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Olmstead WorkFORCE Action Grantee Profiles

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

9/23/03

Frederick, MD

Grantee: Way Station, Inc.

Anne Rea
WayStation, Inc.
230 W. Patrick St.
Frederick MD 21705
301-662-0099 X1240
ajRea@aol.com

Description of DOL Activity by Grantee:

This project creates a coalition of 20 partner agencies and organizations, including 3 state agency partners. The purpose of the grant is to provide integrated customized employment services to the Olmstead population of individuals with developmental and psychiatric disabilities who are currently in segregated day activity, sheltered work and public institutions. It is anticipated that each year of the grant's operation 375 individuals in these circumstances will received services under this grant, with the majority of them obtaining employment. Key strategies include partnership with the One-Stop System, implementation of best customized employment practices, demonstration of follow-along supports, increased employer involvement, benefits counseling, collaboration and enhancements of current State supported employment initiatives and customized employment support and training accounts. Project replication is planned for four additional sites across the State, extending its reach far beyond the initial effort.

Remarks:

The purpose of ODEP's Work FORCE Action grant program is to support local non-profit organizations in demonstrations of customized employment strategies for persons with disabilities covered by the Olmstead Supreme Court decision of 1999 (Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581, 119 S. Ct. 2176-1999). Key organizations to be involved in these efforts include Local Workforce Investment Boards, disability organizations and other organization necessary in order to build the community's capacity to provide customized employment services to those persons with disabilities covered by the Olmstead decision.


Vancouver, WA

Grantee: Columbia River Mental Health Services

Melodie Pazolt
Columbia River Mental Health Services
6926 N.E. 4th Plain Blvd.
Vancouver WA 98661
360-750-7010
melodiep@crmhs.org
CRMHS website
Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council website

Description of DOL Activity by Grantee:

This project will seek to: 1.) identify elements for local demonstration design, local/state resources for collaboration efforts and areas of linkage between state/local Olmstead planning and implementation efforts; and, 2.) build the capacity of the local One-Stop Centers, other community providers and public human service agencies through infrastructure , demonstration of innovative practices, and policy development to enable the provision of customized employment services to individuals with significant disabilities covered under Olmstead. The project expects to enroll 200 and place 100-150 targeted individuals in competitive and customized employment situations. Partners to be involved include the One-Stop System, community rehabilitation providers, mental health providers, developmental disability organizations, as well as faith and other community based organizations.

Remarks:

The purpose of ODEP's Work FORCE Action grant program is to support local non-profit organizations in demonstrations of customized employment strategies for persons with disabilities covered by the Olmstead Supreme Court decision of 1999 (Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581, 119 S. Ct. 2176-1999). Key organizations to be involved in these efforts include Local Workforce Investment Boards, disability organizations and other organization necessary in order to build the community's capacity to provide customized employment services to those persons with disabilities covered by the Olmstead decision.


Nashville, TN

Grantee: The Arc of Tennessee

Julie Huber
Center on Disability and Employment
University of Tennessee, B025 HPER Bldg.
1914 Andy Holt Ave
Knoxville, TN 37966
865-974-4487
jhuber5@utk.edu

Description of DOL Activity by Grantee:

This project seeks to expand and document the capability of individuals transitioning from segregated environments to community employment using customized employment strategies so that they may live, work and fully participate in their communities. This project will expand the capacity of the TN One-Stop Career Center system to include disability employment partners, to provide employment services for job seekers with significant disabilities, and to fully involve employers who seek to hire and retain a capable workforce. It is expected that these efforts will influence positively the development of extended policies and practices, on behalf of this overlooked and underserved population. Further, one of the key objectives of this effort is to firmly establish that employment and employment services must be the FIRST consideration for individuals leaving institutional or segregated settings under the Olmstead effort.

Remarks:

The purpose of ODEP's Work FORCE Action grant program is to support local non-profit organizations in demonstrations of customized employment strategies for persons with disabilities covered by the Olmstead Supreme Court decision of 1999 (Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581, 119 S. Ct. 2176-1999). Key organizations to be involved in these efforts include Local Workforce Investment Boards, disability organizations and other organization necessary in order to build the community's capacity to provide customized employment services to those persons with disabilities covered by the Olmstead decision.