Create a systemic focus on the high expectations for youth with significant disabilities to transition successfully into adulthood and be able to work, earn a livable wage, and live independently in the community through public policies that advance equality of opportunity, informed choice, employment first, and economic self-sufficiency.
1. 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
2. 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.
3. CPSD’s Value Framework Equality Choice Competence Dignity of Equity Risk
4. What is True Integration? MEANINGFUL INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS Education Workplace Home Community
5. 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.
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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.
10. 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
11. 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)
12. 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.
13. THANK YOU For more information: Serena Lowe, Executive Director Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination202-548-2502 (Office) EWOLANERES@gmail.com