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Promoting Economic Self-Sufficiency of Job Seekers with Disabilities

Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) throughout the country have developed and implemented successful strategies in the public workforce system to promote the employment and economic self-sufficiency of persons with disabilities. This Information Brief highlights how DPNs are improving access to financial education; home ownership ad entrepreneurial programs, and increased use of the Earned Income Tax Credit to expand economic opportunities of job seekers with disabilities. One very successful strategy has been facilitating the One-Stop Career Centers to become Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. Read the full Brief to learn about more strategies, resources and examples of how the One-Stop Career Center system can help support jobseekers with low-incomes during tax season.

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02/17/10 04:29PM

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Evaluation Report on the Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Being Served by the One-Stops in Four DPN States

The Report was prepared by Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Inc. under contract with the Employment and Training Administration. The purpose of this report was to conduct a quantitative evaluation of the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) initiative through the use of the One-Stop Career Center system by Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries. The study was conducted with Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, and Oregon, which were early implementers of the DPN initiative and were willing to share their Workforce Investment Act (WIA) adult and dislocated worker and Wagner-Peyser (W-P) data base information for the period Program Year 2002 – Program Year 2007. The data runs were matched with SSI and SSDI Ticket to Work (TTW) record system. The target population for the study was adults age 21 and over. In addition to determining if the impact of the DPN would effect WIA and W-P service and outcome levels for SSI and SSDI beneficiaries, it was also intended to gain understanding of the: • Extent to which One-Stop Career Centers are serving persons who are SSA disability beneficiaries; • Characteristics of SSI/SSDI beneficiaries receiving these services; • Nature of the services received; and • How services and outcomes for beneficiaries compared with SSI/SSDI beneficiaries nationally. Key findings include: • One-Stop Career Centers are serving a very large share of persons receiving SSA disability benefits and the public workforce system is providing important support for SSA disability beneficiaries who want to work; • SSA beneficiaries who used One-Stop services achieved positive employment outcomes.

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06/30/10 02:11AM

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Training and Employment Notice to Announce the Release of the Report, "Use of One-Stops by SSDI Beneficiaries in Four States Implementing Disability Program Navigator Initiatives

The US DOL/ETA has just issued TEN 1-10, Release and availability of an ETA quantitative evaluation report, "Use of One-Stops by Social Security Disability Beneficiaries in Four States Implementing Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Initiatives." ETA contracted out with Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Inc. to condcut a quantitative evaluation of the DPN initiative through the use of the One-Stop Career Cenetr system by Supplemental Security Income(SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries. The stduy was condcuted in Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, and Oregon, which were early implementers of the DPN Initiative and were willing to share their Workforce Investment Act adult and dislocated worker and Wagner-Peyser data base information for program years 2002-2007. The data runs were matched with the SSI and SSDI Ticket to Work records system. This Reoport docuemnted that a very aklrge number of SSA disability beneficiaries are using the services of the public workforce system and achieving positive employment outcomes. The report is located here: http://disability.workforce3one.org/view/2001018107873517795/info

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07/07/10 02:39PM

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Supporting Work: A Proposal for Modernizing the U.S. Disability Insurance System

On December 3, 2010, the Center for American Progress and Hamilton Project issued a Report, "Supporting Work: A Proposal for Modernizing the U.S. Disability Insurance System." Excerpts from the Report: The Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program has served to protect U.S. workers and their families from poverty and loss of medical care in the event of work-limiting disability since its inception in 1956. The program has become a crucial piece of the U.S. social safety net, and it creates substantial net benefits for citizens. In the ensuing fifty years since the program’s introduction, medical care and assistive technologies for treating and accommodating work-limiting disabilities have advanced, the physical demands of the workplace have lessened, and the societal consensus on the proper objective for treatment of disabled workers has greatly evolved. The SSDI program was designed to provide income support (and, after 1965, medical care) to workers transitioning from employment to early retirement and, in many cases, death. This goal was progressive for its time but is no longer aligned with current societal objectives. A modern disability insurance system should properly focus on assisting individuals with disabilities to maintain economic self-sufficiency and to enjoy the many benefits of gainful employment. Thsi Report provides a proposal for universal private disability insurance as a blueprint for modernizing the structure of the SSDI program. Once in place, the reformed program will better support workers with disabilities to remain employed and encourage their self-sufficiency. It also will reduce the dual wastes stemming from spending too few societal resources on helping individuals with disabilities remain employed and too many societal resources on supporting unnecessary long-term dependency of individuals who could be self-sufficient with the appropriate accommodation and support.

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12/03/10 04:31PM

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SSA's Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND)

Abt Associates and Mathematica Policy Research have issued a report that described the final design of the implementation and evaluation. BOND is intended to test changes to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) ogram, most notably a $1 for $2 benefit offset, that have the potential to help SSDI beneficiaries increase their earnings and income and reduce their reliance on SSDI benefits. The report opens by presenting the rationale behind the demonstration. The authors describe the “cash cliff” effect that results when beneficiaries have earnings in excess of Substantial Gainful Activity over a designated period of time. The authors also describe the macro-level challenges associated with the work disincentives in the SSDI program, including the growth of program expenditures that is outpacing growth in payroll taxes and other income that support the SSDI Trust Fund. In response, BOND will test whether eliminating the SGA cash cliff and replacing it with a ramp-a gradual reduction of benefits by only one dollar for every two dollars of countable earnings above the BOND threshold—can increase return to work and earnings. BOND will test other administrative and programmatic changes as well. These will include, for example, a demonstration system to facilitate and expedite earnings reporting. Additionally, the demonstration will test the provision of more intensive counseling, termed Enhanced Work Incentives Counseling. EWIC is expected to increase the impact of the offset by improving beneficiary understanding of how higher earnings will affect SSDI and other benefits. It is also expected to help beneficiaries access the medical treatments, employment supports, and job search assistance they might need to address other obstacles. The report is available at http://www.ssa.gov/disabilityresearch/documents/BOND_Design%20Report_FINAL_Del2-2_12-17-10.pdf

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03/06/11 11:35AM

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2011 Annual Trustees Reports on Social Security and Medicare

On May 13 2011, the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Disability Insurance (OASDI) and Federal Disability Insurance (DI) trust funds and the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund and the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) trust fund transmitted their 2011 annual reports to Congress and the Administration. Some of the major findings are:

  • At the end of 2010, about 54 million people were receiving Social Security benefits: 37 million retired workers and dependents of retired workers, 6 million survivors of deceased workers, and 10 million workers with disabilities and dependents of such workers. Under the intermediate assumptions, OASDI and DI program costs generally increase more rapidly than non-interest income through 2035 because the retirement of the baby-boom generation. Total income, including interest earnings on trust fund assets, will be sufficient to cover annual cost until 2023. The dollar level of the combined trust funds is projected to be drawn down beginning in 2023 until assets are exhausted in 2036.
  • The assets of the DI trust fund are projected to steadily decline and would fall below 100 percent of annual cost by the beginning of 2013 and continue to decline until the trust fund is exhausted in 2018.
  • With regard to OASDI, the trustees recommend that projected trust fund shortfalls should be addressed in a timely way so that necessary changes can be phased in gradually and workers and beneficiaries can be given time to adjust to them.
  • In 2010, 47.5 million people were covered by Medicare: 39.6 million aged 65 and older and 7.9 million individuals with disabilities.

The Social Security annual report and Medicare annual report are available.

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06/05/11 03:12PM

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Iowa Workforce Partners Employment Network (EN) Final Report, PY 2010

Iowa's Workforce Partners Employment Network (EN) Final Report, PY 2010, was juts issued. Iowa's Workforce Boards and Workforce System is growing in its ability to generate new revenue to support the system's infrastructure to improve employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities. It might also be reflective of increased collaborative support to Iowa’s businesses in their successful employment of workers with disabilities. There have been many disability initiatives implemented by Iowa’s workforce boards over the last ten years, and the promising strategies developed by these efforts has buoyed the growing success recognized by the workforce system in responding to Iowans with disabilities. The use of Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) in the Centers are key to their establishment as ENs, through the facilitation that they provided to the local partnership. The key components of increasing success for Regional Boards as ENs are: 1)Maintaining a disability Subject Matter Expert (SME) or DPN in the operation of the Skills Development Team, as a universal resource to all programs, businesses and job seekers, and EN facilitator; 2)Connecting the membership team and the the SME as disclosure occurs. 3)Maintaining ongoing service engagement and problem solving by the Skills Development Team; 4)Enhancing the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance services across the state of Iowa; and 5)Developing new partnerships and strategies to support workforce boards in achieving stronger outcomes with job seekers who do not fare well in the traditional labor exchange process. If you have questions about the Ticket to Work program, and the response of Iowa’s Regional Workforce Investment Boards in regard to this partnership, please contact Doug Keast at (515) 281-9045, or doug.keast@iwd.iowa.gov.

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07/19/11 04:26PM

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Social Security Disability: Participation in the Ticket to Work Program Has Increased, but More Oversight Need

Social Security Disability: Participation in the Ticket to Work Program Has Increased, but More Oversight Needed, GAO-11-828T September 23, 2011. This Testimony discusses the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (Ticket program). Created by law in 1999, the Ticket Program was intended to assist disability beneficiaries in obtaining and retaining employment, and potentially bring about significant savings to the Disability Insurance Trust Fund by reducing or eliminating their benefits. Under the program, SSA provides each eligible beneficiary (Ticket holder) with a Ticket to obtain services from SSA- approved public or private providers, referred to as employment networks (ENs), or from traditional state vocational rehabilitation (VR)agencies. When the Ticket Program was created, it was estimated that it had the potential to provide significant savings to the Social Security Trust Funds and Treasury. However, GAO's prior work, the work of SSA's Office of the Inspector General, and others has questioned the viability of the Program due to low participation and costs that are not offset by beneficiaries returning to work and reducing dependency on benefits. In an effort to address these concerns, SSA revised its regulations in 2008 to attract more ticket holders and ENs. This testimony summarizes GAO's Report issued in May and focuses on (1) how participation of Ticket holders and ENs in the Ticket Program has changed over time, (2) what is known about the range of service approaches used by employment networks, and (3) the policies and processes SSA has to evaluate ENs and Ticket holders to ensure program integrity and effectiveness.

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09/27/11 04:33AM

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DEI Solicitation for Grant Announcement (Round 1 Projects)

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10/03/11 12:35PM

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Evaluation of the Employment and Training Administration/Office of Disability Employment Policy Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

As of July 2011, there is a 40 percent gap between the employment rate of people without disabilities and that of people with disabilities. The Disability Employment Initiative, or DEI, is a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy and its Employment Training Administration to facilitate systemic change in the workforce system in order to “increase the effective and meaningful participation of people with disabilities in the workforce” (DOL, 2010). One year ago, nine states were awarded DEI grants and set forth to change policy, practices, and, ultimately, culture, as they relate to the employment of people with disabilities. In tandem with this effort, a comprehensive evaluation was launched to maximize this opportunity to learn from each state’s implementation of the DEI. As DEI progresses, the evaluation will also be able to answer key questions related to the initiative’s outcomes and impacts. This first synthesis report on the Evaluation of the Disability Employment Initiative reviews DEI evaluation activities through July 31, 2011.

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10/06/11 03:26PM

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Basics of Disability Benefits

This tool, developed by the One-Stop Ticket Success Project, provides a basic overview of Social Security disability benefits and the impact of employment on both cash and medical benefits. It can be used both by One-Stop Career Center staff to provide guidance to customers, as well as a handout for customers. It is intended to provide basic information that will help allay concerns individuals may have regarding benefit issues, and in turn provide encouragement to participate in Ticket to Work. The handout makes clear that benefit experts should be consulted for more comprehensive information. This tool can be used as is. However, it is suggested that Workforce Investment systems and One-Stop Career Centers add additional information to the flyer, including their specific Medicaid threshold level, and contact information for the local Work Incentive Planning and Assistance project and similar resources.

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10/09/11 04:28PM

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Ticket To Work – Basic Recruitment Flyer

This tool, developed by the One-Stop Ticket Success Project, is intended as a template for use by One-Stop Career Centers and workforce investment systems in creation of recruitment flyers for the Ticket to Work. The intent is that Workforce Investment systems will use this template as a starting point, and add to it language specific to the One-Stop Career Center, and in addition format it according to their marketing material standards, with the addition of agency logos, graphics, etc. This flyer would then be utilized as part of orientation packets for all customers, as well made available in reception areas and resource libraries. Part of the underlying purpose of this flyer is to encourage individuals to self-identify that they are on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and are eligible for Ticket to Work.

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10/09/11 04:34PM

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The Role of Public Transportation as a Job Access Mode: Lessons from a Survey of Persons with Disabilities in New Jersey by Andrea Lubin and Devajyoti Deka, Ph.D.

The Role of Public Transportation as a Job Access Mode: Lessons from a Survey of Persons with Disabilities in New Jersey by Andrea Lubin and Devajyoti Deka, Ph.D., researchers at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, examines the role of public transportation in providing job access to persons with disabilities. The paper draws from a survey of persons with disabilities implemented during a seven-month period beginning in September 2010. The survey was distributed through the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and other venues. The survey was distinctive in that, unlike many other studies, it acquired data from persons who are actively seeking employment. The paper provides information on the availability, usage, needs, barriers, and perceptions of the survey respondents about different public transit modes, and discusses the implications for agencies providing public and human services transit. The report also includes a review of recent literature on accessible work transportation and the role of public transportation for people with disabilities. Survey data show that public transit is widely used by people seeking employment. In spite of accessibility improvements, challenges remain. The cost of service has increased, making cost optimization a significant challenge for public transit agencies providing services to people with disabilities. Although public transit agencies could reduce costs by attracting larger numbers to fixed-route transit, people with certain disabilities may avoid fixed-route transit due to difficulties in accessing and interpreting service-related information, such as understanding transit schedules and announcements. Safety perceptions can also serve as barriers to public transit for people with disabilities. The authors conclude that public transportation is critical to job access for persons with disabilities.

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03/10/12 12:16PM

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Using Medicaid Funding to Support the Employment of People with Disabilities: A Federal Framework.

The NTAR Center has recently released a report on Medicaid funding of employment supports and services for people with disabilities. recently released reports on Medicaid, Using Medicaid Funding to Support the Employment of People with Disabilities: A Federal Framework. State Medicaid agencies fund a range of supports and services for individuals with disabilities. As national public policy has recognized and emphasized the ability of individuals with disabilities to work, states have begun to integrate employment supports into the continuum of long-term care in Medicaid. This NTAR issue brief discusses the Federal legislative and regulatory framework for funding employment supports in Medicaid, and highlights examples of state innovations and best practices for using Medicaid to promote positive employment outcomes. The brief provides an overview of Medicaid eligibility, the types of benefits available under Medicaid, and the structure of Medicaid waivers. The brief then examines options for funding employment supports and services through Medicaid state plan and waiver services. The brief describes how service categories such as case management, habilitation, rehabilitation, and personal assistance can be used to finance services to directly and indirectly assist with the employment goals of individuals with disabilities. In conclusion, the issue brief notes that state policymakers have a range of options available to design initiatives that support disability employment, using Medicaid funds in combination with other federal and state resources.

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03/10/12 12:33PM

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Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities,

The NTAR Leadership Center has recently released a report, Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities, on using braided funding strategies to advance employment of people with disabilities Using Braided Funding Strategies to Advance Employer Hiring Initiatives that Include People with Disabilities. Many state and local disability employment services are operated by a number of different public and nonprofit agencies (e.g., the vocational rehabilitation system, the local school system, the One-Stop Career Center system, and many community-based employment service providers). These organizations often find it necessary to access funds from more than one program, agency, or funding stream. As a result, many program administrators and staff face the challenge of developing effective strategies to braid disability employment funding. This report profiles four employer-responsive programs in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and Connecticut that have implemented braided funding strategies to support hiring initiatives with key business partners. These cases demonstrate advantages to braided funding strategies, particularly where participating businesses are able to deal with a single point of contact for funding and disability employment services.

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03/10/12 12:41PM

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Announcing the Round 3 of Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grants to States

On April 16, 2012, The U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration(ETA0 announced the availability of approximately $20 million in grants to fund cooperative agreements that will improve educational, training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. These grants represent the third round of funding through the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), a joint program of the Labor Department’s ETA and Office of Disability Employment Policy. “These grants are a wise investment in America’s greatest resource, our nation’s workers,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The mission of the programs awarded under these grants will be to improve services for people with disabilities so they can more easily and effectively participate in the workforce.” Grants will be awarded to state workforce agencies, which will collaborate with local workforce investment boards. Programs supported by the grants will build upon the Labor Department’s Disability Program Navigator Initiative and other models of service delivery strategies. The department anticipates awarding six to 10 grants, ranging from $1.5 to $6 million, to be spent over a three-year period. The complete solicitation for grant applications is available at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/find_grants.cfm. Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the online tutorial “Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants” at http://www.workforce3one.org/page/grants_toolkit.

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04/16/12 01:37PM

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One-Stop Ticket Success Project: List of Archived Webinars

The One-Stop Ticket Success project conducts regular webinars for project sites to provide opportunities for learning and discussion on a variety of topics related to successful operation as an Employment Network in the public workforce development system. This document includes a listing for each webinar, and a link to the archive recording. Current through May 2012..

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05/14/12 09:38AM

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Month-Resources

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects 1 in 29 Americans, from our country’s service men and women to abused children and survivors of rape, domestic violence and natural disasters. June is PTSD Awareness Month. This impacts upon employment. Refer to the attached docuemnt for resources

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06/08/12 01:18PM

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"Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees," Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown Univeristy, June, 2012

The Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University, June, 2012, issued a new publication, "Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees." Excerpts from article in Inside Higher Eductaion Newsletter...The certificate is the odd man out in the debate over college completion. But the little-understood certificate is the fastest-growing form of college credential, and a key component of work force development. Those were among the findings of a new report, released today by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, that found that certificates make up 22 percent of all college awards, up from 6 percent in 1980... Growth in the earning of certificates has largely been driven by the labor market, as more jobs require college-based training. Certificates are earned through seat time in a classroom, the study notes, with more than half taking less than a year to complete. Industry-based certifications, which are often confused with certificates, are typically awarded based on tests. Over all, a certificate is the highest form of education held by about 1 in 10 American workers, according to the study, which collected and crunched data from several government sources. And certificate holders earn 20 percent more than workers who hold only a high school diploma. More surprising, however, is the finding that fully one-third of certificate holders also have an associate, bachelor’s or graduate degree. Such a large percentage suggests that workers are getting certificates to bolster skills or learn new ones in a tight job market. And people are going back to college for certificates throughout their careers, with a third of certificates earned by students over the age of 30.

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06/09/12 08:27AM

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) Report,"Social Security Disability Insurance is Vital to Workers With Severe Impairments

On August 9, 2012, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released a Report entitled,"Social Security Disability Insurance is Vital to Workers With Severe Impairments Program: Growth Largely Due to Demographic Factors; Financing Should be Addressed as Part of Overall Solvency." Excerpt from the paper... The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program provides modest but vital benefits to workers who become unable to perform substantial work on due to a serious medical impairment. Although some critics charge that spending for the program is “out of control,” the bulk of the rise in Federal disability rolls stems from demographic factors: the aging of the U.S. population, the growth in women’s employment, and Social Security’s rising retirement age. Other factors — including the economic downturn —also have contributed to the program’s growth, but its costs and caseloads are generally in step with past projections. The Social Security trustees project that the SSDI trust fund — which is legally separate from the Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) trust fund for the Social Security retirement and survivors’ programs — will become insolvent in 2016; the Congressional Budget Office concurs. If policymakers do not take any action to bolster the fund, beneficiaries’ checks will have to be cut by about one-fifth after that. But the fund’s anticipated insolvency should come as no surprise; when policymakers last changed the allocation of taxes between SSDI and OASI in 1994, they expected the SSDI fund to run dry in 2016. Policymakers should address SSDI’s pending depletion in the context of overall Social Security solvency. Both SSDI and OASI face fairly similar long-run shortfalls; SSDI simply requires action sooner. Key features of Social Security — including the

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08/21/12 02:08PM

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The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), " Report on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch," covering employment in fiscal year 2011.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released its Report on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch covering employment in fiscal year 2011. The report was prepared in accordance with Executive Order 13548 on Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities. This order provides that the Federal government must become a model for the employment of individuals with disabilities. The order directs federal departments and agencies to improve their efforts to employ workers with disabilities and targeted disabilities through increased recruitment, hiring, and retention of these individuals. The report finds that by the end of fiscal year (FY) 2011, total permanent Federal employment for people with disabilities had increased from 187,313 in FY 2010 to 204,189, representing an increase from 10.7 to 11 percent. New hires who were people with disabilities totaled 18,738, representing an increase from 10.3 percent in FY 2010 to 14.7 percent in FY 2011. Additionally, there were 17,845 people with targeted disabilities working for the Federal government in FY 2011. Targeted disabilities include deafness, blindness, missing extremities, partial or complete paralysis, convulsive disorders, intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and genetic or physical condition affecting limbs and/or spine. In FY 2011, 1,247 people with disabilities were hired using the Schedule A appointing authority. The report provides data tables by Federal agency, and highlights cross-agency initiatives to meet the goals of E.O. 13548 and related executive orders. The report is available at http://www.opm.gov/diversityandinclusion/reports/disability/DisabilityReportFY11_07-24-12.pdf.

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09/11/12 03:59PM

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TEN 5-12, Online Career Tools Updates and Virtual Demonstrations

On August 13, 2012, DOL/ETA issued TEN 5-12, "Online Career Tools Updates and Virtual Demonstrations." This TEN announces ETA's suite of online career tools for jobseekers, students, workforce professionals, and businesses, including CareerOneStop, Certification Finder, the Worker Reemployment Portal, the Veteran Reemployment Portal, mySkillsmyFuture, My Next Move, My Next Move for Veterans, and the Healthcare Virtual Career Network.

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09/11/12 05:40PM

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Business Case for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Literature Review, Partnership for Workplace Mental Health

The Partnrship for Workplace Mental Health just issued, the "Business Case for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Literature Review." There is a compelling business case for effective treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Access to quality mental health/addiction care - sometimes called behavioral health care - is essential because of the high prevalence of these conditions in the workplace and their impact on other health care costs and the corporate bottom line when left untreated. Thousands of clinical studies have shown a high degree of therapeutic effectiveness for mental health and substance use treatment and relapse prevention. There is solid evidence to support that businesses benefit from overall cost savings from medical and disability cost reduction and increased productivity when mental health/addiction treatment is provided. In the United States, 30 to 40 percent of the population experience mental health and substance use disorders at some point in their lives, with about half of these people (15% to 20%) requiring professional care each year. Close to ten percent of workers are classified as ?heavy alcohol users? who drink large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis. The general prevalence of illicit drug use among U.S. workers is eight percent. There is also significant co-occurrence of mental disorders and substance disorders (up to 25%) and significant co-occurrence of mental and substance use disorders with other chronic medical conditions. Unlike most other costly health conditions, mental health and substance abuse disorders typically first take hold in adolescence or young adulthood and thus affect people in the prime of their working years.

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09/21/12 09:22AM

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Adult Literacy Fact Sheet, National Coalition for Literacy

The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) will hold its annual Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, Sept. 10–16, 2012. The National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is designed to raise public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assist adult learners in need of literacy services, leverage local resources, and support increased access to adult education and family literacy programs. The NCL works to advance adult education, family literacy, and English language acquisition in the U.S. by increasing public awareness for the need to increase funding and programs; by promoting effective public policy; and, by serving as an authoritative resource on national adult education issues. Adult education supports our nation’s priorities: individuals with more education are more likely to get and keep jobs, lift themselves out of poverty, reduce healthcare costs and take better care of their families. Education also better equips adults to support their children’s education and break cycles of illiteracy and poverty; and, helping people attain the basic skills and training they need to reach their goals not only benefits them but also their families and the nation. Keenan offered keynote addresses covering OVAE priorities on college completion, career pathways, teacher effectiveness and high-quality instruction. Visit the NCL website for more information on the coalition’s work, and Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, and to access their new adult education fact sheet.

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09/21/12 09:46AM

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The Social Security Administration's (SSA) New Workforce Investment Act Employment Network (EN) Payment Agreement," under its Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency (TTW) Program.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently issued the "Workforce Investment Act Employment Network (EN) Payment Agreement," under its Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency (TTW) Program. The purpose of the Payment Agreement is to establish the terms and conditions under which state workforce agencies, state and local workforce investment boards, or American Job Centers (AJC), or AJC Operators can be paid as ENs for services provided to Social Security disability beneficiaries under the TTW Program. The Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration has implemented several efforts to expand the capacity of the public workforce system to serve persons with disabilities, including those receiving Social Security disability benefits, and to promote the employment of persons with disabilities. One of the major components of these efforts is to promote the public workforce system entities becoming active ENs (i.e., accepting Tickets and receiving payment for providing services to Ticket Holders). The new WIA EN Payment Agreement is the first time that the SSA has issued an EN Payment Agreement solely for the public workforce system. It is a result of the ongoing partnership between the Department and SSA to expand the capacity of the American Job Center network to serve persons receiving Social Security disability benefits and ultimately improve their employment outcomes, leading the way to economic self-sufficiency.

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09/28/12 02:52PM

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Institute for Community Inclusion Report, "Cross-System Partnerships, and Funding Models of Four Types of State Agencies and Community Rehabilitation Providers"

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston published, "Description of Supported Employment Practices, Cross-System Partnerships, and Funding Models of Four Types of State Agencies and Community Rehabilitation Providers." This report presents research on supported employment (SE) funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to focus on vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency partnerships with other state entities, and sources and models for long-term funding. To conduct the research, ICI included a supported employment module into ongoing surveys of state VR agencies, state intellectual/developmental disability agencies, state mental health agencies, and state welfare agencies. The research also included additional analysis of data obtained from an ongoing survey of community rehabilitation programs relevant to supported employment. Additionally, ICI conducted case studies of SE partnerships in five states (Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, and Washington). These case studies were designed to build understanding of the range of practices that VR systems might use to ensure more successful transitions to long-term support through other resources.

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An Overview by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, "The State(s) of Medicaid Expansion"

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—while simultaneously cutting requirements that states must expand their Medicaid programs—leaves many states in a quandary. A new brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Health Affairs says it is unclear how many states will now move forward with expanding the program, or what options they have to undertake partial expansions. Previously, the ACA mandated that states expand Medicaid eligibility to adults under age 65 who earn less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level. An additional brief from RWJF’s State Health Reform Assistance Network provides state officials with a guide to conduct their own Medicaid expansion analysis as they consider an expansion. The brief includes a financial impact worksheet and considerations table, which includes analyses by other states and organizations for them to consider. THis will have a large impact on persons with disabilities and their fmamlies.

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10/02/12 10:27AM

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The Heldrich Center issued a Report, "College Students with Disabilities: What Factors Influence Successful Degree Completion? A Case Study," September, 2012.

The Heldrich Center issued a Report, "College Students with Disabilities: What Factors Influence Successful Degree Completion? A Case Study," September, 2012. The challenges students with disabilities (SWDs) face on college campuses have been examined widely, but little is known about the experiences of SWDs who have successfully completed college. This report examines the viewpoints of successful SWD completers and the staff from five colleges and universities in New Jersey without regard to particular program and funding initiatives. Noteworthy was the perspective of both students and college professionals that on-campus services and supports were most critical to college completion. Current research indicates that people with disabilities have a lower employment rate and, therefore, higher rate of poverty and dependence on public social services support. People with disabilities complete college at a statistically significant lower rate than people without disabilities and those who do complete college have a persistently lower rate of employment irrespective of the level of degree attainment (associate’s, bachelor’s, and higher). Despite these challenges, individuals with a wide range of disabilities have significantly increased their enrollment in postsecondary educational institutions, with an increase of more than 20% from 2003 to 2009 (National Council on Disability, 2011; Raue & Lewis, 2011). The disparity is striking because recent data have shown that “the employment rate for college graduates without disabilities is 89.9% and for college graduates with disabilities, the rate is 50.6%”(Nicholas, Kauder, Krepcio, & Baker, 2011).

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10/02/12 03:38PM

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Research Examines Predictors of Integrated Employment for Youth with Developmental Disabilities

The Center on Transition to Employment for Youth with Disabilities has issued a brief on Post-School Outcomes for Transitioning Youth with Developmental Disabilities (DD); Can we Predict Integrated Employment? The issue brief provides a summary of a research study that documented post-school outcomes for youth with DD, and examined the predictors of successful integrated employment for these youth. The study surveyed staff at 59 community rehabilitation providers across Maryland and asked them about youth with DD who exited school in 2008. Surveys were completed on 338 youth who were out of school for approximately one and a half years. The study found that the majority of the subjects were placed in unpaid/sheltered/non-work activities (193 or 57.1 percent) rather than some type of integrated employment. Also notable is that only 14.2 percent of the youth were engaged in competitive integrated employment. The study further examined the relationship of a set of empirically-derived predictor variables to integrated employment. The research found five variables that had a unique significant relationship with integrated employment: family member expressed preference for paid community employment; paid work experience during school; community mobility skills; self-management skills; and race/ethnicity. The two most prominent variables that predicted integrated employment were family members who expressed a preference for paid community employment and paid work experience prior to exit from secondary school. According to the issue brief, the significant impact of families expressing a preference for integrated employment suggests a need for a substantial shift of resources and focus to the role of families in transition to employment planning. Additionally, the study strongly supports the value of paid work experience prior to exit from secondary education for youth with developmental disabilities.

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10/14/12 11:45AM

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Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children

Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children National Council on Disability The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency, released “Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children” -- a groundbreaking policy study, infused with real life stories of parents with disabilities, to provide a comprehensive overview of factors that support and obstruct Americans with all kinds of disabilities from exercising their fundamental right to begin and maintain families. The report explores the pervasive prejudices faced by parents with disabilities by exposing the disparate treatment often encountered by parents with disabilities and their children within court and service systems and offers draft model state and federal statutory language to correct the discrimination faced by parents with disabilities in the United States.

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10/14/12 11:58AM

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