A technical assistance partnership, the National Consortium for Health Systems Development provided state-tailored aid for projects to develop comprehensive health and employment service systems for people with disabilities.
Authorized under the Ticket to Work legislation and approved by the Health Care Finance Administration, NCHSD represented states that joined together to assist other state agencies, legislatures, consumers and advocates in their efforts to build systems that supported competitive employment for individuals with disabilities. The primary means for achieving this goal was through state-to-state information sharing, individualized technical assistance, and the dissemination of best practices to a broad array of involved stakeholders in states around the country.
States used their Medicaid Infrastructure Grant funds to purchase a membership or a contract for NCHSD services, including both group benefits such as shared resources and teleconferences and state-specific services such as one-on-one consulting and site visits.
The NCHSD model was to facilitate information sharing and learning through state-to-state contact, access to national and state experts, topical teleconferences, and national or regional meetings and workshops. Resources included policy briefs, an online document library, newsletters, a discussion board, and other special projects. The NCHSD website featured the Ticket to Work Toolkit (a set of documents to help states implement the new Ticket regulations), monthly eNews, and a flyer on the national marketing campaign to raise employer awareness of employment for people with disabilities.
Our intensive five-day trainings to assist people with disabilities in qualifying for and making use of benefits that enabled them to work ultimately covered 39 states.
The initiative grew out of work the Coalition had performed on contract for the Social Security Administration. NCHSD served people with disabilities, providers, state agencies, research institutes, advocates, and businesses through 2013.
- Internet Archive: NCHSD in 2005
- Internet Archive: NCHSD in 2011
- Document: MIGs Building Sustainable Employment Systems Supports
- Document: Achieving Sustainable Systems Change through Effective Implementation (NCHSD presentation)