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Customized Employment Grantee Profiles

Sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor (ODEP)

9/23/03

Chicago, IL

Grantee: Chicago Workforce Board

Deb Russell
Chicago Workforce Board
60 W. Randolph, Suite 200
Chicago IL 60601
Direct: 312-644-6067
Main: 312-553-4430
Fax: 312-644-6399
drussell@chicagoworkforceboard.com
Chicago project website

Description of DOL Activity by Grantee:

The main purpose of this project is to enrich the capacity of local One-Stop Centers to provide customized employment services to individuals with significant disabilities due to serious mental illness who have not previously been targeted for services by the One-Stop system. Also involved is a systematic review of One-Stop Center policies and practices, with the intention of incorporating new policies and evidence based customized employment practices in Centers throughout the State of Illinois. In addition to the principle partnership of the Chicago Workforce Board, Thresholds, Inc., and the National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability of the University of Illinois at Chicago, numerous other partners are involved including the State's Legislature, faith-based organizations, disability organizations, employer groups and the public school system. The project will include a number of cutting edge customized employment approaches including: supported employment; individualized job development; supported entrepreneurship; job carving and restructuring; use of personal agents (including individuals with disabilities and family members); job-finding services; development of micro-enterprises; use of individualized, person centered planning; and, the formation of employer consortia.

Remarks:

The purpose of ODEP's Customized Employment grant program is to support Local Workforce Investment Boards in a consortium or partnership of public and private entities, to build the capacity of local One-Stop Centers to provide customized employment services to those persons with disabilities who may not now be regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system.


Montgomery County, MD

Grantee: Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board

Eric Seleznow
Montgomery County Division of Workforce Investment Services
Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board
11 N. Washington St., Suite 250
Rockville MD 20850
240-777-2007 x213
eric.seleznow@montgomerycountymd.org
Montgomery project website

Description of DOL Activity by Grantee:

Under leadership of the Local Workforce Investment Board a partnership of key community, state and national organizations will be involved in an effort to expand the capacity of Montgomery Works, the local One-Stop Center, to serve people with disabilities, particularly those with significant disabilities; to leverage and align resources from currently disparate workforce and human service systems so that individuals are served in a more coordinated and effective fashion; and, to provide a demonstration model for statewide replication during the project and sustainability of the model once federal funding ceases. A critical feature of the project is to address various the statewide concerns relating to the employment of people with significant disabilities such as the large numbers who are on waiting lists for employment services and the low rates of employment success for those who get served by the system of disability-specific employment programs. Key among the strategies to be utilized under this project to address these concerns is both multi-agency strategic planning and the implementation of customized employment strategies. Fact sheet Maryland developed on customized employment.

Remarks:

The purpose of ODEP's Customized Employment grant program is to support Local Workforce Investment Boards in a consortium or partnership of public and private entities, to build the capacity of local One-Stop Centers to provide customized employment services to those persons with disabilities who may not now be regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system.


Utica, NY

Grantee: Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties

Alice Savino
Executive Director
Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison & Oneida Counties
209 Elizabeth St.
Utica NY 11301
315-793-6037
aSavino@working-solutions.org

Description of DOL Activity by Grantee:

Key among the goals of this project are to bring together both mandated and non-mandated partners of the regional One-Stop System, as well as community partners who are not currently affiliated with the One-Stop System, in a combined effort to improve the delivery of employment services to people who are significantly disabled utilizing customized employment strategies. This project will target serving individuals who live in group or community home settings, individuals who work in segregated day programs, individuals with mental disabilities utilizing Supported Housing programs as well as other persons with disabilities who are not currently employed. Pilot projects will test and demonstrate supported employment, supported entrepreneurship, individualized job development, job carving, job restructuring, use of personal agents, development of micro-boards, micro enterprises, and use of personal budget and other forms of individualized funding that provide consumer choice and control. This project will seek to sustain these customized employment strategies as permanent fixtures within the One-Stop System, through key partnerships, strategic planning, demonstration, staff training and policy implementation.

Remarks:

The purpose of ODEP's Customized Employment grant program is to support Local Workforce Investment Boards in a consortium or partnership of public and private entities, to build the capacity of local One-Stop Centers to provide customized employment services to those persons with disabilities who may not now be regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system.


Flint, MI

Grantee: Genesee/Shiawassee Workforce Development Board

Carol Piesko
Project Director
Genesee/Shiawassee Workforce Development Board
711 N. Saginaw St., Suite 300
Flint, MI 48503
810-233-5974 x109
cpiesko@careeralliance.org

Description of DOL Activity by Grantee:

This project will use innovative and effective customized employment techniques based on job restructuring strategies in job placement, job training and career development for individuals with significant disabilities. Program participants will come from a variety of local settings including the Family Independence Agency, Community Mental Health, Faith Access to Community Economic Development Organization, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, the Disability Network and local school districts. Key objectives will include: development of a customer-centered individualized training system that uses job restructuring techniques to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities; development of a local management plan that outlines the partners, describes their roles and responsibilities, identifies the services and available resources for customers; and, development of a strategic plan with quantifiable, clearly stated goals.

Remarks:

The purpose of ODEP's Customized Employment grant program is to support Local Workforce Investment Boards in a consortium or partnership of public and private entities, to build the capacity of local One-Stop Centers to provide customized employment services to those persons with disabilities who may not now be regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system.


St. Helena, MT

Grantee: Montana Job Training Partnership, Inc.

Lisa Newman
Montana Job Training Partnership, Inc.
302 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 409
Helena MT 59601
406-444-1328
lNewman@mjtp.org

Description of DOL Activity by Grantee:

This project will enable dedicated staff at each One-Stop Center to market and outreach to persons with significant disabilities who are not working and are interested in working, and who have not traditionally accessed the One-Stop Center or the Workforce Investment Act services, to be served with customized employment strategies. A major focus of these customized employment services will be e-commerce related employment including telecommuting, business ownership, entrepreneurship and other employment options that fit the needs of the individual with a disability. Given the rural nature of the region to be served, this approach offers both great potential to the locality as well as a innovative demonstration of rurally based strategies.

Remarks:

The purpose of ODEP's Customized Employment grant program is to support Local Workforce Investment Boards in a consortium or partnership of public and private entities, to build the capacity of local One-Stop Centers to provide customized employment services to those persons with disabilities who may not now be regularly targeted for services by the One-Stop Center system.