 60%
  • Exited VR with a noncompetitive employment outcome 62%
  • Exited VR with a competitive employment outcome 46% 

*   Note: Commission data is cumulative 2009–2013. While receipt of SSI/SSDI indicates significance of disability, it can also impact employment for an individual, based on the need to maintain benefits and especially health insurance benefits that are income–dependent. The Commission addresses this consumer need through providing benefits planning services. (Page 301)

School to Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) requests a continuation of its waiver of state–wideness for its Youth Transition Program (YTP). Through this program, transition age youth with disabilities are provided with enhanced activities and services that lead to employment or career–related postsecondary education or training. YTP has two distinct but interconnected goals. The first is to improve post–school transition outcomes for youth with disabilities by preparing them for employment, postsecondary education or training, and independent living. The second is to increase capacity and foster positive systems change in schools and other agencies in assisting youth with disabilities in moving from school to work. (Page 178)

Our goals for the program for FFY 16 include:

  1. Coordinate the Summer Work Experience Program for students who require ongoing supports in partnership with the Department of Education
  2. Partner with the education team that will support students who are leaving secondary school programs to develop a transition plan for school to work
  3. Continue to outreach to the deaf–blind community
  4. Coordinate with community resources to maximize comparable benefits and improve services for our clients
  5. Grow the number of individuals served in the program and focus on positive outcomes in integrated settings with supports 

In addition: OCB will provide SE extended services after placement for up to 4 years for individuals not covered by alternative programs or funding. (Page 281)

Progress: The agency attended individualized transition plan meetings for all Supported Employment students exiting the schools in order to provide seamless services to students exiting the school system. (Page 296)

Goal 2: Partner with the education team that will support Supported Employment students who are leaving secondary school programs to develop a transition plan for school to work Progress: The agency attended individualized transition plan meetings for all Supported Employment students exiting the schools in order to provide seamless services to students exiting the school system. (Page 298-299)

Data Collection

State Operating Systems 

State operating systems to support implementation of the state’s strategies are primarily divided into three categories: 

  • Labor Market Information
  • Data Collection and Reporting Systems
  • Operations and Management Systems 

Labor Market Information 

The Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division provides accurate, reliable, and timely information about Oregon’s state and local labor markets. The division’s goal is to provide quality information that helps our customers make informed choices. Workforce development policy makers are a key research customer group, particularly serving the labor market information needs of state and local workforce development boards.

The division’s efforts focus on direct employer surveys, information from tax records, analysis of the data, and dissemination through publications, presentations, and responses to customer requests. Most labor market information is available on–line allowing staff more time to focus on custom analysis and answering challenging questions about the labor market. (All of Page 79 )

OWIB has established a goal and five strategies around creating a customer–centric, easy to access workforce system, including developing accountability mechanisms focused on results. The state board will assist the Governor by continuing to focus on system results and the needs or impediments to both measuring and improving the results for individuals and employers. Alignment of technology and data systems across the partner programs and agencies are the key to creating such a system and accountability mechanisms. (Page 99)

  • Support for the development of instructional content and models for career pathways;
  • Potential revision of OPABS and expansion of I–BEST and VESL models that integrate education and training;
  • Technical assistance to eligible providers on strategies to achieve negotiated targets on the primary indicators of performance;
  • Exploration of a standardized adult education and literacy orientation process with identified learning outcomes; and
  • Support for changes required to meet WIOA data collection and reporting requirements. (Page 167)

In the coming year, Oregon Adult Learning Standards trainers will also be able to track how Institute participants are implementing the Learning Standards in their classrooms and at a programmatic level. The State will continue to review evidence of implementation, e.g., course outlines, lesson plans, and classroom observation, as other training opportunities in Learning Standards, data collection and use, English language acquisition, and other topics in order to ensure the quality of professional development. (Page 168)Through the data collection efforts, researchers solicited information from four primary stakeholder groups:

  • potential, actual, or former consumers of VR services located throughout the state;
  • representatives of organizations that provide services to individuals who are potential, actual, or former consumers of VR services;
  • VR staff; and
  • representatives of businesses

The approach was designed to capture input from a variety of perspectives in order to acquire a sense of the multi-faceted needs of persons with disabilities in the state. Responses to the individual survey reflect the opinions of current and former clients of VR including individuals who had not yet developed a rehabilitation plan, individuals with active rehabilitation plans, and individuals whose cases had been closed. Efforts were made to gather information pertinent to un-served and under-served populations through inquiries with individuals who serve a broad range of persons with disabilities in the state (whether they are affiliated with VR or not). Likewise, the VR staff members that participated in key informant interviews, focus groups and surveys serve individuals with disabilities representing a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Efforts were made to solicit responses from businesses reflecting the opinions of employers representing a variety of industries. (Page 199)

Promote earlier engagement with Workforce partners for VR clients in the application process ii. Streamline referral and data collection from common referral agencies iii. Work with VR staff to streamline the Individual Plan for Employment process in order to get clients into plan more quickly iv. Use data to determine success rate of specific services and focus on their duplication v. Work with Lean Coordinator to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in service delivery and policy that can be addressed. (Page 204)

The methods to be used to expand and improve services to individuals with disabilities: 

  1. Promote earlier engagement with Workforce partners for VR clients in the application process
  2. Streamline referral and data collection from common referral agencies
  3. Work with VR staff to streamline the Individual Plan for Employment process in order to get clients into plan more quickly
  4. Use data to determine success rate of specific services and focus on their duplication
  5. Work with LEAN Coordinator to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in service delivery and policy that can be addressed. (Page 212)
Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

Overall, the development and expansion of credit–bearing Career Pathways certificates across the 17 community colleges has been a key strategy for enhancing the training and job skills of Oregon’s workforce. Currently, the community colleges offer more than 400 Career Pathway certificate programs. These certificates are defined in Oregon statute as being 15 – 44 credit certificates that are completely contained within an Associate of Applied Science degree or one–year certificate. This means a working learner can continue to make progress toward a higher level credential without losing time or money having to take classes that are required in the higher level credential but different from those in the Career Pathway certificate. (Page 32)

AEFLA-funded Adult-Basic-Skills Programs work with employers through connections with their colleges’ Career Pathways, Customized Training, Workforce Training, and Occupational Skills Training programs. Another critical partner is VR. The Vocational Rehabilitation program by design contacts the Business and employer community utilizing a client specific approach. VR’s approach of utilizing contracted vendors to job develop for individual clients indicates a different model regarding employer outreach. However, employers also approach the VR offices with Job Opportunities and VR will address a process where these contacts and opportunities can be blended into a Workforce combined business outreach method. (Page 69)

9. Whether the eligible provider’s activities are delivered by well-trained instructors, counselors and administrators who meet any minimum qualifications established by the State, where applicable, and who have access to high quality professional development, including through electronic means.

10. Whether the eligible provider coordinates with other available education, training and social service resources in the community, such as by establishing strong links with elementary schools and secondary schools, postsecondary educational institutions, institutions of higher education, local workforce development boards, one-stop centers, job training programs, and social service agencies, business, industry, labor organizations, community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and intermediaries in the development of career pathways.

11. Whether the eligible provider’s activities offer the flexible schedules and coordination with Federal, State and local support services (such as child care, transportation, mental health services, and career planning) that are necessary to enable individuals, including individuals with disabilities or other special needs, to attend and complete programs. (Page 160)

Employment Networks

Oregon VR initiated a Ticket to Work shared payment agreement pilot with ten community mental health programs that provide evidence–based mental health supported employment services. These mental health agencies are governed by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) who contracts with the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) to provide annual programs and technical assistance. These agreements allow Oregon VR to be the Employment Network of record with SSA, partner with the mental health agency to provide dual services to an individual. Once the VR case is closed, the mental health agency continues to support the individual until the support is no longer needed. If the individual works and reaches the SSA TTW wage thresholds, Oregon VR receives TTW payments which in turn are split with the mental health agencies. This pilot evolved into a project that has strengthened the relationship between VR and these participating agencies by providing additional TTW dollars for additional program funding. As of July 2015 we have sixteen agreements in place. (Page 186)

Policies and Initiatives

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Oregon HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance - 06/02/2017

“Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), in partnership with the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority, is committed to providing supportive housing opportunities through the HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program for extremely low-income Oregonians with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and/or developmental disabilities.

OHCS received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to integrate approximately seventy-five 811 PRA subsidized units into properties located throughout the State of Oregon funded with federal, state, and/or local programs such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and HOME.”

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

Oregon Local EF Teams’ Community of Practice - 05/09/2017

“During 2017, we worked with the DHS Employment First Office and Local Employment First teams on their ongoing Community of Practice (CoP), a subject-based discussion series of topics important to Employment First. Each topic was featured in a 2-hour CoP session, which was recorded, and in an online ongoing Discussion Forum to allow access to the information and continue the conversation(s).”

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

Oregon Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment - 03/03/2017

“Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is a free day-long training conducted by the Work Incentives Network. Attendees are those interested in learning the basics about work incentives and the impact employment has on benefits. They will learn facts to combat the common myths, how to access available work incentives, and when to refer a participant to a certified benefits and work incentives coordinator.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Oregon Supported Employment Services Department of Education Guidance - 12/13/2016

“This guidance document is provided for special education directors, secondary special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists. The Settlement Agreement for the Lane v. Brown case was approved in December 2015. A portion of the Settlement Agreement deals with transition services, and it provides that ODE shall require that the transition planning process include information about, and provide opportunities to experience, Supported Employment Services in Integrated Employment Settings for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and the and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) makes Supported Employment Services available to Oregon students who are found eligible to receive services, and ODE issues this guidance so that district IEP teams will take steps to inform themselves and others, including transition-age individuals and their families, of these services.”

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

Oregon’s Transition Resource Handbook - 09/01/2016

“Nationally and locally, the educational system is focusing on college and career readiness— transition for all, including students with disabilities. This validates the need for all students to have a plan for their future as they leave school. Earning a living wage requires acquisition of skills that lead to post-secondary training and integrated employment.

By 2025, Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal aims for 40 percent of Oregonians to have a baccalaureate degree or higher, for 40 percent to have an associate’s degree or certificate in a skilled occupation, and for the remaining 20 percent without a post-secondary credential to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent credential. There are multiple pathways to careers: on-the-job-training provided by employers, on-line educational opportunities, the military, apprenticeships, occupational certification, and traditional degree programs that are offered through community colleges and four-year universities are some of these.”

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

Oregon Medicaid and CHIP State Plan and Proposed Amendments - 07/12/2016

"This webpage provides the Medicaid and CHIP state plans for Oregon.  In addition, it also provides any amendments that are currently being considered by CMS."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Memorandum of Understanding Developmental Disabilities Services Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/30/2016

“,,,IDDS adoption of and VR endorsement of the “Employment First Policy” for working age adults with developmental disabilities”   “This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services.  This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of the MOUR is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and rthe Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 115-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. “  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding: Developmental Disabilities Services and Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/28/2016

“This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services. This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and the Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 15-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.”

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

Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) Provider FAQ Employment Services - 03/01/2016

“This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is being distributed to help clarify and facilitate the services provided by the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) for adults with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Oregon.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Council on Developmental Disability Fiscal Year 2016: State Plan (Findings) - 12/31/2015

A broad overview of the Comprehensive Review and Analysis conducted by the Council. The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) provides DD waiver and Medicaid Community First Choice state plan (K plan) services to about 23,776 eligible children and adults. Oregon has two DD waivers serving both children and adults. Oregon is experiencing a workforce shortage. According to November 2015 DHS caseload data, 23,776 adults receive a variety DD waiver and K plan services (5,738 receive case management only). Most adults (77%) live in their own homes or family homes. About 5,455 (23%) live in 24-hour settings: 2,603 in foster care; 2,754 in group homes; 98 in state-operated 24-hour Stabilization and Crisis Units (SACU).

Oregon settled the Lane v. Brown lawsuit to increase access to supported employment services for people with IDD. Current VR data show that over the past two years there has been a 42% increase in people with IDD applying to VR; an 86% increase in people with IDD entering an IPE; and a 56% increase in people with IDD exiting VR with a competitive job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Data Sharing
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Oregon SB 777 (ABLE Act) - 08/12/2015

"The Oregon 529 Savings Board shall establish by rule and maintain a qualified ABLE [Achieving a Better Life Experience] program in accordance with the requirements of the ABLE Act. (2) The rules must: (a) Allow a person to make contributions for a taxable year to an ABLE account established for the purpose of meeting the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account..."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Oregon Senate Bill 22 - Employment First - 04/08/2013

The bill details the rights of persons with developmental disabilities who are receiving developmental disability services.  It proclaims that “individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and society as a whole benefit when the individuals exercise choice and self-determination, living and working in the most integrated community settings appropriate to their needs, with supportive services that are designed and implemented consistent with the choice of the individuals regarding services, providers, goals and activities.”  Moreover it proclaims that, “the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities in fully integrated work settings is the highest priority over unemployment, segregated employment, facility-based employment or day habilitation.” 

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

427.007 OR Policy; Department of Human Services to plan and facilitate community services.

Emphasizes the importance of home and community based services that help to facilitate community integration for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Therefore, the Department of Human Services is directed to facilitate the development of appropriate community-based services, including family support, residential facilities, day programs, home care and other necessary support, care and training programs, in an orderly and systematic manner. The role of state-operated hospitals and training centers in Oregon shall be as specialized back-up facilities to a primary system of community-based services for persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
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Oregon Executive Order 15-01 - Providing employment services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities - 02/02/2015

Supersedes Executive Order 13-04   “This Executive Order revises and supersedes Executive Order 13-04 in order to provide further policy guidance intended to continue the state’s progress in these areas [providing supported employment services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities], including through a substantial reduction in employment in sheltered workshops.  Continue to improve Oregon’s delivery of employment services, with the goal of achieving competitive integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, consistent with their abilities and choices, will benefit individuals with disabilities, their families, our communities, the economy, and the state.”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Integrated Employment Services to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

“Executive Order 15-01 which supersedes Executive Order 13-04 and outlines detailed strategies and requires the Oregon Department of Human Services (Department) to work with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and delivering employment systems to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities toward fulfillment of Oregon’s Employment First Policy, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Oregon HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance - 06/02/2017

“Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), in partnership with the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority, is committed to providing supportive housing opportunities through the HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program for extremely low-income Oregonians with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and/or developmental disabilities.

OHCS received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to integrate approximately seventy-five 811 PRA subsidized units into properties located throughout the State of Oregon funded with federal, state, and/or local programs such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and HOME.”

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

Oregon Council on Developmental Disability Fiscal Year 2016: State Plan (Findings) - 12/31/2015

A broad overview of the Comprehensive Review and Analysis conducted by the Council. The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) provides DD waiver and Medicaid Community First Choice state plan (K plan) services to about 23,776 eligible children and adults. Oregon has two DD waivers serving both children and adults. Oregon is experiencing a workforce shortage. According to November 2015 DHS caseload data, 23,776 adults receive a variety DD waiver and K plan services (5,738 receive case management only). Most adults (77%) live in their own homes or family homes. About 5,455 (23%) live in 24-hour settings: 2,603 in foster care; 2,754 in group homes; 98 in state-operated 24-hour Stabilization and Crisis Units (SACU).

Oregon settled the Lane v. Brown lawsuit to increase access to supported employment services for people with IDD. Current VR data show that over the past two years there has been a 42% increase in people with IDD applying to VR; an 86% increase in people with IDD entering an IPE; and a 56% increase in people with IDD exiting VR with a competitive job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Data Sharing

Integrated employment Plan: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability - 07/06/2015

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) along with its many partners and stakeholders, strives to support the choices of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families within local communities by promoting and providing services that are person-centered and directed, flexible, inclusive and supportive of the discovery and development of each individual's unique gifts, talents and abilities. Oregon is committed to work toward service options that ensure people with I/DD have the opportunity to live lives that are fulfilling and meaningful. Therefore, services offered must promote activities, routines and relationships that are common to most citizens. A key element of this approach is employment – the path to independence, contribution and belonging and the road out of poverty.

This Integrated Employment plan (Plan) is written consistent with Section IX (4) State Agency Actions, of Governor Kitzhaber’s Executive Order 13-04, “Providing Employment Services to Individual with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Order).” A copy of the Order is provided as Attachment 1. This Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The Order also recognizes the implementation of Oregon’s Employment First policy as a framework for accomplishing the Executive Order’s desired goals.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Developmental Disabilities Services Policy Change Regarding Sheltered Workshops - 07/01/2015

“In order to further Oregon’s Employment First policy, effective July 1, 2015, ODDS will no longer fund Sheltered Work or services in a Sheltered Workshop setting, for individuals who are newly eligible for services, or individuals already using services but not in a Sheltered Workshop setting.”

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

3.14 Supported Employment - 04/21/2015

Revisions to Supported Employment policy 3.14 to align with the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act of July 22, 2014.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Department of Human Services Integrated Employment Plan Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (revised 1/31/15) - 01/31/2015

"This Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The Order also recognizes the implementation of Oregon’s Employment First policy as a framework for accomplishing the Executive Order’s desired goals.” 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon ReBAR Employment Rate Model, Day Support Activities Agency Rate Matrix, Interim Tier Assignments and Reviews - 09/01/2014

"This transmittal is to communicate that effective September 1, 2014, the department will implement a new employment rate model. The ReBAR Employment Rate Model applies to all agency providers who provide employment services under the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) Comprehensive Waiver, Support Services Waiver and Day Support Activities (Formerly Day Habilitation, ATE, and Community Inclusion) under the Community First Choice State Plan Option (K-Plan).”

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Employment First Report - 07/15/2014

“The Governor’s Executive Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with I/DD. More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by the DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The strategies and planned actions are targeted to increase and improve the delivery of employment services to individuals with I/DD with the goal of increasing integrated employment. The Executive Order calls for regular monitoring of the progress through ‘data collection, data analysis and quality improvement activities.’ This report serves as one step in continuing to implement the Order.”

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

Oregon Employment First Report: Bettering Employment Outcomes for Oregonians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - 01/15/2014

"The Employment First team within the Department of Human Services (DHS) produces a semiannual report to the Employment Coordinator which provides data concerning Oregonians with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). This report outlines the employment statistics for Oregonians with I/DD found eligible for services through the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and provides a detailed breakdown of their employment settings.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Core Competencies and Training Standards: Supported Employment Professionals - 12/05/2013

This document introduces Supported Employment and reviews the core competencies and training standards related to Discovery and career planning, marketing and job development, workplace and job analysis, different aspects of job coaching, managing benefits, resources for employment, school-to-work transition, organizational change , and self-employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Memorandum of Understanding Developmental Disabilities Services Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/30/2016

“,,,IDDS adoption of and VR endorsement of the “Employment First Policy” for working age adults with developmental disabilities”   “This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services.  This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of the MOUR is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and rthe Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 115-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. “  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding: Developmental Disabilities Services and Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/28/2016

“This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services. This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and the Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 15-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.”

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

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce - 02/02/2015

“Together with Executive Order No.15-01, this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recognizes that, while the State cannot guarantee jobs, Oregon starts with the presumption that everyone can be employed in an integrated setting in a community-based job…Oregon is not guaranteeing anyone a job, but with significant additional resources, Oregon s optimistic that all persons with IDD will have an opportunity to obtain integrated employment.”   “Vision: Through strong agency collaboration, youth with disabilities will transition into competitive integrated employment or post-secondary education/ training.”    MOU Partners Include: Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services Oregon Department of Education Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Cooperative Agreement Between the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education - 12/01/2014

“The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to set forth the commitments of the ODE and VR to cooperate in activities leading to a successful transition for students with disabilities from a free and appropriate public education to postsecondary career-related training and employment activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce (August 2011) - 08/01/2011

"The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education that creates the initiative entitled, "Integrated, Continuous Transition Services for Students with Developmental Disabilities: A Pathway to Employment.” The specific purpose is to outline mutual goals, strategies, actions and responsibilities that staff of-the parties will endorse and conduct to accomplish the desired objectives(s).”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Youth Transition Program

“The Youth Transition Program (YTP) is a comprehensive transition program for youth with disabilities operated collaboratively by Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR), the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the University of Oregon (U of O), and local school districts statewide in Oregon.

The purpose of the program is to prepare youth with disabilities for employment or career related post-secondary education or training."

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

Employment First: Capacity Building and Training and Technical Assistance Strategic Plan 2014-2015

The mission of this strategic plan is to, “To improve Oregon’s delivery of employment services, with the goal of achieving integrated employment for individuals experiencing IDD, consistent with their abilities and choices. To improve Oregon’s employment services through innovation, best practices, and increased capacity, with the outcome of achieving integrated employment services for all individuals experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Oregon Johnson & Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program - 10/27/2015

“The mission of the Johnson & Johnson - Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program is to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS), for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. This national program systematically works with states to implement supported employment following the evidence-based guidelines, initially in a small number of sites (typically 3-4 community mental health centers) and expanding statewide over time. The program is administered in each participating state through the collaboration between the state mental health authority and the state vocational rehabilitation administration. Through the support of Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contribution, the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center (PRC) oversees the Program and provides ongoing technical assistance and consultation on IPS supported employment to the states  and developing training and educational materials and courses for stakeholders."

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

Oregon Project ACCESS - 09/14/2015

“The purpose of Project Access is to establish, implement, and evaluate a multi-level interagency transition model in the state of Oregon. The overall goal of the project is to improve and extend transition services to a greater number of youth with disabilities through a model program that brings vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRC's) into high school settings.”

“The model is a collaborative effort between Oregon's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), public high schools in three Oregon school districts, and researchers at the University of Oregon.”

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

Ticket to Work Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - Integrated Employment Plan (revised 7/2015) - 07/06/2015

“(2010-2011) During this time period VR used resources within its Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIG) Competitive Employment Project (CEP) and other available resources to support of a variety of Employment First related activities including: Co-funding for many of the stakeholder and partner gatherings (e.g. Employment First Summit, Meet at the Mountain, stakeholder work groups); Participation in the Supported Employment Leadership Network (SELN); and Improving access to benefits counseling and planning services such as the Work Incentive Project (WIN); and  Supporting other training and technical assistance activities”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Employed Persons with Disabilities (EPD) – Medicaid Buy-in - 01/01/2012

“EPD is a Medicaid program administered by the Oregon Department of Human services. EPD provides medical coverage and long-term services to people with disabilities who are employed. If you are eligible to participate, you will be charged a nominal fee based on your income.”

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

Oregon Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

“Oregon plans to build on its 2008 Employment First Policy to increase the number of high school age youth who transition to integrated employment and decrease the number of adults currently served in facility based employment services. It will focus on improving its strategic plan to align state policies and funding mechanisms that support these goals. It will also increase service provider and general community capacity to develop, provide, and support integrated supported employment. The Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS) will be the lead agency for this grant.”

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

The Work Incentive Network (WIN!) (now part of the activities of the MIG)

Part of the activities of the MIG

“Benefits and Work Incentive Counseling services help people with disabilities make informed decisions about work, benefits and the use of work incentives to achieve their employment goals, as well as helping them navigate the benefits system when they begin working."

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

Oregon Mental Health Treatment Study (MHTS) – SSA funded demonstration

“Options has been chosen by Dartmouth College as one of 20 sites in the U.S. to host a four year mental health treatment study. The study will examine the efficacy of utilizing evidence based practices to assist individuals seeking employment. 75 participants will be enrolled in Josephine County and all mental health and supported employment services will be billed through insurance backed by the project. In addition, the study is funding a nurse care coordinator and research assistant.” 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Money Follows the Person (MFP) “On the Move”

Oregon’s Money Follows the Person project “On the Move in Oregon” aimed to reverse the increase in nursing facility utilization… and continue this state’s   historic rebalancing efforts using Home and Community-Based services.   From May 2007 through September 2011, the State agency transitioned 305 clients from institutions to home and community-based settings.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Oregon Local EF Teams’ Community of Practice - 05/09/2017

“During 2017, we worked with the DHS Employment First Office and Local Employment First teams on their ongoing Community of Practice (CoP), a subject-based discussion series of topics important to Employment First. Each topic was featured in a 2-hour CoP session, which was recorded, and in an online ongoing Discussion Forum to allow access to the information and continue the conversation(s).”

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

Oregon Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment - 03/03/2017

“Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is a free day-long training conducted by the Work Incentives Network. Attendees are those interested in learning the basics about work incentives and the impact employment has on benefits. They will learn facts to combat the common myths, how to access available work incentives, and when to refer a participant to a certified benefits and work incentives coordinator.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Oregon Supported Employment Services Department of Education Guidance - 12/13/2016

“This guidance document is provided for special education directors, secondary special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists. The Settlement Agreement for the Lane v. Brown case was approved in December 2015. A portion of the Settlement Agreement deals with transition services, and it provides that ODE shall require that the transition planning process include information about, and provide opportunities to experience, Supported Employment Services in Integrated Employment Settings for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and the and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) makes Supported Employment Services available to Oregon students who are found eligible to receive services, and ODE issues this guidance so that district IEP teams will take steps to inform themselves and others, including transition-age individuals and their families, of these services.”

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

Oregon’s Transition Resource Handbook - 09/01/2016

“Nationally and locally, the educational system is focusing on college and career readiness— transition for all, including students with disabilities. This validates the need for all students to have a plan for their future as they leave school. Earning a living wage requires acquisition of skills that lead to post-secondary training and integrated employment.

By 2025, Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal aims for 40 percent of Oregonians to have a baccalaureate degree or higher, for 40 percent to have an associate’s degree or certificate in a skilled occupation, and for the remaining 20 percent without a post-secondary credential to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent credential. There are multiple pathways to careers: on-the-job-training provided by employers, on-line educational opportunities, the military, apprenticeships, occupational certification, and traditional degree programs that are offered through community colleges and four-year universities are some of these.”

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

Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) Provider FAQ Employment Services - 03/01/2016

“This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is being distributed to help clarify and facilitate the services provided by the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) for adults with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Oregon.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Job Placement Services Contract Technical Assistance Guide 2015-2020 - 09/23/2015

"This manual is designed to serve as reference material and as a guide for the execution of the 2015-2020 Job Placement Contract. This guide focuses on the key components of job placement including: Definitions of service categories and guidance for their use; Process maps, flow charts and matrices for job placement processes which will aid in the implementation of this contract; A job development process specifically designed to serve participants who will benefit from a supported or customized employment approach; and An amended pay structure and the requirements associated with this new structure.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Oregon Office of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OMHAS) - 06/15/2009

The Oregon Department of Human Services Employee Training Plan states that mental health providers and allied service providers receive training on evidence-based practices such as supported employment through OMHAS. Much of the OMHAS training funds are provided through the Federal Mental Health and ATOD Block Grants.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Supported Employment Center of Excellence (OSECE) - 05/15/2008

“The Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) was created in 2008 as part of Oregon’s Supported Employment Initiative to provide technical assistance to Supported Employment providers, conduct fidelity reviews, collect, evaluate and share outcome data, educate and advise local and State level policy makers and coordinate media coverage of SE success stories. Beginning July, 2011, OSECE will be providing program evaluation to 3 Supported Education pilot sites… The Center will also be offering technical assistance to other mental health programs that are interested in starting Supported Education programming.”

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

Rebuilding Lives...from the Streets to a Home and a Job - 09/01/2006

“Ending chronic homelessness in our communities means not only providing permanent housing for people whose homelessness is measured in years, but also creating the opportunity to participate in the workforce, earn an income, and to contribute to America’s economy. In these projects, the Departments of Labor and Housing and Urban Development are demonstrating how communities can develop partnerships to end chronic homelessness through employment and housing and developing the tools to help the workforce development and homeless assistance systems achieve their goals.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

OTAC Supported Employment Trainings

“OTAC has been providing training and technical assistance on employment topics since its inception in 1984. We believe people with disabilities have the same inherent right to the opportunities as any other citizen has regarding employment options…Trainings include or are developed about: Social security benefits planning, self-employment, partners and resources, organizational change as well as high school transition."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Lane v. Brown Settlement (12-29-2015) - 12/29/2015

The Agreement converts all of the structural reforms to Oregon’s employment service system identified in Executive Order 15-01 into binding and enforceable legal obligations, and significantly expands on those requirements by establishing new systemic requirements, firm implementation dates, and integration criteria for the provision of supported employment services. The key terms are as follows:   …3. The State will help 1,115 persons who have worked in sheltered workshops (out of about 4,000 persons who have worked in sheltered workshops since 2012) to obtain community jobs at a competitive wage. Agreement, § V.3. That number was taken directly from the State’s existing IEP. 4. The State will issue “guidance” that the recommended standard for services is the “opportunity” to work at least 20 hours per week, if that is what the individual wants. Agreement, § VII.1  
Systems
  • Other

Lane v. Kitzhaber, 12-CV-00138, (D. OR 2012) - 05/22/2013

“On May 22, 2013, the Court granted the United States' March 27 Motion to Intervene in a pending class action lawsuit against the State of Oregon. The United States' accompanying Complaint in Intervention alleges violations of Title II of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for unnecessarily segregating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in sheltered workshops when they could be served in integrated employment settings.”

  “Prior to requesting intervention the United States filed on April 20, 2012, a Statement of Interest in Support of Plaintiffs Regarding Defendants' Motion to Dismiss.  The United States argued that Title II and the integration regulation apply to all services, programs, and activities of a public entity, including segregated, non-residential employment settings such as sheltered workshops.”    “On June 18, 2012, the United States filed a second Statement of Interest in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification. In its Statement of Interest, the United States urged the Court to uphold class certification for a plaintiff class of thousands of individuals in, or referred to, Oregon sheltered workshops.”   
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Oregon - From the Department of Justice Findings Letter (2012) - 06/29/2012

“We have concluded that the State is failing to provide employment and vocational services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the most  integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA.  The State plans, structures, and administers its system of providing employment and vocational services in a manner that delivers such services primarily in segregated sheltered workshops, rather than in integrated community employment.  Sheltered workshops segregate individuals from the community and provide little or no opportunity to interact with persons without disabilities, other than paid staff…  most persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving employment and vocational services from the state remain unnecessarily – and often indefinitely – confined to segregated sheltered workshops..”    
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Oregon - Staley v. Kitzhaber 2000 - 01/14/2000

“The lawsuit was the result of years of frustration in waiting for appropriate, adequate services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families… The lawsuit alleges that the State of Oregon failed to provide services in the most integrated possible setting to adults with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities eligible for placement in an ICF/MR (intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded) and that individuals with developmental disabilities are entitled to receive Medicaid-Funded services with reasonable promptness.”

“This agreement is intended to provide relief to not only the plaintiffs but also to all other similarly situated individuals with developmental disabilities eligible to receive services under the federal Medicaid program.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Oregon Medicaid and CHIP State Plan and Proposed Amendments - 07/12/2016

"This webpage provides the Medicaid and CHIP state plans for Oregon.  In addition, it also provides any amendments that are currently being considered by CMS."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Comprehensive Waiver Services Amendment Application (12/2015) - 12/01/2015

The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.   Provides “Respite; Habilitation (Day, Residential, Prevocational, Supported Employment); Environmental Accessibility Adaptations; Non-Medical Transportation; Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies; Family Training; In-Home Support Services; Crisis/Diversion Services; PT/OT/Speech.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Oregon Home and Community Based Transition Plan - 10/20/2015

“Oregon’s HCBS Transition Plan is broken down into phases. Each phase builds on previous phases and is intended to provide additional information and guidance on the next phase. As an example, the development of the global scorecard described below, provided DHS, OHA and its Stakeholders an overview of the current regulatory status of DHS’s and OHA’s HCBS system. The next phase, through the Provider Self-Assessment and the Individual Experience Assessment, will define specific provider issues and will meet DHS’s and OHA’s requirements to assess specific settings. The phases in the plan are:

Phase I – Initial Regulatory Assessment Phase II – Statewide Training and Education Efforts Phase III – Provider Self-Assessment and Individual Experience Assessment Phase IV – Heightened Scrutiny Process Phase V – Remediation Activities Phase VI – Ongoing Compliance and Oversight”
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program - 12/16/2014

The Oregon Health Authority is the single State agency designated to administer or supervise the administration of the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act. (All references in this plan to "the Medicaid agency" mean the agency named in this paragraph.)

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

Oregon 1915(c) HCBS Waiver - Comprehensive Residential (0117.R05.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides supported employment/prevocational, waiver case management, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language, alternatives to employment-habilitation, family training/counseling for individuals w/DD, IID ages 0 - no max age.

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

Application for a §1915(c) Home and Community-Based Service Waiver - 06/24/2011

“The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.”

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

Oregon Money Follows the Person (MFP) “On the Move” (2008) - 03/01/2008

“On the Move in Oregon Transition Coordinators will provide one-on-one assistance to help create a package of services and supports that help people live more independently in the community without sacrificing needed care”    “Oregon’s Money Follows the Person project “On the Move in Oregon” aimed to reverse the increase in nursing facility utilization… and continue this state’s historic rebalancing efforts using Home and Community-Based services.” (Program concluded)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Oregon Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Oregon as of 2013.

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

Ticket to Work Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - Integrated Employment Plan (revised 7/2015)

“(2010-2011) During this time period VR used resources within its Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIG) Competitive Employment Project (CEP) and other available resources to support of a variety of Employment First related activities including: Co-funding for many of the stakeholder and partner gatherings (e.g. Employment First Summit, Meet at the Mountain, stakeholder work groups); Participation in the Supported Employment Leadership Network (SELN); and Improving access to benefits counseling and planning services such as the Work Incentive Project (WIN); and  Supporting other training and technical assistance activities”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employed Persons with Disabilities (EPD) – Medicaid Buy-in

“EPD is a Medicaid program administered by the Oregon Department of Human services. EPD provides medical coverage and long-term services to people with disabilities who are employed. If you are eligible to participate, you will be charged a nominal fee based on your income.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The Beaver State of Oregon believes that "Things Look Different Here" when it comes to creating innovative employment options for 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 Oregon’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.46%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,028,977
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.36%
Change from
2014 to 2015
320,586
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.08%
Change from
2014 to 2015
121,155
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.76%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.79%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.78%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.22%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 3,930,065 3,970,239 4,028,977
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 307,872 316,222 320,586
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 108,264 114,997 121,155
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,576,561 1,597,093 1,646,699
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.17% 36.37% 37.79%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.92% 74.86% 76.22%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.90% 6.90% 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.50% 23.20% 22.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.50% 15.40% 14.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 283,743 295,226 299,421
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 288,239 301,467 305,954
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 505,449 525,531 536,463
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 10,999 11,137 10,487
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 40,334 43,219 43,966
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,019 9,015 9,203
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 11,855 12,810 13,604
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 2,396 1,925 1,320
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,711 29,870 26,984
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 10,553 10,405 7,314

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,472 4,593 4,736
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.00% 6.00% 6.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 107,732 109,329 109,815

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 9,498 7,896 14,588
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 29,911 23,422 36,542
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 68,833 57,809 66,459
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.80% 13.70% 22.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.40% 2.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.90% 0.80% 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 29.80% 24.60% 23.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 968 1,026 1,563
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 621 564 676
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 20,926 17,517 14,806

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 16,874 15,839 15,471
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 7,987 6,910 3,689
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 2,994 2,765 1,637
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. 37.00% 40.00% 44.00%
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. 76.78 70.36 40.63

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,867
3,805
4,181
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 31 36 31
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 492 524 628
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,042 949 1,003
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,128 1,063 1,243
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 703 737 797
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 471 496 479
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 29.80% 32.60% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,020 2,402
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 163,242 166,352
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 204 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 202 234 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $11,204,000 $11,015,000 $11,015,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $23,405,000 $24,453,000 $24,453,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $25,007,000 $26,347,000 $26,347,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $28,384,000 $31,979,000 $31,979,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 32.00% 32.00% 32.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,178 3,499 3,499
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,619 2,671 2,671
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,862 2,690 2,690
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 87.50 90.30 89.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.60% 72.91% 72.92%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.80% 10.60% 10.57%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.40% 1.18% 1.42%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 73.20% 81.68% 76.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 25.70% 23.99% 22.37%
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). 54.40% 53.92% 56.40%
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). 70.00% 69.71% 71.34%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 28.70% 29.93% 34.03%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,723,537
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,680
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 8,299
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 289,705
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 298,004
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 19
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 308
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 327
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,095,598
AbilityOne wages (services). $97,396

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 5 4 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 41 42 29
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 46 32
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 7 3
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,475 2,353
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,482 2,356

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

VR works closely with other State agencies whose populations benefit from VR Supported Employment (SE) Services. VR, the Department of Education, and the Office of Developmental Disability Services work together with the State’s Employment First program to ensure that individuals who experience Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities receive coordinated and sequenced services that meet their employment needs. This multi–agency collaboration operates under the guidance of Executive Order 15–01 and actively works to ensure that policies and services are aligned in a way that makes sense for transition age students as well as adults seeking services (Page 187)

VR and Oregon Department of Developmental Disability Services have refocused their work together over the last couple of years to achieve the outcomes set forth in Executive order 13–04, which was updated in Executive Order 15–01. These Executive Orders emphasize with more clarity the State’s Employment First Policy. Additionally, the State of Oregon has recently settled a lawsuit that calls for increased integrated employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. VR, ODDS, and the I/DD service delivery system have a working relationship that shares information, leverages and braids funding, and encourages the joint case management of joint clients. Moving forward VR will continue to work with ODDS and I/DD service delivery system as well as the Department of Education to increase our collaboration to maximize funding, streamline processes, and meet the competitive and integrated employment goals of joint clients. (Page 190)

  • Hired staff specialists who serve individuals with I/DD. These three groups of regional staff meet regularly; co–train other agency staff; and, co–develop tools and strategies to provide services that are consistent and reflect best practices
  • Have established collaborative training regarding consistency and quality in curricula used for VR, ODDS and ODE staff throughout Oregon; accomplished through:
    • Agency conferences (VR In–Service, DD Case Management Conference, and ODE Regional Transition Conferences) used mixed groups of staff and cross training techniques to further collaborative training goals
    • VR, DD, and school transition (ODE) staff training on varied topics, presented regionally to groups consisting of staff from all three agencies
    • Staff are consistently co–trained by specialists from the three agencies
  • Ongoing and regularly scheduled meetings lead to collaborative actions by Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS), VR and Oregon Department of Education (ODE):
    • Employment First Steering Committee meetings direct the overall work of the following collaborative meetings. This committee is co–led by VR and ODDS Administrators
    • Policy and Innovation meetings are co–led by VR staff and DD Staff to facilitate these collaborative actions:
  • The three agencies review and discuss all new or newly revised policy to assure alignment across agencies
  • Each agency sends policy transmittals to their regional and community staff when another of them adopts new or newly revised policy
    • Education and Transition meetings discuss pertinent issues for students who have transition plans including those receiving Pre–Vocational Services; facilitating these collaborative actions:
  • A jointly held goal of seamless transition for: students with transition plans, students in transition programs. (Page 190)

The Oregon Legislature has the sole authority to establish the type and number of state government positions, including VR positions. Over the last two biennium the legislature approved 14 new VRC positions to help support statewide Employment First initiatives. (Page 192)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability or implementation. (Page 114)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

In Gresham and Eugene, WSO Offices have installed a Video Relay System (VRS) for assuring equitable access to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D&HH) community. VRS works in the same way as the 711 Relay services and is funded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The difference is that with VRS, a D&HH customer may use Sign Language to communicate with a relay operator who then transmits the information to the hearing receiver through a regular phone. There is no need for a VRS, or video phone, on the receiving end. The VRS in these two offices serves as a pilot project and is in compliance with ADA regulations in terms of assuring that customers have equitable access to our services. If the pilot proves successful, more offices will receive the VRS devices. Many D&HH individuals already have VRS in their homes. The VRS in our offices will be treated as a means for this community to contact UI as well as for employment purposes. Should a UI claims taker or other UI staff receive a call via the VRS, they will be told that a VRS operator is on the other end before the customer’s message is relayed, just like if they were receiving a 711 call. (Page 105)

VR follows State of Oregon contractual processes when establishing contracts for services. VR works with and establishes relationships with non–profit organizations to fully utilize the benefits provided through the SSA TTW program. In January 2010, Oregon VR initiated a Ticket to Work shared payment agreement pilot with ten community mental health programs that provide evidence–based mental health supported employment services. These mental health agencies are governed by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) who contracts with the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) to provide annual programs and technical assistance. These agreements allow Oregon VR to be the Employment Network of record with SSA, partner with the mental health agency to provide dual services to an individual. (Page 186)

  • VR’s Youth Transition Program Transition (YTP) is operating in over 112 school districts across the state to provide pre–employment transition services (PETS) which includes “work experience” and “career counseling.”
  • YTP Transition Specialists work directly with employers to:
    • Perform worksite assessments before student placement
    • Train students in workplace readiness
    • Provide screening and referral of appropriate youth
    • Identification of appropriate worksites and task
    • Provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive training opportunities to meet the desired qualification of employers
  • In the Portland Metro area VR staff are working with health providers Legacy and Providence Health to pilot training and streamlined hiring program for students with disabilities. Students placed in competitive integrated employment with these employers are supported with 12 months of follow along services to ensure stable employment.
  • VR Contractors are working with business and schools regarding employer engagement models to offer competitive, integrated employment and career exploration opportunities. These trainings include:
    • Pre–employment trainings with school staff to meet employer needs
    • Interest inventories with students
    • Trainings on developing partnership agreements
    • Trainings on job needs analysis
    • Marketing school based programs
    • Pre and post training evaluations for students involved in work experiences. (Page 189)
Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

At application, the majority of VR program clients are already receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits as a result of legal blindness. During development of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE), the OCB explores the client’s vocational goals and income needs, and commensurate with their skills, strengths and previous work experience jointly sets employment goals. For client’s targeting employment with earnings above the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level, the OCB utilizes the Ticket to Work program for cost reimbursement upon 9 months of successful employment at or above SGA level earnings.  (Page 27)

Expand the use of Benefits Planning to assist Oregonians with Disabilities 

  1. Create online benefits training and information to address basic benefit concerns
  2. Work with partner agencies to create additional funding opportunities for expanding capacity
  3. Continue to partner with the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program operated by Disability Rights Oregon  (Page 206)
  4. Create an expansive employer engagement model that creates opportunities for work–based learning opportunities 
  • Develop a common employer engagement plan, language, and focus that can be used statewide
  • Implement a progressive employment model
  • Create and train local VR employer engagement teams
  • Work with partners on joint engagement opportunities
  • Engage with employers the need to meet the 503 federal hiring targets
  • Utilize the SRC Business Committee to enhance engagement with employers 

       5. Expand the use of Benefits Planning to assist Oregonians with Disabilities

  • Create online benefits training and information to address basic benefit concerns
  • Work with partner agencies to create additional funding opportunities for expanding capacity
  • Continue to partner with the Work Inc. (Page 219)

While receipt of SSI/SSDI indicates significance of disability, it can also impact employment for an individual, based on the need to maintain benefits and especially health insurance benefits that are income–dependent. The Commission addresses this consumer need through providing benefits planning services. Commission Services for Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities The Commission is reaching those with the most significant disabilities through outreach and by providing individualized services. (Page 261)

Outcome % of participants who were receiving SSI/SSDI at application*

  • Exited VR before services began 55%
  • Exited VR without an employment outcome, after services 60%
  • Exited VR with a noncompetitive employment outcome 62%
  • Exited VR with a competitive employment outcome 46% 

*   Note: Commission data is cumulative 2009–2013. While receipt of SSI/SSDI indicates significance of disability, it can also impact employment for an individual, based on the need to maintain benefits and especially health insurance benefits that are income–dependent. The Commission addresses this consumer need through providing benefits planning services. (Page 301)

School to Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) requests a continuation of its waiver of state–wideness for its Youth Transition Program (YTP). Through this program, transition age youth with disabilities are provided with enhanced activities and services that lead to employment or career–related postsecondary education or training. YTP has two distinct but interconnected goals. The first is to improve post–school transition outcomes for youth with disabilities by preparing them for employment, postsecondary education or training, and independent living. The second is to increase capacity and foster positive systems change in schools and other agencies in assisting youth with disabilities in moving from school to work. (Page 178)

Our goals for the program for FFY 16 include:

  1. Coordinate the Summer Work Experience Program for students who require ongoing supports in partnership with the Department of Education
  2. Partner with the education team that will support students who are leaving secondary school programs to develop a transition plan for school to work
  3. Continue to outreach to the deaf–blind community
  4. Coordinate with community resources to maximize comparable benefits and improve services for our clients
  5. Grow the number of individuals served in the program and focus on positive outcomes in integrated settings with supports 

In addition: OCB will provide SE extended services after placement for up to 4 years for individuals not covered by alternative programs or funding. (Page 281)

Progress: The agency attended individualized transition plan meetings for all Supported Employment students exiting the schools in order to provide seamless services to students exiting the school system. (Page 296)

Goal 2: Partner with the education team that will support Supported Employment students who are leaving secondary school programs to develop a transition plan for school to work Progress: The agency attended individualized transition plan meetings for all Supported Employment students exiting the schools in order to provide seamless services to students exiting the school system. (Page 298-299)

Data Collection

State Operating Systems 

State operating systems to support implementation of the state’s strategies are primarily divided into three categories: 

  • Labor Market Information
  • Data Collection and Reporting Systems
  • Operations and Management Systems 

Labor Market Information 

The Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division provides accurate, reliable, and timely information about Oregon’s state and local labor markets. The division’s goal is to provide quality information that helps our customers make informed choices. Workforce development policy makers are a key research customer group, particularly serving the labor market information needs of state and local workforce development boards.

The division’s efforts focus on direct employer surveys, information from tax records, analysis of the data, and dissemination through publications, presentations, and responses to customer requests. Most labor market information is available on–line allowing staff more time to focus on custom analysis and answering challenging questions about the labor market. (All of Page 79 )

OWIB has established a goal and five strategies around creating a customer–centric, easy to access workforce system, including developing accountability mechanisms focused on results. The state board will assist the Governor by continuing to focus on system results and the needs or impediments to both measuring and improving the results for individuals and employers. Alignment of technology and data systems across the partner programs and agencies are the key to creating such a system and accountability mechanisms. (Page 99)

  • Support for the development of instructional content and models for career pathways;
  • Potential revision of OPABS and expansion of I–BEST and VESL models that integrate education and training;
  • Technical assistance to eligible providers on strategies to achieve negotiated targets on the primary indicators of performance;
  • Exploration of a standardized adult education and literacy orientation process with identified learning outcomes; and
  • Support for changes required to meet WIOA data collection and reporting requirements. (Page 167)

In the coming year, Oregon Adult Learning Standards trainers will also be able to track how Institute participants are implementing the Learning Standards in their classrooms and at a programmatic level. The State will continue to review evidence of implementation, e.g., course outlines, lesson plans, and classroom observation, as other training opportunities in Learning Standards, data collection and use, English language acquisition, and other topics in order to ensure the quality of professional development. (Page 168)Through the data collection efforts, researchers solicited information from four primary stakeholder groups:

  • potential, actual, or former consumers of VR services located throughout the state;
  • representatives of organizations that provide services to individuals who are potential, actual, or former consumers of VR services;
  • VR staff; and
  • representatives of businesses

The approach was designed to capture input from a variety of perspectives in order to acquire a sense of the multi-faceted needs of persons with disabilities in the state. Responses to the individual survey reflect the opinions of current and former clients of VR including individuals who had not yet developed a rehabilitation plan, individuals with active rehabilitation plans, and individuals whose cases had been closed. Efforts were made to gather information pertinent to un-served and under-served populations through inquiries with individuals who serve a broad range of persons with disabilities in the state (whether they are affiliated with VR or not). Likewise, the VR staff members that participated in key informant interviews, focus groups and surveys serve individuals with disabilities representing a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Efforts were made to solicit responses from businesses reflecting the opinions of employers representing a variety of industries. (Page 199)

Promote earlier engagement with Workforce partners for VR clients in the application process ii. Streamline referral and data collection from common referral agencies iii. Work with VR staff to streamline the Individual Plan for Employment process in order to get clients into plan more quickly iv. Use data to determine success rate of specific services and focus on their duplication v. Work with Lean Coordinator to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in service delivery and policy that can be addressed. (Page 204)

The methods to be used to expand and improve services to individuals with disabilities: 

  1. Promote earlier engagement with Workforce partners for VR clients in the application process
  2. Streamline referral and data collection from common referral agencies
  3. Work with VR staff to streamline the Individual Plan for Employment process in order to get clients into plan more quickly
  4. Use data to determine success rate of specific services and focus on their duplication
  5. Work with LEAN Coordinator to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in service delivery and policy that can be addressed. (Page 212)
Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

Overall, the development and expansion of credit–bearing Career Pathways certificates across the 17 community colleges has been a key strategy for enhancing the training and job skills of Oregon’s workforce. Currently, the community colleges offer more than 400 Career Pathway certificate programs. These certificates are defined in Oregon statute as being 15 – 44 credit certificates that are completely contained within an Associate of Applied Science degree or one–year certificate. This means a working learner can continue to make progress toward a higher level credential without losing time or money having to take classes that are required in the higher level credential but different from those in the Career Pathway certificate. (Page 32)

AEFLA-funded Adult-Basic-Skills Programs work with employers through connections with their colleges’ Career Pathways, Customized Training, Workforce Training, and Occupational Skills Training programs. Another critical partner is VR. The Vocational Rehabilitation program by design contacts the Business and employer community utilizing a client specific approach. VR’s approach of utilizing contracted vendors to job develop for individual clients indicates a different model regarding employer outreach. However, employers also approach the VR offices with Job Opportunities and VR will address a process where these contacts and opportunities can be blended into a Workforce combined business outreach method. (Page 69)

9. Whether the eligible provider’s activities are delivered by well-trained instructors, counselors and administrators who meet any minimum qualifications established by the State, where applicable, and who have access to high quality professional development, including through electronic means.

10. Whether the eligible provider coordinates with other available education, training and social service resources in the community, such as by establishing strong links with elementary schools and secondary schools, postsecondary educational institutions, institutions of higher education, local workforce development boards, one-stop centers, job training programs, and social service agencies, business, industry, labor organizations, community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and intermediaries in the development of career pathways.

11. Whether the eligible provider’s activities offer the flexible schedules and coordination with Federal, State and local support services (such as child care, transportation, mental health services, and career planning) that are necessary to enable individuals, including individuals with disabilities or other special needs, to attend and complete programs. (Page 160)

Employment Networks

Oregon VR initiated a Ticket to Work shared payment agreement pilot with ten community mental health programs that provide evidence–based mental health supported employment services. These mental health agencies are governed by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) who contracts with the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) to provide annual programs and technical assistance. These agreements allow Oregon VR to be the Employment Network of record with SSA, partner with the mental health agency to provide dual services to an individual. Once the VR case is closed, the mental health agency continues to support the individual until the support is no longer needed. If the individual works and reaches the SSA TTW wage thresholds, Oregon VR receives TTW payments which in turn are split with the mental health agencies. This pilot evolved into a project that has strengthened the relationship between VR and these participating agencies by providing additional TTW dollars for additional program funding. As of July 2015 we have sixteen agreements in place. (Page 186)

Policies and Initiatives

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Oregon HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance - 06/02/2017

“Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), in partnership with the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority, is committed to providing supportive housing opportunities through the HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program for extremely low-income Oregonians with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and/or developmental disabilities.

OHCS received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to integrate approximately seventy-five 811 PRA subsidized units into properties located throughout the State of Oregon funded with federal, state, and/or local programs such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and HOME.”

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

Oregon Local EF Teams’ Community of Practice - 05/09/2017

“During 2017, we worked with the DHS Employment First Office and Local Employment First teams on their ongoing Community of Practice (CoP), a subject-based discussion series of topics important to Employment First. Each topic was featured in a 2-hour CoP session, which was recorded, and in an online ongoing Discussion Forum to allow access to the information and continue the conversation(s).”

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

Oregon Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment - 03/03/2017

“Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is a free day-long training conducted by the Work Incentives Network. Attendees are those interested in learning the basics about work incentives and the impact employment has on benefits. They will learn facts to combat the common myths, how to access available work incentives, and when to refer a participant to a certified benefits and work incentives coordinator.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Oregon Supported Employment Services Department of Education Guidance - 12/13/2016

“This guidance document is provided for special education directors, secondary special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists. The Settlement Agreement for the Lane v. Brown case was approved in December 2015. A portion of the Settlement Agreement deals with transition services, and it provides that ODE shall require that the transition planning process include information about, and provide opportunities to experience, Supported Employment Services in Integrated Employment Settings for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and the and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) makes Supported Employment Services available to Oregon students who are found eligible to receive services, and ODE issues this guidance so that district IEP teams will take steps to inform themselves and others, including transition-age individuals and their families, of these services.”

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

Oregon’s Transition Resource Handbook - 09/01/2016

“Nationally and locally, the educational system is focusing on college and career readiness— transition for all, including students with disabilities. This validates the need for all students to have a plan for their future as they leave school. Earning a living wage requires acquisition of skills that lead to post-secondary training and integrated employment.

By 2025, Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal aims for 40 percent of Oregonians to have a baccalaureate degree or higher, for 40 percent to have an associate’s degree or certificate in a skilled occupation, and for the remaining 20 percent without a post-secondary credential to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent credential. There are multiple pathways to careers: on-the-job-training provided by employers, on-line educational opportunities, the military, apprenticeships, occupational certification, and traditional degree programs that are offered through community colleges and four-year universities are some of these.”

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

Oregon Medicaid and CHIP State Plan and Proposed Amendments - 07/12/2016

"This webpage provides the Medicaid and CHIP state plans for Oregon.  In addition, it also provides any amendments that are currently being considered by CMS."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Memorandum of Understanding Developmental Disabilities Services Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/30/2016

“,,,IDDS adoption of and VR endorsement of the “Employment First Policy” for working age adults with developmental disabilities”   “This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services.  This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of the MOUR is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and rthe Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 115-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. “  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding: Developmental Disabilities Services and Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/28/2016

“This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services. This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and the Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 15-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.”

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

Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) Provider FAQ Employment Services - 03/01/2016

“This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is being distributed to help clarify and facilitate the services provided by the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) for adults with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Oregon.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Council on Developmental Disability Fiscal Year 2016: State Plan (Findings) - 12/31/2015

A broad overview of the Comprehensive Review and Analysis conducted by the Council. The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) provides DD waiver and Medicaid Community First Choice state plan (K plan) services to about 23,776 eligible children and adults. Oregon has two DD waivers serving both children and adults. Oregon is experiencing a workforce shortage. According to November 2015 DHS caseload data, 23,776 adults receive a variety DD waiver and K plan services (5,738 receive case management only). Most adults (77%) live in their own homes or family homes. About 5,455 (23%) live in 24-hour settings: 2,603 in foster care; 2,754 in group homes; 98 in state-operated 24-hour Stabilization and Crisis Units (SACU).

Oregon settled the Lane v. Brown lawsuit to increase access to supported employment services for people with IDD. Current VR data show that over the past two years there has been a 42% increase in people with IDD applying to VR; an 86% increase in people with IDD entering an IPE; and a 56% increase in people with IDD exiting VR with a competitive job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Data Sharing
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Oregon SB 777 (ABLE Act) - 08/12/2015

"The Oregon 529 Savings Board shall establish by rule and maintain a qualified ABLE [Achieving a Better Life Experience] program in accordance with the requirements of the ABLE Act. (2) The rules must: (a) Allow a person to make contributions for a taxable year to an ABLE account established for the purpose of meeting the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account..."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Oregon Senate Bill 22 - Employment First - 04/08/2013

The bill details the rights of persons with developmental disabilities who are receiving developmental disability services.  It proclaims that “individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and society as a whole benefit when the individuals exercise choice and self-determination, living and working in the most integrated community settings appropriate to their needs, with supportive services that are designed and implemented consistent with the choice of the individuals regarding services, providers, goals and activities.”  Moreover it proclaims that, “the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities in fully integrated work settings is the highest priority over unemployment, segregated employment, facility-based employment or day habilitation.” 

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

427.007 OR Policy; Department of Human Services to plan and facilitate community services.

Emphasizes the importance of home and community based services that help to facilitate community integration for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Therefore, the Department of Human Services is directed to facilitate the development of appropriate community-based services, including family support, residential facilities, day programs, home care and other necessary support, care and training programs, in an orderly and systematic manner. The role of state-operated hospitals and training centers in Oregon shall be as specialized back-up facilities to a primary system of community-based services for persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
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Oregon Executive Order 15-01 - Providing employment services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities - 02/02/2015

Supersedes Executive Order 13-04   “This Executive Order revises and supersedes Executive Order 13-04 in order to provide further policy guidance intended to continue the state’s progress in these areas [providing supported employment services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities], including through a substantial reduction in employment in sheltered workshops.  Continue to improve Oregon’s delivery of employment services, with the goal of achieving competitive integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, consistent with their abilities and choices, will benefit individuals with disabilities, their families, our communities, the economy, and the state.”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Integrated Employment Services to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

“Executive Order 15-01 which supersedes Executive Order 13-04 and outlines detailed strategies and requires the Oregon Department of Human Services (Department) to work with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and delivering employment systems to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities toward fulfillment of Oregon’s Employment First Policy, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Oregon HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance - 06/02/2017

“Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), in partnership with the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority, is committed to providing supportive housing opportunities through the HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program for extremely low-income Oregonians with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and/or developmental disabilities.

OHCS received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to integrate approximately seventy-five 811 PRA subsidized units into properties located throughout the State of Oregon funded with federal, state, and/or local programs such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and HOME.”

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

Oregon Council on Developmental Disability Fiscal Year 2016: State Plan (Findings) - 12/31/2015

A broad overview of the Comprehensive Review and Analysis conducted by the Council. The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) provides DD waiver and Medicaid Community First Choice state plan (K plan) services to about 23,776 eligible children and adults. Oregon has two DD waivers serving both children and adults. Oregon is experiencing a workforce shortage. According to November 2015 DHS caseload data, 23,776 adults receive a variety DD waiver and K plan services (5,738 receive case management only). Most adults (77%) live in their own homes or family homes. About 5,455 (23%) live in 24-hour settings: 2,603 in foster care; 2,754 in group homes; 98 in state-operated 24-hour Stabilization and Crisis Units (SACU).

Oregon settled the Lane v. Brown lawsuit to increase access to supported employment services for people with IDD. Current VR data show that over the past two years there has been a 42% increase in people with IDD applying to VR; an 86% increase in people with IDD entering an IPE; and a 56% increase in people with IDD exiting VR with a competitive job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Data Sharing

Integrated employment Plan: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability - 07/06/2015

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) along with its many partners and stakeholders, strives to support the choices of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families within local communities by promoting and providing services that are person-centered and directed, flexible, inclusive and supportive of the discovery and development of each individual's unique gifts, talents and abilities. Oregon is committed to work toward service options that ensure people with I/DD have the opportunity to live lives that are fulfilling and meaningful. Therefore, services offered must promote activities, routines and relationships that are common to most citizens. A key element of this approach is employment – the path to independence, contribution and belonging and the road out of poverty.

This Integrated Employment plan (Plan) is written consistent with Section IX (4) State Agency Actions, of Governor Kitzhaber’s Executive Order 13-04, “Providing Employment Services to Individual with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Order).” A copy of the Order is provided as Attachment 1. This Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The Order also recognizes the implementation of Oregon’s Employment First policy as a framework for accomplishing the Executive Order’s desired goals.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Developmental Disabilities Services Policy Change Regarding Sheltered Workshops - 07/01/2015

“In order to further Oregon’s Employment First policy, effective July 1, 2015, ODDS will no longer fund Sheltered Work or services in a Sheltered Workshop setting, for individuals who are newly eligible for services, or individuals already using services but not in a Sheltered Workshop setting.”

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

3.14 Supported Employment - 04/21/2015

Revisions to Supported Employment policy 3.14 to align with the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act of July 22, 2014.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Department of Human Services Integrated Employment Plan Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (revised 1/31/15) - 01/31/2015

"This Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The Order also recognizes the implementation of Oregon’s Employment First policy as a framework for accomplishing the Executive Order’s desired goals.” 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon ReBAR Employment Rate Model, Day Support Activities Agency Rate Matrix, Interim Tier Assignments and Reviews - 09/01/2014

"This transmittal is to communicate that effective September 1, 2014, the department will implement a new employment rate model. The ReBAR Employment Rate Model applies to all agency providers who provide employment services under the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) Comprehensive Waiver, Support Services Waiver and Day Support Activities (Formerly Day Habilitation, ATE, and Community Inclusion) under the Community First Choice State Plan Option (K-Plan).”

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Employment First Report - 07/15/2014

“The Governor’s Executive Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with I/DD. More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by the DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The strategies and planned actions are targeted to increase and improve the delivery of employment services to individuals with I/DD with the goal of increasing integrated employment. The Executive Order calls for regular monitoring of the progress through ‘data collection, data analysis and quality improvement activities.’ This report serves as one step in continuing to implement the Order.”

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

Oregon Employment First Report: Bettering Employment Outcomes for Oregonians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - 01/15/2014

"The Employment First team within the Department of Human Services (DHS) produces a semiannual report to the Employment Coordinator which provides data concerning Oregonians with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). This report outlines the employment statistics for Oregonians with I/DD found eligible for services through the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and provides a detailed breakdown of their employment settings.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Core Competencies and Training Standards: Supported Employment Professionals - 12/05/2013

This document introduces Supported Employment and reviews the core competencies and training standards related to Discovery and career planning, marketing and job development, workplace and job analysis, different aspects of job coaching, managing benefits, resources for employment, school-to-work transition, organizational change , and self-employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Memorandum of Understanding Developmental Disabilities Services Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/30/2016

“,,,IDDS adoption of and VR endorsement of the “Employment First Policy” for working age adults with developmental disabilities”   “This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services.  This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of the MOUR is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and rthe Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 115-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. “  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding: Developmental Disabilities Services and Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/28/2016

“This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services. This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and the Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 15-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.”

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

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce - 02/02/2015

“Together with Executive Order No.15-01, this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recognizes that, while the State cannot guarantee jobs, Oregon starts with the presumption that everyone can be employed in an integrated setting in a community-based job…Oregon is not guaranteeing anyone a job, but with significant additional resources, Oregon s optimistic that all persons with IDD will have an opportunity to obtain integrated employment.”   “Vision: Through strong agency collaboration, youth with disabilities will transition into competitive integrated employment or post-secondary education/ training.”    MOU Partners Include: Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services Oregon Department of Education Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Cooperative Agreement Between the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education - 12/01/2014

“The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to set forth the commitments of the ODE and VR to cooperate in activities leading to a successful transition for students with disabilities from a free and appropriate public education to postsecondary career-related training and employment activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce (August 2011) - 08/01/2011

"The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education that creates the initiative entitled, "Integrated, Continuous Transition Services for Students with Developmental Disabilities: A Pathway to Employment.” The specific purpose is to outline mutual goals, strategies, actions and responsibilities that staff of-the parties will endorse and conduct to accomplish the desired objectives(s).”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Youth Transition Program

“The Youth Transition Program (YTP) is a comprehensive transition program for youth with disabilities operated collaboratively by Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR), the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the University of Oregon (U of O), and local school districts statewide in Oregon.

The purpose of the program is to prepare youth with disabilities for employment or career related post-secondary education or training."

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

Employment First: Capacity Building and Training and Technical Assistance Strategic Plan 2014-2015

The mission of this strategic plan is to, “To improve Oregon’s delivery of employment services, with the goal of achieving integrated employment for individuals experiencing IDD, consistent with their abilities and choices. To improve Oregon’s employment services through innovation, best practices, and increased capacity, with the outcome of achieving integrated employment services for all individuals experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Oregon Johnson & Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program - 10/27/2015

“The mission of the Johnson & Johnson - Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program is to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS), for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. This national program systematically works with states to implement supported employment following the evidence-based guidelines, initially in a small number of sites (typically 3-4 community mental health centers) and expanding statewide over time. The program is administered in each participating state through the collaboration between the state mental health authority and the state vocational rehabilitation administration. Through the support of Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contribution, the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center (PRC) oversees the Program and provides ongoing technical assistance and consultation on IPS supported employment to the states  and developing training and educational materials and courses for stakeholders."

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

Oregon Project ACCESS - 09/14/2015

“The purpose of Project Access is to establish, implement, and evaluate a multi-level interagency transition model in the state of Oregon. The overall goal of the project is to improve and extend transition services to a greater number of youth with disabilities through a model program that brings vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRC's) into high school settings.”

“The model is a collaborative effort between Oregon's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), public high schools in three Oregon school districts, and researchers at the University of Oregon.”

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

Ticket to Work Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - Integrated Employment Plan (revised 7/2015) - 07/06/2015

“(2010-2011) During this time period VR used resources within its Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIG) Competitive Employment Project (CEP) and other available resources to support of a variety of Employment First related activities including: Co-funding for many of the stakeholder and partner gatherings (e.g. Employment First Summit, Meet at the Mountain, stakeholder work groups); Participation in the Supported Employment Leadership Network (SELN); and Improving access to benefits counseling and planning services such as the Work Incentive Project (WIN); and  Supporting other training and technical assistance activities”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Employed Persons with Disabilities (EPD) – Medicaid Buy-in - 01/01/2012

“EPD is a Medicaid program administered by the Oregon Department of Human services. EPD provides medical coverage and long-term services to people with disabilities who are employed. If you are eligible to participate, you will be charged a nominal fee based on your income.”

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

Oregon Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

“Oregon plans to build on its 2008 Employment First Policy to increase the number of high school age youth who transition to integrated employment and decrease the number of adults currently served in facility based employment services. It will focus on improving its strategic plan to align state policies and funding mechanisms that support these goals. It will also increase service provider and general community capacity to develop, provide, and support integrated supported employment. The Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS) will be the lead agency for this grant.”

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

The Work Incentive Network (WIN!) (now part of the activities of the MIG)

Part of the activities of the MIG

“Benefits and Work Incentive Counseling services help people with disabilities make informed decisions about work, benefits and the use of work incentives to achieve their employment goals, as well as helping them navigate the benefits system when they begin working."

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

Oregon Mental Health Treatment Study (MHTS) – SSA funded demonstration

“Options has been chosen by Dartmouth College as one of 20 sites in the U.S. to host a four year mental health treatment study. The study will examine the efficacy of utilizing evidence based practices to assist individuals seeking employment. 75 participants will be enrolled in Josephine County and all mental health and supported employment services will be billed through insurance backed by the project. In addition, the study is funding a nurse care coordinator and research assistant.” 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Money Follows the Person (MFP) “On the Move”

Oregon’s Money Follows the Person project “On the Move in Oregon” aimed to reverse the increase in nursing facility utilization… and continue this state’s   historic rebalancing efforts using Home and Community-Based services.   From May 2007 through September 2011, the State agency transitioned 305 clients from institutions to home and community-based settings.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Oregon Local EF Teams’ Community of Practice - 05/09/2017

“During 2017, we worked with the DHS Employment First Office and Local Employment First teams on their ongoing Community of Practice (CoP), a subject-based discussion series of topics important to Employment First. Each topic was featured in a 2-hour CoP session, which was recorded, and in an online ongoing Discussion Forum to allow access to the information and continue the conversation(s).”

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

Oregon Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment - 03/03/2017

“Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is a free day-long training conducted by the Work Incentives Network. Attendees are those interested in learning the basics about work incentives and the impact employment has on benefits. They will learn facts to combat the common myths, how to access available work incentives, and when to refer a participant to a certified benefits and work incentives coordinator.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Oregon Supported Employment Services Department of Education Guidance - 12/13/2016

“This guidance document is provided for special education directors, secondary special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists. The Settlement Agreement for the Lane v. Brown case was approved in December 2015. A portion of the Settlement Agreement deals with transition services, and it provides that ODE shall require that the transition planning process include information about, and provide opportunities to experience, Supported Employment Services in Integrated Employment Settings for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and the and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) makes Supported Employment Services available to Oregon students who are found eligible to receive services, and ODE issues this guidance so that district IEP teams will take steps to inform themselves and others, including transition-age individuals and their families, of these services.”

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

Oregon’s Transition Resource Handbook - 09/01/2016

“Nationally and locally, the educational system is focusing on college and career readiness— transition for all, including students with disabilities. This validates the need for all students to have a plan for their future as they leave school. Earning a living wage requires acquisition of skills that lead to post-secondary training and integrated employment.

By 2025, Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal aims for 40 percent of Oregonians to have a baccalaureate degree or higher, for 40 percent to have an associate’s degree or certificate in a skilled occupation, and for the remaining 20 percent without a post-secondary credential to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent credential. There are multiple pathways to careers: on-the-job-training provided by employers, on-line educational opportunities, the military, apprenticeships, occupational certification, and traditional degree programs that are offered through community colleges and four-year universities are some of these.”

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

Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) Provider FAQ Employment Services - 03/01/2016

“This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is being distributed to help clarify and facilitate the services provided by the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) for adults with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Oregon.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Job Placement Services Contract Technical Assistance Guide 2015-2020 - 09/23/2015

"This manual is designed to serve as reference material and as a guide for the execution of the 2015-2020 Job Placement Contract. This guide focuses on the key components of job placement including: Definitions of service categories and guidance for their use; Process maps, flow charts and matrices for job placement processes which will aid in the implementation of this contract; A job development process specifically designed to serve participants who will benefit from a supported or customized employment approach; and An amended pay structure and the requirements associated with this new structure.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Oregon Office of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OMHAS) - 06/15/2009

The Oregon Department of Human Services Employee Training Plan states that mental health providers and allied service providers receive training on evidence-based practices such as supported employment through OMHAS. Much of the OMHAS training funds are provided through the Federal Mental Health and ATOD Block Grants.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Supported Employment Center of Excellence (OSECE) - 05/15/2008

“The Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) was created in 2008 as part of Oregon’s Supported Employment Initiative to provide technical assistance to Supported Employment providers, conduct fidelity reviews, collect, evaluate and share outcome data, educate and advise local and State level policy makers and coordinate media coverage of SE success stories. Beginning July, 2011, OSECE will be providing program evaluation to 3 Supported Education pilot sites… The Center will also be offering technical assistance to other mental health programs that are interested in starting Supported Education programming.”

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

Rebuilding Lives...from the Streets to a Home and a Job - 09/01/2006

“Ending chronic homelessness in our communities means not only providing permanent housing for people whose homelessness is measured in years, but also creating the opportunity to participate in the workforce, earn an income, and to contribute to America’s economy. In these projects, the Departments of Labor and Housing and Urban Development are demonstrating how communities can develop partnerships to end chronic homelessness through employment and housing and developing the tools to help the workforce development and homeless assistance systems achieve their goals.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

OTAC Supported Employment Trainings

“OTAC has been providing training and technical assistance on employment topics since its inception in 1984. We believe people with disabilities have the same inherent right to the opportunities as any other citizen has regarding employment options…Trainings include or are developed about: Social security benefits planning, self-employment, partners and resources, organizational change as well as high school transition."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Lane v. Brown Settlement (12-29-2015) - 12/29/2015

The Agreement converts all of the structural reforms to Oregon’s employment service system identified in Executive Order 15-01 into binding and enforceable legal obligations, and significantly expands on those requirements by establishing new systemic requirements, firm implementation dates, and integration criteria for the provision of supported employment services. The key terms are as follows:   …3. The State will help 1,115 persons who have worked in sheltered workshops (out of about 4,000 persons who have worked in sheltered workshops since 2012) to obtain community jobs at a competitive wage. Agreement, § V.3. That number was taken directly from the State’s existing IEP. 4. The State will issue “guidance” that the recommended standard for services is the “opportunity” to work at least 20 hours per week, if that is what the individual wants. Agreement, § VII.1  
Systems
  • Other

Lane v. Kitzhaber, 12-CV-00138, (D. OR 2012) - 05/22/2013

“On May 22, 2013, the Court granted the United States' March 27 Motion to Intervene in a pending class action lawsuit against the State of Oregon. The United States' accompanying Complaint in Intervention alleges violations of Title II of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for unnecessarily segregating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in sheltered workshops when they could be served in integrated employment settings.”

  “Prior to requesting intervention the United States filed on April 20, 2012, a Statement of Interest in Support of Plaintiffs Regarding Defendants' Motion to Dismiss.  The United States argued that Title II and the integration regulation apply to all services, programs, and activities of a public entity, including segregated, non-residential employment settings such as sheltered workshops.”    “On June 18, 2012, the United States filed a second Statement of Interest in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification. In its Statement of Interest, the United States urged the Court to uphold class certification for a plaintiff class of thousands of individuals in, or referred to, Oregon sheltered workshops.”   
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Oregon - From the Department of Justice Findings Letter (2012) - 06/29/2012

“We have concluded that the State is failing to provide employment and vocational services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the most  integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA.  The State plans, structures, and administers its system of providing employment and vocational services in a manner that delivers such services primarily in segregated sheltered workshops, rather than in integrated community employment.  Sheltered workshops segregate individuals from the community and provide little or no opportunity to interact with persons without disabilities, other than paid staff…  most persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving employment and vocational services from the state remain unnecessarily – and often indefinitely – confined to segregated sheltered workshops..”    
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Oregon - Staley v. Kitzhaber 2000 - 01/14/2000

“The lawsuit was the result of years of frustration in waiting for appropriate, adequate services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families… The lawsuit alleges that the State of Oregon failed to provide services in the most integrated possible setting to adults with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities eligible for placement in an ICF/MR (intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded) and that individuals with developmental disabilities are entitled to receive Medicaid-Funded services with reasonable promptness.”

“This agreement is intended to provide relief to not only the plaintiffs but also to all other similarly situated individuals with developmental disabilities eligible to receive services under the federal Medicaid program.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Oregon Medicaid and CHIP State Plan and Proposed Amendments - 07/12/2016

"This webpage provides the Medicaid and CHIP state plans for Oregon.  In addition, it also provides any amendments that are currently being considered by CMS."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Comprehensive Waiver Services Amendment Application (12/2015) - 12/01/2015

The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.   Provides “Respite; Habilitation (Day, Residential, Prevocational, Supported Employment); Environmental Accessibility Adaptations; Non-Medical Transportation; Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies; Family Training; In-Home Support Services; Crisis/Diversion Services; PT/OT/Speech.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Oregon Home and Community Based Transition Plan - 10/20/2015

“Oregon’s HCBS Transition Plan is broken down into phases. Each phase builds on previous phases and is intended to provide additional information and guidance on the next phase. As an example, the development of the global scorecard described below, provided DHS, OHA and its Stakeholders an overview of the current regulatory status of DHS’s and OHA’s HCBS system. The next phase, through the Provider Self-Assessment and the Individual Experience Assessment, will define specific provider issues and will meet DHS’s and OHA’s requirements to assess specific settings. The phases in the plan are:

Phase I – Initial Regulatory Assessment Phase II – Statewide Training and Education Efforts Phase III – Provider Self-Assessment and Individual Experience Assessment Phase IV – Heightened Scrutiny Process Phase V – Remediation Activities Phase VI – Ongoing Compliance and Oversight”
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program - 12/16/2014

The Oregon Health Authority is the single State agency designated to administer or supervise the administration of the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act. (All references in this plan to "the Medicaid agency" mean the agency named in this paragraph.)

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

Oregon 1915(c) HCBS Waiver - Comprehensive Residential (0117.R05.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides supported employment/prevocational, waiver case management, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language, alternatives to employment-habilitation, family training/counseling for individuals w/DD, IID ages 0 - no max age.

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

Application for a §1915(c) Home and Community-Based Service Waiver - 06/24/2011

“The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.”

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

Oregon Money Follows the Person (MFP) “On the Move” (2008) - 03/01/2008

“On the Move in Oregon Transition Coordinators will provide one-on-one assistance to help create a package of services and supports that help people live more independently in the community without sacrificing needed care”    “Oregon’s Money Follows the Person project “On the Move in Oregon” aimed to reverse the increase in nursing facility utilization… and continue this state’s historic rebalancing efforts using Home and Community-Based services.” (Program concluded)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Oregon Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Oregon as of 2013.

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

Ticket to Work Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - Integrated Employment Plan (revised 7/2015)

“(2010-2011) During this time period VR used resources within its Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIG) Competitive Employment Project (CEP) and other available resources to support of a variety of Employment First related activities including: Co-funding for many of the stakeholder and partner gatherings (e.g. Employment First Summit, Meet at the Mountain, stakeholder work groups); Participation in the Supported Employment Leadership Network (SELN); and Improving access to benefits counseling and planning services such as the Work Incentive Project (WIN); and  Supporting other training and technical assistance activities”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employed Persons with Disabilities (EPD) – Medicaid Buy-in

“EPD is a Medicaid program administered by the Oregon Department of Human services. EPD provides medical coverage and long-term services to people with disabilities who are employed. If you are eligible to participate, you will be charged a nominal fee based on your income.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The Beaver State of Oregon believes that "Things Look Different Here" when it comes to creating innovative employment options for 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 Oregon’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.46%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,028,977
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.36%
Change from
2014 to 2015
320,586
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.08%
Change from
2014 to 2015
121,155
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.76%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.79%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.78%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.22%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 4,028,977
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 320,586
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 121,155
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,646,699
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 37.79%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.22%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 299,421
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 305,954
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 536,463
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 10,487
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 43,966
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,203
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 13,604
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,320
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 26,984
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 7,314

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,736
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 109,815

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,588
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 36,542
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 66,459
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 23.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,563
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 676
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 14,806

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 15,471
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 3,689
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 1,637
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. 44.00%
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. 40.63

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,181
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 31
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 628
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,003
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,243
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 797
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 479
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,402
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 166,352
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

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $11,015,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $24,453,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $26,347,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $31,979,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 32.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,499
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,671
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,690
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 89.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.92%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.57%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.42%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 76.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 22.37%
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). 56.40%
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). 71.34%
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). 34.03%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,723,537
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,680
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 8,299
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 289,705
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 298,004
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 19
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 308
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 327
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,095,598
AbilityOne wages (services). $97,396

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 29
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 32
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3
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). 2,353
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. 2,356

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

VR works closely with other State agencies whose populations benefit from VR Supported Employment (SE) Services. VR, the Department of Education, and the Office of Developmental Disability Services work together with the State’s Employment First program to ensure that individuals who experience Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities receive coordinated and sequenced services that meet their employment needs. This multi–agency collaboration operates under the guidance of Executive Order 15–01 and actively works to ensure that policies and services are aligned in a way that makes sense for transition age students as well as adults seeking services (Page 187)

VR and Oregon Department of Developmental Disability Services have refocused their work together over the last couple of years to achieve the outcomes set forth in Executive order 13–04, which was updated in Executive Order 15–01. These Executive Orders emphasize with more clarity the State’s Employment First Policy. Additionally, the State of Oregon has recently settled a lawsuit that calls for increased integrated employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. VR, ODDS, and the I/DD service delivery system have a working relationship that shares information, leverages and braids funding, and encourages the joint case management of joint clients. Moving forward VR will continue to work with ODDS and I/DD service delivery system as well as the Department of Education to increase our collaboration to maximize funding, streamline processes, and meet the competitive and integrated employment goals of joint clients. (Page 190)

  • Hired staff specialists who serve individuals with I/DD. These three groups of regional staff meet regularly; co–train other agency staff; and, co–develop tools and strategies to provide services that are consistent and reflect best practices
  • Have established collaborative training regarding consistency and quality in curricula used for VR, ODDS and ODE staff throughout Oregon; accomplished through:
    • Agency conferences (VR In–Service, DD Case Management Conference, and ODE Regional Transition Conferences) used mixed groups of staff and cross training techniques to further collaborative training goals
    • VR, DD, and school transition (ODE) staff training on varied topics, presented regionally to groups consisting of staff from all three agencies
    • Staff are consistently co–trained by specialists from the three agencies
  • Ongoing and regularly scheduled meetings lead to collaborative actions by Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS), VR and Oregon Department of Education (ODE):
    • Employment First Steering Committee meetings direct the overall work of the following collaborative meetings. This committee is co–led by VR and ODDS Administrators
    • Policy and Innovation meetings are co–led by VR staff and DD Staff to facilitate these collaborative actions:
  • The three agencies review and discuss all new or newly revised policy to assure alignment across agencies
  • Each agency sends policy transmittals to their regional and community staff when another of them adopts new or newly revised policy
    • Education and Transition meetings discuss pertinent issues for students who have transition plans including those receiving Pre–Vocational Services; facilitating these collaborative actions:
  • A jointly held goal of seamless transition for: students with transition plans, students in transition programs. (Page 190)

The Oregon Legislature has the sole authority to establish the type and number of state government positions, including VR positions. Over the last two biennium the legislature approved 14 new VRC positions to help support statewide Employment First initiatives. (Page 192)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability or implementation. (Page 114)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

In Gresham and Eugene, WSO Offices have installed a Video Relay System (VRS) for assuring equitable access to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D&HH) community. VRS works in the same way as the 711 Relay services and is funded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The difference is that with VRS, a D&HH customer may use Sign Language to communicate with a relay operator who then transmits the information to the hearing receiver through a regular phone. There is no need for a VRS, or video phone, on the receiving end. The VRS in these two offices serves as a pilot project and is in compliance with ADA regulations in terms of assuring that customers have equitable access to our services. If the pilot proves successful, more offices will receive the VRS devices. Many D&HH individuals already have VRS in their homes. The VRS in our offices will be treated as a means for this community to contact UI as well as for employment purposes. Should a UI claims taker or other UI staff receive a call via the VRS, they will be told that a VRS operator is on the other end before the customer’s message is relayed, just like if they were receiving a 711 call. (Page 105)

VR follows State of Oregon contractual processes when establishing contracts for services. VR works with and establishes relationships with non–profit organizations to fully utilize the benefits provided through the SSA TTW program. In January 2010, Oregon VR initiated a Ticket to Work shared payment agreement pilot with ten community mental health programs that provide evidence–based mental health supported employment services. These mental health agencies are governed by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) who contracts with the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) to provide annual programs and technical assistance. These agreements allow Oregon VR to be the Employment Network of record with SSA, partner with the mental health agency to provide dual services to an individual. (Page 186)

  • VR’s Youth Transition Program Transition (YTP) is operating in over 112 school districts across the state to provide pre–employment transition services (PETS) which includes “work experience” and “career counseling.”
  • YTP Transition Specialists work directly with employers to:
    • Perform worksite assessments before student placement
    • Train students in workplace readiness
    • Provide screening and referral of appropriate youth
    • Identification of appropriate worksites and task
    • Provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive training opportunities to meet the desired qualification of employers
  • In the Portland Metro area VR staff are working with health providers Legacy and Providence Health to pilot training and streamlined hiring program for students with disabilities. Students placed in competitive integrated employment with these employers are supported with 12 months of follow along services to ensure stable employment.
  • VR Contractors are working with business and schools regarding employer engagement models to offer competitive, integrated employment and career exploration opportunities. These trainings include:
    • Pre–employment trainings with school staff to meet employer needs
    • Interest inventories with students
    • Trainings on developing partnership agreements
    • Trainings on job needs analysis
    • Marketing school based programs
    • Pre and post training evaluations for students involved in work experiences. (Page 189)
Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

At application, the majority of VR program clients are already receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits as a result of legal blindness. During development of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE), the OCB explores the client’s vocational goals and income needs, and commensurate with their skills, strengths and previous work experience jointly sets employment goals. For client’s targeting employment with earnings above the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level, the OCB utilizes the Ticket to Work program for cost reimbursement upon 9 months of successful employment at or above SGA level earnings.  (Page 27)

Expand the use of Benefits Planning to assist Oregonians with Disabilities 

  1. Create online benefits training and information to address basic benefit concerns
  2. Work with partner agencies to create additional funding opportunities for expanding capacity
  3. Continue to partner with the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program operated by Disability Rights Oregon  (Page 206)
  4. Create an expansive employer engagement model that creates opportunities for work–based learning opportunities 
  • Develop a common employer engagement plan, language, and focus that can be used statewide
  • Implement a progressive employment model
  • Create and train local VR employer engagement teams
  • Work with partners on joint engagement opportunities
  • Engage with employers the need to meet the 503 federal hiring targets
  • Utilize the SRC Business Committee to enhance engagement with employers 

       5. Expand the use of Benefits Planning to assist Oregonians with Disabilities

  • Create online benefits training and information to address basic benefit concerns
  • Work with partner agencies to create additional funding opportunities for expanding capacity
  • Continue to partner with the Work Inc. (Page 219)

While receipt of SSI/SSDI indicates significance of disability, it can also impact employment for an individual, based on the need to maintain benefits and especially health insurance benefits that are income–dependent. The Commission addresses this consumer need through providing benefits planning services. Commission Services for Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities The Commission is reaching those with the most significant disabilities through outreach and by providing individualized services. (Page 261)

Outcome % of participants who were receiving SSI/SSDI at application*

  • Exited VR before services began 55%
  • Exited VR without an employment outcome, after services 60%
  • Exited VR with a noncompetitive employment outcome 62%
  • Exited VR with a competitive employment outcome 46% 

*   Note: Commission data is cumulative 2009–2013. While receipt of SSI/SSDI indicates significance of disability, it can also impact employment for an individual, based on the need to maintain benefits and especially health insurance benefits that are income–dependent. The Commission addresses this consumer need through providing benefits planning services. (Page 301)

School to Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) requests a continuation of its waiver of state–wideness for its Youth Transition Program (YTP). Through this program, transition age youth with disabilities are provided with enhanced activities and services that lead to employment or career–related postsecondary education or training. YTP has two distinct but interconnected goals. The first is to improve post–school transition outcomes for youth with disabilities by preparing them for employment, postsecondary education or training, and independent living. The second is to increase capacity and foster positive systems change in schools and other agencies in assisting youth with disabilities in moving from school to work. (Page 178)

Our goals for the program for FFY 16 include:

  1. Coordinate the Summer Work Experience Program for students who require ongoing supports in partnership with the Department of Education
  2. Partner with the education team that will support students who are leaving secondary school programs to develop a transition plan for school to work
  3. Continue to outreach to the deaf–blind community
  4. Coordinate with community resources to maximize comparable benefits and improve services for our clients
  5. Grow the number of individuals served in the program and focus on positive outcomes in integrated settings with supports 

In addition: OCB will provide SE extended services after placement for up to 4 years for individuals not covered by alternative programs or funding. (Page 281)

Progress: The agency attended individualized transition plan meetings for all Supported Employment students exiting the schools in order to provide seamless services to students exiting the school system. (Page 296)

Goal 2: Partner with the education team that will support Supported Employment students who are leaving secondary school programs to develop a transition plan for school to work Progress: The agency attended individualized transition plan meetings for all Supported Employment students exiting the schools in order to provide seamless services to students exiting the school system. (Page 298-299)

Data Collection

State Operating Systems 

State operating systems to support implementation of the state’s strategies are primarily divided into three categories: 

  • Labor Market Information
  • Data Collection and Reporting Systems
  • Operations and Management Systems 

Labor Market Information 

The Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division provides accurate, reliable, and timely information about Oregon’s state and local labor markets. The division’s goal is to provide quality information that helps our customers make informed choices. Workforce development policy makers are a key research customer group, particularly serving the labor market information needs of state and local workforce development boards.

The division’s efforts focus on direct employer surveys, information from tax records, analysis of the data, and dissemination through publications, presentations, and responses to customer requests. Most labor market information is available on–line allowing staff more time to focus on custom analysis and answering challenging questions about the labor market. (All of Page 79 )

OWIB has established a goal and five strategies around creating a customer–centric, easy to access workforce system, including developing accountability mechanisms focused on results. The state board will assist the Governor by continuing to focus on system results and the needs or impediments to both measuring and improving the results for individuals and employers. Alignment of technology and data systems across the partner programs and agencies are the key to creating such a system and accountability mechanisms. (Page 99)

  • Support for the development of instructional content and models for career pathways;
  • Potential revision of OPABS and expansion of I–BEST and VESL models that integrate education and training;
  • Technical assistance to eligible providers on strategies to achieve negotiated targets on the primary indicators of performance;
  • Exploration of a standardized adult education and literacy orientation process with identified learning outcomes; and
  • Support for changes required to meet WIOA data collection and reporting requirements. (Page 167)

In the coming year, Oregon Adult Learning Standards trainers will also be able to track how Institute participants are implementing the Learning Standards in their classrooms and at a programmatic level. The State will continue to review evidence of implementation, e.g., course outlines, lesson plans, and classroom observation, as other training opportunities in Learning Standards, data collection and use, English language acquisition, and other topics in order to ensure the quality of professional development. (Page 168)Through the data collection efforts, researchers solicited information from four primary stakeholder groups:

  • potential, actual, or former consumers of VR services located throughout the state;
  • representatives of organizations that provide services to individuals who are potential, actual, or former consumers of VR services;
  • VR staff; and
  • representatives of businesses

The approach was designed to capture input from a variety of perspectives in order to acquire a sense of the multi-faceted needs of persons with disabilities in the state. Responses to the individual survey reflect the opinions of current and former clients of VR including individuals who had not yet developed a rehabilitation plan, individuals with active rehabilitation plans, and individuals whose cases had been closed. Efforts were made to gather information pertinent to un-served and under-served populations through inquiries with individuals who serve a broad range of persons with disabilities in the state (whether they are affiliated with VR or not). Likewise, the VR staff members that participated in key informant interviews, focus groups and surveys serve individuals with disabilities representing a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Efforts were made to solicit responses from businesses reflecting the opinions of employers representing a variety of industries. (Page 199)

Promote earlier engagement with Workforce partners for VR clients in the application process ii. Streamline referral and data collection from common referral agencies iii. Work with VR staff to streamline the Individual Plan for Employment process in order to get clients into plan more quickly iv. Use data to determine success rate of specific services and focus on their duplication v. Work with Lean Coordinator to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in service delivery and policy that can be addressed. (Page 204)

The methods to be used to expand and improve services to individuals with disabilities: 

  1. Promote earlier engagement with Workforce partners for VR clients in the application process
  2. Streamline referral and data collection from common referral agencies
  3. Work with VR staff to streamline the Individual Plan for Employment process in order to get clients into plan more quickly
  4. Use data to determine success rate of specific services and focus on their duplication
  5. Work with LEAN Coordinator to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in service delivery and policy that can be addressed. (Page 212)
Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

Overall, the development and expansion of credit–bearing Career Pathways certificates across the 17 community colleges has been a key strategy for enhancing the training and job skills of Oregon’s workforce. Currently, the community colleges offer more than 400 Career Pathway certificate programs. These certificates are defined in Oregon statute as being 15 – 44 credit certificates that are completely contained within an Associate of Applied Science degree or one–year certificate. This means a working learner can continue to make progress toward a higher level credential without losing time or money having to take classes that are required in the higher level credential but different from those in the Career Pathway certificate. (Page 32)

AEFLA-funded Adult-Basic-Skills Programs work with employers through connections with their colleges’ Career Pathways, Customized Training, Workforce Training, and Occupational Skills Training programs. Another critical partner is VR. The Vocational Rehabilitation program by design contacts the Business and employer community utilizing a client specific approach. VR’s approach of utilizing contracted vendors to job develop for individual clients indicates a different model regarding employer outreach. However, employers also approach the VR offices with Job Opportunities and VR will address a process where these contacts and opportunities can be blended into a Workforce combined business outreach method. (Page 69)

9. Whether the eligible provider’s activities are delivered by well-trained instructors, counselors and administrators who meet any minimum qualifications established by the State, where applicable, and who have access to high quality professional development, including through electronic means.

10. Whether the eligible provider coordinates with other available education, training and social service resources in the community, such as by establishing strong links with elementary schools and secondary schools, postsecondary educational institutions, institutions of higher education, local workforce development boards, one-stop centers, job training programs, and social service agencies, business, industry, labor organizations, community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and intermediaries in the development of career pathways.

11. Whether the eligible provider’s activities offer the flexible schedules and coordination with Federal, State and local support services (such as child care, transportation, mental health services, and career planning) that are necessary to enable individuals, including individuals with disabilities or other special needs, to attend and complete programs. (Page 160)

Employment Networks

Oregon VR initiated a Ticket to Work shared payment agreement pilot with ten community mental health programs that provide evidence–based mental health supported employment services. These mental health agencies are governed by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) who contracts with the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) to provide annual programs and technical assistance. These agreements allow Oregon VR to be the Employment Network of record with SSA, partner with the mental health agency to provide dual services to an individual. Once the VR case is closed, the mental health agency continues to support the individual until the support is no longer needed. If the individual works and reaches the SSA TTW wage thresholds, Oregon VR receives TTW payments which in turn are split with the mental health agencies. This pilot evolved into a project that has strengthened the relationship between VR and these participating agencies by providing additional TTW dollars for additional program funding. As of July 2015 we have sixteen agreements in place. (Page 186)

Policies and Initiatives

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Oregon HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance - 06/02/2017

“Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), in partnership with the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority, is committed to providing supportive housing opportunities through the HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program for extremely low-income Oregonians with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and/or developmental disabilities.

OHCS received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to integrate approximately seventy-five 811 PRA subsidized units into properties located throughout the State of Oregon funded with federal, state, and/or local programs such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and HOME.”

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

Oregon Local EF Teams’ Community of Practice - 05/09/2017

“During 2017, we worked with the DHS Employment First Office and Local Employment First teams on their ongoing Community of Practice (CoP), a subject-based discussion series of topics important to Employment First. Each topic was featured in a 2-hour CoP session, which was recorded, and in an online ongoing Discussion Forum to allow access to the information and continue the conversation(s).”

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

Oregon Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment - 03/03/2017

“Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is a free day-long training conducted by the Work Incentives Network. Attendees are those interested in learning the basics about work incentives and the impact employment has on benefits. They will learn facts to combat the common myths, how to access available work incentives, and when to refer a participant to a certified benefits and work incentives coordinator.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Oregon Supported Employment Services Department of Education Guidance - 12/13/2016

“This guidance document is provided for special education directors, secondary special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists. The Settlement Agreement for the Lane v. Brown case was approved in December 2015. A portion of the Settlement Agreement deals with transition services, and it provides that ODE shall require that the transition planning process include information about, and provide opportunities to experience, Supported Employment Services in Integrated Employment Settings for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and the and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) makes Supported Employment Services available to Oregon students who are found eligible to receive services, and ODE issues this guidance so that district IEP teams will take steps to inform themselves and others, including transition-age individuals and their families, of these services.”

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

Oregon’s Transition Resource Handbook - 09/01/2016

“Nationally and locally, the educational system is focusing on college and career readiness— transition for all, including students with disabilities. This validates the need for all students to have a plan for their future as they leave school. Earning a living wage requires acquisition of skills that lead to post-secondary training and integrated employment.

By 2025, Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal aims for 40 percent of Oregonians to have a baccalaureate degree or higher, for 40 percent to have an associate’s degree or certificate in a skilled occupation, and for the remaining 20 percent without a post-secondary credential to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent credential. There are multiple pathways to careers: on-the-job-training provided by employers, on-line educational opportunities, the military, apprenticeships, occupational certification, and traditional degree programs that are offered through community colleges and four-year universities are some of these.”

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

Oregon Medicaid and CHIP State Plan and Proposed Amendments - 07/12/2016

"This webpage provides the Medicaid and CHIP state plans for Oregon.  In addition, it also provides any amendments that are currently being considered by CMS."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Memorandum of Understanding Developmental Disabilities Services Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/30/2016

“,,,IDDS adoption of and VR endorsement of the “Employment First Policy” for working age adults with developmental disabilities”   “This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services.  This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of the MOUR is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and rthe Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 115-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. “  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding: Developmental Disabilities Services and Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/28/2016

“This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services. This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and the Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 15-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.”

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

Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) Provider FAQ Employment Services - 03/01/2016

“This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is being distributed to help clarify and facilitate the services provided by the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) for adults with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Oregon.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Council on Developmental Disability Fiscal Year 2016: State Plan (Findings) - 12/31/2015

A broad overview of the Comprehensive Review and Analysis conducted by the Council. The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) provides DD waiver and Medicaid Community First Choice state plan (K plan) services to about 23,776 eligible children and adults. Oregon has two DD waivers serving both children and adults. Oregon is experiencing a workforce shortage. According to November 2015 DHS caseload data, 23,776 adults receive a variety DD waiver and K plan services (5,738 receive case management only). Most adults (77%) live in their own homes or family homes. About 5,455 (23%) live in 24-hour settings: 2,603 in foster care; 2,754 in group homes; 98 in state-operated 24-hour Stabilization and Crisis Units (SACU).

Oregon settled the Lane v. Brown lawsuit to increase access to supported employment services for people with IDD. Current VR data show that over the past two years there has been a 42% increase in people with IDD applying to VR; an 86% increase in people with IDD entering an IPE; and a 56% increase in people with IDD exiting VR with a competitive job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Data Sharing
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Oregon SB 777 (ABLE Act) - 08/12/2015

"The Oregon 529 Savings Board shall establish by rule and maintain a qualified ABLE [Achieving a Better Life Experience] program in accordance with the requirements of the ABLE Act. (2) The rules must: (a) Allow a person to make contributions for a taxable year to an ABLE account established for the purpose of meeting the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account..."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Oregon Senate Bill 22 - Employment First - 04/08/2013

The bill details the rights of persons with developmental disabilities who are receiving developmental disability services.  It proclaims that “individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and society as a whole benefit when the individuals exercise choice and self-determination, living and working in the most integrated community settings appropriate to their needs, with supportive services that are designed and implemented consistent with the choice of the individuals regarding services, providers, goals and activities.”  Moreover it proclaims that, “the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities in fully integrated work settings is the highest priority over unemployment, segregated employment, facility-based employment or day habilitation.” 

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

427.007 OR Policy; Department of Human Services to plan and facilitate community services.

Emphasizes the importance of home and community based services that help to facilitate community integration for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Therefore, the Department of Human Services is directed to facilitate the development of appropriate community-based services, including family support, residential facilities, day programs, home care and other necessary support, care and training programs, in an orderly and systematic manner. The role of state-operated hospitals and training centers in Oregon shall be as specialized back-up facilities to a primary system of community-based services for persons with intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
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Oregon Executive Order 15-01 - Providing employment services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities - 02/02/2015

Supersedes Executive Order 13-04   “This Executive Order revises and supersedes Executive Order 13-04 in order to provide further policy guidance intended to continue the state’s progress in these areas [providing supported employment services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities], including through a substantial reduction in employment in sheltered workshops.  Continue to improve Oregon’s delivery of employment services, with the goal of achieving competitive integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, consistent with their abilities and choices, will benefit individuals with disabilities, their families, our communities, the economy, and the state.”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Integrated Employment Services to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

“Executive Order 15-01 which supersedes Executive Order 13-04 and outlines detailed strategies and requires the Oregon Department of Human Services (Department) to work with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and delivering employment systems to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities toward fulfillment of Oregon’s Employment First Policy, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Oregon HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance - 06/02/2017

“Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), in partnership with the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority, is committed to providing supportive housing opportunities through the HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program for extremely low-income Oregonians with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and/or developmental disabilities.

OHCS received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to integrate approximately seventy-five 811 PRA subsidized units into properties located throughout the State of Oregon funded with federal, state, and/or local programs such as Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and HOME.”

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

Oregon Council on Developmental Disability Fiscal Year 2016: State Plan (Findings) - 12/31/2015

A broad overview of the Comprehensive Review and Analysis conducted by the Council. The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) provides DD waiver and Medicaid Community First Choice state plan (K plan) services to about 23,776 eligible children and adults. Oregon has two DD waivers serving both children and adults. Oregon is experiencing a workforce shortage. According to November 2015 DHS caseload data, 23,776 adults receive a variety DD waiver and K plan services (5,738 receive case management only). Most adults (77%) live in their own homes or family homes. About 5,455 (23%) live in 24-hour settings: 2,603 in foster care; 2,754 in group homes; 98 in state-operated 24-hour Stabilization and Crisis Units (SACU).

Oregon settled the Lane v. Brown lawsuit to increase access to supported employment services for people with IDD. Current VR data show that over the past two years there has been a 42% increase in people with IDD applying to VR; an 86% increase in people with IDD entering an IPE; and a 56% increase in people with IDD exiting VR with a competitive job.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Data Sharing

Integrated employment Plan: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability - 07/06/2015

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) along with its many partners and stakeholders, strives to support the choices of individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families within local communities by promoting and providing services that are person-centered and directed, flexible, inclusive and supportive of the discovery and development of each individual's unique gifts, talents and abilities. Oregon is committed to work toward service options that ensure people with I/DD have the opportunity to live lives that are fulfilling and meaningful. Therefore, services offered must promote activities, routines and relationships that are common to most citizens. A key element of this approach is employment – the path to independence, contribution and belonging and the road out of poverty.

This Integrated Employment plan (Plan) is written consistent with Section IX (4) State Agency Actions, of Governor Kitzhaber’s Executive Order 13-04, “Providing Employment Services to Individual with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Order).” A copy of the Order is provided as Attachment 1. This Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The Order also recognizes the implementation of Oregon’s Employment First policy as a framework for accomplishing the Executive Order’s desired goals.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Developmental Disabilities Services Policy Change Regarding Sheltered Workshops - 07/01/2015

“In order to further Oregon’s Employment First policy, effective July 1, 2015, ODDS will no longer fund Sheltered Work or services in a Sheltered Workshop setting, for individuals who are newly eligible for services, or individuals already using services but not in a Sheltered Workshop setting.”

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

3.14 Supported Employment - 04/21/2015

Revisions to Supported Employment policy 3.14 to align with the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act of July 22, 2014.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Department of Human Services Integrated Employment Plan Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (revised 1/31/15) - 01/31/2015

"This Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The Order also recognizes the implementation of Oregon’s Employment First policy as a framework for accomplishing the Executive Order’s desired goals.” 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon ReBAR Employment Rate Model, Day Support Activities Agency Rate Matrix, Interim Tier Assignments and Reviews - 09/01/2014

"This transmittal is to communicate that effective September 1, 2014, the department will implement a new employment rate model. The ReBAR Employment Rate Model applies to all agency providers who provide employment services under the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) Comprehensive Waiver, Support Services Waiver and Day Support Activities (Formerly Day Habilitation, ATE, and Community Inclusion) under the Community First Choice State Plan Option (K-Plan).”

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Employment First Report - 07/15/2014

“The Governor’s Executive Order recognizes the strategic importance of improving the work and economic opportunities of all Oregonians including those with I/DD. More specifically, the Order sets forth strategies to be followed by the DHS and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to further improve Oregon’s systems of designing and providing employment services to individuals with I/DD, including a significant reduction over time of state support of sheltered work and an increased investment in employment services. The strategies and planned actions are targeted to increase and improve the delivery of employment services to individuals with I/DD with the goal of increasing integrated employment. The Executive Order calls for regular monitoring of the progress through ‘data collection, data analysis and quality improvement activities.’ This report serves as one step in continuing to implement the Order.”

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

Oregon Employment First Report: Bettering Employment Outcomes for Oregonians with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - 01/15/2014

"The Employment First team within the Department of Human Services (DHS) produces a semiannual report to the Employment Coordinator which provides data concerning Oregonians with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). This report outlines the employment statistics for Oregonians with I/DD found eligible for services through the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and provides a detailed breakdown of their employment settings.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Core Competencies and Training Standards: Supported Employment Professionals - 12/05/2013

This document introduces Supported Employment and reviews the core competencies and training standards related to Discovery and career planning, marketing and job development, workplace and job analysis, different aspects of job coaching, managing benefits, resources for employment, school-to-work transition, organizational change , and self-employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Memorandum of Understanding Developmental Disabilities Services Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/30/2016

“,,,IDDS adoption of and VR endorsement of the “Employment First Policy” for working age adults with developmental disabilities”   “This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services.  This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of the MOUR is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and rthe Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 115-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. “  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding: Developmental Disabilities Services and Vocational Rehabilitation - 03/28/2016

“This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to impact and be implemented statewide, with a target population of all working age individuals with Developmental Disabilities eligible for both VR and ODDS services. This will include school age individuals engaged in employment related transition services. The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare, Self Sufficiency Program and the Aging and People with Disabilities that creates the initiative entitled Improved Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities; to fully implementation Executive Order 15-01; and, to fulfill mandates from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.”

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

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce - 02/02/2015

“Together with Executive Order No.15-01, this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recognizes that, while the State cannot guarantee jobs, Oregon starts with the presumption that everyone can be employed in an integrated setting in a community-based job…Oregon is not guaranteeing anyone a job, but with significant additional resources, Oregon s optimistic that all persons with IDD will have an opportunity to obtain integrated employment.”   “Vision: Through strong agency collaboration, youth with disabilities will transition into competitive integrated employment or post-secondary education/ training.”    MOU Partners Include: Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services Oregon Department of Education Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Cooperative Agreement Between the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education - 12/01/2014

“The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to set forth the commitments of the ODE and VR to cooperate in activities leading to a successful transition for students with disabilities from a free and appropriate public education to postsecondary career-related training and employment activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Memorandum of Understanding on Transition of Students with Disabilities to the Workforce (August 2011) - 08/01/2011

"The general purpose of this MOU is to support the Charter between the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education that creates the initiative entitled, "Integrated, Continuous Transition Services for Students with Developmental Disabilities: A Pathway to Employment.” The specific purpose is to outline mutual goals, strategies, actions and responsibilities that staff of-the parties will endorse and conduct to accomplish the desired objectives(s).”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Youth Transition Program

“The Youth Transition Program (YTP) is a comprehensive transition program for youth with disabilities operated collaboratively by Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR), the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the University of Oregon (U of O), and local school districts statewide in Oregon.

The purpose of the program is to prepare youth with disabilities for employment or career related post-secondary education or training."

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

Employment First: Capacity Building and Training and Technical Assistance Strategic Plan 2014-2015

The mission of this strategic plan is to, “To improve Oregon’s delivery of employment services, with the goal of achieving integrated employment for individuals experiencing IDD, consistent with their abilities and choices. To improve Oregon’s employment services through innovation, best practices, and increased capacity, with the outcome of achieving integrated employment services for all individuals experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Oregon Johnson & Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program - 10/27/2015

“The mission of the Johnson & Johnson - Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program is to increase access to evidence-based supported employment, also known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS), for adults with serious mental illnesses who are interested in improving their work lives. This national program systematically works with states to implement supported employment following the evidence-based guidelines, initially in a small number of sites (typically 3-4 community mental health centers) and expanding statewide over time. The program is administered in each participating state through the collaboration between the state mental health authority and the state vocational rehabilitation administration. Through the support of Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contribution, the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center (PRC) oversees the Program and provides ongoing technical assistance and consultation on IPS supported employment to the states  and developing training and educational materials and courses for stakeholders."

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

Oregon Project ACCESS - 09/14/2015

“The purpose of Project Access is to establish, implement, and evaluate a multi-level interagency transition model in the state of Oregon. The overall goal of the project is to improve and extend transition services to a greater number of youth with disabilities through a model program that brings vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRC's) into high school settings.”

“The model is a collaborative effort between Oregon's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), public high schools in three Oregon school districts, and researchers at the University of Oregon.”

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

Ticket to Work Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - Integrated Employment Plan (revised 7/2015) - 07/06/2015

“(2010-2011) During this time period VR used resources within its Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIG) Competitive Employment Project (CEP) and other available resources to support of a variety of Employment First related activities including: Co-funding for many of the stakeholder and partner gatherings (e.g. Employment First Summit, Meet at the Mountain, stakeholder work groups); Participation in the Supported Employment Leadership Network (SELN); and Improving access to benefits counseling and planning services such as the Work Incentive Project (WIN); and  Supporting other training and technical assistance activities”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Oregon Employed Persons with Disabilities (EPD) – Medicaid Buy-in - 01/01/2012

“EPD is a Medicaid program administered by the Oregon Department of Human services. EPD provides medical coverage and long-term services to people with disabilities who are employed. If you are eligible to participate, you will be charged a nominal fee based on your income.”

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

Oregon Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

“Oregon plans to build on its 2008 Employment First Policy to increase the number of high school age youth who transition to integrated employment and decrease the number of adults currently served in facility based employment services. It will focus on improving its strategic plan to align state policies and funding mechanisms that support these goals. It will also increase service provider and general community capacity to develop, provide, and support integrated supported employment. The Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS) will be the lead agency for this grant.”

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

The Work Incentive Network (WIN!) (now part of the activities of the MIG)

Part of the activities of the MIG

“Benefits and Work Incentive Counseling services help people with disabilities make informed decisions about work, benefits and the use of work incentives to achieve their employment goals, as well as helping them navigate the benefits system when they begin working."

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

Oregon Mental Health Treatment Study (MHTS) – SSA funded demonstration

“Options has been chosen by Dartmouth College as one of 20 sites in the U.S. to host a four year mental health treatment study. The study will examine the efficacy of utilizing evidence based practices to assist individuals seeking employment. 75 participants will be enrolled in Josephine County and all mental health and supported employment services will be billed through insurance backed by the project. In addition, the study is funding a nurse care coordinator and research assistant.” 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Money Follows the Person (MFP) “On the Move”

Oregon’s Money Follows the Person project “On the Move in Oregon” aimed to reverse the increase in nursing facility utilization… and continue this state’s   historic rebalancing efforts using Home and Community-Based services.   From May 2007 through September 2011, the State agency transitioned 305 clients from institutions to home and community-based settings.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Oregon Local EF Teams’ Community of Practice - 05/09/2017

“During 2017, we worked with the DHS Employment First Office and Local Employment First teams on their ongoing Community of Practice (CoP), a subject-based discussion series of topics important to Employment First. Each topic was featured in a 2-hour CoP session, which was recorded, and in an online ongoing Discussion Forum to allow access to the information and continue the conversation(s).”

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

Oregon Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment - 03/03/2017

“Understanding SSA Benefits and Employment is a free day-long training conducted by the Work Incentives Network. Attendees are those interested in learning the basics about work incentives and the impact employment has on benefits. They will learn facts to combat the common myths, how to access available work incentives, and when to refer a participant to a certified benefits and work incentives coordinator.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Oregon Supported Employment Services Department of Education Guidance - 12/13/2016

“This guidance document is provided for special education directors, secondary special education teachers, administrators, and transition specialists. The Settlement Agreement for the Lane v. Brown case was approved in December 2015. A portion of the Settlement Agreement deals with transition services, and it provides that ODE shall require that the transition planning process include information about, and provide opportunities to experience, Supported Employment Services in Integrated Employment Settings for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) and the and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) makes Supported Employment Services available to Oregon students who are found eligible to receive services, and ODE issues this guidance so that district IEP teams will take steps to inform themselves and others, including transition-age individuals and their families, of these services.”

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

Oregon’s Transition Resource Handbook - 09/01/2016

“Nationally and locally, the educational system is focusing on college and career readiness— transition for all, including students with disabilities. This validates the need for all students to have a plan for their future as they leave school. Earning a living wage requires acquisition of skills that lead to post-secondary training and integrated employment.

By 2025, Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal aims for 40 percent of Oregonians to have a baccalaureate degree or higher, for 40 percent to have an associate’s degree or certificate in a skilled occupation, and for the remaining 20 percent without a post-secondary credential to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent credential. There are multiple pathways to careers: on-the-job-training provided by employers, on-line educational opportunities, the military, apprenticeships, occupational certification, and traditional degree programs that are offered through community colleges and four-year universities are some of these.”

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

Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) Provider FAQ Employment Services - 03/01/2016

“This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is being distributed to help clarify and facilitate the services provided by the Office of Developmental Disability Services (ODDS) for adults with Intellectual and other Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Oregon.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Job Placement Services Contract Technical Assistance Guide 2015-2020 - 09/23/2015

"This manual is designed to serve as reference material and as a guide for the execution of the 2015-2020 Job Placement Contract. This guide focuses on the key components of job placement including: Definitions of service categories and guidance for their use; Process maps, flow charts and matrices for job placement processes which will aid in the implementation of this contract; A job development process specifically designed to serve participants who will benefit from a supported or customized employment approach; and An amended pay structure and the requirements associated with this new structure.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Oregon Office of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OMHAS) - 06/15/2009

The Oregon Department of Human Services Employee Training Plan states that mental health providers and allied service providers receive training on evidence-based practices such as supported employment through OMHAS. Much of the OMHAS training funds are provided through the Federal Mental Health and ATOD Block Grants.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Oregon Supported Employment Center of Excellence (OSECE) - 05/15/2008

“The Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) was created in 2008 as part of Oregon’s Supported Employment Initiative to provide technical assistance to Supported Employment providers, conduct fidelity reviews, collect, evaluate and share outcome data, educate and advise local and State level policy makers and coordinate media coverage of SE success stories. Beginning July, 2011, OSECE will be providing program evaluation to 3 Supported Education pilot sites… The Center will also be offering technical assistance to other mental health programs that are interested in starting Supported Education programming.”

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

Rebuilding Lives...from the Streets to a Home and a Job - 09/01/2006

“Ending chronic homelessness in our communities means not only providing permanent housing for people whose homelessness is measured in years, but also creating the opportunity to participate in the workforce, earn an income, and to contribute to America’s economy. In these projects, the Departments of Labor and Housing and Urban Development are demonstrating how communities can develop partnerships to end chronic homelessness through employment and housing and developing the tools to help the workforce development and homeless assistance systems achieve their goals.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

OTAC Supported Employment Trainings

“OTAC has been providing training and technical assistance on employment topics since its inception in 1984. We believe people with disabilities have the same inherent right to the opportunities as any other citizen has regarding employment options…Trainings include or are developed about: Social security benefits planning, self-employment, partners and resources, organizational change as well as high school transition."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Lane v. Brown Settlement (12-29-2015) - 12/29/2015

The Agreement converts all of the structural reforms to Oregon’s employment service system identified in Executive Order 15-01 into binding and enforceable legal obligations, and significantly expands on those requirements by establishing new systemic requirements, firm implementation dates, and integration criteria for the provision of supported employment services. The key terms are as follows:   …3. The State will help 1,115 persons who have worked in sheltered workshops (out of about 4,000 persons who have worked in sheltered workshops since 2012) to obtain community jobs at a competitive wage. Agreement, § V.3. That number was taken directly from the State’s existing IEP. 4. The State will issue “guidance” that the recommended standard for services is the “opportunity” to work at least 20 hours per week, if that is what the individual wants. Agreement, § VII.1  
Systems
  • Other

Lane v. Kitzhaber, 12-CV-00138, (D. OR 2012) - 05/22/2013

“On May 22, 2013, the Court granted the United States' March 27 Motion to Intervene in a pending class action lawsuit against the State of Oregon. The United States' accompanying Complaint in Intervention alleges violations of Title II of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for unnecessarily segregating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in sheltered workshops when they could be served in integrated employment settings.”

  “Prior to requesting intervention the United States filed on April 20, 2012, a Statement of Interest in Support of Plaintiffs Regarding Defendants' Motion to Dismiss.  The United States argued that Title II and the integration regulation apply to all services, programs, and activities of a public entity, including segregated, non-residential employment settings such as sheltered workshops.”    “On June 18, 2012, the United States filed a second Statement of Interest in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification. In its Statement of Interest, the United States urged the Court to uphold class certification for a plaintiff class of thousands of individuals in, or referred to, Oregon sheltered workshops.”   
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Oregon - From the Department of Justice Findings Letter (2012) - 06/29/2012

“We have concluded that the State is failing to provide employment and vocational services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the most  integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA.  The State plans, structures, and administers its system of providing employment and vocational services in a manner that delivers such services primarily in segregated sheltered workshops, rather than in integrated community employment.  Sheltered workshops segregate individuals from the community and provide little or no opportunity to interact with persons without disabilities, other than paid staff…  most persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving employment and vocational services from the state remain unnecessarily – and often indefinitely – confined to segregated sheltered workshops..”    
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Oregon - Staley v. Kitzhaber 2000 - 01/14/2000

“The lawsuit was the result of years of frustration in waiting for appropriate, adequate services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families… The lawsuit alleges that the State of Oregon failed to provide services in the most integrated possible setting to adults with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities eligible for placement in an ICF/MR (intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded) and that individuals with developmental disabilities are entitled to receive Medicaid-Funded services with reasonable promptness.”

“This agreement is intended to provide relief to not only the plaintiffs but also to all other similarly situated individuals with developmental disabilities eligible to receive services under the federal Medicaid program.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Oregon Medicaid and CHIP State Plan and Proposed Amendments - 07/12/2016

"This webpage provides the Medicaid and CHIP state plans for Oregon.  In addition, it also provides any amendments that are currently being considered by CMS."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Comprehensive Waiver Services Amendment Application (12/2015) - 12/01/2015

The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.   Provides “Respite; Habilitation (Day, Residential, Prevocational, Supported Employment); Environmental Accessibility Adaptations; Non-Medical Transportation; Specialized Medical Equipment and Supplies; Family Training; In-Home Support Services; Crisis/Diversion Services; PT/OT/Speech.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Oregon Home and Community Based Transition Plan - 10/20/2015

“Oregon’s HCBS Transition Plan is broken down into phases. Each phase builds on previous phases and is intended to provide additional information and guidance on the next phase. As an example, the development of the global scorecard described below, provided DHS, OHA and its Stakeholders an overview of the current regulatory status of DHS’s and OHA’s HCBS system. The next phase, through the Provider Self-Assessment and the Individual Experience Assessment, will define specific provider issues and will meet DHS’s and OHA’s requirements to assess specific settings. The phases in the plan are:

Phase I – Initial Regulatory Assessment Phase II – Statewide Training and Education Efforts Phase III – Provider Self-Assessment and Individual Experience Assessment Phase IV – Heightened Scrutiny Process Phase V – Remediation Activities Phase VI – Ongoing Compliance and Oversight”
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program - 12/16/2014

The Oregon Health Authority is the single State agency designated to administer or supervise the administration of the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act. (All references in this plan to "the Medicaid agency" mean the agency named in this paragraph.)

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

Oregon 1915(c) HCBS Waiver - Comprehensive Residential (0117.R05.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides supported employment/prevocational, waiver case management, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language, alternatives to employment-habilitation, family training/counseling for individuals w/DD, IID ages 0 - no max age.

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

Application for a §1915(c) Home and Community-Based Service Waiver - 06/24/2011

“The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.”

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

Oregon Money Follows the Person (MFP) “On the Move” (2008) - 03/01/2008

“On the Move in Oregon Transition Coordinators will provide one-on-one assistance to help create a package of services and supports that help people live more independently in the community without sacrificing needed care”    “Oregon’s Money Follows the Person project “On the Move in Oregon” aimed to reverse the increase in nursing facility utilization… and continue this state’s historic rebalancing efforts using Home and Community-Based services.” (Program concluded)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Oregon Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Oregon as of 2013.

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

Ticket to Work Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - Integrated Employment Plan (revised 7/2015)

“(2010-2011) During this time period VR used resources within its Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIG) Competitive Employment Project (CEP) and other available resources to support of a variety of Employment First related activities including: Co-funding for many of the stakeholder and partner gatherings (e.g. Employment First Summit, Meet at the Mountain, stakeholder work groups); Participation in the Supported Employment Leadership Network (SELN); and Improving access to benefits counseling and planning services such as the Work Incentive Project (WIN); and  Supporting other training and technical assistance activities”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employed Persons with Disabilities (EPD) – Medicaid Buy-in

“EPD is a Medicaid program administered by the Oregon Department of Human services. EPD provides medical coverage and long-term services to people with disabilities who are employed. If you are eligible to participate, you will be charged a nominal fee based on your income.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

The Beaver State of Oregon believes that "Things Look Different Here" when it comes to creating innovative employment options for 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 Oregon’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.46%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,028,977
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.36%
Change from
2014 to 2015
320,586
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.08%
Change from
2014 to 2015
121,155
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.76%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.79%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.78%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.22%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 4,028,977
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 320,586
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 121,155
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,646,699
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 37.79%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.22%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 299,421
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 305,954
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 536,463
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 10,487
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 43,966
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,203
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 13,604
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,320
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 26,984
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 7,314

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,736
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 109,815

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,588
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 36,542
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 66,459
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 23.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,563
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 676
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 14,806

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 15,471
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 3,689
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 1,637
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. 44.00%
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. 40.63

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,181
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 31
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 628
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,003
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,243
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 797
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 479
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,402
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 166,352
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

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $11,015,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $24,453,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $26,347,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $31,979,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 32.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,499
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,671
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,690
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 89.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.92%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 10.57%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.42%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 76.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 22.37%
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). 56.40%
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). 71.34%
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). 34.03%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,723,537
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,680
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 8,299
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 289,705
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 298,004
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 19
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 308
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 327
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,095,598
AbilityOne wages (services). $97,396

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 29
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 32
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3
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). 2,353
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. 2,356

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

VR works closely with other State agencies whose populations benefit from VR Supported Employment (SE) Services. VR, the Department of Education, and the Office of Developmental Disability Services work together with the State’s Employment First program to ensure that individuals who experience Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities receive coordinated and sequenced services that meet their employment needs. This multi–agency collaboration operates under the guidance of Executive Order 15–01 and actively works to ensure that policies and services are aligned in a way that makes sense for transition age students as well as adults seeking services (Page 187)

VR and Oregon Department of Developmental Disability Services have refocused their work together over the last couple of years to achieve the outcomes set forth in Executive order 13–04, which was updated in Executive Order 15–01. These Executive Orders emphasize with more clarity the State’s Employment First Policy. Additionally, the State of Oregon has recently settled a lawsuit that calls for increased integrated employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. VR, ODDS, and the I/DD service delivery system have a working relationship that shares information, leverages and braids funding, and encourages the joint case management of joint clients. Moving forward VR will continue to work with ODDS and I/DD service delivery system as well as the Department of Education to increase our collaboration to maximize funding, streamline processes, and meet the competitive and integrated employment goals of joint clients. (Page 190)

  • Hired staff specialists who serve individuals with I/DD. These three groups of regional staff meet regularly; co–train other agency staff; and, co–develop tools and strategies to provide services that are consistent and reflect best practices
  • Have established collaborative training regarding consistency and quality in curricula used for VR, ODDS and ODE staff throughout Oregon; accomplished through:
    • Agency conferences (VR In–Service, DD Case Management Conference, and ODE Regional Transition Conferences) used mixed groups of staff and cross training techniques to further collaborative training goals
    • VR, DD, and school transition (ODE) staff training on varied topics, presented regionally to groups consisting of staff from all three agencies
    • Staff are consistently co–trained by specialists from the three agencies
  • Ongoing and regularly scheduled meetings lead to collaborative actions by Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODDS), VR and Oregon Department of Education (ODE):
    • Employment First Steering Committee meetings direct the overall work of the following collaborative meetings. This committee is co–led by VR and ODDS Administrators
    • Policy and Innovation meetings are co–led by VR staff and DD Staff to facilitate these collaborative actions:
  • The three agencies review and discuss all new or newly revised policy to assure alignment across agencies
  • Each agency sends policy transmittals to their regional and community staff when another of them adopts new or newly revised policy
    • Education and Transition meetings discuss pertinent issues for students who have transition plans including those receiving Pre–Vocational Services; facilitating these collaborative actions:
  • A jointly held goal of seamless transition for: students with transition plans, students in transition programs. (Page 190)

The Oregon Legislature has the sole authority to establish the type and number of state government positions, including VR positions. Over the last two biennium the legislature approved 14 new VRC positions to help support statewide Employment First initiatives. (Page 192)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disabi