Through the passage of Chapter 515 of the Laws of 1992, integrated employment, including supported employment, is implemented through a collaborative interagency process. This legislation designated Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), now ACCES, as having the primary responsibility for the coordination of program development and administration of integrated employment. ACCES accomplishes this in collaboration with its interagency partners through innovative approaches directly with business, industry and labor and through enhancements in the provision of supported employment services. Collaboration with interagency partners to implement the State's workforce development efforts is also critical.
Integrated Employment – Workforce Development and Marketing
The primary focus of Workforce Development and Marketing is to target specific business sectors, industries, trade associations, and labor unions to accomplish the following:
Enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Provide technical assistance to aid business and industry in recognizing the value of people with disabilities as valued employees and a powerful consumer segment.
Supported employment (SE) provides job-based training and support services to individuals with the most significant disabilities to enable them to obtain and maintain competitive employment in integrated work settings in the community. For administrative and funding purposes, the Program is conceived as having two phases: intensive and extended services. Intensive services assist individuals to obtain jobs and become proficient in the performance expectations of an employment setting. Extended services provide individuals with the services and supports needed for the long-term retention of their employment upon completion of their intensive training phase. Funding for extended service requires coordination with the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
Federal Statute: Rehabilitation Act
Federal Regulation: 34 CFR Parts 361, 363
State Statute: Education Law Section 1004
State Regulation: 8NYCRR Parts 246 and 247
SE Intensive Services $15,160,000
SE Intensive and Extended Services $1,192,238
Total- $16.35 m
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS SERVED: 5,555 individuals received supported employment intensive services during FFY 2014-2015; and approximately 4,000 individuals received supported employment extended services.