Integrated employment Plan: Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability
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.
- Department of Rehabilitation Services
- Department of Education
- Segregated Day & Employment Services
- Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
- Department of Human Services