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.
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
GAO convened a Forum on March 16, 2010, to explore policy options and actions that could be implemented to help adults with disabilities participate in the workforce. Several challenges were identified, including the need for: 1) a more coordinated system of services and benefits; 2) additional information on benefits and work incentives; 3) additional employer incentives to hire persons with disabilities; 4) targeted information to employers to make the business case to hire persons with disabilities; and 5) a coordinated Federal policy to promote the employment of persons with disabilities. The Report and Highlights can be downloaded at: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-812SP Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10812sphigh.pdf
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has just produced three Fact Sheets targeted to the public workforce system. The Fact Sheets focus on: providing an overview of the Ticket to Work program, including the benefits of becoming an Employment Network (EN) and an EN payment chart; delineating Ticket to Work resources; and describing SSA's new electronic process to expedite payments to the One-Stops and/or S/LWIBs that become ENs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
This presentation covers the following overview: 1. The DEI Evaluation Design; 2. Six Primary Research Questions; 3. Partnership and Collaboration Objectives of the DEI Evaluation Team; 4. Grantees’ Direct Link to the DEI Evaluation: State Evaluation Liaisons; 5. DEI Data System; and 6. DEI/SSA Match.
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.
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.
This needs assessment tool, developed by the One-Stop Ticket Success Project, is to be used at the beginning of the technical assistance process to determine current One-Stop capacity to serve individuals under the Ticket program, and identify areas to be addressed for the workforce investment system to successfully operate as an Employment Network. In using this tool, the overall goal is to gain a sense of the general operation of the workforce investment system/One-Stop, as well as specific areas pertinent to services for customers with disabilities and the Ticket to Work. A key objective is determining how the Ticket program can be integrated within the existing service and administrative structures.
This tri-fold color brochure, developed by the One-Stop Ticket Success Project, provides Ticket holders with all the basic information they will need to understand the purpose of the Ticket to Work Program. The brochure may be printed and distributed as is, or One-Stop ENs may use it as a template to create a brochure tailored for their clients.
Topics covered: What is the Ticket?; The Ticket payment structure; Ticket assignment and development of Individual Work Plans; Service delivery and integration within the One-Stop system; Placement and wage verification; Post-placement follow-up; Tracking and MIS systems. http://connectpro97884399.adobeconnect.com/p68174667
Topics covered: Incorporating the Ticket message into intake, orientation, and outreach; Maximizing self-identification and dealing with disclosure concerns; Using data matching to identify Ticket holders; Creating a clear referral process; The Ticket assignment discussion: critical elements for successful engagement; Potential Ticket customers: who to target. http://connectpro97884399.adobeconnect.com/p75486908
The willingness of businesses to hire One-Stop Ticket customers is essential for success under the Ticket to Work. This webinar discussed strategies for working with employers to maximize job opportunities for Ticket customers. It includes an overview of best practices in hiring of people with disabilities from the employer perspective, and how these can be applied within the One-Stop environment, and with Ticket customers. http://connectpro97884399.adobeconnect.com/p9p6x7cprjc
This webinar featured a presentation from Bryan Stone, Executive Vice President, and Lisa Parlapiano, Disability Program Navigator from the WorkSource in Jacksonville, Florida, where the Ticket to work program has been used with great success. Topics included: • The role of leadership in implementing a successful Ticket Project • Strategies for outreach to Ticket Holders • Serving Ticket holders in the One Stop • Retention strategies for successful Ticketholders • Incorporation of Ticket within existing One-Stop systems http://connectpro97884399.adobeconnect.com/p19et5kg8q6
On October 20, 2011, Workforce3 One held a webinar, The Workforce Connection Initiative: SSA and DOL Partnership in Action, which described the SSA/DOL partnership created to increase participation by the public workforce development system in SSA’s Ticket to Work Program. It included presentations by the key partners and covered the policy and procedural changes made by SSA to streamline workforce participation. The archive audio and web recording, along with presentation and supporting materials, plus post follow-up FAQs is posted to the Workforce3 One website at: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001127252743912172/info. This FAQ provides answers to questions that were raised during this webinar on: Business Models, RFQ, Operational, EN Report Card, and Contact Information.
This pdocast interview is a follow-up to the Workforce3One Webinar ("The Workforce Connection: SSA and DOL Partnership Action") held on October 20, 2011. This interview is with Dan O'Brien, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Employment Support Programs, Social Securirty Administration. DOL/ETA and SSA have partnered to increase the active participation of the public workforce development system in SSA’s Ticket to Work (TTW) Program. Many of SSA’s disability beneficiaries use the One-Stop Career Centers to find work but do not chose to self-identify as persons with disabilities. The workforce development system is missing out on the potential funding stream that the Ticket program can provide and the ability to expand its capacity to serve SSA's disability beneficiaries. SSA, working with DOL/ETA, has streamlined policies and procedures to facilitate the public workforce system becoming Employment Networks (ENs) and actively involved in the TTW Program.
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.
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..
Accommodating Employees in Manufacturing Settings According to the U.S. Department of Labor, manufacturing accounts for 9% of all jobs in the United States. Productivity is up 40% as factories have adopted new technologies and production processes. As a result, the industry demands more skilled, better trained workers. For new workers with disabilities and as our working population ages, it is imperative to consider providing job accommodations to enhance the productivity of these valuable workers. The Job Accommodation Network(JAN)developed this publication as a way to share accommodation situations and solutions from manufacturing industry jobs. For a more in depth discussion, access JAN's publications at AskJAN.org/media/atoz.htm. To discuss an accommodation situation with a consultant, contact JAN directly.
The One-Stop Ticket Success Project has created tools to assist One-Stop Career Centers and other workforce development programs to assist and provide guidance on how to manage benefits in a way that enables an individual to go to work, earn income, and reduce reliance on cash benefits, while maintaining essential benefits such as health care. With the suspension in operations by the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Programs, these resources are particularly critical. They include a listing of various resources on benefit issues.
The One-Stop Ticket Success Project has created tools to assist One-Stop Career Centers and other workforce development programs to assist and provide guidance on how to manage benefits in a way that enables an individual to go to work, earn income, and reduce reliance on cash benefits, while maintaining essential benefits such as health care. With the suspension in operations by the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Programs, these resources are particularly critical. They include a template that can be used as a guide by staff and as a handout for customers on the basics of benefits that can be modified with state specific information.
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
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.
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.
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.