South Dakota

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The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

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 South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.62%
Change from
2014 to 2015
858,469
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51,131
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,419
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51.67%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.60%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 844,877 853,175 858,469
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 57,310 52,007 51,131
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 27,560 26,080 26,419
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 368,741 377,810 453,583
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.09% 50.15% 51.67%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.96% 83.74% 82.60%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.80% 3.40% 3.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.90% 21.90% 22.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.90% 13.10% 12.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 56,459 53,668 51,012
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 51,653 47,547 49,763
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 90,434 88,622 85,083
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 896 646 1,382
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,353 2,430 2,413
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 12,408 8,798 9,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 529 257 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,688 2,297 3,197
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A 523 N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,896 1,859 1,901
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 13.80% 13.40% 13.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 19,216 19,250 19,212

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,937 3,033 3,246
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,559 5,708 6,102
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,851 9,982 10,338
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 29.80% 30.40% 31.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.60% 3.50% 4.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 242 239 293
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,191 1,954 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 51 64 35
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 41 39 27
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. 80.00% 61.00% 77.00%
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. 4.92 4.62 3.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,340
1,227
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 1 0 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 60 47 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 307 286 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 531 506 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 334 301 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 107 87 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.90% 38.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,395 2,538
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 28,205 28,442
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 89 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 140 149 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $399,000 $471,000 $475,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,175,000 $7,331,000 $7,463,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $3,302,000 $3,413,000 $3,540,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,330,000 $3,544,000 $3,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00% 18.00% 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 726 762 794
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,646 1,660 1,652
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 787 782 812
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 52.00 53.60 60.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 69.53% 67.84% 68.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.42% 5.37% 5.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.20% 2.29% 2.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 78.40% 86.19% 85.28%
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). 13.30% 11.65% 20.18%
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). 67.10% 71.65% 74.22%
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). 77.80% 85.32% 82.29%
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). 53.80% 60.00% 54.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 8 6 5
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 21 18 18
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 25 24
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 19 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,466 1,466
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 134 134
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,619 1,612

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Services has developed strategies in the State Plan to assess and improve the community rehabilitation programs. A variety of training opportunities including conferences, webinars and seminars are provided throughout the state. In addition the Division has established a higher reimbursement rate for service providers who attend training and obtain become a Certified Employment Support Professional through Association of People Supporting Employment first. (Page 229) 

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center.

The State of South Dakota is dedicated to provide all programs and services in an accessible format and provide a delivery model to all individuals who are seeking services. DLR has the responsibility under WIOA to create and maintain the American Job Center system that will increase the range and quality of workforce services to all individuals seeking assistance. WIOA prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, political affiliation or belief, participant status, and against certain non–citizens. DLR and the partners will concentrate on the federal and state antidiscrimination laws in the execution of policies, procedures and guidance to allow access to workforce services and when assessing the physical and programmatic access of the One-Stop system and partners. (Page 106)

If an individual states he or she will be contacting an elected official (e.g., the Governor), it is imperative you send an email to the Cabinet Secretary of DLR with a cc to your manager, division director and the State Monitor Advocate. Your email should provide information on content of the complaint, what led up to the complaint, what was said and who was present to receive the complaint. Furthermore, guidance and other regulatory information is a provided through a CRC accepted Methods of Administration (MOA). The MOA outlines the WIOA provider’s operation of non–discrimination practices under Section 188 of WIOA.

One–Stop Certification Policy DLR has a MOU directly with Vocational Rehabilitation which addresses all accessibility issues. DLR has a one–stop certification policy that ensures the accessibility of all one–stop centers with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). (Page 108)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

Diverse Subpopulations – Disabilities The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation holds one of the USDOL Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. These funds provide an opportunity for the state to develop and implement a plan for improving effective and meaningful participation of youth with disabilities in the workforce.

According to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of South Dakota’s population with a disability is 12.0 percent. For the age group 18-64 years, it is 10.2 percent. The highest percent is within the age group 65 years and older at 34.9 percent, which correlates with disabilities often occurring as people age, including hearing, vision and self-care disabilities. (Page 20)

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation holds one of the USDOL Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. These funds provide an opportunity for the state to develop and implement a plan for improving effective and meaningful participation of youth with disabilities in the workforce.

According to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of South Dakota’s population with a disability is 12.0 percent. For the age group 18-64 years, it is 10.2 percent. The highest percent is within the age group 65 years and older at 34.9 percent, which correlates with disabilities often occurring as people age, including hearing, vision and self-care disabilities. (Page 43)

The Division collaborates with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18–24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

  • The Division has enrolled 111 students with disabilities who are receiving SSI. This initiative called the ASPIRE grant (PROMISE Initiative) is a research grant to provide additional interventions to half of the students.
  • The Division funds 3 Project Search initiatives serving 18 students in school year 2015. Division is expanding a new Project Search site in Rapid City. (Page 245)
Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

The Division is piloting a project with a post closure survey for clients who do not qualify for supported employment or Plans for Sustaining Employment. At this time there are approximately 4 clients and employers who are contacted by job placement providers quarterly for a year after successful closure. The survey indicates all four individuals have maintained their employment and one individual increased their work hours from part time to full time employment.

Strategy 4.2: Track the earnings for SSA beneficiaries and implement actions to increase the earnings and employment rate of clients who are SSA beneficiaries. (Page 254)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

The vision overall would be to provide services for job seekers, individuals wanting to improve their skills to better themselves, and to partner with businesses to best meet their workforce needs through education and training. The challenge for SD at this point is having enough people to fill the jobs needs that we are seeing statewide. One focus has been to work with individuals with disabilities. Many businesses may not have considered at specifically looking into this group of people and we are educating businesses more of the benefits in hiring individuals with disabilities. (Page 52)

The core partners will strive to build new sector partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships with employers to increase work–based learning experiences, such as paid internships and registered apprenticeships that provide job seekers with the skills and credentials necessary to secure employment and advance in their jobs with self–sustaining wages and benefits.

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and the vocational rehabilitation programs have a cooperative agreement in place to address transition services for youth with disabilities. The vision stated in the agreement is: “Enabling students with disabilities to reach their maximum potential in their transition from high school to the adult world”. The agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus ensuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved interagency communication. The following organizations are included in this agreement: Department of Education, Division of Curriculum, Career and Technical Education and Special Education programs; Department of Human Services, Divisions of Developmental Disabilities, Rehabilitation Services and Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired; and Department of Social Services, Divisions of Community Behavioral Health and Child Protection Services. (Page 79)

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides that “no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.” (§35.130 (a)). The first principle of Title II of the ADA is a requirement to make all programs offered by a public entity, when viewed in their entirety, accessible to and usable by qualified individuals with disabilities. This may require modification of policies and procedures to eliminate inadvertent discrimination and may also include removal of architectural barriers to provide program access. This does not mean that every existing facility must be accessible; the use of alternative methods to provide program access is permitted for Title II entities. In order to ensure compliance with the ADA, DHS conducted an evaluation of programs and services, and in addition reviewed the physical accessibility of office locations. No significant barriers to programs or services were identified. Non–Discrimination As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) shall not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, subject to discrimination; or deny employment in the administration of or in connection with department programs or services because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation or belief and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in any WIOA program. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to statues at Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84 and 91. (Page 107)

5. Self–Advocacy Skills 

This need category references of expressions of need to assist persons with the most significant disabilities to represent their personal and service needs effectively and appropriately in social and work settings.

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation has developed new strategies in the State Plan to provide outreach/media activities for targeting employers and the general public, provide benefits specialists services for clients, improving transportation services, increase transition services for students with disabilities and increase the self–advocacy skills of individuals with significant disabilities. (Page 224)

Goal 4: A VR Services delivery system that results in enhanced earnings, employee benefits, retention and career advancement for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 232)

The Division collaborates with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18–24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

  • The Division has enrolled 111 students with disabilities who are receiving SSI. This initiative called the ASPIRE grant (PROMISE Initiative) is a research grant to provide additional interventions to half of the students. (Page 245)
  • The Division and the Transition Services Liaison Project hosted 9 Regional Transition Forums in 8 communities across the state with a total of 321 individuals attending. The Forums provided an opportunity for the participants to learn about and meet the various service providers in the area (i.e. Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Benefits Counselors, IL Services, DD Resource Coordinators, Community Support Providers, and Assistive Technology Services). (Page 246)
  • The Division partners with 42 provider agencies with the Ticket to Work initiative to promote choice of services and extended services for individuals who receive Social Security Administration benefits. (Page 252)

Division Activities: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in each community work to identify needs or gaps in transportation for their clients. Recently Aberdeen Ride Line reinstated their transportation service, allowing people from Aberdeen to reach the Jefferson Bus lines which allows travel for other employment opportunities. During FFY 2015, the Division funded transportation services for 423 clients for a total of $125,607. 

Goal 4: A VR Services delivery system that results in enhanced earnings, employee benefits, retention and career advancement for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 253)

  • The Division provided Benefits Counseling to 251 SSA recipients who were closed in FFY 2015. The Division created 445 Individual Plans for Employment that included Benefits Counseling Services. (Page 254)

The Division has increased the number of Benefits Specialists from 4 to 6 positions. These positions are located in each Division District and available to provide benefits specialist services for Social Security Recipients. These staff have received their certification from Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Two staff from the ASPIRE project have been certified as Benefits Specialists and will be available to deliver services to all individuals when their grant is completed. (Page 255)
  • Support staff for the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Statewide Independent Living Council contracted through the South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. This includes wages and benefits for .9 FTE Board support staff. (Page 258)

5. Benefits Work Incentives. This need emerged from commenters who expressed misconceptions or misinformation regarding work incentives and also from public forums where people were discussing their needs with regards to information about SSA programs and benefits. The most Significant Disabilities, including their need for Supported Employment Services. “Individual with a Most Significant Disability” means an individual with a disability who meets the criteria for having a significant disability and in addition has serious limits in two or more functional capacities (such as, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self–care, self–direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance, or work skills) in terms of an employment outcome. Individuals who meet the criteria for this Priority Level I category are determined to be individuals with the “Most Significant Disability”. The needs identified for this category were as follows: 

  1. Employer Public Outreach Education This category is composed of specifically identified needs to educate employers, participants in work environments, and the public regarding the abilities and capacities of persons with the most significant disabilities. This category of needs pointed to a need to change the larger social context in which vocational rehabilitation services were to be received by persons experiencing blindness or low vision and who were most significantly disabled. The WIOA changes reinforce the need for extending public and business education to more deeply align the service culture and its decision points with those of the public at large and the business community. (Page 306)
  2. Job Placement Supports This category includes perceived needs for more job placement services, job coaches, and frequently references specific rural placement challenges. The need for specialized provider skills in placement supports for persons with blindness or low vision was expressed in this category. 3. Provider Training Provider training is understood in this assessment in two dimensions; those training needs identified by parties other than the provider and the training needs identified by the providers themselves as articulated through an assessment survey conducted by the South Dakota VR Agencies. Staff identified additional training needed for providers on job placement, and working with individuals with the most significant disabilities. On the other side, providers did request additional training and guidance in working with people with blindness and low vision. Additional training topics requested by providers included Accessing Hidden Job Market, Marketing to Employers, Assistive Technology, Autism Supports/Training, Benefits Work Incentives, and Brain Injury. (Page 310)

Increase utilization of South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind to improve skills of clients of SBVI, including alternative techniques and vocational services. Improve the quality of job development services by SBVI staff providing specialty training on employment and vision loss to providers and businesses. Access SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist’s services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits while participating in employment. (Page 319)

Strategy 1.3: Increase the use of SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits: Counselors have increased referrals for benefits specialist services from 5 client referrals in FY 13 to 12 client referrals in FY 15. Counselors work closely with Benefit Specialists and promote their services with clients who are on SSI/SSDI. (Page 321)

School to Work Transition

Training opportunities are available through a variety of organizations to assist SBVI in preparing staff to deliver training and to retrain in priority areas for vocational rehabilitation service provision. ACVREP provides training in blindness specific topics; this training leads to professional certification in vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, and low vision therapy. Agency sponsored training through seminars, conferences, and video conferences on topics such as: Motivational Interviewing & Person Centered Thinking; Recognizing Personality Disorders; Developing Business Strategies; Marketing Your Services and Program; Identifying Hidden Addictions & How to Work with these Individuals; Disability specific training related to employment & accommodations; DLR Programs & Services for Job Seekers; Beyond the Boomer – Aging in Place; Self–Employment “Creating a New Venture;” Compassion Fatigue; Ethical Issues VR Professionals Encounter; The Disability Determination Process; What WIOA Means for Service Providers; Employment for Individuals with Diverse Backgrounds; Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace; Americans with Disabilities Act; Transition from school to work; Pre–Employment Transition Services. (Page 298)

Data Collection

The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Programs utilize an in–house data base system called VR FACES. VR FACES incorporates all the required RSA data collection requirements and also provides a comprehensive case management system for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Older Blind Independent Living Program and other State programs.  (Page 98)

Small business/Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Training: Training for new entrepreneurs and small business owners which can range from general business courses to specific courses on topics as how to address legal and personnel issues.
  • On the Job Training: A program of occupational training providing knowledge and skills essential to the performance of a specific job. Training is provided by an approved employer. Under an OJT agreement, 50–75% of the reimbursement of the wage depending on the size of the employer, for extraordinary costs of conducting the training for an eligible participant. (Page 123)
Career Pathways

No specific disability related information found.

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically to disability or implementation. (Page 269)

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“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

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

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

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

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

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

Governor Creates Task Force on Employing People with Disabilities - 07/10/2013

“Led by the state Department of Human Services, the task force will bring the private and public sectors together to ensure people with disabilities are a vital part of South Dakota’s workforce. The task force will offer a broad spectrum of perspectives, including people with disabilities and their family members, the business community, representatives of state government, service providers and nonprofit stakeholders.”

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

South Dakota Governor's Statement on Employment First - 07/10/2013

Dennis Daugaard, officially stated in July 2013 that he planned to make South Dakota an Employment First state ..“My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment-first state.” That means our government will commit itself to making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. Although many with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, are employed in “shelter work environments,” which separate them into separate work places, our goal is to include these people in the regular workforce. Research has shown this to be far better, economically and socially.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Employment Work Plan - 12/31/2006

“South Dakota Employment First Alliance Vision: That all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore individual, integrated employment options that suit them best. This includes education, experience, and exposure to make an informed decision about choosing a career path based on interests, strengths, and support needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Meeting Minutes-PLANS Workgroup - 03/09/2006

Meeting Minutes of the PLANS Workgroup held on March 9, 2006 describes efforts throughout the state to improve employment options for people with disabilities including a summary, discussion and links to resources for CE driven self-employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

South Dakota State Wide Need Assessment (2016)

"The Designated State Units (DSU)’s in South Dakota submit this attachment to the "Needs Assessment" section of the VR Portion of the WIOA South Dakota State Unified Plan. The public vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota are submitting attachment 4.11(a) with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Portion state plan update to reflect that a comprehensive statewide needs assessment has been accomplished with this plan submission...

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 marked the first year of activity in carrying out a three year set of goals and strategy based on the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) conducted largely in the year 2014 and 2015. ...The foundational changes coming from the implementation of WIOA re-defined how VR programs in South Dakota approached the CSNA for the 2016 VR portion of the of new Unified Plan."

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

South Dakota Dept of Human Services Employment First Philosophy

“The S.D. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is engaged in bringing integrated employment supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into greater focus. Through funds granted by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, DDD initiated membership in the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2013. As we continue to learn about the best ways to approach necessary system change, we celebrate the significant progress already achieved.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities - 01/01/2014

“Current philosophies and technologies are challenging our past “best practices” as we reevaluate the potential contributions of citizens with disabilities. As the panorama of possibilities unfolds, the traditional human services structures, previously, often seen as obstacles to the general application of the new philosophies and technologies, are challenged to change and to modify so that they once again are on the fore-front of developing greater opportunities for the people they serve.

South Dakota’s human service agencies and education system have accepted the challenge, and have forged a strong coalition to implement the necessary changes. This agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus insuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies will benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved agency communication.”

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

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded  the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.  The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation is the lead and fiscal agency of ASPIRE. The purpose of ASPIRE is to 1)      Increase a youth and family’s overall household income, and thereby reduce the household’s dependence upon public benefits, by increased educational attainment and increased career achievement. 2)      Inform federal policymakers in all the four federal agencies through evaluation of interventions and outcomes.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

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

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

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

South Dakota Agencies for People with Disabilities

“SFBRN was designed to provide businesses within the local labor market the following services:• Provide educational opportunities regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.

• Create a greater awareness of the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities within the community.

• Act as a resource for both prospective employees and employers regarding employment opportunities and worksite modifications.”

– This is a list of groups that includes Freedom to Work and others that offer training and other help.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

SD Advocacy Services

“South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. P&As are mandated under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These services are provided through a variety of vehicles: individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy for groups, information and referral services, rights education, and self-advocacy training.

The fundamental mission of the P&A system is to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, and violations of the rights of individuals with disabilities, including discrimination based on disability. P&As devote considerable resources to develop capacities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlement programs (e.g., Medicaid and Social Security), health care, accessible housing, and productive employment opportunities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

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

South Dakota Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

“This resource guide is intended to provide agency staff and service providers with information related to employment resources for people with disabilities. The guide should offer sufficient information to refer people with disabilities to the appropriate agency, organization, or program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant “Freedom To Work”

“It was a federally funded systems change grant, and its main purpose was to make improvements to the State's Medicaid system - to encourage people with disabilities to return to or enter employment and provide them with supports they might need to do so.” “

“The Freedom to Work Project has ended, however there are still activities carried out.”

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

South Dakota Transition Liaison Project

Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience. The project also includes training and capacity building.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

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

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

Through training and capacity building, the Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

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

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meet ICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.   Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

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

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota HCBS Transition Plan, Revised

Operation of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in South Dakota is shared between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). To ensure the transition plan accurately reflected all HCBS settings in South Dakota, DSS and DHS formed a collaborative workgroup representing each of the four Medicaid waivers and the state Medicaid agency. The workgroup assessed compliance with the HCBS Settings federal regulations and drafted this transition plan to identify action steps and timelines for South Dakota’s compliance with the new federal regulations.   (Comment period for this revised plan was from February 29 to March 30, 2016)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Elderly Waiver

“Allows persons age 19+ who meet nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: assisted living services; homemaker services, nursing; home delivered meals; emergency response; and adult day care.”

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

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

“Allows persons with significant physical disabilities (quadriplegia) aged 18+ who meet the nursing facility level of care and who are able to manage and direct their own services to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: case management; personal attendant services; consumer preparation services; nursing; and emergency response.”

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

South Dakota Family Support Waiver

Allows persons who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”

“Services offered: service coordination, specialized equipment,respite care, personal care, companion care, nutritional supplements, and supported employment.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

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 South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.62%
Change from
2014 to 2015
858,469
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51,131
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,419
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51.67%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.60%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 844,877 853,175 858,469
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 57,310 52,007 51,131
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 27,560 26,080 26,419
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 368,741 377,810 453,583
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.09% 50.15% 51.67%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.96% 83.74% 82.60%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.80% 3.40% 3.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.90% 21.90% 22.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.90% 13.10% 12.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 56,459 53,668 51,012
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 51,653 47,547 49,763
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 90,434 88,622 85,083
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 896 646 1,382
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,353 2,430 2,413
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 12,408 8,798 9,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 529 257 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,688 2,297 3,197
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A 523 N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,896 1,859 1,901
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 13.80% 13.40% 13.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 19,216 19,250 19,212

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,937 3,033 3,246
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,559 5,708 6,102
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,851 9,982 10,338
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 29.80% 30.40% 31.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.60% 3.50% 4.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 242 239 293
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,191 1,954 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 51 64 35
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 41 39 27
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. 80.00% 61.00% 77.00%
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. 4.92 4.62 3.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,340
1,227
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 1 0 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 60 47 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 307 286 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 531 506 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 334 301 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 107 87 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.90% 38.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,395 2,538
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 28,205 28,442
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 89 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 140 149 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $399,000 $471,000 $475,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,175,000 $7,331,000 $7,463,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $3,302,000 $3,413,000 $3,540,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,330,000 $3,544,000 $3,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00% 18.00% 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 726 762 794
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,646 1,660 1,652
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 787 782 812
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 52.00 53.60 60.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 69.53% 67.84% 68.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.42% 5.37% 5.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.20% 2.29% 2.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 78.40% 86.19% 85.28%
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). 13.30% 11.65% 20.18%
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). 67.10% 71.65% 74.22%
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). 77.80% 85.32% 82.29%
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). 53.80% 60.00% 54.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 8 6 5
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 21 18 18
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 25 24
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 19 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,466 1,466
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 134 134
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,619 1,612

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Services has developed strategies in the State Plan to assess and improve the community rehabilitation programs. A variety of training opportunities including conferences, webinars and seminars are provided throughout the state. In addition the Division has established a higher reimbursement rate for service providers who attend training and obtain become a Certified Employment Support Professional through Association of People Supporting Employment first. (Page 229) 

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center.

The State of South Dakota is dedicated to provide all programs and services in an accessible format and provide a delivery model to all individuals who are seeking services. DLR has the responsibility under WIOA to create and maintain the American Job Center system that will increase the range and quality of workforce services to all individuals seeking assistance. WIOA prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, political affiliation or belief, participant status, and against certain non–citizens. DLR and the partners will concentrate on the federal and state antidiscrimination laws in the execution of policies, procedures and guidance to allow access to workforce services and when assessing the physical and programmatic access of the One-Stop system and partners. (Page 106)

If an individual states he or she will be contacting an elected official (e.g., the Governor), it is imperative you send an email to the Cabinet Secretary of DLR with a cc to your manager, division director and the State Monitor Advocate. Your email should provide information on content of the complaint, what led up to the complaint, what was said and who was present to receive the complaint. Furthermore, guidance and other regulatory information is a provided through a CRC accepted Methods of Administration (MOA). The MOA outlines the WIOA provider’s operation of non–discrimination practices under Section 188 of WIOA.

One–Stop Certification Policy DLR has a MOU directly with Vocational Rehabilitation which addresses all accessibility issues. DLR has a one–stop certification policy that ensures the accessibility of all one–stop centers with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). (Page 108)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

Diverse Subpopulations – Disabilities The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation holds one of the USDOL Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. These funds provide an opportunity for the state to develop and implement a plan for improving effective and meaningful participation of youth with disabilities in the workforce.

According to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of South Dakota’s population with a disability is 12.0 percent. For the age group 18-64 years, it is 10.2 percent. The highest percent is within the age group 65 years and older at 34.9 percent, which correlates with disabilities often occurring as people age, including hearing, vision and self-care disabilities. (Page 20)

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation holds one of the USDOL Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. These funds provide an opportunity for the state to develop and implement a plan for improving effective and meaningful participation of youth with disabilities in the workforce.

According to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of South Dakota’s population with a disability is 12.0 percent. For the age group 18-64 years, it is 10.2 percent. The highest percent is within the age group 65 years and older at 34.9 percent, which correlates with disabilities often occurring as people age, including hearing, vision and self-care disabilities. (Page 43)

The Division collaborates with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18–24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

  • The Division has enrolled 111 students with disabilities who are receiving SSI. This initiative called the ASPIRE grant (PROMISE Initiative) is a research grant to provide additional interventions to half of the students.
  • The Division funds 3 Project Search initiatives serving 18 students in school year 2015. Division is expanding a new Project Search site in Rapid City. (Page 245)
Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

The Division is piloting a project with a post closure survey for clients who do not qualify for supported employment or Plans for Sustaining Employment. At this time there are approximately 4 clients and employers who are contacted by job placement providers quarterly for a year after successful closure. The survey indicates all four individuals have maintained their employment and one individual increased their work hours from part time to full time employment.

Strategy 4.2: Track the earnings for SSA beneficiaries and implement actions to increase the earnings and employment rate of clients who are SSA beneficiaries. (Page 254)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

The vision overall would be to provide services for job seekers, individuals wanting to improve their skills to better themselves, and to partner with businesses to best meet their workforce needs through education and training. The challenge for SD at this point is having enough people to fill the jobs needs that we are seeing statewide. One focus has been to work with individuals with disabilities. Many businesses may not have considered at specifically looking into this group of people and we are educating businesses more of the benefits in hiring individuals with disabilities. (Page 52)

The core partners will strive to build new sector partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships with employers to increase work–based learning experiences, such as paid internships and registered apprenticeships that provide job seekers with the skills and credentials necessary to secure employment and advance in their jobs with self–sustaining wages and benefits.

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and the vocational rehabilitation programs have a cooperative agreement in place to address transition services for youth with disabilities. The vision stated in the agreement is: “Enabling students with disabilities to reach their maximum potential in their transition from high school to the adult world”. The agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus ensuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved interagency communication. The following organizations are included in this agreement: Department of Education, Division of Curriculum, Career and Technical Education and Special Education programs; Department of Human Services, Divisions of Developmental Disabilities, Rehabilitation Services and Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired; and Department of Social Services, Divisions of Community Behavioral Health and Child Protection Services. (Page 79)

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides that “no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.” (§35.130 (a)). The first principle of Title II of the ADA is a requirement to make all programs offered by a public entity, when viewed in their entirety, accessible to and usable by qualified individuals with disabilities. This may require modification of policies and procedures to eliminate inadvertent discrimination and may also include removal of architectural barriers to provide program access. This does not mean that every existing facility must be accessible; the use of alternative methods to provide program access is permitted for Title II entities. In order to ensure compliance with the ADA, DHS conducted an evaluation of programs and services, and in addition reviewed the physical accessibility of office locations. No significant barriers to programs or services were identified. Non–Discrimination As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) shall not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, subject to discrimination; or deny employment in the administration of or in connection with department programs or services because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation or belief and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in any WIOA program. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to statues at Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84 and 91. (Page 107)

5. Self–Advocacy Skills 

This need category references of expressions of need to assist persons with the most significant disabilities to represent their personal and service needs effectively and appropriately in social and work settings.

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation has developed new strategies in the State Plan to provide outreach/media activities for targeting employers and the general public, provide benefits specialists services for clients, improving transportation services, increase transition services for students with disabilities and increase the self–advocacy skills of individuals with significant disabilities. (Page 224)

Goal 4: A VR Services delivery system that results in enhanced earnings, employee benefits, retention and career advancement for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 232)

The Division collaborates with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18–24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

  • The Division has enrolled 111 students with disabilities who are receiving SSI. This initiative called the ASPIRE grant (PROMISE Initiative) is a research grant to provide additional interventions to half of the students. (Page 245)
  • The Division and the Transition Services Liaison Project hosted 9 Regional Transition Forums in 8 communities across the state with a total of 321 individuals attending. The Forums provided an opportunity for the participants to learn about and meet the various service providers in the area (i.e. Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Benefits Counselors, IL Services, DD Resource Coordinators, Community Support Providers, and Assistive Technology Services). (Page 246)
  • The Division partners with 42 provider agencies with the Ticket to Work initiative to promote choice of services and extended services for individuals who receive Social Security Administration benefits. (Page 252)

Division Activities: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in each community work to identify needs or gaps in transportation for their clients. Recently Aberdeen Ride Line reinstated their transportation service, allowing people from Aberdeen to reach the Jefferson Bus lines which allows travel for other employment opportunities. During FFY 2015, the Division funded transportation services for 423 clients for a total of $125,607. 

Goal 4: A VR Services delivery system that results in enhanced earnings, employee benefits, retention and career advancement for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 253)

  • The Division provided Benefits Counseling to 251 SSA recipients who were closed in FFY 2015. The Division created 445 Individual Plans for Employment that included Benefits Counseling Services. (Page 254)

The Division has increased the number of Benefits Specialists from 4 to 6 positions. These positions are located in each Division District and available to provide benefits specialist services for Social Security Recipients. These staff have received their certification from Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Two staff from the ASPIRE project have been certified as Benefits Specialists and will be available to deliver services to all individuals when their grant is completed. (Page 255)
  • Support staff for the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Statewide Independent Living Council contracted through the South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. This includes wages and benefits for .9 FTE Board support staff. (Page 258)

5. Benefits Work Incentives. This need emerged from commenters who expressed misconceptions or misinformation regarding work incentives and also from public forums where people were discussing their needs with regards to information about SSA programs and benefits. The most Significant Disabilities, including their need for Supported Employment Services. “Individual with a Most Significant Disability” means an individual with a disability who meets the criteria for having a significant disability and in addition has serious limits in two or more functional capacities (such as, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self–care, self–direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance, or work skills) in terms of an employment outcome. Individuals who meet the criteria for this Priority Level I category are determined to be individuals with the “Most Significant Disability”. The needs identified for this category were as follows: 

  1. Employer Public Outreach Education This category is composed of specifically identified needs to educate employers, participants in work environments, and the public regarding the abilities and capacities of persons with the most significant disabilities. This category of needs pointed to a need to change the larger social context in which vocational rehabilitation services were to be received by persons experiencing blindness or low vision and who were most significantly disabled. The WIOA changes reinforce the need for extending public and business education to more deeply align the service culture and its decision points with those of the public at large and the business community. (Page 306)
  2. Job Placement Supports This category includes perceived needs for more job placement services, job coaches, and frequently references specific rural placement challenges. The need for specialized provider skills in placement supports for persons with blindness or low vision was expressed in this category. 3. Provider Training Provider training is understood in this assessment in two dimensions; those training needs identified by parties other than the provider and the training needs identified by the providers themselves as articulated through an assessment survey conducted by the South Dakota VR Agencies. Staff identified additional training needed for providers on job placement, and working with individuals with the most significant disabilities. On the other side, providers did request additional training and guidance in working with people with blindness and low vision. Additional training topics requested by providers included Accessing Hidden Job Market, Marketing to Employers, Assistive Technology, Autism Supports/Training, Benefits Work Incentives, and Brain Injury. (Page 310)

Increase utilization of South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind to improve skills of clients of SBVI, including alternative techniques and vocational services. Improve the quality of job development services by SBVI staff providing specialty training on employment and vision loss to providers and businesses. Access SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist’s services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits while participating in employment. (Page 319)

Strategy 1.3: Increase the use of SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits: Counselors have increased referrals for benefits specialist services from 5 client referrals in FY 13 to 12 client referrals in FY 15. Counselors work closely with Benefit Specialists and promote their services with clients who are on SSI/SSDI. (Page 321)

School to Work Transition

Training opportunities are available through a variety of organizations to assist SBVI in preparing staff to deliver training and to retrain in priority areas for vocational rehabilitation service provision. ACVREP provides training in blindness specific topics; this training leads to professional certification in vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, and low vision therapy. Agency sponsored training through seminars, conferences, and video conferences on topics such as: Motivational Interviewing & Person Centered Thinking; Recognizing Personality Disorders; Developing Business Strategies; Marketing Your Services and Program; Identifying Hidden Addictions & How to Work with these Individuals; Disability specific training related to employment & accommodations; DLR Programs & Services for Job Seekers; Beyond the Boomer – Aging in Place; Self–Employment “Creating a New Venture;” Compassion Fatigue; Ethical Issues VR Professionals Encounter; The Disability Determination Process; What WIOA Means for Service Providers; Employment for Individuals with Diverse Backgrounds; Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace; Americans with Disabilities Act; Transition from school to work; Pre–Employment Transition Services. (Page 298)

Data Collection

The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Programs utilize an in–house data base system called VR FACES. VR FACES incorporates all the required RSA data collection requirements and also provides a comprehensive case management system for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Older Blind Independent Living Program and other State programs.  (Page 98)

Small business/Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Training: Training for new entrepreneurs and small business owners which can range from general business courses to specific courses on topics as how to address legal and personnel issues.
  • On the Job Training: A program of occupational training providing knowledge and skills essential to the performance of a specific job. Training is provided by an approved employer. Under an OJT agreement, 50–75% of the reimbursement of the wage depending on the size of the employer, for extraordinary costs of conducting the training for an eligible participant. (Page 123)
Career Pathways

No specific disability related information found.

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically to disability or implementation. (Page 269)

Policies and Initiatives

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“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

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

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

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

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

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

Governor Creates Task Force on Employing People with Disabilities - 07/10/2013

“Led by the state Department of Human Services, the task force will bring the private and public sectors together to ensure people with disabilities are a vital part of South Dakota’s workforce. The task force will offer a broad spectrum of perspectives, including people with disabilities and their family members, the business community, representatives of state government, service providers and nonprofit stakeholders.”

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

South Dakota Governor's Statement on Employment First - 07/10/2013

Dennis Daugaard, officially stated in July 2013 that he planned to make South Dakota an Employment First state ..“My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment-first state.” That means our government will commit itself to making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. Although many with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, are employed in “shelter work environments,” which separate them into separate work places, our goal is to include these people in the regular workforce. Research has shown this to be far better, economically and socially.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Employment Work Plan - 12/31/2006

“South Dakota Employment First Alliance Vision: That all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore individual, integrated employment options that suit them best. This includes education, experience, and exposure to make an informed decision about choosing a career path based on interests, strengths, and support needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Meeting Minutes-PLANS Workgroup - 03/09/2006

Meeting Minutes of the PLANS Workgroup held on March 9, 2006 describes efforts throughout the state to improve employment options for people with disabilities including a summary, discussion and links to resources for CE driven self-employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

South Dakota State Wide Need Assessment (2016)

"The Designated State Units (DSU)’s in South Dakota submit this attachment to the "Needs Assessment" section of the VR Portion of the WIOA South Dakota State Unified Plan. The public vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota are submitting attachment 4.11(a) with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Portion state plan update to reflect that a comprehensive statewide needs assessment has been accomplished with this plan submission...

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 marked the first year of activity in carrying out a three year set of goals and strategy based on the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) conducted largely in the year 2014 and 2015. ...The foundational changes coming from the implementation of WIOA re-defined how VR programs in South Dakota approached the CSNA for the 2016 VR portion of the of new Unified Plan."

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

South Dakota Dept of Human Services Employment First Philosophy

“The S.D. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is engaged in bringing integrated employment supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into greater focus. Through funds granted by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, DDD initiated membership in the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2013. As we continue to learn about the best ways to approach necessary system change, we celebrate the significant progress already achieved.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities - 01/01/2014

“Current philosophies and technologies are challenging our past “best practices” as we reevaluate the potential contributions of citizens with disabilities. As the panorama of possibilities unfolds, the traditional human services structures, previously, often seen as obstacles to the general application of the new philosophies and technologies, are challenged to change and to modify so that they once again are on the fore-front of developing greater opportunities for the people they serve.

South Dakota’s human service agencies and education system have accepted the challenge, and have forged a strong coalition to implement the necessary changes. This agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus insuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies will benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved agency communication.”

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

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded  the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.  The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation is the lead and fiscal agency of ASPIRE. The purpose of ASPIRE is to 1)      Increase a youth and family’s overall household income, and thereby reduce the household’s dependence upon public benefits, by increased educational attainment and increased career achievement. 2)      Inform federal policymakers in all the four federal agencies through evaluation of interventions and outcomes.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

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

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

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

South Dakota Agencies for People with Disabilities

“SFBRN was designed to provide businesses within the local labor market the following services:• Provide educational opportunities regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.

• Create a greater awareness of the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities within the community.

• Act as a resource for both prospective employees and employers regarding employment opportunities and worksite modifications.”

– This is a list of groups that includes Freedom to Work and others that offer training and other help.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

SD Advocacy Services

“South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. P&As are mandated under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These services are provided through a variety of vehicles: individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy for groups, information and referral services, rights education, and self-advocacy training.

The fundamental mission of the P&A system is to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, and violations of the rights of individuals with disabilities, including discrimination based on disability. P&As devote considerable resources to develop capacities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlement programs (e.g., Medicaid and Social Security), health care, accessible housing, and productive employment opportunities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

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

South Dakota Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

“This resource guide is intended to provide agency staff and service providers with information related to employment resources for people with disabilities. The guide should offer sufficient information to refer people with disabilities to the appropriate agency, organization, or program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant “Freedom To Work”

“It was a federally funded systems change grant, and its main purpose was to make improvements to the State's Medicaid system - to encourage people with disabilities to return to or enter employment and provide them with supports they might need to do so.” “

“The Freedom to Work Project has ended, however there are still activities carried out.”

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

South Dakota Transition Liaison Project

Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience. The project also includes training and capacity building.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

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

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

Through training and capacity building, the Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

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

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meet ICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.   Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

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

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota HCBS Transition Plan, Revised

Operation of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in South Dakota is shared between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). To ensure the transition plan accurately reflected all HCBS settings in South Dakota, DSS and DHS formed a collaborative workgroup representing each of the four Medicaid waivers and the state Medicaid agency. The workgroup assessed compliance with the HCBS Settings federal regulations and drafted this transition plan to identify action steps and timelines for South Dakota’s compliance with the new federal regulations.   (Comment period for this revised plan was from February 29 to March 30, 2016)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Elderly Waiver

“Allows persons age 19+ who meet nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: assisted living services; homemaker services, nursing; home delivered meals; emergency response; and adult day care.”

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

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

“Allows persons with significant physical disabilities (quadriplegia) aged 18+ who meet the nursing facility level of care and who are able to manage and direct their own services to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: case management; personal attendant services; consumer preparation services; nursing; and emergency response.”

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

South Dakota Family Support Waiver

Allows persons who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”

“Services offered: service coordination, specialized equipment,respite care, personal care, companion care, nutritional supplements, and supported employment.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

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 South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.62%
Change from
2014 to 2015
858,469
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51,131
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,419
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51.67%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.60%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 844,877 853,175 858,469
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 57,310 52,007 51,131
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 27,560 26,080 26,419
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 368,741 377,810 453,583
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.09% 50.15% 51.67%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.96% 83.74% 82.60%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.80% 3.40% 3.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.90% 21.90% 22.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.90% 13.10% 12.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 56,459 53,668 51,012
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 51,653 47,547 49,763
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 90,434 88,622 85,083
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 896 646 1,382
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,353 2,430 2,413
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 12,408 8,798 9,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 529 257 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,688 2,297 3,197
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A 523 N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,896 1,859 1,901
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 13.80% 13.40% 13.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 19,216 19,250 19,212

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,937 3,033 3,246
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,559 5,708 6,102
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,851 9,982 10,338
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 29.80% 30.40% 31.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.60% 3.50% 4.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 242 239 293
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,191 1,954 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 51 64 35
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 41 39 27
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. 80.00% 61.00% 77.00%
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. 4.92 4.62 3.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,340
1,227
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 1 0 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 60 47 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 307 286 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 531 506 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 334 301 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 107 87 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.90% 38.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,395 2,538
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 28,205 28,442
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 89 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 140 149 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $399,000 $471,000 $475,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,175,000 $7,331,000 $7,463,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $3,302,000 $3,413,000 $3,540,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,330,000 $3,544,000 $3,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00% 18.00% 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 726 762 794
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,646 1,660 1,652
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 787 782 812
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 52.00 53.60 60.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 69.53% 67.84% 68.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.42% 5.37% 5.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.20% 2.29% 2.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 78.40% 86.19% 85.28%
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). 13.30% 11.65% 20.18%
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). 67.10% 71.65% 74.22%
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). 77.80% 85.32% 82.29%
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). 53.80% 60.00% 54.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 8 6 5
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 21 18 18
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 25 24
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 19 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,466 1,466
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 134 134
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,619 1,612

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Services has developed strategies in the State Plan to assess and improve the community rehabilitation programs. A variety of training opportunities including conferences, webinars and seminars are provided throughout the state. In addition the Division has established a higher reimbursement rate for service providers who attend training and obtain become a Certified Employment Support Professional through Association of People Supporting Employment first. (Page 229) 

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center.

The State of South Dakota is dedicated to provide all programs and services in an accessible format and provide a delivery model to all individuals who are seeking services. DLR has the responsibility under WIOA to create and maintain the American Job Center system that will increase the range and quality of workforce services to all individuals seeking assistance. WIOA prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, political affiliation or belief, participant status, and against certain non–citizens. DLR and the partners will concentrate on the federal and state antidiscrimination laws in the execution of policies, procedures and guidance to allow access to workforce services and when assessing the physical and programmatic access of the One-Stop system and partners. (Page 106)

If an individual states he or she will be contacting an elected official (e.g., the Governor), it is imperative you send an email to the Cabinet Secretary of DLR with a cc to your manager, division director and the State Monitor Advocate. Your email should provide information on content of the complaint, what led up to the complaint, what was said and who was present to receive the complaint. Furthermore, guidance and other regulatory information is a provided through a CRC accepted Methods of Administration (MOA). The MOA outlines the WIOA provider’s operation of non–discrimination practices under Section 188 of WIOA.

One–Stop Certification Policy DLR has a MOU directly with Vocational Rehabilitation which addresses all accessibility issues. DLR has a one–stop certification policy that ensures the accessibility of all one–stop centers with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). (Page 108)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

Diverse Subpopulations – Disabilities The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation holds one of the USDOL Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. These funds provide an opportunity for the state to develop and implement a plan for improving effective and meaningful participation of youth with disabilities in the workforce.

According to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of South Dakota’s population with a disability is 12.0 percent. For the age group 18-64 years, it is 10.2 percent. The highest percent is within the age group 65 years and older at 34.9 percent, which correlates with disabilities often occurring as people age, including hearing, vision and self-care disabilities. (Page 20)

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation holds one of the USDOL Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. These funds provide an opportunity for the state to develop and implement a plan for improving effective and meaningful participation of youth with disabilities in the workforce.

According to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of South Dakota’s population with a disability is 12.0 percent. For the age group 18-64 years, it is 10.2 percent. The highest percent is within the age group 65 years and older at 34.9 percent, which correlates with disabilities often occurring as people age, including hearing, vision and self-care disabilities. (Page 43)

The Division collaborates with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18–24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

  • The Division has enrolled 111 students with disabilities who are receiving SSI. This initiative called the ASPIRE grant (PROMISE Initiative) is a research grant to provide additional interventions to half of the students.
  • The Division funds 3 Project Search initiatives serving 18 students in school year 2015. Division is expanding a new Project Search site in Rapid City. (Page 245)
Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

The Division is piloting a project with a post closure survey for clients who do not qualify for supported employment or Plans for Sustaining Employment. At this time there are approximately 4 clients and employers who are contacted by job placement providers quarterly for a year after successful closure. The survey indicates all four individuals have maintained their employment and one individual increased their work hours from part time to full time employment.

Strategy 4.2: Track the earnings for SSA beneficiaries and implement actions to increase the earnings and employment rate of clients who are SSA beneficiaries. (Page 254)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

The vision overall would be to provide services for job seekers, individuals wanting to improve their skills to better themselves, and to partner with businesses to best meet their workforce needs through education and training. The challenge for SD at this point is having enough people to fill the jobs needs that we are seeing statewide. One focus has been to work with individuals with disabilities. Many businesses may not have considered at specifically looking into this group of people and we are educating businesses more of the benefits in hiring individuals with disabilities. (Page 52)

The core partners will strive to build new sector partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships with employers to increase work–based learning experiences, such as paid internships and registered apprenticeships that provide job seekers with the skills and credentials necessary to secure employment and advance in their jobs with self–sustaining wages and benefits.

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and the vocational rehabilitation programs have a cooperative agreement in place to address transition services for youth with disabilities. The vision stated in the agreement is: “Enabling students with disabilities to reach their maximum potential in their transition from high school to the adult world”. The agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus ensuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved interagency communication. The following organizations are included in this agreement: Department of Education, Division of Curriculum, Career and Technical Education and Special Education programs; Department of Human Services, Divisions of Developmental Disabilities, Rehabilitation Services and Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired; and Department of Social Services, Divisions of Community Behavioral Health and Child Protection Services. (Page 79)

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides that “no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.” (§35.130 (a)). The first principle of Title II of the ADA is a requirement to make all programs offered by a public entity, when viewed in their entirety, accessible to and usable by qualified individuals with disabilities. This may require modification of policies and procedures to eliminate inadvertent discrimination and may also include removal of architectural barriers to provide program access. This does not mean that every existing facility must be accessible; the use of alternative methods to provide program access is permitted for Title II entities. In order to ensure compliance with the ADA, DHS conducted an evaluation of programs and services, and in addition reviewed the physical accessibility of office locations. No significant barriers to programs or services were identified. Non–Discrimination As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) shall not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, subject to discrimination; or deny employment in the administration of or in connection with department programs or services because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation or belief and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in any WIOA program. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to statues at Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84 and 91. (Page 107)

5. Self–Advocacy Skills 

This need category references of expressions of need to assist persons with the most significant disabilities to represent their personal and service needs effectively and appropriately in social and work settings.

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation has developed new strategies in the State Plan to provide outreach/media activities for targeting employers and the general public, provide benefits specialists services for clients, improving transportation services, increase transition services for students with disabilities and increase the self–advocacy skills of individuals with significant disabilities. (Page 224)

Goal 4: A VR Services delivery system that results in enhanced earnings, employee benefits, retention and career advancement for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 232)

The Division collaborates with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18–24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

  • The Division has enrolled 111 students with disabilities who are receiving SSI. This initiative called the ASPIRE grant (PROMISE Initiative) is a research grant to provide additional interventions to half of the students. (Page 245)
  • The Division and the Transition Services Liaison Project hosted 9 Regional Transition Forums in 8 communities across the state with a total of 321 individuals attending. The Forums provided an opportunity for the participants to learn about and meet the various service providers in the area (i.e. Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Benefits Counselors, IL Services, DD Resource Coordinators, Community Support Providers, and Assistive Technology Services). (Page 246)
  • The Division partners with 42 provider agencies with the Ticket to Work initiative to promote choice of services and extended services for individuals who receive Social Security Administration benefits. (Page 252)

Division Activities: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in each community work to identify needs or gaps in transportation for their clients. Recently Aberdeen Ride Line reinstated their transportation service, allowing people from Aberdeen to reach the Jefferson Bus lines which allows travel for other employment opportunities. During FFY 2015, the Division funded transportation services for 423 clients for a total of $125,607. 

Goal 4: A VR Services delivery system that results in enhanced earnings, employee benefits, retention and career advancement for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 253)

  • The Division provided Benefits Counseling to 251 SSA recipients who were closed in FFY 2015. The Division created 445 Individual Plans for Employment that included Benefits Counseling Services. (Page 254)

The Division has increased the number of Benefits Specialists from 4 to 6 positions. These positions are located in each Division District and available to provide benefits specialist services for Social Security Recipients. These staff have received their certification from Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Two staff from the ASPIRE project have been certified as Benefits Specialists and will be available to deliver services to all individuals when their grant is completed. (Page 255)
  • Support staff for the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Statewide Independent Living Council contracted through the South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. This includes wages and benefits for .9 FTE Board support staff. (Page 258)

5. Benefits Work Incentives. This need emerged from commenters who expressed misconceptions or misinformation regarding work incentives and also from public forums where people were discussing their needs with regards to information about SSA programs and benefits. The most Significant Disabilities, including their need for Supported Employment Services. “Individual with a Most Significant Disability” means an individual with a disability who meets the criteria for having a significant disability and in addition has serious limits in two or more functional capacities (such as, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self–care, self–direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance, or work skills) in terms of an employment outcome. Individuals who meet the criteria for this Priority Level I category are determined to be individuals with the “Most Significant Disability”. The needs identified for this category were as follows: 

  1. Employer Public Outreach Education This category is composed of specifically identified needs to educate employers, participants in work environments, and the public regarding the abilities and capacities of persons with the most significant disabilities. This category of needs pointed to a need to change the larger social context in which vocational rehabilitation services were to be received by persons experiencing blindness or low vision and who were most significantly disabled. The WIOA changes reinforce the need for extending public and business education to more deeply align the service culture and its decision points with those of the public at large and the business community. (Page 306)
  2. Job Placement Supports This category includes perceived needs for more job placement services, job coaches, and frequently references specific rural placement challenges. The need for specialized provider skills in placement supports for persons with blindness or low vision was expressed in this category. 3. Provider Training Provider training is understood in this assessment in two dimensions; those training needs identified by parties other than the provider and the training needs identified by the providers themselves as articulated through an assessment survey conducted by the South Dakota VR Agencies. Staff identified additional training needed for providers on job placement, and working with individuals with the most significant disabilities. On the other side, providers did request additional training and guidance in working with people with blindness and low vision. Additional training topics requested by providers included Accessing Hidden Job Market, Marketing to Employers, Assistive Technology, Autism Supports/Training, Benefits Work Incentives, and Brain Injury. (Page 310)

Increase utilization of South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind to improve skills of clients of SBVI, including alternative techniques and vocational services. Improve the quality of job development services by SBVI staff providing specialty training on employment and vision loss to providers and businesses. Access SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist’s services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits while participating in employment. (Page 319)

Strategy 1.3: Increase the use of SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits: Counselors have increased referrals for benefits specialist services from 5 client referrals in FY 13 to 12 client referrals in FY 15. Counselors work closely with Benefit Specialists and promote their services with clients who are on SSI/SSDI. (Page 321)

School to Work Transition

Training opportunities are available through a variety of organizations to assist SBVI in preparing staff to deliver training and to retrain in priority areas for vocational rehabilitation service provision. ACVREP provides training in blindness specific topics; this training leads to professional certification in vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, and low vision therapy. Agency sponsored training through seminars, conferences, and video conferences on topics such as: Motivational Interviewing & Person Centered Thinking; Recognizing Personality Disorders; Developing Business Strategies; Marketing Your Services and Program; Identifying Hidden Addictions & How to Work with these Individuals; Disability specific training related to employment & accommodations; DLR Programs & Services for Job Seekers; Beyond the Boomer – Aging in Place; Self–Employment “Creating a New Venture;” Compassion Fatigue; Ethical Issues VR Professionals Encounter; The Disability Determination Process; What WIOA Means for Service Providers; Employment for Individuals with Diverse Backgrounds; Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace; Americans with Disabilities Act; Transition from school to work; Pre–Employment Transition Services. (Page 298)

Data Collection

The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Programs utilize an in–house data base system called VR FACES. VR FACES incorporates all the required RSA data collection requirements and also provides a comprehensive case management system for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Older Blind Independent Living Program and other State programs.  (Page 98)

Small business/Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Training: Training for new entrepreneurs and small business owners which can range from general business courses to specific courses on topics as how to address legal and personnel issues.
  • On the Job Training: A program of occupational training providing knowledge and skills essential to the performance of a specific job. Training is provided by an approved employer. Under an OJT agreement, 50–75% of the reimbursement of the wage depending on the size of the employer, for extraordinary costs of conducting the training for an eligible participant. (Page 123)
Career Pathways

No specific disability related information found.

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically to disability or implementation. (Page 269)

Policies and Initiatives

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“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

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

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

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

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

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

Governor Creates Task Force on Employing People with Disabilities - 07/10/2013

“Led by the state Department of Human Services, the task force will bring the private and public sectors together to ensure people with disabilities are a vital part of South Dakota’s workforce. The task force will offer a broad spectrum of perspectives, including people with disabilities and their family members, the business community, representatives of state government, service providers and nonprofit stakeholders.”

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

South Dakota Governor's Statement on Employment First - 07/10/2013

Dennis Daugaard, officially stated in July 2013 that he planned to make South Dakota an Employment First state ..“My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment-first state.” That means our government will commit itself to making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. Although many with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, are employed in “shelter work environments,” which separate them into separate work places, our goal is to include these people in the regular workforce. Research has shown this to be far better, economically and socially.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Employment Work Plan - 12/31/2006

“South Dakota Employment First Alliance Vision: That all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore individual, integrated employment options that suit them best. This includes education, experience, and exposure to make an informed decision about choosing a career path based on interests, strengths, and support needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Meeting Minutes-PLANS Workgroup - 03/09/2006

Meeting Minutes of the PLANS Workgroup held on March 9, 2006 describes efforts throughout the state to improve employment options for people with disabilities including a summary, discussion and links to resources for CE driven self-employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

South Dakota State Wide Need Assessment (2016)

"The Designated State Units (DSU)’s in South Dakota submit this attachment to the "Needs Assessment" section of the VR Portion of the WIOA South Dakota State Unified Plan. The public vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota are submitting attachment 4.11(a) with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Portion state plan update to reflect that a comprehensive statewide needs assessment has been accomplished with this plan submission...

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 marked the first year of activity in carrying out a three year set of goals and strategy based on the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) conducted largely in the year 2014 and 2015. ...The foundational changes coming from the implementation of WIOA re-defined how VR programs in South Dakota approached the CSNA for the 2016 VR portion of the of new Unified Plan."

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

South Dakota Dept of Human Services Employment First Philosophy

“The S.D. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is engaged in bringing integrated employment supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into greater focus. Through funds granted by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, DDD initiated membership in the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2013. As we continue to learn about the best ways to approach necessary system change, we celebrate the significant progress already achieved.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities - 01/01/2014

“Current philosophies and technologies are challenging our past “best practices” as we reevaluate the potential contributions of citizens with disabilities. As the panorama of possibilities unfolds, the traditional human services structures, previously, often seen as obstacles to the general application of the new philosophies and technologies, are challenged to change and to modify so that they once again are on the fore-front of developing greater opportunities for the people they serve.

South Dakota’s human service agencies and education system have accepted the challenge, and have forged a strong coalition to implement the necessary changes. This agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus insuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies will benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved agency communication.”

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

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded  the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.  The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation is the lead and fiscal agency of ASPIRE. The purpose of ASPIRE is to 1)      Increase a youth and family’s overall household income, and thereby reduce the household’s dependence upon public benefits, by increased educational attainment and increased career achievement. 2)      Inform federal policymakers in all the four federal agencies through evaluation of interventions and outcomes.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

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

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

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

South Dakota Agencies for People with Disabilities

“SFBRN was designed to provide businesses within the local labor market the following services:• Provide educational opportunities regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.

• Create a greater awareness of the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities within the community.

• Act as a resource for both prospective employees and employers regarding employment opportunities and worksite modifications.”

– This is a list of groups that includes Freedom to Work and others that offer training and other help.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

SD Advocacy Services

“South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. P&As are mandated under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These services are provided through a variety of vehicles: individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy for groups, information and referral services, rights education, and self-advocacy training.

The fundamental mission of the P&A system is to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, and violations of the rights of individuals with disabilities, including discrimination based on disability. P&As devote considerable resources to develop capacities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlement programs (e.g., Medicaid and Social Security), health care, accessible housing, and productive employment opportunities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

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

South Dakota Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

“This resource guide is intended to provide agency staff and service providers with information related to employment resources for people with disabilities. The guide should offer sufficient information to refer people with disabilities to the appropriate agency, organization, or program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant “Freedom To Work”

“It was a federally funded systems change grant, and its main purpose was to make improvements to the State's Medicaid system - to encourage people with disabilities to return to or enter employment and provide them with supports they might need to do so.” “

“The Freedom to Work Project has ended, however there are still activities carried out.”

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

South Dakota Transition Liaison Project

Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience. The project also includes training and capacity building.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

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

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

Through training and capacity building, the Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

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

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meet ICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.   Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

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

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota HCBS Transition Plan, Revised

Operation of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in South Dakota is shared between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). To ensure the transition plan accurately reflected all HCBS settings in South Dakota, DSS and DHS formed a collaborative workgroup representing each of the four Medicaid waivers and the state Medicaid agency. The workgroup assessed compliance with the HCBS Settings federal regulations and drafted this transition plan to identify action steps and timelines for South Dakota’s compliance with the new federal regulations.   (Comment period for this revised plan was from February 29 to March 30, 2016)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Elderly Waiver

“Allows persons age 19+ who meet nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: assisted living services; homemaker services, nursing; home delivered meals; emergency response; and adult day care.”

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

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

“Allows persons with significant physical disabilities (quadriplegia) aged 18+ who meet the nursing facility level of care and who are able to manage and direct their own services to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: case management; personal attendant services; consumer preparation services; nursing; and emergency response.”

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

South Dakota Family Support Waiver

Allows persons who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”

“Services offered: service coordination, specialized equipment,respite care, personal care, companion care, nutritional supplements, and supported employment.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

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 South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.62%
Change from
2014 to 2015
858,469
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51,131
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,419
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51.67%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.60%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 858,469
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 51,131
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 26,419
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 453,583
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 51.67%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.60%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 51,012
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 49,763
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 85,083
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,382
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,413
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,197
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,901
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 13.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 19,212

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,246
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,102
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,338
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 31.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 293
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 35
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 27
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. 77.00%
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. 3.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
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. 2,538
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 28,442
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $475,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,463,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $3,540,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 794
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,652
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 812
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 85.28%
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). 20.18%
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). 74.22%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 82.29%
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). 54.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 5
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 18
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 24
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 12
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). 1,466
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 134
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,612

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Services has developed strategies in the State Plan to assess and improve the community rehabilitation programs. A variety of training opportunities including conferences, webinars and seminars are provided throughout the state. In addition the Division has established a higher reimbursement rate for service providers who attend training and obtain become a Certified Employment Support Professional through Association of People Supporting Employment first. (Page 229) 

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center.

The State of South Dakota is dedicated to provide all programs and services in an accessible format and provide a delivery model to all individuals who are seeking services. DLR has the responsibility under WIOA to create and maintain the American Job Center system that will increase the range and quality of workforce services to all individuals seeking assistance. WIOA prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, political affiliation or belief, participant status, and against certain non–citizens. DLR and the partners will concentrate on the federal and state antidiscrimination laws in the execution of policies, procedures and guidance to allow access to workforce services and when assessing the physical and programmatic access of the One-Stop system and partners. (Page 106)

If an individual states he or she will be contacting an elected official (e.g., the Governor), it is imperative you send an email to the Cabinet Secretary of DLR with a cc to your manager, division director and the State Monitor Advocate. Your email should provide information on content of the complaint, what led up to the complaint, what was said and who was present to receive the complaint. Furthermore, guidance and other regulatory information is a provided through a CRC accepted Methods of Administration (MOA). The MOA outlines the WIOA provider’s operation of non–discrimination practices under Section 188 of WIOA.

One–Stop Certification Policy DLR has a MOU directly with Vocational Rehabilitation which addresses all accessibility issues. DLR has a one–stop certification policy that ensures the accessibility of all one–stop centers with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). (Page 108)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

Diverse Subpopulations – Disabilities The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation holds one of the USDOL Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. These funds provide an opportunity for the state to develop and implement a plan for improving effective and meaningful participation of youth with disabilities in the workforce.

According to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of South Dakota’s population with a disability is 12.0 percent. For the age group 18-64 years, it is 10.2 percent. The highest percent is within the age group 65 years and older at 34.9 percent, which correlates with disabilities often occurring as people age, including hearing, vision and self-care disabilities. (Page 20)

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation holds one of the USDOL Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. These funds provide an opportunity for the state to develop and implement a plan for improving effective and meaningful participation of youth with disabilities in the workforce.

According to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of South Dakota’s population with a disability is 12.0 percent. For the age group 18-64 years, it is 10.2 percent. The highest percent is within the age group 65 years and older at 34.9 percent, which correlates with disabilities often occurring as people age, including hearing, vision and self-care disabilities. (Page 43)

The Division collaborates with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18–24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

  • The Division has enrolled 111 students with disabilities who are receiving SSI. This initiative called the ASPIRE grant (PROMISE Initiative) is a research grant to provide additional interventions to half of the students.
  • The Division funds 3 Project Search initiatives serving 18 students in school year 2015. Division is expanding a new Project Search site in Rapid City. (Page 245)
Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

The Division is piloting a project with a post closure survey for clients who do not qualify for supported employment or Plans for Sustaining Employment. At this time there are approximately 4 clients and employers who are contacted by job placement providers quarterly for a year after successful closure. The survey indicates all four individuals have maintained their employment and one individual increased their work hours from part time to full time employment.

Strategy 4.2: Track the earnings for SSA beneficiaries and implement actions to increase the earnings and employment rate of clients who are SSA beneficiaries. (Page 254)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

The vision overall would be to provide services for job seekers, individuals wanting to improve their skills to better themselves, and to partner with businesses to best meet their workforce needs through education and training. The challenge for SD at this point is having enough people to fill the jobs needs that we are seeing statewide. One focus has been to work with individuals with disabilities. Many businesses may not have considered at specifically looking into this group of people and we are educating businesses more of the benefits in hiring individuals with disabilities. (Page 52)

The core partners will strive to build new sector partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships with employers to increase work–based learning experiences, such as paid internships and registered apprenticeships that provide job seekers with the skills and credentials necessary to secure employment and advance in their jobs with self–sustaining wages and benefits.

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and the vocational rehabilitation programs have a cooperative agreement in place to address transition services for youth with disabilities. The vision stated in the agreement is: “Enabling students with disabilities to reach their maximum potential in their transition from high school to the adult world”. The agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus ensuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved interagency communication. The following organizations are included in this agreement: Department of Education, Division of Curriculum, Career and Technical Education and Special Education programs; Department of Human Services, Divisions of Developmental Disabilities, Rehabilitation Services and Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired; and Department of Social Services, Divisions of Community Behavioral Health and Child Protection Services. (Page 79)

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides that “no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.” (§35.130 (a)). The first principle of Title II of the ADA is a requirement to make all programs offered by a public entity, when viewed in their entirety, accessible to and usable by qualified individuals with disabilities. This may require modification of policies and procedures to eliminate inadvertent discrimination and may also include removal of architectural barriers to provide program access. This does not mean that every existing facility must be accessible; the use of alternative methods to provide program access is permitted for Title II entities. In order to ensure compliance with the ADA, DHS conducted an evaluation of programs and services, and in addition reviewed the physical accessibility of office locations. No significant barriers to programs or services were identified. Non–Discrimination As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) shall not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, subject to discrimination; or deny employment in the administration of or in connection with department programs or services because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation or belief and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in any WIOA program. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to statues at Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84 and 91. (Page 107)

5. Self–Advocacy Skills 

This need category references of expressions of need to assist persons with the most significant disabilities to represent their personal and service needs effectively and appropriately in social and work settings.

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation has developed new strategies in the State Plan to provide outreach/media activities for targeting employers and the general public, provide benefits specialists services for clients, improving transportation services, increase transition services for students with disabilities and increase the self–advocacy skills of individuals with significant disabilities. (Page 224)

Goal 4: A VR Services delivery system that results in enhanced earnings, employee benefits, retention and career advancement for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 232)

The Division collaborates with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18–24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

  • The Division has enrolled 111 students with disabilities who are receiving SSI. This initiative called the ASPIRE grant (PROMISE Initiative) is a research grant to provide additional interventions to half of the students. (Page 245)
  • The Division and the Transition Services Liaison Project hosted 9 Regional Transition Forums in 8 communities across the state with a total of 321 individuals attending. The Forums provided an opportunity for the participants to learn about and meet the various service providers in the area (i.e. Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Benefits Counselors, IL Services, DD Resource Coordinators, Community Support Providers, and Assistive Technology Services). (Page 246)
  • The Division partners with 42 provider agencies with the Ticket to Work initiative to promote choice of services and extended services for individuals who receive Social Security Administration benefits. (Page 252)

Division Activities: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in each community work to identify needs or gaps in transportation for their clients. Recently Aberdeen Ride Line reinstated their transportation service, allowing people from Aberdeen to reach the Jefferson Bus lines which allows travel for other employment opportunities. During FFY 2015, the Division funded transportation services for 423 clients for a total of $125,607. 

Goal 4: A VR Services delivery system that results in enhanced earnings, employee benefits, retention and career advancement for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 253)

  • The Division provided Benefits Counseling to 251 SSA recipients who were closed in FFY 2015. The Division created 445 Individual Plans for Employment that included Benefits Counseling Services. (Page 254)

The Division has increased the number of Benefits Specialists from 4 to 6 positions. These positions are located in each Division District and available to provide benefits specialist services for Social Security Recipients. These staff have received their certification from Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Two staff from the ASPIRE project have been certified as Benefits Specialists and will be available to deliver services to all individuals when their grant is completed. (Page 255)
  • Support staff for the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Statewide Independent Living Council contracted through the South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. This includes wages and benefits for .9 FTE Board support staff. (Page 258)

5. Benefits Work Incentives. This need emerged from commenters who expressed misconceptions or misinformation regarding work incentives and also from public forums where people were discussing their needs with regards to information about SSA programs and benefits. The most Significant Disabilities, including their need for Supported Employment Services. “Individual with a Most Significant Disability” means an individual with a disability who meets the criteria for having a significant disability and in addition has serious limits in two or more functional capacities (such as, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self–care, self–direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance, or work skills) in terms of an employment outcome. Individuals who meet the criteria for this Priority Level I category are determined to be individuals with the “Most Significant Disability”. The needs identified for this category were as follows: 

  1. Employer Public Outreach Education This category is composed of specifically identified needs to educate employers, participants in work environments, and the public regarding the abilities and capacities of persons with the most significant disabilities. This category of needs pointed to a need to change the larger social context in which vocational rehabilitation services were to be received by persons experiencing blindness or low vision and who were most significantly disabled. The WIOA changes reinforce the need for extending public and business education to more deeply align the service culture and its decision points with those of the public at large and the business community. (Page 306)
  2. Job Placement Supports This category includes perceived needs for more job placement services, job coaches, and frequently references specific rural placement challenges. The need for specialized provider skills in placement supports for persons with blindness or low vision was expressed in this category. 3. Provider Training Provider training is understood in this assessment in two dimensions; those training needs identified by parties other than the provider and the training needs identified by the providers themselves as articulated through an assessment survey conducted by the South Dakota VR Agencies. Staff identified additional training needed for providers on job placement, and working with individuals with the most significant disabilities. On the other side, providers did request additional training and guidance in working with people with blindness and low vision. Additional training topics requested by providers included Accessing Hidden Job Market, Marketing to Employers, Assistive Technology, Autism Supports/Training, Benefits Work Incentives, and Brain Injury. (Page 310)

Increase utilization of South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind to improve skills of clients of SBVI, including alternative techniques and vocational services. Improve the quality of job development services by SBVI staff providing specialty training on employment and vision loss to providers and businesses. Access SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist’s services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits while participating in employment. (Page 319)

Strategy 1.3: Increase the use of SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits: Counselors have increased referrals for benefits specialist services from 5 client referrals in FY 13 to 12 client referrals in FY 15. Counselors work closely with Benefit Specialists and promote their services with clients who are on SSI/SSDI. (Page 321)

School to Work Transition

Training opportunities are available through a variety of organizations to assist SBVI in preparing staff to deliver training and to retrain in priority areas for vocational rehabilitation service provision. ACVREP provides training in blindness specific topics; this training leads to professional certification in vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, and low vision therapy. Agency sponsored training through seminars, conferences, and video conferences on topics such as: Motivational Interviewing & Person Centered Thinking; Recognizing Personality Disorders; Developing Business Strategies; Marketing Your Services and Program; Identifying Hidden Addictions & How to Work with these Individuals; Disability specific training related to employment & accommodations; DLR Programs & Services for Job Seekers; Beyond the Boomer – Aging in Place; Self–Employment “Creating a New Venture;” Compassion Fatigue; Ethical Issues VR Professionals Encounter; The Disability Determination Process; What WIOA Means for Service Providers; Employment for Individuals with Diverse Backgrounds; Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace; Americans with Disabilities Act; Transition from school to work; Pre–Employment Transition Services. (Page 298)

Data Collection

The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Programs utilize an in–house data base system called VR FACES. VR FACES incorporates all the required RSA data collection requirements and also provides a comprehensive case management system for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Older Blind Independent Living Program and other State programs.  (Page 98)

Small business/Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Training: Training for new entrepreneurs and small business owners which can range from general business courses to specific courses on topics as how to address legal and personnel issues.
  • On the Job Training: A program of occupational training providing knowledge and skills essential to the performance of a specific job. Training is provided by an approved employer. Under an OJT agreement, 50–75% of the reimbursement of the wage depending on the size of the employer, for extraordinary costs of conducting the training for an eligible participant. (Page 123)
Career Pathways

No specific disability related information found.

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically to disability or implementation. (Page 269)

Policies and Initiatives

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“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

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

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

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

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

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

Governor Creates Task Force on Employing People with Disabilities - 07/10/2013

“Led by the state Department of Human Services, the task force will bring the private and public sectors together to ensure people with disabilities are a vital part of South Dakota’s workforce. The task force will offer a broad spectrum of perspectives, including people with disabilities and their family members, the business community, representatives of state government, service providers and nonprofit stakeholders.”

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

South Dakota Governor's Statement on Employment First - 07/10/2013

Dennis Daugaard, officially stated in July 2013 that he planned to make South Dakota an Employment First state ..“My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment-first state.” That means our government will commit itself to making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. Although many with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, are employed in “shelter work environments,” which separate them into separate work places, our goal is to include these people in the regular workforce. Research has shown this to be far better, economically and socially.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Employment Work Plan - 12/31/2006

“South Dakota Employment First Alliance Vision: That all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore individual, integrated employment options that suit them best. This includes education, experience, and exposure to make an informed decision about choosing a career path based on interests, strengths, and support needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Meeting Minutes-PLANS Workgroup - 03/09/2006

Meeting Minutes of the PLANS Workgroup held on March 9, 2006 describes efforts throughout the state to improve employment options for people with disabilities including a summary, discussion and links to resources for CE driven self-employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

South Dakota State Wide Need Assessment (2016)

"The Designated State Units (DSU)’s in South Dakota submit this attachment to the "Needs Assessment" section of the VR Portion of the WIOA South Dakota State Unified Plan. The public vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota are submitting attachment 4.11(a) with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Portion state plan update to reflect that a comprehensive statewide needs assessment has been accomplished with this plan submission...

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 marked the first year of activity in carrying out a three year set of goals and strategy based on the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) conducted largely in the year 2014 and 2015. ...The foundational changes coming from the implementation of WIOA re-defined how VR programs in South Dakota approached the CSNA for the 2016 VR portion of the of new Unified Plan."

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

South Dakota Dept of Human Services Employment First Philosophy

“The S.D. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is engaged in bringing integrated employment supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into greater focus. Through funds granted by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, DDD initiated membership in the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2013. As we continue to learn about the best ways to approach necessary system change, we celebrate the significant progress already achieved.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities - 01/01/2014

“Current philosophies and technologies are challenging our past “best practices” as we reevaluate the potential contributions of citizens with disabilities. As the panorama of possibilities unfolds, the traditional human services structures, previously, often seen as obstacles to the general application of the new philosophies and technologies, are challenged to change and to modify so that they once again are on the fore-front of developing greater opportunities for the people they serve.

South Dakota’s human service agencies and education system have accepted the challenge, and have forged a strong coalition to implement the necessary changes. This agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus insuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies will benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved agency communication.”

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

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded  the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.  The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation is the lead and fiscal agency of ASPIRE. The purpose of ASPIRE is to 1)      Increase a youth and family’s overall household income, and thereby reduce the household’s dependence upon public benefits, by increased educational attainment and increased career achievement. 2)      Inform federal policymakers in all the four federal agencies through evaluation of interventions and outcomes.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

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

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

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

South Dakota Agencies for People with Disabilities

“SFBRN was designed to provide businesses within the local labor market the following services:• Provide educational opportunities regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.

• Create a greater awareness of the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities within the community.

• Act as a resource for both prospective employees and employers regarding employment opportunities and worksite modifications.”

– This is a list of groups that includes Freedom to Work and others that offer training and other help.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

SD Advocacy Services

“South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. P&As are mandated under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These services are provided through a variety of vehicles: individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy for groups, information and referral services, rights education, and self-advocacy training.

The fundamental mission of the P&A system is to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, and violations of the rights of individuals with disabilities, including discrimination based on disability. P&As devote considerable resources to develop capacities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlement programs (e.g., Medicaid and Social Security), health care, accessible housing, and productive employment opportunities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

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

South Dakota Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

“This resource guide is intended to provide agency staff and service providers with information related to employment resources for people with disabilities. The guide should offer sufficient information to refer people with disabilities to the appropriate agency, organization, or program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant “Freedom To Work”

“It was a federally funded systems change grant, and its main purpose was to make improvements to the State's Medicaid system - to encourage people with disabilities to return to or enter employment and provide them with supports they might need to do so.” “

“The Freedom to Work Project has ended, however there are still activities carried out.”

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

South Dakota Transition Liaison Project

Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience. The project also includes training and capacity building.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

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

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

Through training and capacity building, the Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

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

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meet ICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.   Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

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

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota HCBS Transition Plan, Revised

Operation of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in South Dakota is shared between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). To ensure the transition plan accurately reflected all HCBS settings in South Dakota, DSS and DHS formed a collaborative workgroup representing each of the four Medicaid waivers and the state Medicaid agency. The workgroup assessed compliance with the HCBS Settings federal regulations and drafted this transition plan to identify action steps and timelines for South Dakota’s compliance with the new federal regulations.   (Comment period for this revised plan was from February 29 to March 30, 2016)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Elderly Waiver

“Allows persons age 19+ who meet nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: assisted living services; homemaker services, nursing; home delivered meals; emergency response; and adult day care.”

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

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

“Allows persons with significant physical disabilities (quadriplegia) aged 18+ who meet the nursing facility level of care and who are able to manage and direct their own services to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: case management; personal attendant services; consumer preparation services; nursing; and emergency response.”

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

South Dakota Family Support Waiver

Allows persons who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”

“Services offered: service coordination, specialized equipment,respite care, personal care, companion care, nutritional supplements, and supported employment.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

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 South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.62%
Change from
2014 to 2015
858,469
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51,131
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,419
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51.67%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.60%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 858,469
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 51,131
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 26,419
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 453,583
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 51.67%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.60%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 51,012
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 49,763
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 85,083
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,382
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,413
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,197
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,901
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 13.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 19,212

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,246
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,102
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,338
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 31.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 293
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 35
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 27
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. 77.00%
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. 3.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
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. 2,538
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 28,442
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $475,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,463,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $3,540,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 794
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,652
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 812
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 85.28%
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). 20.18%
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). 74.22%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 82.29%
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). 54.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 5
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 18
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 24
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 12
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). 1,466
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 134
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,612

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Services has developed strategies in the State Plan to assess and improve the community rehabilitation programs. A variety of training opportunities including conferences, webinars and seminars are provided throughout the state. In addition the Division has established a higher reimbursement rate for service providers who attend training and obtain become a Certified Employment Support Professional through Association of People Supporting Employment first. (Page 229) 

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center.

The State of South Dakota is dedicated to provide all programs and services in an accessible format and provide a delivery model to all individuals who are seeking services. DLR has the responsibility under WIOA to create and maintain the American Job Center system that will increase the range and quality of workforce services to all individuals seeking assistance. WIOA prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, political affiliation or belief, participant status, and against certain non–citizens. DLR and the partners will concentrate on the federal and state antidiscrimination laws in the execution of policies, procedures and guidance to allow access to workforce services and when assessing the physical and programmatic access of the One-Stop system and partners. (Page 106)

If an individual states he or she will be contacting an elected official (e.g., the Governor), it is imperative you send an email to the Cabinet Secretary of DLR with a cc to your manager, division director and the State Monitor Advocate. Your email should provide information on content of the complaint, what led up to the complaint, what was said and who was present to receive the complaint. Furthermore, guidance and other regulatory information is a provided through a CRC accepted Methods of Administration (MOA). The MOA outlines the WIOA provider’s operation of non–discrimination practices under Section 188 of WIOA.

One–Stop Certification Policy DLR has a MOU directly with Vocational Rehabilitation which addresses all accessibility issues. DLR has a one–stop certification policy that ensures the accessibility of all one–stop centers with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). (Page 108)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

Diverse Subpopulations – Disabilities The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation holds one of the USDOL Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. These funds provide an opportunity for the state to develop and implement a plan for improving effective and meaningful participation of youth with disabilities in the workforce.

According to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of South Dakota’s population with a disability is 12.0 percent. For the age group 18-64 years, it is 10.2 percent. The highest percent is within the age group 65 years and older at 34.9 percent, which correlates with disabilities often occurring as people age, including hearing, vision and self-care disabilities. (Page 20)

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation holds one of the USDOL Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. These funds provide an opportunity for the state to develop and implement a plan for improving effective and meaningful participation of youth with disabilities in the workforce.

According to 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of South Dakota’s population with a disability is 12.0 percent. For the age group 18-64 years, it is 10.2 percent. The highest percent is within the age group 65 years and older at 34.9 percent, which correlates with disabilities often occurring as people age, including hearing, vision and self-care disabilities. (Page 43)

The Division collaborates with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18–24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

  • The Division has enrolled 111 students with disabilities who are receiving SSI. This initiative called the ASPIRE grant (PROMISE Initiative) is a research grant to provide additional interventions to half of the students.
  • The Division funds 3 Project Search initiatives serving 18 students in school year 2015. Division is expanding a new Project Search site in Rapid City. (Page 245)
Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

The Division is piloting a project with a post closure survey for clients who do not qualify for supported employment or Plans for Sustaining Employment. At this time there are approximately 4 clients and employers who are contacted by job placement providers quarterly for a year after successful closure. The survey indicates all four individuals have maintained their employment and one individual increased their work hours from part time to full time employment.

Strategy 4.2: Track the earnings for SSA beneficiaries and implement actions to increase the earnings and employment rate of clients who are SSA beneficiaries. (Page 254)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

The vision overall would be to provide services for job seekers, individuals wanting to improve their skills to better themselves, and to partner with businesses to best meet their workforce needs through education and training. The challenge for SD at this point is having enough people to fill the jobs needs that we are seeing statewide. One focus has been to work with individuals with disabilities. Many businesses may not have considered at specifically looking into this group of people and we are educating businesses more of the benefits in hiring individuals with disabilities. (Page 52)

The core partners will strive to build new sector partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships with employers to increase work–based learning experiences, such as paid internships and registered apprenticeships that provide job seekers with the skills and credentials necessary to secure employment and advance in their jobs with self–sustaining wages and benefits.

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and the vocational rehabilitation programs have a cooperative agreement in place to address transition services for youth with disabilities. The vision stated in the agreement is: “Enabling students with disabilities to reach their maximum potential in their transition from high school to the adult world”. The agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus ensuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved interagency communication. The following organizations are included in this agreement: Department of Education, Division of Curriculum, Career and Technical Education and Special Education programs; Department of Human Services, Divisions of Developmental Disabilities, Rehabilitation Services and Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired; and Department of Social Services, Divisions of Community Behavioral Health and Child Protection Services. (Page 79)

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides that “no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.” (§35.130 (a)). The first principle of Title II of the ADA is a requirement to make all programs offered by a public entity, when viewed in their entirety, accessible to and usable by qualified individuals with disabilities. This may require modification of policies and procedures to eliminate inadvertent discrimination and may also include removal of architectural barriers to provide program access. This does not mean that every existing facility must be accessible; the use of alternative methods to provide program access is permitted for Title II entities. In order to ensure compliance with the ADA, DHS conducted an evaluation of programs and services, and in addition reviewed the physical accessibility of office locations. No significant barriers to programs or services were identified. Non–Discrimination As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) shall not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, subject to discrimination; or deny employment in the administration of or in connection with department programs or services because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation or belief and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in any WIOA program. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to statues at Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84 and 91. (Page 107)

5. Self–Advocacy Skills 

This need category references of expressions of need to assist persons with the most significant disabilities to represent their personal and service needs effectively and appropriately in social and work settings.

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation has developed new strategies in the State Plan to provide outreach/media activities for targeting employers and the general public, provide benefits specialists services for clients, improving transportation services, increase transition services for students with disabilities and increase the self–advocacy skills of individuals with significant disabilities. (Page 224)

Goal 4: A VR Services delivery system that results in enhanced earnings, employee benefits, retention and career advancement for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 232)

The Division collaborates with the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18–24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

  • The Division has enrolled 111 students with disabilities who are receiving SSI. This initiative called the ASPIRE grant (PROMISE Initiative) is a research grant to provide additional interventions to half of the students. (Page 245)
  • The Division and the Transition Services Liaison Project hosted 9 Regional Transition Forums in 8 communities across the state with a total of 321 individuals attending. The Forums provided an opportunity for the participants to learn about and meet the various service providers in the area (i.e. Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Benefits Counselors, IL Services, DD Resource Coordinators, Community Support Providers, and Assistive Technology Services). (Page 246)
  • The Division partners with 42 provider agencies with the Ticket to Work initiative to promote choice of services and extended services for individuals who receive Social Security Administration benefits. (Page 252)

Division Activities: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in each community work to identify needs or gaps in transportation for their clients. Recently Aberdeen Ride Line reinstated their transportation service, allowing people from Aberdeen to reach the Jefferson Bus lines which allows travel for other employment opportunities. During FFY 2015, the Division funded transportation services for 423 clients for a total of $125,607. 

Goal 4: A VR Services delivery system that results in enhanced earnings, employee benefits, retention and career advancement for individuals with the most significant disabilities. (Page 253)

  • The Division provided Benefits Counseling to 251 SSA recipients who were closed in FFY 2015. The Division created 445 Individual Plans for Employment that included Benefits Counseling Services. (Page 254)

The Division has increased the number of Benefits Specialists from 4 to 6 positions. These positions are located in each Division District and available to provide benefits specialist services for Social Security Recipients. These staff have received their certification from Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Two staff from the ASPIRE project have been certified as Benefits Specialists and will be available to deliver services to all individuals when their grant is completed. (Page 255)
  • Support staff for the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Statewide Independent Living Council contracted through the South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. This includes wages and benefits for .9 FTE Board support staff. (Page 258)

5. Benefits Work Incentives. This need emerged from commenters who expressed misconceptions or misinformation regarding work incentives and also from public forums where people were discussing their needs with regards to information about SSA programs and benefits. The most Significant Disabilities, including their need for Supported Employment Services. “Individual with a Most Significant Disability” means an individual with a disability who meets the criteria for having a significant disability and in addition has serious limits in two or more functional capacities (such as, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self–care, self–direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance, or work skills) in terms of an employment outcome. Individuals who meet the criteria for this Priority Level I category are determined to be individuals with the “Most Significant Disability”. The needs identified for this category were as follows: 

  1. Employer Public Outreach Education This category is composed of specifically identified needs to educate employers, participants in work environments, and the public regarding the abilities and capacities of persons with the most significant disabilities. This category of needs pointed to a need to change the larger social context in which vocational rehabilitation services were to be received by persons experiencing blindness or low vision and who were most significantly disabled. The WIOA changes reinforce the need for extending public and business education to more deeply align the service culture and its decision points with those of the public at large and the business community. (Page 306)
  2. Job Placement Supports This category includes perceived needs for more job placement services, job coaches, and frequently references specific rural placement challenges. The need for specialized provider skills in placement supports for persons with blindness or low vision was expressed in this category. 3. Provider Training Provider training is understood in this assessment in two dimensions; those training needs identified by parties other than the provider and the training needs identified by the providers themselves as articulated through an assessment survey conducted by the South Dakota VR Agencies. Staff identified additional training needed for providers on job placement, and working with individuals with the most significant disabilities. On the other side, providers did request additional training and guidance in working with people with blindness and low vision. Additional training topics requested by providers included Accessing Hidden Job Market, Marketing to Employers, Assistive Technology, Autism Supports/Training, Benefits Work Incentives, and Brain Injury. (Page 310)

Increase utilization of South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind to improve skills of clients of SBVI, including alternative techniques and vocational services. Improve the quality of job development services by SBVI staff providing specialty training on employment and vision loss to providers and businesses. Access SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist’s services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits while participating in employment. (Page 319)

Strategy 1.3: Increase the use of SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits: Counselors have increased referrals for benefits specialist services from 5 client referrals in FY 13 to 12 client referrals in FY 15. Counselors work closely with Benefit Specialists and promote their services with clients who are on SSI/SSDI. (Page 321)

School to Work Transition

Training opportunities are available through a variety of organizations to assist SBVI in preparing staff to deliver training and to retrain in priority areas for vocational rehabilitation service provision. ACVREP provides training in blindness specific topics; this training leads to professional certification in vision rehabilitation, orientation and mobility, and low vision therapy. Agency sponsored training through seminars, conferences, and video conferences on topics such as: Motivational Interviewing & Person Centered Thinking; Recognizing Personality Disorders; Developing Business Strategies; Marketing Your Services and Program; Identifying Hidden Addictions & How to Work with these Individuals; Disability specific training related to employment & accommodations; DLR Programs & Services for Job Seekers; Beyond the Boomer – Aging in Place; Self–Employment “Creating a New Venture;” Compassion Fatigue; Ethical Issues VR Professionals Encounter; The Disability Determination Process; What WIOA Means for Service Providers; Employment for Individuals with Diverse Backgrounds; Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace; Americans with Disabilities Act; Transition from school to work; Pre–Employment Transition Services. (Page 298)

Data Collection

The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Programs utilize an in–house data base system called VR FACES. VR FACES incorporates all the required RSA data collection requirements and also provides a comprehensive case management system for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Older Blind Independent Living Program and other State programs.  (Page 98)

Small business/Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Training: Training for new entrepreneurs and small business owners which can range from general business courses to specific courses on topics as how to address legal and personnel issues.
  • On the Job Training: A program of occupational training providing knowledge and skills essential to the performance of a specific job. Training is provided by an approved employer. Under an OJT agreement, 50–75% of the reimbursement of the wage depending on the size of the employer, for extraordinary costs of conducting the training for an eligible participant. (Page 123)
Career Pathways

No specific disability related information found.

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically to disability or implementation. (Page 269)

Policies and Initiatives

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“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

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

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

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

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

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

Governor Creates Task Force on Employing People with Disabilities - 07/10/2013

“Led by the state Department of Human Services, the task force will bring the private and public sectors together to ensure people with disabilities are a vital part of South Dakota’s workforce. The task force will offer a broad spectrum of perspectives, including people with disabilities and their family members, the business community, representatives of state government, service providers and nonprofit stakeholders.”

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

South Dakota Governor's Statement on Employment First - 07/10/2013

Dennis Daugaard, officially stated in July 2013 that he planned to make South Dakota an Employment First state ..“My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment-first state.” That means our government will commit itself to making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. Although many with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, are employed in “shelter work environments,” which separate them into separate work places, our goal is to include these people in the regular workforce. Research has shown this to be far better, economically and socially.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Employment Work Plan - 12/31/2006

“South Dakota Employment First Alliance Vision: That all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore individual, integrated employment options that suit them best. This includes education, experience, and exposure to make an informed decision about choosing a career path based on interests, strengths, and support needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Meeting Minutes-PLANS Workgroup - 03/09/2006

Meeting Minutes of the PLANS Workgroup held on March 9, 2006 describes efforts throughout the state to improve employment options for people with disabilities including a summary, discussion and links to resources for CE driven self-employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

South Dakota State Wide Need Assessment (2016)

"The Designated State Units (DSU)’s in South Dakota submit this attachment to the "Needs Assessment" section of the VR Portion of the WIOA South Dakota State Unified Plan. The public vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota are submitting attachment 4.11(a) with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Portion state plan update to reflect that a comprehensive statewide needs assessment has been accomplished with this plan submission...

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 marked the first year of activity in carrying out a three year set of goals and strategy based on the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) conducted largely in the year 2014 and 2015. ...The foundational changes coming from the implementation of WIOA re-defined how VR programs in South Dakota approached the CSNA for the 2016 VR portion of the of new Unified Plan."

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

South Dakota Dept of Human Services Employment First Philosophy

“The S.D. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is engaged in bringing integrated employment supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into greater focus. Through funds granted by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, DDD initiated membership in the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2013. As we continue to learn about the best ways to approach necessary system change, we celebrate the significant progress already achieved.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities - 01/01/2014

“Current philosophies and technologies are challenging our past “best practices” as we reevaluate the potential contributions of citizens with disabilities. As the panorama of possibilities unfolds, the traditional human services structures, previously, often seen as obstacles to the general application of the new philosophies and technologies, are challenged to change and to modify so that they once again are on the fore-front of developing greater opportunities for the people they serve.

South Dakota’s human service agencies and education system have accepted the challenge, and have forged a strong coalition to implement the necessary changes. This agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus insuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies will benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved agency communication.”

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

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded  the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.  The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation is the lead and fiscal agency of ASPIRE. The purpose of ASPIRE is to 1)      Increase a youth and family’s overall household income, and thereby reduce the household’s dependence upon public benefits, by increased educational attainment and increased career achievement. 2)      Inform federal policymakers in all the four federal agencies through evaluation of interventions and outcomes.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

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

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

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

South Dakota Agencies for People with Disabilities

“SFBRN was designed to provide businesses within the local labor market the following services:• Provide educational opportunities regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.

• Create a greater awareness of the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities within the community.

• Act as a resource for both prospective employees and employers regarding employment opportunities and worksite modifications.”

– This is a list of groups that includes Freedom to Work and others that offer training and other help.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

SD Advocacy Services

“South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. P&As are mandated under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These services are provided through a variety of vehicles: individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy for groups, information and referral services, rights education, and self-advocacy training.

The fundamental mission of the P&A system is to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, and violations of the rights of individuals with disabilities, including discrimination based on disability. P&As devote considerable resources to develop capacities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlement programs (e.g., Medicaid and Social Security), health care, accessible housing, and productive employment opportunities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

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

South Dakota Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

“This resource guide is intended to provide agency staff and service providers with information related to employment resources for people with disabilities. The guide should offer sufficient information to refer people with disabilities to the appropriate agency, organization, or program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant “Freedom To Work”

“It was a federally funded systems change grant, and its main purpose was to make improvements to the State's Medicaid system - to encourage people with disabilities to return to or enter employment and provide them with supports they might need to do so.” “

“The Freedom to Work Project has ended, however there are still activities carried out.”

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

South Dakota Transition Liaison Project

Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience. The project also includes training and capacity building.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

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

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

Through training and capacity building, the Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

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

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meet ICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.   Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

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

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota HCBS Transition Plan, Revised

Operation of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in South Dakota is shared between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). To ensure the transition plan accurately reflected all HCBS settings in South Dakota, DSS and DHS formed a collaborative workgroup representing each of the four Medicaid waivers and the state Medicaid agency. The workgroup assessed compliance with the HCBS Settings federal regulations and drafted this transition plan to identify action steps and timelines for South Dakota’s compliance with the new federal regulations.   (Comment period for this revised plan was from February 29 to March 30, 2016)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Elderly Waiver

“Allows persons age 19+ who meet nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: assisted living services; homemaker services, nursing; home delivered meals; emergency response; and adult day care.”

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

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

“Allows persons with significant physical disabilities (quadriplegia) aged 18+ who meet the nursing facility level of care and who are able to manage and direct their own services to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: case management; personal attendant services; consumer preparation services; nursing; and emergency response.”

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

South Dakota Family Support Waiver

Allows persons who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”

“Services offered: service coordination, specialized equipment,respite care, personal care, companion care, nutritional supplements, and supported employment.”

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