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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.

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2017 State Population.
1.56%
Change from
2016 to 2017
28,304,596
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
1,622,962
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.59%
Change from
2016 to 2017
647,977
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.45%
Change from
2016 to 2017
39.93%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.08%
Change from
2016 to 2017
75.94%

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 27,469,114 27,862,596 28,304,596
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,584,428 1,653,862 1,622,962
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 626,445 644,181 647,977
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 11,346,637 11,526,552 11,762,593
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 39.54% 38.95% 39.93%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.28% 75.88% 75.94%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.50% 4.60% 4.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.50% 20.70% 20.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.30% 15.00% 14.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,524,865 1,572,569 1,561,091
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,601,481 1,649,476 1,611,708
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,402,094 2,471,177 2,423,447
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 425,070 426,381 431,831
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 984,782 1,023,202 1,038,033
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 19,232 22,545 23,445
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 73,273 73,747 74,263
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,634 2,502 2,304
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 71,874 80,735 77,623
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 133,169 144,968 139,886

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 19,684 20,426 21,057
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.50% 3.70% 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 569,586 564,733 562,264

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 35,158 38,530 38,933
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 66,891 73,413 74,153
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 185,621 195,865 185,482
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 18.90% 19.70% 21.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.60% 4.80% 3.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.80% 4.60% 4.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80% 1.80% 1.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 38.90% 38.70% 44.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 17,078 12,921 10,359
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 15,079 12,379 12,359
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 4,552 7,986 5,228
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 100,400 105,173 124,257

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 45,361 53,307 54,851
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 687 633 732
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 346 365 447
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. 50.00% 58.00% 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.31 1.33 1.63

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
20,127
22,122
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 32 31 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 4,564 5,084 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 6,449 6,939 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 4,782 5,452 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 3,375 3,663 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 925 953 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 40.00% 39.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 19,773 21,513 23,195
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 916,755 920,058 918,939
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 584 567 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 698 782 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $5,842,000 $6,715,000 $6,788,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $116,626,000 $110,894,000 $130,185,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 5.00% 5.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 25,599 23,018 23,520
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.40 10.30 4.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 67.53% 68.13% 68.42%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.26% 14.60% 14.79%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.22% 1.12% 1.15%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.84% 99.58% 99.79%
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). 24.97% 24.39% 21.41%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 54.21% 57.38% 53.69%
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). 67.36% 68.52% 66.67%
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). 29.24% 32.99% 32.28%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 7,034,752
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 6,822
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 1,436,521
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 4,235,134
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 5,671,655
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 1,090
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,482
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 4,572
AbilityOne wages (products). $12,142,783
AbilityOne wages (services). $54,025,955

 

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

2017 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 81 66 56
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 2 3 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 83 70 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 6,425 5,317 4,175
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 260 293 426
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 6,685 5,610 4,601

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

At the federal, state, and local levels, TWC continues to make great strides toward a streamlined and coordinated one-stop delivery system serving adults and youth with disabilities and employers that employ these individuals. TWC’s executive director and the commissioner of assistive and rehabilitative services (transferred to TWC as of September 2016) participate as ex officio members of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. TWC also serves on state-level interagency councils and workgroups supporting gateways for individuals with disabilities, such as the Employment First Task Force and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services’ (DADS) Promoting Independence Advisory Council. Other memberships have included the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services’ (DARS) Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Advisory Council, and HHSC’s House Bill 1230 Workgroup on Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities. TWC will also continue to coordinate with the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to serve mutual consumers who need employment assistance as well as assistance with independent living resources. In this vein, TWC has collaborated with a number of agencies in developing guidance, such as a transition and employment guide for Texas students with disabilities. (Page 72)

  • DRS co–chairs and participates in the legislatively mandated Employment First Task Force charged with writing and making recommendations to implement an Employment First statewide policy, and providing information and/or training to providers, stakeholders, and the general public on employment as the first option for any publicly funded service.
  • Membership and participation in Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).
  • Representation on:
  • The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
  • The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders
  • Texas Clubhouse Coalition
  • Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran Services (TCCVS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council (TBIAC)
  • HHSC Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI)
  • State Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless
  • DADS Consumer Direction Workgroup
  • HHSC Medicaid/CHIP CRCG
  • Texas Technology Access Program Advisory Council (Page 244)

Also, DARS co-chairs the Employment First Task Force (EFTF), which was created as a result of SB 1226 and was passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature (2013). The EFTF consists of 26 members (seven represent state agencies) appointed by the HHSC executive commissioner. The purpose of the EFTF is to promote competitive employment of individuals with disabilities, with the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities, and expectations as any other working-age adult.

The 83rd legislature established Employment First Policy for Texas, which makes competitive employment and earning a living wage a priority and the preferred outcome for working-age individuals with disabilities who receive public benefits.

The EFTF’s responsibilities include designing an education and outreach process, developing recommendations for policy, procedure, and rule changes necessary to implement the employment first policy, and providing reports to the governor’s office, Texas legislature, and HHSC executive commissioner. The first report was submitted in Fall 2014. The next report is due in the fall of 2016. (Page 300)

Customized Employment

DRS ensures that staff are well–qualified to assist individuals with disabilities. There is emphasis of educational requirements at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, in fields related to rehabilitation. However, the degree field may include other degrees that prepare individuals to work with consumers and employers. For example, bachelor degrees might include not only vocational rehabilitation counseling, but also social work, psychology, disability studies, business administration, human resources, special education, supported employment, customized employment, economics, or another field that reasonably prepares individuals to work with consumers and employers. For individuals hired at the bachelor’s level, there is a requirement for at least one year of paid or unpaid experience related to direct work with individuals with disabilities. (Page 258)

  • Continued focus on the foundations of the VR process for counselors and RSTs, including accurate eligibility determination, inclusion of consumers in planning for service delivery, thorough assessing and planning practices, models for vocational counseling, informed consumer choice, service to culturally diverse populations, good purchasing practices, supported employment, customized employment and other strategies for quality employment assistance, service delivery, and effective case note documentation;
  • Training in working with employers and consumers to increase knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, the Olmstead decision, available independence initiatives, and VR participation in the Workforce Investment Act to enhance employment options and employment knowledge; (Page 260 All)
Blending/ Braiding Resources

No specific disability related information found.

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

TWC plans to continue to emphasize the availability of a variety of financial literacy activities into the service-delivery strategy within the one-stop delivery system. Under WIOA, states are encouraged to develop and implement strategies for workforce areas to use to coordinate financial literacy services to participants and provide financial literacy activities to youth. TWC agrees with the need for services that foster financial education and literacy services, including financial capability, and encourages partnerships and contracts between Boards and the agencies delivering them.

Comment 6: The Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) supports the state plan with the following additions.

  • A Coordination of Independent Living section should be added, with the role of SILC and Texas’ Centers for Independent Living (CIL) expressly stated. ( Page 135)

TWC allocates youth formula funds to Boards, that in turn contract with service providers to deliver services to youth in their respective workforce areas. Boards are required to meet all federal and state programmatic requirements. TWC maintains a rigorous performance and accountability system, holding Boards accountable for their performance as it pertains to the youth program as it does with other workforce programs, and Boards have rigorous standards in place for their contracted service providers. Boards must ensure that all 14 program elements—including new WIOA program elements such as financial literacy and services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in workforce areas—are available to youth participants. (Page 163)

School to Work Transition

Approximately 12 percent of the Texas population is estimated to have some type of disability. TWC is committed to providing services to this population; TWC promotes competitive employment of individuals with disabilities coupled with the expectation that they are able to meet the same employment standards and responsibilities as other working-age adults. All working-age individuals with disabilities, including young adults, are offered factual information regarding employment as an individual with a disability, including the relationship between an individual’s earned income and the individual’s public benefits.

The VR program—currently housed at DARS, but moving to TWC on September 1, 2016—helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs, and helps students with disabilities plan the jump from school to work. Work-related services are individualized and may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services. (Page 44)

  • Custodial parents are 21 percent less likely to receive TANF benefits; and
  • More than $191 million in child support was collected through August 2015, some of which was used to repay TANF, Medicaid, foster care, and child support collections programs. (Page 64)

Helping customers with disabilities in a Workforce Solutions Office environment; 

  • Resources and funding sources for support services and employment accommodations; and
  • The effects that employment may have on Social Security disability benefits. (Page 129)

Workforce areas that provide quality services will have access to additional resources to meet the employers’ needs, job seekers, and incumbent workers. Additionally, the waiver will allow TWC to continue to promote the cost benefits of improved administrative efficiencies, encouraging the increased leveraging of resources within the workforce areas. As a result, TWC will increase services such as enhanced education, employment, and training opportunities for disadvantaged populations and individuals with multiple barriers to employment. (Page 174)

DRS develops partnerships with schools and community organizations to help students with disabilities make a smooth transition to adulthood and work. DRS has counselors throughout the state that have a role in preparing students with disabilities for entry into the workplace. VR counselors coordinate closely with high schools to ensure appropriate students are referred to the VR program. Counselors work with schools to identify students receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as early as possible in the process to address concerns regarding impact of employment on benefits and to provide resources for benefits counseling.

VR counselors have flexible work schedules that allow them to participate in school activities, parent meetings, community forums, summer skill-building activities, job clubs, etc. (Page 238)

DARS is currently in the process of collaborating with TEA to update the Letter of Agreement, including the addition of pre-employment transition services as defined in §361.48 and other requirements of WIOA, operationalizing a referral process of students with the highest needs, and a process for invitations to Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings. The final agreement will be between TEA and TWC following the transfer of the VR program in FFY’17 as required by SB 208. Counselors work with schools to identify students receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as early as possible in the process to address concerns regarding impact of employment on benefits and to provide resources for benefits counseling. DRS has specialty TVRCs and VRCs who are liaisons for high schools and partner with the educational system to more appropriately serve transition-age students seeking assistance to access adult vocational services. Partnering with ISDs allows counselors to use office space on campus to ensure that student consumers have access to resources available through the workforce investment system, community, businesses, and other partners necessary to build a network of support. VR counselors use various tools and strategies in their coordination with schools. The School Plan is a tool available to counselors for planning with their assigned schools. It provides an outline for open communication about each party’s expectations and goals for the school year. Counselors are encouraged to develop a School Plan with each assigned school before that school year begins, and update it as necessary throughout the year. (Page 240)

DRS works with DADS and HHSC Medicaid/CHIP to ensure service definitions in the 1915(c) home– and community–based waivers accurately reflect Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Rehabilitation Services Administration regulations. This partnership allows services that result in competitive employment to be delivered efficiently and timely through the payor of first resort.

  • DRS provides annual training to DSHS Community Benefits Officers on SSI and SSDI benefits and work incentives and offers free intensive training and technical assistance to DADS staff and providers to become Benefits Subject Matter Resource staff.
  • DRS co–chairs and participates in the legislatively mandated Employment First Task Force charged with writing and making recommendations to implement an Employment First statewide policy, and providing information and/or training to providers, stakeholders, and the general public on employment as the first option for any publicly funded service.
  • Membership and participation in Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).
  • Representation on:
  • The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
  • The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders
  • Texas Clubhouse Coalition
  • Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran Services (TCCVS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council (TBIAC)
  • HHSC Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI)
  • State Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless
  • DADS Consumer Direction Workgroup
  • HHSC Medicaid/CHIP CRCG
  • Texas Technology Access Program Advisory Council (Page 244)

The Business Relations Team also developed and disseminated additional resources to Texas businesses, including a new Business Services web site, available at http://www.dars.state.tx.us/services/servicesforbusiness.shtml. This web site provides information about the benefits of partnering with DARS, including available services and business testimonials, as well as resources such as the GUIDE FOR HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES and helpful websites.

The Business Relations Team is also increasing coordination with other state and federal entities that administer employment training programs. The result of this coordination is a growth in the number of jointly held business symposia and job fairs in communities across Texas. The team’s efforts to partner with TWC, Local Workforce Development Boards, and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will help ensure that local businesses and Texans with disabilities seeking competitive employment have the greatest level of support, resources, and services available to help them succeed. (Page 246)

Annual training on VR and independent living services to DADS Home and Community–Based Services (HCS) waiver utilization review nurses, Private Provider Association of Texas members, community center staff, including consumer benefits officers, and the Statewide Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Consortium;

  • Training on VR services and benefits and work incentives to HHSC Managed Care Organization (MCO) service coordinators and management, STAR+PLUS, and other service providers and Medicaid waiver case managers;
  • Training on DARS employment services and benefits and work incentives to members of the seven statewide mental health peer–operated support groups;
  • Training on benefits and work incentives every six months for DRS and DBS staff, long–term supports and services providers involved in the MFP employment pilot grant, and DADS and DSHS central office staff. The providers and DADS/DSHS staff get monthly follow–up training via teleconference and written materials, as well as ongoing technical assistance on specific benefits and work incentives issues;
  • A four–hour benefits overview to CRPs statewide, and currently planning with UNT to provide this overview via webinar; (Page 251)

Concern over loss of benefits is a barrier identified through multiple surveys. Staff reported low levels of knowledge of how work impacts Social Security benefits. Both staff and stakeholders expressed that concern over loss of benefits is a disincentive to work. 

Areas for Improvement 

While the consumer survey reported that consumers were satisfied with their jobs and wages, the stakeholder survey indicated dissatisfaction that was echoed in the town hall meetings. Customer service issues such as responsiveness were noted as issues. The lack of and quality of service providers (CRP providers) in some areas of the state was also a stated concern. In general, there appears to be a perception that there is too much bureaucracy that impedes the rehabilitation process, particularly related to the eligibility process. (Page 270)

DRS has a liaison with the American G.I. Forum that targets the needs of Hispanic veterans and has assigned a bilingual counselor who has completed the Social Security work incentive training to work with significantly disabled veterans drawing SSDI benefits but who want to work.

  • A number of counselors are participating in training to learn to speak other languages and attending sign language classes.
  • DRS establishes specialized caseloads for certain disabilities to help develop the expertise needed to most benefit the consumers served. (Page 286)

DRS will improve consumer employment outcomes for target populations by: 

  • Strengthening and expanding collaboration, outreach, and education with various partners to efficiently and effectively use existing resources.
  • Assessing business processes, policy, training, and organizational capacity on an ongoing basis to make consistent improvements in employment outcomes.
  • Increasing employer knowledge and awareness regarding the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
  • Increasing consumer knowledge and awareness of DRS services and benefits offered to individuals with disabilities in target populations to obtain or retain employment. (Page 291)
Career Pathways

The VR program—currently housed at DARS, but moving to TWC on September 1, 2016—helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs, and helps students with disabilities plan the jump from school to work. Work-related services are individualized and may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services.

TWC additionally promotes partnerships with employers to overcome barriers to meeting workforce needs with the creative use of technology and innovation. TWC takes steps to ensure that the staff of public schools, vocational service programs, and community-based organizations are trained and supported to assist all individuals with disabilities in achieving competitive employment. TWC also promotes the availability and accessibility of individualized training designed to prepare an individual with a disability for the individual’s preferred employment. To this end, individuals with disabilities are given the opportunity to understand and explore options for education and training, including postsecondary, graduate and postgraduate education, vocational or technical training, or other training, as pathways to employment. (Page 44)

Project SEARCH is a pre-employment training program that is a business led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. The program includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Project SEARCH serves students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Typically, these are students who are on an IEP and in their last year of high school eligibility. The goal for these consumers is competitive employment within the business where the worksite rotations occur or at another business.

Project SEARCH has expanded from one original program site established in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio, to over 340 sites internationally. Project SEARCH in Texas began in 2007 with Seton Healthcare Family in Austin. As of fall 2015, Texas has 17 Project SEARCH sites. Each site is led by a host of businesses and includes key partners, including DARS VR, ISDs, and CRPs. The expansion of this program in Texas is due in part to a five-year grant awarded by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD). The grant pays for technical assistance from the Project SEARCH staff in Ohio that may be needed to start any new sites, as well as supporting the collaborative effort from all agencies involved. In its first year, the grant started three sites in the 2013-2014 school year, in addition to the three sites that already existed in Austin. In the 2014-2015 school year, five additional sites were added, which brought the total number of Project SEARCH sites in Texas to 17. Each Project SEARCH site typically has 8-12 participants per year. The total number of consumers participating in Project SEARCH for the 2015-2016 school year is 144. The 17 Project SEARCH sites. (Pages 247-248)

Expand initiatives like Project Search, a school-to-work internship program that provides work experience to help young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 22 transition to employment. One example of Project Search is the collaboration between Austin Independent School District, DARS, and the Seton Health Care family that provides internships for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • The 28 Workforce Development Boards (WDB) work closely with DARS and it is anticipated that the transfer of VR to TWC will enable an enhanced team approach that will benefit consumers and increase their employment outcomes.
  • For persons with IDD, they may need more time to get adjusted to the job.
  • Each activity for transition-age students should be geared to prepare them for employment and should include activities such as summer work experience opportunities. (Page 337)
Work Incentives & Benefits

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor that outlines a four-year workforce development strategy for the State’s workforce development system. The publicly-funded workforce system is a national network of Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and organizations that provide a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs. WIOA reforms planning requirements, previously governed by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), to foster better alignment of Federal investments in job training, to integrate service delivery across programs and improve efficiency in service delivery, and to ensure that the workforce system is job-driven and matches employers with skilled individuals. One of WIOA’s principal areas of reform is to require States to plan across core programs and include this planning process in the Unified or Combined State Plans. This reform promotes a shared understanding of the workforce needs within each State and fosters development of more comprehensive and integrated approaches, such as career pathways and sector strategies, for addressing the needs of businesses and workers. Successful implementation of many of these approaches called for within WIOA requires robust relationships across programs. WIOA requires States and local areas to enhance coordination and partnerships with local entities and supportive service agencies for strengthened service delivery, including through Unified or Combined State Plans. (Page 4)

Employer/ Business

DRS coordinates with the Social Security Administration to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs) under the Ticket to Work Program. DRS and select CRPs participate in the Partnership Plus program.

Currently there are 39 active ENs in Texas that are DRS CRPs, and 30 who are Workforce Solutions Offices. Of the 3,554 tickets received by these 69 ENs, 61 percent were assigned to DRS CRP ENs. (Page 250)

Coordination with Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program 

DBS coordinates with state agencies and private providers functioning as employment networks under the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Programs by: 

  • Cooperating with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to encourage Community Rehabilitation Program providers (CRPs) to become employment networks (ENs) under the Ticket to Work Program; and
  • Providing advanced payments to CRP-ENs through the Ticket to Work Partnership Plus Program, which allows CRP-ENs to provide ongoing support or job retention services that advance employment or increase earnings after a consumer’s VR case is closed. (Page 347)

DBS uses its current partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to encourage Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP) providers to become employment networks (ENs) under the SSA Ticket to Work Program. DBS offers incentive payments to CRP-ENs that provide 

  1. Supported employment or job placement services during the provision of VR services, and
  2. Extended supports to Ticket to Work consumers after VR case closure in order to advance employment or increase consumer earnings. (Page 368, 369, 370, 415)
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TWC provides the main automated systems used by the local Boards and other grantees for job matching, data collection, and case management, including adult education and vocational rehabilitation, as well as child care assistance. In addition, the Boards and other grantees use a financial reporting system developed by TWC.

WorkInTexas.com - WorkInTexas.com is Texas’ Labor Exchange System, as mandated by the Wagner-Peyser Act, and operated in cooperative effort with JobCentral, the National Labor Exchange system. WorkInTexas.com is a comprehensive online job search resource and job matching system developed and maintained by TWC, and provides: (Page 82)

TWC operates a collection of different IT systems to capture participant information, services, and outcomes. Many of these systems were legacy systems that were transferred to TWC as programs were moved to the agency. TWC supports efforts to increase efficiency while maintaining quality levels of service through judicious use of resources and adhering to policy (local, state, and federal). To these ends, TWC is currently evaluating workforce system solutions in other states to better unite the case management and job search functions of our programs. As successful systems are identified, TWC and Texas Workforce Solutions look to demo their delivery with Boards. While TWC is exploring ways to either integrate or replace these systems, such changes would not be completed during the life of this plan. ( Page 118)

Consumer Satisfaction Surveys 

DRS and DBS conduct ongoing consumer satisfaction surveys in order to assess how VR consumers feel about the services they have received or are receiving. Consumers in the eligibility, in-plan, and closed phases of services are surveyed separately. The surveys are extensive, and approximately 7,500 DRS consumers and 1,024 DBS consumers completed the consumer satisfaction surveys. The reports from the 2013 surveys were submitted to DARS and RCT in January 2014. While including all of the results from the consumer satisfaction surveys does not fit the scope of this CSNA, several of the questions were particularly relevant and helped inform it. (Page 226)

While the CSNA provides insight into the needs of individuals with disabilities, there are multiple limitations in the methods that should be considered when using the findings. First, the samples used were convenience samples that cannot represent the views of any group. Second, it is unknown how technology issues impacted the completion of online surveys by screen reader users. Several individuals did call to complete phone surveys, but others may have refrained due to concerns over confidentiality. Also, given the constraints of the data collection methods used, assessment findings related to the geographical location of unserved and underserved populations in the state are limited. DRS has plans to expand the capacity and use of various data collection methods, which is expected to yield valuable information throughout the next three fiscal years. (Page 268)

The next CSNA will be the product of an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will culminate with a comprehensive report to be published in 2017.

DRS and DBS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to engage in a continuous process of collecting and analyzing data for a robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students with disabilities and youth, pre-employment transition services, and supported employment, and in addition to the methodology used in the most recent CSNA, efforts going forward have been enhanced to include surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, transition-age consumers, families, TEA representatives, home-school networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 272)

The data collection and assessment process is underway for the next CSNA that will culminate with the publication of a comprehensive report in 2017. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services, CSNA efforts going forward have been enhanced to assess needs in these areas.

State Rehabilitation Council Support 

The RCT is the state rehabilitation council for DRS and DBS. RCT assists DARS in fulfilling the requirements of the federal Rehabilitation Act for the delivery of quality, consumer-responsive VR services. Its stated mission is: “The Rehabilitation Council of Texas, partnering with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, advocates for Texans with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process.” Funds are allocated for the operation of RCT to meet the goals and objectives set forth in its resource plan. RCT is a valued and active partner in the development of VR goals, priorities, and policies. RCT reviews, analyzes, and advises DARS about performance related to VR eligibility; the extent, scope, effectiveness of VR services; policy changes related to service delivery to VR consumers; and other functions related to the VR program performed by DARS. RCT also reviews and analyzes consumer satisfaction with VR services provided and assists DARS in developing VR State Plans and in conducting the comprehensive statewide needs assessment. (Page 288)

During fall 2013 through spring 2014, DRS, DBS, and RCT collaborated with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment (CSNA). The CSNA findings were initially summarized in the DRS and DBS FY 2015 State Plans for VR. They inform the 2015-2017 State Plans for VR. The next CSNA will be the product of an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will culminate with a comprehensive report to be published in 2017. DRS and DBS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and preemployment transition services, efforts going forward have been enhanced to assess needs in these areas. (Page 293)

Development of the next CSNA has begun with an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will result in the 2017 report. DBS and DRS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to accomplish a more robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In response to WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS), the current data collection focuses on the needs of those consumers. In addition to the methodology used in the 2014 CSNA, data collection for the 2017 CSNA includes surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, students and youth with disabilities, families, Texas Education Agency (TEA) representatives, homeschool networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 391)

Development of the next CSNA has begun with an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will result in the 2017 report. DBS and DRS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to accomplish a more robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In response to WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS), the current data collection focuses on the needs of those consumers. In addition to the methodology used in the 2014 CSNA, data collection for the 2017 CSNA includes surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, students and youth with disabilities, families, TEA representatives, homeschool networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 402)

LIMITED ACCESS TO COMPUTERS 

A second resource in short supply that hinders rural SCSEP services is access to computers and the Internet. Low–income older job seekers often have limited or no computer skills. These skills are not only required by employers but important for participants to access the Internet, register in WorkInTexas.com and other online job search databases, and develop Internet search skills. Grantees’ field staff members, including participant staff, need access to computers for data collection and communications in a state with such extensive rural areas. Improving access to computers in rural areas will increase the amount of computer and online training available for participants. To address rural technology needs, grantees will contact local businesses, governmental agencies, public libraries, and community– and faith–based organizations regarding ongoing computer and Internet access for participants on an ongoing basis.   (Page 501)

Mental Health

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.

Achieving excellence in accessibility is based on three core principles: 

  • ensuring that all customers can effectively use workforce products and services;
  • creating a workspace accessible for individuals with disabilities; and
  • complying with all federal and state legal requirements (Page 127) 

Determine compliance with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA §188. Both programmatic and physical accessibility are addressed during an EO compliance review.

As recipients of WIOA funding, Boards are monitored on-site based on a three-year rotation schedule, as referenced in the State Methods of Administration (MOA) maintained on file with DOL’s Civil Rights Center (DOL-CRC). All 28 Boards are scheduled for an EO review within a designated three-year period. Dates for EO monitoring reviews generally align with those of the TWC’s annual Board monitoring review. (Page 128)

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2018 State Veterans Benefits - 11/07/2018

~~“The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides educational and vocational counseling to servicemembers, veterans, and certain dependents at no charge. These counseling services are designed to help an individual choose a vocational direction, determine the course needed to achieve the chosen goal, and evaluate the career possibilities open to them. Services that may be provided include comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment, vocational counseling, and rehabilitation planning for employment services.”

Systems
  • Other

Women Veterans Report Status of Texas Women Veterans 2018 - 11/01/2018

~~“Employees of the Workforce Solution Centers assist veterans with employment and ensure that veterans with barriers to employment are seen by Texas Veteran Commission Veteran Career Advisors (VCA).  Of the 12,123 women veterans who received employment assistance in fiscal year 2018 (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018), 36 percent were seen by a TVC VCA, while the remaining may have been seen by an employee of the Workforce Solution Center or a TVC VCA.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid buy-in program for employees with disabilities - 09/18/2018

~~The Medicaid buy-in program allows working Texans with disabilities to get Medicaid, even if they earn more than the Medicaid income limits. To take part in the program, you can't earn more than $2,453 per month. People in the buy-in program pay monthly premiums based on their income and other factors. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Employment First Training - 07/02/2018

~~HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want.

HHSC will provide a series of free, one-day workshops on our Employment First Training program:

Who Should Attend

Staff who support individuals who have set employment as a goal, providers of waiver services, service coordinators, case managers, LIDDAs, professional and direct care staff.

Advocates, service recipients, families, guardians and anyone interested in employment services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are welcome to attend.

What's Covered•Texas Employment First Policy.•Employment services in Medicaid waivers, including billable services and billing information.•How Medicaid waiver employment services and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services works.•Overview of Social Security Administration disability benefits.•HCBS settings rule changes.•HHS Employment Recruitment Coordinator Project and Employment Initiatives.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition Guidance - 07/01/2018

~~“On this page you will find information about transition from school settings to post-school settings. This transition process should begin as early as possible but formally begins when a student with a disability turns 16 (19 TAC §89.1055(g)(1-9) and 34 CFR §300.320(b)). Post -school settings and activities include:

•Post-secondary education;•Vocational education;•Integrated employment (including supported employment);•Continuing and adult education;•Adult services;•Independent living; and•Community participation.”

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

“Texas Transition and Employment Guide” - 07/01/2018

~~“This transition and employment guide is for students in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for their parents and has steps that they can take to find the right work or educational choices after high school.  and where to get the services students will need after high school.

The guide is divided into sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives

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

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: A Texas Primer - 06/25/2018

~~The program delivery system for vocational rehabilitation includes services provided directly by VR field staff as well as those purchased directly from a variety of community rehabilitation programs and other vendors as necessary for the customer to meet his or her employment goal. In addition, VR customers may be referred to services offered by other community programs and WIOA core partners.VR services are individualized to meet the needs of each participant. Services support the development of knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors needed to reach the employment goal. Services available and provided may include:…. Work-based learning experiences for high school students with disabilities;• Training in work place behaviors;• Support for customized employment, self-employment and supported employment; and • Instruction in self-advocacy (Texas Workforce Solutions, 2017). 

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

Texas Workforce Commission 2019-2023 Strategic Plan - 06/08/2018

~~“We are utilizing innovative outreach strategies designed to reach key workforce audiences through campaigns on a range of workforce services to connect the job seekers with Texas employers. Designed to support students, employers and job seekers, these services include www.TXInternshipChallenge.com , to help students explore industry demand occupations and acquire workplace skills; Careers in Texas Industries events and career awareness tools to help students meet prospective employers and make informed career choices; Texas Operation Welcome Home, to assist transitioning service members and their spouses to find employment or complete an educational program; Texas HireAbility, a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities; Texas Business Conferences, held throughout cities in Texas to inform employers about laws important to running their businesses; and www.ApprenticeshipTexas.com, an outreach campaign to help increase the number of apprenticeships in Texas.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual - 10/01/2017

“The VR Services Manual:

Helps ensure VR customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving successful competitive integrated employment outcomes as a result of their participation in vocational rehabilitation services; Helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; and Provides published policies and procedures for maintaining compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual - 10/01/2017

The VR Standards for Providers:

helps ensure TWC customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving a successful outcome to their vocational rehabilitation or independent living goals; helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; provides published standards for maintaining compliance; and provides criteria in order to meet TWC performance expectations for each purchase.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Texas Human Resources Code, Section 121.003

This code addresses discrimination that is prohibited by law in the state of Texas, especially pertaining to people with disabilities. Among other measures, it specifically states that, “It is the policy of the state that persons with disabilities be employed by the state, by political subdivisions of the state, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds on the same terms and conditions as persons without disabilities, unless it is shown that there is no reasonable accommodation that would enable a person with a disability to perform the essential elements of a job.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Labor Code, Sections 21.051 - 21.061 (Disability Discrimination)

This labor code states that an employer, employment agency or labor organization commits an unlawful act if it discriminates against individuals due to a disability or segregates or classifies them in a manner that would deprive them of an employment opportunity or otherwise adversely affect their status as an employee.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Texas Workforce Commission 2019-2023 Strategic Plan - 06/08/2018

~~“We are utilizing innovative outreach strategies designed to reach key workforce audiences through campaigns on a range of workforce services to connect the job seekers with Texas employers. Designed to support students, employers and job seekers, these services include www.TXInternshipChallenge.com , to help students explore industry demand occupations and acquire workplace skills; Careers in Texas Industries events and career awareness tools to help students meet prospective employers and make informed career choices; Texas Operation Welcome Home, to assist transitioning service members and their spouses to find employment or complete an educational program; Texas HireAbility, a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities; Texas Business Conferences, held throughout cities in Texas to inform employers about laws important to running their businesses; and www.ApprenticeshipTexas.com, an outreach campaign to help increase the number of apprenticeships in Texas.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual - 10/01/2017

“The VR Services Manual:

Helps ensure VR customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving successful competitive integrated employment outcomes as a result of their participation in vocational rehabilitation services; Helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; and Provides published policies and procedures for maintaining compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual - 10/01/2017

The VR Standards for Providers:

helps ensure TWC customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving a successful outcome to their vocational rehabilitation or independent living goals; helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; provides published standards for maintaining compliance; and provides criteria in order to meet TWC performance expectations for each purchase.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

TX Implementation of Acute Care Services and the Long-term Services and Supports System Redesign - 09/01/2017

“Government Code Chapter 534 directs the Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) to design and implement an acute care and LTSS system for individuals with IDD to improve outcomes; improve access to quality, person-centered, efficient, and cost-effective services; and implement a capitated, managed care delivery system and the federal Community First Choice Option (CFC). Chapter 534 also created the IDD System Redesign Advisory Committee (IDD SRAC) to advise HHSC in the development and implementation of the system redesign. HHSC transitioned some clients to a managed care model for acute care services.

On September 1, 2014, some adult Medicaid recipients with IDD transitioned to the STAR+PLUS managed care program. On November 1, 2016, children under 21 with disabilities, including IDD, were enrolled in the STAR Kids managed care program. Children and adults in IDD programs receive most LTSS in fee-for-service (FFS). Per Government Code Section 534.201, HHSC will transition the Texas Home Living (TxHmL) waiver program to managed care in 2020, and other IDD waivers and intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or related condition (ICF/IID) services in 2021.”

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

Texas Council of Developmental Disability: State Plan Goals 2017-2021 - 01/01/2017

“Goal 1: Create and support promising practices that enable people with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities and to have control over their own lives by September 30, 2021.

Goal 2: Improve and/or expand community-based systems to better support people with developmental disabilities or families of children with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities by September 30, 2021.

Goal 3: Increase the access that individuals with developmental disabilities and families of individuals with developmental disabilities have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and/or to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports.

Goal 4: Ensure there is ongoing support and technical assistance for the Council to identify and engage in issues according to the Council’s priorities and mission.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Health and Human Services Transformation - 09/01/2016

“In 2015, Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) began a transformation effort to produce a more efficient, effective, and responsive system. In September of 2016 the first phase of that effort became operational.

The goals of the transformation are to create a system that:

Is easier to navigate for people who need information, benefits, or services Aligns with the HHS mission, business, and statutory responsibilities Breaks down operational silos to create greater program integration Creates clear lines of accountability within the organization Develops clearly defined and objective performance metrics for all areas of the organization”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Texas Department of Health and Human Services Employment First Policy - 02/26/2016

~~This Employment First principle guides HHS services for people with disabilities and helps put them on a path towards self-sufficiency through full participation in community life.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADs) Guide to Employment for People with Disabilities - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this guide is to provide information on how to support and assist working-age people with disabilities who are receiving DADS services to obtain and maintain competitive, integrated employment. Through this guide, DADS intends to provide information on best practices and resources that can help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The guide includes success stories of people with disabilities who, as a result of receiving the appropriate supports and services, have secured fulfilling employment...”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Education Agency Employment First Policy - 03/25/2015

“TEA hereby adopts the state's policy that earning a living wage through competitive employment in the general workforce is the priority and preferred outcome for working age individuals with disabilities who receive public benefits. TEA will evaluate recommendations made by the Employment-First Task Force and will adopt rules as necessary that are consistent with the policy.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas FY 2015 Plans for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services Programs - 09/30/2014

“The Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) recognizes that collaboration with community organizations and other state agencies is essential to achieving successful employment outcomes for consumers with the most significant disabilities. DRS seeks opportunities to identify, develop, and implement cooperative agreements with other state agencies and appropriate entities, particularly when these agreements establish a framework to assist with the provision of supported employment services and extended services for consumers with the most significant disabilities.

Plans for Improving Supported Employment Services: DRS plans to…develop and implement an improved benchmark system for the provision of specific supported employment services statewide; explore complimentary services for specific populations like persons with autism and mental health diagnoses; develop a supported employment technical assistance training model for DRS staff members to improve their ability to determine when supported employment services are needed; and develop tools that will help staff members monitor and provide guidance to supported employment contract providers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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HUD Awards $4.8 Million To Help Low-Income Veterans Rehabiitate Their Homes - 07/18/2019

~~The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $4.8 million in funding through the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot (VHRMP) Program to assist disabled veterans with modifying or rehabilitating their homes, making them more accessible.

Through the VHRMP program, grantees will make necessary physical modifications to address the adaptive housing needs of eligible veterans, including wheelchair ramps, widening exterior and interior doors, reconfiguring and reequipping bathrooms, or adding a bedroom or bathroom for the veteran’s caregiver.

“Our veterans gave everything in service to our country so it’s now our duty to ensure they have a safe and decent place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The grants awarded today ensure veterans living with disabilities can make the necessary adaptive modifications to their homes, allowing them to lead self-sufficient lives.”

“Our biggest hope for Veterans is that they fully participate in the country they fought to defend once they return from service,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These grants further that goal by ensuring Veterans with service-related disabilities don’t just get housing, but live in a home that meets their specific needs. We’re proud to work with our nonprofit partners once again this year to help our Veterans.”

The purpose of this pilot program is to assist our nation’s low-income veterans living with disabilities who need adaptive housing to help them regain or maintain their independence. By partnering with the VA, HUD is addressing these challenges by awarding competitive grants to organizations that primarily serve veterans and low-income people.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First Training - 07/02/2018

~~HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want.

HHSC will provide a series of free, one-day workshops on our Employment First Training program:

Who Should Attend

Staff who support individuals who have set employment as a goal, providers of waiver services, service coordinators, case managers, LIDDAs, professional and direct care staff.

Advocates, service recipients, families, guardians and anyone interested in employment services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are welcome to attend.

What's Covered•Texas Employment First Policy.•Employment services in Medicaid waivers, including billable services and billing information.•How Medicaid waiver employment services and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services works.•Overview of Social Security Administration disability benefits.•HCBS settings rule changes.•HHS Employment Recruitment Coordinator Project and Employment Initiatives.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas State Plans for VR Services and Supported Employment Services Programs - 09/30/2014

“The Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) recognizes that collaboration with community organizations and other state agencies is essential to achieving successful employment outcomes for consumers with the most significant disabilities. DRS seeks opportunities to identify, develop, and implement cooperative agreements with other state agencies and appropriate entities, particularly when these agreements establish a framework to assist with the provision of supported employment services and extended services for consumers with the most significant disabilities.”

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

Employment First Task Force Home Page

The Employment First Task Force, authorized by Senate Bill 1226 (83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013), was established by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission executive commissioner to promote competitive employment of people with disabilities and the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities, and expectations as any other working-age adult.”

 

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

Texas Dept of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and Dept of Aging and Disability Services MOA

Recognizing the need to coordinate the provision of services to individuals receiving services from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) who may be eligible for or are receiving Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) or Independent Living (IL) services from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), DARS and DADS enter into this Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in accordance with the provisions of CFR §361.53(d) and 111.0525(b) of the Texas Human Resources Code. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Texas Money Follows The Person - 06/30/2016

~~“Texas was among the first 30 states chosen to participate in the Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFPD) in 2007. As of June 2016, 43 states participate in this federal demonstration designed to help older adults or persons who have disabilities move from institutional settings back into their communities.MFPD provides federal grant funding as well as funding from Medicaid matching cost savings [1], as defined at the bottom of this document.> to assist states in moving individuals from institutions to the community. In fiscal year 2016, HHSC has budgeted over $16 million in federal funding to help individuals transition out of nursing facilities, State Supported Living Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and other institutions. Funds are also used to provide behavioral health supports that help individuals remain living in the community, enhance opportunities for integrated employment for greater self-sufficiency, and increase the availability of affordable, accessible housing.MFPD has helped Texas rebalance its long-term services and supports system by increasing the use of community-based services rather than institutional services. Early in calendar year 2008, Texas reported 51 percent of its long term services and support expenditures were used to support institution-based services. By the end of calendar year 2014, institution-based services accounted for 41.2 percent of long-term services and supports spending. Community-based services now comprise the majority of Texas long-term services and supports system.” 

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

Texas Employment Development Initiative - 10/01/2012

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).

This initiative provides, on a competitive basis, modest funding awards in the form of fixed-price subcontracts between the Contractor, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the States, Territories and District of Columbia. In addition, each awardee will receive two consultant technical assistance visits coordinated and paid through the Contractor's portion of the project.”

In FY2012, Texas was awarded an EDI grant for an expansion of supported employment through Consumer Operated Services Programs.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Texas Ticket to Work - 06/25/2008

“Under the Ticket to Work Program and Title II and Title XVI of the Act, SSA issues “tickets” to SSDI and SSI blind or disabled beneficiaries. In this voluntary program, each beneficiary who receives a ticket can use it to obtain services from a provider, known as an employment network (EN), or from a state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency. The VR agency in Texas is the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)…

The intent of the Ticket to Work Program is to…establish a system in which qualified ENs provide employment and other support services (e.g., case management, benefits counseling, and job training); provide individualized tickets to beneficiaries for the “purchase” of services from approved ENs; and give beneficiaries a real choice in obtaining the services, education, and technology needed to find, enter, and maintain employment within an expanding universe of service providers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Texas Training and Technical Assistance to Providers (T-TAP)

“T-TAP is a national training and technical assistance center to help community rehabilitation providers make the transition from providing segregated employment services to finding people with disabilities jobs in the community. The specific target audience is employment agencies that hold 14(c) subminimum wage certificates, which allow employers to pay people less than minimum wage and are typically used in the disability field to pay workers piece rates at sheltered workshops. Activities include online courses, satellite telecasts, regional employment forums, intensive consultation to selected agencies, and policy research. The Institute for Community Inclusion and Virginia Commonwealth University work in partnership on this project. T-TAP [was] funded from 2002 to 2007 by the Office of Disability and Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Medicaid Buy-In Program

The program “offers low-cost Medicaid health care services — including community-based services and supports to working people with a disability. Some people might have to pay a monthly fee” to receive services which include but not limited to:  • Doctor / clinic visits  • Mental health care  • Occupational therapy (help learning how to do everyday tasks)  • X-rays  • Physical therapy (help learning how to move around better or become stronger)

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Texas Department of Health and Human Services Training Initiatives - 07/01/2017

“To provide educational opportunities to enhance services provided across the state, Texas Health and Human Services develops and provides free training. Training initiatives are based on identified needs of services providers, individuals receiving services and supports, and emerging and best practices.”

Topics include employment, SSI/SSDI benefits, Employment First, Positive Behavior Management and Support, and mental health and trauma-informed care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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

Texas Medicaid Person-Centered Planning Training - 02/16/2017

This page lists the Person-Centered Planning Training Requirements for various providers, caseworkers, state employees, etc. if they are part of a planning team. It also includes a link to sign up for trainings.

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

The Texas Customized Self-Employment Project: The Customized Employment Plan Design

This presentation describes Customized Employment as “a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both.”  It focuses heavily on the processes and value of Discovery in the employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Texas Customized Self-Employment Project

This presentation presents Self-Employment as a viable employment option for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Customized Self-Employment System Development Initiative

“This proposal is designed to support and implement the phased development of a financially, technically and programmatically viable system of TX DARS for prospective business owners in TX with disabilities, who require customized employment services and are applying for, or receiving, DARS counseling and services to develop small businesses.   Specifically, this initiative is designed to research, identify and develop an outcome payment model and rate structure for customized self-employment, including: DARS Counselor CRC certification level, online and onsite training and technical assistance; and, intensive multi-certification, online and onsite training for DARS vendors throughout the state of Texas.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Texas Transition and Employment Guide

This transition and employment guide is for you, the student in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for your parents. This guide has steps you and your parents can take to make sure you are able to find the right work or educational choices for you after high school. It also tells you where to get the services you will need after high school.    The guide is divided into sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives. Each section has phone numbers, emails, and websites to help you find what you need. At the end of each section and at the end of the guide, you will find a timeline of steps that you and your parents can take as you make the transition from student to adult.”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
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Wal-Mart to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Age and Disability Discrimination Suit - 02/19/2015

“Under the terms of the two-year consent decree settling the case, Wal-Mart will pay $150,000 in relief to Moorman. In addition, Wal-Mart agreed to provide training for employees on the ADA and the ADEA. The training will include an instruction on the kind of conduct that may constitute unlawful discrimination or harassment, as well as an instruction on Wal-Mart's procedures for handling requests for reasonable accommodations under the ADA. Wal-Mart will also report to the EEOC regarding its compliance with the consent decree and post a notice to employees about the settlement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Wendy’s Consent Decree - 10/10/2012

“Under the terms of the two-year consent decree settling the case, Wendy's will pay $41,500 in relief to a person who applied to a job with the company, but was denied despite his qualifications. “In addition, Wendy's has agreed to provide training for all managers and supervisory employees, including its company president, on the ADA. The training will include a discussion related to hiring individuals with disabilities. In addition, the training will include a specific instruction on communication devices, such as the use of the Texas Relay System or video relay service regarding communication between Wendy's employees and applicants with hearing impairments.’“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Steward et. al. v. Abbott et. al. – 5:10-CV-1025 – (W.D. Tex. 2010)

~On September 20, 2012, the Court granted the United States' request to intervene in a pending lawsuit against the State of Texas. The suit claims that Texas unnecessarily segregates individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in nursing facilities, and that this violates the law under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

In August 2013, the Parties entered a two-year Interim Settlement that required the State to begin expanding community alternatives to nursing facilities. During this time, the Parties negotiated extensively to reach a comprehensive settlement of all remaining issues. Litigation resumed in October 2015, after settlement negotiations failed and the Interim Agreement expired. In May 2016, the Court denied the State’s motions to dismiss the lawsuit and granted the private Plaintiffs’ renewed motion for class certification. The United States had filed a brief in support of the Plaintiffs’ motion, which asked the Court to resolve the common claims of over 4,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities “who currently or will in the future reside in nursing facilities, or who are being, will be, or should be screened for admission . . .”. The Parties are now in the early stages of discovery.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Texas Money Follows The Person

~~“Texas was among the first 30 states chosen to participate in the Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFPD) in 2007. As of June 2016, 43 states participate in this federal demonstration designed to  help older adults or persons who have disabilities move from institutional settings back into their communities.MFPD provides federal grant funding as well as funding from Medicaid matching cost savings [1], as defined at the bottom of this document.> to assist states in moving individuals from institutions to the community. In fiscal year 2016, HHSC has budgeted over $16 million in federal funding to help individuals transition out of nursing facilities, State Supported Living Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and other institutions. Funds are also used to provide behavioral health supports that help individuals remain living in the community, enhance opportunities for integrated employment for greater self-sufficiency, and increase the availability of affordable, accessible housing.” 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Medicaid State Plan

The state plan is the officially recognized document describing the nature and scope of the State of Texas Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act, the plan was developed by the state and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Essentially, the plan is the state's agreement that it will conform to the requirements of the Social Security Act and the official issuances of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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

Texas HCBS Transition Plan

~~Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule under which states may provide home and community-based long-term services and supports. Under 42 CFR §441.301, states must meet the new requirements for home and community-based long-term services and supports by March 17, 2019. The new rule requires the state to ensure all settings in which home and community based services (HCBS) are provided comply with the federal requirements to ensure that individuals receiving HCBS services and supports are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including engagement in community life, integrated workenvironments, and control of personal resources. 

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

Texas Youth Empowerment Services

~~“The Youth Empowerment Services waiver is a 1915(c) Medicaid program that helps children and youth with serious mental, emotional and behavioral difficulties. The YES waiver provides intensive services delivered within a strengths-based team planning process called wraparound. Wraparound builds on family and community support and utilizes YES services to help build your family’s natural support network and connection with your community. YES services are family-centered, coordinated and effective at preventing out-of-home placement and promoting lifelong independence and self-defined success.The program aims to:• Reduce the amount of time children are out of their home and community because of a mental health need.• Expand available mental health services and supports.• Improve the lives of children and youth.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

~~“What are Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rules ?People who receive Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) soon will have the same opportunities as people who don’t receive those services. Thanks to new federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule, people who receive Medicaid HCBS will have the right to live in the most integrated setting and have full access to community living. Lifestyle decisions will be made with each person based on his or her preferences, also known as person-centered planning. The federal rules were effective March 17, 2014.People getting Medicaid HCBS have the right to:• Seek employment• Work in competitive or integrated settings• Engage in community life• Control their personal resources• Receive services in the community” 

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

Texas Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)

“CLASS provides home- and community-based services to people with related conditions as a cost-effective alternative to placement in an Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICF-IID).”

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

Texas Community Based Alternatives (CBA)

“This program provides home- and community-based services to people who are elderly and to adults with disabilities as a cost-effective alternative to living in a nursing home.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

Everything's Bigger in Texas, including the number of job options in integrated settings at competitive wages for individuals with disabilities. The Lone Star state is a place where anyone, including those with disabilities, can live the American Dream… Deep in the Heart of Texas! 

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 Texas' VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
1.56%
Change from
2016 to 2017
28,304,596
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
1,622,962
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.59%
Change from
2016 to 2017
647,977
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.45%
Change from
2016 to 2017
39.93%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.08%
Change from
2016 to 2017
75.94%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 27,469,114 27,862,596 28,304,596
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,584,428 1,653,862 1,622,962
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 626,445 644,181 647,977
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 11,346,637 11,526,552 11,762,593
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 39.54% 38.95% 39.93%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.28% 75.88% 75.94%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.50% 4.60% 4.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.50% 20.70% 20.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.30% 15.00% 14.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,524,865 1,572,569 1,561,091
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,601,481 1,649,476 1,611,708
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,402,094 2,471,177 2,423,447
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 425,070 426,381 431,831
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 984,782 1,023,202 1,038,033
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 19,232 22,545 23,445
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 73,273 73,747 74,263
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,634 2,502 2,304
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 71,874 80,735 77,623
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 133,169 144,968 139,886

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 19,684 20,426 21,057
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.50% 3.70% 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 569,586 564,733 562,264

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 35,158 38,530 38,933
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 66,891 73,413 74,153
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 185,621 195,865 185,482
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 18.90% 19.70% 21.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.60% 4.80% 3.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.80% 4.60% 4.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80% 1.80% 1.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 38.90% 38.70% 44.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 17,078 12,921 10,359
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 15,079 12,379 12,359
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 4,552 7,986 5,228
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 100,400 105,173 124,257

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 45,361 53,307 54,851
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 687 633 732
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 346 365 447
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. 50.00% 58.00% 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.31 1.33 1.63

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
20,127
22,122
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 32 31 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 4,564 5,084 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 6,449 6,939 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 4,782 5,452 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 3,375 3,663 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 925 953 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 40.00% 39.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 19,773 21,513 23,195
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 916,755 920,058 918,939
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 584 567 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 698 782 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $5,842,000 $6,715,000 $6,788,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $116,626,000 $110,894,000 $130,185,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 5.00% 5.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 25,599 23,018 23,520
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.40 10.30 4.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 67.53% 68.13% 68.42%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.26% 14.60% 14.79%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.22% 1.12% 1.15%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.84% 99.58% 99.79%
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). 24.97% 24.39% 21.41%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 54.21% 57.38% 53.69%
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). 67.36% 68.52% 66.67%
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). 29.24% 32.99% 32.28%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 7,034,752
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 6,822
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 1,436,521
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 4,235,134
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 5,671,655
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 1,090
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,482
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 4,572
AbilityOne wages (products). $12,142,783
AbilityOne wages (services). $54,025,955

 

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

2017 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 81 66 56
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 2 3 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 83 70 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 6,425 5,317 4,175
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 260 293 426
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 6,685 5,610 4,601

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

At the federal, state, and local levels, TWC continues to make great strides toward a streamlined and coordinated one-stop delivery system serving adults and youth with disabilities and employers that employ these individuals. TWC’s executive director and the commissioner of assistive and rehabilitative services (transferred to TWC as of September 2016) participate as ex officio members of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. TWC also serves on state-level interagency councils and workgroups supporting gateways for individuals with disabilities, such as the Employment First Task Force and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services’ (DADS) Promoting Independence Advisory Council. Other memberships have included the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services’ (DARS) Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Advisory Council, and HHSC’s House Bill 1230 Workgroup on Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities. TWC will also continue to coordinate with the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to serve mutual consumers who need employment assistance as well as assistance with independent living resources. In this vein, TWC has collaborated with a number of agencies in developing guidance, such as a transition and employment guide for Texas students with disabilities. (Page 72)

  • DRS co–chairs and participates in the legislatively mandated Employment First Task Force charged with writing and making recommendations to implement an Employment First statewide policy, and providing information and/or training to providers, stakeholders, and the general public on employment as the first option for any publicly funded service.
  • Membership and participation in Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).
  • Representation on:
  • The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
  • The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders
  • Texas Clubhouse Coalition
  • Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran Services (TCCVS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council (TBIAC)
  • HHSC Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI)
  • State Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless
  • DADS Consumer Direction Workgroup
  • HHSC Medicaid/CHIP CRCG
  • Texas Technology Access Program Advisory Council (Page 244)

Also, DARS co-chairs the Employment First Task Force (EFTF), which was created as a result of SB 1226 and was passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature (2013). The EFTF consists of 26 members (seven represent state agencies) appointed by the HHSC executive commissioner. The purpose of the EFTF is to promote competitive employment of individuals with disabilities, with the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities, and expectations as any other working-age adult.

The 83rd legislature established Employment First Policy for Texas, which makes competitive employment and earning a living wage a priority and the preferred outcome for working-age individuals with disabilities who receive public benefits.

The EFTF’s responsibilities include designing an education and outreach process, developing recommendations for policy, procedure, and rule changes necessary to implement the employment first policy, and providing reports to the governor’s office, Texas legislature, and HHSC executive commissioner. The first report was submitted in Fall 2014. The next report is due in the fall of 2016. (Page 300)

Customized Employment

DRS ensures that staff are well–qualified to assist individuals with disabilities. There is emphasis of educational requirements at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, in fields related to rehabilitation. However, the degree field may include other degrees that prepare individuals to work with consumers and employers. For example, bachelor degrees might include not only vocational rehabilitation counseling, but also social work, psychology, disability studies, business administration, human resources, special education, supported employment, customized employment, economics, or another field that reasonably prepares individuals to work with consumers and employers. For individuals hired at the bachelor’s level, there is a requirement for at least one year of paid or unpaid experience related to direct work with individuals with disabilities. (Page 258)

  • Continued focus on the foundations of the VR process for counselors and RSTs, including accurate eligibility determination, inclusion of consumers in planning for service delivery, thorough assessing and planning practices, models for vocational counseling, informed consumer choice, service to culturally diverse populations, good purchasing practices, supported employment, customized employment and other strategies for quality employment assistance, service delivery, and effective case note documentation;
  • Training in working with employers and consumers to increase knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, the Olmstead decision, available independence initiatives, and VR participation in the Workforce Investment Act to enhance employment options and employment knowledge; (Page 260 All)
Blending/ Braiding Resources

No specific disability related information found.

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

TWC plans to continue to emphasize the availability of a variety of financial literacy activities into the service-delivery strategy within the one-stop delivery system. Under WIOA, states are encouraged to develop and implement strategies for workforce areas to use to coordinate financial literacy services to participants and provide financial literacy activities to youth. TWC agrees with the need for services that foster financial education and literacy services, including financial capability, and encourages partnerships and contracts between Boards and the agencies delivering them.

Comment 6: The Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) supports the state plan with the following additions.

  • A Coordination of Independent Living section should be added, with the role of SILC and Texas’ Centers for Independent Living (CIL) expressly stated. ( Page 135)

TWC allocates youth formula funds to Boards, that in turn contract with service providers to deliver services to youth in their respective workforce areas. Boards are required to meet all federal and state programmatic requirements. TWC maintains a rigorous performance and accountability system, holding Boards accountable for their performance as it pertains to the youth program as it does with other workforce programs, and Boards have rigorous standards in place for their contracted service providers. Boards must ensure that all 14 program elements—including new WIOA program elements such as financial literacy and services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in workforce areas—are available to youth participants. (Page 163)

School to Work Transition

Approximately 12 percent of the Texas population is estimated to have some type of disability. TWC is committed to providing services to this population; TWC promotes competitive employment of individuals with disabilities coupled with the expectation that they are able to meet the same employment standards and responsibilities as other working-age adults. All working-age individuals with disabilities, including young adults, are offered factual information regarding employment as an individual with a disability, including the relationship between an individual’s earned income and the individual’s public benefits.

The VR program—currently housed at DARS, but moving to TWC on September 1, 2016—helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs, and helps students with disabilities plan the jump from school to work. Work-related services are individualized and may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services. (Page 44)

  • Custodial parents are 21 percent less likely to receive TANF benefits; and
  • More than $191 million in child support was collected through August 2015, some of which was used to repay TANF, Medicaid, foster care, and child support collections programs. (Page 64)

Helping customers with disabilities in a Workforce Solutions Office environment; 

  • Resources and funding sources for support services and employment accommodations; and
  • The effects that employment may have on Social Security disability benefits. (Page 129)

Workforce areas that provide quality services will have access to additional resources to meet the employers’ needs, job seekers, and incumbent workers. Additionally, the waiver will allow TWC to continue to promote the cost benefits of improved administrative efficiencies, encouraging the increased leveraging of resources within the workforce areas. As a result, TWC will increase services such as enhanced education, employment, and training opportunities for disadvantaged populations and individuals with multiple barriers to employment. (Page 174)

DRS develops partnerships with schools and community organizations to help students with disabilities make a smooth transition to adulthood and work. DRS has counselors throughout the state that have a role in preparing students with disabilities for entry into the workplace. VR counselors coordinate closely with high schools to ensure appropriate students are referred to the VR program. Counselors work with schools to identify students receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as early as possible in the process to address concerns regarding impact of employment on benefits and to provide resources for benefits counseling.

VR counselors have flexible work schedules that allow them to participate in school activities, parent meetings, community forums, summer skill-building activities, job clubs, etc. (Page 238)

DARS is currently in the process of collaborating with TEA to update the Letter of Agreement, including the addition of pre-employment transition services as defined in §361.48 and other requirements of WIOA, operationalizing a referral process of students with the highest needs, and a process for invitations to Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings. The final agreement will be between TEA and TWC following the transfer of the VR program in FFY’17 as required by SB 208. Counselors work with schools to identify students receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as early as possible in the process to address concerns regarding impact of employment on benefits and to provide resources for benefits counseling. DRS has specialty TVRCs and VRCs who are liaisons for high schools and partner with the educational system to more appropriately serve transition-age students seeking assistance to access adult vocational services. Partnering with ISDs allows counselors to use office space on campus to ensure that student consumers have access to resources available through the workforce investment system, community, businesses, and other partners necessary to build a network of support. VR counselors use various tools and strategies in their coordination with schools. The School Plan is a tool available to counselors for planning with their assigned schools. It provides an outline for open communication about each party’s expectations and goals for the school year. Counselors are encouraged to develop a School Plan with each assigned school before that school year begins, and update it as necessary throughout the year. (Page 240)

DRS works with DADS and HHSC Medicaid/CHIP to ensure service definitions in the 1915(c) home– and community–based waivers accurately reflect Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Rehabilitation Services Administration regulations. This partnership allows services that result in competitive employment to be delivered efficiently and timely through the payor of first resort.

  • DRS provides annual training to DSHS Community Benefits Officers on SSI and SSDI benefits and work incentives and offers free intensive training and technical assistance to DADS staff and providers to become Benefits Subject Matter Resource staff.
  • DRS co–chairs and participates in the legislatively mandated Employment First Task Force charged with writing and making recommendations to implement an Employment First statewide policy, and providing information and/or training to providers, stakeholders, and the general public on employment as the first option for any publicly funded service.
  • Membership and participation in Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).
  • Representation on:
  • The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
  • The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders
  • Texas Clubhouse Coalition
  • Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran Services (TCCVS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council (TBIAC)
  • HHSC Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI)
  • State Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless
  • DADS Consumer Direction Workgroup
  • HHSC Medicaid/CHIP CRCG
  • Texas Technology Access Program Advisory Council (Page 244)

The Business Relations Team also developed and disseminated additional resources to Texas businesses, including a new Business Services web site, available at http://www.dars.state.tx.us/services/servicesforbusiness.shtml. This web site provides information about the benefits of partnering with DARS, including available services and business testimonials, as well as resources such as the GUIDE FOR HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES and helpful websites.

The Business Relations Team is also increasing coordination with other state and federal entities that administer employment training programs. The result of this coordination is a growth in the number of jointly held business symposia and job fairs in communities across Texas. The team’s efforts to partner with TWC, Local Workforce Development Boards, and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will help ensure that local businesses and Texans with disabilities seeking competitive employment have the greatest level of support, resources, and services available to help them succeed. (Page 246)

Annual training on VR and independent living services to DADS Home and Community–Based Services (HCS) waiver utilization review nurses, Private Provider Association of Texas members, community center staff, including consumer benefits officers, and the Statewide Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Consortium;

  • Training on VR services and benefits and work incentives to HHSC Managed Care Organization (MCO) service coordinators and management, STAR+PLUS, and other service providers and Medicaid waiver case managers;
  • Training on DARS employment services and benefits and work incentives to members of the seven statewide mental health peer–operated support groups;
  • Training on benefits and work incentives every six months for DRS and DBS staff, long–term supports and services providers involved in the MFP employment pilot grant, and DADS and DSHS central office staff. The providers and DADS/DSHS staff get monthly follow–up training via teleconference and written materials, as well as ongoing technical assistance on specific benefits and work incentives issues;
  • A four–hour benefits overview to CRPs statewide, and currently planning with UNT to provide this overview via webinar; (Page 251)

Concern over loss of benefits is a barrier identified through multiple surveys. Staff reported low levels of knowledge of how work impacts Social Security benefits. Both staff and stakeholders expressed that concern over loss of benefits is a disincentive to work. 

Areas for Improvement 

While the consumer survey reported that consumers were satisfied with their jobs and wages, the stakeholder survey indicated dissatisfaction that was echoed in the town hall meetings. Customer service issues such as responsiveness were noted as issues. The lack of and quality of service providers (CRP providers) in some areas of the state was also a stated concern. In general, there appears to be a perception that there is too much bureaucracy that impedes the rehabilitation process, particularly related to the eligibility process. (Page 270)

DRS has a liaison with the American G.I. Forum that targets the needs of Hispanic veterans and has assigned a bilingual counselor who has completed the Social Security work incentive training to work with significantly disabled veterans drawing SSDI benefits but who want to work.

  • A number of counselors are participating in training to learn to speak other languages and attending sign language classes.
  • DRS establishes specialized caseloads for certain disabilities to help develop the expertise needed to most benefit the consumers served. (Page 286)

DRS will improve consumer employment outcomes for target populations by: 

  • Strengthening and expanding collaboration, outreach, and education with various partners to efficiently and effectively use existing resources.
  • Assessing business processes, policy, training, and organizational capacity on an ongoing basis to make consistent improvements in employment outcomes.
  • Increasing employer knowledge and awareness regarding the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
  • Increasing consumer knowledge and awareness of DRS services and benefits offered to individuals with disabilities in target populations to obtain or retain employment. (Page 291)
Career Pathways

The VR program—currently housed at DARS, but moving to TWC on September 1, 2016—helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs, and helps students with disabilities plan the jump from school to work. Work-related services are individualized and may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services.

TWC additionally promotes partnerships with employers to overcome barriers to meeting workforce needs with the creative use of technology and innovation. TWC takes steps to ensure that the staff of public schools, vocational service programs, and community-based organizations are trained and supported to assist all individuals with disabilities in achieving competitive employment. TWC also promotes the availability and accessibility of individualized training designed to prepare an individual with a disability for the individual’s preferred employment. To this end, individuals with disabilities are given the opportunity to understand and explore options for education and training, including postsecondary, graduate and postgraduate education, vocational or technical training, or other training, as pathways to employment. (Page 44)

Project SEARCH is a pre-employment training program that is a business led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. The program includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Project SEARCH serves students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Typically, these are students who are on an IEP and in their last year of high school eligibility. The goal for these consumers is competitive employment within the business where the worksite rotations occur or at another business.

Project SEARCH has expanded from one original program site established in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio, to over 340 sites internationally. Project SEARCH in Texas began in 2007 with Seton Healthcare Family in Austin. As of fall 2015, Texas has 17 Project SEARCH sites. Each site is led by a host of businesses and includes key partners, including DARS VR, ISDs, and CRPs. The expansion of this program in Texas is due in part to a five-year grant awarded by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD). The grant pays for technical assistance from the Project SEARCH staff in Ohio that may be needed to start any new sites, as well as supporting the collaborative effort from all agencies involved. In its first year, the grant started three sites in the 2013-2014 school year, in addition to the three sites that already existed in Austin. In the 2014-2015 school year, five additional sites were added, which brought the total number of Project SEARCH sites in Texas to 17. Each Project SEARCH site typically has 8-12 participants per year. The total number of consumers participating in Project SEARCH for the 2015-2016 school year is 144. The 17 Project SEARCH sites. (Pages 247-248)

Expand initiatives like Project Search, a school-to-work internship program that provides work experience to help young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 22 transition to employment. One example of Project Search is the collaboration between Austin Independent School District, DARS, and the Seton Health Care family that provides internships for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • The 28 Workforce Development Boards (WDB) work closely with DARS and it is anticipated that the transfer of VR to TWC will enable an enhanced team approach that will benefit consumers and increase their employment outcomes.
  • For persons with IDD, they may need more time to get adjusted to the job.
  • Each activity for transition-age students should be geared to prepare them for employment and should include activities such as summer work experience opportunities. (Page 337)
Work Incentives & Benefits

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor that outlines a four-year workforce development strategy for the State’s workforce development system. The publicly-funded workforce system is a national network of Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and organizations that provide a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs. WIOA reforms planning requirements, previously governed by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), to foster better alignment of Federal investments in job training, to integrate service delivery across programs and improve efficiency in service delivery, and to ensure that the workforce system is job-driven and matches employers with skilled individuals. One of WIOA’s principal areas of reform is to require States to plan across core programs and include this planning process in the Unified or Combined State Plans. This reform promotes a shared understanding of the workforce needs within each State and fosters development of more comprehensive and integrated approaches, such as career pathways and sector strategies, for addressing the needs of businesses and workers. Successful implementation of many of these approaches called for within WIOA requires robust relationships across programs. WIOA requires States and local areas to enhance coordination and partnerships with local entities and supportive service agencies for strengthened service delivery, including through Unified or Combined State Plans. (Page 4)

Employer/ Business

DRS coordinates with the Social Security Administration to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs) under the Ticket to Work Program. DRS and select CRPs participate in the Partnership Plus program.

Currently there are 39 active ENs in Texas that are DRS CRPs, and 30 who are Workforce Solutions Offices. Of the 3,554 tickets received by these 69 ENs, 61 percent were assigned to DRS CRP ENs. (Page 250)

Coordination with Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program 

DBS coordinates with state agencies and private providers functioning as employment networks under the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Programs by: 

  • Cooperating with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to encourage Community Rehabilitation Program providers (CRPs) to become employment networks (ENs) under the Ticket to Work Program; and
  • Providing advanced payments to CRP-ENs through the Ticket to Work Partnership Plus Program, which allows CRP-ENs to provide ongoing support or job retention services that advance employment or increase earnings after a consumer’s VR case is closed. (Page 347)

DBS uses its current partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to encourage Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP) providers to become employment networks (ENs) under the SSA Ticket to Work Program. DBS offers incentive payments to CRP-ENs that provide 

  1. Supported employment or job placement services during the provision of VR services, and
  2. Extended supports to Ticket to Work consumers after VR case closure in order to advance employment or increase consumer earnings. (Page 368, 369, 370, 415)
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TWC provides the main automated systems used by the local Boards and other grantees for job matching, data collection, and case management, including adult education and vocational rehabilitation, as well as child care assistance. In addition, the Boards and other grantees use a financial reporting system developed by TWC.

WorkInTexas.com - WorkInTexas.com is Texas’ Labor Exchange System, as mandated by the Wagner-Peyser Act, and operated in cooperative effort with JobCentral, the National Labor Exchange system. WorkInTexas.com is a comprehensive online job search resource and job matching system developed and maintained by TWC, and provides: (Page 82)

TWC operates a collection of different IT systems to capture participant information, services, and outcomes. Many of these systems were legacy systems that were transferred to TWC as programs were moved to the agency. TWC supports efforts to increase efficiency while maintaining quality levels of service through judicious use of resources and adhering to policy (local, state, and federal). To these ends, TWC is currently evaluating workforce system solutions in other states to better unite the case management and job search functions of our programs. As successful systems are identified, TWC and Texas Workforce Solutions look to demo their delivery with Boards. While TWC is exploring ways to either integrate or replace these systems, such changes would not be completed during the life of this plan. ( Page 118)

Consumer Satisfaction Surveys 

DRS and DBS conduct ongoing consumer satisfaction surveys in order to assess how VR consumers feel about the services they have received or are receiving. Consumers in the eligibility, in-plan, and closed phases of services are surveyed separately. The surveys are extensive, and approximately 7,500 DRS consumers and 1,024 DBS consumers completed the consumer satisfaction surveys. The reports from the 2013 surveys were submitted to DARS and RCT in January 2014. While including all of the results from the consumer satisfaction surveys does not fit the scope of this CSNA, several of the questions were particularly relevant and helped inform it. (Page 226)

While the CSNA provides insight into the needs of individuals with disabilities, there are multiple limitations in the methods that should be considered when using the findings. First, the samples used were convenience samples that cannot represent the views of any group. Second, it is unknown how technology issues impacted the completion of online surveys by screen reader users. Several individuals did call to complete phone surveys, but others may have refrained due to concerns over confidentiality. Also, given the constraints of the data collection methods used, assessment findings related to the geographical location of unserved and underserved populations in the state are limited. DRS has plans to expand the capacity and use of various data collection methods, which is expected to yield valuable information throughout the next three fiscal years. (Page 268)

The next CSNA will be the product of an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will culminate with a comprehensive report to be published in 2017.

DRS and DBS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to engage in a continuous process of collecting and analyzing data for a robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students with disabilities and youth, pre-employment transition services, and supported employment, and in addition to the methodology used in the most recent CSNA, efforts going forward have been enhanced to include surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, transition-age consumers, families, TEA representatives, home-school networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 272)

The data collection and assessment process is underway for the next CSNA that will culminate with the publication of a comprehensive report in 2017. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services, CSNA efforts going forward have been enhanced to assess needs in these areas.

State Rehabilitation Council Support 

The RCT is the state rehabilitation council for DRS and DBS. RCT assists DARS in fulfilling the requirements of the federal Rehabilitation Act for the delivery of quality, consumer-responsive VR services. Its stated mission is: “The Rehabilitation Council of Texas, partnering with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, advocates for Texans with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process.” Funds are allocated for the operation of RCT to meet the goals and objectives set forth in its resource plan. RCT is a valued and active partner in the development of VR goals, priorities, and policies. RCT reviews, analyzes, and advises DARS about performance related to VR eligibility; the extent, scope, effectiveness of VR services; policy changes related to service delivery to VR consumers; and other functions related to the VR program performed by DARS. RCT also reviews and analyzes consumer satisfaction with VR services provided and assists DARS in developing VR State Plans and in conducting the comprehensive statewide needs assessment. (Page 288)

During fall 2013 through spring 2014, DRS, DBS, and RCT collaborated with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment (CSNA). The CSNA findings were initially summarized in the DRS and DBS FY 2015 State Plans for VR. They inform the 2015-2017 State Plans for VR. The next CSNA will be the product of an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will culminate with a comprehensive report to be published in 2017. DRS and DBS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and preemployment transition services, efforts going forward have been enhanced to assess needs in these areas. (Page 293)

Development of the next CSNA has begun with an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will result in the 2017 report. DBS and DRS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to accomplish a more robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In response to WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS), the current data collection focuses on the needs of those consumers. In addition to the methodology used in the 2014 CSNA, data collection for the 2017 CSNA includes surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, students and youth with disabilities, families, Texas Education Agency (TEA) representatives, homeschool networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 391)

Development of the next CSNA has begun with an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will result in the 2017 report. DBS and DRS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to accomplish a more robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In response to WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS), the current data collection focuses on the needs of those consumers. In addition to the methodology used in the 2014 CSNA, data collection for the 2017 CSNA includes surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, students and youth with disabilities, families, TEA representatives, homeschool networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 402)

LIMITED ACCESS TO COMPUTERS 

A second resource in short supply that hinders rural SCSEP services is access to computers and the Internet. Low–income older job seekers often have limited or no computer skills. These skills are not only required by employers but important for participants to access the Internet, register in WorkInTexas.com and other online job search databases, and develop Internet search skills. Grantees’ field staff members, including participant staff, need access to computers for data collection and communications in a state with such extensive rural areas. Improving access to computers in rural areas will increase the amount of computer and online training available for participants. To address rural technology needs, grantees will contact local businesses, governmental agencies, public libraries, and community– and faith–based organizations regarding ongoing computer and Internet access for participants on an ongoing basis.   (Page 501)

Mental Health

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.

Achieving excellence in accessibility is based on three core principles: 

  • ensuring that all customers can effectively use workforce products and services;
  • creating a workspace accessible for individuals with disabilities; and
  • complying with all federal and state legal requirements (Page 127) 

Determine compliance with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA §188. Both programmatic and physical accessibility are addressed during an EO compliance review.

As recipients of WIOA funding, Boards are monitored on-site based on a three-year rotation schedule, as referenced in the State Methods of Administration (MOA) maintained on file with DOL’s Civil Rights Center (DOL-CRC). All 28 Boards are scheduled for an EO review within a designated three-year period. Dates for EO monitoring reviews generally align with those of the TWC’s annual Board monitoring review. (Page 128)

Policies and Initiatives

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2018 State Veterans Benefits - 11/07/2018

~~“The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides educational and vocational counseling to servicemembers, veterans, and certain dependents at no charge. These counseling services are designed to help an individual choose a vocational direction, determine the course needed to achieve the chosen goal, and evaluate the career possibilities open to them. Services that may be provided include comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment, vocational counseling, and rehabilitation planning for employment services.”

Systems
  • Other

Women Veterans Report Status of Texas Women Veterans 2018 - 11/01/2018

~~“Employees of the Workforce Solution Centers assist veterans with employment and ensure that veterans with barriers to employment are seen by Texas Veteran Commission Veteran Career Advisors (VCA).  Of the 12,123 women veterans who received employment assistance in fiscal year 2018 (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018), 36 percent were seen by a TVC VCA, while the remaining may have been seen by an employee of the Workforce Solution Center or a TVC VCA.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid buy-in program for employees with disabilities - 09/18/2018

~~The Medicaid buy-in program allows working Texans with disabilities to get Medicaid, even if they earn more than the Medicaid income limits. To take part in the program, you can't earn more than $2,453 per month. People in the buy-in program pay monthly premiums based on their income and other factors. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Employment First Training - 07/02/2018

~~HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want.

HHSC will provide a series of free, one-day workshops on our Employment First Training program:

Who Should Attend

Staff who support individuals who have set employment as a goal, providers of waiver services, service coordinators, case managers, LIDDAs, professional and direct care staff.

Advocates, service recipients, families, guardians and anyone interested in employment services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are welcome to attend.

What's Covered•Texas Employment First Policy.•Employment services in Medicaid waivers, including billable services and billing information.•How Medicaid waiver employment services and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services works.•Overview of Social Security Administration disability benefits.•HCBS settings rule changes.•HHS Employment Recruitment Coordinator Project and Employment Initiatives.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition Guidance - 07/01/2018

~~“On this page you will find information about transition from school settings to post-school settings. This transition process should begin as early as possible but formally begins when a student with a disability turns 16 (19 TAC §89.1055(g)(1-9) and 34 CFR §300.320(b)). Post -school settings and activities include:

•Post-secondary education;•Vocational education;•Integrated employment (including supported employment);•Continuing and adult education;•Adult services;•Independent living; and•Community participation.”

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

“Texas Transition and Employment Guide” - 07/01/2018

~~“This transition and employment guide is for students in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for their parents and has steps that they can take to find the right work or educational choices after high school.  and where to get the services students will need after high school.

The guide is divided into sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives

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

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: A Texas Primer - 06/25/2018

~~The program delivery system for vocational rehabilitation includes services provided directly by VR field staff as well as those purchased directly from a variety of community rehabilitation programs and other vendors as necessary for the customer to meet his or her employment goal. In addition, VR customers may be referred to services offered by other community programs and WIOA core partners.VR services are individualized to meet the needs of each participant. Services support the development of knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors needed to reach the employment goal. Services available and provided may include:…. Work-based learning experiences for high school students with disabilities;• Training in work place behaviors;• Support for customized employment, self-employment and supported employment; and • Instruction in self-advocacy (Texas Workforce Solutions, 2017). 

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

Texas Workforce Commission 2019-2023 Strategic Plan - 06/08/2018

~~“We are utilizing innovative outreach strategies designed to reach key workforce audiences through campaigns on a range of workforce services to connect the job seekers with Texas employers. Designed to support students, employers and job seekers, these services include www.TXInternshipChallenge.com , to help students explore industry demand occupations and acquire workplace skills; Careers in Texas Industries events and career awareness tools to help students meet prospective employers and make informed career choices; Texas Operation Welcome Home, to assist transitioning service members and their spouses to find employment or complete an educational program; Texas HireAbility, a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities; Texas Business Conferences, held throughout cities in Texas to inform employers about laws important to running their businesses; and www.ApprenticeshipTexas.com, an outreach campaign to help increase the number of apprenticeships in Texas.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual - 10/01/2017

“The VR Services Manual:

Helps ensure VR customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving successful competitive integrated employment outcomes as a result of their participation in vocational rehabilitation services; Helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; and Provides published policies and procedures for maintaining compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual - 10/01/2017

The VR Standards for Providers:

helps ensure TWC customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving a successful outcome to their vocational rehabilitation or independent living goals; helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; provides published standards for maintaining compliance; and provides criteria in order to meet TWC performance expectations for each purchase.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Texas Human Resources Code, Section 121.003

This code addresses discrimination that is prohibited by law in the state of Texas, especially pertaining to people with disabilities. Among other measures, it specifically states that, “It is the policy of the state that persons with disabilities be employed by the state, by political subdivisions of the state, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds on the same terms and conditions as persons without disabilities, unless it is shown that there is no reasonable accommodation that would enable a person with a disability to perform the essential elements of a job.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Labor Code, Sections 21.051 - 21.061 (Disability Discrimination)

This labor code states that an employer, employment agency or labor organization commits an unlawful act if it discriminates against individuals due to a disability or segregates or classifies them in a manner that would deprive them of an employment opportunity or otherwise adversely affect their status as an employee.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Texas Workforce Commission 2019-2023 Strategic Plan - 06/08/2018

~~“We are utilizing innovative outreach strategies designed to reach key workforce audiences through campaigns on a range of workforce services to connect the job seekers with Texas employers. Designed to support students, employers and job seekers, these services include www.TXInternshipChallenge.com , to help students explore industry demand occupations and acquire workplace skills; Careers in Texas Industries events and career awareness tools to help students meet prospective employers and make informed career choices; Texas Operation Welcome Home, to assist transitioning service members and their spouses to find employment or complete an educational program; Texas HireAbility, a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities; Texas Business Conferences, held throughout cities in Texas to inform employers about laws important to running their businesses; and www.ApprenticeshipTexas.com, an outreach campaign to help increase the number of apprenticeships in Texas.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual - 10/01/2017

“The VR Services Manual:

Helps ensure VR customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving successful competitive integrated employment outcomes as a result of their participation in vocational rehabilitation services; Helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; and Provides published policies and procedures for maintaining compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual - 10/01/2017

The VR Standards for Providers:

helps ensure TWC customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving a successful outcome to their vocational rehabilitation or independent living goals; helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; provides published standards for maintaining compliance; and provides criteria in order to meet TWC performance expectations for each purchase.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

TX Implementation of Acute Care Services and the Long-term Services and Supports System Redesign - 09/01/2017

“Government Code Chapter 534 directs the Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) to design and implement an acute care and LTSS system for individuals with IDD to improve outcomes; improve access to quality, person-centered, efficient, and cost-effective services; and implement a capitated, managed care delivery system and the federal Community First Choice Option (CFC). Chapter 534 also created the IDD System Redesign Advisory Committee (IDD SRAC) to advise HHSC in the development and implementation of the system redesign. HHSC transitioned some clients to a managed care model for acute care services.

On September 1, 2014, some adult Medicaid recipients with IDD transitioned to the STAR+PLUS managed care program. On November 1, 2016, children under 21 with disabilities, including IDD, were enrolled in the STAR Kids managed care program. Children and adults in IDD programs receive most LTSS in fee-for-service (FFS). Per Government Code Section 534.201, HHSC will transition the Texas Home Living (TxHmL) waiver program to managed care in 2020, and other IDD waivers and intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or related condition (ICF/IID) services in 2021.”

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

Texas Council of Developmental Disability: State Plan Goals 2017-2021 - 01/01/2017

“Goal 1: Create and support promising practices that enable people with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities and to have control over their own lives by September 30, 2021.

Goal 2: Improve and/or expand community-based systems to better support people with developmental disabilities or families of children with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities by September 30, 2021.

Goal 3: Increase the access that individuals with developmental disabilities and families of individuals with developmental disabilities have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and/or to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports.

Goal 4: Ensure there is ongoing support and technical assistance for the Council to identify and engage in issues according to the Council’s priorities and mission.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Health and Human Services Transformation - 09/01/2016

“In 2015, Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) began a transformation effort to produce a more efficient, effective, and responsive system. In September of 2016 the first phase of that effort became operational.

The goals of the transformation are to create a system that:

Is easier to navigate for people who need information, benefits, or services Aligns with the HHS mission, business, and statutory responsibilities Breaks down operational silos to create greater program integration Creates clear lines of accountability within the organization Develops clearly defined and objective performance metrics for all areas of the organization”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Texas Department of Health and Human Services Employment First Policy - 02/26/2016

~~This Employment First principle guides HHS services for people with disabilities and helps put them on a path towards self-sufficiency through full participation in community life.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADs) Guide to Employment for People with Disabilities - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this guide is to provide information on how to support and assist working-age people with disabilities who are receiving DADS services to obtain and maintain competitive, integrated employment. Through this guide, DADS intends to provide information on best practices and resources that can help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The guide includes success stories of people with disabilities who, as a result of receiving the appropriate supports and services, have secured fulfilling employment...”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Education Agency Employment First Policy - 03/25/2015

“TEA hereby adopts the state's policy that earning a living wage through competitive employment in the general workforce is the priority and preferred outcome for working age individuals with disabilities who receive public benefits. TEA will evaluate recommendations made by the Employment-First Task Force and will adopt rules as necessary that are consistent with the policy.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas FY 2015 Plans for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services Programs - 09/30/2014

“The Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) recognizes that collaboration with community organizations and other state agencies is essential to achieving successful employment outcomes for consumers with the most significant disabilities. DRS seeks opportunities to identify, develop, and implement cooperative agreements with other state agencies and appropriate entities, particularly when these agreements establish a framework to assist with the provision of supported employment services and extended services for consumers with the most significant disabilities.

Plans for Improving Supported Employment Services: DRS plans to…develop and implement an improved benchmark system for the provision of specific supported employment services statewide; explore complimentary services for specific populations like persons with autism and mental health diagnoses; develop a supported employment technical assistance training model for DRS staff members to improve their ability to determine when supported employment services are needed; and develop tools that will help staff members monitor and provide guidance to supported employment contract providers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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HUD Awards $4.8 Million To Help Low-Income Veterans Rehabiitate Their Homes - 07/18/2019

~~The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $4.8 million in funding through the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot (VHRMP) Program to assist disabled veterans with modifying or rehabilitating their homes, making them more accessible.

Through the VHRMP program, grantees will make necessary physical modifications to address the adaptive housing needs of eligible veterans, including wheelchair ramps, widening exterior and interior doors, reconfiguring and reequipping bathrooms, or adding a bedroom or bathroom for the veteran’s caregiver.

“Our veterans gave everything in service to our country so it’s now our duty to ensure they have a safe and decent place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The grants awarded today ensure veterans living with disabilities can make the necessary adaptive modifications to their homes, allowing them to lead self-sufficient lives.”

“Our biggest hope for Veterans is that they fully participate in the country they fought to defend once they return from service,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These grants further that goal by ensuring Veterans with service-related disabilities don’t just get housing, but live in a home that meets their specific needs. We’re proud to work with our nonprofit partners once again this year to help our Veterans.”

The purpose of this pilot program is to assist our nation’s low-income veterans living with disabilities who need adaptive housing to help them regain or maintain their independence. By partnering with the VA, HUD is addressing these challenges by awarding competitive grants to organizations that primarily serve veterans and low-income people.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First Training - 07/02/2018

~~HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want.

HHSC will provide a series of free, one-day workshops on our Employment First Training program:

Who Should Attend

Staff who support individuals who have set employment as a goal, providers of waiver services, service coordinators, case managers, LIDDAs, professional and direct care staff.

Advocates, service recipients, families, guardians and anyone interested in employment services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are welcome to attend.

What's Covered•Texas Employment First Policy.•Employment services in Medicaid waivers, including billable services and billing information.•How Medicaid waiver employment services and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services works.•Overview of Social Security Administration disability benefits.•HCBS settings rule changes.•HHS Employment Recruitment Coordinator Project and Employment Initiatives.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas State Plans for VR Services and Supported Employment Services Programs - 09/30/2014

“The Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) recognizes that collaboration with community organizations and other state agencies is essential to achieving successful employment outcomes for consumers with the most significant disabilities. DRS seeks opportunities to identify, develop, and implement cooperative agreements with other state agencies and appropriate entities, particularly when these agreements establish a framework to assist with the provision of supported employment services and extended services for consumers with the most significant disabilities.”

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

Employment First Task Force Home Page

The Employment First Task Force, authorized by Senate Bill 1226 (83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013), was established by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission executive commissioner to promote competitive employment of people with disabilities and the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities, and expectations as any other working-age adult.”

 

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

Texas Dept of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and Dept of Aging and Disability Services MOA

Recognizing the need to coordinate the provision of services to individuals receiving services from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) who may be eligible for or are receiving Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) or Independent Living (IL) services from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), DARS and DADS enter into this Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in accordance with the provisions of CFR §361.53(d) and 111.0525(b) of the Texas Human Resources Code. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Texas Money Follows The Person - 06/30/2016

~~“Texas was among the first 30 states chosen to participate in the Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFPD) in 2007. As of June 2016, 43 states participate in this federal demonstration designed to help older adults or persons who have disabilities move from institutional settings back into their communities.MFPD provides federal grant funding as well as funding from Medicaid matching cost savings [1], as defined at the bottom of this document.> to assist states in moving individuals from institutions to the community. In fiscal year 2016, HHSC has budgeted over $16 million in federal funding to help individuals transition out of nursing facilities, State Supported Living Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and other institutions. Funds are also used to provide behavioral health supports that help individuals remain living in the community, enhance opportunities for integrated employment for greater self-sufficiency, and increase the availability of affordable, accessible housing.MFPD has helped Texas rebalance its long-term services and supports system by increasing the use of community-based services rather than institutional services. Early in calendar year 2008, Texas reported 51 percent of its long term services and support expenditures were used to support institution-based services. By the end of calendar year 2014, institution-based services accounted for 41.2 percent of long-term services and supports spending. Community-based services now comprise the majority of Texas long-term services and supports system.” 

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

Texas Employment Development Initiative - 10/01/2012

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).

This initiative provides, on a competitive basis, modest funding awards in the form of fixed-price subcontracts between the Contractor, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the States, Territories and District of Columbia. In addition, each awardee will receive two consultant technical assistance visits coordinated and paid through the Contractor's portion of the project.”

In FY2012, Texas was awarded an EDI grant for an expansion of supported employment through Consumer Operated Services Programs.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Texas Ticket to Work - 06/25/2008

“Under the Ticket to Work Program and Title II and Title XVI of the Act, SSA issues “tickets” to SSDI and SSI blind or disabled beneficiaries. In this voluntary program, each beneficiary who receives a ticket can use it to obtain services from a provider, known as an employment network (EN), or from a state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency. The VR agency in Texas is the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)…

The intent of the Ticket to Work Program is to…establish a system in which qualified ENs provide employment and other support services (e.g., case management, benefits counseling, and job training); provide individualized tickets to beneficiaries for the “purchase” of services from approved ENs; and give beneficiaries a real choice in obtaining the services, education, and technology needed to find, enter, and maintain employment within an expanding universe of service providers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Texas Training and Technical Assistance to Providers (T-TAP)

“T-TAP is a national training and technical assistance center to help community rehabilitation providers make the transition from providing segregated employment services to finding people with disabilities jobs in the community. The specific target audience is employment agencies that hold 14(c) subminimum wage certificates, which allow employers to pay people less than minimum wage and are typically used in the disability field to pay workers piece rates at sheltered workshops. Activities include online courses, satellite telecasts, regional employment forums, intensive consultation to selected agencies, and policy research. The Institute for Community Inclusion and Virginia Commonwealth University work in partnership on this project. T-TAP [was] funded from 2002 to 2007 by the Office of Disability and Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Medicaid Buy-In Program

The program “offers low-cost Medicaid health care services — including community-based services and supports to working people with a disability. Some people might have to pay a monthly fee” to receive services which include but not limited to:  • Doctor / clinic visits  • Mental health care  • Occupational therapy (help learning how to do everyday tasks)  • X-rays  • Physical therapy (help learning how to move around better or become stronger)

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Texas Department of Health and Human Services Training Initiatives - 07/01/2017

“To provide educational opportunities to enhance services provided across the state, Texas Health and Human Services develops and provides free training. Training initiatives are based on identified needs of services providers, individuals receiving services and supports, and emerging and best practices.”

Topics include employment, SSI/SSDI benefits, Employment First, Positive Behavior Management and Support, and mental health and trauma-informed care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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

Texas Medicaid Person-Centered Planning Training - 02/16/2017

This page lists the Person-Centered Planning Training Requirements for various providers, caseworkers, state employees, etc. if they are part of a planning team. It also includes a link to sign up for trainings.

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

The Texas Customized Self-Employment Project: The Customized Employment Plan Design

This presentation describes Customized Employment as “a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both.”  It focuses heavily on the processes and value of Discovery in the employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Texas Customized Self-Employment Project

This presentation presents Self-Employment as a viable employment option for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Customized Self-Employment System Development Initiative

“This proposal is designed to support and implement the phased development of a financially, technically and programmatically viable system of TX DARS for prospective business owners in TX with disabilities, who require customized employment services and are applying for, or receiving, DARS counseling and services to develop small businesses.   Specifically, this initiative is designed to research, identify and develop an outcome payment model and rate structure for customized self-employment, including: DARS Counselor CRC certification level, online and onsite training and technical assistance; and, intensive multi-certification, online and onsite training for DARS vendors throughout the state of Texas.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Texas Transition and Employment Guide

This transition and employment guide is for you, the student in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for your parents. This guide has steps you and your parents can take to make sure you are able to find the right work or educational choices for you after high school. It also tells you where to get the services you will need after high school.    The guide is divided into sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives. Each section has phone numbers, emails, and websites to help you find what you need. At the end of each section and at the end of the guide, you will find a timeline of steps that you and your parents can take as you make the transition from student to adult.”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
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Wal-Mart to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Age and Disability Discrimination Suit - 02/19/2015

“Under the terms of the two-year consent decree settling the case, Wal-Mart will pay $150,000 in relief to Moorman. In addition, Wal-Mart agreed to provide training for employees on the ADA and the ADEA. The training will include an instruction on the kind of conduct that may constitute unlawful discrimination or harassment, as well as an instruction on Wal-Mart's procedures for handling requests for reasonable accommodations under the ADA. Wal-Mart will also report to the EEOC regarding its compliance with the consent decree and post a notice to employees about the settlement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Wendy’s Consent Decree - 10/10/2012

“Under the terms of the two-year consent decree settling the case, Wendy's will pay $41,500 in relief to a person who applied to a job with the company, but was denied despite his qualifications. “In addition, Wendy's has agreed to provide training for all managers and supervisory employees, including its company president, on the ADA. The training will include a discussion related to hiring individuals with disabilities. In addition, the training will include a specific instruction on communication devices, such as the use of the Texas Relay System or video relay service regarding communication between Wendy's employees and applicants with hearing impairments.’“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Steward et. al. v. Abbott et. al. – 5:10-CV-1025 – (W.D. Tex. 2010)

~On September 20, 2012, the Court granted the United States' request to intervene in a pending lawsuit against the State of Texas. The suit claims that Texas unnecessarily segregates individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in nursing facilities, and that this violates the law under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

In August 2013, the Parties entered a two-year Interim Settlement that required the State to begin expanding community alternatives to nursing facilities. During this time, the Parties negotiated extensively to reach a comprehensive settlement of all remaining issues. Litigation resumed in October 2015, after settlement negotiations failed and the Interim Agreement expired. In May 2016, the Court denied the State’s motions to dismiss the lawsuit and granted the private Plaintiffs’ renewed motion for class certification. The United States had filed a brief in support of the Plaintiffs’ motion, which asked the Court to resolve the common claims of over 4,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities “who currently or will in the future reside in nursing facilities, or who are being, will be, or should be screened for admission . . .”. The Parties are now in the early stages of discovery.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Texas Money Follows The Person

~~“Texas was among the first 30 states chosen to participate in the Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFPD) in 2007. As of June 2016, 43 states participate in this federal demonstration designed to  help older adults or persons who have disabilities move from institutional settings back into their communities.MFPD provides federal grant funding as well as funding from Medicaid matching cost savings [1], as defined at the bottom of this document.> to assist states in moving individuals from institutions to the community. In fiscal year 2016, HHSC has budgeted over $16 million in federal funding to help individuals transition out of nursing facilities, State Supported Living Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and other institutions. Funds are also used to provide behavioral health supports that help individuals remain living in the community, enhance opportunities for integrated employment for greater self-sufficiency, and increase the availability of affordable, accessible housing.” 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Medicaid State Plan

The state plan is the officially recognized document describing the nature and scope of the State of Texas Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act, the plan was developed by the state and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Essentially, the plan is the state's agreement that it will conform to the requirements of the Social Security Act and the official issuances of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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

Texas HCBS Transition Plan

~~Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule under which states may provide home and community-based long-term services and supports. Under 42 CFR §441.301, states must meet the new requirements for home and community-based long-term services and supports by March 17, 2019. The new rule requires the state to ensure all settings in which home and community based services (HCBS) are provided comply with the federal requirements to ensure that individuals receiving HCBS services and supports are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including engagement in community life, integrated workenvironments, and control of personal resources. 

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

Texas Youth Empowerment Services

~~“The Youth Empowerment Services waiver is a 1915(c) Medicaid program that helps children and youth with serious mental, emotional and behavioral difficulties. The YES waiver provides intensive services delivered within a strengths-based team planning process called wraparound. Wraparound builds on family and community support and utilizes YES services to help build your family’s natural support network and connection with your community. YES services are family-centered, coordinated and effective at preventing out-of-home placement and promoting lifelong independence and self-defined success.The program aims to:• Reduce the amount of time children are out of their home and community because of a mental health need.• Expand available mental health services and supports.• Improve the lives of children and youth.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

~~“What are Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rules ?People who receive Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) soon will have the same opportunities as people who don’t receive those services. Thanks to new federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule, people who receive Medicaid HCBS will have the right to live in the most integrated setting and have full access to community living. Lifestyle decisions will be made with each person based on his or her preferences, also known as person-centered planning. The federal rules were effective March 17, 2014.People getting Medicaid HCBS have the right to:• Seek employment• Work in competitive or integrated settings• Engage in community life• Control their personal resources• Receive services in the community” 

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

Texas Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)

“CLASS provides home- and community-based services to people with related conditions as a cost-effective alternative to placement in an Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICF-IID).”

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

Texas Community Based Alternatives (CBA)

“This program provides home- and community-based services to people who are elderly and to adults with disabilities as a cost-effective alternative to living in a nursing home.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

Everything's Bigger in Texas, including the number of job options in integrated settings at competitive wages for individuals with disabilities. The Lone Star state is a place where anyone, including those with disabilities, can live the American Dream… Deep in the Heart of Texas! 

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 Texas' VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
1.56%
Change from
2016 to 2017
28,304,596
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
1,622,962
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.59%
Change from
2016 to 2017
647,977
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.45%
Change from
2016 to 2017
39.93%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.08%
Change from
2016 to 2017
75.94%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 27,469,114 27,862,596 28,304,596
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,584,428 1,653,862 1,622,962
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 626,445 644,181 647,977
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 11,346,637 11,526,552 11,762,593
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 39.54% 38.95% 39.93%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.28% 75.88% 75.94%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.50% 4.60% 4.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.50% 20.70% 20.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.30% 15.00% 14.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,524,865 1,572,569 1,561,091
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,601,481 1,649,476 1,611,708
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,402,094 2,471,177 2,423,447
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 425,070 426,381 431,831
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 984,782 1,023,202 1,038,033
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 19,232 22,545 23,445
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 73,273 73,747 74,263
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,634 2,502 2,304
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 71,874 80,735 77,623
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 133,169 144,968 139,886

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 19,684 20,426 21,057
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.50% 3.70% 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 569,586 564,733 562,264

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 35,158 38,530 38,933
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 66,891 73,413 74,153
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 185,621 195,865 185,482
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 18.90% 19.70% 21.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.60% 4.80% 3.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.80% 4.60% 4.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80% 1.80% 1.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 38.90% 38.70% 44.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 17,078 12,921 10,359
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 15,079 12,379 12,359
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 4,552 7,986 5,228
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 100,400 105,173 124,257

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 45,361 53,307 54,851
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 687 633 732
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 346 365 447
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. 50.00% 58.00% 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.31 1.33 1.63

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
20,127
22,122
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 32 31 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 4,564 5,084 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 6,449 6,939 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 4,782 5,452 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 3,375 3,663 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 925 953 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 40.00% 39.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 19,773 21,513 23,195
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 916,755 920,058 918,939
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 584 567 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 698 782 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $5,842,000 $6,715,000 $6,788,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $116,626,000 $110,894,000 $130,185,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 5.00% 5.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 25,599 23,018 23,520
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.40 10.30 4.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 67.53% 68.13% 68.42%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.26% 14.60% 14.79%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.22% 1.12% 1.15%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.84% 99.58% 99.79%
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). 24.97% 24.39% 21.41%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 54.21% 57.38% 53.69%
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). 67.36% 68.52% 66.67%
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). 29.24% 32.99% 32.28%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 7,034,752
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 6,822
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 1,436,521
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 4,235,134
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 5,671,655
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 1,090
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,482
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 4,572
AbilityOne wages (products). $12,142,783
AbilityOne wages (services). $54,025,955

 

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

2017 2018 2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 81 66 56
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 2 3 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 83 70 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 6,425 5,317 4,175
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 260 293 426
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 6,685 5,610 4,601

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

At the federal, state, and local levels, TWC continues to make great strides toward a streamlined and coordinated one-stop delivery system serving adults and youth with disabilities and employers that employ these individuals. TWC’s executive director and the commissioner of assistive and rehabilitative services (transferred to TWC as of September 2016) participate as ex officio members of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. TWC also serves on state-level interagency councils and workgroups supporting gateways for individuals with disabilities, such as the Employment First Task Force and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services’ (DADS) Promoting Independence Advisory Council. Other memberships have included the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services’ (DARS) Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Advisory Council, and HHSC’s House Bill 1230 Workgroup on Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities. TWC will also continue to coordinate with the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to serve mutual consumers who need employment assistance as well as assistance with independent living resources. In this vein, TWC has collaborated with a number of agencies in developing guidance, such as a transition and employment guide for Texas students with disabilities. (Page 72)

  • DRS co–chairs and participates in the legislatively mandated Employment First Task Force charged with writing and making recommendations to implement an Employment First statewide policy, and providing information and/or training to providers, stakeholders, and the general public on employment as the first option for any publicly funded service.
  • Membership and participation in Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).
  • Representation on:
  • The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
  • The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders
  • Texas Clubhouse Coalition
  • Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran Services (TCCVS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council (TBIAC)
  • HHSC Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI)
  • State Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless
  • DADS Consumer Direction Workgroup
  • HHSC Medicaid/CHIP CRCG
  • Texas Technology Access Program Advisory Council (Page 244)

Also, DARS co-chairs the Employment First Task Force (EFTF), which was created as a result of SB 1226 and was passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature (2013). The EFTF consists of 26 members (seven represent state agencies) appointed by the HHSC executive commissioner. The purpose of the EFTF is to promote competitive employment of individuals with disabilities, with the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities, and expectations as any other working-age adult.

The 83rd legislature established Employment First Policy for Texas, which makes competitive employment and earning a living wage a priority and the preferred outcome for working-age individuals with disabilities who receive public benefits.

The EFTF’s responsibilities include designing an education and outreach process, developing recommendations for policy, procedure, and rule changes necessary to implement the employment first policy, and providing reports to the governor’s office, Texas legislature, and HHSC executive commissioner. The first report was submitted in Fall 2014. The next report is due in the fall of 2016. (Page 300)

Customized Employment

DRS ensures that staff are well–qualified to assist individuals with disabilities. There is emphasis of educational requirements at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, in fields related to rehabilitation. However, the degree field may include other degrees that prepare individuals to work with consumers and employers. For example, bachelor degrees might include not only vocational rehabilitation counseling, but also social work, psychology, disability studies, business administration, human resources, special education, supported employment, customized employment, economics, or another field that reasonably prepares individuals to work with consumers and employers. For individuals hired at the bachelor’s level, there is a requirement for at least one year of paid or unpaid experience related to direct work with individuals with disabilities. (Page 258)

  • Continued focus on the foundations of the VR process for counselors and RSTs, including accurate eligibility determination, inclusion of consumers in planning for service delivery, thorough assessing and planning practices, models for vocational counseling, informed consumer choice, service to culturally diverse populations, good purchasing practices, supported employment, customized employment and other strategies for quality employment assistance, service delivery, and effective case note documentation;
  • Training in working with employers and consumers to increase knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, the Olmstead decision, available independence initiatives, and VR participation in the Workforce Investment Act to enhance employment options and employment knowledge; (Page 260 All)
Blending/ Braiding Resources

No specific disability related information found.

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

TWC plans to continue to emphasize the availability of a variety of financial literacy activities into the service-delivery strategy within the one-stop delivery system. Under WIOA, states are encouraged to develop and implement strategies for workforce areas to use to coordinate financial literacy services to participants and provide financial literacy activities to youth. TWC agrees with the need for services that foster financial education and literacy services, including financial capability, and encourages partnerships and contracts between Boards and the agencies delivering them.

Comment 6: The Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) supports the state plan with the following additions.

  • A Coordination of Independent Living section should be added, with the role of SILC and Texas’ Centers for Independent Living (CIL) expressly stated. ( Page 135)

TWC allocates youth formula funds to Boards, that in turn contract with service providers to deliver services to youth in their respective workforce areas. Boards are required to meet all federal and state programmatic requirements. TWC maintains a rigorous performance and accountability system, holding Boards accountable for their performance as it pertains to the youth program as it does with other workforce programs, and Boards have rigorous standards in place for their contracted service providers. Boards must ensure that all 14 program elements—including new WIOA program elements such as financial literacy and services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in workforce areas—are available to youth participants. (Page 163)

School to Work Transition

Approximately 12 percent of the Texas population is estimated to have some type of disability. TWC is committed to providing services to this population; TWC promotes competitive employment of individuals with disabilities coupled with the expectation that they are able to meet the same employment standards and responsibilities as other working-age adults. All working-age individuals with disabilities, including young adults, are offered factual information regarding employment as an individual with a disability, including the relationship between an individual’s earned income and the individual’s public benefits.

The VR program—currently housed at DARS, but moving to TWC on September 1, 2016—helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs, and helps students with disabilities plan the jump from school to work. Work-related services are individualized and may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services. (Page 44)

  • Custodial parents are 21 percent less likely to receive TANF benefits; and
  • More than $191 million in child support was collected through August 2015, some of which was used to repay TANF, Medicaid, foster care, and child support collections programs. (Page 64)

Helping customers with disabilities in a Workforce Solutions Office environment; 

  • Resources and funding sources for support services and employment accommodations; and
  • The effects that employment may have on Social Security disability benefits. (Page 129)

Workforce areas that provide quality services will have access to additional resources to meet the employers’ needs, job seekers, and incumbent workers. Additionally, the waiver will allow TWC to continue to promote the cost benefits of improved administrative efficiencies, encouraging the increased leveraging of resources within the workforce areas. As a result, TWC will increase services such as enhanced education, employment, and training opportunities for disadvantaged populations and individuals with multiple barriers to employment. (Page 174)

DRS develops partnerships with schools and community organizations to help students with disabilities make a smooth transition to adulthood and work. DRS has counselors throughout the state that have a role in preparing students with disabilities for entry into the workplace. VR counselors coordinate closely with high schools to ensure appropriate students are referred to the VR program. Counselors work with schools to identify students receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as early as possible in the process to address concerns regarding impact of employment on benefits and to provide resources for benefits counseling.

VR counselors have flexible work schedules that allow them to participate in school activities, parent meetings, community forums, summer skill-building activities, job clubs, etc. (Page 238)

DARS is currently in the process of collaborating with TEA to update the Letter of Agreement, including the addition of pre-employment transition services as defined in §361.48 and other requirements of WIOA, operationalizing a referral process of students with the highest needs, and a process for invitations to Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings. The final agreement will be between TEA and TWC following the transfer of the VR program in FFY’17 as required by SB 208. Counselors work with schools to identify students receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as early as possible in the process to address concerns regarding impact of employment on benefits and to provide resources for benefits counseling. DRS has specialty TVRCs and VRCs who are liaisons for high schools and partner with the educational system to more appropriately serve transition-age students seeking assistance to access adult vocational services. Partnering with ISDs allows counselors to use office space on campus to ensure that student consumers have access to resources available through the workforce investment system, community, businesses, and other partners necessary to build a network of support. VR counselors use various tools and strategies in their coordination with schools. The School Plan is a tool available to counselors for planning with their assigned schools. It provides an outline for open communication about each party’s expectations and goals for the school year. Counselors are encouraged to develop a School Plan with each assigned school before that school year begins, and update it as necessary throughout the year. (Page 240)

DRS works with DADS and HHSC Medicaid/CHIP to ensure service definitions in the 1915(c) home– and community–based waivers accurately reflect Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Rehabilitation Services Administration regulations. This partnership allows services that result in competitive employment to be delivered efficiently and timely through the payor of first resort.

  • DRS provides annual training to DSHS Community Benefits Officers on SSI and SSDI benefits and work incentives and offers free intensive training and technical assistance to DADS staff and providers to become Benefits Subject Matter Resource staff.
  • DRS co–chairs and participates in the legislatively mandated Employment First Task Force charged with writing and making recommendations to implement an Employment First statewide policy, and providing information and/or training to providers, stakeholders, and the general public on employment as the first option for any publicly funded service.
  • Membership and participation in Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).
  • Representation on:
  • The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
  • The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders
  • Texas Clubhouse Coalition
  • Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran Services (TCCVS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council (TBIAC)
  • HHSC Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI)
  • State Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless
  • DADS Consumer Direction Workgroup
  • HHSC Medicaid/CHIP CRCG
  • Texas Technology Access Program Advisory Council (Page 244)

The Business Relations Team also developed and disseminated additional resources to Texas businesses, including a new Business Services web site, available at http://www.dars.state.tx.us/services/servicesforbusiness.shtml. This web site provides information about the benefits of partnering with DARS, including available services and business testimonials, as well as resources such as the GUIDE FOR HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES and helpful websites.

The Business Relations Team is also increasing coordination with other state and federal entities that administer employment training programs. The result of this coordination is a growth in the number of jointly held business symposia and job fairs in communities across Texas. The team’s efforts to partner with TWC, Local Workforce Development Boards, and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will help ensure that local businesses and Texans with disabilities seeking competitive employment have the greatest level of support, resources, and services available to help them succeed. (Page 246)

Annual training on VR and independent living services to DADS Home and Community–Based Services (HCS) waiver utilization review nurses, Private Provider Association of Texas members, community center staff, including consumer benefits officers, and the Statewide Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Consortium;

  • Training on VR services and benefits and work incentives to HHSC Managed Care Organization (MCO) service coordinators and management, STAR+PLUS, and other service providers and Medicaid waiver case managers;
  • Training on DARS employment services and benefits and work incentives to members of the seven statewide mental health peer–operated support groups;
  • Training on benefits and work incentives every six months for DRS and DBS staff, long–term supports and services providers involved in the MFP employment pilot grant, and DADS and DSHS central office staff. The providers and DADS/DSHS staff get monthly follow–up training via teleconference and written materials, as well as ongoing technical assistance on specific benefits and work incentives issues;
  • A four–hour benefits overview to CRPs statewide, and currently planning with UNT to provide this overview via webinar; (Page 251)

Concern over loss of benefits is a barrier identified through multiple surveys. Staff reported low levels of knowledge of how work impacts Social Security benefits. Both staff and stakeholders expressed that concern over loss of benefits is a disincentive to work. 

Areas for Improvement 

While the consumer survey reported that consumers were satisfied with their jobs and wages, the stakeholder survey indicated dissatisfaction that was echoed in the town hall meetings. Customer service issues such as responsiveness were noted as issues. The lack of and quality of service providers (CRP providers) in some areas of the state was also a stated concern. In general, there appears to be a perception that there is too much bureaucracy that impedes the rehabilitation process, particularly related to the eligibility process. (Page 270)

DRS has a liaison with the American G.I. Forum that targets the needs of Hispanic veterans and has assigned a bilingual counselor who has completed the Social Security work incentive training to work with significantly disabled veterans drawing SSDI benefits but who want to work.

  • A number of counselors are participating in training to learn to speak other languages and attending sign language classes.
  • DRS establishes specialized caseloads for certain disabilities to help develop the expertise needed to most benefit the consumers served. (Page 286)

DRS will improve consumer employment outcomes for target populations by: 

  • Strengthening and expanding collaboration, outreach, and education with various partners to efficiently and effectively use existing resources.
  • Assessing business processes, policy, training, and organizational capacity on an ongoing basis to make consistent improvements in employment outcomes.
  • Increasing employer knowledge and awareness regarding the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
  • Increasing consumer knowledge and awareness of DRS services and benefits offered to individuals with disabilities in target populations to obtain or retain employment. (Page 291)
Career Pathways

The VR program—currently housed at DARS, but moving to TWC on September 1, 2016—helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs, and helps students with disabilities plan the jump from school to work. Work-related services are individualized and may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services.

TWC additionally promotes partnerships with employers to overcome barriers to meeting workforce needs with the creative use of technology and innovation. TWC takes steps to ensure that the staff of public schools, vocational service programs, and community-based organizations are trained and supported to assist all individuals with disabilities in achieving competitive employment. TWC also promotes the availability and accessibility of individualized training designed to prepare an individual with a disability for the individual’s preferred employment. To this end, individuals with disabilities are given the opportunity to understand and explore options for education and training, including postsecondary, graduate and postgraduate education, vocational or technical training, or other training, as pathways to employment. (Page 44)

Project SEARCH is a pre-employment training program that is a business led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. The program includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Project SEARCH serves students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Typically, these are students who are on an IEP and in their last year of high school eligibility. The goal for these consumers is competitive employment within the business where the worksite rotations occur or at another business.

Project SEARCH has expanded from one original program site established in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio, to over 340 sites internationally. Project SEARCH in Texas began in 2007 with Seton Healthcare Family in Austin. As of fall 2015, Texas has 17 Project SEARCH sites. Each site is led by a host of businesses and includes key partners, including DARS VR, ISDs, and CRPs. The expansion of this program in Texas is due in part to a five-year grant awarded by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD). The grant pays for technical assistance from the Project SEARCH staff in Ohio that may be needed to start any new sites, as well as supporting the collaborative effort from all agencies involved. In its first year, the grant started three sites in the 2013-2014 school year, in addition to the three sites that already existed in Austin. In the 2014-2015 school year, five additional sites were added, which brought the total number of Project SEARCH sites in Texas to 17. Each Project SEARCH site typically has 8-12 participants per year. The total number of consumers participating in Project SEARCH for the 2015-2016 school year is 144. The 17 Project SEARCH sites. (Pages 247-248)

Expand initiatives like Project Search, a school-to-work internship program that provides work experience to help young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 22 transition to employment. One example of Project Search is the collaboration between Austin Independent School District, DARS, and the Seton Health Care family that provides internships for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • The 28 Workforce Development Boards (WDB) work closely with DARS and it is anticipated that the transfer of VR to TWC will enable an enhanced team approach that will benefit consumers and increase their employment outcomes.
  • For persons with IDD, they may need more time to get adjusted to the job.
  • Each activity for transition-age students should be geared to prepare them for employment and should include activities such as summer work experience opportunities. (Page 337)
Work Incentives & Benefits

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor that outlines a four-year workforce development strategy for the State’s workforce development system. The publicly-funded workforce system is a national network of Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and organizations that provide a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs. WIOA reforms planning requirements, previously governed by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), to foster better alignment of Federal investments in job training, to integrate service delivery across programs and improve efficiency in service delivery, and to ensure that the workforce system is job-driven and matches employers with skilled individuals. One of WIOA’s principal areas of reform is to require States to plan across core programs and include this planning process in the Unified or Combined State Plans. This reform promotes a shared understanding of the workforce needs within each State and fosters development of more comprehensive and integrated approaches, such as career pathways and sector strategies, for addressing the needs of businesses and workers. Successful implementation of many of these approaches called for within WIOA requires robust relationships across programs. WIOA requires States and local areas to enhance coordination and partnerships with local entities and supportive service agencies for strengthened service delivery, including through Unified or Combined State Plans. (Page 4)

Employer/ Business

DRS coordinates with the Social Security Administration to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs) under the Ticket to Work Program. DRS and select CRPs participate in the Partnership Plus program.

Currently there are 39 active ENs in Texas that are DRS CRPs, and 30 who are Workforce Solutions Offices. Of the 3,554 tickets received by these 69 ENs, 61 percent were assigned to DRS CRP ENs. (Page 250)

Coordination with Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program 

DBS coordinates with state agencies and private providers functioning as employment networks under the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Programs by: 

  • Cooperating with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to encourage Community Rehabilitation Program providers (CRPs) to become employment networks (ENs) under the Ticket to Work Program; and
  • Providing advanced payments to CRP-ENs through the Ticket to Work Partnership Plus Program, which allows CRP-ENs to provide ongoing support or job retention services that advance employment or increase earnings after a consumer’s VR case is closed. (Page 347)

DBS uses its current partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to encourage Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP) providers to become employment networks (ENs) under the SSA Ticket to Work Program. DBS offers incentive payments to CRP-ENs that provide 

  1. Supported employment or job placement services during the provision of VR services, and
  2. Extended supports to Ticket to Work consumers after VR case closure in order to advance employment or increase consumer earnings. (Page 368, 369, 370, 415)
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TWC provides the main automated systems used by the local Boards and other grantees for job matching, data collection, and case management, including adult education and vocational rehabilitation, as well as child care assistance. In addition, the Boards and other grantees use a financial reporting system developed by TWC.

WorkInTexas.com - WorkInTexas.com is Texas’ Labor Exchange System, as mandated by the Wagner-Peyser Act, and operated in cooperative effort with JobCentral, the National Labor Exchange system. WorkInTexas.com is a comprehensive online job search resource and job matching system developed and maintained by TWC, and provides: (Page 82)

TWC operates a collection of different IT systems to capture participant information, services, and outcomes. Many of these systems were legacy systems that were transferred to TWC as programs were moved to the agency. TWC supports efforts to increase efficiency while maintaining quality levels of service through judicious use of resources and adhering to policy (local, state, and federal). To these ends, TWC is currently evaluating workforce system solutions in other states to better unite the case management and job search functions of our programs. As successful systems are identified, TWC and Texas Workforce Solutions look to demo their delivery with Boards. While TWC is exploring ways to either integrate or replace these systems, such changes would not be completed during the life of this plan. ( Page 118)

Consumer Satisfaction Surveys 

DRS and DBS conduct ongoing consumer satisfaction surveys in order to assess how VR consumers feel about the services they have received or are receiving. Consumers in the eligibility, in-plan, and closed phases of services are surveyed separately. The surveys are extensive, and approximately 7,500 DRS consumers and 1,024 DBS consumers completed the consumer satisfaction surveys. The reports from the 2013 surveys were submitted to DARS and RCT in January 2014. While including all of the results from the consumer satisfaction surveys does not fit the scope of this CSNA, several of the questions were particularly relevant and helped inform it. (Page 226)

While the CSNA provides insight into the needs of individuals with disabilities, there are multiple limitations in the methods that should be considered when using the findings. First, the samples used were convenience samples that cannot represent the views of any group. Second, it is unknown how technology issues impacted the completion of online surveys by screen reader users. Several individuals did call to complete phone surveys, but others may have refrained due to concerns over confidentiality. Also, given the constraints of the data collection methods used, assessment findings related to the geographical location of unserved and underserved populations in the state are limited. DRS has plans to expand the capacity and use of various data collection methods, which is expected to yield valuable information throughout the next three fiscal years. (Page 268)

The next CSNA will be the product of an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will culminate with a comprehensive report to be published in 2017.

DRS and DBS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to engage in a continuous process of collecting and analyzing data for a robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students with disabilities and youth, pre-employment transition services, and supported employment, and in addition to the methodology used in the most recent CSNA, efforts going forward have been enhanced to include surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, transition-age consumers, families, TEA representatives, home-school networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 272)

The data collection and assessment process is underway for the next CSNA that will culminate with the publication of a comprehensive report in 2017. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services, CSNA efforts going forward have been enhanced to assess needs in these areas.

State Rehabilitation Council Support 

The RCT is the state rehabilitation council for DRS and DBS. RCT assists DARS in fulfilling the requirements of the federal Rehabilitation Act for the delivery of quality, consumer-responsive VR services. Its stated mission is: “The Rehabilitation Council of Texas, partnering with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, advocates for Texans with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process.” Funds are allocated for the operation of RCT to meet the goals and objectives set forth in its resource plan. RCT is a valued and active partner in the development of VR goals, priorities, and policies. RCT reviews, analyzes, and advises DARS about performance related to VR eligibility; the extent, scope, effectiveness of VR services; policy changes related to service delivery to VR consumers; and other functions related to the VR program performed by DARS. RCT also reviews and analyzes consumer satisfaction with VR services provided and assists DARS in developing VR State Plans and in conducting the comprehensive statewide needs assessment. (Page 288)

During fall 2013 through spring 2014, DRS, DBS, and RCT collaborated with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment (CSNA). The CSNA findings were initially summarized in the DRS and DBS FY 2015 State Plans for VR. They inform the 2015-2017 State Plans for VR. The next CSNA will be the product of an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will culminate with a comprehensive report to be published in 2017. DRS and DBS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and preemployment transition services, efforts going forward have been enhanced to assess needs in these areas. (Page 293)

Development of the next CSNA has begun with an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will result in the 2017 report. DBS and DRS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to accomplish a more robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In response to WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS), the current data collection focuses on the needs of those consumers. In addition to the methodology used in the 2014 CSNA, data collection for the 2017 CSNA includes surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, students and youth with disabilities, families, Texas Education Agency (TEA) representatives, homeschool networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 391)

Development of the next CSNA has begun with an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will result in the 2017 report. DBS and DRS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to accomplish a more robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In response to WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS), the current data collection focuses on the needs of those consumers. In addition to the methodology used in the 2014 CSNA, data collection for the 2017 CSNA includes surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, students and youth with disabilities, families, TEA representatives, homeschool networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 402)

LIMITED ACCESS TO COMPUTERS 

A second resource in short supply that hinders rural SCSEP services is access to computers and the Internet. Low–income older job seekers often have limited or no computer skills. These skills are not only required by employers but important for participants to access the Internet, register in WorkInTexas.com and other online job search databases, and develop Internet search skills. Grantees’ field staff members, including participant staff, need access to computers for data collection and communications in a state with such extensive rural areas. Improving access to computers in rural areas will increase the amount of computer and online training available for participants. To address rural technology needs, grantees will contact local businesses, governmental agencies, public libraries, and community– and faith–based organizations regarding ongoing computer and Internet access for participants on an ongoing basis.   (Page 501)

Mental Health

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.

Achieving excellence in accessibility is based on three core principles: 

  • ensuring that all customers can effectively use workforce products and services;
  • creating a workspace accessible for individuals with disabilities; and
  • complying with all federal and state legal requirements (Page 127) 

Determine compliance with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA §188. Both programmatic and physical accessibility are addressed during an EO compliance review.

As recipients of WIOA funding, Boards are monitored on-site based on a three-year rotation schedule, as referenced in the State Methods of Administration (MOA) maintained on file with DOL’s Civil Rights Center (DOL-CRC). All 28 Boards are scheduled for an EO review within a designated three-year period. Dates for EO monitoring reviews generally align with those of the TWC’s annual Board monitoring review. (Page 128)

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2018 State Veterans Benefits - 11/07/2018

~~“The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides educational and vocational counseling to servicemembers, veterans, and certain dependents at no charge. These counseling services are designed to help an individual choose a vocational direction, determine the course needed to achieve the chosen goal, and evaluate the career possibilities open to them. Services that may be provided include comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment, vocational counseling, and rehabilitation planning for employment services.”

Systems
  • Other

Women Veterans Report Status of Texas Women Veterans 2018 - 11/01/2018

~~“Employees of the Workforce Solution Centers assist veterans with employment and ensure that veterans with barriers to employment are seen by Texas Veteran Commission Veteran Career Advisors (VCA).  Of the 12,123 women veterans who received employment assistance in fiscal year 2018 (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018), 36 percent were seen by a TVC VCA, while the remaining may have been seen by an employee of the Workforce Solution Center or a TVC VCA.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid buy-in program for employees with disabilities - 09/18/2018

~~The Medicaid buy-in program allows working Texans with disabilities to get Medicaid, even if they earn more than the Medicaid income limits. To take part in the program, you can't earn more than $2,453 per month. People in the buy-in program pay monthly premiums based on their income and other factors. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Employment First Training - 07/02/2018

~~HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want.

HHSC will provide a series of free, one-day workshops on our Employment First Training program:

Who Should Attend

Staff who support individuals who have set employment as a goal, providers of waiver services, service coordinators, case managers, LIDDAs, professional and direct care staff.

Advocates, service recipients, families, guardians and anyone interested in employment services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are welcome to attend.

What's Covered•Texas Employment First Policy.•Employment services in Medicaid waivers, including billable services and billing information.•How Medicaid waiver employment services and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services works.•Overview of Social Security Administration disability benefits.•HCBS settings rule changes.•HHS Employment Recruitment Coordinator Project and Employment Initiatives.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition Guidance - 07/01/2018

~~“On this page you will find information about transition from school settings to post-school settings. This transition process should begin as early as possible but formally begins when a student with a disability turns 16 (19 TAC §89.1055(g)(1-9) and 34 CFR §300.320(b)). Post -school settings and activities include:

•Post-secondary education;•Vocational education;•Integrated employment (including supported employment);•Continuing and adult education;•Adult services;•Independent living; and•Community participation.”

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

“Texas Transition and Employment Guide” - 07/01/2018

~~“This transition and employment guide is for students in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for their parents and has steps that they can take to find the right work or educational choices after high school.  and where to get the services students will need after high school.

The guide is divided into sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives

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

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: A Texas Primer - 06/25/2018

~~The program delivery system for vocational rehabilitation includes services provided directly by VR field staff as well as those purchased directly from a variety of community rehabilitation programs and other vendors as necessary for the customer to meet his or her employment goal. In addition, VR customers may be referred to services offered by other community programs and WIOA core partners.VR services are individualized to meet the needs of each participant. Services support the development of knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors needed to reach the employment goal. Services available and provided may include:…. Work-based learning experiences for high school students with disabilities;• Training in work place behaviors;• Support for customized employment, self-employment and supported employment; and • Instruction in self-advocacy (Texas Workforce Solutions, 2017). 

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

Texas Workforce Commission 2019-2023 Strategic Plan - 06/08/2018

~~“We are utilizing innovative outreach strategies designed to reach key workforce audiences through campaigns on a range of workforce services to connect the job seekers with Texas employers. Designed to support students, employers and job seekers, these services include www.TXInternshipChallenge.com , to help students explore industry demand occupations and acquire workplace skills; Careers in Texas Industries events and career awareness tools to help students meet prospective employers and make informed career choices; Texas Operation Welcome Home, to assist transitioning service members and their spouses to find employment or complete an educational program; Texas HireAbility, a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities; Texas Business Conferences, held throughout cities in Texas to inform employers about laws important to running their businesses; and www.ApprenticeshipTexas.com, an outreach campaign to help increase the number of apprenticeships in Texas.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual - 10/01/2017

“The VR Services Manual:

Helps ensure VR customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving successful competitive integrated employment outcomes as a result of their participation in vocational rehabilitation services; Helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; and Provides published policies and procedures for maintaining compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual - 10/01/2017

The VR Standards for Providers:

helps ensure TWC customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving a successful outcome to their vocational rehabilitation or independent living goals; helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; provides published standards for maintaining compliance; and provides criteria in order to meet TWC performance expectations for each purchase.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Texas Human Resources Code, Section 121.003

This code addresses discrimination that is prohibited by law in the state of Texas, especially pertaining to people with disabilities. Among other measures, it specifically states that, “It is the policy of the state that persons with disabilities be employed by the state, by political subdivisions of the state, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds on the same terms and conditions as persons without disabilities, unless it is shown that there is no reasonable accommodation that would enable a person with a disability to perform the essential elements of a job.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Labor Code, Sections 21.051 - 21.061 (Disability Discrimination)

This labor code states that an employer, employment agency or labor organization commits an unlawful act if it discriminates against individuals due to a disability or segregates or classifies them in a manner that would deprive them of an employment opportunity or otherwise adversely affect their status as an employee.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Texas Workforce Commission 2019-2023 Strategic Plan - 06/08/2018

~~“We are utilizing innovative outreach strategies designed to reach key workforce audiences through campaigns on a range of workforce services to connect the job seekers with Texas employers. Designed to support students, employers and job seekers, these services include www.TXInternshipChallenge.com , to help students explore industry demand occupations and acquire workplace skills; Careers in Texas Industries events and career awareness tools to help students meet prospective employers and make informed career choices; Texas Operation Welcome Home, to assist transitioning service members and their spouses to find employment or complete an educational program; Texas HireAbility, a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities; Texas Business Conferences, held throughout cities in Texas to inform employers about laws important to running their businesses; and www.ApprenticeshipTexas.com, an outreach campaign to help increase the number of apprenticeships in Texas.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual - 10/01/2017

“The VR Services Manual:

Helps ensure VR customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving successful competitive integrated employment outcomes as a result of their participation in vocational rehabilitation services; Helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; and Provides published policies and procedures for maintaining compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual - 10/01/2017

The VR Standards for Providers:

helps ensure TWC customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving a successful outcome to their vocational rehabilitation or independent living goals; helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; provides published standards for maintaining compliance; and provides criteria in order to meet TWC performance expectations for each purchase.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

TX Implementation of Acute Care Services and the Long-term Services and Supports System Redesign - 09/01/2017

“Government Code Chapter 534 directs the Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) to design and implement an acute care and LTSS system for individuals with IDD to improve outcomes; improve access to quality, person-centered, efficient, and cost-effective services; and implement a capitated, managed care delivery system and the federal Community First Choice Option (CFC). Chapter 534 also created the IDD System Redesign Advisory Committee (IDD SRAC) to advise HHSC in the development and implementation of the system redesign. HHSC transitioned some clients to a managed care model for acute care services.

On September 1, 2014, some adult Medicaid recipients with IDD transitioned to the STAR+PLUS managed care program. On November 1, 2016, children under 21 with disabilities, including IDD, were enrolled in the STAR Kids managed care program. Children and adults in IDD programs receive most LTSS in fee-for-service (FFS). Per Government Code Section 534.201, HHSC will transition the Texas Home Living (TxHmL) waiver program to managed care in 2020, and other IDD waivers and intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or related condition (ICF/IID) services in 2021.”

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

Texas Council of Developmental Disability: State Plan Goals 2017-2021 - 01/01/2017

“Goal 1: Create and support promising practices that enable people with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities and to have control over their own lives by September 30, 2021.

Goal 2: Improve and/or expand community-based systems to better support people with developmental disabilities or families of children with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities by September 30, 2021.

Goal 3: Increase the access that individuals with developmental disabilities and families of individuals with developmental disabilities have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and/or to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports.

Goal 4: Ensure there is ongoing support and technical assistance for the Council to identify and engage in issues according to the Council’s priorities and mission.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Health and Human Services Transformation - 09/01/2016

“In 2015, Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) began a transformation effort to produce a more efficient, effective, and responsive system. In September of 2016 the first phase of that effort became operational.

The goals of the transformation are to create a system that:

Is easier to navigate for people who need information, benefits, or services Aligns with the HHS mission, business, and statutory responsibilities Breaks down operational silos to create greater program integration Creates clear lines of accountability within the organization Develops clearly defined and objective performance metrics for all areas of the organization”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Texas Department of Health and Human Services Employment First Policy - 02/26/2016

~~This Employment First principle guides HHS services for people with disabilities and helps put them on a path towards self-sufficiency through full participation in community life.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADs) Guide to Employment for People with Disabilities - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this guide is to provide information on how to support and assist working-age people with disabilities who are receiving DADS services to obtain and maintain competitive, integrated employment. Through this guide, DADS intends to provide information on best practices and resources that can help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The guide includes success stories of people with disabilities who, as a result of receiving the appropriate supports and services, have secured fulfilling employment...”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Education Agency Employment First Policy - 03/25/2015

“TEA hereby adopts the state's policy that earning a living wage through competitive employment in the general workforce is the priority and preferred outcome for working age individuals with disabilities who receive public benefits. TEA will evaluate recommendations made by the Employment-First Task Force and will adopt rules as necessary that are consistent with the policy.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas FY 2015 Plans for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services Programs - 09/30/2014

“The Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) recognizes that collaboration with community organizations and other state agencies is essential to achieving successful employment outcomes for consumers with the most significant disabilities. DRS seeks opportunities to identify, develop, and implement cooperative agreements with other state agencies and appropriate entities, particularly when these agreements establish a framework to assist with the provision of supported employment services and extended services for consumers with the most significant disabilities.

Plans for Improving Supported Employment Services: DRS plans to…develop and implement an improved benchmark system for the provision of specific supported employment services statewide; explore complimentary services for specific populations like persons with autism and mental health diagnoses; develop a supported employment technical assistance training model for DRS staff members to improve their ability to determine when supported employment services are needed; and develop tools that will help staff members monitor and provide guidance to supported employment contract providers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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HUD Awards $4.8 Million To Help Low-Income Veterans Rehabiitate Their Homes - 07/18/2019

~~The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $4.8 million in funding through the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot (VHRMP) Program to assist disabled veterans with modifying or rehabilitating their homes, making them more accessible.

Through the VHRMP program, grantees will make necessary physical modifications to address the adaptive housing needs of eligible veterans, including wheelchair ramps, widening exterior and interior doors, reconfiguring and reequipping bathrooms, or adding a bedroom or bathroom for the veteran’s caregiver.

“Our veterans gave everything in service to our country so it’s now our duty to ensure they have a safe and decent place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The grants awarded today ensure veterans living with disabilities can make the necessary adaptive modifications to their homes, allowing them to lead self-sufficient lives.”

“Our biggest hope for Veterans is that they fully participate in the country they fought to defend once they return from service,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These grants further that goal by ensuring Veterans with service-related disabilities don’t just get housing, but live in a home that meets their specific needs. We’re proud to work with our nonprofit partners once again this year to help our Veterans.”

The purpose of this pilot program is to assist our nation’s low-income veterans living with disabilities who need adaptive housing to help them regain or maintain their independence. By partnering with the VA, HUD is addressing these challenges by awarding competitive grants to organizations that primarily serve veterans and low-income people.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First Training - 07/02/2018

~~HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want.

HHSC will provide a series of free, one-day workshops on our Employment First Training program:

Who Should Attend

Staff who support individuals who have set employment as a goal, providers of waiver services, service coordinators, case managers, LIDDAs, professional and direct care staff.

Advocates, service recipients, families, guardians and anyone interested in employment services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are welcome to attend.

What's Covered•Texas Employment First Policy.•Employment services in Medicaid waivers, including billable services and billing information.•How Medicaid waiver employment services and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services works.•Overview of Social Security Administration disability benefits.•HCBS settings rule changes.•HHS Employment Recruitment Coordinator Project and Employment Initiatives.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas State Plans for VR Services and Supported Employment Services Programs - 09/30/2014

“The Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) recognizes that collaboration with community organizations and other state agencies is essential to achieving successful employment outcomes for consumers with the most significant disabilities. DRS seeks opportunities to identify, develop, and implement cooperative agreements with other state agencies and appropriate entities, particularly when these agreements establish a framework to assist with the provision of supported employment services and extended services for consumers with the most significant disabilities.”

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

Employment First Task Force Home Page

The Employment First Task Force, authorized by Senate Bill 1226 (83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013), was established by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission executive commissioner to promote competitive employment of people with disabilities and the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities, and expectations as any other working-age adult.”

 

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

Texas Dept of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and Dept of Aging and Disability Services MOA

Recognizing the need to coordinate the provision of services to individuals receiving services from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) who may be eligible for or are receiving Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) or Independent Living (IL) services from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), DARS and DADS enter into this Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in accordance with the provisions of CFR §361.53(d) and 111.0525(b) of the Texas Human Resources Code. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Texas Money Follows The Person - 06/30/2016

~~“Texas was among the first 30 states chosen to participate in the Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFPD) in 2007. As of June 2016, 43 states participate in this federal demonstration designed to help older adults or persons who have disabilities move from institutional settings back into their communities.MFPD provides federal grant funding as well as funding from Medicaid matching cost savings [1], as defined at the bottom of this document.> to assist states in moving individuals from institutions to the community. In fiscal year 2016, HHSC has budgeted over $16 million in federal funding to help individuals transition out of nursing facilities, State Supported Living Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and other institutions. Funds are also used to provide behavioral health supports that help individuals remain living in the community, enhance opportunities for integrated employment for greater self-sufficiency, and increase the availability of affordable, accessible housing.MFPD has helped Texas rebalance its long-term services and supports system by increasing the use of community-based services rather than institutional services. Early in calendar year 2008, Texas reported 51 percent of its long term services and support expenditures were used to support institution-based services. By the end of calendar year 2014, institution-based services accounted for 41.2 percent of long-term services and supports spending. Community-based services now comprise the majority of Texas long-term services and supports system.” 

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

Texas Employment Development Initiative - 10/01/2012

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).

This initiative provides, on a competitive basis, modest funding awards in the form of fixed-price subcontracts between the Contractor, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the States, Territories and District of Columbia. In addition, each awardee will receive two consultant technical assistance visits coordinated and paid through the Contractor's portion of the project.”

In FY2012, Texas was awarded an EDI grant for an expansion of supported employment through Consumer Operated Services Programs.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Texas Ticket to Work - 06/25/2008

“Under the Ticket to Work Program and Title II and Title XVI of the Act, SSA issues “tickets” to SSDI and SSI blind or disabled beneficiaries. In this voluntary program, each beneficiary who receives a ticket can use it to obtain services from a provider, known as an employment network (EN), or from a state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency. The VR agency in Texas is the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)…

The intent of the Ticket to Work Program is to…establish a system in which qualified ENs provide employment and other support services (e.g., case management, benefits counseling, and job training); provide individualized tickets to beneficiaries for the “purchase” of services from approved ENs; and give beneficiaries a real choice in obtaining the services, education, and technology needed to find, enter, and maintain employment within an expanding universe of service providers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Texas Training and Technical Assistance to Providers (T-TAP)

“T-TAP is a national training and technical assistance center to help community rehabilitation providers make the transition from providing segregated employment services to finding people with disabilities jobs in the community. The specific target audience is employment agencies that hold 14(c) subminimum wage certificates, which allow employers to pay people less than minimum wage and are typically used in the disability field to pay workers piece rates at sheltered workshops. Activities include online courses, satellite telecasts, regional employment forums, intensive consultation to selected agencies, and policy research. The Institute for Community Inclusion and Virginia Commonwealth University work in partnership on this project. T-TAP [was] funded from 2002 to 2007 by the Office of Disability and Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Medicaid Buy-In Program

The program “offers low-cost Medicaid health care services — including community-based services and supports to working people with a disability. Some people might have to pay a monthly fee” to receive services which include but not limited to:  • Doctor / clinic visits  • Mental health care  • Occupational therapy (help learning how to do everyday tasks)  • X-rays  • Physical therapy (help learning how to move around better or become stronger)

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Texas Department of Health and Human Services Training Initiatives - 07/01/2017

“To provide educational opportunities to enhance services provided across the state, Texas Health and Human Services develops and provides free training. Training initiatives are based on identified needs of services providers, individuals receiving services and supports, and emerging and best practices.”

Topics include employment, SSI/SSDI benefits, Employment First, Positive Behavior Management and Support, and mental health and trauma-informed care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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

Texas Medicaid Person-Centered Planning Training - 02/16/2017

This page lists the Person-Centered Planning Training Requirements for various providers, caseworkers, state employees, etc. if they are part of a planning team. It also includes a link to sign up for trainings.

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

The Texas Customized Self-Employment Project: The Customized Employment Plan Design

This presentation describes Customized Employment as “a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both.”  It focuses heavily on the processes and value of Discovery in the employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Texas Customized Self-Employment Project

This presentation presents Self-Employment as a viable employment option for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Customized Self-Employment System Development Initiative

“This proposal is designed to support and implement the phased development of a financially, technically and programmatically viable system of TX DARS for prospective business owners in TX with disabilities, who require customized employment services and are applying for, or receiving, DARS counseling and services to develop small businesses.   Specifically, this initiative is designed to research, identify and develop an outcome payment model and rate structure for customized self-employment, including: DARS Counselor CRC certification level, online and onsite training and technical assistance; and, intensive multi-certification, online and onsite training for DARS vendors throughout the state of Texas.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Texas Transition and Employment Guide

This transition and employment guide is for you, the student in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for your parents. This guide has steps you and your parents can take to make sure you are able to find the right work or educational choices for you after high school. It also tells you where to get the services you will need after high school.    The guide is divided into sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives. Each section has phone numbers, emails, and websites to help you find what you need. At the end of each section and at the end of the guide, you will find a timeline of steps that you and your parents can take as you make the transition from student to adult.”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
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Wal-Mart to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Age and Disability Discrimination Suit - 02/19/2015

“Under the terms of the two-year consent decree settling the case, Wal-Mart will pay $150,000 in relief to Moorman. In addition, Wal-Mart agreed to provide training for employees on the ADA and the ADEA. The training will include an instruction on the kind of conduct that may constitute unlawful discrimination or harassment, as well as an instruction on Wal-Mart's procedures for handling requests for reasonable accommodations under the ADA. Wal-Mart will also report to the EEOC regarding its compliance with the consent decree and post a notice to employees about the settlement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Wendy’s Consent Decree - 10/10/2012

“Under the terms of the two-year consent decree settling the case, Wendy's will pay $41,500 in relief to a person who applied to a job with the company, but was denied despite his qualifications. “In addition, Wendy's has agreed to provide training for all managers and supervisory employees, including its company president, on the ADA. The training will include a discussion related to hiring individuals with disabilities. In addition, the training will include a specific instruction on communication devices, such as the use of the Texas Relay System or video relay service regarding communication between Wendy's employees and applicants with hearing impairments.’“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Steward et. al. v. Abbott et. al. – 5:10-CV-1025 – (W.D. Tex. 2010)

~On September 20, 2012, the Court granted the United States' request to intervene in a pending lawsuit against the State of Texas. The suit claims that Texas unnecessarily segregates individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in nursing facilities, and that this violates the law under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

In August 2013, the Parties entered a two-year Interim Settlement that required the State to begin expanding community alternatives to nursing facilities. During this time, the Parties negotiated extensively to reach a comprehensive settlement of all remaining issues. Litigation resumed in October 2015, after settlement negotiations failed and the Interim Agreement expired. In May 2016, the Court denied the State’s motions to dismiss the lawsuit and granted the private Plaintiffs’ renewed motion for class certification. The United States had filed a brief in support of the Plaintiffs’ motion, which asked the Court to resolve the common claims of over 4,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities “who currently or will in the future reside in nursing facilities, or who are being, will be, or should be screened for admission . . .”. The Parties are now in the early stages of discovery.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Texas Money Follows The Person

~~“Texas was among the first 30 states chosen to participate in the Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFPD) in 2007. As of June 2016, 43 states participate in this federal demonstration designed to  help older adults or persons who have disabilities move from institutional settings back into their communities.MFPD provides federal grant funding as well as funding from Medicaid matching cost savings [1], as defined at the bottom of this document.> to assist states in moving individuals from institutions to the community. In fiscal year 2016, HHSC has budgeted over $16 million in federal funding to help individuals transition out of nursing facilities, State Supported Living Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and other institutions. Funds are also used to provide behavioral health supports that help individuals remain living in the community, enhance opportunities for integrated employment for greater self-sufficiency, and increase the availability of affordable, accessible housing.” 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Medicaid State Plan

The state plan is the officially recognized document describing the nature and scope of the State of Texas Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act, the plan was developed by the state and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Essentially, the plan is the state's agreement that it will conform to the requirements of the Social Security Act and the official issuances of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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

Texas HCBS Transition Plan

~~Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule under which states may provide home and community-based long-term services and supports. Under 42 CFR §441.301, states must meet the new requirements for home and community-based long-term services and supports by March 17, 2019. The new rule requires the state to ensure all settings in which home and community based services (HCBS) are provided comply with the federal requirements to ensure that individuals receiving HCBS services and supports are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including engagement in community life, integrated workenvironments, and control of personal resources. 

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

Texas Youth Empowerment Services

~~“The Youth Empowerment Services waiver is a 1915(c) Medicaid program that helps children and youth with serious mental, emotional and behavioral difficulties. The YES waiver provides intensive services delivered within a strengths-based team planning process called wraparound. Wraparound builds on family and community support and utilizes YES services to help build your family’s natural support network and connection with your community. YES services are family-centered, coordinated and effective at preventing out-of-home placement and promoting lifelong independence and self-defined success.The program aims to:• Reduce the amount of time children are out of their home and community because of a mental health need.• Expand available mental health services and supports.• Improve the lives of children and youth.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

~~“What are Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rules ?People who receive Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) soon will have the same opportunities as people who don’t receive those services. Thanks to new federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule, people who receive Medicaid HCBS will have the right to live in the most integrated setting and have full access to community living. Lifestyle decisions will be made with each person based on his or her preferences, also known as person-centered planning. The federal rules were effective March 17, 2014.People getting Medicaid HCBS have the right to:• Seek employment• Work in competitive or integrated settings• Engage in community life• Control their personal resources• Receive services in the community” 

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

Texas Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)

“CLASS provides home- and community-based services to people with related conditions as a cost-effective alternative to placement in an Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICF-IID).”

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

Texas Community Based Alternatives (CBA)

“This program provides home- and community-based services to people who are elderly and to adults with disabilities as a cost-effective alternative to living in a nursing home.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

Everything's Bigger in Texas, including the number of job options in integrated settings at competitive wages for individuals with disabilities. The Lone Star state is a place where anyone, including those with disabilities, can live the American Dream… Deep in the Heart of Texas! 

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 Texas' VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
1.56%
Change from
2016 to 2017
28,304,596
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
1,622,962
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.59%
Change from
2016 to 2017
647,977
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.45%
Change from
2016 to 2017
39.93%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.08%
Change from
2016 to 2017
75.94%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 28,304,596
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,622,962
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 647,977
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 11,762,593
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 39.93%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.94%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,561,091
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,611,708
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,423,447
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 431,831
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,038,033
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 23,445
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 74,263
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 2,304
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 77,623
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 139,886

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 21,057
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 562,264

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 38,933
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 74,153
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 185,482
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 21.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 44.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 10,359
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 12,359
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 5,228
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 124,257

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 54,851
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 732
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 447
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. 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.63

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 23,195
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 918,939
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,788,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $130,185,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 5.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 23,520
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 4.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.42%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.79%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.15%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.79%
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). 21.41%
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). 53.69%
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). 66.67%
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). 32.28%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 7,034,752
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 6,822
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 1,436,521
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 4,235,134
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 5,671,655
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 1,090
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,482
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 4,572
AbilityOne wages (products). $12,142,783
AbilityOne wages (services). $54,025,955

 

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

2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 56
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,175
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 426
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,601

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

At the federal, state, and local levels, TWC continues to make great strides toward a streamlined and coordinated one-stop delivery system serving adults and youth with disabilities and employers that employ these individuals. TWC’s executive director and the commissioner of assistive and rehabilitative services (transferred to TWC as of September 2016) participate as ex officio members of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. TWC also serves on state-level interagency councils and workgroups supporting gateways for individuals with disabilities, such as the Employment First Task Force and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services’ (DADS) Promoting Independence Advisory Council. Other memberships have included the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services’ (DARS) Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Advisory Council, and HHSC’s House Bill 1230 Workgroup on Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities. TWC will also continue to coordinate with the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to serve mutual consumers who need employment assistance as well as assistance with independent living resources. In this vein, TWC has collaborated with a number of agencies in developing guidance, such as a transition and employment guide for Texas students with disabilities. (Page 72)

  • DRS co–chairs and participates in the legislatively mandated Employment First Task Force charged with writing and making recommendations to implement an Employment First statewide policy, and providing information and/or training to providers, stakeholders, and the general public on employment as the first option for any publicly funded service.
  • Membership and participation in Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).
  • Representation on:
  • The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
  • The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders
  • Texas Clubhouse Coalition
  • Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran Services (TCCVS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council (TBIAC)
  • HHSC Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI)
  • State Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless
  • DADS Consumer Direction Workgroup
  • HHSC Medicaid/CHIP CRCG
  • Texas Technology Access Program Advisory Council (Page 244)

Also, DARS co-chairs the Employment First Task Force (EFTF), which was created as a result of SB 1226 and was passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature (2013). The EFTF consists of 26 members (seven represent state agencies) appointed by the HHSC executive commissioner. The purpose of the EFTF is to promote competitive employment of individuals with disabilities, with the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities, and expectations as any other working-age adult.

The 83rd legislature established Employment First Policy for Texas, which makes competitive employment and earning a living wage a priority and the preferred outcome for working-age individuals with disabilities who receive public benefits.

The EFTF’s responsibilities include designing an education and outreach process, developing recommendations for policy, procedure, and rule changes necessary to implement the employment first policy, and providing reports to the governor’s office, Texas legislature, and HHSC executive commissioner. The first report was submitted in Fall 2014. The next report is due in the fall of 2016. (Page 300)

Customized Employment

DRS ensures that staff are well–qualified to assist individuals with disabilities. There is emphasis of educational requirements at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, in fields related to rehabilitation. However, the degree field may include other degrees that prepare individuals to work with consumers and employers. For example, bachelor degrees might include not only vocational rehabilitation counseling, but also social work, psychology, disability studies, business administration, human resources, special education, supported employment, customized employment, economics, or another field that reasonably prepares individuals to work with consumers and employers. For individuals hired at the bachelor’s level, there is a requirement for at least one year of paid or unpaid experience related to direct work with individuals with disabilities. (Page 258)

  • Continued focus on the foundations of the VR process for counselors and RSTs, including accurate eligibility determination, inclusion of consumers in planning for service delivery, thorough assessing and planning practices, models for vocational counseling, informed consumer choice, service to culturally diverse populations, good purchasing practices, supported employment, customized employment and other strategies for quality employment assistance, service delivery, and effective case note documentation;
  • Training in working with employers and consumers to increase knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, the Olmstead decision, available independence initiatives, and VR participation in the Workforce Investment Act to enhance employment options and employment knowledge; (Page 260 All)
Blending/ Braiding Resources

No specific disability related information found.

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

TWC plans to continue to emphasize the availability of a variety of financial literacy activities into the service-delivery strategy within the one-stop delivery system. Under WIOA, states are encouraged to develop and implement strategies for workforce areas to use to coordinate financial literacy services to participants and provide financial literacy activities to youth. TWC agrees with the need for services that foster financial education and literacy services, including financial capability, and encourages partnerships and contracts between Boards and the agencies delivering them.

Comment 6: The Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) supports the state plan with the following additions.

  • A Coordination of Independent Living section should be added, with the role of SILC and Texas’ Centers for Independent Living (CIL) expressly stated. ( Page 135)

TWC allocates youth formula funds to Boards, that in turn contract with service providers to deliver services to youth in their respective workforce areas. Boards are required to meet all federal and state programmatic requirements. TWC maintains a rigorous performance and accountability system, holding Boards accountable for their performance as it pertains to the youth program as it does with other workforce programs, and Boards have rigorous standards in place for their contracted service providers. Boards must ensure that all 14 program elements—including new WIOA program elements such as financial literacy and services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in workforce areas—are available to youth participants. (Page 163)

School to Work Transition

Approximately 12 percent of the Texas population is estimated to have some type of disability. TWC is committed to providing services to this population; TWC promotes competitive employment of individuals with disabilities coupled with the expectation that they are able to meet the same employment standards and responsibilities as other working-age adults. All working-age individuals with disabilities, including young adults, are offered factual information regarding employment as an individual with a disability, including the relationship between an individual’s earned income and the individual’s public benefits.

The VR program—currently housed at DARS, but moving to TWC on September 1, 2016—helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs, and helps students with disabilities plan the jump from school to work. Work-related services are individualized and may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services. (Page 44)

  • Custodial parents are 21 percent less likely to receive TANF benefits; and
  • More than $191 million in child support was collected through August 2015, some of which was used to repay TANF, Medicaid, foster care, and child support collections programs. (Page 64)

Helping customers with disabilities in a Workforce Solutions Office environment; 

  • Resources and funding sources for support services and employment accommodations; and
  • The effects that employment may have on Social Security disability benefits. (Page 129)

Workforce areas that provide quality services will have access to additional resources to meet the employers’ needs, job seekers, and incumbent workers. Additionally, the waiver will allow TWC to continue to promote the cost benefits of improved administrative efficiencies, encouraging the increased leveraging of resources within the workforce areas. As a result, TWC will increase services such as enhanced education, employment, and training opportunities for disadvantaged populations and individuals with multiple barriers to employment. (Page 174)

DRS develops partnerships with schools and community organizations to help students with disabilities make a smooth transition to adulthood and work. DRS has counselors throughout the state that have a role in preparing students with disabilities for entry into the workplace. VR counselors coordinate closely with high schools to ensure appropriate students are referred to the VR program. Counselors work with schools to identify students receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as early as possible in the process to address concerns regarding impact of employment on benefits and to provide resources for benefits counseling.

VR counselors have flexible work schedules that allow them to participate in school activities, parent meetings, community forums, summer skill-building activities, job clubs, etc. (Page 238)

DARS is currently in the process of collaborating with TEA to update the Letter of Agreement, including the addition of pre-employment transition services as defined in §361.48 and other requirements of WIOA, operationalizing a referral process of students with the highest needs, and a process for invitations to Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings. The final agreement will be between TEA and TWC following the transfer of the VR program in FFY’17 as required by SB 208. Counselors work with schools to identify students receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as early as possible in the process to address concerns regarding impact of employment on benefits and to provide resources for benefits counseling. DRS has specialty TVRCs and VRCs who are liaisons for high schools and partner with the educational system to more appropriately serve transition-age students seeking assistance to access adult vocational services. Partnering with ISDs allows counselors to use office space on campus to ensure that student consumers have access to resources available through the workforce investment system, community, businesses, and other partners necessary to build a network of support. VR counselors use various tools and strategies in their coordination with schools. The School Plan is a tool available to counselors for planning with their assigned schools. It provides an outline for open communication about each party’s expectations and goals for the school year. Counselors are encouraged to develop a School Plan with each assigned school before that school year begins, and update it as necessary throughout the year. (Page 240)

DRS works with DADS and HHSC Medicaid/CHIP to ensure service definitions in the 1915(c) home– and community–based waivers accurately reflect Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Rehabilitation Services Administration regulations. This partnership allows services that result in competitive employment to be delivered efficiently and timely through the payor of first resort.

  • DRS provides annual training to DSHS Community Benefits Officers on SSI and SSDI benefits and work incentives and offers free intensive training and technical assistance to DADS staff and providers to become Benefits Subject Matter Resource staff.
  • DRS co–chairs and participates in the legislatively mandated Employment First Task Force charged with writing and making recommendations to implement an Employment First statewide policy, and providing information and/or training to providers, stakeholders, and the general public on employment as the first option for any publicly funded service.
  • Membership and participation in Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).
  • Representation on:
  • The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
  • The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders
  • Texas Clubhouse Coalition
  • Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran Services (TCCVS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council (TBIAC)
  • HHSC Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI)
  • State Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless
  • DADS Consumer Direction Workgroup
  • HHSC Medicaid/CHIP CRCG
  • Texas Technology Access Program Advisory Council (Page 244)

The Business Relations Team also developed and disseminated additional resources to Texas businesses, including a new Business Services web site, available at http://www.dars.state.tx.us/services/servicesforbusiness.shtml. This web site provides information about the benefits of partnering with DARS, including available services and business testimonials, as well as resources such as the GUIDE FOR HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES and helpful websites.

The Business Relations Team is also increasing coordination with other state and federal entities that administer employment training programs. The result of this coordination is a growth in the number of jointly held business symposia and job fairs in communities across Texas. The team’s efforts to partner with TWC, Local Workforce Development Boards, and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will help ensure that local businesses and Texans with disabilities seeking competitive employment have the greatest level of support, resources, and services available to help them succeed. (Page 246)

Annual training on VR and independent living services to DADS Home and Community–Based Services (HCS) waiver utilization review nurses, Private Provider Association of Texas members, community center staff, including consumer benefits officers, and the Statewide Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Consortium;

  • Training on VR services and benefits and work incentives to HHSC Managed Care Organization (MCO) service coordinators and management, STAR+PLUS, and other service providers and Medicaid waiver case managers;
  • Training on DARS employment services and benefits and work incentives to members of the seven statewide mental health peer–operated support groups;
  • Training on benefits and work incentives every six months for DRS and DBS staff, long–term supports and services providers involved in the MFP employment pilot grant, and DADS and DSHS central office staff. The providers and DADS/DSHS staff get monthly follow–up training via teleconference and written materials, as well as ongoing technical assistance on specific benefits and work incentives issues;
  • A four–hour benefits overview to CRPs statewide, and currently planning with UNT to provide this overview via webinar; (Page 251)

Concern over loss of benefits is a barrier identified through multiple surveys. Staff reported low levels of knowledge of how work impacts Social Security benefits. Both staff and stakeholders expressed that concern over loss of benefits is a disincentive to work. 

Areas for Improvement 

While the consumer survey reported that consumers were satisfied with their jobs and wages, the stakeholder survey indicated dissatisfaction that was echoed in the town hall meetings. Customer service issues such as responsiveness were noted as issues. The lack of and quality of service providers (CRP providers) in some areas of the state was also a stated concern. In general, there appears to be a perception that there is too much bureaucracy that impedes the rehabilitation process, particularly related to the eligibility process. (Page 270)

DRS has a liaison with the American G.I. Forum that targets the needs of Hispanic veterans and has assigned a bilingual counselor who has completed the Social Security work incentive training to work with significantly disabled veterans drawing SSDI benefits but who want to work.

  • A number of counselors are participating in training to learn to speak other languages and attending sign language classes.
  • DRS establishes specialized caseloads for certain disabilities to help develop the expertise needed to most benefit the consumers served. (Page 286)

DRS will improve consumer employment outcomes for target populations by: 

  • Strengthening and expanding collaboration, outreach, and education with various partners to efficiently and effectively use existing resources.
  • Assessing business processes, policy, training, and organizational capacity on an ongoing basis to make consistent improvements in employment outcomes.
  • Increasing employer knowledge and awareness regarding the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
  • Increasing consumer knowledge and awareness of DRS services and benefits offered to individuals with disabilities in target populations to obtain or retain employment. (Page 291)
Career Pathways

The VR program—currently housed at DARS, but moving to TWC on September 1, 2016—helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs, and helps students with disabilities plan the jump from school to work. Work-related services are individualized and may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services.

TWC additionally promotes partnerships with employers to overcome barriers to meeting workforce needs with the creative use of technology and innovation. TWC takes steps to ensure that the staff of public schools, vocational service programs, and community-based organizations are trained and supported to assist all individuals with disabilities in achieving competitive employment. TWC also promotes the availability and accessibility of individualized training designed to prepare an individual with a disability for the individual’s preferred employment. To this end, individuals with disabilities are given the opportunity to understand and explore options for education and training, including postsecondary, graduate and postgraduate education, vocational or technical training, or other training, as pathways to employment. (Page 44)

Project SEARCH is a pre-employment training program that is a business led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. The program includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Project SEARCH serves students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Typically, these are students who are on an IEP and in their last year of high school eligibility. The goal for these consumers is competitive employment within the business where the worksite rotations occur or at another business.

Project SEARCH has expanded from one original program site established in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio, to over 340 sites internationally. Project SEARCH in Texas began in 2007 with Seton Healthcare Family in Austin. As of fall 2015, Texas has 17 Project SEARCH sites. Each site is led by a host of businesses and includes key partners, including DARS VR, ISDs, and CRPs. The expansion of this program in Texas is due in part to a five-year grant awarded by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD). The grant pays for technical assistance from the Project SEARCH staff in Ohio that may be needed to start any new sites, as well as supporting the collaborative effort from all agencies involved. In its first year, the grant started three sites in the 2013-2014 school year, in addition to the three sites that already existed in Austin. In the 2014-2015 school year, five additional sites were added, which brought the total number of Project SEARCH sites in Texas to 17. Each Project SEARCH site typically has 8-12 participants per year. The total number of consumers participating in Project SEARCH for the 2015-2016 school year is 144. The 17 Project SEARCH sites. (Pages 247-248)

Expand initiatives like Project Search, a school-to-work internship program that provides work experience to help young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 22 transition to employment. One example of Project Search is the collaboration between Austin Independent School District, DARS, and the Seton Health Care family that provides internships for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • The 28 Workforce Development Boards (WDB) work closely with DARS and it is anticipated that the transfer of VR to TWC will enable an enhanced team approach that will benefit consumers and increase their employment outcomes.
  • For persons with IDD, they may need more time to get adjusted to the job.
  • Each activity for transition-age students should be geared to prepare them for employment and should include activities such as summer work experience opportunities. (Page 337)
Work Incentives & Benefits

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor that outlines a four-year workforce development strategy for the State’s workforce development system. The publicly-funded workforce system is a national network of Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and organizations that provide a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs. WIOA reforms planning requirements, previously governed by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), to foster better alignment of Federal investments in job training, to integrate service delivery across programs and improve efficiency in service delivery, and to ensure that the workforce system is job-driven and matches employers with skilled individuals. One of WIOA’s principal areas of reform is to require States to plan across core programs and include this planning process in the Unified or Combined State Plans. This reform promotes a shared understanding of the workforce needs within each State and fosters development of more comprehensive and integrated approaches, such as career pathways and sector strategies, for addressing the needs of businesses and workers. Successful implementation of many of these approaches called for within WIOA requires robust relationships across programs. WIOA requires States and local areas to enhance coordination and partnerships with local entities and supportive service agencies for strengthened service delivery, including through Unified or Combined State Plans. (Page 4)

Employer/ Business

DRS coordinates with the Social Security Administration to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs) under the Ticket to Work Program. DRS and select CRPs participate in the Partnership Plus program.

Currently there are 39 active ENs in Texas that are DRS CRPs, and 30 who are Workforce Solutions Offices. Of the 3,554 tickets received by these 69 ENs, 61 percent were assigned to DRS CRP ENs. (Page 250)

Coordination with Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program 

DBS coordinates with state agencies and private providers functioning as employment networks under the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Programs by: 

  • Cooperating with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to encourage Community Rehabilitation Program providers (CRPs) to become employment networks (ENs) under the Ticket to Work Program; and
  • Providing advanced payments to CRP-ENs through the Ticket to Work Partnership Plus Program, which allows CRP-ENs to provide ongoing support or job retention services that advance employment or increase earnings after a consumer’s VR case is closed. (Page 347)

DBS uses its current partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to encourage Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP) providers to become employment networks (ENs) under the SSA Ticket to Work Program. DBS offers incentive payments to CRP-ENs that provide 

  1. Supported employment or job placement services during the provision of VR services, and
  2. Extended supports to Ticket to Work consumers after VR case closure in order to advance employment or increase consumer earnings. (Page 368, 369, 370, 415)
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TWC provides the main automated systems used by the local Boards and other grantees for job matching, data collection, and case management, including adult education and vocational rehabilitation, as well as child care assistance. In addition, the Boards and other grantees use a financial reporting system developed by TWC.

WorkInTexas.com - WorkInTexas.com is Texas’ Labor Exchange System, as mandated by the Wagner-Peyser Act, and operated in cooperative effort with JobCentral, the National Labor Exchange system. WorkInTexas.com is a comprehensive online job search resource and job matching system developed and maintained by TWC, and provides: (Page 82)

TWC operates a collection of different IT systems to capture participant information, services, and outcomes. Many of these systems were legacy systems that were transferred to TWC as programs were moved to the agency. TWC supports efforts to increase efficiency while maintaining quality levels of service through judicious use of resources and adhering to policy (local, state, and federal). To these ends, TWC is currently evaluating workforce system solutions in other states to better unite the case management and job search functions of our programs. As successful systems are identified, TWC and Texas Workforce Solutions look to demo their delivery with Boards. While TWC is exploring ways to either integrate or replace these systems, such changes would not be completed during the life of this plan. ( Page 118)

Consumer Satisfaction Surveys 

DRS and DBS conduct ongoing consumer satisfaction surveys in order to assess how VR consumers feel about the services they have received or are receiving. Consumers in the eligibility, in-plan, and closed phases of services are surveyed separately. The surveys are extensive, and approximately 7,500 DRS consumers and 1,024 DBS consumers completed the consumer satisfaction surveys. The reports from the 2013 surveys were submitted to DARS and RCT in January 2014. While including all of the results from the consumer satisfaction surveys does not fit the scope of this CSNA, several of the questions were particularly relevant and helped inform it. (Page 226)

While the CSNA provides insight into the needs of individuals with disabilities, there are multiple limitations in the methods that should be considered when using the findings. First, the samples used were convenience samples that cannot represent the views of any group. Second, it is unknown how technology issues impacted the completion of online surveys by screen reader users. Several individuals did call to complete phone surveys, but others may have refrained due to concerns over confidentiality. Also, given the constraints of the data collection methods used, assessment findings related to the geographical location of unserved and underserved populations in the state are limited. DRS has plans to expand the capacity and use of various data collection methods, which is expected to yield valuable information throughout the next three fiscal years. (Page 268)

The next CSNA will be the product of an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will culminate with a comprehensive report to be published in 2017.

DRS and DBS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to engage in a continuous process of collecting and analyzing data for a robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students with disabilities and youth, pre-employment transition services, and supported employment, and in addition to the methodology used in the most recent CSNA, efforts going forward have been enhanced to include surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, transition-age consumers, families, TEA representatives, home-school networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 272)

The data collection and assessment process is underway for the next CSNA that will culminate with the publication of a comprehensive report in 2017. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services, CSNA efforts going forward have been enhanced to assess needs in these areas.

State Rehabilitation Council Support 

The RCT is the state rehabilitation council for DRS and DBS. RCT assists DARS in fulfilling the requirements of the federal Rehabilitation Act for the delivery of quality, consumer-responsive VR services. Its stated mission is: “The Rehabilitation Council of Texas, partnering with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, advocates for Texans with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process.” Funds are allocated for the operation of RCT to meet the goals and objectives set forth in its resource plan. RCT is a valued and active partner in the development of VR goals, priorities, and policies. RCT reviews, analyzes, and advises DARS about performance related to VR eligibility; the extent, scope, effectiveness of VR services; policy changes related to service delivery to VR consumers; and other functions related to the VR program performed by DARS. RCT also reviews and analyzes consumer satisfaction with VR services provided and assists DARS in developing VR State Plans and in conducting the comprehensive statewide needs assessment. (Page 288)

During fall 2013 through spring 2014, DRS, DBS, and RCT collaborated with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment (CSNA). The CSNA findings were initially summarized in the DRS and DBS FY 2015 State Plans for VR. They inform the 2015-2017 State Plans for VR. The next CSNA will be the product of an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will culminate with a comprehensive report to be published in 2017. DRS and DBS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and preemployment transition services, efforts going forward have been enhanced to assess needs in these areas. (Page 293)

Development of the next CSNA has begun with an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will result in the 2017 report. DBS and DRS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to accomplish a more robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In response to WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS), the current data collection focuses on the needs of those consumers. In addition to the methodology used in the 2014 CSNA, data collection for the 2017 CSNA includes surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, students and youth with disabilities, families, Texas Education Agency (TEA) representatives, homeschool networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 391)

Development of the next CSNA has begun with an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will result in the 2017 report. DBS and DRS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to accomplish a more robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In response to WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS), the current data collection focuses on the needs of those consumers. In addition to the methodology used in the 2014 CSNA, data collection for the 2017 CSNA includes surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, students and youth with disabilities, families, TEA representatives, homeschool networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 402)

LIMITED ACCESS TO COMPUTERS 

A second resource in short supply that hinders rural SCSEP services is access to computers and the Internet. Low–income older job seekers often have limited or no computer skills. These skills are not only required by employers but important for participants to access the Internet, register in WorkInTexas.com and other online job search databases, and develop Internet search skills. Grantees’ field staff members, including participant staff, need access to computers for data collection and communications in a state with such extensive rural areas. Improving access to computers in rural areas will increase the amount of computer and online training available for participants. To address rural technology needs, grantees will contact local businesses, governmental agencies, public libraries, and community– and faith–based organizations regarding ongoing computer and Internet access for participants on an ongoing basis.   (Page 501)

Mental Health

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.

Achieving excellence in accessibility is based on three core principles: 

  • ensuring that all customers can effectively use workforce products and services;
  • creating a workspace accessible for individuals with disabilities; and
  • complying with all federal and state legal requirements (Page 127) 

Determine compliance with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA §188. Both programmatic and physical accessibility are addressed during an EO compliance review.

As recipients of WIOA funding, Boards are monitored on-site based on a three-year rotation schedule, as referenced in the State Methods of Administration (MOA) maintained on file with DOL’s Civil Rights Center (DOL-CRC). All 28 Boards are scheduled for an EO review within a designated three-year period. Dates for EO monitoring reviews generally align with those of the TWC’s annual Board monitoring review. (Page 128)

Policies and Initiatives

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2018 State Veterans Benefits - 11/07/2018

~~“The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides educational and vocational counseling to servicemembers, veterans, and certain dependents at no charge. These counseling services are designed to help an individual choose a vocational direction, determine the course needed to achieve the chosen goal, and evaluate the career possibilities open to them. Services that may be provided include comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment, vocational counseling, and rehabilitation planning for employment services.”

Systems
  • Other

Women Veterans Report Status of Texas Women Veterans 2018 - 11/01/2018

~~“Employees of the Workforce Solution Centers assist veterans with employment and ensure that veterans with barriers to employment are seen by Texas Veteran Commission Veteran Career Advisors (VCA).  Of the 12,123 women veterans who received employment assistance in fiscal year 2018 (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018), 36 percent were seen by a TVC VCA, while the remaining may have been seen by an employee of the Workforce Solution Center or a TVC VCA.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid buy-in program for employees with disabilities - 09/18/2018

~~The Medicaid buy-in program allows working Texans with disabilities to get Medicaid, even if they earn more than the Medicaid income limits. To take part in the program, you can't earn more than $2,453 per month. People in the buy-in program pay monthly premiums based on their income and other factors. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Employment First Training - 07/02/2018

~~HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want.

HHSC will provide a series of free, one-day workshops on our Employment First Training program:

Who Should Attend

Staff who support individuals who have set employment as a goal, providers of waiver services, service coordinators, case managers, LIDDAs, professional and direct care staff.

Advocates, service recipients, families, guardians and anyone interested in employment services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are welcome to attend.

What's Covered•Texas Employment First Policy.•Employment services in Medicaid waivers, including billable services and billing information.•How Medicaid waiver employment services and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services works.•Overview of Social Security Administration disability benefits.•HCBS settings rule changes.•HHS Employment Recruitment Coordinator Project and Employment Initiatives.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition Guidance - 07/01/2018

~~“On this page you will find information about transition from school settings to post-school settings. This transition process should begin as early as possible but formally begins when a student with a disability turns 16 (19 TAC §89.1055(g)(1-9) and 34 CFR §300.320(b)). Post -school settings and activities include:

•Post-secondary education;•Vocational education;•Integrated employment (including supported employment);•Continuing and adult education;•Adult services;•Independent living; and•Community participation.”

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

“Texas Transition and Employment Guide” - 07/01/2018

~~“This transition and employment guide is for students in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for their parents and has steps that they can take to find the right work or educational choices after high school.  and where to get the services students will need after high school.

The guide is divided into sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives

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

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: A Texas Primer - 06/25/2018

~~The program delivery system for vocational rehabilitation includes services provided directly by VR field staff as well as those purchased directly from a variety of community rehabilitation programs and other vendors as necessary for the customer to meet his or her employment goal. In addition, VR customers may be referred to services offered by other community programs and WIOA core partners.VR services are individualized to meet the needs of each participant. Services support the development of knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors needed to reach the employment goal. Services available and provided may include:…. Work-based learning experiences for high school students with disabilities;• Training in work place behaviors;• Support for customized employment, self-employment and supported employment; and • Instruction in self-advocacy (Texas Workforce Solutions, 2017). 

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

Texas Workforce Commission 2019-2023 Strategic Plan - 06/08/2018

~~“We are utilizing innovative outreach strategies designed to reach key workforce audiences through campaigns on a range of workforce services to connect the job seekers with Texas employers. Designed to support students, employers and job seekers, these services include www.TXInternshipChallenge.com , to help students explore industry demand occupations and acquire workplace skills; Careers in Texas Industries events and career awareness tools to help students meet prospective employers and make informed career choices; Texas Operation Welcome Home, to assist transitioning service members and their spouses to find employment or complete an educational program; Texas HireAbility, a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities; Texas Business Conferences, held throughout cities in Texas to inform employers about laws important to running their businesses; and www.ApprenticeshipTexas.com, an outreach campaign to help increase the number of apprenticeships in Texas.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual - 10/01/2017

“The VR Services Manual:

Helps ensure VR customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving successful competitive integrated employment outcomes as a result of their participation in vocational rehabilitation services; Helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; and Provides published policies and procedures for maintaining compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual - 10/01/2017

The VR Standards for Providers:

helps ensure TWC customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving a successful outcome to their vocational rehabilitation or independent living goals; helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; provides published standards for maintaining compliance; and provides criteria in order to meet TWC performance expectations for each purchase.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Texas Human Resources Code, Section 121.003

This code addresses discrimination that is prohibited by law in the state of Texas, especially pertaining to people with disabilities. Among other measures, it specifically states that, “It is the policy of the state that persons with disabilities be employed by the state, by political subdivisions of the state, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds on the same terms and conditions as persons without disabilities, unless it is shown that there is no reasonable accommodation that would enable a person with a disability to perform the essential elements of a job.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Labor Code, Sections 21.051 - 21.061 (Disability Discrimination)

This labor code states that an employer, employment agency or labor organization commits an unlawful act if it discriminates against individuals due to a disability or segregates or classifies them in a manner that would deprive them of an employment opportunity or otherwise adversely affect their status as an employee.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Texas Workforce Commission 2019-2023 Strategic Plan - 06/08/2018

~~“We are utilizing innovative outreach strategies designed to reach key workforce audiences through campaigns on a range of workforce services to connect the job seekers with Texas employers. Designed to support students, employers and job seekers, these services include www.TXInternshipChallenge.com , to help students explore industry demand occupations and acquire workplace skills; Careers in Texas Industries events and career awareness tools to help students meet prospective employers and make informed career choices; Texas Operation Welcome Home, to assist transitioning service members and their spouses to find employment or complete an educational program; Texas HireAbility, a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities; Texas Business Conferences, held throughout cities in Texas to inform employers about laws important to running their businesses; and www.ApprenticeshipTexas.com, an outreach campaign to help increase the number of apprenticeships in Texas.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual - 10/01/2017

“The VR Services Manual:

Helps ensure VR customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving successful competitive integrated employment outcomes as a result of their participation in vocational rehabilitation services; Helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; and Provides published policies and procedures for maintaining compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual - 10/01/2017

The VR Standards for Providers:

helps ensure TWC customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving a successful outcome to their vocational rehabilitation or independent living goals; helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; provides published standards for maintaining compliance; and provides criteria in order to meet TWC performance expectations for each purchase.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

TX Implementation of Acute Care Services and the Long-term Services and Supports System Redesign - 09/01/2017

“Government Code Chapter 534 directs the Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) to design and implement an acute care and LTSS system for individuals with IDD to improve outcomes; improve access to quality, person-centered, efficient, and cost-effective services; and implement a capitated, managed care delivery system and the federal Community First Choice Option (CFC). Chapter 534 also created the IDD System Redesign Advisory Committee (IDD SRAC) to advise HHSC in the development and implementation of the system redesign. HHSC transitioned some clients to a managed care model for acute care services.

On September 1, 2014, some adult Medicaid recipients with IDD transitioned to the STAR+PLUS managed care program. On November 1, 2016, children under 21 with disabilities, including IDD, were enrolled in the STAR Kids managed care program. Children and adults in IDD programs receive most LTSS in fee-for-service (FFS). Per Government Code Section 534.201, HHSC will transition the Texas Home Living (TxHmL) waiver program to managed care in 2020, and other IDD waivers and intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or related condition (ICF/IID) services in 2021.”

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

Texas Council of Developmental Disability: State Plan Goals 2017-2021 - 01/01/2017

“Goal 1: Create and support promising practices that enable people with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities and to have control over their own lives by September 30, 2021.

Goal 2: Improve and/or expand community-based systems to better support people with developmental disabilities or families of children with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities by September 30, 2021.

Goal 3: Increase the access that individuals with developmental disabilities and families of individuals with developmental disabilities have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and/or to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports.

Goal 4: Ensure there is ongoing support and technical assistance for the Council to identify and engage in issues according to the Council’s priorities and mission.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Health and Human Services Transformation - 09/01/2016

“In 2015, Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) began a transformation effort to produce a more efficient, effective, and responsive system. In September of 2016 the first phase of that effort became operational.

The goals of the transformation are to create a system that:

Is easier to navigate for people who need information, benefits, or services Aligns with the HHS mission, business, and statutory responsibilities Breaks down operational silos to create greater program integration Creates clear lines of accountability within the organization Develops clearly defined and objective performance metrics for all areas of the organization”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Texas Department of Health and Human Services Employment First Policy - 02/26/2016

~~This Employment First principle guides HHS services for people with disabilities and helps put them on a path towards self-sufficiency through full participation in community life.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADs) Guide to Employment for People with Disabilities - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this guide is to provide information on how to support and assist working-age people with disabilities who are receiving DADS services to obtain and maintain competitive, integrated employment. Through this guide, DADS intends to provide information on best practices and resources that can help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The guide includes success stories of people with disabilities who, as a result of receiving the appropriate supports and services, have secured fulfilling employment...”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Education Agency Employment First Policy - 03/25/2015

“TEA hereby adopts the state's policy that earning a living wage through competitive employment in the general workforce is the priority and preferred outcome for working age individuals with disabilities who receive public benefits. TEA will evaluate recommendations made by the Employment-First Task Force and will adopt rules as necessary that are consistent with the policy.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas FY 2015 Plans for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services Programs - 09/30/2014

“The Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) recognizes that collaboration with community organizations and other state agencies is essential to achieving successful employment outcomes for consumers with the most significant disabilities. DRS seeks opportunities to identify, develop, and implement cooperative agreements with other state agencies and appropriate entities, particularly when these agreements establish a framework to assist with the provision of supported employment services and extended services for consumers with the most significant disabilities.

Plans for Improving Supported Employment Services: DRS plans to…develop and implement an improved benchmark system for the provision of specific supported employment services statewide; explore complimentary services for specific populations like persons with autism and mental health diagnoses; develop a supported employment technical assistance training model for DRS staff members to improve their ability to determine when supported employment services are needed; and develop tools that will help staff members monitor and provide guidance to supported employment contract providers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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HUD Awards $4.8 Million To Help Low-Income Veterans Rehabiitate Their Homes - 07/18/2019

~~The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $4.8 million in funding through the Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot (VHRMP) Program to assist disabled veterans with modifying or rehabilitating their homes, making them more accessible.

Through the VHRMP program, grantees will make necessary physical modifications to address the adaptive housing needs of eligible veterans, including wheelchair ramps, widening exterior and interior doors, reconfiguring and reequipping bathrooms, or adding a bedroom or bathroom for the veteran’s caregiver.

“Our veterans gave everything in service to our country so it’s now our duty to ensure they have a safe and decent place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The grants awarded today ensure veterans living with disabilities can make the necessary adaptive modifications to their homes, allowing them to lead self-sufficient lives.”

“Our biggest hope for Veterans is that they fully participate in the country they fought to defend once they return from service,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “These grants further that goal by ensuring Veterans with service-related disabilities don’t just get housing, but live in a home that meets their specific needs. We’re proud to work with our nonprofit partners once again this year to help our Veterans.”

The purpose of this pilot program is to assist our nation’s low-income veterans living with disabilities who need adaptive housing to help them regain or maintain their independence. By partnering with the VA, HUD is addressing these challenges by awarding competitive grants to organizations that primarily serve veterans and low-income people.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First Training - 07/02/2018

~~HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want.

HHSC will provide a series of free, one-day workshops on our Employment First Training program:

Who Should Attend

Staff who support individuals who have set employment as a goal, providers of waiver services, service coordinators, case managers, LIDDAs, professional and direct care staff.

Advocates, service recipients, families, guardians and anyone interested in employment services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are welcome to attend.

What's Covered•Texas Employment First Policy.•Employment services in Medicaid waivers, including billable services and billing information.•How Medicaid waiver employment services and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services works.•Overview of Social Security Administration disability benefits.•HCBS settings rule changes.•HHS Employment Recruitment Coordinator Project and Employment Initiatives.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas State Plans for VR Services and Supported Employment Services Programs - 09/30/2014

“The Division for Rehabilitation Services (DRS) recognizes that collaboration with community organizations and other state agencies is essential to achieving successful employment outcomes for consumers with the most significant disabilities. DRS seeks opportunities to identify, develop, and implement cooperative agreements with other state agencies and appropriate entities, particularly when these agreements establish a framework to assist with the provision of supported employment services and extended services for consumers with the most significant disabilities.”

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

Employment First Task Force Home Page

The Employment First Task Force, authorized by Senate Bill 1226 (83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013), was established by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission executive commissioner to promote competitive employment of people with disabilities and the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities, and expectations as any other working-age adult.”

 

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

Texas Dept of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and Dept of Aging and Disability Services MOA

Recognizing the need to coordinate the provision of services to individuals receiving services from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) who may be eligible for or are receiving Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) or Independent Living (IL) services from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), DARS and DADS enter into this Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in accordance with the provisions of CFR §361.53(d) and 111.0525(b) of the Texas Human Resources Code. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Texas Money Follows The Person - 06/30/2016

~~“Texas was among the first 30 states chosen to participate in the Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFPD) in 2007. As of June 2016, 43 states participate in this federal demonstration designed to help older adults or persons who have disabilities move from institutional settings back into their communities.MFPD provides federal grant funding as well as funding from Medicaid matching cost savings [1], as defined at the bottom of this document.> to assist states in moving individuals from institutions to the community. In fiscal year 2016, HHSC has budgeted over $16 million in federal funding to help individuals transition out of nursing facilities, State Supported Living Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and other institutions. Funds are also used to provide behavioral health supports that help individuals remain living in the community, enhance opportunities for integrated employment for greater self-sufficiency, and increase the availability of affordable, accessible housing.MFPD has helped Texas rebalance its long-term services and supports system by increasing the use of community-based services rather than institutional services. Early in calendar year 2008, Texas reported 51 percent of its long term services and support expenditures were used to support institution-based services. By the end of calendar year 2014, institution-based services accounted for 41.2 percent of long-term services and supports spending. Community-based services now comprise the majority of Texas long-term services and supports system.” 

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

Texas Employment Development Initiative - 10/01/2012

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).

This initiative provides, on a competitive basis, modest funding awards in the form of fixed-price subcontracts between the Contractor, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the States, Territories and District of Columbia. In addition, each awardee will receive two consultant technical assistance visits coordinated and paid through the Contractor's portion of the project.”

In FY2012, Texas was awarded an EDI grant for an expansion of supported employment through Consumer Operated Services Programs.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Texas Ticket to Work - 06/25/2008

“Under the Ticket to Work Program and Title II and Title XVI of the Act, SSA issues “tickets” to SSDI and SSI blind or disabled beneficiaries. In this voluntary program, each beneficiary who receives a ticket can use it to obtain services from a provider, known as an employment network (EN), or from a state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency. The VR agency in Texas is the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)…

The intent of the Ticket to Work Program is to…establish a system in which qualified ENs provide employment and other support services (e.g., case management, benefits counseling, and job training); provide individualized tickets to beneficiaries for the “purchase” of services from approved ENs; and give beneficiaries a real choice in obtaining the services, education, and technology needed to find, enter, and maintain employment within an expanding universe of service providers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

Texas Training and Technical Assistance to Providers (T-TAP)

“T-TAP is a national training and technical assistance center to help community rehabilitation providers make the transition from providing segregated employment services to finding people with disabilities jobs in the community. The specific target audience is employment agencies that hold 14(c) subminimum wage certificates, which allow employers to pay people less than minimum wage and are typically used in the disability field to pay workers piece rates at sheltered workshops. Activities include online courses, satellite telecasts, regional employment forums, intensive consultation to selected agencies, and policy research. The Institute for Community Inclusion and Virginia Commonwealth University work in partnership on this project. T-TAP [was] funded from 2002 to 2007 by the Office of Disability and Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Medicaid Buy-In Program

The program “offers low-cost Medicaid health care services — including community-based services and supports to working people with a disability. Some people might have to pay a monthly fee” to receive services which include but not limited to:  • Doctor / clinic visits  • Mental health care  • Occupational therapy (help learning how to do everyday tasks)  • X-rays  • Physical therapy (help learning how to move around better or become stronger)

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Texas Department of Health and Human Services Training Initiatives - 07/01/2017

“To provide educational opportunities to enhance services provided across the state, Texas Health and Human Services develops and provides free training. Training initiatives are based on identified needs of services providers, individuals receiving services and supports, and emerging and best practices.”

Topics include employment, SSI/SSDI benefits, Employment First, Positive Behavior Management and Support, and mental health and trauma-informed care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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

Texas Medicaid Person-Centered Planning Training - 02/16/2017

This page lists the Person-Centered Planning Training Requirements for various providers, caseworkers, state employees, etc. if they are part of a planning team. It also includes a link to sign up for trainings.

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

The Texas Customized Self-Employment Project: The Customized Employment Plan Design

This presentation describes Customized Employment as “a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both.”  It focuses heavily on the processes and value of Discovery in the employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Texas Customized Self-Employment Project

This presentation presents Self-Employment as a viable employment option for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Texas Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Customized Self-Employment System Development Initiative

“This proposal is designed to support and implement the phased development of a financially, technically and programmatically viable system of TX DARS for prospective business owners in TX with disabilities, who require customized employment services and are applying for, or receiving, DARS counseling and services to develop small businesses.   Specifically, this initiative is designed to research, identify and develop an outcome payment model and rate structure for customized self-employment, including: DARS Counselor CRC certification level, online and onsite training and technical assistance; and, intensive multi-certification, online and onsite training for DARS vendors throughout the state of Texas.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Texas Transition and Employment Guide

This transition and employment guide is for you, the student in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for your parents. This guide has steps you and your parents can take to make sure you are able to find the right work or educational choices for you after high school. It also tells you where to get the services you will need after high school.    The guide is divided into sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives. Each section has phone numbers, emails, and websites to help you find what you need. At the end of each section and at the end of the guide, you will find a timeline of steps that you and your parents can take as you make the transition from student to adult.”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
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Wal-Mart to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Age and Disability Discrimination Suit - 02/19/2015

“Under the terms of the two-year consent decree settling the case, Wal-Mart will pay $150,000 in relief to Moorman. In addition, Wal-Mart agreed to provide training for employees on the ADA and the ADEA. The training will include an instruction on the kind of conduct that may constitute unlawful discrimination or harassment, as well as an instruction on Wal-Mart's procedures for handling requests for reasonable accommodations under the ADA. Wal-Mart will also report to the EEOC regarding its compliance with the consent decree and post a notice to employees about the settlement.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Wendy’s Consent Decree - 10/10/2012

“Under the terms of the two-year consent decree settling the case, Wendy's will pay $41,500 in relief to a person who applied to a job with the company, but was denied despite his qualifications. “In addition, Wendy's has agreed to provide training for all managers and supervisory employees, including its company president, on the ADA. The training will include a discussion related to hiring individuals with disabilities. In addition, the training will include a specific instruction on communication devices, such as the use of the Texas Relay System or video relay service regarding communication between Wendy's employees and applicants with hearing impairments.’“

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Steward et. al. v. Abbott et. al. – 5:10-CV-1025 – (W.D. Tex. 2010)

~On September 20, 2012, the Court granted the United States' request to intervene in a pending lawsuit against the State of Texas. The suit claims that Texas unnecessarily segregates individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in nursing facilities, and that this violates the law under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

In August 2013, the Parties entered a two-year Interim Settlement that required the State to begin expanding community alternatives to nursing facilities. During this time, the Parties negotiated extensively to reach a comprehensive settlement of all remaining issues. Litigation resumed in October 2015, after settlement negotiations failed and the Interim Agreement expired. In May 2016, the Court denied the State’s motions to dismiss the lawsuit and granted the private Plaintiffs’ renewed motion for class certification. The United States had filed a brief in support of the Plaintiffs’ motion, which asked the Court to resolve the common claims of over 4,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities “who currently or will in the future reside in nursing facilities, or who are being, will be, or should be screened for admission . . .”. The Parties are now in the early stages of discovery.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Texas Money Follows The Person

~~“Texas was among the first 30 states chosen to participate in the Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFPD) in 2007. As of June 2016, 43 states participate in this federal demonstration designed to  help older adults or persons who have disabilities move from institutional settings back into their communities.MFPD provides federal grant funding as well as funding from Medicaid matching cost savings [1], as defined at the bottom of this document.> to assist states in moving individuals from institutions to the community. In fiscal year 2016, HHSC has budgeted over $16 million in federal funding to help individuals transition out of nursing facilities, State Supported Living Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and other institutions. Funds are also used to provide behavioral health supports that help individuals remain living in the community, enhance opportunities for integrated employment for greater self-sufficiency, and increase the availability of affordable, accessible housing.” 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Medicaid State Plan

The state plan is the officially recognized document describing the nature and scope of the State of Texas Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act, the plan was developed by the state and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Essentially, the plan is the state's agreement that it will conform to the requirements of the Social Security Act and the official issuances of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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

Texas HCBS Transition Plan

~~Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule under which states may provide home and community-based long-term services and supports. Under 42 CFR §441.301, states must meet the new requirements for home and community-based long-term services and supports by March 17, 2019. The new rule requires the state to ensure all settings in which home and community based services (HCBS) are provided comply with the federal requirements to ensure that individuals receiving HCBS services and supports are integrated in and have full access to their communities, including engagement in community life, integrated workenvironments, and control of personal resources. 

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

Texas Youth Empowerment Services

~~“The Youth Empowerment Services waiver is a 1915(c) Medicaid program that helps children and youth with serious mental, emotional and behavioral difficulties. The YES waiver provides intensive services delivered within a strengths-based team planning process called wraparound. Wraparound builds on family and community support and utilizes YES services to help build your family’s natural support network and connection with your community. YES services are family-centered, coordinated and effective at preventing out-of-home placement and promoting lifelong independence and self-defined success.The program aims to:• Reduce the amount of time children are out of their home and community because of a mental health need.• Expand available mental health services and supports.• Improve the lives of children and youth.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

~~“What are Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rules ?People who receive Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) soon will have the same opportunities as people who don’t receive those services. Thanks to new federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule, people who receive Medicaid HCBS will have the right to live in the most integrated setting and have full access to community living. Lifestyle decisions will be made with each person based on his or her preferences, also known as person-centered planning. The federal rules were effective March 17, 2014.People getting Medicaid HCBS have the right to:• Seek employment• Work in competitive or integrated settings• Engage in community life• Control their personal resources• Receive services in the community” 

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

Texas Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)

“CLASS provides home- and community-based services to people with related conditions as a cost-effective alternative to placement in an Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICF-IID).”

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

Texas Community Based Alternatives (CBA)

“This program provides home- and community-based services to people who are elderly and to adults with disabilities as a cost-effective alternative to living in a nursing home.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

Everything's Bigger in Texas, including the number of job options in integrated settings at competitive wages for individuals with disabilities. The Lone Star state is a place where anyone, including those with disabilities, can live the American Dream… Deep in the Heart of Texas! 

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 Texas' VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
1.56%
Change from
2016 to 2017
28,304,596
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.9%
Change from
2016 to 2017
1,622,962
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.59%
Change from
2016 to 2017
647,977
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.45%
Change from
2016 to 2017
39.93%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.08%
Change from
2016 to 2017
75.94%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 28,304,596
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,622,962
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 647,977
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 11,762,593
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 39.93%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.94%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,561,091
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,611,708
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,423,447
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 431,831
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,038,033
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 23,445
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 74,263
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 2,304
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 77,623
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 139,886

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 21,057
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 562,264

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 38,933
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 74,153
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 185,482
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 21.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 44.00%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 10,359
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 12,359
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 5,228
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 124,257

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 54,851
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 732
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 447
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. 61.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.63

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 23,195
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 918,939
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,788,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $130,185,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 5.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 23,520
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 4.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.42%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.79%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.15%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.79%
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). 21.41%
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). 53.69%
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). 66.67%
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). 32.28%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 7,034,752
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 6,822
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 1,436,521
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 4,235,134
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 5,671,655
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 1,090
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,482
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 4,572
AbilityOne wages (products). $12,142,783
AbilityOne wages (services). $54,025,955

 

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

2019
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 56
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,175
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 426
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,601

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

At the federal, state, and local levels, TWC continues to make great strides toward a streamlined and coordinated one-stop delivery system serving adults and youth with disabilities and employers that employ these individuals. TWC’s executive director and the commissioner of assistive and rehabilitative services (transferred to TWC as of September 2016) participate as ex officio members of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. TWC also serves on state-level interagency councils and workgroups supporting gateways for individuals with disabilities, such as the Employment First Task Force and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services’ (DADS) Promoting Independence Advisory Council. Other memberships have included the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services’ (DARS) Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Advisory Council, and HHSC’s House Bill 1230 Workgroup on Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities. TWC will also continue to coordinate with the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to serve mutual consumers who need employment assistance as well as assistance with independent living resources. In this vein, TWC has collaborated with a number of agencies in developing guidance, such as a transition and employment guide for Texas students with disabilities. (Page 72)

  • DRS co–chairs and participates in the legislatively mandated Employment First Task Force charged with writing and making recommendations to implement an Employment First statewide policy, and providing information and/or training to providers, stakeholders, and the general public on employment as the first option for any publicly funded service.
  • Membership and participation in Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).
  • Representation on:
  • The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
  • The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders
  • Texas Clubhouse Coalition
  • Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran Services (TCCVS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council (TBIAC)
  • HHSC Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI)
  • State Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless
  • DADS Consumer Direction Workgroup
  • HHSC Medicaid/CHIP CRCG
  • Texas Technology Access Program Advisory Council (Page 244)

Also, DARS co-chairs the Employment First Task Force (EFTF), which was created as a result of SB 1226 and was passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature (2013). The EFTF consists of 26 members (seven represent state agencies) appointed by the HHSC executive commissioner. The purpose of the EFTF is to promote competitive employment of individuals with disabilities, with the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities, and expectations as any other working-age adult.

The 83rd legislature established Employment First Policy for Texas, which makes competitive employment and earning a living wage a priority and the preferred outcome for working-age individuals with disabilities who receive public benefits.

The EFTF’s responsibilities include designing an education and outreach process, developing recommendations for policy, procedure, and rule changes necessary to implement the employment first policy, and providing reports to the governor’s office, Texas legislature, and HHSC executive commissioner. The first report was submitted in Fall 2014. The next report is due in the fall of 2016. (Page 300)

Customized Employment

DRS ensures that staff are well–qualified to assist individuals with disabilities. There is emphasis of educational requirements at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, in fields related to rehabilitation. However, the degree field may include other degrees that prepare individuals to work with consumers and employers. For example, bachelor degrees might include not only vocational rehabilitation counseling, but also social work, psychology, disability studies, business administration, human resources, special education, supported employment, customized employment, economics, or another field that reasonably prepares individuals to work with consumers and employers. For individuals hired at the bachelor’s level, there is a requirement for at least one year of paid or unpaid experience related to direct work with individuals with disabilities. (Page 258)

  • Continued focus on the foundations of the VR process for counselors and RSTs, including accurate eligibility determination, inclusion of consumers in planning for service delivery, thorough assessing and planning practices, models for vocational counseling, informed consumer choice, service to culturally diverse populations, good purchasing practices, supported employment, customized employment and other strategies for quality employment assistance, service delivery, and effective case note documentation;
  • Training in working with employers and consumers to increase knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, the Olmstead decision, available independence initiatives, and VR participation in the Workforce Investment Act to enhance employment options and employment knowledge; (Page 260 All)
Blending/ Braiding Resources

No specific disability related information found.

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

TWC plans to continue to emphasize the availability of a variety of financial literacy activities into the service-delivery strategy within the one-stop delivery system. Under WIOA, states are encouraged to develop and implement strategies for workforce areas to use to coordinate financial literacy services to participants and provide financial literacy activities to youth. TWC agrees with the need for services that foster financial education and literacy services, including financial capability, and encourages partnerships and contracts between Boards and the agencies delivering them.

Comment 6: The Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) supports the state plan with the following additions.

  • A Coordination of Independent Living section should be added, with the role of SILC and Texas’ Centers for Independent Living (CIL) expressly stated. ( Page 135)

TWC allocates youth formula funds to Boards, that in turn contract with service providers to deliver services to youth in their respective workforce areas. Boards are required to meet all federal and state programmatic requirements. TWC maintains a rigorous performance and accountability system, holding Boards accountable for their performance as it pertains to the youth program as it does with other workforce programs, and Boards have rigorous standards in place for their contracted service providers. Boards must ensure that all 14 program elements—including new WIOA program elements such as financial literacy and services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations available in workforce areas—are available to youth participants. (Page 163)

School to Work Transition

Approximately 12 percent of the Texas population is estimated to have some type of disability. TWC is committed to providing services to this population; TWC promotes competitive employment of individuals with disabilities coupled with the expectation that they are able to meet the same employment standards and responsibilities as other working-age adults. All working-age individuals with disabilities, including young adults, are offered factual information regarding employment as an individual with a disability, including the relationship between an individual’s earned income and the individual’s public benefits.

The VR program—currently housed at DARS, but moving to TWC on September 1, 2016—helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs, and helps students with disabilities plan the jump from school to work. Work-related services are individualized and may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services. (Page 44)

  • Custodial parents are 21 percent less likely to receive TANF benefits; and
  • More than $191 million in child support was collected through August 2015, some of which was used to repay TANF, Medicaid, foster care, and child support collections programs. (Page 64)

Helping customers with disabilities in a Workforce Solutions Office environment; 

  • Resources and funding sources for support services and employment accommodations; and
  • The effects that employment may have on Social Security disability benefits. (Page 129)

Workforce areas that provide quality services will have access to additional resources to meet the employers’ needs, job seekers, and incumbent workers. Additionally, the waiver will allow TWC to continue to promote the cost benefits of improved administrative efficiencies, encouraging the increased leveraging of resources within the workforce areas. As a result, TWC will increase services such as enhanced education, employment, and training opportunities for disadvantaged populations and individuals with multiple barriers to employment. (Page 174)

DRS develops partnerships with schools and community organizations to help students with disabilities make a smooth transition to adulthood and work. DRS has counselors throughout the state that have a role in preparing students with disabilities for entry into the workplace. VR counselors coordinate closely with high schools to ensure appropriate students are referred to the VR program. Counselors work with schools to identify students receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as early as possible in the process to address concerns regarding impact of employment on benefits and to provide resources for benefits counseling.

VR counselors have flexible work schedules that allow them to participate in school activities, parent meetings, community forums, summer skill-building activities, job clubs, etc. (Page 238)

DARS is currently in the process of collaborating with TEA to update the Letter of Agreement, including the addition of pre-employment transition services as defined in §361.48 and other requirements of WIOA, operationalizing a referral process of students with the highest needs, and a process for invitations to Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings. The final agreement will be between TEA and TWC following the transfer of the VR program in FFY’17 as required by SB 208. Counselors work with schools to identify students receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) as early as possible in the process to address concerns regarding impact of employment on benefits and to provide resources for benefits counseling. DRS has specialty TVRCs and VRCs who are liaisons for high schools and partner with the educational system to more appropriately serve transition-age students seeking assistance to access adult vocational services. Partnering with ISDs allows counselors to use office space on campus to ensure that student consumers have access to resources available through the workforce investment system, community, businesses, and other partners necessary to build a network of support. VR counselors use various tools and strategies in their coordination with schools. The School Plan is a tool available to counselors for planning with their assigned schools. It provides an outline for open communication about each party’s expectations and goals for the school year. Counselors are encouraged to develop a School Plan with each assigned school before that school year begins, and update it as necessary throughout the year. (Page 240)

DRS works with DADS and HHSC Medicaid/CHIP to ensure service definitions in the 1915(c) home– and community–based waivers accurately reflect Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Rehabilitation Services Administration regulations. This partnership allows services that result in competitive employment to be delivered efficiently and timely through the payor of first resort.

  • DRS provides annual training to DSHS Community Benefits Officers on SSI and SSDI benefits and work incentives and offers free intensive training and technical assistance to DADS staff and providers to become Benefits Subject Matter Resource staff.
  • DRS co–chairs and participates in the legislatively mandated Employment First Task Force charged with writing and making recommendations to implement an Employment First statewide policy, and providing information and/or training to providers, stakeholders, and the general public on employment as the first option for any publicly funded service.
  • Membership and participation in Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).
  • Representation on:
  • The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
  • The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders
  • Texas Clubhouse Coalition
  • Texas Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • Texas Coordinating Council for Veteran Services (TCCVS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council (TBIAC)
  • HHSC Office of Acquired Brain Injury (OABI)
  • State Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless
  • DADS Consumer Direction Workgroup
  • HHSC Medicaid/CHIP CRCG
  • Texas Technology Access Program Advisory Council (Page 244)

The Business Relations Team also developed and disseminated additional resources to Texas businesses, including a new Business Services web site, available at http://www.dars.state.tx.us/services/servicesforbusiness.shtml. This web site provides information about the benefits of partnering with DARS, including available services and business testimonials, as well as resources such as the GUIDE FOR HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES and helpful websites.

The Business Relations Team is also increasing coordination with other state and federal entities that administer employment training programs. The result of this coordination is a growth in the number of jointly held business symposia and job fairs in communities across Texas. The team’s efforts to partner with TWC, Local Workforce Development Boards, and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will help ensure that local businesses and Texans with disabilities seeking competitive employment have the greatest level of support, resources, and services available to help them succeed. (Page 246)

Annual training on VR and independent living services to DADS Home and Community–Based Services (HCS) waiver utilization review nurses, Private Provider Association of Texas members, community center staff, including consumer benefits officers, and the Statewide Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Consortium;

  • Training on VR services and benefits and work incentives to HHSC Managed Care Organization (MCO) service coordinators and management, STAR+PLUS, and other service providers and Medicaid waiver case managers;
  • Training on DARS employment services and benefits and work incentives to members of the seven statewide mental health peer–operated support groups;
  • Training on benefits and work incentives every six months for DRS and DBS staff, long–term supports and services providers involved in the MFP employment pilot grant, and DADS and DSHS central office staff. The providers and DADS/DSHS staff get monthly follow–up training via teleconference and written materials, as well as ongoing technical assistance on specific benefits and work incentives issues;
  • A four–hour benefits overview to CRPs statewide, and currently planning with UNT to provide this overview via webinar; (Page 251)

Concern over loss of benefits is a barrier identified through multiple surveys. Staff reported low levels of knowledge of how work impacts Social Security benefits. Both staff and stakeholders expressed that concern over loss of benefits is a disincentive to work. 

Areas for Improvement 

While the consumer survey reported that consumers were satisfied with their jobs and wages, the stakeholder survey indicated dissatisfaction that was echoed in the town hall meetings. Customer service issues such as responsiveness were noted as issues. The lack of and quality of service providers (CRP providers) in some areas of the state was also a stated concern. In general, there appears to be a perception that there is too much bureaucracy that impedes the rehabilitation process, particularly related to the eligibility process. (Page 270)

DRS has a liaison with the American G.I. Forum that targets the needs of Hispanic veterans and has assigned a bilingual counselor who has completed the Social Security work incentive training to work with significantly disabled veterans drawing SSDI benefits but who want to work.

  • A number of counselors are participating in training to learn to speak other languages and attending sign language classes.
  • DRS establishes specialized caseloads for certain disabilities to help develop the expertise needed to most benefit the consumers served. (Page 286)

DRS will improve consumer employment outcomes for target populations by: 

  • Strengthening and expanding collaboration, outreach, and education with various partners to efficiently and effectively use existing resources.
  • Assessing business processes, policy, training, and organizational capacity on an ongoing basis to make consistent improvements in employment outcomes.
  • Increasing employer knowledge and awareness regarding the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
  • Increasing consumer knowledge and awareness of DRS services and benefits offered to individuals with disabilities in target populations to obtain or retain employment. (Page 291)
Career Pathways

The VR program—currently housed at DARS, but moving to TWC on September 1, 2016—helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs, and helps students with disabilities plan the jump from school to work. Work-related services are individualized and may include counseling, training, medical treatment, assistive devices, job placement assistance, and other services.

TWC additionally promotes partnerships with employers to overcome barriers to meeting workforce needs with the creative use of technology and innovation. TWC takes steps to ensure that the staff of public schools, vocational service programs, and community-based organizations are trained and supported to assist all individuals with disabilities in achieving competitive employment. TWC also promotes the availability and accessibility of individualized training designed to prepare an individual with a disability for the individual’s preferred employment. To this end, individuals with disabilities are given the opportunity to understand and explore options for education and training, including postsecondary, graduate and postgraduate education, vocational or technical training, or other training, as pathways to employment. (Page 44)

Project SEARCH is a pre-employment training program that is a business led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. The program includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Project SEARCH serves students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Typically, these are students who are on an IEP and in their last year of high school eligibility. The goal for these consumers is competitive employment within the business where the worksite rotations occur or at another business.

Project SEARCH has expanded from one original program site established in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio, to over 340 sites internationally. Project SEARCH in Texas began in 2007 with Seton Healthcare Family in Austin. As of fall 2015, Texas has 17 Project SEARCH sites. Each site is led by a host of businesses and includes key partners, including DARS VR, ISDs, and CRPs. The expansion of this program in Texas is due in part to a five-year grant awarded by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD). The grant pays for technical assistance from the Project SEARCH staff in Ohio that may be needed to start any new sites, as well as supporting the collaborative effort from all agencies involved. In its first year, the grant started three sites in the 2013-2014 school year, in addition to the three sites that already existed in Austin. In the 2014-2015 school year, five additional sites were added, which brought the total number of Project SEARCH sites in Texas to 17. Each Project SEARCH site typically has 8-12 participants per year. The total number of consumers participating in Project SEARCH for the 2015-2016 school year is 144. The 17 Project SEARCH sites. (Pages 247-248)

Expand initiatives like Project Search, a school-to-work internship program that provides work experience to help young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 22 transition to employment. One example of Project Search is the collaboration between Austin Independent School District, DARS, and the Seton Health Care family that provides internships for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • The 28 Workforce Development Boards (WDB) work closely with DARS and it is anticipated that the transfer of VR to TWC will enable an enhanced team approach that will benefit consumers and increase their employment outcomes.
  • For persons with IDD, they may need more time to get adjusted to the job.
  • Each activity for transition-age students should be geared to prepare them for employment and should include activities such as summer work experience opportunities. (Page 337)
Work Incentives & Benefits

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Secretary of Labor that outlines a four-year workforce development strategy for the State’s workforce development system. The publicly-funded workforce system is a national network of Federal, State, regional, and local agencies and organizations that provide a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. States must have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place to receive funding for core programs. WIOA reforms planning requirements, previously governed by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), to foster better alignment of Federal investments in job training, to integrate service delivery across programs and improve efficiency in service delivery, and to ensure that the workforce system is job-driven and matches employers with skilled individuals. One of WIOA’s principal areas of reform is to require States to plan across core programs and include this planning process in the Unified or Combined State Plans. This reform promotes a shared understanding of the workforce needs within each State and fosters development of more comprehensive and integrated approaches, such as career pathways and sector strategies, for addressing the needs of businesses and workers. Successful implementation of many of these approaches called for within WIOA requires robust relationships across programs. WIOA requires States and local areas to enhance coordination and partnerships with local entities and supportive service agencies for strengthened service delivery, including through Unified or Combined State Plans. (Page 4)

Employer/ Business

DRS coordinates with the Social Security Administration to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs) under the Ticket to Work Program. DRS and select CRPs participate in the Partnership Plus program.

Currently there are 39 active ENs in Texas that are DRS CRPs, and 30 who are Workforce Solutions Offices. Of the 3,554 tickets received by these 69 ENs, 61 percent were assigned to DRS CRP ENs. (Page 250)

Coordination with Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program 

DBS coordinates with state agencies and private providers functioning as employment networks under the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Programs by: 

  • Cooperating with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to encourage Community Rehabilitation Program providers (CRPs) to become employment networks (ENs) under the Ticket to Work Program; and
  • Providing advanced payments to CRP-ENs through the Ticket to Work Partnership Plus Program, which allows CRP-ENs to provide ongoing support or job retention services that advance employment or increase earnings after a consumer’s VR case is closed. (Page 347)

DBS uses its current partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to encourage Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP) providers to become employment networks (ENs) under the SSA Ticket to Work Program. DBS offers incentive payments to CRP-ENs that provide 

  1. Supported employment or job placement services during the provision of VR services, and
  2. Extended supports to Ticket to Work consumers after VR case closure in order to advance employment or increase consumer earnings. (Page 368, 369, 370, 415)
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TWC provides the main automated systems used by the local Boards and other grantees for job matching, data collection, and case management, including adult education and vocational rehabilitation, as well as child care assistance. In addition, the Boards and other grantees use a financial reporting system developed by TWC.

WorkInTexas.com - WorkInTexas.com is Texas’ Labor Exchange System, as mandated by the Wagner-Peyser Act, and operated in cooperative effort with JobCentral, the National Labor Exchange system. WorkInTexas.com is a comprehensive online job search resource and job matching system developed and maintained by TWC, and provides: (Page 82)

TWC operates a collection of different IT systems to capture participant information, services, and outcomes. Many of these systems were legacy systems that were transferred to TWC as programs were moved to the agency. TWC supports efforts to increase efficiency while maintaining quality levels of service through judicious use of resources and adhering to policy (local, state, and federal). To these ends, TWC is currently evaluating workforce system solutions in other states to better unite the case management and job search functions of our programs. As successful systems are identified, TWC and Texas Workforce Solutions look to demo their delivery with Boards. While TWC is exploring ways to either integrate or replace these systems, such changes would not be completed during the life of this plan. ( Page 118)

Consumer Satisfaction Surveys 

DRS and DBS conduct ongoing consumer satisfaction surveys in order to assess how VR consumers feel about the services they have received or are receiving. Consumers in the eligibility, in-plan, and closed phases of services are surveyed separately. The surveys are extensive, and approximately 7,500 DRS consumers and 1,024 DBS consumers completed the consumer satisfaction surveys. The reports from the 2013 surveys were submitted to DARS and RCT in January 2014. While including all of the results from the consumer satisfaction surveys does not fit the scope of this CSNA, several of the questions were particularly relevant and helped inform it. (Page 226)

While the CSNA provides insight into the needs of individuals with disabilities, there are multiple limitations in the methods that should be considered when using the findings. First, the samples used were convenience samples that cannot represent the views of any group. Second, it is unknown how technology issues impacted the completion of online surveys by screen reader users. Several individuals did call to complete phone surveys, but others may have refrained due to concerns over confidentiality. Also, given the constraints of the data collection methods used, assessment findings related to the geographical location of unserved and underserved populations in the state are limited. DRS has plans to expand the capacity and use of various data collection methods, which is expected to yield valuable information throughout the next three fiscal years. (Page 268)

The next CSNA will be the product of an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will culminate with a comprehensive report to be published in 2017.

DRS and DBS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to engage in a continuous process of collecting and analyzing data for a robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students with disabilities and youth, pre-employment transition services, and supported employment, and in addition to the methodology used in the most recent CSNA, efforts going forward have been enhanced to include surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, transition-age consumers, families, TEA representatives, home-school networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 272)

The data collection and assessment process is underway for the next CSNA that will culminate with the publication of a comprehensive report in 2017. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services, CSNA efforts going forward have been enhanced to assess needs in these areas.

State Rehabilitation Council Support 

The RCT is the state rehabilitation council for DRS and DBS. RCT assists DARS in fulfilling the requirements of the federal Rehabilitation Act for the delivery of quality, consumer-responsive VR services. Its stated mission is: “The Rehabilitation Council of Texas, partnering with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, advocates for Texans with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process.” Funds are allocated for the operation of RCT to meet the goals and objectives set forth in its resource plan. RCT is a valued and active partner in the development of VR goals, priorities, and policies. RCT reviews, analyzes, and advises DARS about performance related to VR eligibility; the extent, scope, effectiveness of VR services; policy changes related to service delivery to VR consumers; and other functions related to the VR program performed by DARS. RCT also reviews and analyzes consumer satisfaction with VR services provided and assists DARS in developing VR State Plans and in conducting the comprehensive statewide needs assessment. (Page 288)

During fall 2013 through spring 2014, DRS, DBS, and RCT collaborated with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment (CSNA). The CSNA findings were initially summarized in the DRS and DBS FY 2015 State Plans for VR. They inform the 2015-2017 State Plans for VR. The next CSNA will be the product of an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will culminate with a comprehensive report to be published in 2017. DRS and DBS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work. In recognition of WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and preemployment transition services, efforts going forward have been enhanced to assess needs in these areas. (Page 293)

Development of the next CSNA has begun with an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will result in the 2017 report. DBS and DRS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to accomplish a more robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In response to WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS), the current data collection focuses on the needs of those consumers. In addition to the methodology used in the 2014 CSNA, data collection for the 2017 CSNA includes surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, students and youth with disabilities, families, Texas Education Agency (TEA) representatives, homeschool networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 391)

Development of the next CSNA has begun with an ongoing data collection and assessment process that will result in the 2017 report. DBS and DRS are continuing their collaboration with the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas School of Social Work and RCT to accomplish a more robust and effective assessment of the needs of Texans with disabilities. In response to WIOA’s focus on students and youth with disabilities and pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS), the current data collection focuses on the needs of those consumers. In addition to the methodology used in the 2014 CSNA, data collection for the 2017 CSNA includes surveys and/or focus groups throughout the state with staff, students and youth with disabilities, families, TEA representatives, homeschool networks, and other stakeholders. (Page 402)

LIMITED ACCESS TO COMPUTERS 

A second resource in short supply that hinders rural SCSEP services is access to computers and the Internet. Low–income older job seekers often have limited or no computer skills. These skills are not only required by employers but important for participants to access the Internet, register in WorkInTexas.com and other online job search databases, and develop Internet search skills. Grantees’ field staff members, including participant staff, need access to computers for data collection and communications in a state with such extensive rural areas. Improving access to computers in rural areas will increase the amount of computer and online training available for participants. To address rural technology needs, grantees will contact local businesses, governmental agencies, public libraries, and community– and faith–based organizations regarding ongoing computer and Internet access for participants on an ongoing basis.   (Page 501)

Mental Health

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.

Achieving excellence in accessibility is based on three core principles: 

  • ensuring that all customers can effectively use workforce products and services;
  • creating a workspace accessible for individuals with disabilities; and
  • complying with all federal and state legal requirements (Page 127) 

Determine compliance with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of WIOA §188. Both programmatic and physical accessibility are addressed during an EO compliance review.

As recipients of WIOA funding, Boards are monitored on-site based on a three-year rotation schedule, as referenced in the State Methods of Administration (MOA) maintained on file with DOL’s Civil Rights Center (DOL-CRC). All 28 Boards are scheduled for an EO review within a designated three-year period. Dates for EO monitoring reviews generally align with those of the TWC’s annual Board monitoring review. (Page 128)

Policies and Initiatives

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2018 State Veterans Benefits - 11/07/2018

~~“The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides educational and vocational counseling to servicemembers, veterans, and certain dependents at no charge. These counseling services are designed to help an individual choose a vocational direction, determine the course needed to achieve the chosen goal, and evaluate the career possibilities open to them. Services that may be provided include comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment, vocational counseling, and rehabilitation planning for employment services.”

Systems
  • Other

Women Veterans Report Status of Texas Women Veterans 2018 - 11/01/2018

~~“Employees of the Workforce Solution Centers assist veterans with employment and ensure that veterans with barriers to employment are seen by Texas Veteran Commission Veteran Career Advisors (VCA).  Of the 12,123 women veterans who received employment assistance in fiscal year 2018 (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018), 36 percent were seen by a TVC VCA, while the remaining may have been seen by an employee of the Workforce Solution Center or a TVC VCA.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid buy-in program for employees with disabilities - 09/18/2018

~~The Medicaid buy-in program allows working Texans with disabilities to get Medicaid, even if they earn more than the Medicaid income limits. To take part in the program, you can't earn more than $2,453 per month. People in the buy-in program pay monthly premiums based on their income and other factors. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Employment First Training - 07/02/2018

~~HHSC works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want.

HHSC will provide a series of free, one-day workshops on our Employment First Training program:

Who Should Attend

Staff who support individuals who have set employment as a goal, providers of waiver services, service coordinators, case managers, LIDDAs, professional and direct care staff.

Advocates, service recipients, families, guardians and anyone interested in employment services for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are welcome to attend.

What's Covered•Texas Employment First Policy.•Employment services in Medicaid waivers, including billable services and billing information.•How Medicaid waiver employment services and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services works.•Overview of Social Security Administration disability benefits.•HCBS settings rule changes.•HHS Employment Recruitment Coordinator Project and Employment Initiatives.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition Guidance - 07/01/2018

~~“On this page you will find information about transition from school settings to post-school settings. This transition process should begin as early as possible but formally begins when a student with a disability turns 16 (19 TAC §89.1055(g)(1-9) and 34 CFR §300.320(b)). Post -school settings and activities include:

•Post-secondary education;•Vocational education;•Integrated employment (including supported employment);•Continuing and adult education;•Adult services;•Independent living; and•Community participation.”

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

“Texas Transition and Employment Guide” - 07/01/2018

~~“This transition and employment guide is for students in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for their parents and has steps that they can take to find the right work or educational choices after high school.  and where to get the services students will need after high school.

The guide is divided into sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives

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

Vocational Rehabilitation Services: A Texas Primer - 06/25/2018

~~The program delivery system for vocational rehabilitation includes services provided directly by VR field staff as well as those purchased directly from a variety of community rehabilitation programs and other vendors as necessary for the customer to meet his or her employment goal. In addition, VR customers may be referred to services offered by other community programs and WIOA core partners.VR services are individualized to meet the needs of each participant. Services support the development of knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors needed to reach the employment goal. Services available and provided may include:…. Work-based learning experiences for high school students with disabilities;• Training in work place behaviors;• Support for customized employment, self-employment and supported employment; and • Instruction in self-advocacy (Texas Workforce Solutions, 2017). 

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

Texas Workforce Commission 2019-2023 Strategic Plan - 06/08/2018

~~“We are utilizing innovative outreach strategies designed to reach key workforce audiences through campaigns on a range of workforce services to connect the job seekers with Texas employers. Designed to support students, employers and job seekers, these services include www.TXInternshipChallenge.com , to help students explore industry demand occupations and acquire workplace skills; Careers in Texas Industries events and career awareness tools to help students meet prospective employers and make informed career choices; Texas Operation Welcome Home, to assist transitioning service members and their spouses to find employment or complete an educational program; Texas HireAbility, a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities; Texas Business Conferences, held throughout cities in Texas to inform employers about laws important to running their businesses; and www.ApprenticeshipTexas.com, an outreach campaign to help increase the number of apprenticeships in Texas.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual - 10/01/2017

“The VR Services Manual:

Helps ensure VR customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving successful competitive integrated employment outcomes as a result of their participation in vocational rehabilitation services; Helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; and Provides published policies and procedures for maintaining compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual - 10/01/2017

The VR Standards for Providers:

helps ensure TWC customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving a successful outcome to their vocational rehabilitation or independent living goals; helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; provides published standards for maintaining compliance; and provides criteria in order to meet TWC performance expectations for each purchase.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
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Texas Human Resources Code, Section 121.003

This code addresses discrimination that is prohibited by law in the state of Texas, especially pertaining to people with disabilities. Among other measures, it specifically states that, “It is the policy of the state that persons with disabilities be employed by the state, by political subdivisions of the state, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds on the same terms and conditions as persons without disabilities, unless it is shown that there is no reasonable accommodation that would enable a person with a disability to perform the essential elements of a job.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Labor Code, Sections 21.051 - 21.061 (Disability Discrimination)

This labor code states that an employer, employment agency or labor organization commits an unlawful act if it discriminates against individuals due to a disability or segregates or classifies them in a manner that would deprive them of an employment opportunity or otherwise adversely affect their status as an employee.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Texas Workforce Commission 2019-2023 Strategic Plan - 06/08/2018

~~“We are utilizing innovative outreach strategies designed to reach key workforce audiences through campaigns on a range of workforce services to connect the job seekers with Texas employers. Designed to support students, employers and job seekers, these services include www.TXInternshipChallenge.com , to help students explore industry demand occupations and acquire workplace skills; Careers in Texas Industries events and career awareness tools to help students meet prospective employers and make informed career choices; Texas Operation Welcome Home, to assist transitioning service members and their spouses to find employment or complete an educational program; Texas HireAbility, a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities; Texas Business Conferences, held throughout cities in Texas to inform employers about laws important to running their businesses; and www.ApprenticeshipTexas.com, an outreach campaign to help increase the number of apprenticeships in Texas.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual - 10/01/2017

“The VR Services Manual:

Helps ensure VR customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving successful competitive integrated employment outcomes as a result of their participation in vocational rehabilitation services; Helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; and Provides published policies and procedures for maintaining compliance with federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Texas Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual - 10/01/2017

The VR Standards for Providers:

helps ensure TWC customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving a successful outcome to their vocational rehabilitation or independent living goals; helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer; provides published standards for maintaining compliance; and provides criteria in order to meet TWC performance expectations for each purchase.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

TX Implementation of Acute Care Services and the Long-term Services and Supports System Redesign - 09/01/2017

“Government Code Chapter 534 directs the Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) to design and implement an acute care and LTSS system for individuals with IDD to improve outcomes; improve access to quality, person-centered, efficient, and cost-effective services; and implement a capitated, managed care delivery system and the federal Community First Choice Option (CFC). Chapter 534 also created the IDD System Redesign Advisory Committee (IDD SRAC) to advise HHSC in the development and implementation of the system redesign. HHSC transitioned some clients to a managed care model for acute care services.

On September 1, 2014, some adult Medicaid recipients with IDD transitioned to the STAR+PLUS managed care program. On November 1, 2016, children under 21 with disabilities, including IDD, were enrolled in the STAR Kids managed care program. Children and adults in IDD programs receive most LTSS in fee-for-service (FFS). Per Government Code Section 534.201, HHSC will transition the Texas Home Living (TxHmL) waiver program to managed care in 2020, and other IDD waivers and intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or related condition (ICF/IID) services in 2021.”

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

Texas Council of Developmental Disability: State Plan Goals 2017-2021 - 01/01/2017

“Goal 1: Create and support promising practices that enable people with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities and to have control over their own lives by September 30, 2021.

Goal 2: Improve and/or expand community-based systems to better support people with developmental disabilities or families of children with developmental disabilities to be fully included in their communities by September 30, 2021.

Goal 3: Increase the access that individuals with developmental disabilities and families of individuals with developmental disabilities have to information, training, and support to advocate for themselves and/or to collaborate with allies to impact public policy, service systems, and community supports.

Goal 4: Ensure there is ongoing support and technical assistance for the Council to identify and engage in issues according to the Council’s priorities and mission.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Texas Health and Human Services Transformation - 09/01/2016

“In 2015, Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) began a transformation effort to produce a more efficient, effective, and responsive system. In September of 2016 the first phase of that effort became operational.

The goals of the transformation are to create a system that:

Is easier to navigate for people who need information, benefits, or services Aligns with the HHS mission, business, and statutory responsibilities Breaks down operational silos to create greater program integration Creates clear lines of accountability within the organization Develops clearly defined and objective performance metrics for all areas of the organization”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Texas Department of Health and Human Services Employment First Policy - 02/26/2016

~~This Employment First principle guides HHS services for people with disabilities and helps put them on a path towards self-sufficiency through full participation in community life.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities (DADs) Guide to Employment for People with Disabilities - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this guide is to provide information on how to support and assist working-age people with disabilities who are receiving DADS services to obtain and maintain competitive, integrated employment. Through this guide, DADS intends to provide information on best practices and resources that can help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The guide includes success stories of people with disabilities who, as a result of receiving the appropriate supports and services, have secured fulfilling employment...”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships