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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

2015 State Population.
0.33%
Change from
2014 to 2015
586,107
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.74%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37,643
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
18.79%
Change from
2014 to 2015
21,508
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
20.97%
Change from
2014 to 2015
57.14%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-2.5%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.06%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 582,658 584,153 586,107
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 36,518 38,675 37,643
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 18,519 17,466 21,508
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 255,622 259,953 252,653
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 50.71% 45.16% 57.14%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.38% 81.04% 79.06%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.70% 4.30% 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 15.00% 16.50% 12.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.30% 10.50% 10.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 35,936 39,628 35,877
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 32,513 31,627 35,509
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 63,028 64,173 66,882
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,161 710 423
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,759 5,069 5,844
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,420 2,108 2,496
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A 625 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,753 2,892 990
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 439 704 321

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 721 704 711
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.70% 10.60% 10.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,106 13,170 13,252

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,325 5,776 5,465
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 8,444 8,556 7,682
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 12,212 12,310 10,954
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 43.60% 46.90% 49.90%
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)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 15 9 7
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 7 5 5
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. 47.00% 56.00% 71.00%
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. 1.21 0.86 0.85

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,587
1,190
1,025
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 46 48 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 132 110 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 507 368 382
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 287 224 221
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 458 331 311
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 157 109 111
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 26.90% 34.90% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 479 562
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 18,096 18,305
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 82 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 67 51 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $749,000 $783,000 $847,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $385,000 $396,000 $420,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $20,964,000 $21,051,000 $20,846,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00% 18.00% 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 128 134 159
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,016 1,035 1,083
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 43.20 44.50 41.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.17% 61.84% 65.21%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.07% 7.09% 6.66%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.44% 1.34% 2.02%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.38% 95.22% 94.32%
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). 31.56% 26.18% 28.44%
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). 63.46% 58.12% 63.03%
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). 79.07% 72.77% 80.57%
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). 31.90% 31.93% 34.59%

 

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

2015 2016 2017
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). 5 6 1
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5 7 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). 152 281 129
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 66 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 152 347 129

 

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Strategies for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to meet performance goals are as follows: 

  • Strengthen the alignment of the Division program with the other core programs through a unified strategic plan, common performance accountability measures, and delivery of services through the One–Stop model.
  • Continuing to emphasize the achievement of competitive integrated employment by individuals with disabilities through the Employment First Initiative.
  • Expanding services to support students and youth with disabilities who are transitioning from secondary education to postsecondary education and employment. 

No specific disability related information found.  (Page 171)

The Wyoming Employment First Task Force established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) has developed a Strategic Plan that includes FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force has developed a dash board that includes information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health. The Employment First Consultant is responsible for 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. (Page 325)

Individuals who are intellectually disabled

Objective: Improve and expand services to persons who are intellectually disabled.

Method: The Division partnered with other State agencies to hold an “employment first” conference in July 2014. The goal was to educate consumers and employers about the benefits of integrated and competitive employment. (Page 350)

Customized Employment
  • Customized screening and referral of qualified applicants to employers.
  • Customized employment–related services to employers, employer associations, or other such organizations.
  • Coordination of activities
  • Employment and training activities are coordinated with child support enforcement activities of State agencies carrying out part D of title IV of the Social Security Act.
  • Employment and training activities in coordination with cooperative extension programs carried out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Employment and training activities coordinated with activities that facilitate remote access to services provided through the One–Stop delivery system, including access through the use of technology.
  • Improving coordination between workforce investment activities and economic development activities; promoting entrepreneurial skills training and microenterprise services.
  • Improving services and linkages between the local workforce investment system and employers, including small employers, in local areas.
  • Strengthening linkages between the One–Stop delivery system and the unemployment insurance programs.
  • Improving coordination between employment and training activities and programs for individuals with disabilities. This includes programs carried out by State agencies relating to intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities, as well as other activities undertaken by the statewide Independent Living Councils, and activities carried out by centers for independent living.
  • Other Federal agency supported workforce development initiatives, under the departments of Transportation, Energy, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Health and Human Services, and Defense. (Page 147)
Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Fourteen (14) of the sixteen (16) VR Field offices are co-located with our Employment and Training colleagues. Fifteen (15) of the field offices should already comply with section 188 of WIOA as well as applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et. seq.) We also work with the individual landlords in building the State does not own to ensure that concerns about accessibility are addressed. All Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are either licensed CRC’s or are in the process of completing an accredited Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling program. Additionally, all VR staff undergoes annual training to enhance their skills to address the needs of individuals with disabilities - including accessibility. (Page 229)

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. (Page 230)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

Wyoming DVR is developing a pilot Project SEARCH program in Albany County. Project SEARCH has programs in 47 states and is highly recommended by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to help DVR agencies meet the Pre Employment Transition Service requirements found in WIOA. As such, DVR is working with the following partners from: Education: Local School District, Career Technical School, Educational Service Center, several neighboring / contiguous school districts, etc.; Community Rehabilitation Partner (provider of job coaching and job development); Developmental Disabilities Agency or Mental Health Provider (for follow along services); Local Employers (Page 326)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

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 in a local area, activities that help young people 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. (Page 525)

Benefits

Disability Determination Services is responsible for determining the eligibility of Wyoming residents who apply for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs.

The following research questions guided this comprehensive statewide needs assessment for individuals with disabilities: 

  1. What are population estimates and characteristics of individuals with disabilities in Wyoming? How do these compare with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation customers?
  2. What are estimates and characteristics of individuals who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI and SSI)? How do these compare with Division customers?
  3. How do the processes and outcomes of Wyoming vocational rehabilitation services compare with other states? What are the anomalies and are these of concern?
  4. What do vocational rehabilitation customers perceive as their unmet needs and barriers to successful outcomes?
  5. What do rehabilitation providers perceive as unmet needs and barriers to successful outcomes for their customers? How do provider perceptions of needs and barriers compare with the customers’ perceptions?
  6. What groups appear to be unserved or underserved by vocational rehabilitation services? What are the unmet service needs of these groups?
  7. What are barriers and special service needs of racial and ethnic minority populations with disabilities? (Page 213)

Customers need assistance in understanding benefits and the impact of employment on benefits. Consumers and providers both identified a lack of knowledge about the impact of employment earnings on benefits. Recent studies indicate that benefits planning services are correlated with higher earnings for vocational rehabilitation customers. (Page 214)

Security Act, benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, assistance through the earned income tax credit under section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and assistance under the State program for temporary assistance for needy families funded under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act; and

b) Referral to the services or assistance described above, as appropriate

Currently, Wyoming has 78 active sponsors with 363 active apprentices. These numbers are dynamic; they change with the needs of businesses to train workers. ; (Page 247)

The Wyoming Employment First Task Force established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) has developed a Strategic Plan that includes FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force has developed a dash board that includes information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health. The Employment First Consultant is responsible for 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. (Page 325)

School to Work Transition

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 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.
  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.
  4. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation transition consultants will participate in the annual data analysis which is performed each fall. (Page 319)

The Division Central Office has a lending library that contains some reference materials relevant to vocational rehabilitation counseling. Reference materials are often requested by field staff or area managers and may be purchased for their use. In–service speakers and trainers often provide research information, as do many conference presenters. Program consultants in the Division’s Central Office stay current on trends in their specialty areas and share their findings with field staff. Specialty areas include the Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities; the ADA; supported employment; staff training and quality assurance; transitions from school to work; Telephone Relay Service (TRS); deaf services; Business Enterprise Program (BEP); and small business planning. All Division staff members have Internet access for research purposes. (Page 335)

  • Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.
  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division successfully closed 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve outreach to and referral services from local education agencies to aid transitions from school to work through efforts of the Division transition consultant and counselors.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities by having a program consultant act as a liaison between the Division and the Veterans Administration.
  • Increase by at least five the number of clients with significant disabilities who start small businesses or are self–employed. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division closed 22 clients with small businesses. Clients will be assisted in setting up small businesses by using the Small Business Development Fund and other resources.
  • Successfully rehabilitate in supported employment 300 or more individuals with the most significant disabilities. In Federal Fiscal 2015, 316 such people were closed successfully. Due to concerns about changes with services providers and their service focuses, the Division is concerned that it might not be able to meet the same level of employment as in previous years.
  • Improve the recruitment, training, and retention of staff. (Page 343)

The 2012 assessment of rehabilitation needs identified four populations of concern in Wyoming: Persons with mental illnesses, students with disabilities who are in transition from school to work, persons with intellectual disabilities, and persons with acquired brain injuries.

  • Students with disabilities continue to be a special concern for the Division. Because of distances and limited staff available, the Division has struggled to provide adequate services to the 48 school districts in Wyoming. To increase our impact, the Division has hired full–time transition consultants to coordinates effort at the state level, as well as to reaches out to the school districts and explain our services and how we can better serve disabled people. The Division has assigned all counselors a local school district or high school to aid in the focus on providing services to students and youth with disabilities.
  • The Division will continue working with mental health centers and other community rehabilitation programs to improve job opportunities for with clients with mental illnesses and to provide the support services necessary so clients can be successful and independent. (Page 352)

Goal 1. Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.

  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities.
  • Increase services to minority individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve services for students and youth in transition from school to work.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities. 

Results:

  • The Division successfully rehabilitated 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division worked with 381 clients who self–identified as something other than white, non–Hispanic. This compared 387 in FFY 2014. (The Division worked with 289 fewer clients in FFY 2015 than in FFY 2014)
  • In FFY 2015, the Division worked with 1,439 transition clients compared to 1,562 in FFY 2014.
  • The Division worked with 271 identified veterans in FFY 2015 compared to 236 in FFY 2014. (Page 354)
Data Collection

Community rehabilitation programs providing supported employment services in Wyoming must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Mental health centers providing supported–employment services must be certified by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division of the Wyoming Department of Health.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s management information system (Wyoming Rehabilitation and Employment System, or WYRES) includes criteria to measure integration, client satisfaction, scope of service, client wages, hours worked per week, variety of work options, and disability groups served. This data collection system allows the Division to make informed decisions to modify, improve, or expand supported employment services delivered through community rehabilitation programs and mental health centers. (Page 357)

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 Federal Data Reporting and Validation System (eDRVS).

The management information system collects and stores the data for required Federal reports including: (Page 202)

Wyoming continues to work towards data alignment and integration across the six core programs, unemployment insurance, and the state’s education systems. Several core programs and future combined plan programs are already integrated from an intake, case management, and reporting perspective. The integrated programs are Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, and Veterans. Presently, management information systems are not fully interoperable. However, for research purposes, including evaluation, Research and Planning’s data (illustrated in the graphic, “Research & Planning’s Administrative Records Data Providers”) either is, or will be, integrated across Social Security numbers and student identifiers, for descriptive analysis, and predictive, and explanatory purposes. As the graphic shows, Research and Planning obtains student records, including personally identifiable information, from all of public education for research and evaluation, including WIOA purposes. Employer information is collected quarterly from unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation records. Administrative records for research purposes are collected on a weekly, quarterly, semester, and annual basis. WIOA participant records are acquired quarterly, while Vocational Rehabilitation and Adult Education are collected annually. Beginning with PY 2016, Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation records will be collected on a quarterly basis. Research and Planning’s established data collection and management system will be sustained by Workforce Services to evaluate performance, provide user-friendly information, and enhance knowledge about the workforce system. Research and Planning’s data collection and management system will also be used under WIOA to meet longitudinal tracking and evaluation research requirements. (Page 220)

  1. Assign vocational rehabilitation counseling personnel to work with educational agencies in formalizing collaborative efforts on student planning, referral development, and tracking.
  2. Make available relevant data about eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and tracking information about employment outcomes for students and youth with disabilities. Review agency data collection procedures to improve and track vocational rehabilitation services and employment outcomes.
  3. Division counselors shall assist local education agencies in planning for transitions of students with disabilities from school to post–school careers and life. Division counselors shall act as consultants for students, parents, and the local education agencies during IEP/transition meetings scheduled prior to eligibility determination by DVR. When requested by the LEA, DVR shall ensure that DVR counselors/representatives participate in the evaluation process of students who have applied for or otherwise requested DVR services in the development of the IEP or 504 plan of eligible students. (Page 320)
Small business/Entrepreneurship

The Division Central Office has a lending library that contains some reference materials relevant to vocational rehabilitation counseling. Reference materials are often requested by field staff or area managers and may be purchased for their use. In–service speakers and trainers often provide research information, as do many conference presenters. Program consultants in the Division’s Central Office stay current on trends in their specialty areas and share their findings with field staff. Specialty areas include the Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities; the ADA; supported employment; staff training and quality assurance; transitions from school to work; Telephone Relay Service (TRS); deaf services; Business Enterprise Program (BEP); and small business planning. All Division staff members have Internet access for research purposes. (Page 335)

  • Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.
  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division successfully closed 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve outreach to and referral services from local education agencies to aid transitions from school to work through efforts of the Division transition consultant and counselors.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities by having a program consultant act as a liaison between the Division and the Veterans Administration.
  • Increase by at least five the number of clients with significant disabilities who start small businesses or are self–employed. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division closed 22 clients with small businesses. Clients will be assisted in setting up small businesses by using the Small Business Development Fund and other resources.
  • Successfully rehabilitate in supported employment 300 or more individuals with the most significant disabilities. In Federal Fiscal 2015, 316 such people were closed successfully. Due to concerns about changes with services providers and their service focuses, the Division is concerned that it might not be able to meet the same level of employment as in previous years.
  • Improve the recruitment, training, and retention of staff. (Page 343)

The Division continues to seek creative job strategies, including helping clients start small businesses. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is partnering with other divisions within the Department of Workforce Services to educate employers and to develop more employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. (Page 351)

  • The Division is continuing to work on expanding opportunities for clients to start small businesses. The Division has a full–time small business consultant who reviews all self–employment opportunities to ensure their viability and to provide some start–up funding.
  • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation continues to work with the State Human Resources Department to ensure that quality applicants are applying for positions with the agency. The Division continues to work with appropriate master’s degree programs in the region to identify potential candidates and to explore internship opportunities. The Division posts available openings on the State website and through social media. Other sources of recruitment are identified for geographical areas when it is difficult to find candidates. The Division continues to provide opportunities for staff to earn a master’s degree and to be able to sit for the CRC exam. Staff members also are given the opportunity to participate in continuing education training throughout the year to maintain their credentials. In 2014, the Wyoming Legislature approved raises for all staff members who met certain requirements. The raise took effect July 1, 2014, and a second raise was implemented on July 1, 2015. (Page 352)

Vocational Rehabilitation - WINRS

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation currently utilizes Libera, Inc. System 7 product for case management. The system is designed and operated by Libera, Inc. of Jamestown, New York. The General Rehabilitation Program, Supported Employment, Small Business Program, and Youth Transition Program are managed with this system. Regular updates will occur to the system to maintain compliance with State and Federal requirements. The Division installed this system on August 31, 2015. Newer modules and system upgrades will be continually added to improve and streamline the services available to the Division staff as they work to assist the eligible disabled population in Wyoming.

The Division uses multiple layers of security to meet State and Federal data compliance measures and policies, and to protect client information from unauthorized access or disclosure and possible misuse or abuse. The Division uses the latest Internet technology standards to encrypt and secure all Web application traffic. Client SSNs are hidden after Workforce Services staff members enter the SSNs into the system. Servers housing the databases containing SSNs are “single-purpose restricted” to cleared system administrators. All database backups are encrypted using the most current standards. Only authorized Department of Workforce Services’ staff can view all client information through a highly secure software interface. Authorized Department staff members are instructed on the appropriate handling and protection of this data by the Vocational Rehabilitation management team. (Page 201)

Business Enterprise Program

This program is responsible for administering vending machine placement and services in State buildings and small businesses that may operate in State buildings. The program is a part of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and has an assigned program consultant who manages and oversees the program. This necessitates close working relationships with vending service providers, building administrators, job coaches, community rehabilitation programs, and other government agencies.

The main objective of the Business Enterprise Program is to help individuals with disabilities plan and set up small businesses. Other entities are often involved in this process, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Centers, the Wyoming Women’s Business Center, the Wyoming Business Council, Social Security, private businesses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and the Rocky Mountain Inventors and Entrepreneurs’ Congress. (Page 314)

Career Pathways

Technical assistance (TA) is part of all monitoring visits to address current questions and challenges to meeting performance. If trends are identified in multiple programs, additional training is planned and made available to all programs. In addition to this TA, the three (3) areas identified in section C above will be addressed. Webinars, trainings, and dissemination of materials, links, and PD opportunities will be covered in our new monthly PD newsletter.

Professional development activities will include emphasis on evidence-based reading instruction, research-based instructional strategies, effective data quality collection, integrated education and training, use of technology in the classroom, serving students with disabilities, career pathways implementation, instruction in numeracy, writing, English instruction and language acquisition, distance learning, participatory learning, content standards, embedding social capitol skills (aka employability skills) into classroom management and instruction, and content standards. Transition to postsecondary education and training programs will be a collaborative effect among the core partners and community partners.

COLLABORATION.—In carrying out this section, eligible agencies shall collaborate where possible, and non-duplication of effort among partners will be a priority in order to maximize the impact of the activities above. (Page 302)

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation.  (Page 386)

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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

Home and Community Based Service Waivers Information - 09/25/2017

“Public Notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is submitting an amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Wyoming Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Comprehensive Waiver and Supports Waiver.  Additionally, the Department will submit an amendment to CMS to close the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver.  The complete waiver applications, as well as a summary of proposed changes, will be available online at https://health.wyo.gov/behavioralhealth/dd/waivers beginning September 17, 2017.”

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

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

“UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions provides ongoing support for educators and state and local agencies working with students transitioning from the K-12 education systems into postsecondary education, employment and community living settings.

Network participants could include school administrators, transition coordinators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions is collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Corrections, and the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Sessions are held Tuesdays, Biweekly from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing technology.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Waiver Amendments: September 2017 - 09/15/2017

This page is a list of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive and Support waivers both individually and some changes that are in common, and the proposed closure of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver.

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

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 07/10/2017

“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 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 Department of Behavioral Health Training and Education - 04/27/2017

This page is constantly updated with various upcoming training and education opportunities for people who serve people with mental health issues or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability (2015) - 07/20/2016

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WY‐DVR) in cooperation with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is required to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment describing the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the state. The needs assessment must include information on three categories: 1. Individuals with the most significant disabilities; 2. Individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals who have been unserved and underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program; and 3. Individuals with disabilities who are served through other components of the statewide workforce system as identified by individuals and personnel assisting these individuals.

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

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
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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

Wyoming "Disability Integration Act" (2015)

The purposes of this Act are— (1) to clarify and strengthen the ADA’s integration mandate in a manner that accelerates State compliance; (2) to clarify that every individual who is eligible for long-term services and supports has a Federally protected right to be meaningfully integrated into that individual’s community and receive community-based long-term services and supports; (3) to ensure that States provide long-term services and supports to individuals with disabilities in a manner that allows individuals with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting, including the individual’s own home, have maximum control over their services and supports, and ensure that long-term services and supports are provided in a manner that allows individuals with disabilities to lead an independent life; (4) to establish a comprehensive State planning requirement that includes enforceable, measurable objectives that are designed to transition individuals with all types of disabilities at all ages out of institutions and into the most integrated setting; and (5) to establish a requirement for clear and uniform annual public reporting by States that includes reporting about— (A) the number of individuals with disabilities who are served in the community and the number who are served in institutions; and (B) the number of individuals with disabilities who have transitioned from an institution to a community-based living situation, and the type of community based living situation into which those individuals have transitioned.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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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 Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 07/10/2017

“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

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability (2015) - 07/20/2016

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WY‐DVR) in cooperation with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is required to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment describing the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the state. The needs assessment must include information on three categories: 1. Individuals with the most significant disabilities; 2. Individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals who have been unserved and underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program; and 3. Individuals with disabilities who are served through other components of the statewide workforce system as identified by individuals and personnel assisting these individuals.

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

Employment First Planning Guide

“Supported employment is an alternative to traditional sheltered and competitive employment approaches. It is an attempt to meet the specific needs of individuals with disabilities and is based on fundamentally different principles and assumptions. The supported work model assumes that all individuals, regardless of the nature or extent of their disabilities, should have the opportunity and support to work in the community. There are no pre-requisite skills needed for community job success. Therefore, the task is not to identify and place “work ready” individuals, but rather to locate and/or modify meaningful jobs in the community and provide training and supports at the job site”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, “Wyoming State Plan: Five Year Goals 2011-2016”

“A main goal of the Wyoming’s Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is to put people with developmental disabilities to work in long-term, competitive, meaningful employment consistent with their interests, abilities and needs.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming Employment First Initiative

Employment First is the policy of the state; whereas, competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities who are of working age to obtain employment. Employment first applies to programs and services that provide services and support to help obtain employment for persons with disabilities.   The Governor’s Employment First Taskforce is developing a strategic plan to implement this employment first policy and will collect and maintain data and information relative to persons with disabilities who are or want to work.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Disability Discrimination Rules

“The purpose of these rules and regulations is to provide definitions and guidelines concerning disability discrimination under the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act, W.S. 27-9-101 through 27-9-108.”  The document includes definitions related to various aspects of disability. 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
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“Secondary Transitions” Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) - 09/25/2017

“UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions provides ongoing support for educators and state and local agencies working with students transitioning from the K-12 education systems into postsecondary education, employment and community living settings.

Network participants could include school administrators, transition coordinators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions is collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Corrections, and the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Sessions are held Tuesdays, Biweekly from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing technology.”

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

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

“The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is a member of the national network of 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

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 - 06/21/2017

“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 Department of Behavioral Health Training and Education - 04/27/2017

This page is constantly updated with various upcoming training and education opportunities for people who serve people with mental health issues or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Bridges: Building Bridges to Better Tomorrows

Bridges provides quality services to people with disabilities. The Bridges website contains information on case management, pathways to employment, and Wyoming Employment Specialist Training (WEST), among other resources.

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

Employment Pathway: Planning Your Road to Employment

This guide produced by the Wyoming Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division provides guidance on employment opportunities and pathways for people with disabilities including discussions on Supported Employment, Customized Employment and Discovery, as well as a review of DVR services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

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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Home and Community Based Service Waivers Information - 09/25/2017

“Public Notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is submitting an amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Wyoming Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Comprehensive Waiver and Supports Waiver.  Additionally, the Department will submit an amendment to CMS to close the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver.  The complete waiver applications, as well as a summary of proposed changes, will be available online at https://health.wyo.gov/behavioralhealth/dd/waivers beginning September 17, 2017.”

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

Waiver Amendments: September 2017 - 09/15/2017

This page is a list of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive and Support waivers both individually and some changes that are in common, and the proposed closure of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver.

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

Wyoming Comprehensive Waiver Transition Plan

On March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) promulgated new federal regulations that set new standards for Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Settings. The new standards require the state to have all HCB Settings come into compliance within 5 years of March 17, 2014. The federal regulations are 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5). CMS posted additional guidance to help states assess compliance and remediate areas that are not fully incompliance. More information on the rules can be found on the CMS website at  www.medicaid.gov/hcbs  .The new requirements address standards for informed choice, protecting the rights of participants, requiring settings to be integrated, not isolating to participants, and not institutional in nature or in its characteristics. To adhere to these rules, each state must submit a transition plan to assess the current settings and implement remediation with the areas of non-compliance within a 5-year timeline.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
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 w/DD (0253.R04.00)

“Provides case management, community integrated employment, homemaker, personal care, residential hab, respite, special family habilitation home, agency with choice, independent support broker, child hab services, companion services, dietician services, environmental mods, individually-directed goods and services, residential hab training, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, supported living, unpaid caregiver training and education for individuals w/ID/DD ages 0 – 20.”

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)

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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

2015 State Population.
0.33%
Change from
2014 to 2015
586,107
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.74%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37,643
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
18.79%
Change from
2014 to 2015
21,508
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
20.97%
Change from
2014 to 2015
57.14%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-2.5%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.06%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 582,658 584,153 586,107
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 36,518 38,675 37,643
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 18,519 17,466 21,508
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 255,622 259,953 252,653
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 50.71% 45.16% 57.14%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.38% 81.04% 79.06%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.70% 4.30% 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 15.00% 16.50% 12.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.30% 10.50% 10.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 35,936 39,628 35,877
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 32,513 31,627 35,509
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 63,028 64,173 66,882
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,161 710 423
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,759 5,069 5,844
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,420 2,108 2,496
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A 625 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,753 2,892 990
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 439 704 321

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 721 704 711
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.70% 10.60% 10.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,106 13,170 13,252

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,325 5,776 5,465
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 8,444 8,556 7,682
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 12,212 12,310 10,954
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 43.60% 46.90% 49.90%
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)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 15 9 7
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 7 5 5
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. 47.00% 56.00% 71.00%
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. 1.21 0.86 0.85

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,587
1,190
1,025
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 46 48 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 132 110 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 507 368 382
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 287 224 221
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 458 331 311
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 157 109 111
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 26.90% 34.90% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 479 562
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 18,096 18,305
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 82 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 67 51 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $749,000 $783,000 $847,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $385,000 $396,000 $420,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $20,964,000 $21,051,000 $20,846,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00% 18.00% 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 128 134 159
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,016 1,035 1,083
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 43.20 44.50 41.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.17% 61.84% 65.21%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.07% 7.09% 6.66%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.44% 1.34% 2.02%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.38% 95.22% 94.32%
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). 31.56% 26.18% 28.44%
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). 63.46% 58.12% 63.03%
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). 79.07% 72.77% 80.57%
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). 31.90% 31.93% 34.59%

 

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

2015 2016 2017
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). 5 6 1
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5 7 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). 152 281 129
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 66 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 152 347 129

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Strategies for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to meet performance goals are as follows: 

  • Strengthen the alignment of the Division program with the other core programs through a unified strategic plan, common performance accountability measures, and delivery of services through the One–Stop model.
  • Continuing to emphasize the achievement of competitive integrated employment by individuals with disabilities through the Employment First Initiative.
  • Expanding services to support students and youth with disabilities who are transitioning from secondary education to postsecondary education and employment. 

No specific disability related information found.  (Page 171)

The Wyoming Employment First Task Force established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) has developed a Strategic Plan that includes FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force has developed a dash board that includes information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health. The Employment First Consultant is responsible for 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. (Page 325)

Individuals who are intellectually disabled

Objective: Improve and expand services to persons who are intellectually disabled.

Method: The Division partnered with other State agencies to hold an “employment first” conference in July 2014. The goal was to educate consumers and employers about the benefits of integrated and competitive employment. (Page 350)

Customized Employment
  • Customized screening and referral of qualified applicants to employers.
  • Customized employment–related services to employers, employer associations, or other such organizations.
  • Coordination of activities
  • Employment and training activities are coordinated with child support enforcement activities of State agencies carrying out part D of title IV of the Social Security Act.
  • Employment and training activities in coordination with cooperative extension programs carried out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Employment and training activities coordinated with activities that facilitate remote access to services provided through the One–Stop delivery system, including access through the use of technology.
  • Improving coordination between workforce investment activities and economic development activities; promoting entrepreneurial skills training and microenterprise services.
  • Improving services and linkages between the local workforce investment system and employers, including small employers, in local areas.
  • Strengthening linkages between the One–Stop delivery system and the unemployment insurance programs.
  • Improving coordination between employment and training activities and programs for individuals with disabilities. This includes programs carried out by State agencies relating to intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities, as well as other activities undertaken by the statewide Independent Living Councils, and activities carried out by centers for independent living.
  • Other Federal agency supported workforce development initiatives, under the departments of Transportation, Energy, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Health and Human Services, and Defense. (Page 147)
Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Fourteen (14) of the sixteen (16) VR Field offices are co-located with our Employment and Training colleagues. Fifteen (15) of the field offices should already comply with section 188 of WIOA as well as applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et. seq.) We also work with the individual landlords in building the State does not own to ensure that concerns about accessibility are addressed. All Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are either licensed CRC’s or are in the process of completing an accredited Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling program. Additionally, all VR staff undergoes annual training to enhance their skills to address the needs of individuals with disabilities - including accessibility. (Page 229)

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. (Page 230)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

Wyoming DVR is developing a pilot Project SEARCH program in Albany County. Project SEARCH has programs in 47 states and is highly recommended by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to help DVR agencies meet the Pre Employment Transition Service requirements found in WIOA. As such, DVR is working with the following partners from: Education: Local School District, Career Technical School, Educational Service Center, several neighboring / contiguous school districts, etc.; Community Rehabilitation Partner (provider of job coaching and job development); Developmental Disabilities Agency or Mental Health Provider (for follow along services); Local Employers (Page 326)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

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 in a local area, activities that help young people 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. (Page 525)

Benefits

Disability Determination Services is responsible for determining the eligibility of Wyoming residents who apply for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs.

The following research questions guided this comprehensive statewide needs assessment for individuals with disabilities: 

  1. What are population estimates and characteristics of individuals with disabilities in Wyoming? How do these compare with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation customers?
  2. What are estimates and characteristics of individuals who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI and SSI)? How do these compare with Division customers?
  3. How do the processes and outcomes of Wyoming vocational rehabilitation services compare with other states? What are the anomalies and are these of concern?
  4. What do vocational rehabilitation customers perceive as their unmet needs and barriers to successful outcomes?
  5. What do rehabilitation providers perceive as unmet needs and barriers to successful outcomes for their customers? How do provider perceptions of needs and barriers compare with the customers’ perceptions?
  6. What groups appear to be unserved or underserved by vocational rehabilitation services? What are the unmet service needs of these groups?
  7. What are barriers and special service needs of racial and ethnic minority populations with disabilities? (Page 213)

Customers need assistance in understanding benefits and the impact of employment on benefits. Consumers and providers both identified a lack of knowledge about the impact of employment earnings on benefits. Recent studies indicate that benefits planning services are correlated with higher earnings for vocational rehabilitation customers. (Page 214)

Security Act, benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, assistance through the earned income tax credit under section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and assistance under the State program for temporary assistance for needy families funded under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act; and

b) Referral to the services or assistance described above, as appropriate

Currently, Wyoming has 78 active sponsors with 363 active apprentices. These numbers are dynamic; they change with the needs of businesses to train workers. ; (Page 247)

The Wyoming Employment First Task Force established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) has developed a Strategic Plan that includes FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force has developed a dash board that includes information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health. The Employment First Consultant is responsible for 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. (Page 325)

School to Work Transition

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 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.
  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.
  4. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation transition consultants will participate in the annual data analysis which is performed each fall. (Page 319)

The Division Central Office has a lending library that contains some reference materials relevant to vocational rehabilitation counseling. Reference materials are often requested by field staff or area managers and may be purchased for their use. In–service speakers and trainers often provide research information, as do many conference presenters. Program consultants in the Division’s Central Office stay current on trends in their specialty areas and share their findings with field staff. Specialty areas include the Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities; the ADA; supported employment; staff training and quality assurance; transitions from school to work; Telephone Relay Service (TRS); deaf services; Business Enterprise Program (BEP); and small business planning. All Division staff members have Internet access for research purposes. (Page 335)

  • Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.
  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division successfully closed 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve outreach to and referral services from local education agencies to aid transitions from school to work through efforts of the Division transition consultant and counselors.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities by having a program consultant act as a liaison between the Division and the Veterans Administration.
  • Increase by at least five the number of clients with significant disabilities who start small businesses or are self–employed. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division closed 22 clients with small businesses. Clients will be assisted in setting up small businesses by using the Small Business Development Fund and other resources.
  • Successfully rehabilitate in supported employment 300 or more individuals with the most significant disabilities. In Federal Fiscal 2015, 316 such people were closed successfully. Due to concerns about changes with services providers and their service focuses, the Division is concerned that it might not be able to meet the same level of employment as in previous years.
  • Improve the recruitment, training, and retention of staff. (Page 343)

The 2012 assessment of rehabilitation needs identified four populations of concern in Wyoming: Persons with mental illnesses, students with disabilities who are in transition from school to work, persons with intellectual disabilities, and persons with acquired brain injuries.

  • Students with disabilities continue to be a special concern for the Division. Because of distances and limited staff available, the Division has struggled to provide adequate services to the 48 school districts in Wyoming. To increase our impact, the Division has hired full–time transition consultants to coordinates effort at the state level, as well as to reaches out to the school districts and explain our services and how we can better serve disabled people. The Division has assigned all counselors a local school district or high school to aid in the focus on providing services to students and youth with disabilities.
  • The Division will continue working with mental health centers and other community rehabilitation programs to improve job opportunities for with clients with mental illnesses and to provide the support services necessary so clients can be successful and independent. (Page 352)

Goal 1. Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.

  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities.
  • Increase services to minority individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve services for students and youth in transition from school to work.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities. 

Results:

  • The Division successfully rehabilitated 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division worked with 381 clients who self–identified as something other than white, non–Hispanic. This compared 387 in FFY 2014. (The Division worked with 289 fewer clients in FFY 2015 than in FFY 2014)
  • In FFY 2015, the Division worked with 1,439 transition clients compared to 1,562 in FFY 2014.
  • The Division worked with 271 identified veterans in FFY 2015 compared to 236 in FFY 2014. (Page 354)
Data Collection

Community rehabilitation programs providing supported employment services in Wyoming must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Mental health centers providing supported–employment services must be certified by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division of the Wyoming Department of Health.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s management information system (Wyoming Rehabilitation and Employment System, or WYRES) includes criteria to measure integration, client satisfaction, scope of service, client wages, hours worked per week, variety of work options, and disability groups served. This data collection system allows the Division to make informed decisions to modify, improve, or expand supported employment services delivered through community rehabilitation programs and mental health centers. (Page 357)

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 Federal Data Reporting and Validation System (eDRVS).

The management information system collects and stores the data for required Federal reports including: (Page 202)

Wyoming continues to work towards data alignment and integration across the six core programs, unemployment insurance, and the state’s education systems. Several core programs and future combined plan programs are already integrated from an intake, case management, and reporting perspective. The integrated programs are Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, and Veterans. Presently, management information systems are not fully interoperable. However, for research purposes, including evaluation, Research and Planning’s data (illustrated in the graphic, “Research & Planning’s Administrative Records Data Providers”) either is, or will be, integrated across Social Security numbers and student identifiers, for descriptive analysis, and predictive, and explanatory purposes. As the graphic shows, Research and Planning obtains student records, including personally identifiable information, from all of public education for research and evaluation, including WIOA purposes. Employer information is collected quarterly from unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation records. Administrative records for research purposes are collected on a weekly, quarterly, semester, and annual basis. WIOA participant records are acquired quarterly, while Vocational Rehabilitation and Adult Education are collected annually. Beginning with PY 2016, Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation records will be collected on a quarterly basis. Research and Planning’s established data collection and management system will be sustained by Workforce Services to evaluate performance, provide user-friendly information, and enhance knowledge about the workforce system. Research and Planning’s data collection and management system will also be used under WIOA to meet longitudinal tracking and evaluation research requirements. (Page 220)

  1. Assign vocational rehabilitation counseling personnel to work with educational agencies in formalizing collaborative efforts on student planning, referral development, and tracking.
  2. Make available relevant data about eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and tracking information about employment outcomes for students and youth with disabilities. Review agency data collection procedures to improve and track vocational rehabilitation services and employment outcomes.
  3. Division counselors shall assist local education agencies in planning for transitions of students with disabilities from school to post–school careers and life. Division counselors shall act as consultants for students, parents, and the local education agencies during IEP/transition meetings scheduled prior to eligibility determination by DVR. When requested by the LEA, DVR shall ensure that DVR counselors/representatives participate in the evaluation process of students who have applied for or otherwise requested DVR services in the development of the IEP or 504 plan of eligible students. (Page 320)
Small business/Entrepreneurship

The Division Central Office has a lending library that contains some reference materials relevant to vocational rehabilitation counseling. Reference materials are often requested by field staff or area managers and may be purchased for their use. In–service speakers and trainers often provide research information, as do many conference presenters. Program consultants in the Division’s Central Office stay current on trends in their specialty areas and share their findings with field staff. Specialty areas include the Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities; the ADA; supported employment; staff training and quality assurance; transitions from school to work; Telephone Relay Service (TRS); deaf services; Business Enterprise Program (BEP); and small business planning. All Division staff members have Internet access for research purposes. (Page 335)

  • Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.
  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division successfully closed 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve outreach to and referral services from local education agencies to aid transitions from school to work through efforts of the Division transition consultant and counselors.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities by having a program consultant act as a liaison between the Division and the Veterans Administration.
  • Increase by at least five the number of clients with significant disabilities who start small businesses or are self–employed. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division closed 22 clients with small businesses. Clients will be assisted in setting up small businesses by using the Small Business Development Fund and other resources.
  • Successfully rehabilitate in supported employment 300 or more individuals with the most significant disabilities. In Federal Fiscal 2015, 316 such people were closed successfully. Due to concerns about changes with services providers and their service focuses, the Division is concerned that it might not be able to meet the same level of employment as in previous years.
  • Improve the recruitment, training, and retention of staff. (Page 343)

The Division continues to seek creative job strategies, including helping clients start small businesses. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is partnering with other divisions within the Department of Workforce Services to educate employers and to develop more employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. (Page 351)

  • The Division is continuing to work on expanding opportunities for clients to start small businesses. The Division has a full–time small business consultant who reviews all self–employment opportunities to ensure their viability and to provide some start–up funding.
  • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation continues to work with the State Human Resources Department to ensure that quality applicants are applying for positions with the agency. The Division continues to work with appropriate master’s degree programs in the region to identify potential candidates and to explore internship opportunities. The Division posts available openings on the State website and through social media. Other sources of recruitment are identified for geographical areas when it is difficult to find candidates. The Division continues to provide opportunities for staff to earn a master’s degree and to be able to sit for the CRC exam. Staff members also are given the opportunity to participate in continuing education training throughout the year to maintain their credentials. In 2014, the Wyoming Legislature approved raises for all staff members who met certain requirements. The raise took effect July 1, 2014, and a second raise was implemented on July 1, 2015. (Page 352)

Vocational Rehabilitation - WINRS

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation currently utilizes Libera, Inc. System 7 product for case management. The system is designed and operated by Libera, Inc. of Jamestown, New York. The General Rehabilitation Program, Supported Employment, Small Business Program, and Youth Transition Program are managed with this system. Regular updates will occur to the system to maintain compliance with State and Federal requirements. The Division installed this system on August 31, 2015. Newer modules and system upgrades will be continually added to improve and streamline the services available to the Division staff as they work to assist the eligible disabled population in Wyoming.

The Division uses multiple layers of security to meet State and Federal data compliance measures and policies, and to protect client information from unauthorized access or disclosure and possible misuse or abuse. The Division uses the latest Internet technology standards to encrypt and secure all Web application traffic. Client SSNs are hidden after Workforce Services staff members enter the SSNs into the system. Servers housing the databases containing SSNs are “single-purpose restricted” to cleared system administrators. All database backups are encrypted using the most current standards. Only authorized Department of Workforce Services’ staff can view all client information through a highly secure software interface. Authorized Department staff members are instructed on the appropriate handling and protection of this data by the Vocational Rehabilitation management team. (Page 201)

Business Enterprise Program

This program is responsible for administering vending machine placement and services in State buildings and small businesses that may operate in State buildings. The program is a part of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and has an assigned program consultant who manages and oversees the program. This necessitates close working relationships with vending service providers, building administrators, job coaches, community rehabilitation programs, and other government agencies.

The main objective of the Business Enterprise Program is to help individuals with disabilities plan and set up small businesses. Other entities are often involved in this process, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Centers, the Wyoming Women’s Business Center, the Wyoming Business Council, Social Security, private businesses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and the Rocky Mountain Inventors and Entrepreneurs’ Congress. (Page 314)

Career Pathways

Technical assistance (TA) is part of all monitoring visits to address current questions and challenges to meeting performance. If trends are identified in multiple programs, additional training is planned and made available to all programs. In addition to this TA, the three (3) areas identified in section C above will be addressed. Webinars, trainings, and dissemination of materials, links, and PD opportunities will be covered in our new monthly PD newsletter.

Professional development activities will include emphasis on evidence-based reading instruction, research-based instructional strategies, effective data quality collection, integrated education and training, use of technology in the classroom, serving students with disabilities, career pathways implementation, instruction in numeracy, writing, English instruction and language acquisition, distance learning, participatory learning, content standards, embedding social capitol skills (aka employability skills) into classroom management and instruction, and content standards. Transition to postsecondary education and training programs will be a collaborative effect among the core partners and community partners.

COLLABORATION.—In carrying out this section, eligible agencies shall collaborate where possible, and non-duplication of effort among partners will be a priority in order to maximize the impact of the activities above. (Page 302)

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation.  (Page 386)

Policies and Initiatives

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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

Home and Community Based Service Waivers Information - 09/25/2017

“Public Notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is submitting an amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Wyoming Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Comprehensive Waiver and Supports Waiver.  Additionally, the Department will submit an amendment to CMS to close the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver.  The complete waiver applications, as well as a summary of proposed changes, will be available online at https://health.wyo.gov/behavioralhealth/dd/waivers beginning September 17, 2017.”

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

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

“UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions provides ongoing support for educators and state and local agencies working with students transitioning from the K-12 education systems into postsecondary education, employment and community living settings.

Network participants could include school administrators, transition coordinators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions is collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Corrections, and the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Sessions are held Tuesdays, Biweekly from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing technology.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Waiver Amendments: September 2017 - 09/15/2017

This page is a list of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive and Support waivers both individually and some changes that are in common, and the proposed closure of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver.

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

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 07/10/2017

“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 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 Department of Behavioral Health Training and Education - 04/27/2017

This page is constantly updated with various upcoming training and education opportunities for people who serve people with mental health issues or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability (2015) - 07/20/2016

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WY‐DVR) in cooperation with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is required to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment describing the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the state. The needs assessment must include information on three categories: 1. Individuals with the most significant disabilities; 2. Individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals who have been unserved and underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program; and 3. Individuals with disabilities who are served through other components of the statewide workforce system as identified by individuals and personnel assisting these individuals.

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

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
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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

Wyoming "Disability Integration Act" (2015)

The purposes of this Act are— (1) to clarify and strengthen the ADA’s integration mandate in a manner that accelerates State compliance; (2) to clarify that every individual who is eligible for long-term services and supports has a Federally protected right to be meaningfully integrated into that individual’s community and receive community-based long-term services and supports; (3) to ensure that States provide long-term services and supports to individuals with disabilities in a manner that allows individuals with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting, including the individual’s own home, have maximum control over their services and supports, and ensure that long-term services and supports are provided in a manner that allows individuals with disabilities to lead an independent life; (4) to establish a comprehensive State planning requirement that includes enforceable, measurable objectives that are designed to transition individuals with all types of disabilities at all ages out of institutions and into the most integrated setting; and (5) to establish a requirement for clear and uniform annual public reporting by States that includes reporting about— (A) the number of individuals with disabilities who are served in the community and the number who are served in institutions; and (B) the number of individuals with disabilities who have transitioned from an institution to a community-based living situation, and the type of community based living situation into which those individuals have transitioned.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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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 Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 07/10/2017

“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

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability (2015) - 07/20/2016

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WY‐DVR) in cooperation with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is required to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment describing the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the state. The needs assessment must include information on three categories: 1. Individuals with the most significant disabilities; 2. Individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals who have been unserved and underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program; and 3. Individuals with disabilities who are served through other components of the statewide workforce system as identified by individuals and personnel assisting these individuals.

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

Employment First Planning Guide

“Supported employment is an alternative to traditional sheltered and competitive employment approaches. It is an attempt to meet the specific needs of individuals with disabilities and is based on fundamentally different principles and assumptions. The supported work model assumes that all individuals, regardless of the nature or extent of their disabilities, should have the opportunity and support to work in the community. There are no pre-requisite skills needed for community job success. Therefore, the task is not to identify and place “work ready” individuals, but rather to locate and/or modify meaningful jobs in the community and provide training and supports at the job site”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, “Wyoming State Plan: Five Year Goals 2011-2016”

“A main goal of the Wyoming’s Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is to put people with developmental disabilities to work in long-term, competitive, meaningful employment consistent with their interests, abilities and needs.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming Employment First Initiative

Employment First is the policy of the state; whereas, competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities who are of working age to obtain employment. Employment first applies to programs and services that provide services and support to help obtain employment for persons with disabilities.   The Governor’s Employment First Taskforce is developing a strategic plan to implement this employment first policy and will collect and maintain data and information relative to persons with disabilities who are or want to work.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Disability Discrimination Rules

“The purpose of these rules and regulations is to provide definitions and guidelines concerning disability discrimination under the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act, W.S. 27-9-101 through 27-9-108.”  The document includes definitions related to various aspects of disability. 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
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“Secondary Transitions” Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) - 09/25/2017

“UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions provides ongoing support for educators and state and local agencies working with students transitioning from the K-12 education systems into postsecondary education, employment and community living settings.

Network participants could include school administrators, transition coordinators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions is collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Corrections, and the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Sessions are held Tuesdays, Biweekly from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing technology.”

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

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

“The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is a member of the national network of 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

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 - 06/21/2017

“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 Department of Behavioral Health Training and Education - 04/27/2017

This page is constantly updated with various upcoming training and education opportunities for people who serve people with mental health issues or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Bridges: Building Bridges to Better Tomorrows

Bridges provides quality services to people with disabilities. The Bridges website contains information on case management, pathways to employment, and Wyoming Employment Specialist Training (WEST), among other resources.

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

Employment Pathway: Planning Your Road to Employment

This guide produced by the Wyoming Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division provides guidance on employment opportunities and pathways for people with disabilities including discussions on Supported Employment, Customized Employment and Discovery, as well as a review of DVR services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

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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Home and Community Based Service Waivers Information - 09/25/2017

“Public Notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is submitting an amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Wyoming Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Comprehensive Waiver and Supports Waiver.  Additionally, the Department will submit an amendment to CMS to close the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver.  The complete waiver applications, as well as a summary of proposed changes, will be available online at https://health.wyo.gov/behavioralhealth/dd/waivers beginning September 17, 2017.”

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

Waiver Amendments: September 2017 - 09/15/2017

This page is a list of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive and Support waivers both individually and some changes that are in common, and the proposed closure of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver.

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

Wyoming Comprehensive Waiver Transition Plan

On March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) promulgated new federal regulations that set new standards for Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Settings. The new standards require the state to have all HCB Settings come into compliance within 5 years of March 17, 2014. The federal regulations are 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5). CMS posted additional guidance to help states assess compliance and remediate areas that are not fully incompliance. More information on the rules can be found on the CMS website at  www.medicaid.gov/hcbs  .The new requirements address standards for informed choice, protecting the rights of participants, requiring settings to be integrated, not isolating to participants, and not institutional in nature or in its characteristics. To adhere to these rules, each state must submit a transition plan to assess the current settings and implement remediation with the areas of non-compliance within a 5-year timeline.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
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 w/DD (0253.R04.00)

“Provides case management, community integrated employment, homemaker, personal care, residential hab, respite, special family habilitation home, agency with choice, independent support broker, child hab services, companion services, dietician services, environmental mods, individually-directed goods and services, residential hab training, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, supported living, unpaid caregiver training and education for individuals w/ID/DD ages 0 – 20.”

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)

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

2015 State Population.
0.33%
Change from
2014 to 2015
586,107
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.74%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37,643
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
18.79%
Change from
2014 to 2015
21,508
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
20.97%
Change from
2014 to 2015
57.14%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-2.5%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.06%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 582,658 584,153 586,107
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 36,518 38,675 37,643
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 18,519 17,466 21,508
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 255,622 259,953 252,653
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 50.71% 45.16% 57.14%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.38% 81.04% 79.06%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.70% 4.30% 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 15.00% 16.50% 12.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.30% 10.50% 10.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 35,936 39,628 35,877
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 32,513 31,627 35,509
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 63,028 64,173 66,882
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,161 710 423
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,759 5,069 5,844
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,420 2,108 2,496
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A 625 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,753 2,892 990
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 439 704 321

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 721 704 711
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.70% 10.60% 10.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,106 13,170 13,252

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,325 5,776 5,465
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 8,444 8,556 7,682
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 12,212 12,310 10,954
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 43.60% 46.90% 49.90%
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)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 15 9 7
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 7 5 5
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. 47.00% 56.00% 71.00%
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. 1.21 0.86 0.85

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,587
1,190
1,025
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 46 48 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 132 110 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 507 368 382
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 287 224 221
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 458 331 311
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 157 109 111
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 26.90% 34.90% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 479 562
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 18,096 18,305
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 82 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 67 51 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $749,000 $783,000 $847,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $385,000 $396,000 $420,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $20,964,000 $21,051,000 $20,846,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00% 18.00% 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 128 134 159
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,016 1,035 1,083
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 43.20 44.50 41.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.17% 61.84% 65.21%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.07% 7.09% 6.66%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.44% 1.34% 2.02%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.38% 95.22% 94.32%
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). 31.56% 26.18% 28.44%
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). 63.46% 58.12% 63.03%
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). 79.07% 72.77% 80.57%
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). 31.90% 31.93% 34.59%

 

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

2015 2016 2017
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). 5 6 1
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 5 7 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). 152 281 129
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 66 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 152 347 129

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Strategies for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to meet performance goals are as follows: 

  • Strengthen the alignment of the Division program with the other core programs through a unified strategic plan, common performance accountability measures, and delivery of services through the One–Stop model.
  • Continuing to emphasize the achievement of competitive integrated employment by individuals with disabilities through the Employment First Initiative.
  • Expanding services to support students and youth with disabilities who are transitioning from secondary education to postsecondary education and employment. 

No specific disability related information found.  (Page 171)

The Wyoming Employment First Task Force established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) has developed a Strategic Plan that includes FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force has developed a dash board that includes information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health. The Employment First Consultant is responsible for 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. (Page 325)

Individuals who are intellectually disabled

Objective: Improve and expand services to persons who are intellectually disabled.

Method: The Division partnered with other State agencies to hold an “employment first” conference in July 2014. The goal was to educate consumers and employers about the benefits of integrated and competitive employment. (Page 350)

Customized Employment
  • Customized screening and referral of qualified applicants to employers.
  • Customized employment–related services to employers, employer associations, or other such organizations.
  • Coordination of activities
  • Employment and training activities are coordinated with child support enforcement activities of State agencies carrying out part D of title IV of the Social Security Act.
  • Employment and training activities in coordination with cooperative extension programs carried out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Employment and training activities coordinated with activities that facilitate remote access to services provided through the One–Stop delivery system, including access through the use of technology.
  • Improving coordination between workforce investment activities and economic development activities; promoting entrepreneurial skills training and microenterprise services.
  • Improving services and linkages between the local workforce investment system and employers, including small employers, in local areas.
  • Strengthening linkages between the One–Stop delivery system and the unemployment insurance programs.
  • Improving coordination between employment and training activities and programs for individuals with disabilities. This includes programs carried out by State agencies relating to intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities, as well as other activities undertaken by the statewide Independent Living Councils, and activities carried out by centers for independent living.
  • Other Federal agency supported workforce development initiatives, under the departments of Transportation, Energy, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Health and Human Services, and Defense. (Page 147)
Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Fourteen (14) of the sixteen (16) VR Field offices are co-located with our Employment and Training colleagues. Fifteen (15) of the field offices should already comply with section 188 of WIOA as well as applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et. seq.) We also work with the individual landlords in building the State does not own to ensure that concerns about accessibility are addressed. All Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are either licensed CRC’s or are in the process of completing an accredited Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling program. Additionally, all VR staff undergoes annual training to enhance their skills to address the needs of individuals with disabilities - including accessibility. (Page 229)

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. (Page 230)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

Wyoming DVR is developing a pilot Project SEARCH program in Albany County. Project SEARCH has programs in 47 states and is highly recommended by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to help DVR agencies meet the Pre Employment Transition Service requirements found in WIOA. As such, DVR is working with the following partners from: Education: Local School District, Career Technical School, Educational Service Center, several neighboring / contiguous school districts, etc.; Community Rehabilitation Partner (provider of job coaching and job development); Developmental Disabilities Agency or Mental Health Provider (for follow along services); Local Employers (Page 326)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

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 in a local area, activities that help young people 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. (Page 525)

Benefits

Disability Determination Services is responsible for determining the eligibility of Wyoming residents who apply for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs.

The following research questions guided this comprehensive statewide needs assessment for individuals with disabilities: 

  1. What are population estimates and characteristics of individuals with disabilities in Wyoming? How do these compare with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation customers?
  2. What are estimates and characteristics of individuals who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI and SSI)? How do these compare with Division customers?
  3. How do the processes and outcomes of Wyoming vocational rehabilitation services compare with other states? What are the anomalies and are these of concern?
  4. What do vocational rehabilitation customers perceive as their unmet needs and barriers to successful outcomes?
  5. What do rehabilitation providers perceive as unmet needs and barriers to successful outcomes for their customers? How do provider perceptions of needs and barriers compare with the customers’ perceptions?
  6. What groups appear to be unserved or underserved by vocational rehabilitation services? What are the unmet service needs of these groups?
  7. What are barriers and special service needs of racial and ethnic minority populations with disabilities? (Page 213)

Customers need assistance in understanding benefits and the impact of employment on benefits. Consumers and providers both identified a lack of knowledge about the impact of employment earnings on benefits. Recent studies indicate that benefits planning services are correlated with higher earnings for vocational rehabilitation customers. (Page 214)

Security Act, benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, assistance through the earned income tax credit under section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and assistance under the State program for temporary assistance for needy families funded under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act; and

b) Referral to the services or assistance described above, as appropriate

Currently, Wyoming has 78 active sponsors with 363 active apprentices. These numbers are dynamic; they change with the needs of businesses to train workers. ; (Page 247)

The Wyoming Employment First Task Force established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) has developed a Strategic Plan that includes FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force has developed a dash board that includes information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health. The Employment First Consultant is responsible for 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. (Page 325)

School to Work Transition

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 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.
  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.
  4. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation transition consultants will participate in the annual data analysis which is performed each fall. (Page 319)

The Division Central Office has a lending library that contains some reference materials relevant to vocational rehabilitation counseling. Reference materials are often requested by field staff or area managers and may be purchased for their use. In–service speakers and trainers often provide research information, as do many conference presenters. Program consultants in the Division’s Central Office stay current on trends in their specialty areas and share their findings with field staff. Specialty areas include the Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities; the ADA; supported employment; staff training and quality assurance; transitions from school to work; Telephone Relay Service (TRS); deaf services; Business Enterprise Program (BEP); and small business planning. All Division staff members have Internet access for research purposes. (Page 335)

  • Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.
  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division successfully closed 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve outreach to and referral services from local education agencies to aid transitions from school to work through efforts of the Division transition consultant and counselors.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities by having a program consultant act as a liaison between the Division and the Veterans Administration.
  • Increase by at least five the number of clients with significant disabilities who start small businesses or are self–employed. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division closed 22 clients with small businesses. Clients will be assisted in setting up small businesses by using the Small Business Development Fund and other resources.
  • Successfully rehabilitate in supported employment 300 or more individuals with the most significant disabilities. In Federal Fiscal 2015, 316 such people were closed successfully. Due to concerns about changes with services providers and their service focuses, the Division is concerned that it might not be able to meet the same level of employment as in previous years.
  • Improve the recruitment, training, and retention of staff. (Page 343)

The 2012 assessment of rehabilitation needs identified four populations of concern in Wyoming: Persons with mental illnesses, students with disabilities who are in transition from school to work, persons with intellectual disabilities, and persons with acquired brain injuries.

  • Students with disabilities continue to be a special concern for the Division. Because of distances and limited staff available, the Division has struggled to provide adequate services to the 48 school districts in Wyoming. To increase our impact, the Division has hired full–time transition consultants to coordinates effort at the state level, as well as to reaches out to the school districts and explain our services and how we can better serve disabled people. The Division has assigned all counselors a local school district or high school to aid in the focus on providing services to students and youth with disabilities.
  • The Division will continue working with mental health centers and other community rehabilitation programs to improve job opportunities for with clients with mental illnesses and to provide the support services necessary so clients can be successful and independent. (Page 352)

Goal 1. Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.

  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities.
  • Increase services to minority individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve services for students and youth in transition from school to work.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities. 

Results:

  • The Division successfully rehabilitated 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division worked with 381 clients who self–identified as something other than white, non–Hispanic. This compared 387 in FFY 2014. (The Division worked with 289 fewer clients in FFY 2015 than in FFY 2014)
  • In FFY 2015, the Division worked with 1,439 transition clients compared to 1,562 in FFY 2014.
  • The Division worked with 271 identified veterans in FFY 2015 compared to 236 in FFY 2014. (Page 354)
Data Collection

Community rehabilitation programs providing supported employment services in Wyoming must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Mental health centers providing supported–employment services must be certified by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division of the Wyoming Department of Health.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s management information system (Wyoming Rehabilitation and Employment System, or WYRES) includes criteria to measure integration, client satisfaction, scope of service, client wages, hours worked per week, variety of work options, and disability groups served. This data collection system allows the Division to make informed decisions to modify, improve, or expand supported employment services delivered through community rehabilitation programs and mental health centers. (Page 357)

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 Federal Data Reporting and Validation System (eDRVS).

The management information system collects and stores the data for required Federal reports including: (Page 202)

Wyoming continues to work towards data alignment and integration across the six core programs, unemployment insurance, and the state’s education systems. Several core programs and future combined plan programs are already integrated from an intake, case management, and reporting perspective. The integrated programs are Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, and Veterans. Presently, management information systems are not fully interoperable. However, for research purposes, including evaluation, Research and Planning’s data (illustrated in the graphic, “Research & Planning’s Administrative Records Data Providers”) either is, or will be, integrated across Social Security numbers and student identifiers, for descriptive analysis, and predictive, and explanatory purposes. As the graphic shows, Research and Planning obtains student records, including personally identifiable information, from all of public education for research and evaluation, including WIOA purposes. Employer information is collected quarterly from unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation records. Administrative records for research purposes are collected on a weekly, quarterly, semester, and annual basis. WIOA participant records are acquired quarterly, while Vocational Rehabilitation and Adult Education are collected annually. Beginning with PY 2016, Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation records will be collected on a quarterly basis. Research and Planning’s established data collection and management system will be sustained by Workforce Services to evaluate performance, provide user-friendly information, and enhance knowledge about the workforce system. Research and Planning’s data collection and management system will also be used under WIOA to meet longitudinal tracking and evaluation research requirements. (Page 220)

  1. Assign vocational rehabilitation counseling personnel to work with educational agencies in formalizing collaborative efforts on student planning, referral development, and tracking.
  2. Make available relevant data about eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and tracking information about employment outcomes for students and youth with disabilities. Review agency data collection procedures to improve and track vocational rehabilitation services and employment outcomes.
  3. Division counselors shall assist local education agencies in planning for transitions of students with disabilities from school to post–school careers and life. Division counselors shall act as consultants for students, parents, and the local education agencies during IEP/transition meetings scheduled prior to eligibility determination by DVR. When requested by the LEA, DVR shall ensure that DVR counselors/representatives participate in the evaluation process of students who have applied for or otherwise requested DVR services in the development of the IEP or 504 plan of eligible students. (Page 320)
Small business/Entrepreneurship

The Division Central Office has a lending library that contains some reference materials relevant to vocational rehabilitation counseling. Reference materials are often requested by field staff or area managers and may be purchased for their use. In–service speakers and trainers often provide research information, as do many conference presenters. Program consultants in the Division’s Central Office stay current on trends in their specialty areas and share their findings with field staff. Specialty areas include the Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities; the ADA; supported employment; staff training and quality assurance; transitions from school to work; Telephone Relay Service (TRS); deaf services; Business Enterprise Program (BEP); and small business planning. All Division staff members have Internet access for research purposes. (Page 335)

  • Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.
  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division successfully closed 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve outreach to and referral services from local education agencies to aid transitions from school to work through efforts of the Division transition consultant and counselors.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities by having a program consultant act as a liaison between the Division and the Veterans Administration.
  • Increase by at least five the number of clients with significant disabilities who start small businesses or are self–employed. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division closed 22 clients with small businesses. Clients will be assisted in setting up small businesses by using the Small Business Development Fund and other resources.
  • Successfully rehabilitate in supported employment 300 or more individuals with the most significant disabilities. In Federal Fiscal 2015, 316 such people were closed successfully. Due to concerns about changes with services providers and their service focuses, the Division is concerned that it might not be able to meet the same level of employment as in previous years.
  • Improve the recruitment, training, and retention of staff. (Page 343)

The Division continues to seek creative job strategies, including helping clients start small businesses. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is partnering with other divisions within the Department of Workforce Services to educate employers and to develop more employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. (Page 351)

  • The Division is continuing to work on expanding opportunities for clients to start small businesses. The Division has a full–time small business consultant who reviews all self–employment opportunities to ensure their viability and to provide some start–up funding.
  • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation continues to work with the State Human Resources Department to ensure that quality applicants are applying for positions with the agency. The Division continues to work with appropriate master’s degree programs in the region to identify potential candidates and to explore internship opportunities. The Division posts available openings on the State website and through social media. Other sources of recruitment are identified for geographical areas when it is difficult to find candidates. The Division continues to provide opportunities for staff to earn a master’s degree and to be able to sit for the CRC exam. Staff members also are given the opportunity to participate in continuing education training throughout the year to maintain their credentials. In 2014, the Wyoming Legislature approved raises for all staff members who met certain requirements. The raise took effect July 1, 2014, and a second raise was implemented on July 1, 2015. (Page 352)

Vocational Rehabilitation - WINRS

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation currently utilizes Libera, Inc. System 7 product for case management. The system is designed and operated by Libera, Inc. of Jamestown, New York. The General Rehabilitation Program, Supported Employment, Small Business Program, and Youth Transition Program are managed with this system. Regular updates will occur to the system to maintain compliance with State and Federal requirements. The Division installed this system on August 31, 2015. Newer modules and system upgrades will be continually added to improve and streamline the services available to the Division staff as they work to assist the eligible disabled population in Wyoming.

The Division uses multiple layers of security to meet State and Federal data compliance measures and policies, and to protect client information from unauthorized access or disclosure and possible misuse or abuse. The Division uses the latest Internet technology standards to encrypt and secure all Web application traffic. Client SSNs are hidden after Workforce Services staff members enter the SSNs into the system. Servers housing the databases containing SSNs are “single-purpose restricted” to cleared system administrators. All database backups are encrypted using the most current standards. Only authorized Department of Workforce Services’ staff can view all client information through a highly secure software interface. Authorized Department staff members are instructed on the appropriate handling and protection of this data by the Vocational Rehabilitation management team. (Page 201)

Business Enterprise Program

This program is responsible for administering vending machine placement and services in State buildings and small businesses that may operate in State buildings. The program is a part of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and has an assigned program consultant who manages and oversees the program. This necessitates close working relationships with vending service providers, building administrators, job coaches, community rehabilitation programs, and other government agencies.

The main objective of the Business Enterprise Program is to help individuals with disabilities plan and set up small businesses. Other entities are often involved in this process, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Centers, the Wyoming Women’s Business Center, the Wyoming Business Council, Social Security, private businesses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and the Rocky Mountain Inventors and Entrepreneurs’ Congress. (Page 314)

Career Pathways

Technical assistance (TA) is part of all monitoring visits to address current questions and challenges to meeting performance. If trends are identified in multiple programs, additional training is planned and made available to all programs. In addition to this TA, the three (3) areas identified in section C above will be addressed. Webinars, trainings, and dissemination of materials, links, and PD opportunities will be covered in our new monthly PD newsletter.

Professional development activities will include emphasis on evidence-based reading instruction, research-based instructional strategies, effective data quality collection, integrated education and training, use of technology in the classroom, serving students with disabilities, career pathways implementation, instruction in numeracy, writing, English instruction and language acquisition, distance learning, participatory learning, content standards, embedding social capitol skills (aka employability skills) into classroom management and instruction, and content standards. Transition to postsecondary education and training programs will be a collaborative effect among the core partners and community partners.

COLLABORATION.—In carrying out this section, eligible agencies shall collaborate where possible, and non-duplication of effort among partners will be a priority in order to maximize the impact of the activities above. (Page 302)

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation.  (Page 386)

Policies and Initiatives

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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

Home and Community Based Service Waivers Information - 09/25/2017

“Public Notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is submitting an amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Wyoming Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Comprehensive Waiver and Supports Waiver.  Additionally, the Department will submit an amendment to CMS to close the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver.  The complete waiver applications, as well as a summary of proposed changes, will be available online at https://health.wyo.gov/behavioralhealth/dd/waivers beginning September 17, 2017.”

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

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

“UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions provides ongoing support for educators and state and local agencies working with students transitioning from the K-12 education systems into postsecondary education, employment and community living settings.

Network participants could include school administrators, transition coordinators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions is collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Corrections, and the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Sessions are held Tuesdays, Biweekly from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing technology.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Waiver Amendments: September 2017 - 09/15/2017

This page is a list of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive and Support waivers both individually and some changes that are in common, and the proposed closure of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver.

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

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 07/10/2017

“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 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 Department of Behavioral Health Training and Education - 04/27/2017

This page is constantly updated with various upcoming training and education opportunities for people who serve people with mental health issues or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability (2015) - 07/20/2016

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WY‐DVR) in cooperation with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is required to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment describing the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the state. The needs assessment must include information on three categories: 1. Individuals with the most significant disabilities; 2. Individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals who have been unserved and underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program; and 3. Individuals with disabilities who are served through other components of the statewide workforce system as identified by individuals and personnel assisting these individuals.

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

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
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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

Wyoming "Disability Integration Act" (2015)

The purposes of this Act are— (1) to clarify and strengthen the ADA’s integration mandate in a manner that accelerates State compliance; (2) to clarify that every individual who is eligible for long-term services and supports has a Federally protected right to be meaningfully integrated into that individual’s community and receive community-based long-term services and supports; (3) to ensure that States provide long-term services and supports to individuals with disabilities in a manner that allows individuals with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting, including the individual’s own home, have maximum control over their services and supports, and ensure that long-term services and supports are provided in a manner that allows individuals with disabilities to lead an independent life; (4) to establish a comprehensive State planning requirement that includes enforceable, measurable objectives that are designed to transition individuals with all types of disabilities at all ages out of institutions and into the most integrated setting; and (5) to establish a requirement for clear and uniform annual public reporting by States that includes reporting about— (A) the number of individuals with disabilities who are served in the community and the number who are served in institutions; and (B) the number of individuals with disabilities who have transitioned from an institution to a community-based living situation, and the type of community based living situation into which those individuals have transitioned.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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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 Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 07/10/2017

“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

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability (2015) - 07/20/2016

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WY‐DVR) in cooperation with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is required to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment describing the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the state. The needs assessment must include information on three categories: 1. Individuals with the most significant disabilities; 2. Individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals who have been unserved and underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program; and 3. Individuals with disabilities who are served through other components of the statewide workforce system as identified by individuals and personnel assisting these individuals.

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

Employment First Planning Guide

“Supported employment is an alternative to traditional sheltered and competitive employment approaches. It is an attempt to meet the specific needs of individuals with disabilities and is based on fundamentally different principles and assumptions. The supported work model assumes that all individuals, regardless of the nature or extent of their disabilities, should have the opportunity and support to work in the community. There are no pre-requisite skills needed for community job success. Therefore, the task is not to identify and place “work ready” individuals, but rather to locate and/or modify meaningful jobs in the community and provide training and supports at the job site”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, “Wyoming State Plan: Five Year Goals 2011-2016”

“A main goal of the Wyoming’s Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is to put people with developmental disabilities to work in long-term, competitive, meaningful employment consistent with their interests, abilities and needs.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming Employment First Initiative

Employment First is the policy of the state; whereas, competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities who are of working age to obtain employment. Employment first applies to programs and services that provide services and support to help obtain employment for persons with disabilities.   The Governor’s Employment First Taskforce is developing a strategic plan to implement this employment first policy and will collect and maintain data and information relative to persons with disabilities who are or want to work.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Disability Discrimination Rules

“The purpose of these rules and regulations is to provide definitions and guidelines concerning disability discrimination under the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act, W.S. 27-9-101 through 27-9-108.”  The document includes definitions related to various aspects of disability. 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
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“Secondary Transitions” Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) - 09/25/2017

“UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions provides ongoing support for educators and state and local agencies working with students transitioning from the K-12 education systems into postsecondary education, employment and community living settings.

Network participants could include school administrators, transition coordinators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions is collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Corrections, and the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Sessions are held Tuesdays, Biweekly from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing technology.”

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

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

“The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is a member of the national network of 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

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 - 06/21/2017

“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 Department of Behavioral Health Training and Education - 04/27/2017

This page is constantly updated with various upcoming training and education opportunities for people who serve people with mental health issues or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Bridges: Building Bridges to Better Tomorrows

Bridges provides quality services to people with disabilities. The Bridges website contains information on case management, pathways to employment, and Wyoming Employment Specialist Training (WEST), among other resources.

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

Employment Pathway: Planning Your Road to Employment

This guide produced by the Wyoming Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division provides guidance on employment opportunities and pathways for people with disabilities including discussions on Supported Employment, Customized Employment and Discovery, as well as a review of DVR services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

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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Home and Community Based Service Waivers Information - 09/25/2017

“Public Notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is submitting an amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Wyoming Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Comprehensive Waiver and Supports Waiver.  Additionally, the Department will submit an amendment to CMS to close the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver.  The complete waiver applications, as well as a summary of proposed changes, will be available online at https://health.wyo.gov/behavioralhealth/dd/waivers beginning September 17, 2017.”

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

Waiver Amendments: September 2017 - 09/15/2017

This page is a list of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive and Support waivers both individually and some changes that are in common, and the proposed closure of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver.

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

Wyoming Comprehensive Waiver Transition Plan

On March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) promulgated new federal regulations that set new standards for Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Settings. The new standards require the state to have all HCB Settings come into compliance within 5 years of March 17, 2014. The federal regulations are 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5). CMS posted additional guidance to help states assess compliance and remediate areas that are not fully incompliance. More information on the rules can be found on the CMS website at  www.medicaid.gov/hcbs  .The new requirements address standards for informed choice, protecting the rights of participants, requiring settings to be integrated, not isolating to participants, and not institutional in nature or in its characteristics. To adhere to these rules, each state must submit a transition plan to assess the current settings and implement remediation with the areas of non-compliance within a 5-year timeline.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
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 w/DD (0253.R04.00)

“Provides case management, community integrated employment, homemaker, personal care, residential hab, respite, special family habilitation home, agency with choice, independent support broker, child hab services, companion services, dietician services, environmental mods, individually-directed goods and services, residential hab training, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, supported living, unpaid caregiver training and education for individuals w/ID/DD ages 0 – 20.”

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)

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

2015 State Population.
0.33%
Change from
2014 to 2015
586,107
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.74%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37,643
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
18.79%
Change from
2014 to 2015
21,508
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
20.97%
Change from
2014 to 2015
57.14%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-2.5%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.06%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 586,107
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 37,643
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 21,508
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 252,653
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 57.14%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.06%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 12.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 35,877
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 35,509
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 66,882
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 423
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 5,844
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,496
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 990
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 321

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 711
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,252

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,465
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 7,682
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,954
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 49.90%
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)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 7
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5
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. 71.00%
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. 0.85

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,025
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. 382
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 221
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 311
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 111
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 562
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,305
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $847,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $420,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $20,846,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 159
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,083
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 41.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 65.21%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.66%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.02%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.32%
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). 28.44%
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). 63.03%
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). 80.57%
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). 34.59%

 

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
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). 129
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. 129

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Strategies for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to meet performance goals are as follows: 

  • Strengthen the alignment of the Division program with the other core programs through a unified strategic plan, common performance accountability measures, and delivery of services through the One–Stop model.
  • Continuing to emphasize the achievement of competitive integrated employment by individuals with disabilities through the Employment First Initiative.
  • Expanding services to support students and youth with disabilities who are transitioning from secondary education to postsecondary education and employment. 

No specific disability related information found.  (Page 171)

The Wyoming Employment First Task Force established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) has developed a Strategic Plan that includes FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force has developed a dash board that includes information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health. The Employment First Consultant is responsible for 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. (Page 325)

Individuals who are intellectually disabled

Objective: Improve and expand services to persons who are intellectually disabled.

Method: The Division partnered with other State agencies to hold an “employment first” conference in July 2014. The goal was to educate consumers and employers about the benefits of integrated and competitive employment. (Page 350)

Customized Employment
  • Customized screening and referral of qualified applicants to employers.
  • Customized employment–related services to employers, employer associations, or other such organizations.
  • Coordination of activities
  • Employment and training activities are coordinated with child support enforcement activities of State agencies carrying out part D of title IV of the Social Security Act.
  • Employment and training activities in coordination with cooperative extension programs carried out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Employment and training activities coordinated with activities that facilitate remote access to services provided through the One–Stop delivery system, including access through the use of technology.
  • Improving coordination between workforce investment activities and economic development activities; promoting entrepreneurial skills training and microenterprise services.
  • Improving services and linkages between the local workforce investment system and employers, including small employers, in local areas.
  • Strengthening linkages between the One–Stop delivery system and the unemployment insurance programs.
  • Improving coordination between employment and training activities and programs for individuals with disabilities. This includes programs carried out by State agencies relating to intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities, as well as other activities undertaken by the statewide Independent Living Councils, and activities carried out by centers for independent living.
  • Other Federal agency supported workforce development initiatives, under the departments of Transportation, Energy, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Health and Human Services, and Defense. (Page 147)
Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Fourteen (14) of the sixteen (16) VR Field offices are co-located with our Employment and Training colleagues. Fifteen (15) of the field offices should already comply with section 188 of WIOA as well as applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et. seq.) We also work with the individual landlords in building the State does not own to ensure that concerns about accessibility are addressed. All Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are either licensed CRC’s or are in the process of completing an accredited Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling program. Additionally, all VR staff undergoes annual training to enhance their skills to address the needs of individuals with disabilities - including accessibility. (Page 229)

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. (Page 230)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

Wyoming DVR is developing a pilot Project SEARCH program in Albany County. Project SEARCH has programs in 47 states and is highly recommended by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to help DVR agencies meet the Pre Employment Transition Service requirements found in WIOA. As such, DVR is working with the following partners from: Education: Local School District, Career Technical School, Educational Service Center, several neighboring / contiguous school districts, etc.; Community Rehabilitation Partner (provider of job coaching and job development); Developmental Disabilities Agency or Mental Health Provider (for follow along services); Local Employers (Page 326)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

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 in a local area, activities that help young people 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. (Page 525)

Benefits

Disability Determination Services is responsible for determining the eligibility of Wyoming residents who apply for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs.

The following research questions guided this comprehensive statewide needs assessment for individuals with disabilities: 

  1. What are population estimates and characteristics of individuals with disabilities in Wyoming? How do these compare with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation customers?
  2. What are estimates and characteristics of individuals who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI and SSI)? How do these compare with Division customers?
  3. How do the processes and outcomes of Wyoming vocational rehabilitation services compare with other states? What are the anomalies and are these of concern?
  4. What do vocational rehabilitation customers perceive as their unmet needs and barriers to successful outcomes?
  5. What do rehabilitation providers perceive as unmet needs and barriers to successful outcomes for their customers? How do provider perceptions of needs and barriers compare with the customers’ perceptions?
  6. What groups appear to be unserved or underserved by vocational rehabilitation services? What are the unmet service needs of these groups?
  7. What are barriers and special service needs of racial and ethnic minority populations with disabilities? (Page 213)

Customers need assistance in understanding benefits and the impact of employment on benefits. Consumers and providers both identified a lack of knowledge about the impact of employment earnings on benefits. Recent studies indicate that benefits planning services are correlated with higher earnings for vocational rehabilitation customers. (Page 214)

Security Act, benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, assistance through the earned income tax credit under section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and assistance under the State program for temporary assistance for needy families funded under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act; and

b) Referral to the services or assistance described above, as appropriate

Currently, Wyoming has 78 active sponsors with 363 active apprentices. These numbers are dynamic; they change with the needs of businesses to train workers. ; (Page 247)

The Wyoming Employment First Task Force established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) has developed a Strategic Plan that includes FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force has developed a dash board that includes information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health. The Employment First Consultant is responsible for 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. (Page 325)

School to Work Transition

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 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.
  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.
  4. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation transition consultants will participate in the annual data analysis which is performed each fall. (Page 319)

The Division Central Office has a lending library that contains some reference materials relevant to vocational rehabilitation counseling. Reference materials are often requested by field staff or area managers and may be purchased for their use. In–service speakers and trainers often provide research information, as do many conference presenters. Program consultants in the Division’s Central Office stay current on trends in their specialty areas and share their findings with field staff. Specialty areas include the Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities; the ADA; supported employment; staff training and quality assurance; transitions from school to work; Telephone Relay Service (TRS); deaf services; Business Enterprise Program (BEP); and small business planning. All Division staff members have Internet access for research purposes. (Page 335)

  • Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.
  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division successfully closed 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve outreach to and referral services from local education agencies to aid transitions from school to work through efforts of the Division transition consultant and counselors.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities by having a program consultant act as a liaison between the Division and the Veterans Administration.
  • Increase by at least five the number of clients with significant disabilities who start small businesses or are self–employed. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division closed 22 clients with small businesses. Clients will be assisted in setting up small businesses by using the Small Business Development Fund and other resources.
  • Successfully rehabilitate in supported employment 300 or more individuals with the most significant disabilities. In Federal Fiscal 2015, 316 such people were closed successfully. Due to concerns about changes with services providers and their service focuses, the Division is concerned that it might not be able to meet the same level of employment as in previous years.
  • Improve the recruitment, training, and retention of staff. (Page 343)

The 2012 assessment of rehabilitation needs identified four populations of concern in Wyoming: Persons with mental illnesses, students with disabilities who are in transition from school to work, persons with intellectual disabilities, and persons with acquired brain injuries.

  • Students with disabilities continue to be a special concern for the Division. Because of distances and limited staff available, the Division has struggled to provide adequate services to the 48 school districts in Wyoming. To increase our impact, the Division has hired full–time transition consultants to coordinates effort at the state level, as well as to reaches out to the school districts and explain our services and how we can better serve disabled people. The Division has assigned all counselors a local school district or high school to aid in the focus on providing services to students and youth with disabilities.
  • The Division will continue working with mental health centers and other community rehabilitation programs to improve job opportunities for with clients with mental illnesses and to provide the support services necessary so clients can be successful and independent. (Page 352)

Goal 1. Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.

  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities.
  • Increase services to minority individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve services for students and youth in transition from school to work.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities. 

Results:

  • The Division successfully rehabilitated 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division worked with 381 clients who self–identified as something other than white, non–Hispanic. This compared 387 in FFY 2014. (The Division worked with 289 fewer clients in FFY 2015 than in FFY 2014)
  • In FFY 2015, the Division worked with 1,439 transition clients compared to 1,562 in FFY 2014.
  • The Division worked with 271 identified veterans in FFY 2015 compared to 236 in FFY 2014. (Page 354)
Data Collection

Community rehabilitation programs providing supported employment services in Wyoming must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Mental health centers providing supported–employment services must be certified by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division of the Wyoming Department of Health.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s management information system (Wyoming Rehabilitation and Employment System, or WYRES) includes criteria to measure integration, client satisfaction, scope of service, client wages, hours worked per week, variety of work options, and disability groups served. This data collection system allows the Division to make informed decisions to modify, improve, or expand supported employment services delivered through community rehabilitation programs and mental health centers. (Page 357)

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 Federal Data Reporting and Validation System (eDRVS).

The management information system collects and stores the data for required Federal reports including: (Page 202)

Wyoming continues to work towards data alignment and integration across the six core programs, unemployment insurance, and the state’s education systems. Several core programs and future combined plan programs are already integrated from an intake, case management, and reporting perspective. The integrated programs are Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, and Veterans. Presently, management information systems are not fully interoperable. However, for research purposes, including evaluation, Research and Planning’s data (illustrated in the graphic, “Research & Planning’s Administrative Records Data Providers”) either is, or will be, integrated across Social Security numbers and student identifiers, for descriptive analysis, and predictive, and explanatory purposes. As the graphic shows, Research and Planning obtains student records, including personally identifiable information, from all of public education for research and evaluation, including WIOA purposes. Employer information is collected quarterly from unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation records. Administrative records for research purposes are collected on a weekly, quarterly, semester, and annual basis. WIOA participant records are acquired quarterly, while Vocational Rehabilitation and Adult Education are collected annually. Beginning with PY 2016, Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation records will be collected on a quarterly basis. Research and Planning’s established data collection and management system will be sustained by Workforce Services to evaluate performance, provide user-friendly information, and enhance knowledge about the workforce system. Research and Planning’s data collection and management system will also be used under WIOA to meet longitudinal tracking and evaluation research requirements. (Page 220)

  1. Assign vocational rehabilitation counseling personnel to work with educational agencies in formalizing collaborative efforts on student planning, referral development, and tracking.
  2. Make available relevant data about eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and tracking information about employment outcomes for students and youth with disabilities. Review agency data collection procedures to improve and track vocational rehabilitation services and employment outcomes.
  3. Division counselors shall assist local education agencies in planning for transitions of students with disabilities from school to post–school careers and life. Division counselors shall act as consultants for students, parents, and the local education agencies during IEP/transition meetings scheduled prior to eligibility determination by DVR. When requested by the LEA, DVR shall ensure that DVR counselors/representatives participate in the evaluation process of students who have applied for or otherwise requested DVR services in the development of the IEP or 504 plan of eligible students. (Page 320)
Small business/Entrepreneurship

The Division Central Office has a lending library that contains some reference materials relevant to vocational rehabilitation counseling. Reference materials are often requested by field staff or area managers and may be purchased for their use. In–service speakers and trainers often provide research information, as do many conference presenters. Program consultants in the Division’s Central Office stay current on trends in their specialty areas and share their findings with field staff. Specialty areas include the Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities; the ADA; supported employment; staff training and quality assurance; transitions from school to work; Telephone Relay Service (TRS); deaf services; Business Enterprise Program (BEP); and small business planning. All Division staff members have Internet access for research purposes. (Page 335)

  • Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.
  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division successfully closed 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve outreach to and referral services from local education agencies to aid transitions from school to work through efforts of the Division transition consultant and counselors.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities by having a program consultant act as a liaison between the Division and the Veterans Administration.
  • Increase by at least five the number of clients with significant disabilities who start small businesses or are self–employed. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division closed 22 clients with small businesses. Clients will be assisted in setting up small businesses by using the Small Business Development Fund and other resources.
  • Successfully rehabilitate in supported employment 300 or more individuals with the most significant disabilities. In Federal Fiscal 2015, 316 such people were closed successfully. Due to concerns about changes with services providers and their service focuses, the Division is concerned that it might not be able to meet the same level of employment as in previous years.
  • Improve the recruitment, training, and retention of staff. (Page 343)

The Division continues to seek creative job strategies, including helping clients start small businesses. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is partnering with other divisions within the Department of Workforce Services to educate employers and to develop more employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. (Page 351)

  • The Division is continuing to work on expanding opportunities for clients to start small businesses. The Division has a full–time small business consultant who reviews all self–employment opportunities to ensure their viability and to provide some start–up funding.
  • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation continues to work with the State Human Resources Department to ensure that quality applicants are applying for positions with the agency. The Division continues to work with appropriate master’s degree programs in the region to identify potential candidates and to explore internship opportunities. The Division posts available openings on the State website and through social media. Other sources of recruitment are identified for geographical areas when it is difficult to find candidates. The Division continues to provide opportunities for staff to earn a master’s degree and to be able to sit for the CRC exam. Staff members also are given the opportunity to participate in continuing education training throughout the year to maintain their credentials. In 2014, the Wyoming Legislature approved raises for all staff members who met certain requirements. The raise took effect July 1, 2014, and a second raise was implemented on July 1, 2015. (Page 352)

Vocational Rehabilitation - WINRS

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation currently utilizes Libera, Inc. System 7 product for case management. The system is designed and operated by Libera, Inc. of Jamestown, New York. The General Rehabilitation Program, Supported Employment, Small Business Program, and Youth Transition Program are managed with this system. Regular updates will occur to the system to maintain compliance with State and Federal requirements. The Division installed this system on August 31, 2015. Newer modules and system upgrades will be continually added to improve and streamline the services available to the Division staff as they work to assist the eligible disabled population in Wyoming.

The Division uses multiple layers of security to meet State and Federal data compliance measures and policies, and to protect client information from unauthorized access or disclosure and possible misuse or abuse. The Division uses the latest Internet technology standards to encrypt and secure all Web application traffic. Client SSNs are hidden after Workforce Services staff members enter the SSNs into the system. Servers housing the databases containing SSNs are “single-purpose restricted” to cleared system administrators. All database backups are encrypted using the most current standards. Only authorized Department of Workforce Services’ staff can view all client information through a highly secure software interface. Authorized Department staff members are instructed on the appropriate handling and protection of this data by the Vocational Rehabilitation management team. (Page 201)

Business Enterprise Program

This program is responsible for administering vending machine placement and services in State buildings and small businesses that may operate in State buildings. The program is a part of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and has an assigned program consultant who manages and oversees the program. This necessitates close working relationships with vending service providers, building administrators, job coaches, community rehabilitation programs, and other government agencies.

The main objective of the Business Enterprise Program is to help individuals with disabilities plan and set up small businesses. Other entities are often involved in this process, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Centers, the Wyoming Women’s Business Center, the Wyoming Business Council, Social Security, private businesses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and the Rocky Mountain Inventors and Entrepreneurs’ Congress. (Page 314)

Career Pathways

Technical assistance (TA) is part of all monitoring visits to address current questions and challenges to meeting performance. If trends are identified in multiple programs, additional training is planned and made available to all programs. In addition to this TA, the three (3) areas identified in section C above will be addressed. Webinars, trainings, and dissemination of materials, links, and PD opportunities will be covered in our new monthly PD newsletter.

Professional development activities will include emphasis on evidence-based reading instruction, research-based instructional strategies, effective data quality collection, integrated education and training, use of technology in the classroom, serving students with disabilities, career pathways implementation, instruction in numeracy, writing, English instruction and language acquisition, distance learning, participatory learning, content standards, embedding social capitol skills (aka employability skills) into classroom management and instruction, and content standards. Transition to postsecondary education and training programs will be a collaborative effect among the core partners and community partners.

COLLABORATION.—In carrying out this section, eligible agencies shall collaborate where possible, and non-duplication of effort among partners will be a priority in order to maximize the impact of the activities above. (Page 302)

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation.  (Page 386)

Policies and Initiatives

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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

Home and Community Based Service Waivers Information - 09/25/2017

“Public Notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is submitting an amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Wyoming Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Comprehensive Waiver and Supports Waiver.  Additionally, the Department will submit an amendment to CMS to close the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver.  The complete waiver applications, as well as a summary of proposed changes, will be available online at https://health.wyo.gov/behavioralhealth/dd/waivers beginning September 17, 2017.”

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

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

“UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions provides ongoing support for educators and state and local agencies working with students transitioning from the K-12 education systems into postsecondary education, employment and community living settings.

Network participants could include school administrators, transition coordinators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions is collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Corrections, and the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Sessions are held Tuesdays, Biweekly from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing technology.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Waiver Amendments: September 2017 - 09/15/2017

This page is a list of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive and Support waivers both individually and some changes that are in common, and the proposed closure of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver.

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

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 07/10/2017

“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 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 Department of Behavioral Health Training and Education - 04/27/2017

This page is constantly updated with various upcoming training and education opportunities for people who serve people with mental health issues or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability (2015) - 07/20/2016

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WY‐DVR) in cooperation with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is required to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment describing the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the state. The needs assessment must include information on three categories: 1. Individuals with the most significant disabilities; 2. Individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals who have been unserved and underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program; and 3. Individuals with disabilities who are served through other components of the statewide workforce system as identified by individuals and personnel assisting these individuals.

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

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
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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

Wyoming "Disability Integration Act" (2015)

The purposes of this Act are— (1) to clarify and strengthen the ADA’s integration mandate in a manner that accelerates State compliance; (2) to clarify that every individual who is eligible for long-term services and supports has a Federally protected right to be meaningfully integrated into that individual’s community and receive community-based long-term services and supports; (3) to ensure that States provide long-term services and supports to individuals with disabilities in a manner that allows individuals with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting, including the individual’s own home, have maximum control over their services and supports, and ensure that long-term services and supports are provided in a manner that allows individuals with disabilities to lead an independent life; (4) to establish a comprehensive State planning requirement that includes enforceable, measurable objectives that are designed to transition individuals with all types of disabilities at all ages out of institutions and into the most integrated setting; and (5) to establish a requirement for clear and uniform annual public reporting by States that includes reporting about— (A) the number of individuals with disabilities who are served in the community and the number who are served in institutions; and (B) the number of individuals with disabilities who have transitioned from an institution to a community-based living situation, and the type of community based living situation into which those individuals have transitioned.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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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 Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 07/10/2017

“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

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability (2015) - 07/20/2016

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WY‐DVR) in cooperation with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is required to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment describing the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the state. The needs assessment must include information on three categories: 1. Individuals with the most significant disabilities; 2. Individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals who have been unserved and underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program; and 3. Individuals with disabilities who are served through other components of the statewide workforce system as identified by individuals and personnel assisting these individuals.

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

Employment First Planning Guide

“Supported employment is an alternative to traditional sheltered and competitive employment approaches. It is an attempt to meet the specific needs of individuals with disabilities and is based on fundamentally different principles and assumptions. The supported work model assumes that all individuals, regardless of the nature or extent of their disabilities, should have the opportunity and support to work in the community. There are no pre-requisite skills needed for community job success. Therefore, the task is not to identify and place “work ready” individuals, but rather to locate and/or modify meaningful jobs in the community and provide training and supports at the job site”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, “Wyoming State Plan: Five Year Goals 2011-2016”

“A main goal of the Wyoming’s Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is to put people with developmental disabilities to work in long-term, competitive, meaningful employment consistent with their interests, abilities and needs.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming Employment First Initiative

Employment First is the policy of the state; whereas, competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities who are of working age to obtain employment. Employment first applies to programs and services that provide services and support to help obtain employment for persons with disabilities.   The Governor’s Employment First Taskforce is developing a strategic plan to implement this employment first policy and will collect and maintain data and information relative to persons with disabilities who are or want to work.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Disability Discrimination Rules

“The purpose of these rules and regulations is to provide definitions and guidelines concerning disability discrimination under the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act, W.S. 27-9-101 through 27-9-108.”  The document includes definitions related to various aspects of disability. 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
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“Secondary Transitions” Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) - 09/25/2017

“UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions provides ongoing support for educators and state and local agencies working with students transitioning from the K-12 education systems into postsecondary education, employment and community living settings.

Network participants could include school administrators, transition coordinators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions is collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Corrections, and the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Sessions are held Tuesdays, Biweekly from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing technology.”

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

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

“The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is a member of the national network of 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

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 - 06/21/2017

“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 Department of Behavioral Health Training and Education - 04/27/2017

This page is constantly updated with various upcoming training and education opportunities for people who serve people with mental health issues or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Bridges: Building Bridges to Better Tomorrows

Bridges provides quality services to people with disabilities. The Bridges website contains information on case management, pathways to employment, and Wyoming Employment Specialist Training (WEST), among other resources.

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

Employment Pathway: Planning Your Road to Employment

This guide produced by the Wyoming Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division provides guidance on employment opportunities and pathways for people with disabilities including discussions on Supported Employment, Customized Employment and Discovery, as well as a review of DVR services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

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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Home and Community Based Service Waivers Information - 09/25/2017

“Public Notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is submitting an amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Wyoming Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Comprehensive Waiver and Supports Waiver.  Additionally, the Department will submit an amendment to CMS to close the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver.  The complete waiver applications, as well as a summary of proposed changes, will be available online at https://health.wyo.gov/behavioralhealth/dd/waivers beginning September 17, 2017.”

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

Waiver Amendments: September 2017 - 09/15/2017

This page is a list of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive and Support waivers both individually and some changes that are in common, and the proposed closure of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver.

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

Wyoming Comprehensive Waiver Transition Plan

On March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) promulgated new federal regulations that set new standards for Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Settings. The new standards require the state to have all HCB Settings come into compliance within 5 years of March 17, 2014. The federal regulations are 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5). CMS posted additional guidance to help states assess compliance and remediate areas that are not fully incompliance. More information on the rules can be found on the CMS website at  www.medicaid.gov/hcbs  .The new requirements address standards for informed choice, protecting the rights of participants, requiring settings to be integrated, not isolating to participants, and not institutional in nature or in its characteristics. To adhere to these rules, each state must submit a transition plan to assess the current settings and implement remediation with the areas of non-compliance within a 5-year timeline.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
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 w/DD (0253.R04.00)

“Provides case management, community integrated employment, homemaker, personal care, residential hab, respite, special family habilitation home, agency with choice, independent support broker, child hab services, companion services, dietician services, environmental mods, individually-directed goods and services, residential hab training, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, supported living, unpaid caregiver training and education for individuals w/ID/DD ages 0 – 20.”

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)

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

2015 State Population.
0.33%
Change from
2014 to 2015
586,107
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.74%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37,643
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
18.79%
Change from
2014 to 2015
21,508
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
20.97%
Change from
2014 to 2015
57.14%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-2.5%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.06%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 586,107
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 37,643
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 21,508
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 252,653
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 57.14%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.06%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 12.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 35,877
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 35,509
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 66,882
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 423
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 5,844
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,496
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 990
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 321

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 711
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,252

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,465
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 7,682
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,954
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 49.90%
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)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 7
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5
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. 71.00%
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. 0.85

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,025
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. 382
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 221
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 311
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 111
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 562
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,305
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $847,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $420,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $20,846,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 159
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,083
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 41.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 65.21%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.66%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.02%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.32%
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). 28.44%
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). 63.03%
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). 80.57%
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). 34.59%

 

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
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). 129
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. 129

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

Strategies for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to meet performance goals are as follows: 

  • Strengthen the alignment of the Division program with the other core programs through a unified strategic plan, common performance accountability measures, and delivery of services through the One–Stop model.
  • Continuing to emphasize the achievement of competitive integrated employment by individuals with disabilities through the Employment First Initiative.
  • Expanding services to support students and youth with disabilities who are transitioning from secondary education to postsecondary education and employment. 

No specific disability related information found.  (Page 171)

The Wyoming Employment First Task Force established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) has developed a Strategic Plan that includes FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force has developed a dash board that includes information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health. The Employment First Consultant is responsible for 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. (Page 325)

Individuals who are intellectually disabled

Objective: Improve and expand services to persons who are intellectually disabled.

Method: The Division partnered with other State agencies to hold an “employment first” conference in July 2014. The goal was to educate consumers and employers about the benefits of integrated and competitive employment. (Page 350)

Customized Employment
  • Customized screening and referral of qualified applicants to employers.
  • Customized employment–related services to employers, employer associations, or other such organizations.
  • Coordination of activities
  • Employment and training activities are coordinated with child support enforcement activities of State agencies carrying out part D of title IV of the Social Security Act.
  • Employment and training activities in coordination with cooperative extension programs carried out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Employment and training activities coordinated with activities that facilitate remote access to services provided through the One–Stop delivery system, including access through the use of technology.
  • Improving coordination between workforce investment activities and economic development activities; promoting entrepreneurial skills training and microenterprise services.
  • Improving services and linkages between the local workforce investment system and employers, including small employers, in local areas.
  • Strengthening linkages between the One–Stop delivery system and the unemployment insurance programs.
  • Improving coordination between employment and training activities and programs for individuals with disabilities. This includes programs carried out by State agencies relating to intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities, as well as other activities undertaken by the statewide Independent Living Councils, and activities carried out by centers for independent living.
  • Other Federal agency supported workforce development initiatives, under the departments of Transportation, Energy, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Health and Human Services, and Defense. (Page 147)
Braiding/Blending Resources

No specific disability related information found.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Fourteen (14) of the sixteen (16) VR Field offices are co-located with our Employment and Training colleagues. Fifteen (15) of the field offices should already comply with section 188 of WIOA as well as applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et. seq.) We also work with the individual landlords in building the State does not own to ensure that concerns about accessibility are addressed. All Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are either licensed CRC’s or are in the process of completing an accredited Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling program. Additionally, all VR staff undergoes annual training to enhance their skills to address the needs of individuals with disabilities - including accessibility. (Page 229)

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. (Page 230)

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

Wyoming DVR is developing a pilot Project SEARCH program in Albany County. Project SEARCH has programs in 47 states and is highly recommended by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to help DVR agencies meet the Pre Employment Transition Service requirements found in WIOA. As such, DVR is working with the following partners from: Education: Local School District, Career Technical School, Educational Service Center, several neighboring / contiguous school districts, etc.; Community Rehabilitation Partner (provider of job coaching and job development); Developmental Disabilities Agency or Mental Health Provider (for follow along services); Local Employers (Page 326)

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

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 in a local area, activities that help young people 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. (Page 525)

Benefits

Disability Determination Services is responsible for determining the eligibility of Wyoming residents who apply for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs.

The following research questions guided this comprehensive statewide needs assessment for individuals with disabilities: 

  1. What are population estimates and characteristics of individuals with disabilities in Wyoming? How do these compare with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation customers?
  2. What are estimates and characteristics of individuals who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI and SSI)? How do these compare with Division customers?
  3. How do the processes and outcomes of Wyoming vocational rehabilitation services compare with other states? What are the anomalies and are these of concern?
  4. What do vocational rehabilitation customers perceive as their unmet needs and barriers to successful outcomes?
  5. What do rehabilitation providers perceive as unmet needs and barriers to successful outcomes for their customers? How do provider perceptions of needs and barriers compare with the customers’ perceptions?
  6. What groups appear to be unserved or underserved by vocational rehabilitation services? What are the unmet service needs of these groups?
  7. What are barriers and special service needs of racial and ethnic minority populations with disabilities? (Page 213)

Customers need assistance in understanding benefits and the impact of employment on benefits. Consumers and providers both identified a lack of knowledge about the impact of employment earnings on benefits. Recent studies indicate that benefits planning services are correlated with higher earnings for vocational rehabilitation customers. (Page 214)

Security Act, benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, assistance through the earned income tax credit under section 32 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and assistance under the State program for temporary assistance for needy families funded under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act; and

b) Referral to the services or assistance described above, as appropriate

Currently, Wyoming has 78 active sponsors with 363 active apprentices. These numbers are dynamic; they change with the needs of businesses to train workers. ; (Page 247)

The Wyoming Employment First Task Force established by the State Legislature in 2014 (Statute HEA 0053) has developed a Strategic Plan that includes FY 2016, 2017 and 2018. The task force has developed a dash board that includes information and statistics from Department of Workforce Services, Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Department of Family Services and Mental Health. The Employment First Consultant is responsible for 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. (Page 325)

School to Work Transition

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 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.
  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.
  4. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation transition consultants will participate in the annual data analysis which is performed each fall. (Page 319)

The Division Central Office has a lending library that contains some reference materials relevant to vocational rehabilitation counseling. Reference materials are often requested by field staff or area managers and may be purchased for their use. In–service speakers and trainers often provide research information, as do many conference presenters. Program consultants in the Division’s Central Office stay current on trends in their specialty areas and share their findings with field staff. Specialty areas include the Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities; the ADA; supported employment; staff training and quality assurance; transitions from school to work; Telephone Relay Service (TRS); deaf services; Business Enterprise Program (BEP); and small business planning. All Division staff members have Internet access for research purposes. (Page 335)

  • Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.
  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division successfully closed 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve outreach to and referral services from local education agencies to aid transitions from school to work through efforts of the Division transition consultant and counselors.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities by having a program consultant act as a liaison between the Division and the Veterans Administration.
  • Increase by at least five the number of clients with significant disabilities who start small businesses or are self–employed. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division closed 22 clients with small businesses. Clients will be assisted in setting up small businesses by using the Small Business Development Fund and other resources.
  • Successfully rehabilitate in supported employment 300 or more individuals with the most significant disabilities. In Federal Fiscal 2015, 316 such people were closed successfully. Due to concerns about changes with services providers and their service focuses, the Division is concerned that it might not be able to meet the same level of employment as in previous years.
  • Improve the recruitment, training, and retention of staff. (Page 343)

The 2012 assessment of rehabilitation needs identified four populations of concern in Wyoming: Persons with mental illnesses, students with disabilities who are in transition from school to work, persons with intellectual disabilities, and persons with acquired brain injuries.

  • Students with disabilities continue to be a special concern for the Division. Because of distances and limited staff available, the Division has struggled to provide adequate services to the 48 school districts in Wyoming. To increase our impact, the Division has hired full–time transition consultants to coordinates effort at the state level, as well as to reaches out to the school districts and explain our services and how we can better serve disabled people. The Division has assigned all counselors a local school district or high school to aid in the focus on providing services to students and youth with disabilities.
  • The Division will continue working with mental health centers and other community rehabilitation programs to improve job opportunities for with clients with mental illnesses and to provide the support services necessary so clients can be successful and independent. (Page 352)

Goal 1. Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.

  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities.
  • Increase services to minority individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve services for students and youth in transition from school to work.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities. 

Results:

  • The Division successfully rehabilitated 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division worked with 381 clients who self–identified as something other than white, non–Hispanic. This compared 387 in FFY 2014. (The Division worked with 289 fewer clients in FFY 2015 than in FFY 2014)
  • In FFY 2015, the Division worked with 1,439 transition clients compared to 1,562 in FFY 2014.
  • The Division worked with 271 identified veterans in FFY 2015 compared to 236 in FFY 2014. (Page 354)
Data Collection

Community rehabilitation programs providing supported employment services in Wyoming must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Mental health centers providing supported–employment services must be certified by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division of the Wyoming Department of Health.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s management information system (Wyoming Rehabilitation and Employment System, or WYRES) includes criteria to measure integration, client satisfaction, scope of service, client wages, hours worked per week, variety of work options, and disability groups served. This data collection system allows the Division to make informed decisions to modify, improve, or expand supported employment services delivered through community rehabilitation programs and mental health centers. (Page 357)

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 Federal Data Reporting and Validation System (eDRVS).

The management information system collects and stores the data for required Federal reports including: (Page 202)

Wyoming continues to work towards data alignment and integration across the six core programs, unemployment insurance, and the state’s education systems. Several core programs and future combined plan programs are already integrated from an intake, case management, and reporting perspective. The integrated programs are Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, and Veterans. Presently, management information systems are not fully interoperable. However, for research purposes, including evaluation, Research and Planning’s data (illustrated in the graphic, “Research & Planning’s Administrative Records Data Providers”) either is, or will be, integrated across Social Security numbers and student identifiers, for descriptive analysis, and predictive, and explanatory purposes. As the graphic shows, Research and Planning obtains student records, including personally identifiable information, from all of public education for research and evaluation, including WIOA purposes. Employer information is collected quarterly from unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation records. Administrative records for research purposes are collected on a weekly, quarterly, semester, and annual basis. WIOA participant records are acquired quarterly, while Vocational Rehabilitation and Adult Education are collected annually. Beginning with PY 2016, Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation records will be collected on a quarterly basis. Research and Planning’s established data collection and management system will be sustained by Workforce Services to evaluate performance, provide user-friendly information, and enhance knowledge about the workforce system. Research and Planning’s data collection and management system will also be used under WIOA to meet longitudinal tracking and evaluation research requirements. (Page 220)

  1. Assign vocational rehabilitation counseling personnel to work with educational agencies in formalizing collaborative efforts on student planning, referral development, and tracking.
  2. Make available relevant data about eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and tracking information about employment outcomes for students and youth with disabilities. Review agency data collection procedures to improve and track vocational rehabilitation services and employment outcomes.
  3. Division counselors shall assist local education agencies in planning for transitions of students with disabilities from school to post–school careers and life. Division counselors shall act as consultants for students, parents, and the local education agencies during IEP/transition meetings scheduled prior to eligibility determination by DVR. When requested by the LEA, DVR shall ensure that DVR counselors/representatives participate in the evaluation process of students who have applied for or otherwise requested DVR services in the development of the IEP or 504 plan of eligible students. (Page 320)
Small business/Entrepreneurship

The Division Central Office has a lending library that contains some reference materials relevant to vocational rehabilitation counseling. Reference materials are often requested by field staff or area managers and may be purchased for their use. In–service speakers and trainers often provide research information, as do many conference presenters. Program consultants in the Division’s Central Office stay current on trends in their specialty areas and share their findings with field staff. Specialty areas include the Governor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities; the ADA; supported employment; staff training and quality assurance; transitions from school to work; Telephone Relay Service (TRS); deaf services; Business Enterprise Program (BEP); and small business planning. All Division staff members have Internet access for research purposes. (Page 335)

  • Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Wyoming.
  • Rehabilitate at least 715 individuals with disabilities. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division successfully closed 662 individuals with disabilities.
  • Improve outreach to and referral services from local education agencies to aid transitions from school to work through efforts of the Division transition consultant and counselors.
  • Improve services to veterans with disabilities by having a program consultant act as a liaison between the Division and the Veterans Administration.
  • Increase by at least five the number of clients with significant disabilities who start small businesses or are self–employed. In Federal fiscal year 2015, the Division closed 22 clients with small businesses. Clients will be assisted in setting up small businesses by using the Small Business Development Fund and other resources.
  • Successfully rehabilitate in supported employment 300 or more individuals with the most significant disabilities. In Federal Fiscal 2015, 316 such people were closed successfully. Due to concerns about changes with services providers and their service focuses, the Division is concerned that it might not be able to meet the same level of employment as in previous years.
  • Improve the recruitment, training, and retention of staff. (Page 343)

The Division continues to seek creative job strategies, including helping clients start small businesses. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is partnering with other divisions within the Department of Workforce Services to educate employers and to develop more employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. (Page 351)

  • The Division is continuing to work on expanding opportunities for clients to start small businesses. The Division has a full–time small business consultant who reviews all self–employment opportunities to ensure their viability and to provide some start–up funding.
  • The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation continues to work with the State Human Resources Department to ensure that quality applicants are applying for positions with the agency. The Division continues to work with appropriate master’s degree programs in the region to identify potential candidates and to explore internship opportunities. The Division posts available openings on the State website and through social media. Other sources of recruitment are identified for geographical areas when it is difficult to find candidates. The Division continues to provide opportunities for staff to earn a master’s degree and to be able to sit for the CRC exam. Staff members also are given the opportunity to participate in continuing education training throughout the year to maintain their credentials. In 2014, the Wyoming Legislature approved raises for all staff members who met certain requirements. The raise took effect July 1, 2014, and a second raise was implemented on July 1, 2015. (Page 352)

Vocational Rehabilitation - WINRS

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation currently utilizes Libera, Inc. System 7 product for case management. The system is designed and operated by Libera, Inc. of Jamestown, New York. The General Rehabilitation Program, Supported Employment, Small Business Program, and Youth Transition Program are managed with this system. Regular updates will occur to the system to maintain compliance with State and Federal requirements. The Division installed this system on August 31, 2015. Newer modules and system upgrades will be continually added to improve and streamline the services available to the Division staff as they work to assist the eligible disabled population in Wyoming.

The Division uses multiple layers of security to meet State and Federal data compliance measures and policies, and to protect client information from unauthorized access or disclosure and possible misuse or abuse. The Division uses the latest Internet technology standards to encrypt and secure all Web application traffic. Client SSNs are hidden after Workforce Services staff members enter the SSNs into the system. Servers housing the databases containing SSNs are “single-purpose restricted” to cleared system administrators. All database backups are encrypted using the most current standards. Only authorized Department of Workforce Services’ staff can view all client information through a highly secure software interface. Authorized Department staff members are instructed on the appropriate handling and protection of this data by the Vocational Rehabilitation management team. (Page 201)

Business Enterprise Program

This program is responsible for administering vending machine placement and services in State buildings and small businesses that may operate in State buildings. The program is a part of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and has an assigned program consultant who manages and oversees the program. This necessitates close working relationships with vending service providers, building administrators, job coaches, community rehabilitation programs, and other government agencies.

The main objective of the Business Enterprise Program is to help individuals with disabilities plan and set up small businesses. Other entities are often involved in this process, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Centers, the Wyoming Women’s Business Center, the Wyoming Business Council, Social Security, private businesses, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and the Rocky Mountain Inventors and Entrepreneurs’ Congress. (Page 314)

Career Pathways

Technical assistance (TA) is part of all monitoring visits to address current questions and challenges to meeting performance. If trends are identified in multiple programs, additional training is planned and made available to all programs. In addition to this TA, the three (3) areas identified in section C above will be addressed. Webinars, trainings, and dissemination of materials, links, and PD opportunities will be covered in our new monthly PD newsletter.

Professional development activities will include emphasis on evidence-based reading instruction, research-based instructional strategies, effective data quality collection, integrated education and training, use of technology in the classroom, serving students with disabilities, career pathways implementation, instruction in numeracy, writing, English instruction and language acquisition, distance learning, participatory learning, content standards, embedding social capitol skills (aka employability skills) into classroom management and instruction, and content standards. Transition to postsecondary education and training programs will be a collaborative effect among the core partners and community partners.

COLLABORATION.—In carrying out this section, eligible agencies shall collaborate where possible, and non-duplication of effort among partners will be a priority in order to maximize the impact of the activities above. (Page 302)

Employment Networks

Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation.  (Page 386)

Policies and Initiatives

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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

Home and Community Based Service Waivers Information - 09/25/2017

“Public Notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is submitting an amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Wyoming Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Comprehensive Waiver and Supports Waiver.  Additionally, the Department will submit an amendment to CMS to close the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver.  The complete waiver applications, as well as a summary of proposed changes, will be available online at https://health.wyo.gov/behavioralhealth/dd/waivers beginning September 17, 2017.”

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

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

“UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions provides ongoing support for educators and state and local agencies working with students transitioning from the K-12 education systems into postsecondary education, employment and community living settings.

Network participants could include school administrators, transition coordinators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions is collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Corrections, and the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Sessions are held Tuesdays, Biweekly from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing technology.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Waiver Amendments: September 2017 - 09/15/2017

This page is a list of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive and Support waivers both individually and some changes that are in common, and the proposed closure of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver.

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

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 07/10/2017

“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 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 Department of Behavioral Health Training and Education - 04/27/2017

This page is constantly updated with various upcoming training and education opportunities for people who serve people with mental health issues or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability (2015) - 07/20/2016

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WY‐DVR) in cooperation with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is required to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment describing the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the state. The needs assessment must include information on three categories: 1. Individuals with the most significant disabilities; 2. Individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals who have been unserved and underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program; and 3. Individuals with disabilities who are served through other components of the statewide workforce system as identified by individuals and personnel assisting these individuals.

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

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
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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…”

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  • Other
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  • 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

Wyoming "Disability Integration Act" (2015)

The purposes of this Act are— (1) to clarify and strengthen the ADA’s integration mandate in a manner that accelerates State compliance; (2) to clarify that every individual who is eligible for long-term services and supports has a Federally protected right to be meaningfully integrated into that individual’s community and receive community-based long-term services and supports; (3) to ensure that States provide long-term services and supports to individuals with disabilities in a manner that allows individuals with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting, including the individual’s own home, have maximum control over their services and supports, and ensure that long-term services and supports are provided in a manner that allows individuals with disabilities to lead an independent life; (4) to establish a comprehensive State planning requirement that includes enforceable, measurable objectives that are designed to transition individuals with all types of disabilities at all ages out of institutions and into the most integrated setting; and (5) to establish a requirement for clear and uniform annual public reporting by States that includes reporting about— (A) the number of individuals with disabilities who are served in the community and the number who are served in institutions; and (B) the number of individuals with disabilities who have transitioned from an institution to a community-based living situation, and the type of community based living situation into which those individuals have transitioned.

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  • Other
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  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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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.” 

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

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities - 07/10/2017

“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.”

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  • Other

Comprehensive state wide need assessment of Wyoming citizens with disability (2015) - 07/20/2016

The Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (WY‐DVR) in cooperation with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is required to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment describing the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the state. The needs assessment must include information on three categories: 1. Individuals with the most significant disabilities; 2. Individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals who have been unserved and underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program; and 3. Individuals with disabilities who are served through other components of the statewide workforce system as identified by individuals and personnel assisting these individuals.

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

Employment First Planning Guide

“Supported employment is an alternative to traditional sheltered and competitive employment approaches. It is an attempt to meet the specific needs of individuals with disabilities and is based on fundamentally different principles and assumptions. The supported work model assumes that all individuals, regardless of the nature or extent of their disabilities, should have the opportunity and support to work in the community. There are no pre-requisite skills needed for community job success. Therefore, the task is not to identify and place “work ready” individuals, but rather to locate and/or modify meaningful jobs in the community and provide training and supports at the job site”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, “Wyoming State Plan: Five Year Goals 2011-2016”

“A main goal of the Wyoming’s Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is to put people with developmental disabilities to work in long-term, competitive, meaningful employment consistent with their interests, abilities and needs.”

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  • Other
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  • Employer Engagement

Wyoming Employment First Initiative

Employment First is the policy of the state; whereas, competitive and integrated employment shall be considered the first option when serving persons with disabilities who are of working age to obtain employment. Employment first applies to programs and services that provide services and support to help obtain employment for persons with disabilities.   The Governor’s Employment First Taskforce is developing a strategic plan to implement this employment first policy and will collect and maintain data and information relative to persons with disabilities who are or want to work.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Disability Discrimination Rules

“The purpose of these rules and regulations is to provide definitions and guidelines concerning disability discrimination under the Wyoming Fair Employment Practices Act, W.S. 27-9-101 through 27-9-108.”  The document includes definitions related to various aspects of disability. 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
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“Secondary Transitions” Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) - 09/25/2017

“UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions provides ongoing support for educators and state and local agencies working with students transitioning from the K-12 education systems into postsecondary education, employment and community living settings.

Network participants could include school administrators, transition coordinators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions is collaboration with the Wyoming Department of Education, Wyoming Department of Corrections, and the Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Sessions are held Tuesdays, Biweekly from 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. via Zoom videoconferencing technology.”

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  • 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.

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

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

“The Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is a member of the national network of 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.” 

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  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • 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.”

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  • 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. 

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  • 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.”

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  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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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.”

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

Wyoming Department of Behavioral Health Training and Education - 04/27/2017

This page is constantly updated with various upcoming training and education opportunities for people who serve people with mental health issues or intellectual/developmental disabilities.

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  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health

Bridges: Building Bridges to Better Tomorrows

Bridges provides quality services to people with disabilities. The Bridges website contains information on case management, pathways to employment, and Wyoming Employment Specialist Training (WEST), among other resources.

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  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Employment Pathway: Planning Your Road to Employment

This guide produced by the Wyoming Department of Health, Behavioral Health Division provides guidance on employment opportunities and pathways for people with disabilities including discussions on Supported Employment, Customized Employment and Discovery, as well as a review of DVR services.

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  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

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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Home and Community Based Service Waivers Information - 09/25/2017

“Public Notice is hereby given that the Wyoming Department of Health (Department) is submitting an amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Wyoming Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Comprehensive Waiver and Supports Waiver.  Additionally, the Department will submit an amendment to CMS to close the Acquired Brain Injury Waiver.  The complete waiver applications, as well as a summary of proposed changes, will be available online at https://health.wyo.gov/behavioralhealth/dd/waivers beginning September 17, 2017.”

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

Waiver Amendments: September 2017 - 09/15/2017

This page is a list of the proposed changes to the Comprehensive and Support waivers both individually and some changes that are in common, and the proposed closure of the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver.

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

Wyoming Comprehensive Waiver Transition Plan

On March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) promulgated new federal regulations that set new standards for Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Settings. The new standards require the state to have all HCB Settings come into compliance within 5 years of March 17, 2014. The federal regulations are 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4)-(5). CMS posted additional guidance to help states assess compliance and remediate areas that are not fully incompliance. More information on the rules can be found on the CMS website at  www.medicaid.gov/hcbs  .The new requirements address standards for informed choice, protecting the rights of participants, requiring settings to be integrated, not isolating to participants, and not institutional in nature or in its characteristics. To adhere to these rules, each state must submit a transition plan to assess the current settings and implement remediation with the areas of non-compliance within a 5-year timeline.

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  • Medicaid Agencies
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.

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.”

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

WY Children w/DD (0253.R04.00)

“Provides case management, community integrated employment, homemaker, personal care, residential hab, respite, special family habilitation home, agency with choice, independent support broker, child hab services, companion services, dietician services, environmental mods, individually-directed goods and services, residential hab training, skilled nursing, specialized equipment, supported living, unpaid caregiver training and education for individuals w/ID/DD ages 0 – 20.”

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.”

 
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  • 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.”

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