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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

2017 State Population.
-1.07%
Change from
2016 to 2017
579,315
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.37%
Change from
2016 to 2017
41,825
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.03%
Change from
2016 to 2017
19,063
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.55%
Change from
2016 to 2017
45.58%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.93%
Change from
2016 to 2017
80.26%

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 586,107 585,501 579,315
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 37,643 39,161 41,825
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 21,508 18,485 19,063
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 252,653 247,491 241,852
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 57.14% 47.20% 45.58%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.06% 79.51% 80.26%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.20% 5.30% 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 12.60% 17.90% 20.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.90% 10.30% 9.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 35,877 42,093 44,351
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 35,509 36,295 37,705
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 66,882 74,295 75,557
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 423 N/A N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 5,844 6,083 7,279
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,496 1,693 2,867
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 173
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 990 1,495 1,630
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 321 315 1,447

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 711 617 598
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.80% 9.40% 9.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,252 13,233 13,320

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,465 6,168 5,459
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 7,682 8,764 7,855
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,954 12,864 10,831
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 49.90% 47.90% 50.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

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

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 9 7 11
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5 5 8
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 56.00% 71.00% 73.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.86 0.85 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,127
1,076
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A 22 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A 111 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 382 289 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 221 241 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 311 323 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 111 90 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.30% 34.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 562 622 655
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,305 18,465 18,762
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 61 79 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 60 78 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $847,000 $602,000 $1,143,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $420,000 $545,000 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $20,846,000 $15,536,000 $16,306,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $4,361,000 $4,047,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 11.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 627 538
Number of people served in facility based work. 159 125 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,083 1,156 1,091
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 41.10 57.50 39.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 65.21% 65.38% 66.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.66% 6.49% 6.10%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.02% 2.00% 1.81%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.32% 87.29% 93.67%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 28.44% 29.55% 26.43%
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% 55.40% 57.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or 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% 71.31% 71.25%
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% 25.85% 30.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

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

 

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

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

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring 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)
Blending/ Braiding Resources

No specific disability related information found.

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

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)

School to Work Transition

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)

Career Pathways

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)
Work Incentives & Benefits

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)

Employer/ Business

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

511

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)
Mental Health

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)

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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overture Wyoming Service Types - 05/18/2019

~~“As an approved Provider Agency, Overture is authorized to provide services through the Comprehensive Waiver, the Support Waiver, and the ABI Waiver in Wyoming.

Overture currently provides behavioral support services such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and counseling, community living services, community support services, companion services, crisis intervention support, homemaker services, individual habilitation training (case by case), personal care services, and respite. If you do not see your service or waiver listed here, or if you are interested in private pay, please let us know and we can help you explore what options may be available to you.”

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

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

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

 

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  • Other

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Wyoming State Code: TITLE 27 - 04/01/2016

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

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

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

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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

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

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

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition - 09/18/2018

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

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

Wyoming ABLE Accounts - 03/02/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other

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 Employment First Initiative

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

 

Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

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

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

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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

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

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

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

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

 

Systems
  • Other

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

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions - 01/30/2018

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

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

Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/21/2017

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

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

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

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

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

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

Wyoming Business Enterprise Program

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

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

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

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

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

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

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

Overture Wyoming Service Types - 05/18/2019

~~“As an approved Provider Agency, Overture is authorized to provide services through the Comprehensive Waiver, the Support Waiver, and the ABI Waiver in Wyoming.

Overture currently provides behavioral support services such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and counseling, community living services, community support services, companion services, crisis intervention support, homemaker services, individual habilitation training (case by case), personal care services, and respite. If you do not see your service or waiver listed here, or if you are interested in private pay, please let us know and we can help you explore what options may be available to you.”

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

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

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

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

Waiver Amendments: March 2018 - 07/01/2018

~~“The Developmental Disabilities Section oversees home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) programs for people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. We strive to provide excellent customer service and up to date information to participants, families, providers, and other stakeholders.” 

This page has a pdf document with a list of the proposed changes to the waivers and to the payment rates.

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'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)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

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

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Wyoming’s VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
-1.07%
Change from
2016 to 2017
579,315
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.37%
Change from
2016 to 2017
41,825
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.03%
Change from
2016 to 2017
19,063
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.55%
Change from
2016 to 2017
45.58%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.93%
Change from
2016 to 2017
80.26%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 586,107 585,501 579,315
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 37,643 39,161 41,825
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 21,508 18,485 19,063
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 252,653 247,491 241,852
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 57.14% 47.20% 45.58%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.06% 79.51% 80.26%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.20% 5.30% 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 12.60% 17.90% 20.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.90% 10.30% 9.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 35,877 42,093 44,351
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 35,509 36,295 37,705
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 66,882 74,295 75,557
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 423 N/A N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 5,844 6,083 7,279
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,496 1,693 2,867
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 173
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 990 1,495 1,630
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 321 315 1,447

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 711 617 598
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.80% 9.40% 9.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,252 13,233 13,320

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,465 6,168 5,459
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 7,682 8,764 7,855
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,954 12,864 10,831
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 49.90% 47.90% 50.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

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

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 9 7 11
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5 5 8
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 56.00% 71.00% 73.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.86 0.85 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,127
1,076
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A 22 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A 111 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 382 289 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 221 241 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 311 323 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 111 90 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.30% 34.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 562 622 655
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,305 18,465 18,762
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 61 79 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 60 78 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $847,000 $602,000 $1,143,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $420,000 $545,000 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $20,846,000 $15,536,000 $16,306,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $4,361,000 $4,047,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 11.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 627 538
Number of people served in facility based work. 159 125 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,083 1,156 1,091
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 41.10 57.50 39.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 65.21% 65.38% 66.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.66% 6.49% 6.10%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.02% 2.00% 1.81%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.32% 87.29% 93.67%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 28.44% 29.55% 26.43%
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% 55.40% 57.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or 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% 71.31% 71.25%
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% 25.85% 30.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

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

 

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

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

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring 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)
Blending/ Braiding Resources

No specific disability related information found.

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

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)

School to Work Transition

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)

Career Pathways

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)
Work Incentives & Benefits

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)

Employer/ Business

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

511

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)
Mental Health

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)

Policies and Initiatives

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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overture Wyoming Service Types - 05/18/2019

~~“As an approved Provider Agency, Overture is authorized to provide services through the Comprehensive Waiver, the Support Waiver, and the ABI Waiver in Wyoming.

Overture currently provides behavioral support services such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and counseling, community living services, community support services, companion services, crisis intervention support, homemaker services, individual habilitation training (case by case), personal care services, and respite. If you do not see your service or waiver listed here, or if you are interested in private pay, please let us know and we can help you explore what options may be available to you.”

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

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

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

 

Systems
  • Other

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Wyoming State Code: TITLE 27 - 04/01/2016

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

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

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

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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

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

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

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition - 09/18/2018

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

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

Wyoming ABLE Accounts - 03/02/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other

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 Employment First Initiative

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

 

Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

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

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

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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

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

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

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

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

 

Systems
  • Other

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

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions - 01/30/2018

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

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

Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/21/2017

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

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

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

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

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

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

Wyoming Business Enterprise Program

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

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

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

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

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

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

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

Overture Wyoming Service Types - 05/18/2019

~~“As an approved Provider Agency, Overture is authorized to provide services through the Comprehensive Waiver, the Support Waiver, and the ABI Waiver in Wyoming.

Overture currently provides behavioral support services such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and counseling, community living services, community support services, companion services, crisis intervention support, homemaker services, individual habilitation training (case by case), personal care services, and respite. If you do not see your service or waiver listed here, or if you are interested in private pay, please let us know and we can help you explore what options may be available to you.”

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

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

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

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

Waiver Amendments: March 2018 - 07/01/2018

~~“The Developmental Disabilities Section oversees home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) programs for people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. We strive to provide excellent customer service and up to date information to participants, families, providers, and other stakeholders.” 

This page has a pdf document with a list of the proposed changes to the waivers and to the payment rates.

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'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)

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

2017 State Population.
-1.07%
Change from
2016 to 2017
579,315
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.37%
Change from
2016 to 2017
41,825
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.03%
Change from
2016 to 2017
19,063
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.55%
Change from
2016 to 2017
45.58%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.93%
Change from
2016 to 2017
80.26%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 586,107 585,501 579,315
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 37,643 39,161 41,825
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 21,508 18,485 19,063
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 252,653 247,491 241,852
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 57.14% 47.20% 45.58%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.06% 79.51% 80.26%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.20% 5.30% 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 12.60% 17.90% 20.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.90% 10.30% 9.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 35,877 42,093 44,351
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 35,509 36,295 37,705
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 66,882 74,295 75,557
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 423 N/A N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 5,844 6,083 7,279
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,496 1,693 2,867
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 173
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 990 1,495 1,630
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 321 315 1,447

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 711 617 598
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.80% 9.40% 9.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,252 13,233 13,320

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,465 6,168 5,459
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 7,682 8,764 7,855
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,954 12,864 10,831
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 49.90% 47.90% 50.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

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

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 9 7 11
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5 5 8
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 56.00% 71.00% 73.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.86 0.85 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,127
1,076
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A 22 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A 111 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 382 289 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 221 241 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 311 323 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 111 90 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.30% 34.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 562 622 655
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,305 18,465 18,762
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 61 79 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 60 78 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $847,000 $602,000 $1,143,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $420,000 $545,000 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $20,846,000 $15,536,000 $16,306,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $4,361,000 $4,047,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00% 11.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 627 538
Number of people served in facility based work. 159 125 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,083 1,156 1,091
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 41.10 57.50 39.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 65.21% 65.38% 66.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.66% 6.49% 6.10%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.02% 2.00% 1.81%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.32% 87.29% 93.67%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 28.44% 29.55% 26.43%
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% 55.40% 57.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or 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% 71.31% 71.25%
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% 25.85% 30.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

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

 

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

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

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring 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)
Blending/ Braiding Resources

No specific disability related information found.

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

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)

School to Work Transition

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)

Career Pathways

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)
Work Incentives & Benefits

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)

Employer/ Business

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

511

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)
Mental Health

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)

Policies and Initiatives

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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overture Wyoming Service Types - 05/18/2019

~~“As an approved Provider Agency, Overture is authorized to provide services through the Comprehensive Waiver, the Support Waiver, and the ABI Waiver in Wyoming.

Overture currently provides behavioral support services such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and counseling, community living services, community support services, companion services, crisis intervention support, homemaker services, individual habilitation training (case by case), personal care services, and respite. If you do not see your service or waiver listed here, or if you are interested in private pay, please let us know and we can help you explore what options may be available to you.”

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

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

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

 

Systems
  • Other

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Wyoming State Code: TITLE 27 - 04/01/2016

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

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

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

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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

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

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

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition - 09/18/2018

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

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

Wyoming ABLE Accounts - 03/02/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other

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 Employment First Initiative

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

 

Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

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

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

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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

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

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

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

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

 

Systems
  • Other

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

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions - 01/30/2018

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

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

Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/21/2017

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

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

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

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

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

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

Wyoming Business Enterprise Program

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

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

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

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

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

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

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

Overture Wyoming Service Types - 05/18/2019

~~“As an approved Provider Agency, Overture is authorized to provide services through the Comprehensive Waiver, the Support Waiver, and the ABI Waiver in Wyoming.

Overture currently provides behavioral support services such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and counseling, community living services, community support services, companion services, crisis intervention support, homemaker services, individual habilitation training (case by case), personal care services, and respite. If you do not see your service or waiver listed here, or if you are interested in private pay, please let us know and we can help you explore what options may be available to you.”

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

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

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

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

Waiver Amendments: March 2018 - 07/01/2018

~~“The Developmental Disabilities Section oversees home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) programs for people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. We strive to provide excellent customer service and up to date information to participants, families, providers, and other stakeholders.” 

This page has a pdf document with a list of the proposed changes to the waivers and to the payment rates.

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'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)

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

2017 State Population.
-1.07%
Change from
2016 to 2017
579,315
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.37%
Change from
2016 to 2017
41,825
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.03%
Change from
2016 to 2017
19,063
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.55%
Change from
2016 to 2017
45.58%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.93%
Change from
2016 to 2017
80.26%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 579,315
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 41,825
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,063
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 241,852
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 45.58%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 80.26%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 44,351
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 37,705
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 75,557
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 7,279
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,867
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 173
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 1,630
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 1,447

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 598
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 9.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,320

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

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

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,009
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 11
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 73.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 655
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,762
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

2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,143,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $16,306,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,047,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 538
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,091
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 39.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 66.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.10%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.81%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 93.67%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 26.43%
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). 57.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 71.25%
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). 30.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

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

 

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

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

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring 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)
Blending/ Braiding Resources

No specific disability related information found.

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

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)

School to Work Transition

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)

Career Pathways

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)
Work Incentives & Benefits

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)

Employer/ Business

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

511

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)
Mental Health

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)

Policies and Initiatives

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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overture Wyoming Service Types - 05/18/2019

~~“As an approved Provider Agency, Overture is authorized to provide services through the Comprehensive Waiver, the Support Waiver, and the ABI Waiver in Wyoming.

Overture currently provides behavioral support services such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and counseling, community living services, community support services, companion services, crisis intervention support, homemaker services, individual habilitation training (case by case), personal care services, and respite. If you do not see your service or waiver listed here, or if you are interested in private pay, please let us know and we can help you explore what options may be available to you.”

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

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

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

 

Systems
  • Other

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Wyoming State Code: TITLE 27 - 04/01/2016

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

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

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

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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

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

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

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition - 09/18/2018

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

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

Wyoming ABLE Accounts - 03/02/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other

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 Employment First Initiative

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

 

Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

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

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

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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

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

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

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

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

 

Systems
  • Other

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

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions - 01/30/2018

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

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

Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/21/2017

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

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

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

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

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

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

Wyoming Business Enterprise Program

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

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

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

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

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

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

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

Overture Wyoming Service Types - 05/18/2019

~~“As an approved Provider Agency, Overture is authorized to provide services through the Comprehensive Waiver, the Support Waiver, and the ABI Waiver in Wyoming.

Overture currently provides behavioral support services such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and counseling, community living services, community support services, companion services, crisis intervention support, homemaker services, individual habilitation training (case by case), personal care services, and respite. If you do not see your service or waiver listed here, or if you are interested in private pay, please let us know and we can help you explore what options may be available to you.”

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

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

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

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

Waiver Amendments: March 2018 - 07/01/2018

~~“The Developmental Disabilities Section oversees home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) programs for people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. We strive to provide excellent customer service and up to date information to participants, families, providers, and other stakeholders.” 

This page has a pdf document with a list of the proposed changes to the waivers and to the payment rates.

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'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
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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

2017 State Population.
-1.07%
Change from
2016 to 2017
579,315
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.37%
Change from
2016 to 2017
41,825
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.03%
Change from
2016 to 2017
19,063
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-3.55%
Change from
2016 to 2017
45.58%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.93%
Change from
2016 to 2017
80.26%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 579,315
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 41,825
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,063
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 241,852
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 45.58%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 80.26%
State/National unemployment rate. 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.10%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 44,351
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 37,705
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 75,557
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 7,279
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,867
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 173
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 1,630
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 1,447

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 598
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 9.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 13,320

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

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

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,009
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 11
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 73.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 655
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 18,762
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

2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,143,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $16,306,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,047,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 538
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,091
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 39.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 66.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.10%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.81%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 93.67%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 26.43%
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). 57.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 71.25%
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). 30.86%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

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

 

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

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

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring 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)
Blending/ Braiding Resources

No specific disability related information found.

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

No specific disability related information found.

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)

School to Work Transition

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)

Career Pathways

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)
Work Incentives & Benefits

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)

Employer/ Business

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

511

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)
Mental Health

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)

Policies and Initiatives

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Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/25/2020

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

Systems
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Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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

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

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  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overture Wyoming Service Types - 05/18/2019

~~“As an approved Provider Agency, Overture is authorized to provide services through the Comprehensive Waiver, the Support Waiver, and the ABI Waiver in Wyoming.

Overture currently provides behavioral support services such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and counseling, community living services, community support services, companion services, crisis intervention support, homemaker services, individual habilitation training (case by case), personal care services, and respite. If you do not see your service or waiver listed here, or if you are interested in private pay, please let us know and we can help you explore what options may be available to you.”

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

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

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

 

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2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

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

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

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

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  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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

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

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

2019 Annual Work Plan - 01/01/2019

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Secondary Transition - 09/18/2018

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

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

Wyoming ABLE Accounts - 03/02/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other

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 Employment First Initiative

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

 

Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services - 11/17/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Wyoming Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

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

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

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

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

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

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

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

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

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

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

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

 

Systems
  • Other

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

~~October is Disability Employment Awareness month. Each year, the council hosts the Employment First Summit. Employment will be the first priority and preferred outcome when providing services to people with disabilities for all working age citizens with disabilities, regardless of level of disability. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UW ECHO in Secondary Transitions - 01/30/2018

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

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

Wyoming Developmental Disabilities Conference - 06/21/2017

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

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

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND)

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

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

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

Wyoming Business Enterprise Program

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

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

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Policy & Procedures Provider Instructions - 06/30/2019

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

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

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

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

Overture Wyoming Service Types - 05/18/2019

~~“As an approved Provider Agency, Overture is authorized to provide services through the Comprehensive Waiver, the Support Waiver, and the ABI Waiver in Wyoming.

Overture currently provides behavioral support services such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and counseling, community living services, community support services, companion services, crisis intervention support, homemaker services, individual habilitation training (case by case), personal care services, and respite. If you do not see your service or waiver listed here, or if you are interested in private pay, please let us know and we can help you explore what options may be available to you.”

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

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

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

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

Waiver Amendments: March 2018 - 07/01/2018

~~“The Developmental Disabilities Section oversees home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) programs for people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries. We strive to provide excellent customer service and up to date information to participants, families, providers, and other stakeholders.” 

This page has a pdf document with a list of the proposed changes to the waivers and to the payment rates.

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'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)