OLMSTEAD WorkFORCE ACTION GRANTS
Project: Jobs for All... An Olmstead Initiative
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Institute on Human Development and Disability,
University of Georgia
850 College Station Road, River's Crossing Building
Athens GA 30602
Partners: Institute on Human Development & Disability, University of Georgia (responsible for overall project implementation), Statewide Independent Living Council, University of Georgia, Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, Douglas County Community Services Board, Kelley Diversified, and Multiple Choice, Inc.
- To significantly increase the number of people with disabilities in non-stereotypical, customized job settings by using a multi-agency, person-centered approach that focuses on the efficient coordination of services across agency and departmental boundaries.
- To maximize customer choice through the use of Individual Training Accounts (ITAs).
- To use customer and peer supporters working with the Total Employment Brokers at the One-Stop Career Centers to develop and implement plans for employment.
- To promote replication of the model and systems change throughout the state.
- To incorporate an individualized, choice-based approach to employment services that is accessed through Georgia's One-Stop Career Centers.
Project: Massachusetts Olmstead Demonstration Project
Director of Employment Services
Institute for Community Inclusion
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston MA 02125
Partners: University of Massachusetts, Disability Law Center, Boston Center for Independent Living, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, New England Council, and Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
- To demonstrate or develop promising practices, including person-centered planning, resource mapping, universal design, increased collaboration with non-mandated partners, innovative funding strategies, entrepreneurial and self-employment options for people with disabilities, and database-driven websites with information on program eligibility and availability of resources.
- To implement a strategic planning process to identify elements for local demonstration design, state resources for collaboration, and areas of connection between Olmstead planning and implementation efforts.
- To build the capacity of the One-Stop Career Center staff, community providers, and public human service agencies to provide customized employment services to individuals covered under Olmstead.
- Enroll 416 people and 226 people with disabilities throughout Massachusetts over five years who will find competitive employment through the One-Stop Career Centers and partner demonstration sites using customized employment strategies.
- Over the five-year period, five One-Stop Career Centers and ten demonstration sites will be funded for a period for three years each; in the first year, there will be one One-Stop funded and two related demonstration sites through this One-Stop.
- Disseminate project findings and intervention strategies to facilitate replication.
Project: An Innovative Supported Employment Program for People with Serious Mental Illness
Executive Vice President
Fayette Companies/ Human Service Center
600 Fayette Street
Peoria IL 61603
Partners: Human Service Center, University of Chicago Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Local Workforce Development Board, Illinois Department of Human Services, and Illinois Office of Rehabilitation Services
- To demonstrate the benefits of Individual Placement and Support (IPS), a time-limited, community-based supported employment model, for people with serious psychiatric disabilities that will be integrated into the One-Stop Career Centers.
- To focus on people with psychiatric disabilities who reside in specialized mental health nursing homes, supervised residential treatment programs for people with serious mental illness, and people with serious mental illness who are at risk of being placed in an institutional setting.
- To coordinate an array of Olmstead agencies in the county, with a special emphasis on helping people with serious mental illness connect with the One-Stop Career Center and Vocational Rehabilitation.
- To use a Stages of Change model for supported employment, whish is consistent with choice and empowerment.
- To have IPS act as a gateway into the One-Stop Career Center for individuals with serious mental illness.
- Over the five-year project period, 600 people with serious mental illness will go through the Stages of Change Assessment prior to beginning IPS, and 60 percent will become competitively employed in jobs that pay above minimum wage, include benefits, and have the potential for career advancement.
- The project will generate information on how workforce development programs can meet the needs of individuals with psychiatric disabilities via the integration of an IPS program.
- One-Stop Career Center staff in Peoria will be trained on how to meet the employment needs of people with psychiatric disabilities.