Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Employment First Policy Statement


State Policies & Initiatives: 

“It is the policy of the Board that in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and the delivery of services, the Department and CSB shall ensure that community-based individual supported employment in integrated work settings is presented as the first and priority service option among available day service options offered by case managers and support coordinators to individuals receiving mental health, developmental, or substance abuse day support or employment services and shall expand access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or co-occurring disabilities. … 

Provide training and consultation to service providers on implementing evidence-based supported employment practice models and establishing integrated supported employment teams that include CSBs, the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and employment services organizations (ESOs) and work with CSBs and ESOs to incorporate evidence-based supported employment practice models in the day services 
they offer, including psychosocial rehabilitation; 

Work with the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to identify ways to incorporate integrated, community-based employment services in the Medicaid Intellectual Disability and Individual and Family Developmental Disability Services Waivers."

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Department of Medical Assistance Services
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