Vermont

States - Big Screen

"Freedom and Unity" is the motto of the Green Mountain State, and as one of the early leaders in advocating for competitive integrated employment for workers with disabilities, it's clear that Vermont has what it takes to put Employment First!

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 Vermont’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.08%
Change from
2014 to 2015
626,042
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.33%
Change from
2014 to 2015
47,744
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
9.56%
Change from
2014 to 2015
19,575
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
11.61%
Change from
2014 to 2015
41.00%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
81.02%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 626,630 626,562 626,042
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 45,707 48,856 47,744
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 15,232 17,704 19,575
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 280,235 279,130 280,436
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.33% 36.24% 41.00%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.61% 80.44% 81.02%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.40% 4.10% 3.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.10% 20.60% 16.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.70% 10.70% 9.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 43,502 44,675 46,848
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 42,465 47,084 45,001
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 82,199 85,571 85,139
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 363 991 1,075
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,244 1,346 865
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 558 484 884
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 294 1,227 903
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 2,505 2,951 3,328
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,147 1,152 1,222
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 7.60% 7.60% 8.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 22,534 22,600 22,565

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,524 2,541 1,351
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,698 6,576 3,026
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,840 9,676 5,369
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 25.70% 26.30% 25.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 31.70% 32.80% 29.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 85.80% 77.30% 81.10%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 832 851 740
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,252 2,003 2,054

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,018 1,890 1,826
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 29 36 47
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 20 19 25
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. 69.00% 53.00% 53.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 3.19 3.03 3.99

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,153
3,235
3,718
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 2 7 6
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 186 187 221
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 646 636 743
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 880 871 992
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,391 1,501 1,713
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 48 33 43
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 43.50% 42.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 3,352 3,585
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 32,733 32,894
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 200 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 194 187 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $10,842,000 $11,828,000 $11,060,000
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. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $28,252,000 $28,925,000 $28,194,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 38.00% 37.00% 38.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 1,690 1,817 1,858
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 0 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 164.10 173.60 179.99

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 73.78% 74.15% 74.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.12% 6.61% 6.29%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.65% 6.24% 5.77%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 57.75% 74.04% 74.34%
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). 15.34% 50.38% 48.89%
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). 47.72% 70.61% 62.22%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 59.66% 77.48% 73.33%
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). 32.38% 20.23% 13.33%

 

Data Not Available

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 0 0

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Gen. Section 188 provisions cited but no further implementation strategy throughout document (Page 81,85)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATION such as helping participants create household budgets, initiate savings plans, manage credit and debt and navigate the financial aid process for post–secondary education;

  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS training such as discussing characteristics of entrepreneurs, developing business ideas, creating a business plan and inviting local entrepreneurs to speak to youth.
  • LABOR MARKET AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION services about in–demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area, such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services; and
  • PREPARATION ACTIVITIES for transition to postsecondary education and training. (Page 23)
Benefits

Employer outreach by these providers is coordinated through the CWS Business Account Managers. Pre–Employment Transition Services (PETS) In order to meet the requirements of PETS, DVR has established a cadre of fourteen VR counselors assigned to work exclusively with students in high school. Each counselor has an assigned Youth Employment Specialist to develop real work–based learning experiences. DVR has the capacity to provide PETS services for eligible students in all 60 supervisory unions. Supported Employment for Youth and Adults DVR partners with the Division of Developmental Services and the Department of Mental Health to provide supported employment services for adults with developmental disabilities and youth with emotional behavioral disabilities. Rehabilitation Services for the Deaf (RCD) DVR has four Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf to provide specialized employment services to adults and students who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Work Incentive and Benefits Planning Approximately 30% of individuals in the DVR caseload receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Individuals on SSDI or SSI often need assistance understanding and managing the effects of earned income on their benefits. DVR Benefits Counselors provide this guidance to beneficiaries and assist them in taking advantage of available work incentives. Short Term Industry Recognized Training DVR data has indicated that consumers who complete industry recognized short–term certification programs achieve higher wage employment outcomes. (Page 25)

STRENGTHS & CHALLENGES 

A. Strengths of Workforce Development Activities Vermont sees the following as strengths to the workforce development system in the state:

  • Intimate, Individualized Services — core partner programs are highly accessible to individuals and program participants would rarely encounter wait times in program centers across the state. Additionally, the state has highly ranked education and training programs. For example, DVR has been ranked number one nationally in per capita individuals served, in employment per capita outcomes achieved, and in access to services for individuals with the most severe disabilities and determined eligible for Social Security disability benefits based on Ticket to Work participation rates.
  • Strong Employer Engagement — The state workforce programs have a strong emphasis on the employer as a customer. These business services come through engagement with businesses, economic development partners, and community organizations and leaders. The DVR, through CWS has over 2,500 active employer accounts in a Salesforce Strong database. Additionally, the core partners have successful employer engagement opportunities such as the Vermont Tech Jam, an annual career fair/tech expo showcasing the state’s most tech and bioscience companies, which provides a unique matchmaking opportunity for tech–based employers and job seekers.
  • Program Accessibility — Core partner programs are already available statewide. Additionally, many required one–stop partners are already collocated within the twelve state career resource centers, including the following programs: unemployment, trade adjustment, jobs for veterans, Wagner Peyser, and registered apprenticeship. Because of the collocation of Wagner–Peyser services, all career resource center staff receive labor market information training that enables better informed services to program participants and information seeking customers.
  • Education Opportunities — There are 27 colleges and universities in Vermont, including one research university, five universities conferring master’s degrees, an art school, a culinary school, a law school, and 14 undergraduate colleges conferring associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. These colleges are considered national leaders and this has resulted in a net positive migration of college–age people into Vermont. (Page 27)

VR Counselor works with an Employment Consultant (VABIR), who provides assistance in work search, job placement and post employment services. For individuals presenting multiple barriers to employment, an individualized service model is utilized. The approach focuses on progressive steps to employment including company tours, informational interviews, work experiences, community service placements, work assessments, and job shadowing. A large number of non-custodial parents with disabilities have never been helped in any way by the State. Reaching out to and assisting this population has produced positive outcomes. DVR has assisted many Work 4 Kids participants in securing employment. To date, non-custodial parents referred to the Work4Kids program are paying approximately five times the amount of child support compared with those not referred to the program. Vermont DVR has been assisting individuals to apply for Social Security disability benefits for more than a decade. Assistance has focused on individuals with very severe disabilities, often undiagnosed and untreated, that prevent them from being successful in employment. The goal is to assist those with severe disabilities to receive a more stable source of support that allows them to pursue treatment options that may lead to reengagement with DVR to work on employment goals. Populations being served are those receiving TANF benefits, those on DVR caseloads, offenders exiting prison, non-custodial parents engaged in the Work4Kids program, and individuals receiving General Assistance, an emergency benefit program for individuals with medical and other barriers to employment. In FFY 2015, 202 individuals were successful applicants for Social Security disability benefits. (Page 161)

Choices. DVR Benefits Counselors will utilize knowledge gained from prior experiences in working with students, as well as available technical assistance resources, to work closely with the DVR Transition Counselors in their regions. These teams will identify eligible individuals for referral, and find creative ways to engage students and their families in benefits planning in order to enhance students’ possibilities of employment and their development of independent living skills. (Page 164)

Full Time Equivalents Position Titles and Functions 1 Division Director 6.8 Senior Central Office Managers including the Field Services Manager, Employment Services Manager, Quality Assurance and Business Systems Manager, Staff Development and Training Coordinator, DVR Administrative Services Manager, Budget and Policy Manager, and the Transition Program Director 7 Regional Managers overseeing the 12 district offices 14 DVR Transition Counselors serving an in–school youth caseload 13 DVR Young Adult Counselors serving a youth caseload 30 DVR Counselors Serving an adult caseload 7 Benefits Counselors 4 Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf 15.5 Program Techs and Administrative Support Staff 12 Employee Assistance Manager and Specialists 6 Special Project Coordinators 2 Data Management and Program Evaluation Staff 3 Business Account Managers 2 Assistive Technology Staff and Manager 3 Miscellaneous Central Office Staff

DVR served 9,618 consumers in FFY 2015, or 76 consumers for each FTE. (Page 171)

One such meeting is comprised of employment staff connected by Creative Workforce Solutions, a DVR initiated collaboration of Agency of Human Services funded employment programs, which promotes cooperative job placement and employer relationships. Training related to rehabilitation technology is provided initially through the DVR services training program for new hires. Additional training and staff development is provided in collaboration with the Assistive Technology Program through on–site, video conferenced, and webinar based trainings, information sessions, and regularly scheduled staff meetings. A specific staff group, the DVR Benefit Counselors, receive specialized training to ensure the provision of quality services in working with customers who receive monetary or medical benefits. Ongoing training and support is provided by a DVR Project Manager. The local Social Security Administration (SSA) Area Work Incentives Coordinator provides quarterly trainings to the Benefits Counselors on a variety of SSA Work Incentives issues. SSA also provides training and technical assistance for Benefits Counselors through contracts with Cornell and Virginia Commonwealth University. DVR is the SSA Work Incentives Planning and Assistance grantee for the State of Vermont. The six Benefits Counselors working under that project are certified by SSA as Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWIC).  (Page 175)

The DVR training coordinators are the primary hub for dissemination of research and training resources to field staff. Program managers, including the Transition Services Manager, the Employment Services Manager and the Benefits Counseling Program Coordinator collect and disseminate information from local and national resources. Program managers and staff are encouraged to become members of national organizations in their fields. Organizations like the National Skills Coalition or the National Association of Benefits Planning and Work Incentive Counseling (NABWIS) and excellent resources for managers and front line staff. (Page 176)

Additionally, DVR provides transition services to youth; a program for youth with severe emotional/behavioral disabilities and corrections involvement; a program for individuals with disabilities receiving TANF benefits; individuals with disabilities receiving General Assistance benefits; benefits counseling; assistance with Social Security disability benefits applications; the Vermont Assistive Technology and Reuse Program; and assistance to individuals with disabilities who are offenders or who are veterans. Additionally, DVR funds supported employment services to designated agencies serving individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities and individuals with developmental disabilities. (Page 188)

B.   AVAILABILITY OF EMPLOYMENT-RELATED SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 

Vermont DVR is by far the largest provider of employment services for individuals with disabilities. Either directly providing services or through grants to community rehabilitation partners, DVR has sustained growth even as it continually assesses the needs of the community. For example, as evidence of disability within the TANF population grew, DVR established a unique partnership with the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) to serve individuals with disabilities receiving TANF benefits. DVR has many similar partnerships that allow DVR to effectively use its resources to expand its reach to other populations. The JOBS program is a partnership between the Departments of Corrections (DOC), Mental Health (DMH), DCF and DVR to provide supported employment and case management services for at risk youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The VR General Assistance Program provides DVR services to eligible individuals receiving emergency assistance. The Vermont DOL provides some services to individuals with disabilities, and the 14 designated agencies across Vermont provide supported employment services to individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities and those with developmental disabilities. Below is a table of current employment services providers for individuals with disabilities. (Page 189)

At DVR’s request, Market Decisions pulled out responses from individuals within the VR General Assistance Program, the DVR Reach Up Program (TANF) and Transition program for youth under age 22. DVR wanted to see what effect any one of these groups might have had on the small downturn in satisfaction levels. The Division was particularly interested in the responses from General Assistance (GA) program consumers since it was a newly established program and not part of the previous surveys. As it turned out, GA customers were less satisfied than other customers across all measures. There is probably some misunderstanding related to these responses since some GA recipients may be confusing DVR with the actual GA benefits that are administered. There was little difference in the responses from the TANF population, and there was a higher than average satisfaction level among youth in transition. (Page 194)

Adults of Working Age Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Another way to assess potential unmet need is to look at population data for adults receiving Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits. Individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are categorically eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. To be eligible for SSI or SSDI benefits an individual must be determined to be too severely disabled to work at a substantial level. In general, individuals who receive SSI or SSDI benefits have more significant barriers to employment than individuals with disabilities who are not eligible for these benefits. The most accurate way to assess the level of participation in vocational rehabilitation services by state is through the SSA Ticket to Work program. State VR and Blind Agencies are required to report to SSA the names of beneficiaries for whom the Ticket is “in use.” These data are used to determine payment to the VR agencies under the Ticket to Work or Cost Reimbursement programs.

TABLE 12: SSA DISABILITY BENEFICIARIES SERVED Total Working Age SSI and SSDI Population Number Receiving VR Services Percentage Served National 13,449,039 315,049 2.3% Vermont 32,172 2,857 8.8% (Page 197)

  1. Vermont DVR has implemented an in school Transition Counselor model providing PETS services. DVR has reassigned 20% of the programs VR counseling capacity (14.5 FTEs) to work exclusively with students. This provides coverage to all 60 supervisory unions and high schools in the state.
  2. DVR has worked with its primary CRP VABIR to implement the Youth Employment Specialist (YES) model. A full time YES will be paired with each in school VR counselor to provide a range of PETS services including the development of real work based learning experiences.
  3. DVR has reassigned supported employment resources to serve high school students who need supported employment services. PETS services with be provided through the JOBS supported employment programs serving students with psychiatric disabilities and the Developmental Services supported employment programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities,
  4. DVR has will implement self advocacy services for students through a grant agreement the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
  5. DVR will implement benefits planning for students. DVR has six Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWICs) on staff. (Page 210)
    1. Explore use of post–employment services to support DVR consumers advance in their current employment or access a new higher wage.

    2. Explore outreach to closed cases to determine if individuals could benefits from re–engagement with DVR. (Page 211)

  6. Vermont DVR has implemented an in school Transition Counselor model providing PETS services. DVR has reassigned 20% of the programs VR counseling capacity (14.5 FTEs) to work exclusively with students. This provides coverage to all 60 supervisory unions and high schools in the state.
  7. DVR has worked with its primary CRP VABIR to implement the Youth Employment Specialist (YES) model. A full time YES will be paired with each in school VR counselor to provide a range of PETS services including the development of real work based learning experiences.
  8. DVR has reassigned supported employment resources to serve high school students who need supported employment services. PETS services with be provided through the JOBS supported employment programs serving students with psychiatric disabilities and the Developmental Services supported employment programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities,
  9. DVR has will implement self advocacy services for students through a grant agreement the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
  10. DVR will implement benefits planning for students. DVR has six Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWICs) on staff. The CWICS will provide benefits planning for students who receive SSI as part of PETS.
  11. DVR will expand substantially summer youth employment opportunities for students through the Vermont Youth Conservation Corporation and other vendors. (Page 213)
  • The high proportion of consumers served through supported employment. Many of the individuals served through supported employment programs have very significant developmental or mental health disabilities. A high proportion work very part–time to supplement their benefits.
  • DVR serves a significant proportion of consumers who are already working and who are already self–supporting. These individuals cannot be included in the calculation. (Page 217)
School to Work Transition

All DVR Transition Counselors use the Guide to Secondary Transition services: Helping Students with Disabilities Move From School to Work, with special educators in each of the high schools they serve. They also use the Transition Counselor Role and Responsibilities for guidance. They facilitate a “meet and greet” in the fall with special educators to identify specific needs, issues and obstacles in their schools, and create a plan to address them. Local Core Transition Team meetings are being reinstated around the state to support the work of PETS in WIOA. (Page 165)

1. DBVI Services for Students who are blind or visually impaired DBVI is committed to the successful transition of young adults who are blind or visually impaired from school to work or further education or training. DBVI is required under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, see 29 U.S.C. §720 et seq. and pertinent federal regulation, see 34 CFR §361.22; the IDEA, and pertinent federal regulation, see 34 CFR §§300.347 (b) and 300.348; and the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, see 29 U.S.C. §3001 et seq., to coordinate policies and procedures with education officials that facilitate the transition of students who are blind or visually impaired from the receipt of educational services in school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services from the DBVI agency.

Data Collection

The 12 career resource centers are operated by the VDOL. All VDOL programs, which includes WIOA Title I adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs, Title III Wagner Peyser and other one-stop partner programs, operate using the Vermont Job Link (VJL) intake and case management system. This system is an integrated, technology-enabled system that provides individuals with access to labor market information and job training opportunities. The core partners are working together to develop a universal referral process and data sharing MOUs to help facilitate and explore data collection and sharing opportunities for participation tracking purposes. Vermont has also advocated for data alignment and integration resolution at the federal level. (Page 74)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

Strategy B: Expand workforce development and training initiatives and programs for Vermonters in high–demand and high–wage jobs. This will include:

  • The development and expansion of sector based training programs.
  • The development and expansion of training, certification programs, and industry recognized credentials in high demand sectors.
  • Ensuring Career Pathways have entrance points for lower–skilled adults that connect to adult education programs with outreach specific to this population. 

Strategy C: Explore opportunities to address disincentives to work built into state and federal benefits programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

  • Seek federal waivers to test alternative benefit structures and work incentives to make work pay.
  • Promote state policy adjustments designed to incentivize employment for individuals who receive public benefits. 

Strategy D: Utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) grant as comprehensive pilot to experiment on how the workforce system can effectively serve beneficiaries effectively.

  • The SNAP E&T grant is a partnership between Vermont DCF, VDOL, DVR and Community College of Vermont to provide comprehensive return to work services for beneficiaries who are recent offenders, have substance abuse disorders, and/or are homeless. The partnership will test new strategies to support return to work for these populations who have significant barriers to employment. (Page 32)
  • The development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system, including:
  • Identification of barriers and means for removing barriers to better coordinate, align, and avoid duplication among the programs and activities carried out through the system.
  • Development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skilled adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities), with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment.
  • Development of strategies for providing effective outreach to and improve access for individuals and employers who could benefit from services provided through the workforce development system. ( Page 41)

DVR recognizes one of the goals of WIOA is help consumers retain employment and develop career pathways to higher wage employment. The DVR management team had a two day retreat to consider strategies to achieve this goal. One for those approaches is to engage consumers post closure to determine if they could benefit from additional services to help them advance in their current employment. These might include:

  1. Explore use of post–employment services to support DVR consumers advance in their current employment or access a new higher wage.
  2. Explore outreach to closed cases to determine if individuals could benefits from re–engagement with DVR.

Strategy 6: Expand employer outreach and engagement efforts through Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) to effectively meet the needs of employers. Goals 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10

As described in Section (g) of the State Plan CWS is the primary employer outreach and engagement infrastructure for DVR. CWS and in particular the Business Account Managers have been a very effective approach to engaging employers and developing employment opportunities for DVR consumers. DVR will expand these efforts through the following strategies. (Page 211)

Employment Networks

Employment Network section located but nothing specific to disability stated. (Page 362)

Displaying 1 - 10 of 31

Vermont Aging & Disability Resource Connections: No Wrong Door - 07/18/2017

“Vermont’s Aging Disabilities Resource Connections (ADRC) initiative provides people of all ages, disabilities, and incomes with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about long term services and supports.  ADRC builds on the infrastructure of eight ‘core partners’. These core partners include the five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT), and Vermont 211.

The ADRC provides a wide variety of assistance to consumers, their caregivers, and their families to help Vermonters achieve their individual goals. The VT ADRC supports “no wrong door” access to long-term services and supports- reducing the need to contact multiple agencies in order to get the assistance they need, when they need it.”

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

Vermont Transition and Career Planning Conference - 05/25/2017

“The 12th annual 2017 Transition and Career Planning Conference for K-12 Professionals will address highlighting the importance of “igniting the imagination” as students, educators, and parents create the developmental pathway through personalized learning, proficiencies, and the strengths, challenges, and career aspirations of each student.  This year’s conference is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Agency of Education, VocRehab Vermont, and the Vermont School Counselors Association.  An announcement will be sent out in mid-April when online registration is open.”

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

Vermont Medicaid State Plan - 04/05/2016

The state Medicaid plan details how Vermont  has designe its program within the broad requirements for federal funding.   Vermont submits the following State plan for the medical assistance program, and hereby agrees to administer the program in accordance with the provisions of this State plan, the requirements of titles XI and XIX of the Act, and all applicable Federal regulations and other official issuances of the Department.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Vermont Disability Employment Working Group - 03/23/2016

Gov. Peter Shumlin marked Disability Awareness Day (March 23rd)… by further solidifying Vermont’s leadership as a model employer of people with disabilities. The Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a Disability Employment Working Group. The working group will be tasked with recommending hiring practices that will increase access to State employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) 2015 Annual Report - 01/15/2016

“Performance (SFY2015):  • 2,917 Vermonters received home and community-based services  • 1,213 people received supported employment services. This is an eight percent (8 %) increase in the number of people employed over the previous year • The average hourly rate of pay among people who were employed was $9.81, well above the Vermont minimum wage • 47% of people aged 21 – 64 who were served by DDS home and Community Based Services were employed (SFY2014)    What works:  The following practices have led to good outcomes: ongoing technical assistance to DA/SSA’s; sharing resources and ideas at quarterly Supported Employment (SE) Coordinator’s meetings; and connecting youth to Project Search Industry base training.   Action plan:  Next steps for employment services in Vermont include developing regional youth transition teams; an online supported employment certification course; and additional post-secondary options”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Vermont Comprehensive Quality Strategy (Including Home- and Community-Based Transition Plan - 12/29/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its review of Vermont’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring state standards and settings into compliance with new federal home and community-based settings requirements. The state’s STP is part of the state’s Comprehensive Quality Strategy (CQS) for its 1115 (a) Demonstration Waiver called the Global Commitment to Health 1115(a) Demonstration (Global Commitment Demonstration).    Vermont submitted its STP…and then added an Appendix to the document on September 15, 2015. CMS Request s additional detail regarding the structure of Vermont’s STP and public comments, waivers and settings included in the STP, systemic assessment, site-specific assessment, monitoring of settings, remedial actions, heightened scrutiny, and relocation of beneficiaries.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

8th National Organizational Change Forum - A Time for Change: Sheltered Workshop Conversion - 10/20/2015

Sheltered Workshops Many realize it is time to change their workshops to community-based employment but aren't sure how. In 2002, Vermont closed its last sheltered workshop for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords noted, ‘As we close this chapter on work centers in Vermont, I hope that we encourage others to follow Vermont’s lead to a place where all of us work side by side.’”

“In this spirit we invite you to join us in Vermont this fall to continue the dialogue in partnership with the National Organizational Change Forum to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We'll examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. State policy makers, Developmental Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocates, and Families are encouraged to attend.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan Goals & Objectives ~ 2012 to 2016 - 09/14/2015

The State Plan details the DDC’s goals and objectives. Employment first related goals are stated as follows:Goal 1: At every stage of life Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families will have easy access to information about services and supports in common everyday language.

Goal 2:Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council will support more Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families to have strong voices to ensure quality of service and freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Goal 3: All individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will have equitable access to flexible, individualized quality services and supports.

Goal 4: All across Vermont people with developmental disabilities will have more positive, supportive relationships that will help them be well and be part of activities that bring them into the heart of their communities.

Goal 5: More Vermonters with developmental disabilities will be employed for more hours and more pay in jobs they choose.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Education Policy and Regulations - 07/27/2015

This page lists important state and federal legislation and policy that affect special education in Vermont.

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

Vermont SB 138 An Act Relating to Promoting Economic Development - 06/03/2015

"The purpose of this act is: (1) to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life. (2) to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the supplemental security income program under Title XVI of such Act, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Vermont SB 138 An Act Relating to Promoting Economic Development - 06/03/2015

"The purpose of this act is: (1) to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life. (2) to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the supplemental security income program under Title XVI of such Act, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Vermont Disability Employment Working Group - 03/23/2016

Gov. Peter Shumlin marked Disability Awareness Day (March 23rd)… by further solidifying Vermont’s leadership as a model employer of people with disabilities. The Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a Disability Employment Working Group. The working group will be tasked with recommending hiring practices that will increase access to State employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Displaying 1 - 10 of 10

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) 2015 Annual Report - 01/15/2016

“Performance (SFY2015):  • 2,917 Vermonters received home and community-based services  • 1,213 people received supported employment services. This is an eight percent (8 %) increase in the number of people employed over the previous year • The average hourly rate of pay among people who were employed was $9.81, well above the Vermont minimum wage • 47% of people aged 21 – 64 who were served by DDS home and Community Based Services were employed (SFY2014)    What works:  The following practices have led to good outcomes: ongoing technical assistance to DA/SSA’s; sharing resources and ideas at quarterly Supported Employment (SE) Coordinator’s meetings; and connecting youth to Project Search Industry base training.   Action plan:  Next steps for employment services in Vermont include developing regional youth transition teams; an online supported employment certification course; and additional post-secondary options”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan Goals & Objectives ~ 2012 to 2016 - 09/14/2015

The State Plan details the DDC’s goals and objectives. Employment first related goals are stated as follows:Goal 1: At every stage of life Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families will have easy access to information about services and supports in common everyday language.

Goal 2:Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council will support more Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families to have strong voices to ensure quality of service and freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Goal 3: All individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will have equitable access to flexible, individualized quality services and supports.

Goal 4: All across Vermont people with developmental disabilities will have more positive, supportive relationships that will help them be well and be part of activities that bring them into the heart of their communities.

Goal 5: More Vermonters with developmental disabilities will be employed for more hours and more pay in jobs they choose.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Education Policy and Regulations - 07/27/2015

This page lists important state and federal legislation and policy that affect special education in Vermont.

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

Vermont State System of Care Plan for Developmental Disabilities Services, FY 2015-2017 - 07/01/2014

“The Plan is intended to help people with developmental disabilities, their families, advocates, service providers and policy makers understand how resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are managed. It lays out criteria for determining who is eligible for developmental disabilities services and prioritizes the use of resources. It is specifically intended to spell out how legislatively-appropriated funding will be allocated to serve individuals with significant developmental disabilities. The Plan guides the appropriate use of this funding to help people achieve their personal goals and to continuously improve the system of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities within available resources.”

Specifically addresses employment and youth transition goals. This document also provides funding rules, including that funds cannot be used to fund sheltered workshops for those receiving employment services.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy and Procedures Manual Chapter 310: Supported Employment

This manual contains definitions and descriptions for the supported employment services provided by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Supporting Employment for Vermonters with Psychiatric Disabilities

“VocRehab Vermont helps Vermonters with psychiatric disabilities obtain and maintain jobs of their choice. VocRehab works with an approach called Supported Employment which is a service that helps individuals with psychiatric disabilities find and maintain meaningful jobs…Each VocRehab office works closely with a Community Mental Health Center to offer supported employment services. These services are designed to meet your individual career goals and help you rapidly find work that meets your preferences.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Supported Employment

“Vermonters with developmental disabilities are able to make use of one of the best sets of employment supports available in this country. The help that is provided people to find and to keep meaningful employment is called Supported Employment…Supported employment is founded on the belief that anyone can work if they are given the right support. VocRehab works closely with Supported Employment Programs across Vermont.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Increasing Employment Options

Lists and explains a variety of employment options including Self-Employment, Work from Home, and Supported Employment, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

“The Mission of the Vermont Assistive Technology Program is to increase awareness and knowledge, and to change policies and practices to ensure assistive technology is available through all services to Vermonters with disabilities."

"Our Vision is that all individuals with disabilities receive the assistive technology they need and want, and that the benefits of assistive devices and technologies figure prominently in the minds of consumers, policy makers, and service providers. We seek to create a dependable, consistent system of service delivery that is consumer driven and consumer responsive."

"Our Commitment is to enable Vermonters with disabilities to have greater independence, productivity, and confidence, and to provide Vermonters a clear and direct avenue toward integration and inclusion in school, the work force and the community.”

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

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

“Vocational rehabilitation offers free, flexible services to any Vermonter or employer dealing with a disability that affects employment. We partner with human service providers and employers across Vermont to help people with disabilities realize their full potential.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Displaying 1 - 3 of 3

8th National Organizational Change Forum - A Time for Change: Sheltered Workshop Conversion - 10/20/2015

Sheltered Workshops Many realize it is time to change their workshops to community-based employment but aren't sure how. In 2002, Vermont closed its last sheltered workshop for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords noted, ‘As we close this chapter on work centers in Vermont, I hope that we encourage others to follow Vermont’s lead to a place where all of us work side by side.’”

“In this spirit we invite you to join us in Vermont this fall to continue the dialogue in partnership with the National Organizational Change Forum to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We'll examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. State policy makers, Developmental Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocates, and Families are encouraged to attend.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Interagency Agreement with Vermont Department of Education and Vermont Agency of Human Services - 06/15/2005

“This agreement promotes collaboration between the Agency of Human Services (AHS) and the Department of Education (DOE) in order to ensure that all required services are coordinated and provided to students with disabilities, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and policies. As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the agreement delineates the provision and funding of services required by federal or state law or assigned by state policy. The areas covered by this agreement include coordination of services, agency financial responsibility, conditions and terms of reimbursement, and resolution of interagency disputes.

This interagency agreement outlines the provision of services to students who are eligible for both special education and services provided by AHS and its member departments and offices including Department of Health (VDH), Department for Children and Families (DCF), Department of Disability, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), Department of Corrections (DOC), and Office of Vermont Health Access (OVHA). It is intended that the agreement will provide guidance to human services staff and school personnel in the coordination and provision of services for students with disabilities.”

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

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

“Created under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, VTDDC uses its federal funding to build capacity and advocate for changes to systems so that Vermonters with developmental disabilities are at the heart of Vermont’s communities.

People with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians play a key role in letting VTDDC know what is happening for those with developmental disabilities throughout Vermont, and in deciding how to use its funds to have the greatest impact on people's lives. VTDDC develops a State Plan every 5 years that drives its work and the grants it awards.  Its  projects focus on public education,  leadership  training, and advocacy aimed at enhancing individual and family-centered supports and services, the ability of people to speak for themselves and make choices,  and to exercise all the rights and protections of full community participants.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Displaying 1 - 6 of 6

Vermont Aging & Disability Resource Connections: No Wrong Door - 07/18/2017

“Vermont’s Aging Disabilities Resource Connections (ADRC) initiative provides people of all ages, disabilities, and incomes with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about long term services and supports.  ADRC builds on the infrastructure of eight ‘core partners’. These core partners include the five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT), and Vermont 211.

The ADRC provides a wide variety of assistance to consumers, their caregivers, and their families to help Vermonters achieve their individual goals. The VT ADRC supports “no wrong door” access to long-term services and supports- reducing the need to contact multiple agencies in order to get the assistance they need, when they need it.”

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

Vermont Employment Development Initiative - 09/01/2011

“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." Vermont received and EDI grant to support its SE Champions program.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

VT Social Security Benefit Offset National Demonstration - 12/23/2009

“The Vermont Offset Pilot Demonstration was one of four small state pilots initiated as a first step in preparing for the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND). It used a random-assignment, experimental design. The purpose was to test whether changing SSDI rules to provide a glide ramp off SSDI cash benefits (gradual reduction instead of the “cash cliff”) would encourage more beneficiaries to work at a high enough level to reduce or eliminate cash benefit payments... The Vermont pilot was implemented within the Vermont State Vocational Rehabilitation program in combination with intensive benefits counseling services.”

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

Vermont Works (MIG-RAT)

“Vermont Works is an incubator for exciting, new and unique programs for people with disabilities that: Reduce or remove barriers to employment; Increase employment opportunities; [and] Enhance employment outcomes…An initiative of VocRehab Vermont and funded by the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), Vermont Works acts as a laboratory for the development of groundbreaking ideas.  Its cutting-edge programs have helped propel Vermont to national prominence for comprehensively and effectively supporting the employment of people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Supported Employment

o “The Vermont Supported Employment Program provides a full range of services which enable people with disabilities to access and succeed in competitive employment. The program goal is to provide full access to employment through the provision of individual support services for people who have historically been excluded from employment. Services have developed from a philosophy that presumes employability for all given the right supports are provided to the individual. Person-centered planning, meaningful job matches, full inclusion in the Vermont workforce, and creative strategies that broaden employment opportunities are all cornerstone practices of Vermont Supported Employment.”

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

Vermont Medicaid - Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a five-year federally-funded demonstration project for Vermont’s Long-term Medicaid Choices for Care program. The statewide program helps people living in nursing facilities move into their communities with the supports they need. Transition funds, up to $2,500, helps provide items and services not covered by Medicaid.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Vermont Transition and Career Planning Conference - 05/25/2017

“The 12th annual 2017 Transition and Career Planning Conference for K-12 Professionals will address highlighting the importance of “igniting the imagination” as students, educators, and parents create the developmental pathway through personalized learning, proficiencies, and the strengths, challenges, and career aspirations of each student.  This year’s conference is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Agency of Education, VocRehab Vermont, and the Vermont School Counselors Association.  An announcement will be sent out in mid-April when online registration is open.”

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

A case for home-based employment and telecommuting - 07/17/2009

This article explores the benefits of telecommuting as related to disability employment, productivity and the environment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Curriculum Development for Employment Staff For the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Agency of Human Service (AHS) Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) Initiative - 01/01/2009

“The State of Vermont, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a statewide direct service organization within the Department of Disabilities (DAIL), Aging and Independent Living in the Agency of Human Services (AHS). DVR is the lead agency for an AHS legislatively mandated initiative to coordinate employment services and employer outreach across AHS programs called Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS). AHS employment programs are designed to assist a wide range of groups to access and maintain employment.”

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

Vermont Career Start

Career Start was developed to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities as they move from secondary schools to employment, post-secondary education, and adulthood. The project proposed to improve the effectiveness of special education services to high school-age youth by emphasizing employment, post-secondary education, and training for youth with disabilities. The project's goal was "To explore model approaches that create a community-wide system of inclusion, support and engagement for school-age youth with disabilities as they transition into their adult roles in the community.

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

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

The Vermont Assistive Technology program provides technical assistance and training. The T/A provided to“ programs and agencies, engage in specific AT-related problem solving activities to help improve services, management, policies, and/or outcomes…[the program] organizes instructional events and presentations for a specific purpose or audience, designed to increase participants’ knowledge, skills, and competencies regarding AT. VATP trainings may target individual devices or categories of equipment or software, and may relate to particular disabilities or to specific environments.”

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Vermont Medicaid State Plan - 04/05/2016

The state Medicaid plan details how Vermont  has designe its program within the broad requirements for federal funding.   Vermont submits the following State plan for the medical assistance program, and hereby agrees to administer the program in accordance with the provisions of this State plan, the requirements of titles XI and XIX of the Act, and all applicable Federal regulations and other official issuances of the Department.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Vermont Comprehensive Quality Strategy (Including Home- and Community-Based Transition Plan - 12/29/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its review of Vermont’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring state standards and settings into compliance with new federal home and community-based settings requirements. The state’s STP is part of the state’s Comprehensive Quality Strategy (CQS) for its 1115 (a) Demonstration Waiver called the Global Commitment to Health 1115(a) Demonstration (Global Commitment Demonstration).    Vermont submitted its STP…and then added an Appendix to the document on September 15, 2015. CMS Request s additional detail regarding the structure of Vermont’s STP and public comments, waivers and settings included in the STP, systemic assessment, site-specific assessment, monitoring of settings, remedial actions, heightened scrutiny, and relocation of beneficiaries.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid for Working People With Disabilities - 01/01/2009

“Vermont's Medicaid for Working People With Disabilities (WPWD) program was initiated in January 1, 2000, under the authority of the federal Balanced Budget Act (BBA)...Known at the federal level as the ‘Medicaid Buy-In Program’, it allows many people with disabilities to work while keeping or obtaining Medicaid coverage for which they might not otherwise qualify due to higher incomes resulting from employment. The program is designed as a work incentive for people with disabilities, to help them achieve community inclusion through employment and achieve greater economic independence.”

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

Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a five-year federally-funded demonstration project for Vermont’s Long-term Medicaid Choices for Care program. The statewide program helps people living in nursing facilities move into their communities with the supports they need. Transition funds, up to $2,500, helps provide items and services not covered by Medicaid.”

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

Vermont Choices for Care (Long-Term Care Medicaid Waiver)

“Choices for Care is a Medicaid-funded, long-term care program to pay for care and support for older Vermonters and people with physical disabilities. The program assists people with everyday activities at home, in an enhanced residential care setting, or in a nursing facility.”

“Support includes hands-on assistance with eating, bathing, toilet use, dressing, and transferring from bed to chair; assistance with tasks such as meal preparation, household chores, and medication management and increasing or maintaining independence.”

“A second program is for Moderate Needs individuals who need minimal assistance to remain at home. This program offers limited case management, adult day services, and/or homemaker service.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

"Freedom and Unity" is the motto of the Green Mountain State, and as one of the early leaders in advocating for competitive integrated employment for workers with disabilities, it's clear that Vermont has what it takes to put Employment First!

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 Vermont’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.08%
Change from
2014 to 2015
626,042
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.33%
Change from
2014 to 2015
47,744
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
9.56%
Change from
2014 to 2015
19,575
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
11.61%
Change from
2014 to 2015
41.00%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
81.02%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 626,630 626,562 626,042
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 45,707 48,856 47,744
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 15,232 17,704 19,575
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 280,235 279,130 280,436
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.33% 36.24% 41.00%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.61% 80.44% 81.02%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.40% 4.10% 3.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.10% 20.60% 16.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.70% 10.70% 9.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 43,502 44,675 46,848
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 42,465 47,084 45,001
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 82,199 85,571 85,139
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 363 991 1,075
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,244 1,346 865
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 558 484 884
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 294 1,227 903
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 2,505 2,951 3,328
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,147 1,152 1,222
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 7.60% 7.60% 8.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 22,534 22,600 22,565

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,524 2,541 1,351
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,698 6,576 3,026
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,840 9,676 5,369
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 25.70% 26.30% 25.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 31.70% 32.80% 29.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 85.80% 77.30% 81.10%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 832 851 740
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,252 2,003 2,054

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,018 1,890 1,826
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 29 36 47
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 20 19 25
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. 69.00% 53.00% 53.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 3.19 3.03 3.99

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,153
3,235
3,718
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 2 7 6
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 186 187 221
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 646 636 743
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 880 871 992
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,391 1,501 1,713
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 48 33 43
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 43.50% 42.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 3,352 3,585
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 32,733 32,894
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 200 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 194 187 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $10,842,000 $11,828,000 $11,060,000
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. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $28,252,000 $28,925,000 $28,194,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 38.00% 37.00% 38.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 1,690 1,817 1,858
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 0 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 164.10 173.60 179.99

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 73.78% 74.15% 74.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.12% 6.61% 6.29%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.65% 6.24% 5.77%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 57.75% 74.04% 74.34%
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). 15.34% 50.38% 48.89%
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). 47.72% 70.61% 62.22%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 59.66% 77.48% 73.33%
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). 32.38% 20.23% 13.33%

 

Data Not Available

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 0 0

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Gen. Section 188 provisions cited but no further implementation strategy throughout document (Page 81,85)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATION such as helping participants create household budgets, initiate savings plans, manage credit and debt and navigate the financial aid process for post–secondary education;

  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS training such as discussing characteristics of entrepreneurs, developing business ideas, creating a business plan and inviting local entrepreneurs to speak to youth.
  • LABOR MARKET AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION services about in–demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area, such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services; and
  • PREPARATION ACTIVITIES for transition to postsecondary education and training. (Page 23)
Benefits

Employer outreach by these providers is coordinated through the CWS Business Account Managers. Pre–Employment Transition Services (PETS) In order to meet the requirements of PETS, DVR has established a cadre of fourteen VR counselors assigned to work exclusively with students in high school. Each counselor has an assigned Youth Employment Specialist to develop real work–based learning experiences. DVR has the capacity to provide PETS services for eligible students in all 60 supervisory unions. Supported Employment for Youth and Adults DVR partners with the Division of Developmental Services and the Department of Mental Health to provide supported employment services for adults with developmental disabilities and youth with emotional behavioral disabilities. Rehabilitation Services for the Deaf (RCD) DVR has four Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf to provide specialized employment services to adults and students who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Work Incentive and Benefits Planning Approximately 30% of individuals in the DVR caseload receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Individuals on SSDI or SSI often need assistance understanding and managing the effects of earned income on their benefits. DVR Benefits Counselors provide this guidance to beneficiaries and assist them in taking advantage of available work incentives. Short Term Industry Recognized Training DVR data has indicated that consumers who complete industry recognized short–term certification programs achieve higher wage employment outcomes. (Page 25)

STRENGTHS & CHALLENGES 

A. Strengths of Workforce Development Activities Vermont sees the following as strengths to the workforce development system in the state:

  • Intimate, Individualized Services — core partner programs are highly accessible to individuals and program participants would rarely encounter wait times in program centers across the state. Additionally, the state has highly ranked education and training programs. For example, DVR has been ranked number one nationally in per capita individuals served, in employment per capita outcomes achieved, and in access to services for individuals with the most severe disabilities and determined eligible for Social Security disability benefits based on Ticket to Work participation rates.
  • Strong Employer Engagement — The state workforce programs have a strong emphasis on the employer as a customer. These business services come through engagement with businesses, economic development partners, and community organizations and leaders. The DVR, through CWS has over 2,500 active employer accounts in a Salesforce Strong database. Additionally, the core partners have successful employer engagement opportunities such as the Vermont Tech Jam, an annual career fair/tech expo showcasing the state’s most tech and bioscience companies, which provides a unique matchmaking opportunity for tech–based employers and job seekers.
  • Program Accessibility — Core partner programs are already available statewide. Additionally, many required one–stop partners are already collocated within the twelve state career resource centers, including the following programs: unemployment, trade adjustment, jobs for veterans, Wagner Peyser, and registered apprenticeship. Because of the collocation of Wagner–Peyser services, all career resource center staff receive labor market information training that enables better informed services to program participants and information seeking customers.
  • Education Opportunities — There are 27 colleges and universities in Vermont, including one research university, five universities conferring master’s degrees, an art school, a culinary school, a law school, and 14 undergraduate colleges conferring associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. These colleges are considered national leaders and this has resulted in a net positive migration of college–age people into Vermont. (Page 27)

VR Counselor works with an Employment Consultant (VABIR), who provides assistance in work search, job placement and post employment services. For individuals presenting multiple barriers to employment, an individualized service model is utilized. The approach focuses on progressive steps to employment including company tours, informational interviews, work experiences, community service placements, work assessments, and job shadowing. A large number of non-custodial parents with disabilities have never been helped in any way by the State. Reaching out to and assisting this population has produced positive outcomes. DVR has assisted many Work 4 Kids participants in securing employment. To date, non-custodial parents referred to the Work4Kids program are paying approximately five times the amount of child support compared with those not referred to the program. Vermont DVR has been assisting individuals to apply for Social Security disability benefits for more than a decade. Assistance has focused on individuals with very severe disabilities, often undiagnosed and untreated, that prevent them from being successful in employment. The goal is to assist those with severe disabilities to receive a more stable source of support that allows them to pursue treatment options that may lead to reengagement with DVR to work on employment goals. Populations being served are those receiving TANF benefits, those on DVR caseloads, offenders exiting prison, non-custodial parents engaged in the Work4Kids program, and individuals receiving General Assistance, an emergency benefit program for individuals with medical and other barriers to employment. In FFY 2015, 202 individuals were successful applicants for Social Security disability benefits. (Page 161)

Choices. DVR Benefits Counselors will utilize knowledge gained from prior experiences in working with students, as well as available technical assistance resources, to work closely with the DVR Transition Counselors in their regions. These teams will identify eligible individuals for referral, and find creative ways to engage students and their families in benefits planning in order to enhance students’ possibilities of employment and their development of independent living skills. (Page 164)

Full Time Equivalents Position Titles and Functions 1 Division Director 6.8 Senior Central Office Managers including the Field Services Manager, Employment Services Manager, Quality Assurance and Business Systems Manager, Staff Development and Training Coordinator, DVR Administrative Services Manager, Budget and Policy Manager, and the Transition Program Director 7 Regional Managers overseeing the 12 district offices 14 DVR Transition Counselors serving an in–school youth caseload 13 DVR Young Adult Counselors serving a youth caseload 30 DVR Counselors Serving an adult caseload 7 Benefits Counselors 4 Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf 15.5 Program Techs and Administrative Support Staff 12 Employee Assistance Manager and Specialists 6 Special Project Coordinators 2 Data Management and Program Evaluation Staff 3 Business Account Managers 2 Assistive Technology Staff and Manager 3 Miscellaneous Central Office Staff

DVR served 9,618 consumers in FFY 2015, or 76 consumers for each FTE. (Page 171)

One such meeting is comprised of employment staff connected by Creative Workforce Solutions, a DVR initiated collaboration of Agency of Human Services funded employment programs, which promotes cooperative job placement and employer relationships. Training related to rehabilitation technology is provided initially through the DVR services training program for new hires. Additional training and staff development is provided in collaboration with the Assistive Technology Program through on–site, video conferenced, and webinar based trainings, information sessions, and regularly scheduled staff meetings. A specific staff group, the DVR Benefit Counselors, receive specialized training to ensure the provision of quality services in working with customers who receive monetary or medical benefits. Ongoing training and support is provided by a DVR Project Manager. The local Social Security Administration (SSA) Area Work Incentives Coordinator provides quarterly trainings to the Benefits Counselors on a variety of SSA Work Incentives issues. SSA also provides training and technical assistance for Benefits Counselors through contracts with Cornell and Virginia Commonwealth University. DVR is the SSA Work Incentives Planning and Assistance grantee for the State of Vermont. The six Benefits Counselors working under that project are certified by SSA as Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWIC).  (Page 175)

The DVR training coordinators are the primary hub for dissemination of research and training resources to field staff. Program managers, including the Transition Services Manager, the Employment Services Manager and the Benefits Counseling Program Coordinator collect and disseminate information from local and national resources. Program managers and staff are encouraged to become members of national organizations in their fields. Organizations like the National Skills Coalition or the National Association of Benefits Planning and Work Incentive Counseling (NABWIS) and excellent resources for managers and front line staff. (Page 176)

Additionally, DVR provides transition services to youth; a program for youth with severe emotional/behavioral disabilities and corrections involvement; a program for individuals with disabilities receiving TANF benefits; individuals with disabilities receiving General Assistance benefits; benefits counseling; assistance with Social Security disability benefits applications; the Vermont Assistive Technology and Reuse Program; and assistance to individuals with disabilities who are offenders or who are veterans. Additionally, DVR funds supported employment services to designated agencies serving individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities and individuals with developmental disabilities. (Page 188)

B.   AVAILABILITY OF EMPLOYMENT-RELATED SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 

Vermont DVR is by far the largest provider of employment services for individuals with disabilities. Either directly providing services or through grants to community rehabilitation partners, DVR has sustained growth even as it continually assesses the needs of the community. For example, as evidence of disability within the TANF population grew, DVR established a unique partnership with the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) to serve individuals with disabilities receiving TANF benefits. DVR has many similar partnerships that allow DVR to effectively use its resources to expand its reach to other populations. The JOBS program is a partnership between the Departments of Corrections (DOC), Mental Health (DMH), DCF and DVR to provide supported employment and case management services for at risk youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The VR General Assistance Program provides DVR services to eligible individuals receiving emergency assistance. The Vermont DOL provides some services to individuals with disabilities, and the 14 designated agencies across Vermont provide supported employment services to individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities and those with developmental disabilities. Below is a table of current employment services providers for individuals with disabilities. (Page 189)

At DVR’s request, Market Decisions pulled out responses from individuals within the VR General Assistance Program, the DVR Reach Up Program (TANF) and Transition program for youth under age 22. DVR wanted to see what effect any one of these groups might have had on the small downturn in satisfaction levels. The Division was particularly interested in the responses from General Assistance (GA) program consumers since it was a newly established program and not part of the previous surveys. As it turned out, GA customers were less satisfied than other customers across all measures. There is probably some misunderstanding related to these responses since some GA recipients may be confusing DVR with the actual GA benefits that are administered. There was little difference in the responses from the TANF population, and there was a higher than average satisfaction level among youth in transition. (Page 194)

Adults of Working Age Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Another way to assess potential unmet need is to look at population data for adults receiving Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits. Individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are categorically eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. To be eligible for SSI or SSDI benefits an individual must be determined to be too severely disabled to work at a substantial level. In general, individuals who receive SSI or SSDI benefits have more significant barriers to employment than individuals with disabilities who are not eligible for these benefits. The most accurate way to assess the level of participation in vocational rehabilitation services by state is through the SSA Ticket to Work program. State VR and Blind Agencies are required to report to SSA the names of beneficiaries for whom the Ticket is “in use.” These data are used to determine payment to the VR agencies under the Ticket to Work or Cost Reimbursement programs.

TABLE 12: SSA DISABILITY BENEFICIARIES SERVED Total Working Age SSI and SSDI Population Number Receiving VR Services Percentage Served National 13,449,039 315,049 2.3% Vermont 32,172 2,857 8.8% (Page 197)

  1. Vermont DVR has implemented an in school Transition Counselor model providing PETS services. DVR has reassigned 20% of the programs VR counseling capacity (14.5 FTEs) to work exclusively with students. This provides coverage to all 60 supervisory unions and high schools in the state.
  2. DVR has worked with its primary CRP VABIR to implement the Youth Employment Specialist (YES) model. A full time YES will be paired with each in school VR counselor to provide a range of PETS services including the development of real work based learning experiences.
  3. DVR has reassigned supported employment resources to serve high school students who need supported employment services. PETS services with be provided through the JOBS supported employment programs serving students with psychiatric disabilities and the Developmental Services supported employment programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities,
  4. DVR has will implement self advocacy services for students through a grant agreement the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
  5. DVR will implement benefits planning for students. DVR has six Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWICs) on staff. (Page 210)
    1. Explore use of post–employment services to support DVR consumers advance in their current employment or access a new higher wage.

    2. Explore outreach to closed cases to determine if individuals could benefits from re–engagement with DVR. (Page 211)

  6. Vermont DVR has implemented an in school Transition Counselor model providing PETS services. DVR has reassigned 20% of the programs VR counseling capacity (14.5 FTEs) to work exclusively with students. This provides coverage to all 60 supervisory unions and high schools in the state.
  7. DVR has worked with its primary CRP VABIR to implement the Youth Employment Specialist (YES) model. A full time YES will be paired with each in school VR counselor to provide a range of PETS services including the development of real work based learning experiences.
  8. DVR has reassigned supported employment resources to serve high school students who need supported employment services. PETS services with be provided through the JOBS supported employment programs serving students with psychiatric disabilities and the Developmental Services supported employment programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities,
  9. DVR has will implement self advocacy services for students through a grant agreement the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
  10. DVR will implement benefits planning for students. DVR has six Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWICs) on staff. The CWICS will provide benefits planning for students who receive SSI as part of PETS.
  11. DVR will expand substantially summer youth employment opportunities for students through the Vermont Youth Conservation Corporation and other vendors. (Page 213)
  • The high proportion of consumers served through supported employment. Many of the individuals served through supported employment programs have very significant developmental or mental health disabilities. A high proportion work very part–time to supplement their benefits.
  • DVR serves a significant proportion of consumers who are already working and who are already self–supporting. These individuals cannot be included in the calculation. (Page 217)
School to Work Transition

All DVR Transition Counselors use the Guide to Secondary Transition services: Helping Students with Disabilities Move From School to Work, with special educators in each of the high schools they serve. They also use the Transition Counselor Role and Responsibilities for guidance. They facilitate a “meet and greet” in the fall with special educators to identify specific needs, issues and obstacles in their schools, and create a plan to address them. Local Core Transition Team meetings are being reinstated around the state to support the work of PETS in WIOA. (Page 165)

1. DBVI Services for Students who are blind or visually impaired DBVI is committed to the successful transition of young adults who are blind or visually impaired from school to work or further education or training. DBVI is required under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, see 29 U.S.C. §720 et seq. and pertinent federal regulation, see 34 CFR §361.22; the IDEA, and pertinent federal regulation, see 34 CFR §§300.347 (b) and 300.348; and the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, see 29 U.S.C. §3001 et seq., to coordinate policies and procedures with education officials that facilitate the transition of students who are blind or visually impaired from the receipt of educational services in school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services from the DBVI agency.

Data Collection

The 12 career resource centers are operated by the VDOL. All VDOL programs, which includes WIOA Title I adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs, Title III Wagner Peyser and other one-stop partner programs, operate using the Vermont Job Link (VJL) intake and case management system. This system is an integrated, technology-enabled system that provides individuals with access to labor market information and job training opportunities. The core partners are working together to develop a universal referral process and data sharing MOUs to help facilitate and explore data collection and sharing opportunities for participation tracking purposes. Vermont has also advocated for data alignment and integration resolution at the federal level. (Page 74)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

Strategy B: Expand workforce development and training initiatives and programs for Vermonters in high–demand and high–wage jobs. This will include:

  • The development and expansion of sector based training programs.
  • The development and expansion of training, certification programs, and industry recognized credentials in high demand sectors.
  • Ensuring Career Pathways have entrance points for lower–skilled adults that connect to adult education programs with outreach specific to this population. 

Strategy C: Explore opportunities to address disincentives to work built into state and federal benefits programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

  • Seek federal waivers to test alternative benefit structures and work incentives to make work pay.
  • Promote state policy adjustments designed to incentivize employment for individuals who receive public benefits. 

Strategy D: Utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) grant as comprehensive pilot to experiment on how the workforce system can effectively serve beneficiaries effectively.

  • The SNAP E&T grant is a partnership between Vermont DCF, VDOL, DVR and Community College of Vermont to provide comprehensive return to work services for beneficiaries who are recent offenders, have substance abuse disorders, and/or are homeless. The partnership will test new strategies to support return to work for these populations who have significant barriers to employment. (Page 32)
  • The development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system, including:
  • Identification of barriers and means for removing barriers to better coordinate, align, and avoid duplication among the programs and activities carried out through the system.
  • Development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skilled adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities), with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment.
  • Development of strategies for providing effective outreach to and improve access for individuals and employers who could benefit from services provided through the workforce development system. ( Page 41)

DVR recognizes one of the goals of WIOA is help consumers retain employment and develop career pathways to higher wage employment. The DVR management team had a two day retreat to consider strategies to achieve this goal. One for those approaches is to engage consumers post closure to determine if they could benefit from additional services to help them advance in their current employment. These might include:

  1. Explore use of post–employment services to support DVR consumers advance in their current employment or access a new higher wage.
  2. Explore outreach to closed cases to determine if individuals could benefits from re–engagement with DVR.

Strategy 6: Expand employer outreach and engagement efforts through Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) to effectively meet the needs of employers. Goals 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10

As described in Section (g) of the State Plan CWS is the primary employer outreach and engagement infrastructure for DVR. CWS and in particular the Business Account Managers have been a very effective approach to engaging employers and developing employment opportunities for DVR consumers. DVR will expand these efforts through the following strategies. (Page 211)

Employment Networks

Employment Network section located but nothing specific to disability stated. (Page 362)

Policies and Initiatives

Displaying 1 - 10 of 31

Vermont Aging & Disability Resource Connections: No Wrong Door - 07/18/2017

“Vermont’s Aging Disabilities Resource Connections (ADRC) initiative provides people of all ages, disabilities, and incomes with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about long term services and supports.  ADRC builds on the infrastructure of eight ‘core partners’. These core partners include the five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT), and Vermont 211.

The ADRC provides a wide variety of assistance to consumers, their caregivers, and their families to help Vermonters achieve their individual goals. The VT ADRC supports “no wrong door” access to long-term services and supports- reducing the need to contact multiple agencies in order to get the assistance they need, when they need it.”

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

Vermont Transition and Career Planning Conference - 05/25/2017

“The 12th annual 2017 Transition and Career Planning Conference for K-12 Professionals will address highlighting the importance of “igniting the imagination” as students, educators, and parents create the developmental pathway through personalized learning, proficiencies, and the strengths, challenges, and career aspirations of each student.  This year’s conference is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Agency of Education, VocRehab Vermont, and the Vermont School Counselors Association.  An announcement will be sent out in mid-April when online registration is open.”

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

Vermont Medicaid State Plan - 04/05/2016

The state Medicaid plan details how Vermont  has designe its program within the broad requirements for federal funding.   Vermont submits the following State plan for the medical assistance program, and hereby agrees to administer the program in accordance with the provisions of this State plan, the requirements of titles XI and XIX of the Act, and all applicable Federal regulations and other official issuances of the Department.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Vermont Disability Employment Working Group - 03/23/2016

Gov. Peter Shumlin marked Disability Awareness Day (March 23rd)… by further solidifying Vermont’s leadership as a model employer of people with disabilities. The Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a Disability Employment Working Group. The working group will be tasked with recommending hiring practices that will increase access to State employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) 2015 Annual Report - 01/15/2016

“Performance (SFY2015):  • 2,917 Vermonters received home and community-based services  • 1,213 people received supported employment services. This is an eight percent (8 %) increase in the number of people employed over the previous year • The average hourly rate of pay among people who were employed was $9.81, well above the Vermont minimum wage • 47% of people aged 21 – 64 who were served by DDS home and Community Based Services were employed (SFY2014)    What works:  The following practices have led to good outcomes: ongoing technical assistance to DA/SSA’s; sharing resources and ideas at quarterly Supported Employment (SE) Coordinator’s meetings; and connecting youth to Project Search Industry base training.   Action plan:  Next steps for employment services in Vermont include developing regional youth transition teams; an online supported employment certification course; and additional post-secondary options”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Vermont Comprehensive Quality Strategy (Including Home- and Community-Based Transition Plan - 12/29/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its review of Vermont’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring state standards and settings into compliance with new federal home and community-based settings requirements. The state’s STP is part of the state’s Comprehensive Quality Strategy (CQS) for its 1115 (a) Demonstration Waiver called the Global Commitment to Health 1115(a) Demonstration (Global Commitment Demonstration).    Vermont submitted its STP…and then added an Appendix to the document on September 15, 2015. CMS Request s additional detail regarding the structure of Vermont’s STP and public comments, waivers and settings included in the STP, systemic assessment, site-specific assessment, monitoring of settings, remedial actions, heightened scrutiny, and relocation of beneficiaries.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

8th National Organizational Change Forum - A Time for Change: Sheltered Workshop Conversion - 10/20/2015

Sheltered Workshops Many realize it is time to change their workshops to community-based employment but aren't sure how. In 2002, Vermont closed its last sheltered workshop for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords noted, ‘As we close this chapter on work centers in Vermont, I hope that we encourage others to follow Vermont’s lead to a place where all of us work side by side.’”

“In this spirit we invite you to join us in Vermont this fall to continue the dialogue in partnership with the National Organizational Change Forum to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We'll examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. State policy makers, Developmental Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocates, and Families are encouraged to attend.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan Goals & Objectives ~ 2012 to 2016 - 09/14/2015

The State Plan details the DDC’s goals and objectives. Employment first related goals are stated as follows:Goal 1: At every stage of life Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families will have easy access to information about services and supports in common everyday language.

Goal 2:Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council will support more Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families to have strong voices to ensure quality of service and freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Goal 3: All individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will have equitable access to flexible, individualized quality services and supports.

Goal 4: All across Vermont people with developmental disabilities will have more positive, supportive relationships that will help them be well and be part of activities that bring them into the heart of their communities.

Goal 5: More Vermonters with developmental disabilities will be employed for more hours and more pay in jobs they choose.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Education Policy and Regulations - 07/27/2015

This page lists important state and federal legislation and policy that affect special education in Vermont.

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

Vermont SB 138 An Act Relating to Promoting Economic Development - 06/03/2015

"The purpose of this act is: (1) to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life. (2) to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the supplemental security income program under Title XVI of such Act, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Vermont SB 138 An Act Relating to Promoting Economic Development - 06/03/2015

"The purpose of this act is: (1) to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life. (2) to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the supplemental security income program under Title XVI of such Act, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Vermont Disability Employment Working Group - 03/23/2016

Gov. Peter Shumlin marked Disability Awareness Day (March 23rd)… by further solidifying Vermont’s leadership as a model employer of people with disabilities. The Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a Disability Employment Working Group. The working group will be tasked with recommending hiring practices that will increase access to State employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Displaying 1 - 10 of 10

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) 2015 Annual Report - 01/15/2016

“Performance (SFY2015):  • 2,917 Vermonters received home and community-based services  • 1,213 people received supported employment services. This is an eight percent (8 %) increase in the number of people employed over the previous year • The average hourly rate of pay among people who were employed was $9.81, well above the Vermont minimum wage • 47% of people aged 21 – 64 who were served by DDS home and Community Based Services were employed (SFY2014)    What works:  The following practices have led to good outcomes: ongoing technical assistance to DA/SSA’s; sharing resources and ideas at quarterly Supported Employment (SE) Coordinator’s meetings; and connecting youth to Project Search Industry base training.   Action plan:  Next steps for employment services in Vermont include developing regional youth transition teams; an online supported employment certification course; and additional post-secondary options”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan Goals & Objectives ~ 2012 to 2016 - 09/14/2015

The State Plan details the DDC’s goals and objectives. Employment first related goals are stated as follows:Goal 1: At every stage of life Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families will have easy access to information about services and supports in common everyday language.

Goal 2:Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council will support more Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families to have strong voices to ensure quality of service and freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Goal 3: All individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will have equitable access to flexible, individualized quality services and supports.

Goal 4: All across Vermont people with developmental disabilities will have more positive, supportive relationships that will help them be well and be part of activities that bring them into the heart of their communities.

Goal 5: More Vermonters with developmental disabilities will be employed for more hours and more pay in jobs they choose.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Education Policy and Regulations - 07/27/2015

This page lists important state and federal legislation and policy that affect special education in Vermont.

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

Vermont State System of Care Plan for Developmental Disabilities Services, FY 2015-2017 - 07/01/2014

“The Plan is intended to help people with developmental disabilities, their families, advocates, service providers and policy makers understand how resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are managed. It lays out criteria for determining who is eligible for developmental disabilities services and prioritizes the use of resources. It is specifically intended to spell out how legislatively-appropriated funding will be allocated to serve individuals with significant developmental disabilities. The Plan guides the appropriate use of this funding to help people achieve their personal goals and to continuously improve the system of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities within available resources.”

Specifically addresses employment and youth transition goals. This document also provides funding rules, including that funds cannot be used to fund sheltered workshops for those receiving employment services.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy and Procedures Manual Chapter 310: Supported Employment

This manual contains definitions and descriptions for the supported employment services provided by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Supporting Employment for Vermonters with Psychiatric Disabilities

“VocRehab Vermont helps Vermonters with psychiatric disabilities obtain and maintain jobs of their choice. VocRehab works with an approach called Supported Employment which is a service that helps individuals with psychiatric disabilities find and maintain meaningful jobs…Each VocRehab office works closely with a Community Mental Health Center to offer supported employment services. These services are designed to meet your individual career goals and help you rapidly find work that meets your preferences.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Supported Employment

“Vermonters with developmental disabilities are able to make use of one of the best sets of employment supports available in this country. The help that is provided people to find and to keep meaningful employment is called Supported Employment…Supported employment is founded on the belief that anyone can work if they are given the right support. VocRehab works closely with Supported Employment Programs across Vermont.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Increasing Employment Options

Lists and explains a variety of employment options including Self-Employment, Work from Home, and Supported Employment, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

“The Mission of the Vermont Assistive Technology Program is to increase awareness and knowledge, and to change policies and practices to ensure assistive technology is available through all services to Vermonters with disabilities."

"Our Vision is that all individuals with disabilities receive the assistive technology they need and want, and that the benefits of assistive devices and technologies figure prominently in the minds of consumers, policy makers, and service providers. We seek to create a dependable, consistent system of service delivery that is consumer driven and consumer responsive."

"Our Commitment is to enable Vermonters with disabilities to have greater independence, productivity, and confidence, and to provide Vermonters a clear and direct avenue toward integration and inclusion in school, the work force and the community.”

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

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

“Vocational rehabilitation offers free, flexible services to any Vermonter or employer dealing with a disability that affects employment. We partner with human service providers and employers across Vermont to help people with disabilities realize their full potential.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Displaying 1 - 3 of 3

8th National Organizational Change Forum - A Time for Change: Sheltered Workshop Conversion - 10/20/2015

Sheltered Workshops Many realize it is time to change their workshops to community-based employment but aren't sure how. In 2002, Vermont closed its last sheltered workshop for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords noted, ‘As we close this chapter on work centers in Vermont, I hope that we encourage others to follow Vermont’s lead to a place where all of us work side by side.’”

“In this spirit we invite you to join us in Vermont this fall to continue the dialogue in partnership with the National Organizational Change Forum to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We'll examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. State policy makers, Developmental Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocates, and Families are encouraged to attend.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Interagency Agreement with Vermont Department of Education and Vermont Agency of Human Services - 06/15/2005

“This agreement promotes collaboration between the Agency of Human Services (AHS) and the Department of Education (DOE) in order to ensure that all required services are coordinated and provided to students with disabilities, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and policies. As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the agreement delineates the provision and funding of services required by federal or state law or assigned by state policy. The areas covered by this agreement include coordination of services, agency financial responsibility, conditions and terms of reimbursement, and resolution of interagency disputes.

This interagency agreement outlines the provision of services to students who are eligible for both special education and services provided by AHS and its member departments and offices including Department of Health (VDH), Department for Children and Families (DCF), Department of Disability, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), Department of Corrections (DOC), and Office of Vermont Health Access (OVHA). It is intended that the agreement will provide guidance to human services staff and school personnel in the coordination and provision of services for students with disabilities.”

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

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

“Created under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, VTDDC uses its federal funding to build capacity and advocate for changes to systems so that Vermonters with developmental disabilities are at the heart of Vermont’s communities.

People with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians play a key role in letting VTDDC know what is happening for those with developmental disabilities throughout Vermont, and in deciding how to use its funds to have the greatest impact on people's lives. VTDDC develops a State Plan every 5 years that drives its work and the grants it awards.  Its  projects focus on public education,  leadership  training, and advocacy aimed at enhancing individual and family-centered supports and services, the ability of people to speak for themselves and make choices,  and to exercise all the rights and protections of full community participants.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Displaying 1 - 6 of 6

Vermont Aging & Disability Resource Connections: No Wrong Door - 07/18/2017

“Vermont’s Aging Disabilities Resource Connections (ADRC) initiative provides people of all ages, disabilities, and incomes with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about long term services and supports.  ADRC builds on the infrastructure of eight ‘core partners’. These core partners include the five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT), and Vermont 211.

The ADRC provides a wide variety of assistance to consumers, their caregivers, and their families to help Vermonters achieve their individual goals. The VT ADRC supports “no wrong door” access to long-term services and supports- reducing the need to contact multiple agencies in order to get the assistance they need, when they need it.”

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

Vermont Employment Development Initiative - 09/01/2011

“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." Vermont received and EDI grant to support its SE Champions program.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

VT Social Security Benefit Offset National Demonstration - 12/23/2009

“The Vermont Offset Pilot Demonstration was one of four small state pilots initiated as a first step in preparing for the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND). It used a random-assignment, experimental design. The purpose was to test whether changing SSDI rules to provide a glide ramp off SSDI cash benefits (gradual reduction instead of the “cash cliff”) would encourage more beneficiaries to work at a high enough level to reduce or eliminate cash benefit payments... The Vermont pilot was implemented within the Vermont State Vocational Rehabilitation program in combination with intensive benefits counseling services.”

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

Vermont Works (MIG-RAT)

“Vermont Works is an incubator for exciting, new and unique programs for people with disabilities that: Reduce or remove barriers to employment; Increase employment opportunities; [and] Enhance employment outcomes…An initiative of VocRehab Vermont and funded by the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), Vermont Works acts as a laboratory for the development of groundbreaking ideas.  Its cutting-edge programs have helped propel Vermont to national prominence for comprehensively and effectively supporting the employment of people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Supported Employment

o “The Vermont Supported Employment Program provides a full range of services which enable people with disabilities to access and succeed in competitive employment. The program goal is to provide full access to employment through the provision of individual support services for people who have historically been excluded from employment. Services have developed from a philosophy that presumes employability for all given the right supports are provided to the individual. Person-centered planning, meaningful job matches, full inclusion in the Vermont workforce, and creative strategies that broaden employment opportunities are all cornerstone practices of Vermont Supported Employment.”

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

Vermont Medicaid - Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a five-year federally-funded demonstration project for Vermont’s Long-term Medicaid Choices for Care program. The statewide program helps people living in nursing facilities move into their communities with the supports they need. Transition funds, up to $2,500, helps provide items and services not covered by Medicaid.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Vermont Transition and Career Planning Conference - 05/25/2017

“The 12th annual 2017 Transition and Career Planning Conference for K-12 Professionals will address highlighting the importance of “igniting the imagination” as students, educators, and parents create the developmental pathway through personalized learning, proficiencies, and the strengths, challenges, and career aspirations of each student.  This year’s conference is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Agency of Education, VocRehab Vermont, and the Vermont School Counselors Association.  An announcement will be sent out in mid-April when online registration is open.”

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

A case for home-based employment and telecommuting - 07/17/2009

This article explores the benefits of telecommuting as related to disability employment, productivity and the environment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Curriculum Development for Employment Staff For the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Agency of Human Service (AHS) Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) Initiative - 01/01/2009

“The State of Vermont, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a statewide direct service organization within the Department of Disabilities (DAIL), Aging and Independent Living in the Agency of Human Services (AHS). DVR is the lead agency for an AHS legislatively mandated initiative to coordinate employment services and employer outreach across AHS programs called Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS). AHS employment programs are designed to assist a wide range of groups to access and maintain employment.”

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

Vermont Career Start

Career Start was developed to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities as they move from secondary schools to employment, post-secondary education, and adulthood. The project proposed to improve the effectiveness of special education services to high school-age youth by emphasizing employment, post-secondary education, and training for youth with disabilities. The project's goal was "To explore model approaches that create a community-wide system of inclusion, support and engagement for school-age youth with disabilities as they transition into their adult roles in the community.

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

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

The Vermont Assistive Technology program provides technical assistance and training. The T/A provided to“ programs and agencies, engage in specific AT-related problem solving activities to help improve services, management, policies, and/or outcomes…[the program] organizes instructional events and presentations for a specific purpose or audience, designed to increase participants’ knowledge, skills, and competencies regarding AT. VATP trainings may target individual devices or categories of equipment or software, and may relate to particular disabilities or to specific environments.”

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Vermont Medicaid State Plan - 04/05/2016

The state Medicaid plan details how Vermont  has designe its program within the broad requirements for federal funding.   Vermont submits the following State plan for the medical assistance program, and hereby agrees to administer the program in accordance with the provisions of this State plan, the requirements of titles XI and XIX of the Act, and all applicable Federal regulations and other official issuances of the Department.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Vermont Comprehensive Quality Strategy (Including Home- and Community-Based Transition Plan - 12/29/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its review of Vermont’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring state standards and settings into compliance with new federal home and community-based settings requirements. The state’s STP is part of the state’s Comprehensive Quality Strategy (CQS) for its 1115 (a) Demonstration Waiver called the Global Commitment to Health 1115(a) Demonstration (Global Commitment Demonstration).    Vermont submitted its STP…and then added an Appendix to the document on September 15, 2015. CMS Request s additional detail regarding the structure of Vermont’s STP and public comments, waivers and settings included in the STP, systemic assessment, site-specific assessment, monitoring of settings, remedial actions, heightened scrutiny, and relocation of beneficiaries.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid for Working People With Disabilities - 01/01/2009

“Vermont's Medicaid for Working People With Disabilities (WPWD) program was initiated in January 1, 2000, under the authority of the federal Balanced Budget Act (BBA)...Known at the federal level as the ‘Medicaid Buy-In Program’, it allows many people with disabilities to work while keeping or obtaining Medicaid coverage for which they might not otherwise qualify due to higher incomes resulting from employment. The program is designed as a work incentive for people with disabilities, to help them achieve community inclusion through employment and achieve greater economic independence.”

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

Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a five-year federally-funded demonstration project for Vermont’s Long-term Medicaid Choices for Care program. The statewide program helps people living in nursing facilities move into their communities with the supports they need. Transition funds, up to $2,500, helps provide items and services not covered by Medicaid.”

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

Vermont Choices for Care (Long-Term Care Medicaid Waiver)

“Choices for Care is a Medicaid-funded, long-term care program to pay for care and support for older Vermonters and people with physical disabilities. The program assists people with everyday activities at home, in an enhanced residential care setting, or in a nursing facility.”

“Support includes hands-on assistance with eating, bathing, toilet use, dressing, and transferring from bed to chair; assistance with tasks such as meal preparation, household chores, and medication management and increasing or maintaining independence.”

“A second program is for Moderate Needs individuals who need minimal assistance to remain at home. This program offers limited case management, adult day services, and/or homemaker service.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

"Freedom and Unity" is the motto of the Green Mountain State, and as one of the early leaders in advocating for competitive integrated employment for workers with disabilities, it's clear that Vermont has what it takes to put Employment First!

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 Vermont’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.08%
Change from
2014 to 2015
626,042
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.33%
Change from
2014 to 2015
47,744
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
9.56%
Change from
2014 to 2015
19,575
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
11.61%
Change from
2014 to 2015
41.00%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
81.02%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 626,630 626,562 626,042
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 45,707 48,856 47,744
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 15,232 17,704 19,575
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 280,235 279,130 280,436
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.33% 36.24% 41.00%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.61% 80.44% 81.02%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.40% 4.10% 3.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.10% 20.60% 16.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.70% 10.70% 9.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 43,502 44,675 46,848
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 42,465 47,084 45,001
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 82,199 85,571 85,139
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 363 991 1,075
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,244 1,346 865
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 558 484 884
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 294 1,227 903
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 2,505 2,951 3,328
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,147 1,152 1,222
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 7.60% 7.60% 8.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 22,534 22,600 22,565

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,524 2,541 1,351
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,698 6,576 3,026
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,840 9,676 5,369
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 25.70% 26.30% 25.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 31.70% 32.80% 29.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 85.80% 77.30% 81.10%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 832 851 740
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,252 2,003 2,054

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,018 1,890 1,826
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 29 36 47
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 20 19 25
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. 69.00% 53.00% 53.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 3.19 3.03 3.99

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,153
3,235
3,718
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 2 7 6
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 186 187 221
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 646 636 743
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 880 871 992
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,391 1,501 1,713
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 48 33 43
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 43.50% 42.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 3,352 3,585
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 32,733 32,894
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 200 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 194 187 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $10,842,000 $11,828,000 $11,060,000
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. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $28,252,000 $28,925,000 $28,194,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 38.00% 37.00% 38.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 1,690 1,817 1,858
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 0 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 164.10 173.60 179.99

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 73.78% 74.15% 74.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.12% 6.61% 6.29%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.65% 6.24% 5.77%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 57.75% 74.04% 74.34%
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). 15.34% 50.38% 48.89%
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). 47.72% 70.61% 62.22%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 59.66% 77.48% 73.33%
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). 32.38% 20.23% 13.33%

 

Data Not Available

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 0 0

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Gen. Section 188 provisions cited but no further implementation strategy throughout document (Page 81,85)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATION such as helping participants create household budgets, initiate savings plans, manage credit and debt and navigate the financial aid process for post–secondary education;

  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS training such as discussing characteristics of entrepreneurs, developing business ideas, creating a business plan and inviting local entrepreneurs to speak to youth.
  • LABOR MARKET AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION services about in–demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area, such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services; and
  • PREPARATION ACTIVITIES for transition to postsecondary education and training. (Page 23)
Benefits

Employer outreach by these providers is coordinated through the CWS Business Account Managers. Pre–Employment Transition Services (PETS) In order to meet the requirements of PETS, DVR has established a cadre of fourteen VR counselors assigned to work exclusively with students in high school. Each counselor has an assigned Youth Employment Specialist to develop real work–based learning experiences. DVR has the capacity to provide PETS services for eligible students in all 60 supervisory unions. Supported Employment for Youth and Adults DVR partners with the Division of Developmental Services and the Department of Mental Health to provide supported employment services for adults with developmental disabilities and youth with emotional behavioral disabilities. Rehabilitation Services for the Deaf (RCD) DVR has four Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf to provide specialized employment services to adults and students who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Work Incentive and Benefits Planning Approximately 30% of individuals in the DVR caseload receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Individuals on SSDI or SSI often need assistance understanding and managing the effects of earned income on their benefits. DVR Benefits Counselors provide this guidance to beneficiaries and assist them in taking advantage of available work incentives. Short Term Industry Recognized Training DVR data has indicated that consumers who complete industry recognized short–term certification programs achieve higher wage employment outcomes. (Page 25)

STRENGTHS & CHALLENGES 

A. Strengths of Workforce Development Activities Vermont sees the following as strengths to the workforce development system in the state:

  • Intimate, Individualized Services — core partner programs are highly accessible to individuals and program participants would rarely encounter wait times in program centers across the state. Additionally, the state has highly ranked education and training programs. For example, DVR has been ranked number one nationally in per capita individuals served, in employment per capita outcomes achieved, and in access to services for individuals with the most severe disabilities and determined eligible for Social Security disability benefits based on Ticket to Work participation rates.
  • Strong Employer Engagement — The state workforce programs have a strong emphasis on the employer as a customer. These business services come through engagement with businesses, economic development partners, and community organizations and leaders. The DVR, through CWS has over 2,500 active employer accounts in a Salesforce Strong database. Additionally, the core partners have successful employer engagement opportunities such as the Vermont Tech Jam, an annual career fair/tech expo showcasing the state’s most tech and bioscience companies, which provides a unique matchmaking opportunity for tech–based employers and job seekers.
  • Program Accessibility — Core partner programs are already available statewide. Additionally, many required one–stop partners are already collocated within the twelve state career resource centers, including the following programs: unemployment, trade adjustment, jobs for veterans, Wagner Peyser, and registered apprenticeship. Because of the collocation of Wagner–Peyser services, all career resource center staff receive labor market information training that enables better informed services to program participants and information seeking customers.
  • Education Opportunities — There are 27 colleges and universities in Vermont, including one research university, five universities conferring master’s degrees, an art school, a culinary school, a law school, and 14 undergraduate colleges conferring associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. These colleges are considered national leaders and this has resulted in a net positive migration of college–age people into Vermont. (Page 27)

VR Counselor works with an Employment Consultant (VABIR), who provides assistance in work search, job placement and post employment services. For individuals presenting multiple barriers to employment, an individualized service model is utilized. The approach focuses on progressive steps to employment including company tours, informational interviews, work experiences, community service placements, work assessments, and job shadowing. A large number of non-custodial parents with disabilities have never been helped in any way by the State. Reaching out to and assisting this population has produced positive outcomes. DVR has assisted many Work 4 Kids participants in securing employment. To date, non-custodial parents referred to the Work4Kids program are paying approximately five times the amount of child support compared with those not referred to the program. Vermont DVR has been assisting individuals to apply for Social Security disability benefits for more than a decade. Assistance has focused on individuals with very severe disabilities, often undiagnosed and untreated, that prevent them from being successful in employment. The goal is to assist those with severe disabilities to receive a more stable source of support that allows them to pursue treatment options that may lead to reengagement with DVR to work on employment goals. Populations being served are those receiving TANF benefits, those on DVR caseloads, offenders exiting prison, non-custodial parents engaged in the Work4Kids program, and individuals receiving General Assistance, an emergency benefit program for individuals with medical and other barriers to employment. In FFY 2015, 202 individuals were successful applicants for Social Security disability benefits. (Page 161)

Choices. DVR Benefits Counselors will utilize knowledge gained from prior experiences in working with students, as well as available technical assistance resources, to work closely with the DVR Transition Counselors in their regions. These teams will identify eligible individuals for referral, and find creative ways to engage students and their families in benefits planning in order to enhance students’ possibilities of employment and their development of independent living skills. (Page 164)

Full Time Equivalents Position Titles and Functions 1 Division Director 6.8 Senior Central Office Managers including the Field Services Manager, Employment Services Manager, Quality Assurance and Business Systems Manager, Staff Development and Training Coordinator, DVR Administrative Services Manager, Budget and Policy Manager, and the Transition Program Director 7 Regional Managers overseeing the 12 district offices 14 DVR Transition Counselors serving an in–school youth caseload 13 DVR Young Adult Counselors serving a youth caseload 30 DVR Counselors Serving an adult caseload 7 Benefits Counselors 4 Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf 15.5 Program Techs and Administrative Support Staff 12 Employee Assistance Manager and Specialists 6 Special Project Coordinators 2 Data Management and Program Evaluation Staff 3 Business Account Managers 2 Assistive Technology Staff and Manager 3 Miscellaneous Central Office Staff

DVR served 9,618 consumers in FFY 2015, or 76 consumers for each FTE. (Page 171)

One such meeting is comprised of employment staff connected by Creative Workforce Solutions, a DVR initiated collaboration of Agency of Human Services funded employment programs, which promotes cooperative job placement and employer relationships. Training related to rehabilitation technology is provided initially through the DVR services training program for new hires. Additional training and staff development is provided in collaboration with the Assistive Technology Program through on–site, video conferenced, and webinar based trainings, information sessions, and regularly scheduled staff meetings. A specific staff group, the DVR Benefit Counselors, receive specialized training to ensure the provision of quality services in working with customers who receive monetary or medical benefits. Ongoing training and support is provided by a DVR Project Manager. The local Social Security Administration (SSA) Area Work Incentives Coordinator provides quarterly trainings to the Benefits Counselors on a variety of SSA Work Incentives issues. SSA also provides training and technical assistance for Benefits Counselors through contracts with Cornell and Virginia Commonwealth University. DVR is the SSA Work Incentives Planning and Assistance grantee for the State of Vermont. The six Benefits Counselors working under that project are certified by SSA as Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWIC).  (Page 175)

The DVR training coordinators are the primary hub for dissemination of research and training resources to field staff. Program managers, including the Transition Services Manager, the Employment Services Manager and the Benefits Counseling Program Coordinator collect and disseminate information from local and national resources. Program managers and staff are encouraged to become members of national organizations in their fields. Organizations like the National Skills Coalition or the National Association of Benefits Planning and Work Incentive Counseling (NABWIS) and excellent resources for managers and front line staff. (Page 176)

Additionally, DVR provides transition services to youth; a program for youth with severe emotional/behavioral disabilities and corrections involvement; a program for individuals with disabilities receiving TANF benefits; individuals with disabilities receiving General Assistance benefits; benefits counseling; assistance with Social Security disability benefits applications; the Vermont Assistive Technology and Reuse Program; and assistance to individuals with disabilities who are offenders or who are veterans. Additionally, DVR funds supported employment services to designated agencies serving individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities and individuals with developmental disabilities. (Page 188)

B.   AVAILABILITY OF EMPLOYMENT-RELATED SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 

Vermont DVR is by far the largest provider of employment services for individuals with disabilities. Either directly providing services or through grants to community rehabilitation partners, DVR has sustained growth even as it continually assesses the needs of the community. For example, as evidence of disability within the TANF population grew, DVR established a unique partnership with the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) to serve individuals with disabilities receiving TANF benefits. DVR has many similar partnerships that allow DVR to effectively use its resources to expand its reach to other populations. The JOBS program is a partnership between the Departments of Corrections (DOC), Mental Health (DMH), DCF and DVR to provide supported employment and case management services for at risk youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The VR General Assistance Program provides DVR services to eligible individuals receiving emergency assistance. The Vermont DOL provides some services to individuals with disabilities, and the 14 designated agencies across Vermont provide supported employment services to individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities and those with developmental disabilities. Below is a table of current employment services providers for individuals with disabilities. (Page 189)

At DVR’s request, Market Decisions pulled out responses from individuals within the VR General Assistance Program, the DVR Reach Up Program (TANF) and Transition program for youth under age 22. DVR wanted to see what effect any one of these groups might have had on the small downturn in satisfaction levels. The Division was particularly interested in the responses from General Assistance (GA) program consumers since it was a newly established program and not part of the previous surveys. As it turned out, GA customers were less satisfied than other customers across all measures. There is probably some misunderstanding related to these responses since some GA recipients may be confusing DVR with the actual GA benefits that are administered. There was little difference in the responses from the TANF population, and there was a higher than average satisfaction level among youth in transition. (Page 194)

Adults of Working Age Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Another way to assess potential unmet need is to look at population data for adults receiving Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits. Individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are categorically eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. To be eligible for SSI or SSDI benefits an individual must be determined to be too severely disabled to work at a substantial level. In general, individuals who receive SSI or SSDI benefits have more significant barriers to employment than individuals with disabilities who are not eligible for these benefits. The most accurate way to assess the level of participation in vocational rehabilitation services by state is through the SSA Ticket to Work program. State VR and Blind Agencies are required to report to SSA the names of beneficiaries for whom the Ticket is “in use.” These data are used to determine payment to the VR agencies under the Ticket to Work or Cost Reimbursement programs.

TABLE 12: SSA DISABILITY BENEFICIARIES SERVED Total Working Age SSI and SSDI Population Number Receiving VR Services Percentage Served National 13,449,039 315,049 2.3% Vermont 32,172 2,857 8.8% (Page 197)

  1. Vermont DVR has implemented an in school Transition Counselor model providing PETS services. DVR has reassigned 20% of the programs VR counseling capacity (14.5 FTEs) to work exclusively with students. This provides coverage to all 60 supervisory unions and high schools in the state.
  2. DVR has worked with its primary CRP VABIR to implement the Youth Employment Specialist (YES) model. A full time YES will be paired with each in school VR counselor to provide a range of PETS services including the development of real work based learning experiences.
  3. DVR has reassigned supported employment resources to serve high school students who need supported employment services. PETS services with be provided through the JOBS supported employment programs serving students with psychiatric disabilities and the Developmental Services supported employment programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities,
  4. DVR has will implement self advocacy services for students through a grant agreement the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
  5. DVR will implement benefits planning for students. DVR has six Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWICs) on staff. (Page 210)
    1. Explore use of post–employment services to support DVR consumers advance in their current employment or access a new higher wage.

    2. Explore outreach to closed cases to determine if individuals could benefits from re–engagement with DVR. (Page 211)

  6. Vermont DVR has implemented an in school Transition Counselor model providing PETS services. DVR has reassigned 20% of the programs VR counseling capacity (14.5 FTEs) to work exclusively with students. This provides coverage to all 60 supervisory unions and high schools in the state.
  7. DVR has worked with its primary CRP VABIR to implement the Youth Employment Specialist (YES) model. A full time YES will be paired with each in school VR counselor to provide a range of PETS services including the development of real work based learning experiences.
  8. DVR has reassigned supported employment resources to serve high school students who need supported employment services. PETS services with be provided through the JOBS supported employment programs serving students with psychiatric disabilities and the Developmental Services supported employment programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities,
  9. DVR has will implement self advocacy services for students through a grant agreement the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
  10. DVR will implement benefits planning for students. DVR has six Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWICs) on staff. The CWICS will provide benefits planning for students who receive SSI as part of PETS.
  11. DVR will expand substantially summer youth employment opportunities for students through the Vermont Youth Conservation Corporation and other vendors. (Page 213)
  • The high proportion of consumers served through supported employment. Many of the individuals served through supported employment programs have very significant developmental or mental health disabilities. A high proportion work very part–time to supplement their benefits.
  • DVR serves a significant proportion of consumers who are already working and who are already self–supporting. These individuals cannot be included in the calculation. (Page 217)
School to Work Transition

All DVR Transition Counselors use the Guide to Secondary Transition services: Helping Students with Disabilities Move From School to Work, with special educators in each of the high schools they serve. They also use the Transition Counselor Role and Responsibilities for guidance. They facilitate a “meet and greet” in the fall with special educators to identify specific needs, issues and obstacles in their schools, and create a plan to address them. Local Core Transition Team meetings are being reinstated around the state to support the work of PETS in WIOA. (Page 165)

1. DBVI Services for Students who are blind or visually impaired DBVI is committed to the successful transition of young adults who are blind or visually impaired from school to work or further education or training. DBVI is required under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, see 29 U.S.C. §720 et seq. and pertinent federal regulation, see 34 CFR §361.22; the IDEA, and pertinent federal regulation, see 34 CFR §§300.347 (b) and 300.348; and the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, see 29 U.S.C. §3001 et seq., to coordinate policies and procedures with education officials that facilitate the transition of students who are blind or visually impaired from the receipt of educational services in school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services from the DBVI agency.

Data Collection

The 12 career resource centers are operated by the VDOL. All VDOL programs, which includes WIOA Title I adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs, Title III Wagner Peyser and other one-stop partner programs, operate using the Vermont Job Link (VJL) intake and case management system. This system is an integrated, technology-enabled system that provides individuals with access to labor market information and job training opportunities. The core partners are working together to develop a universal referral process and data sharing MOUs to help facilitate and explore data collection and sharing opportunities for participation tracking purposes. Vermont has also advocated for data alignment and integration resolution at the federal level. (Page 74)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

Strategy B: Expand workforce development and training initiatives and programs for Vermonters in high–demand and high–wage jobs. This will include:

  • The development and expansion of sector based training programs.
  • The development and expansion of training, certification programs, and industry recognized credentials in high demand sectors.
  • Ensuring Career Pathways have entrance points for lower–skilled adults that connect to adult education programs with outreach specific to this population. 

Strategy C: Explore opportunities to address disincentives to work built into state and federal benefits programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

  • Seek federal waivers to test alternative benefit structures and work incentives to make work pay.
  • Promote state policy adjustments designed to incentivize employment for individuals who receive public benefits. 

Strategy D: Utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) grant as comprehensive pilot to experiment on how the workforce system can effectively serve beneficiaries effectively.

  • The SNAP E&T grant is a partnership between Vermont DCF, VDOL, DVR and Community College of Vermont to provide comprehensive return to work services for beneficiaries who are recent offenders, have substance abuse disorders, and/or are homeless. The partnership will test new strategies to support return to work for these populations who have significant barriers to employment. (Page 32)
  • The development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system, including:
  • Identification of barriers and means for removing barriers to better coordinate, align, and avoid duplication among the programs and activities carried out through the system.
  • Development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skilled adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities), with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment.
  • Development of strategies for providing effective outreach to and improve access for individuals and employers who could benefit from services provided through the workforce development system. ( Page 41)

DVR recognizes one of the goals of WIOA is help consumers retain employment and develop career pathways to higher wage employment. The DVR management team had a two day retreat to consider strategies to achieve this goal. One for those approaches is to engage consumers post closure to determine if they could benefit from additional services to help them advance in their current employment. These might include:

  1. Explore use of post–employment services to support DVR consumers advance in their current employment or access a new higher wage.
  2. Explore outreach to closed cases to determine if individuals could benefits from re–engagement with DVR.

Strategy 6: Expand employer outreach and engagement efforts through Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) to effectively meet the needs of employers. Goals 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10

As described in Section (g) of the State Plan CWS is the primary employer outreach and engagement infrastructure for DVR. CWS and in particular the Business Account Managers have been a very effective approach to engaging employers and developing employment opportunities for DVR consumers. DVR will expand these efforts through the following strategies. (Page 211)

Employment Networks

Employment Network section located but nothing specific to disability stated. (Page 362)

Policies and Initiatives

Displaying 1 - 10 of 31

Vermont Aging & Disability Resource Connections: No Wrong Door - 07/18/2017

“Vermont’s Aging Disabilities Resource Connections (ADRC) initiative provides people of all ages, disabilities, and incomes with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about long term services and supports.  ADRC builds on the infrastructure of eight ‘core partners’. These core partners include the five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT), and Vermont 211.

The ADRC provides a wide variety of assistance to consumers, their caregivers, and their families to help Vermonters achieve their individual goals. The VT ADRC supports “no wrong door” access to long-term services and supports- reducing the need to contact multiple agencies in order to get the assistance they need, when they need it.”

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

Vermont Transition and Career Planning Conference - 05/25/2017

“The 12th annual 2017 Transition and Career Planning Conference for K-12 Professionals will address highlighting the importance of “igniting the imagination” as students, educators, and parents create the developmental pathway through personalized learning, proficiencies, and the strengths, challenges, and career aspirations of each student.  This year’s conference is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Agency of Education, VocRehab Vermont, and the Vermont School Counselors Association.  An announcement will be sent out in mid-April when online registration is open.”

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

Vermont Medicaid State Plan - 04/05/2016

The state Medicaid plan details how Vermont  has designe its program within the broad requirements for federal funding.   Vermont submits the following State plan for the medical assistance program, and hereby agrees to administer the program in accordance with the provisions of this State plan, the requirements of titles XI and XIX of the Act, and all applicable Federal regulations and other official issuances of the Department.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Vermont Disability Employment Working Group - 03/23/2016

Gov. Peter Shumlin marked Disability Awareness Day (March 23rd)… by further solidifying Vermont’s leadership as a model employer of people with disabilities. The Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a Disability Employment Working Group. The working group will be tasked with recommending hiring practices that will increase access to State employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) 2015 Annual Report - 01/15/2016

“Performance (SFY2015):  • 2,917 Vermonters received home and community-based services  • 1,213 people received supported employment services. This is an eight percent (8 %) increase in the number of people employed over the previous year • The average hourly rate of pay among people who were employed was $9.81, well above the Vermont minimum wage • 47% of people aged 21 – 64 who were served by DDS home and Community Based Services were employed (SFY2014)    What works:  The following practices have led to good outcomes: ongoing technical assistance to DA/SSA’s; sharing resources and ideas at quarterly Supported Employment (SE) Coordinator’s meetings; and connecting youth to Project Search Industry base training.   Action plan:  Next steps for employment services in Vermont include developing regional youth transition teams; an online supported employment certification course; and additional post-secondary options”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Vermont Comprehensive Quality Strategy (Including Home- and Community-Based Transition Plan - 12/29/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its review of Vermont’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring state standards and settings into compliance with new federal home and community-based settings requirements. The state’s STP is part of the state’s Comprehensive Quality Strategy (CQS) for its 1115 (a) Demonstration Waiver called the Global Commitment to Health 1115(a) Demonstration (Global Commitment Demonstration).    Vermont submitted its STP…and then added an Appendix to the document on September 15, 2015. CMS Request s additional detail regarding the structure of Vermont’s STP and public comments, waivers and settings included in the STP, systemic assessment, site-specific assessment, monitoring of settings, remedial actions, heightened scrutiny, and relocation of beneficiaries.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

8th National Organizational Change Forum - A Time for Change: Sheltered Workshop Conversion - 10/20/2015

Sheltered Workshops Many realize it is time to change their workshops to community-based employment but aren't sure how. In 2002, Vermont closed its last sheltered workshop for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords noted, ‘As we close this chapter on work centers in Vermont, I hope that we encourage others to follow Vermont’s lead to a place where all of us work side by side.’”

“In this spirit we invite you to join us in Vermont this fall to continue the dialogue in partnership with the National Organizational Change Forum to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We'll examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. State policy makers, Developmental Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocates, and Families are encouraged to attend.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan Goals & Objectives ~ 2012 to 2016 - 09/14/2015

The State Plan details the DDC’s goals and objectives. Employment first related goals are stated as follows:Goal 1: At every stage of life Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families will have easy access to information about services and supports in common everyday language.

Goal 2:Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council will support more Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families to have strong voices to ensure quality of service and freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Goal 3: All individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will have equitable access to flexible, individualized quality services and supports.

Goal 4: All across Vermont people with developmental disabilities will have more positive, supportive relationships that will help them be well and be part of activities that bring them into the heart of their communities.

Goal 5: More Vermonters with developmental disabilities will be employed for more hours and more pay in jobs they choose.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Education Policy and Regulations - 07/27/2015

This page lists important state and federal legislation and policy that affect special education in Vermont.

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

Vermont SB 138 An Act Relating to Promoting Economic Development - 06/03/2015

"The purpose of this act is: (1) to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life. (2) to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the supplemental security income program under Title XVI of such Act, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Vermont SB 138 An Act Relating to Promoting Economic Development - 06/03/2015

"The purpose of this act is: (1) to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life. (2) to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the supplemental security income program under Title XVI of such Act, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Vermont Disability Employment Working Group - 03/23/2016

Gov. Peter Shumlin marked Disability Awareness Day (March 23rd)… by further solidifying Vermont’s leadership as a model employer of people with disabilities. The Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a Disability Employment Working Group. The working group will be tasked with recommending hiring practices that will increase access to State employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Displaying 1 - 10 of 10

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) 2015 Annual Report - 01/15/2016

“Performance (SFY2015):  • 2,917 Vermonters received home and community-based services  • 1,213 people received supported employment services. This is an eight percent (8 %) increase in the number of people employed over the previous year • The average hourly rate of pay among people who were employed was $9.81, well above the Vermont minimum wage • 47% of people aged 21 – 64 who were served by DDS home and Community Based Services were employed (SFY2014)    What works:  The following practices have led to good outcomes: ongoing technical assistance to DA/SSA’s; sharing resources and ideas at quarterly Supported Employment (SE) Coordinator’s meetings; and connecting youth to Project Search Industry base training.   Action plan:  Next steps for employment services in Vermont include developing regional youth transition teams; an online supported employment certification course; and additional post-secondary options”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan Goals & Objectives ~ 2012 to 2016 - 09/14/2015

The State Plan details the DDC’s goals and objectives. Employment first related goals are stated as follows:Goal 1: At every stage of life Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families will have easy access to information about services and supports in common everyday language.

Goal 2:Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council will support more Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families to have strong voices to ensure quality of service and freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Goal 3: All individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will have equitable access to flexible, individualized quality services and supports.

Goal 4: All across Vermont people with developmental disabilities will have more positive, supportive relationships that will help them be well and be part of activities that bring them into the heart of their communities.

Goal 5: More Vermonters with developmental disabilities will be employed for more hours and more pay in jobs they choose.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Education Policy and Regulations - 07/27/2015

This page lists important state and federal legislation and policy that affect special education in Vermont.

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

Vermont State System of Care Plan for Developmental Disabilities Services, FY 2015-2017 - 07/01/2014

“The Plan is intended to help people with developmental disabilities, their families, advocates, service providers and policy makers understand how resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are managed. It lays out criteria for determining who is eligible for developmental disabilities services and prioritizes the use of resources. It is specifically intended to spell out how legislatively-appropriated funding will be allocated to serve individuals with significant developmental disabilities. The Plan guides the appropriate use of this funding to help people achieve their personal goals and to continuously improve the system of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities within available resources.”

Specifically addresses employment and youth transition goals. This document also provides funding rules, including that funds cannot be used to fund sheltered workshops for those receiving employment services.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy and Procedures Manual Chapter 310: Supported Employment

This manual contains definitions and descriptions for the supported employment services provided by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Supporting Employment for Vermonters with Psychiatric Disabilities

“VocRehab Vermont helps Vermonters with psychiatric disabilities obtain and maintain jobs of their choice. VocRehab works with an approach called Supported Employment which is a service that helps individuals with psychiatric disabilities find and maintain meaningful jobs…Each VocRehab office works closely with a Community Mental Health Center to offer supported employment services. These services are designed to meet your individual career goals and help you rapidly find work that meets your preferences.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Supported Employment

“Vermonters with developmental disabilities are able to make use of one of the best sets of employment supports available in this country. The help that is provided people to find and to keep meaningful employment is called Supported Employment…Supported employment is founded on the belief that anyone can work if they are given the right support. VocRehab works closely with Supported Employment Programs across Vermont.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Increasing Employment Options

Lists and explains a variety of employment options including Self-Employment, Work from Home, and Supported Employment, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

“The Mission of the Vermont Assistive Technology Program is to increase awareness and knowledge, and to change policies and practices to ensure assistive technology is available through all services to Vermonters with disabilities."

"Our Vision is that all individuals with disabilities receive the assistive technology they need and want, and that the benefits of assistive devices and technologies figure prominently in the minds of consumers, policy makers, and service providers. We seek to create a dependable, consistent system of service delivery that is consumer driven and consumer responsive."

"Our Commitment is to enable Vermonters with disabilities to have greater independence, productivity, and confidence, and to provide Vermonters a clear and direct avenue toward integration and inclusion in school, the work force and the community.”

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

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

“Vocational rehabilitation offers free, flexible services to any Vermonter or employer dealing with a disability that affects employment. We partner with human service providers and employers across Vermont to help people with disabilities realize their full potential.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Displaying 1 - 3 of 3

8th National Organizational Change Forum - A Time for Change: Sheltered Workshop Conversion - 10/20/2015

Sheltered Workshops Many realize it is time to change their workshops to community-based employment but aren't sure how. In 2002, Vermont closed its last sheltered workshop for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords noted, ‘As we close this chapter on work centers in Vermont, I hope that we encourage others to follow Vermont’s lead to a place where all of us work side by side.’”

“In this spirit we invite you to join us in Vermont this fall to continue the dialogue in partnership with the National Organizational Change Forum to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We'll examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. State policy makers, Developmental Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocates, and Families are encouraged to attend.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Interagency Agreement with Vermont Department of Education and Vermont Agency of Human Services - 06/15/2005

“This agreement promotes collaboration between the Agency of Human Services (AHS) and the Department of Education (DOE) in order to ensure that all required services are coordinated and provided to students with disabilities, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and policies. As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the agreement delineates the provision and funding of services required by federal or state law or assigned by state policy. The areas covered by this agreement include coordination of services, agency financial responsibility, conditions and terms of reimbursement, and resolution of interagency disputes.

This interagency agreement outlines the provision of services to students who are eligible for both special education and services provided by AHS and its member departments and offices including Department of Health (VDH), Department for Children and Families (DCF), Department of Disability, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), Department of Corrections (DOC), and Office of Vermont Health Access (OVHA). It is intended that the agreement will provide guidance to human services staff and school personnel in the coordination and provision of services for students with disabilities.”

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

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

“Created under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, VTDDC uses its federal funding to build capacity and advocate for changes to systems so that Vermonters with developmental disabilities are at the heart of Vermont’s communities.

People with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians play a key role in letting VTDDC know what is happening for those with developmental disabilities throughout Vermont, and in deciding how to use its funds to have the greatest impact on people's lives. VTDDC develops a State Plan every 5 years that drives its work and the grants it awards.  Its  projects focus on public education,  leadership  training, and advocacy aimed at enhancing individual and family-centered supports and services, the ability of people to speak for themselves and make choices,  and to exercise all the rights and protections of full community participants.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Displaying 1 - 6 of 6

Vermont Aging & Disability Resource Connections: No Wrong Door - 07/18/2017

“Vermont’s Aging Disabilities Resource Connections (ADRC) initiative provides people of all ages, disabilities, and incomes with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about long term services and supports.  ADRC builds on the infrastructure of eight ‘core partners’. These core partners include the five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT), and Vermont 211.

The ADRC provides a wide variety of assistance to consumers, their caregivers, and their families to help Vermonters achieve their individual goals. The VT ADRC supports “no wrong door” access to long-term services and supports- reducing the need to contact multiple agencies in order to get the assistance they need, when they need it.”

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

Vermont Employment Development Initiative - 09/01/2011

“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." Vermont received and EDI grant to support its SE Champions program.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

VT Social Security Benefit Offset National Demonstration - 12/23/2009

“The Vermont Offset Pilot Demonstration was one of four small state pilots initiated as a first step in preparing for the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND). It used a random-assignment, experimental design. The purpose was to test whether changing SSDI rules to provide a glide ramp off SSDI cash benefits (gradual reduction instead of the “cash cliff”) would encourage more beneficiaries to work at a high enough level to reduce or eliminate cash benefit payments... The Vermont pilot was implemented within the Vermont State Vocational Rehabilitation program in combination with intensive benefits counseling services.”

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

Vermont Works (MIG-RAT)

“Vermont Works is an incubator for exciting, new and unique programs for people with disabilities that: Reduce or remove barriers to employment; Increase employment opportunities; [and] Enhance employment outcomes…An initiative of VocRehab Vermont and funded by the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), Vermont Works acts as a laboratory for the development of groundbreaking ideas.  Its cutting-edge programs have helped propel Vermont to national prominence for comprehensively and effectively supporting the employment of people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Supported Employment

o “The Vermont Supported Employment Program provides a full range of services which enable people with disabilities to access and succeed in competitive employment. The program goal is to provide full access to employment through the provision of individual support services for people who have historically been excluded from employment. Services have developed from a philosophy that presumes employability for all given the right supports are provided to the individual. Person-centered planning, meaningful job matches, full inclusion in the Vermont workforce, and creative strategies that broaden employment opportunities are all cornerstone practices of Vermont Supported Employment.”

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

Vermont Medicaid - Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a five-year federally-funded demonstration project for Vermont’s Long-term Medicaid Choices for Care program. The statewide program helps people living in nursing facilities move into their communities with the supports they need. Transition funds, up to $2,500, helps provide items and services not covered by Medicaid.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Vermont Transition and Career Planning Conference - 05/25/2017

“The 12th annual 2017 Transition and Career Planning Conference for K-12 Professionals will address highlighting the importance of “igniting the imagination” as students, educators, and parents create the developmental pathway through personalized learning, proficiencies, and the strengths, challenges, and career aspirations of each student.  This year’s conference is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Agency of Education, VocRehab Vermont, and the Vermont School Counselors Association.  An announcement will be sent out in mid-April when online registration is open.”

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

A case for home-based employment and telecommuting - 07/17/2009

This article explores the benefits of telecommuting as related to disability employment, productivity and the environment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Curriculum Development for Employment Staff For the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Agency of Human Service (AHS) Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) Initiative - 01/01/2009

“The State of Vermont, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a statewide direct service organization within the Department of Disabilities (DAIL), Aging and Independent Living in the Agency of Human Services (AHS). DVR is the lead agency for an AHS legislatively mandated initiative to coordinate employment services and employer outreach across AHS programs called Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS). AHS employment programs are designed to assist a wide range of groups to access and maintain employment.”

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

Vermont Career Start

Career Start was developed to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities as they move from secondary schools to employment, post-secondary education, and adulthood. The project proposed to improve the effectiveness of special education services to high school-age youth by emphasizing employment, post-secondary education, and training for youth with disabilities. The project's goal was "To explore model approaches that create a community-wide system of inclusion, support and engagement for school-age youth with disabilities as they transition into their adult roles in the community.

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

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

The Vermont Assistive Technology program provides technical assistance and training. The T/A provided to“ programs and agencies, engage in specific AT-related problem solving activities to help improve services, management, policies, and/or outcomes…[the program] organizes instructional events and presentations for a specific purpose or audience, designed to increase participants’ knowledge, skills, and competencies regarding AT. VATP trainings may target individual devices or categories of equipment or software, and may relate to particular disabilities or to specific environments.”

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Vermont Medicaid State Plan - 04/05/2016

The state Medicaid plan details how Vermont  has designe its program within the broad requirements for federal funding.   Vermont submits the following State plan for the medical assistance program, and hereby agrees to administer the program in accordance with the provisions of this State plan, the requirements of titles XI and XIX of the Act, and all applicable Federal regulations and other official issuances of the Department.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Vermont Comprehensive Quality Strategy (Including Home- and Community-Based Transition Plan - 12/29/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its review of Vermont’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring state standards and settings into compliance with new federal home and community-based settings requirements. The state’s STP is part of the state’s Comprehensive Quality Strategy (CQS) for its 1115 (a) Demonstration Waiver called the Global Commitment to Health 1115(a) Demonstration (Global Commitment Demonstration).    Vermont submitted its STP…and then added an Appendix to the document on September 15, 2015. CMS Request s additional detail regarding the structure of Vermont’s STP and public comments, waivers and settings included in the STP, systemic assessment, site-specific assessment, monitoring of settings, remedial actions, heightened scrutiny, and relocation of beneficiaries.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid for Working People With Disabilities - 01/01/2009

“Vermont's Medicaid for Working People With Disabilities (WPWD) program was initiated in January 1, 2000, under the authority of the federal Balanced Budget Act (BBA)...Known at the federal level as the ‘Medicaid Buy-In Program’, it allows many people with disabilities to work while keeping or obtaining Medicaid coverage for which they might not otherwise qualify due to higher incomes resulting from employment. The program is designed as a work incentive for people with disabilities, to help them achieve community inclusion through employment and achieve greater economic independence.”

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

Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a five-year federally-funded demonstration project for Vermont’s Long-term Medicaid Choices for Care program. The statewide program helps people living in nursing facilities move into their communities with the supports they need. Transition funds, up to $2,500, helps provide items and services not covered by Medicaid.”

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

Vermont Choices for Care (Long-Term Care Medicaid Waiver)

“Choices for Care is a Medicaid-funded, long-term care program to pay for care and support for older Vermonters and people with physical disabilities. The program assists people with everyday activities at home, in an enhanced residential care setting, or in a nursing facility.”

“Support includes hands-on assistance with eating, bathing, toilet use, dressing, and transferring from bed to chair; assistance with tasks such as meal preparation, household chores, and medication management and increasing or maintaining independence.”

“A second program is for Moderate Needs individuals who need minimal assistance to remain at home. This program offers limited case management, adult day services, and/or homemaker service.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

"Freedom and Unity" is the motto of the Green Mountain State, and as one of the early leaders in advocating for competitive integrated employment for workers with disabilities, it's clear that Vermont has what it takes to put Employment First!

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 Vermont’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.08%
Change from
2014 to 2015
626,042
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.33%
Change from
2014 to 2015
47,744
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
9.56%
Change from
2014 to 2015
19,575
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
11.61%
Change from
2014 to 2015
41.00%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
81.02%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 626,042
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 47,744
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,575
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 280,436
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 41.00%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 81.02%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 16.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 46,848
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 45,001
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 85,139
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,075
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 865
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 884
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 903
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,328
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,222
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 8.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 22,565

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 1,351
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 3,026
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 5,369
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 25.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 29.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 81.10%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 740
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,054

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,826
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 47
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 25
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. 53.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 3.99

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,718
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 6
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 221
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 743
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 992
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,713
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 43
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,585
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 32,894
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $11,060,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $28,194,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 38.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 1,858
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 179.99

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 74.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.29%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.77%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 74.34%
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). 48.89%
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). 62.22%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 73.33%
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). 13.33%

 

Data Not Available

 

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

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

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Gen. Section 188 provisions cited but no further implementation strategy throughout document (Page 81,85)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATION such as helping participants create household budgets, initiate savings plans, manage credit and debt and navigate the financial aid process for post–secondary education;

  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS training such as discussing characteristics of entrepreneurs, developing business ideas, creating a business plan and inviting local entrepreneurs to speak to youth.
  • LABOR MARKET AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION services about in–demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area, such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services; and
  • PREPARATION ACTIVITIES for transition to postsecondary education and training. (Page 23)
Benefits

Employer outreach by these providers is coordinated through the CWS Business Account Managers. Pre–Employment Transition Services (PETS) In order to meet the requirements of PETS, DVR has established a cadre of fourteen VR counselors assigned to work exclusively with students in high school. Each counselor has an assigned Youth Employment Specialist to develop real work–based learning experiences. DVR has the capacity to provide PETS services for eligible students in all 60 supervisory unions. Supported Employment for Youth and Adults DVR partners with the Division of Developmental Services and the Department of Mental Health to provide supported employment services for adults with developmental disabilities and youth with emotional behavioral disabilities. Rehabilitation Services for the Deaf (RCD) DVR has four Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf to provide specialized employment services to adults and students who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Work Incentive and Benefits Planning Approximately 30% of individuals in the DVR caseload receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Individuals on SSDI or SSI often need assistance understanding and managing the effects of earned income on their benefits. DVR Benefits Counselors provide this guidance to beneficiaries and assist them in taking advantage of available work incentives. Short Term Industry Recognized Training DVR data has indicated that consumers who complete industry recognized short–term certification programs achieve higher wage employment outcomes. (Page 25)

STRENGTHS & CHALLENGES 

A. Strengths of Workforce Development Activities Vermont sees the following as strengths to the workforce development system in the state:

  • Intimate, Individualized Services — core partner programs are highly accessible to individuals and program participants would rarely encounter wait times in program centers across the state. Additionally, the state has highly ranked education and training programs. For example, DVR has been ranked number one nationally in per capita individuals served, in employment per capita outcomes achieved, and in access to services for individuals with the most severe disabilities and determined eligible for Social Security disability benefits based on Ticket to Work participation rates.
  • Strong Employer Engagement — The state workforce programs have a strong emphasis on the employer as a customer. These business services come through engagement with businesses, economic development partners, and community organizations and leaders. The DVR, through CWS has over 2,500 active employer accounts in a Salesforce Strong database. Additionally, the core partners have successful employer engagement opportunities such as the Vermont Tech Jam, an annual career fair/tech expo showcasing the state’s most tech and bioscience companies, which provides a unique matchmaking opportunity for tech–based employers and job seekers.
  • Program Accessibility — Core partner programs are already available statewide. Additionally, many required one–stop partners are already collocated within the twelve state career resource centers, including the following programs: unemployment, trade adjustment, jobs for veterans, Wagner Peyser, and registered apprenticeship. Because of the collocation of Wagner–Peyser services, all career resource center staff receive labor market information training that enables better informed services to program participants and information seeking customers.
  • Education Opportunities — There are 27 colleges and universities in Vermont, including one research university, five universities conferring master’s degrees, an art school, a culinary school, a law school, and 14 undergraduate colleges conferring associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. These colleges are considered national leaders and this has resulted in a net positive migration of college–age people into Vermont. (Page 27)

VR Counselor works with an Employment Consultant (VABIR), who provides assistance in work search, job placement and post employment services. For individuals presenting multiple barriers to employment, an individualized service model is utilized. The approach focuses on progressive steps to employment including company tours, informational interviews, work experiences, community service placements, work assessments, and job shadowing. A large number of non-custodial parents with disabilities have never been helped in any way by the State. Reaching out to and assisting this population has produced positive outcomes. DVR has assisted many Work 4 Kids participants in securing employment. To date, non-custodial parents referred to the Work4Kids program are paying approximately five times the amount of child support compared with those not referred to the program. Vermont DVR has been assisting individuals to apply for Social Security disability benefits for more than a decade. Assistance has focused on individuals with very severe disabilities, often undiagnosed and untreated, that prevent them from being successful in employment. The goal is to assist those with severe disabilities to receive a more stable source of support that allows them to pursue treatment options that may lead to reengagement with DVR to work on employment goals. Populations being served are those receiving TANF benefits, those on DVR caseloads, offenders exiting prison, non-custodial parents engaged in the Work4Kids program, and individuals receiving General Assistance, an emergency benefit program for individuals with medical and other barriers to employment. In FFY 2015, 202 individuals were successful applicants for Social Security disability benefits. (Page 161)

Choices. DVR Benefits Counselors will utilize knowledge gained from prior experiences in working with students, as well as available technical assistance resources, to work closely with the DVR Transition Counselors in their regions. These teams will identify eligible individuals for referral, and find creative ways to engage students and their families in benefits planning in order to enhance students’ possibilities of employment and their development of independent living skills. (Page 164)

Full Time Equivalents Position Titles and Functions 1 Division Director 6.8 Senior Central Office Managers including the Field Services Manager, Employment Services Manager, Quality Assurance and Business Systems Manager, Staff Development and Training Coordinator, DVR Administrative Services Manager, Budget and Policy Manager, and the Transition Program Director 7 Regional Managers overseeing the 12 district offices 14 DVR Transition Counselors serving an in–school youth caseload 13 DVR Young Adult Counselors serving a youth caseload 30 DVR Counselors Serving an adult caseload 7 Benefits Counselors 4 Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf 15.5 Program Techs and Administrative Support Staff 12 Employee Assistance Manager and Specialists 6 Special Project Coordinators 2 Data Management and Program Evaluation Staff 3 Business Account Managers 2 Assistive Technology Staff and Manager 3 Miscellaneous Central Office Staff

DVR served 9,618 consumers in FFY 2015, or 76 consumers for each FTE. (Page 171)

One such meeting is comprised of employment staff connected by Creative Workforce Solutions, a DVR initiated collaboration of Agency of Human Services funded employment programs, which promotes cooperative job placement and employer relationships. Training related to rehabilitation technology is provided initially through the DVR services training program for new hires. Additional training and staff development is provided in collaboration with the Assistive Technology Program through on–site, video conferenced, and webinar based trainings, information sessions, and regularly scheduled staff meetings. A specific staff group, the DVR Benefit Counselors, receive specialized training to ensure the provision of quality services in working with customers who receive monetary or medical benefits. Ongoing training and support is provided by a DVR Project Manager. The local Social Security Administration (SSA) Area Work Incentives Coordinator provides quarterly trainings to the Benefits Counselors on a variety of SSA Work Incentives issues. SSA also provides training and technical assistance for Benefits Counselors through contracts with Cornell and Virginia Commonwealth University. DVR is the SSA Work Incentives Planning and Assistance grantee for the State of Vermont. The six Benefits Counselors working under that project are certified by SSA as Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWIC).  (Page 175)

The DVR training coordinators are the primary hub for dissemination of research and training resources to field staff. Program managers, including the Transition Services Manager, the Employment Services Manager and the Benefits Counseling Program Coordinator collect and disseminate information from local and national resources. Program managers and staff are encouraged to become members of national organizations in their fields. Organizations like the National Skills Coalition or the National Association of Benefits Planning and Work Incentive Counseling (NABWIS) and excellent resources for managers and front line staff. (Page 176)

Additionally, DVR provides transition services to youth; a program for youth with severe emotional/behavioral disabilities and corrections involvement; a program for individuals with disabilities receiving TANF benefits; individuals with disabilities receiving General Assistance benefits; benefits counseling; assistance with Social Security disability benefits applications; the Vermont Assistive Technology and Reuse Program; and assistance to individuals with disabilities who are offenders or who are veterans. Additionally, DVR funds supported employment services to designated agencies serving individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities and individuals with developmental disabilities. (Page 188)

B.   AVAILABILITY OF EMPLOYMENT-RELATED SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 

Vermont DVR is by far the largest provider of employment services for individuals with disabilities. Either directly providing services or through grants to community rehabilitation partners, DVR has sustained growth even as it continually assesses the needs of the community. For example, as evidence of disability within the TANF population grew, DVR established a unique partnership with the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) to serve individuals with disabilities receiving TANF benefits. DVR has many similar partnerships that allow DVR to effectively use its resources to expand its reach to other populations. The JOBS program is a partnership between the Departments of Corrections (DOC), Mental Health (DMH), DCF and DVR to provide supported employment and case management services for at risk youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The VR General Assistance Program provides DVR services to eligible individuals receiving emergency assistance. The Vermont DOL provides some services to individuals with disabilities, and the 14 designated agencies across Vermont provide supported employment services to individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities and those with developmental disabilities. Below is a table of current employment services providers for individuals with disabilities. (Page 189)

At DVR’s request, Market Decisions pulled out responses from individuals within the VR General Assistance Program, the DVR Reach Up Program (TANF) and Transition program for youth under age 22. DVR wanted to see what effect any one of these groups might have had on the small downturn in satisfaction levels. The Division was particularly interested in the responses from General Assistance (GA) program consumers since it was a newly established program and not part of the previous surveys. As it turned out, GA customers were less satisfied than other customers across all measures. There is probably some misunderstanding related to these responses since some GA recipients may be confusing DVR with the actual GA benefits that are administered. There was little difference in the responses from the TANF population, and there was a higher than average satisfaction level among youth in transition. (Page 194)

Adults of Working Age Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Another way to assess potential unmet need is to look at population data for adults receiving Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits. Individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are categorically eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. To be eligible for SSI or SSDI benefits an individual must be determined to be too severely disabled to work at a substantial level. In general, individuals who receive SSI or SSDI benefits have more significant barriers to employment than individuals with disabilities who are not eligible for these benefits. The most accurate way to assess the level of participation in vocational rehabilitation services by state is through the SSA Ticket to Work program. State VR and Blind Agencies are required to report to SSA the names of beneficiaries for whom the Ticket is “in use.” These data are used to determine payment to the VR agencies under the Ticket to Work or Cost Reimbursement programs.

TABLE 12: SSA DISABILITY BENEFICIARIES SERVED Total Working Age SSI and SSDI Population Number Receiving VR Services Percentage Served National 13,449,039 315,049 2.3% Vermont 32,172 2,857 8.8% (Page 197)

  1. Vermont DVR has implemented an in school Transition Counselor model providing PETS services. DVR has reassigned 20% of the programs VR counseling capacity (14.5 FTEs) to work exclusively with students. This provides coverage to all 60 supervisory unions and high schools in the state.
  2. DVR has worked with its primary CRP VABIR to implement the Youth Employment Specialist (YES) model. A full time YES will be paired with each in school VR counselor to provide a range of PETS services including the development of real work based learning experiences.
  3. DVR has reassigned supported employment resources to serve high school students who need supported employment services. PETS services with be provided through the JOBS supported employment programs serving students with psychiatric disabilities and the Developmental Services supported employment programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities,
  4. DVR has will implement self advocacy services for students through a grant agreement the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
  5. DVR will implement benefits planning for students. DVR has six Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWICs) on staff. (Page 210)
    1. Explore use of post–employment services to support DVR consumers advance in their current employment or access a new higher wage.

    2. Explore outreach to closed cases to determine if individuals could benefits from re–engagement with DVR. (Page 211)

  6. Vermont DVR has implemented an in school Transition Counselor model providing PETS services. DVR has reassigned 20% of the programs VR counseling capacity (14.5 FTEs) to work exclusively with students. This provides coverage to all 60 supervisory unions and high schools in the state.
  7. DVR has worked with its primary CRP VABIR to implement the Youth Employment Specialist (YES) model. A full time YES will be paired with each in school VR counselor to provide a range of PETS services including the development of real work based learning experiences.
  8. DVR has reassigned supported employment resources to serve high school students who need supported employment services. PETS services with be provided through the JOBS supported employment programs serving students with psychiatric disabilities and the Developmental Services supported employment programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities,
  9. DVR has will implement self advocacy services for students through a grant agreement the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
  10. DVR will implement benefits planning for students. DVR has six Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWICs) on staff. The CWICS will provide benefits planning for students who receive SSI as part of PETS.
  11. DVR will expand substantially summer youth employment opportunities for students through the Vermont Youth Conservation Corporation and other vendors. (Page 213)
  • The high proportion of consumers served through supported employment. Many of the individuals served through supported employment programs have very significant developmental or mental health disabilities. A high proportion work very part–time to supplement their benefits.
  • DVR serves a significant proportion of consumers who are already working and who are already self–supporting. These individuals cannot be included in the calculation. (Page 217)
School to Work Transition

All DVR Transition Counselors use the Guide to Secondary Transition services: Helping Students with Disabilities Move From School to Work, with special educators in each of the high schools they serve. They also use the Transition Counselor Role and Responsibilities for guidance. They facilitate a “meet and greet” in the fall with special educators to identify specific needs, issues and obstacles in their schools, and create a plan to address them. Local Core Transition Team meetings are being reinstated around the state to support the work of PETS in WIOA. (Page 165)

1. DBVI Services for Students who are blind or visually impaired DBVI is committed to the successful transition of young adults who are blind or visually impaired from school to work or further education or training. DBVI is required under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, see 29 U.S.C. §720 et seq. and pertinent federal regulation, see 34 CFR §361.22; the IDEA, and pertinent federal regulation, see 34 CFR §§300.347 (b) and 300.348; and the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, see 29 U.S.C. §3001 et seq., to coordinate policies and procedures with education officials that facilitate the transition of students who are blind or visually impaired from the receipt of educational services in school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services from the DBVI agency.

Data Collection

The 12 career resource centers are operated by the VDOL. All VDOL programs, which includes WIOA Title I adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs, Title III Wagner Peyser and other one-stop partner programs, operate using the Vermont Job Link (VJL) intake and case management system. This system is an integrated, technology-enabled system that provides individuals with access to labor market information and job training opportunities. The core partners are working together to develop a universal referral process and data sharing MOUs to help facilitate and explore data collection and sharing opportunities for participation tracking purposes. Vermont has also advocated for data alignment and integration resolution at the federal level. (Page 74)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

Strategy B: Expand workforce development and training initiatives and programs for Vermonters in high–demand and high–wage jobs. This will include:

  • The development and expansion of sector based training programs.
  • The development and expansion of training, certification programs, and industry recognized credentials in high demand sectors.
  • Ensuring Career Pathways have entrance points for lower–skilled adults that connect to adult education programs with outreach specific to this population. 

Strategy C: Explore opportunities to address disincentives to work built into state and federal benefits programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

  • Seek federal waivers to test alternative benefit structures and work incentives to make work pay.
  • Promote state policy adjustments designed to incentivize employment for individuals who receive public benefits. 

Strategy D: Utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) grant as comprehensive pilot to experiment on how the workforce system can effectively serve beneficiaries effectively.

  • The SNAP E&T grant is a partnership between Vermont DCF, VDOL, DVR and Community College of Vermont to provide comprehensive return to work services for beneficiaries who are recent offenders, have substance abuse disorders, and/or are homeless. The partnership will test new strategies to support return to work for these populations who have significant barriers to employment. (Page 32)
  • The development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system, including:
  • Identification of barriers and means for removing barriers to better coordinate, align, and avoid duplication among the programs and activities carried out through the system.
  • Development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skilled adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities), with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment.
  • Development of strategies for providing effective outreach to and improve access for individuals and employers who could benefit from services provided through the workforce development system. ( Page 41)

DVR recognizes one of the goals of WIOA is help consumers retain employment and develop career pathways to higher wage employment. The DVR management team had a two day retreat to consider strategies to achieve this goal. One for those approaches is to engage consumers post closure to determine if they could benefit from additional services to help them advance in their current employment. These might include:

  1. Explore use of post–employment services to support DVR consumers advance in their current employment or access a new higher wage.
  2. Explore outreach to closed cases to determine if individuals could benefits from re–engagement with DVR.

Strategy 6: Expand employer outreach and engagement efforts through Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) to effectively meet the needs of employers. Goals 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10

As described in Section (g) of the State Plan CWS is the primary employer outreach and engagement infrastructure for DVR. CWS and in particular the Business Account Managers have been a very effective approach to engaging employers and developing employment opportunities for DVR consumers. DVR will expand these efforts through the following strategies. (Page 211)

Employment Networks

Employment Network section located but nothing specific to disability stated. (Page 362)

Policies and Initiatives

Displaying 1 - 10 of 31

Vermont Aging & Disability Resource Connections: No Wrong Door - 07/18/2017

“Vermont’s Aging Disabilities Resource Connections (ADRC) initiative provides people of all ages, disabilities, and incomes with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about long term services and supports.  ADRC builds on the infrastructure of eight ‘core partners’. These core partners include the five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT), and Vermont 211.

The ADRC provides a wide variety of assistance to consumers, their caregivers, and their families to help Vermonters achieve their individual goals. The VT ADRC supports “no wrong door” access to long-term services and supports- reducing the need to contact multiple agencies in order to get the assistance they need, when they need it.”

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

Vermont Transition and Career Planning Conference - 05/25/2017

“The 12th annual 2017 Transition and Career Planning Conference for K-12 Professionals will address highlighting the importance of “igniting the imagination” as students, educators, and parents create the developmental pathway through personalized learning, proficiencies, and the strengths, challenges, and career aspirations of each student.  This year’s conference is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Agency of Education, VocRehab Vermont, and the Vermont School Counselors Association.  An announcement will be sent out in mid-April when online registration is open.”

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

Vermont Medicaid State Plan - 04/05/2016

The state Medicaid plan details how Vermont  has designe its program within the broad requirements for federal funding.   Vermont submits the following State plan for the medical assistance program, and hereby agrees to administer the program in accordance with the provisions of this State plan, the requirements of titles XI and XIX of the Act, and all applicable Federal regulations and other official issuances of the Department.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Vermont Disability Employment Working Group - 03/23/2016

Gov. Peter Shumlin marked Disability Awareness Day (March 23rd)… by further solidifying Vermont’s leadership as a model employer of people with disabilities. The Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a Disability Employment Working Group. The working group will be tasked with recommending hiring practices that will increase access to State employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) 2015 Annual Report - 01/15/2016

“Performance (SFY2015):  • 2,917 Vermonters received home and community-based services  • 1,213 people received supported employment services. This is an eight percent (8 %) increase in the number of people employed over the previous year • The average hourly rate of pay among people who were employed was $9.81, well above the Vermont minimum wage • 47% of people aged 21 – 64 who were served by DDS home and Community Based Services were employed (SFY2014)    What works:  The following practices have led to good outcomes: ongoing technical assistance to DA/SSA’s; sharing resources and ideas at quarterly Supported Employment (SE) Coordinator’s meetings; and connecting youth to Project Search Industry base training.   Action plan:  Next steps for employment services in Vermont include developing regional youth transition teams; an online supported employment certification course; and additional post-secondary options”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Vermont Comprehensive Quality Strategy (Including Home- and Community-Based Transition Plan - 12/29/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its review of Vermont’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring state standards and settings into compliance with new federal home and community-based settings requirements. The state’s STP is part of the state’s Comprehensive Quality Strategy (CQS) for its 1115 (a) Demonstration Waiver called the Global Commitment to Health 1115(a) Demonstration (Global Commitment Demonstration).    Vermont submitted its STP…and then added an Appendix to the document on September 15, 2015. CMS Request s additional detail regarding the structure of Vermont’s STP and public comments, waivers and settings included in the STP, systemic assessment, site-specific assessment, monitoring of settings, remedial actions, heightened scrutiny, and relocation of beneficiaries.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

8th National Organizational Change Forum - A Time for Change: Sheltered Workshop Conversion - 10/20/2015

Sheltered Workshops Many realize it is time to change their workshops to community-based employment but aren't sure how. In 2002, Vermont closed its last sheltered workshop for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords noted, ‘As we close this chapter on work centers in Vermont, I hope that we encourage others to follow Vermont’s lead to a place where all of us work side by side.’”

“In this spirit we invite you to join us in Vermont this fall to continue the dialogue in partnership with the National Organizational Change Forum to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We'll examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. State policy makers, Developmental Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocates, and Families are encouraged to attend.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan Goals & Objectives ~ 2012 to 2016 - 09/14/2015

The State Plan details the DDC’s goals and objectives. Employment first related goals are stated as follows:Goal 1: At every stage of life Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families will have easy access to information about services and supports in common everyday language.

Goal 2:Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council will support more Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families to have strong voices to ensure quality of service and freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Goal 3: All individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will have equitable access to flexible, individualized quality services and supports.

Goal 4: All across Vermont people with developmental disabilities will have more positive, supportive relationships that will help them be well and be part of activities that bring them into the heart of their communities.

Goal 5: More Vermonters with developmental disabilities will be employed for more hours and more pay in jobs they choose.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Education Policy and Regulations - 07/27/2015

This page lists important state and federal legislation and policy that affect special education in Vermont.

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

Vermont SB 138 An Act Relating to Promoting Economic Development - 06/03/2015

"The purpose of this act is: (1) to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life. (2) to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the supplemental security income program under Title XVI of such Act, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Vermont SB 138 An Act Relating to Promoting Economic Development - 06/03/2015

"The purpose of this act is: (1) to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life. (2) to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the supplemental security income program under Title XVI of such Act, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Vermont Disability Employment Working Group - 03/23/2016

Gov. Peter Shumlin marked Disability Awareness Day (March 23rd)… by further solidifying Vermont’s leadership as a model employer of people with disabilities. The Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a Disability Employment Working Group. The working group will be tasked with recommending hiring practices that will increase access to State employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Displaying 1 - 10 of 10

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) 2015 Annual Report - 01/15/2016

“Performance (SFY2015):  • 2,917 Vermonters received home and community-based services  • 1,213 people received supported employment services. This is an eight percent (8 %) increase in the number of people employed over the previous year • The average hourly rate of pay among people who were employed was $9.81, well above the Vermont minimum wage • 47% of people aged 21 – 64 who were served by DDS home and Community Based Services were employed (SFY2014)    What works:  The following practices have led to good outcomes: ongoing technical assistance to DA/SSA’s; sharing resources and ideas at quarterly Supported Employment (SE) Coordinator’s meetings; and connecting youth to Project Search Industry base training.   Action plan:  Next steps for employment services in Vermont include developing regional youth transition teams; an online supported employment certification course; and additional post-secondary options”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan Goals & Objectives ~ 2012 to 2016 - 09/14/2015

The State Plan details the DDC’s goals and objectives. Employment first related goals are stated as follows:Goal 1: At every stage of life Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families will have easy access to information about services and supports in common everyday language.

Goal 2:Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council will support more Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families to have strong voices to ensure quality of service and freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Goal 3: All individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will have equitable access to flexible, individualized quality services and supports.

Goal 4: All across Vermont people with developmental disabilities will have more positive, supportive relationships that will help them be well and be part of activities that bring them into the heart of their communities.

Goal 5: More Vermonters with developmental disabilities will be employed for more hours and more pay in jobs they choose.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Education Policy and Regulations - 07/27/2015

This page lists important state and federal legislation and policy that affect special education in Vermont.

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

Vermont State System of Care Plan for Developmental Disabilities Services, FY 2015-2017 - 07/01/2014

“The Plan is intended to help people with developmental disabilities, their families, advocates, service providers and policy makers understand how resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are managed. It lays out criteria for determining who is eligible for developmental disabilities services and prioritizes the use of resources. It is specifically intended to spell out how legislatively-appropriated funding will be allocated to serve individuals with significant developmental disabilities. The Plan guides the appropriate use of this funding to help people achieve their personal goals and to continuously improve the system of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities within available resources.”

Specifically addresses employment and youth transition goals. This document also provides funding rules, including that funds cannot be used to fund sheltered workshops for those receiving employment services.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy and Procedures Manual Chapter 310: Supported Employment

This manual contains definitions and descriptions for the supported employment services provided by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Supporting Employment for Vermonters with Psychiatric Disabilities

“VocRehab Vermont helps Vermonters with psychiatric disabilities obtain and maintain jobs of their choice. VocRehab works with an approach called Supported Employment which is a service that helps individuals with psychiatric disabilities find and maintain meaningful jobs…Each VocRehab office works closely with a Community Mental Health Center to offer supported employment services. These services are designed to meet your individual career goals and help you rapidly find work that meets your preferences.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Supported Employment

“Vermonters with developmental disabilities are able to make use of one of the best sets of employment supports available in this country. The help that is provided people to find and to keep meaningful employment is called Supported Employment…Supported employment is founded on the belief that anyone can work if they are given the right support. VocRehab works closely with Supported Employment Programs across Vermont.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Increasing Employment Options

Lists and explains a variety of employment options including Self-Employment, Work from Home, and Supported Employment, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

“The Mission of the Vermont Assistive Technology Program is to increase awareness and knowledge, and to change policies and practices to ensure assistive technology is available through all services to Vermonters with disabilities."

"Our Vision is that all individuals with disabilities receive the assistive technology they need and want, and that the benefits of assistive devices and technologies figure prominently in the minds of consumers, policy makers, and service providers. We seek to create a dependable, consistent system of service delivery that is consumer driven and consumer responsive."

"Our Commitment is to enable Vermonters with disabilities to have greater independence, productivity, and confidence, and to provide Vermonters a clear and direct avenue toward integration and inclusion in school, the work force and the community.”

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

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

“Vocational rehabilitation offers free, flexible services to any Vermonter or employer dealing with a disability that affects employment. We partner with human service providers and employers across Vermont to help people with disabilities realize their full potential.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Displaying 1 - 3 of 3

8th National Organizational Change Forum - A Time for Change: Sheltered Workshop Conversion - 10/20/2015

Sheltered Workshops Many realize it is time to change their workshops to community-based employment but aren't sure how. In 2002, Vermont closed its last sheltered workshop for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords noted, ‘As we close this chapter on work centers in Vermont, I hope that we encourage others to follow Vermont’s lead to a place where all of us work side by side.’”

“In this spirit we invite you to join us in Vermont this fall to continue the dialogue in partnership with the National Organizational Change Forum to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We'll examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. State policy makers, Developmental Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocates, and Families are encouraged to attend.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Interagency Agreement with Vermont Department of Education and Vermont Agency of Human Services - 06/15/2005

“This agreement promotes collaboration between the Agency of Human Services (AHS) and the Department of Education (DOE) in order to ensure that all required services are coordinated and provided to students with disabilities, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and policies. As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the agreement delineates the provision and funding of services required by federal or state law or assigned by state policy. The areas covered by this agreement include coordination of services, agency financial responsibility, conditions and terms of reimbursement, and resolution of interagency disputes.

This interagency agreement outlines the provision of services to students who are eligible for both special education and services provided by AHS and its member departments and offices including Department of Health (VDH), Department for Children and Families (DCF), Department of Disability, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), Department of Corrections (DOC), and Office of Vermont Health Access (OVHA). It is intended that the agreement will provide guidance to human services staff and school personnel in the coordination and provision of services for students with disabilities.”

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

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

“Created under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, VTDDC uses its federal funding to build capacity and advocate for changes to systems so that Vermonters with developmental disabilities are at the heart of Vermont’s communities.

People with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians play a key role in letting VTDDC know what is happening for those with developmental disabilities throughout Vermont, and in deciding how to use its funds to have the greatest impact on people's lives. VTDDC develops a State Plan every 5 years that drives its work and the grants it awards.  Its  projects focus on public education,  leadership  training, and advocacy aimed at enhancing individual and family-centered supports and services, the ability of people to speak for themselves and make choices,  and to exercise all the rights and protections of full community participants.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Displaying 1 - 6 of 6

Vermont Aging & Disability Resource Connections: No Wrong Door - 07/18/2017

“Vermont’s Aging Disabilities Resource Connections (ADRC) initiative provides people of all ages, disabilities, and incomes with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about long term services and supports.  ADRC builds on the infrastructure of eight ‘core partners’. These core partners include the five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT), and Vermont 211.

The ADRC provides a wide variety of assistance to consumers, their caregivers, and their families to help Vermonters achieve their individual goals. The VT ADRC supports “no wrong door” access to long-term services and supports- reducing the need to contact multiple agencies in order to get the assistance they need, when they need it.”

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

Vermont Employment Development Initiative - 09/01/2011

“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." Vermont received and EDI grant to support its SE Champions program.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

VT Social Security Benefit Offset National Demonstration - 12/23/2009

“The Vermont Offset Pilot Demonstration was one of four small state pilots initiated as a first step in preparing for the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND). It used a random-assignment, experimental design. The purpose was to test whether changing SSDI rules to provide a glide ramp off SSDI cash benefits (gradual reduction instead of the “cash cliff”) would encourage more beneficiaries to work at a high enough level to reduce or eliminate cash benefit payments... The Vermont pilot was implemented within the Vermont State Vocational Rehabilitation program in combination with intensive benefits counseling services.”

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

Vermont Works (MIG-RAT)

“Vermont Works is an incubator for exciting, new and unique programs for people with disabilities that: Reduce or remove barriers to employment; Increase employment opportunities; [and] Enhance employment outcomes…An initiative of VocRehab Vermont and funded by the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), Vermont Works acts as a laboratory for the development of groundbreaking ideas.  Its cutting-edge programs have helped propel Vermont to national prominence for comprehensively and effectively supporting the employment of people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Supported Employment

o “The Vermont Supported Employment Program provides a full range of services which enable people with disabilities to access and succeed in competitive employment. The program goal is to provide full access to employment through the provision of individual support services for people who have historically been excluded from employment. Services have developed from a philosophy that presumes employability for all given the right supports are provided to the individual. Person-centered planning, meaningful job matches, full inclusion in the Vermont workforce, and creative strategies that broaden employment opportunities are all cornerstone practices of Vermont Supported Employment.”

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

Vermont Medicaid - Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a five-year federally-funded demonstration project for Vermont’s Long-term Medicaid Choices for Care program. The statewide program helps people living in nursing facilities move into their communities with the supports they need. Transition funds, up to $2,500, helps provide items and services not covered by Medicaid.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Vermont Transition and Career Planning Conference - 05/25/2017

“The 12th annual 2017 Transition and Career Planning Conference for K-12 Professionals will address highlighting the importance of “igniting the imagination” as students, educators, and parents create the developmental pathway through personalized learning, proficiencies, and the strengths, challenges, and career aspirations of each student.  This year’s conference is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Agency of Education, VocRehab Vermont, and the Vermont School Counselors Association.  An announcement will be sent out in mid-April when online registration is open.”

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

A case for home-based employment and telecommuting - 07/17/2009

This article explores the benefits of telecommuting as related to disability employment, productivity and the environment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Curriculum Development for Employment Staff For the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Agency of Human Service (AHS) Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) Initiative - 01/01/2009

“The State of Vermont, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a statewide direct service organization within the Department of Disabilities (DAIL), Aging and Independent Living in the Agency of Human Services (AHS). DVR is the lead agency for an AHS legislatively mandated initiative to coordinate employment services and employer outreach across AHS programs called Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS). AHS employment programs are designed to assist a wide range of groups to access and maintain employment.”

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

Vermont Career Start

Career Start was developed to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities as they move from secondary schools to employment, post-secondary education, and adulthood. The project proposed to improve the effectiveness of special education services to high school-age youth by emphasizing employment, post-secondary education, and training for youth with disabilities. The project's goal was "To explore model approaches that create a community-wide system of inclusion, support and engagement for school-age youth with disabilities as they transition into their adult roles in the community.

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

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

The Vermont Assistive Technology program provides technical assistance and training. The T/A provided to“ programs and agencies, engage in specific AT-related problem solving activities to help improve services, management, policies, and/or outcomes…[the program] organizes instructional events and presentations for a specific purpose or audience, designed to increase participants’ knowledge, skills, and competencies regarding AT. VATP trainings may target individual devices or categories of equipment or software, and may relate to particular disabilities or to specific environments.”

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Vermont Medicaid State Plan - 04/05/2016

The state Medicaid plan details how Vermont  has designe its program within the broad requirements for federal funding.   Vermont submits the following State plan for the medical assistance program, and hereby agrees to administer the program in accordance with the provisions of this State plan, the requirements of titles XI and XIX of the Act, and all applicable Federal regulations and other official issuances of the Department.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Vermont Comprehensive Quality Strategy (Including Home- and Community-Based Transition Plan - 12/29/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its review of Vermont’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring state standards and settings into compliance with new federal home and community-based settings requirements. The state’s STP is part of the state’s Comprehensive Quality Strategy (CQS) for its 1115 (a) Demonstration Waiver called the Global Commitment to Health 1115(a) Demonstration (Global Commitment Demonstration).    Vermont submitted its STP…and then added an Appendix to the document on September 15, 2015. CMS Request s additional detail regarding the structure of Vermont’s STP and public comments, waivers and settings included in the STP, systemic assessment, site-specific assessment, monitoring of settings, remedial actions, heightened scrutiny, and relocation of beneficiaries.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid for Working People With Disabilities - 01/01/2009

“Vermont's Medicaid for Working People With Disabilities (WPWD) program was initiated in January 1, 2000, under the authority of the federal Balanced Budget Act (BBA)...Known at the federal level as the ‘Medicaid Buy-In Program’, it allows many people with disabilities to work while keeping or obtaining Medicaid coverage for which they might not otherwise qualify due to higher incomes resulting from employment. The program is designed as a work incentive for people with disabilities, to help them achieve community inclusion through employment and achieve greater economic independence.”

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

Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a five-year federally-funded demonstration project for Vermont’s Long-term Medicaid Choices for Care program. The statewide program helps people living in nursing facilities move into their communities with the supports they need. Transition funds, up to $2,500, helps provide items and services not covered by Medicaid.”

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

Vermont Choices for Care (Long-Term Care Medicaid Waiver)

“Choices for Care is a Medicaid-funded, long-term care program to pay for care and support for older Vermonters and people with physical disabilities. The program assists people with everyday activities at home, in an enhanced residential care setting, or in a nursing facility.”

“Support includes hands-on assistance with eating, bathing, toilet use, dressing, and transferring from bed to chair; assistance with tasks such as meal preparation, household chores, and medication management and increasing or maintaining independence.”

“A second program is for Moderate Needs individuals who need minimal assistance to remain at home. This program offers limited case management, adult day services, and/or homemaker service.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

"Freedom and Unity" is the motto of the Green Mountain State, and as one of the early leaders in advocating for competitive integrated employment for workers with disabilities, it's clear that Vermont has what it takes to put Employment First!

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 Vermont’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.08%
Change from
2014 to 2015
626,042
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.33%
Change from
2014 to 2015
47,744
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
9.56%
Change from
2014 to 2015
19,575
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
11.61%
Change from
2014 to 2015
41.00%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
81.02%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 626,042
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 47,744
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,575
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 280,436
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 41.00%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 81.02%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 16.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 46,848
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 45,001
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 85,139
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,075
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 865
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 884
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 903
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,328
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,222
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 8.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 22,565

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 1,351
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 3,026
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 5,369
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 25.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 29.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 81.10%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 740
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,054

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,826
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 47
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 25
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. 53.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 3.99

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,718
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 6
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 221
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 743
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 992
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,713
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 43
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,585
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 32,894
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $11,060,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $28,194,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 38.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 1,858
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 179.99

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 74.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.29%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.77%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 74.34%
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). 48.89%
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). 62.22%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 73.33%
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). 13.33%

 

Data Not Available

 

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

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

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Gen. Section 188 provisions cited but no further implementation strategy throughout document (Page 81,85)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATION such as helping participants create household budgets, initiate savings plans, manage credit and debt and navigate the financial aid process for post–secondary education;

  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS training such as discussing characteristics of entrepreneurs, developing business ideas, creating a business plan and inviting local entrepreneurs to speak to youth.
  • LABOR MARKET AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION services about in–demand industry sectors or occupations available in the local area, such as career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services; and
  • PREPARATION ACTIVITIES for transition to postsecondary education and training. (Page 23)
Benefits

Employer outreach by these providers is coordinated through the CWS Business Account Managers. Pre–Employment Transition Services (PETS) In order to meet the requirements of PETS, DVR has established a cadre of fourteen VR counselors assigned to work exclusively with students in high school. Each counselor has an assigned Youth Employment Specialist to develop real work–based learning experiences. DVR has the capacity to provide PETS services for eligible students in all 60 supervisory unions. Supported Employment for Youth and Adults DVR partners with the Division of Developmental Services and the Department of Mental Health to provide supported employment services for adults with developmental disabilities and youth with emotional behavioral disabilities. Rehabilitation Services for the Deaf (RCD) DVR has four Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf to provide specialized employment services to adults and students who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Work Incentive and Benefits Planning Approximately 30% of individuals in the DVR caseload receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Individuals on SSDI or SSI often need assistance understanding and managing the effects of earned income on their benefits. DVR Benefits Counselors provide this guidance to beneficiaries and assist them in taking advantage of available work incentives. Short Term Industry Recognized Training DVR data has indicated that consumers who complete industry recognized short–term certification programs achieve higher wage employment outcomes. (Page 25)

STRENGTHS & CHALLENGES 

A. Strengths of Workforce Development Activities Vermont sees the following as strengths to the workforce development system in the state:

  • Intimate, Individualized Services — core partner programs are highly accessible to individuals and program participants would rarely encounter wait times in program centers across the state. Additionally, the state has highly ranked education and training programs. For example, DVR has been ranked number one nationally in per capita individuals served, in employment per capita outcomes achieved, and in access to services for individuals with the most severe disabilities and determined eligible for Social Security disability benefits based on Ticket to Work participation rates.
  • Strong Employer Engagement — The state workforce programs have a strong emphasis on the employer as a customer. These business services come through engagement with businesses, economic development partners, and community organizations and leaders. The DVR, through CWS has over 2,500 active employer accounts in a Salesforce Strong database. Additionally, the core partners have successful employer engagement opportunities such as the Vermont Tech Jam, an annual career fair/tech expo showcasing the state’s most tech and bioscience companies, which provides a unique matchmaking opportunity for tech–based employers and job seekers.
  • Program Accessibility — Core partner programs are already available statewide. Additionally, many required one–stop partners are already collocated within the twelve state career resource centers, including the following programs: unemployment, trade adjustment, jobs for veterans, Wagner Peyser, and registered apprenticeship. Because of the collocation of Wagner–Peyser services, all career resource center staff receive labor market information training that enables better informed services to program participants and information seeking customers.
  • Education Opportunities — There are 27 colleges and universities in Vermont, including one research university, five universities conferring master’s degrees, an art school, a culinary school, a law school, and 14 undergraduate colleges conferring associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. These colleges are considered national leaders and this has resulted in a net positive migration of college–age people into Vermont. (Page 27)

VR Counselor works with an Employment Consultant (VABIR), who provides assistance in work search, job placement and post employment services. For individuals presenting multiple barriers to employment, an individualized service model is utilized. The approach focuses on progressive steps to employment including company tours, informational interviews, work experiences, community service placements, work assessments, and job shadowing. A large number of non-custodial parents with disabilities have never been helped in any way by the State. Reaching out to and assisting this population has produced positive outcomes. DVR has assisted many Work 4 Kids participants in securing employment. To date, non-custodial parents referred to the Work4Kids program are paying approximately five times the amount of child support compared with those not referred to the program. Vermont DVR has been assisting individuals to apply for Social Security disability benefits for more than a decade. Assistance has focused on individuals with very severe disabilities, often undiagnosed and untreated, that prevent them from being successful in employment. The goal is to assist those with severe disabilities to receive a more stable source of support that allows them to pursue treatment options that may lead to reengagement with DVR to work on employment goals. Populations being served are those receiving TANF benefits, those on DVR caseloads, offenders exiting prison, non-custodial parents engaged in the Work4Kids program, and individuals receiving General Assistance, an emergency benefit program for individuals with medical and other barriers to employment. In FFY 2015, 202 individuals were successful applicants for Social Security disability benefits. (Page 161)

Choices. DVR Benefits Counselors will utilize knowledge gained from prior experiences in working with students, as well as available technical assistance resources, to work closely with the DVR Transition Counselors in their regions. These teams will identify eligible individuals for referral, and find creative ways to engage students and their families in benefits planning in order to enhance students’ possibilities of employment and their development of independent living skills. (Page 164)

Full Time Equivalents Position Titles and Functions 1 Division Director 6.8 Senior Central Office Managers including the Field Services Manager, Employment Services Manager, Quality Assurance and Business Systems Manager, Staff Development and Training Coordinator, DVR Administrative Services Manager, Budget and Policy Manager, and the Transition Program Director 7 Regional Managers overseeing the 12 district offices 14 DVR Transition Counselors serving an in–school youth caseload 13 DVR Young Adult Counselors serving a youth caseload 30 DVR Counselors Serving an adult caseload 7 Benefits Counselors 4 Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf 15.5 Program Techs and Administrative Support Staff 12 Employee Assistance Manager and Specialists 6 Special Project Coordinators 2 Data Management and Program Evaluation Staff 3 Business Account Managers 2 Assistive Technology Staff and Manager 3 Miscellaneous Central Office Staff

DVR served 9,618 consumers in FFY 2015, or 76 consumers for each FTE. (Page 171)

One such meeting is comprised of employment staff connected by Creative Workforce Solutions, a DVR initiated collaboration of Agency of Human Services funded employment programs, which promotes cooperative job placement and employer relationships. Training related to rehabilitation technology is provided initially through the DVR services training program for new hires. Additional training and staff development is provided in collaboration with the Assistive Technology Program through on–site, video conferenced, and webinar based trainings, information sessions, and regularly scheduled staff meetings. A specific staff group, the DVR Benefit Counselors, receive specialized training to ensure the provision of quality services in working with customers who receive monetary or medical benefits. Ongoing training and support is provided by a DVR Project Manager. The local Social Security Administration (SSA) Area Work Incentives Coordinator provides quarterly trainings to the Benefits Counselors on a variety of SSA Work Incentives issues. SSA also provides training and technical assistance for Benefits Counselors through contracts with Cornell and Virginia Commonwealth University. DVR is the SSA Work Incentives Planning and Assistance grantee for the State of Vermont. The six Benefits Counselors working under that project are certified by SSA as Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWIC).  (Page 175)

The DVR training coordinators are the primary hub for dissemination of research and training resources to field staff. Program managers, including the Transition Services Manager, the Employment Services Manager and the Benefits Counseling Program Coordinator collect and disseminate information from local and national resources. Program managers and staff are encouraged to become members of national organizations in their fields. Organizations like the National Skills Coalition or the National Association of Benefits Planning and Work Incentive Counseling (NABWIS) and excellent resources for managers and front line staff. (Page 176)

Additionally, DVR provides transition services to youth; a program for youth with severe emotional/behavioral disabilities and corrections involvement; a program for individuals with disabilities receiving TANF benefits; individuals with disabilities receiving General Assistance benefits; benefits counseling; assistance with Social Security disability benefits applications; the Vermont Assistive Technology and Reuse Program; and assistance to individuals with disabilities who are offenders or who are veterans. Additionally, DVR funds supported employment services to designated agencies serving individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities and individuals with developmental disabilities. (Page 188)

B.   AVAILABILITY OF EMPLOYMENT-RELATED SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 

Vermont DVR is by far the largest provider of employment services for individuals with disabilities. Either directly providing services or through grants to community rehabilitation partners, DVR has sustained growth even as it continually assesses the needs of the community. For example, as evidence of disability within the TANF population grew, DVR established a unique partnership with the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) to serve individuals with disabilities receiving TANF benefits. DVR has many similar partnerships that allow DVR to effectively use its resources to expand its reach to other populations. The JOBS program is a partnership between the Departments of Corrections (DOC), Mental Health (DMH), DCF and DVR to provide supported employment and case management services for at risk youth with emotional and behavioral disabilities. The VR General Assistance Program provides DVR services to eligible individuals receiving emergency assistance. The Vermont DOL provides some services to individuals with disabilities, and the 14 designated agencies across Vermont provide supported employment services to individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities and those with developmental disabilities. Below is a table of current employment services providers for individuals with disabilities. (Page 189)

At DVR’s request, Market Decisions pulled out responses from individuals within the VR General Assistance Program, the DVR Reach Up Program (TANF) and Transition program for youth under age 22. DVR wanted to see what effect any one of these groups might have had on the small downturn in satisfaction levels. The Division was particularly interested in the responses from General Assistance (GA) program consumers since it was a newly established program and not part of the previous surveys. As it turned out, GA customers were less satisfied than other customers across all measures. There is probably some misunderstanding related to these responses since some GA recipients may be confusing DVR with the actual GA benefits that are administered. There was little difference in the responses from the TANF population, and there was a higher than average satisfaction level among youth in transition. (Page 194)

Adults of Working Age Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Another way to assess potential unmet need is to look at population data for adults receiving Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits. Individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are categorically eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. To be eligible for SSI or SSDI benefits an individual must be determined to be too severely disabled to work at a substantial level. In general, individuals who receive SSI or SSDI benefits have more significant barriers to employment than individuals with disabilities who are not eligible for these benefits. The most accurate way to assess the level of participation in vocational rehabilitation services by state is through the SSA Ticket to Work program. State VR and Blind Agencies are required to report to SSA the names of beneficiaries for whom the Ticket is “in use.” These data are used to determine payment to the VR agencies under the Ticket to Work or Cost Reimbursement programs.

TABLE 12: SSA DISABILITY BENEFICIARIES SERVED Total Working Age SSI and SSDI Population Number Receiving VR Services Percentage Served National 13,449,039 315,049 2.3% Vermont 32,172 2,857 8.8% (Page 197)

  1. Vermont DVR has implemented an in school Transition Counselor model providing PETS services. DVR has reassigned 20% of the programs VR counseling capacity (14.5 FTEs) to work exclusively with students. This provides coverage to all 60 supervisory unions and high schools in the state.
  2. DVR has worked with its primary CRP VABIR to implement the Youth Employment Specialist (YES) model. A full time YES will be paired with each in school VR counselor to provide a range of PETS services including the development of real work based learning experiences.
  3. DVR has reassigned supported employment resources to serve high school students who need supported employment services. PETS services with be provided through the JOBS supported employment programs serving students with psychiatric disabilities and the Developmental Services supported employment programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities,
  4. DVR has will implement self advocacy services for students through a grant agreement the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
  5. DVR will implement benefits planning for students. DVR has six Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWICs) on staff. (Page 210)
    1. Explore use of post–employment services to support DVR consumers advance in their current employment or access a new higher wage.

    2. Explore outreach to closed cases to determine if individuals could benefits from re–engagement with DVR. (Page 211)

  6. Vermont DVR has implemented an in school Transition Counselor model providing PETS services. DVR has reassigned 20% of the programs VR counseling capacity (14.5 FTEs) to work exclusively with students. This provides coverage to all 60 supervisory unions and high schools in the state.
  7. DVR has worked with its primary CRP VABIR to implement the Youth Employment Specialist (YES) model. A full time YES will be paired with each in school VR counselor to provide a range of PETS services including the development of real work based learning experiences.
  8. DVR has reassigned supported employment resources to serve high school students who need supported employment services. PETS services with be provided through the JOBS supported employment programs serving students with psychiatric disabilities and the Developmental Services supported employment programs serving individuals with developmental disabilities,
  9. DVR has will implement self advocacy services for students through a grant agreement the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL)
  10. DVR will implement benefits planning for students. DVR has six Certified Work Incentive Counselors (CWICs) on staff. The CWICS will provide benefits planning for students who receive SSI as part of PETS.
  11. DVR will expand substantially summer youth employment opportunities for students through the Vermont Youth Conservation Corporation and other vendors. (Page 213)
  • The high proportion of consumers served through supported employment. Many of the individuals served through supported employment programs have very significant developmental or mental health disabilities. A high proportion work very part–time to supplement their benefits.
  • DVR serves a significant proportion of consumers who are already working and who are already self–supporting. These individuals cannot be included in the calculation. (Page 217)
School to Work Transition

All DVR Transition Counselors use the Guide to Secondary Transition services: Helping Students with Disabilities Move From School to Work, with special educators in each of the high schools they serve. They also use the Transition Counselor Role and Responsibilities for guidance. They facilitate a “meet and greet” in the fall with special educators to identify specific needs, issues and obstacles in their schools, and create a plan to address them. Local Core Transition Team meetings are being reinstated around the state to support the work of PETS in WIOA. (Page 165)

1. DBVI Services for Students who are blind or visually impaired DBVI is committed to the successful transition of young adults who are blind or visually impaired from school to work or further education or training. DBVI is required under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, see 29 U.S.C. §720 et seq. and pertinent federal regulation, see 34 CFR §361.22; the IDEA, and pertinent federal regulation, see 34 CFR §§300.347 (b) and 300.348; and the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, see 29 U.S.C. §3001 et seq., to coordinate policies and procedures with education officials that facilitate the transition of students who are blind or visually impaired from the receipt of educational services in school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services from the DBVI agency.

Data Collection

The 12 career resource centers are operated by the VDOL. All VDOL programs, which includes WIOA Title I adult, dislocated worker, and youth programs, Title III Wagner Peyser and other one-stop partner programs, operate using the Vermont Job Link (VJL) intake and case management system. This system is an integrated, technology-enabled system that provides individuals with access to labor market information and job training opportunities. The core partners are working together to develop a universal referral process and data sharing MOUs to help facilitate and explore data collection and sharing opportunities for participation tracking purposes. Vermont has also advocated for data alignment and integration resolution at the federal level. (Page 74)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

Strategy B: Expand workforce development and training initiatives and programs for Vermonters in high–demand and high–wage jobs. This will include:

  • The development and expansion of sector based training programs.
  • The development and expansion of training, certification programs, and industry recognized credentials in high demand sectors.
  • Ensuring Career Pathways have entrance points for lower–skilled adults that connect to adult education programs with outreach specific to this population. 

Strategy C: Explore opportunities to address disincentives to work built into state and federal benefits programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

  • Seek federal waivers to test alternative benefit structures and work incentives to make work pay.
  • Promote state policy adjustments designed to incentivize employment for individuals who receive public benefits. 

Strategy D: Utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) grant as comprehensive pilot to experiment on how the workforce system can effectively serve beneficiaries effectively.

  • The SNAP E&T grant is a partnership between Vermont DCF, VDOL, DVR and Community College of Vermont to provide comprehensive return to work services for beneficiaries who are recent offenders, have substance abuse disorders, and/or are homeless. The partnership will test new strategies to support return to work for these populations who have significant barriers to employment. (Page 32)
  • The development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system, including:
  • Identification of barriers and means for removing barriers to better coordinate, align, and avoid duplication among the programs and activities carried out through the system.
  • Development of strategies to support the use of career pathways for the purpose of providing individuals, including low-skilled adults, youth, and individuals with barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities), with workforce investment activities, education, and supportive services to enter or retain employment.
  • Development of strategies for providing effective outreach to and improve access for individuals and employers who could benefit from services provided through the workforce development system. ( Page 41)

DVR recognizes one of the goals of WIOA is help consumers retain employment and develop career pathways to higher wage employment. The DVR management team had a two day retreat to consider strategies to achieve this goal. One for those approaches is to engage consumers post closure to determine if they could benefit from additional services to help them advance in their current employment. These might include:

  1. Explore use of post–employment services to support DVR consumers advance in their current employment or access a new higher wage.
  2. Explore outreach to closed cases to determine if individuals could benefits from re–engagement with DVR.

Strategy 6: Expand employer outreach and engagement efforts through Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) to effectively meet the needs of employers. Goals 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10

As described in Section (g) of the State Plan CWS is the primary employer outreach and engagement infrastructure for DVR. CWS and in particular the Business Account Managers have been a very effective approach to engaging employers and developing employment opportunities for DVR consumers. DVR will expand these efforts through the following strategies. (Page 211)

Employment Networks

Employment Network section located but nothing specific to disability stated. (Page 362)

Policies and Initiatives

Displaying 1 - 10 of 31

Vermont Aging & Disability Resource Connections: No Wrong Door - 07/18/2017

“Vermont’s Aging Disabilities Resource Connections (ADRC) initiative provides people of all ages, disabilities, and incomes with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about long term services and supports.  ADRC builds on the infrastructure of eight ‘core partners’. These core partners include the five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT), and Vermont 211.

The ADRC provides a wide variety of assistance to consumers, their caregivers, and their families to help Vermonters achieve their individual goals. The VT ADRC supports “no wrong door” access to long-term services and supports- reducing the need to contact multiple agencies in order to get the assistance they need, when they need it.”

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

Vermont Transition and Career Planning Conference - 05/25/2017

“The 12th annual 2017 Transition and Career Planning Conference for K-12 Professionals will address highlighting the importance of “igniting the imagination” as students, educators, and parents create the developmental pathway through personalized learning, proficiencies, and the strengths, challenges, and career aspirations of each student.  This year’s conference is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Agency of Education, VocRehab Vermont, and the Vermont School Counselors Association.  An announcement will be sent out in mid-April when online registration is open.”

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

Vermont Medicaid State Plan - 04/05/2016

The state Medicaid plan details how Vermont  has designe its program within the broad requirements for federal funding.   Vermont submits the following State plan for the medical assistance program, and hereby agrees to administer the program in accordance with the provisions of this State plan, the requirements of titles XI and XIX of the Act, and all applicable Federal regulations and other official issuances of the Department.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Vermont Disability Employment Working Group - 03/23/2016

Gov. Peter Shumlin marked Disability Awareness Day (March 23rd)… by further solidifying Vermont’s leadership as a model employer of people with disabilities. The Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a Disability Employment Working Group. The working group will be tasked with recommending hiring practices that will increase access to State employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) 2015 Annual Report - 01/15/2016

“Performance (SFY2015):  • 2,917 Vermonters received home and community-based services  • 1,213 people received supported employment services. This is an eight percent (8 %) increase in the number of people employed over the previous year • The average hourly rate of pay among people who were employed was $9.81, well above the Vermont minimum wage • 47% of people aged 21 – 64 who were served by DDS home and Community Based Services were employed (SFY2014)    What works:  The following practices have led to good outcomes: ongoing technical assistance to DA/SSA’s; sharing resources and ideas at quarterly Supported Employment (SE) Coordinator’s meetings; and connecting youth to Project Search Industry base training.   Action plan:  Next steps for employment services in Vermont include developing regional youth transition teams; an online supported employment certification course; and additional post-secondary options”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Vermont Comprehensive Quality Strategy (Including Home- and Community-Based Transition Plan - 12/29/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its review of Vermont’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring state standards and settings into compliance with new federal home and community-based settings requirements. The state’s STP is part of the state’s Comprehensive Quality Strategy (CQS) for its 1115 (a) Demonstration Waiver called the Global Commitment to Health 1115(a) Demonstration (Global Commitment Demonstration).    Vermont submitted its STP…and then added an Appendix to the document on September 15, 2015. CMS Request s additional detail regarding the structure of Vermont’s STP and public comments, waivers and settings included in the STP, systemic assessment, site-specific assessment, monitoring of settings, remedial actions, heightened scrutiny, and relocation of beneficiaries.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

8th National Organizational Change Forum - A Time for Change: Sheltered Workshop Conversion - 10/20/2015

Sheltered Workshops Many realize it is time to change their workshops to community-based employment but aren't sure how. In 2002, Vermont closed its last sheltered workshop for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords noted, ‘As we close this chapter on work centers in Vermont, I hope that we encourage others to follow Vermont’s lead to a place where all of us work side by side.’”

“In this spirit we invite you to join us in Vermont this fall to continue the dialogue in partnership with the National Organizational Change Forum to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We'll examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. State policy makers, Developmental Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocates, and Families are encouraged to attend.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan Goals & Objectives ~ 2012 to 2016 - 09/14/2015

The State Plan details the DDC’s goals and objectives. Employment first related goals are stated as follows:Goal 1: At every stage of life Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families will have easy access to information about services and supports in common everyday language.

Goal 2:Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council will support more Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families to have strong voices to ensure quality of service and freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Goal 3: All individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will have equitable access to flexible, individualized quality services and supports.

Goal 4: All across Vermont people with developmental disabilities will have more positive, supportive relationships that will help them be well and be part of activities that bring them into the heart of their communities.

Goal 5: More Vermonters with developmental disabilities will be employed for more hours and more pay in jobs they choose.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Education Policy and Regulations - 07/27/2015

This page lists important state and federal legislation and policy that affect special education in Vermont.

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

Vermont SB 138 An Act Relating to Promoting Economic Development - 06/03/2015

"The purpose of this act is: (1) to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life. (2) to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the supplemental security income program under Title XVI of such Act, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Vermont SB 138 An Act Relating to Promoting Economic Development - 06/03/2015

"The purpose of this act is: (1) to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life. (2) to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the supplemental security income program under Title XVI of such Act, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

Vermont Disability Employment Working Group - 03/23/2016

Gov. Peter Shumlin marked Disability Awareness Day (March 23rd)… by further solidifying Vermont’s leadership as a model employer of people with disabilities. The Governor signed an Executive Order establishing a Disability Employment Working Group. The working group will be tasked with recommending hiring practices that will increase access to State employment for individuals with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Displaying 1 - 10 of 10

Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) 2015 Annual Report - 01/15/2016

“Performance (SFY2015):  • 2,917 Vermonters received home and community-based services  • 1,213 people received supported employment services. This is an eight percent (8 %) increase in the number of people employed over the previous year • The average hourly rate of pay among people who were employed was $9.81, well above the Vermont minimum wage • 47% of people aged 21 – 64 who were served by DDS home and Community Based Services were employed (SFY2014)    What works:  The following practices have led to good outcomes: ongoing technical assistance to DA/SSA’s; sharing resources and ideas at quarterly Supported Employment (SE) Coordinator’s meetings; and connecting youth to Project Search Industry base training.   Action plan:  Next steps for employment services in Vermont include developing regional youth transition teams; an online supported employment certification course; and additional post-secondary options”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council State Plan Goals & Objectives ~ 2012 to 2016 - 09/14/2015

The State Plan details the DDC’s goals and objectives. Employment first related goals are stated as follows:Goal 1: At every stage of life Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families will have easy access to information about services and supports in common everyday language.

Goal 2:Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council will support more Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families to have strong voices to ensure quality of service and freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Goal 3: All individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will have equitable access to flexible, individualized quality services and supports.

Goal 4: All across Vermont people with developmental disabilities will have more positive, supportive relationships that will help them be well and be part of activities that bring them into the heart of their communities.

Goal 5: More Vermonters with developmental disabilities will be employed for more hours and more pay in jobs they choose.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Education Policy and Regulations - 07/27/2015

This page lists important state and federal legislation and policy that affect special education in Vermont.

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

Vermont State System of Care Plan for Developmental Disabilities Services, FY 2015-2017 - 07/01/2014

“The Plan is intended to help people with developmental disabilities, their families, advocates, service providers and policy makers understand how resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are managed. It lays out criteria for determining who is eligible for developmental disabilities services and prioritizes the use of resources. It is specifically intended to spell out how legislatively-appropriated funding will be allocated to serve individuals with significant developmental disabilities. The Plan guides the appropriate use of this funding to help people achieve their personal goals and to continuously improve the system of supports for individuals with developmental disabilities within available resources.”

Specifically addresses employment and youth transition goals. This document also provides funding rules, including that funds cannot be used to fund sheltered workshops for those receiving employment services.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy and Procedures Manual Chapter 310: Supported Employment

This manual contains definitions and descriptions for the supported employment services provided by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Supporting Employment for Vermonters with Psychiatric Disabilities

“VocRehab Vermont helps Vermonters with psychiatric disabilities obtain and maintain jobs of their choice. VocRehab works with an approach called Supported Employment which is a service that helps individuals with psychiatric disabilities find and maintain meaningful jobs…Each VocRehab office works closely with a Community Mental Health Center to offer supported employment services. These services are designed to meet your individual career goals and help you rapidly find work that meets your preferences.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Supported Employment

“Vermonters with developmental disabilities are able to make use of one of the best sets of employment supports available in this country. The help that is provided people to find and to keep meaningful employment is called Supported Employment…Supported employment is founded on the belief that anyone can work if they are given the right support. VocRehab works closely with Supported Employment Programs across Vermont.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Increasing Employment Options

Lists and explains a variety of employment options including Self-Employment, Work from Home, and Supported Employment, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

“The Mission of the Vermont Assistive Technology Program is to increase awareness and knowledge, and to change policies and practices to ensure assistive technology is available through all services to Vermonters with disabilities."

"Our Vision is that all individuals with disabilities receive the assistive technology they need and want, and that the benefits of assistive devices and technologies figure prominently in the minds of consumers, policy makers, and service providers. We seek to create a dependable, consistent system of service delivery that is consumer driven and consumer responsive."

"Our Commitment is to enable Vermonters with disabilities to have greater independence, productivity, and confidence, and to provide Vermonters a clear and direct avenue toward integration and inclusion in school, the work force and the community.”

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

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

“Vocational rehabilitation offers free, flexible services to any Vermonter or employer dealing with a disability that affects employment. We partner with human service providers and employers across Vermont to help people with disabilities realize their full potential.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Displaying 1 - 3 of 3

8th National Organizational Change Forum - A Time for Change: Sheltered Workshop Conversion - 10/20/2015

Sheltered Workshops Many realize it is time to change their workshops to community-based employment but aren't sure how. In 2002, Vermont closed its last sheltered workshop for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords noted, ‘As we close this chapter on work centers in Vermont, I hope that we encourage others to follow Vermont’s lead to a place where all of us work side by side.’”

“In this spirit we invite you to join us in Vermont this fall to continue the dialogue in partnership with the National Organizational Change Forum to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We'll examine the issues of policy change, training, and culture-shift needed to foster the conversion of sheltered workshops to community-based employment services. State policy makers, Developmental Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Advocates, and Families are encouraged to attend.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Interagency Agreement with Vermont Department of Education and Vermont Agency of Human Services - 06/15/2005

“This agreement promotes collaboration between the Agency of Human Services (AHS) and the Department of Education (DOE) in order to ensure that all required services are coordinated and provided to students with disabilities, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and policies. As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the agreement delineates the provision and funding of services required by federal or state law or assigned by state policy. The areas covered by this agreement include coordination of services, agency financial responsibility, conditions and terms of reimbursement, and resolution of interagency disputes.

This interagency agreement outlines the provision of services to students who are eligible for both special education and services provided by AHS and its member departments and offices including Department of Health (VDH), Department for Children and Families (DCF), Department of Disability, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), Department of Corrections (DOC), and Office of Vermont Health Access (OVHA). It is intended that the agreement will provide guidance to human services staff and school personnel in the coordination and provision of services for students with disabilities.”

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

Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council

“Created under the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, VTDDC uses its federal funding to build capacity and advocate for changes to systems so that Vermonters with developmental disabilities are at the heart of Vermont’s communities.

People with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians play a key role in letting VTDDC know what is happening for those with developmental disabilities throughout Vermont, and in deciding how to use its funds to have the greatest impact on people's lives. VTDDC develops a State Plan every 5 years that drives its work and the grants it awards.  Its  projects focus on public education,  leadership  training, and advocacy aimed at enhancing individual and family-centered supports and services, the ability of people to speak for themselves and make choices,  and to exercise all the rights and protections of full community participants.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Displaying 1 - 6 of 6

Vermont Aging & Disability Resource Connections: No Wrong Door - 07/18/2017

“Vermont’s Aging Disabilities Resource Connections (ADRC) initiative provides people of all ages, disabilities, and incomes with the information and support they need to make informed decisions about long term services and supports.  ADRC builds on the infrastructure of eight ‘core partners’. These core partners include the five Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT), and Vermont 211.

The ADRC provides a wide variety of assistance to consumers, their caregivers, and their families to help Vermonters achieve their individual goals. The VT ADRC supports “no wrong door” access to long-term services and supports- reducing the need to contact multiple agencies in order to get the assistance they need, when they need it.”

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

Vermont Employment Development Initiative - 09/01/2011

“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." Vermont received and EDI grant to support its SE Champions program.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

VT Social Security Benefit Offset National Demonstration - 12/23/2009

“The Vermont Offset Pilot Demonstration was one of four small state pilots initiated as a first step in preparing for the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND). It used a random-assignment, experimental design. The purpose was to test whether changing SSDI rules to provide a glide ramp off SSDI cash benefits (gradual reduction instead of the “cash cliff”) would encourage more beneficiaries to work at a high enough level to reduce or eliminate cash benefit payments... The Vermont pilot was implemented within the Vermont State Vocational Rehabilitation program in combination with intensive benefits counseling services.”

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

Vermont Works (MIG-RAT)

“Vermont Works is an incubator for exciting, new and unique programs for people with disabilities that: Reduce or remove barriers to employment; Increase employment opportunities; [and] Enhance employment outcomes…An initiative of VocRehab Vermont and funded by the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), Vermont Works acts as a laboratory for the development of groundbreaking ideas.  Its cutting-edge programs have helped propel Vermont to national prominence for comprehensively and effectively supporting the employment of people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Vermont Supported Employment

o “The Vermont Supported Employment Program provides a full range of services which enable people with disabilities to access and succeed in competitive employment. The program goal is to provide full access to employment through the provision of individual support services for people who have historically been excluded from employment. Services have developed from a philosophy that presumes employability for all given the right supports are provided to the individual. Person-centered planning, meaningful job matches, full inclusion in the Vermont workforce, and creative strategies that broaden employment opportunities are all cornerstone practices of Vermont Supported Employment.”

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

Vermont Medicaid - Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a five-year federally-funded demonstration project for Vermont’s Long-term Medicaid Choices for Care program. The statewide program helps people living in nursing facilities move into their communities with the supports they need. Transition funds, up to $2,500, helps provide items and services not covered by Medicaid.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Vermont Transition and Career Planning Conference - 05/25/2017

“The 12th annual 2017 Transition and Career Planning Conference for K-12 Professionals will address highlighting the importance of “igniting the imagination” as students, educators, and parents create the developmental pathway through personalized learning, proficiencies, and the strengths, challenges, and career aspirations of each student.  This year’s conference is sponsored by Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vermont State GEAR UP, Vermont Agency of Education, VocRehab Vermont, and the Vermont School Counselors Association.  An announcement will be sent out in mid-April when online registration is open.”

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

A case for home-based employment and telecommuting - 07/17/2009

This article explores the benefits of telecommuting as related to disability employment, productivity and the environment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Curriculum Development for Employment Staff For the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Agency of Human Service (AHS) Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) Initiative - 01/01/2009

“The State of Vermont, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a statewide direct service organization within the Department of Disabilities (DAIL), Aging and Independent Living in the Agency of Human Services (AHS). DVR is the lead agency for an AHS legislatively mandated initiative to coordinate employment services and employer outreach across AHS programs called Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS). AHS employment programs are designed to assist a wide range of groups to access and maintain employment.”

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

Vermont Career Start

Career Start was developed to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities as they move from secondary schools to employment, post-secondary education, and adulthood. The project proposed to improve the effectiveness of special education services to high school-age youth by emphasizing employment, post-secondary education, and training for youth with disabilities. The project's goal was "To explore model approaches that create a community-wide system of inclusion, support and engagement for school-age youth with disabilities as they transition into their adult roles in the community.

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

Vermont Assistive Technology Program

The Vermont Assistive Technology program provides technical assistance and training. The T/A provided to“ programs and agencies, engage in specific AT-related problem solving activities to help improve services, management, policies, and/or outcomes…[the program] organizes instructional events and presentations for a specific purpose or audience, designed to increase participants’ knowledge, skills, and competencies regarding AT. VATP trainings may target individual devices or categories of equipment or software, and may relate to particular disabilities or to specific environments.”

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Vermont Medicaid State Plan - 04/05/2016

The state Medicaid plan details how Vermont  has designe its program within the broad requirements for federal funding.   Vermont submits the following State plan for the medical assistance program, and hereby agrees to administer the program in accordance with the provisions of this State plan, the requirements of titles XI and XIX of the Act, and all applicable Federal regulations and other official issuances of the Department.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Vermont Comprehensive Quality Strategy (Including Home- and Community-Based Transition Plan - 12/29/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed its review of Vermont’s Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring state standards and settings into compliance with new federal home and community-based settings requirements. The state’s STP is part of the state’s Comprehensive Quality Strategy (CQS) for its 1115 (a) Demonstration Waiver called the Global Commitment to Health 1115(a) Demonstration (Global Commitment Demonstration).    Vermont submitted its STP…and then added an Appendix to the document on September 15, 2015. CMS Request s additional detail regarding the structure of Vermont’s STP and public comments, waivers and settings included in the STP, systemic assessment, site-specific assessment, monitoring of settings, remedial actions, heightened scrutiny, and relocation of beneficiaries.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid for Working People With Disabilities - 01/01/2009

“Vermont's Medicaid for Working People With Disabilities (WPWD) program was initiated in January 1, 2000, under the authority of the federal Balanced Budget Act (BBA)...Known at the federal level as the ‘Medicaid Buy-In Program’, it allows many people with disabilities to work while keeping or obtaining Medicaid coverage for which they might not otherwise qualify due to higher incomes resulting from employment. The program is designed as a work incentive for people with disabilities, to help them achieve community inclusion through employment and achieve greater economic independence.”

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

Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a five-year federally-funded demonstration project for Vermont’s Long-term Medicaid Choices for Care program. The statewide program helps people living in nursing facilities move into their communities with the supports they need. Transition funds, up to $2,500, helps provide items and services not covered by Medicaid.”

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

Vermont Choices for Care (Long-Term Care Medicaid Waiver)

“Choices for Care is a Medicaid-funded, long-term care program to pay for care and support for older Vermonters and people with physical disabilities. The program assists people with everyday activities at home, in an enhanced residential care setting, or in a nursing facility.”

“Support includes hands-on assistance with eating, bathing, toilet use, dressing, and transferring from bed to chair; assistance with tasks such as meal preparation, household chores, and medication management and increasing or maintaining independence.”

“A second program is for Moderate Needs individuals who need minimal assistance to remain at home. This program offers limited case management, adult day services, and/or homemaker service.”

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