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1 Working Together to Achieve Employment Success APSE Annual Conference April 29, 2013 Presented by: Lynne Thibdeau and Sarah Gallagher

2 OPWDD Transformation OPWDD’s initial goals outlined five specific areas of system reform: 1. Making the system more person-centered 2. Restructuring to provide better integrated, holistic support 3. Establishing transparent and sustainable funding 4. Measuring the quality of the system based on the outcomes of individuals 5. Serving people in the most integrated settings possible 2

3 Employment Targets Agreement between CMS and OPWDD Supported Employment Services and Competitive Employment Data reporting requirements – number of individuals in competitive employment and quarterly reports. Increase the number of persons engaged in competitive (integrated at minimum wage) by 700. Effective July 1, 2013 no new workshop admissions. Provide a PLAN by October 2013 for increasing the number of students exiting the educational system moving directly into competitive employment. Provide a PLAN by October 2013 for workshop closure. 3

4 Getting to 700 and Beyond Together Through Quality New Placement Pre-Placement Preparation Discovery Job Matching Job Coaching Getting the Business (employer) to Yes 4

5 Keeping People Working Through Quality Retention How is the Current Job Going? Is the Business (employer) happy? Re-Discovery Re-Evaluate Job Coaching Levels What has to be done to MAINTAIN this Job? 5

6 DISCOVERY What is Discovery? Why is Discovery Important? Example of ETP Discovery Report 6

7 Interview individual One-on-One interview Vocational and other Standardized tests Observed at Job-Related Situational Assessments Interviewed Family and Friends Reviewed File Interviewed Support Staff Observed at Community Based Job and/or Volunteer Job Observed at Home Observed in Community Activities 7 ELEMENTS OF THE DISCOVERY PROCESS

8 Employment Training Program (ETP) Wages Paid while a Person is Learning a Job Funding for Discovery, Job Development, Job Coaching when Wages are Paid either by Program or Employer Job Placement Leads to Permanent Employment New Flexibility in Services High School Students Transition 8

9 Transition from Segregated to Integrated Employment Goals July 1, 2013- OPWDD will not fund new admissions to (segregated employment) sheltered workshops/work centers October 1, 2013- Submit draft work plan and timeline related to the elimination of OPWDD funding for segregated employment (final plan 1/14) Strategies Change Business Models- (affirmative businesses, social enterprises, etc) Redesign Pre-vocational Services to be “Community Connected” Transition to Pathway to Employment Utilizing the Customized Employment Model 9

10 Pre-employment Strategy- Pathway to Employment What is Pathway to Employment? Time limited service – up to 12 months Design to assist people in identifying a career goal Services will focus on: – Pre-employment skills – Development of a vocational or career plan for achieving integrated employment at or above minimum wage – Self employment is included 10

11 Who Can Receive Pathway to Employment Services? Anyone currently receiving the following services: Day Habilitation Sheltered Workshop Pre-Vocational Supported Employment As well as students leaving high school 11

12 Pathway to Employment Services Services may include, but not be limited to: Vocational and situational assessments; Job readiness training; Pre-employment skills including tasks necessary to obtain employment; Job-related discovery; Travel training; Education and counseling around benefits planning; Assessment for use of assistive technology to increase independence in the workplace; and, Person-centered career planning which includes a vocational plan completed by the end of Pathway to Employment.

13 Pathway to Employment Who may be able to Provide Service? Will there be training required? When will Service Start? Other Questions? 13

14 Partnering – Where Do We Go From Here? SEMP Director Training/Forums Partnering Solutions to Challenges 14

15 New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities ETP LOCATIONS AND CONTACTS ETP Coordinating Unit Lynne Thibdeau, Assistant Director Employment Lynne.Thibdeau@opwdd.ny.gov………....…518-372-3796 Wendy Colonno, Employment & Community Service Coordinator Wendy.R.Colonno@opwdd.ny.gov…….....518-408-2464 Albany Region 3 Capital District Gail Barbera…………………………..518-486-1313 Gloria Hart………………………………518-486-1313 Binghamton Region 2 Broome Sue Tesar…………………………………607-770-0395 Denise Odea………………….………..607-770-0282 Bronx Region 4 Metro NY Felisha Grant………………………….718-430-0457 Brooklyn Region 4 Brooklyn Liz Leahy………………………………..718-642-8669 Buffalo Region 1 Western NY Mary Pritchard……………………….716-532-5522 Kevin Robison…………………..…….716-517-2346 15

16 Long Island Region 5 Long Island Michele Costa………………………..631-434-6142 Charice Drakeford……………………631-434-6055 Manhattan Region 4 Metro NY Edele St. Jean-Pierre……………….212-229-3169 Poughkeepsie Region 3 Taconic Marilyn Granieri………………………845-382-1899 Tanya Shook…………………………..845-471-9226 Queens Region 4 Bernard Fineson Valerie Mitchell……………………….718-217-2897 Rochester Region 1 Finger Lakes Sue Williams………………………….585-461-8757 Janice Shafer………………………….585-241-5704 Rome/Syracuse Region 2 Central NY Janet Bennett………………………….315-337-5238 Staten Island Region 4 Staten Island Denise Funk…………………………..718-982-1934 Thiells Region 4 Hudson Valley Grady Miller………………………….845-947-6211 Tupper Lake Region 2 Sunmount Sarah Gallagher………………………518-359-4125 16

17 Thank You! Lynne and Sarah 17


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