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CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
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CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
CESSI/Employment Network Training Slides
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From our April 15, 2011 day-long training on becoming an Employment Network in NJ

From our April 15, 2011 day-long training on becoming an Employment Network in NJ

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  • Ticket To Work April 19, 2011
  • Ticket To Work April 19, 2011
  • Ticket To Work April 19, 2011
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    • 1. TASC and Partnership Plus January 2011 Joel Middleton & Mike Yozzi
    • 2. EN TASC
      • The EN TASC was established to address technical assistance needs identified by ENs to provide regional and functional services to deliver improved training , enhance internal procedures , increase Ticket assignments and payments , and help ensure more Ticket Holders access and retain employment . The EN TASC will assist ENs in attaining new competencies and in meeting performance objectives.
    • 3. TASC Services
      • Technical Assistance Services
        • Call Center: Inbound & Outbound
        • Recruitment Outreach and Support
        • Activation Services
          • Orientation Teleconference
          • Basics Training
          • Payments Training
          • Weekly Calls, Email Updates
          • Technical Assistance Bulletins
        • Business Support Services
          • Ticket Assignment Status Checks
          • In-Depth Payment Technical Assistance
          • IWP Review Team
        • Performance Monitoring
          • Oversight of Competencies Profiles
          • Annual Performance and Outcome Report (APOR)
      • Web-based Resources
        • www.yourtickettowork.com
        • Recruitment tools (Estimator, Toolkit)
        • EN Portal
        • Training tools
      • Training Resources
        • Understanding Ticket to Work and Work Incentives
        • How to Become an EN
        • EN Operational Basics
        • Payments
        • EN Core Competencies
          • Best Practices (Based on 2010 Experiences)
        • Supplemental Offerings
          • Service Systems: Workforce, VR/Partnership Plus, Goodwill, Mental Health, Native American, Employers
          • Disability Employment Sessions (guests)
    • 4. TASC Competencies Model
      • State Research and Profile Creation
      • EN Competency Continuum
        • Recruitment: organizations that have done similar work
        • Activation: organizations seeking ground floor success
        • Payments: organizations seeking second tier success
        • Oversight: rewarding quality organizations
        • Optimization: attain benchmark performance levels
      <--------------------------------------------------------Training -------------------------------------------------------  Recruitment Activation Payments Oversight Optimization <----------------------------------- Performance Monitoring --------------------------------------- 
    • 5. Partnership Plus: - Factors Contributing to the Success of Partnership Plus - Benefits of Partnership Plus
    • 6. What Is Partnership Plus?
      • Partnership Plus is a service delivery model under which SSA will compensate a State VR agency and an EN for successfully serving the same beneficiary under the same Ticket in certain circumstances
      • Only applies to situations where VR chooses to serve a beneficiary under the CR program
      • The service provision must be sequential, not concurrent
      • > VR provides the up-front services leading to job placement and EN secures Ticket assignment after VR case closure
      • > Ticket regulations only allow a Ticket to be with one service provider at a time
    • 7.  
    • 8. Successful Implementation of Partnership Plus
      • Three factors contribute significantly to the successful implementation of Partnership Plus
      • Having a pool of qualified ENs serving the state
      • Ensuring that beneficiaries understand their options under the Ticket program after VR case closure
      • Having VR counselors who understand the opportunities offered by the Ticket program and Partnership Plus
    • 9. There Is a Delay
      • A number of factors create an inherent delay in moving a beneficiary’s Ticket in and out of the “in-use SVR” status
      • VR cases are closed throughout the month
      • There are 80 State VR agencies - Some submit electronic files once a month, some quarterly, and some less often
      • MAXIMUS uploads data into their system once a month - Takes a couple of weeks to complete this process
    • 10. ENs Serving the State
      • ENs need to understand both the benefits of participating in the Ticket program and the benefits of taking Ticket assignments after VR case closure
      • Some ENs are hesitant to take to take Ticket assignments from successful VR consumers because of the loss of Phase 1 milestone payments
      • > ENs have opportunity to serve beneficiaries who are already employed and have been stabilized in employment for at least 90 days
      • > In the case of a beneficiary who was successfully closed by VR and later lost his/her job, the EN has the opportunity to work with a beneficiary who has received services from VR and has some work history
      • > Phase 1 milestones are still available if EN operates under outcome only payment system
    • 11. Beneficiaries Need to Understand Their Options
      • As a beneficiary is completing VR services, she/he needs to know several things
      • The Ticket still has value after VR case closure
      • The Ticket can be assigned to an EN to secure ongoing support services, job retention services, and other services and supports to maintain and advance in employment
      • How to locate ENs serving the area
      • Benefits planning services are available
      • > Work Incentives Information and Referral Center
      • > WIPAs
    • 12. Importance of VR Counselor Training
      • VR agencies experience significant turnover in staff
      • Tight state budgets have resulted in VR counselors being furloughed
      • VR counselors have large caseloads and significant responsibilities associated with their law and regulations
      • The Ticket and Partnership Plus have created additional work for VR staff
      • > Need staff to manage electronic reporting of CR cases
      • > VR counselors need to be trained to be able to give beneficiaries accurate information on their options
    • 13. Benefits of Partnership Plus
    • 14. Benefits of Partnership Plus
      • Provides beneficiaries access to VR for upfront services & ENs for ongoing support services after job placement
      • Provides a new option for assisting beneficiaries to maintain and advance in employment after VR closes the case
      • > An alternative to State VR agency providing post- employment services
      • Many beneficiaries will achieve 9 months of earnings above SGA with assistance from an EN
      • > VR is not designed to provide long-term supports after job placement
      • > Most VR agencies close cases when consumers are employed for 90 days
    • 15. Benefits to VR Counselors (Continued)
      • Provides an alternative for beneficiaries who are being wait-listed based on an Order of Selection
      • Reduces the need for re-opening cases when beneficiaries need additional assistance after case closure
      • Provides another option for beneficiaries whose VR cases are closed unsuccessfully
    • 16. Partnership Plus: Benefits to the Beneficiary
      • Access to services that are individualized and sequential
      • Access to a wider scope of services
      • Facilitates a coordinated system of services
      • Expands access to job retention services and other types of ongoing supports and post-employment services that beneficiaries often need to retain, regain, and advance in employment
    • 17. Benefits to ENs and VR Agencies
      • Promotes increased communication between and among service providers (e.g., information on Ticket program, work incentives, VR services, etc.)
      • Increases and improves collaboration among service providers by encouraging partnerships, instead of competition over Ticket assignments
      • Provides a source of unrestricted funds that can be used to
      • > Support and expand the infrastructure of service providers serving the state
      • > Provide bridge funding for service providers experiencing cuts in funding during hard economic times
      • > Fill gaps in services
    • 18. Benefits to Both VR and ENs
      • Potential to strengthen all partners in the system
      • > Increases CR payments to VR agency
      • > Increases milestone and outcome payments to ENs
      • Potential to minimize/share administrative tasks associated with tracking work and earnings, and submitting for payments from SSA
      • > Usually done based on a written agreement
    • 19. Partnership Plus: Benefits to ENs
      • In addition to all of the benefits an EN may get from participating in the Ticket program
      • Opportunity to service beneficiaries who are already working or have some work history
      • Does not interfere with EN providing services under a vendor agreement while the VR case is open and later functioning as an EN for the same Ticket Holder
    • 20. Partnership Plus: Benefits to VR
      • Reduction in paperwork – Submission of SSA 1365 no longer needed for CR cases
      • Increases choices for consumers to access services and supports necessary to maintain, regain, and advance in employment, i.e., an alternative to VR providing post-employment services
      • Enhances VR’s ability to focus on long-term “competitive” employment
    • 21. Benefits to VR Counselors (Continued)
      • Reduces the need for re-opening cases when beneficiaries need additional assistance after case closure
      • Provides another option for beneficiaries whose VR cases are closed unsuccessful
      • The Ticket program also provides an alternative for beneficiaries who are being wait-listed based on a State’s Order of Selection
    • 22. Benefits to SSA and Taxpayers
      • More beneficiaries going to work and reducing/eliminating reliance on disability benefits results in increased savings to the Social Security Trust Fund and the General Revenue Fund
    • 23. You Can Help!
      • We are updating the Partnership Plus online Toolkit ( http://PartnershipPlus.cessi.net )
      • Your thoughts and ideas are welcome
      • Help us identify examples of useful tools, forms and agreements

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