Virginia State Employment Leadership Network


State Policies & Initiatives: 

Virginia is a part of this multi-state technical assistance collaborative whose aim is to improve integrated employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. “In 2008, DBHDS joined the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services and the University of Massachusetts-Boston Institute for Community Inclusion. DBHDS developed a Virginia-specific SELN Advisory Group made up of over 30 members representing a variety of organizations involved in providing employment services to Virginians. Members include community service boards (CSBs), the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Department of Education (DOE), the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention (VCU/RRTC), and vendor organizations such as the Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (vaACCSES), the Arc of Virginia, and the Virginia Association of Providers of Supported Employment (VaAPSE). DBHDS continues to be an active, contributing participant in the monthly National SELN web-based meetings. Virginia is now one of 30 states in the SELN. The Virginia SELN Advisory Group, made up of advocates, providers, and state agencies, continues to identify roadblocks and disincentives in our state system. The group is developing specific strategies for implementation of a system that prioritizes employment as an outcome of services.”

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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