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In the State of Independence, Pennsylvania is working steadfast to support workers with disabilities who want to pursue careers and optimal self-sufficiency. 

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 Pennsylvania’s VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
0.17%
Change from
2016 to 2017
12,805,537
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.3%
Change from
2016 to 2017
880,799
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.94%
Change from
2016 to 2017
329,760
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.07%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37.44%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.61%
Change from
2016 to 2017
78.15%

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 12,802,503 12,784,227 12,805,537
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 885,256 909,897 880,799
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 316,361 323,354 329,760
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,353,723 5,330,434 5,367,374
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.74% 35.54% 37.44%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.29% 77.67% 78.15%
State/National unemployment rate. 5.30% 5.40% 4.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.20% 21.60% 20.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.90% 11.40% 11.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 823,712 863,882 846,194
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 923,052 928,597 928,452
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,418,340 1,462,578 1,438,177
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 224,188 215,770 230,249
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 119,610 122,982 117,239
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,949 5,407 4,622
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 29,755 29,386 30,876
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,179 N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 34,500 42,775 40,030
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 32,853 35,939 30,258

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 15,533 16,283 16,753
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.50% 4.70% 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 407,320 404,049 400,818

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 112,787 179,346 4,034
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 131,902 219,286 20,292
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 132,100 219,503 20,296
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 85.40% 81.70% 19.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% 0.10% 0.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10% 0.20% 0.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20% 0.40% 0.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 12.60% 50.40% 48.30%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 184 280 1,017
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 325 362 2,599
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 954 978 1,324
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 52,568 116,774 136,689

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 6,999 5,160 4,930
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 312 289 309
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 172 167 192
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. 55.00% 58.00% 62.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.35 1.30 1.50

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
15,077
15,034
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 655 687 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,930 1,907 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 3,236 3,145 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 4,459 4,316 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 3,923 4,074 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 854 877 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 40.60% 39.80% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 17,207 17,742 17,358
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 641,889 641,003 636,726
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 460 511 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 576 631 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $35,871,000 $36,780,000 $39,081,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $89,514,000 $89,413,000 $87,858,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $157,205,000 $175,900,000 $194,299,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $219,084,000 $237,823,000 $249,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 17.00% 18.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 13,571 14,162 14,272
Number of people served in facility based work. 9,399 9,230 8,816
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 9,885 11,066 11,727
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 41.00 40.40 41.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.96% 61.84% 62.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 9.49% 9.53% 9.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.84% 4.93% 4.90%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 81.19% 83.07% 84.32%
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). 25.76% 28.84% 33.08%
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). 60.60% 67.32% 70.78%
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). 69.23% 73.34% 76.90%
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). 34.84% 38.48% 37.70%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 3,942,448
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,593
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 195,760
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 822,857
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,018,617
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 391
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 729
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,120
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,231,861
AbilityOne wages (services). $12,545,301

 

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

2017 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 101 63 56
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4 4 2
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 105 67 58
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 11,430 7,206 5,712
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 483 362 65
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 11,913 7,568 5,777

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~“Employment First” will be the policy of all commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the governor in serving persons with disabilities. This policy reflects Governor Wolf’s goal of making the commonwealth a model state in supporting people with disabilities in the workplace. Employment First requires that competitive, integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded services for all working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability. Career, training, and support services will be used, as necessary, to support the placement of individuals with disabilities into competitive, integrated employment. (Page 29) Title I

The Secretaries of PDE, DHS and L&I, along with other commonwealth agencies and executive office officials, created a written plan that implements Employment First as the policy of all commonwealth executive branch agencies; aligns funding, policy, and practice toward an emphasis on competitive, integrated employment; prioritizes competitive, integrated employment as the first consideration and preferred outcome of all publicly-funded services for all Pennsylvanians with a disability; and creates the conditions that lead to a material increase in the number of Pennsylvanians with a disability who are employed in a competitive, integrated job. (Page 44) Title I

OVR is represented on the PA Developmental Disabilities Council, the Governor’s Special Education Advisory Panel and the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project, all of which are comprised of representatives from partnering agencies. (Page 156) Title IV

As a key member of the PA Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project currently sponsored by a grant administered by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, OVR will partner with agencies within the Department of Human Services to ensure that the employment needs of individuals with disabilities are met, that cost services are comprehensive, effective, innovative and not duplicative, and that every individual with a disability who wants to work to achieve self—support will be given the opportunity to do so. The Departments of Labor & Industry, Education, Human Services, Transportation and Health, under the leadership of OVR, will execute and commit to coordinating the interagency agreement and collaboration required to secure and maintain community integrated employment for youth and adults with disabilities. Elements of the inter—departmental and interagency agreement shall fully address:
1. interdepartmental eligibility and enrollment processes;
2. data collection, sharing and reporting;
3. service coordination, resource leveraging and braiding of funding; and
4. quality assurance and improvement resulting in the collective accountability and performance measurement needed to substantially increase the numbers of Pennsylvanians in competitive integrated employment. (Page 176-177) Title I

Beginning in 2016, OVR led interagency training efforts through Experience the Employment Connection (EEC): Possibilities in Action. Continuing in 2017, EEC is a joint training initiative between the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), the Office Developmental Programs (ODP), the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (OMHSAS), and the Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education. Driven by the Governor's Executive Order on Employment First, EEC’s goal is to increase competitive, integrated employment for Pennsylvanians with disabilities by connecting professionals across systems. Participants learn about staff roles, policies, procedures, funding requirements, emerging practices. (Page 188) Title I

3. Investigate and evaluate effective strategies and protocols for building more effective partnerships with other non-VR organizations* to improve cross-agency collaboration and service delivery by:
a. Researching best practices, strategies and protocols of other states’ VR programs and relevant national organizations to support the agency’s development and modifications of Memorandum of Understanding;
b. Examining and evaluating current cross-agency collaboration and service delivery of OVR and other Pennsylvania non-VR organizations, particularly as it reinforces building effective partnerships of support of the Governor’s Employment First Initiative; c. Examining and evaluating OVR’s current informational materials, website and social media protocol and make recommendations to enhance the agency’s informational campaign to all OVR’s customers. * PA Department of Education (PDE), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), community rehabilitation programs (CRP), etc. (Page 192) Title I

Executive Order 2016-03, Establishing “Employment First” Policy and Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability, signed into order on March 10, 2016 by Governor Tom Wolf has created policies and procedures for Pennsylvania to become an “Employment First’ commonwealth as a model state with a climate and culture of competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. The executive order outlines the following major policy changes:
1. “Employment First” is the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor. This policy reflects the Commonwealth’s goal of making the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability.
a. The definition of Employment First is that competitive integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded education, training, employment and related services, and long-term supports and services for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability, as “disability” is defined in each agency’s governing statutes and rules.
b. The definition of competitive integrated employment for purposes of this Executive Order is the definition contained in the WIOA, which is work performed on a full or part-time basis (including self-employment) for which a person is: (1) Compensated at not less than federal minimum wage requirements or State or local minimum wage law (whichever is higher) and not less than the customary rate paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by people without a disability; (2) At a location where the employee interacts with people without a disability (not including supervisory personnel or people who are providing services to such employee); and (3) Presented, as appropriate, opportunities for similar benefits and advancement like those for other employees without a disability and who have similar positions. (Page 199-200) Title IV

3. The Secretaries of the Departments of Education, Human Services and Labor and Industry, working with other Commonwealth agencies or executive office officials as appropriate, will develop a written plan to address the implementation of the following goals:
a. Implement Employment First as the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies; (Page 200) Title I

With a successful first year as a foundation, Experience the Employment Connection (EEC): Possibilities in Action is returning for a second year! EEC is a joint training initiative between OVR, the Office Developmental Programs (ODP), the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (OMHSAS), and the Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education (BSE). This year the EEC Steering Committee have put together a program that is bigger, better and even more engaging. 15 full-day regional training sessions are planned for Fall 2017 with dates and locations determined by Suasion, an external conference planner and facilitator determined by bid award for this initiative. Focus topic being considered is around the Governor’s Employment First Legislation. (Page 216) Title I

5) Maintain and strengthen specific working relationships between Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Education (PDE) and OVR on transition—related issues, including reviewing and updating transition policies.
OVR continued to collaborate with its partners in DHS and PDE on a number of interagency initiatives. OVR continued to be represented on the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council and the Pennsylvania Special Education Advisory Panel. OVR continued to co—lead the PA Community of Practice on Transition with the Bureau of Special Education on which representatives from all MOU partners serve. OVR also worked with partners in the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project in order to promote employment for youth with disabilities across all public agencies. (Page 221-222) Title I

Customized Employment

~~In addition, OVR is conducting outreach to local education agencies in order to educate them about the proposed regulations regarding the use of subminimum wage and OVR efforts that focus on:
1. Presenting information at transition coordinating council meetings, special education administrators’ meetings, statewide webinars with PaTTAN, and at the Special Education Advisory Panel meetings.
2. Developing alternate service delivery models for individuals with significant disabilities who may have traditionally entered into subminimum wage employment.
3. Developing innovative and collaborative programs and services such as Discovery and Customized Employment as well as funding for Comprehensive Transition Programs that will help divert individuals away from subminimum wage employment.
4. Revising the Supported Employment policy to ensure that these particular services truly meet the needs of the population it was intended to serve and to increase job stability and longevity in a competitive integrated environment. (Page 212) Title IV

OVR will continue to develop and expand innovative service delivery models such as Discovery, Customized Employment, Project SEARCH and Project PAS to ensure that students with disabilities are able to successfully transition from school to postsecondary life. (Page 213) Title IV

In response to WIOA, OVR is planning to pilot customized employment (CE) scenarios that involve the use of supported employment (SE) services. This would be an improvement to community rehabilitation programs as providers would be required to be certified in order to provide CE services. This blend of CE and SE is intended to improve employment outcomes for individuals with the most significant disabilities (MSD). The OVR SE policy is in the process of revision to reflect the new WIOA regulations. We hope to improve community rehabilitation program (CRP) outcomes for those with the MSD by increasing communication among partners and providing supports for as long as needed and required. (Page 213) Title IV

OVR reviews the performance standards and indicators monthly. As an agency we constantly strive to meet or exceed the standards and indicators through training, policy development, and the addition or creation of new and innovative programs that will benefit our customers. We are also going through an extensive CSNA that will help guide us regarding service provision and to address system gaps to ensure that as many positive outcomes are achieved as possible. We are also exploring services such as customized employment and implementing interagency agreements that will assist with federal match generation to serve additional customers. OVR will continue to monitor the standards and indicators and incorporate stakeholder input into our program to ensure a cycle of constant reflection and program improvement. (Page 214) Title IV

The inclusion of customized employment services as a tool used alongside SE services can allow more intensive services to be offered for individuals with disabilities who are seeking competitive, community—integrated employment and historically may not have been able to benefit from VR services. Additionally, the OVR SE policy is under review both to address these issues and to align with new WIOA provisions. (Page 218) Title IV

The use of SE for customized employment (CE) cases is being piloted in 2015 to expand the breadth of SE services OVR offers. The use of CE in addition to SE will allow OVR to assist individuals who require very intensive services but are interested in and working towards competitive community integrated employment. OVR District Offices continue to work with other key state and private agencies, such as OHMSA), ODP, OLTL and PDE. In addition, OVR partners with private community service CRPs to expand and develop all types of community—integrated competitive employment as defined by the individual needs of customers. (Page 227) Title IV

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~The goals of the Greene County program are: • During fiscal years 2014—2016 this pilot project will serve approximately 20 unduplicated OVR eligible and IDD waiver program eligible youth through this interagency agreement. • As a result of the services provided through this agreement, it is expected that OVR will successfully place and vocationally rehabilitate approximately 54 percent of those individuals served.
For the Greene County Agreement, OVR will provide 78.7 percent of the funding (Federal— VR funding) and GCHS and IU 1 will each provide 10.65 percent of the funding, transferring to OVR 21.3 percent of the total (Local/ State match) funding.
Statewide replication of this program will provide OVR with opportunities to braid funding to serve OVR eligible youth with disabilities and to collaborate with the Departments of Education and Human Services more effectively. (Page 164) Title I

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~The PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources (PA Link) is a resource for elderly Pennsylvanians and adults with disabilities. The PA Link, through its collaborative network of partners including state and local public and private agencies improves access to information and provides referrals to long term living supports and services. Examples of services accessible through the PA Link network include assisted living and nursing home services, vocational rehabilitation services, and transportation services. (Page 46) Title IV

The PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources (PA Link) is a focal point for Pennsylvania residents seeking information and referrals for services to the elderly and adults with disabilities. The PA Link, through its collaborative network of partners including state and local, public and private agencies, improves access to information and linkages to long term living supports and services. Private and public entities and programs providing services to older individuals such as assisted living, nursing home, vocational rehabilitation, and transportation and providers serving persons with disabilities are just a few of the agencies that comprise the Link. Many SCSEP providers are members of the Link which will serve them well in learning about the myriad of local services available that can help SCSEP participants in general. (Page 346-347) Title IV

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~In addition to WIOA’s emphasis on out of school youth (OSY), the new legislation revises the delivery of youth services through the addition of new programmatic elements. WIOA added five new program elements to ones originally outlined under WIA, including: financial literacy education; entrepreneurial skills training; the provision of labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in a local area; activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training; and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a special occupation or occupational cluster. (Page 114) Title I

School to Work Transition

~~OVR entered into an Interagency Agreement with Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) effective 10/1/14 to provide school—to—work transition services to OVR eligible youth with disabilities who are enrolled in approved training programs at the BCTC and attend one of 16 public school districts within Berks County.

The interagency agreement, named “Work Partners,” provides for joint funding (including salary & benefits) of two positions which did not previously exist at BCTC:
• School—to—Work Coordinator (Professional) • Job Trainer (Paraprofessional)
Services to be provided through this interagency agreement are career and technical education instruction, work—based experiences, job development, placement and follow—up and job coaching.
The goals of the Work Partners Interagency Agreement are:
• To serve 50—65 OVR eligible youth with disabilities during FFY 2015, 2016 and 2017 • To achieve greater than 50 percent successful competitive, community—integrated job placements among those served • To increase the number of students served in the Service Occupations Cluster
The Interagency Agreement was approved by the Berks CTC Board of Directors on May 28, 2014 and signed by the school’s authorized representative. Berks CTC provides 21.3 percent of project funding which serves as local/state match. OVR provides the remaining 78.7 percent from federal VR funds.
OVR is optimistic that this program has the potential for statewide replication. Pennsylvania has 67 counties, 15 OVR District Offices, and 85 Career & Technology Centers. (Page 163) Title I

A second interagency agreement was developed with Greene County Human Services (GCHS), Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1) and OVR to provide school—to—work transition services for OVR eligible youth with intellectual disabilities enrolled in local education agencies within Greene County.

OVR, GCHS, and IU 1 will jointly provide funding in the amount of $60,000 per year for a two (2) year period to be used exclusively for the operation, and administration of the ”School—to—Work” services for OVR eligible youth with intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in local education agencies throughout Greene County.

Services to be provided through this interagency agreement are work—based educational experiences, on—the—job support though a job coach, independent living skills development and community involvement all oriented toward competitive, community—integrated employment. (Page 164) Title I

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Project SEARCH began in Pennsylvania through an RSA grant and 10 sites were started over the five year grant program. Currently OVR has 14 student sites and 3 young adult sites. In September 2017, two additional sites will open, Glaxo Smith Kline in Collegeville, PA and UPMC Jameson in Lawrence County (I&E project). In 2018, OVR will add new sites at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Penn State Physician’s Group (Reading), and Mercyhurst University (Autism Curriculum). Glaxo Smith Kline and Kalihari Resorts have already indicated their wish to replicate and this will add an additional site to Philadelphia and Pocono Summit, respectively in the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, OVR will have two sites dedicated to serving those on the autism spectrum (Drexel University and Mercyhurst University).

Project SEARCH statistics kept by the Cincinnati Hospital indicate that as of the close of the 2015-2016 school year, OVR had served 529 students. We have a 91.1% completion rate and an 80% placement rate. The placement rate is determined at the end of the Project SEARCH yearly program. It does not reflect those students who were placed after they had completed the Project SEARCH program. (Page 168) Title I

OVR continues to collaborate with its agency partners on the Pennsylvania Statewide Leadership Team (PA SLT) which evolved as the result of the IDEA Memorandum of Understanding implemented in 1999 and addended in 2006 and 2010. The PA SLT has recommended that the IDEA Memorandum of Understanding be revised to incorporate changes in Transition Services regulated by WIOA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. OVR representatives meet regularly with representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education and Bureau of Career & Technology Education to review policies, procedures, initiatives, and projects to ensure that eligible students with disabilities who are still enrolled in secondary education and youth with disabilities who are no longer engaged in secondary education are receiving the vocational rehabilitation services that they need to successfully transition from school to work and independence. (Page 169) Title I

Various initiatives are being developed and several are underway to implement “pre-employment transition services” to increase interagency collaboration, to create and implement new interagency agreements and to update Memoranda of Understanding pertaining to transition from school to work and adult services. Summer work experiences, work place readiness training to develop social skills and independent living, and other work based learning experiences have been implemented and will continue to expand as the population of high school students we serve increases. Technical assistance, agency cross-training and resource sharing continue to assist LEAs in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities. (Page 170) Title I

OVR will continue to develop the activities performed by Early Reach Coordinators to reach students with disabilities and their families earlier in the transition process (age 14—16). The Early Reach Initiative will be expanded in designated District Offices throughout the commonwealth due to increased demand. OVR will continue to explore opportunities to enter into Interagency Agreements and local Letters of Understanding to develop, expand and deliver pre—employment transition services and to update our statewide MOU to ensure that pre—employment transition services and general “School to Work” Transition services are delivered in an effective and consistent manner. (Page 213) Title IV

OVR continued to work through the Community of Practice State Leadership Team (SLT) on Transition to provide trainings on OVR services and procedures to all of our partner agencies. This was done through SLT sponsored webinars, the Statewide Transition Conference and monthly SLT meetings when OVR provided updates to the members on activities, programs and new initiatives within OVR. Local District Office staff participated in School to Work Transition Council meetings and provided guidance to families, advocates, educators and youth. OVR staff also regularly provided informational trainings to county and regional service providers to keep them updated and aware of OVR’s mission. The Early Reach Coordinators continued to reach out to schools and provide information to educational staff, families, and students about OVR services. Through our participation in the annual Statewide Transition Conference, OVR developed sessions which were presented to all attendees on OVR programs and policies. (Page 220) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Coordinated service delivery is also achieved through the development of career pathways as described in Goal 1. Career pathway development will be led by Local Workforce Development Boards in partnership with employers, multi-employer workforce partnerships, secondary and postsecondary education providers, Title I, Adult Basic Education providers, vocational rehabilitation program providers, and other combined plan partner programs capable of providing supportive services, such as TANF. (Page 20-21) Title I

OVR has entered into a MOU with the Bureau of Juvenile Justice Systems (BJJS), in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Academic, Career and Technical Training (PACTT) affiliates, that leveraged state and federal funding. These funds are targeted to provide a wide range of services such as the creation of summer programming, increased PETS, and paid work experiences to promote career pathways in an underserved population of students/youth with most significant disabilities who are involved with juvenile court. (Page 208) Title I

Apprenticeship
Next Generation Sector Partnerships will be used to address not only other common workforce challenges identified by employers (finding qualified entry-level workers, recruitment of low-income individuals and workers from other targeted groups, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, and the re-employment of Dislocated Workers within an industry sector) but other shared competitiveness needs of an industry. Pennsylvania will also place additional emphasis on establishing new and expanding existing Registered Apprenticeship programs and pre-apprenticeship standards as a means of addressing employer talent needs. The recently established state Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) will work closely with Combined State Plan core and partner programs to promote and support pre-apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs as part of relevant career pathway models. (Page 21) Title I
Work Incentives & Benefits

~~“Recipients of public assistance” includes individuals who receive, or in the past six months have received, or are a member of a family that is receiving or in the past six months has received, assistance through one or more of the following:
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program;
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program; or
• State or local income-based public assistance (Page 105) Title I

OVR ensures that personnel have a 21st-century understanding of the evolving labor force and the needs of individuals with disabilities through staff training, professional development and continuing education on labor market information and trends, as well as, training on assessment, rehabilitation technology, Social Security work incentive programs, including programs under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, training to facilitate informed choice under this program, and training to improve provision of services to culturally diverse populations. Training jointly developed between OVR and the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA) equip field staff with the knowledge to blend existing information about labor market trends with customer abilities, limitations and interests to develop appropriate job goals, with the hope of increasing successful long-term placements. (Page 186) Title I

In Pennsylvania, three major sources of extended service funding are available to ensure availability to customers who require long term support such as those who receive services from ODP and OLTL. OVR also has a limited amount of funds for customers who do not have other sources of long—term funding. These funds are the VR state SE funding. They are intended for customers who need extended services and who have no other source for extended services after the intensive supports are faded from the employment situation.
Actual funding available from ODP and OLTL varies from county to county depending upon each county’s situation. Other resources sought for extended service funding are natural supports, SSA work incentives, private foundations, etc. (Page 228) Title I

Employer/ Business

~~During the next two years OVR Business Services will continue to build employer engagement capacity through: 1. Annual training for all combined bureau and the Commonwealth Technical Institute (CTI) at the Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) business services staff on best practices and the common measures of joint Workforce (WF), OVR, and Title II Adult Education performance indicators. 2. Implement the use of a collaborative WF, OVR CWDS/Job Gateway business design tool to communicate and document cross system business contacts, services and collaboration in supplying qualified pre-screened talent, on-boarding supports, accessibility consultation and disability etiquette information and training. 3. Refinement of data collection on key measures of WIOA Indicator six performance measures of: a. Repeat Business Customers (percentage of repeat employers using services within the previous three years). b. Employer Penetration Rate (percentage of employers using services out of all employers in the State). (Page 175-176) Title I

OVR is committed to offering a plan for a comprehensive system of staff development and training. The goal is to ensure staff development for OVR personnel in areas essential to the effective management of OVR’s program of VR services. OVR will continue to provide for the training and development of personnel necessary to improve their ability to provide VR services leading to employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, especially those with the most significant disabilities.
With the implementation of WIOA, training topics include: 1. Functional Limitations, Employment Implications, and Accommodations 2. Vocational Assessment: Tools, Interpretation, and Application 3. Counseling and Guidance 4. Caseload Management, Case Practices, and Service Planning 5. Employer Engagement, Job Development and Job Placement 6. Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Competency 7. Leadership Development (Page 187) Title I

The goal of Part 2, Increasing Work-Based Learning Experiences for Students with Disabilities through Employer Engagement, was to prepare staff to engage in an informed, open dialogue with an employer to reach individualized solutions for hiring minors in order to increase paid work-based learning experiences for high school students with disabilities. (Page 188) Title I

Going forward, Pennsylvania will invest in sectoral workforce intermediaries that:
• Can serve as general-purpose employer-engagement partners for programs dealing with all workforce groups, including high-school and out-of-school youth, college students, dislocated and other unemployed workers, veterans, low-income workers, TANF recipients, persons with disabilities, and ex-offenders re-entering the workforce, as well as incumbent workers who are not included in any of these categories.
• Are well- and sustainably funded by a mix of private and public funds.
• Are effectively run, with a large and demonstrable impact on outcomes for employers, for individuals receiving services, and for all Pennsylvanians because they increase productivity, competitiveness, and the number of jobs that pay. (Page 382) Title IV

Data Collection
In accordance with WIOA Section 506(b), the performance accountability system requirements of WIOA Section 116 took effect July 1, 2016. At that time, VR agencies were expected to begin the process of implementing the final RSA-911-16 data collection. The U.S. Department of Education exercised its transition authority under WIOA Section 503 to ensure the orderly transition from the requirements under the Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, to the requirements of WIOA. The primary indicators of performance are calculated on a PY basis (i.e., July 1-June 30). Because the VR program’s FFY (i.e., October 1-September 30) spans two different PYs by an overlap of one quarter (July 1-September 30) and, therefore, many participants are served by the VR program for more than one PY, the data must be reported on a quarterly basis to ensure the required data are available for the entire PY. In so doing, the VR program can ensure compliance with the performance accountability requirements of WIOA Section 116 and data comparability with the other core programs. OVR will begin collecting Common Performance Measure data on July 1, 2017, and the first quarterly reports containing Common Performance Measure data and other 911 client data are due November 15, 2017. In addition to the quarterly reports, OVR will submit the Statewide and Local Performance Report annually with their WIOA Core Partners. (Page 68) Title I OVR continues to review existing policies and procedures to determine what additional updates will be necessary to ensure compliance with the final regulations. OVR’s Systems and Evaluation Unit have been diligently updating our CWDS case management system to account for all the new federal reporting requirements. Over the next 8 months there are four new system releases that will address Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS), Section 511 Tracking, RSA 911 reporting, as well as, other system upgrades and enhancements. The June 2017 release of CWDS included a revamp of the application and eligibility process that include necessary data tracking elements for RSA 911 reporting for the new reporting cycle that started 7/1/2017. Ongoing development and design of future CWDS enhancements remains a significant undertaking for the agency that requires system testing, multiple staff trainings, and the creation of reference materials and forms. (Page 167) Title I OVR has about 130 provider agreements for PETS and about 30 Innovation and Expansion Projects related to PETS delivery. All PETS provider agreements require providers to enter the student information that is required by the RSA 911. They also indicate the total number of days and hours at the student attended PETS so that OVR can provide accurate payment for services. OVR completes quarterly monitoring with its contractors as well. (Page 167-168) Title I To align the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program (which operates on a Federal fiscal year (FFY) basis) with the other five WIOA core programs (which operate on a program year (PY) basis) to the extent practicable, VR agencies must report participant data in a manner consistent with the jointly-administered requirements set forth in the final joint WIOA regulations and the WIOA Common Performance Reporting Information Collection Request (ICR). In accordance with section 506(b) of WIOA, the performance accountability system requirements of section 116 of WIOA took effect July 1, 2016. At that time, VR agencies were expected to begin the process of implementing the final RSA-911-16 data collection. The federal Department of Education exercised its transition authority under section 503 of WIOA to ensure the orderly transition from the requirements under the Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, to the requirements of WIOA. The primary indicators of performance are calculated on a PY basis (i.e., July 1-June 30). Because the VR program’s FFY (i.e., October 1-September 30) spans two different PYs by an overlap of one quarter (July 1-September 30) and, therefore, many participants are served by the VR program for more than one PY, the data must be reported on a quarterly basis to ensure the required data are available for the entire PY. In so doing, the VR program can ensure compliance with the performance accountability requirements of section 116 of WIOA and data comparability with the other core programs. OVR will begin collecting Common Performance Measure data on July 1, 2017, and the first quarterly reports containing Common Performance Measure data and other 911 client data are due November 15, 2017. In addition to the quarterly reports, OVR will submit the Statewide and Local Performance Report annually with their WIOA Core Partners. (Page 225) Title IV
511

~~Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which amends the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, added new requirements that place limitations on the payment of subminimum wages by entities holding special wage certificates under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The provisions of Section 511 went into effect two years after the enactment of the statute on July 22, 2016. As a direct result of WIOA, certain criteria must now be satisfied before an employer hires individuals with disabilities who are age 24 or younger (youths) at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level. The purpose of Section 511 is to ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to information and services that will enable them to achieve competitive integrated employment. Section 511 includes requirements for State VR agencies, subminimum wage employers and local and/or State educational agencies, including specific requirements for youth prior to their participation in subminimum wage employment.

During the first year of employment at subminimum wage, the individual with a disability must receive career counseling and information and referrals that facilitate independent decision-making and possible pursuit of other employment choices every six months. Additionally, the individual must also be informed of self-advocacy and peer mentoring training opportunities. After the first year, such counseling and information and referral services must be provided at least annually. OVR’s Section 511 Career Information and Referral Sessions focus on: reassuring individuals that they do not need to make any changes; promoting informed choice and independent decision making about competitive integrated employment; increasing awareness of OVR Services; and providing information about other agencies that can help.

Since December 2016, OVR’s successful implementation of Section 511 has been conducted by providing the Career Information and Referral Sessions to all persons engaged in subminimum wage employment in PA. In addition, clerical support tracks 511 data and issues letters of attendance documentation to the participants. To date, over 160 facilities have been visited and 990 Career Information & Referral Sessions have been delivered to more than 9,950 participants. (Page 177) Title IV

As a result of Section 511 in the re—authorization of the Rehabilitation Act in WIOA, OVR will be required to evaluate an individual with a disability who is age 24 or younger prior to them entering sub—minimum wage work. This will ensure this group of underserved youth has full opportunities to enter community integrated competitive employment.

Neither a local educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(1), nor a State educational agency, as defined in§ 397.5(b)(2), may enter into a contract or other arrangement with an entity, as defined in § 397.5(d), for the purpose of operating a program under which a youth with a disability is engaged in subminimum wage employment. OVR is developing standard procedures to meet the requirements of this section that state that no entity may compensate an individual with a disability who is age 24 or younger at a wage referred to as subminimum wage until the individual has received pre—employment transition services and has applied for vocational rehabilitation services. For individuals who are already in the subminimum wage setting as of July 22, 2016, OVR will be providing career counseling. (Page 212) Title IV

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188
The commonwealth issued Workforce System Policy No. 04-2015 detailing initial implementation of eligible training provider provisions of WIOA. The policy outlines the requirements for becoming and remaining an eligible training provider in accordance with federal law and regulations. Guidelines may be revised at a later time to ensure that eligible training providers and programs are aligned with career pathways once they are established. New providers and programs seeking initial eligibility must, in general: have been in operation at least 12 months; provide program information; assure compliance with nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and ADA; demonstrate effectiveness; and agree to collect and provide performance data. In order to maintain eligibility a provider or program must meet the minimum established performance criteria. Full details regarding initial and continued eligibility requirements can be found in the policy. (Page 55; Page 103) Title I The commonwealth’s Methods of Administration (MOA) document provides written assurance that the state complies with all nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements provided for in federal and state law and regulations. The MOA describes the actions and policies the state takes to ensure compliance. The Office of Equal Opportunity within L&I is responsible for implementing and monitoring compliance with nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other relevant laws and regulations. (Page 82) Title I In collaboration with one or more Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the commonwealth will evaluate the physical accessibility and information technology accessibility of all PA CareerLink® centers and services to ensure that Pennsylvanians with a disability are able to fully avail themselves of PA CareerLink® services. (Page 83) Title I Goal 1: Increase Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities 1. Expand the availability of apprenticeships, internships and on the job training (OJT) for individuals with disabilities. 2. Partner with the Bureau of Workforce Partnership and Operations (BWPO) to ensure programmatic and physical accessibility of the PA CareerLink® centers for equal access for individuals with disabilities. 3. Create and expand interagency agreements between OVR and local Career and Technology Centers and other community-based organizations. (Page 203) Title IV b. Partner with the Bureau of Workforce Partnership and Operations (BWPO) to ensure programmatic and physical accessibility of the PA CareerLink® for equal access for people with disabilities. • In 2016 OVR training for all combined bureau District Office Business Service Teams on the Cornell University ADA Leadership Training and provided hands-on training to offer accessibility training through use of the accessibility tool kits, that were developed by Misericordia University in Scranton. As a result of this training and outreach there have been increased requests for training from different Career Link Offices. (Page 215) Title IV
Vets
When a customer appears for PA CareerLink® services, the receptionist determines if the customer is a veteran and eligible for priority of service. If the customer self-discloses veteran status, the receptionist provides the veteran customer with an intake form. This form allows the veteran customer to disclose whether he/she possesses significant barriers to employment, including lacking a high school diploma, transitional service member, or otherwise qualifies to receive intensive case management services from a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist, if present. Upon determining that a veteran qualifies for intensive case management services from a DVOP Specialist based upon self-disclosed veteran status and the completed intake form, the receptionist immediately refers the veteran to the DVOP Specialist, if available. If the DVOP Specialist cannot see the veteran immediately, the receptionist gives the veteran the choice of making an appointment with the DVOP Specialist or exercising priority of service. (Page 81) Title I Local OVR Veterans’ Counselors and Coordinators continue to work collaboratively with the Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) within the PA CareerLink® system to coordinate services for veterans with disabilities. OVR regularly participates in the PA CARES Consortium with other agency partners including BWPO and the VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Education (VA—VRE) Program to ensure access to services to all veterans through information and referral services. In addition, OVR has sponsored employees in Forensic Training related to Veterans with mental health, traumatic brain injury and/or substance abuse issues. (Page 214) Title IV All individuals, including veterans, who enter the PA CareerLink® first see an intake person. This person conducts an assessment and determines if the veterans and other eligible persons qualify to see the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist. The DVOP assists veterans with significant barriers to employment such a long-term unemployment, previous incarceration, and low-income status. If the veteran lacks a significant barrier to employment and does not otherwise qualify to see the DVOP Specialist, then the veteran will immediately be sent to the first staff member, other than the Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER), for assistance. DVOP Specialists also may see veterans age 18 to 24, transitional service members and veteran populations designated by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. (Page 328) Title IV DVOP Specialists provide intensive services to veterans with disabilities, other eligible veterans, and other eligible persons as defined by 38 U.S.C. § 4103A; Veterans’ Program Letter (VPL) No. 03-14; VPL No. 03-14, Change 1; VPL No. 03-14, Change 2; VPL No. 04-14; and VPL No. 08-14. The DVOP Specialists provide and facilitate a full range of employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans who possess significant barriers to employment. DVOP Specialists evaluate veterans’ needs, knowledge, skills, and abilities; provide career guidance through vocational guidance or referrals to counseling; aid veterans in developing and documenting an individualized employment plan (IEP); and review and update the IEP during the active case management process. DVOP specialists coordinate supportive services with applicable providers, deliver technical assistance to community-based organizations for employment and training services to veterans, and assist PA CareerLink® partners in providing services to veterans on a priority basis. LVERs conduct face-to-face contact with employers, plan, and participate in job and career fairs, and conduct job development with employers. LVERs facilitate employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans, promote the benefits of employing veterans, and facilitate employer training. LVERs work with other partners and workforce development providers to communicate employer outreach and job openings. LVERs facilitate the provision of services to veterans by working with employers to ascertain the jobs that employers need to fill. LVERs share this information with the PA CareerLink® center. Other PA CareerLink® staff members, in turn, make veterans aware of employment opportunities. LVERs also facilitate the provision of services to veterans by providing employers with resumes and information about veterans who seek employment. In this manner, employers have a pool of veteran job candidates for existing and future vacancies. LVERs play an important role in educating all PA CareerLink® partner staff with current employment initiatives and programs for veterans. (Page 328-329) Title I Service delivery occurs through a seamless integrated delivery system called PA CareerLink®. Cross-trained, responsive customer service teams conveniently located in Pennsylvania communities provide effective services. Veterans receive priority in all employment and training programs. Priority of service is the responsibility of all PA CareerLink® staff and partner staff. DVOP Specialists work with PA CareerLink® partners on a common strategy for identifying veterans who self-register by having the PA CareerLink® managers pull a list of veterans who self-identify. The PA CareerLink® manager invites the self-identified veteran to come to the PA CareerLink® center for services. Veterans who possess a significant barrier to employment receive a referral to the DVOP Specialist. This allows DVOP Specialists to supplement the work that already occurs at the PA CareerLink® center. A needs-based approach consists of screening for disadvantaged veterans, veterans who possess significant barriers to employment, and veterans most in need of intensive labor exchange services. PA CareerLink® centers conduct staff meetings, training sessions, and workshops on a periodic basis to keep all partners apprised of program updates, changes, revisions, accomplishments, and recommendations. LVERs work with the PA CareerLink® Business Service Team in promoting veterans to employers. LVERs are key members of Business Service Teams as they provide information on current employer job openings, assist employers looking to hire veterans, and actively promote job-ready veterans to employers. (Page. 329-330) Title IV Pennsylvania serves all veterans. Every PA CareerLink® staff member and partner staff member assists veterans. DVOP Specialists, however, only serve a subset of all veterans. DVOP Specialists assist special disabled veterans, other veterans with disabilities, veterans with significant barriers to employment, veterans age 18-24, transitional service members and veteran populations designated by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. LVERs indirectly serve veterans by principally working with employers. (Page 330) Title IV When job seekers enter a PA CareerLink® center, the receptionist asks jobseekers if they are a veteran or the eligible spouse of a veteran. If an affirmative answer is provided, then the veteran or eligible spouse receives a registration form that differs in color from the non-veteran customer. The veteran or eligible spouse also receives a handout describing priority of service. The veteran or eligible spouse is referred to the next available staff member for service. If the staff member’s assessment finds that the veteran possesses a significant barrier to employment, then the veteran is immediately referred to a DVOP Specialist. If the PA CareerLink® center lacks a DVOP Specialist, or the DVOP Specialist is unavailable, then the veteran sees the next available staff member, although the staff member cannot be a LVER. Veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service in all functions and entities at the PA CareerLink® center. After a PA CareerLink® staff member determines that a veteran meets the criteria for a specific program, the veteran is automatically afforded priority of service. VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VA VR&E) Chapter 31 participants receive referrals to the nearest DVOP Specialist within 48 hours of receiving notification from the Intensive Services Coordinator (ISC) at the VA VR&E office. If there is no DVOP Specialist with a reasonable commute, the veteran sees the closest PA CareerLink® Program Supervisor for assessment and case management. (Page 330-331) Title IV All PA CareerLink® DVOP Specialists and one-stop delivery system staff provide job and job training individualized career services, as well as job-driven training and subsequent placement services through referrals to PA CareerLink® partner entities. The DVOP Specialist or PA CareerLink® staff member and the veteran mutually decide upon the individualized career services that the veteran will receive during meetings and case management sessions. Completion of those services as captured in and reported from CWDS along with job or training referrals and placement are measurable outcomes. (Page 331) Title IV
Mental Health

~~Students with disabilities and youth with disabilities may be eligible, but may not be otherwise entitled under State and Federal law, to other services, including but not limited to mental health and intellectual disabilities services, vocational rehabilitation services, employment and training services, drug and alcohol services and other health related services.
LEAs are responsible for the provision of necessary goods and services for students with disabilities to access “a free and appropriate public education” to include the provision of transition services that promote movement from school to post—school activities as outlined in the IEP. Students with disabilities who may not be entitled to special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, are entitled to related aids and services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. LEAs are also responsible, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to ensure that their facilities, resources and technology are accessible to the public. (Page 171) Title I

OVR SE services include transitional employment through the Clubhouse model for persons with significant mental health disabilities. Also, SE services have been provided on a broader basis since the late 1990’s to persons who are deaf via contracting with SE CRPs fluent in American Sign Language. (Page 227) Title I

Pennsylvania has established local mechanisms through which funding for intensive training and extended services is available for all eligible populations. Populations receiving SE includes individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health issues, physical disabilities, blindness, deafness, autism and traumatic brain injury, among many other needs. SE services are also available within the special education, mental health and developmental disability systems. OVR is actively engaged in collaborative relationships with those systems to ensure the provision of effective services, to reduce duplication of efforts, to share resources, and to improve employment outcomes for those served mutually by multiple systems. (Page 228) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)
No disability specific information found regarding this element.
Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
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Frequently Asked Questions Resource for schools Requesting Approval for a CTE Program - 08/01/2018

~~“This resource offers expanded information to school administrators who are completing the application required to offer a career and technical education (CTE) program”

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

Application for 1915(c) HCBS Waiver: PA.0279.R05.00 - 07/01/2018

~~“Pennsylvania’s Home and Community-Based Waiver for Individuals Aged 60 and Over (Aging Waiver) has been developed to emphasize deinstitutionalization, prevent or minimize institutionalization and provide an array of services and supports in community-integrated settings.  The Aging waiver provides home and community-based services to persons 60 and over whomeet the Nursing Facility level of care and is designed to support individuals to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including participant directed service models and traditional agency-based service models…The State assures that prevocational, educational, or supported employment services, or a combination of these services, if provided as habilitation services under the waiver are: (1) not otherwise available to the individual through a local educational agency under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and, (2) furnished as part of expanded habilitation services.” 

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

PaTTan Secondary Transition Relevant Legislation - 07/01/2018

~~This webinar provides a review the various legislation pieces that have implications for Secondary Transition; including: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; the Every Student Succeeds Act; Pennsylvania Chapter 339; the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the CMS Final Rule; and PA's Employment First Act. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania House Bill 1641: Employment First Law - 06/19/2018

“An Act providing for competitive integrated employment in State and county agencies and any entity providing publicly funded education, training, employment and related services and long-term services and supports for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability; establishing Employment First, the Governor's Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Employment First Oversight Commission and providing for their powers and duties; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Governor and the Office of the Governor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Employment First PA Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Quarter 1 Updates - 01/01/2018

This document lists updates from agencies involved with Pennsylvania’s Employment First initiative. Updates are focused around various priorities, including raising expectations for youth with disabilities, preparing students for school-to-work transition, and helping people with disabilities obtain competitive, integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Data Sharing

Wolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities - 11/24/2017

"Governor Tom Wolf announced today a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown to create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for individuals with disabilities at CVS stores across Pennsylvania. …

'When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community,’ Governor Wolf said. ‘However, far too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities are not working. Part of my administration’s Employment First initiative aims to address that disparity. Establishing partnerships between service providers and employers, such as the one that will be announced today between HGAC and CVS Health, will help individuals with disabilities find meaningful, sustainable employment.'"

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Experience the Employment Connection - 09/13/2017

Experience the Employment Connection is a training session offered in local areas across the state of PA. “Participants will learn how to work collaboratively, with numerous agencies, to obtain meaningful, integrative employment for the individuals they serve.”

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

Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver is designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability, autism or developmental disability to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including self-directed service models and traditional, agency-based service models.”

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

Pennsylvania Employment First Executive Order Summary - 03/01/2017

“On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, “Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability.”…

Per the requirements of the executive order, a plan was developed and approved by the Governor in September 2016. Per Priority “Implement, monitor, and provide accountability” under the Executive Order Recommendations, this document serves as the progress report that is required to be delivered to the Governor’s Secretary for Policy and Planning within six months of Governor’s approval of the recommendations. This document lists accomplishments that have occurred, or are in the process of occurring, as a result of the goals and priorities set forth in the executive order.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order 2016-03 Recommendations: Establishing an ‘Employment First’ Policy - 09/15/2016

“Pennsylvanians with a disability are valued members of society and have demonstrated that they are productive, contributing members of the workforce. There is dignity in work, and when people with a disability hold jobs and earn competitive wages they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community. However, far too many Pennsylvanians with a disability are not working. Many programs supported with public dollars have a great opportunity to promote and support work in which people with disabilities earn competitive wages and are integrated with people without disabilities.

On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, entitled ‘Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability…’ The executive order directed the departments of Labor and Industry, Human Services, and Education to obtain stakeholder and business input and work with other agencies as appropriate to develop a plan within 120 days to implement the executive order. The order defines standards against which progress will be measured.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Pennsylvania House Bill 1641: Employment First Law - 06/19/2018

“An Act providing for competitive integrated employment in State and county agencies and any entity providing publicly funded education, training, employment and related services and long-term services and supports for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability; establishing Employment First, the Governor's Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Employment First Oversight Commission and providing for their powers and duties; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Governor and the Office of the Governor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Pennsylvania SB 879 (ABLE legislation) - 09/16/2015

“AN ACT Providing for the establishment of a savings program by the Treasury Department to encourage savings accounts for individuals with disabilities; establishing the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program and the ABLE Savings Program Fund; and imposing duties on the Treasury Department.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

House Bill 400: Work Experience for High School Student disability act - 05/29/2015

The HB400 emphasizes on competitive integrated employment. It requires the office of vocational rehabilitation to facilitate the process of job and career development for the purpose of successful transition of high-school students with disability into workforce. In collaboration with local education agencies and other relevant public agencies, OVR shall: • Provide information for the development of individual education plans for high school students with disabilities and ensure that job skill training is included in such plans when appropriate. • When possible, attend individual education plan meetings in person or by alternative means (i.e. video conference, conference calls) when invited by local education agencies. • An OVR representative must attend at least one meeting in each of the last two years prior to the anticipated graduation of a disabled high school student. • Arrange for, monitor, and support the placement of high school students with disabilities in lawful internships, on-the-job training, and full-time or part-time work at competitive wages in integrated settings with public/private sector employers. Provide professional guidance relative to job coaching services. • Provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs. • Publish the following information within 45 days after each calendar quarter: o The number of individualized education meetings attended by OVR staff. o The number of individual education plans that include new or significantly modified goals and specific steps toward the attainment of competitive integrated employment. o The number of job referrals made to employers on behalf of students with disabilities while still in high school. o The number of high school students with disabilities working in part-time and summer jobs as a result of referrals made by OVR staff. o The number of high school students with disabilities working in part-time or summer jobs who are receiving job coaching services. o The number of high school students with disabilities who enter competitive integrated employment within 3 months of their graduation

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 271 - 01/20/2015

“An Act relating to the delivery of services and programs to persons with disabilities; conferring powers and duties on the Office of the Governor; establishing the Office for People with Disabilities and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities; and providing for the powers and duties of the office and advisory committee and for funding of the office.”

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

Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities (§ 6.301)

“The responsibilities of the Cabinet are as follows:     (1)  Make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that aid people with disabilities in this Commonwealth.       (2)  Serve as the Governor’s liaison to people with disabilities on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that affect people with disabilities to ensure that State government is accessible, accountable and responsive to people with disabilities.       (3)  Serve as a resource to all departments, commissions and agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to ensure that these government entities are cognizant of the needs of people with disabilities and that their respective services and programs are accessible to those individuals.       (4)  Work with the Administration and agencies to monitor the hiring, retention and promotion practices of the Commonwealth relating to the employment of people with disabilities to ensure that there are no discriminatory practices within this Commonwealth.”
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Executive order 2016-04: Equal employment opportunity - 04/07/2016

WHEREAS, this Administration is committed to strengthening and developing equal employment opportunity programs in the Commonwealth. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do hereby order and direct as follows: 1. Prohibition of Discrimination and Affirmation of Equal Employment Opportunity. a. No agency under the Governor’s jurisdiction shall discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, or disability. b. Each agency under the Governor’s jurisdiction shall ensure fair and equal employment opportunities exist at every level of government…

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Establishing "Employment First” Policy and Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability - 03/10/2016

“….I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby order and direct as follows:   1.  “Employment First” is the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor.  This policy reflects the Commonwealth’s goal of making the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability. a.  The definition of Employment First is that competitive integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded education, training, employment and related services, and long-term supports and services for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability, as “disability” is defined in each agency’s governing statutes and rules. b.  The definition of competitive integrated employment for purposes of this Executive Order is the definition contained in the WIOA, which is work performed on a full or part-time basis (including self-employment) for which a person is: (1)   Compensated at not less than federal minimum wage requirements or State or local minimum wage law (whichever is higher) and not less than the customary rate paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by people without a disability;…”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities

“The responsibilities of the Cabinet are as follows:

   (1)  Make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that aid people with disabilities in this Commonwealth.

   (2)  Serve as the Governor’s liaison to people with disabilities on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that affect people with disabilities to ensure that State government is accessible, accountable and responsive to people with disabilities.

   (3)  Serve as a resource to all departments, commissions and agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to ensure that these government entities are cognizant of the needs of people with disabilities and that their respective services and programs are accessible to those individuals.

   (4)  Work with the Administration and agencies to monitor the hiring, retention and promotion practices of the Commonwealth relating to the employment of people with disabilities to ensure that there are no discriminatory practices within this Commonwealth.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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OMR (ICFs/MR) and Employment Policy - 04/05/2006

“DPW supports the right of individuals in State and Non-State ICFs/MR to choose to be employed and to receive habilitation services through the ICF/MR program as needed to promote employment outcomes. Employment is defined in this bulletin as a part or full-time job in the general community, including self-employment, that compensates the individual at the prevailing wage or salary, which is at least minimum wage. While not defined as employment, individuals in ICFs/MR may participate in vocational and job training services that prepare them for employment in the community.”    “DPW permits ICFs/MR to provide habilitation services to reach an employment outcome as part of active treatment in accordance with the individual’s plan of care. While not everyone in an ICF/MR may choose or be able to work in the community at this time, ICFs/MR are encouraged and authorized to support employment outcomes through habilitation as part of active treatment services, commensurate with each individual’s goals, abilities and needs.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania OMR (ICFs/MR) and Employment Policy - 04/05/2006

 “DPW supports the right of individuals in State and Non-State ICFs/MR to choose to be employed and to receive habilitation services through the ICF/MR program as needed to promote employment outcomes. Employment is defined in this bulletin as a part or full-time job in the general community, including self-employment, that compensates the individual at the prevailing wage or salary, which is at least minimum wage. While not defined as employment, individuals in ICFs/MR may participate in vocational and job training services that prepare them for employment in the community.”

“DPW permits ICFs/MR to provide habilitation services to reach an employment outcome as part of active treatment in accordance with the individual’s plan of care. While not everyone in an ICF/MR may choose or be able to work in the community at this time, ICFs/MR are encouraged and authorized to support employment outcomes through habilitation as part of active treatment services, commensurate with each individual’s goals, abilities and needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania OMR Policy on Employment (2005) - 12/20/2005

“Statement of Policy as per 55 Pa Code §6000.171 states that persons with [Mental Retardation] MR who are of legal working age should have access to employment and the training necessary to sustain employment.

Access to employment applies regardless of a person’s living arrangement or type of service funding. [Office of Mental Retardation] OMR’s policy includes persons receiving base funded services and those enrolled in the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers. This also applies to people in State and Non-State ICFs/MR.”

“OMR defines employment as a job in the community that pays at least minimum wage, where the worker has the opportunity to interact with individuals without a disability and has access to employee benefits when available. Employment can be part or full-time and includes self-employment.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Transition from School To Work: OVR Programs and Services

“Any high school student with a disability who may need vocational guidance and assistance in preparing for, obtaining, or maintaining competitive employment should be considered for referral to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Students who have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), a 504 Plan, or who are involved with a school's Student Assistance Program may be appropriate referrals to OVR.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

PA Vocational Rehabilitation Purpose

“The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program helps individuals prepare for or retain employment. Services offered can include but are not limited to: counseling and guidance; vocational evaluation; blindness skills training; orientation and mobility instruction; rehabilitation teaching; vocational and college training; occupational tools and equipment; and, job placement services. Services are based on an individual's needs and choices, and some or all of these services may be needed for the person to prepare for or retain employment. VR counselors work directly with the individual to determine an employment goal and what services are needed to reach that goal. An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed jointly by the counselor and customer.”

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

Department of Human Services Mission

“The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. The department's Office of Developmental Programs works with individuals and families to provide supportive services and care for people with cognitive disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities and disorders falling in the autism spectrum. Additionally, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services administers programs to support people suffering from mental illness or substance abuse issues, such as a drug or alcohol addiction.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Pennsylvania Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

“The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Mission

 “The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. The department's Office of Developmental Programs works with individuals and families to provide supportive services and care for people with cognitive disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities and disorders falling in the autism spectrum. Additionally, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services administers programs to support people suffering from mental illness or substance abuse issues, such as a drug or alcohol addiction.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs Futures Planning 2014

“The mission of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is to support Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities to achieve greater independence, choice and opportunity in their lives… ODP’s vision is to continuously improve an effective system of accessible services and supports that are flexible, innovative and person-centered.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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WORKforce PA Workforce Development Association The Voice of Pennsylvania Workforce Development - 02/19/2019

~~“As with any partnership between the public and private sectors, the workforce development system faces challenges. While some of these challenges vary from local area to local area, a few are common among Pennsylvania workforce boards. Presently, one prevailing issue that is most concerning is the state Department of Human Services' proposed redesign of the Employment, Advancement and Retention Network Program, commonly referred to as EARN. This program was designed and created by DHS to address the needs of public assistance recipients with barriers to employment, and to coordinate the existing employment and training programs available to them. EARN currently operates in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, and federal TANF/EARN funding is controlled and distributed by DHS to each local workforce development board -  all of which provide services in  every county of the commonwealth”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

Wolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities - 11/24/2017

"Governor Tom Wolf announced today a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown to create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for individuals with disabilities at CVS stores across Pennsylvania. …

'When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community,’ Governor Wolf said. ‘However, far too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities are not working. Part of my administration’s Employment First initiative aims to address that disparity. Establishing partnerships between service providers and employers, such as the one that will be announced today between HGAC and CVS Health, will help individuals with disabilities find meaningful, sustainable employment.'"

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Via of the Lehigh Valley (PA): Partnership with Local Schools to Provide Customized Employment - 08/15/2014

This story details a partnership between Via of the Lehigh Valley (a CRP) and the local school system to support a Customized Employment success.

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

Pennsylvania AHEDD

“At AHEDD, we frequently collaborate with various organizations to carry out our mission. Our partners consist of organizations and individuals that can help with: agency funding; referrals of program participants; training for our staff; guidance for AHEDD’s operational needs; job opportunities; and/or much more.  Our services to people with disabilities are often sponsored by public resources at the federal, state, and local levels. 

Currently, these funders include:            

Pennsylvania Offices of Vocational Rehabilitation The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  Pennsylvania  Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)  Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Service (DDDS) in Delaware”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

PA ASERT

~~“ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) is a statewide initiative funded by the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), PA Department of Human Services. ASERT is a key component of the  BAS’s strategy for supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the commonwealth.The ASERT Collaborative is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities, and other providers involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families. The ASERT Collaborative has been designed to bring together resources locally, regionally, and statewide.Each ASERT region is charged with understanding the needs of their respective region, including those of the most rural regions of Pennsylvania and the most underserved populations.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Temple University Institute on Disabilities (College of Education)

“The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is one of the sixty-seven University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Established in 1974, the Institute has mirrored the changes in the field of developmental disabilities, evolving into a model of self-determination and individualized supports in the community…

During its early history the Institute provided extensive technical assistance and training to professionals in the field and later became nationally recognized for advocacy and research efforts centered on the closure of the Pennhurst Center. In the 1980's, the Institute began developing and evaluating support models for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families.”

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

Pennsylvania Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program

~~“The purpose of the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Randolph-Sheppard Retail Sales ITQ is to qualify responsible and responsive Contractors the opportunity to install, operate, and maintain retail food service facilities at designated state and federal government locations located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Commonwealth).  The types of operations and services, covered under this ITQ, include, but are not limited to, micro-market food service facilities and vending machine food services. The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services’ (BBVS) will manage this ITQ” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Pennsylvania's Labor & Industry Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services Contracts - 02/26/2016

"The Department of Labor & Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation today announced eight recipients of Transition Services contracts totaling $1.2 million.   Contracts are awarded to develop new and expanded innovative strategies and programs to provide transition services, including pre-employment transition services, for high school students with disabilities."    "Labor & Industry is proud to facilitate the transition from education to job-readiness with this additional funding that will go a long way in ensuring that students with disabilities receive services at the appropriate time in their lives," L&I Secretary Kathy Manderino said. "This money will help young people with disabilities transition from high school to secondary education or meaningful employment smoothly and with greater success."   "The recipients will receive funding in one of two service types: The first, Transition Planning and Services for Students with Disabilities, will serve 15 high school students with disabilities per each awarded contract during the 2016 school year and additional months of post-graduation services. The ultimate goal of the project is to place a minimum of seven OVR customers who have the most significant disabilities in competitive integrated employment.”   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania MAWD - Medical Assistance Benefits for Workers with Disabilities

 “For people with disabilities, finding a job or returning to work can be a challenge. For a long time one of the biggest obstacles to working was health care coverage. Earning too much money meant risking losing health care benefits. However, there is an option: Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD).”

“MAWD lets Pennsylvanians with disabilities take a fulfilling job, earn more money and still keep their full medical coverage. With MAWD you can keep Medical Assistance while you work, even if your earnings increase above the limits for other Medical Assistance programs. Now you do not have to choose between a job and your health.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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16th Annual 2019 Career & Transition Fair - 10/16/2019

~~“• Tours• Demonstrations• Displays Offering quality, individualized, post-secondary education.

CTI’s programs are designed to meet the needs of students in transition from high school into postsecondary education and beyond!”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

SBA Awards Funding to Organizations Delivering Entrepreneurship Training to Service-Disabled Veterans - 09/16/2019

~~“Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)...Saint Joseph’s University’s program is designed to provide the tools, education and mentoring necessary for post-9/11 disabled veterans to start or grow their businesses…\.The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, supports each organization’s programs for service-disabled veterans planning to start a new business or expand and diversify existing small businesses. Each awardee was chosen based on their demonstrated history of and commitment to providing training programs and resources to service-disabled veterans.” 

Systems
  • Other

Delaware County Human Services Plan FY 2019-20 - 06/26/2019

~~“To enhance this  supported  employment  (SE)  initiative,  DelCo  created  a  Reinvestment  Plan  to  hire  a  consultant  who  assisted  with  developing  and  delivering  a  systemic  Supported Employment training and funds for providers to hire a .5 FTE Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) to assist with SE implementation.  All contracted provider agencies were offered a one-time, monetary incentive for hiring a CPS in a vacant, non-billable position (e.g.,  residential  specialist)  within  their  agency  to  promote  the  mindset  that  “work  is  everyone’s business.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

“Employment Opportunities for Rural Residents with Disabilities in Pennsylvania” - 09/07/2018

~~Researchers conducted surveys of sheltered workshops and subminimum wage program providers and identified 26 work activities that can be done by subminimum wage workers with support. From this information, the researchers identified 95 occupations as being potential matches for subminimum wage workers. including  Llaborers/movers, retail salespersons, andnursing/home health aides.  An estimated 1.4 million Pennsylvania workers were employed in the 95 occupations from 2012-2015 (26.7 percent of the state’s workforce). The results from the quantitative analysis point to a number of employmentbarriers (for jobseekers with disabilities) in the 95 identified occupations for which subminimum wage workers are likely to compete, including higher levels of competition in rural areas, higher susceptibility to automation, lower pay, and lower expected job growth.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

PaTTan Secondary Transition Relevant Legislation - 07/01/2018

~~This webinar provides a review the various legislation pieces that have implications for Secondary Transition; including: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; the Every Student Succeeds Act; Pennsylvania Chapter 339; the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the CMS Final Rule; and PA's Employment First Act. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Experience the Employment Connection - 09/13/2017

Experience the Employment Connection is a training session offered in local areas across the state of PA. “Participants will learn how to work collaboratively, with numerous agencies, to obtain meaningful, integrative employment for the individuals they serve.”

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

OVR Transition Guide for Professionals - 06/01/2014

“The purpose of this guide is to provide professionals with an overview of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s role in the School-to-Work process. It is intended to provide basic knowledge of what students with disabilities and their families can expect when becoming involved with OVR.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The Pennsylvania Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit (PADES) - 10/31/2013

~~“This one and one-half day conference features nationally acclaimed keynote speakers , educational sessions presented by subject matter experts, exhibitors showcasing valuable resources, networking opportunities to learn from your peers and an employment fair to connect job seekers with disabilities to employers who are hiring."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

~~“Working with the Bureau of Special Education (BSE), Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), PaTTAN provides a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results. This professional development and technical assistance takes many forms in order to meet the varied needs of PaTTAN’s constituents. Week-long summer institutes, ongoing professional development series, webinars, on-site assistance, and individual student or teacher supports are some of the means by which PaTTAN provides support to schools.”

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

ADEPT: ARC Discovery Employment Transitions

~~“Arc Discovery Employment Transitions (ADEPT) is The Arc of Pennsylvania’s customized employment program. The Arc  of Pennsylvania supports individuals with significant impact of disability to seek and maintain customized employment in their community. As a result, The Arc of Pennsylvania’s consultants are trained and nationally certified by  Marc Gold & Associates, a national leader in customized employment, to provide Discovery, Customized Employment Job Development, and Systematic Instruction to individuals with disabilities in Pennsylvania who are seeking employment. In addition to providing customized employment services,.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
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Auditor General DePasquale Protecting Seniors, People with Disabilities, Taxpayers by Auditing Medicaid Service Providers - 04/24/2019

~~“Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said he is launching six audits to ensure Medicaid patients receive the services for which the state pays direct care providers. Services for seniors and people with intellectual disabilities will be the focus of the audits.

“Taxpayers pay billions of dollars a year for the medical and human services that are provided by vendors hired by the Department of Human Services,” DePasquale said. “As Pennsylvania’s chief fiscal watchdog, I will make sure that services being billed to the state are actually delivered to patients.”

The special financial audits were authorized under Act 42 of 2018, which received bipartisan support in the General Assembly as part of the current state budget.

“I will focus on holding vendors accountable for every last Medicaid dollar they bill to the state,” DePasquale said. “Taxpayers have a right to know that the good money they invest in helping our most vulnerable neighbors is being used effectively and efficiently.”

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

Settlement Agreement Between the United States and the Pennsylvania Department of Education - 04/03/2019

~~“The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education (“PDE”) and the United States Department of Justice (“United States”) (collectively, “the Parties”) enter into this settlement agreement (“Agreement”) to resolve the United States’ investigation into complaints involving PDE’s policies and practices related to its approval and general oversight of Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (“AEDY”) Programs.  The complaints that are relevant to this Agreement allege that PDE’s policies and practices regarding AEDY Programs have led to violations of federal law by Local Educational Agencies (“LEAs”) (1) referring students to AEDY Programs on the basis of disability and denying equal opportunities to access and participate in equal educational experiences, and (2) failing to provide English Learners (“ELs”) in AEDY with appropriate language services.  The United States investigated these allegations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12131 et seq. (“ADA”) and 28 C.F.R. Part 35, which collectively prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities, and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. § 1701 et seq. (“EEOA”), which requires, inter alia, that states and school districts take “appropriate action to overcome language barriers that impede equal participation by [their] students in . . . instructional programs.”  20 U.S.C. § 1703(f).”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Money Follows the Person - 04/23/2019

~~“On Feb. 25, 2019, new versions of the EMPOWER Care Act extending the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program for five years were introduced in the House (H.R. 1342) and Senate (S. 548). Short-term MFP funding to help people transition out of institutions ends soon. On January 25, 2019, the Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019, a bill that includes short-term funding for the Money Follows the Person program, became law. The bill includes three months of funding for MFP that states have until September 31, 2019 to spend. The bill also included an extension of the spousal impoverishment protections for people receiving home and community-based services to March 31, 2019.”

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

Application for 1915(c) HCBS Waiver: PA.0279.R05.00 - 07/01/2018

~~“Pennsylvania’s Home and Community-Based Waiver for Individuals Aged 60 and Over (Aging Waiver) has been developed to emphasize deinstitutionalization, prevent or minimize institutionalization and provide an array of services and supports in community-integrated settings.  The Aging waiver provides home and community-based services to persons 60 and over whomeet the Nursing Facility level of care and is designed to support individuals to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including participant directed service models and traditional agency-based service models…The State assures that prevocational, educational, or supported employment services, or a combination of these services, if provided as habilitation services under the waiver are: (1) not otherwise available to the individual through a local educational agency under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and, (2) furnished as part of expanded habilitation services.” 

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

Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver is designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability, autism or developmental disability to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including self-directed service models and traditional, agency-based service models.”

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

Pennsylvania’s Home and Community-Based Settings CMS Final Rule Statewide Transition Plan (Spring 2016) - 03/31/2016

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new rule (CMS rule) that states must follow to review and evaluate settings in which home and community-based services (HCBS) are provided, which include residential and nonresidential settings. The CMS rule became effective on March 17, 2014 and requires states to demonstrate compliance. To show compliance, states must submit a statewide transition plan (STP) and waiver specific transition plans.   CMS is moving away from defining home and community-based settings by “what they are not,” and toward defining them by the nature and quality of participants’ experiences. The home and community-based setting provisions in this final rule established a more outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based settings, as opposed to one based solely on a setting’s location, geography, or physical characteristics.    Pennsylvania submitted a statewide transition plan to CMS on April 1, 2015, following input from a public comment process. The Department received a letter from CMS on September 16, 2015, outlining questions and suggested changes for the statewide transition plan. The Department will submit a revised STP to CMS in March 2016.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Transition Plan - 04/02/2015

“Pennsylvania will use its statewide transition plan as a way to determine its compliance with CMS’s rule on HCBS. Pennsylvania will determine the current level of what state actions are needed for compliance. This will include a review of current licensing requirements, policies, regulations, rules, standards and statutes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

PA 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver - 01/16/2014

”On January 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for Home and Community-Based Settings (HCBS).  The final rule, which became effective on March 17, 2014, amends the Medicaid regulations to provide requirements regarding person-centered plans of care, characteristics of settings that are home and community-based as well as settings that may not be home and community-based. These requirements reflect CMS’ intent that individuals receiving services and supports through Medicaid Waivers receive services in settings which are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule applies to section 1915(c) Medicaid waivers, section 1915(i) State Plan home and community-based services and section 1915(k) Community First Choice attendant care services (1915(k)).  Pennsylvania has ten Medicaid home and community based services waivers. All Medicaid Waivers must comply with these requirements. The final rule includes a provision requiring states offering HCBS under existing state plans or waivers to develop transition plans to ensure that HCBS settings will meet the final rule’s requirements.” 

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

PA Independence Medicaid Waiver (0319.R04.00)

~~“Provides adult daily living, employment skills development, job coaching, personal assistance services, residential habilitation, respite, service coordination, structured day habilitation, supported employment, behavior  therapy services, counseling services, home health, nursing services, occupational therapy services, physical therapy services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech and language therapy services, assistive technology, benefits counseling, career assessment, cognitive rehabilitation therapy services, community integration, community transition services, home adaptations, job finding, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation services, personal emergency response (PERS), therapeutic and counseling services, vehicle modifications for individuals with physical disabilities ages 18 – 59”

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

PA OBRA Medicaid Waiver (0235.R05.00)

~~“Provides adult daily living, employment skills development, job coaching (intensive and extended follow-along), personal assistance services, residential habilitation services, respite, service coordination, structured day habilitation services, behavior therapy services, nursing services, occupational therapy, physical therapy services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech and language therapy services, assistive technology, benefits counseling, career assessment, cognitive rehabilitation therapy services, community integration, community transition services, counseling services, home adaptations, job finding, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation, personal emergency response system, prevocational services, supported employment, vehicle modifications for individuals w/DD ages 18-59”

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

Pennsylvania State Medicaid Plan

~~“Thank you for your interest in the Pennsylvania Medicaid State Plan.The plan is not available online and the files are too large to email.  However, text searchable  PDF files are available on a CD Rom.  A copy of the CD costs $3.00.  The CD contains all CMS approved amendments as of the day the CD is created.If you would like a copy of the CD, send a check or money order payable to "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" to: OMAP - Bureau of Policy, Analysis, and PlanningPO Box 2675Harrisburg, PA 17120”

 

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“Works for me is a free resource that can guide you to agencies and programs that will help you get a job.  These resources can help you: find a job, obtain job training, keep health insurance, get assistive technology, find other support you may need, [and] discover how you may even be able to increase your income!”   “Works for me is designed for Pennsylvania residents who: have a disability, receive Social Security and/or Medicaid benefits, [and] really want to join the workforce."
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

In the State of Independence, Pennsylvania is working steadfast to support workers with disabilities who want to pursue careers and optimal self-sufficiency. 

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 Pennsylvania’s VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
0.17%
Change from
2016 to 2017
12,805,537
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.3%
Change from
2016 to 2017
880,799
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.94%
Change from
2016 to 2017
329,760
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.07%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37.44%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.61%
Change from
2016 to 2017
78.15%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 12,802,503 12,784,227 12,805,537
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 885,256 909,897 880,799
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 316,361 323,354 329,760
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,353,723 5,330,434 5,367,374
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.74% 35.54% 37.44%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.29% 77.67% 78.15%
State/National unemployment rate. 5.30% 5.40% 4.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.20% 21.60% 20.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.90% 11.40% 11.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 823,712 863,882 846,194
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 923,052 928,597 928,452
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,418,340 1,462,578 1,438,177
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 224,188 215,770 230,249
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 119,610 122,982 117,239
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,949 5,407 4,622
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 29,755 29,386 30,876
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,179 N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 34,500 42,775 40,030
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 32,853 35,939 30,258

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 15,533 16,283 16,753
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.50% 4.70% 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 407,320 404,049 400,818

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 112,787 179,346 4,034
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 131,902 219,286 20,292
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 132,100 219,503 20,296
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 85.40% 81.70% 19.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% 0.10% 0.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10% 0.20% 0.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20% 0.40% 0.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 12.60% 50.40% 48.30%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 184 280 1,017
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 325 362 2,599
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 954 978 1,324
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 52,568 116,774 136,689

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 6,999 5,160 4,930
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 312 289 309
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 172 167 192
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. 55.00% 58.00% 62.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.35 1.30 1.50

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
15,077
15,034
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 655 687 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,930 1,907 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 3,236 3,145 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 4,459 4,316 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 3,923 4,074 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 854 877 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 40.60% 39.80% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 17,207 17,742 17,358
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 641,889 641,003 636,726
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 460 511 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 576 631 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $35,871,000 $36,780,000 $39,081,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $89,514,000 $89,413,000 $87,858,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $157,205,000 $175,900,000 $194,299,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $219,084,000 $237,823,000 $249,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 17.00% 18.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 13,571 14,162 14,272
Number of people served in facility based work. 9,399 9,230 8,816
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 9,885 11,066 11,727
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 41.00 40.40 41.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.96% 61.84% 62.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 9.49% 9.53% 9.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.84% 4.93% 4.90%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 81.19% 83.07% 84.32%
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). 25.76% 28.84% 33.08%
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). 60.60% 67.32% 70.78%
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). 69.23% 73.34% 76.90%
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). 34.84% 38.48% 37.70%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 3,942,448
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,593
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 195,760
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 822,857
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,018,617
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 391
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 729
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,120
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,231,861
AbilityOne wages (services). $12,545,301

 

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

2017 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 101 63 56
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4 4 2
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 105 67 58
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 11,430 7,206 5,712
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 483 362 65
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 11,913 7,568 5,777

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~“Employment First” will be the policy of all commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the governor in serving persons with disabilities. This policy reflects Governor Wolf’s goal of making the commonwealth a model state in supporting people with disabilities in the workplace. Employment First requires that competitive, integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded services for all working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability. Career, training, and support services will be used, as necessary, to support the placement of individuals with disabilities into competitive, integrated employment. (Page 29) Title I

The Secretaries of PDE, DHS and L&I, along with other commonwealth agencies and executive office officials, created a written plan that implements Employment First as the policy of all commonwealth executive branch agencies; aligns funding, policy, and practice toward an emphasis on competitive, integrated employment; prioritizes competitive, integrated employment as the first consideration and preferred outcome of all publicly-funded services for all Pennsylvanians with a disability; and creates the conditions that lead to a material increase in the number of Pennsylvanians with a disability who are employed in a competitive, integrated job. (Page 44) Title I

OVR is represented on the PA Developmental Disabilities Council, the Governor’s Special Education Advisory Panel and the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project, all of which are comprised of representatives from partnering agencies. (Page 156) Title IV

As a key member of the PA Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project currently sponsored by a grant administered by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, OVR will partner with agencies within the Department of Human Services to ensure that the employment needs of individuals with disabilities are met, that cost services are comprehensive, effective, innovative and not duplicative, and that every individual with a disability who wants to work to achieve self—support will be given the opportunity to do so. The Departments of Labor & Industry, Education, Human Services, Transportation and Health, under the leadership of OVR, will execute and commit to coordinating the interagency agreement and collaboration required to secure and maintain community integrated employment for youth and adults with disabilities. Elements of the inter—departmental and interagency agreement shall fully address:
1. interdepartmental eligibility and enrollment processes;
2. data collection, sharing and reporting;
3. service coordination, resource leveraging and braiding of funding; and
4. quality assurance and improvement resulting in the collective accountability and performance measurement needed to substantially increase the numbers of Pennsylvanians in competitive integrated employment. (Page 176-177) Title I

Beginning in 2016, OVR led interagency training efforts through Experience the Employment Connection (EEC): Possibilities in Action. Continuing in 2017, EEC is a joint training initiative between the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), the Office Developmental Programs (ODP), the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (OMHSAS), and the Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education. Driven by the Governor's Executive Order on Employment First, EEC’s goal is to increase competitive, integrated employment for Pennsylvanians with disabilities by connecting professionals across systems. Participants learn about staff roles, policies, procedures, funding requirements, emerging practices. (Page 188) Title I

3. Investigate and evaluate effective strategies and protocols for building more effective partnerships with other non-VR organizations* to improve cross-agency collaboration and service delivery by:
a. Researching best practices, strategies and protocols of other states’ VR programs and relevant national organizations to support the agency’s development and modifications of Memorandum of Understanding;
b. Examining and evaluating current cross-agency collaboration and service delivery of OVR and other Pennsylvania non-VR organizations, particularly as it reinforces building effective partnerships of support of the Governor’s Employment First Initiative; c. Examining and evaluating OVR’s current informational materials, website and social media protocol and make recommendations to enhance the agency’s informational campaign to all OVR’s customers. * PA Department of Education (PDE), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), community rehabilitation programs (CRP), etc. (Page 192) Title I

Executive Order 2016-03, Establishing “Employment First” Policy and Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability, signed into order on March 10, 2016 by Governor Tom Wolf has created policies and procedures for Pennsylvania to become an “Employment First’ commonwealth as a model state with a climate and culture of competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. The executive order outlines the following major policy changes:
1. “Employment First” is the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor. This policy reflects the Commonwealth’s goal of making the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability.
a. The definition of Employment First is that competitive integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded education, training, employment and related services, and long-term supports and services for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability, as “disability” is defined in each agency’s governing statutes and rules.
b. The definition of competitive integrated employment for purposes of this Executive Order is the definition contained in the WIOA, which is work performed on a full or part-time basis (including self-employment) for which a person is: (1) Compensated at not less than federal minimum wage requirements or State or local minimum wage law (whichever is higher) and not less than the customary rate paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by people without a disability; (2) At a location where the employee interacts with people without a disability (not including supervisory personnel or people who are providing services to such employee); and (3) Presented, as appropriate, opportunities for similar benefits and advancement like those for other employees without a disability and who have similar positions. (Page 199-200) Title IV

3. The Secretaries of the Departments of Education, Human Services and Labor and Industry, working with other Commonwealth agencies or executive office officials as appropriate, will develop a written plan to address the implementation of the following goals:
a. Implement Employment First as the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies; (Page 200) Title I

With a successful first year as a foundation, Experience the Employment Connection (EEC): Possibilities in Action is returning for a second year! EEC is a joint training initiative between OVR, the Office Developmental Programs (ODP), the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (OMHSAS), and the Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education (BSE). This year the EEC Steering Committee have put together a program that is bigger, better and even more engaging. 15 full-day regional training sessions are planned for Fall 2017 with dates and locations determined by Suasion, an external conference planner and facilitator determined by bid award for this initiative. Focus topic being considered is around the Governor’s Employment First Legislation. (Page 216) Title I

5) Maintain and strengthen specific working relationships between Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Education (PDE) and OVR on transition—related issues, including reviewing and updating transition policies.
OVR continued to collaborate with its partners in DHS and PDE on a number of interagency initiatives. OVR continued to be represented on the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council and the Pennsylvania Special Education Advisory Panel. OVR continued to co—lead the PA Community of Practice on Transition with the Bureau of Special Education on which representatives from all MOU partners serve. OVR also worked with partners in the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project in order to promote employment for youth with disabilities across all public agencies. (Page 221-222) Title I

Customized Employment

~~In addition, OVR is conducting outreach to local education agencies in order to educate them about the proposed regulations regarding the use of subminimum wage and OVR efforts that focus on:
1. Presenting information at transition coordinating council meetings, special education administrators’ meetings, statewide webinars with PaTTAN, and at the Special Education Advisory Panel meetings.
2. Developing alternate service delivery models for individuals with significant disabilities who may have traditionally entered into subminimum wage employment.
3. Developing innovative and collaborative programs and services such as Discovery and Customized Employment as well as funding for Comprehensive Transition Programs that will help divert individuals away from subminimum wage employment.
4. Revising the Supported Employment policy to ensure that these particular services truly meet the needs of the population it was intended to serve and to increase job stability and longevity in a competitive integrated environment. (Page 212) Title IV

OVR will continue to develop and expand innovative service delivery models such as Discovery, Customized Employment, Project SEARCH and Project PAS to ensure that students with disabilities are able to successfully transition from school to postsecondary life. (Page 213) Title IV

In response to WIOA, OVR is planning to pilot customized employment (CE) scenarios that involve the use of supported employment (SE) services. This would be an improvement to community rehabilitation programs as providers would be required to be certified in order to provide CE services. This blend of CE and SE is intended to improve employment outcomes for individuals with the most significant disabilities (MSD). The OVR SE policy is in the process of revision to reflect the new WIOA regulations. We hope to improve community rehabilitation program (CRP) outcomes for those with the MSD by increasing communication among partners and providing supports for as long as needed and required. (Page 213) Title IV

OVR reviews the performance standards and indicators monthly. As an agency we constantly strive to meet or exceed the standards and indicators through training, policy development, and the addition or creation of new and innovative programs that will benefit our customers. We are also going through an extensive CSNA that will help guide us regarding service provision and to address system gaps to ensure that as many positive outcomes are achieved as possible. We are also exploring services such as customized employment and implementing interagency agreements that will assist with federal match generation to serve additional customers. OVR will continue to monitor the standards and indicators and incorporate stakeholder input into our program to ensure a cycle of constant reflection and program improvement. (Page 214) Title IV

The inclusion of customized employment services as a tool used alongside SE services can allow more intensive services to be offered for individuals with disabilities who are seeking competitive, community—integrated employment and historically may not have been able to benefit from VR services. Additionally, the OVR SE policy is under review both to address these issues and to align with new WIOA provisions. (Page 218) Title IV

The use of SE for customized employment (CE) cases is being piloted in 2015 to expand the breadth of SE services OVR offers. The use of CE in addition to SE will allow OVR to assist individuals who require very intensive services but are interested in and working towards competitive community integrated employment. OVR District Offices continue to work with other key state and private agencies, such as OHMSA), ODP, OLTL and PDE. In addition, OVR partners with private community service CRPs to expand and develop all types of community—integrated competitive employment as defined by the individual needs of customers. (Page 227) Title IV

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~The goals of the Greene County program are: • During fiscal years 2014—2016 this pilot project will serve approximately 20 unduplicated OVR eligible and IDD waiver program eligible youth through this interagency agreement. • As a result of the services provided through this agreement, it is expected that OVR will successfully place and vocationally rehabilitate approximately 54 percent of those individuals served.
For the Greene County Agreement, OVR will provide 78.7 percent of the funding (Federal— VR funding) and GCHS and IU 1 will each provide 10.65 percent of the funding, transferring to OVR 21.3 percent of the total (Local/ State match) funding.
Statewide replication of this program will provide OVR with opportunities to braid funding to serve OVR eligible youth with disabilities and to collaborate with the Departments of Education and Human Services more effectively. (Page 164) Title I

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~The PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources (PA Link) is a resource for elderly Pennsylvanians and adults with disabilities. The PA Link, through its collaborative network of partners including state and local public and private agencies improves access to information and provides referrals to long term living supports and services. Examples of services accessible through the PA Link network include assisted living and nursing home services, vocational rehabilitation services, and transportation services. (Page 46) Title IV

The PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources (PA Link) is a focal point for Pennsylvania residents seeking information and referrals for services to the elderly and adults with disabilities. The PA Link, through its collaborative network of partners including state and local, public and private agencies, improves access to information and linkages to long term living supports and services. Private and public entities and programs providing services to older individuals such as assisted living, nursing home, vocational rehabilitation, and transportation and providers serving persons with disabilities are just a few of the agencies that comprise the Link. Many SCSEP providers are members of the Link which will serve them well in learning about the myriad of local services available that can help SCSEP participants in general. (Page 346-347) Title IV

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~In addition to WIOA’s emphasis on out of school youth (OSY), the new legislation revises the delivery of youth services through the addition of new programmatic elements. WIOA added five new program elements to ones originally outlined under WIA, including: financial literacy education; entrepreneurial skills training; the provision of labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in a local area; activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training; and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a special occupation or occupational cluster. (Page 114) Title I

School to Work Transition

~~OVR entered into an Interagency Agreement with Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) effective 10/1/14 to provide school—to—work transition services to OVR eligible youth with disabilities who are enrolled in approved training programs at the BCTC and attend one of 16 public school districts within Berks County.

The interagency agreement, named “Work Partners,” provides for joint funding (including salary & benefits) of two positions which did not previously exist at BCTC:
• School—to—Work Coordinator (Professional) • Job Trainer (Paraprofessional)
Services to be provided through this interagency agreement are career and technical education instruction, work—based experiences, job development, placement and follow—up and job coaching.
The goals of the Work Partners Interagency Agreement are:
• To serve 50—65 OVR eligible youth with disabilities during FFY 2015, 2016 and 2017 • To achieve greater than 50 percent successful competitive, community—integrated job placements among those served • To increase the number of students served in the Service Occupations Cluster
The Interagency Agreement was approved by the Berks CTC Board of Directors on May 28, 2014 and signed by the school’s authorized representative. Berks CTC provides 21.3 percent of project funding which serves as local/state match. OVR provides the remaining 78.7 percent from federal VR funds.
OVR is optimistic that this program has the potential for statewide replication. Pennsylvania has 67 counties, 15 OVR District Offices, and 85 Career & Technology Centers. (Page 163) Title I

A second interagency agreement was developed with Greene County Human Services (GCHS), Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1) and OVR to provide school—to—work transition services for OVR eligible youth with intellectual disabilities enrolled in local education agencies within Greene County.

OVR, GCHS, and IU 1 will jointly provide funding in the amount of $60,000 per year for a two (2) year period to be used exclusively for the operation, and administration of the ”School—to—Work” services for OVR eligible youth with intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in local education agencies throughout Greene County.

Services to be provided through this interagency agreement are work—based educational experiences, on—the—job support though a job coach, independent living skills development and community involvement all oriented toward competitive, community—integrated employment. (Page 164) Title I

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Project SEARCH began in Pennsylvania through an RSA grant and 10 sites were started over the five year grant program. Currently OVR has 14 student sites and 3 young adult sites. In September 2017, two additional sites will open, Glaxo Smith Kline in Collegeville, PA and UPMC Jameson in Lawrence County (I&E project). In 2018, OVR will add new sites at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Penn State Physician’s Group (Reading), and Mercyhurst University (Autism Curriculum). Glaxo Smith Kline and Kalihari Resorts have already indicated their wish to replicate and this will add an additional site to Philadelphia and Pocono Summit, respectively in the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, OVR will have two sites dedicated to serving those on the autism spectrum (Drexel University and Mercyhurst University).

Project SEARCH statistics kept by the Cincinnati Hospital indicate that as of the close of the 2015-2016 school year, OVR had served 529 students. We have a 91.1% completion rate and an 80% placement rate. The placement rate is determined at the end of the Project SEARCH yearly program. It does not reflect those students who were placed after they had completed the Project SEARCH program. (Page 168) Title I

OVR continues to collaborate with its agency partners on the Pennsylvania Statewide Leadership Team (PA SLT) which evolved as the result of the IDEA Memorandum of Understanding implemented in 1999 and addended in 2006 and 2010. The PA SLT has recommended that the IDEA Memorandum of Understanding be revised to incorporate changes in Transition Services regulated by WIOA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. OVR representatives meet regularly with representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education and Bureau of Career & Technology Education to review policies, procedures, initiatives, and projects to ensure that eligible students with disabilities who are still enrolled in secondary education and youth with disabilities who are no longer engaged in secondary education are receiving the vocational rehabilitation services that they need to successfully transition from school to work and independence. (Page 169) Title I

Various initiatives are being developed and several are underway to implement “pre-employment transition services” to increase interagency collaboration, to create and implement new interagency agreements and to update Memoranda of Understanding pertaining to transition from school to work and adult services. Summer work experiences, work place readiness training to develop social skills and independent living, and other work based learning experiences have been implemented and will continue to expand as the population of high school students we serve increases. Technical assistance, agency cross-training and resource sharing continue to assist LEAs in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities. (Page 170) Title I

OVR will continue to develop the activities performed by Early Reach Coordinators to reach students with disabilities and their families earlier in the transition process (age 14—16). The Early Reach Initiative will be expanded in designated District Offices throughout the commonwealth due to increased demand. OVR will continue to explore opportunities to enter into Interagency Agreements and local Letters of Understanding to develop, expand and deliver pre—employment transition services and to update our statewide MOU to ensure that pre—employment transition services and general “School to Work” Transition services are delivered in an effective and consistent manner. (Page 213) Title IV

OVR continued to work through the Community of Practice State Leadership Team (SLT) on Transition to provide trainings on OVR services and procedures to all of our partner agencies. This was done through SLT sponsored webinars, the Statewide Transition Conference and monthly SLT meetings when OVR provided updates to the members on activities, programs and new initiatives within OVR. Local District Office staff participated in School to Work Transition Council meetings and provided guidance to families, advocates, educators and youth. OVR staff also regularly provided informational trainings to county and regional service providers to keep them updated and aware of OVR’s mission. The Early Reach Coordinators continued to reach out to schools and provide information to educational staff, families, and students about OVR services. Through our participation in the annual Statewide Transition Conference, OVR developed sessions which were presented to all attendees on OVR programs and policies. (Page 220) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Coordinated service delivery is also achieved through the development of career pathways as described in Goal 1. Career pathway development will be led by Local Workforce Development Boards in partnership with employers, multi-employer workforce partnerships, secondary and postsecondary education providers, Title I, Adult Basic Education providers, vocational rehabilitation program providers, and other combined plan partner programs capable of providing supportive services, such as TANF. (Page 20-21) Title I

OVR has entered into a MOU with the Bureau of Juvenile Justice Systems (BJJS), in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Academic, Career and Technical Training (PACTT) affiliates, that leveraged state and federal funding. These funds are targeted to provide a wide range of services such as the creation of summer programming, increased PETS, and paid work experiences to promote career pathways in an underserved population of students/youth with most significant disabilities who are involved with juvenile court. (Page 208) Title I

Apprenticeship
Next Generation Sector Partnerships will be used to address not only other common workforce challenges identified by employers (finding qualified entry-level workers, recruitment of low-income individuals and workers from other targeted groups, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, and the re-employment of Dislocated Workers within an industry sector) but other shared competitiveness needs of an industry. Pennsylvania will also place additional emphasis on establishing new and expanding existing Registered Apprenticeship programs and pre-apprenticeship standards as a means of addressing employer talent needs. The recently established state Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) will work closely with Combined State Plan core and partner programs to promote and support pre-apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs as part of relevant career pathway models. (Page 21) Title I
Work Incentives & Benefits

~~“Recipients of public assistance” includes individuals who receive, or in the past six months have received, or are a member of a family that is receiving or in the past six months has received, assistance through one or more of the following:
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program;
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program; or
• State or local income-based public assistance (Page 105) Title I

OVR ensures that personnel have a 21st-century understanding of the evolving labor force and the needs of individuals with disabilities through staff training, professional development and continuing education on labor market information and trends, as well as, training on assessment, rehabilitation technology, Social Security work incentive programs, including programs under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, training to facilitate informed choice under this program, and training to improve provision of services to culturally diverse populations. Training jointly developed between OVR and the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA) equip field staff with the knowledge to blend existing information about labor market trends with customer abilities, limitations and interests to develop appropriate job goals, with the hope of increasing successful long-term placements. (Page 186) Title I

In Pennsylvania, three major sources of extended service funding are available to ensure availability to customers who require long term support such as those who receive services from ODP and OLTL. OVR also has a limited amount of funds for customers who do not have other sources of long—term funding. These funds are the VR state SE funding. They are intended for customers who need extended services and who have no other source for extended services after the intensive supports are faded from the employment situation.
Actual funding available from ODP and OLTL varies from county to county depending upon each county’s situation. Other resources sought for extended service funding are natural supports, SSA work incentives, private foundations, etc. (Page 228) Title I

Employer/ Business

~~During the next two years OVR Business Services will continue to build employer engagement capacity through: 1. Annual training for all combined bureau and the Commonwealth Technical Institute (CTI) at the Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) business services staff on best practices and the common measures of joint Workforce (WF), OVR, and Title II Adult Education performance indicators. 2. Implement the use of a collaborative WF, OVR CWDS/Job Gateway business design tool to communicate and document cross system business contacts, services and collaboration in supplying qualified pre-screened talent, on-boarding supports, accessibility consultation and disability etiquette information and training. 3. Refinement of data collection on key measures of WIOA Indicator six performance measures of: a. Repeat Business Customers (percentage of repeat employers using services within the previous three years). b. Employer Penetration Rate (percentage of employers using services out of all employers in the State). (Page 175-176) Title I

OVR is committed to offering a plan for a comprehensive system of staff development and training. The goal is to ensure staff development for OVR personnel in areas essential to the effective management of OVR’s program of VR services. OVR will continue to provide for the training and development of personnel necessary to improve their ability to provide VR services leading to employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, especially those with the most significant disabilities.
With the implementation of WIOA, training topics include: 1. Functional Limitations, Employment Implications, and Accommodations 2. Vocational Assessment: Tools, Interpretation, and Application 3. Counseling and Guidance 4. Caseload Management, Case Practices, and Service Planning 5. Employer Engagement, Job Development and Job Placement 6. Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Competency 7. Leadership Development (Page 187) Title I

The goal of Part 2, Increasing Work-Based Learning Experiences for Students with Disabilities through Employer Engagement, was to prepare staff to engage in an informed, open dialogue with an employer to reach individualized solutions for hiring minors in order to increase paid work-based learning experiences for high school students with disabilities. (Page 188) Title I

Going forward, Pennsylvania will invest in sectoral workforce intermediaries that:
• Can serve as general-purpose employer-engagement partners for programs dealing with all workforce groups, including high-school and out-of-school youth, college students, dislocated and other unemployed workers, veterans, low-income workers, TANF recipients, persons with disabilities, and ex-offenders re-entering the workforce, as well as incumbent workers who are not included in any of these categories.
• Are well- and sustainably funded by a mix of private and public funds.
• Are effectively run, with a large and demonstrable impact on outcomes for employers, for individuals receiving services, and for all Pennsylvanians because they increase productivity, competitiveness, and the number of jobs that pay. (Page 382) Title IV

Data Collection
In accordance with WIOA Section 506(b), the performance accountability system requirements of WIOA Section 116 took effect July 1, 2016. At that time, VR agencies were expected to begin the process of implementing the final RSA-911-16 data collection. The U.S. Department of Education exercised its transition authority under WIOA Section 503 to ensure the orderly transition from the requirements under the Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, to the requirements of WIOA. The primary indicators of performance are calculated on a PY basis (i.e., July 1-June 30). Because the VR program’s FFY (i.e., October 1-September 30) spans two different PYs by an overlap of one quarter (July 1-September 30) and, therefore, many participants are served by the VR program for more than one PY, the data must be reported on a quarterly basis to ensure the required data are available for the entire PY. In so doing, the VR program can ensure compliance with the performance accountability requirements of WIOA Section 116 and data comparability with the other core programs. OVR will begin collecting Common Performance Measure data on July 1, 2017, and the first quarterly reports containing Common Performance Measure data and other 911 client data are due November 15, 2017. In addition to the quarterly reports, OVR will submit the Statewide and Local Performance Report annually with their WIOA Core Partners. (Page 68) Title I OVR continues to review existing policies and procedures to determine what additional updates will be necessary to ensure compliance with the final regulations. OVR’s Systems and Evaluation Unit have been diligently updating our CWDS case management system to account for all the new federal reporting requirements. Over the next 8 months there are four new system releases that will address Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS), Section 511 Tracking, RSA 911 reporting, as well as, other system upgrades and enhancements. The June 2017 release of CWDS included a revamp of the application and eligibility process that include necessary data tracking elements for RSA 911 reporting for the new reporting cycle that started 7/1/2017. Ongoing development and design of future CWDS enhancements remains a significant undertaking for the agency that requires system testing, multiple staff trainings, and the creation of reference materials and forms. (Page 167) Title I OVR has about 130 provider agreements for PETS and about 30 Innovation and Expansion Projects related to PETS delivery. All PETS provider agreements require providers to enter the student information that is required by the RSA 911. They also indicate the total number of days and hours at the student attended PETS so that OVR can provide accurate payment for services. OVR completes quarterly monitoring with its contractors as well. (Page 167-168) Title I To align the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program (which operates on a Federal fiscal year (FFY) basis) with the other five WIOA core programs (which operate on a program year (PY) basis) to the extent practicable, VR agencies must report participant data in a manner consistent with the jointly-administered requirements set forth in the final joint WIOA regulations and the WIOA Common Performance Reporting Information Collection Request (ICR). In accordance with section 506(b) of WIOA, the performance accountability system requirements of section 116 of WIOA took effect July 1, 2016. At that time, VR agencies were expected to begin the process of implementing the final RSA-911-16 data collection. The federal Department of Education exercised its transition authority under section 503 of WIOA to ensure the orderly transition from the requirements under the Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, to the requirements of WIOA. The primary indicators of performance are calculated on a PY basis (i.e., July 1-June 30). Because the VR program’s FFY (i.e., October 1-September 30) spans two different PYs by an overlap of one quarter (July 1-September 30) and, therefore, many participants are served by the VR program for more than one PY, the data must be reported on a quarterly basis to ensure the required data are available for the entire PY. In so doing, the VR program can ensure compliance with the performance accountability requirements of section 116 of WIOA and data comparability with the other core programs. OVR will begin collecting Common Performance Measure data on July 1, 2017, and the first quarterly reports containing Common Performance Measure data and other 911 client data are due November 15, 2017. In addition to the quarterly reports, OVR will submit the Statewide and Local Performance Report annually with their WIOA Core Partners. (Page 225) Title IV
511

~~Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which amends the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, added new requirements that place limitations on the payment of subminimum wages by entities holding special wage certificates under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The provisions of Section 511 went into effect two years after the enactment of the statute on July 22, 2016. As a direct result of WIOA, certain criteria must now be satisfied before an employer hires individuals with disabilities who are age 24 or younger (youths) at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level. The purpose of Section 511 is to ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to information and services that will enable them to achieve competitive integrated employment. Section 511 includes requirements for State VR agencies, subminimum wage employers and local and/or State educational agencies, including specific requirements for youth prior to their participation in subminimum wage employment.

During the first year of employment at subminimum wage, the individual with a disability must receive career counseling and information and referrals that facilitate independent decision-making and possible pursuit of other employment choices every six months. Additionally, the individual must also be informed of self-advocacy and peer mentoring training opportunities. After the first year, such counseling and information and referral services must be provided at least annually. OVR’s Section 511 Career Information and Referral Sessions focus on: reassuring individuals that they do not need to make any changes; promoting informed choice and independent decision making about competitive integrated employment; increasing awareness of OVR Services; and providing information about other agencies that can help.

Since December 2016, OVR’s successful implementation of Section 511 has been conducted by providing the Career Information and Referral Sessions to all persons engaged in subminimum wage employment in PA. In addition, clerical support tracks 511 data and issues letters of attendance documentation to the participants. To date, over 160 facilities have been visited and 990 Career Information & Referral Sessions have been delivered to more than 9,950 participants. (Page 177) Title IV

As a result of Section 511 in the re—authorization of the Rehabilitation Act in WIOA, OVR will be required to evaluate an individual with a disability who is age 24 or younger prior to them entering sub—minimum wage work. This will ensure this group of underserved youth has full opportunities to enter community integrated competitive employment.

Neither a local educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(1), nor a State educational agency, as defined in§ 397.5(b)(2), may enter into a contract or other arrangement with an entity, as defined in § 397.5(d), for the purpose of operating a program under which a youth with a disability is engaged in subminimum wage employment. OVR is developing standard procedures to meet the requirements of this section that state that no entity may compensate an individual with a disability who is age 24 or younger at a wage referred to as subminimum wage until the individual has received pre—employment transition services and has applied for vocational rehabilitation services. For individuals who are already in the subminimum wage setting as of July 22, 2016, OVR will be providing career counseling. (Page 212) Title IV

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188
The commonwealth issued Workforce System Policy No. 04-2015 detailing initial implementation of eligible training provider provisions of WIOA. The policy outlines the requirements for becoming and remaining an eligible training provider in accordance with federal law and regulations. Guidelines may be revised at a later time to ensure that eligible training providers and programs are aligned with career pathways once they are established. New providers and programs seeking initial eligibility must, in general: have been in operation at least 12 months; provide program information; assure compliance with nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and ADA; demonstrate effectiveness; and agree to collect and provide performance data. In order to maintain eligibility a provider or program must meet the minimum established performance criteria. Full details regarding initial and continued eligibility requirements can be found in the policy. (Page 55; Page 103) Title I The commonwealth’s Methods of Administration (MOA) document provides written assurance that the state complies with all nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements provided for in federal and state law and regulations. The MOA describes the actions and policies the state takes to ensure compliance. The Office of Equal Opportunity within L&I is responsible for implementing and monitoring compliance with nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other relevant laws and regulations. (Page 82) Title I In collaboration with one or more Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the commonwealth will evaluate the physical accessibility and information technology accessibility of all PA CareerLink® centers and services to ensure that Pennsylvanians with a disability are able to fully avail themselves of PA CareerLink® services. (Page 83) Title I Goal 1: Increase Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities 1. Expand the availability of apprenticeships, internships and on the job training (OJT) for individuals with disabilities. 2. Partner with the Bureau of Workforce Partnership and Operations (BWPO) to ensure programmatic and physical accessibility of the PA CareerLink® centers for equal access for individuals with disabilities. 3. Create and expand interagency agreements between OVR and local Career and Technology Centers and other community-based organizations. (Page 203) Title IV b. Partner with the Bureau of Workforce Partnership and Operations (BWPO) to ensure programmatic and physical accessibility of the PA CareerLink® for equal access for people with disabilities. • In 2016 OVR training for all combined bureau District Office Business Service Teams on the Cornell University ADA Leadership Training and provided hands-on training to offer accessibility training through use of the accessibility tool kits, that were developed by Misericordia University in Scranton. As a result of this training and outreach there have been increased requests for training from different Career Link Offices. (Page 215) Title IV
Vets
When a customer appears for PA CareerLink® services, the receptionist determines if the customer is a veteran and eligible for priority of service. If the customer self-discloses veteran status, the receptionist provides the veteran customer with an intake form. This form allows the veteran customer to disclose whether he/she possesses significant barriers to employment, including lacking a high school diploma, transitional service member, or otherwise qualifies to receive intensive case management services from a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist, if present. Upon determining that a veteran qualifies for intensive case management services from a DVOP Specialist based upon self-disclosed veteran status and the completed intake form, the receptionist immediately refers the veteran to the DVOP Specialist, if available. If the DVOP Specialist cannot see the veteran immediately, the receptionist gives the veteran the choice of making an appointment with the DVOP Specialist or exercising priority of service. (Page 81) Title I Local OVR Veterans’ Counselors and Coordinators continue to work collaboratively with the Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) within the PA CareerLink® system to coordinate services for veterans with disabilities. OVR regularly participates in the PA CARES Consortium with other agency partners including BWPO and the VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Education (VA—VRE) Program to ensure access to services to all veterans through information and referral services. In addition, OVR has sponsored employees in Forensic Training related to Veterans with mental health, traumatic brain injury and/or substance abuse issues. (Page 214) Title IV All individuals, including veterans, who enter the PA CareerLink® first see an intake person. This person conducts an assessment and determines if the veterans and other eligible persons qualify to see the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist. The DVOP assists veterans with significant barriers to employment such a long-term unemployment, previous incarceration, and low-income status. If the veteran lacks a significant barrier to employment and does not otherwise qualify to see the DVOP Specialist, then the veteran will immediately be sent to the first staff member, other than the Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER), for assistance. DVOP Specialists also may see veterans age 18 to 24, transitional service members and veteran populations designated by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. (Page 328) Title IV DVOP Specialists provide intensive services to veterans with disabilities, other eligible veterans, and other eligible persons as defined by 38 U.S.C. § 4103A; Veterans’ Program Letter (VPL) No. 03-14; VPL No. 03-14, Change 1; VPL No. 03-14, Change 2; VPL No. 04-14; and VPL No. 08-14. The DVOP Specialists provide and facilitate a full range of employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans who possess significant barriers to employment. DVOP Specialists evaluate veterans’ needs, knowledge, skills, and abilities; provide career guidance through vocational guidance or referrals to counseling; aid veterans in developing and documenting an individualized employment plan (IEP); and review and update the IEP during the active case management process. DVOP specialists coordinate supportive services with applicable providers, deliver technical assistance to community-based organizations for employment and training services to veterans, and assist PA CareerLink® partners in providing services to veterans on a priority basis. LVERs conduct face-to-face contact with employers, plan, and participate in job and career fairs, and conduct job development with employers. LVERs facilitate employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans, promote the benefits of employing veterans, and facilitate employer training. LVERs work with other partners and workforce development providers to communicate employer outreach and job openings. LVERs facilitate the provision of services to veterans by working with employers to ascertain the jobs that employers need to fill. LVERs share this information with the PA CareerLink® center. Other PA CareerLink® staff members, in turn, make veterans aware of employment opportunities. LVERs also facilitate the provision of services to veterans by providing employers with resumes and information about veterans who seek employment. In this manner, employers have a pool of veteran job candidates for existing and future vacancies. LVERs play an important role in educating all PA CareerLink® partner staff with current employment initiatives and programs for veterans. (Page 328-329) Title I Service delivery occurs through a seamless integrated delivery system called PA CareerLink®. Cross-trained, responsive customer service teams conveniently located in Pennsylvania communities provide effective services. Veterans receive priority in all employment and training programs. Priority of service is the responsibility of all PA CareerLink® staff and partner staff. DVOP Specialists work with PA CareerLink® partners on a common strategy for identifying veterans who self-register by having the PA CareerLink® managers pull a list of veterans who self-identify. The PA CareerLink® manager invites the self-identified veteran to come to the PA CareerLink® center for services. Veterans who possess a significant barrier to employment receive a referral to the DVOP Specialist. This allows DVOP Specialists to supplement the work that already occurs at the PA CareerLink® center. A needs-based approach consists of screening for disadvantaged veterans, veterans who possess significant barriers to employment, and veterans most in need of intensive labor exchange services. PA CareerLink® centers conduct staff meetings, training sessions, and workshops on a periodic basis to keep all partners apprised of program updates, changes, revisions, accomplishments, and recommendations. LVERs work with the PA CareerLink® Business Service Team in promoting veterans to employers. LVERs are key members of Business Service Teams as they provide information on current employer job openings, assist employers looking to hire veterans, and actively promote job-ready veterans to employers. (Page. 329-330) Title IV Pennsylvania serves all veterans. Every PA CareerLink® staff member and partner staff member assists veterans. DVOP Specialists, however, only serve a subset of all veterans. DVOP Specialists assist special disabled veterans, other veterans with disabilities, veterans with significant barriers to employment, veterans age 18-24, transitional service members and veteran populations designated by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. LVERs indirectly serve veterans by principally working with employers. (Page 330) Title IV When job seekers enter a PA CareerLink® center, the receptionist asks jobseekers if they are a veteran or the eligible spouse of a veteran. If an affirmative answer is provided, then the veteran or eligible spouse receives a registration form that differs in color from the non-veteran customer. The veteran or eligible spouse also receives a handout describing priority of service. The veteran or eligible spouse is referred to the next available staff member for service. If the staff member’s assessment finds that the veteran possesses a significant barrier to employment, then the veteran is immediately referred to a DVOP Specialist. If the PA CareerLink® center lacks a DVOP Specialist, or the DVOP Specialist is unavailable, then the veteran sees the next available staff member, although the staff member cannot be a LVER. Veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service in all functions and entities at the PA CareerLink® center. After a PA CareerLink® staff member determines that a veteran meets the criteria for a specific program, the veteran is automatically afforded priority of service. VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VA VR&E) Chapter 31 participants receive referrals to the nearest DVOP Specialist within 48 hours of receiving notification from the Intensive Services Coordinator (ISC) at the VA VR&E office. If there is no DVOP Specialist with a reasonable commute, the veteran sees the closest PA CareerLink® Program Supervisor for assessment and case management. (Page 330-331) Title IV All PA CareerLink® DVOP Specialists and one-stop delivery system staff provide job and job training individualized career services, as well as job-driven training and subsequent placement services through referrals to PA CareerLink® partner entities. The DVOP Specialist or PA CareerLink® staff member and the veteran mutually decide upon the individualized career services that the veteran will receive during meetings and case management sessions. Completion of those services as captured in and reported from CWDS along with job or training referrals and placement are measurable outcomes. (Page 331) Title IV
Mental Health

~~Students with disabilities and youth with disabilities may be eligible, but may not be otherwise entitled under State and Federal law, to other services, including but not limited to mental health and intellectual disabilities services, vocational rehabilitation services, employment and training services, drug and alcohol services and other health related services.
LEAs are responsible for the provision of necessary goods and services for students with disabilities to access “a free and appropriate public education” to include the provision of transition services that promote movement from school to post—school activities as outlined in the IEP. Students with disabilities who may not be entitled to special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, are entitled to related aids and services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. LEAs are also responsible, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to ensure that their facilities, resources and technology are accessible to the public. (Page 171) Title I

OVR SE services include transitional employment through the Clubhouse model for persons with significant mental health disabilities. Also, SE services have been provided on a broader basis since the late 1990’s to persons who are deaf via contracting with SE CRPs fluent in American Sign Language. (Page 227) Title I

Pennsylvania has established local mechanisms through which funding for intensive training and extended services is available for all eligible populations. Populations receiving SE includes individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health issues, physical disabilities, blindness, deafness, autism and traumatic brain injury, among many other needs. SE services are also available within the special education, mental health and developmental disability systems. OVR is actively engaged in collaborative relationships with those systems to ensure the provision of effective services, to reduce duplication of efforts, to share resources, and to improve employment outcomes for those served mutually by multiple systems. (Page 228) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)
No disability specific information found regarding this element.
Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
Past WIOA Profile Attachment : 

Policies and Initiatives

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Frequently Asked Questions Resource for schools Requesting Approval for a CTE Program - 08/01/2018

~~“This resource offers expanded information to school administrators who are completing the application required to offer a career and technical education (CTE) program”

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

Application for 1915(c) HCBS Waiver: PA.0279.R05.00 - 07/01/2018

~~“Pennsylvania’s Home and Community-Based Waiver for Individuals Aged 60 and Over (Aging Waiver) has been developed to emphasize deinstitutionalization, prevent or minimize institutionalization and provide an array of services and supports in community-integrated settings.  The Aging waiver provides home and community-based services to persons 60 and over whomeet the Nursing Facility level of care and is designed to support individuals to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including participant directed service models and traditional agency-based service models…The State assures that prevocational, educational, or supported employment services, or a combination of these services, if provided as habilitation services under the waiver are: (1) not otherwise available to the individual through a local educational agency under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and, (2) furnished as part of expanded habilitation services.” 

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

PaTTan Secondary Transition Relevant Legislation - 07/01/2018

~~This webinar provides a review the various legislation pieces that have implications for Secondary Transition; including: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; the Every Student Succeeds Act; Pennsylvania Chapter 339; the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the CMS Final Rule; and PA's Employment First Act. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania House Bill 1641: Employment First Law - 06/19/2018

“An Act providing for competitive integrated employment in State and county agencies and any entity providing publicly funded education, training, employment and related services and long-term services and supports for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability; establishing Employment First, the Governor's Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Employment First Oversight Commission and providing for their powers and duties; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Governor and the Office of the Governor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Employment First PA Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Quarter 1 Updates - 01/01/2018

This document lists updates from agencies involved with Pennsylvania’s Employment First initiative. Updates are focused around various priorities, including raising expectations for youth with disabilities, preparing students for school-to-work transition, and helping people with disabilities obtain competitive, integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Data Sharing

Wolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities - 11/24/2017

"Governor Tom Wolf announced today a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown to create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for individuals with disabilities at CVS stores across Pennsylvania. …

'When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community,’ Governor Wolf said. ‘However, far too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities are not working. Part of my administration’s Employment First initiative aims to address that disparity. Establishing partnerships between service providers and employers, such as the one that will be announced today between HGAC and CVS Health, will help individuals with disabilities find meaningful, sustainable employment.'"

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Experience the Employment Connection - 09/13/2017

Experience the Employment Connection is a training session offered in local areas across the state of PA. “Participants will learn how to work collaboratively, with numerous agencies, to obtain meaningful, integrative employment for the individuals they serve.”

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

Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver is designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability, autism or developmental disability to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including self-directed service models and traditional, agency-based service models.”

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

Pennsylvania Employment First Executive Order Summary - 03/01/2017

“On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, “Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability.”…

Per the requirements of the executive order, a plan was developed and approved by the Governor in September 2016. Per Priority “Implement, monitor, and provide accountability” under the Executive Order Recommendations, this document serves as the progress report that is required to be delivered to the Governor’s Secretary for Policy and Planning within six months of Governor’s approval of the recommendations. This document lists accomplishments that have occurred, or are in the process of occurring, as a result of the goals and priorities set forth in the executive order.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order 2016-03 Recommendations: Establishing an ‘Employment First’ Policy - 09/15/2016

“Pennsylvanians with a disability are valued members of society and have demonstrated that they are productive, contributing members of the workforce. There is dignity in work, and when people with a disability hold jobs and earn competitive wages they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community. However, far too many Pennsylvanians with a disability are not working. Many programs supported with public dollars have a great opportunity to promote and support work in which people with disabilities earn competitive wages and are integrated with people without disabilities.

On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, entitled ‘Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability…’ The executive order directed the departments of Labor and Industry, Human Services, and Education to obtain stakeholder and business input and work with other agencies as appropriate to develop a plan within 120 days to implement the executive order. The order defines standards against which progress will be measured.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Pennsylvania House Bill 1641: Employment First Law - 06/19/2018

“An Act providing for competitive integrated employment in State and county agencies and any entity providing publicly funded education, training, employment and related services and long-term services and supports for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability; establishing Employment First, the Governor's Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Employment First Oversight Commission and providing for their powers and duties; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Governor and the Office of the Governor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Pennsylvania SB 879 (ABLE legislation) - 09/16/2015

“AN ACT Providing for the establishment of a savings program by the Treasury Department to encourage savings accounts for individuals with disabilities; establishing the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program and the ABLE Savings Program Fund; and imposing duties on the Treasury Department.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

House Bill 400: Work Experience for High School Student disability act - 05/29/2015

The HB400 emphasizes on competitive integrated employment. It requires the office of vocational rehabilitation to facilitate the process of job and career development for the purpose of successful transition of high-school students with disability into workforce. In collaboration with local education agencies and other relevant public agencies, OVR shall: • Provide information for the development of individual education plans for high school students with disabilities and ensure that job skill training is included in such plans when appropriate. • When possible, attend individual education plan meetings in person or by alternative means (i.e. video conference, conference calls) when invited by local education agencies. • An OVR representative must attend at least one meeting in each of the last two years prior to the anticipated graduation of a disabled high school student. • Arrange for, monitor, and support the placement of high school students with disabilities in lawful internships, on-the-job training, and full-time or part-time work at competitive wages in integrated settings with public/private sector employers. Provide professional guidance relative to job coaching services. • Provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs. • Publish the following information within 45 days after each calendar quarter: o The number of individualized education meetings attended by OVR staff. o The number of individual education plans that include new or significantly modified goals and specific steps toward the attainment of competitive integrated employment. o The number of job referrals made to employers on behalf of students with disabilities while still in high school. o The number of high school students with disabilities working in part-time and summer jobs as a result of referrals made by OVR staff. o The number of high school students with disabilities working in part-time or summer jobs who are receiving job coaching services. o The number of high school students with disabilities who enter competitive integrated employment within 3 months of their graduation

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 271 - 01/20/2015

“An Act relating to the delivery of services and programs to persons with disabilities; conferring powers and duties on the Office of the Governor; establishing the Office for People with Disabilities and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities; and providing for the powers and duties of the office and advisory committee and for funding of the office.”

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

Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities (§ 6.301)

“The responsibilities of the Cabinet are as follows:     (1)  Make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that aid people with disabilities in this Commonwealth.       (2)  Serve as the Governor’s liaison to people with disabilities on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that affect people with disabilities to ensure that State government is accessible, accountable and responsive to people with disabilities.       (3)  Serve as a resource to all departments, commissions and agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to ensure that these government entities are cognizant of the needs of people with disabilities and that their respective services and programs are accessible to those individuals.       (4)  Work with the Administration and agencies to monitor the hiring, retention and promotion practices of the Commonwealth relating to the employment of people with disabilities to ensure that there are no discriminatory practices within this Commonwealth.”
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Executive order 2016-04: Equal employment opportunity - 04/07/2016

WHEREAS, this Administration is committed to strengthening and developing equal employment opportunity programs in the Commonwealth. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do hereby order and direct as follows: 1. Prohibition of Discrimination and Affirmation of Equal Employment Opportunity. a. No agency under the Governor’s jurisdiction shall discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, or disability. b. Each agency under the Governor’s jurisdiction shall ensure fair and equal employment opportunities exist at every level of government…

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Establishing "Employment First” Policy and Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability - 03/10/2016

“….I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby order and direct as follows:   1.  “Employment First” is the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor.  This policy reflects the Commonwealth’s goal of making the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability. a.  The definition of Employment First is that competitive integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded education, training, employment and related services, and long-term supports and services for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability, as “disability” is defined in each agency’s governing statutes and rules. b.  The definition of competitive integrated employment for purposes of this Executive Order is the definition contained in the WIOA, which is work performed on a full or part-time basis (including self-employment) for which a person is: (1)   Compensated at not less than federal minimum wage requirements or State or local minimum wage law (whichever is higher) and not less than the customary rate paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by people without a disability;…”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities

“The responsibilities of the Cabinet are as follows:

   (1)  Make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that aid people with disabilities in this Commonwealth.

   (2)  Serve as the Governor’s liaison to people with disabilities on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that affect people with disabilities to ensure that State government is accessible, accountable and responsive to people with disabilities.

   (3)  Serve as a resource to all departments, commissions and agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to ensure that these government entities are cognizant of the needs of people with disabilities and that their respective services and programs are accessible to those individuals.

   (4)  Work with the Administration and agencies to monitor the hiring, retention and promotion practices of the Commonwealth relating to the employment of people with disabilities to ensure that there are no discriminatory practices within this Commonwealth.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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OMR (ICFs/MR) and Employment Policy - 04/05/2006

“DPW supports the right of individuals in State and Non-State ICFs/MR to choose to be employed and to receive habilitation services through the ICF/MR program as needed to promote employment outcomes. Employment is defined in this bulletin as a part or full-time job in the general community, including self-employment, that compensates the individual at the prevailing wage or salary, which is at least minimum wage. While not defined as employment, individuals in ICFs/MR may participate in vocational and job training services that prepare them for employment in the community.”    “DPW permits ICFs/MR to provide habilitation services to reach an employment outcome as part of active treatment in accordance with the individual’s plan of care. While not everyone in an ICF/MR may choose or be able to work in the community at this time, ICFs/MR are encouraged and authorized to support employment outcomes through habilitation as part of active treatment services, commensurate with each individual’s goals, abilities and needs.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania OMR (ICFs/MR) and Employment Policy - 04/05/2006

 “DPW supports the right of individuals in State and Non-State ICFs/MR to choose to be employed and to receive habilitation services through the ICF/MR program as needed to promote employment outcomes. Employment is defined in this bulletin as a part or full-time job in the general community, including self-employment, that compensates the individual at the prevailing wage or salary, which is at least minimum wage. While not defined as employment, individuals in ICFs/MR may participate in vocational and job training services that prepare them for employment in the community.”

“DPW permits ICFs/MR to provide habilitation services to reach an employment outcome as part of active treatment in accordance with the individual’s plan of care. While not everyone in an ICF/MR may choose or be able to work in the community at this time, ICFs/MR are encouraged and authorized to support employment outcomes through habilitation as part of active treatment services, commensurate with each individual’s goals, abilities and needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania OMR Policy on Employment (2005) - 12/20/2005

“Statement of Policy as per 55 Pa Code §6000.171 states that persons with [Mental Retardation] MR who are of legal working age should have access to employment and the training necessary to sustain employment.

Access to employment applies regardless of a person’s living arrangement or type of service funding. [Office of Mental Retardation] OMR’s policy includes persons receiving base funded services and those enrolled in the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers. This also applies to people in State and Non-State ICFs/MR.”

“OMR defines employment as a job in the community that pays at least minimum wage, where the worker has the opportunity to interact with individuals without a disability and has access to employee benefits when available. Employment can be part or full-time and includes self-employment.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Transition from School To Work: OVR Programs and Services

“Any high school student with a disability who may need vocational guidance and assistance in preparing for, obtaining, or maintaining competitive employment should be considered for referral to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Students who have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), a 504 Plan, or who are involved with a school's Student Assistance Program may be appropriate referrals to OVR.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

PA Vocational Rehabilitation Purpose

“The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program helps individuals prepare for or retain employment. Services offered can include but are not limited to: counseling and guidance; vocational evaluation; blindness skills training; orientation and mobility instruction; rehabilitation teaching; vocational and college training; occupational tools and equipment; and, job placement services. Services are based on an individual's needs and choices, and some or all of these services may be needed for the person to prepare for or retain employment. VR counselors work directly with the individual to determine an employment goal and what services are needed to reach that goal. An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed jointly by the counselor and customer.”

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

Department of Human Services Mission

“The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. The department's Office of Developmental Programs works with individuals and families to provide supportive services and care for people with cognitive disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities and disorders falling in the autism spectrum. Additionally, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services administers programs to support people suffering from mental illness or substance abuse issues, such as a drug or alcohol addiction.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Pennsylvania Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

“The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Mission

 “The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. The department's Office of Developmental Programs works with individuals and families to provide supportive services and care for people with cognitive disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities and disorders falling in the autism spectrum. Additionally, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services administers programs to support people suffering from mental illness or substance abuse issues, such as a drug or alcohol addiction.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs Futures Planning 2014

“The mission of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is to support Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities to achieve greater independence, choice and opportunity in their lives… ODP’s vision is to continuously improve an effective system of accessible services and supports that are flexible, innovative and person-centered.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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WORKforce PA Workforce Development Association The Voice of Pennsylvania Workforce Development - 02/19/2019

~~“As with any partnership between the public and private sectors, the workforce development system faces challenges. While some of these challenges vary from local area to local area, a few are common among Pennsylvania workforce boards. Presently, one prevailing issue that is most concerning is the state Department of Human Services' proposed redesign of the Employment, Advancement and Retention Network Program, commonly referred to as EARN. This program was designed and created by DHS to address the needs of public assistance recipients with barriers to employment, and to coordinate the existing employment and training programs available to them. EARN currently operates in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, and federal TANF/EARN funding is controlled and distributed by DHS to each local workforce development board -  all of which provide services in  every county of the commonwealth”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

Wolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities - 11/24/2017

"Governor Tom Wolf announced today a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown to create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for individuals with disabilities at CVS stores across Pennsylvania. …

'When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community,’ Governor Wolf said. ‘However, far too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities are not working. Part of my administration’s Employment First initiative aims to address that disparity. Establishing partnerships between service providers and employers, such as the one that will be announced today between HGAC and CVS Health, will help individuals with disabilities find meaningful, sustainable employment.'"

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Via of the Lehigh Valley (PA): Partnership with Local Schools to Provide Customized Employment - 08/15/2014

This story details a partnership between Via of the Lehigh Valley (a CRP) and the local school system to support a Customized Employment success.

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

Pennsylvania AHEDD

“At AHEDD, we frequently collaborate with various organizations to carry out our mission. Our partners consist of organizations and individuals that can help with: agency funding; referrals of program participants; training for our staff; guidance for AHEDD’s operational needs; job opportunities; and/or much more.  Our services to people with disabilities are often sponsored by public resources at the federal, state, and local levels. 

Currently, these funders include:            

Pennsylvania Offices of Vocational Rehabilitation The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  Pennsylvania  Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)  Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Service (DDDS) in Delaware”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

PA ASERT

~~“ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) is a statewide initiative funded by the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), PA Department of Human Services. ASERT is a key component of the  BAS’s strategy for supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the commonwealth.The ASERT Collaborative is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities, and other providers involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families. The ASERT Collaborative has been designed to bring together resources locally, regionally, and statewide.Each ASERT region is charged with understanding the needs of their respective region, including those of the most rural regions of Pennsylvania and the most underserved populations.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Temple University Institute on Disabilities (College of Education)

“The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is one of the sixty-seven University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Established in 1974, the Institute has mirrored the changes in the field of developmental disabilities, evolving into a model of self-determination and individualized supports in the community…

During its early history the Institute provided extensive technical assistance and training to professionals in the field and later became nationally recognized for advocacy and research efforts centered on the closure of the Pennhurst Center. In the 1980's, the Institute began developing and evaluating support models for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families.”

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

Pennsylvania Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program

~~“The purpose of the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Randolph-Sheppard Retail Sales ITQ is to qualify responsible and responsive Contractors the opportunity to install, operate, and maintain retail food service facilities at designated state and federal government locations located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Commonwealth).  The types of operations and services, covered under this ITQ, include, but are not limited to, micro-market food service facilities and vending machine food services. The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services’ (BBVS) will manage this ITQ” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Pennsylvania's Labor & Industry Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services Contracts - 02/26/2016

"The Department of Labor & Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation today announced eight recipients of Transition Services contracts totaling $1.2 million.   Contracts are awarded to develop new and expanded innovative strategies and programs to provide transition services, including pre-employment transition services, for high school students with disabilities."    "Labor & Industry is proud to facilitate the transition from education to job-readiness with this additional funding that will go a long way in ensuring that students with disabilities receive services at the appropriate time in their lives," L&I Secretary Kathy Manderino said. "This money will help young people with disabilities transition from high school to secondary education or meaningful employment smoothly and with greater success."   "The recipients will receive funding in one of two service types: The first, Transition Planning and Services for Students with Disabilities, will serve 15 high school students with disabilities per each awarded contract during the 2016 school year and additional months of post-graduation services. The ultimate goal of the project is to place a minimum of seven OVR customers who have the most significant disabilities in competitive integrated employment.”   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania MAWD - Medical Assistance Benefits for Workers with Disabilities

 “For people with disabilities, finding a job or returning to work can be a challenge. For a long time one of the biggest obstacles to working was health care coverage. Earning too much money meant risking losing health care benefits. However, there is an option: Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD).”

“MAWD lets Pennsylvanians with disabilities take a fulfilling job, earn more money and still keep their full medical coverage. With MAWD you can keep Medical Assistance while you work, even if your earnings increase above the limits for other Medical Assistance programs. Now you do not have to choose between a job and your health.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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16th Annual 2019 Career & Transition Fair - 10/16/2019

~~“• Tours• Demonstrations• Displays Offering quality, individualized, post-secondary education.

CTI’s programs are designed to meet the needs of students in transition from high school into postsecondary education and beyond!”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

SBA Awards Funding to Organizations Delivering Entrepreneurship Training to Service-Disabled Veterans - 09/16/2019

~~“Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)...Saint Joseph’s University’s program is designed to provide the tools, education and mentoring necessary for post-9/11 disabled veterans to start or grow their businesses…\.The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, supports each organization’s programs for service-disabled veterans planning to start a new business or expand and diversify existing small businesses. Each awardee was chosen based on their demonstrated history of and commitment to providing training programs and resources to service-disabled veterans.” 

Systems
  • Other

Delaware County Human Services Plan FY 2019-20 - 06/26/2019

~~“To enhance this  supported  employment  (SE)  initiative,  DelCo  created  a  Reinvestment  Plan  to  hire  a  consultant  who  assisted  with  developing  and  delivering  a  systemic  Supported Employment training and funds for providers to hire a .5 FTE Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) to assist with SE implementation.  All contracted provider agencies were offered a one-time, monetary incentive for hiring a CPS in a vacant, non-billable position (e.g.,  residential  specialist)  within  their  agency  to  promote  the  mindset  that  “work  is  everyone’s business.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

“Employment Opportunities for Rural Residents with Disabilities in Pennsylvania” - 09/07/2018

~~Researchers conducted surveys of sheltered workshops and subminimum wage program providers and identified 26 work activities that can be done by subminimum wage workers with support. From this information, the researchers identified 95 occupations as being potential matches for subminimum wage workers. including  Llaborers/movers, retail salespersons, andnursing/home health aides.  An estimated 1.4 million Pennsylvania workers were employed in the 95 occupations from 2012-2015 (26.7 percent of the state’s workforce). The results from the quantitative analysis point to a number of employmentbarriers (for jobseekers with disabilities) in the 95 identified occupations for which subminimum wage workers are likely to compete, including higher levels of competition in rural areas, higher susceptibility to automation, lower pay, and lower expected job growth.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

PaTTan Secondary Transition Relevant Legislation - 07/01/2018

~~This webinar provides a review the various legislation pieces that have implications for Secondary Transition; including: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; the Every Student Succeeds Act; Pennsylvania Chapter 339; the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the CMS Final Rule; and PA's Employment First Act. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Experience the Employment Connection - 09/13/2017

Experience the Employment Connection is a training session offered in local areas across the state of PA. “Participants will learn how to work collaboratively, with numerous agencies, to obtain meaningful, integrative employment for the individuals they serve.”

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

OVR Transition Guide for Professionals - 06/01/2014

“The purpose of this guide is to provide professionals with an overview of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s role in the School-to-Work process. It is intended to provide basic knowledge of what students with disabilities and their families can expect when becoming involved with OVR.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The Pennsylvania Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit (PADES) - 10/31/2013

~~“This one and one-half day conference features nationally acclaimed keynote speakers , educational sessions presented by subject matter experts, exhibitors showcasing valuable resources, networking opportunities to learn from your peers and an employment fair to connect job seekers with disabilities to employers who are hiring."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

~~“Working with the Bureau of Special Education (BSE), Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), PaTTAN provides a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results. This professional development and technical assistance takes many forms in order to meet the varied needs of PaTTAN’s constituents. Week-long summer institutes, ongoing professional development series, webinars, on-site assistance, and individual student or teacher supports are some of the means by which PaTTAN provides support to schools.”

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

ADEPT: ARC Discovery Employment Transitions

~~“Arc Discovery Employment Transitions (ADEPT) is The Arc of Pennsylvania’s customized employment program. The Arc  of Pennsylvania supports individuals with significant impact of disability to seek and maintain customized employment in their community. As a result, The Arc of Pennsylvania’s consultants are trained and nationally certified by  Marc Gold & Associates, a national leader in customized employment, to provide Discovery, Customized Employment Job Development, and Systematic Instruction to individuals with disabilities in Pennsylvania who are seeking employment. In addition to providing customized employment services,.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
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Auditor General DePasquale Protecting Seniors, People with Disabilities, Taxpayers by Auditing Medicaid Service Providers - 04/24/2019

~~“Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said he is launching six audits to ensure Medicaid patients receive the services for which the state pays direct care providers. Services for seniors and people with intellectual disabilities will be the focus of the audits.

“Taxpayers pay billions of dollars a year for the medical and human services that are provided by vendors hired by the Department of Human Services,” DePasquale said. “As Pennsylvania’s chief fiscal watchdog, I will make sure that services being billed to the state are actually delivered to patients.”

The special financial audits were authorized under Act 42 of 2018, which received bipartisan support in the General Assembly as part of the current state budget.

“I will focus on holding vendors accountable for every last Medicaid dollar they bill to the state,” DePasquale said. “Taxpayers have a right to know that the good money they invest in helping our most vulnerable neighbors is being used effectively and efficiently.”

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

Settlement Agreement Between the United States and the Pennsylvania Department of Education - 04/03/2019

~~“The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education (“PDE”) and the United States Department of Justice (“United States”) (collectively, “the Parties”) enter into this settlement agreement (“Agreement”) to resolve the United States’ investigation into complaints involving PDE’s policies and practices related to its approval and general oversight of Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (“AEDY”) Programs.  The complaints that are relevant to this Agreement allege that PDE’s policies and practices regarding AEDY Programs have led to violations of federal law by Local Educational Agencies (“LEAs”) (1) referring students to AEDY Programs on the basis of disability and denying equal opportunities to access and participate in equal educational experiences, and (2) failing to provide English Learners (“ELs”) in AEDY with appropriate language services.  The United States investigated these allegations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12131 et seq. (“ADA”) and 28 C.F.R. Part 35, which collectively prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities, and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. § 1701 et seq. (“EEOA”), which requires, inter alia, that states and school districts take “appropriate action to overcome language barriers that impede equal participation by [their] students in . . . instructional programs.”  20 U.S.C. § 1703(f).”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Money Follows the Person - 04/23/2019

~~“On Feb. 25, 2019, new versions of the EMPOWER Care Act extending the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program for five years were introduced in the House (H.R. 1342) and Senate (S. 548). Short-term MFP funding to help people transition out of institutions ends soon. On January 25, 2019, the Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019, a bill that includes short-term funding for the Money Follows the Person program, became law. The bill includes three months of funding for MFP that states have until September 31, 2019 to spend. The bill also included an extension of the spousal impoverishment protections for people receiving home and community-based services to March 31, 2019.”

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

Application for 1915(c) HCBS Waiver: PA.0279.R05.00 - 07/01/2018

~~“Pennsylvania’s Home and Community-Based Waiver for Individuals Aged 60 and Over (Aging Waiver) has been developed to emphasize deinstitutionalization, prevent or minimize institutionalization and provide an array of services and supports in community-integrated settings.  The Aging waiver provides home and community-based services to persons 60 and over whomeet the Nursing Facility level of care and is designed to support individuals to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including participant directed service models and traditional agency-based service models…The State assures that prevocational, educational, or supported employment services, or a combination of these services, if provided as habilitation services under the waiver are: (1) not otherwise available to the individual through a local educational agency under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and, (2) furnished as part of expanded habilitation services.” 

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

Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver is designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability, autism or developmental disability to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including self-directed service models and traditional, agency-based service models.”

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

Pennsylvania’s Home and Community-Based Settings CMS Final Rule Statewide Transition Plan (Spring 2016) - 03/31/2016

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new rule (CMS rule) that states must follow to review and evaluate settings in which home and community-based services (HCBS) are provided, which include residential and nonresidential settings. The CMS rule became effective on March 17, 2014 and requires states to demonstrate compliance. To show compliance, states must submit a statewide transition plan (STP) and waiver specific transition plans.   CMS is moving away from defining home and community-based settings by “what they are not,” and toward defining them by the nature and quality of participants’ experiences. The home and community-based setting provisions in this final rule established a more outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based settings, as opposed to one based solely on a setting’s location, geography, or physical characteristics.    Pennsylvania submitted a statewide transition plan to CMS on April 1, 2015, following input from a public comment process. The Department received a letter from CMS on September 16, 2015, outlining questions and suggested changes for the statewide transition plan. The Department will submit a revised STP to CMS in March 2016.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Transition Plan - 04/02/2015

“Pennsylvania will use its statewide transition plan as a way to determine its compliance with CMS’s rule on HCBS. Pennsylvania will determine the current level of what state actions are needed for compliance. This will include a review of current licensing requirements, policies, regulations, rules, standards and statutes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

PA 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver - 01/16/2014

”On January 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for Home and Community-Based Settings (HCBS).  The final rule, which became effective on March 17, 2014, amends the Medicaid regulations to provide requirements regarding person-centered plans of care, characteristics of settings that are home and community-based as well as settings that may not be home and community-based. These requirements reflect CMS’ intent that individuals receiving services and supports through Medicaid Waivers receive services in settings which are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule applies to section 1915(c) Medicaid waivers, section 1915(i) State Plan home and community-based services and section 1915(k) Community First Choice attendant care services (1915(k)).  Pennsylvania has ten Medicaid home and community based services waivers. All Medicaid Waivers must comply with these requirements. The final rule includes a provision requiring states offering HCBS under existing state plans or waivers to develop transition plans to ensure that HCBS settings will meet the final rule’s requirements.” 

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

PA Independence Medicaid Waiver (0319.R04.00)

~~“Provides adult daily living, employment skills development, job coaching, personal assistance services, residential habilitation, respite, service coordination, structured day habilitation, supported employment, behavior  therapy services, counseling services, home health, nursing services, occupational therapy services, physical therapy services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech and language therapy services, assistive technology, benefits counseling, career assessment, cognitive rehabilitation therapy services, community integration, community transition services, home adaptations, job finding, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation services, personal emergency response (PERS), therapeutic and counseling services, vehicle modifications for individuals with physical disabilities ages 18 – 59”

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

PA OBRA Medicaid Waiver (0235.R05.00)

~~“Provides adult daily living, employment skills development, job coaching (intensive and extended follow-along), personal assistance services, residential habilitation services, respite, service coordination, structured day habilitation services, behavior therapy services, nursing services, occupational therapy, physical therapy services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech and language therapy services, assistive technology, benefits counseling, career assessment, cognitive rehabilitation therapy services, community integration, community transition services, counseling services, home adaptations, job finding, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation, personal emergency response system, prevocational services, supported employment, vehicle modifications for individuals w/DD ages 18-59”

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

Pennsylvania State Medicaid Plan

~~“Thank you for your interest in the Pennsylvania Medicaid State Plan.The plan is not available online and the files are too large to email.  However, text searchable  PDF files are available on a CD Rom.  A copy of the CD costs $3.00.  The CD contains all CMS approved amendments as of the day the CD is created.If you would like a copy of the CD, send a check or money order payable to "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" to: OMAP - Bureau of Policy, Analysis, and PlanningPO Box 2675Harrisburg, PA 17120”

 

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“Works for me is a free resource that can guide you to agencies and programs that will help you get a job.  These resources can help you: find a job, obtain job training, keep health insurance, get assistive technology, find other support you may need, [and] discover how you may even be able to increase your income!”   “Works for me is designed for Pennsylvania residents who: have a disability, receive Social Security and/or Medicaid benefits, [and] really want to join the workforce."
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

In the State of Independence, Pennsylvania is working steadfast to support workers with disabilities who want to pursue careers and optimal self-sufficiency. 

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 Pennsylvania’s VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
0.17%
Change from
2016 to 2017
12,805,537
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.3%
Change from
2016 to 2017
880,799
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.94%
Change from
2016 to 2017
329,760
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.07%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37.44%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.61%
Change from
2016 to 2017
78.15%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 12,802,503 12,784,227 12,805,537
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 885,256 909,897 880,799
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 316,361 323,354 329,760
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,353,723 5,330,434 5,367,374
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.74% 35.54% 37.44%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.29% 77.67% 78.15%
State/National unemployment rate. 5.30% 5.40% 4.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.20% 21.60% 20.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.90% 11.40% 11.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 823,712 863,882 846,194
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 923,052 928,597 928,452
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,418,340 1,462,578 1,438,177
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 224,188 215,770 230,249
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 119,610 122,982 117,239
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,949 5,407 4,622
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 29,755 29,386 30,876
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,179 N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 34,500 42,775 40,030
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 32,853 35,939 30,258

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 15,533 16,283 16,753
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.50% 4.70% 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 407,320 404,049 400,818

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 112,787 179,346 4,034
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 131,902 219,286 20,292
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 132,100 219,503 20,296
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 85.40% 81.70% 19.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00% 0.10% 0.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10% 0.20% 0.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20% 0.40% 0.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 12.60% 50.40% 48.30%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 184 280 1,017
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 325 362 2,599
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 954 978 1,324
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 52,568 116,774 136,689

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 6,999 5,160 4,930
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 312 289 309
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 172 167 192
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. 55.00% 58.00% 62.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.35 1.30 1.50

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
15,077
15,034
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 655 687 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,930 1,907 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 3,236 3,145 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 4,459 4,316 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 3,923 4,074 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 854 877 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 40.60% 39.80% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 17,207 17,742 17,358
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 641,889 641,003 636,726
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 460 511 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 576 631 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $35,871,000 $36,780,000 $39,081,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $89,514,000 $89,413,000 $87,858,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $157,205,000 $175,900,000 $194,299,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $219,084,000 $237,823,000 $249,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 17.00% 18.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 13,571 14,162 14,272
Number of people served in facility based work. 9,399 9,230 8,816
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 9,885 11,066 11,727
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 41.00 40.40 41.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.96% 61.84% 62.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 9.49% 9.53% 9.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.84% 4.93% 4.90%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 81.19% 83.07% 84.32%
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). 25.76% 28.84% 33.08%
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). 60.60% 67.32% 70.78%
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). 69.23% 73.34% 76.90%
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). 34.84% 38.48% 37.70%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 3,942,448
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,593
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 195,760
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 822,857
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,018,617
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 391
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 729
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,120
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,231,861
AbilityOne wages (services). $12,545,301

 

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

2017 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 101 63 56
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4 4 2
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 105 67 58
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 11,430 7,206 5,712
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 483 362 65
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 11,913 7,568 5,777

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~“Employment First” will be the policy of all commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the governor in serving persons with disabilities. This policy reflects Governor Wolf’s goal of making the commonwealth a model state in supporting people with disabilities in the workplace. Employment First requires that competitive, integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded services for all working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability. Career, training, and support services will be used, as necessary, to support the placement of individuals with disabilities into competitive, integrated employment. (Page 29) Title I

The Secretaries of PDE, DHS and L&I, along with other commonwealth agencies and executive office officials, created a written plan that implements Employment First as the policy of all commonwealth executive branch agencies; aligns funding, policy, and practice toward an emphasis on competitive, integrated employment; prioritizes competitive, integrated employment as the first consideration and preferred outcome of all publicly-funded services for all Pennsylvanians with a disability; and creates the conditions that lead to a material increase in the number of Pennsylvanians with a disability who are employed in a competitive, integrated job. (Page 44) Title I

OVR is represented on the PA Developmental Disabilities Council, the Governor’s Special Education Advisory Panel and the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project, all of which are comprised of representatives from partnering agencies. (Page 156) Title IV

As a key member of the PA Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project currently sponsored by a grant administered by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, OVR will partner with agencies within the Department of Human Services to ensure that the employment needs of individuals with disabilities are met, that cost services are comprehensive, effective, innovative and not duplicative, and that every individual with a disability who wants to work to achieve self—support will be given the opportunity to do so. The Departments of Labor & Industry, Education, Human Services, Transportation and Health, under the leadership of OVR, will execute and commit to coordinating the interagency agreement and collaboration required to secure and maintain community integrated employment for youth and adults with disabilities. Elements of the inter—departmental and interagency agreement shall fully address:
1. interdepartmental eligibility and enrollment processes;
2. data collection, sharing and reporting;
3. service coordination, resource leveraging and braiding of funding; and
4. quality assurance and improvement resulting in the collective accountability and performance measurement needed to substantially increase the numbers of Pennsylvanians in competitive integrated employment. (Page 176-177) Title I

Beginning in 2016, OVR led interagency training efforts through Experience the Employment Connection (EEC): Possibilities in Action. Continuing in 2017, EEC is a joint training initiative between the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), the Office Developmental Programs (ODP), the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (OMHSAS), and the Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education. Driven by the Governor's Executive Order on Employment First, EEC’s goal is to increase competitive, integrated employment for Pennsylvanians with disabilities by connecting professionals across systems. Participants learn about staff roles, policies, procedures, funding requirements, emerging practices. (Page 188) Title I

3. Investigate and evaluate effective strategies and protocols for building more effective partnerships with other non-VR organizations* to improve cross-agency collaboration and service delivery by:
a. Researching best practices, strategies and protocols of other states’ VR programs and relevant national organizations to support the agency’s development and modifications of Memorandum of Understanding;
b. Examining and evaluating current cross-agency collaboration and service delivery of OVR and other Pennsylvania non-VR organizations, particularly as it reinforces building effective partnerships of support of the Governor’s Employment First Initiative; c. Examining and evaluating OVR’s current informational materials, website and social media protocol and make recommendations to enhance the agency’s informational campaign to all OVR’s customers. * PA Department of Education (PDE), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), community rehabilitation programs (CRP), etc. (Page 192) Title I

Executive Order 2016-03, Establishing “Employment First” Policy and Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability, signed into order on March 10, 2016 by Governor Tom Wolf has created policies and procedures for Pennsylvania to become an “Employment First’ commonwealth as a model state with a climate and culture of competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. The executive order outlines the following major policy changes:
1. “Employment First” is the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor. This policy reflects the Commonwealth’s goal of making the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability.
a. The definition of Employment First is that competitive integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded education, training, employment and related services, and long-term supports and services for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability, as “disability” is defined in each agency’s governing statutes and rules.
b. The definition of competitive integrated employment for purposes of this Executive Order is the definition contained in the WIOA, which is work performed on a full or part-time basis (including self-employment) for which a person is: (1) Compensated at not less than federal minimum wage requirements or State or local minimum wage law (whichever is higher) and not less than the customary rate paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by people without a disability; (2) At a location where the employee interacts with people without a disability (not including supervisory personnel or people who are providing services to such employee); and (3) Presented, as appropriate, opportunities for similar benefits and advancement like those for other employees without a disability and who have similar positions. (Page 199-200) Title IV

3. The Secretaries of the Departments of Education, Human Services and Labor and Industry, working with other Commonwealth agencies or executive office officials as appropriate, will develop a written plan to address the implementation of the following goals:
a. Implement Employment First as the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies; (Page 200) Title I

With a successful first year as a foundation, Experience the Employment Connection (EEC): Possibilities in Action is returning for a second year! EEC is a joint training initiative between OVR, the Office Developmental Programs (ODP), the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (OMHSAS), and the Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education (BSE). This year the EEC Steering Committee have put together a program that is bigger, better and even more engaging. 15 full-day regional training sessions are planned for Fall 2017 with dates and locations determined by Suasion, an external conference planner and facilitator determined by bid award for this initiative. Focus topic being considered is around the Governor’s Employment First Legislation. (Page 216) Title I

5) Maintain and strengthen specific working relationships between Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Education (PDE) and OVR on transition—related issues, including reviewing and updating transition policies.
OVR continued to collaborate with its partners in DHS and PDE on a number of interagency initiatives. OVR continued to be represented on the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council and the Pennsylvania Special Education Advisory Panel. OVR continued to co—lead the PA Community of Practice on Transition with the Bureau of Special Education on which representatives from all MOU partners serve. OVR also worked with partners in the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project in order to promote employment for youth with disabilities across all public agencies. (Page 221-222) Title I

Customized Employment

~~In addition, OVR is conducting outreach to local education agencies in order to educate them about the proposed regulations regarding the use of subminimum wage and OVR efforts that focus on:
1. Presenting information at transition coordinating council meetings, special education administrators’ meetings, statewide webinars with PaTTAN, and at the Special Education Advisory Panel meetings.
2. Developing alternate service delivery models for individuals with significant disabilities who may have traditionally entered into subminimum wage employment.
3. Developing innovative and collaborative programs and services such as Discovery and Customized Employment as well as funding for Comprehensive Transition Programs that will help divert individuals away from subminimum wage employment.
4. Revising the Supported Employment policy to ensure that these particular services truly meet the needs of the population it was intended to serve and to increase job stability and longevity in a competitive integrated environment. (Page 212) Title IV

OVR will continue to develop and expand innovative service delivery models such as Discovery, Customized Employment, Project SEARCH and Project PAS to ensure that students with disabilities are able to successfully transition from school to postsecondary life. (Page 213) Title IV

In response to WIOA, OVR is planning to pilot customized employment (CE) scenarios that involve the use of supported employment (SE) services. This would be an improvement to community rehabilitation programs as providers would be required to be certified in order to provide CE services. This blend of CE and SE is intended to improve employment outcomes for individuals with the most significant disabilities (MSD). The OVR SE policy is in the process of revision to reflect the new WIOA regulations. We hope to improve community rehabilitation program (CRP) outcomes for those with the MSD by increasing communication among partners and providing supports for as long as needed and required. (Page 213) Title IV

OVR reviews the performance standards and indicators monthly. As an agency we constantly strive to meet or exceed the standards and indicators through training, policy development, and the addition or creation of new and innovative programs that will benefit our customers. We are also going through an extensive CSNA that will help guide us regarding service provision and to address system gaps to ensure that as many positive outcomes are achieved as possible. We are also exploring services such as customized employment and implementing interagency agreements that will assist with federal match generation to serve additional customers. OVR will continue to monitor the standards and indicators and incorporate stakeholder input into our program to ensure a cycle of constant reflection and program improvement. (Page 214) Title IV

The inclusion of customized employment services as a tool used alongside SE services can allow more intensive services to be offered for individuals with disabilities who are seeking competitive, community—integrated employment and historically may not have been able to benefit from VR services. Additionally, the OVR SE policy is under review both to address these issues and to align with new WIOA provisions. (Page 218) Title IV

The use of SE for customized employment (CE) cases is being piloted in 2015 to expand the breadth of SE services OVR offers. The use of CE in addition to SE will allow OVR to assist individuals who require very intensive services but are interested in and working towards competitive community integrated employment. OVR District Offices continue to work with other key state and private agencies, such as OHMSA), ODP, OLTL and PDE. In addition, OVR partners with private community service CRPs to expand and develop all types of community—integrated competitive employment as defined by the individual needs of customers. (Page 227) Title IV

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~The goals of the Greene County program are: • During fiscal years 2014—2016 this pilot project will serve approximately 20 unduplicated OVR eligible and IDD waiver program eligible youth through this interagency agreement. • As a result of the services provided through this agreement, it is expected that OVR will successfully place and vocationally rehabilitate approximately 54 percent of those individuals served.
For the Greene County Agreement, OVR will provide 78.7 percent of the funding (Federal— VR funding) and GCHS and IU 1 will each provide 10.65 percent of the funding, transferring to OVR 21.3 percent of the total (Local/ State match) funding.
Statewide replication of this program will provide OVR with opportunities to braid funding to serve OVR eligible youth with disabilities and to collaborate with the Departments of Education and Human Services more effectively. (Page 164) Title I

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~The PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources (PA Link) is a resource for elderly Pennsylvanians and adults with disabilities. The PA Link, through its collaborative network of partners including state and local public and private agencies improves access to information and provides referrals to long term living supports and services. Examples of services accessible through the PA Link network include assisted living and nursing home services, vocational rehabilitation services, and transportation services. (Page 46) Title IV

The PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources (PA Link) is a focal point for Pennsylvania residents seeking information and referrals for services to the elderly and adults with disabilities. The PA Link, through its collaborative network of partners including state and local, public and private agencies, improves access to information and linkages to long term living supports and services. Private and public entities and programs providing services to older individuals such as assisted living, nursing home, vocational rehabilitation, and transportation and providers serving persons with disabilities are just a few of the agencies that comprise the Link. Many SCSEP providers are members of the Link which will serve them well in learning about the myriad of local services available that can help SCSEP participants in general. (Page 346-347) Title IV

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~In addition to WIOA’s emphasis on out of school youth (OSY), the new legislation revises the delivery of youth services through the addition of new programmatic elements. WIOA added five new program elements to ones originally outlined under WIA, including: financial literacy education; entrepreneurial skills training; the provision of labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in a local area; activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training; and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a special occupation or occupational cluster. (Page 114) Title I

School to Work Transition

~~OVR entered into an Interagency Agreement with Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) effective 10/1/14 to provide school—to—work transition services to OVR eligible youth with disabilities who are enrolled in approved training programs at the BCTC and attend one of 16 public school districts within Berks County.

The interagency agreement, named “Work Partners,” provides for joint funding (including salary & benefits) of two positions which did not previously exist at BCTC:
• School—to—Work Coordinator (Professional) • Job Trainer (Paraprofessional)
Services to be provided through this interagency agreement are career and technical education instruction, work—based experiences, job development, placement and follow—up and job coaching.
The goals of the Work Partners Interagency Agreement are:
• To serve 50—65 OVR eligible youth with disabilities during FFY 2015, 2016 and 2017 • To achieve greater than 50 percent successful competitive, community—integrated job placements among those served • To increase the number of students served in the Service Occupations Cluster
The Interagency Agreement was approved by the Berks CTC Board of Directors on May 28, 2014 and signed by the school’s authorized representative. Berks CTC provides 21.3 percent of project funding which serves as local/state match. OVR provides the remaining 78.7 percent from federal VR funds.
OVR is optimistic that this program has the potential for statewide replication. Pennsylvania has 67 counties, 15 OVR District Offices, and 85 Career & Technology Centers. (Page 163) Title I

A second interagency agreement was developed with Greene County Human Services (GCHS), Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1) and OVR to provide school—to—work transition services for OVR eligible youth with intellectual disabilities enrolled in local education agencies within Greene County.

OVR, GCHS, and IU 1 will jointly provide funding in the amount of $60,000 per year for a two (2) year period to be used exclusively for the operation, and administration of the ”School—to—Work” services for OVR eligible youth with intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in local education agencies throughout Greene County.

Services to be provided through this interagency agreement are work—based educational experiences, on—the—job support though a job coach, independent living skills development and community involvement all oriented toward competitive, community—integrated employment. (Page 164) Title I

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Project SEARCH began in Pennsylvania through an RSA grant and 10 sites were started over the five year grant program. Currently OVR has 14 student sites and 3 young adult sites. In September 2017, two additional sites will open, Glaxo Smith Kline in Collegeville, PA and UPMC Jameson in Lawrence County (I&E project). In 2018, OVR will add new sites at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Penn State Physician’s Group (Reading), and Mercyhurst University (Autism Curriculum). Glaxo Smith Kline and Kalihari Resorts have already indicated their wish to replicate and this will add an additional site to Philadelphia and Pocono Summit, respectively in the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, OVR will have two sites dedicated to serving those on the autism spectrum (Drexel University and Mercyhurst University).

Project SEARCH statistics kept by the Cincinnati Hospital indicate that as of the close of the 2015-2016 school year, OVR had served 529 students. We have a 91.1% completion rate and an 80% placement rate. The placement rate is determined at the end of the Project SEARCH yearly program. It does not reflect those students who were placed after they had completed the Project SEARCH program. (Page 168) Title I

OVR continues to collaborate with its agency partners on the Pennsylvania Statewide Leadership Team (PA SLT) which evolved as the result of the IDEA Memorandum of Understanding implemented in 1999 and addended in 2006 and 2010. The PA SLT has recommended that the IDEA Memorandum of Understanding be revised to incorporate changes in Transition Services regulated by WIOA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. OVR representatives meet regularly with representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education and Bureau of Career & Technology Education to review policies, procedures, initiatives, and projects to ensure that eligible students with disabilities who are still enrolled in secondary education and youth with disabilities who are no longer engaged in secondary education are receiving the vocational rehabilitation services that they need to successfully transition from school to work and independence. (Page 169) Title I

Various initiatives are being developed and several are underway to implement “pre-employment transition services” to increase interagency collaboration, to create and implement new interagency agreements and to update Memoranda of Understanding pertaining to transition from school to work and adult services. Summer work experiences, work place readiness training to develop social skills and independent living, and other work based learning experiences have been implemented and will continue to expand as the population of high school students we serve increases. Technical assistance, agency cross-training and resource sharing continue to assist LEAs in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities. (Page 170) Title I

OVR will continue to develop the activities performed by Early Reach Coordinators to reach students with disabilities and their families earlier in the transition process (age 14—16). The Early Reach Initiative will be expanded in designated District Offices throughout the commonwealth due to increased demand. OVR will continue to explore opportunities to enter into Interagency Agreements and local Letters of Understanding to develop, expand and deliver pre—employment transition services and to update our statewide MOU to ensure that pre—employment transition services and general “School to Work” Transition services are delivered in an effective and consistent manner. (Page 213) Title IV

OVR continued to work through the Community of Practice State Leadership Team (SLT) on Transition to provide trainings on OVR services and procedures to all of our partner agencies. This was done through SLT sponsored webinars, the Statewide Transition Conference and monthly SLT meetings when OVR provided updates to the members on activities, programs and new initiatives within OVR. Local District Office staff participated in School to Work Transition Council meetings and provided guidance to families, advocates, educators and youth. OVR staff also regularly provided informational trainings to county and regional service providers to keep them updated and aware of OVR’s mission. The Early Reach Coordinators continued to reach out to schools and provide information to educational staff, families, and students about OVR services. Through our participation in the annual Statewide Transition Conference, OVR developed sessions which were presented to all attendees on OVR programs and policies. (Page 220) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Coordinated service delivery is also achieved through the development of career pathways as described in Goal 1. Career pathway development will be led by Local Workforce Development Boards in partnership with employers, multi-employer workforce partnerships, secondary and postsecondary education providers, Title I, Adult Basic Education providers, vocational rehabilitation program providers, and other combined plan partner programs capable of providing supportive services, such as TANF. (Page 20-21) Title I

OVR has entered into a MOU with the Bureau of Juvenile Justice Systems (BJJS), in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Academic, Career and Technical Training (PACTT) affiliates, that leveraged state and federal funding. These funds are targeted to provide a wide range of services such as the creation of summer programming, increased PETS, and paid work experiences to promote career pathways in an underserved population of students/youth with most significant disabilities who are involved with juvenile court. (Page 208) Title I

Apprenticeship
Next Generation Sector Partnerships will be used to address not only other common workforce challenges identified by employers (finding qualified entry-level workers, recruitment of low-income individuals and workers from other targeted groups, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, and the re-employment of Dislocated Workers within an industry sector) but other shared competitiveness needs of an industry. Pennsylvania will also place additional emphasis on establishing new and expanding existing Registered Apprenticeship programs and pre-apprenticeship standards as a means of addressing employer talent needs. The recently established state Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) will work closely with Combined State Plan core and partner programs to promote and support pre-apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs as part of relevant career pathway models. (Page 21) Title I
Work Incentives & Benefits

~~“Recipients of public assistance” includes individuals who receive, or in the past six months have received, or are a member of a family that is receiving or in the past six months has received, assistance through one or more of the following:
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program;
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program; or
• State or local income-based public assistance (Page 105) Title I

OVR ensures that personnel have a 21st-century understanding of the evolving labor force and the needs of individuals with disabilities through staff training, professional development and continuing education on labor market information and trends, as well as, training on assessment, rehabilitation technology, Social Security work incentive programs, including programs under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, training to facilitate informed choice under this program, and training to improve provision of services to culturally diverse populations. Training jointly developed between OVR and the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA) equip field staff with the knowledge to blend existing information about labor market trends with customer abilities, limitations and interests to develop appropriate job goals, with the hope of increasing successful long-term placements. (Page 186) Title I

In Pennsylvania, three major sources of extended service funding are available to ensure availability to customers who require long term support such as those who receive services from ODP and OLTL. OVR also has a limited amount of funds for customers who do not have other sources of long—term funding. These funds are the VR state SE funding. They are intended for customers who need extended services and who have no other source for extended services after the intensive supports are faded from the employment situation.
Actual funding available from ODP and OLTL varies from county to county depending upon each county’s situation. Other resources sought for extended service funding are natural supports, SSA work incentives, private foundations, etc. (Page 228) Title I

Employer/ Business

~~During the next two years OVR Business Services will continue to build employer engagement capacity through: 1. Annual training for all combined bureau and the Commonwealth Technical Institute (CTI) at the Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) business services staff on best practices and the common measures of joint Workforce (WF), OVR, and Title II Adult Education performance indicators. 2. Implement the use of a collaborative WF, OVR CWDS/Job Gateway business design tool to communicate and document cross system business contacts, services and collaboration in supplying qualified pre-screened talent, on-boarding supports, accessibility consultation and disability etiquette information and training. 3. Refinement of data collection on key measures of WIOA Indicator six performance measures of: a. Repeat Business Customers (percentage of repeat employers using services within the previous three years). b. Employer Penetration Rate (percentage of employers using services out of all employers in the State). (Page 175-176) Title I

OVR is committed to offering a plan for a comprehensive system of staff development and training. The goal is to ensure staff development for OVR personnel in areas essential to the effective management of OVR’s program of VR services. OVR will continue to provide for the training and development of personnel necessary to improve their ability to provide VR services leading to employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, especially those with the most significant disabilities.
With the implementation of WIOA, training topics include: 1. Functional Limitations, Employment Implications, and Accommodations 2. Vocational Assessment: Tools, Interpretation, and Application 3. Counseling and Guidance 4. Caseload Management, Case Practices, and Service Planning 5. Employer Engagement, Job Development and Job Placement 6. Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Competency 7. Leadership Development (Page 187) Title I

The goal of Part 2, Increasing Work-Based Learning Experiences for Students with Disabilities through Employer Engagement, was to prepare staff to engage in an informed, open dialogue with an employer to reach individualized solutions for hiring minors in order to increase paid work-based learning experiences for high school students with disabilities. (Page 188) Title I

Going forward, Pennsylvania will invest in sectoral workforce intermediaries that:
• Can serve as general-purpose employer-engagement partners for programs dealing with all workforce groups, including high-school and out-of-school youth, college students, dislocated and other unemployed workers, veterans, low-income workers, TANF recipients, persons with disabilities, and ex-offenders re-entering the workforce, as well as incumbent workers who are not included in any of these categories.
• Are well- and sustainably funded by a mix of private and public funds.
• Are effectively run, with a large and demonstrable impact on outcomes for employers, for individuals receiving services, and for all Pennsylvanians because they increase productivity, competitiveness, and the number of jobs that pay. (Page 382) Title IV

Data Collection
In accordance with WIOA Section 506(b), the performance accountability system requirements of WIOA Section 116 took effect July 1, 2016. At that time, VR agencies were expected to begin the process of implementing the final RSA-911-16 data collection. The U.S. Department of Education exercised its transition authority under WIOA Section 503 to ensure the orderly transition from the requirements under the Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, to the requirements of WIOA. The primary indicators of performance are calculated on a PY basis (i.e., July 1-June 30). Because the VR program’s FFY (i.e., October 1-September 30) spans two different PYs by an overlap of one quarter (July 1-September 30) and, therefore, many participants are served by the VR program for more than one PY, the data must be reported on a quarterly basis to ensure the required data are available for the entire PY. In so doing, the VR program can ensure compliance with the performance accountability requirements of WIOA Section 116 and data comparability with the other core programs. OVR will begin collecting Common Performance Measure data on July 1, 2017, and the first quarterly reports containing Common Performance Measure data and other 911 client data are due November 15, 2017. In addition to the quarterly reports, OVR will submit the Statewide and Local Performance Report annually with their WIOA Core Partners. (Page 68) Title I OVR continues to review existing policies and procedures to determine what additional updates will be necessary to ensure compliance with the final regulations. OVR’s Systems and Evaluation Unit have been diligently updating our CWDS case management system to account for all the new federal reporting requirements. Over the next 8 months there are four new system releases that will address Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS), Section 511 Tracking, RSA 911 reporting, as well as, other system upgrades and enhancements. The June 2017 release of CWDS included a revamp of the application and eligibility process that include necessary data tracking elements for RSA 911 reporting for the new reporting cycle that started 7/1/2017. Ongoing development and design of future CWDS enhancements remains a significant undertaking for the agency that requires system testing, multiple staff trainings, and the creation of reference materials and forms. (Page 167) Title I OVR has about 130 provider agreements for PETS and about 30 Innovation and Expansion Projects related to PETS delivery. All PETS provider agreements require providers to enter the student information that is required by the RSA 911. They also indicate the total number of days and hours at the student attended PETS so that OVR can provide accurate payment for services. OVR completes quarterly monitoring with its contractors as well. (Page 167-168) Title I To align the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program (which operates on a Federal fiscal year (FFY) basis) with the other five WIOA core programs (which operate on a program year (PY) basis) to the extent practicable, VR agencies must report participant data in a manner consistent with the jointly-administered requirements set forth in the final joint WIOA regulations and the WIOA Common Performance Reporting Information Collection Request (ICR). In accordance with section 506(b) of WIOA, the performance accountability system requirements of section 116 of WIOA took effect July 1, 2016. At that time, VR agencies were expected to begin the process of implementing the final RSA-911-16 data collection. The federal Department of Education exercised its transition authority under section 503 of WIOA to ensure the orderly transition from the requirements under the Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, to the requirements of WIOA. The primary indicators of performance are calculated on a PY basis (i.e., July 1-June 30). Because the VR program’s FFY (i.e., October 1-September 30) spans two different PYs by an overlap of one quarter (July 1-September 30) and, therefore, many participants are served by the VR program for more than one PY, the data must be reported on a quarterly basis to ensure the required data are available for the entire PY. In so doing, the VR program can ensure compliance with the performance accountability requirements of section 116 of WIOA and data comparability with the other core programs. OVR will begin collecting Common Performance Measure data on July 1, 2017, and the first quarterly reports containing Common Performance Measure data and other 911 client data are due November 15, 2017. In addition to the quarterly reports, OVR will submit the Statewide and Local Performance Report annually with their WIOA Core Partners. (Page 225) Title IV
511

~~Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which amends the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, added new requirements that place limitations on the payment of subminimum wages by entities holding special wage certificates under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The provisions of Section 511 went into effect two years after the enactment of the statute on July 22, 2016. As a direct result of WIOA, certain criteria must now be satisfied before an employer hires individuals with disabilities who are age 24 or younger (youths) at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level. The purpose of Section 511 is to ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to information and services that will enable them to achieve competitive integrated employment. Section 511 includes requirements for State VR agencies, subminimum wage employers and local and/or State educational agencies, including specific requirements for youth prior to their participation in subminimum wage employment.

During the first year of employment at subminimum wage, the individual with a disability must receive career counseling and information and referrals that facilitate independent decision-making and possible pursuit of other employment choices every six months. Additionally, the individual must also be informed of self-advocacy and peer mentoring training opportunities. After the first year, such counseling and information and referral services must be provided at least annually. OVR’s Section 511 Career Information and Referral Sessions focus on: reassuring individuals that they do not need to make any changes; promoting informed choice and independent decision making about competitive integrated employment; increasing awareness of OVR Services; and providing information about other agencies that can help.

Since December 2016, OVR’s successful implementation of Section 511 has been conducted by providing the Career Information and Referral Sessions to all persons engaged in subminimum wage employment in PA. In addition, clerical support tracks 511 data and issues letters of attendance documentation to the participants. To date, over 160 facilities have been visited and 990 Career Information & Referral Sessions have been delivered to more than 9,950 participants. (Page 177) Title IV

As a result of Section 511 in the re—authorization of the Rehabilitation Act in WIOA, OVR will be required to evaluate an individual with a disability who is age 24 or younger prior to them entering sub—minimum wage work. This will ensure this group of underserved youth has full opportunities to enter community integrated competitive employment.

Neither a local educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(1), nor a State educational agency, as defined in§ 397.5(b)(2), may enter into a contract or other arrangement with an entity, as defined in § 397.5(d), for the purpose of operating a program under which a youth with a disability is engaged in subminimum wage employment. OVR is developing standard procedures to meet the requirements of this section that state that no entity may compensate an individual with a disability who is age 24 or younger at a wage referred to as subminimum wage until the individual has received pre—employment transition services and has applied for vocational rehabilitation services. For individuals who are already in the subminimum wage setting as of July 22, 2016, OVR will be providing career counseling. (Page 212) Title IV

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188
The commonwealth issued Workforce System Policy No. 04-2015 detailing initial implementation of eligible training provider provisions of WIOA. The policy outlines the requirements for becoming and remaining an eligible training provider in accordance with federal law and regulations. Guidelines may be revised at a later time to ensure that eligible training providers and programs are aligned with career pathways once they are established. New providers and programs seeking initial eligibility must, in general: have been in operation at least 12 months; provide program information; assure compliance with nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and ADA; demonstrate effectiveness; and agree to collect and provide performance data. In order to maintain eligibility a provider or program must meet the minimum established performance criteria. Full details regarding initial and continued eligibility requirements can be found in the policy. (Page 55; Page 103) Title I The commonwealth’s Methods of Administration (MOA) document provides written assurance that the state complies with all nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements provided for in federal and state law and regulations. The MOA describes the actions and policies the state takes to ensure compliance. The Office of Equal Opportunity within L&I is responsible for implementing and monitoring compliance with nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other relevant laws and regulations. (Page 82) Title I In collaboration with one or more Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the commonwealth will evaluate the physical accessibility and information technology accessibility of all PA CareerLink® centers and services to ensure that Pennsylvanians with a disability are able to fully avail themselves of PA CareerLink® services. (Page 83) Title I Goal 1: Increase Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities 1. Expand the availability of apprenticeships, internships and on the job training (OJT) for individuals with disabilities. 2. Partner with the Bureau of Workforce Partnership and Operations (BWPO) to ensure programmatic and physical accessibility of the PA CareerLink® centers for equal access for individuals with disabilities. 3. Create and expand interagency agreements between OVR and local Career and Technology Centers and other community-based organizations. (Page 203) Title IV b. Partner with the Bureau of Workforce Partnership and Operations (BWPO) to ensure programmatic and physical accessibility of the PA CareerLink® for equal access for people with disabilities. • In 2016 OVR training for all combined bureau District Office Business Service Teams on the Cornell University ADA Leadership Training and provided hands-on training to offer accessibility training through use of the accessibility tool kits, that were developed by Misericordia University in Scranton. As a result of this training and outreach there have been increased requests for training from different Career Link Offices. (Page 215) Title IV
Vets
When a customer appears for PA CareerLink® services, the receptionist determines if the customer is a veteran and eligible for priority of service. If the customer self-discloses veteran status, the receptionist provides the veteran customer with an intake form. This form allows the veteran customer to disclose whether he/she possesses significant barriers to employment, including lacking a high school diploma, transitional service member, or otherwise qualifies to receive intensive case management services from a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist, if present. Upon determining that a veteran qualifies for intensive case management services from a DVOP Specialist based upon self-disclosed veteran status and the completed intake form, the receptionist immediately refers the veteran to the DVOP Specialist, if available. If the DVOP Specialist cannot see the veteran immediately, the receptionist gives the veteran the choice of making an appointment with the DVOP Specialist or exercising priority of service. (Page 81) Title I Local OVR Veterans’ Counselors and Coordinators continue to work collaboratively with the Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) within the PA CareerLink® system to coordinate services for veterans with disabilities. OVR regularly participates in the PA CARES Consortium with other agency partners including BWPO and the VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Education (VA—VRE) Program to ensure access to services to all veterans through information and referral services. In addition, OVR has sponsored employees in Forensic Training related to Veterans with mental health, traumatic brain injury and/or substance abuse issues. (Page 214) Title IV All individuals, including veterans, who enter the PA CareerLink® first see an intake person. This person conducts an assessment and determines if the veterans and other eligible persons qualify to see the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist. The DVOP assists veterans with significant barriers to employment such a long-term unemployment, previous incarceration, and low-income status. If the veteran lacks a significant barrier to employment and does not otherwise qualify to see the DVOP Specialist, then the veteran will immediately be sent to the first staff member, other than the Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER), for assistance. DVOP Specialists also may see veterans age 18 to 24, transitional service members and veteran populations designated by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. (Page 328) Title IV DVOP Specialists provide intensive services to veterans with disabilities, other eligible veterans, and other eligible persons as defined by 38 U.S.C. § 4103A; Veterans’ Program Letter (VPL) No. 03-14; VPL No. 03-14, Change 1; VPL No. 03-14, Change 2; VPL No. 04-14; and VPL No. 08-14. The DVOP Specialists provide and facilitate a full range of employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans who possess significant barriers to employment. DVOP Specialists evaluate veterans’ needs, knowledge, skills, and abilities; provide career guidance through vocational guidance or referrals to counseling; aid veterans in developing and documenting an individualized employment plan (IEP); and review and update the IEP during the active case management process. DVOP specialists coordinate supportive services with applicable providers, deliver technical assistance to community-based organizations for employment and training services to veterans, and assist PA CareerLink® partners in providing services to veterans on a priority basis. LVERs conduct face-to-face contact with employers, plan, and participate in job and career fairs, and conduct job development with employers. LVERs facilitate employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans, promote the benefits of employing veterans, and facilitate employer training. LVERs work with other partners and workforce development providers to communicate employer outreach and job openings. LVERs facilitate the provision of services to veterans by working with employers to ascertain the jobs that employers need to fill. LVERs share this information with the PA CareerLink® center. Other PA CareerLink® staff members, in turn, make veterans aware of employment opportunities. LVERs also facilitate the provision of services to veterans by providing employers with resumes and information about veterans who seek employment. In this manner, employers have a pool of veteran job candidates for existing and future vacancies. LVERs play an important role in educating all PA CareerLink® partner staff with current employment initiatives and programs for veterans. (Page 328-329) Title I Service delivery occurs through a seamless integrated delivery system called PA CareerLink®. Cross-trained, responsive customer service teams conveniently located in Pennsylvania communities provide effective services. Veterans receive priority in all employment and training programs. Priority of service is the responsibility of all PA CareerLink® staff and partner staff. DVOP Specialists work with PA CareerLink® partners on a common strategy for identifying veterans who self-register by having the PA CareerLink® managers pull a list of veterans who self-identify. The PA CareerLink® manager invites the self-identified veteran to come to the PA CareerLink® center for services. Veterans who possess a significant barrier to employment receive a referral to the DVOP Specialist. This allows DVOP Specialists to supplement the work that already occurs at the PA CareerLink® center. A needs-based approach consists of screening for disadvantaged veterans, veterans who possess significant barriers to employment, and veterans most in need of intensive labor exchange services. PA CareerLink® centers conduct staff meetings, training sessions, and workshops on a periodic basis to keep all partners apprised of program updates, changes, revisions, accomplishments, and recommendations. LVERs work with the PA CareerLink® Business Service Team in promoting veterans to employers. LVERs are key members of Business Service Teams as they provide information on current employer job openings, assist employers looking to hire veterans, and actively promote job-ready veterans to employers. (Page. 329-330) Title IV Pennsylvania serves all veterans. Every PA CareerLink® staff member and partner staff member assists veterans. DVOP Specialists, however, only serve a subset of all veterans. DVOP Specialists assist special disabled veterans, other veterans with disabilities, veterans with significant barriers to employment, veterans age 18-24, transitional service members and veteran populations designated by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. LVERs indirectly serve veterans by principally working with employers. (Page 330) Title IV When job seekers enter a PA CareerLink® center, the receptionist asks jobseekers if they are a veteran or the eligible spouse of a veteran. If an affirmative answer is provided, then the veteran or eligible spouse receives a registration form that differs in color from the non-veteran customer. The veteran or eligible spouse also receives a handout describing priority of service. The veteran or eligible spouse is referred to the next available staff member for service. If the staff member’s assessment finds that the veteran possesses a significant barrier to employment, then the veteran is immediately referred to a DVOP Specialist. If the PA CareerLink® center lacks a DVOP Specialist, or the DVOP Specialist is unavailable, then the veteran sees the next available staff member, although the staff member cannot be a LVER. Veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service in all functions and entities at the PA CareerLink® center. After a PA CareerLink® staff member determines that a veteran meets the criteria for a specific program, the veteran is automatically afforded priority of service. VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VA VR&E) Chapter 31 participants receive referrals to the nearest DVOP Specialist within 48 hours of receiving notification from the Intensive Services Coordinator (ISC) at the VA VR&E office. If there is no DVOP Specialist with a reasonable commute, the veteran sees the closest PA CareerLink® Program Supervisor for assessment and case management. (Page 330-331) Title IV All PA CareerLink® DVOP Specialists and one-stop delivery system staff provide job and job training individualized career services, as well as job-driven training and subsequent placement services through referrals to PA CareerLink® partner entities. The DVOP Specialist or PA CareerLink® staff member and the veteran mutually decide upon the individualized career services that the veteran will receive during meetings and case management sessions. Completion of those services as captured in and reported from CWDS along with job or training referrals and placement are measurable outcomes. (Page 331) Title IV
Mental Health

~~Students with disabilities and youth with disabilities may be eligible, but may not be otherwise entitled under State and Federal law, to other services, including but not limited to mental health and intellectual disabilities services, vocational rehabilitation services, employment and training services, drug and alcohol services and other health related services.
LEAs are responsible for the provision of necessary goods and services for students with disabilities to access “a free and appropriate public education” to include the provision of transition services that promote movement from school to post—school activities as outlined in the IEP. Students with disabilities who may not be entitled to special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, are entitled to related aids and services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. LEAs are also responsible, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to ensure that their facilities, resources and technology are accessible to the public. (Page 171) Title I

OVR SE services include transitional employment through the Clubhouse model for persons with significant mental health disabilities. Also, SE services have been provided on a broader basis since the late 1990’s to persons who are deaf via contracting with SE CRPs fluent in American Sign Language. (Page 227) Title I

Pennsylvania has established local mechanisms through which funding for intensive training and extended services is available for all eligible populations. Populations receiving SE includes individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health issues, physical disabilities, blindness, deafness, autism and traumatic brain injury, among many other needs. SE services are also available within the special education, mental health and developmental disability systems. OVR is actively engaged in collaborative relationships with those systems to ensure the provision of effective services, to reduce duplication of efforts, to share resources, and to improve employment outcomes for those served mutually by multiple systems. (Page 228) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)
No disability specific information found regarding this element.
Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
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Policies and Initiatives

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Frequently Asked Questions Resource for schools Requesting Approval for a CTE Program - 08/01/2018

~~“This resource offers expanded information to school administrators who are completing the application required to offer a career and technical education (CTE) program”

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

Application for 1915(c) HCBS Waiver: PA.0279.R05.00 - 07/01/2018

~~“Pennsylvania’s Home and Community-Based Waiver for Individuals Aged 60 and Over (Aging Waiver) has been developed to emphasize deinstitutionalization, prevent or minimize institutionalization and provide an array of services and supports in community-integrated settings.  The Aging waiver provides home and community-based services to persons 60 and over whomeet the Nursing Facility level of care and is designed to support individuals to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including participant directed service models and traditional agency-based service models…The State assures that prevocational, educational, or supported employment services, or a combination of these services, if provided as habilitation services under the waiver are: (1) not otherwise available to the individual through a local educational agency under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and, (2) furnished as part of expanded habilitation services.” 

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

PaTTan Secondary Transition Relevant Legislation - 07/01/2018

~~This webinar provides a review the various legislation pieces that have implications for Secondary Transition; including: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; the Every Student Succeeds Act; Pennsylvania Chapter 339; the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the CMS Final Rule; and PA's Employment First Act. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania House Bill 1641: Employment First Law - 06/19/2018

“An Act providing for competitive integrated employment in State and county agencies and any entity providing publicly funded education, training, employment and related services and long-term services and supports for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability; establishing Employment First, the Governor's Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Employment First Oversight Commission and providing for their powers and duties; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Governor and the Office of the Governor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Employment First PA Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Quarter 1 Updates - 01/01/2018

This document lists updates from agencies involved with Pennsylvania’s Employment First initiative. Updates are focused around various priorities, including raising expectations for youth with disabilities, preparing students for school-to-work transition, and helping people with disabilities obtain competitive, integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Data Sharing

Wolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities - 11/24/2017

"Governor Tom Wolf announced today a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown to create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for individuals with disabilities at CVS stores across Pennsylvania. …

'When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community,’ Governor Wolf said. ‘However, far too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities are not working. Part of my administration’s Employment First initiative aims to address that disparity. Establishing partnerships between service providers and employers, such as the one that will be announced today between HGAC and CVS Health, will help individuals with disabilities find meaningful, sustainable employment.'"

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Experience the Employment Connection - 09/13/2017

Experience the Employment Connection is a training session offered in local areas across the state of PA. “Participants will learn how to work collaboratively, with numerous agencies, to obtain meaningful, integrative employment for the individuals they serve.”

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

Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver is designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability, autism or developmental disability to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including self-directed service models and traditional, agency-based service models.”

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

Pennsylvania Employment First Executive Order Summary - 03/01/2017

“On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, “Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability.”…

Per the requirements of the executive order, a plan was developed and approved by the Governor in September 2016. Per Priority “Implement, monitor, and provide accountability” under the Executive Order Recommendations, this document serves as the progress report that is required to be delivered to the Governor’s Secretary for Policy and Planning within six months of Governor’s approval of the recommendations. This document lists accomplishments that have occurred, or are in the process of occurring, as a result of the goals and priorities set forth in the executive order.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order 2016-03 Recommendations: Establishing an ‘Employment First’ Policy - 09/15/2016

“Pennsylvanians with a disability are valued members of society and have demonstrated that they are productive, contributing members of the workforce. There is dignity in work, and when people with a disability hold jobs and earn competitive wages they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community. However, far too many Pennsylvanians with a disability are not working. Many programs supported with public dollars have a great opportunity to promote and support work in which people with disabilities earn competitive wages and are integrated with people without disabilities.

On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, entitled ‘Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability…’ The executive order directed the departments of Labor and Industry, Human Services, and Education to obtain stakeholder and business input and work with other agencies as appropriate to develop a plan within 120 days to implement the executive order. The order defines standards against which progress will be measured.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Pennsylvania House Bill 1641: Employment First Law - 06/19/2018

“An Act providing for competitive integrated employment in State and county agencies and any entity providing publicly funded education, training, employment and related services and long-term services and supports for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability; establishing Employment First, the Governor's Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Employment First Oversight Commission and providing for their powers and duties; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Governor and the Office of the Governor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Pennsylvania SB 879 (ABLE legislation) - 09/16/2015

“AN ACT Providing for the establishment of a savings program by the Treasury Department to encourage savings accounts for individuals with disabilities; establishing the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program and the ABLE Savings Program Fund; and imposing duties on the Treasury Department.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

House Bill 400: Work Experience for High School Student disability act - 05/29/2015

The HB400 emphasizes on competitive integrated employment. It requires the office of vocational rehabilitation to facilitate the process of job and career development for the purpose of successful transition of high-school students with disability into workforce. In collaboration with local education agencies and other relevant public agencies, OVR shall: • Provide information for the development of individual education plans for high school students with disabilities and ensure that job skill training is included in such plans when appropriate. • When possible, attend individual education plan meetings in person or by alternative means (i.e. video conference, conference calls) when invited by local education agencies. • An OVR representative must attend at least one meeting in each of the last two years prior to the anticipated graduation of a disabled high school student. • Arrange for, monitor, and support the placement of high school students with disabilities in lawful internships, on-the-job training, and full-time or part-time work at competitive wages in integrated settings with public/private sector employers. Provide professional guidance relative to job coaching services. • Provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs. • Publish the following information within 45 days after each calendar quarter: o The number of individualized education meetings attended by OVR staff. o The number of individual education plans that include new or significantly modified goals and specific steps toward the attainment of competitive integrated employment. o The number of job referrals made to employers on behalf of students with disabilities while still in high school. o The number of high school students with disabilities working in part-time and summer jobs as a result of referrals made by OVR staff. o The number of high school students with disabilities working in part-time or summer jobs who are receiving job coaching services. o The number of high school students with disabilities who enter competitive integrated employment within 3 months of their graduation

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 271 - 01/20/2015

“An Act relating to the delivery of services and programs to persons with disabilities; conferring powers and duties on the Office of the Governor; establishing the Office for People with Disabilities and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities; and providing for the powers and duties of the office and advisory committee and for funding of the office.”

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

Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities (§ 6.301)

“The responsibilities of the Cabinet are as follows:     (1)  Make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that aid people with disabilities in this Commonwealth.       (2)  Serve as the Governor’s liaison to people with disabilities on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that affect people with disabilities to ensure that State government is accessible, accountable and responsive to people with disabilities.       (3)  Serve as a resource to all departments, commissions and agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to ensure that these government entities are cognizant of the needs of people with disabilities and that their respective services and programs are accessible to those individuals.       (4)  Work with the Administration and agencies to monitor the hiring, retention and promotion practices of the Commonwealth relating to the employment of people with disabilities to ensure that there are no discriminatory practices within this Commonwealth.”
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Executive order 2016-04: Equal employment opportunity - 04/07/2016

WHEREAS, this Administration is committed to strengthening and developing equal employment opportunity programs in the Commonwealth. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do hereby order and direct as follows: 1. Prohibition of Discrimination and Affirmation of Equal Employment Opportunity. a. No agency under the Governor’s jurisdiction shall discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, or disability. b. Each agency under the Governor’s jurisdiction shall ensure fair and equal employment opportunities exist at every level of government…

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Establishing "Employment First” Policy and Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability - 03/10/2016

“….I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby order and direct as follows:   1.  “Employment First” is the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor.  This policy reflects the Commonwealth’s goal of making the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability. a.  The definition of Employment First is that competitive integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded education, training, employment and related services, and long-term supports and services for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability, as “disability” is defined in each agency’s governing statutes and rules. b.  The definition of competitive integrated employment for purposes of this Executive Order is the definition contained in the WIOA, which is work performed on a full or part-time basis (including self-employment) for which a person is: (1)   Compensated at not less than federal minimum wage requirements or State or local minimum wage law (whichever is higher) and not less than the customary rate paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by people without a disability;…”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities

“The responsibilities of the Cabinet are as follows:

   (1)  Make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that aid people with disabilities in this Commonwealth.

   (2)  Serve as the Governor’s liaison to people with disabilities on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that affect people with disabilities to ensure that State government is accessible, accountable and responsive to people with disabilities.

   (3)  Serve as a resource to all departments, commissions and agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to ensure that these government entities are cognizant of the needs of people with disabilities and that their respective services and programs are accessible to those individuals.

   (4)  Work with the Administration and agencies to monitor the hiring, retention and promotion practices of the Commonwealth relating to the employment of people with disabilities to ensure that there are no discriminatory practices within this Commonwealth.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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OMR (ICFs/MR) and Employment Policy - 04/05/2006

“DPW supports the right of individuals in State and Non-State ICFs/MR to choose to be employed and to receive habilitation services through the ICF/MR program as needed to promote employment outcomes. Employment is defined in this bulletin as a part or full-time job in the general community, including self-employment, that compensates the individual at the prevailing wage or salary, which is at least minimum wage. While not defined as employment, individuals in ICFs/MR may participate in vocational and job training services that prepare them for employment in the community.”    “DPW permits ICFs/MR to provide habilitation services to reach an employment outcome as part of active treatment in accordance with the individual’s plan of care. While not everyone in an ICF/MR may choose or be able to work in the community at this time, ICFs/MR are encouraged and authorized to support employment outcomes through habilitation as part of active treatment services, commensurate with each individual’s goals, abilities and needs.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania OMR (ICFs/MR) and Employment Policy - 04/05/2006

 “DPW supports the right of individuals in State and Non-State ICFs/MR to choose to be employed and to receive habilitation services through the ICF/MR program as needed to promote employment outcomes. Employment is defined in this bulletin as a part or full-time job in the general community, including self-employment, that compensates the individual at the prevailing wage or salary, which is at least minimum wage. While not defined as employment, individuals in ICFs/MR may participate in vocational and job training services that prepare them for employment in the community.”

“DPW permits ICFs/MR to provide habilitation services to reach an employment outcome as part of active treatment in accordance with the individual’s plan of care. While not everyone in an ICF/MR may choose or be able to work in the community at this time, ICFs/MR are encouraged and authorized to support employment outcomes through habilitation as part of active treatment services, commensurate with each individual’s goals, abilities and needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania OMR Policy on Employment (2005) - 12/20/2005

“Statement of Policy as per 55 Pa Code §6000.171 states that persons with [Mental Retardation] MR who are of legal working age should have access to employment and the training necessary to sustain employment.

Access to employment applies regardless of a person’s living arrangement or type of service funding. [Office of Mental Retardation] OMR’s policy includes persons receiving base funded services and those enrolled in the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers. This also applies to people in State and Non-State ICFs/MR.”

“OMR defines employment as a job in the community that pays at least minimum wage, where the worker has the opportunity to interact with individuals without a disability and has access to employee benefits when available. Employment can be part or full-time and includes self-employment.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Transition from School To Work: OVR Programs and Services

“Any high school student with a disability who may need vocational guidance and assistance in preparing for, obtaining, or maintaining competitive employment should be considered for referral to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Students who have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), a 504 Plan, or who are involved with a school's Student Assistance Program may be appropriate referrals to OVR.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

PA Vocational Rehabilitation Purpose

“The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program helps individuals prepare for or retain employment. Services offered can include but are not limited to: counseling and guidance; vocational evaluation; blindness skills training; orientation and mobility instruction; rehabilitation teaching; vocational and college training; occupational tools and equipment; and, job placement services. Services are based on an individual's needs and choices, and some or all of these services may be needed for the person to prepare for or retain employment. VR counselors work directly with the individual to determine an employment goal and what services are needed to reach that goal. An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed jointly by the counselor and customer.”

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

Department of Human Services Mission

“The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. The department's Office of Developmental Programs works with individuals and families to provide supportive services and care for people with cognitive disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities and disorders falling in the autism spectrum. Additionally, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services administers programs to support people suffering from mental illness or substance abuse issues, such as a drug or alcohol addiction.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Pennsylvania Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

“The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Mission

 “The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. The department's Office of Developmental Programs works with individuals and families to provide supportive services and care for people with cognitive disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities and disorders falling in the autism spectrum. Additionally, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services administers programs to support people suffering from mental illness or substance abuse issues, such as a drug or alcohol addiction.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs Futures Planning 2014

“The mission of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is to support Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities to achieve greater independence, choice and opportunity in their lives… ODP’s vision is to continuously improve an effective system of accessible services and supports that are flexible, innovative and person-centered.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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WORKforce PA Workforce Development Association The Voice of Pennsylvania Workforce Development - 02/19/2019

~~“As with any partnership between the public and private sectors, the workforce development system faces challenges. While some of these challenges vary from local area to local area, a few are common among Pennsylvania workforce boards. Presently, one prevailing issue that is most concerning is the state Department of Human Services' proposed redesign of the Employment, Advancement and Retention Network Program, commonly referred to as EARN. This program was designed and created by DHS to address the needs of public assistance recipients with barriers to employment, and to coordinate the existing employment and training programs available to them. EARN currently operates in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, and federal TANF/EARN funding is controlled and distributed by DHS to each local workforce development board -  all of which provide services in  every county of the commonwealth”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

Wolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities - 11/24/2017

"Governor Tom Wolf announced today a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown to create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for individuals with disabilities at CVS stores across Pennsylvania. …

'When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community,’ Governor Wolf said. ‘However, far too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities are not working. Part of my administration’s Employment First initiative aims to address that disparity. Establishing partnerships between service providers and employers, such as the one that will be announced today between HGAC and CVS Health, will help individuals with disabilities find meaningful, sustainable employment.'"

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Via of the Lehigh Valley (PA): Partnership with Local Schools to Provide Customized Employment - 08/15/2014

This story details a partnership between Via of the Lehigh Valley (a CRP) and the local school system to support a Customized Employment success.

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

Pennsylvania AHEDD

“At AHEDD, we frequently collaborate with various organizations to carry out our mission. Our partners consist of organizations and individuals that can help with: agency funding; referrals of program participants; training for our staff; guidance for AHEDD’s operational needs; job opportunities; and/or much more.  Our services to people with disabilities are often sponsored by public resources at the federal, state, and local levels. 

Currently, these funders include:            

Pennsylvania Offices of Vocational Rehabilitation The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  Pennsylvania  Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)  Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Service (DDDS) in Delaware”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

PA ASERT

~~“ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) is a statewide initiative funded by the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), PA Department of Human Services. ASERT is a key component of the  BAS’s strategy for supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the commonwealth.The ASERT Collaborative is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities, and other providers involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families. The ASERT Collaborative has been designed to bring together resources locally, regionally, and statewide.Each ASERT region is charged with understanding the needs of their respective region, including those of the most rural regions of Pennsylvania and the most underserved populations.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Temple University Institute on Disabilities (College of Education)

“The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is one of the sixty-seven University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Established in 1974, the Institute has mirrored the changes in the field of developmental disabilities, evolving into a model of self-determination and individualized supports in the community…

During its early history the Institute provided extensive technical assistance and training to professionals in the field and later became nationally recognized for advocacy and research efforts centered on the closure of the Pennhurst Center. In the 1980's, the Institute began developing and evaluating support models for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families.”

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

Pennsylvania Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program

~~“The purpose of the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Randolph-Sheppard Retail Sales ITQ is to qualify responsible and responsive Contractors the opportunity to install, operate, and maintain retail food service facilities at designated state and federal government locations located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Commonwealth).  The types of operations and services, covered under this ITQ, include, but are not limited to, micro-market food service facilities and vending machine food services. The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services’ (BBVS) will manage this ITQ” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Pennsylvania's Labor & Industry Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services Contracts - 02/26/2016

"The Department of Labor & Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation today announced eight recipients of Transition Services contracts totaling $1.2 million.   Contracts are awarded to develop new and expanded innovative strategies and programs to provide transition services, including pre-employment transition services, for high school students with disabilities."    "Labor & Industry is proud to facilitate the transition from education to job-readiness with this additional funding that will go a long way in ensuring that students with disabilities receive services at the appropriate time in their lives," L&I Secretary Kathy Manderino said. "This money will help young people with disabilities transition from high school to secondary education or meaningful employment smoothly and with greater success."   "The recipients will receive funding in one of two service types: The first, Transition Planning and Services for Students with Disabilities, will serve 15 high school students with disabilities per each awarded contract during the 2016 school year and additional months of post-graduation services. The ultimate goal of the project is to place a minimum of seven OVR customers who have the most significant disabilities in competitive integrated employment.”   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania MAWD - Medical Assistance Benefits for Workers with Disabilities

 “For people with disabilities, finding a job or returning to work can be a challenge. For a long time one of the biggest obstacles to working was health care coverage. Earning too much money meant risking losing health care benefits. However, there is an option: Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD).”

“MAWD lets Pennsylvanians with disabilities take a fulfilling job, earn more money and still keep their full medical coverage. With MAWD you can keep Medical Assistance while you work, even if your earnings increase above the limits for other Medical Assistance programs. Now you do not have to choose between a job and your health.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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16th Annual 2019 Career & Transition Fair - 10/16/2019

~~“• Tours• Demonstrations• Displays Offering quality, individualized, post-secondary education.

CTI’s programs are designed to meet the needs of students in transition from high school into postsecondary education and beyond!”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

SBA Awards Funding to Organizations Delivering Entrepreneurship Training to Service-Disabled Veterans - 09/16/2019

~~“Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)...Saint Joseph’s University’s program is designed to provide the tools, education and mentoring necessary for post-9/11 disabled veterans to start or grow their businesses…\.The funding opportunity, offered by SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development, supports each organization’s programs for service-disabled veterans planning to start a new business or expand and diversify existing small businesses. Each awardee was chosen based on their demonstrated history of and commitment to providing training programs and resources to service-disabled veterans.” 

Systems
  • Other

Delaware County Human Services Plan FY 2019-20 - 06/26/2019

~~“To enhance this  supported  employment  (SE)  initiative,  DelCo  created  a  Reinvestment  Plan  to  hire  a  consultant  who  assisted  with  developing  and  delivering  a  systemic  Supported Employment training and funds for providers to hire a .5 FTE Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) to assist with SE implementation.  All contracted provider agencies were offered a one-time, monetary incentive for hiring a CPS in a vacant, non-billable position (e.g.,  residential  specialist)  within  their  agency  to  promote  the  mindset  that  “work  is  everyone’s business.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

“Employment Opportunities for Rural Residents with Disabilities in Pennsylvania” - 09/07/2018

~~Researchers conducted surveys of sheltered workshops and subminimum wage program providers and identified 26 work activities that can be done by subminimum wage workers with support. From this information, the researchers identified 95 occupations as being potential matches for subminimum wage workers. including  Llaborers/movers, retail salespersons, andnursing/home health aides.  An estimated 1.4 million Pennsylvania workers were employed in the 95 occupations from 2012-2015 (26.7 percent of the state’s workforce). The results from the quantitative analysis point to a number of employmentbarriers (for jobseekers with disabilities) in the 95 identified occupations for which subminimum wage workers are likely to compete, including higher levels of competition in rural areas, higher susceptibility to automation, lower pay, and lower expected job growth.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

PaTTan Secondary Transition Relevant Legislation - 07/01/2018

~~This webinar provides a review the various legislation pieces that have implications for Secondary Transition; including: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; the Every Student Succeeds Act; Pennsylvania Chapter 339; the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the CMS Final Rule; and PA's Employment First Act. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Experience the Employment Connection - 09/13/2017

Experience the Employment Connection is a training session offered in local areas across the state of PA. “Participants will learn how to work collaboratively, with numerous agencies, to obtain meaningful, integrative employment for the individuals they serve.”

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

OVR Transition Guide for Professionals - 06/01/2014

“The purpose of this guide is to provide professionals with an overview of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s role in the School-to-Work process. It is intended to provide basic knowledge of what students with disabilities and their families can expect when becoming involved with OVR.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

The Pennsylvania Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit (PADES) - 10/31/2013

~~“This one and one-half day conference features nationally acclaimed keynote speakers , educational sessions presented by subject matter experts, exhibitors showcasing valuable resources, networking opportunities to learn from your peers and an employment fair to connect job seekers with disabilities to employers who are hiring."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

~~“Working with the Bureau of Special Education (BSE), Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), PaTTAN provides a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results. This professional development and technical assistance takes many forms in order to meet the varied needs of PaTTAN’s constituents. Week-long summer institutes, ongoing professional development series, webinars, on-site assistance, and individual student or teacher supports are some of the means by which PaTTAN provides support to schools.”

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

ADEPT: ARC Discovery Employment Transitions

~~“Arc Discovery Employment Transitions (ADEPT) is The Arc of Pennsylvania’s customized employment program. The Arc  of Pennsylvania supports individuals with significant impact of disability to seek and maintain customized employment in their community. As a result, The Arc of Pennsylvania’s consultants are trained and nationally certified by  Marc Gold & Associates, a national leader in customized employment, to provide Discovery, Customized Employment Job Development, and Systematic Instruction to individuals with disabilities in Pennsylvania who are seeking employment. In addition to providing customized employment services,.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
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Auditor General DePasquale Protecting Seniors, People with Disabilities, Taxpayers by Auditing Medicaid Service Providers - 04/24/2019

~~“Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said he is launching six audits to ensure Medicaid patients receive the services for which the state pays direct care providers. Services for seniors and people with intellectual disabilities will be the focus of the audits.

“Taxpayers pay billions of dollars a year for the medical and human services that are provided by vendors hired by the Department of Human Services,” DePasquale said. “As Pennsylvania’s chief fiscal watchdog, I will make sure that services being billed to the state are actually delivered to patients.”

The special financial audits were authorized under Act 42 of 2018, which received bipartisan support in the General Assembly as part of the current state budget.

“I will focus on holding vendors accountable for every last Medicaid dollar they bill to the state,” DePasquale said. “Taxpayers have a right to know that the good money they invest in helping our most vulnerable neighbors is being used effectively and efficiently.”

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

Settlement Agreement Between the United States and the Pennsylvania Department of Education - 04/03/2019

~~“The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education (“PDE”) and the United States Department of Justice (“United States”) (collectively, “the Parties”) enter into this settlement agreement (“Agreement”) to resolve the United States’ investigation into complaints involving PDE’s policies and practices related to its approval and general oversight of Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (“AEDY”) Programs.  The complaints that are relevant to this Agreement allege that PDE’s policies and practices regarding AEDY Programs have led to violations of federal law by Local Educational Agencies (“LEAs”) (1) referring students to AEDY Programs on the basis of disability and denying equal opportunities to access and participate in equal educational experiences, and (2) failing to provide English Learners (“ELs”) in AEDY with appropriate language services.  The United States investigated these allegations under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12131 et seq. (“ADA”) and 28 C.F.R. Part 35, which collectively prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities, and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. § 1701 et seq. (“EEOA”), which requires, inter alia, that states and school districts take “appropriate action to overcome language barriers that impede equal participation by [their] students in . . . instructional programs.”  20 U.S.C. § 1703(f).”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Money Follows the Person - 04/23/2019

~~“On Feb. 25, 2019, new versions of the EMPOWER Care Act extending the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program for five years were introduced in the House (H.R. 1342) and Senate (S. 548). Short-term MFP funding to help people transition out of institutions ends soon. On January 25, 2019, the Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019, a bill that includes short-term funding for the Money Follows the Person program, became law. The bill includes three months of funding for MFP that states have until September 31, 2019 to spend. The bill also included an extension of the spousal impoverishment protections for people receiving home and community-based services to March 31, 2019.”

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

Application for 1915(c) HCBS Waiver: PA.0279.R05.00 - 07/01/2018

~~“Pennsylvania’s Home and Community-Based Waiver for Individuals Aged 60 and Over (Aging Waiver) has been developed to emphasize deinstitutionalization, prevent or minimize institutionalization and provide an array of services and supports in community-integrated settings.  The Aging waiver provides home and community-based services to persons 60 and over whomeet the Nursing Facility level of care and is designed to support individuals to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including participant directed service models and traditional agency-based service models…The State assures that prevocational, educational, or supported employment services, or a combination of these services, if provided as habilitation services under the waiver are: (1) not otherwise available to the individual through a local educational agency under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and, (2) furnished as part of expanded habilitation services.” 

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

Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver is designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability, autism or developmental disability to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including self-directed service models and traditional, agency-based service models.”

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

Pennsylvania’s Home and Community-Based Settings CMS Final Rule Statewide Transition Plan (Spring 2016) - 03/31/2016

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new rule (CMS rule) that states must follow to review and evaluate settings in which home and community-based services (HCBS) are provided, which include residential and nonresidential settings. The CMS rule became effective on March 17, 2014 and requires states to demonstrate compliance. To show compliance, states must submit a statewide transition plan (STP) and waiver specific transition plans.   CMS is moving away from defining home and community-based settings by “what they are not,” and toward defining them by the nature and quality of participants’ experiences. The home and community-based setting provisions in this final rule established a more outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based settings, as opposed to one based solely on a setting’s location, geography, or physical characteristics.    Pennsylvania submitted a statewide transition plan to CMS on April 1, 2015, following input from a public comment process. The Department received a letter from CMS on September 16, 2015, outlining questions and suggested changes for the statewide transition plan. The Department will submit a revised STP to CMS in March 2016.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Settings Transition Plan - 04/02/2015

“Pennsylvania will use its statewide transition plan as a way to determine its compliance with CMS’s rule on HCBS. Pennsylvania will determine the current level of what state actions are needed for compliance. This will include a review of current licensing requirements, policies, regulations, rules, standards and statutes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

PA 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver - 01/16/2014

”On January 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for Home and Community-Based Settings (HCBS).  The final rule, which became effective on March 17, 2014, amends the Medicaid regulations to provide requirements regarding person-centered plans of care, characteristics of settings that are home and community-based as well as settings that may not be home and community-based. These requirements reflect CMS’ intent that individuals receiving services and supports through Medicaid Waivers receive services in settings which are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule applies to section 1915(c) Medicaid waivers, section 1915(i) State Plan home and community-based services and section 1915(k) Community First Choice attendant care services (1915(k)).  Pennsylvania has ten Medicaid home and community based services waivers. All Medicaid Waivers must comply with these requirements. The final rule includes a provision requiring states offering HCBS under existing state plans or waivers to develop transition plans to ensure that HCBS settings will meet the final rule’s requirements.” 

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

PA Independence Medicaid Waiver (0319.R04.00)

~~“Provides adult daily living, employment skills development, job coaching, personal assistance services, residential habilitation, respite, service coordination, structured day habilitation, supported employment, behavior  therapy services, counseling services, home health, nursing services, occupational therapy services, physical therapy services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech and language therapy services, assistive technology, benefits counseling, career assessment, cognitive rehabilitation therapy services, community integration, community transition services, home adaptations, job finding, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation services, personal emergency response (PERS), therapeutic and counseling services, vehicle modifications for individuals with physical disabilities ages 18 – 59”

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

PA OBRA Medicaid Waiver (0235.R05.00)

~~“Provides adult daily living, employment skills development, job coaching (intensive and extended follow-along), personal assistance services, residential habilitation services, respite, service coordination, structured day habilitation services, behavior therapy services, nursing services, occupational therapy, physical therapy services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech and language therapy services, assistive technology, benefits counseling, career assessment, cognitive rehabilitation therapy services, community integration, community transition services, counseling services, home adaptations, job finding, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation, personal emergency response system, prevocational services, supported employment, vehicle modifications for individuals w/DD ages 18-59”

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

Pennsylvania State Medicaid Plan

~~“Thank you for your interest in the Pennsylvania Medicaid State Plan.The plan is not available online and the files are too large to email.  However, text searchable  PDF files are available on a CD Rom.  A copy of the CD costs $3.00.  The CD contains all CMS approved amendments as of the day the CD is created.If you would like a copy of the CD, send a check or money order payable to "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" to: OMAP - Bureau of Policy, Analysis, and PlanningPO Box 2675Harrisburg, PA 17120”

 

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“Works for me is a free resource that can guide you to agencies and programs that will help you get a job.  These resources can help you: find a job, obtain job training, keep health insurance, get assistive technology, find other support you may need, [and] discover how you may even be able to increase your income!”   “Works for me is designed for Pennsylvania residents who: have a disability, receive Social Security and/or Medicaid benefits, [and] really want to join the workforce."
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

States - Phablet

Snapshot

In the State of Independence, Pennsylvania is working steadfast to support workers with disabilities who want to pursue careers and optimal self-sufficiency. 

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 Pennsylvania’s VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
0.17%
Change from
2016 to 2017
12,805,537
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.3%
Change from
2016 to 2017
880,799
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.94%
Change from
2016 to 2017
329,760
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.07%
Change from
2016 to 2017
37.44%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.61%
Change from
2016 to 2017
78.15%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 12,805,537
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 880,799
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 329,760
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 5,367,374
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 37.44%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.15%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 846,194
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 928,452
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,438,177
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 230,249
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 117,239
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,622
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 30,876
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 40,030
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 30,258

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 16,753
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 400,818

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 4,034
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 20,292
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 20,296
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 48.30%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,017
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,599
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,324
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 136,689

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,930
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 309
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 192
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. 62.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.50

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 17,358
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 636,726
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

2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $39,081,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $87,858,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $194,299,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $249,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 14,272
Number of people served in facility based work. 8,816
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 11,727
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 41.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 9.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.90%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 84.32%
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). 33.08%
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). 70.78%
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). 76.90%
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). 37.70%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 3,942,448
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 5,593
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 195,760
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 822,857
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,018,617
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 391
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 729
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,120
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,231,861
AbilityOne wages (services). $12,545,301

 

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

2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 56
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 2
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 58
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 5,712
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 65
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5,777

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

~~“Employment First” will be the policy of all commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the governor in serving persons with disabilities. This policy reflects Governor Wolf’s goal of making the commonwealth a model state in supporting people with disabilities in the workplace. Employment First requires that competitive, integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded services for all working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability. Career, training, and support services will be used, as necessary, to support the placement of individuals with disabilities into competitive, integrated employment. (Page 29) Title I

The Secretaries of PDE, DHS and L&I, along with other commonwealth agencies and executive office officials, created a written plan that implements Employment First as the policy of all commonwealth executive branch agencies; aligns funding, policy, and practice toward an emphasis on competitive, integrated employment; prioritizes competitive, integrated employment as the first consideration and preferred outcome of all publicly-funded services for all Pennsylvanians with a disability; and creates the conditions that lead to a material increase in the number of Pennsylvanians with a disability who are employed in a competitive, integrated job. (Page 44) Title I

OVR is represented on the PA Developmental Disabilities Council, the Governor’s Special Education Advisory Panel and the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project, all of which are comprised of representatives from partnering agencies. (Page 156) Title IV

As a key member of the PA Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project currently sponsored by a grant administered by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, OVR will partner with agencies within the Department of Human Services to ensure that the employment needs of individuals with disabilities are met, that cost services are comprehensive, effective, innovative and not duplicative, and that every individual with a disability who wants to work to achieve self—support will be given the opportunity to do so. The Departments of Labor & Industry, Education, Human Services, Transportation and Health, under the leadership of OVR, will execute and commit to coordinating the interagency agreement and collaboration required to secure and maintain community integrated employment for youth and adults with disabilities. Elements of the inter—departmental and interagency agreement shall fully address:
1. interdepartmental eligibility and enrollment processes;
2. data collection, sharing and reporting;
3. service coordination, resource leveraging and braiding of funding; and
4. quality assurance and improvement resulting in the collective accountability and performance measurement needed to substantially increase the numbers of Pennsylvanians in competitive integrated employment. (Page 176-177) Title I

Beginning in 2016, OVR led interagency training efforts through Experience the Employment Connection (EEC): Possibilities in Action. Continuing in 2017, EEC is a joint training initiative between the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), the Office Developmental Programs (ODP), the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (OMHSAS), and the Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education. Driven by the Governor's Executive Order on Employment First, EEC’s goal is to increase competitive, integrated employment for Pennsylvanians with disabilities by connecting professionals across systems. Participants learn about staff roles, policies, procedures, funding requirements, emerging practices. (Page 188) Title I

3. Investigate and evaluate effective strategies and protocols for building more effective partnerships with other non-VR organizations* to improve cross-agency collaboration and service delivery by:
a. Researching best practices, strategies and protocols of other states’ VR programs and relevant national organizations to support the agency’s development and modifications of Memorandum of Understanding;
b. Examining and evaluating current cross-agency collaboration and service delivery of OVR and other Pennsylvania non-VR organizations, particularly as it reinforces building effective partnerships of support of the Governor’s Employment First Initiative; c. Examining and evaluating OVR’s current informational materials, website and social media protocol and make recommendations to enhance the agency’s informational campaign to all OVR’s customers. * PA Department of Education (PDE), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), community rehabilitation programs (CRP), etc. (Page 192) Title I

Executive Order 2016-03, Establishing “Employment First” Policy and Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability, signed into order on March 10, 2016 by Governor Tom Wolf has created policies and procedures for Pennsylvania to become an “Employment First’ commonwealth as a model state with a climate and culture of competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. The executive order outlines the following major policy changes:
1. “Employment First” is the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor. This policy reflects the Commonwealth’s goal of making the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability.
a. The definition of Employment First is that competitive integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded education, training, employment and related services, and long-term supports and services for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability, as “disability” is defined in each agency’s governing statutes and rules.
b. The definition of competitive integrated employment for purposes of this Executive Order is the definition contained in the WIOA, which is work performed on a full or part-time basis (including self-employment) for which a person is: (1) Compensated at not less than federal minimum wage requirements or State or local minimum wage law (whichever is higher) and not less than the customary rate paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by people without a disability; (2) At a location where the employee interacts with people without a disability (not including supervisory personnel or people who are providing services to such employee); and (3) Presented, as appropriate, opportunities for similar benefits and advancement like those for other employees without a disability and who have similar positions. (Page 199-200) Title IV

3. The Secretaries of the Departments of Education, Human Services and Labor and Industry, working with other Commonwealth agencies or executive office officials as appropriate, will develop a written plan to address the implementation of the following goals:
a. Implement Employment First as the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies; (Page 200) Title I

With a successful first year as a foundation, Experience the Employment Connection (EEC): Possibilities in Action is returning for a second year! EEC is a joint training initiative between OVR, the Office Developmental Programs (ODP), the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (OMHSAS), and the Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education (BSE). This year the EEC Steering Committee have put together a program that is bigger, better and even more engaging. 15 full-day regional training sessions are planned for Fall 2017 with dates and locations determined by Suasion, an external conference planner and facilitator determined by bid award for this initiative. Focus topic being considered is around the Governor’s Employment First Legislation. (Page 216) Title I

5) Maintain and strengthen specific working relationships between Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Education (PDE) and OVR on transition—related issues, including reviewing and updating transition policies.
OVR continued to collaborate with its partners in DHS and PDE on a number of interagency initiatives. OVR continued to be represented on the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council and the Pennsylvania Special Education Advisory Panel. OVR continued to co—lead the PA Community of Practice on Transition with the Bureau of Special Education on which representatives from all MOU partners serve. OVR also worked with partners in the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Project in order to promote employment for youth with disabilities across all public agencies. (Page 221-222) Title I

Customized Employment

~~In addition, OVR is conducting outreach to local education agencies in order to educate them about the proposed regulations regarding the use of subminimum wage and OVR efforts that focus on:
1. Presenting information at transition coordinating council meetings, special education administrators’ meetings, statewide webinars with PaTTAN, and at the Special Education Advisory Panel meetings.
2. Developing alternate service delivery models for individuals with significant disabilities who may have traditionally entered into subminimum wage employment.
3. Developing innovative and collaborative programs and services such as Discovery and Customized Employment as well as funding for Comprehensive Transition Programs that will help divert individuals away from subminimum wage employment.
4. Revising the Supported Employment policy to ensure that these particular services truly meet the needs of the population it was intended to serve and to increase job stability and longevity in a competitive integrated environment. (Page 212) Title IV

OVR will continue to develop and expand innovative service delivery models such as Discovery, Customized Employment, Project SEARCH and Project PAS to ensure that students with disabilities are able to successfully transition from school to postsecondary life. (Page 213) Title IV

In response to WIOA, OVR is planning to pilot customized employment (CE) scenarios that involve the use of supported employment (SE) services. This would be an improvement to community rehabilitation programs as providers would be required to be certified in order to provide CE services. This blend of CE and SE is intended to improve employment outcomes for individuals with the most significant disabilities (MSD). The OVR SE policy is in the process of revision to reflect the new WIOA regulations. We hope to improve community rehabilitation program (CRP) outcomes for those with the MSD by increasing communication among partners and providing supports for as long as needed and required. (Page 213) Title IV

OVR reviews the performance standards and indicators monthly. As an agency we constantly strive to meet or exceed the standards and indicators through training, policy development, and the addition or creation of new and innovative programs that will benefit our customers. We are also going through an extensive CSNA that will help guide us regarding service provision and to address system gaps to ensure that as many positive outcomes are achieved as possible. We are also exploring services such as customized employment and implementing interagency agreements that will assist with federal match generation to serve additional customers. OVR will continue to monitor the standards and indicators and incorporate stakeholder input into our program to ensure a cycle of constant reflection and program improvement. (Page 214) Title IV

The inclusion of customized employment services as a tool used alongside SE services can allow more intensive services to be offered for individuals with disabilities who are seeking competitive, community—integrated employment and historically may not have been able to benefit from VR services. Additionally, the OVR SE policy is under review both to address these issues and to align with new WIOA provisions. (Page 218) Title IV

The use of SE for customized employment (CE) cases is being piloted in 2015 to expand the breadth of SE services OVR offers. The use of CE in addition to SE will allow OVR to assist individuals who require very intensive services but are interested in and working towards competitive community integrated employment. OVR District Offices continue to work with other key state and private agencies, such as OHMSA), ODP, OLTL and PDE. In addition, OVR partners with private community service CRPs to expand and develop all types of community—integrated competitive employment as defined by the individual needs of customers. (Page 227) Title IV

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~The goals of the Greene County program are: • During fiscal years 2014—2016 this pilot project will serve approximately 20 unduplicated OVR eligible and IDD waiver program eligible youth through this interagency agreement. • As a result of the services provided through this agreement, it is expected that OVR will successfully place and vocationally rehabilitate approximately 54 percent of those individuals served.
For the Greene County Agreement, OVR will provide 78.7 percent of the funding (Federal— VR funding) and GCHS and IU 1 will each provide 10.65 percent of the funding, transferring to OVR 21.3 percent of the total (Local/ State match) funding.
Statewide replication of this program will provide OVR with opportunities to braid funding to serve OVR eligible youth with disabilities and to collaborate with the Departments of Education and Human Services more effectively. (Page 164) Title I

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~The PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources (PA Link) is a resource for elderly Pennsylvanians and adults with disabilities. The PA Link, through its collaborative network of partners including state and local public and private agencies improves access to information and provides referrals to long term living supports and services. Examples of services accessible through the PA Link network include assisted living and nursing home services, vocational rehabilitation services, and transportation services. (Page 46) Title IV

The PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources (PA Link) is a focal point for Pennsylvania residents seeking information and referrals for services to the elderly and adults with disabilities. The PA Link, through its collaborative network of partners including state and local, public and private agencies, improves access to information and linkages to long term living supports and services. Private and public entities and programs providing services to older individuals such as assisted living, nursing home, vocational rehabilitation, and transportation and providers serving persons with disabilities are just a few of the agencies that comprise the Link. Many SCSEP providers are members of the Link which will serve them well in learning about the myriad of local services available that can help SCSEP participants in general. (Page 346-347) Title IV

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~In addition to WIOA’s emphasis on out of school youth (OSY), the new legislation revises the delivery of youth services through the addition of new programmatic elements. WIOA added five new program elements to ones originally outlined under WIA, including: financial literacy education; entrepreneurial skills training; the provision of labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in a local area; activities that help youth prepare for and transition to post-secondary education and training; and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a special occupation or occupational cluster. (Page 114) Title I

School to Work Transition

~~OVR entered into an Interagency Agreement with Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) effective 10/1/14 to provide school—to—work transition services to OVR eligible youth with disabilities who are enrolled in approved training programs at the BCTC and attend one of 16 public school districts within Berks County.

The interagency agreement, named “Work Partners,” provides for joint funding (including salary & benefits) of two positions which did not previously exist at BCTC:
• School—to—Work Coordinator (Professional) • Job Trainer (Paraprofessional)
Services to be provided through this interagency agreement are career and technical education instruction, work—based experiences, job development, placement and follow—up and job coaching.
The goals of the Work Partners Interagency Agreement are:
• To serve 50—65 OVR eligible youth with disabilities during FFY 2015, 2016 and 2017 • To achieve greater than 50 percent successful competitive, community—integrated job placements among those served • To increase the number of students served in the Service Occupations Cluster
The Interagency Agreement was approved by the Berks CTC Board of Directors on May 28, 2014 and signed by the school’s authorized representative. Berks CTC provides 21.3 percent of project funding which serves as local/state match. OVR provides the remaining 78.7 percent from federal VR funds.
OVR is optimistic that this program has the potential for statewide replication. Pennsylvania has 67 counties, 15 OVR District Offices, and 85 Career & Technology Centers. (Page 163) Title I

A second interagency agreement was developed with Greene County Human Services (GCHS), Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1) and OVR to provide school—to—work transition services for OVR eligible youth with intellectual disabilities enrolled in local education agencies within Greene County.

OVR, GCHS, and IU 1 will jointly provide funding in the amount of $60,000 per year for a two (2) year period to be used exclusively for the operation, and administration of the ”School—to—Work” services for OVR eligible youth with intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in local education agencies throughout Greene County.

Services to be provided through this interagency agreement are work—based educational experiences, on—the—job support though a job coach, independent living skills development and community involvement all oriented toward competitive, community—integrated employment. (Page 164) Title I

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Project SEARCH began in Pennsylvania through an RSA grant and 10 sites were started over the five year grant program. Currently OVR has 14 student sites and 3 young adult sites. In September 2017, two additional sites will open, Glaxo Smith Kline in Collegeville, PA and UPMC Jameson in Lawrence County (I&E project). In 2018, OVR will add new sites at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Penn State Physician’s Group (Reading), and Mercyhurst University (Autism Curriculum). Glaxo Smith Kline and Kalihari Resorts have already indicated their wish to replicate and this will add an additional site to Philadelphia and Pocono Summit, respectively in the 2018-2019 school year. Additionally, OVR will have two sites dedicated to serving those on the autism spectrum (Drexel University and Mercyhurst University).

Project SEARCH statistics kept by the Cincinnati Hospital indicate that as of the close of the 2015-2016 school year, OVR had served 529 students. We have a 91.1% completion rate and an 80% placement rate. The placement rate is determined at the end of the Project SEARCH yearly program. It does not reflect those students who were placed after they had completed the Project SEARCH program. (Page 168) Title I

OVR continues to collaborate with its agency partners on the Pennsylvania Statewide Leadership Team (PA SLT) which evolved as the result of the IDEA Memorandum of Understanding implemented in 1999 and addended in 2006 and 2010. The PA SLT has recommended that the IDEA Memorandum of Understanding be revised to incorporate changes in Transition Services regulated by WIOA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. OVR representatives meet regularly with representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education and Bureau of Career & Technology Education to review policies, procedures, initiatives, and projects to ensure that eligible students with disabilities who are still enrolled in secondary education and youth with disabilities who are no longer engaged in secondary education are receiving the vocational rehabilitation services that they need to successfully transition from school to work and independence. (Page 169) Title I

Various initiatives are being developed and several are underway to implement “pre-employment transition services” to increase interagency collaboration, to create and implement new interagency agreements and to update Memoranda of Understanding pertaining to transition from school to work and adult services. Summer work experiences, work place readiness training to develop social skills and independent living, and other work based learning experiences have been implemented and will continue to expand as the population of high school students we serve increases. Technical assistance, agency cross-training and resource sharing continue to assist LEAs in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities. (Page 170) Title I

OVR will continue to develop the activities performed by Early Reach Coordinators to reach students with disabilities and their families earlier in the transition process (age 14—16). The Early Reach Initiative will be expanded in designated District Offices throughout the commonwealth due to increased demand. OVR will continue to explore opportunities to enter into Interagency Agreements and local Letters of Understanding to develop, expand and deliver pre—employment transition services and to update our statewide MOU to ensure that pre—employment transition services and general “School to Work” Transition services are delivered in an effective and consistent manner. (Page 213) Title IV

OVR continued to work through the Community of Practice State Leadership Team (SLT) on Transition to provide trainings on OVR services and procedures to all of our partner agencies. This was done through SLT sponsored webinars, the Statewide Transition Conference and monthly SLT meetings when OVR provided updates to the members on activities, programs and new initiatives within OVR. Local District Office staff participated in School to Work Transition Council meetings and provided guidance to families, advocates, educators and youth. OVR staff also regularly provided informational trainings to county and regional service providers to keep them updated and aware of OVR’s mission. The Early Reach Coordinators continued to reach out to schools and provide information to educational staff, families, and students about OVR services. Through our participation in the annual Statewide Transition Conference, OVR developed sessions which were presented to all attendees on OVR programs and policies. (Page 220) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~Coordinated service delivery is also achieved through the development of career pathways as described in Goal 1. Career pathway development will be led by Local Workforce Development Boards in partnership with employers, multi-employer workforce partnerships, secondary and postsecondary education providers, Title I, Adult Basic Education providers, vocational rehabilitation program providers, and other combined plan partner programs capable of providing supportive services, such as TANF. (Page 20-21) Title I

OVR has entered into a MOU with the Bureau of Juvenile Justice Systems (BJJS), in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Academic, Career and Technical Training (PACTT) affiliates, that leveraged state and federal funding. These funds are targeted to provide a wide range of services such as the creation of summer programming, increased PETS, and paid work experiences to promote career pathways in an underserved population of students/youth with most significant disabilities who are involved with juvenile court. (Page 208) Title I

Apprenticeship
Next Generation Sector Partnerships will be used to address not only other common workforce challenges identified by employers (finding qualified entry-level workers, recruitment of low-income individuals and workers from other targeted groups, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, and the re-employment of Dislocated Workers within an industry sector) but other shared competitiveness needs of an industry. Pennsylvania will also place additional emphasis on establishing new and expanding existing Registered Apprenticeship programs and pre-apprenticeship standards as a means of addressing employer talent needs. The recently established state Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) will work closely with Combined State Plan core and partner programs to promote and support pre-apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs as part of relevant career pathway models. (Page 21) Title I
Work Incentives & Benefits

~~“Recipients of public assistance” includes individuals who receive, or in the past six months have received, or are a member of a family that is receiving or in the past six months has received, assistance through one or more of the following:
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
• Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program;
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program; or
• State or local income-based public assistance (Page 105) Title I

OVR ensures that personnel have a 21st-century understanding of the evolving labor force and the needs of individuals with disabilities through staff training, professional development and continuing education on labor market information and trends, as well as, training on assessment, rehabilitation technology, Social Security work incentive programs, including programs under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, training to facilitate informed choice under this program, and training to improve provision of services to culturally diverse populations. Training jointly developed between OVR and the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis (CWIA) equip field staff with the knowledge to blend existing information about labor market trends with customer abilities, limitations and interests to develop appropriate job goals, with the hope of increasing successful long-term placements. (Page 186) Title I

In Pennsylvania, three major sources of extended service funding are available to ensure availability to customers who require long term support such as those who receive services from ODP and OLTL. OVR also has a limited amount of funds for customers who do not have other sources of long—term funding. These funds are the VR state SE funding. They are intended for customers who need extended services and who have no other source for extended services after the intensive supports are faded from the employment situation.
Actual funding available from ODP and OLTL varies from county to county depending upon each county’s situation. Other resources sought for extended service funding are natural supports, SSA work incentives, private foundations, etc. (Page 228) Title I

Employer/ Business

~~During the next two years OVR Business Services will continue to build employer engagement capacity through: 1. Annual training for all combined bureau and the Commonwealth Technical Institute (CTI) at the Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) business services staff on best practices and the common measures of joint Workforce (WF), OVR, and Title II Adult Education performance indicators. 2. Implement the use of a collaborative WF, OVR CWDS/Job Gateway business design tool to communicate and document cross system business contacts, services and collaboration in supplying qualified pre-screened talent, on-boarding supports, accessibility consultation and disability etiquette information and training. 3. Refinement of data collection on key measures of WIOA Indicator six performance measures of: a. Repeat Business Customers (percentage of repeat employers using services within the previous three years). b. Employer Penetration Rate (percentage of employers using services out of all employers in the State). (Page 175-176) Title I

OVR is committed to offering a plan for a comprehensive system of staff development and training. The goal is to ensure staff development for OVR personnel in areas essential to the effective management of OVR’s program of VR services. OVR will continue to provide for the training and development of personnel necessary to improve their ability to provide VR services leading to employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, especially those with the most significant disabilities.
With the implementation of WIOA, training topics include: 1. Functional Limitations, Employment Implications, and Accommodations 2. Vocational Assessment: Tools, Interpretation, and Application 3. Counseling and Guidance 4. Caseload Management, Case Practices, and Service Planning 5. Employer Engagement, Job Development and Job Placement 6. Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Competency 7. Leadership Development (Page 187) Title I

The goal of Part 2, Increasing Work-Based Learning Experiences for Students with Disabilities through Employer Engagement, was to prepare staff to engage in an informed, open dialogue with an employer to reach individualized solutions for hiring minors in order to increase paid work-based learning experiences for high school students with disabilities. (Page 188) Title I

Going forward, Pennsylvania will invest in sectoral workforce intermediaries that:
• Can serve as general-purpose employer-engagement partners for programs dealing with all workforce groups, including high-school and out-of-school youth, college students, dislocated and other unemployed workers, veterans, low-income workers, TANF recipients, persons with disabilities, and ex-offenders re-entering the workforce, as well as incumbent workers who are not included in any of these categories.
• Are well- and sustainably funded by a mix of private and public funds.
• Are effectively run, with a large and demonstrable impact on outcomes for employers, for individuals receiving services, and for all Pennsylvanians because they increase productivity, competitiveness, and the number of jobs that pay. (Page 382) Title IV

Data Collection
In accordance with WIOA Section 506(b), the performance accountability system requirements of WIOA Section 116 took effect July 1, 2016. At that time, VR agencies were expected to begin the process of implementing the final RSA-911-16 data collection. The U.S. Department of Education exercised its transition authority under WIOA Section 503 to ensure the orderly transition from the requirements under the Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, to the requirements of WIOA. The primary indicators of performance are calculated on a PY basis (i.e., July 1-June 30). Because the VR program’s FFY (i.e., October 1-September 30) spans two different PYs by an overlap of one quarter (July 1-September 30) and, therefore, many participants are served by the VR program for more than one PY, the data must be reported on a quarterly basis to ensure the required data are available for the entire PY. In so doing, the VR program can ensure compliance with the performance accountability requirements of WIOA Section 116 and data comparability with the other core programs. OVR will begin collecting Common Performance Measure data on July 1, 2017, and the first quarterly reports containing Common Performance Measure data and other 911 client data are due November 15, 2017. In addition to the quarterly reports, OVR will submit the Statewide and Local Performance Report annually with their WIOA Core Partners. (Page 68) Title I OVR continues to review existing policies and procedures to determine what additional updates will be necessary to ensure compliance with the final regulations. OVR’s Systems and Evaluation Unit have been diligently updating our CWDS case management system to account for all the new federal reporting requirements. Over the next 8 months there are four new system releases that will address Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS), Section 511 Tracking, RSA 911 reporting, as well as, other system upgrades and enhancements. The June 2017 release of CWDS included a revamp of the application and eligibility process that include necessary data tracking elements for RSA 911 reporting for the new reporting cycle that started 7/1/2017. Ongoing development and design of future CWDS enhancements remains a significant undertaking for the agency that requires system testing, multiple staff trainings, and the creation of reference materials and forms. (Page 167) Title I OVR has about 130 provider agreements for PETS and about 30 Innovation and Expansion Projects related to PETS delivery. All PETS provider agreements require providers to enter the student information that is required by the RSA 911. They also indicate the total number of days and hours at the student attended PETS so that OVR can provide accurate payment for services. OVR completes quarterly monitoring with its contractors as well. (Page 167-168) Title I To align the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program (which operates on a Federal fiscal year (FFY) basis) with the other five WIOA core programs (which operate on a program year (PY) basis) to the extent practicable, VR agencies must report participant data in a manner consistent with the jointly-administered requirements set forth in the final joint WIOA regulations and the WIOA Common Performance Reporting Information Collection Request (ICR). In accordance with section 506(b) of WIOA, the performance accountability system requirements of section 116 of WIOA took effect July 1, 2016. At that time, VR agencies were expected to begin the process of implementing the final RSA-911-16 data collection. The federal Department of Education exercised its transition authority under section 503 of WIOA to ensure the orderly transition from the requirements under the Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, to the requirements of WIOA. The primary indicators of performance are calculated on a PY basis (i.e., July 1-June 30). Because the VR program’s FFY (i.e., October 1-September 30) spans two different PYs by an overlap of one quarter (July 1-September 30) and, therefore, many participants are served by the VR program for more than one PY, the data must be reported on a quarterly basis to ensure the required data are available for the entire PY. In so doing, the VR program can ensure compliance with the performance accountability requirements of section 116 of WIOA and data comparability with the other core programs. OVR will begin collecting Common Performance Measure data on July 1, 2017, and the first quarterly reports containing Common Performance Measure data and other 911 client data are due November 15, 2017. In addition to the quarterly reports, OVR will submit the Statewide and Local Performance Report annually with their WIOA Core Partners. (Page 225) Title IV
511

~~Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which amends the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, added new requirements that place limitations on the payment of subminimum wages by entities holding special wage certificates under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The provisions of Section 511 went into effect two years after the enactment of the statute on July 22, 2016. As a direct result of WIOA, certain criteria must now be satisfied before an employer hires individuals with disabilities who are age 24 or younger (youths) at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level. The purpose of Section 511 is to ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to information and services that will enable them to achieve competitive integrated employment. Section 511 includes requirements for State VR agencies, subminimum wage employers and local and/or State educational agencies, including specific requirements for youth prior to their participation in subminimum wage employment.

During the first year of employment at subminimum wage, the individual with a disability must receive career counseling and information and referrals that facilitate independent decision-making and possible pursuit of other employment choices every six months. Additionally, the individual must also be informed of self-advocacy and peer mentoring training opportunities. After the first year, such counseling and information and referral services must be provided at least annually. OVR’s Section 511 Career Information and Referral Sessions focus on: reassuring individuals that they do not need to make any changes; promoting informed choice and independent decision making about competitive integrated employment; increasing awareness of OVR Services; and providing information about other agencies that can help.

Since December 2016, OVR’s successful implementation of Section 511 has been conducted by providing the Career Information and Referral Sessions to all persons engaged in subminimum wage employment in PA. In addition, clerical support tracks 511 data and issues letters of attendance documentation to the participants. To date, over 160 facilities have been visited and 990 Career Information & Referral Sessions have been delivered to more than 9,950 participants. (Page 177) Title IV

As a result of Section 511 in the re—authorization of the Rehabilitation Act in WIOA, OVR will be required to evaluate an individual with a disability who is age 24 or younger prior to them entering sub—minimum wage work. This will ensure this group of underserved youth has full opportunities to enter community integrated competitive employment.

Neither a local educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(1), nor a State educational agency, as defined in§ 397.5(b)(2), may enter into a contract or other arrangement with an entity, as defined in § 397.5(d), for the purpose of operating a program under which a youth with a disability is engaged in subminimum wage employment. OVR is developing standard procedures to meet the requirements of this section that state that no entity may compensate an individual with a disability who is age 24 or younger at a wage referred to as subminimum wage until the individual has received pre—employment transition services and has applied for vocational rehabilitation services. For individuals who are already in the subminimum wage setting as of July 22, 2016, OVR will be providing career counseling. (Page 212) Title IV

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination: Section 188
The commonwealth issued Workforce System Policy No. 04-2015 detailing initial implementation of eligible training provider provisions of WIOA. The policy outlines the requirements for becoming and remaining an eligible training provider in accordance with federal law and regulations. Guidelines may be revised at a later time to ensure that eligible training providers and programs are aligned with career pathways once they are established. New providers and programs seeking initial eligibility must, in general: have been in operation at least 12 months; provide program information; assure compliance with nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and ADA; demonstrate effectiveness; and agree to collect and provide performance data. In order to maintain eligibility a provider or program must meet the minimum established performance criteria. Full details regarding initial and continued eligibility requirements can be found in the policy. (Page 55; Page 103) Title I The commonwealth’s Methods of Administration (MOA) document provides written assurance that the state complies with all nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements provided for in federal and state law and regulations. The MOA describes the actions and policies the state takes to ensure compliance. The Office of Equal Opportunity within L&I is responsible for implementing and monitoring compliance with nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other relevant laws and regulations. (Page 82) Title I In collaboration with one or more Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the commonwealth will evaluate the physical accessibility and information technology accessibility of all PA CareerLink® centers and services to ensure that Pennsylvanians with a disability are able to fully avail themselves of PA CareerLink® services. (Page 83) Title I Goal 1: Increase Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities 1. Expand the availability of apprenticeships, internships and on the job training (OJT) for individuals with disabilities. 2. Partner with the Bureau of Workforce Partnership and Operations (BWPO) to ensure programmatic and physical accessibility of the PA CareerLink® centers for equal access for individuals with disabilities. 3. Create and expand interagency agreements between OVR and local Career and Technology Centers and other community-based organizations. (Page 203) Title IV b. Partner with the Bureau of Workforce Partnership and Operations (BWPO) to ensure programmatic and physical accessibility of the PA CareerLink® for equal access for people with disabilities. • In 2016 OVR training for all combined bureau District Office Business Service Teams on the Cornell University ADA Leadership Training and provided hands-on training to offer accessibility training through use of the accessibility tool kits, that were developed by Misericordia University in Scranton. As a result of this training and outreach there have been increased requests for training from different Career Link Offices. (Page 215) Title IV
Vets
When a customer appears for PA CareerLink® services, the receptionist determines if the customer is a veteran and eligible for priority of service. If the customer self-discloses veteran status, the receptionist provides the veteran customer with an intake form. This form allows the veteran customer to disclose whether he/she possesses significant barriers to employment, including lacking a high school diploma, transitional service member, or otherwise qualifies to receive intensive case management services from a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist, if present. Upon determining that a veteran qualifies for intensive case management services from a DVOP Specialist based upon self-disclosed veteran status and the completed intake form, the receptionist immediately refers the veteran to the DVOP Specialist, if available. If the DVOP Specialist cannot see the veteran immediately, the receptionist gives the veteran the choice of making an appointment with the DVOP Specialist or exercising priority of service. (Page 81) Title I Local OVR Veterans’ Counselors and Coordinators continue to work collaboratively with the Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) within the PA CareerLink® system to coordinate services for veterans with disabilities. OVR regularly participates in the PA CARES Consortium with other agency partners including BWPO and the VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Education (VA—VRE) Program to ensure access to services to all veterans through information and referral services. In addition, OVR has sponsored employees in Forensic Training related to Veterans with mental health, traumatic brain injury and/or substance abuse issues. (Page 214) Title IV All individuals, including veterans, who enter the PA CareerLink® first see an intake person. This person conducts an assessment and determines if the veterans and other eligible persons qualify to see the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist. The DVOP assists veterans with significant barriers to employment such a long-term unemployment, previous incarceration, and low-income status. If the veteran lacks a significant barrier to employment and does not otherwise qualify to see the DVOP Specialist, then the veteran will immediately be sent to the first staff member, other than the Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER), for assistance. DVOP Specialists also may see veterans age 18 to 24, transitional service members and veteran populations designated by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. (Page 328) Title IV DVOP Specialists provide intensive services to veterans with disabilities, other eligible veterans, and other eligible persons as defined by 38 U.S.C. § 4103A; Veterans’ Program Letter (VPL) No. 03-14; VPL No. 03-14, Change 1; VPL No. 03-14, Change 2; VPL No. 04-14; and VPL No. 08-14. The DVOP Specialists provide and facilitate a full range of employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans who possess significant barriers to employment. DVOP Specialists evaluate veterans’ needs, knowledge, skills, and abilities; provide career guidance through vocational guidance or referrals to counseling; aid veterans in developing and documenting an individualized employment plan (IEP); and review and update the IEP during the active case management process. DVOP specialists coordinate supportive services with applicable providers, deliver technical assistance to community-based organizations for employment and training services to veterans, and assist PA CareerLink® partners in providing services to veterans on a priority basis. LVERs conduct face-to-face contact with employers, plan, and participate in job and career fairs, and conduct job development with employers. LVERs facilitate employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans, promote the benefits of employing veterans, and facilitate employer training. LVERs work with other partners and workforce development providers to communicate employer outreach and job openings. LVERs facilitate the provision of services to veterans by working with employers to ascertain the jobs that employers need to fill. LVERs share this information with the PA CareerLink® center. Other PA CareerLink® staff members, in turn, make veterans aware of employment opportunities. LVERs also facilitate the provision of services to veterans by providing employers with resumes and information about veterans who seek employment. In this manner, employers have a pool of veteran job candidates for existing and future vacancies. LVERs play an important role in educating all PA CareerLink® partner staff with current employment initiatives and programs for veterans. (Page 328-329) Title I Service delivery occurs through a seamless integrated delivery system called PA CareerLink®. Cross-trained, responsive customer service teams conveniently located in Pennsylvania communities provide effective services. Veterans receive priority in all employment and training programs. Priority of service is the responsibility of all PA CareerLink® staff and partner staff. DVOP Specialists work with PA CareerLink® partners on a common strategy for identifying veterans who self-register by having the PA CareerLink® managers pull a list of veterans who self-identify. The PA CareerLink® manager invites the self-identified veteran to come to the PA CareerLink® center for services. Veterans who possess a significant barrier to employment receive a referral to the DVOP Specialist. This allows DVOP Specialists to supplement the work that already occurs at the PA CareerLink® center. A needs-based approach consists of screening for disadvantaged veterans, veterans who possess significant barriers to employment, and veterans most in need of intensive labor exchange services. PA CareerLink® centers conduct staff meetings, training sessions, and workshops on a periodic basis to keep all partners apprised of program updates, changes, revisions, accomplishments, and recommendations. LVERs work with the PA CareerLink® Business Service Team in promoting veterans to employers. LVERs are key members of Business Service Teams as they provide information on current employer job openings, assist employers looking to hire veterans, and actively promote job-ready veterans to employers. (Page. 329-330) Title IV Pennsylvania serves all veterans. Every PA CareerLink® staff member and partner staff member assists veterans. DVOP Specialists, however, only serve a subset of all veterans. DVOP Specialists assist special disabled veterans, other veterans with disabilities, veterans with significant barriers to employment, veterans age 18-24, transitional service members and veteran populations designated by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. LVERs indirectly serve veterans by principally working with employers. (Page 330) Title IV When job seekers enter a PA CareerLink® center, the receptionist asks jobseekers if they are a veteran or the eligible spouse of a veteran. If an affirmative answer is provided, then the veteran or eligible spouse receives a registration form that differs in color from the non-veteran customer. The veteran or eligible spouse also receives a handout describing priority of service. The veteran or eligible spouse is referred to the next available staff member for service. If the staff member’s assessment finds that the veteran possesses a significant barrier to employment, then the veteran is immediately referred to a DVOP Specialist. If the PA CareerLink® center lacks a DVOP Specialist, or the DVOP Specialist is unavailable, then the veteran sees the next available staff member, although the staff member cannot be a LVER. Veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service in all functions and entities at the PA CareerLink® center. After a PA CareerLink® staff member determines that a veteran meets the criteria for a specific program, the veteran is automatically afforded priority of service. VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VA VR&E) Chapter 31 participants receive referrals to the nearest DVOP Specialist within 48 hours of receiving notification from the Intensive Services Coordinator (ISC) at the VA VR&E office. If there is no DVOP Specialist with a reasonable commute, the veteran sees the closest PA CareerLink® Program Supervisor for assessment and case management. (Page 330-331) Title IV All PA CareerLink® DVOP Specialists and one-stop delivery system staff provide job and job training individualized career services, as well as job-driven training and subsequent placement services through referrals to PA CareerLink® partner entities. The DVOP Specialist or PA CareerLink® staff member and the veteran mutually decide upon the individualized career services that the veteran will receive during meetings and case management sessions. Completion of those services as captured in and reported from CWDS along with job or training referrals and placement are measurable outcomes. (Page 331) Title IV
Mental Health

~~Students with disabilities and youth with disabilities may be eligible, but may not be otherwise entitled under State and Federal law, to other services, including but not limited to mental health and intellectual disabilities services, vocational rehabilitation services, employment and training services, drug and alcohol services and other health related services.
LEAs are responsible for the provision of necessary goods and services for students with disabilities to access “a free and appropriate public education” to include the provision of transition services that promote movement from school to post—school activities as outlined in the IEP. Students with disabilities who may not be entitled to special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, are entitled to related aids and services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. LEAs are also responsible, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to ensure that their facilities, resources and technology are accessible to the public. (Page 171) Title I

OVR SE services include transitional employment through the Clubhouse model for persons with significant mental health disabilities. Also, SE services have been provided on a broader basis since the late 1990’s to persons who are deaf via contracting with SE CRPs fluent in American Sign Language. (Page 227) Title I

Pennsylvania has established local mechanisms through which funding for intensive training and extended services is available for all eligible populations. Populations receiving SE includes individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health issues, physical disabilities, blindness, deafness, autism and traumatic brain injury, among many other needs. SE services are also available within the special education, mental health and developmental disability systems. OVR is actively engaged in collaborative relationships with those systems to ensure the provision of effective services, to reduce duplication of efforts, to share resources, and to improve employment outcomes for those served mutually by multiple systems. (Page 228) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)
No disability specific information found regarding this element.
Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
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Policies and Initiatives

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Frequently Asked Questions Resource for schools Requesting Approval for a CTE Program - 08/01/2018

~~“This resource offers expanded information to school administrators who are completing the application required to offer a career and technical education (CTE) program”

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

Application for 1915(c) HCBS Waiver: PA.0279.R05.00 - 07/01/2018

~~“Pennsylvania’s Home and Community-Based Waiver for Individuals Aged 60 and Over (Aging Waiver) has been developed to emphasize deinstitutionalization, prevent or minimize institutionalization and provide an array of services and supports in community-integrated settings.  The Aging waiver provides home and community-based services to persons 60 and over whomeet the Nursing Facility level of care and is designed to support individuals to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including participant directed service models and traditional agency-based service models…The State assures that prevocational, educational, or supported employment services, or a combination of these services, if provided as habilitation services under the waiver are: (1) not otherwise available to the individual through a local educational agency under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and, (2) furnished as part of expanded habilitation services.” 

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

PaTTan Secondary Transition Relevant Legislation - 07/01/2018

~~This webinar provides a review the various legislation pieces that have implications for Secondary Transition; including: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; the Every Student Succeeds Act; Pennsylvania Chapter 339; the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; the CMS Final Rule; and PA's Employment First Act. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania House Bill 1641: Employment First Law - 06/19/2018

“An Act providing for competitive integrated employment in State and county agencies and any entity providing publicly funded education, training, employment and related services and long-term services and supports for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability; establishing Employment First, the Governor's Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Employment First Oversight Commission and providing for their powers and duties; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Governor and the Office of the Governor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Employment First PA Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Quarter 1 Updates - 01/01/2018

This document lists updates from agencies involved with Pennsylvania’s Employment First initiative. Updates are focused around various priorities, including raising expectations for youth with disabilities, preparing students for school-to-work transition, and helping people with disabilities obtain competitive, integrated employment. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Data Sharing

Wolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities - 11/24/2017

"Governor Tom Wolf announced today a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown to create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for individuals with disabilities at CVS stores across Pennsylvania. …

'When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community,’ Governor Wolf said. ‘However, far too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities are not working. Part of my administration’s Employment First initiative aims to address that disparity. Establishing partnerships between service providers and employers, such as the one that will be announced today between HGAC and CVS Health, will help individuals with disabilities find meaningful, sustainable employment.'"

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Experience the Employment Connection - 09/13/2017

Experience the Employment Connection is a training session offered in local areas across the state of PA. “Participants will learn how to work collaboratively, with numerous agencies, to obtain meaningful, integrative employment for the individuals they serve.”

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

Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver - 07/01/2017

“The Pennsylvania Consolidated Waiver is designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability, autism or developmental disability to live more independently in their homes and communities and to provide a variety of services that promote community living, including self-directed service models and traditional, agency-based service models.”

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

Pennsylvania Employment First Executive Order Summary - 03/01/2017

“On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, “Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability.”…

Per the requirements of the executive order, a plan was developed and approved by the Governor in September 2016. Per Priority “Implement, monitor, and provide accountability” under the Executive Order Recommendations, this document serves as the progress report that is required to be delivered to the Governor’s Secretary for Policy and Planning within six months of Governor’s approval of the recommendations. This document lists accomplishments that have occurred, or are in the process of occurring, as a result of the goals and priorities set forth in the executive order.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Executive Order 2016-03 Recommendations: Establishing an ‘Employment First’ Policy - 09/15/2016

“Pennsylvanians with a disability are valued members of society and have demonstrated that they are productive, contributing members of the workforce. There is dignity in work, and when people with a disability hold jobs and earn competitive wages they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community. However, far too many Pennsylvanians with a disability are not working. Many programs supported with public dollars have a great opportunity to promote and support work in which people with disabilities earn competitive wages and are integrated with people without disabilities.

On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03, entitled ‘Establishing ‘Employment First’ Policy and Increasing Competitive-Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability…’ The executive order directed the departments of Labor and Industry, Human Services, and Education to obtain stakeholder and business input and work with other agencies as appropriate to develop a plan within 120 days to implement the executive order. The order defines standards against which progress will be measured.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing
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Pennsylvania House Bill 1641: Employment First Law - 06/19/2018

“An Act providing for competitive integrated employment in State and county agencies and any entity providing publicly funded education, training, employment and related services and long-term services and supports for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability; establishing Employment First, the Governor's Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Employment First Oversight Commission and providing for their powers and duties; and conferring powers and imposing duties on the Governor and the Office of the Governor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Pennsylvania SB 879 (ABLE legislation) - 09/16/2015

“AN ACT Providing for the establishment of a savings program by the Treasury Department to encourage savings accounts for individuals with disabilities; establishing the Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program and the ABLE Savings Program Fund; and imposing duties on the Treasury Department.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

House Bill 400: Work Experience for High School Student disability act - 05/29/2015

The HB400 emphasizes on competitive integrated employment. It requires the office of vocational rehabilitation to facilitate the process of job and career development for the purpose of successful transition of high-school students with disability into workforce. In collaboration with local education agencies and other relevant public agencies, OVR shall: • Provide information for the development of individual education plans for high school students with disabilities and ensure that job skill training is included in such plans when appropriate. • When possible, attend individual education plan meetings in person or by alternative means (i.e. video conference, conference calls) when invited by local education agencies. • An OVR representative must attend at least one meeting in each of the last two years prior to the anticipated graduation of a disabled high school student. • Arrange for, monitor, and support the placement of high school students with disabilities in lawful internships, on-the-job training, and full-time or part-time work at competitive wages in integrated settings with public/private sector employers. Provide professional guidance relative to job coaching services. • Provide counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs. • Publish the following information within 45 days after each calendar quarter: o The number of individualized education meetings attended by OVR staff. o The number of individual education plans that include new or significantly modified goals and specific steps toward the attainment of competitive integrated employment. o The number of job referrals made to employers on behalf of students with disabilities while still in high school. o The number of high school students with disabilities working in part-time and summer jobs as a result of referrals made by OVR staff. o The number of high school students with disabilities working in part-time or summer jobs who are receiving job coaching services. o The number of high school students with disabilities who enter competitive integrated employment within 3 months of their graduation

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 271 - 01/20/2015

“An Act relating to the delivery of services and programs to persons with disabilities; conferring powers and duties on the Office of the Governor; establishing the Office for People with Disabilities and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities; and providing for the powers and duties of the office and advisory committee and for funding of the office.”

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

Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities (§ 6.301)

“The responsibilities of the Cabinet are as follows:     (1)  Make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that aid people with disabilities in this Commonwealth.       (2)  Serve as the Governor’s liaison to people with disabilities on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that affect people with disabilities to ensure that State government is accessible, accountable and responsive to people with disabilities.       (3)  Serve as a resource to all departments, commissions and agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to ensure that these government entities are cognizant of the needs of people with disabilities and that their respective services and programs are accessible to those individuals.       (4)  Work with the Administration and agencies to monitor the hiring, retention and promotion practices of the Commonwealth relating to the employment of people with disabilities to ensure that there are no discriminatory practices within this Commonwealth.”
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Executive order 2016-04: Equal employment opportunity - 04/07/2016

WHEREAS, this Administration is committed to strengthening and developing equal employment opportunity programs in the Commonwealth. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania do hereby order and direct as follows: 1. Prohibition of Discrimination and Affirmation of Equal Employment Opportunity. a. No agency under the Governor’s jurisdiction shall discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, or disability. b. Each agency under the Governor’s jurisdiction shall ensure fair and equal employment opportunities exist at every level of government…

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Establishing "Employment First” Policy and Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability - 03/10/2016

“….I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby order and direct as follows:   1.  “Employment First” is the policy of all Commonwealth executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor.  This policy reflects the Commonwealth’s goal of making the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability. a.  The definition of Employment First is that competitive integrated employment is the first consideration and preferred outcome of publicly-funded education, training, employment and related services, and long-term supports and services for working-age Pennsylvanians with a disability, as “disability” is defined in each agency’s governing statutes and rules. b.  The definition of competitive integrated employment for purposes of this Executive Order is the definition contained in the WIOA, which is work performed on a full or part-time basis (including self-employment) for which a person is: (1)   Compensated at not less than federal minimum wage requirements or State or local minimum wage law (whichever is higher) and not less than the customary rate paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by people without a disability;…”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities

“The responsibilities of the Cabinet are as follows:

   (1)  Make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that aid people with disabilities in this Commonwealth.

   (2)  Serve as the Governor’s liaison to people with disabilities on policies, procedures, regulations and legislation that affect people with disabilities to ensure that State government is accessible, accountable and responsive to people with disabilities.

   (3)  Serve as a resource to all departments, commissions and agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to ensure that these government entities are cognizant of the needs of people with disabilities and that their respective services and programs are accessible to those individuals.

   (4)  Work with the Administration and agencies to monitor the hiring, retention and promotion practices of the Commonwealth relating to the employment of people with disabilities to ensure that there are no discriminatory practices within this Commonwealth.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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OMR (ICFs/MR) and Employment Policy - 04/05/2006

“DPW supports the right of individuals in State and Non-State ICFs/MR to choose to be employed and to receive habilitation services through the ICF/MR program as needed to promote employment outcomes. Employment is defined in this bulletin as a part or full-time job in the general community, including self-employment, that compensates the individual at the prevailing wage or salary, which is at least minimum wage. While not defined as employment, individuals in ICFs/MR may participate in vocational and job training services that prepare them for employment in the community.”    “DPW permits ICFs/MR to provide habilitation services to reach an employment outcome as part of active treatment in accordance with the individual’s plan of care. While not everyone in an ICF/MR may choose or be able to work in the community at this time, ICFs/MR are encouraged and authorized to support employment outcomes through habilitation as part of active treatment services, commensurate with each individual’s goals, abilities and needs.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania OMR (ICFs/MR) and Employment Policy - 04/05/2006

 “DPW supports the right of individuals in State and Non-State ICFs/MR to choose to be employed and to receive habilitation services through the ICF/MR program as needed to promote employment outcomes. Employment is defined in this bulletin as a part or full-time job in the general community, including self-employment, that compensates the individual at the prevailing wage or salary, which is at least minimum wage. While not defined as employment, individuals in ICFs/MR may participate in vocational and job training services that prepare them for employment in the community.”

“DPW permits ICFs/MR to provide habilitation services to reach an employment outcome as part of active treatment in accordance with the individual’s plan of care. While not everyone in an ICF/MR may choose or be able to work in the community at this time, ICFs/MR are encouraged and authorized to support employment outcomes through habilitation as part of active treatment services, commensurate with each individual’s goals, abilities and needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Pennsylvania OMR Policy on Employment (2005) - 12/20/2005

“Statement of Policy as per 55 Pa Code §6000.171 states that persons with [Mental Retardation] MR who are of legal working age should have access to employment and the training necessary to sustain employment.

Access to employment applies regardless of a person’s living arrangement or type of service funding. [Office of Mental Retardation] OMR’s policy includes persons receiving base funded services and those enrolled in the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers. This also applies to people in State and Non-State ICFs/MR.”

“OMR defines employment as a job in the community that pays at least minimum wage, where the worker has the opportunity to interact with individuals without a disability and has access to employee benefits when available. Employment can be part or full-time and includes self-employment.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Transition from School To Work: OVR Programs and Services

“Any high school student with a disability who may need vocational guidance and assistance in preparing for, obtaining, or maintaining competitive employment should be considered for referral to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Students who have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), a 504 Plan, or who are involved with a school's Student Assistance Program may be appropriate referrals to OVR.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

PA Vocational Rehabilitation Purpose

“The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program helps individuals prepare for or retain employment. Services offered can include but are not limited to: counseling and guidance; vocational evaluation; blindness skills training; orientation and mobility instruction; rehabilitation teaching; vocational and college training; occupational tools and equipment; and, job placement services. Services are based on an individual's needs and choices, and some or all of these services may be needed for the person to prepare for or retain employment. VR counselors work directly with the individual to determine an employment goal and what services are needed to reach that goal. An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed jointly by the counselor and customer.”

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

Department of Human Services Mission

“The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. The department's Office of Developmental Programs works with individuals and families to provide supportive services and care for people with cognitive disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities and disorders falling in the autism spectrum. Additionally, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services administers programs to support people suffering from mental illness or substance abuse issues, such as a drug or alcohol addiction.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Pennsylvania Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

“The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Mission

 “The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. The department's Office of Developmental Programs works with individuals and families to provide supportive services and care for people with cognitive disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities and disorders falling in the autism spectrum. Additionally, the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services administers programs to support people suffering from mental illness or substance abuse issues, such as a drug or alcohol addiction.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs Futures Planning 2014

“The mission of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is to support Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities to achieve greater independence, choice and opportunity in their lives… ODP’s vision is to continuously improve an effective system of accessible services and supports that are flexible, innovative and person-centered.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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WORKforce PA Workforce Development Association The Voice of Pennsylvania Workforce Development - 02/19/2019

~~“As with any partnership between the public and private sectors, the workforce development system faces challenges. While some of these challenges vary from local area to local area, a few are common among Pennsylvania workforce boards. Presently, one prevailing issue that is most concerning is the state Department of Human Services' proposed redesign of the Employment, Advancement and Retention Network Program, commonly referred to as EARN. This program was designed and created by DHS to address the needs of public assistance recipients with barriers to employment, and to coordinate the existing employment and training programs available to them. EARN currently operates in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, and federal TANF/EARN funding is controlled and distributed by DHS to each local workforce development board -  all of which provide services in  every county of the commonwealth”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

Wolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities - 11/24/2017

"Governor Tom Wolf announced today a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown to create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for individuals with disabilities at CVS stores across Pennsylvania. …

'When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community,’ Governor Wolf said. ‘However, far too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities are not working. Part of my administration’s Employment First initiative aims to address that disparity. Establishing partnerships between service providers and employers, such as the one that will be announced today between HGAC and CVS Health, will help individuals with disabilities find meaningful, sustainable employment.'"

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Via of the Lehigh Valley (PA): Partnership with Local Schools to Provide Customized Employment - 08/15/2014

This story details a partnership between Via of the Lehigh Valley (a CRP) and the local school system to support a Customized Employment success.

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

Pennsylvania AHEDD

“At AHEDD, we frequently collaborate with various organizations to carry out our mission. Our partners consist of organizations and individuals that can help with: agency funding; referrals of program participants; training for our staff; guidance for AHEDD’s operational needs; job opportunities; and/or much more.  Our services to people with disabilities are often sponsored by public resources at the federal, state, and local levels. 

Currently, these funders include:            

Pennsylvania Offices of Vocational Rehabilitation The United States Social Security Administration (SSA) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  Pennsylvania  Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Office of Developmental Programs (ODP)  Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Service (DDDS) in Delaware”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

PA ASERT

~~“ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) is a statewide initiative funded by the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), PA Department of Human Services. ASERT is a key component of the  BAS’s strategy for supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the commonwealth.The ASERT Collaborative is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities, and other providers involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families. The ASERT Collaborative has been designed to bring together resources locally, regionally, and statewide.Each ASERT region is charged with understanding the needs of their respective region, including those of the most rural regions of Pennsylvania and the most underserved populations.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Temple University Institute on Disabilities (College of Education)

“The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is one of the sixty-seven University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Established in 1974, the Institute has mirrored the changes in the field of developmental disabilities, evolving into a model of self-determination and individualized supports in the community…

During its early history the Institute provided extensive technical assistance and training to professionals in the field and later became nationally recognized for advocacy and research efforts centered on the closure of the Pennhurst Center. In the 1980's, the Institute began developing and evaluating support models for Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families.”

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

Pennsylvania Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program

~~“The purpose of the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Randolph-Sheppard Retail Sales ITQ is to qualify responsible and responsive Contractors the opportunity to install, operate, and maintain retail food service facilities at designated state and federal government locations located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Commonwealth).  The types of operations and services, covered under this ITQ, include, but are not limited to, micro-market food service facilities and vending machine food services. The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services’ (BBVS) will manage this ITQ” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Pennsylvania's Labor & Industry Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services Contracts - 02/26/2016

"The Department of Labor & Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation today announced eight recipients of Transition Services contracts totaling $1.2 million.   Contracts are awarded to develop new and expanded innovative strategies and programs to provide transition services, including pre-employment transition services, for high school students with disabilities."    "Labor & Industry is proud to facilitate the transition from education to job-readiness with this additional funding that will go a long way in ensuring that students with disabilities receive services at the appropriate time in their lives," L&I Secretary Kathy Manderino said. "This money will help young people with disabilities transition from high school to secondary education or meaningful employment smoothly and with greater success."   "The recipients will receive funding in one of two service types: The first, Transition Planning and Services for Students with Disabilities, will serve 15 high school students with disabilities per each awarded contract during the 2016 school year and additional months of post-graduation services. The ultimate goal of the project is to place a minimum of seven OVR customers who have the most significant disabilities in competitive integrated employment.”   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Pennsylvania MAWD - Medical Assistance Benefits for Workers with Disabilities

 “For people with disabilities, finding a job or returning to work can be a challenge. For a long time one of the biggest obstacles to working was health care coverage. Earning too much money meant risking losing health care benefits. However, there is an option: Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD).”

“MAWD lets Pennsylvanians with disabilities take a fulfilling job, earn more money and still keep their full medical coverage. With MAWD you can keep Medical Assistance while you work, even if your earnings increase above the limits for other Medical Assistance programs. Now you do not have to choose between a job and your health.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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16th Annual 2019 Career & Transition Fair - 10/16/2019

~~“• Tours• Demonstrations• Displays Offering quality, individualized, post-secondary education.

CTI’s programs are designed to meet the needs of students in transition from high school into postsecondary education and beyond!”

Systems