Ohio is an Employment First state and OPRA supports the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) in their collaborative movement toward meaningful employment for people with IDD. In 2017, OOD will be implementing a new Supported Employment program that is designed to adequately compensate providers to assist individuals to obtain employment in integrated settings at or above minimum wage. In April 2017, DODD will implement Career Planning and longer-term job coaching for individuals who need additional supports to be successful in the world of work. Additionally, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is facilitating integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.
It is OPRA’s duty to help our members understand the new programs and rules, and the changes they bring so members can prepare their agencies for the future.
For the individuals our members support, we hope to accomplish
- Employment rates for individuals with IDD that are comparable to the employment rates of individuals without disabilities.
- Wages for individuals with developmental disabilities at or above minimum wage.
- Employment settings for individuals with IDD that are in fully integrated into the community.
For members, OPRA continues to advocate for:
- The necessity of minimizing documentation requirements for providers.
- Clarity of who qualifies for Supported Employment.
- Simplification in braiding OOD and DODD funding when both are needed to provide wrap around employment supports.
- The close monitoring of the employment success of individuals with the most severe disabilities to ensure the new fee schedule facilitates employment for this population.
- That reimbursement and mileage rates are at a level that adequately funds the services.
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