On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL)Employment and Training Administration (ETA)issued USDOL/ETA Advisories - Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGL)19-13, Change 2 to expand and clarify the definition of homelessness as a significant barrier to employment(SBE). The expanded definition includes include domestic violence and other dangerous or life-threatening conditions, as defined in Section 103(b) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302(b)). To access this revised directive, pleaes click on View Page Now or go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL_19-13_Change2_Acc.pdf
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Women's Bureau is hosting this webinar on Tuesday, July 28th from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm, EST. Information on DOL's current efforts to address issues affecting women with disabilities related to employment will be shared. Presenters will also look back on the ADA’s effect on women in the workplace, including pregnant women and new mothers, women with caregiving responsibilities for family members with disabilities, and women who have survived domestic or sexual violence. Lastly, there will be discussion of new research from UC Berkeley on the intersection of disability and domestic violence services for womenThe focus will be on the effects of the ADA on women in respect to pregnancy accommodations, domestic violence, and employment. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
This webinar is hosted by the National Disability Institute (NDI) and American Psychological Association (APA) to discuss money and stress with highlights from the report. It will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST. The survey results show that stress about money and finances is prevalent nationwide, even as aspects of the U.S. economy have improved. In fact, regardless of the economic climate, money has consistently topped Americans' list of stressors since the first Stress in America survey was conducted in 2007. In addition to highlights of the survey and report, APA will provide strategies to help clients manage their stress about money. Presenters: -- Lynn Bufka PhD, Associate Executive Director, Practice, Research and Policy American Psychological Association -- Anju Khubchandani, Director, Disability Issues American Psychological Association To register for this webinar, please Click on View Page Now.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued Report No, GAO-15-113: Mental Health - HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness in December 2014. GAO identified 112 federal programs that generally supported individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013. Thirty of the 112 programs were identified by the agencies as specifically targeting individuals with serious mental illness. Four agencies—DOD, HHS, DOJ, and VA—reported that they obligated about $5.7 billion for programs that specifically targeted individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013. HHS is charged with leading the federal government’s public health efforts related to mental health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is required to promote coordination of programs relating to mental illness throughout the federal government. While coordination at the program level is important, it does not take the place of, or achieve the level of, leadership that GAO has previously found to be key to successful coordination and that is essential to identifying whether there are gaps in services and if agencies have the necessary information to assess the reach and effectiveness of their programs.To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/analysis/20150205GAOReport.pdf
The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) is a statewide committee charged in statute with consulting and advising the Secretaries of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, including development of a comprehensive strategy. While there are many factors that contribute to the low labor force participation rate among people with disabilities in California, CCEPD made a strategic decision to focus the Committee’s efforts in 2013 and 2014 on increasing the percentage of people with disabilities in California’s health workforce because research indicates that California’s healthcare providers have a tremendous influence on a disabled person’s decision to work or return to work. disability as their reason for not working. Most of those not working due to disability saw themselves as unable to work, whether at their former job (92%) or at any job (75%), and 97.3 percent were told by a healthcare provider that they could not work. 5CA surveyed people with disabilities on who discouraged them from pursuing employment and 95% identified their health care provider. T0 view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dor.ca.gov/boards-and-committees/documents/Operation%20California%20First%20FINAL%20091014.pdf
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF)issued a study on October 22, 2014, that reports that more than half of homeless youth become homeless for the first time because they are asked to leave home by a parent or caregiver. The first-of-its-kind study focused on 656 14- to 21-year-olds in 11 cities. Respondents included street youth served by FYSB’s Street Outreach Program grantees and street youth who were not using services. The study found the following: -- On average, the youth became homeless for the first time at age 15. -- The average youth spent nearly two years living on the streets. -- More than 60 percent were raped, beaten up, robbed, or otherwise assaulted. -- Nearly 30 percent of participants identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual, and nearly 7 percent identified as transgender. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regularly estimates the number of people experiencing homelessness. Even though this exercise is believed to undercount the number of youth experiencing homelessness, it still identified 46,924 unaccompanied children and youth experiencing homelessness in the United States on a single night in January 2013. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/sop-executive-summary
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) recently released a new report on utilizing Medicaid for people in supportive housing or experiencing chronic homelessness. It provides information on how states can use Medicaid to support the health and behavioral health services needed by people experiencing chronic homelessness. It discusses Medicaid's legislative authorities, specific provisions in state Medicaid plans, benefit design, payment mechanisms, contract provisions, and implementation strategies that states could replicate or adapt. To view this HHS report, please click on View Page Now.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $99 million to train new mental health providers, help teachers and others recognize mental health issues in youth and connect them to help, and increase access to mental health services for young people. These funds were included in the President and Vice President’s Now Is the Time plan to reduce gun violence by keeping guns out of dangerous hands, increasing access to mental health services, and making schools safer. To learn more about the HHS grant announcement and who received grant awards, please click on View Page Now.
On September 10, 2014, the Bazelon Center released "Getting to Work: Promoting Employment of People with Mental Illness", a guide that details the benefits of getting people with serious mental illness into competitive employment through the use of supported employment services. Only about 1 in 10 people with a serious mental illness holds a full-time job. The statistic is not a reflection of lack of capacities or desires to be a part of the workforce: at least two-thirds want to work, and many have worked before. Employment has been widely recognized as a fundamental part of recovery and of community integration for people with serious mental illness. Yet, mental health systems have long operated under the mistaken assumption that people with serious mental illness cannot work. Getting to Work describes how supported employment services can change this, the successful outcomes they secure, the cost savings they produce for states, and how they enable states to fulfill their legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also offers recommendations to help states expand the availability of supported employment services for people with serious mental illness. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.bazelon.org/portals/0/Where%20We%20Stand/Community%20Integration/Olmstead/Getting%20to%20Work.pdf?utm_source=Getting to Work Report &utm_campaign=Getting to Work Report&utm_medium=email
The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD), funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), works in collaboration with Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University. In a time when graduation rates are showing notable improvement among students of color and students with disabilities, there are still great challenges that remain. The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities has published a monograph that explores the problem of high school dropout rates among American Indian, African American, and Latino males with disabilities. The report provides an in-depth look into the specific obstacles that impede this young population from graduating, while offering direction and articulating crucial changes that must be made to better serve these students. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ndpc-sd.org/knowledge/EDC-2014-web-monograph.html
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has on-line employment support of for ExOffenders at www.CareerOneStop.org/ExOffender CareerOneStop’s Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders offers information, tips, and resources to help people with criminal convictions overcome barriers they might face in their job search. There is also a wealth of information for counselors and others who work with individuals with criminal records. Through this website, you can find: State Resources – for help with basic needs or getting ready for job search Explore Careers – to learn more about work options Get Training – to improve skills or go back to school Find a Job – to search for and apply for jobs To access the Career One-Stop ExOffender website, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.careeronestop.org/ExOffender/index.aspx
The Mathematica' Policy Research (MPR) Disability Research Consortium (DRC) has issued this report that explores the relative effects of adverse working conditions, job satisfaction, wages, worker characteristics, and local labor markets on voluntary job separations among employed workers with psychiatric disabilities. Data came from the Employment Intervention Demonstration Program, an eight-site study of employment interventions for 1,648 adults with serious mental illnesses. Results are reported in a working paper published on July 30, 2014. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.disabilitypolicyresearch.org/our-publications-and-findings/publications/reasons-for-job-separations-among-people-with-psychiatric-disabilities-working-paper
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMSHA) is hosting a two part Webinar: Part 1:Exemplary Models of Peer Support to Incarcerated Persons With Mental Illness on August 27th, 2014 3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. EDT; and Part 2: How to Build Peer Support for Incarcerated Persons With Mental Illness on September 3rd, 2014 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT. These are sponsored by SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation and the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Attendees will learn about the use of peers and peer support on Special Needs Units and in Reentry Planning. The first session will highlight two exemplary programs and the second session will focus on how to fund, develop, implement, sustain and expand these programs in correctional facilities. To register for these webinars, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.seiservices.com/samhsa/CMHS_webinars2014/
The Washington Post's published the following front page story on August 7, 2014: "Promising New Approach Helps Curb Early Schizophrenia in Teens, Young Adults." The program involves an intensive two-year course of socialization, family therapy, job and school assistance, and, in some cases, antipsychotic medication. What makes the treatment unique is that it focuses deeply on family relationships, and occurs early in the disease, often before a diagnosis. So far, the results have been striking: In Portland, Maine, where the treatment was pioneered, the rate of hospitalizations for first psychotic episodes fell by 34 percent over a six-year period, according to a March study. And just last month, a peer-reviewed study published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin found that young people undergoing the treatment at six sites around the country were more likely to be in school or working than adolescents who were not in the program. The research was funded by a $17 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To read the full article, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/promising-new-approach-helps-curb-early-schizophrenia-in-teens-young-adults/2014/08/06/82609e74-fd77-11e3-b1f4-8e77c632c07b_story.html
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting the following webinar on September 18, 2014, 1:00-2:30pm EST: "Why Should You Hire Peer Specialists/Recovery Coaches?" The webinar is directed to State, territory, and county-level mental health and substance use disorders treatment/recovery systems administrators, consumers and people in recovery, behavioral health providers, peer providers, providers of other health and human services (primary health care, housing, employment), policymakers, and researchers. Peer workers fill many roles and have many different job titles such as, peer recovery coach, peer specialist, peer wellness coach, peer navigator and more. They work in a variety of settings including, addiction and mental health treatment settings, primary health care, peer-run/recovery community organizations and more. Working in integrated primary and behavioral health care is a relatively new role for peers. Integrated care is defined as services in which providers consider all of an individual’s health conditions in the course of treatment, including physical illness, mental disorders, or substance use, in which these providers coordinate care for the person. There is an emerging body of information suggesting that integrated care programs contribute to a reduction of stigma and discrimination experienced by persons with mental health and substance use problems. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-should-you-hire-peer-specialistsrecovery-coaches-tickets-12375025033
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) met on July 18, 2014 to discuss progress and planned actions to increase the degree to which Federal mainstream programs and resources are being brought to bear in efforts to end homelessness. As part of this focus, the Council selected Labor Secretary Thomas Perez as Chair, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Vice Chair. Throughout the Administration, President Obama has appointed leaders who are personally dedicated to ending homelessness and who are focused on achieving outcomes. The announcement states: "With our focus intensifying on leveraging mainstream systems to end homelessness, the strong leadership and personal commitment of both Secretary Perez and Secretary Burwell will build and strengthen the bridges between health care and housing and the ladders of opportunity for all Americans-including increasing meaningful and sustainable employment for people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness." To learn more about activities underway at USICH, please go to: http://usich.gov/media_center/featured_articles/obama-admini
The Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)— Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program— Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs) announced the availability for funds to two RRTCs: (1) Transition to Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions and (2) Community Living and Participation for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions. The Federal Register announcement Notice invites applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The maximum grant award per year for each of the two RRTCs is $875,000. Applications Available: July 18, 2014. Deadline for Letter of Intent to Apply: August 15, 2014. Date of Pre-Application Meeting: August 8, 2014. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 29, 2014. To access the Federal Register announcement, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/pdf/2014-16994.pdf
This webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EDT. Join Ann Oliva, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Richard Cho, the Senior Policy Director at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) for this informative webinar on Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing. Participants will learn: - Core Components of the Housing First approach Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing as a housing model How to implement Housing First and/or Rapid Re-Housing Why both of these interventions are critical to the efforts to end homelessness To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/352697119
The “CAP Quick Tip: WSM Requests,” is a video on YouTube produced by the Federally funded Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) provides an overview on the process of requesting accommodations through CAP for wounded, ill, and injured active duty Service members. For more information, please visit our Wounded Service Member Initiative webpage at www.cap.mil/wsm.
The Workforce3One includes a Veterans’ Priority Community of Practice (CoP) with on-line training available to American Job Center (AJC) staff. Providing employment services to veterans is a priority for the public workforce system. The National Veterans' Training Institute (NVTI) has developed a tutorial for American Job Center (AJC) frontline staff on how to best serve your veteran job seekers with detailed insight into understanding the challenges of putting veterans to work. The tutorial, Preparing Veterans for Meaningful Careers, provides an overview of: - The Jobs for Veterans State Grants refocusing from a frontline American Job Center staff perspective - Clarifications on the roles and responsibilities of local staff - Technical assistance for serving veterans Further clarifications on priority of service for veterans in the workforce system To access the on-line tutorial for serving veterans, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://veterans.workforce3one.org/view/4011410057437236320/info