Let's Get to Work (TASH 2012)

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  • Lets Get to WorkA Community Approach to Improving Employment Outcomes for Youth Beth Swedeen, Lisa Pugh, and Russell McCullough TASH, November 2012

Learning Objectives Use evidence-based and promising practices at thelocal and systems level to measure employmentoutcomes Identify policy and practice barriers Identify practical strategies for engaging policymakers Project framework includes all stakeholdersCombines what research/data shows are: Most significant barriers; Strategies and practices that work; policies that act as both facilitators and barriers toemployment. Project framework includes all stakeholders School staff Service agencies: VocRehab; Long-term caresystem Students Families Broader community(including employers) Four project components Statewide consortium Pilot schools On-site coaches Policy team Consortiums Role Large: includes representation from all stakeholders,60-70 people. Provides input on what is and isnt working, whatdirections to pursue; what policies need to change orimprove Includes progress updates from schools and threestate agencies on progress: practice and policychanges Include youth and family tracks, particularly to buildself-determination Pilot Schools Did a statewide competitive application reviewed byall six major partners (3 state agencies; 3 ADDpartners) Looked for interest/ability to develop a broaderstakeholder group in their school and community Had to commit to implement evidence-based orpromising practices Practices: Person-centered planning School/community mapping of opportunities Connection general education and co-curricular activities Summer paid/volunteer community-based jobs Early connection to DVR Engaging broader community through a CommunityConversation School learning circle/community of practice to learn fromeach other Schools Also Developed Their own CreativeApproaches to Engaging with their Communities GraftonHolmenhttp://youtu.be/2ysq3AYANaA http://youtu.be/M0rMo-uaQqI Jobs First! of Manitowoc County Schools also Provide Stories to Illustrate theProjectHeres Russells story Russells Story Person-centered planning School/community mapping of opportunities Connection general education and co-curricularactivities Summer paid/volunteer community-based jobs Always wanted to be a driver As a young student, I really liked riding the bus How I got my jobRussell My current position at BPDD August Consortium meeting at the Madison Concourse Hotel At work, the people who support me are. Coaches On-site supporters/cheerleaders/practitioners whoshow school staff how to try new practices Provide resources and direct instruction training Connect them to other professional development,training and resources Policy Team Members What it does Policy Barriers:Vocational Rehabilitation Too many facility-basedassessments for youth Lack experience andcomfort in supportingindividuals withsignificantdisabilities, both amongcounselors and providernetworks Voc Rehab Policy Solutions Guidance to staff and the public from DVR leadershipon community-based assessments Youth Transition On the Job Training (OJT) Strengthening statewide training to new/existing DVRstaff on how to support individuals with the mostcomplex disabilities (assumption that all areemployable) Vocational Rehabilitation: In the Hopper One pager for families/schoolsdescribing range of voc rehabservices Meeting with leadership toshare promising practices fromother high-performing states Legislation guiding schools toencourage early conversationswith VR State Education AgencyPolicy Barriers No clear guidance on LRE foryouth in transition (ages 18-21) Inadequate pre-servicepreparation in transition Absence of guidance fromstate leadership Lack of collaboration withgeneral education State Education Agency Policy SolutionsOSEP guidance on LRE in community worksites State Education Agency: In the Hopper Transitionendorsement/certification Work with higher educationstatewide to increase masterstraining in transition Legislation to strengthen focus oncommunity-based workassessments if employment is apost-school outcome Long-Term Care Policy Barriers Lack of competitiveemployment focus in long-termcare system Lack of understanding aboutthe impact of employment onpublic benefits Long-Term Care Policy Solutions Expansion of promising payfor performance pilot inmanaged care Work with Department ofHealth Services andGovernors office to increasework incentives benefitscounseling Strengthen managed carecontract language toincentivize employment Long-Term Care Policy Solutions Work with childrens long-termcare system to create culture ofexpectations around employmentfor families Identified vocational services aspart of childrens long-term carewaiver Include increased employment aspart of states Medicaid long-termcare sustainability effort. Long-Term Care: In the Hopper Work with legislators onEmployment First legislation Pursuing a pre-voc policy thatwould prohibit/limit new entriesto facility-based pre-voc Embed benefits counseling traininginto statewide long-term caresystem parent training and havebenefits counseling expertiseavailable at ADRCs Practical Strategies for Engaging Policymakers Make a solid case for change: using data, research tocreate targeted asks Focus on policy issues prominent in your state Look at what is happening in the general populationof youth regarding employment in your state Practical Strategies for Engaging Policymakers Put a face and story with the issue: have legislatorsmeet real youth and their families Dont take no for answer: go to the next level Practical Strategies for Engaging Employers Outreached directly to largest employer lobbyingorganization in the state Worked to promote disability employment awarenessmonth Connected businesses with legislators on the youthemployment issue Connected schools to local chambers Partner with other agencies/leaders to createa buzz Councils Take Your Legislator to Work Employment First statewide coalition People First priorities WI Manufacturers and Commerce Walmart corporate interest Beth Swedeen, WI-BPDDbeth.swedeen@wisconsin.govLisa Pugh, ADD Public Policy Coordinatorlisa.pugh@drwi.orgRussell McCulloughrussell.mccullough@wisconsin.gov