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Granite State Employment Project Newsletter

  1. 1. He06R1n2t0cSEmCXiaXHp56WW5Aw4iLPO7tk6BWIFfAewv8cvREOg0D8LGTmspFxR8A-ELr95opZI34Y3eQn0J8PWH Granite State Employment Project Employment News Volume II May 2009 There has been much activity within the Granite State Important Employment Project since our last newsletter in March that Facts: will no doubt contribute to building a stronger comprehensive employment system for people with disabilities in New ODEP - Disability Hampshire. While we are very proud of all the activities that Employment the MIG (Medicaid Infrastructure Grant) has supported, there Statistics is a lot of work that still needs to be done. It is time to raise the expectations for employment and make sure that we create a sustainable and accessible employment support APRIL 2009 system that turns intention into reality. If we can Percentage of people wholeheartedly embrace this expectation, then the steps to with disabilities in follow would be the alignment of our policies, practices, the labor force: resources, outreach and education that effectively make 22.8% employment possible for all. Percentage of people The MIG is committed to raising the bar on employment and without disabilities in leaving a legacy of a comprehensive employment system that the labor force: effectively supports people in obtaining and maintaining 70.9% employment. Please read on to learn about how the marketing campaign, employment indicator data Unemployment rate system, the employment staff certification, and our of persons with a commitment to developing a Work Incentives Resource disability: Center will contribute to achieving improved employment 12.9% outcomes for people with disabilities. Unemployment rate Don't forget to check out the links to the right for up to date of persons without a information on Employment Statistics, training and cutting disability: edge reports from ODEP, SSA, ICI and more. 8.4% For our next newsletter, we would like to feature stories about: FOR 1) Individuals who are self-employed. This is a great BUSINESSES opportunity to share your story. Can Hiring One 2) An employer you would like to recognize for their Employee with a commitment to hiring people with disabilities. Disability Make a Difference? Please consider sharing your experience. It just may be the inspiration someone needs to reach their dream. Contact Denise Sleeper to share your story at Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities In This Issue I AM SUCCESS - LET'S WORK TOGETHER - Launching in July NBC's Disability Awareness EMPLOYMENT INDICATOR DATA SYSTEM - Under Contract Campaign - The More You Know EMPLOYMENT STAFF CERTIFICATION - LAUNCHED
  2. 2. WORK INCENTIVES RESOURCE CENTER - Strategic Visioning ABLE & Planned WILLING: An MEDICAID FOR EMPLOYED ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES (MEAD) - Latest News Untapped Pool of Talent I AM SUCCESS - Let's work together Business Tax Employment is something most of us take for granted, but for Credits Fact some individuals with disabilities, finding an employer who can see the gifts you have to offer their organization can be a Sheet challenge. To assist in highlighting abilities, The Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions (MCST) is pleased to announce a new marketing campaign that shows individuals with disabilities working and thriving in the workforce. The campaign is called quot;I Am Success - Let's Work Together.quot; This is a part of MCST's work under the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The campaign aims to change perceptions that people may have about the types of work individuals with disabilities can do. Working with the firm Church & Main, materials have been created that show individuals with a variety of disabilities succeeding at their jobs. Different types of jobs are depicted including business ownership, professional and technical experts, customer service, administrative and advocacy positions. The marketing materials include posters, Links tent cards, hand outs and other advertisements that illustrate successful individuals at work. Granite State Employment Project The goal of the MCST marketing campaign is to raise awareness for everyone in the community, from business National owners to individuals and their families, that people with Employment disabilities can, indeed, go to work and be successful in the Resources & Topics community. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, quot;In January 2009, the unemployment rate of persons with a Workforce Strategies disability was 13.2%, compared with 8.3 percent for persons Initiatives with no disability (not seasonally adjusted). It is important to note that the unemployment figure does not include people NH Labor Market who are not actively looking for work, the case with many Information people with disabilities.quot; Often times, individuals with disabilities reach barriers that don't allow them to demonstrate their abilities and the ways that they can contribute to a SELF-EMPLOYMENT workplace. And these barriers may lead people with disabilities to believe that they are not able to work. The theme of the Micro-Credit materials is that every individual brings value to the workplace. Now, let's work together. NH SBDC Although the campaign was developed in the Monadnock E-Learning for Region, it was designed for local use statewide. All agencies Entrepreneurs who support people with disabilities can receive a copy of the campaign on a portable flash drive that allows each START-UP USA agency to insert their organizations contact information. To receive your free copy of the campaign along with a marketing plan that provides detailed information on how to effectively use the campaign, please plan on attending WORK the marketing campaign launch in July. This campaign is one INCENTIVES way that we can unify our message around the importance of employment in the lives of people with disabilities just as it is PLANNING important in the lives of people without disabilities. It is important that we remain diligent in our efforts to raise GSIL awareness, change perceptions and work together on
  3. 3. this common goal. Social Security Administration Regions can request MIG funds to pay for the printing costs for local dissemination. MAKING FINANCIAL Please CONNECTIONS SAVE THE DATE AGENCIES & July 9th, 2009 POLICY MAKERS 9am-11am Q & A's on State Launching Statewide Campaign Employment First Policies March 2008 The Maine Place to be Announced Employment Curriculum: Delivering Best Practices for MCST is a project of Monadnock Developmental Services, and Employment Support is made possible under an Agreement with the State of New Professionals Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Developmental Services, with Medicaid Infrastructure Grant funds provided by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under CFDA REPORT from ICI: 93.768 Postsecondary Education and Employment Outcomes for Youth with Employment Indicator Data System Intellectual Disabilities One of the strategic priorities and outcomes of the US Department of Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) is to create an easily Labor Announces accessible data system to track employment outcomes Funding for Employment and across service systems. The intent is for this data system Training Programs to influence decision-making, policy, and the management of Under American resources so that our systems can create improved Recovery and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. It is an Reinvestment Act important tool in helping us to measure our overall effectiveness in supporting people to obtain and maintain VCU: Fact Sheets employment as well as creating the opportunity to see the link between various services, resources and programs that & Case Studies for contribute to employment. Workplace Supports The Employment Indicator System will allow for the collection of data across Area Agencies, Community Mental Health Centers and Vocational Rehabilitation offices. Currently, each disability system collects data, but it JOB SEEKERS only provides a snapshot of the overall services provided to an CAREER VOYAGES individual. Individuals with disabilities often receive supports from more than one agency, but until now there has not been a way to capture that data to better understand the types of GettingHired supports and services that truly benefit individuals with disabilities in their search for employment or the supports that assist them in maintaining that employment. By developing this data base, local agencies will be able to better monitor the employment services they provide and as a State, we will be able to analyze the supports and services using de-identified data. Upcoming Events The data project is being headed by Tobey Davies from Southern New Hampshire University in conjunction with
  4. 4. representatives from the Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions, LinkAbilities and the MIG State Project team with WORK INCENTIVES members from the Bureau of Developmental Services, the RESOURCE CENTER Bureau of Behavioral Health, Vocational Rehabilitation and STRATEGIC Department of Education. Additional support is provided by VISIONING Ray Giroux, the Community Support Network, Inc (CSNI) and JUNE 17TH Keene State College. After a lengthy selection process involving Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Area Agencies from 3 regions, a vendor has been selected to MARKETING develop the system. Social Strength will provide a web CAMPAIGN based, HIPAA compliant, secure data system that will STATEWIDE LAUNCH allow for community agencies to track and monitor JULY 9TH employment services. Social Strength was chosen after a comprehensive search for its ease of use and security systems that ensure all data is kept confidential and secure. Agencies will only be able to view the information on the individuals they EMPLOYMENT serve, but will have access to de-identified data from other SUMMIT systems to compare the supports and services they provide to FALL 2009 other areas. The Employment Indicator System is currently being developed and will be piloted in the Monadnock region, greater Nashua Statewide Job Fair and two other areas of the State. The goal is to take the Thursday system Statewide within the course of the next two years. August 27, 2009 For more information, contact Tobey Partch-Davies at location to be or Denise Sleeper at 271-5161 or determined via e-mail at Employment Specialist Certification SUGGESTIONS? launched at WWW.CEPNH.ORG Another Strategic Priority identified under the Granite State Employment Project, is the need for employment staff who are well trained and oriented to assist Send Us Your individuals with disabilities to achieve better employment outcomes and who understand employer/business needs Newsletter Ideas and expectations. and Feedback As one of the Lead Agencies under the MIG, LinkAbilities and the UNH Institute of Disability partnered with representatives from Alvirne High School, Gateways Community Services, Granite State Independent Living, Harbor Homes, Nashua Community College, the Nashua Vocational Rehabilitation office and The PLUS Company, Inc. to create the Professional Development Workgroup. The goal of the Professional Development Workgroup was to develop a certification process that recognizes the necessary skills for employment specialists and identifies areas of essential training that would be beneficial for consumers and job developers. The result of two years of planning by the Professional Development Workgroup, supports evidence- based practices and enhances professional standing for employment staff through a certification process. quot;Certification fosters growth and accountability. helps consumers identify certified employment professionals and encourages professionals to stay educated and dedicated to improvement,quot; says Emily Manire, Director of LinkAbilities. Thanks to, consumers, families and funding sources will have access to a public list of individuals who have been certified. The website also features a member-only section for up-to-date information and research results important to their
  5. 5. field, peer discussion forums and online chats on issues of importance. For more information about the certification process, to download the necessary forms, or to participate in an on- line chat, please visit For more information about LinkAbilities, please visit LinkAbilities is a project of Gateways Community Services and is made possible under an agreement with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Developmental Services, with Medicaid Infrastructure Grant funds provided by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under CFDA 93.768. WORK INCENTIVES RESOURCE CENTER *MIG/GSEP Making the Commitment* quot;Yes, you can work without jeopardizing your health and financial stabilityquot; Understanding Work Incentives is going to be the theme for the next two years. What are they you ask? Simply put, SSA created Special rules to make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments and maintain Medicare or Medicaid. Social Security calls these rules quot;work incentives.quot; Unfortunately, very few people are accessing these incentives which can have a profound impact on people's finances, health and independence. They have been avoided and dismissed by individuals and professionals who support them because they are difficult to understand and navigate. However, when we make the choice to NOT understand Work Incentives, we consciously contribute to people remaining in poverty. We can no longer close our eyes and our minds to these resources that are designed to assist people navigate through the barriers to employment. In an effort to address the underutilization of work incentives, the GSEP is making a commitment to supporting the evolution of a Work Incentives Resource Center. Ideally, it will be a virtual center supported by on-going training and print materials that will help individuals, families, schools and agency staff to understand the information and their impact in a user friendly and accessible format. While the actual benefit analysis will still need to be done by trained professionals, the message that quot;You can work without jeopardizing your health and financial stabilityquot; will be understood. Our goal is to help people thrive in life not restrict their dreams and goals by the limitations of a poorly understood system. If you would like to be a part of shaping the Vision for a Work Incentives Resource Center, we invite you to join us for a strategic planning session on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 9AM-3PM
  6. 6. Bureau of Developmental Services, 105 Pleasant St, Conncord, NH. Call 271-5161 For more information or to RSVP e-mail This session will be facilitated by our Federal Technical Assistance provider, the National Consortium for Health Systems Development. Medicaid For Employed Adults with Disabilities (MEAD) Latest News MEAD is a Medicaid eligibility coverage group that allows qualified adults with disabilities who work to enroll in the Medicaid program or continue their Medicaid coverage. To request the latest brochure, please contact Denise St. Onge, MEAD Program Manager at or call 271-7224. To view this information electronically, please visit: COMING SOON! MEAD HOTLINE GRANITE STATE EMPLOYMENT PROJECT This employment initiative is financed under the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, which is awarded to the State of New Hampshire, Dept.of Health & Human Services, Bureau of Developmental Services by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under CFDA No. 93.768 Forward email Email Marketing by This email was sent to by Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. Bureau of Developmental Services | 105 Pleasant St, First Floor South | Concord | NH | 03301