Helping state agencies implement the Workforce Investment Act
The Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 was designed to improve access to supported employment services for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD). WIOA is a big deal for state vocational rehabilitation and Medicaid agencies, and we’re proud to be a part of a national technical assistance effort to implement it. Smart Policy Works was tapped by the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) to serve as a subject matter expert on Medicaid and Medicaid-funded employment services and supports. We are developing resources and tools for state VR and Medicaid agencies on how to braid funding and sequence the services they provide to help lead to competitive integrated employment for people with IDD.
WINTAC is a partnership funded by the U.S. Department of Education that provides training and technical assistance to state vocation rehabilitation agencies and rehab professionals to help them implement WIOA. The act includes provisions designed to divert young people from subminimum wage employment, and to help move individuals out of such jobs.
Bringing social determinants of health such as employment front and center is just one way we are working to build stronger health, social, and public services and systems to improve outcomes for vulnerable people across the nation. We have long been on the forefront of making federal and state policies work smarter and better for people with disabilities who want to work. Since 1996, we’ve been helping states and community-based rehabilitation providers translate the complicated Social Security work incentives, and Medicaid and Medicare rules, into policies and programs that help people with disabilities go to work and stay in the workplace. We provided state-tailored technical assistance to 39 states for projects using Medicaid Infrastructure Grants to develop comprehensive employment programs and supports for people with disabilities. And we are delighted to be part of the current effort to make the promise of vocational rehab real for people with IDD.
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