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With the motto "Justice for All," the District of Columbia is committed to equal rights and opportunities for all people with disabilities, especially when it comes to Employment First and career success.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

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2015 State Population.
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
672,228
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.67%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45,260
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.18%
Change from
2014 to 2015
14,214
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.63%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.53%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 646,449 658,893 672,228
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 39,825 44,504 45,260
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 13,506 13,478 14,214
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 303,681 314,545 329,002
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.91% 30.28% 31.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.47% 75.49% 77.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.50% 7.80% 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 33.90% 35.80% 34.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.10% 15.30% 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 28,958 33,530 33,886
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 39,872 42,477 41,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 12,878 12,270 13,248
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 53,281 59,878 56,726
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,854 3,206 3,658
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 578 1,890 1,696
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,041 724 1,684
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 942 740 2,025

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 691 686 741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.70% 2.70% 2.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,646 14,732 14,612

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). N/A N/A N/A
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.10% 4.10% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.30% 4.60% N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 8.30% 9.60% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 700 699 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 734 786 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,419 1,640 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,733 1,809 1,751
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 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. 33 9 8
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 10 2 1
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. 30.00% 22.00% 13.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.58 0.31 0.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,106
2,310
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 27 58 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 76 97 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 205 507 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 325 597 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 358 822 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 115 229 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 22.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,320 2,276 2,371
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 32,353 32,424 33,344
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 87 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,173,000 $1,214,000 $1,335,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,814,000 $9,585,000 $15,429,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $70,000 $2,269,000 $3,861,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 16.00% 12.00% 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 194 N/A 338
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,319 1,092 706
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 40.80 22.70 31.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 50.00% 53.51% 54.99%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.00% 15.64% 15.24%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 19.00% 12.40% 11.53%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 40.00% 50.00% 69.67%
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). 23.00% 43.45% 17.29%
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). 25.62% 48.11% 25.94%
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). 30.81% 56.33% 36.93%
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). 2.62% 4.66% 8.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 352,814
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 240
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 228
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 228
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,891,549

 

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). 1 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2 2
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 31 31
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 31 31

 

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)

~~As part of the technical assistance that will be provided through this program, technical assistance is being provided to some of our community rehabilitation providers. In addition, our counselors will receive training on how to better engage with providers in partnership to help people with most significant disabilities achieve employment outcomes.  (Page 258)
Strategy 1: Increase the number of SSI/DI recipients referred for Benefits Counseling;
Strategy 2: Encourage enrollment in short–term training/certificate Workforce Development programs offered by community colleges the DC metropolitan area.
Strategy 3: Continue to develop the agency’s Employment First initiative, a concept designed to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community.
Strategy 4: Increase the use of Customized Employment enabling persons with significant disabilities the opportunity to achieve successful employment outcomes. (Page 260)
In addition, this counselor will participate in all Employment First training, in order to be familiar with customized employment services available to  DCRSA clients and participate in customized employment assessment and discovery training. DCRSA made a number of changes throughout FY 2015 because we were not achieving the identified goals. In the summer of 2015, DCRSA and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) worked closely to make necessary changes. (Pages 256- 266)
 

Customized Employment

~~Benefits planning
• Partnership Plus model for extended service provision
• Expand scope of employment readiness workshops
• Education campaign for local employers regarding the hiring of persons with blindness
• Training for BRU staff around job carving/customized employment model
• Examine case recording process for identification of the receipt of SSI/DI by consumers to ensure accuracy (Page 236)
Objective 2.2 –   Retain, train, and recruit experienced and qualified VR staff and service providers to improve services to the low incidence populations, including people who are blind, deafblind, have autism or other autism spectrum disorders.
Strategies: DCRSA will:
1. Provide continuous training to staff on customized employment policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices.
2. Provide continuous training to service providers on customized employment policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices.
3. Develop and implement outreach plan to recruit providers, who can provide services to low incidence populations.
4. Develop and implement outreach plan on DCRSA services to the low incidence population. (Page 244)
In FY 2015, DCRSA established new agreements with all job placement and supported employment providers. These are performance based agreements. Some changes were made in the payment structure in order more closely align payment to the providers with successful employment placements. In addition, we added payment support to supported employment providers to provide Discovery Assessments and Customized Employment. The District is also currently participating in the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program. USOR develops and improves pathways providing increased alternative training models and options. (Page 257-258)
DCRSA clients and participate in customized employment assessment and discovery training. DCRSA made a number of changes throughout FY 2015 because we were not achieving the identified goals. In the summer of 2015, DCRSA and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) worked closely to make necessary changes. First, DCRSA identified one counselor to handle all existing Evidence Based Supported Employment cases. (Page 266)
In addition, in new human care agreements issued in FY 2015, DCRSA included Discovery Assessment and Customized Employment as services in our supported employment agreements. Other consumers may require a job coach model for their initial placement but do not require the extended services as provided under the provisions of supported employment services. (Page 268)
Indicator 1.3 Competitive Employment Outcomes: the percentage of individuals who exit the VR program in employment in integrated settings with hourly rate of earnings equivalent to at least the federal or state minimum wage rate, whichever is higher.
Strategy 1: Continue quarterly CRP meetings to provide a forum for discussions and to ensure all providers are aware of the agency’s policies, regulations and expectations governing the provision of services.
Strategy 2: Continue to develop the agency’s Employment First initiative, a concept designed to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community. (Page 259)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Through these efforts, we will be able to increase our capacity to better serve District residents, reduce duplication of services and streamline funding through shared contracts and blending and braiding of funding. The District will continue to strategize how to leverage funding across all of the WIOA Titles to meet as much of the Workforce Development and adult education needs of District residents as possible. (Page 45)
Most importantly, all of these agencies participated in the development of the Career Pathways Strategic Plan which lays out the framework for an aligned system. Moving forward, the agencies will establish one umbrella MOA for AJC partners. (Page 73)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria. (Page 146)
The AJCs will comply with WIA Section 188, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and current District of Columbia method of administration. This assurance will be incorporated into all grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, or other arrangements whereby WIA funds are made available. (Page 146)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~The Administration’s Supported Employment program (SE) for persons with persistent mental illness utilizes an evidenced–based approach to help individuals with the most significant disabilities to secure, retain, or regain competitive employment in an integrated setting that pays minimum or better wages, and provides benefits. Supported Employment services are individualized and include, but are not limited to:
• Counseling and guidance
• Job coaching (on–the–job training)
• Rapid job search and placement
• Short–term training
• Follow–along (unlimited supports)
• Development of natural supports. (Page 224)
Pursuant to DOES Policy 300.20-4, AJC Reasonable Accommodation Policy, qualified individuals with disabilities will be given a meaningful opportunity to participate in and benefit from aid, benefits, services, or training, including core, intensive, training, and supportive services. (Page 146)
II. Needs of persons with the most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment
• Benefits planning for Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/DI) beneficiaries
• Need for increased and improved supported employment (SE) providers and services
 SE services for persons with mental health impairments
 extended service provider for mental health
 Train staff on role of DBH as an extended service provider
• Holistic approach to VR process
 Holistic assessment at intake
 Housing
 Improved literacy
 Sobriety
 Training programs
 Benefits planning
• Partnership Plus model for extended service provision
• Expand scope of employment readiness workshops
• Education campaign for local employers regarding the hiring of persons with blindness
• Training for BRU staff around job carving/customized employment model
• Examine case recording process for identification of the receipt of SSI/DI by consumers to ensure accuracy (Page 236)
Objective 1.2 Increase outreach to people with HIV in order to increase the number of people with HIV served by DCRSA and the number of successful employment outcomes achieved by people with HIV.
Strategies: DCRSA will:
1. In support of the Mayor’s initiative to reduce HIV infections in the City and improve outcomes for people with HIV, DCRSA will expand outreach to at least two community based AIDS services providers in order to provide VR services at their location.
2. Provide benefits counseling orientation to staff and clients at the identified community based AIDS services providers.
3. Train staff to ensure that counselors are properly tracking people with HIV who are served by the agency. (Page 241)
Performance by June 30, 2017:
a. Complete a solicitation to identify an appropriate training provider who understands person centered training and has experience in using this in the VR process.
b. Identify a training provider who can provide training for VR and provider agency staff, and provide “train the trainer” sessions, to increase capability of DCRSA to provide this on an ongoing basis.
c. All general VR and sensory unit intakes will complete the eCASAS assessment as part of their intake and eligibility determination.
d. Increase the number of people who receive job readiness training by 10%.
e. Ensure that at least 250 people receive benefits counseling/orientation each quarter (the agency currently serves approximately 1700 people who receive SSI/SSDI). (Page 243)
 (Pages 244, 246, 257, 260)
 

School to Work Transition

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Data Collection

~~.   The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures, including the design and implementation of common intake, data collection, case management information, and performance accountability measurement and reporting processes, to improve coordination of services across one-stop partner programs; (Page 68)
1. Student performance, progress and involvement,
2. Instructional Models and Methods,
3. Program Management and Leadership,
4. Data Collection/Reporting. OSSE AFE will monitor and evaluate providers on a monthly and bi-annual basis via desks reviews and onsite monitoring. Eligible providers will be required to: (Page 202)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a non–profit, public–private organization created by the District Government whose core purpose is to actively position, promote, and support economic development and business opportunities in Washington, DC. (Page 14)

Career Pathways

~~Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Capacity Fails to Meet Demand - A recent policy brief noted that DC’s investments in adult education and career pathways skill building are insufficient to meet the demand for these services, as evidenced by waiting lists for many programs and the significant need for these services (see workforce analyses above)[3]. OSSE AFE also cited capacity as a challenge, despite increased enrollment and provider offerings in recent years. DDS/RSA has also noted increased demand for their services that has resulted in requests for additional funding and the possible need for more priority of service considerations. (Page 43) 
Overall, it is essential that we work as full partners in a workforce development system that efficiently and effectively allocates resources to assist all people to enter the workforce, especially those with significant barriers, including people with disabilities. In order to make best use of resources and ensure we are able to serve District residents to capacity, we must continue to truly integrate services and adopt career pathways with linkages between partners and programs. Through these efforts, we will be able to increase our capacity to better serve District residents, reduce duplication of services and streamline funding through shared contracts and blending and braiding of funding. The District will continue to strategize how to leverage funding across all of the WIOA Titles to meet as much of the Workforce Development and adult education needs of District residents as possible. Additionally, the District will continue to engage providers, partners, businesses and other key stakeholders in conversations about its efforts to increase the capacity of its providers throughout the implementation of the WIOA State Plan over the next four years. (Page 45) 
The agencies operating the core programs and the required partner programs made strides over the past year to improve coordination of services and jointly plan for the changes called for under WIOA. Members of the District’s Adult Career Pathways Task Force, first convened in December 2014, include leadership from the WIC, DOES, DDS/RSA, DHS, OSSE, DME, DMGEO, DCPS, the DC Council, the Public Charter School Board, the DC Public Library system, and three community-based organizations. Through the work of the Task Force’s Strategic Plan to build a career pathways system in the District, these agencies laid the ground work for how services and programs can better be integrated in order to improve delivery of services for our residents. Much of the content in this WIOA State Plan builds on the work of the Task Force, which will continue to meet quarterly to oversee implementation of the career pathways strategies. (Page 150)
 

Employment Networks

~~The District of Columbia currently has availability for provision of extended supported employment services through Medicaid only for people with intellectual disabilities and people with serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance. The Medicaid Waiver in the District for Elderly and Persons with Disabilities does not currently include Supported Employment as a covered service. Furthermore, the District currently has no other Waiver Services to provide extended supported employment services to people with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, without an intellectual disability), traumatic brain injury, or other physical disabilities. In planning for extended services for these populations, DCRSA must rely on either Ticket to Work Employment Networks or natural supports.  (Page 224)

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Mayor’s 10th Annual Disability Awareness Expo - 10/26/2017

~~“The purpose of this FREE event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities; complete with information and  exhibitors tables to engage in conversation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Notice of Funding Availability” Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs - 08/22/2017

~~“Youth with Disabilities:The DOES Office of Youth Programs supports all eligible youth, including those that are identified as having disabilities. Increasing services to this population is critical for serving all eligible youth in the District.  We encourage providers to partner with organizations that serve youth with disabilities.  Youth with disabilities must be afforded more opportunities to practice and improve their workplace skills, explore their career interests and receive services to assist with eliminating barriers. Any provider who submits a proposal with specific programming for this demographic may receive special consideration and preference points during the review process.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other

Workforce Investment Council Quarterly Board Meeting - 01/23/2017

~~PowerPoint detailing the agenda of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other
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District of Columbia ABLE Legislation (Title 47) - 01/04/2016

To amend, on an emergency basis,  Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish a qualified ABLE Program to be known as the ABLE Program Trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposit made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual’s blindness or disability.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

District of Columbia ARC Legislation (DC Act 21-203) - 11/23/2015

To amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish  qualified ABLE Program, to be known as the ABLE Program trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr. achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposits made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual's blindness or disability.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

D.C Employment First Proclamation - 10/08/2012

“On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State—the 20th state to do so nationwide. Mayor Gray’s proclamation affirms that ‘employment is an important part of the lives of all working age adults and people with disabilities are a largely untapped resource with skills and talents who can meet the needs of area business and employers.’ Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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“Notice of Funding Availability” Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs - 08/22/2017

~~“Youth with Disabilities:The DOES Office of Youth Programs supports all eligible youth, including those that are identified as having disabilities. Increasing services to this population is critical for serving all eligible youth in the District.  We encourage providers to partner with organizations that serve youth with disabilities.  Youth with disabilities must be afforded more opportunities to practice and improve their workplace skills, explore their career interests and receive services to assist with eliminating barriers. Any provider who submits a proposal with specific programming for this demographic may receive special consideration and preference points during the review process.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Workforce Investment Council Quarterly Board Meeting - 01/23/2017

~~PowerPoint detailing the agenda of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other

DCPS Transition - 08/01/2016

~~DCPS Transition Central is a tool for DCPS staff to access and provide information .“DCPS has implemented a number of initiatives to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities and provide them with the opportunity to improve job skills, earn credits, and to learn the self-advocacy skills needed to live as independently as possible.  The Transition Team has designed DC Transition.com, a website for everything related to secondary transition”.

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

Department on Disability Services - Policy on Self Employment - 06/01/2015

This policy document defines the procedures and standard for supporting Rehabilitation Services Administration (Vocational Rehabilitation) customers in the achievement of self-employment goals. The policy further defines the approval criteria for a self-employment based IPE, and the criteria for a successful self-employment outcome.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

D.C. Department on Disability Services: Initial Individual Support Plan - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this procedure is to establish steps, instructions and protocols for the development of an initial Individual Support Plan (ISP) for people who are eligible for services with the Department on Disability Services (DDS)/ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Department on Disability Services Employment First Policy - 12/22/2014

"The purpose of this policy is to establish Employment First as a priority and guiding philosophy for people with disabilities who receive services from the Department on Disability Services (‘DDS’ or ‘Agency’), consistent with Mayor Vincent C. Gray's October 18, 2012, proclamation of the District of Columbia as an Employment First State. In its current context, ‘Employment First’ refers to the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, prefer and are capable of individual integrated employment according to each person's interests, preference and informed choices.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Department on Disability Services Employment First Implementation - 12/19/2014

“INITIATIVE 2.3: Complete and implement the DC DDA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) strategic plan (JOB CREATION)

DDA is committed to continuing to promote an ‘Employment First’ policy that all working age adults, regardless of disability, can be employed and experience the rewards of an integrated working life in the community. To help reach that goal, the new proposed State Office of Disability Administration within DDS will use the information from the SELN assessment of the agency to develop a strategic plan during the second quarter of FY12 to promote the least restrictive, most integrated day, vocational and employment services. The plan will promote the Employment First language and policy with all stakeholders; define actions to be taken with providers to down-size large, congregate day programs; and increase the number of persons who are employed or in employment programs. The plan will also bring significant program enhancements to current day and vocational service programs to improve the quality of skills training and service options to be more individualized and provide adult oriented skill training, employment development and integrated retirement options.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Data Sharing
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Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Secondary Transition Community of Practice - 06/01/2013

This was launched earlier in 2013 to bring together transition experts from the District’s school system, disability advocacy organizations, direct-service agencies, and transition-aged youth and their parents.  These stakeholders in the transition process meet monthly to collaborate on increasing and improving outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities as they leave secondary school and pursue work or higher education.

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

D.C Employment Learning Community - 10/08/2012

As part of a competitive application process, the District was selected to receive technical assistance through the Employment Learning Community (ELC). A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion in partnership with The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and TransCen, Inc, the ELC will provide significant technical assistance on ways to implement Employment First in the District as well as networking and learning opportunities from those other states selected to participate.

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

Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice - 10/08/2012

DDS launched an Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice following the District’s October 2012 declaration as an Employment First state. Consortium members include representatives from District agencies, RSA and DDA providers, and advocacy organizations who are leaders in promoting Employment First practices throughout the District.  Consortium members meet on a monthly basis to discuss new strategies and opportunities for collaboration in implementing and expanding Employment First practices District wide.

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

D.C. Association of the Deaf: Conference - Achieving Employment First

The Achieving Employment First Conference was “held on behalf of Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, St. John's Community Services, District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Services of the District of Columbia, Department on Disability Services, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and Project Action.” This conference brought “together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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District of Columbia Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 06/01/2015

2015 NWD System Grantee Summaries:  The coordination of Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS) in the District of Columbia has been a priority for DC government for several years. DC’s Health and Human Services agencies, in partnership with people in need of LTSS, families, advocates, public/private partners, referral sources and others, will finalize and implement a 3-year plan to transform current systems into a No Wrong Door (NWD) system for all populations and all payers. DC’s goal is to create an LTSS system in which people encounter person- and family centered systems/staff with core competencies that facilitate their connection to formal and informal LTSS, regardless of where they enter the system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 10/01/2014

“District of Columbia has recently received a No Wrong Door planning grant. Their state team is working to incorporate the LifeCourse Framework as they re-design the front door to long term services and supports as well as the person-centered planning process. The goal is to create a system that supports people and their families to have a good life. At their last team meeting, the group advised on what is work and not working in the system of long term services and supports. This information was shared with the No Wrong Door Leadership Council in order to guide the work as they plan improvements.”

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

D.C Employment First - 10/08/2012

On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State…Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities. The other main tenets of Employment First are that: Employment services are tailored and customized to a person’s needs, interests, and skill set with the ultimate goal of achieving long-term employment in a competitive business or organization, or self-employment. Employment is at the prevailing wage, and never less than minimum wage. The employee has ample opportunities to integrate and interact with his or her coworkers, the public, and/or customers without disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.   Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following: DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices; DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers); DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment; and Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely in a business setting and includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on work experiences and on-the-job training. It is currently hosted in multiple Federal Government Agencies and on one University campus.   DC Project SEARCH, in a partnership with the DC Public Schools, DC Department on Disability Services, and the US Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provides the disabled community with the tools to prepare individuals to seek work.   "This DC launch of Project SEARCH at several federal job sites has been very successful due to the enthusiasm and commitment that our federal partners have shown in hosting the interns. The federal government has been a model employer for this program and demonstrated a sincere commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities,"   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Mayor’s 10th Annual Disability Awareness Expo - 10/26/2017

~~“The purpose of this FREE event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities; complete with information and  exhibitors tables to engage in conversation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

A Path To Community Living Resource Guide - 06/08/2016

This Guide is a compilation of current service providers, resources, tools, and programs available to District of Columbia residents who wish to live independently in the community.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Path to Community Living” Handbook; however, it also functions as a resource list.  This document is updated continuously as information changes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Georgetown University Hosts Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities” - 01/29/2015

~~“The second panel, moderated by Justin Ford with the Truman National Security Project, focused on the role of the recent federal contracting regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Panelists included Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, DOL; Naomi Levin, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, DOL; Bob Vetere, Human Resource Specialist, Northrop Grumman; and Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes. They offered their perspective on how the OFCCP Section 503 regulations – and more specifically the 7% hiring target ? could impact Veterans with disabilities seeking gainful employment.”

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

DC DHCF and DDS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) 101 - 12/01/2014

This training power point provides information on the HCBS waiver, basic information on revising the waiver, designing and restructuring it, and waiver rules and restrictions.  It also details the role of DCHF and DDS in the revision and administration of the HCBS waiver.

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

DC Transition Plan for the HCBS Waiver - 10/28/2014

“DDS is engaged in a variety of efforts to build the capacity of its staff and provider agencies to support and facilitate greater individualized community exploration and integration, including competitive, integrated employment,” including: “Discovery: Developing Positive Personal Profiles, a nationally recognized tool and process for assessing the vocational interests and goals of people and supporting career exploration and community integration activities;” Individualized Day Supports (IDS) Implementation Training, “including development of regulations, training for DDA staff and providers on the new service, how to recruit and train staff, the development of formats for initial and ongoing Community Integration Plans, and how to conduct Community Mapping;” and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Employment Learning Community, “which brings providers together on a regular basis through a community of practice approach where national and local resources are shared and providers learn from one another.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

D.C Secondary Transition Assessment Tool-kit - 11/01/2013

The District of Columbia Secondary Transition Process Toolkit was designed to assist educators in effectively addressing the transition planning needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. This guide was developed using Federal and District of Columbia policies, procedures, and regulations.   
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Achieving Employment First Conference - 06/10/2013

“The Achieving Employment First Conference [brought} together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities...Attendees learned how the District of Columbia is working toward achieving Employment First, increase their knowledge of customized employment for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and becoming aware of national and local programs and resources available for assisting people with IDD with employment opportunities.”

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

“Employment Initiatives in the District of Columbia ”D.C Employment First Train the Trainer Presentation - 04/09/2013

The District of Columbia expects that all people of working age, including people with disabilities, will work and earn the prevailing wage in the career path they choose.  This power point is intended for trainers and covers details about how D.C is supporting Employment First efforts.

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

A Path to Community Living Handbook - 01/25/2013

This handbook is designed to assist people who have moved or are planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.  These forms are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to successfully live in the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC Person Centered Thinking Orientation

This orientation developed by the DC Department of Disability Services provides information on various aspects of Person Centered Thinking (PCT).  Trainees receive information on how to define PCT, and concrete ways to practice PCT when providing services on a daily basis.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other
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Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

D.C. HCBS Waiver Transition Plan - 03/17/2015

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines, and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan."

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

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: DCJM-2015-I-0003 Community Rehabilitation Provider Milestone Payment System - 08/14/2014

A request to the field for feedback and information on adequate rate structures for the performance of an array of employment-related services, including Customized Employment and Customized Employment Planning. The plan also outlines a draft Milestone and Incentive payment system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Department of Health Care Finance: Notice of Final Rulemaking - 04/01/2014

“These final rules establish standards governing the participation requirements for providers who provide supported employment services to participants in the Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD Waiver) and to establish conditions of participation for providers."

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

DC HCBS Waiver MR DD (0307.R03.00) (1915c) - 11/20/2012

Provides day hab , employment readiness, in-home supports, residential hab, respite, supported employment, PCS, skilled nursing, art therapies, behavioral supports, dental, environmental accessibilities adaptations, family training, host home without transportation, individualized day supports, OT, one-time transitional services, PERS, PT, shared living, small group supported employment, speech/hearing/language services, supported living with transportation, supported living, transportation-community access, vehicle mods, wellness services for individuals with IID/DD ages 18+ no max.

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan Amendments

When D.C  plans to make a change to its Medicaid program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. This webpage include D.Cs Medicaid state plan amendments.  

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid state plan is the agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that D.C will administer its Medicaid program.  The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.    It  also gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.     
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver Program

"Home and Community Based (HCBS) Services waiver program is jointly funded with federal and local dollars. The federal government reimburses the District of Columbia 70 cents for every one dollar spent for qualifying services and supports for people enrolled in the HCBS waiver program. All supports and services provided through the DDA service delivery system are funded through the waiver program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Resource Leveraging

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

With the motto "Justice for All," the District of Columbia is committed to equal rights and opportunities for all people with disabilities, especially when it comes to Employment First and career success.

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 Washington D.C.’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
672,228
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.67%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45,260
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.18%
Change from
2014 to 2015
14,214
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.63%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.53%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 646,449 658,893 672,228
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 39,825 44,504 45,260
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 13,506 13,478 14,214
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 303,681 314,545 329,002
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.91% 30.28% 31.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.47% 75.49% 77.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.50% 7.80% 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 33.90% 35.80% 34.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.10% 15.30% 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 28,958 33,530 33,886
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 39,872 42,477 41,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 12,878 12,270 13,248
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 53,281 59,878 56,726
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,854 3,206 3,658
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 578 1,890 1,696
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,041 724 1,684
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 942 740 2,025

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 691 686 741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.70% 2.70% 2.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,646 14,732 14,612

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). N/A N/A N/A
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.10% 4.10% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.30% 4.60% N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 8.30% 9.60% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 700 699 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 734 786 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,419 1,640 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,733 1,809 1,751
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 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. 33 9 8
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 10 2 1
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. 30.00% 22.00% 13.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.58 0.31 0.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,106
2,310
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 27 58 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 76 97 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 205 507 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 325 597 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 358 822 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 115 229 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 22.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,320 2,276 2,371
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 32,353 32,424 33,344
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 87 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,173,000 $1,214,000 $1,335,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,814,000 $9,585,000 $15,429,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $70,000 $2,269,000 $3,861,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 16.00% 12.00% 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 194 N/A 338
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,319 1,092 706
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 40.80 22.70 31.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 50.00% 53.51% 54.99%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.00% 15.64% 15.24%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 19.00% 12.40% 11.53%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 40.00% 50.00% 69.67%
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). 23.00% 43.45% 17.29%
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). 25.62% 48.11% 25.94%
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). 30.81% 56.33% 36.93%
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). 2.62% 4.66% 8.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 352,814
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 240
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 228
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 228
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,891,549

 

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). 1 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2 2
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 31 31
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 31 31

 

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)

~~As part of the technical assistance that will be provided through this program, technical assistance is being provided to some of our community rehabilitation providers. In addition, our counselors will receive training on how to better engage with providers in partnership to help people with most significant disabilities achieve employment outcomes.  (Page 258)
Strategy 1: Increase the number of SSI/DI recipients referred for Benefits Counseling;
Strategy 2: Encourage enrollment in short–term training/certificate Workforce Development programs offered by community colleges the DC metropolitan area.
Strategy 3: Continue to develop the agency’s Employment First initiative, a concept designed to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community.
Strategy 4: Increase the use of Customized Employment enabling persons with significant disabilities the opportunity to achieve successful employment outcomes. (Page 260)
In addition, this counselor will participate in all Employment First training, in order to be familiar with customized employment services available to  DCRSA clients and participate in customized employment assessment and discovery training. DCRSA made a number of changes throughout FY 2015 because we were not achieving the identified goals. In the summer of 2015, DCRSA and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) worked closely to make necessary changes. (Pages 256- 266)
 

Customized Employment

~~Benefits planning
• Partnership Plus model for extended service provision
• Expand scope of employment readiness workshops
• Education campaign for local employers regarding the hiring of persons with blindness
• Training for BRU staff around job carving/customized employment model
• Examine case recording process for identification of the receipt of SSI/DI by consumers to ensure accuracy (Page 236)
Objective 2.2 –   Retain, train, and recruit experienced and qualified VR staff and service providers to improve services to the low incidence populations, including people who are blind, deafblind, have autism or other autism spectrum disorders.
Strategies: DCRSA will:
1. Provide continuous training to staff on customized employment policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices.
2. Provide continuous training to service providers on customized employment policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices.
3. Develop and implement outreach plan to recruit providers, who can provide services to low incidence populations.
4. Develop and implement outreach plan on DCRSA services to the low incidence population. (Page 244)
In FY 2015, DCRSA established new agreements with all job placement and supported employment providers. These are performance based agreements. Some changes were made in the payment structure in order more closely align payment to the providers with successful employment placements. In addition, we added payment support to supported employment providers to provide Discovery Assessments and Customized Employment. The District is also currently participating in the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program. USOR develops and improves pathways providing increased alternative training models and options. (Page 257-258)
DCRSA clients and participate in customized employment assessment and discovery training. DCRSA made a number of changes throughout FY 2015 because we were not achieving the identified goals. In the summer of 2015, DCRSA and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) worked closely to make necessary changes. First, DCRSA identified one counselor to handle all existing Evidence Based Supported Employment cases. (Page 266)
In addition, in new human care agreements issued in FY 2015, DCRSA included Discovery Assessment and Customized Employment as services in our supported employment agreements. Other consumers may require a job coach model for their initial placement but do not require the extended services as provided under the provisions of supported employment services. (Page 268)
Indicator 1.3 Competitive Employment Outcomes: the percentage of individuals who exit the VR program in employment in integrated settings with hourly rate of earnings equivalent to at least the federal or state minimum wage rate, whichever is higher.
Strategy 1: Continue quarterly CRP meetings to provide a forum for discussions and to ensure all providers are aware of the agency’s policies, regulations and expectations governing the provision of services.
Strategy 2: Continue to develop the agency’s Employment First initiative, a concept designed to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community. (Page 259)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Through these efforts, we will be able to increase our capacity to better serve District residents, reduce duplication of services and streamline funding through shared contracts and blending and braiding of funding. The District will continue to strategize how to leverage funding across all of the WIOA Titles to meet as much of the Workforce Development and adult education needs of District residents as possible. (Page 45)
Most importantly, all of these agencies participated in the development of the Career Pathways Strategic Plan which lays out the framework for an aligned system. Moving forward, the agencies will establish one umbrella MOA for AJC partners. (Page 73)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria. (Page 146)
The AJCs will comply with WIA Section 188, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and current District of Columbia method of administration. This assurance will be incorporated into all grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, or other arrangements whereby WIA funds are made available. (Page 146)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~The Administration’s Supported Employment program (SE) for persons with persistent mental illness utilizes an evidenced–based approach to help individuals with the most significant disabilities to secure, retain, or regain competitive employment in an integrated setting that pays minimum or better wages, and provides benefits. Supported Employment services are individualized and include, but are not limited to:
• Counseling and guidance
• Job coaching (on–the–job training)
• Rapid job search and placement
• Short–term training
• Follow–along (unlimited supports)
• Development of natural supports. (Page 224)
Pursuant to DOES Policy 300.20-4, AJC Reasonable Accommodation Policy, qualified individuals with disabilities will be given a meaningful opportunity to participate in and benefit from aid, benefits, services, or training, including core, intensive, training, and supportive services. (Page 146)
II. Needs of persons with the most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment
• Benefits planning for Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/DI) beneficiaries
• Need for increased and improved supported employment (SE) providers and services
 SE services for persons with mental health impairments
 extended service provider for mental health
 Train staff on role of DBH as an extended service provider
• Holistic approach to VR process
 Holistic assessment at intake
 Housing
 Improved literacy
 Sobriety
 Training programs
 Benefits planning
• Partnership Plus model for extended service provision
• Expand scope of employment readiness workshops
• Education campaign for local employers regarding the hiring of persons with blindness
• Training for BRU staff around job carving/customized employment model
• Examine case recording process for identification of the receipt of SSI/DI by consumers to ensure accuracy (Page 236)
Objective 1.2 Increase outreach to people with HIV in order to increase the number of people with HIV served by DCRSA and the number of successful employment outcomes achieved by people with HIV.
Strategies: DCRSA will:
1. In support of the Mayor’s initiative to reduce HIV infections in the City and improve outcomes for people with HIV, DCRSA will expand outreach to at least two community based AIDS services providers in order to provide VR services at their location.
2. Provide benefits counseling orientation to staff and clients at the identified community based AIDS services providers.
3. Train staff to ensure that counselors are properly tracking people with HIV who are served by the agency. (Page 241)
Performance by June 30, 2017:
a. Complete a solicitation to identify an appropriate training provider who understands person centered training and has experience in using this in the VR process.
b. Identify a training provider who can provide training for VR and provider agency staff, and provide “train the trainer” sessions, to increase capability of DCRSA to provide this on an ongoing basis.
c. All general VR and sensory unit intakes will complete the eCASAS assessment as part of their intake and eligibility determination.
d. Increase the number of people who receive job readiness training by 10%.
e. Ensure that at least 250 people receive benefits counseling/orientation each quarter (the agency currently serves approximately 1700 people who receive SSI/SSDI). (Page 243)
 (Pages 244, 246, 257, 260)
 

School to Work Transition

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Data Collection

~~.   The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures, including the design and implementation of common intake, data collection, case management information, and performance accountability measurement and reporting processes, to improve coordination of services across one-stop partner programs; (Page 68)
1. Student performance, progress and involvement,
2. Instructional Models and Methods,
3. Program Management and Leadership,
4. Data Collection/Reporting. OSSE AFE will monitor and evaluate providers on a monthly and bi-annual basis via desks reviews and onsite monitoring. Eligible providers will be required to: (Page 202)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a non–profit, public–private organization created by the District Government whose core purpose is to actively position, promote, and support economic development and business opportunities in Washington, DC. (Page 14)

Career Pathways

~~Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Capacity Fails to Meet Demand - A recent policy brief noted that DC’s investments in adult education and career pathways skill building are insufficient to meet the demand for these services, as evidenced by waiting lists for many programs and the significant need for these services (see workforce analyses above)[3]. OSSE AFE also cited capacity as a challenge, despite increased enrollment and provider offerings in recent years. DDS/RSA has also noted increased demand for their services that has resulted in requests for additional funding and the possible need for more priority of service considerations. (Page 43) 
Overall, it is essential that we work as full partners in a workforce development system that efficiently and effectively allocates resources to assist all people to enter the workforce, especially those with significant barriers, including people with disabilities. In order to make best use of resources and ensure we are able to serve District residents to capacity, we must continue to truly integrate services and adopt career pathways with linkages between partners and programs. Through these efforts, we will be able to increase our capacity to better serve District residents, reduce duplication of services and streamline funding through shared contracts and blending and braiding of funding. The District will continue to strategize how to leverage funding across all of the WIOA Titles to meet as much of the Workforce Development and adult education needs of District residents as possible. Additionally, the District will continue to engage providers, partners, businesses and other key stakeholders in conversations about its efforts to increase the capacity of its providers throughout the implementation of the WIOA State Plan over the next four years. (Page 45) 
The agencies operating the core programs and the required partner programs made strides over the past year to improve coordination of services and jointly plan for the changes called for under WIOA. Members of the District’s Adult Career Pathways Task Force, first convened in December 2014, include leadership from the WIC, DOES, DDS/RSA, DHS, OSSE, DME, DMGEO, DCPS, the DC Council, the Public Charter School Board, the DC Public Library system, and three community-based organizations. Through the work of the Task Force’s Strategic Plan to build a career pathways system in the District, these agencies laid the ground work for how services and programs can better be integrated in order to improve delivery of services for our residents. Much of the content in this WIOA State Plan builds on the work of the Task Force, which will continue to meet quarterly to oversee implementation of the career pathways strategies. (Page 150)
 

Employment Networks

~~The District of Columbia currently has availability for provision of extended supported employment services through Medicaid only for people with intellectual disabilities and people with serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance. The Medicaid Waiver in the District for Elderly and Persons with Disabilities does not currently include Supported Employment as a covered service. Furthermore, the District currently has no other Waiver Services to provide extended supported employment services to people with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, without an intellectual disability), traumatic brain injury, or other physical disabilities. In planning for extended services for these populations, DCRSA must rely on either Ticket to Work Employment Networks or natural supports.  (Page 224)

Policies and Initiatives

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Mayor’s 10th Annual Disability Awareness Expo - 10/26/2017

~~“The purpose of this FREE event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities; complete with information and  exhibitors tables to engage in conversation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Notice of Funding Availability” Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs - 08/22/2017

~~“Youth with Disabilities:The DOES Office of Youth Programs supports all eligible youth, including those that are identified as having disabilities. Increasing services to this population is critical for serving all eligible youth in the District.  We encourage providers to partner with organizations that serve youth with disabilities.  Youth with disabilities must be afforded more opportunities to practice and improve their workplace skills, explore their career interests and receive services to assist with eliminating barriers. Any provider who submits a proposal with specific programming for this demographic may receive special consideration and preference points during the review process.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other

Workforce Investment Council Quarterly Board Meeting - 01/23/2017

~~PowerPoint detailing the agenda of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other
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District of Columbia ABLE Legislation (Title 47) - 01/04/2016

To amend, on an emergency basis,  Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish a qualified ABLE Program to be known as the ABLE Program Trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposit made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual’s blindness or disability.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

District of Columbia ARC Legislation (DC Act 21-203) - 11/23/2015

To amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish  qualified ABLE Program, to be known as the ABLE Program trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr. achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposits made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual's blindness or disability.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

D.C Employment First Proclamation - 10/08/2012

“On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State—the 20th state to do so nationwide. Mayor Gray’s proclamation affirms that ‘employment is an important part of the lives of all working age adults and people with disabilities are a largely untapped resource with skills and talents who can meet the needs of area business and employers.’ Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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“Notice of Funding Availability” Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs - 08/22/2017

~~“Youth with Disabilities:The DOES Office of Youth Programs supports all eligible youth, including those that are identified as having disabilities. Increasing services to this population is critical for serving all eligible youth in the District.  We encourage providers to partner with organizations that serve youth with disabilities.  Youth with disabilities must be afforded more opportunities to practice and improve their workplace skills, explore their career interests and receive services to assist with eliminating barriers. Any provider who submits a proposal with specific programming for this demographic may receive special consideration and preference points during the review process.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Workforce Investment Council Quarterly Board Meeting - 01/23/2017

~~PowerPoint detailing the agenda of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other

DCPS Transition - 08/01/2016

~~DCPS Transition Central is a tool for DCPS staff to access and provide information .“DCPS has implemented a number of initiatives to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities and provide them with the opportunity to improve job skills, earn credits, and to learn the self-advocacy skills needed to live as independently as possible.  The Transition Team has designed DC Transition.com, a website for everything related to secondary transition”.

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

Department on Disability Services - Policy on Self Employment - 06/01/2015

This policy document defines the procedures and standard for supporting Rehabilitation Services Administration (Vocational Rehabilitation) customers in the achievement of self-employment goals. The policy further defines the approval criteria for a self-employment based IPE, and the criteria for a successful self-employment outcome.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

D.C. Department on Disability Services: Initial Individual Support Plan - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this procedure is to establish steps, instructions and protocols for the development of an initial Individual Support Plan (ISP) for people who are eligible for services with the Department on Disability Services (DDS)/ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Department on Disability Services Employment First Policy - 12/22/2014

"The purpose of this policy is to establish Employment First as a priority and guiding philosophy for people with disabilities who receive services from the Department on Disability Services (‘DDS’ or ‘Agency’), consistent with Mayor Vincent C. Gray's October 18, 2012, proclamation of the District of Columbia as an Employment First State. In its current context, ‘Employment First’ refers to the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, prefer and are capable of individual integrated employment according to each person's interests, preference and informed choices.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Department on Disability Services Employment First Implementation - 12/19/2014

“INITIATIVE 2.3: Complete and implement the DC DDA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) strategic plan (JOB CREATION)

DDA is committed to continuing to promote an ‘Employment First’ policy that all working age adults, regardless of disability, can be employed and experience the rewards of an integrated working life in the community. To help reach that goal, the new proposed State Office of Disability Administration within DDS will use the information from the SELN assessment of the agency to develop a strategic plan during the second quarter of FY12 to promote the least restrictive, most integrated day, vocational and employment services. The plan will promote the Employment First language and policy with all stakeholders; define actions to be taken with providers to down-size large, congregate day programs; and increase the number of persons who are employed or in employment programs. The plan will also bring significant program enhancements to current day and vocational service programs to improve the quality of skills training and service options to be more individualized and provide adult oriented skill training, employment development and integrated retirement options.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Data Sharing
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Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Secondary Transition Community of Practice - 06/01/2013

This was launched earlier in 2013 to bring together transition experts from the District’s school system, disability advocacy organizations, direct-service agencies, and transition-aged youth and their parents.  These stakeholders in the transition process meet monthly to collaborate on increasing and improving outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities as they leave secondary school and pursue work or higher education.

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

D.C Employment Learning Community - 10/08/2012

As part of a competitive application process, the District was selected to receive technical assistance through the Employment Learning Community (ELC). A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion in partnership with The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and TransCen, Inc, the ELC will provide significant technical assistance on ways to implement Employment First in the District as well as networking and learning opportunities from those other states selected to participate.

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

Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice - 10/08/2012

DDS launched an Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice following the District’s October 2012 declaration as an Employment First state. Consortium members include representatives from District agencies, RSA and DDA providers, and advocacy organizations who are leaders in promoting Employment First practices throughout the District.  Consortium members meet on a monthly basis to discuss new strategies and opportunities for collaboration in implementing and expanding Employment First practices District wide.

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

D.C. Association of the Deaf: Conference - Achieving Employment First

The Achieving Employment First Conference was “held on behalf of Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, St. John's Community Services, District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Services of the District of Columbia, Department on Disability Services, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and Project Action.” This conference brought “together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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District of Columbia Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 06/01/2015

2015 NWD System Grantee Summaries:  The coordination of Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS) in the District of Columbia has been a priority for DC government for several years. DC’s Health and Human Services agencies, in partnership with people in need of LTSS, families, advocates, public/private partners, referral sources and others, will finalize and implement a 3-year plan to transform current systems into a No Wrong Door (NWD) system for all populations and all payers. DC’s goal is to create an LTSS system in which people encounter person- and family centered systems/staff with core competencies that facilitate their connection to formal and informal LTSS, regardless of where they enter the system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 10/01/2014

“District of Columbia has recently received a No Wrong Door planning grant. Their state team is working to incorporate the LifeCourse Framework as they re-design the front door to long term services and supports as well as the person-centered planning process. The goal is to create a system that supports people and their families to have a good life. At their last team meeting, the group advised on what is work and not working in the system of long term services and supports. This information was shared with the No Wrong Door Leadership Council in order to guide the work as they plan improvements.”

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

D.C Employment First - 10/08/2012

On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State…Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities. The other main tenets of Employment First are that: Employment services are tailored and customized to a person’s needs, interests, and skill set with the ultimate goal of achieving long-term employment in a competitive business or organization, or self-employment. Employment is at the prevailing wage, and never less than minimum wage. The employee has ample opportunities to integrate and interact with his or her coworkers, the public, and/or customers without disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.   Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following: DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices; DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers); DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment; and Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely in a business setting and includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on work experiences and on-the-job training. It is currently hosted in multiple Federal Government Agencies and on one University campus.   DC Project SEARCH, in a partnership with the DC Public Schools, DC Department on Disability Services, and the US Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provides the disabled community with the tools to prepare individuals to seek work.   "This DC launch of Project SEARCH at several federal job sites has been very successful due to the enthusiasm and commitment that our federal partners have shown in hosting the interns. The federal government has been a model employer for this program and demonstrated a sincere commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities,"   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Mayor’s 10th Annual Disability Awareness Expo - 10/26/2017

~~“The purpose of this FREE event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities; complete with information and  exhibitors tables to engage in conversation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

A Path To Community Living Resource Guide - 06/08/2016

This Guide is a compilation of current service providers, resources, tools, and programs available to District of Columbia residents who wish to live independently in the community.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Path to Community Living” Handbook; however, it also functions as a resource list.  This document is updated continuously as information changes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Georgetown University Hosts Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities” - 01/29/2015

~~“The second panel, moderated by Justin Ford with the Truman National Security Project, focused on the role of the recent federal contracting regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Panelists included Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, DOL; Naomi Levin, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, DOL; Bob Vetere, Human Resource Specialist, Northrop Grumman; and Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes. They offered their perspective on how the OFCCP Section 503 regulations – and more specifically the 7% hiring target ? could impact Veterans with disabilities seeking gainful employment.”

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

DC DHCF and DDS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) 101 - 12/01/2014

This training power point provides information on the HCBS waiver, basic information on revising the waiver, designing and restructuring it, and waiver rules and restrictions.  It also details the role of DCHF and DDS in the revision and administration of the HCBS waiver.

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

DC Transition Plan for the HCBS Waiver - 10/28/2014

“DDS is engaged in a variety of efforts to build the capacity of its staff and provider agencies to support and facilitate greater individualized community exploration and integration, including competitive, integrated employment,” including: “Discovery: Developing Positive Personal Profiles, a nationally recognized tool and process for assessing the vocational interests and goals of people and supporting career exploration and community integration activities;” Individualized Day Supports (IDS) Implementation Training, “including development of regulations, training for DDA staff and providers on the new service, how to recruit and train staff, the development of formats for initial and ongoing Community Integration Plans, and how to conduct Community Mapping;” and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Employment Learning Community, “which brings providers together on a regular basis through a community of practice approach where national and local resources are shared and providers learn from one another.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

D.C Secondary Transition Assessment Tool-kit - 11/01/2013

The District of Columbia Secondary Transition Process Toolkit was designed to assist educators in effectively addressing the transition planning needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. This guide was developed using Federal and District of Columbia policies, procedures, and regulations.   
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Achieving Employment First Conference - 06/10/2013

“The Achieving Employment First Conference [brought} together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities...Attendees learned how the District of Columbia is working toward achieving Employment First, increase their knowledge of customized employment for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and becoming aware of national and local programs and resources available for assisting people with IDD with employment opportunities.”

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

“Employment Initiatives in the District of Columbia ”D.C Employment First Train the Trainer Presentation - 04/09/2013

The District of Columbia expects that all people of working age, including people with disabilities, will work and earn the prevailing wage in the career path they choose.  This power point is intended for trainers and covers details about how D.C is supporting Employment First efforts.

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

A Path to Community Living Handbook - 01/25/2013

This handbook is designed to assist people who have moved or are planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.  These forms are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to successfully live in the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC Person Centered Thinking Orientation

This orientation developed by the DC Department of Disability Services provides information on various aspects of Person Centered Thinking (PCT).  Trainees receive information on how to define PCT, and concrete ways to practice PCT when providing services on a daily basis.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other
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Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

D.C. HCBS Waiver Transition Plan - 03/17/2015

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines, and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan."

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

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: DCJM-2015-I-0003 Community Rehabilitation Provider Milestone Payment System - 08/14/2014

A request to the field for feedback and information on adequate rate structures for the performance of an array of employment-related services, including Customized Employment and Customized Employment Planning. The plan also outlines a draft Milestone and Incentive payment system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Department of Health Care Finance: Notice of Final Rulemaking - 04/01/2014

“These final rules establish standards governing the participation requirements for providers who provide supported employment services to participants in the Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD Waiver) and to establish conditions of participation for providers."

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

DC HCBS Waiver MR DD (0307.R03.00) (1915c) - 11/20/2012

Provides day hab , employment readiness, in-home supports, residential hab, respite, supported employment, PCS, skilled nursing, art therapies, behavioral supports, dental, environmental accessibilities adaptations, family training, host home without transportation, individualized day supports, OT, one-time transitional services, PERS, PT, shared living, small group supported employment, speech/hearing/language services, supported living with transportation, supported living, transportation-community access, vehicle mods, wellness services for individuals with IID/DD ages 18+ no max.

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan Amendments

When D.C  plans to make a change to its Medicaid program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. This webpage include D.Cs Medicaid state plan amendments.  

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid state plan is the agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that D.C will administer its Medicaid program.  The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.    It  also gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.     
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver Program

"Home and Community Based (HCBS) Services waiver program is jointly funded with federal and local dollars. The federal government reimburses the District of Columbia 70 cents for every one dollar spent for qualifying services and supports for people enrolled in the HCBS waiver program. All supports and services provided through the DDA service delivery system are funded through the waiver program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Resource Leveraging

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

With the motto "Justice for All," the District of Columbia is committed to equal rights and opportunities for all people with disabilities, especially when it comes to Employment First and career success.

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 Washington D.C.’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
672,228
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.67%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45,260
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.18%
Change from
2014 to 2015
14,214
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.63%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.53%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 646,449 658,893 672,228
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 39,825 44,504 45,260
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 13,506 13,478 14,214
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 303,681 314,545 329,002
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.91% 30.28% 31.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.47% 75.49% 77.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.50% 7.80% 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 33.90% 35.80% 34.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.10% 15.30% 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 28,958 33,530 33,886
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 39,872 42,477 41,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 12,878 12,270 13,248
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 53,281 59,878 56,726
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,854 3,206 3,658
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 578 1,890 1,696
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,041 724 1,684
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 942 740 2,025

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 691 686 741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.70% 2.70% 2.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,646 14,732 14,612

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). N/A N/A N/A
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.10% 4.10% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.30% 4.60% N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 8.30% 9.60% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 700 699 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 734 786 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,419 1,640 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,733 1,809 1,751
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 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. 33 9 8
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 10 2 1
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. 30.00% 22.00% 13.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.58 0.31 0.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,106
2,310
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 27 58 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 76 97 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 205 507 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 325 597 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 358 822 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 115 229 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 22.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,320 2,276 2,371
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 32,353 32,424 33,344
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 87 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,173,000 $1,214,000 $1,335,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,814,000 $9,585,000 $15,429,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $70,000 $2,269,000 $3,861,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 16.00% 12.00% 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 194 N/A 338
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,319 1,092 706
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 40.80 22.70 31.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 50.00% 53.51% 54.99%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.00% 15.64% 15.24%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 19.00% 12.40% 11.53%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 40.00% 50.00% 69.67%
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). 23.00% 43.45% 17.29%
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). 25.62% 48.11% 25.94%
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). 30.81% 56.33% 36.93%
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). 2.62% 4.66% 8.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 352,814
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 240
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 228
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 228
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,891,549

 

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). 1 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2 2
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 31 31
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 31 31

 

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)

~~As part of the technical assistance that will be provided through this program, technical assistance is being provided to some of our community rehabilitation providers. In addition, our counselors will receive training on how to better engage with providers in partnership to help people with most significant disabilities achieve employment outcomes.  (Page 258)
Strategy 1: Increase the number of SSI/DI recipients referred for Benefits Counseling;
Strategy 2: Encourage enrollment in short–term training/certificate Workforce Development programs offered by community colleges the DC metropolitan area.
Strategy 3: Continue to develop the agency’s Employment First initiative, a concept designed to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community.
Strategy 4: Increase the use of Customized Employment enabling persons with significant disabilities the opportunity to achieve successful employment outcomes. (Page 260)
In addition, this counselor will participate in all Employment First training, in order to be familiar with customized employment services available to  DCRSA clients and participate in customized employment assessment and discovery training. DCRSA made a number of changes throughout FY 2015 because we were not achieving the identified goals. In the summer of 2015, DCRSA and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) worked closely to make necessary changes. (Pages 256- 266)
 

Customized Employment

~~Benefits planning
• Partnership Plus model for extended service provision
• Expand scope of employment readiness workshops
• Education campaign for local employers regarding the hiring of persons with blindness
• Training for BRU staff around job carving/customized employment model
• Examine case recording process for identification of the receipt of SSI/DI by consumers to ensure accuracy (Page 236)
Objective 2.2 –   Retain, train, and recruit experienced and qualified VR staff and service providers to improve services to the low incidence populations, including people who are blind, deafblind, have autism or other autism spectrum disorders.
Strategies: DCRSA will:
1. Provide continuous training to staff on customized employment policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices.
2. Provide continuous training to service providers on customized employment policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices.
3. Develop and implement outreach plan to recruit providers, who can provide services to low incidence populations.
4. Develop and implement outreach plan on DCRSA services to the low incidence population. (Page 244)
In FY 2015, DCRSA established new agreements with all job placement and supported employment providers. These are performance based agreements. Some changes were made in the payment structure in order more closely align payment to the providers with successful employment placements. In addition, we added payment support to supported employment providers to provide Discovery Assessments and Customized Employment. The District is also currently participating in the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program. USOR develops and improves pathways providing increased alternative training models and options. (Page 257-258)
DCRSA clients and participate in customized employment assessment and discovery training. DCRSA made a number of changes throughout FY 2015 because we were not achieving the identified goals. In the summer of 2015, DCRSA and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) worked closely to make necessary changes. First, DCRSA identified one counselor to handle all existing Evidence Based Supported Employment cases. (Page 266)
In addition, in new human care agreements issued in FY 2015, DCRSA included Discovery Assessment and Customized Employment as services in our supported employment agreements. Other consumers may require a job coach model for their initial placement but do not require the extended services as provided under the provisions of supported employment services. (Page 268)
Indicator 1.3 Competitive Employment Outcomes: the percentage of individuals who exit the VR program in employment in integrated settings with hourly rate of earnings equivalent to at least the federal or state minimum wage rate, whichever is higher.
Strategy 1: Continue quarterly CRP meetings to provide a forum for discussions and to ensure all providers are aware of the agency’s policies, regulations and expectations governing the provision of services.
Strategy 2: Continue to develop the agency’s Employment First initiative, a concept designed to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community. (Page 259)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Through these efforts, we will be able to increase our capacity to better serve District residents, reduce duplication of services and streamline funding through shared contracts and blending and braiding of funding. The District will continue to strategize how to leverage funding across all of the WIOA Titles to meet as much of the Workforce Development and adult education needs of District residents as possible. (Page 45)
Most importantly, all of these agencies participated in the development of the Career Pathways Strategic Plan which lays out the framework for an aligned system. Moving forward, the agencies will establish one umbrella MOA for AJC partners. (Page 73)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria. (Page 146)
The AJCs will comply with WIA Section 188, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and current District of Columbia method of administration. This assurance will be incorporated into all grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, or other arrangements whereby WIA funds are made available. (Page 146)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~The Administration’s Supported Employment program (SE) for persons with persistent mental illness utilizes an evidenced–based approach to help individuals with the most significant disabilities to secure, retain, or regain competitive employment in an integrated setting that pays minimum or better wages, and provides benefits. Supported Employment services are individualized and include, but are not limited to:
• Counseling and guidance
• Job coaching (on–the–job training)
• Rapid job search and placement
• Short–term training
• Follow–along (unlimited supports)
• Development of natural supports. (Page 224)
Pursuant to DOES Policy 300.20-4, AJC Reasonable Accommodation Policy, qualified individuals with disabilities will be given a meaningful opportunity to participate in and benefit from aid, benefits, services, or training, including core, intensive, training, and supportive services. (Page 146)
II. Needs of persons with the most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment
• Benefits planning for Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/DI) beneficiaries
• Need for increased and improved supported employment (SE) providers and services
 SE services for persons with mental health impairments
 extended service provider for mental health
 Train staff on role of DBH as an extended service provider
• Holistic approach to VR process
 Holistic assessment at intake
 Housing
 Improved literacy
 Sobriety
 Training programs
 Benefits planning
• Partnership Plus model for extended service provision
• Expand scope of employment readiness workshops
• Education campaign for local employers regarding the hiring of persons with blindness
• Training for BRU staff around job carving/customized employment model
• Examine case recording process for identification of the receipt of SSI/DI by consumers to ensure accuracy (Page 236)
Objective 1.2 Increase outreach to people with HIV in order to increase the number of people with HIV served by DCRSA and the number of successful employment outcomes achieved by people with HIV.
Strategies: DCRSA will:
1. In support of the Mayor’s initiative to reduce HIV infections in the City and improve outcomes for people with HIV, DCRSA will expand outreach to at least two community based AIDS services providers in order to provide VR services at their location.
2. Provide benefits counseling orientation to staff and clients at the identified community based AIDS services providers.
3. Train staff to ensure that counselors are properly tracking people with HIV who are served by the agency. (Page 241)
Performance by June 30, 2017:
a. Complete a solicitation to identify an appropriate training provider who understands person centered training and has experience in using this in the VR process.
b. Identify a training provider who can provide training for VR and provider agency staff, and provide “train the trainer” sessions, to increase capability of DCRSA to provide this on an ongoing basis.
c. All general VR and sensory unit intakes will complete the eCASAS assessment as part of their intake and eligibility determination.
d. Increase the number of people who receive job readiness training by 10%.
e. Ensure that at least 250 people receive benefits counseling/orientation each quarter (the agency currently serves approximately 1700 people who receive SSI/SSDI). (Page 243)
 (Pages 244, 246, 257, 260)
 

School to Work Transition

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Data Collection

~~.   The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures, including the design and implementation of common intake, data collection, case management information, and performance accountability measurement and reporting processes, to improve coordination of services across one-stop partner programs; (Page 68)
1. Student performance, progress and involvement,
2. Instructional Models and Methods,
3. Program Management and Leadership,
4. Data Collection/Reporting. OSSE AFE will monitor and evaluate providers on a monthly and bi-annual basis via desks reviews and onsite monitoring. Eligible providers will be required to: (Page 202)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a non–profit, public–private organization created by the District Government whose core purpose is to actively position, promote, and support economic development and business opportunities in Washington, DC. (Page 14)

Career Pathways

~~Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Capacity Fails to Meet Demand - A recent policy brief noted that DC’s investments in adult education and career pathways skill building are insufficient to meet the demand for these services, as evidenced by waiting lists for many programs and the significant need for these services (see workforce analyses above)[3]. OSSE AFE also cited capacity as a challenge, despite increased enrollment and provider offerings in recent years. DDS/RSA has also noted increased demand for their services that has resulted in requests for additional funding and the possible need for more priority of service considerations. (Page 43) 
Overall, it is essential that we work as full partners in a workforce development system that efficiently and effectively allocates resources to assist all people to enter the workforce, especially those with significant barriers, including people with disabilities. In order to make best use of resources and ensure we are able to serve District residents to capacity, we must continue to truly integrate services and adopt career pathways with linkages between partners and programs. Through these efforts, we will be able to increase our capacity to better serve District residents, reduce duplication of services and streamline funding through shared contracts and blending and braiding of funding. The District will continue to strategize how to leverage funding across all of the WIOA Titles to meet as much of the Workforce Development and adult education needs of District residents as possible. Additionally, the District will continue to engage providers, partners, businesses and other key stakeholders in conversations about its efforts to increase the capacity of its providers throughout the implementation of the WIOA State Plan over the next four years. (Page 45) 
The agencies operating the core programs and the required partner programs made strides over the past year to improve coordination of services and jointly plan for the changes called for under WIOA. Members of the District’s Adult Career Pathways Task Force, first convened in December 2014, include leadership from the WIC, DOES, DDS/RSA, DHS, OSSE, DME, DMGEO, DCPS, the DC Council, the Public Charter School Board, the DC Public Library system, and three community-based organizations. Through the work of the Task Force’s Strategic Plan to build a career pathways system in the District, these agencies laid the ground work for how services and programs can better be integrated in order to improve delivery of services for our residents. Much of the content in this WIOA State Plan builds on the work of the Task Force, which will continue to meet quarterly to oversee implementation of the career pathways strategies. (Page 150)
 

Employment Networks

~~The District of Columbia currently has availability for provision of extended supported employment services through Medicaid only for people with intellectual disabilities and people with serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance. The Medicaid Waiver in the District for Elderly and Persons with Disabilities does not currently include Supported Employment as a covered service. Furthermore, the District currently has no other Waiver Services to provide extended supported employment services to people with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, without an intellectual disability), traumatic brain injury, or other physical disabilities. In planning for extended services for these populations, DCRSA must rely on either Ticket to Work Employment Networks or natural supports.  (Page 224)

Policies and Initiatives

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Mayor’s 10th Annual Disability Awareness Expo - 10/26/2017

~~“The purpose of this FREE event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities; complete with information and  exhibitors tables to engage in conversation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Notice of Funding Availability” Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs - 08/22/2017

~~“Youth with Disabilities:The DOES Office of Youth Programs supports all eligible youth, including those that are identified as having disabilities. Increasing services to this population is critical for serving all eligible youth in the District.  We encourage providers to partner with organizations that serve youth with disabilities.  Youth with disabilities must be afforded more opportunities to practice and improve their workplace skills, explore their career interests and receive services to assist with eliminating barriers. Any provider who submits a proposal with specific programming for this demographic may receive special consideration and preference points during the review process.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other

Workforce Investment Council Quarterly Board Meeting - 01/23/2017

~~PowerPoint detailing the agenda of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other
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District of Columbia ABLE Legislation (Title 47) - 01/04/2016

To amend, on an emergency basis,  Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish a qualified ABLE Program to be known as the ABLE Program Trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposit made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual’s blindness or disability.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

District of Columbia ARC Legislation (DC Act 21-203) - 11/23/2015

To amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish  qualified ABLE Program, to be known as the ABLE Program trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr. achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposits made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual's blindness or disability.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

D.C Employment First Proclamation - 10/08/2012

“On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State—the 20th state to do so nationwide. Mayor Gray’s proclamation affirms that ‘employment is an important part of the lives of all working age adults and people with disabilities are a largely untapped resource with skills and talents who can meet the needs of area business and employers.’ Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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“Notice of Funding Availability” Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs - 08/22/2017

~~“Youth with Disabilities:The DOES Office of Youth Programs supports all eligible youth, including those that are identified as having disabilities. Increasing services to this population is critical for serving all eligible youth in the District.  We encourage providers to partner with organizations that serve youth with disabilities.  Youth with disabilities must be afforded more opportunities to practice and improve their workplace skills, explore their career interests and receive services to assist with eliminating barriers. Any provider who submits a proposal with specific programming for this demographic may receive special consideration and preference points during the review process.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Workforce Investment Council Quarterly Board Meeting - 01/23/2017

~~PowerPoint detailing the agenda of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other

DCPS Transition - 08/01/2016

~~DCPS Transition Central is a tool for DCPS staff to access and provide information .“DCPS has implemented a number of initiatives to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities and provide them with the opportunity to improve job skills, earn credits, and to learn the self-advocacy skills needed to live as independently as possible.  The Transition Team has designed DC Transition.com, a website for everything related to secondary transition”.

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

Department on Disability Services - Policy on Self Employment - 06/01/2015

This policy document defines the procedures and standard for supporting Rehabilitation Services Administration (Vocational Rehabilitation) customers in the achievement of self-employment goals. The policy further defines the approval criteria for a self-employment based IPE, and the criteria for a successful self-employment outcome.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

D.C. Department on Disability Services: Initial Individual Support Plan - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this procedure is to establish steps, instructions and protocols for the development of an initial Individual Support Plan (ISP) for people who are eligible for services with the Department on Disability Services (DDS)/ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Department on Disability Services Employment First Policy - 12/22/2014

"The purpose of this policy is to establish Employment First as a priority and guiding philosophy for people with disabilities who receive services from the Department on Disability Services (‘DDS’ or ‘Agency’), consistent with Mayor Vincent C. Gray's October 18, 2012, proclamation of the District of Columbia as an Employment First State. In its current context, ‘Employment First’ refers to the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, prefer and are capable of individual integrated employment according to each person's interests, preference and informed choices.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Department on Disability Services Employment First Implementation - 12/19/2014

“INITIATIVE 2.3: Complete and implement the DC DDA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) strategic plan (JOB CREATION)

DDA is committed to continuing to promote an ‘Employment First’ policy that all working age adults, regardless of disability, can be employed and experience the rewards of an integrated working life in the community. To help reach that goal, the new proposed State Office of Disability Administration within DDS will use the information from the SELN assessment of the agency to develop a strategic plan during the second quarter of FY12 to promote the least restrictive, most integrated day, vocational and employment services. The plan will promote the Employment First language and policy with all stakeholders; define actions to be taken with providers to down-size large, congregate day programs; and increase the number of persons who are employed or in employment programs. The plan will also bring significant program enhancements to current day and vocational service programs to improve the quality of skills training and service options to be more individualized and provide adult oriented skill training, employment development and integrated retirement options.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Data Sharing
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Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Secondary Transition Community of Practice - 06/01/2013

This was launched earlier in 2013 to bring together transition experts from the District’s school system, disability advocacy organizations, direct-service agencies, and transition-aged youth and their parents.  These stakeholders in the transition process meet monthly to collaborate on increasing and improving outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities as they leave secondary school and pursue work or higher education.

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

D.C Employment Learning Community - 10/08/2012

As part of a competitive application process, the District was selected to receive technical assistance through the Employment Learning Community (ELC). A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion in partnership with The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and TransCen, Inc, the ELC will provide significant technical assistance on ways to implement Employment First in the District as well as networking and learning opportunities from those other states selected to participate.

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

Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice - 10/08/2012

DDS launched an Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice following the District’s October 2012 declaration as an Employment First state. Consortium members include representatives from District agencies, RSA and DDA providers, and advocacy organizations who are leaders in promoting Employment First practices throughout the District.  Consortium members meet on a monthly basis to discuss new strategies and opportunities for collaboration in implementing and expanding Employment First practices District wide.

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

D.C. Association of the Deaf: Conference - Achieving Employment First

The Achieving Employment First Conference was “held on behalf of Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, St. John's Community Services, District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Services of the District of Columbia, Department on Disability Services, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and Project Action.” This conference brought “together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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District of Columbia Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 06/01/2015

2015 NWD System Grantee Summaries:  The coordination of Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS) in the District of Columbia has been a priority for DC government for several years. DC’s Health and Human Services agencies, in partnership with people in need of LTSS, families, advocates, public/private partners, referral sources and others, will finalize and implement a 3-year plan to transform current systems into a No Wrong Door (NWD) system for all populations and all payers. DC’s goal is to create an LTSS system in which people encounter person- and family centered systems/staff with core competencies that facilitate their connection to formal and informal LTSS, regardless of where they enter the system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 10/01/2014

“District of Columbia has recently received a No Wrong Door planning grant. Their state team is working to incorporate the LifeCourse Framework as they re-design the front door to long term services and supports as well as the person-centered planning process. The goal is to create a system that supports people and their families to have a good life. At their last team meeting, the group advised on what is work and not working in the system of long term services and supports. This information was shared with the No Wrong Door Leadership Council in order to guide the work as they plan improvements.”

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

D.C Employment First - 10/08/2012

On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State…Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities. The other main tenets of Employment First are that: Employment services are tailored and customized to a person’s needs, interests, and skill set with the ultimate goal of achieving long-term employment in a competitive business or organization, or self-employment. Employment is at the prevailing wage, and never less than minimum wage. The employee has ample opportunities to integrate and interact with his or her coworkers, the public, and/or customers without disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.   Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following: DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices; DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers); DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment; and Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely in a business setting and includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on work experiences and on-the-job training. It is currently hosted in multiple Federal Government Agencies and on one University campus.   DC Project SEARCH, in a partnership with the DC Public Schools, DC Department on Disability Services, and the US Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provides the disabled community with the tools to prepare individuals to seek work.   "This DC launch of Project SEARCH at several federal job sites has been very successful due to the enthusiasm and commitment that our federal partners have shown in hosting the interns. The federal government has been a model employer for this program and demonstrated a sincere commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities,"   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Mayor’s 10th Annual Disability Awareness Expo - 10/26/2017

~~“The purpose of this FREE event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities; complete with information and  exhibitors tables to engage in conversation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

A Path To Community Living Resource Guide - 06/08/2016

This Guide is a compilation of current service providers, resources, tools, and programs available to District of Columbia residents who wish to live independently in the community.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Path to Community Living” Handbook; however, it also functions as a resource list.  This document is updated continuously as information changes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Georgetown University Hosts Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities” - 01/29/2015

~~“The second panel, moderated by Justin Ford with the Truman National Security Project, focused on the role of the recent federal contracting regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Panelists included Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, DOL; Naomi Levin, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, DOL; Bob Vetere, Human Resource Specialist, Northrop Grumman; and Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes. They offered their perspective on how the OFCCP Section 503 regulations – and more specifically the 7% hiring target ? could impact Veterans with disabilities seeking gainful employment.”

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

DC DHCF and DDS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) 101 - 12/01/2014

This training power point provides information on the HCBS waiver, basic information on revising the waiver, designing and restructuring it, and waiver rules and restrictions.  It also details the role of DCHF and DDS in the revision and administration of the HCBS waiver.

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

DC Transition Plan for the HCBS Waiver - 10/28/2014

“DDS is engaged in a variety of efforts to build the capacity of its staff and provider agencies to support and facilitate greater individualized community exploration and integration, including competitive, integrated employment,” including: “Discovery: Developing Positive Personal Profiles, a nationally recognized tool and process for assessing the vocational interests and goals of people and supporting career exploration and community integration activities;” Individualized Day Supports (IDS) Implementation Training, “including development of regulations, training for DDA staff and providers on the new service, how to recruit and train staff, the development of formats for initial and ongoing Community Integration Plans, and how to conduct Community Mapping;” and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Employment Learning Community, “which brings providers together on a regular basis through a community of practice approach where national and local resources are shared and providers learn from one another.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

D.C Secondary Transition Assessment Tool-kit - 11/01/2013

The District of Columbia Secondary Transition Process Toolkit was designed to assist educators in effectively addressing the transition planning needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. This guide was developed using Federal and District of Columbia policies, procedures, and regulations.   
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Achieving Employment First Conference - 06/10/2013

“The Achieving Employment First Conference [brought} together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities...Attendees learned how the District of Columbia is working toward achieving Employment First, increase their knowledge of customized employment for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and becoming aware of national and local programs and resources available for assisting people with IDD with employment opportunities.”

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

“Employment Initiatives in the District of Columbia ”D.C Employment First Train the Trainer Presentation - 04/09/2013

The District of Columbia expects that all people of working age, including people with disabilities, will work and earn the prevailing wage in the career path they choose.  This power point is intended for trainers and covers details about how D.C is supporting Employment First efforts.

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

A Path to Community Living Handbook - 01/25/2013

This handbook is designed to assist people who have moved or are planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.  These forms are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to successfully live in the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC Person Centered Thinking Orientation

This orientation developed by the DC Department of Disability Services provides information on various aspects of Person Centered Thinking (PCT).  Trainees receive information on how to define PCT, and concrete ways to practice PCT when providing services on a daily basis.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other
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Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

D.C. HCBS Waiver Transition Plan - 03/17/2015

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines, and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan."

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

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: DCJM-2015-I-0003 Community Rehabilitation Provider Milestone Payment System - 08/14/2014

A request to the field for feedback and information on adequate rate structures for the performance of an array of employment-related services, including Customized Employment and Customized Employment Planning. The plan also outlines a draft Milestone and Incentive payment system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Department of Health Care Finance: Notice of Final Rulemaking - 04/01/2014

“These final rules establish standards governing the participation requirements for providers who provide supported employment services to participants in the Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD Waiver) and to establish conditions of participation for providers."

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

DC HCBS Waiver MR DD (0307.R03.00) (1915c) - 11/20/2012

Provides day hab , employment readiness, in-home supports, residential hab, respite, supported employment, PCS, skilled nursing, art therapies, behavioral supports, dental, environmental accessibilities adaptations, family training, host home without transportation, individualized day supports, OT, one-time transitional services, PERS, PT, shared living, small group supported employment, speech/hearing/language services, supported living with transportation, supported living, transportation-community access, vehicle mods, wellness services for individuals with IID/DD ages 18+ no max.

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan Amendments

When D.C  plans to make a change to its Medicaid program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. This webpage include D.Cs Medicaid state plan amendments.  

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid state plan is the agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that D.C will administer its Medicaid program.  The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.    It  also gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.     
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver Program

"Home and Community Based (HCBS) Services waiver program is jointly funded with federal and local dollars. The federal government reimburses the District of Columbia 70 cents for every one dollar spent for qualifying services and supports for people enrolled in the HCBS waiver program. All supports and services provided through the DDA service delivery system are funded through the waiver program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Resource Leveraging

States - Phablet

Snapshot

With the motto "Justice for All," the District of Columbia is committed to equal rights and opportunities for all people with disabilities, especially when it comes to Employment First and career success.

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 Washington D.C.’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
672,228
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.67%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45,260
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.18%
Change from
2014 to 2015
14,214
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.63%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.53%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 672,228
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 45,260
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 14,214
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 329,002
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 34.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 33,886
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 41,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 13,248
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 56,726
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 3,658
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 1,696
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,684
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,025

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,612

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

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

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,751
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. 8
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 1
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. 13.00%
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. 0.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,371
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 33,344
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. $1,335,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,429,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,861,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 338
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 706
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 31.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 54.99%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.24%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 11.53%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 69.67%
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). 17.29%
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). 25.94%
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). 36.93%
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). 8.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 352,814
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 240
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 228
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 228
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,891,549

 

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). 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 2
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). 31
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. 31

 

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)

~~As part of the technical assistance that will be provided through this program, technical assistance is being provided to some of our community rehabilitation providers. In addition, our counselors will receive training on how to better engage with providers in partnership to help people with most significant disabilities achieve employment outcomes.  (Page 258)
Strategy 1: Increase the number of SSI/DI recipients referred for Benefits Counseling;
Strategy 2: Encourage enrollment in short–term training/certificate Workforce Development programs offered by community colleges the DC metropolitan area.
Strategy 3: Continue to develop the agency’s Employment First initiative, a concept designed to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community.
Strategy 4: Increase the use of Customized Employment enabling persons with significant disabilities the opportunity to achieve successful employment outcomes. (Page 260)
In addition, this counselor will participate in all Employment First training, in order to be familiar with customized employment services available to  DCRSA clients and participate in customized employment assessment and discovery training. DCRSA made a number of changes throughout FY 2015 because we were not achieving the identified goals. In the summer of 2015, DCRSA and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) worked closely to make necessary changes. (Pages 256- 266)
 

Customized Employment

~~Benefits planning
• Partnership Plus model for extended service provision
• Expand scope of employment readiness workshops
• Education campaign for local employers regarding the hiring of persons with blindness
• Training for BRU staff around job carving/customized employment model
• Examine case recording process for identification of the receipt of SSI/DI by consumers to ensure accuracy (Page 236)
Objective 2.2 –   Retain, train, and recruit experienced and qualified VR staff and service providers to improve services to the low incidence populations, including people who are blind, deafblind, have autism or other autism spectrum disorders.
Strategies: DCRSA will:
1. Provide continuous training to staff on customized employment policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices.
2. Provide continuous training to service providers on customized employment policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices.
3. Develop and implement outreach plan to recruit providers, who can provide services to low incidence populations.
4. Develop and implement outreach plan on DCRSA services to the low incidence population. (Page 244)
In FY 2015, DCRSA established new agreements with all job placement and supported employment providers. These are performance based agreements. Some changes were made in the payment structure in order more closely align payment to the providers with successful employment placements. In addition, we added payment support to supported employment providers to provide Discovery Assessments and Customized Employment. The District is also currently participating in the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program. USOR develops and improves pathways providing increased alternative training models and options. (Page 257-258)
DCRSA clients and participate in customized employment assessment and discovery training. DCRSA made a number of changes throughout FY 2015 because we were not achieving the identified goals. In the summer of 2015, DCRSA and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) worked closely to make necessary changes. First, DCRSA identified one counselor to handle all existing Evidence Based Supported Employment cases. (Page 266)
In addition, in new human care agreements issued in FY 2015, DCRSA included Discovery Assessment and Customized Employment as services in our supported employment agreements. Other consumers may require a job coach model for their initial placement but do not require the extended services as provided under the provisions of supported employment services. (Page 268)
Indicator 1.3 Competitive Employment Outcomes: the percentage of individuals who exit the VR program in employment in integrated settings with hourly rate of earnings equivalent to at least the federal or state minimum wage rate, whichever is higher.
Strategy 1: Continue quarterly CRP meetings to provide a forum for discussions and to ensure all providers are aware of the agency’s policies, regulations and expectations governing the provision of services.
Strategy 2: Continue to develop the agency’s Employment First initiative, a concept designed to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community. (Page 259)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Through these efforts, we will be able to increase our capacity to better serve District residents, reduce duplication of services and streamline funding through shared contracts and blending and braiding of funding. The District will continue to strategize how to leverage funding across all of the WIOA Titles to meet as much of the Workforce Development and adult education needs of District residents as possible. (Page 45)
Most importantly, all of these agencies participated in the development of the Career Pathways Strategic Plan which lays out the framework for an aligned system. Moving forward, the agencies will establish one umbrella MOA for AJC partners. (Page 73)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria. (Page 146)
The AJCs will comply with WIA Section 188, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and current District of Columbia method of administration. This assurance will be incorporated into all grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, or other arrangements whereby WIA funds are made available. (Page 146)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~The Administration’s Supported Employment program (SE) for persons with persistent mental illness utilizes an evidenced–based approach to help individuals with the most significant disabilities to secure, retain, or regain competitive employment in an integrated setting that pays minimum or better wages, and provides benefits. Supported Employment services are individualized and include, but are not limited to:
• Counseling and guidance
• Job coaching (on–the–job training)
• Rapid job search and placement
• Short–term training
• Follow–along (unlimited supports)
• Development of natural supports. (Page 224)
Pursuant to DOES Policy 300.20-4, AJC Reasonable Accommodation Policy, qualified individuals with disabilities will be given a meaningful opportunity to participate in and benefit from aid, benefits, services, or training, including core, intensive, training, and supportive services. (Page 146)
II. Needs of persons with the most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment
• Benefits planning for Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/DI) beneficiaries
• Need for increased and improved supported employment (SE) providers and services
 SE services for persons with mental health impairments
 extended service provider for mental health
 Train staff on role of DBH as an extended service provider
• Holistic approach to VR process
 Holistic assessment at intake
 Housing
 Improved literacy
 Sobriety
 Training programs
 Benefits planning
• Partnership Plus model for extended service provision
• Expand scope of employment readiness workshops
• Education campaign for local employers regarding the hiring of persons with blindness
• Training for BRU staff around job carving/customized employment model
• Examine case recording process for identification of the receipt of SSI/DI by consumers to ensure accuracy (Page 236)
Objective 1.2 Increase outreach to people with HIV in order to increase the number of people with HIV served by DCRSA and the number of successful employment outcomes achieved by people with HIV.
Strategies: DCRSA will:
1. In support of the Mayor’s initiative to reduce HIV infections in the City and improve outcomes for people with HIV, DCRSA will expand outreach to at least two community based AIDS services providers in order to provide VR services at their location.
2. Provide benefits counseling orientation to staff and clients at the identified community based AIDS services providers.
3. Train staff to ensure that counselors are properly tracking people with HIV who are served by the agency. (Page 241)
Performance by June 30, 2017:
a. Complete a solicitation to identify an appropriate training provider who understands person centered training and has experience in using this in the VR process.
b. Identify a training provider who can provide training for VR and provider agency staff, and provide “train the trainer” sessions, to increase capability of DCRSA to provide this on an ongoing basis.
c. All general VR and sensory unit intakes will complete the eCASAS assessment as part of their intake and eligibility determination.
d. Increase the number of people who receive job readiness training by 10%.
e. Ensure that at least 250 people receive benefits counseling/orientation each quarter (the agency currently serves approximately 1700 people who receive SSI/SSDI). (Page 243)
 (Pages 244, 246, 257, 260)
 

School to Work Transition

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Data Collection

~~.   The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures, including the design and implementation of common intake, data collection, case management information, and performance accountability measurement and reporting processes, to improve coordination of services across one-stop partner programs; (Page 68)
1. Student performance, progress and involvement,
2. Instructional Models and Methods,
3. Program Management and Leadership,
4. Data Collection/Reporting. OSSE AFE will monitor and evaluate providers on a monthly and bi-annual basis via desks reviews and onsite monitoring. Eligible providers will be required to: (Page 202)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a non–profit, public–private organization created by the District Government whose core purpose is to actively position, promote, and support economic development and business opportunities in Washington, DC. (Page 14)

Career Pathways

~~Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Capacity Fails to Meet Demand - A recent policy brief noted that DC’s investments in adult education and career pathways skill building are insufficient to meet the demand for these services, as evidenced by waiting lists for many programs and the significant need for these services (see workforce analyses above)[3]. OSSE AFE also cited capacity as a challenge, despite increased enrollment and provider offerings in recent years. DDS/RSA has also noted increased demand for their services that has resulted in requests for additional funding and the possible need for more priority of service considerations. (Page 43) 
Overall, it is essential that we work as full partners in a workforce development system that efficiently and effectively allocates resources to assist all people to enter the workforce, especially those with significant barriers, including people with disabilities. In order to make best use of resources and ensure we are able to serve District residents to capacity, we must continue to truly integrate services and adopt career pathways with linkages between partners and programs. Through these efforts, we will be able to increase our capacity to better serve District residents, reduce duplication of services and streamline funding through shared contracts and blending and braiding of funding. The District will continue to strategize how to leverage funding across all of the WIOA Titles to meet as much of the Workforce Development and adult education needs of District residents as possible. Additionally, the District will continue to engage providers, partners, businesses and other key stakeholders in conversations about its efforts to increase the capacity of its providers throughout the implementation of the WIOA State Plan over the next four years. (Page 45) 
The agencies operating the core programs and the required partner programs made strides over the past year to improve coordination of services and jointly plan for the changes called for under WIOA. Members of the District’s Adult Career Pathways Task Force, first convened in December 2014, include leadership from the WIC, DOES, DDS/RSA, DHS, OSSE, DME, DMGEO, DCPS, the DC Council, the Public Charter School Board, the DC Public Library system, and three community-based organizations. Through the work of the Task Force’s Strategic Plan to build a career pathways system in the District, these agencies laid the ground work for how services and programs can better be integrated in order to improve delivery of services for our residents. Much of the content in this WIOA State Plan builds on the work of the Task Force, which will continue to meet quarterly to oversee implementation of the career pathways strategies. (Page 150)
 

Employment Networks

~~The District of Columbia currently has availability for provision of extended supported employment services through Medicaid only for people with intellectual disabilities and people with serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance. The Medicaid Waiver in the District for Elderly and Persons with Disabilities does not currently include Supported Employment as a covered service. Furthermore, the District currently has no other Waiver Services to provide extended supported employment services to people with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, without an intellectual disability), traumatic brain injury, or other physical disabilities. In planning for extended services for these populations, DCRSA must rely on either Ticket to Work Employment Networks or natural supports.  (Page 224)

Policies and Initiatives

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Mayor’s 10th Annual Disability Awareness Expo - 10/26/2017

~~“The purpose of this FREE event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities; complete with information and  exhibitors tables to engage in conversation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Notice of Funding Availability” Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs - 08/22/2017

~~“Youth with Disabilities:The DOES Office of Youth Programs supports all eligible youth, including those that are identified as having disabilities. Increasing services to this population is critical for serving all eligible youth in the District.  We encourage providers to partner with organizations that serve youth with disabilities.  Youth with disabilities must be afforded more opportunities to practice and improve their workplace skills, explore their career interests and receive services to assist with eliminating barriers. Any provider who submits a proposal with specific programming for this demographic may receive special consideration and preference points during the review process.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other

Workforce Investment Council Quarterly Board Meeting - 01/23/2017

~~PowerPoint detailing the agenda of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other
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District of Columbia ABLE Legislation (Title 47) - 01/04/2016

To amend, on an emergency basis,  Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish a qualified ABLE Program to be known as the ABLE Program Trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposit made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual’s blindness or disability.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

District of Columbia ARC Legislation (DC Act 21-203) - 11/23/2015

To amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish  qualified ABLE Program, to be known as the ABLE Program trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr. achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposits made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual's blindness or disability.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

D.C Employment First Proclamation - 10/08/2012

“On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State—the 20th state to do so nationwide. Mayor Gray’s proclamation affirms that ‘employment is an important part of the lives of all working age adults and people with disabilities are a largely untapped resource with skills and talents who can meet the needs of area business and employers.’ Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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“Notice of Funding Availability” Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs - 08/22/2017

~~“Youth with Disabilities:The DOES Office of Youth Programs supports all eligible youth, including those that are identified as having disabilities. Increasing services to this population is critical for serving all eligible youth in the District.  We encourage providers to partner with organizations that serve youth with disabilities.  Youth with disabilities must be afforded more opportunities to practice and improve their workplace skills, explore their career interests and receive services to assist with eliminating barriers. Any provider who submits a proposal with specific programming for this demographic may receive special consideration and preference points during the review process.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Workforce Investment Council Quarterly Board Meeting - 01/23/2017

~~PowerPoint detailing the agenda of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other

DCPS Transition - 08/01/2016

~~DCPS Transition Central is a tool for DCPS staff to access and provide information .“DCPS has implemented a number of initiatives to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities and provide them with the opportunity to improve job skills, earn credits, and to learn the self-advocacy skills needed to live as independently as possible.  The Transition Team has designed DC Transition.com, a website for everything related to secondary transition”.

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

Department on Disability Services - Policy on Self Employment - 06/01/2015

This policy document defines the procedures and standard for supporting Rehabilitation Services Administration (Vocational Rehabilitation) customers in the achievement of self-employment goals. The policy further defines the approval criteria for a self-employment based IPE, and the criteria for a successful self-employment outcome.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

D.C. Department on Disability Services: Initial Individual Support Plan - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this procedure is to establish steps, instructions and protocols for the development of an initial Individual Support Plan (ISP) for people who are eligible for services with the Department on Disability Services (DDS)/ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Department on Disability Services Employment First Policy - 12/22/2014

"The purpose of this policy is to establish Employment First as a priority and guiding philosophy for people with disabilities who receive services from the Department on Disability Services (‘DDS’ or ‘Agency’), consistent with Mayor Vincent C. Gray's October 18, 2012, proclamation of the District of Columbia as an Employment First State. In its current context, ‘Employment First’ refers to the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, prefer and are capable of individual integrated employment according to each person's interests, preference and informed choices.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Department on Disability Services Employment First Implementation - 12/19/2014

“INITIATIVE 2.3: Complete and implement the DC DDA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) strategic plan (JOB CREATION)

DDA is committed to continuing to promote an ‘Employment First’ policy that all working age adults, regardless of disability, can be employed and experience the rewards of an integrated working life in the community. To help reach that goal, the new proposed State Office of Disability Administration within DDS will use the information from the SELN assessment of the agency to develop a strategic plan during the second quarter of FY12 to promote the least restrictive, most integrated day, vocational and employment services. The plan will promote the Employment First language and policy with all stakeholders; define actions to be taken with providers to down-size large, congregate day programs; and increase the number of persons who are employed or in employment programs. The plan will also bring significant program enhancements to current day and vocational service programs to improve the quality of skills training and service options to be more individualized and provide adult oriented skill training, employment development and integrated retirement options.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Data Sharing
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Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Secondary Transition Community of Practice - 06/01/2013

This was launched earlier in 2013 to bring together transition experts from the District’s school system, disability advocacy organizations, direct-service agencies, and transition-aged youth and their parents.  These stakeholders in the transition process meet monthly to collaborate on increasing and improving outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities as they leave secondary school and pursue work or higher education.

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

D.C Employment Learning Community - 10/08/2012

As part of a competitive application process, the District was selected to receive technical assistance through the Employment Learning Community (ELC). A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion in partnership with The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and TransCen, Inc, the ELC will provide significant technical assistance on ways to implement Employment First in the District as well as networking and learning opportunities from those other states selected to participate.

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

Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice - 10/08/2012

DDS launched an Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice following the District’s October 2012 declaration as an Employment First state. Consortium members include representatives from District agencies, RSA and DDA providers, and advocacy organizations who are leaders in promoting Employment First practices throughout the District.  Consortium members meet on a monthly basis to discuss new strategies and opportunities for collaboration in implementing and expanding Employment First practices District wide.

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

D.C. Association of the Deaf: Conference - Achieving Employment First

The Achieving Employment First Conference was “held on behalf of Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, St. John's Community Services, District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Services of the District of Columbia, Department on Disability Services, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and Project Action.” This conference brought “together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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District of Columbia Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 06/01/2015

2015 NWD System Grantee Summaries:  The coordination of Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS) in the District of Columbia has been a priority for DC government for several years. DC’s Health and Human Services agencies, in partnership with people in need of LTSS, families, advocates, public/private partners, referral sources and others, will finalize and implement a 3-year plan to transform current systems into a No Wrong Door (NWD) system for all populations and all payers. DC’s goal is to create an LTSS system in which people encounter person- and family centered systems/staff with core competencies that facilitate their connection to formal and informal LTSS, regardless of where they enter the system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 10/01/2014

“District of Columbia has recently received a No Wrong Door planning grant. Their state team is working to incorporate the LifeCourse Framework as they re-design the front door to long term services and supports as well as the person-centered planning process. The goal is to create a system that supports people and their families to have a good life. At their last team meeting, the group advised on what is work and not working in the system of long term services and supports. This information was shared with the No Wrong Door Leadership Council in order to guide the work as they plan improvements.”

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

D.C Employment First - 10/08/2012

On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State…Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities. The other main tenets of Employment First are that: Employment services are tailored and customized to a person’s needs, interests, and skill set with the ultimate goal of achieving long-term employment in a competitive business or organization, or self-employment. Employment is at the prevailing wage, and never less than minimum wage. The employee has ample opportunities to integrate and interact with his or her coworkers, the public, and/or customers without disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.   Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following: DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices; DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers); DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment; and Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely in a business setting and includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on work experiences and on-the-job training. It is currently hosted in multiple Federal Government Agencies and on one University campus.   DC Project SEARCH, in a partnership with the DC Public Schools, DC Department on Disability Services, and the US Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provides the disabled community with the tools to prepare individuals to seek work.   "This DC launch of Project SEARCH at several federal job sites has been very successful due to the enthusiasm and commitment that our federal partners have shown in hosting the interns. The federal government has been a model employer for this program and demonstrated a sincere commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities,"   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Mayor’s 10th Annual Disability Awareness Expo - 10/26/2017

~~“The purpose of this FREE event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities; complete with information and  exhibitors tables to engage in conversation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

A Path To Community Living Resource Guide - 06/08/2016

This Guide is a compilation of current service providers, resources, tools, and programs available to District of Columbia residents who wish to live independently in the community.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Path to Community Living” Handbook; however, it also functions as a resource list.  This document is updated continuously as information changes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Georgetown University Hosts Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities” - 01/29/2015

~~“The second panel, moderated by Justin Ford with the Truman National Security Project, focused on the role of the recent federal contracting regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Panelists included Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, DOL; Naomi Levin, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, DOL; Bob Vetere, Human Resource Specialist, Northrop Grumman; and Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes. They offered their perspective on how the OFCCP Section 503 regulations – and more specifically the 7% hiring target ? could impact Veterans with disabilities seeking gainful employment.”

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

DC DHCF and DDS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) 101 - 12/01/2014

This training power point provides information on the HCBS waiver, basic information on revising the waiver, designing and restructuring it, and waiver rules and restrictions.  It also details the role of DCHF and DDS in the revision and administration of the HCBS waiver.

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

DC Transition Plan for the HCBS Waiver - 10/28/2014

“DDS is engaged in a variety of efforts to build the capacity of its staff and provider agencies to support and facilitate greater individualized community exploration and integration, including competitive, integrated employment,” including: “Discovery: Developing Positive Personal Profiles, a nationally recognized tool and process for assessing the vocational interests and goals of people and supporting career exploration and community integration activities;” Individualized Day Supports (IDS) Implementation Training, “including development of regulations, training for DDA staff and providers on the new service, how to recruit and train staff, the development of formats for initial and ongoing Community Integration Plans, and how to conduct Community Mapping;” and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Employment Learning Community, “which brings providers together on a regular basis through a community of practice approach where national and local resources are shared and providers learn from one another.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

D.C Secondary Transition Assessment Tool-kit - 11/01/2013

The District of Columbia Secondary Transition Process Toolkit was designed to assist educators in effectively addressing the transition planning needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. This guide was developed using Federal and District of Columbia policies, procedures, and regulations.   
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Achieving Employment First Conference - 06/10/2013

“The Achieving Employment First Conference [brought} together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities...Attendees learned how the District of Columbia is working toward achieving Employment First, increase their knowledge of customized employment for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and becoming aware of national and local programs and resources available for assisting people with IDD with employment opportunities.”

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

“Employment Initiatives in the District of Columbia ”D.C Employment First Train the Trainer Presentation - 04/09/2013

The District of Columbia expects that all people of working age, including people with disabilities, will work and earn the prevailing wage in the career path they choose.  This power point is intended for trainers and covers details about how D.C is supporting Employment First efforts.

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

A Path to Community Living Handbook - 01/25/2013

This handbook is designed to assist people who have moved or are planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.  These forms are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to successfully live in the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC Person Centered Thinking Orientation

This orientation developed by the DC Department of Disability Services provides information on various aspects of Person Centered Thinking (PCT).  Trainees receive information on how to define PCT, and concrete ways to practice PCT when providing services on a daily basis.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other
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Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

D.C. HCBS Waiver Transition Plan - 03/17/2015

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines, and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan."

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

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: DCJM-2015-I-0003 Community Rehabilitation Provider Milestone Payment System - 08/14/2014

A request to the field for feedback and information on adequate rate structures for the performance of an array of employment-related services, including Customized Employment and Customized Employment Planning. The plan also outlines a draft Milestone and Incentive payment system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Department of Health Care Finance: Notice of Final Rulemaking - 04/01/2014

“These final rules establish standards governing the participation requirements for providers who provide supported employment services to participants in the Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD Waiver) and to establish conditions of participation for providers."

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

DC HCBS Waiver MR DD (0307.R03.00) (1915c) - 11/20/2012

Provides day hab , employment readiness, in-home supports, residential hab, respite, supported employment, PCS, skilled nursing, art therapies, behavioral supports, dental, environmental accessibilities adaptations, family training, host home without transportation, individualized day supports, OT, one-time transitional services, PERS, PT, shared living, small group supported employment, speech/hearing/language services, supported living with transportation, supported living, transportation-community access, vehicle mods, wellness services for individuals with IID/DD ages 18+ no max.

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan Amendments

When D.C  plans to make a change to its Medicaid program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. This webpage include D.Cs Medicaid state plan amendments.  

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid state plan is the agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that D.C will administer its Medicaid program.  The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.    It  also gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.     
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver Program

"Home and Community Based (HCBS) Services waiver program is jointly funded with federal and local dollars. The federal government reimburses the District of Columbia 70 cents for every one dollar spent for qualifying services and supports for people enrolled in the HCBS waiver program. All supports and services provided through the DDA service delivery system are funded through the waiver program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Resource Leveraging

States - Phone

Snapshot

With the motto "Justice for All," the District of Columbia is committed to equal rights and opportunities for all people with disabilities, especially when it comes to Employment First and career success.

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 Washington D.C.’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
672,228
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.67%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45,260
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.18%
Change from
2014 to 2015
14,214
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.63%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.53%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 672,228
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 45,260
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 14,214
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 329,002
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 34.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 33,886
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 41,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 13,248
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 56,726
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 3,658
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 1,696
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,684
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,025

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,612

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

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

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,751
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. 8
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 1
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. 13.00%
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. 0.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,371
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 33,344
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. $1,335,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,429,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,861,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 338
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 706
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 31.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 54.99%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.24%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 11.53%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 69.67%
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). 17.29%
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). 25.94%
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). 36.93%
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). 8.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 352,814
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 240
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 228
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 228
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,891,549

 

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). 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 2
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). 31
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. 31

 

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)

~~As part of the technical assistance that will be provided through this program, technical assistance is being provided to some of our community rehabilitation providers. In addition, our counselors will receive training on how to better engage with providers in partnership to help people with most significant disabilities achieve employment outcomes.  (Page 258)
Strategy 1: Increase the number of SSI/DI recipients referred for Benefits Counseling;
Strategy 2: Encourage enrollment in short–term training/certificate Workforce Development programs offered by community colleges the DC metropolitan area.
Strategy 3: Continue to develop the agency’s Employment First initiative, a concept designed to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community.
Strategy 4: Increase the use of Customized Employment enabling persons with significant disabilities the opportunity to achieve successful employment outcomes. (Page 260)
In addition, this counselor will participate in all Employment First training, in order to be familiar with customized employment services available to  DCRSA clients and participate in customized employment assessment and discovery training. DCRSA made a number of changes throughout FY 2015 because we were not achieving the identified goals. In the summer of 2015, DCRSA and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) worked closely to make necessary changes. (Pages 256- 266)
 

Customized Employment

~~Benefits planning
• Partnership Plus model for extended service provision
• Expand scope of employment readiness workshops
• Education campaign for local employers regarding the hiring of persons with blindness
• Training for BRU staff around job carving/customized employment model
• Examine case recording process for identification of the receipt of SSI/DI by consumers to ensure accuracy (Page 236)
Objective 2.2 –   Retain, train, and recruit experienced and qualified VR staff and service providers to improve services to the low incidence populations, including people who are blind, deafblind, have autism or other autism spectrum disorders.
Strategies: DCRSA will:
1. Provide continuous training to staff on customized employment policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices.
2. Provide continuous training to service providers on customized employment policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices.
3. Develop and implement outreach plan to recruit providers, who can provide services to low incidence populations.
4. Develop and implement outreach plan on DCRSA services to the low incidence population. (Page 244)
In FY 2015, DCRSA established new agreements with all job placement and supported employment providers. These are performance based agreements. Some changes were made in the payment structure in order more closely align payment to the providers with successful employment placements. In addition, we added payment support to supported employment providers to provide Discovery Assessments and Customized Employment. The District is also currently participating in the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program. USOR develops and improves pathways providing increased alternative training models and options. (Page 257-258)
DCRSA clients and participate in customized employment assessment and discovery training. DCRSA made a number of changes throughout FY 2015 because we were not achieving the identified goals. In the summer of 2015, DCRSA and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) worked closely to make necessary changes. First, DCRSA identified one counselor to handle all existing Evidence Based Supported Employment cases. (Page 266)
In addition, in new human care agreements issued in FY 2015, DCRSA included Discovery Assessment and Customized Employment as services in our supported employment agreements. Other consumers may require a job coach model for their initial placement but do not require the extended services as provided under the provisions of supported employment services. (Page 268)
Indicator 1.3 Competitive Employment Outcomes: the percentage of individuals who exit the VR program in employment in integrated settings with hourly rate of earnings equivalent to at least the federal or state minimum wage rate, whichever is higher.
Strategy 1: Continue quarterly CRP meetings to provide a forum for discussions and to ensure all providers are aware of the agency’s policies, regulations and expectations governing the provision of services.
Strategy 2: Continue to develop the agency’s Employment First initiative, a concept designed to facilitate the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community. (Page 259)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~Through these efforts, we will be able to increase our capacity to better serve District residents, reduce duplication of services and streamline funding through shared contracts and blending and braiding of funding. The District will continue to strategize how to leverage funding across all of the WIOA Titles to meet as much of the Workforce Development and adult education needs of District residents as possible. (Page 45)
Most importantly, all of these agencies participated in the development of the Career Pathways Strategic Plan which lays out the framework for an aligned system. Moving forward, the agencies will establish one umbrella MOA for AJC partners. (Page 73)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria. (Page 146)
The AJCs will comply with WIA Section 188, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and current District of Columbia method of administration. This assurance will be incorporated into all grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, or other arrangements whereby WIA funds are made available. (Page 146)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~The Administration’s Supported Employment program (SE) for persons with persistent mental illness utilizes an evidenced–based approach to help individuals with the most significant disabilities to secure, retain, or regain competitive employment in an integrated setting that pays minimum or better wages, and provides benefits. Supported Employment services are individualized and include, but are not limited to:
• Counseling and guidance
• Job coaching (on–the–job training)
• Rapid job search and placement
• Short–term training
• Follow–along (unlimited supports)
• Development of natural supports. (Page 224)
Pursuant to DOES Policy 300.20-4, AJC Reasonable Accommodation Policy, qualified individuals with disabilities will be given a meaningful opportunity to participate in and benefit from aid, benefits, services, or training, including core, intensive, training, and supportive services. (Page 146)
II. Needs of persons with the most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment
• Benefits planning for Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/DI) beneficiaries
• Need for increased and improved supported employment (SE) providers and services
 SE services for persons with mental health impairments
 extended service provider for mental health
 Train staff on role of DBH as an extended service provider
• Holistic approach to VR process
 Holistic assessment at intake
 Housing
 Improved literacy
 Sobriety
 Training programs
 Benefits planning
• Partnership Plus model for extended service provision
• Expand scope of employment readiness workshops
• Education campaign for local employers regarding the hiring of persons with blindness
• Training for BRU staff around job carving/customized employment model
• Examine case recording process for identification of the receipt of SSI/DI by consumers to ensure accuracy (Page 236)
Objective 1.2 Increase outreach to people with HIV in order to increase the number of people with HIV served by DCRSA and the number of successful employment outcomes achieved by people with HIV.
Strategies: DCRSA will:
1. In support of the Mayor’s initiative to reduce HIV infections in the City and improve outcomes for people with HIV, DCRSA will expand outreach to at least two community based AIDS services providers in order to provide VR services at their location.
2. Provide benefits counseling orientation to staff and clients at the identified community based AIDS services providers.
3. Train staff to ensure that counselors are properly tracking people with HIV who are served by the agency. (Page 241)
Performance by June 30, 2017:
a. Complete a solicitation to identify an appropriate training provider who understands person centered training and has experience in using this in the VR process.
b. Identify a training provider who can provide training for VR and provider agency staff, and provide “train the trainer” sessions, to increase capability of DCRSA to provide this on an ongoing basis.
c. All general VR and sensory unit intakes will complete the eCASAS assessment as part of their intake and eligibility determination.
d. Increase the number of people who receive job readiness training by 10%.
e. Ensure that at least 250 people receive benefits counseling/orientation each quarter (the agency currently serves approximately 1700 people who receive SSI/SSDI). (Page 243)
 (Pages 244, 246, 257, 260)
 

School to Work Transition

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Data Collection

~~.   The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures, including the design and implementation of common intake, data collection, case management information, and performance accountability measurement and reporting processes, to improve coordination of services across one-stop partner programs; (Page 68)
1. Student performance, progress and involvement,
2. Instructional Models and Methods,
3. Program Management and Leadership,
4. Data Collection/Reporting. OSSE AFE will monitor and evaluate providers on a monthly and bi-annual basis via desks reviews and onsite monitoring. Eligible providers will be required to: (Page 202)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a non–profit, public–private organization created by the District Government whose core purpose is to actively position, promote, and support economic development and business opportunities in Washington, DC. (Page 14)

Career Pathways

~~Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Capacity Fails to Meet Demand - A recent policy brief noted that DC’s investments in adult education and career pathways skill building are insufficient to meet the demand for these services, as evidenced by waiting lists for many programs and the significant need for these services (see workforce analyses above)[3]. OSSE AFE also cited capacity as a challenge, despite increased enrollment and provider offerings in recent years. DDS/RSA has also noted increased demand for their services that has resulted in requests for additional funding and the possible need for more priority of service considerations. (Page 43) 
Overall, it is essential that we work as full partners in a workforce development system that efficiently and effectively allocates resources to assist all people to enter the workforce, especially those with significant barriers, including people with disabilities. In order to make best use of resources and ensure we are able to serve District residents to capacity, we must continue to truly integrate services and adopt career pathways with linkages between partners and programs. Through these efforts, we will be able to increase our capacity to better serve District residents, reduce duplication of services and streamline funding through shared contracts and blending and braiding of funding. The District will continue to strategize how to leverage funding across all of the WIOA Titles to meet as much of the Workforce Development and adult education needs of District residents as possible. Additionally, the District will continue to engage providers, partners, businesses and other key stakeholders in conversations about its efforts to increase the capacity of its providers throughout the implementation of the WIOA State Plan over the next four years. (Page 45) 
The agencies operating the core programs and the required partner programs made strides over the past year to improve coordination of services and jointly plan for the changes called for under WIOA. Members of the District’s Adult Career Pathways Task Force, first convened in December 2014, include leadership from the WIC, DOES, DDS/RSA, DHS, OSSE, DME, DMGEO, DCPS, the DC Council, the Public Charter School Board, the DC Public Library system, and three community-based organizations. Through the work of the Task Force’s Strategic Plan to build a career pathways system in the District, these agencies laid the ground work for how services and programs can better be integrated in order to improve delivery of services for our residents. Much of the content in this WIOA State Plan builds on the work of the Task Force, which will continue to meet quarterly to oversee implementation of the career pathways strategies. (Page 150)
 

Employment Networks

~~The District of Columbia currently has availability for provision of extended supported employment services through Medicaid only for people with intellectual disabilities and people with serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance. The Medicaid Waiver in the District for Elderly and Persons with Disabilities does not currently include Supported Employment as a covered service. Furthermore, the District currently has no other Waiver Services to provide extended supported employment services to people with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, without an intellectual disability), traumatic brain injury, or other physical disabilities. In planning for extended services for these populations, DCRSA must rely on either Ticket to Work Employment Networks or natural supports.  (Page 224)

Policies and Initiatives

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Mayor’s 10th Annual Disability Awareness Expo - 10/26/2017

~~“The purpose of this FREE event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities; complete with information and  exhibitors tables to engage in conversation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Notice of Funding Availability” Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs - 08/22/2017

~~“Youth with Disabilities:The DOES Office of Youth Programs supports all eligible youth, including those that are identified as having disabilities. Increasing services to this population is critical for serving all eligible youth in the District.  We encourage providers to partner with organizations that serve youth with disabilities.  Youth with disabilities must be afforded more opportunities to practice and improve their workplace skills, explore their career interests and receive services to assist with eliminating barriers. Any provider who submits a proposal with specific programming for this demographic may receive special consideration and preference points during the review process.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other

Workforce Investment Council Quarterly Board Meeting - 01/23/2017

~~PowerPoint detailing the agenda of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other
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District of Columbia ABLE Legislation (Title 47) - 01/04/2016

To amend, on an emergency basis,  Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish a qualified ABLE Program to be known as the ABLE Program Trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposit made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual’s blindness or disability.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

District of Columbia ARC Legislation (DC Act 21-203) - 11/23/2015

To amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish  qualified ABLE Program, to be known as the ABLE Program trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr. achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposits made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual's blindness or disability.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

D.C Employment First Proclamation - 10/08/2012

“On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State—the 20th state to do so nationwide. Mayor Gray’s proclamation affirms that ‘employment is an important part of the lives of all working age adults and people with disabilities are a largely untapped resource with skills and talents who can meet the needs of area business and employers.’ Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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“Notice of Funding Availability” Department of Employment Services, Office of Youth Programs - 08/22/2017

~~“Youth with Disabilities:The DOES Office of Youth Programs supports all eligible youth, including those that are identified as having disabilities. Increasing services to this population is critical for serving all eligible youth in the District.  We encourage providers to partner with organizations that serve youth with disabilities.  Youth with disabilities must be afforded more opportunities to practice and improve their workplace skills, explore their career interests and receive services to assist with eliminating barriers. Any provider who submits a proposal with specific programming for this demographic may receive special consideration and preference points during the review process.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Workforce Investment Council Quarterly Board Meeting - 01/23/2017

~~PowerPoint detailing the agenda of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other

DCPS Transition - 08/01/2016

~~DCPS Transition Central is a tool for DCPS staff to access and provide information .“DCPS has implemented a number of initiatives to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities and provide them with the opportunity to improve job skills, earn credits, and to learn the self-advocacy skills needed to live as independently as possible.  The Transition Team has designed DC Transition.com, a website for everything related to secondary transition”.

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

Department on Disability Services - Policy on Self Employment - 06/01/2015

This policy document defines the procedures and standard for supporting Rehabilitation Services Administration (Vocational Rehabilitation) customers in the achievement of self-employment goals. The policy further defines the approval criteria for a self-employment based IPE, and the criteria for a successful self-employment outcome.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

D.C. Department on Disability Services: Initial Individual Support Plan - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this procedure is to establish steps, instructions and protocols for the development of an initial Individual Support Plan (ISP) for people who are eligible for services with the Department on Disability Services (DDS)/ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Department on Disability Services Employment First Policy - 12/22/2014

"The purpose of this policy is to establish Employment First as a priority and guiding philosophy for people with disabilities who receive services from the Department on Disability Services (‘DDS’ or ‘Agency’), consistent with Mayor Vincent C. Gray's October 18, 2012, proclamation of the District of Columbia as an Employment First State. In its current context, ‘Employment First’ refers to the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, prefer and are capable of individual integrated employment according to each person's interests, preference and informed choices.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Department on Disability Services Employment First Implementation - 12/19/2014

“INITIATIVE 2.3: Complete and implement the DC DDA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) strategic plan (JOB CREATION)

DDA is committed to continuing to promote an ‘Employment First’ policy that all working age adults, regardless of disability, can be employed and experience the rewards of an integrated working life in the community. To help reach that goal, the new proposed State Office of Disability Administration within DDS will use the information from the SELN assessment of the agency to develop a strategic plan during the second quarter of FY12 to promote the least restrictive, most integrated day, vocational and employment services. The plan will promote the Employment First language and policy with all stakeholders; define actions to be taken with providers to down-size large, congregate day programs; and increase the number of persons who are employed or in employment programs. The plan will also bring significant program enhancements to current day and vocational service programs to improve the quality of skills training and service options to be more individualized and provide adult oriented skill training, employment development and integrated retirement options.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Data Sharing
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Project Search - 08/14/2017

~~“Project SEARCH Hilton – Capital Area Region (Formerly Embassy Suites—DC) is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. Project SEARCH Interns receive daily instruction in employability skills and gain hands-on work experiences by rotating among three 10-week unique paid internships at a one of four Hilton Worldwide host site locations. The goal for each student is competitive, integrated employment by the end of the experience.”

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

Secondary Transition Community of Practice - 06/01/2013

This was launched earlier in 2013 to bring together transition experts from the District’s school system, disability advocacy organizations, direct-service agencies, and transition-aged youth and their parents.  These stakeholders in the transition process meet monthly to collaborate on increasing and improving outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities as they leave secondary school and pursue work or higher education.

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

D.C Employment Learning Community - 10/08/2012

As part of a competitive application process, the District was selected to receive technical assistance through the Employment Learning Community (ELC). A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion in partnership with The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and TransCen, Inc, the ELC will provide significant technical assistance on ways to implement Employment First in the District as well as networking and learning opportunities from those other states selected to participate.

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

Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice - 10/08/2012

DDS launched an Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice following the District’s October 2012 declaration as an Employment First state. Consortium members include representatives from District agencies, RSA and DDA providers, and advocacy organizations who are leaders in promoting Employment First practices throughout the District.  Consortium members meet on a monthly basis to discuss new strategies and opportunities for collaboration in implementing and expanding Employment First practices District wide.

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

D.C. Association of the Deaf: Conference - Achieving Employment First

The Achieving Employment First Conference was “held on behalf of Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, St. John's Community Services, District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Services of the District of Columbia, Department on Disability Services, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and Project Action.” This conference brought “together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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District of Columbia Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 06/01/2015

2015 NWD System Grantee Summaries:  The coordination of Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS) in the District of Columbia has been a priority for DC government for several years. DC’s Health and Human Services agencies, in partnership with people in need of LTSS, families, advocates, public/private partners, referral sources and others, will finalize and implement a 3-year plan to transform current systems into a No Wrong Door (NWD) system for all populations and all payers. DC’s goal is to create an LTSS system in which people encounter person- and family centered systems/staff with core competencies that facilitate their connection to formal and informal LTSS, regardless of where they enter the system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 10/01/2014

“District of Columbia has recently received a No Wrong Door planning grant. Their state team is working to incorporate the LifeCourse Framework as they re-design the front door to long term services and supports as well as the person-centered planning process. The goal is to create a system that supports people and their families to have a good life. At their last team meeting, the group advised on what is work and not working in the system of long term services and supports. This information was shared with the No Wrong Door Leadership Council in order to guide the work as they plan improvements.”

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

D.C Employment First - 10/08/2012

On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State…Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities. The other main tenets of Employment First are that: Employment services are tailored and customized to a person’s needs, interests, and skill set with the ultimate goal of achieving long-term employment in a competitive business or organization, or self-employment. Employment is at the prevailing wage, and never less than minimum wage. The employee has ample opportunities to integrate and interact with his or her coworkers, the public, and/or customers without disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.   Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following: DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices; DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers); DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment; and Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely in a business setting and includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on work experiences and on-the-job training. It is currently hosted in multiple Federal Government Agencies and on one University campus.   DC Project SEARCH, in a partnership with the DC Public Schools, DC Department on Disability Services, and the US Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provides the disabled community with the tools to prepare individuals to seek work.   "This DC launch of Project SEARCH at several federal job sites has been very successful due to the enthusiasm and commitment that our federal partners have shown in hosting the interns. The federal government has been a model employer for this program and demonstrated a sincere commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities,"   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Mayor’s 10th Annual Disability Awareness Expo - 10/26/2017

~~“The purpose of this FREE event is to advance the conversation on equal opportunities and inclusive environments for people with disabilities; complete with information and  exhibitors tables to engage in conversation”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

A Path To Community Living Resource Guide - 06/08/2016

This Guide is a compilation of current service providers, resources, tools, and programs available to District of Columbia residents who wish to live independently in the community.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Path to Community Living” Handbook; however, it also functions as a resource list.  This document is updated continuously as information changes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Georgetown University Hosts Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities” - 01/29/2015

~~“The second panel, moderated by Justin Ford with the Truman National Security Project, focused on the role of the recent federal contracting regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Panelists included Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, DOL; Naomi Levin, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, DOL; Bob Vetere, Human Resource Specialist, Northrop Grumman; and Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes. They offered their perspective on how the OFCCP Section 503 regulations – and more specifically the 7% hiring target ? could impact Veterans with disabilities seeking gainful employment.”

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

DC DHCF and DDS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) 101 - 12/01/2014

This training power point provides information on the HCBS waiver, basic information on revising the waiver, designing and restructuring it, and waiver rules and restrictions.  It also details the role of DCHF and DDS in the revision and administration of the HCBS waiver.

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

DC Transition Plan for the HCBS Waiver - 10/28/2014

“DDS is engaged in a variety of efforts to build the capacity of its staff and provider agencies to support and facilitate greater individualized community exploration and integration, including competitive, integrated employment,” including: “Discovery: Developing Positive Personal Profiles, a nationally recognized tool and process for assessing the vocational interests and goals of people and supporting career exploration and community integration activities;” Individualized Day Supports (IDS) Implementation Training, “including development of regulations, training for DDA staff and providers on the new service, how to recruit and train staff, the development of formats for initial and ongoing Community Integration Plans, and how to conduct Community Mapping;” and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Employment Learning Community, “which brings providers together on a regular basis through a community of practice approach where national and local resources are shared and providers learn from one another.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

D.C Secondary Transition Assessment Tool-kit - 11/01/2013

The District of Columbia Secondary Transition Process Toolkit was designed to assist educators in effectively addressing the transition planning needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. This guide was developed using Federal and District of Columbia policies, procedures, and regulations.   
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Achieving Employment First Conference - 06/10/2013

“The Achieving Employment First Conference [brought} together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities...Attendees learned how the District of Columbia is working toward achieving Employment First, increase their knowledge of customized employment for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and becoming aware of national and local programs and resources available for assisting people with IDD with employment opportunities.”

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

“Employment Initiatives in the District of Columbia ”D.C Employment First Train the Trainer Presentation - 04/09/2013

The District of Columbia expects that all people of working age, including people with disabilities, will work and earn the prevailing wage in the career path they choose.  This power point is intended for trainers and covers details about how D.C is supporting Employment First efforts.

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

A Path to Community Living Handbook - 01/25/2013

This handbook is designed to assist people who have moved or are planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.  These forms are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to successfully live in the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC Person Centered Thinking Orientation

This orientation developed by the DC Department of Disability Services provides information on various aspects of Person Centered Thinking (PCT).  Trainees receive information on how to define PCT, and concrete ways to practice PCT when providing services on a daily basis.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other
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Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

D.C. HCBS Waiver Transition Plan - 03/17/2015

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines, and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan."

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

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: DCJM-2015-I-0003 Community Rehabilitation Provider Milestone Payment System - 08/14/2014

A request to the field for feedback and information on adequate rate structures for the performance of an array of employment-related services, including Customized Employment and Customized Employment Planning. The plan also outlines a draft Milestone and Incentive payment system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation