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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 Wyoming’s VR Rates and Services

2018 State Population.
-0.27%
Change from
2017 to 2018
577,737
2018 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-16.84%
Change from
2017 to 2018
35,797
2018 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.36%
Change from
2017 to 2018
17,274
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.55%
Change from
2017 to 2018
48.26%
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.29%
Change from
2017 to 2018
80.49%

General

2016 2017 2018
Population. 585,501 579,315 577,737
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 39,161 41,825 35,797
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 18,485 19,063 17,274
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 247,491 241,852 245,118
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 47.20% 45.58% 48.26%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.51% 80.26% 80.49%
State/National unemployment rate. 5.30% 4.20% 4.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.90% 20.10% 13.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.30% 9.90% 10.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 42,093 44,351 38,369
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 36,295 37,705 34,072
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 74,295 75,557 66,016
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 6,083 7,279 6,111
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,693 2,867 1,745
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A 173 487
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 1,495 1,630 2,338
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 315 1,447 1,129

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 617 598 610
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 9.40% 9.00% 9.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,233 13,320 13,266

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,168 5,459 5,051
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 8,764 7,855 7,374
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 12,864 10,831 10,080
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 47.90% 50.40% 50.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,250 3,707 4,009
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
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. 9 7 11
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5 5 8
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. 56.00% 71.00% 73.00%
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. 0.86 0.85 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,076
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 22 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 111 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 289 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 241 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 323 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 90 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.00% 24.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 622 655 636
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,465 18,762 18,779
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 79 40 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 78 36 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $602,000 $1,143,000 $1,395,831
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $545,000 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,536,000 $16,306,000 $15,941,245
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,361,000 $4,047,000 $4,895,213
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 12.00% 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 627 538 556
Number of people served in facility based work. 125 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,156 1,091 1,105
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 57.50 39.60 45.77

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 65.38% 66.86% 68.59%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.49% 6.10% 6.23%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.00% 1.81% 1.80%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 87.29% 93.67% 98.50%
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). 29.55% 26.43% 22.47%
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). 55.40% 57.29% 58.10%
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). 71.31% 71.25% 74.09%
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). 25.85% 30.86% 35.63%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 76,000
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 222
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 45,042
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 45,042
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 56
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 56
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $596,749

 

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

2017 2018 2019
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 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1 1 1
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 129 15 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 129 15 15

 

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

~~D. COORDINATION, ALIGNMENT AND PROVISION OF SERVICES TO EMPLOYERS:
One-Stop Center staff provide direct outreach services to businesses to develop job opportunities for all customers. One-Stop Center staff collaborate with the Chamber of Commerce in their communities to connect with employers in their communities. Through Employment First and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, One-Stop Center staff collaborate and provide resources and training to employers in regards to hiring people with disabilities. The Department of Workforce Services offers Employer Seminars for employers in local communities on a rotating basis. One-Stop Center staff assist in coordinating local job fairs and hiring events for employers. One-Stop Center staff utilize social media and Wyoming at Work to promote open jobs to job seekers.  (Page 104) Title 1

G. COORDINATION WITH EMPLOYERS:
1. VR SERVICES:
The Wyoming Employment First Task Force was established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) and finished work in October 2017. During that time the task force developed a Strategic Plan that included FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force developed a dashboard that included disability information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health.
Members of the task force chose to continue as a workgroup that meets every two months. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Employment First Consultant volunteered to take the lead in this effort.

The Employment First Consultant is responsible for coordinating these meetings, maintaining the Employment First web page with support from DWS, facilitating internship placements at the state level through collaboration with A&I, and supporting the establishment of community employer groups that have hired individuals with disabilities. The purpose of these groups is to educate other employers on the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. The Employment First Consultant contacts businesses to learn about hiring needs, provides information about the division and its services and offers support, ascertains the potential for future job placements, and encourages businesses to participate in employer groups being set up around the state. Such groups will provide avenues for businesses to share their successes and challenges in hiring individuals with disabilities.

The goal of the workgroup is to continue to promote competitive employment as the first option for people with significant disabilities, versus options such as sheltered work settings or day habilitation programs. The initiative aims to make disability employment part of the state workforce development strategy, find and support businesses that employ people with disabilities, ensure the State of Wyoming becomes a model employer of people with disabilities, prepare youth with disabilities for careers that utilize their potential, provide employers with skilled workers, and utilize existing limited resources to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Division also has VR counselors and regional managers in communities working with local employers to educate them about vocational rehabilitation services, the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities, and establishing sites for employment opportunities and or trial work experiences. The Division makes an effort to partner with other divisions within The Department of Workforce Services and other community organizations in an effort to connect with employers. Some of these organizations are the Uinta County Business Leadership Network, Wyoming Independent Living, and various Community Rehabilitation Programs. In most circumstances, the division provides information to employers on a one-on-one basis but will present information at professional conferences, chamber events, and other community gatherings where the staff is invited to participate. (Page 236) Title I

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Adult and Dislocated Worker programs:
There are three categories of career services available to adult and dislocated worker customers:

2. Individualized career services:
Individualized career services are made available when a determination is made that more customized services are needed for an individual to obtain or retain employment. One-stop center staff may use recent previous assessments by partner programs to determine if individualized career services would be appropriate. Individualized career services may include:
Financial literacy services.   (Pages 77- 78) Title I

Recruiting out-of-school youth:
Each DWS region, county, city, and local AJC has unique socioeconomic indicators which may require a more customized plan for delivering youth services. A major goal is to establish partnerships that support the Youth Services Program and continue to strengthen these relationships to the point they effectively provide WIOA program services now and into the future.
As fewer resources under WIOA will be devoted to in-school-youth, Wyoming, and local areas are identifying existing resources throughout communities that can provide services to in-school-youth. WIOA includes a total of 14 program elements which include the original 10 program elements under the Workforce Investment Act (which have been consolidated to nine as the summer employment opportunities program element is now a sub-element under paid and unpaid work experiences), and five new program elements.

The five new program elements are: financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations, activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training, and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Wyoming will continue to make all program elements available to youth participants by focusing on improved educational achievement, preparing for and succeeding in employment, youth guidance, mentoring and service activities, and offering services that develop the leadership potential of young people. (Page 166) Title I

School to Work Transition

~~Transitioning in-school youth:

As fewer resources under WIOA will be devoted to in-school-youth, Wyoming, and local areas are identifying existing resources throughout communities that can provide services to in-school-youth.
 
Program elements:
WIOA includes a total of 14 program elements which include the original 10 program elements under the Workforce Investment Act (which have been consolidated to nine as the summer employment opportunities program element is now a sub-element under paid and unpaid work experiences), and five new program elements.

The five new program elements are: financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations, activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training, and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Wyoming will continue to make all program elements available to youth participants by focusing on improved educational achievement, preparing for and succeeding in employment, youth guidance, mentoring and service activities, and offering services that develop the leadership potential of young people. (Page 85) Title I

Responsibilities of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation include:
1. Division transition consultants shall coordinate with the Department of Education, Special Programs Division and local education agencies to develop and provide a system for a seamless transition from school to work/training for students with disabilities.
2. Be responsible for the provision of technical assistance, consultations, and the development of statewide program strategies and procedures applicable to youth with disabilities. Including providing consultation to assist in the identification of eligible and potentially eligible students with disabilities and assessment of their individual needs for Pre-ETS.
3. Provide technical assistance to Department of Education personnel through formal and informal training, joint problem—solving, and exchange of information on policies and procedures. Present at all available conferences, webinars, and trainings to educate department and local school district personnel about the availability of PreETS services and how to access them.
4. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation transition consultants will participate in the annual data analysis which is performed each fall.
5. Division transition consultants shall meet with local education agency special education directors, teachers, guidance counselors, and community service representatives to provide technical assistance and training about Division programs, policies and regulations as they apply to student transitions. The consultants will provide training on PreETS and how the LEAs can assist students in accessing these services. (Page 229) Title IV

G. COORDINATION WITH EMPLOYERS:
2. TRANSITION SERVICES, INCLUDING PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SERVICES, FOR STUDENTS AND YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES:

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) reclassified two experienced counselors to work as Transition Consultants. In this role, they communicate with school counselors in every school district throughout the state to offer DVR services and develop work experiences for students and youth with disabilities.

The Transition Consultants work with the State Department of Education, local school districts, and Division staff, providing information about Division services and helping Division staff and eligible students with disabilities transitions from school to the world of work. The consultants also help employer groups and others increase opportunities for work experiences and jobs for youth with disabilities. The transition consultants coordinated with education officials to establish a Project Search site in Wyoming. The transition consultants are actively educating Division, as well as education staff, on Pre-Employment Transition Services. Their goal is to increase referrals to better utilize the services that fall in this area and to target students that would benefit from working with the Division. The consultants are working on developing relationships, handouts and resource guides, training and any other needed service to educate people on Pre-Employment Transition Services.

On the local level, DVR Counselors are working in our field offices to develop job sites that can support short-term work experiences for students and youth with disabilities. Where possible, DVR is partnering with other groups and agencies. Some of these agencies include Mental Health centers, Uinta County Business Leadership Network, Wyoming Independent Living, Community Rehabilitation Programs, and the local school districts. Wyoming DVR is beginning to work on reaching out to Institutes for Higher Education and directly with employers across the state to identify additional opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. DVR is also working with various organizations to develop youth leadership opportunities to increase self-advocacy skills.

In FY17, Wyoming DVR provided coordinating service delivery support to help create the first Project SEARCH program in the state. There are specific requirements for Project SEARCH programs, as well as ongoing support costs, however, the success of this program remains undisputed. Project SEARCH has particular relevance under WIOA and each state’s legal obligation to create a systematic plan to help people with disabilities to get jobs. Wyoming’s first Project SEARCH program is designed on the traditional model of High School, VR, CRP, and Business. This program is a partnership with Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Albany County School District 1 and Wyoming DVR.

Albany County School District 1 Performance Measure: Within three months of successfully completing Project SEARCH, 50 percent of students will obtain competitive employment.  (Pages 236-237) Title I

Career Pathways

~~Career Pathway Plan:
AE local program teams are completing Career Pathways (CP) training for Adult Education certification. Local CP plans and service delivery models are being developed. Local programs will collaborate with members of local Sector Partnerships (SP) to enhance or develop career pathways for client transition to high demand jobs in the state.  (Page 88) Title II

2. DESCRIBE THE STRATEGIES THE STATE WILL USE TO ACHIEVE IMPROVED OUTCOMES FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH AS DESCRIBED IN 129(A)(1)(B), INCLUDING HOW IT WILL LEVERAGE AND ALIGN THE CORE PROGRAMS, ANY COMBINED STATE PLAN PARTNER PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN THIS PLAN, REQUIRED AND OPTIONAL ONE-STOP PARTNER PROGRAMS, AND ANY OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE:   
Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are low income, have basic literacy skills not commensurate with respective grade level, who are high school dropouts, homeless, runaway, or foster-care children, pregnant or parenting, legal offenders, disabled, or lack vocational goals and reside in geographically remote areas will continue to be the focus of the State’s youth program. Staff will either solely or working closely with a partnering organization, use an application process to determine and document an applicant’s eligibility for WIOA youth services. New and ongoing components will consist of incorporating Career Pathways as part of both the initial objective assessment and the individual service strategy. In order to make sure performance requirements are met, the individual service strategy will be directly linked to one or more performance indicators. The process includes an evaluation of the young person’s residency, income eligibility, age, basic occupational skills and abilities, aptitudes, interests, barriers to employment, support service needs, academic requirements, financial resources, and vocational potential. Page 161 Required documentation and verification of eligibility will be maintained in the Wyoming at Work management information system, and/or, in paper format. (Page 160-161) Title I

Apprenticeship

Wyoming’s Youth Program supports an integrated service delivery system that provides a framework through which we can leverage other Federal, State, and local resources to support in-school youth and out-of-school youth. Partnerships are committed to providing high-quality services for all youth and young adults, beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, such as pre-apprenticeships or internships, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway. Employers are critical partners who provide meaningful growth opportunities for young people through work experiences, internships and pre-apprenticeships in real-world settings, and ultimately, jobs young people are ready to fill given the opportunity. (Page 84) Title I

2. IMPLEMENTATION OF STATE STRATEGY: A. CORE PROGRAM ACTIVITIES TO IMPLEMENT THE STATE’S STRATEGY:

Goal 1: Ensure Wyoming employers have access to a skilled, high-quality workforce in today’s changing economy

Goal 2: Ensure all Wyoming people who want to work have access to an open, streamlined, and effective workforce system

Goal 3: Ensure all Wyoming Youth have access to opportunities to be career and college ready

The following provides each goal with accompanying operational strategies (action plans) to achieve the desired outcomes.

Goal 1: Ensure Wyoming employers have access to a skilled, high-quality workforce in today’s changing economy

Operational Strategies:

o Collaborate with all government partners to ensure business’s current and projected workforce needs are being met,

o Participate in employing the Next Generation Sector Partnership initiative to engage the business community at the local level to assist with the alignment of career and technical, human services, education, and workforce training opportunities, based on Wyoming employer need,

o Coordinate with Economic Development entities through the deployment of Next Generation Sector Partnerships at the local and regional level,

o Ensure training is based upon the most current information by using employer feedback, labor market information, and Next Generation Sector Partnership input, o Develop methods to obtain feedback from Wyoming businesses and jobseekers,

o Participate in the annual Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit and engage in networking opportunities among all partners to promote workshops and related training specific to developing the workforce system,

o Participate in the launch of Career Pathway initiatives to include collaboration with educational institutions,

o Develop and maintain existing partnerships with all required partners including education and training providers through Next Generation Sector Partnerships, apprenticeships and other educational programs,

o Support the Wyoming Grown program to recruit Wyoming natives back to the state. (Pages 99-100) Title I

Registered Apprenticeship:

Registered Apprenticeship is an important component of employment and training services that can be provided to customers. Registered Apprenticeships are most often used as a career pathway for job seekers and as a job-driven strategy for employers and industries. Registered Apprenticeship programs automatically qualify to be placed on the State Eligible Training Provider List, allowing individual training accounts to support participants in Registered Apprenticeship programs and more directly connect those programs to one-stop centers. Some examples of typical Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors are:

o Employers who provide related instruction,

o Employers who use an outside educational provider,

o Joint apprenticeship training programs, and

o Intermediaries. (Pages 152-153) Title I

Registered Apprenticeships Under WIOA title I-B, Registered Apprenticeship Program sponsors who request to be on the eligible training provider list are automatically included and will remain so as long as the program is registered or until the program sponsor notifies the State that it no longer wants to be included on the list. Registered Apprenticeship programs are not subject to the same application and performance information requirements, or to an eligibility period or initial procedures as other training providers.

A Registered Apprenticeship program shall be added to Wyoming’s list of eligible providers simply by contacting the DWS and providing the following information:

1. Occupations included in the Registered Apprenticeship program.

2. Name and address of the program sponsor.

3. Name and address of the applicable technical instruction provider.

4. The method and length of instruction.

5. The number of active apprentices.

The status of all Registered Apprenticeship programs will be verified every two years, and any Registered Apprenticeship programs that have been either voluntarily or involuntarily deregistered will be removed from the Wyoming list of eligible providers. (Pages 157-158) Title I

Each Workforce Services region has socioeconomic indicators which may require a more customized plan for delivering services such as: job training opportunities, leadership skill development, guidance and counseling, adult mentoring, job shadowing, supportive services, tutoring and study skills training, alternative secondary school services, paid and unpaid work experiences, Registered Apprenticeships, postsecondary transition, and employment opportunities. A major goal is to establish partnerships that support the Youth Program and to strengthen these relationships so they effectively provide WIOA program services now and in the future. (Page 168) Title I

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employer / Business Engagement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Data Collection

Data Sharing: Partners agree that the use of high-quality, integrated data is essential to inform decisions made by policymakers, employers, and job seekers. Additionally, it is vital to develop and maintain an integrated case management system, as appropriate, that informs customer service through customer's interaction with the integrated system and allows information collected from customers at intake to be captured once. (Page 94) Title I

3. PERFORMANCE GOALS: Using the table provided in Appendix 1, include the State's expected levels of performance relating to the performance accountability measures based on primary indicators of performance described in section 116(b)(2)(A) of WIOA. (This Strategic Planning element only applies to core programs.) See Appendix 1. All numbers are estimates based on experience with WIA. Estimates were based on numbers from differing quarters than what WIOA requires. These numbers may be adjusted based upon further guidance from our federal partners. (Page 96) Title I

The Wyoming Workforce Development Council will utilize the Labor Market Information/Research & Planning Division, data extracted from Wyoming@Work, and other data management systems on a quarterly basis to ensure that the core programs are meeting to goals described in Sections (b)(1), (2), and (3) above. Such reports shall be presented to the Council at each quarterly meeting. (Page 96) Title I

B. DATA-COLLECTION AND REPORTING PROCESSES USED FOR ALL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THOSE PRESENT IN ONE-STOP CENTERS*: 

Labor market information: Extend, continue, and where relevant, revise the historical and current provision of Vocational Rehabilitation, Adult Education, Wagner-Peyser, and WIOA program participation data collected through the one-stop system provided to Research and Planning for longitudinal and descriptive analysis in support of planning and evaluation using UI administrative records, occupational licensing, and educational outcomes.

Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Workers & Youth - Wyoming at Work: Wyoming currently uses and intends to continue using an information management system called Wyoming at Work. It is operated by a third party vendor, Geographic Solutions. The Wyoming at Work system facilitates common data collection for Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers, Veterans Employment and Training Services and Trade Adjustment Assistance. Reporting of WIOA and Wagner-Peyser data and performance outcomes, including Veterans Program data and outcomes, is accomplished through the Workforce Integrated Performance System (WIPS).

The management information system collects and stores the data for required Federal reports including:

o Wagner Peyser Act 7B Reports for the Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker Program (MIC)

o 9048 Profiling Report

Wyoming at Work contains a component library system that collects and stores elements required for Federal reports. The component library solution captures the appropriate elements from data forms and then generates the Federal and State mandated Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), Wagner-Peyser, Veterans Employment and Training Services and Trade Adjustment Act reports. Reports include both the quarterly and annual reports required under these acts.

DVR - case management system: The DVR installed a new case management system August 2015. It is hosted by a third party vendor, Libera, Inc. The system is designed to keep the DVR in compliance with data collecting and reporting requirements of the Rehabilitation Services Administration and WIOA. The system collects, stores, and processes information into formats necessary to meet the needs of the following reports:

o RSA 113 Quarterly Reports

o RSA 911 Annual Report

o RSA 2 Annual Report

Furthermore, DVR will work closely with other DWS divisions to ensure that appropriate system integration and data-sharing occurs to align resources, improve reporting processes and outcomes, and enhance the consumer’s experience. The ultimate goal is to have the WIOA core programs working seamlessly together. (Pages 113 – 114) Title I 

D. EVALUATION: Describe how the State will conduct evaluations and research projects on activities under WIOA core programs; how such projects will be coordinated with, and designed in conjunction with, State and local boards and with State agencies responsible for the administration of all respective core programs; and, further, how the projects will be coordinated with the evaluations provided for by the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Education under WIOA. The Research and Planning section of the DWS will be conducting evaluation as required in 29 CFR § 682.220. The One-Stop operator will provide the results of customer satisfaction surveys and the Research and Planning section will utilize data via data sharing agreements. (Page 129) Title I

Subminimum Wage (Section 511)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (Section 188)

8. ADDRESSING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE ONE-STOP DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Within the AJCs, on-site Wagner-Peyser services are readily available to individuals with disabilities. Normally, when employment and training workforce specialists work with clients who need greater assistance than what can be prudently provided by the workforce specialists, they make referrals to the DVR. It is common for employment and training personnel to meet regularly, discuss programmatic needs, and network on work opportunities and job readiness. Good relationships exist between the Employment and Training and the Vocational Rehabilitation program staffs, based on efforts at the State and particularly the local level. Both organizations are continuously working to improve information sharing.

The DWS also coordinates with outside partners to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities. Community organizations such as the Wyoming Children’s Society and Council for People with Disabilities will continue to be used as partners. Emphasizing growing partnerships with Adult Education and Literacy will continue, with a focus in serving those individuals which may be functioning at a lower educational level, while providing concurrent services intended to increase their work readiness skills.

The WWDC developed and implemented the use of a one-stop certification policy (Policy No. 5-previously provided to the DOL) which includes use of the ADA Checklist.

Wyoming offers physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities at each of our facilities across the state. All 16 field offices and satellite offices meet the applicable provisions of the ADA and section 188 of WIOA.

Staff are supported and trained on an annual basis through an all-staff in-service, quarterly in-services and day to day management of caseloads of individuals who have been determined eligible to receive Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Additionally, training is provided throughout the year so that they can maintain their Certification for Rehabilitation Counseling up to date.

Future training programs will be developed in consultation with the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) to provide training and Technical Assistance on the new statutory requirements imposed by the WIOA. The WINTAC will develop and provide training and technical assistance to staff and related rehabilitation professionals and service providers to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of WIOA. (Page 139-140) Title I

Veterans

7. PRIORITY OF SERVICE FOR VETERANS: Each one-stop has posted information visible through signage and posters to all clients describing Priority of Service to notify all that Priority of Service is in place. All staff has been trained in Priority of Service and act to identify qualified veterans during intake. All staff is trained to ask if the client is a veteran and if so to provide labor exchange services including employment, training, and placement services to qualified veterans. Reminders of Priority of Service are taught to all staff through conference calls, staff meetings through capacity building, emails, in person, and when JVSG program staff is meeting with one-stop staff during outreach. The Wyoming at Work system has an emphasis on Veterans’ Priority of Service, thereby providing opportunities so veterans and their spouses know this priority exists.

A veteran initially assessed by Wagner-Peyser staff through a checklist for significant barriers to employment can also be offered a referral to a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program specialist for comprehensive assessment and the provision of intensive services. Specialists assess client needs and determine eligibility for the appropriate occupational skills or educational programs, and determine appropriate funding sources.

Outreach activities and public information are provided at numerous state expositions, job fairs, and association conventions, and via employer contacts for job development and job placement matches for the avocation of hiring Veterans. Partnerships for transition assistance and reintegration are strong with the Veterans Administration and state Vocational Rehabilitation Program, homeless programs, reintegration organizations, and F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

To ensure Priority of Service is being complied with, the State Veterans Coordinator will review requirements of Priority of Service with their staff on Priority of Service on an ongoing basis. Monitoring the implementation of priority of service will be completed by the State Veterans Coordinator to ensure that eligible veterans and eligible spouses are made aware of and afforded priority of service. The State Veterans Coordinator is responsible for training all staff on priority of service and will assist in coordinating review activities within the state as well as provide reports and access records on priority of service. On-site technical assistance visits will be conducted by the State Veterans Coordinator to monitor priority of service. Local office managers will monitor priority of service on a daily basis to ensure it is implemented within their respective one-stops by promoting the Gold Card Program, referrals of Significant Barriers to Employment clients to DVOP’s, job fairs, etc. The State Veterans Coordinator will review the manager’s reports on a quarterly basis for each one-stop to ensure priority of service is implemented and to identify if any issues exist. (Pages 138-139) Title I

Behavioral / Mental Health

~~E. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

Historically, the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has made effective use of community rehabilitation programs in serving clients with the most significant disabilities. Over the past several years, significant progress has been made in encouraging mental health centers and other providers to become more involved in providing supported employment services.

Progress rarely happens in a straight line, however. In some instances, promising efforts at collaborations with service providers have faltered for reasons that may or may not be under the Division’s control. In some cases, local staffs have succeeded in finding or developing alternative resources for supported employment services.
 
The demonstrated effectiveness of supported employment services in providing job opportunities for individuals with the most significant disabilities argues for persistence in these efforts. With some mental health centers, in particular, developing collaborative supported employment programs is in the long-term interests of people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Page 234) Title I

F. ARRANGEMENTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS FOR THE PROVISION OF SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICES:

Encourage dedicated funding for long-term support needed by supported employment clients. This will include networking with the Division of Behavioral Health, Regional Service Providers in Wyoming, mental health centers, the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, State and local education programs, Social Security employment incentive including Ticket To Work programs, training programs under WIOA, and private businesses. There are still geographic, programmatic, and disability-related gaps in the capacities of community rehabilitation programs to provide the array of services the Division needs for clients with the most significant disabilities. These gaps include services to persons with acquired brain injuries. • State-of-the-art employment services for persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses are more widely available now than at the time of previous needs assessments, but such services still are not available to all communities. • The potential for community rehabilitation programs to play a more substantial role in preparing students with disabilities for the transition from school to employment has not been fully explored. Dialogue and collaboration with DD waiver have enhanced services and abilities of the Division to be more effective in supported employment efforts.  (Page 235) Title IV

3. THE STATE AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES:

In September 2007, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation completed a memorandum of understanding with the Wyoming Department of Health, Mental Health Substance Abuse Services Division. The purpose of the MOU is to provide services more effectively to people with disabilities, in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This includes increased collaboration in the evaluation, planning and implementation of supported employment services for persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and transition age youth. Joint bi—annual training will focus on these issues, among others. (Page 238) Title IV

3. THE OUTREACH PROCEDURES THAT WILL BE USED TO IDENTIFY AND SERVE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE MINORITIES, INCLUDING THOSE WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNSERVED OR UNDERSERVED BY THE VR PROGRAM:

Persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Objective: Improve and expand services for persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Method: Encourage the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division to support the expansion of successful employment models for these individuals.
 
Objective: Continue to develop supported employment services with mental health organizations statewide.

Method: Initiate contacts with mental health centers and promote supported employment services.

Objective: As training becomes available for professionals working with and serving people with mental illnesses, arrange for Division staff and appropriate mental health personnel to attend such training sessions. Invite mental health personnel to attend Division in—services when appropriate topics are involved.

Method: Invite mental health personnel to attend Division in—services free when training is being presented in their area of the state. Alert mental health personnel to training via other independent entities.  (Pages 258-259) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

No disability specific information found regarding this element

Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
Past WIOA Profile Attachment : 
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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

~~Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference: June 25-26, 2020, Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

PY 2018 WIOA Narrative Report - 06/24/2020

“The WIOA Annual Narrative Report was developed and written in coordination with Title I, II, III, and IV Programs. The Partners wrote the Unified State Plan to the following Vision and Goals.

Vision: Wyoming’s workforce development system will be fundamental in supporting robust regional and state economies and in producing a high-quality workforce valued by Wyoming employers….

The Unified State Plan Vision and Goals are reinforced by the Department of Workforce Services’ Mission, Vision, and Values and Adult Education’s Mission and Vision”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Apprenticeship
  • Resource Leveraging
  • WIOA

Senior Community Service Employment Program Strategic Four-Year State Plan July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024 - 04/01/2020

“The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally-funded employment training and placement program for eligible unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. The purpose of SCSEP is to foster individual economic self-sufficiency, promote useful part-time training opportunities in meaningful community service work-based assignments, and increase the number of older persons who may obtain unsubsidized employment in the public or private sector…

The priorities of service in Wyoming SCSEP include serving those with one or more of the following:

a. Are 55 years of age or older, of this group those 65+ have priority

b. Have a disability…

e. Are a Veteran or eligible spouse of a Veteran…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Veterans
  • WIOA

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Memorial Hospital of Laramie County DBA Cheyenne Region was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the Uninsured, “left behind,” vulnerable, and underserved community members such as—Ranchers, oil and gas workers; entrepreneurs; hourly-wage and seasonal workers; rural community residents; Native American/Tribal Members; other minority populations; refugees; veterans who are not receiving health care benefits; homeless persons in transition; incarcerated individuals and their families; and individuals who are currently on parole, or who will be released from incarceration within an eighteen (18) month time span. There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. Community relationships will be with Local workforce departments, Wyoming 2-1-1, Wyoming Department of Insurance’s Rapid Response Team, Local farming and ranching organizations, Small Business Association (SBA), KidCare/CHIP Program, and VITA sites.   . For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Erika NovickPhone: (307) 773-8169Email: Erika.Novick@crmcwy.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

~~“State Plan Services:Wyoming offers a variety of State Plan services as approved by the Federal Government. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements.Each state may differ in income and resource limit guidelines, as well as specific services available and amounts included in their State Plan

Waiver Services:Services under an approved waiver authority are an exception to the State Plan. Each state may apply for a waiver authority and must be approved by the Federal Government in order to provide these services. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements

*Additional information and literature is available through the Wyoming Department of Health Medicaid Long Term Care Financial Eligibility Unit at 1-855-203-2936”

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

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities.”

 

Systems
  • Other

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

~~“Objective #1 The Wyoming Employment First Initiative will increase the rate of people with DD in community-integrated employment.

Key Activities #1 Support the ongoing efforts of the Wyoming Governor’s Employment FirstTask Force.

Expected Outputs1. Maintain a permanent member for the Task Force.2. Support the implementation of the Task Force’s strategic plan.3. Partner with the Task force on the annual Employment First Summit to encourage and support networking within the employment first regional levels.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

~~“The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has recently realigned into three primary areas: Workforce Standards, Policy and Communications, and Workforce Programs. Refer to organizational chart PDF. The purpose of the realignment is ultimately aimed at bettering the mission of the agency, while providing a more efficient internal structure that will benefit both internal and external stakeholders.

Workforce Standards DivisionThe Workforce Standards Division is responsible for the Workers Compensation Program as well as regulatory and compliance/enforcement. This includes Workers Compensation Claims and Employer Services, Workers Compensation Safety and Risk (WCSR) and Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Standards, and Employment Tax.

Policy and Communication DivisionThe Policy and Communication Division is responsible for policy development/distribution, education, information, and outreach. The following Programs are included under this Division: Communication, Occupational Epidemiologist, Workforce Development Council Liaison, WIOA Policy Strategy Team, and Research & Planning.

Workforce Programs DivisionThe Workforce Programs Division is responsible for the employment and social services aspects of DWS and includes One-Stop Workforce Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Unemployment Insurance.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA
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Wyoming State Code: TITLE 27 - 04/01/2016

This provision states that it is “a discriminatory or unfair employment practice: For an employer to refuse to hire, to discharge, to promote or demote, or to discriminate in matters of compensation or the terms, conditions or privileges of employment against, a qualified disabled person or any person otherwise qualified, because of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or pregnancy; [and]For a person, an employment agency, a labor organization, or its employees or members, to discriminate in matters of employment or membership against any person, otherwise qualified, because of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or pregnancy, or a qualified disabled person…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming House Bill 0073: Establishing an Employment First Policy - 07/01/2014

”AN ACT relating to persons with disabilities; establishing employment first as a state policy; declaring it a state policy to support competitive employment in an integrated setting; requiring agencies to support competitive and integrated employment; requiring state agencies working with home and community based waiver service providers to implement employment first policies; requiring reports; providing definitions; and providing for an effective date.”

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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PY 2018 WIOA Narrative Report - 06/24/2020

“The WIOA Annual Narrative Report was developed and written in coordination with Title I, II, III, and IV Programs. The Partners wrote the Unified State Plan to the following Vision and Goals.

Vision: Wyoming’s workforce development system will be fundamental in supporting robust regional and state economies and in producing a high-quality workforce valued by Wyoming employers….

The Unified State Plan Vision and Goals are reinforced by the Department of Workforce Services’ Mission, Vision, and Values and Adult Education’s Mission and Vision”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Apprenticeship
  • Resource Leveraging
  • WIOA

Senior Community Service Employment Program Strategic Four-Year State Plan July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024 - 04/01/2020

“The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally-funded employment training and placement program for eligible unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. The purpose of SCSEP is to foster individual economic self-sufficiency, promote useful part-time training opportunities in meaningful community service work-based assignments, and increase the number of older persons who may obtain unsubsidized employment in the public or private sector…

The priorities of service in Wyoming SCSEP include serving those with one or more of the following:

a. Are 55 years of age or older, of this group those 65+ have priority

b. Have a disability…

e. Are a Veteran or eligible spouse of a Veteran…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Veterans
  • WIOA

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

~~“Objective #1 The Wyoming Employment First Initiative will increase the rate of people with DD in community-integrated employment.

Key Activities #1 Support the ongoing efforts of the Wyoming Governor’s Employment FirstTask Force.

Expected Outputs1. Maintain a permanent member for the Task Force.2. Support the implementation of the Task Force’s strategic plan.3. Partner with the Task force on the annual Employment First Summit to encourage and support networking within the employment first regional levels.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition - 09/18/2018

~~‘The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn." 

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

Wyoming ABLE Accounts - 03/02/2018

This page describes Wyoming’s ABLE accounts, including eligibility and benefits.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual - 10/01/2017

“The guiding principles of the VR program are that individuals with disabilities including those with the most significant disabilities are capable of achieving high quality competitive integrated employment when provided the necessary services and support.  To increase employment of individuals with disabilities in the labor market, the workforce system must provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in job-driven training and pursue high quality employment outcomes.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Wyoming and Olmstead: A Primer on Department of Health Initiatives and Policies - 07/01/2017

“The State of Wyoming developed its Olmstead plan in June, 2000 and subsequently updated the plan in 2002, and 2013. Since 2013, Wyoming has worked to improve the availability and quality of community services for those with mental illness, physical and intellectual disabilities, and aging issues to help enable those residents of our state to live productive lives in the least-restrictive, most-integrated community settings.

This document serves as a further update to Wyoming’s Olmstead plan. The pages that follow provide background on the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), background on the Olmstead decision, as well as Wyoming’s progress toward its goals related to Olmstead, and the continued challenges faced by the state.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2017

~~“Join us October 4, 2019 for another  great summit!October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.” 

Systems
  • Other

Wyoming Employment First Initiative

~~“Employment First became a Wyoming state policy in 2014. It says that competitive and integrated employment will be the first and preferred option for people with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly funded systems. Employment First applies to a wide variety of services and programs that provide support to people with disabilities.”

 

Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

~~“The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has recently realigned into three primary areas: Workforce Standards, Policy and Communications, and Workforce Programs. Refer to organizational chart PDF. The purpose of the realignment is ultimately aimed at bettering the mission of the agency, while providing a more efficient internal structure that will benefit both internal and external stakeholders.

Workforce Standards DivisionThe Workforce Standards Division is responsible for the Workers Compensation Program as well as regulatory and compliance/enforcement. This includes Workers Compensation Claims and Employer Services, Workers Compensation Safety and Risk (WCSR) and Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Standards, and Employment Tax.

Policy and Communication DivisionThe Policy and Communication Division is responsible for policy development/distribution, education, information, and outreach. The following Programs are included under this Division: Communication, Occupational Epidemiologist, Workforce Development Council Liaison, WIOA Policy Strategy Team, and Research & Planning.

Workforce Programs DivisionThe Workforce Programs Division is responsible for the employment and social services aspects of DWS and includes One-Stop Workforce Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Unemployment Insurance.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

“Secondary Transitions” Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) - 09/25/2017

~~“The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn. We thank you for your support and participation in theUW ECHO in Education networks.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Community of Practice in Transition: Secondary to Postsecondary Report to Wyoming Department of education (2014) - 01/15/2014

During 2013 the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) in collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), Special Programs Division developed a community of practice for student transition (CoP-T). The goal of this project was to bring together leading professionals and parent advocates from around the state to identify best practices and recommendations for improving transition practices in Wyoming.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WY Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy: Clients’ Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation Services

“The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is here to assist you to fulfill your employment goals and achieve independence. This booklet will serve as a guide to DVR and the services we provide.”

“As a client of DVR, your rehabilitation program will be tailored to your particular goals, and will be developed by you and your counselor consistent with your unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice.”

“The most important person in the process is you. You have the lead role in making your plan for employment a reality. Your counselor works with you toward your goal, informs you of the services DVR can provide and directs you to other agencies for additional services you may need.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities  Our purpose is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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MIG-RATS - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

~~Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference: June 25-26, 2020, Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Memorial Hospital of Laramie County DBA Cheyenne Region was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the Uninsured, “left behind,” vulnerable, and underserved community members such as—Ranchers, oil and gas workers; entrepreneurs; hourly-wage and seasonal workers; rural community residents; Native American/Tribal Members; other minority populations; refugees; veterans who are not receiving health care benefits; homeless persons in transition; incarcerated individuals and their families; and individuals who are currently on parole, or who will be released from incarceration within an eighteen (18) month time span. There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. Community relationships will be with Local workforce departments, Wyoming 2-1-1, Wyoming Department of Insurance’s Rapid Response Team, Local farming and ranching organizations, Small Business Association (SBA), KidCare/CHIP Program, and VITA sites.   . For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Erika NovickPhone: (307) 773-8169Email: Erika.Novick@crmcwy.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities.”

 

Systems
  • Other

5th Annual Employment First Summit! - 10/17/2018

~~"October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions - 01/30/2018

~~“The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn. We thank you for your support and participation in theUW ECHO in Education networks.” 

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

Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/21/2017

“The WDDC is the largest developmental disability conference in the state of Wyoming and covers a variety of topics related to disabilities such as advocacy, employment, education, best practices and other critical issues. Participants include self-advocates/people with disabilities, family members, providers and professionals. The conference brings together a wide range of people and is a great opportunity to network, learn new things, make friends and reconnect.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

~~“The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is an academic unit in the College of Health Sciences and a University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).WIND works to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and University of Wyoming students through education, training, community services, and early intervention."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Business Enterprise Program

“The Business Enterprise Program is part of Vocational Rehabilitation, and serves eligible Vocational Rehabilitation clients who are interested in becoming self-employed.  Clients have to be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services, and have to be at least significantly disabled in order to receive financial assistance for their start-up venture…” 

“The Business Enterprise Program's Small Business Consultant will work with the Vocational Rehabilitation clients to create a business plan for their venture and provide technical assistance.  The client’s business plan will have to show that the business idea is feasible and that the client will be able to perform all tasks. During the business planning process, the Small Business Consultant may refer the client to work with other resources such as the Market Research Center for detailed market research, Small Business Development Center to assist clients with other business training (such as Social Media Networking, for example), or the Wyoming Women’s Business Center to work with clients on obtaining additional funding.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

~~“State Plan Services:Wyoming offers a variety of State Plan services as approved by the Federal Government. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements.Each state may differ in income and resource limit guidelines, as well as specific services available and amounts included in their State Plan

Waiver Services:Services under an approved waiver authority are an exception to the State Plan. Each state may apply for a waiver authority and must be approved by the Federal Government in order to provide these services. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements

*Additional information and literature is available through the Wyoming Department of Health Medicaid Long Term Care Financial Eligibility Unit at 1-855-203-2936”

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

Statewide Transition Plan for Home and Community-Based Settings - 11/08/2018

~~The Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is the single state agency designated to administer the Wyoming Medicaid program, and submits this Statewide Transition Plan (STP) in accordance with the federal regulation. This document shall describe the Department’s efforts in the following areas:• Assessment of current HCB settings for compliance;• Assessment of state policies and procedures to support HCB settings compliance• Development of technical assistance tools and overall approach to transitioning providers and settings into HCB compliance; and• Assuring ongoing compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements 

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

Wyoming State Medicaid Plan

The State Plan is a contract between a State and the Federal government, enabling the delivery of health care.  It ensures that a State abides by Federal rules and gets FFP.  The State Plan sets out groups to be covered, services provided and limitations, reimbursement methodologies, and administrative requirements.

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

WY Comprehensive (1061.R00.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, dietician services, OT, PT, skilled nursing, speech/hearing/language services, independent support brokerage, behavioral support, child hab, companion, crisis intervention support, environmental mods, individual hab training, self-directed goods and services, special family hab home, specialized equipment, supported living, transportation for individuals with ID/DD 0 - no max age.”

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

WY Supports (1060.R00.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, dietician services, OT, PT, skilled nursing, speech/hearing/language services, independent support brokerage, behavioral support services, child habilitation, cognitive retraining, companion, crisis intervention support, environmental mods, individual hab training, self-directed goods and services, specialized equipment, supported living, transportation for individuals with ID/DD 0 - no max age and BI ages 21 – no max age.”

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

WY Children's Mental Health (0451.R02.00)

“Provides family care coordination, respite, youth and family training and support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and for individuals w/serious emotional disturbance ages 4-17.”

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

WY Acquired Brain Injury (0370.R03.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, supported employment, supported living, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language, independent support broker, behavioral support, cognitive retraining, companion services, crisis intervention support, dietician services, environmental mods, self-directed goods and services, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, transportation for individuals with brain injury ages 21-64.”

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

WY Adult Developmental Disabilities (0226.R04.00)

TERMINATED 09/30/2014 – “Provides case management, community integrated employment, day hab, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services-phased out yr 1, residential hab, respite, supported living, OT, PT, speech therapy, agency with choice, independent support broker, companion services, dietician services, environmental mods, in home support-phased out yr 1, individually-directed goods and services, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, unpaid caregiver training and education for individuals w/DD, IID ages 21 - no max age.”

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

WY Assisted Living Facility HCBS (0369.R03.00)

“Provides case management, assisted living service level I, assisted living service level II, assisted living service level III for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled individuals ages 19-64.”

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

WY Long Term Care (0236.R04.00)

“Provides adult day care, case management, personal care, respite, FMS, care coordination, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, PERS installation, ERS, self-help assistant, skilled nursing for aged individuals 65 – no max age and physically disabled ages 19-64.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

With the motto "Equal Rights," the Equality State of Wyoming is committed to equal employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities "Like No Place on Earth!"

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 Wyoming’s VR Rates and Services

2018 State Population.
-0.27%
Change from
2017 to 2018
577,737
2018 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-16.84%
Change from
2017 to 2018
35,797
2018 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.36%
Change from
2017 to 2018
17,274
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.55%
Change from
2017 to 2018
48.26%
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.29%
Change from
2017 to 2018
80.49%

State Data

General

2016 2017 2018
Population. 585,501 579,315 577,737
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 39,161 41,825 35,797
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 18,485 19,063 17,274
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 247,491 241,852 245,118
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 47.20% 45.58% 48.26%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.51% 80.26% 80.49%
State/National unemployment rate. 5.30% 4.20% 4.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.90% 20.10% 13.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.30% 9.90% 10.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 42,093 44,351 38,369
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 36,295 37,705 34,072
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 74,295 75,557 66,016
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 6,083 7,279 6,111
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,693 2,867 1,745
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A 173 487
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 1,495 1,630 2,338
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 315 1,447 1,129

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 617 598 610
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 9.40% 9.00% 9.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,233 13,320 13,266

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,168 5,459 5,051
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 8,764 7,855 7,374
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 12,864 10,831 10,080
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 47.90% 50.40% 50.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,250 3,707 4,009
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
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. 9 7 11
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5 5 8
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. 56.00% 71.00% 73.00%
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. 0.86 0.85 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,076
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 22 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 111 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 289 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 241 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 323 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 90 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.00% 24.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 622 655 636
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,465 18,762 18,779
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 79 40 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 78 36 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $602,000 $1,143,000 $1,395,831
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $545,000 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,536,000 $16,306,000 $15,941,245
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,361,000 $4,047,000 $4,895,213
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 12.00% 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 627 538 556
Number of people served in facility based work. 125 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,156 1,091 1,105
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 57.50 39.60 45.77

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 65.38% 66.86% 68.59%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.49% 6.10% 6.23%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.00% 1.81% 1.80%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 87.29% 93.67% 98.50%
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). 29.55% 26.43% 22.47%
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). 55.40% 57.29% 58.10%
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). 71.31% 71.25% 74.09%
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). 25.85% 30.86% 35.63%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 76,000
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 222
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 45,042
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 45,042
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 56
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 56
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $596,749

 

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

2017 2018 2019
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 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1 1 1
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 129 15 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 129 15 15

 

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

~~D. COORDINATION, ALIGNMENT AND PROVISION OF SERVICES TO EMPLOYERS:
One-Stop Center staff provide direct outreach services to businesses to develop job opportunities for all customers. One-Stop Center staff collaborate with the Chamber of Commerce in their communities to connect with employers in their communities. Through Employment First and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, One-Stop Center staff collaborate and provide resources and training to employers in regards to hiring people with disabilities. The Department of Workforce Services offers Employer Seminars for employers in local communities on a rotating basis. One-Stop Center staff assist in coordinating local job fairs and hiring events for employers. One-Stop Center staff utilize social media and Wyoming at Work to promote open jobs to job seekers.  (Page 104) Title 1

G. COORDINATION WITH EMPLOYERS:
1. VR SERVICES:
The Wyoming Employment First Task Force was established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) and finished work in October 2017. During that time the task force developed a Strategic Plan that included FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force developed a dashboard that included disability information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health.
Members of the task force chose to continue as a workgroup that meets every two months. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Employment First Consultant volunteered to take the lead in this effort.

The Employment First Consultant is responsible for coordinating these meetings, maintaining the Employment First web page with support from DWS, facilitating internship placements at the state level through collaboration with A&I, and supporting the establishment of community employer groups that have hired individuals with disabilities. The purpose of these groups is to educate other employers on the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. The Employment First Consultant contacts businesses to learn about hiring needs, provides information about the division and its services and offers support, ascertains the potential for future job placements, and encourages businesses to participate in employer groups being set up around the state. Such groups will provide avenues for businesses to share their successes and challenges in hiring individuals with disabilities.

The goal of the workgroup is to continue to promote competitive employment as the first option for people with significant disabilities, versus options such as sheltered work settings or day habilitation programs. The initiative aims to make disability employment part of the state workforce development strategy, find and support businesses that employ people with disabilities, ensure the State of Wyoming becomes a model employer of people with disabilities, prepare youth with disabilities for careers that utilize their potential, provide employers with skilled workers, and utilize existing limited resources to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Division also has VR counselors and regional managers in communities working with local employers to educate them about vocational rehabilitation services, the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities, and establishing sites for employment opportunities and or trial work experiences. The Division makes an effort to partner with other divisions within The Department of Workforce Services and other community organizations in an effort to connect with employers. Some of these organizations are the Uinta County Business Leadership Network, Wyoming Independent Living, and various Community Rehabilitation Programs. In most circumstances, the division provides information to employers on a one-on-one basis but will present information at professional conferences, chamber events, and other community gatherings where the staff is invited to participate. (Page 236) Title I

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Adult and Dislocated Worker programs:
There are three categories of career services available to adult and dislocated worker customers:

2. Individualized career services:
Individualized career services are made available when a determination is made that more customized services are needed for an individual to obtain or retain employment. One-stop center staff may use recent previous assessments by partner programs to determine if individualized career services would be appropriate. Individualized career services may include:
Financial literacy services.   (Pages 77- 78) Title I

Recruiting out-of-school youth:
Each DWS region, county, city, and local AJC has unique socioeconomic indicators which may require a more customized plan for delivering youth services. A major goal is to establish partnerships that support the Youth Services Program and continue to strengthen these relationships to the point they effectively provide WIOA program services now and into the future.
As fewer resources under WIOA will be devoted to in-school-youth, Wyoming, and local areas are identifying existing resources throughout communities that can provide services to in-school-youth. WIOA includes a total of 14 program elements which include the original 10 program elements under the Workforce Investment Act (which have been consolidated to nine as the summer employment opportunities program element is now a sub-element under paid and unpaid work experiences), and five new program elements.

The five new program elements are: financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations, activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training, and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Wyoming will continue to make all program elements available to youth participants by focusing on improved educational achievement, preparing for and succeeding in employment, youth guidance, mentoring and service activities, and offering services that develop the leadership potential of young people. (Page 166) Title I

School to Work Transition

~~Transitioning in-school youth:

As fewer resources under WIOA will be devoted to in-school-youth, Wyoming, and local areas are identifying existing resources throughout communities that can provide services to in-school-youth.
 
Program elements:
WIOA includes a total of 14 program elements which include the original 10 program elements under the Workforce Investment Act (which have been consolidated to nine as the summer employment opportunities program element is now a sub-element under paid and unpaid work experiences), and five new program elements.

The five new program elements are: financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations, activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training, and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Wyoming will continue to make all program elements available to youth participants by focusing on improved educational achievement, preparing for and succeeding in employment, youth guidance, mentoring and service activities, and offering services that develop the leadership potential of young people. (Page 85) Title I

Responsibilities of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation include:
1. Division transition consultants shall coordinate with the Department of Education, Special Programs Division and local education agencies to develop and provide a system for a seamless transition from school to work/training for students with disabilities.
2. Be responsible for the provision of technical assistance, consultations, and the development of statewide program strategies and procedures applicable to youth with disabilities. Including providing consultation to assist in the identification of eligible and potentially eligible students with disabilities and assessment of their individual needs for Pre-ETS.
3. Provide technical assistance to Department of Education personnel through formal and informal training, joint problem—solving, and exchange of information on policies and procedures. Present at all available conferences, webinars, and trainings to educate department and local school district personnel about the availability of PreETS services and how to access them.
4. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation transition consultants will participate in the annual data analysis which is performed each fall.
5. Division transition consultants shall meet with local education agency special education directors, teachers, guidance counselors, and community service representatives to provide technical assistance and training about Division programs, policies and regulations as they apply to student transitions. The consultants will provide training on PreETS and how the LEAs can assist students in accessing these services. (Page 229) Title IV

G. COORDINATION WITH EMPLOYERS:
2. TRANSITION SERVICES, INCLUDING PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SERVICES, FOR STUDENTS AND YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES:

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) reclassified two experienced counselors to work as Transition Consultants. In this role, they communicate with school counselors in every school district throughout the state to offer DVR services and develop work experiences for students and youth with disabilities.

The Transition Consultants work with the State Department of Education, local school districts, and Division staff, providing information about Division services and helping Division staff and eligible students with disabilities transitions from school to the world of work. The consultants also help employer groups and others increase opportunities for work experiences and jobs for youth with disabilities. The transition consultants coordinated with education officials to establish a Project Search site in Wyoming. The transition consultants are actively educating Division, as well as education staff, on Pre-Employment Transition Services. Their goal is to increase referrals to better utilize the services that fall in this area and to target students that would benefit from working with the Division. The consultants are working on developing relationships, handouts and resource guides, training and any other needed service to educate people on Pre-Employment Transition Services.

On the local level, DVR Counselors are working in our field offices to develop job sites that can support short-term work experiences for students and youth with disabilities. Where possible, DVR is partnering with other groups and agencies. Some of these agencies include Mental Health centers, Uinta County Business Leadership Network, Wyoming Independent Living, Community Rehabilitation Programs, and the local school districts. Wyoming DVR is beginning to work on reaching out to Institutes for Higher Education and directly with employers across the state to identify additional opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. DVR is also working with various organizations to develop youth leadership opportunities to increase self-advocacy skills.

In FY17, Wyoming DVR provided coordinating service delivery support to help create the first Project SEARCH program in the state. There are specific requirements for Project SEARCH programs, as well as ongoing support costs, however, the success of this program remains undisputed. Project SEARCH has particular relevance under WIOA and each state’s legal obligation to create a systematic plan to help people with disabilities to get jobs. Wyoming’s first Project SEARCH program is designed on the traditional model of High School, VR, CRP, and Business. This program is a partnership with Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Albany County School District 1 and Wyoming DVR.

Albany County School District 1 Performance Measure: Within three months of successfully completing Project SEARCH, 50 percent of students will obtain competitive employment.  (Pages 236-237) Title I

Career Pathways

~~Career Pathway Plan:
AE local program teams are completing Career Pathways (CP) training for Adult Education certification. Local CP plans and service delivery models are being developed. Local programs will collaborate with members of local Sector Partnerships (SP) to enhance or develop career pathways for client transition to high demand jobs in the state.  (Page 88) Title II

2. DESCRIBE THE STRATEGIES THE STATE WILL USE TO ACHIEVE IMPROVED OUTCOMES FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH AS DESCRIBED IN 129(A)(1)(B), INCLUDING HOW IT WILL LEVERAGE AND ALIGN THE CORE PROGRAMS, ANY COMBINED STATE PLAN PARTNER PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN THIS PLAN, REQUIRED AND OPTIONAL ONE-STOP PARTNER PROGRAMS, AND ANY OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE:   
Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are low income, have basic literacy skills not commensurate with respective grade level, who are high school dropouts, homeless, runaway, or foster-care children, pregnant or parenting, legal offenders, disabled, or lack vocational goals and reside in geographically remote areas will continue to be the focus of the State’s youth program. Staff will either solely or working closely with a partnering organization, use an application process to determine and document an applicant’s eligibility for WIOA youth services. New and ongoing components will consist of incorporating Career Pathways as part of both the initial objective assessment and the individual service strategy. In order to make sure performance requirements are met, the individual service strategy will be directly linked to one or more performance indicators. The process includes an evaluation of the young person’s residency, income eligibility, age, basic occupational skills and abilities, aptitudes, interests, barriers to employment, support service needs, academic requirements, financial resources, and vocational potential. Page 161 Required documentation and verification of eligibility will be maintained in the Wyoming at Work management information system, and/or, in paper format. (Page 160-161) Title I

Apprenticeship

Wyoming’s Youth Program supports an integrated service delivery system that provides a framework through which we can leverage other Federal, State, and local resources to support in-school youth and out-of-school youth. Partnerships are committed to providing high-quality services for all youth and young adults, beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, such as pre-apprenticeships or internships, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway. Employers are critical partners who provide meaningful growth opportunities for young people through work experiences, internships and pre-apprenticeships in real-world settings, and ultimately, jobs young people are ready to fill given the opportunity. (Page 84) Title I

2. IMPLEMENTATION OF STATE STRATEGY: A. CORE PROGRAM ACTIVITIES TO IMPLEMENT THE STATE’S STRATEGY:

Goal 1: Ensure Wyoming employers have access to a skilled, high-quality workforce in today’s changing economy

Goal 2: Ensure all Wyoming people who want to work have access to an open, streamlined, and effective workforce system

Goal 3: Ensure all Wyoming Youth have access to opportunities to be career and college ready

The following provides each goal with accompanying operational strategies (action plans) to achieve the desired outcomes.

Goal 1: Ensure Wyoming employers have access to a skilled, high-quality workforce in today’s changing economy

Operational Strategies:

o Collaborate with all government partners to ensure business’s current and projected workforce needs are being met,

o Participate in employing the Next Generation Sector Partnership initiative to engage the business community at the local level to assist with the alignment of career and technical, human services, education, and workforce training opportunities, based on Wyoming employer need,

o Coordinate with Economic Development entities through the deployment of Next Generation Sector Partnerships at the local and regional level,

o Ensure training is based upon the most current information by using employer feedback, labor market information, and Next Generation Sector Partnership input, o Develop methods to obtain feedback from Wyoming businesses and jobseekers,

o Participate in the annual Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit and engage in networking opportunities among all partners to promote workshops and related training specific to developing the workforce system,

o Participate in the launch of Career Pathway initiatives to include collaboration with educational institutions,

o Develop and maintain existing partnerships with all required partners including education and training providers through Next Generation Sector Partnerships, apprenticeships and other educational programs,

o Support the Wyoming Grown program to recruit Wyoming natives back to the state. (Pages 99-100) Title I

Registered Apprenticeship:

Registered Apprenticeship is an important component of employment and training services that can be provided to customers. Registered Apprenticeships are most often used as a career pathway for job seekers and as a job-driven strategy for employers and industries. Registered Apprenticeship programs automatically qualify to be placed on the State Eligible Training Provider List, allowing individual training accounts to support participants in Registered Apprenticeship programs and more directly connect those programs to one-stop centers. Some examples of typical Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors are:

o Employers who provide related instruction,

o Employers who use an outside educational provider,

o Joint apprenticeship training programs, and

o Intermediaries. (Pages 152-153) Title I

Registered Apprenticeships Under WIOA title I-B, Registered Apprenticeship Program sponsors who request to be on the eligible training provider list are automatically included and will remain so as long as the program is registered or until the program sponsor notifies the State that it no longer wants to be included on the list. Registered Apprenticeship programs are not subject to the same application and performance information requirements, or to an eligibility period or initial procedures as other training providers.

A Registered Apprenticeship program shall be added to Wyoming’s list of eligible providers simply by contacting the DWS and providing the following information:

1. Occupations included in the Registered Apprenticeship program.

2. Name and address of the program sponsor.

3. Name and address of the applicable technical instruction provider.

4. The method and length of instruction.

5. The number of active apprentices.

The status of all Registered Apprenticeship programs will be verified every two years, and any Registered Apprenticeship programs that have been either voluntarily or involuntarily deregistered will be removed from the Wyoming list of eligible providers. (Pages 157-158) Title I

Each Workforce Services region has socioeconomic indicators which may require a more customized plan for delivering services such as: job training opportunities, leadership skill development, guidance and counseling, adult mentoring, job shadowing, supportive services, tutoring and study skills training, alternative secondary school services, paid and unpaid work experiences, Registered Apprenticeships, postsecondary transition, and employment opportunities. A major goal is to establish partnerships that support the Youth Program and to strengthen these relationships so they effectively provide WIOA program services now and in the future. (Page 168) Title I

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employer / Business Engagement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Data Collection

Data Sharing: Partners agree that the use of high-quality, integrated data is essential to inform decisions made by policymakers, employers, and job seekers. Additionally, it is vital to develop and maintain an integrated case management system, as appropriate, that informs customer service through customer's interaction with the integrated system and allows information collected from customers at intake to be captured once. (Page 94) Title I

3. PERFORMANCE GOALS: Using the table provided in Appendix 1, include the State's expected levels of performance relating to the performance accountability measures based on primary indicators of performance described in section 116(b)(2)(A) of WIOA. (This Strategic Planning element only applies to core programs.) See Appendix 1. All numbers are estimates based on experience with WIA. Estimates were based on numbers from differing quarters than what WIOA requires. These numbers may be adjusted based upon further guidance from our federal partners. (Page 96) Title I

The Wyoming Workforce Development Council will utilize the Labor Market Information/Research & Planning Division, data extracted from Wyoming@Work, and other data management systems on a quarterly basis to ensure that the core programs are meeting to goals described in Sections (b)(1), (2), and (3) above. Such reports shall be presented to the Council at each quarterly meeting. (Page 96) Title I

B. DATA-COLLECTION AND REPORTING PROCESSES USED FOR ALL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THOSE PRESENT IN ONE-STOP CENTERS*: 

Labor market information: Extend, continue, and where relevant, revise the historical and current provision of Vocational Rehabilitation, Adult Education, Wagner-Peyser, and WIOA program participation data collected through the one-stop system provided to Research and Planning for longitudinal and descriptive analysis in support of planning and evaluation using UI administrative records, occupational licensing, and educational outcomes.

Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Workers & Youth - Wyoming at Work: Wyoming currently uses and intends to continue using an information management system called Wyoming at Work. It is operated by a third party vendor, Geographic Solutions. The Wyoming at Work system facilitates common data collection for Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers, Veterans Employment and Training Services and Trade Adjustment Assistance. Reporting of WIOA and Wagner-Peyser data and performance outcomes, including Veterans Program data and outcomes, is accomplished through the Workforce Integrated Performance System (WIPS).

The management information system collects and stores the data for required Federal reports including:

o Wagner Peyser Act 7B Reports for the Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker Program (MIC)

o 9048 Profiling Report

Wyoming at Work contains a component library system that collects and stores elements required for Federal reports. The component library solution captures the appropriate elements from data forms and then generates the Federal and State mandated Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), Wagner-Peyser, Veterans Employment and Training Services and Trade Adjustment Act reports. Reports include both the quarterly and annual reports required under these acts.

DVR - case management system: The DVR installed a new case management system August 2015. It is hosted by a third party vendor, Libera, Inc. The system is designed to keep the DVR in compliance with data collecting and reporting requirements of the Rehabilitation Services Administration and WIOA. The system collects, stores, and processes information into formats necessary to meet the needs of the following reports:

o RSA 113 Quarterly Reports

o RSA 911 Annual Report

o RSA 2 Annual Report

Furthermore, DVR will work closely with other DWS divisions to ensure that appropriate system integration and data-sharing occurs to align resources, improve reporting processes and outcomes, and enhance the consumer’s experience. The ultimate goal is to have the WIOA core programs working seamlessly together. (Pages 113 – 114) Title I 

D. EVALUATION: Describe how the State will conduct evaluations and research projects on activities under WIOA core programs; how such projects will be coordinated with, and designed in conjunction with, State and local boards and with State agencies responsible for the administration of all respective core programs; and, further, how the projects will be coordinated with the evaluations provided for by the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Education under WIOA. The Research and Planning section of the DWS will be conducting evaluation as required in 29 CFR § 682.220. The One-Stop operator will provide the results of customer satisfaction surveys and the Research and Planning section will utilize data via data sharing agreements. (Page 129) Title I

Subminimum Wage (Section 511)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (Section 188)

8. ADDRESSING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE ONE-STOP DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Within the AJCs, on-site Wagner-Peyser services are readily available to individuals with disabilities. Normally, when employment and training workforce specialists work with clients who need greater assistance than what can be prudently provided by the workforce specialists, they make referrals to the DVR. It is common for employment and training personnel to meet regularly, discuss programmatic needs, and network on work opportunities and job readiness. Good relationships exist between the Employment and Training and the Vocational Rehabilitation program staffs, based on efforts at the State and particularly the local level. Both organizations are continuously working to improve information sharing.

The DWS also coordinates with outside partners to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities. Community organizations such as the Wyoming Children’s Society and Council for People with Disabilities will continue to be used as partners. Emphasizing growing partnerships with Adult Education and Literacy will continue, with a focus in serving those individuals which may be functioning at a lower educational level, while providing concurrent services intended to increase their work readiness skills.

The WWDC developed and implemented the use of a one-stop certification policy (Policy No. 5-previously provided to the DOL) which includes use of the ADA Checklist.

Wyoming offers physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities at each of our facilities across the state. All 16 field offices and satellite offices meet the applicable provisions of the ADA and section 188 of WIOA.

Staff are supported and trained on an annual basis through an all-staff in-service, quarterly in-services and day to day management of caseloads of individuals who have been determined eligible to receive Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Additionally, training is provided throughout the year so that they can maintain their Certification for Rehabilitation Counseling up to date.

Future training programs will be developed in consultation with the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) to provide training and Technical Assistance on the new statutory requirements imposed by the WIOA. The WINTAC will develop and provide training and technical assistance to staff and related rehabilitation professionals and service providers to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of WIOA. (Page 139-140) Title I

Veterans

7. PRIORITY OF SERVICE FOR VETERANS: Each one-stop has posted information visible through signage and posters to all clients describing Priority of Service to notify all that Priority of Service is in place. All staff has been trained in Priority of Service and act to identify qualified veterans during intake. All staff is trained to ask if the client is a veteran and if so to provide labor exchange services including employment, training, and placement services to qualified veterans. Reminders of Priority of Service are taught to all staff through conference calls, staff meetings through capacity building, emails, in person, and when JVSG program staff is meeting with one-stop staff during outreach. The Wyoming at Work system has an emphasis on Veterans’ Priority of Service, thereby providing opportunities so veterans and their spouses know this priority exists.

A veteran initially assessed by Wagner-Peyser staff through a checklist for significant barriers to employment can also be offered a referral to a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program specialist for comprehensive assessment and the provision of intensive services. Specialists assess client needs and determine eligibility for the appropriate occupational skills or educational programs, and determine appropriate funding sources.

Outreach activities and public information are provided at numerous state expositions, job fairs, and association conventions, and via employer contacts for job development and job placement matches for the avocation of hiring Veterans. Partnerships for transition assistance and reintegration are strong with the Veterans Administration and state Vocational Rehabilitation Program, homeless programs, reintegration organizations, and F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

To ensure Priority of Service is being complied with, the State Veterans Coordinator will review requirements of Priority of Service with their staff on Priority of Service on an ongoing basis. Monitoring the implementation of priority of service will be completed by the State Veterans Coordinator to ensure that eligible veterans and eligible spouses are made aware of and afforded priority of service. The State Veterans Coordinator is responsible for training all staff on priority of service and will assist in coordinating review activities within the state as well as provide reports and access records on priority of service. On-site technical assistance visits will be conducted by the State Veterans Coordinator to monitor priority of service. Local office managers will monitor priority of service on a daily basis to ensure it is implemented within their respective one-stops by promoting the Gold Card Program, referrals of Significant Barriers to Employment clients to DVOP’s, job fairs, etc. The State Veterans Coordinator will review the manager’s reports on a quarterly basis for each one-stop to ensure priority of service is implemented and to identify if any issues exist. (Pages 138-139) Title I

Behavioral / Mental Health

~~E. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

Historically, the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has made effective use of community rehabilitation programs in serving clients with the most significant disabilities. Over the past several years, significant progress has been made in encouraging mental health centers and other providers to become more involved in providing supported employment services.

Progress rarely happens in a straight line, however. In some instances, promising efforts at collaborations with service providers have faltered for reasons that may or may not be under the Division’s control. In some cases, local staffs have succeeded in finding or developing alternative resources for supported employment services.
 
The demonstrated effectiveness of supported employment services in providing job opportunities for individuals with the most significant disabilities argues for persistence in these efforts. With some mental health centers, in particular, developing collaborative supported employment programs is in the long-term interests of people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Page 234) Title I

F. ARRANGEMENTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS FOR THE PROVISION OF SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICES:

Encourage dedicated funding for long-term support needed by supported employment clients. This will include networking with the Division of Behavioral Health, Regional Service Providers in Wyoming, mental health centers, the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, State and local education programs, Social Security employment incentive including Ticket To Work programs, training programs under WIOA, and private businesses. There are still geographic, programmatic, and disability-related gaps in the capacities of community rehabilitation programs to provide the array of services the Division needs for clients with the most significant disabilities. These gaps include services to persons with acquired brain injuries. • State-of-the-art employment services for persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses are more widely available now than at the time of previous needs assessments, but such services still are not available to all communities. • The potential for community rehabilitation programs to play a more substantial role in preparing students with disabilities for the transition from school to employment has not been fully explored. Dialogue and collaboration with DD waiver have enhanced services and abilities of the Division to be more effective in supported employment efforts.  (Page 235) Title IV

3. THE STATE AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES:

In September 2007, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation completed a memorandum of understanding with the Wyoming Department of Health, Mental Health Substance Abuse Services Division. The purpose of the MOU is to provide services more effectively to people with disabilities, in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This includes increased collaboration in the evaluation, planning and implementation of supported employment services for persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and transition age youth. Joint bi—annual training will focus on these issues, among others. (Page 238) Title IV

3. THE OUTREACH PROCEDURES THAT WILL BE USED TO IDENTIFY AND SERVE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE MINORITIES, INCLUDING THOSE WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNSERVED OR UNDERSERVED BY THE VR PROGRAM:

Persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Objective: Improve and expand services for persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Method: Encourage the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division to support the expansion of successful employment models for these individuals.
 
Objective: Continue to develop supported employment services with mental health organizations statewide.

Method: Initiate contacts with mental health centers and promote supported employment services.

Objective: As training becomes available for professionals working with and serving people with mental illnesses, arrange for Division staff and appropriate mental health personnel to attend such training sessions. Invite mental health personnel to attend Division in—services when appropriate topics are involved.

Method: Invite mental health personnel to attend Division in—services free when training is being presented in their area of the state. Alert mental health personnel to training via other independent entities.  (Pages 258-259) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

No disability specific information found regarding this element

Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
Past WIOA Profile Attachment : 

Policies and Initiatives

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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

~~Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference: June 25-26, 2020, Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

PY 2018 WIOA Narrative Report - 06/24/2020

“The WIOA Annual Narrative Report was developed and written in coordination with Title I, II, III, and IV Programs. The Partners wrote the Unified State Plan to the following Vision and Goals.

Vision: Wyoming’s workforce development system will be fundamental in supporting robust regional and state economies and in producing a high-quality workforce valued by Wyoming employers….

The Unified State Plan Vision and Goals are reinforced by the Department of Workforce Services’ Mission, Vision, and Values and Adult Education’s Mission and Vision”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Apprenticeship
  • Resource Leveraging
  • WIOA

Senior Community Service Employment Program Strategic Four-Year State Plan July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024 - 04/01/2020

“The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally-funded employment training and placement program for eligible unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. The purpose of SCSEP is to foster individual economic self-sufficiency, promote useful part-time training opportunities in meaningful community service work-based assignments, and increase the number of older persons who may obtain unsubsidized employment in the public or private sector…

The priorities of service in Wyoming SCSEP include serving those with one or more of the following:

a. Are 55 years of age or older, of this group those 65+ have priority

b. Have a disability…

e. Are a Veteran or eligible spouse of a Veteran…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Veterans
  • WIOA

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Memorial Hospital of Laramie County DBA Cheyenne Region was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the Uninsured, “left behind,” vulnerable, and underserved community members such as—Ranchers, oil and gas workers; entrepreneurs; hourly-wage and seasonal workers; rural community residents; Native American/Tribal Members; other minority populations; refugees; veterans who are not receiving health care benefits; homeless persons in transition; incarcerated individuals and their families; and individuals who are currently on parole, or who will be released from incarceration within an eighteen (18) month time span. There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. Community relationships will be with Local workforce departments, Wyoming 2-1-1, Wyoming Department of Insurance’s Rapid Response Team, Local farming and ranching organizations, Small Business Association (SBA), KidCare/CHIP Program, and VITA sites.   . For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Erika NovickPhone: (307) 773-8169Email: Erika.Novick@crmcwy.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

~~“State Plan Services:Wyoming offers a variety of State Plan services as approved by the Federal Government. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements.Each state may differ in income and resource limit guidelines, as well as specific services available and amounts included in their State Plan

Waiver Services:Services under an approved waiver authority are an exception to the State Plan. Each state may apply for a waiver authority and must be approved by the Federal Government in order to provide these services. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements

*Additional information and literature is available through the Wyoming Department of Health Medicaid Long Term Care Financial Eligibility Unit at 1-855-203-2936”

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

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities.”

 

Systems
  • Other

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

~~“Objective #1 The Wyoming Employment First Initiative will increase the rate of people with DD in community-integrated employment.

Key Activities #1 Support the ongoing efforts of the Wyoming Governor’s Employment FirstTask Force.

Expected Outputs1. Maintain a permanent member for the Task Force.2. Support the implementation of the Task Force’s strategic plan.3. Partner with the Task force on the annual Employment First Summit to encourage and support networking within the employment first regional levels.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

~~“The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has recently realigned into three primary areas: Workforce Standards, Policy and Communications, and Workforce Programs. Refer to organizational chart PDF. The purpose of the realignment is ultimately aimed at bettering the mission of the agency, while providing a more efficient internal structure that will benefit both internal and external stakeholders.

Workforce Standards DivisionThe Workforce Standards Division is responsible for the Workers Compensation Program as well as regulatory and compliance/enforcement. This includes Workers Compensation Claims and Employer Services, Workers Compensation Safety and Risk (WCSR) and Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Standards, and Employment Tax.

Policy and Communication DivisionThe Policy and Communication Division is responsible for policy development/distribution, education, information, and outreach. The following Programs are included under this Division: Communication, Occupational Epidemiologist, Workforce Development Council Liaison, WIOA Policy Strategy Team, and Research & Planning.

Workforce Programs DivisionThe Workforce Programs Division is responsible for the employment and social services aspects of DWS and includes One-Stop Workforce Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Unemployment Insurance.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA
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Wyoming State Code: TITLE 27 - 04/01/2016

This provision states that it is “a discriminatory or unfair employment practice: For an employer to refuse to hire, to discharge, to promote or demote, or to discriminate in matters of compensation or the terms, conditions or privileges of employment against, a qualified disabled person or any person otherwise qualified, because of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or pregnancy; [and]For a person, an employment agency, a labor organization, or its employees or members, to discriminate in matters of employment or membership against any person, otherwise qualified, because of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or pregnancy, or a qualified disabled person…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming House Bill 0073: Establishing an Employment First Policy - 07/01/2014

”AN ACT relating to persons with disabilities; establishing employment first as a state policy; declaring it a state policy to support competitive employment in an integrated setting; requiring agencies to support competitive and integrated employment; requiring state agencies working with home and community based waiver service providers to implement employment first policies; requiring reports; providing definitions; and providing for an effective date.”

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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PY 2018 WIOA Narrative Report - 06/24/2020

“The WIOA Annual Narrative Report was developed and written in coordination with Title I, II, III, and IV Programs. The Partners wrote the Unified State Plan to the following Vision and Goals.

Vision: Wyoming’s workforce development system will be fundamental in supporting robust regional and state economies and in producing a high-quality workforce valued by Wyoming employers….

The Unified State Plan Vision and Goals are reinforced by the Department of Workforce Services’ Mission, Vision, and Values and Adult Education’s Mission and Vision”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Apprenticeship
  • Resource Leveraging
  • WIOA

Senior Community Service Employment Program Strategic Four-Year State Plan July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024 - 04/01/2020

“The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally-funded employment training and placement program for eligible unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. The purpose of SCSEP is to foster individual economic self-sufficiency, promote useful part-time training opportunities in meaningful community service work-based assignments, and increase the number of older persons who may obtain unsubsidized employment in the public or private sector…

The priorities of service in Wyoming SCSEP include serving those with one or more of the following:

a. Are 55 years of age or older, of this group those 65+ have priority

b. Have a disability…

e. Are a Veteran or eligible spouse of a Veteran…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Veterans
  • WIOA

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

~~“Objective #1 The Wyoming Employment First Initiative will increase the rate of people with DD in community-integrated employment.

Key Activities #1 Support the ongoing efforts of the Wyoming Governor’s Employment FirstTask Force.

Expected Outputs1. Maintain a permanent member for the Task Force.2. Support the implementation of the Task Force’s strategic plan.3. Partner with the Task force on the annual Employment First Summit to encourage and support networking within the employment first regional levels.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition - 09/18/2018

~~‘The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn." 

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

Wyoming ABLE Accounts - 03/02/2018

This page describes Wyoming’s ABLE accounts, including eligibility and benefits.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual - 10/01/2017

“The guiding principles of the VR program are that individuals with disabilities including those with the most significant disabilities are capable of achieving high quality competitive integrated employment when provided the necessary services and support.  To increase employment of individuals with disabilities in the labor market, the workforce system must provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in job-driven training and pursue high quality employment outcomes.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Wyoming and Olmstead: A Primer on Department of Health Initiatives and Policies - 07/01/2017

“The State of Wyoming developed its Olmstead plan in June, 2000 and subsequently updated the plan in 2002, and 2013. Since 2013, Wyoming has worked to improve the availability and quality of community services for those with mental illness, physical and intellectual disabilities, and aging issues to help enable those residents of our state to live productive lives in the least-restrictive, most-integrated community settings.

This document serves as a further update to Wyoming’s Olmstead plan. The pages that follow provide background on the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), background on the Olmstead decision, as well as Wyoming’s progress toward its goals related to Olmstead, and the continued challenges faced by the state.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2017

~~“Join us October 4, 2019 for another  great summit!October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.” 

Systems
  • Other

Wyoming Employment First Initiative

~~“Employment First became a Wyoming state policy in 2014. It says that competitive and integrated employment will be the first and preferred option for people with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly funded systems. Employment First applies to a wide variety of services and programs that provide support to people with disabilities.”

 

Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

~~“The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has recently realigned into three primary areas: Workforce Standards, Policy and Communications, and Workforce Programs. Refer to organizational chart PDF. The purpose of the realignment is ultimately aimed at bettering the mission of the agency, while providing a more efficient internal structure that will benefit both internal and external stakeholders.

Workforce Standards DivisionThe Workforce Standards Division is responsible for the Workers Compensation Program as well as regulatory and compliance/enforcement. This includes Workers Compensation Claims and Employer Services, Workers Compensation Safety and Risk (WCSR) and Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Standards, and Employment Tax.

Policy and Communication DivisionThe Policy and Communication Division is responsible for policy development/distribution, education, information, and outreach. The following Programs are included under this Division: Communication, Occupational Epidemiologist, Workforce Development Council Liaison, WIOA Policy Strategy Team, and Research & Planning.

Workforce Programs DivisionThe Workforce Programs Division is responsible for the employment and social services aspects of DWS and includes One-Stop Workforce Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Unemployment Insurance.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

“Secondary Transitions” Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) - 09/25/2017

~~“The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn. We thank you for your support and participation in theUW ECHO in Education networks.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Community of Practice in Transition: Secondary to Postsecondary Report to Wyoming Department of education (2014) - 01/15/2014

During 2013 the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) in collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), Special Programs Division developed a community of practice for student transition (CoP-T). The goal of this project was to bring together leading professionals and parent advocates from around the state to identify best practices and recommendations for improving transition practices in Wyoming.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WY Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy: Clients’ Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation Services

“The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is here to assist you to fulfill your employment goals and achieve independence. This booklet will serve as a guide to DVR and the services we provide.”

“As a client of DVR, your rehabilitation program will be tailored to your particular goals, and will be developed by you and your counselor consistent with your unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice.”

“The most important person in the process is you. You have the lead role in making your plan for employment a reality. Your counselor works with you toward your goal, informs you of the services DVR can provide and directs you to other agencies for additional services you may need.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities  Our purpose is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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MIG-RATS - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

~~Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference: June 25-26, 2020, Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Memorial Hospital of Laramie County DBA Cheyenne Region was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the Uninsured, “left behind,” vulnerable, and underserved community members such as—Ranchers, oil and gas workers; entrepreneurs; hourly-wage and seasonal workers; rural community residents; Native American/Tribal Members; other minority populations; refugees; veterans who are not receiving health care benefits; homeless persons in transition; incarcerated individuals and their families; and individuals who are currently on parole, or who will be released from incarceration within an eighteen (18) month time span. There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. Community relationships will be with Local workforce departments, Wyoming 2-1-1, Wyoming Department of Insurance’s Rapid Response Team, Local farming and ranching organizations, Small Business Association (SBA), KidCare/CHIP Program, and VITA sites.   . For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Erika NovickPhone: (307) 773-8169Email: Erika.Novick@crmcwy.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities.”

 

Systems
  • Other

5th Annual Employment First Summit! - 10/17/2018

~~"October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions - 01/30/2018

~~“The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn. We thank you for your support and participation in theUW ECHO in Education networks.” 

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

Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/21/2017

“The WDDC is the largest developmental disability conference in the state of Wyoming and covers a variety of topics related to disabilities such as advocacy, employment, education, best practices and other critical issues. Participants include self-advocates/people with disabilities, family members, providers and professionals. The conference brings together a wide range of people and is a great opportunity to network, learn new things, make friends and reconnect.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

~~“The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is an academic unit in the College of Health Sciences and a University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).WIND works to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and University of Wyoming students through education, training, community services, and early intervention."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Business Enterprise Program

“The Business Enterprise Program is part of Vocational Rehabilitation, and serves eligible Vocational Rehabilitation clients who are interested in becoming self-employed.  Clients have to be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services, and have to be at least significantly disabled in order to receive financial assistance for their start-up venture…” 

“The Business Enterprise Program's Small Business Consultant will work with the Vocational Rehabilitation clients to create a business plan for their venture and provide technical assistance.  The client’s business plan will have to show that the business idea is feasible and that the client will be able to perform all tasks. During the business planning process, the Small Business Consultant may refer the client to work with other resources such as the Market Research Center for detailed market research, Small Business Development Center to assist clients with other business training (such as Social Media Networking, for example), or the Wyoming Women’s Business Center to work with clients on obtaining additional funding.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

~~“State Plan Services:Wyoming offers a variety of State Plan services as approved by the Federal Government. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements.Each state may differ in income and resource limit guidelines, as well as specific services available and amounts included in their State Plan

Waiver Services:Services under an approved waiver authority are an exception to the State Plan. Each state may apply for a waiver authority and must be approved by the Federal Government in order to provide these services. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements

*Additional information and literature is available through the Wyoming Department of Health Medicaid Long Term Care Financial Eligibility Unit at 1-855-203-2936”

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

Statewide Transition Plan for Home and Community-Based Settings - 11/08/2018

~~The Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is the single state agency designated to administer the Wyoming Medicaid program, and submits this Statewide Transition Plan (STP) in accordance with the federal regulation. This document shall describe the Department’s efforts in the following areas:• Assessment of current HCB settings for compliance;• Assessment of state policies and procedures to support HCB settings compliance• Development of technical assistance tools and overall approach to transitioning providers and settings into HCB compliance; and• Assuring ongoing compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements 

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

Wyoming State Medicaid Plan

The State Plan is a contract between a State and the Federal government, enabling the delivery of health care.  It ensures that a State abides by Federal rules and gets FFP.  The State Plan sets out groups to be covered, services provided and limitations, reimbursement methodologies, and administrative requirements.

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

WY Comprehensive (1061.R00.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, dietician services, OT, PT, skilled nursing, speech/hearing/language services, independent support brokerage, behavioral support, child hab, companion, crisis intervention support, environmental mods, individual hab training, self-directed goods and services, special family hab home, specialized equipment, supported living, transportation for individuals with ID/DD 0 - no max age.”

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

WY Supports (1060.R00.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, dietician services, OT, PT, skilled nursing, speech/hearing/language services, independent support brokerage, behavioral support services, child habilitation, cognitive retraining, companion, crisis intervention support, environmental mods, individual hab training, self-directed goods and services, specialized equipment, supported living, transportation for individuals with ID/DD 0 - no max age and BI ages 21 – no max age.”

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

WY Children's Mental Health (0451.R02.00)

“Provides family care coordination, respite, youth and family training and support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and for individuals w/serious emotional disturbance ages 4-17.”

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

WY Acquired Brain Injury (0370.R03.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, supported employment, supported living, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language, independent support broker, behavioral support, cognitive retraining, companion services, crisis intervention support, dietician services, environmental mods, self-directed goods and services, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, transportation for individuals with brain injury ages 21-64.”

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

WY Adult Developmental Disabilities (0226.R04.00)

TERMINATED 09/30/2014 – “Provides case management, community integrated employment, day hab, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services-phased out yr 1, residential hab, respite, supported living, OT, PT, speech therapy, agency with choice, independent support broker, companion services, dietician services, environmental mods, in home support-phased out yr 1, individually-directed goods and services, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, unpaid caregiver training and education for individuals w/DD, IID ages 21 - no max age.”

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

WY Assisted Living Facility HCBS (0369.R03.00)

“Provides case management, assisted living service level I, assisted living service level II, assisted living service level III for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled individuals ages 19-64.”

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

WY Long Term Care (0236.R04.00)

“Provides adult day care, case management, personal care, respite, FMS, care coordination, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, PERS installation, ERS, self-help assistant, skilled nursing for aged individuals 65 – no max age and physically disabled ages 19-64.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

With the motto "Equal Rights," the Equality State of Wyoming is committed to equal employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities "Like No Place on Earth!"

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 Wyoming’s VR Rates and Services

2018 State Population.
-0.27%
Change from
2017 to 2018
577,737
2018 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-16.84%
Change from
2017 to 2018
35,797
2018 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.36%
Change from
2017 to 2018
17,274
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.55%
Change from
2017 to 2018
48.26%
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.29%
Change from
2017 to 2018
80.49%

State Data

General

2016 2017 2018
Population. 585,501 579,315 577,737
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 39,161 41,825 35,797
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 18,485 19,063 17,274
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 247,491 241,852 245,118
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 47.20% 45.58% 48.26%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.51% 80.26% 80.49%
State/National unemployment rate. 5.30% 4.20% 4.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.90% 20.10% 13.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.30% 9.90% 10.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 42,093 44,351 38,369
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 36,295 37,705 34,072
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 74,295 75,557 66,016
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 6,083 7,279 6,111
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,693 2,867 1,745
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A 173 487
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 1,495 1,630 2,338
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 315 1,447 1,129

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 617 598 610
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 9.40% 9.00% 9.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,233 13,320 13,266

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,168 5,459 5,051
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 8,764 7,855 7,374
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 12,864 10,831 10,080
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 47.90% 50.40% 50.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,250 3,707 4,009
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
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. 9 7 11
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5 5 8
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. 56.00% 71.00% 73.00%
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. 0.86 0.85 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,076
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 22 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 111 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 289 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 241 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 323 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 90 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.00% 24.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 622 655 636
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,465 18,762 18,779
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 79 40 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 78 36 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $602,000 $1,143,000 $1,395,831
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $545,000 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,536,000 $16,306,000 $15,941,245
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,361,000 $4,047,000 $4,895,213
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 12.00% 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 627 538 556
Number of people served in facility based work. 125 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,156 1,091 1,105
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 57.50 39.60 45.77

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 65.38% 66.86% 68.59%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.49% 6.10% 6.23%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.00% 1.81% 1.80%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 87.29% 93.67% 98.50%
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). 29.55% 26.43% 22.47%
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). 55.40% 57.29% 58.10%
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). 71.31% 71.25% 74.09%
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). 25.85% 30.86% 35.63%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 76,000
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 222
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 45,042
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 45,042
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 56
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 56
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $596,749

 

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

2017 2018 2019
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 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1 1 1
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 129 15 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 129 15 15

 

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

~~D. COORDINATION, ALIGNMENT AND PROVISION OF SERVICES TO EMPLOYERS:
One-Stop Center staff provide direct outreach services to businesses to develop job opportunities for all customers. One-Stop Center staff collaborate with the Chamber of Commerce in their communities to connect with employers in their communities. Through Employment First and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, One-Stop Center staff collaborate and provide resources and training to employers in regards to hiring people with disabilities. The Department of Workforce Services offers Employer Seminars for employers in local communities on a rotating basis. One-Stop Center staff assist in coordinating local job fairs and hiring events for employers. One-Stop Center staff utilize social media and Wyoming at Work to promote open jobs to job seekers.  (Page 104) Title 1

G. COORDINATION WITH EMPLOYERS:
1. VR SERVICES:
The Wyoming Employment First Task Force was established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) and finished work in October 2017. During that time the task force developed a Strategic Plan that included FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force developed a dashboard that included disability information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health.
Members of the task force chose to continue as a workgroup that meets every two months. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Employment First Consultant volunteered to take the lead in this effort.

The Employment First Consultant is responsible for coordinating these meetings, maintaining the Employment First web page with support from DWS, facilitating internship placements at the state level through collaboration with A&I, and supporting the establishment of community employer groups that have hired individuals with disabilities. The purpose of these groups is to educate other employers on the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. The Employment First Consultant contacts businesses to learn about hiring needs, provides information about the division and its services and offers support, ascertains the potential for future job placements, and encourages businesses to participate in employer groups being set up around the state. Such groups will provide avenues for businesses to share their successes and challenges in hiring individuals with disabilities.

The goal of the workgroup is to continue to promote competitive employment as the first option for people with significant disabilities, versus options such as sheltered work settings or day habilitation programs. The initiative aims to make disability employment part of the state workforce development strategy, find and support businesses that employ people with disabilities, ensure the State of Wyoming becomes a model employer of people with disabilities, prepare youth with disabilities for careers that utilize their potential, provide employers with skilled workers, and utilize existing limited resources to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Division also has VR counselors and regional managers in communities working with local employers to educate them about vocational rehabilitation services, the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities, and establishing sites for employment opportunities and or trial work experiences. The Division makes an effort to partner with other divisions within The Department of Workforce Services and other community organizations in an effort to connect with employers. Some of these organizations are the Uinta County Business Leadership Network, Wyoming Independent Living, and various Community Rehabilitation Programs. In most circumstances, the division provides information to employers on a one-on-one basis but will present information at professional conferences, chamber events, and other community gatherings where the staff is invited to participate. (Page 236) Title I

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Adult and Dislocated Worker programs:
There are three categories of career services available to adult and dislocated worker customers:

2. Individualized career services:
Individualized career services are made available when a determination is made that more customized services are needed for an individual to obtain or retain employment. One-stop center staff may use recent previous assessments by partner programs to determine if individualized career services would be appropriate. Individualized career services may include:
Financial literacy services.   (Pages 77- 78) Title I

Recruiting out-of-school youth:
Each DWS region, county, city, and local AJC has unique socioeconomic indicators which may require a more customized plan for delivering youth services. A major goal is to establish partnerships that support the Youth Services Program and continue to strengthen these relationships to the point they effectively provide WIOA program services now and into the future.
As fewer resources under WIOA will be devoted to in-school-youth, Wyoming, and local areas are identifying existing resources throughout communities that can provide services to in-school-youth. WIOA includes a total of 14 program elements which include the original 10 program elements under the Workforce Investment Act (which have been consolidated to nine as the summer employment opportunities program element is now a sub-element under paid and unpaid work experiences), and five new program elements.

The five new program elements are: financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations, activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training, and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Wyoming will continue to make all program elements available to youth participants by focusing on improved educational achievement, preparing for and succeeding in employment, youth guidance, mentoring and service activities, and offering services that develop the leadership potential of young people. (Page 166) Title I

School to Work Transition

~~Transitioning in-school youth:

As fewer resources under WIOA will be devoted to in-school-youth, Wyoming, and local areas are identifying existing resources throughout communities that can provide services to in-school-youth.
 
Program elements:
WIOA includes a total of 14 program elements which include the original 10 program elements under the Workforce Investment Act (which have been consolidated to nine as the summer employment opportunities program element is now a sub-element under paid and unpaid work experiences), and five new program elements.

The five new program elements are: financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations, activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training, and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Wyoming will continue to make all program elements available to youth participants by focusing on improved educational achievement, preparing for and succeeding in employment, youth guidance, mentoring and service activities, and offering services that develop the leadership potential of young people. (Page 85) Title I

Responsibilities of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation include:
1. Division transition consultants shall coordinate with the Department of Education, Special Programs Division and local education agencies to develop and provide a system for a seamless transition from school to work/training for students with disabilities.
2. Be responsible for the provision of technical assistance, consultations, and the development of statewide program strategies and procedures applicable to youth with disabilities. Including providing consultation to assist in the identification of eligible and potentially eligible students with disabilities and assessment of their individual needs for Pre-ETS.
3. Provide technical assistance to Department of Education personnel through formal and informal training, joint problem—solving, and exchange of information on policies and procedures. Present at all available conferences, webinars, and trainings to educate department and local school district personnel about the availability of PreETS services and how to access them.
4. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation transition consultants will participate in the annual data analysis which is performed each fall.
5. Division transition consultants shall meet with local education agency special education directors, teachers, guidance counselors, and community service representatives to provide technical assistance and training about Division programs, policies and regulations as they apply to student transitions. The consultants will provide training on PreETS and how the LEAs can assist students in accessing these services. (Page 229) Title IV

G. COORDINATION WITH EMPLOYERS:
2. TRANSITION SERVICES, INCLUDING PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SERVICES, FOR STUDENTS AND YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES:

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) reclassified two experienced counselors to work as Transition Consultants. In this role, they communicate with school counselors in every school district throughout the state to offer DVR services and develop work experiences for students and youth with disabilities.

The Transition Consultants work with the State Department of Education, local school districts, and Division staff, providing information about Division services and helping Division staff and eligible students with disabilities transitions from school to the world of work. The consultants also help employer groups and others increase opportunities for work experiences and jobs for youth with disabilities. The transition consultants coordinated with education officials to establish a Project Search site in Wyoming. The transition consultants are actively educating Division, as well as education staff, on Pre-Employment Transition Services. Their goal is to increase referrals to better utilize the services that fall in this area and to target students that would benefit from working with the Division. The consultants are working on developing relationships, handouts and resource guides, training and any other needed service to educate people on Pre-Employment Transition Services.

On the local level, DVR Counselors are working in our field offices to develop job sites that can support short-term work experiences for students and youth with disabilities. Where possible, DVR is partnering with other groups and agencies. Some of these agencies include Mental Health centers, Uinta County Business Leadership Network, Wyoming Independent Living, Community Rehabilitation Programs, and the local school districts. Wyoming DVR is beginning to work on reaching out to Institutes for Higher Education and directly with employers across the state to identify additional opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. DVR is also working with various organizations to develop youth leadership opportunities to increase self-advocacy skills.

In FY17, Wyoming DVR provided coordinating service delivery support to help create the first Project SEARCH program in the state. There are specific requirements for Project SEARCH programs, as well as ongoing support costs, however, the success of this program remains undisputed. Project SEARCH has particular relevance under WIOA and each state’s legal obligation to create a systematic plan to help people with disabilities to get jobs. Wyoming’s first Project SEARCH program is designed on the traditional model of High School, VR, CRP, and Business. This program is a partnership with Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Albany County School District 1 and Wyoming DVR.

Albany County School District 1 Performance Measure: Within three months of successfully completing Project SEARCH, 50 percent of students will obtain competitive employment.  (Pages 236-237) Title I

Career Pathways

~~Career Pathway Plan:
AE local program teams are completing Career Pathways (CP) training for Adult Education certification. Local CP plans and service delivery models are being developed. Local programs will collaborate with members of local Sector Partnerships (SP) to enhance or develop career pathways for client transition to high demand jobs in the state.  (Page 88) Title II

2. DESCRIBE THE STRATEGIES THE STATE WILL USE TO ACHIEVE IMPROVED OUTCOMES FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH AS DESCRIBED IN 129(A)(1)(B), INCLUDING HOW IT WILL LEVERAGE AND ALIGN THE CORE PROGRAMS, ANY COMBINED STATE PLAN PARTNER PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN THIS PLAN, REQUIRED AND OPTIONAL ONE-STOP PARTNER PROGRAMS, AND ANY OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE:   
Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are low income, have basic literacy skills not commensurate with respective grade level, who are high school dropouts, homeless, runaway, or foster-care children, pregnant or parenting, legal offenders, disabled, or lack vocational goals and reside in geographically remote areas will continue to be the focus of the State’s youth program. Staff will either solely or working closely with a partnering organization, use an application process to determine and document an applicant’s eligibility for WIOA youth services. New and ongoing components will consist of incorporating Career Pathways as part of both the initial objective assessment and the individual service strategy. In order to make sure performance requirements are met, the individual service strategy will be directly linked to one or more performance indicators. The process includes an evaluation of the young person’s residency, income eligibility, age, basic occupational skills and abilities, aptitudes, interests, barriers to employment, support service needs, academic requirements, financial resources, and vocational potential. Page 161 Required documentation and verification of eligibility will be maintained in the Wyoming at Work management information system, and/or, in paper format. (Page 160-161) Title I

Apprenticeship

Wyoming’s Youth Program supports an integrated service delivery system that provides a framework through which we can leverage other Federal, State, and local resources to support in-school youth and out-of-school youth. Partnerships are committed to providing high-quality services for all youth and young adults, beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, such as pre-apprenticeships or internships, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway. Employers are critical partners who provide meaningful growth opportunities for young people through work experiences, internships and pre-apprenticeships in real-world settings, and ultimately, jobs young people are ready to fill given the opportunity. (Page 84) Title I

2. IMPLEMENTATION OF STATE STRATEGY: A. CORE PROGRAM ACTIVITIES TO IMPLEMENT THE STATE’S STRATEGY:

Goal 1: Ensure Wyoming employers have access to a skilled, high-quality workforce in today’s changing economy

Goal 2: Ensure all Wyoming people who want to work have access to an open, streamlined, and effective workforce system

Goal 3: Ensure all Wyoming Youth have access to opportunities to be career and college ready

The following provides each goal with accompanying operational strategies (action plans) to achieve the desired outcomes.

Goal 1: Ensure Wyoming employers have access to a skilled, high-quality workforce in today’s changing economy

Operational Strategies:

o Collaborate with all government partners to ensure business’s current and projected workforce needs are being met,

o Participate in employing the Next Generation Sector Partnership initiative to engage the business community at the local level to assist with the alignment of career and technical, human services, education, and workforce training opportunities, based on Wyoming employer need,

o Coordinate with Economic Development entities through the deployment of Next Generation Sector Partnerships at the local and regional level,

o Ensure training is based upon the most current information by using employer feedback, labor market information, and Next Generation Sector Partnership input, o Develop methods to obtain feedback from Wyoming businesses and jobseekers,

o Participate in the annual Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit and engage in networking opportunities among all partners to promote workshops and related training specific to developing the workforce system,

o Participate in the launch of Career Pathway initiatives to include collaboration with educational institutions,

o Develop and maintain existing partnerships with all required partners including education and training providers through Next Generation Sector Partnerships, apprenticeships and other educational programs,

o Support the Wyoming Grown program to recruit Wyoming natives back to the state. (Pages 99-100) Title I

Registered Apprenticeship:

Registered Apprenticeship is an important component of employment and training services that can be provided to customers. Registered Apprenticeships are most often used as a career pathway for job seekers and as a job-driven strategy for employers and industries. Registered Apprenticeship programs automatically qualify to be placed on the State Eligible Training Provider List, allowing individual training accounts to support participants in Registered Apprenticeship programs and more directly connect those programs to one-stop centers. Some examples of typical Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors are:

o Employers who provide related instruction,

o Employers who use an outside educational provider,

o Joint apprenticeship training programs, and

o Intermediaries. (Pages 152-153) Title I

Registered Apprenticeships Under WIOA title I-B, Registered Apprenticeship Program sponsors who request to be on the eligible training provider list are automatically included and will remain so as long as the program is registered or until the program sponsor notifies the State that it no longer wants to be included on the list. Registered Apprenticeship programs are not subject to the same application and performance information requirements, or to an eligibility period or initial procedures as other training providers.

A Registered Apprenticeship program shall be added to Wyoming’s list of eligible providers simply by contacting the DWS and providing the following information:

1. Occupations included in the Registered Apprenticeship program.

2. Name and address of the program sponsor.

3. Name and address of the applicable technical instruction provider.

4. The method and length of instruction.

5. The number of active apprentices.

The status of all Registered Apprenticeship programs will be verified every two years, and any Registered Apprenticeship programs that have been either voluntarily or involuntarily deregistered will be removed from the Wyoming list of eligible providers. (Pages 157-158) Title I

Each Workforce Services region has socioeconomic indicators which may require a more customized plan for delivering services such as: job training opportunities, leadership skill development, guidance and counseling, adult mentoring, job shadowing, supportive services, tutoring and study skills training, alternative secondary school services, paid and unpaid work experiences, Registered Apprenticeships, postsecondary transition, and employment opportunities. A major goal is to establish partnerships that support the Youth Program and to strengthen these relationships so they effectively provide WIOA program services now and in the future. (Page 168) Title I

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employer / Business Engagement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Data Collection

Data Sharing: Partners agree that the use of high-quality, integrated data is essential to inform decisions made by policymakers, employers, and job seekers. Additionally, it is vital to develop and maintain an integrated case management system, as appropriate, that informs customer service through customer's interaction with the integrated system and allows information collected from customers at intake to be captured once. (Page 94) Title I

3. PERFORMANCE GOALS: Using the table provided in Appendix 1, include the State's expected levels of performance relating to the performance accountability measures based on primary indicators of performance described in section 116(b)(2)(A) of WIOA. (This Strategic Planning element only applies to core programs.) See Appendix 1. All numbers are estimates based on experience with WIA. Estimates were based on numbers from differing quarters than what WIOA requires. These numbers may be adjusted based upon further guidance from our federal partners. (Page 96) Title I

The Wyoming Workforce Development Council will utilize the Labor Market Information/Research & Planning Division, data extracted from Wyoming@Work, and other data management systems on a quarterly basis to ensure that the core programs are meeting to goals described in Sections (b)(1), (2), and (3) above. Such reports shall be presented to the Council at each quarterly meeting. (Page 96) Title I

B. DATA-COLLECTION AND REPORTING PROCESSES USED FOR ALL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THOSE PRESENT IN ONE-STOP CENTERS*: 

Labor market information: Extend, continue, and where relevant, revise the historical and current provision of Vocational Rehabilitation, Adult Education, Wagner-Peyser, and WIOA program participation data collected through the one-stop system provided to Research and Planning for longitudinal and descriptive analysis in support of planning and evaluation using UI administrative records, occupational licensing, and educational outcomes.

Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Workers & Youth - Wyoming at Work: Wyoming currently uses and intends to continue using an information management system called Wyoming at Work. It is operated by a third party vendor, Geographic Solutions. The Wyoming at Work system facilitates common data collection for Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers, Veterans Employment and Training Services and Trade Adjustment Assistance. Reporting of WIOA and Wagner-Peyser data and performance outcomes, including Veterans Program data and outcomes, is accomplished through the Workforce Integrated Performance System (WIPS).

The management information system collects and stores the data for required Federal reports including:

o Wagner Peyser Act 7B Reports for the Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker Program (MIC)

o 9048 Profiling Report

Wyoming at Work contains a component library system that collects and stores elements required for Federal reports. The component library solution captures the appropriate elements from data forms and then generates the Federal and State mandated Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), Wagner-Peyser, Veterans Employment and Training Services and Trade Adjustment Act reports. Reports include both the quarterly and annual reports required under these acts.

DVR - case management system: The DVR installed a new case management system August 2015. It is hosted by a third party vendor, Libera, Inc. The system is designed to keep the DVR in compliance with data collecting and reporting requirements of the Rehabilitation Services Administration and WIOA. The system collects, stores, and processes information into formats necessary to meet the needs of the following reports:

o RSA 113 Quarterly Reports

o RSA 911 Annual Report

o RSA 2 Annual Report

Furthermore, DVR will work closely with other DWS divisions to ensure that appropriate system integration and data-sharing occurs to align resources, improve reporting processes and outcomes, and enhance the consumer’s experience. The ultimate goal is to have the WIOA core programs working seamlessly together. (Pages 113 – 114) Title I 

D. EVALUATION: Describe how the State will conduct evaluations and research projects on activities under WIOA core programs; how such projects will be coordinated with, and designed in conjunction with, State and local boards and with State agencies responsible for the administration of all respective core programs; and, further, how the projects will be coordinated with the evaluations provided for by the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Education under WIOA. The Research and Planning section of the DWS will be conducting evaluation as required in 29 CFR § 682.220. The One-Stop operator will provide the results of customer satisfaction surveys and the Research and Planning section will utilize data via data sharing agreements. (Page 129) Title I

Subminimum Wage (Section 511)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (Section 188)

8. ADDRESSING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE ONE-STOP DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Within the AJCs, on-site Wagner-Peyser services are readily available to individuals with disabilities. Normally, when employment and training workforce specialists work with clients who need greater assistance than what can be prudently provided by the workforce specialists, they make referrals to the DVR. It is common for employment and training personnel to meet regularly, discuss programmatic needs, and network on work opportunities and job readiness. Good relationships exist between the Employment and Training and the Vocational Rehabilitation program staffs, based on efforts at the State and particularly the local level. Both organizations are continuously working to improve information sharing.

The DWS also coordinates with outside partners to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities. Community organizations such as the Wyoming Children’s Society and Council for People with Disabilities will continue to be used as partners. Emphasizing growing partnerships with Adult Education and Literacy will continue, with a focus in serving those individuals which may be functioning at a lower educational level, while providing concurrent services intended to increase their work readiness skills.

The WWDC developed and implemented the use of a one-stop certification policy (Policy No. 5-previously provided to the DOL) which includes use of the ADA Checklist.

Wyoming offers physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities at each of our facilities across the state. All 16 field offices and satellite offices meet the applicable provisions of the ADA and section 188 of WIOA.

Staff are supported and trained on an annual basis through an all-staff in-service, quarterly in-services and day to day management of caseloads of individuals who have been determined eligible to receive Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Additionally, training is provided throughout the year so that they can maintain their Certification for Rehabilitation Counseling up to date.

Future training programs will be developed in consultation with the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) to provide training and Technical Assistance on the new statutory requirements imposed by the WIOA. The WINTAC will develop and provide training and technical assistance to staff and related rehabilitation professionals and service providers to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of WIOA. (Page 139-140) Title I

Veterans

7. PRIORITY OF SERVICE FOR VETERANS: Each one-stop has posted information visible through signage and posters to all clients describing Priority of Service to notify all that Priority of Service is in place. All staff has been trained in Priority of Service and act to identify qualified veterans during intake. All staff is trained to ask if the client is a veteran and if so to provide labor exchange services including employment, training, and placement services to qualified veterans. Reminders of Priority of Service are taught to all staff through conference calls, staff meetings through capacity building, emails, in person, and when JVSG program staff is meeting with one-stop staff during outreach. The Wyoming at Work system has an emphasis on Veterans’ Priority of Service, thereby providing opportunities so veterans and their spouses know this priority exists.

A veteran initially assessed by Wagner-Peyser staff through a checklist for significant barriers to employment can also be offered a referral to a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program specialist for comprehensive assessment and the provision of intensive services. Specialists assess client needs and determine eligibility for the appropriate occupational skills or educational programs, and determine appropriate funding sources.

Outreach activities and public information are provided at numerous state expositions, job fairs, and association conventions, and via employer contacts for job development and job placement matches for the avocation of hiring Veterans. Partnerships for transition assistance and reintegration are strong with the Veterans Administration and state Vocational Rehabilitation Program, homeless programs, reintegration organizations, and F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

To ensure Priority of Service is being complied with, the State Veterans Coordinator will review requirements of Priority of Service with their staff on Priority of Service on an ongoing basis. Monitoring the implementation of priority of service will be completed by the State Veterans Coordinator to ensure that eligible veterans and eligible spouses are made aware of and afforded priority of service. The State Veterans Coordinator is responsible for training all staff on priority of service and will assist in coordinating review activities within the state as well as provide reports and access records on priority of service. On-site technical assistance visits will be conducted by the State Veterans Coordinator to monitor priority of service. Local office managers will monitor priority of service on a daily basis to ensure it is implemented within their respective one-stops by promoting the Gold Card Program, referrals of Significant Barriers to Employment clients to DVOP’s, job fairs, etc. The State Veterans Coordinator will review the manager’s reports on a quarterly basis for each one-stop to ensure priority of service is implemented and to identify if any issues exist. (Pages 138-139) Title I

Behavioral / Mental Health

~~E. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

Historically, the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has made effective use of community rehabilitation programs in serving clients with the most significant disabilities. Over the past several years, significant progress has been made in encouraging mental health centers and other providers to become more involved in providing supported employment services.

Progress rarely happens in a straight line, however. In some instances, promising efforts at collaborations with service providers have faltered for reasons that may or may not be under the Division’s control. In some cases, local staffs have succeeded in finding or developing alternative resources for supported employment services.
 
The demonstrated effectiveness of supported employment services in providing job opportunities for individuals with the most significant disabilities argues for persistence in these efforts. With some mental health centers, in particular, developing collaborative supported employment programs is in the long-term interests of people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Page 234) Title I

F. ARRANGEMENTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS FOR THE PROVISION OF SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICES:

Encourage dedicated funding for long-term support needed by supported employment clients. This will include networking with the Division of Behavioral Health, Regional Service Providers in Wyoming, mental health centers, the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, State and local education programs, Social Security employment incentive including Ticket To Work programs, training programs under WIOA, and private businesses. There are still geographic, programmatic, and disability-related gaps in the capacities of community rehabilitation programs to provide the array of services the Division needs for clients with the most significant disabilities. These gaps include services to persons with acquired brain injuries. • State-of-the-art employment services for persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses are more widely available now than at the time of previous needs assessments, but such services still are not available to all communities. • The potential for community rehabilitation programs to play a more substantial role in preparing students with disabilities for the transition from school to employment has not been fully explored. Dialogue and collaboration with DD waiver have enhanced services and abilities of the Division to be more effective in supported employment efforts.  (Page 235) Title IV

3. THE STATE AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES:

In September 2007, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation completed a memorandum of understanding with the Wyoming Department of Health, Mental Health Substance Abuse Services Division. The purpose of the MOU is to provide services more effectively to people with disabilities, in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This includes increased collaboration in the evaluation, planning and implementation of supported employment services for persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and transition age youth. Joint bi—annual training will focus on these issues, among others. (Page 238) Title IV

3. THE OUTREACH PROCEDURES THAT WILL BE USED TO IDENTIFY AND SERVE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE MINORITIES, INCLUDING THOSE WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNSERVED OR UNDERSERVED BY THE VR PROGRAM:

Persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Objective: Improve and expand services for persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Method: Encourage the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division to support the expansion of successful employment models for these individuals.
 
Objective: Continue to develop supported employment services with mental health organizations statewide.

Method: Initiate contacts with mental health centers and promote supported employment services.

Objective: As training becomes available for professionals working with and serving people with mental illnesses, arrange for Division staff and appropriate mental health personnel to attend such training sessions. Invite mental health personnel to attend Division in—services when appropriate topics are involved.

Method: Invite mental health personnel to attend Division in—services free when training is being presented in their area of the state. Alert mental health personnel to training via other independent entities.  (Pages 258-259) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

No disability specific information found regarding this element

Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
Past WIOA Profile Attachment : 

Policies and Initiatives

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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

~~Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference: June 25-26, 2020, Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

PY 2018 WIOA Narrative Report - 06/24/2020

“The WIOA Annual Narrative Report was developed and written in coordination with Title I, II, III, and IV Programs. The Partners wrote the Unified State Plan to the following Vision and Goals.

Vision: Wyoming’s workforce development system will be fundamental in supporting robust regional and state economies and in producing a high-quality workforce valued by Wyoming employers….

The Unified State Plan Vision and Goals are reinforced by the Department of Workforce Services’ Mission, Vision, and Values and Adult Education’s Mission and Vision”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Apprenticeship
  • Resource Leveraging
  • WIOA

Senior Community Service Employment Program Strategic Four-Year State Plan July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024 - 04/01/2020

“The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally-funded employment training and placement program for eligible unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. The purpose of SCSEP is to foster individual economic self-sufficiency, promote useful part-time training opportunities in meaningful community service work-based assignments, and increase the number of older persons who may obtain unsubsidized employment in the public or private sector…

The priorities of service in Wyoming SCSEP include serving those with one or more of the following:

a. Are 55 years of age or older, of this group those 65+ have priority

b. Have a disability…

e. Are a Veteran or eligible spouse of a Veteran…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Veterans
  • WIOA

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Memorial Hospital of Laramie County DBA Cheyenne Region was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the Uninsured, “left behind,” vulnerable, and underserved community members such as—Ranchers, oil and gas workers; entrepreneurs; hourly-wage and seasonal workers; rural community residents; Native American/Tribal Members; other minority populations; refugees; veterans who are not receiving health care benefits; homeless persons in transition; incarcerated individuals and their families; and individuals who are currently on parole, or who will be released from incarceration within an eighteen (18) month time span. There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. Community relationships will be with Local workforce departments, Wyoming 2-1-1, Wyoming Department of Insurance’s Rapid Response Team, Local farming and ranching organizations, Small Business Association (SBA), KidCare/CHIP Program, and VITA sites.   . For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Erika NovickPhone: (307) 773-8169Email: Erika.Novick@crmcwy.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

~~“State Plan Services:Wyoming offers a variety of State Plan services as approved by the Federal Government. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements.Each state may differ in income and resource limit guidelines, as well as specific services available and amounts included in their State Plan

Waiver Services:Services under an approved waiver authority are an exception to the State Plan. Each state may apply for a waiver authority and must be approved by the Federal Government in order to provide these services. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements

*Additional information and literature is available through the Wyoming Department of Health Medicaid Long Term Care Financial Eligibility Unit at 1-855-203-2936”

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

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities.”

 

Systems
  • Other

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

~~“Objective #1 The Wyoming Employment First Initiative will increase the rate of people with DD in community-integrated employment.

Key Activities #1 Support the ongoing efforts of the Wyoming Governor’s Employment FirstTask Force.

Expected Outputs1. Maintain a permanent member for the Task Force.2. Support the implementation of the Task Force’s strategic plan.3. Partner with the Task force on the annual Employment First Summit to encourage and support networking within the employment first regional levels.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

~~“The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has recently realigned into three primary areas: Workforce Standards, Policy and Communications, and Workforce Programs. Refer to organizational chart PDF. The purpose of the realignment is ultimately aimed at bettering the mission of the agency, while providing a more efficient internal structure that will benefit both internal and external stakeholders.

Workforce Standards DivisionThe Workforce Standards Division is responsible for the Workers Compensation Program as well as regulatory and compliance/enforcement. This includes Workers Compensation Claims and Employer Services, Workers Compensation Safety and Risk (WCSR) and Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Standards, and Employment Tax.

Policy and Communication DivisionThe Policy and Communication Division is responsible for policy development/distribution, education, information, and outreach. The following Programs are included under this Division: Communication, Occupational Epidemiologist, Workforce Development Council Liaison, WIOA Policy Strategy Team, and Research & Planning.

Workforce Programs DivisionThe Workforce Programs Division is responsible for the employment and social services aspects of DWS and includes One-Stop Workforce Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Unemployment Insurance.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA
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Wyoming State Code: TITLE 27 - 04/01/2016

This provision states that it is “a discriminatory or unfair employment practice: For an employer to refuse to hire, to discharge, to promote or demote, or to discriminate in matters of compensation or the terms, conditions or privileges of employment against, a qualified disabled person or any person otherwise qualified, because of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or pregnancy; [and]For a person, an employment agency, a labor organization, or its employees or members, to discriminate in matters of employment or membership against any person, otherwise qualified, because of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or pregnancy, or a qualified disabled person…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming House Bill 0073: Establishing an Employment First Policy - 07/01/2014

”AN ACT relating to persons with disabilities; establishing employment first as a state policy; declaring it a state policy to support competitive employment in an integrated setting; requiring agencies to support competitive and integrated employment; requiring state agencies working with home and community based waiver service providers to implement employment first policies; requiring reports; providing definitions; and providing for an effective date.”

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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PY 2018 WIOA Narrative Report - 06/24/2020

“The WIOA Annual Narrative Report was developed and written in coordination with Title I, II, III, and IV Programs. The Partners wrote the Unified State Plan to the following Vision and Goals.

Vision: Wyoming’s workforce development system will be fundamental in supporting robust regional and state economies and in producing a high-quality workforce valued by Wyoming employers….

The Unified State Plan Vision and Goals are reinforced by the Department of Workforce Services’ Mission, Vision, and Values and Adult Education’s Mission and Vision”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Apprenticeship
  • Resource Leveraging
  • WIOA

Senior Community Service Employment Program Strategic Four-Year State Plan July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024 - 04/01/2020

“The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally-funded employment training and placement program for eligible unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. The purpose of SCSEP is to foster individual economic self-sufficiency, promote useful part-time training opportunities in meaningful community service work-based assignments, and increase the number of older persons who may obtain unsubsidized employment in the public or private sector…

The priorities of service in Wyoming SCSEP include serving those with one or more of the following:

a. Are 55 years of age or older, of this group those 65+ have priority

b. Have a disability…

e. Are a Veteran or eligible spouse of a Veteran…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Veterans
  • WIOA

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

~~“Objective #1 The Wyoming Employment First Initiative will increase the rate of people with DD in community-integrated employment.

Key Activities #1 Support the ongoing efforts of the Wyoming Governor’s Employment FirstTask Force.

Expected Outputs1. Maintain a permanent member for the Task Force.2. Support the implementation of the Task Force’s strategic plan.3. Partner with the Task force on the annual Employment First Summit to encourage and support networking within the employment first regional levels.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition - 09/18/2018

~~‘The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn." 

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

Wyoming ABLE Accounts - 03/02/2018

This page describes Wyoming’s ABLE accounts, including eligibility and benefits.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual - 10/01/2017

“The guiding principles of the VR program are that individuals with disabilities including those with the most significant disabilities are capable of achieving high quality competitive integrated employment when provided the necessary services and support.  To increase employment of individuals with disabilities in the labor market, the workforce system must provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in job-driven training and pursue high quality employment outcomes.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Wyoming and Olmstead: A Primer on Department of Health Initiatives and Policies - 07/01/2017

“The State of Wyoming developed its Olmstead plan in June, 2000 and subsequently updated the plan in 2002, and 2013. Since 2013, Wyoming has worked to improve the availability and quality of community services for those with mental illness, physical and intellectual disabilities, and aging issues to help enable those residents of our state to live productive lives in the least-restrictive, most-integrated community settings.

This document serves as a further update to Wyoming’s Olmstead plan. The pages that follow provide background on the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), background on the Olmstead decision, as well as Wyoming’s progress toward its goals related to Olmstead, and the continued challenges faced by the state.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2017

~~“Join us October 4, 2019 for another  great summit!October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.” 

Systems
  • Other

Wyoming Employment First Initiative

~~“Employment First became a Wyoming state policy in 2014. It says that competitive and integrated employment will be the first and preferred option for people with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly funded systems. Employment First applies to a wide variety of services and programs that provide support to people with disabilities.”

 

Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

~~“The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has recently realigned into three primary areas: Workforce Standards, Policy and Communications, and Workforce Programs. Refer to organizational chart PDF. The purpose of the realignment is ultimately aimed at bettering the mission of the agency, while providing a more efficient internal structure that will benefit both internal and external stakeholders.

Workforce Standards DivisionThe Workforce Standards Division is responsible for the Workers Compensation Program as well as regulatory and compliance/enforcement. This includes Workers Compensation Claims and Employer Services, Workers Compensation Safety and Risk (WCSR) and Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Standards, and Employment Tax.

Policy and Communication DivisionThe Policy and Communication Division is responsible for policy development/distribution, education, information, and outreach. The following Programs are included under this Division: Communication, Occupational Epidemiologist, Workforce Development Council Liaison, WIOA Policy Strategy Team, and Research & Planning.

Workforce Programs DivisionThe Workforce Programs Division is responsible for the employment and social services aspects of DWS and includes One-Stop Workforce Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Unemployment Insurance.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

“Secondary Transitions” Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) - 09/25/2017

~~“The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn. We thank you for your support and participation in theUW ECHO in Education networks.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Community of Practice in Transition: Secondary to Postsecondary Report to Wyoming Department of education (2014) - 01/15/2014

During 2013 the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) in collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), Special Programs Division developed a community of practice for student transition (CoP-T). The goal of this project was to bring together leading professionals and parent advocates from around the state to identify best practices and recommendations for improving transition practices in Wyoming.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WY Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy: Clients’ Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation Services

“The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is here to assist you to fulfill your employment goals and achieve independence. This booklet will serve as a guide to DVR and the services we provide.”

“As a client of DVR, your rehabilitation program will be tailored to your particular goals, and will be developed by you and your counselor consistent with your unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice.”

“The most important person in the process is you. You have the lead role in making your plan for employment a reality. Your counselor works with you toward your goal, informs you of the services DVR can provide and directs you to other agencies for additional services you may need.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities  Our purpose is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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MIG-RATS - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

~~Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference: June 25-26, 2020, Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Memorial Hospital of Laramie County DBA Cheyenne Region was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the Uninsured, “left behind,” vulnerable, and underserved community members such as—Ranchers, oil and gas workers; entrepreneurs; hourly-wage and seasonal workers; rural community residents; Native American/Tribal Members; other minority populations; refugees; veterans who are not receiving health care benefits; homeless persons in transition; incarcerated individuals and their families; and individuals who are currently on parole, or who will be released from incarceration within an eighteen (18) month time span. There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. Community relationships will be with Local workforce departments, Wyoming 2-1-1, Wyoming Department of Insurance’s Rapid Response Team, Local farming and ranching organizations, Small Business Association (SBA), KidCare/CHIP Program, and VITA sites.   . For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Erika NovickPhone: (307) 773-8169Email: Erika.Novick@crmcwy.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities.”

 

Systems
  • Other

5th Annual Employment First Summit! - 10/17/2018

~~"October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions - 01/30/2018

~~“The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn. We thank you for your support and participation in theUW ECHO in Education networks.” 

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

Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/21/2017

“The WDDC is the largest developmental disability conference in the state of Wyoming and covers a variety of topics related to disabilities such as advocacy, employment, education, best practices and other critical issues. Participants include self-advocates/people with disabilities, family members, providers and professionals. The conference brings together a wide range of people and is a great opportunity to network, learn new things, make friends and reconnect.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

~~“The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is an academic unit in the College of Health Sciences and a University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).WIND works to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and University of Wyoming students through education, training, community services, and early intervention."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Business Enterprise Program

“The Business Enterprise Program is part of Vocational Rehabilitation, and serves eligible Vocational Rehabilitation clients who are interested in becoming self-employed.  Clients have to be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services, and have to be at least significantly disabled in order to receive financial assistance for their start-up venture…” 

“The Business Enterprise Program's Small Business Consultant will work with the Vocational Rehabilitation clients to create a business plan for their venture and provide technical assistance.  The client’s business plan will have to show that the business idea is feasible and that the client will be able to perform all tasks. During the business planning process, the Small Business Consultant may refer the client to work with other resources such as the Market Research Center for detailed market research, Small Business Development Center to assist clients with other business training (such as Social Media Networking, for example), or the Wyoming Women’s Business Center to work with clients on obtaining additional funding.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

~~“State Plan Services:Wyoming offers a variety of State Plan services as approved by the Federal Government. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements.Each state may differ in income and resource limit guidelines, as well as specific services available and amounts included in their State Plan

Waiver Services:Services under an approved waiver authority are an exception to the State Plan. Each state may apply for a waiver authority and must be approved by the Federal Government in order to provide these services. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements

*Additional information and literature is available through the Wyoming Department of Health Medicaid Long Term Care Financial Eligibility Unit at 1-855-203-2936”

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

Statewide Transition Plan for Home and Community-Based Settings - 11/08/2018

~~The Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is the single state agency designated to administer the Wyoming Medicaid program, and submits this Statewide Transition Plan (STP) in accordance with the federal regulation. This document shall describe the Department’s efforts in the following areas:• Assessment of current HCB settings for compliance;• Assessment of state policies and procedures to support HCB settings compliance• Development of technical assistance tools and overall approach to transitioning providers and settings into HCB compliance; and• Assuring ongoing compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements 

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

Wyoming State Medicaid Plan

The State Plan is a contract between a State and the Federal government, enabling the delivery of health care.  It ensures that a State abides by Federal rules and gets FFP.  The State Plan sets out groups to be covered, services provided and limitations, reimbursement methodologies, and administrative requirements.

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

WY Comprehensive (1061.R00.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, dietician services, OT, PT, skilled nursing, speech/hearing/language services, independent support brokerage, behavioral support, child hab, companion, crisis intervention support, environmental mods, individual hab training, self-directed goods and services, special family hab home, specialized equipment, supported living, transportation for individuals with ID/DD 0 - no max age.”

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

WY Supports (1060.R00.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, dietician services, OT, PT, skilled nursing, speech/hearing/language services, independent support brokerage, behavioral support services, child habilitation, cognitive retraining, companion, crisis intervention support, environmental mods, individual hab training, self-directed goods and services, specialized equipment, supported living, transportation for individuals with ID/DD 0 - no max age and BI ages 21 – no max age.”

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

WY Children's Mental Health (0451.R02.00)

“Provides family care coordination, respite, youth and family training and support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and for individuals w/serious emotional disturbance ages 4-17.”

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

WY Acquired Brain Injury (0370.R03.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, supported employment, supported living, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language, independent support broker, behavioral support, cognitive retraining, companion services, crisis intervention support, dietician services, environmental mods, self-directed goods and services, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, transportation for individuals with brain injury ages 21-64.”

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

WY Adult Developmental Disabilities (0226.R04.00)

TERMINATED 09/30/2014 – “Provides case management, community integrated employment, day hab, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services-phased out yr 1, residential hab, respite, supported living, OT, PT, speech therapy, agency with choice, independent support broker, companion services, dietician services, environmental mods, in home support-phased out yr 1, individually-directed goods and services, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, unpaid caregiver training and education for individuals w/DD, IID ages 21 - no max age.”

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

WY Assisted Living Facility HCBS (0369.R03.00)

“Provides case management, assisted living service level I, assisted living service level II, assisted living service level III for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled individuals ages 19-64.”

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

WY Long Term Care (0236.R04.00)

“Provides adult day care, case management, personal care, respite, FMS, care coordination, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, PERS installation, ERS, self-help assistant, skilled nursing for aged individuals 65 – no max age and physically disabled ages 19-64.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

With the motto "Equal Rights," the Equality State of Wyoming is committed to equal employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities "Like No Place on Earth!"

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 Wyoming’s VR Rates and Services

2018 State Population.
-0.27%
Change from
2017 to 2018
577,737
2018 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-16.84%
Change from
2017 to 2018
35,797
2018 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.36%
Change from
2017 to 2018
17,274
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.55%
Change from
2017 to 2018
48.26%
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.29%
Change from
2017 to 2018
80.49%

State Data

General

2018
Population. 577,737
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 35,797
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 17,274
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 245,118
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.26%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 80.49%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 13.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 38,369
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 34,072
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 66,016
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 6,111
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,745
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 487
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 2,338
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 1,129

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2018
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 610
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 9.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,266

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2018
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,051
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 7,374
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,080
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 50.10%
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. 4,009
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
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. 11
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8
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. 73.00%
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. 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2018
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. 636
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,779
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

2017
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,395,831
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,941,245
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,895,213
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 556
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,105
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 45.77

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.59%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.23%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.80%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.50%
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). 22.47%
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). 58.10%
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). 74.09%
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). 35.63%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 76,000
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 222
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 45,042
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 45,042
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 56
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 56
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $596,749

 

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

2019
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). 1
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1
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). 15
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. 15

 

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

~~D. COORDINATION, ALIGNMENT AND PROVISION OF SERVICES TO EMPLOYERS:
One-Stop Center staff provide direct outreach services to businesses to develop job opportunities for all customers. One-Stop Center staff collaborate with the Chamber of Commerce in their communities to connect with employers in their communities. Through Employment First and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, One-Stop Center staff collaborate and provide resources and training to employers in regards to hiring people with disabilities. The Department of Workforce Services offers Employer Seminars for employers in local communities on a rotating basis. One-Stop Center staff assist in coordinating local job fairs and hiring events for employers. One-Stop Center staff utilize social media and Wyoming at Work to promote open jobs to job seekers.  (Page 104) Title 1

G. COORDINATION WITH EMPLOYERS:
1. VR SERVICES:
The Wyoming Employment First Task Force was established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) and finished work in October 2017. During that time the task force developed a Strategic Plan that included FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force developed a dashboard that included disability information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health.
Members of the task force chose to continue as a workgroup that meets every two months. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Employment First Consultant volunteered to take the lead in this effort.

The Employment First Consultant is responsible for coordinating these meetings, maintaining the Employment First web page with support from DWS, facilitating internship placements at the state level through collaboration with A&I, and supporting the establishment of community employer groups that have hired individuals with disabilities. The purpose of these groups is to educate other employers on the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. The Employment First Consultant contacts businesses to learn about hiring needs, provides information about the division and its services and offers support, ascertains the potential for future job placements, and encourages businesses to participate in employer groups being set up around the state. Such groups will provide avenues for businesses to share their successes and challenges in hiring individuals with disabilities.

The goal of the workgroup is to continue to promote competitive employment as the first option for people with significant disabilities, versus options such as sheltered work settings or day habilitation programs. The initiative aims to make disability employment part of the state workforce development strategy, find and support businesses that employ people with disabilities, ensure the State of Wyoming becomes a model employer of people with disabilities, prepare youth with disabilities for careers that utilize their potential, provide employers with skilled workers, and utilize existing limited resources to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Division also has VR counselors and regional managers in communities working with local employers to educate them about vocational rehabilitation services, the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities, and establishing sites for employment opportunities and or trial work experiences. The Division makes an effort to partner with other divisions within The Department of Workforce Services and other community organizations in an effort to connect with employers. Some of these organizations are the Uinta County Business Leadership Network, Wyoming Independent Living, and various Community Rehabilitation Programs. In most circumstances, the division provides information to employers on a one-on-one basis but will present information at professional conferences, chamber events, and other community gatherings where the staff is invited to participate. (Page 236) Title I

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Adult and Dislocated Worker programs:
There are three categories of career services available to adult and dislocated worker customers:

2. Individualized career services:
Individualized career services are made available when a determination is made that more customized services are needed for an individual to obtain or retain employment. One-stop center staff may use recent previous assessments by partner programs to determine if individualized career services would be appropriate. Individualized career services may include:
Financial literacy services.   (Pages 77- 78) Title I

Recruiting out-of-school youth:
Each DWS region, county, city, and local AJC has unique socioeconomic indicators which may require a more customized plan for delivering youth services. A major goal is to establish partnerships that support the Youth Services Program and continue to strengthen these relationships to the point they effectively provide WIOA program services now and into the future.
As fewer resources under WIOA will be devoted to in-school-youth, Wyoming, and local areas are identifying existing resources throughout communities that can provide services to in-school-youth. WIOA includes a total of 14 program elements which include the original 10 program elements under the Workforce Investment Act (which have been consolidated to nine as the summer employment opportunities program element is now a sub-element under paid and unpaid work experiences), and five new program elements.

The five new program elements are: financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations, activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training, and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Wyoming will continue to make all program elements available to youth participants by focusing on improved educational achievement, preparing for and succeeding in employment, youth guidance, mentoring and service activities, and offering services that develop the leadership potential of young people. (Page 166) Title I

School to Work Transition

~~Transitioning in-school youth:

As fewer resources under WIOA will be devoted to in-school-youth, Wyoming, and local areas are identifying existing resources throughout communities that can provide services to in-school-youth.
 
Program elements:
WIOA includes a total of 14 program elements which include the original 10 program elements under the Workforce Investment Act (which have been consolidated to nine as the summer employment opportunities program element is now a sub-element under paid and unpaid work experiences), and five new program elements.

The five new program elements are: financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations, activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training, and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Wyoming will continue to make all program elements available to youth participants by focusing on improved educational achievement, preparing for and succeeding in employment, youth guidance, mentoring and service activities, and offering services that develop the leadership potential of young people. (Page 85) Title I

Responsibilities of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation include:
1. Division transition consultants shall coordinate with the Department of Education, Special Programs Division and local education agencies to develop and provide a system for a seamless transition from school to work/training for students with disabilities.
2. Be responsible for the provision of technical assistance, consultations, and the development of statewide program strategies and procedures applicable to youth with disabilities. Including providing consultation to assist in the identification of eligible and potentially eligible students with disabilities and assessment of their individual needs for Pre-ETS.
3. Provide technical assistance to Department of Education personnel through formal and informal training, joint problem—solving, and exchange of information on policies and procedures. Present at all available conferences, webinars, and trainings to educate department and local school district personnel about the availability of PreETS services and how to access them.
4. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation transition consultants will participate in the annual data analysis which is performed each fall.
5. Division transition consultants shall meet with local education agency special education directors, teachers, guidance counselors, and community service representatives to provide technical assistance and training about Division programs, policies and regulations as they apply to student transitions. The consultants will provide training on PreETS and how the LEAs can assist students in accessing these services. (Page 229) Title IV

G. COORDINATION WITH EMPLOYERS:
2. TRANSITION SERVICES, INCLUDING PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SERVICES, FOR STUDENTS AND YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES:

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) reclassified two experienced counselors to work as Transition Consultants. In this role, they communicate with school counselors in every school district throughout the state to offer DVR services and develop work experiences for students and youth with disabilities.

The Transition Consultants work with the State Department of Education, local school districts, and Division staff, providing information about Division services and helping Division staff and eligible students with disabilities transitions from school to the world of work. The consultants also help employer groups and others increase opportunities for work experiences and jobs for youth with disabilities. The transition consultants coordinated with education officials to establish a Project Search site in Wyoming. The transition consultants are actively educating Division, as well as education staff, on Pre-Employment Transition Services. Their goal is to increase referrals to better utilize the services that fall in this area and to target students that would benefit from working with the Division. The consultants are working on developing relationships, handouts and resource guides, training and any other needed service to educate people on Pre-Employment Transition Services.

On the local level, DVR Counselors are working in our field offices to develop job sites that can support short-term work experiences for students and youth with disabilities. Where possible, DVR is partnering with other groups and agencies. Some of these agencies include Mental Health centers, Uinta County Business Leadership Network, Wyoming Independent Living, Community Rehabilitation Programs, and the local school districts. Wyoming DVR is beginning to work on reaching out to Institutes for Higher Education and directly with employers across the state to identify additional opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. DVR is also working with various organizations to develop youth leadership opportunities to increase self-advocacy skills.

In FY17, Wyoming DVR provided coordinating service delivery support to help create the first Project SEARCH program in the state. There are specific requirements for Project SEARCH programs, as well as ongoing support costs, however, the success of this program remains undisputed. Project SEARCH has particular relevance under WIOA and each state’s legal obligation to create a systematic plan to help people with disabilities to get jobs. Wyoming’s first Project SEARCH program is designed on the traditional model of High School, VR, CRP, and Business. This program is a partnership with Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Albany County School District 1 and Wyoming DVR.

Albany County School District 1 Performance Measure: Within three months of successfully completing Project SEARCH, 50 percent of students will obtain competitive employment.  (Pages 236-237) Title I

Career Pathways

~~Career Pathway Plan:
AE local program teams are completing Career Pathways (CP) training for Adult Education certification. Local CP plans and service delivery models are being developed. Local programs will collaborate with members of local Sector Partnerships (SP) to enhance or develop career pathways for client transition to high demand jobs in the state.  (Page 88) Title II

2. DESCRIBE THE STRATEGIES THE STATE WILL USE TO ACHIEVE IMPROVED OUTCOMES FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH AS DESCRIBED IN 129(A)(1)(B), INCLUDING HOW IT WILL LEVERAGE AND ALIGN THE CORE PROGRAMS, ANY COMBINED STATE PLAN PARTNER PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN THIS PLAN, REQUIRED AND OPTIONAL ONE-STOP PARTNER PROGRAMS, AND ANY OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE:   
Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are low income, have basic literacy skills not commensurate with respective grade level, who are high school dropouts, homeless, runaway, or foster-care children, pregnant or parenting, legal offenders, disabled, or lack vocational goals and reside in geographically remote areas will continue to be the focus of the State’s youth program. Staff will either solely or working closely with a partnering organization, use an application process to determine and document an applicant’s eligibility for WIOA youth services. New and ongoing components will consist of incorporating Career Pathways as part of both the initial objective assessment and the individual service strategy. In order to make sure performance requirements are met, the individual service strategy will be directly linked to one or more performance indicators. The process includes an evaluation of the young person’s residency, income eligibility, age, basic occupational skills and abilities, aptitudes, interests, barriers to employment, support service needs, academic requirements, financial resources, and vocational potential. Page 161 Required documentation and verification of eligibility will be maintained in the Wyoming at Work management information system, and/or, in paper format. (Page 160-161) Title I

Apprenticeship

Wyoming’s Youth Program supports an integrated service delivery system that provides a framework through which we can leverage other Federal, State, and local resources to support in-school youth and out-of-school youth. Partnerships are committed to providing high-quality services for all youth and young adults, beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, such as pre-apprenticeships or internships, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway. Employers are critical partners who provide meaningful growth opportunities for young people through work experiences, internships and pre-apprenticeships in real-world settings, and ultimately, jobs young people are ready to fill given the opportunity. (Page 84) Title I

2. IMPLEMENTATION OF STATE STRATEGY: A. CORE PROGRAM ACTIVITIES TO IMPLEMENT THE STATE’S STRATEGY:

Goal 1: Ensure Wyoming employers have access to a skilled, high-quality workforce in today’s changing economy

Goal 2: Ensure all Wyoming people who want to work have access to an open, streamlined, and effective workforce system

Goal 3: Ensure all Wyoming Youth have access to opportunities to be career and college ready

The following provides each goal with accompanying operational strategies (action plans) to achieve the desired outcomes.

Goal 1: Ensure Wyoming employers have access to a skilled, high-quality workforce in today’s changing economy

Operational Strategies:

o Collaborate with all government partners to ensure business’s current and projected workforce needs are being met,

o Participate in employing the Next Generation Sector Partnership initiative to engage the business community at the local level to assist with the alignment of career and technical, human services, education, and workforce training opportunities, based on Wyoming employer need,

o Coordinate with Economic Development entities through the deployment of Next Generation Sector Partnerships at the local and regional level,

o Ensure training is based upon the most current information by using employer feedback, labor market information, and Next Generation Sector Partnership input, o Develop methods to obtain feedback from Wyoming businesses and jobseekers,

o Participate in the annual Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit and engage in networking opportunities among all partners to promote workshops and related training specific to developing the workforce system,

o Participate in the launch of Career Pathway initiatives to include collaboration with educational institutions,

o Develop and maintain existing partnerships with all required partners including education and training providers through Next Generation Sector Partnerships, apprenticeships and other educational programs,

o Support the Wyoming Grown program to recruit Wyoming natives back to the state. (Pages 99-100) Title I

Registered Apprenticeship:

Registered Apprenticeship is an important component of employment and training services that can be provided to customers. Registered Apprenticeships are most often used as a career pathway for job seekers and as a job-driven strategy for employers and industries. Registered Apprenticeship programs automatically qualify to be placed on the State Eligible Training Provider List, allowing individual training accounts to support participants in Registered Apprenticeship programs and more directly connect those programs to one-stop centers. Some examples of typical Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors are:

o Employers who provide related instruction,

o Employers who use an outside educational provider,

o Joint apprenticeship training programs, and

o Intermediaries. (Pages 152-153) Title I

Registered Apprenticeships Under WIOA title I-B, Registered Apprenticeship Program sponsors who request to be on the eligible training provider list are automatically included and will remain so as long as the program is registered or until the program sponsor notifies the State that it no longer wants to be included on the list. Registered Apprenticeship programs are not subject to the same application and performance information requirements, or to an eligibility period or initial procedures as other training providers.

A Registered Apprenticeship program shall be added to Wyoming’s list of eligible providers simply by contacting the DWS and providing the following information:

1. Occupations included in the Registered Apprenticeship program.

2. Name and address of the program sponsor.

3. Name and address of the applicable technical instruction provider.

4. The method and length of instruction.

5. The number of active apprentices.

The status of all Registered Apprenticeship programs will be verified every two years, and any Registered Apprenticeship programs that have been either voluntarily or involuntarily deregistered will be removed from the Wyoming list of eligible providers. (Pages 157-158) Title I

Each Workforce Services region has socioeconomic indicators which may require a more customized plan for delivering services such as: job training opportunities, leadership skill development, guidance and counseling, adult mentoring, job shadowing, supportive services, tutoring and study skills training, alternative secondary school services, paid and unpaid work experiences, Registered Apprenticeships, postsecondary transition, and employment opportunities. A major goal is to establish partnerships that support the Youth Program and to strengthen these relationships so they effectively provide WIOA program services now and in the future. (Page 168) Title I

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employer / Business Engagement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Data Collection

Data Sharing: Partners agree that the use of high-quality, integrated data is essential to inform decisions made by policymakers, employers, and job seekers. Additionally, it is vital to develop and maintain an integrated case management system, as appropriate, that informs customer service through customer's interaction with the integrated system and allows information collected from customers at intake to be captured once. (Page 94) Title I

3. PERFORMANCE GOALS: Using the table provided in Appendix 1, include the State's expected levels of performance relating to the performance accountability measures based on primary indicators of performance described in section 116(b)(2)(A) of WIOA. (This Strategic Planning element only applies to core programs.) See Appendix 1. All numbers are estimates based on experience with WIA. Estimates were based on numbers from differing quarters than what WIOA requires. These numbers may be adjusted based upon further guidance from our federal partners. (Page 96) Title I

The Wyoming Workforce Development Council will utilize the Labor Market Information/Research & Planning Division, data extracted from Wyoming@Work, and other data management systems on a quarterly basis to ensure that the core programs are meeting to goals described in Sections (b)(1), (2), and (3) above. Such reports shall be presented to the Council at each quarterly meeting. (Page 96) Title I

B. DATA-COLLECTION AND REPORTING PROCESSES USED FOR ALL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THOSE PRESENT IN ONE-STOP CENTERS*: 

Labor market information: Extend, continue, and where relevant, revise the historical and current provision of Vocational Rehabilitation, Adult Education, Wagner-Peyser, and WIOA program participation data collected through the one-stop system provided to Research and Planning for longitudinal and descriptive analysis in support of planning and evaluation using UI administrative records, occupational licensing, and educational outcomes.

Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Workers & Youth - Wyoming at Work: Wyoming currently uses and intends to continue using an information management system called Wyoming at Work. It is operated by a third party vendor, Geographic Solutions. The Wyoming at Work system facilitates common data collection for Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers, Veterans Employment and Training Services and Trade Adjustment Assistance. Reporting of WIOA and Wagner-Peyser data and performance outcomes, including Veterans Program data and outcomes, is accomplished through the Workforce Integrated Performance System (WIPS).

The management information system collects and stores the data for required Federal reports including:

o Wagner Peyser Act 7B Reports for the Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker Program (MIC)

o 9048 Profiling Report

Wyoming at Work contains a component library system that collects and stores elements required for Federal reports. The component library solution captures the appropriate elements from data forms and then generates the Federal and State mandated Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), Wagner-Peyser, Veterans Employment and Training Services and Trade Adjustment Act reports. Reports include both the quarterly and annual reports required under these acts.

DVR - case management system: The DVR installed a new case management system August 2015. It is hosted by a third party vendor, Libera, Inc. The system is designed to keep the DVR in compliance with data collecting and reporting requirements of the Rehabilitation Services Administration and WIOA. The system collects, stores, and processes information into formats necessary to meet the needs of the following reports:

o RSA 113 Quarterly Reports

o RSA 911 Annual Report

o RSA 2 Annual Report

Furthermore, DVR will work closely with other DWS divisions to ensure that appropriate system integration and data-sharing occurs to align resources, improve reporting processes and outcomes, and enhance the consumer’s experience. The ultimate goal is to have the WIOA core programs working seamlessly together. (Pages 113 – 114) Title I 

D. EVALUATION: Describe how the State will conduct evaluations and research projects on activities under WIOA core programs; how such projects will be coordinated with, and designed in conjunction with, State and local boards and with State agencies responsible for the administration of all respective core programs; and, further, how the projects will be coordinated with the evaluations provided for by the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Education under WIOA. The Research and Planning section of the DWS will be conducting evaluation as required in 29 CFR § 682.220. The One-Stop operator will provide the results of customer satisfaction surveys and the Research and Planning section will utilize data via data sharing agreements. (Page 129) Title I

Subminimum Wage (Section 511)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (Section 188)

8. ADDRESSING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE ONE-STOP DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Within the AJCs, on-site Wagner-Peyser services are readily available to individuals with disabilities. Normally, when employment and training workforce specialists work with clients who need greater assistance than what can be prudently provided by the workforce specialists, they make referrals to the DVR. It is common for employment and training personnel to meet regularly, discuss programmatic needs, and network on work opportunities and job readiness. Good relationships exist between the Employment and Training and the Vocational Rehabilitation program staffs, based on efforts at the State and particularly the local level. Both organizations are continuously working to improve information sharing.

The DWS also coordinates with outside partners to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities. Community organizations such as the Wyoming Children’s Society and Council for People with Disabilities will continue to be used as partners. Emphasizing growing partnerships with Adult Education and Literacy will continue, with a focus in serving those individuals which may be functioning at a lower educational level, while providing concurrent services intended to increase their work readiness skills.

The WWDC developed and implemented the use of a one-stop certification policy (Policy No. 5-previously provided to the DOL) which includes use of the ADA Checklist.

Wyoming offers physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities at each of our facilities across the state. All 16 field offices and satellite offices meet the applicable provisions of the ADA and section 188 of WIOA.

Staff are supported and trained on an annual basis through an all-staff in-service, quarterly in-services and day to day management of caseloads of individuals who have been determined eligible to receive Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Additionally, training is provided throughout the year so that they can maintain their Certification for Rehabilitation Counseling up to date.

Future training programs will be developed in consultation with the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) to provide training and Technical Assistance on the new statutory requirements imposed by the WIOA. The WINTAC will develop and provide training and technical assistance to staff and related rehabilitation professionals and service providers to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of WIOA. (Page 139-140) Title I

Veterans

7. PRIORITY OF SERVICE FOR VETERANS: Each one-stop has posted information visible through signage and posters to all clients describing Priority of Service to notify all that Priority of Service is in place. All staff has been trained in Priority of Service and act to identify qualified veterans during intake. All staff is trained to ask if the client is a veteran and if so to provide labor exchange services including employment, training, and placement services to qualified veterans. Reminders of Priority of Service are taught to all staff through conference calls, staff meetings through capacity building, emails, in person, and when JVSG program staff is meeting with one-stop staff during outreach. The Wyoming at Work system has an emphasis on Veterans’ Priority of Service, thereby providing opportunities so veterans and their spouses know this priority exists.

A veteran initially assessed by Wagner-Peyser staff through a checklist for significant barriers to employment can also be offered a referral to a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program specialist for comprehensive assessment and the provision of intensive services. Specialists assess client needs and determine eligibility for the appropriate occupational skills or educational programs, and determine appropriate funding sources.

Outreach activities and public information are provided at numerous state expositions, job fairs, and association conventions, and via employer contacts for job development and job placement matches for the avocation of hiring Veterans. Partnerships for transition assistance and reintegration are strong with the Veterans Administration and state Vocational Rehabilitation Program, homeless programs, reintegration organizations, and F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

To ensure Priority of Service is being complied with, the State Veterans Coordinator will review requirements of Priority of Service with their staff on Priority of Service on an ongoing basis. Monitoring the implementation of priority of service will be completed by the State Veterans Coordinator to ensure that eligible veterans and eligible spouses are made aware of and afforded priority of service. The State Veterans Coordinator is responsible for training all staff on priority of service and will assist in coordinating review activities within the state as well as provide reports and access records on priority of service. On-site technical assistance visits will be conducted by the State Veterans Coordinator to monitor priority of service. Local office managers will monitor priority of service on a daily basis to ensure it is implemented within their respective one-stops by promoting the Gold Card Program, referrals of Significant Barriers to Employment clients to DVOP’s, job fairs, etc. The State Veterans Coordinator will review the manager’s reports on a quarterly basis for each one-stop to ensure priority of service is implemented and to identify if any issues exist. (Pages 138-139) Title I

Behavioral / Mental Health

~~E. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

Historically, the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has made effective use of community rehabilitation programs in serving clients with the most significant disabilities. Over the past several years, significant progress has been made in encouraging mental health centers and other providers to become more involved in providing supported employment services.

Progress rarely happens in a straight line, however. In some instances, promising efforts at collaborations with service providers have faltered for reasons that may or may not be under the Division’s control. In some cases, local staffs have succeeded in finding or developing alternative resources for supported employment services.
 
The demonstrated effectiveness of supported employment services in providing job opportunities for individuals with the most significant disabilities argues for persistence in these efforts. With some mental health centers, in particular, developing collaborative supported employment programs is in the long-term interests of people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Page 234) Title I

F. ARRANGEMENTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS FOR THE PROVISION OF SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICES:

Encourage dedicated funding for long-term support needed by supported employment clients. This will include networking with the Division of Behavioral Health, Regional Service Providers in Wyoming, mental health centers, the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, State and local education programs, Social Security employment incentive including Ticket To Work programs, training programs under WIOA, and private businesses. There are still geographic, programmatic, and disability-related gaps in the capacities of community rehabilitation programs to provide the array of services the Division needs for clients with the most significant disabilities. These gaps include services to persons with acquired brain injuries. • State-of-the-art employment services for persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses are more widely available now than at the time of previous needs assessments, but such services still are not available to all communities. • The potential for community rehabilitation programs to play a more substantial role in preparing students with disabilities for the transition from school to employment has not been fully explored. Dialogue and collaboration with DD waiver have enhanced services and abilities of the Division to be more effective in supported employment efforts.  (Page 235) Title IV

3. THE STATE AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES:

In September 2007, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation completed a memorandum of understanding with the Wyoming Department of Health, Mental Health Substance Abuse Services Division. The purpose of the MOU is to provide services more effectively to people with disabilities, in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This includes increased collaboration in the evaluation, planning and implementation of supported employment services for persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and transition age youth. Joint bi—annual training will focus on these issues, among others. (Page 238) Title IV

3. THE OUTREACH PROCEDURES THAT WILL BE USED TO IDENTIFY AND SERVE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE MINORITIES, INCLUDING THOSE WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNSERVED OR UNDERSERVED BY THE VR PROGRAM:

Persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Objective: Improve and expand services for persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Method: Encourage the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division to support the expansion of successful employment models for these individuals.
 
Objective: Continue to develop supported employment services with mental health organizations statewide.

Method: Initiate contacts with mental health centers and promote supported employment services.

Objective: As training becomes available for professionals working with and serving people with mental illnesses, arrange for Division staff and appropriate mental health personnel to attend such training sessions. Invite mental health personnel to attend Division in—services when appropriate topics are involved.

Method: Invite mental health personnel to attend Division in—services free when training is being presented in their area of the state. Alert mental health personnel to training via other independent entities.  (Pages 258-259) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

No disability specific information found regarding this element

Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
Past WIOA Profile Attachment : 

Policies and Initiatives

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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

~~Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference: June 25-26, 2020, Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

PY 2018 WIOA Narrative Report - 06/24/2020

“The WIOA Annual Narrative Report was developed and written in coordination with Title I, II, III, and IV Programs. The Partners wrote the Unified State Plan to the following Vision and Goals.

Vision: Wyoming’s workforce development system will be fundamental in supporting robust regional and state economies and in producing a high-quality workforce valued by Wyoming employers….

The Unified State Plan Vision and Goals are reinforced by the Department of Workforce Services’ Mission, Vision, and Values and Adult Education’s Mission and Vision”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Apprenticeship
  • Resource Leveraging
  • WIOA

Senior Community Service Employment Program Strategic Four-Year State Plan July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024 - 04/01/2020

“The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally-funded employment training and placement program for eligible unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. The purpose of SCSEP is to foster individual economic self-sufficiency, promote useful part-time training opportunities in meaningful community service work-based assignments, and increase the number of older persons who may obtain unsubsidized employment in the public or private sector…

The priorities of service in Wyoming SCSEP include serving those with one or more of the following:

a. Are 55 years of age or older, of this group those 65+ have priority

b. Have a disability…

e. Are a Veteran or eligible spouse of a Veteran…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Veterans
  • WIOA

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Memorial Hospital of Laramie County DBA Cheyenne Region was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the Uninsured, “left behind,” vulnerable, and underserved community members such as—Ranchers, oil and gas workers; entrepreneurs; hourly-wage and seasonal workers; rural community residents; Native American/Tribal Members; other minority populations; refugees; veterans who are not receiving health care benefits; homeless persons in transition; incarcerated individuals and their families; and individuals who are currently on parole, or who will be released from incarceration within an eighteen (18) month time span. There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. Community relationships will be with Local workforce departments, Wyoming 2-1-1, Wyoming Department of Insurance’s Rapid Response Team, Local farming and ranching organizations, Small Business Association (SBA), KidCare/CHIP Program, and VITA sites.   . For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Erika NovickPhone: (307) 773-8169Email: Erika.Novick@crmcwy.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

~~“State Plan Services:Wyoming offers a variety of State Plan services as approved by the Federal Government. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements.Each state may differ in income and resource limit guidelines, as well as specific services available and amounts included in their State Plan

Waiver Services:Services under an approved waiver authority are an exception to the State Plan. Each state may apply for a waiver authority and must be approved by the Federal Government in order to provide these services. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements

*Additional information and literature is available through the Wyoming Department of Health Medicaid Long Term Care Financial Eligibility Unit at 1-855-203-2936”

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

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities.”

 

Systems
  • Other

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

~~“Objective #1 The Wyoming Employment First Initiative will increase the rate of people with DD in community-integrated employment.

Key Activities #1 Support the ongoing efforts of the Wyoming Governor’s Employment FirstTask Force.

Expected Outputs1. Maintain a permanent member for the Task Force.2. Support the implementation of the Task Force’s strategic plan.3. Partner with the Task force on the annual Employment First Summit to encourage and support networking within the employment first regional levels.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

~~“The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has recently realigned into three primary areas: Workforce Standards, Policy and Communications, and Workforce Programs. Refer to organizational chart PDF. The purpose of the realignment is ultimately aimed at bettering the mission of the agency, while providing a more efficient internal structure that will benefit both internal and external stakeholders.

Workforce Standards DivisionThe Workforce Standards Division is responsible for the Workers Compensation Program as well as regulatory and compliance/enforcement. This includes Workers Compensation Claims and Employer Services, Workers Compensation Safety and Risk (WCSR) and Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Standards, and Employment Tax.

Policy and Communication DivisionThe Policy and Communication Division is responsible for policy development/distribution, education, information, and outreach. The following Programs are included under this Division: Communication, Occupational Epidemiologist, Workforce Development Council Liaison, WIOA Policy Strategy Team, and Research & Planning.

Workforce Programs DivisionThe Workforce Programs Division is responsible for the employment and social services aspects of DWS and includes One-Stop Workforce Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Unemployment Insurance.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA
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Wyoming State Code: TITLE 27 - 04/01/2016

This provision states that it is “a discriminatory or unfair employment practice: For an employer to refuse to hire, to discharge, to promote or demote, or to discriminate in matters of compensation or the terms, conditions or privileges of employment against, a qualified disabled person or any person otherwise qualified, because of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or pregnancy; [and]For a person, an employment agency, a labor organization, or its employees or members, to discriminate in matters of employment or membership against any person, otherwise qualified, because of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or pregnancy, or a qualified disabled person…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming House Bill 0073: Establishing an Employment First Policy - 07/01/2014

”AN ACT relating to persons with disabilities; establishing employment first as a state policy; declaring it a state policy to support competitive employment in an integrated setting; requiring agencies to support competitive and integrated employment; requiring state agencies working with home and community based waiver service providers to implement employment first policies; requiring reports; providing definitions; and providing for an effective date.”

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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PY 2018 WIOA Narrative Report - 06/24/2020

“The WIOA Annual Narrative Report was developed and written in coordination with Title I, II, III, and IV Programs. The Partners wrote the Unified State Plan to the following Vision and Goals.

Vision: Wyoming’s workforce development system will be fundamental in supporting robust regional and state economies and in producing a high-quality workforce valued by Wyoming employers….

The Unified State Plan Vision and Goals are reinforced by the Department of Workforce Services’ Mission, Vision, and Values and Adult Education’s Mission and Vision”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Apprenticeship
  • Resource Leveraging
  • WIOA

Senior Community Service Employment Program Strategic Four-Year State Plan July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024 - 04/01/2020

“The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally-funded employment training and placement program for eligible unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. The purpose of SCSEP is to foster individual economic self-sufficiency, promote useful part-time training opportunities in meaningful community service work-based assignments, and increase the number of older persons who may obtain unsubsidized employment in the public or private sector…

The priorities of service in Wyoming SCSEP include serving those with one or more of the following:

a. Are 55 years of age or older, of this group those 65+ have priority

b. Have a disability…

e. Are a Veteran or eligible spouse of a Veteran…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Veterans
  • WIOA

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

~~“Objective #1 The Wyoming Employment First Initiative will increase the rate of people with DD in community-integrated employment.

Key Activities #1 Support the ongoing efforts of the Wyoming Governor’s Employment FirstTask Force.

Expected Outputs1. Maintain a permanent member for the Task Force.2. Support the implementation of the Task Force’s strategic plan.3. Partner with the Task force on the annual Employment First Summit to encourage and support networking within the employment first regional levels.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition - 09/18/2018

~~‘The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn." 

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

Wyoming ABLE Accounts - 03/02/2018

This page describes Wyoming’s ABLE accounts, including eligibility and benefits.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual - 10/01/2017

“The guiding principles of the VR program are that individuals with disabilities including those with the most significant disabilities are capable of achieving high quality competitive integrated employment when provided the necessary services and support.  To increase employment of individuals with disabilities in the labor market, the workforce system must provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in job-driven training and pursue high quality employment outcomes.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

Wyoming and Olmstead: A Primer on Department of Health Initiatives and Policies - 07/01/2017

“The State of Wyoming developed its Olmstead plan in June, 2000 and subsequently updated the plan in 2002, and 2013. Since 2013, Wyoming has worked to improve the availability and quality of community services for those with mental illness, physical and intellectual disabilities, and aging issues to help enable those residents of our state to live productive lives in the least-restrictive, most-integrated community settings.

This document serves as a further update to Wyoming’s Olmstead plan. The pages that follow provide background on the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), background on the Olmstead decision, as well as Wyoming’s progress toward its goals related to Olmstead, and the continued challenges faced by the state.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2017

~~“Join us October 4, 2019 for another  great summit!October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.” 

Systems
  • Other

Wyoming Employment First Initiative

~~“Employment First became a Wyoming state policy in 2014. It says that competitive and integrated employment will be the first and preferred option for people with disabilities receiving assistance from publicly funded systems. Employment First applies to a wide variety of services and programs that provide support to people with disabilities.”

 

Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

~~“The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has recently realigned into three primary areas: Workforce Standards, Policy and Communications, and Workforce Programs. Refer to organizational chart PDF. The purpose of the realignment is ultimately aimed at bettering the mission of the agency, while providing a more efficient internal structure that will benefit both internal and external stakeholders.

Workforce Standards DivisionThe Workforce Standards Division is responsible for the Workers Compensation Program as well as regulatory and compliance/enforcement. This includes Workers Compensation Claims and Employer Services, Workers Compensation Safety and Risk (WCSR) and Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Standards, and Employment Tax.

Policy and Communication DivisionThe Policy and Communication Division is responsible for policy development/distribution, education, information, and outreach. The following Programs are included under this Division: Communication, Occupational Epidemiologist, Workforce Development Council Liaison, WIOA Policy Strategy Team, and Research & Planning.

Workforce Programs DivisionThe Workforce Programs Division is responsible for the employment and social services aspects of DWS and includes One-Stop Workforce Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Unemployment Insurance.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • WIOA

“Secondary Transitions” Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) - 09/25/2017

~~“The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn. We thank you for your support and participation in theUW ECHO in Education networks.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Community of Practice in Transition: Secondary to Postsecondary Report to Wyoming Department of education (2014) - 01/15/2014

During 2013 the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) in collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE), Special Programs Division developed a community of practice for student transition (CoP-T). The goal of this project was to bring together leading professionals and parent advocates from around the state to identify best practices and recommendations for improving transition practices in Wyoming.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WY Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy: Clients’ Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation Services

“The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is here to assist you to fulfill your employment goals and achieve independence. This booklet will serve as a guide to DVR and the services we provide.”

“As a client of DVR, your rehabilitation program will be tailored to your particular goals, and will be developed by you and your counselor consistent with your unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice.”

“The most important person in the process is you. You have the lead role in making your plan for employment a reality. Your counselor works with you toward your goal, informs you of the services DVR can provide and directs you to other agencies for additional services you may need.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities  Our purpose is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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MIG-RATS - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events. 

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

~~Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference: June 25-26, 2020, Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Memorial Hospital of Laramie County DBA Cheyenne Region was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the Uninsured, “left behind,” vulnerable, and underserved community members such as—Ranchers, oil and gas workers; entrepreneurs; hourly-wage and seasonal workers; rural community residents; Native American/Tribal Members; other minority populations; refugees; veterans who are not receiving health care benefits; homeless persons in transition; incarcerated individuals and their families; and individuals who are currently on parole, or who will be released from incarceration within an eighteen (18) month time span. There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. Community relationships will be with Local workforce departments, Wyoming 2-1-1, Wyoming Department of Insurance’s Rapid Response Team, Local farming and ranching organizations, Small Business Association (SBA), KidCare/CHIP Program, and VITA sites.   . For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Erika NovickPhone: (307) 773-8169Email: Erika.Novick@crmcwy.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability - 05/31/2019

~~“The State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the State Rehabilitation Council and the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University jointly conducted an assessment of the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the State of Wyoming. A triennial needs assessment is required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and is intended to help inform the Unified State Plan developed by the core partners in Wyoming’s Workforce Development System. The data was gathered, analyzed and grouped into the sections listed below. A summary of key findings in each section is contained here. The full results are found in the body of the report.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities.”

 

Systems
  • Other

5th Annual Employment First Summit! - 10/17/2018

~~"October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.  This year's summit will focus on 3 areas of emphasis: job coach training, consumer skills, and relevant/mainstream information for Employers/HR about hiring people with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions - 01/30/2018

~~“The UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions network will be discontinued for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.Recorded sessions are available through WyoLearn. We thank you for your support and participation in theUW ECHO in Education networks.” 

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

Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/21/2017

“The WDDC is the largest developmental disability conference in the state of Wyoming and covers a variety of topics related to disabilities such as advocacy, employment, education, best practices and other critical issues. Participants include self-advocates/people with disabilities, family members, providers and professionals. The conference brings together a wide range of people and is a great opportunity to network, learn new things, make friends and reconnect.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

~~“The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is an academic unit in the College of Health Sciences and a University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).WIND works to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, professionals, and University of Wyoming students through education, training, community services, and early intervention."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Business Enterprise Program

“The Business Enterprise Program is part of Vocational Rehabilitation, and serves eligible Vocational Rehabilitation clients who are interested in becoming self-employed.  Clients have to be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services, and have to be at least significantly disabled in order to receive financial assistance for their start-up venture…” 

“The Business Enterprise Program's Small Business Consultant will work with the Vocational Rehabilitation clients to create a business plan for their venture and provide technical assistance.  The client’s business plan will have to show that the business idea is feasible and that the client will be able to perform all tasks. During the business planning process, the Small Business Consultant may refer the client to work with other resources such as the Market Research Center for detailed market research, Small Business Development Center to assist clients with other business training (such as Social Media Networking, for example), or the Wyoming Women’s Business Center to work with clients on obtaining additional funding.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

~~“State Plan Services:Wyoming offers a variety of State Plan services as approved by the Federal Government. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements.Each state may differ in income and resource limit guidelines, as well as specific services available and amounts included in their State Plan

Waiver Services:Services under an approved waiver authority are an exception to the State Plan. Each state may apply for a waiver authority and must be approved by the Federal Government in order to provide these services. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements

*Additional information and literature is available through the Wyoming Department of Health Medicaid Long Term Care Financial Eligibility Unit at 1-855-203-2936”

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

Statewide Transition Plan for Home and Community-Based Settings - 11/08/2018

~~The Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is the single state agency designated to administer the Wyoming Medicaid program, and submits this Statewide Transition Plan (STP) in accordance with the federal regulation. This document shall describe the Department’s efforts in the following areas:• Assessment of current HCB settings for compliance;• Assessment of state policies and procedures to support HCB settings compliance• Development of technical assistance tools and overall approach to transitioning providers and settings into HCB compliance; and• Assuring ongoing compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements 

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

Wyoming State Medicaid Plan

The State Plan is a contract between a State and the Federal government, enabling the delivery of health care.  It ensures that a State abides by Federal rules and gets FFP.  The State Plan sets out groups to be covered, services provided and limitations, reimbursement methodologies, and administrative requirements.

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

WY Comprehensive (1061.R00.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, dietician services, OT, PT, skilled nursing, speech/hearing/language services, independent support brokerage, behavioral support, child hab, companion, crisis intervention support, environmental mods, individual hab training, self-directed goods and services, special family hab home, specialized equipment, supported living, transportation for individuals with ID/DD 0 - no max age.”

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

WY Supports (1060.R00.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, dietician services, OT, PT, skilled nursing, speech/hearing/language services, independent support brokerage, behavioral support services, child habilitation, cognitive retraining, companion, crisis intervention support, environmental mods, individual hab training, self-directed goods and services, specialized equipment, supported living, transportation for individuals with ID/DD 0 - no max age and BI ages 21 – no max age.”

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

WY Children's Mental Health (0451.R02.00)

“Provides family care coordination, respite, youth and family training and support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and for individuals w/serious emotional disturbance ages 4-17.”

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

WY Acquired Brain Injury (0370.R03.00)

“Provides adult day, case management, community integration, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, supported employment, supported living, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language, independent support broker, behavioral support, cognitive retraining, companion services, crisis intervention support, dietician services, environmental mods, self-directed goods and services, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, transportation for individuals with brain injury ages 21-64.”

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

WY Adult Developmental Disabilities (0226.R04.00)

TERMINATED 09/30/2014 – “Provides case management, community integrated employment, day hab, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services-phased out yr 1, residential hab, respite, supported living, OT, PT, speech therapy, agency with choice, independent support broker, companion services, dietician services, environmental mods, in home support-phased out yr 1, individually-directed goods and services, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, unpaid caregiver training and education for individuals w/DD, IID ages 21 - no max age.”

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

WY Assisted Living Facility HCBS (0369.R03.00)

“Provides case management, assisted living service level I, assisted living service level II, assisted living service level III for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled individuals ages 19-64.”

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

WY Long Term Care (0236.R04.00)

“Provides adult day care, case management, personal care, respite, FMS, care coordination, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, PERS installation, ERS, self-help assistant, skilled nursing for aged individuals 65 – no max age and physically disabled ages 19-64.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

With the motto "Equal Rights," the Equality State of Wyoming is committed to equal employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities "Like No Place on Earth!"

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 Wyoming’s VR Rates and Services

2018 State Population.
-0.27%
Change from
2017 to 2018
577,737
2018 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-16.84%
Change from
2017 to 2018
35,797
2018 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-10.36%
Change from
2017 to 2018
17,274
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.55%
Change from
2017 to 2018
48.26%
2018 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.29%
Change from
2017 to 2018
80.49%

State Data

General

2018
Population. 577,737
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 35,797
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 17,274
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 245,118
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.26%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 80.49%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 13.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 38,369
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 34,072
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 66,016
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 6,111
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,745
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 487
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 2,338
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 1,129

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2018
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 610
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 9.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,266

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2018
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,051
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 7,374
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,080
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 50.10%
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. 4,009
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
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. 11
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8
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. 73.00%
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. 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2018
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. 636
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,779
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

2017
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,395,831
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,941,245
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,895,213
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 556
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,105
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 45.77

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.59%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.23%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.80%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.50%
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). 22.47%
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). 58.10%
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). 74.09%
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). 35.63%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 76,000
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 222
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 45,042
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 45,042
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 56
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 56
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $596,749

 

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

2019
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). 1
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1
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). 15
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. 15

 

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

~~D. COORDINATION, ALIGNMENT AND PROVISION OF SERVICES TO EMPLOYERS:
One-Stop Center staff provide direct outreach services to businesses to develop job opportunities for all customers. One-Stop Center staff collaborate with the Chamber of Commerce in their communities to connect with employers in their communities. Through Employment First and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, One-Stop Center staff collaborate and provide resources and training to employers in regards to hiring people with disabilities. The Department of Workforce Services offers Employer Seminars for employers in local communities on a rotating basis. One-Stop Center staff assist in coordinating local job fairs and hiring events for employers. One-Stop Center staff utilize social media and Wyoming at Work to promote open jobs to job seekers.  (Page 104) Title 1

G. COORDINATION WITH EMPLOYERS:
1. VR SERVICES:
The Wyoming Employment First Task Force was established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) and finished work in October 2017. During that time the task force developed a Strategic Plan that included FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force developed a dashboard that included disability information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health.
Members of the task force chose to continue as a workgroup that meets every two months. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Employment First Consultant volunteered to take the lead in this effort.

The Employment First Consultant is responsible for coordinating these meetings, maintaining the Employment First web page with support from DWS, facilitating internship placements at the state level through collaboration with A&I, and supporting the establishment of community employer groups that have hired individuals with disabilities. The purpose of these groups is to educate other employers on the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. The Employment First Consultant contacts businesses to learn about hiring needs, provides information about the division and its services and offers support, ascertains the potential for future job placements, and encourages businesses to participate in employer groups being set up around the state. Such groups will provide avenues for businesses to share their successes and challenges in hiring individuals with disabilities.

The goal of the workgroup is to continue to promote competitive employment as the first option for people with significant disabilities, versus options such as sheltered work settings or day habilitation programs. The initiative aims to make disability employment part of the state workforce development strategy, find and support businesses that employ people with disabilities, ensure the State of Wyoming becomes a model employer of people with disabilities, prepare youth with disabilities for careers that utilize their potential, provide employers with skilled workers, and utilize existing limited resources to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Division also has VR counselors and regional managers in communities working with local employers to educate them about vocational rehabilitation services, the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities, and establishing sites for employment opportunities and or trial work experiences. The Division makes an effort to partner with other divisions within The Department of Workforce Services and other community organizations in an effort to connect with employers. Some of these organizations are the Uinta County Business Leadership Network, Wyoming Independent Living, and various Community Rehabilitation Programs. In most circumstances, the division provides information to employers on a one-on-one basis but will present information at professional conferences, chamber events, and other community gatherings where the staff is invited to participate. (Page 236) Title I

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~Adult and Dislocated Worker programs:
There are three categories of career services available to adult and dislocated worker customers:

2. Individualized career services:
Individualized career services are made available when a determination is made that more customized services are needed for an individual to obtain or retain employment. One-stop center staff may use recent previous assessments by partner programs to determine if individualized career services would be appropriate. Individualized career services may include:
Financial literacy services.   (Pages 77- 78) Title I

Recruiting out-of-school youth:
Each DWS region, county, city, and local AJC has unique socioeconomic indicators which may require a more customized plan for delivering youth services. A major goal is to establish partnerships that support the Youth Services Program and continue to strengthen these relationships to the point they effectively provide WIOA program services now and into the future.
As fewer resources under WIOA will be devoted to in-school-youth, Wyoming, and local areas are identifying existing resources throughout communities that can provide services to in-school-youth. WIOA includes a total of 14 program elements which include the original 10 program elements under the Workforce Investment Act (which have been consolidated to nine as the summer employment opportunities program element is now a sub-element under paid and unpaid work experiences), and five new program elements.

The five new program elements are: financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations, activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training, and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Wyoming will continue to make all program elements available to youth participants by focusing on improved educational achievement, preparing for and succeeding in employment, youth guidance, mentoring and service activities, and offering services that develop the leadership potential of young people. (Page 166) Title I

School to Work Transition

~~Transitioning in-school youth:

As fewer resources under WIOA will be devoted to in-school-youth, Wyoming, and local areas are identifying existing resources throughout communities that can provide services to in-school-youth.
 
Program elements:
WIOA includes a total of 14 program elements which include the original 10 program elements under the Workforce Investment Act (which have been consolidated to nine as the summer employment opportunities program element is now a sub-element under paid and unpaid work experiences), and five new program elements.

The five new program elements are: financial literacy education, entrepreneurial skills training, services that provide labor market and employment information about in-demand industry sectors or occupations, activities that help youth prepare for and transition to postsecondary education and training, and education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster. Wyoming will continue to make all program elements available to youth participants by focusing on improved educational achievement, preparing for and succeeding in employment, youth guidance, mentoring and service activities, and offering services that develop the leadership potential of young people. (Page 85) Title I

Responsibilities of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation include:
1. Division transition consultants shall coordinate with the Department of Education, Special Programs Division and local education agencies to develop and provide a system for a seamless transition from school to work/training for students with disabilities.
2. Be responsible for the provision of technical assistance, consultations, and the development of statewide program strategies and procedures applicable to youth with disabilities. Including providing consultation to assist in the identification of eligible and potentially eligible students with disabilities and assessment of their individual needs for Pre-ETS.
3. Provide technical assistance to Department of Education personnel through formal and informal training, joint problem—solving, and exchange of information on policies and procedures. Present at all available conferences, webinars, and trainings to educate department and local school district personnel about the availability of PreETS services and how to access them.
4. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation transition consultants will participate in the annual data analysis which is performed each fall.
5. Division transition consultants shall meet with local education agency special education directors, teachers, guidance counselors, and community service representatives to provide technical assistance and training about Division programs, policies and regulations as they apply to student transitions. The consultants will provide training on PreETS and how the LEAs can assist students in accessing these services. (Page 229) Title IV

G. COORDINATION WITH EMPLOYERS:
2. TRANSITION SERVICES, INCLUDING PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SERVICES, FOR STUDENTS AND YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES:

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) reclassified two experienced counselors to work as Transition Consultants. In this role, they communicate with school counselors in every school district throughout the state to offer DVR services and develop work experiences for students and youth with disabilities.

The Transition Consultants work with the State Department of Education, local school districts, and Division staff, providing information about Division services and helping Division staff and eligible students with disabilities transitions from school to the world of work. The consultants also help employer groups and others increase opportunities for work experiences and jobs for youth with disabilities. The transition consultants coordinated with education officials to establish a Project Search site in Wyoming. The transition consultants are actively educating Division, as well as education staff, on Pre-Employment Transition Services. Their goal is to increase referrals to better utilize the services that fall in this area and to target students that would benefit from working with the Division. The consultants are working on developing relationships, handouts and resource guides, training and any other needed service to educate people on Pre-Employment Transition Services.

On the local level, DVR Counselors are working in our field offices to develop job sites that can support short-term work experiences for students and youth with disabilities. Where possible, DVR is partnering with other groups and agencies. Some of these agencies include Mental Health centers, Uinta County Business Leadership Network, Wyoming Independent Living, Community Rehabilitation Programs, and the local school districts. Wyoming DVR is beginning to work on reaching out to Institutes for Higher Education and directly with employers across the state to identify additional opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. DVR is also working with various organizations to develop youth leadership opportunities to increase self-advocacy skills.

In FY17, Wyoming DVR provided coordinating service delivery support to help create the first Project SEARCH program in the state. There are specific requirements for Project SEARCH programs, as well as ongoing support costs, however, the success of this program remains undisputed. Project SEARCH has particular relevance under WIOA and each state’s legal obligation to create a systematic plan to help people with disabilities to get jobs. Wyoming’s first Project SEARCH program is designed on the traditional model of High School, VR, CRP, and Business. This program is a partnership with Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Albany County School District 1 and Wyoming DVR.

Albany County School District 1 Performance Measure: Within three months of successfully completing Project SEARCH, 50 percent of students will obtain competitive employment.  (Pages 236-237) Title I

Career Pathways

~~Career Pathway Plan:
AE local program teams are completing Career Pathways (CP) training for Adult Education certification. Local CP plans and service delivery models are being developed. Local programs will collaborate with members of local Sector Partnerships (SP) to enhance or develop career pathways for client transition to high demand jobs in the state.  (Page 88) Title II

2. DESCRIBE THE STRATEGIES THE STATE WILL USE TO ACHIEVE IMPROVED OUTCOMES FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH AS DESCRIBED IN 129(A)(1)(B), INCLUDING HOW IT WILL LEVERAGE AND ALIGN THE CORE PROGRAMS, ANY COMBINED STATE PLAN PARTNER PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN THIS PLAN, REQUIRED AND OPTIONAL ONE-STOP PARTNER PROGRAMS, AND ANY OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE:   
Young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who are low income, have basic literacy skills not commensurate with respective grade level, who are high school dropouts, homeless, runaway, or foster-care children, pregnant or parenting, legal offenders, disabled, or lack vocational goals and reside in geographically remote areas will continue to be the focus of the State’s youth program. Staff will either solely or working closely with a partnering organization, use an application process to determine and document an applicant’s eligibility for WIOA youth services. New and ongoing components will consist of incorporating Career Pathways as part of both the initial objective assessment and the individual service strategy. In order to make sure performance requirements are met, the individual service strategy will be directly linked to one or more performance indicators. The process includes an evaluation of the young person’s residency, income eligibility, age, basic occupational skills and abilities, aptitudes, interests, barriers to employment, support service needs, academic requirements, financial resources, and vocational potential. Page 161 Required documentation and verification of eligibility will be maintained in the Wyoming at Work management information system, and/or, in paper format. (Page 160-161) Title I

Apprenticeship

Wyoming’s Youth Program supports an integrated service delivery system that provides a framework through which we can leverage other Federal, State, and local resources to support in-school youth and out-of-school youth. Partnerships are committed to providing high-quality services for all youth and young adults, beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, such as pre-apprenticeships or internships, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway. Employers are critical partners who provide meaningful growth opportunities for young people through work experiences, internships and pre-apprenticeships in real-world settings, and ultimately, jobs young people are ready to fill given the opportunity. (Page 84) Title I

2. IMPLEMENTATION OF STATE STRATEGY: A. CORE PROGRAM ACTIVITIES TO IMPLEMENT THE STATE’S STRATEGY:

Goal 1: Ensure Wyoming employers have access to a skilled, high-quality workforce in today’s changing economy

Goal 2: Ensure all Wyoming people who want to work have access to an open, streamlined, and effective workforce system

Goal 3: Ensure all Wyoming Youth have access to opportunities to be career and college ready

The following provides each goal with accompanying operational strategies (action plans) to achieve the desired outcomes.

Goal 1: Ensure Wyoming employers have access to a skilled, high-quality workforce in today’s changing economy

Operational Strategies:

o Collaborate with all government partners to ensure business’s current and projected workforce needs are being met,

o Participate in employing the Next Generation Sector Partnership initiative to engage the business community at the local level to assist with the alignment of career and technical, human services, education, and workforce training opportunities, based on Wyoming employer need,

o Coordinate with Economic Development entities through the deployment of Next Generation Sector Partnerships at the local and regional level,

o Ensure training is based upon the most current information by using employer feedback, labor market information, and Next Generation Sector Partnership input, o Develop methods to obtain feedback from Wyoming businesses and jobseekers,

o Participate in the annual Wyoming Safety and Workforce Summit and engage in networking opportunities among all partners to promote workshops and related training specific to developing the workforce system,

o Participate in the launch of Career Pathway initiatives to include collaboration with educational institutions,

o Develop and maintain existing partnerships with all required partners including education and training providers through Next Generation Sector Partnerships, apprenticeships and other educational programs,

o Support the Wyoming Grown program to recruit Wyoming natives back to the state. (Pages 99-100) Title I

Registered Apprenticeship:

Registered Apprenticeship is an important component of employment and training services that can be provided to customers. Registered Apprenticeships are most often used as a career pathway for job seekers and as a job-driven strategy for employers and industries. Registered Apprenticeship programs automatically qualify to be placed on the State Eligible Training Provider List, allowing individual training accounts to support participants in Registered Apprenticeship programs and more directly connect those programs to one-stop centers. Some examples of typical Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors are:

o Employers who provide related instruction,

o Employers who use an outside educational provider,

o Joint apprenticeship training programs, and

o Intermediaries. (Pages 152-153) Title I

Registered Apprenticeships Under WIOA title I-B, Registered Apprenticeship Program sponsors who request to be on the eligible training provider list are automatically included and will remain so as long as the program is registered or until the program sponsor notifies the State that it no longer wants to be included on the list. Registered Apprenticeship programs are not subject to the same application and performance information requirements, or to an eligibility period or initial procedures as other training providers.

A Registered Apprenticeship program shall be added to Wyoming’s list of eligible providers simply by contacting the DWS and providing the following information:

1. Occupations included in the Registered Apprenticeship program.

2. Name and address of the program sponsor.

3. Name and address of the applicable technical instruction provider.

4. The method and length of instruction.

5. The number of active apprentices.

The status of all Registered Apprenticeship programs will be verified every two years, and any Registered Apprenticeship programs that have been either voluntarily or involuntarily deregistered will be removed from the Wyoming list of eligible providers. (Pages 157-158) Title I

Each Workforce Services region has socioeconomic indicators which may require a more customized plan for delivering services such as: job training opportunities, leadership skill development, guidance and counseling, adult mentoring, job shadowing, supportive services, tutoring and study skills training, alternative secondary school services, paid and unpaid work experiences, Registered Apprenticeships, postsecondary transition, and employment opportunities. A major goal is to establish partnerships that support the Youth Program and to strengthen these relationships so they effectively provide WIOA program services now and in the future. (Page 168) Title I

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employer / Business Engagement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Data Collection

Data Sharing: Partners agree that the use of high-quality, integrated data is essential to inform decisions made by policymakers, employers, and job seekers. Additionally, it is vital to develop and maintain an integrated case management system, as appropriate, that informs customer service through customer's interaction with the integrated system and allows information collected from customers at intake to be captured once. (Page 94) Title I

3. PERFORMANCE GOALS: Using the table provided in Appendix 1, include the State's expected levels of performance relating to the performance accountability measures based on primary indicators of performance described in section 116(b)(2)(A) of WIOA. (This Strategic Planning element only applies to core programs.) See Appendix 1. All numbers are estimates based on experience with WIA. Estimates were based on numbers from differing quarters than what WIOA requires. These numbers may be adjusted based upon further guidance from our federal partners. (Page 96) Title I

The Wyoming Workforce Development Council will utilize the Labor Market Information/Research & Planning Division, data extracted from Wyoming@Work, and other data management systems on a quarterly basis to ensure that the core programs are meeting to goals described in Sections (b)(1), (2), and (3) above. Such reports shall be presented to the Council at each quarterly meeting. (Page 96) Title I

B. DATA-COLLECTION AND REPORTING PROCESSES USED FOR ALL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THOSE PRESENT IN ONE-STOP CENTERS*: 

Labor market information: Extend, continue, and where relevant, revise the historical and current provision of Vocational Rehabilitation, Adult Education, Wagner-Peyser, and WIOA program participation data collected through the one-stop system provided to Research and Planning for longitudinal and descriptive analysis in support of planning and evaluation using UI administrative records, occupational licensing, and educational outcomes.

Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Workers & Youth - Wyoming at Work: Wyoming currently uses and intends to continue using an information management system called Wyoming at Work. It is operated by a third party vendor, Geographic Solutions. The Wyoming at Work system facilitates common data collection for Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers, Veterans Employment and Training Services and Trade Adjustment Assistance. Reporting of WIOA and Wagner-Peyser data and performance outcomes, including Veterans Program data and outcomes, is accomplished through the Workforce Integrated Performance System (WIPS).

The management information system collects and stores the data for required Federal reports including:

o Wagner Peyser Act 7B Reports for the Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker Program (MIC)

o 9048 Profiling Report

Wyoming at Work contains a component library system that collects and stores elements required for Federal reports. The component library solution captures the appropriate elements from data forms and then generates the Federal and State mandated Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), Wagner-Peyser, Veterans Employment and Training Services and Trade Adjustment Act reports. Reports include both the quarterly and annual reports required under these acts.

DVR - case management system: The DVR installed a new case management system August 2015. It is hosted by a third party vendor, Libera, Inc. The system is designed to keep the DVR in compliance with data collecting and reporting requirements of the Rehabilitation Services Administration and WIOA. The system collects, stores, and processes information into formats necessary to meet the needs of the following reports:

o RSA 113 Quarterly Reports

o RSA 911 Annual Report

o RSA 2 Annual Report

Furthermore, DVR will work closely with other DWS divisions to ensure that appropriate system integration and data-sharing occurs to align resources, improve reporting processes and outcomes, and enhance the consumer’s experience. The ultimate goal is to have the WIOA core programs working seamlessly together. (Pages 113 – 114) Title I 

D. EVALUATION: Describe how the State will conduct evaluations and research projects on activities under WIOA core programs; how such projects will be coordinated with, and designed in conjunction with, State and local boards and with State agencies responsible for the administration of all respective core programs; and, further, how the projects will be coordinated with the evaluations provided for by the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Education under WIOA. The Research and Planning section of the DWS will be conducting evaluation as required in 29 CFR § 682.220. The One-Stop operator will provide the results of customer satisfaction surveys and the Research and Planning section will utilize data via data sharing agreements. (Page 129) Title I

Subminimum Wage (Section 511)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (Section 188)

8. ADDRESSING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE ONE-STOP DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES: Within the AJCs, on-site Wagner-Peyser services are readily available to individuals with disabilities. Normally, when employment and training workforce specialists work with clients who need greater assistance than what can be prudently provided by the workforce specialists, they make referrals to the DVR. It is common for employment and training personnel to meet regularly, discuss programmatic needs, and network on work opportunities and job readiness. Good relationships exist between the Employment and Training and the Vocational Rehabilitation program staffs, based on efforts at the State and particularly the local level. Both organizations are continuously working to improve information sharing.

The DWS also coordinates with outside partners to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities. Community organizations such as the Wyoming Children’s Society and Council for People with Disabilities will continue to be used as partners. Emphasizing growing partnerships with Adult Education and Literacy will continue, with a focus in serving those individuals which may be functioning at a lower educational level, while providing concurrent services intended to increase their work readiness skills.

The WWDC developed and implemented the use of a one-stop certification policy (Policy No. 5-previously provided to the DOL) which includes use of the ADA Checklist.

Wyoming offers physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities at each of our facilities across the state. All 16 field offices and satellite offices meet the applicable provisions of the ADA and section 188 of WIOA.

Staff are supported and trained on an annual basis through an all-staff in-service, quarterly in-services and day to day management of caseloads of individuals who have been determined eligible to receive Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Additionally, training is provided throughout the year so that they can maintain their Certification for Rehabilitation Counseling up to date.

Future training programs will be developed in consultation with the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) to provide training and Technical Assistance on the new statutory requirements imposed by the WIOA. The WINTAC will develop and provide training and technical assistance to staff and related rehabilitation professionals and service providers to help them develop the skills and processes needed to meet the requirements of WIOA. (Page 139-140) Title I

Veterans

7. PRIORITY OF SERVICE FOR VETERANS: Each one-stop has posted information visible through signage and posters to all clients describing Priority of Service to notify all that Priority of Service is in place. All staff has been trained in Priority of Service and act to identify qualified veterans during intake. All staff is trained to ask if the client is a veteran and if so to provide labor exchange services including employment, training, and placement services to qualified veterans. Reminders of Priority of Service are taught to all staff through conference calls, staff meetings through capacity building, emails, in person, and when JVSG program staff is meeting with one-stop staff during outreach. The Wyoming at Work system has an emphasis on Veterans’ Priority of Service, thereby providing opportunities so veterans and their spouses know this priority exists.

A veteran initially assessed by Wagner-Peyser staff through a checklist for significant barriers to employment can also be offered a referral to a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program specialist for comprehensive assessment and the provision of intensive services. Specialists assess client needs and determine eligibility for the appropriate occupational skills or educational programs, and determine appropriate funding sources.

Outreach activities and public information are provided at numerous state expositions, job fairs, and association conventions, and via employer contacts for job development and job placement matches for the avocation of hiring Veterans. Partnerships for transition assistance and reintegration are strong with the Veterans Administration and state Vocational Rehabilitation Program, homeless programs, reintegration organizations, and F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

To ensure Priority of Service is being complied with, the State Veterans Coordinator will review requirements of Priority of Service with their staff on Priority of Service on an ongoing basis. Monitoring the implementation of priority of service will be completed by the State Veterans Coordinator to ensure that eligible veterans and eligible spouses are made aware of and afforded priority of service. The State Veterans Coordinator is responsible for training all staff on priority of service and will assist in coordinating review activities within the state as well as provide reports and access records on priority of service. On-site technical assistance visits will be conducted by the State Veterans Coordinator to monitor priority of service. Local office managers will monitor priority of service on a daily basis to ensure it is implemented within their respective one-stops by promoting the Gold Card Program, referrals of Significant Barriers to Employment clients to DVOP’s, job fairs, etc. The State Veterans Coordinator will review the manager’s reports on a quarterly basis for each one-stop to ensure priority of service is implemented and to identify if any issues exist. (Pages 138-139) Title I

Behavioral / Mental Health

~~E. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH PRIVATE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

Historically, the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has made effective use of community rehabilitation programs in serving clients with the most significant disabilities. Over the past several years, significant progress has been made in encouraging mental health centers and other providers to become more involved in providing supported employment services.

Progress rarely happens in a straight line, however. In some instances, promising efforts at collaborations with service providers have faltered for reasons that may or may not be under the Division’s control. In some cases, local staffs have succeeded in finding or developing alternative resources for supported employment services.
 
The demonstrated effectiveness of supported employment services in providing job opportunities for individuals with the most significant disabilities argues for persistence in these efforts. With some mental health centers, in particular, developing collaborative supported employment programs is in the long-term interests of people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Page 234) Title I

F. ARRANGEMENTS AND COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS FOR THE PROVISION OF SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICES:

Encourage dedicated funding for long-term support needed by supported employment clients. This will include networking with the Division of Behavioral Health, Regional Service Providers in Wyoming, mental health centers, the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, State and local education programs, Social Security employment incentive including Ticket To Work programs, training programs under WIOA, and private businesses. There are still geographic, programmatic, and disability-related gaps in the capacities of community rehabilitation programs to provide the array of services the Division needs for clients with the most significant disabilities. These gaps include services to persons with acquired brain injuries. • State-of-the-art employment services for persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses are more widely available now than at the time of previous needs assessments, but such services still are not available to all communities. • The potential for community rehabilitation programs to play a more substantial role in preparing students with disabilities for the transition from school to employment has not been fully explored. Dialogue and collaboration with DD waiver have enhanced services and abilities of the Division to be more effective in supported employment efforts.  (Page 235) Title IV

3. THE STATE AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES:

In September 2007, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation completed a memorandum of understanding with the Wyoming Department of Health, Mental Health Substance Abuse Services Division. The purpose of the MOU is to provide services more effectively to people with disabilities, in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This includes increased collaboration in the evaluation, planning and implementation of supported employment services for persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and transition age youth. Joint bi—annual training will focus on these issues, among others. (Page 238) Title IV

3. THE OUTREACH PROCEDURES THAT WILL BE USED TO IDENTIFY AND SERVE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE MINORITIES, INCLUDING THOSE WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNSERVED OR UNDERSERVED BY THE VR PROGRAM:

Persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Objective: Improve and expand services for persons with severe and persistent mental illness.

Method: Encourage the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division to support the expansion of successful employment models for these individuals.
 
Objective: Continue to develop supported employment services with mental health organizations statewide.

Method: Initiate contacts with mental health centers and promote supported employment services.

Objective: As training becomes available for professionals working with and serving people with mental illnesses, arrange for Division staff and appropriate mental health personnel to attend such training sessions. Invite mental health personnel to attend Division in—services when appropriate topics are involved.

Method: Invite mental health personnel to attend Division in—services free when training is being presented in their area of the state. Alert mental health personnel to training via other independent entities.  (Pages 258-259) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

No disability specific information found regarding this element

Past WIOA Profiles Year
Past WIOA Profile Year: 
2017
Past WIOA Profile Attachment : 

Policies and Initiatives

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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

~~Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference: June 25-26, 2020, Ramkota Hotel, Casper, WY.

Systems
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Topics
  • Provider Transformation

PY 2018 WIOA Narrative Report - 06/24/2020

“The WIOA Annual Narrative Report was developed and written in coordination with Title I, II, III, and IV Programs. The Partners wrote the Unified State Plan to the following Vision and Goals.

Vision: Wyoming’s workforce development system will be fundamental in supporting robust regional and state economies and in producing a high-quality workforce valued by Wyoming employers….

The Unified State Plan Vision and Goals are reinforced by the Department of Workforce Services’ Mission, Vision, and Values and Adult Education’s Mission and Vision”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Apprenticeship
  • Resource Leveraging
  • WIOA

Senior Community Service Employment Program Strategic Four-Year State Plan July 1, 2020-June 30, 2024 - 04/01/2020

“The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a federally-funded employment training and placement program for eligible unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. The purpose of SCSEP is to foster individual economic self-sufficiency, promote useful part-time training opportunities in meaningful community service work-based assignments, and increase the number of older persons who may obtain unsubsidized employment in the public or private sector…

The priorities of service in Wyoming SCSEP include serving those with one or more of the following:

a. Are 55 years of age or older, of this group those 65+ have priority

b. Have a disability…

e. Are a Veteran or eligible spouse of a Veteran…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Veterans
  • WIOA

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Memorial Hospital of Laramie County DBA Cheyenne Region was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving the Uninsured, “left behind,” vulnerable, and underserved community members such as—Ranchers, oil and gas workers; entrepreneurs; hourly-wage and seasonal workers; rural community residents; Native American/Tribal Members; other minority populations; refugees; veterans who are not receiving health care benefits; homeless persons in transition; incarcerated individuals and their families; and individuals who are currently on parole, or who will be released from incarceration within an eighteen (18) month time span. There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. Community relationships will be with Local workforce departments, Wyoming 2-1-1, Wyoming Department of Insurance’s Rapid Response Team, Local farming and ranching organizations, Small Business Association (SBA), KidCare/CHIP Program, and VITA sites.   . For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Erika NovickPhone: (307) 773-8169Email: Erika.Novick@crmcwy.org ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

~~“State Plan Services:Wyoming offers a variety of State Plan services as approved by the Federal Government. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements.Each state may differ in income and resource limit guidelines, as well as specific services available and amounts included in their State Plan

Waiver Services:Services under an approved waiver authority are an exception to the State Plan. Each state may apply for a waiver authority and must be approved by the Federal Government in order to provide these services. Services are offered based on specific eligibility requirements

*Additional information and literature is available through the Wyoming Department of Health Medicaid Long Term Care Financial Eligibility Unit at 1-855-203-2936”

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  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics