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Let's Get to Work


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Beth Swedeen, Lisa Pugh and Russell McCullough gave this presentation on May 30, 2012 at the National Transition Conference in Washington, DC.

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Let's Get to Work

  1. 1. Wisconsin’s Let’s Get to Work:A Policy and Practice Approach for Launching Youth into the Work Force Beth Swedeen & Lisa Pugh May 30, 2012
  2. 2. Learning Objectives• Use evidence-based and promising practices at the local and systemic level to measure employment outcomes• Identify policy and practice barriers• Identify practical strategies for engaging policymakers
  3. 3. Project framework includes all stakeholders:Combines what research/data shows are:• Most significant barriers;• Strategies and practices that work;• policies that act as both facilitators and barriers to employment.
  4. 4. Project framework includes all stakeholders:• School staff• Service agencies: Voc Rehab; Long-term care system• Students• Families• Broader community (including employers)
  5. 5. Four project components• Statewide consortium• Pilot schools• On-site coaches• Policy team
  6. 6. Consortium’s Role• Large: includes representation from all stakeholders, 60-70 people• Provides input on what is and isn’t working, what directions to pursue; what policies need to change or improve• Includes progress updates from schools and three state agencies on progress: practice and policy changes
  7. 7. Pilot Schools• Did a statewide competitive application reviewed by all six major partners (3 state agencies; 3 ADD partners)• Looked for interest/ability to develop a broader stakeholder group in their school and community• Had to commit to implement evidence-based or promising practices…
  8. 8. 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 Community Conversation• School learning circle/community of practice to learn from each other
  9. 9. Russell’s Story• Person-centered planning• School/community mapping of opportunities• Connection general education and co-curricular activities• Summer paid/volunteer community-based jobs
  10. 10. How I got my jobs
  11. 11. As a young student, I really liked riding the bus
  12. 12. In high school I really enjoyed hanging out with friends
  13. 13. My current position at BPDD
  14. 14. Always wanted to be a driver
  15. 15. Coaches• On-site supporters/cheerleaders/practitioners who show school staff how to try new practices• Provide resources and direct instruction training• Connect them to other professional development, training and resources
  16. 16. Policy Team• Members• What it does
  17. 17. Policy Barriers: DVR• Too many facility-based assessments for youth• Lack experience and comfort in supporting individuals with significant disabilities, both among counselors and provider networks
  18. 18. DVR Policy Solutions• Guidance to staff and the public from DVR leadership on community-based assessments• Youth Transition On the Job Training (OJT)• Strengthening statewide training to new/existing DVR staff on how to support individuals with the most complex disabilities (assumption that all are employable)
  19. 19. DPI Policy Barriers• No clear guidance on LRE for youth in transition (ages 18-21)• Inadequate pre- service preparation in transition
  20. 20. Long-Term Care Policy Barriers• Lack of competitive employment focus in long-term care system• Lack of understanding about the impact of employment on public benefits
  21. 21. Long-Term Care Policy Solutions• Changes to provider rates to create incentives for employment outcomes (pay for performance)• Increased focus on employment in managed care contract language
  22. 22. Long-Term Care Policy Solutions• Creating mentoring opportunities among providers• Pursuing a pre-voc policy that would prohibit/limit new entries to facility-based pre-voc• Embed benefits counseling training into statewide long-term care system parent training and have benefits counseling expertise available at ADRCs
  23. 23. Practical Strategies for Engaging Policymakers• Making a solid case for change: using data, research to create targeted asks• Focus on policymakers’ own interests • (play the players against each other) • Don’t take no for an answer: go to the next level• Look at what is happening in the general population of youth regarding employment in your state• Help policymakers make connections• Work in coalitions: create a “buzz”
  24. 24. Beth Swedeen, WI-BPDDbeth.swedeen@wisconsin.govLisa Pugh, ADD Public Policy