DC Department on Disability Services Employment First Implementation

Washington DC

State Policies & Initiatives: 

“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.”

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Data Sharing
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