Transition toward Excellence Achievement & Mobility: An Overview of the TEAM Legislation Alliance for Full Participation 18 November 2011 Serena Lowe, Executive Director Collaboration to Promote Self Determination
What is the CPSD? The Collaboration to Promote Self- Determination (CPSD) seeks to promote opportunities and eliminate barriers to working and saving while ensuring the preservation of long-term supports necessary to achieving optimal self-sufficiency, independence, and economic security.
CPSD’s Value Framework Equality Choice Competence Dignity of Equity Risk
What is True Integration? MEANINGFUL INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS Education Workplace Home Community
TEAM Legislation: Purpose To establish a coordinated, comprehensive approach to the investment of public resources that expands and improves the opportunities for youth with significant disabilities who are transitioning into adulthood, to en-sure meaningful postsecondary educational opportunities, employment in integrated settings at a competitive wage, long-term career development and growth, and inclusion in the community setting through independent living and social engagement, and for other purposes.
TEAM Act: Key Objectives Expanded Focus & Implementation of Transition Strategies under IDEA Development of an Adult Transition Services division under the auspice of each state’s I/DD Services Authority National Systemic Reform focused on improving outcomes related to integrated employment and post- secondary education. State Systems-Change to Ensure coordination of resources across multiple agencies Professional Development & Training
Transition toward Excellence, Achievement & Mobility TEAM TEAM-Education Act: Reforms to Current IEP Process & Transition during School Years Enhance IEP Process by Allow IDEA $$$ to be used Provide grant funding to Elevate Transition including state I/DD for contracting transition hire internal Transition Measures in IDEA-2004 Coordinators @ LEAs agencies services TEAM-Empowerment Act: Creation of Transition Infrastructure within I/DD State System Require Individual Provide transition brokers Require MOUs betweenEstablish Transition capacity Transition Plans (ITPs) for to facilitate ITP process and state I/DD agency and other in state I/DD agencies citizens with I/DD support individual & state partners to coordinate families TEAM-Employment Act: Promotion of Systems-Change through National Transition Initiative for Youth with Significant Disabilities Transition outcomes focused on integrated employment, Systemic Reform & Capacity Building Grants post-secondary education and economic advancement
TEAM-Education Act (H.R. 602):IDEA Reform Allows Part B Funds to be used to Contract out the Provision of Transition Services by an LEA State block grants to fund the Creation of Transition Coordinators Clarifies introduction of transition services from age 14 on into IEP Must include services in conjunction with each of the 5 Guideposts to Success Invitation of State I/DD State Services Authority to participate in IEP process from 14 on
TEAM-Empowerment Act (H.R. 603):I/DD Services Mandates the creation of a transition services unit within each State I/DD Services Authority Requires state I/DD Authority to manage the successful development and completion of a young adult’s Individual Transition Plan (thus taking the place of the IEP) once the student exits the school system Allows I/DD beneficiaries to select a transition broker to help navigate the various adult services programs in order to help the individual and their family successful accomplish the objectives of the ITP.
TEAM-Employment Act (H.R. 604):VR Systems-Change Grants Provides grants to states to implement effective transition strategies that lead to integrated employment at livable wages and/or participation in a post-secondary education program. State VR Department must partner with I/DD Authorities, State Education Agency (SEA), Workforce Investment Board, and State Medicaid Agency to receive grant. Key themes of emphasis mirror Title III Self-direction through individual budgeting Blending and braiding of public resources Outcomes aimed at full integration (education, employment and community living) Senate WIA Reauthorization draft included similar systems-change initiative
Three Bills, One Singular Focus:National Systemic Reform Promoting Employment First Principles through systems- coordination at various levels of government (reaching all major touch points in the transition process) Key themes of emphasis Self-direction through individual budgeting Blending and braiding of public resources Outcomes aimed at full integration (education, employment and community living)
TEAM Political Strategy:Legislative Momentum Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 10, 2011 Congressional Briefing hosted by CPSD in March 2011 with 82 participants Cosponsors (9-10): Reps. Gregg Harper (R-MS), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Eliot Engel (NY), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), and Gerry Connelly (VA) Discussions underway about moving at least one of the three bills through legislative process in 112th Congress. Working on solidifying Senate champions for companion bill. Over 25 national organizations in support of the legislation to date.
THANK YOU For more information: Serena Lowe, Executive Director Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination202-548-2502 (Office) EWOLANERES@gmail.com