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Pushing the Integrated Employment Agenda: Case Study Research in Washington State

Washington State is recognized as a high performer in integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  This case study was written to provide a practical resource for states trying to increase the integrated employment of people with ID/DD.  It details five

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Posted in Funding mechanisms, Leadership, Professional development for support staff, Research and evaluation reports, State level goals, Strategic goals and operating policies, Training and technical assistance

Michigan’s Job Development Incentive

Reports on Michigan experiment with outcome-based incentives to improve integrated employment, creating a payment system for job development supports.  Includes information on implementation, impact, suggestions for replication and contact in Michigan. Citation: Timmons, J. C. (2010). Michigan’s Job Development Incentive.

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Posted in Funding mechanisms, Memorandums of Understanding, Service planning and coordination

Blending and Braiding Funds and Resources: The Intermediary as Facilitator

Strategies for states to support local communities in using intermediary organizations to facilitate blending and braiding of funds and resources to encourage inter-agency collaboration to improve educational and employment outcomes for all youth, including those with disabilities. Citation: National Collaborative

Posted in Cross agency funding, Funding mechanisms, Memorandums of Understanding, Service planning and coordination

The Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration Projects: Implementation Lessons from the Original Projects

Describes the implementation experiences of seven Youth Transition Demonstration projects for improving education and employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.  Provides lessons for policymakers and program operators in the design and implementation of employment programs for youth

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Posted in Cross agency funding, Funding mechanisms, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Performance measurement and data management, Research and evaluation reports, Service planning and coordination

Integrating Service Systems at the Point of Transition for Youth with Significant Support Needs: A Model that Works

Presents a “Transition Service Integration Model” for individuals needing significant support.  The model integrates the resources of public schools and rehabilitation and developmental disabilities systems.  School districts form a partnership with non-profit community rehabilitation agencies to work together during students’

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Posted in Career preparation and work-based learning, Funding mechanisms, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Service planning and coordination, Services and service innovations, Transition planning in schools

Funding and Service Contracting

Website contains descriptive summaries of state or county level innovative and/or effective funding mechanisms, including development of rates, use of blended or braided funding, or use of funding incentives for providers who are successful in helping people with ID/DD find

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Delaware’s Early Start to Supported Employment Pilot Project

This summary on the Institute for Community Inclusion’s website on Promising Practices by State Agencies describes a collaboration of state vocational rehabilitation, developmental disability, education, higher education and local school districts in developing and administering a pilot program to transition

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Posted in Cross agency funding, Family Involvement, Funding mechanisms, Interagency collaboration and partnership, Post-secondary Education, Service planning and coordination, Services and service innovations, Transition planning in schools

State Employment Practices: Funding for Employment Services

Describes systems for funding employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in five states: Tennessee, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Florida, and North Carolina. Topics include system priorities, goals and historical contexts, service definitions and rate structures, sources and parameters of

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