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Cross-System Collaboration

The LEAD Center fosters cross-system collaboration by partnering with federal agency leaders, state and local agency policymakers, and practitioners and subject matter experts to build a progressive vision to improve the employment outcomes and economic advancement of youth and adults with disabilities. No single organization or resource is able to respond effectively to the diverse needs of each individual with a disability, and others who face multiple barriers to employment. The LEAD Center facilitates and highlights promising practices in resource coordination across systems by proactively engaging with agencies and organizations to spur systems change that translates into significant improvements in the employment and economic advancement of individuals with disabilities.

Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities

July 16, 2014

One of the most historic legal decisions affecting the civil rights of people with disabilities celebrated its 15th anniversary on June 22nd. In 1999, the U.S.

Service Provider Transformation: From Policy to Opportunity

March 29, 2017

Provider Transformation – the process of shifting a disability service provider from a focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment – is complex and multi-faceted, involving as

WIOA Implementation Partnerships: The Important Role of Centers for Independent Living

March 24, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides new opportunities for American Job Centers (AJCs) to partner with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) leading to improved employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities.

Study by Dartmouth Health Researchers Finds That People with Mental Illness Who Receive Supported Employment Services Have Improved Quality of Life

June 29, 2016

On June 6, 2016, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice released a study showing that most people with serious mental illness can improve the quality of their lives if they are given sufficient employment supports in the...

Tennessee’s Bureau of TennCare and Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Release Memo Detailing Major Changes to Authorization of Facility-Based Day Services Under Its Section 1915(c) Intellectual Disability Waivers

June 29, 2016

On June 20, 2016, Tennessee’s Bureau of TennCare and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, released a memo detailing major changes to the way in which the state will authorize facility-based day services, including employm

CMS & ACL Partner with Tennessee To Host Webinar for Advocates and External Stakeholders on Tennessee’s State HCBS Transition Plan

May 31, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration on Community Living (ACL) partnered with the state of Tennessee on May 26th to host a webinar on Tennessee’s State HCBS Transition Plan titled, HCBS Implementation and the...

CMS Releases Its Final Rule Addressing Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS), including Employment LTSS, Under Managed Care Plans

May 31, 2016

On April 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a comprehensive Final Rule on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care programs.

CMS Releases Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements in HCBS Settings Requirements Compliance Toolkit

May 31, 2016

CMS has recently released a new section of its Settings Requirements Compliance toolkit, titled Frequently Asked Questions on Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements. The resource addresses a number of questions that people...

EEOC Issues New Resource Related to Getting Employees Crucial Disability-Related Employment Leave, Including Medical Leave

May 31, 2016

On May 9, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new resource document discussing and clarifying the rights available to individuals who request work leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilit

National Core Indicators Reports (NCI) Released for 2014-15, with Statistical Indicators Connecting Health Care and Employment to the Well-Being of Consumers with I/DD, in Addition to NCI’s Data Briefs and Webinars

May 31, 2016

National Core Indicators (NCI), a collaborative effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to evaluate the performance of developmental

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Announces Publication of Final Rule on Overtime in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

May 31, 2016

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on overtime exemptions under The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Unclear Language in Iowa’s Health Care Budget Bill Prevents $750,000 from Being Spent on Supported Employment

May 31, 2016

Iowa’s Department of Health and Human Services announced on May 9, 2016 that, due to an unclear statement of how money was to be spent in a 2015 health care budget bill, $750,000 initially allocated to increase supported employment has not been sp

CMS Approves Tennessee’s HCBS Transition Plan, Including Supported Employment Provisions

April 29, 2016

On April 13, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted final approval for Tennessee’s Statewide Transition Plan, designed to bring the state into compliance with CMS’ final rules on home and community-based services (HCBS).

Employment, Health Care and Disability Monthly Policy Updates Examine Issues, Connections, Progress and Impact

June 30, 2014

The LEAD Center’s Employment, Health Care and Disability policy updates are monthly updates examining the intersect

Policy Roundtable Update: LEAD Center Presents to Federal Officials at the U.S. Department of Labor

June 30, 2014

In July 2013, the LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Release New Regulations on Home and Community-Based Settings

March 30, 2014

On Jan. 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new regulations governing home and community-based services (HCBS) provided through state Medicaid programs.

LEAD Center Establishes Community of Practice with NCIL to Promote Employment and Economic Advancement

March 30, 2014

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the National Council for Independent Living (NCIL), established a community of practice (COP) on employment and economic advancement to provide peer-to-peer mentorship, training and technical assistance to Ce

LEAD Center Releases Policy Roundtable Report

March 30, 2014

The LEAD Center recently released the report from its first bi-annual Policy Roundtable held July 17-18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

LEAD PARTNERS Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

March 30, 2014

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people.

LEAD Center Hosts First Annual Policy Roundtable on Blending and Braiding Resources

July 19, 2013

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), held its first national policy roundtable at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July 17-18.

White House to Hold Conference Calls on Affordable Care Act Implementation in 8 States

July 10, 2013

Beginning this week, the White House will hold conference calls for briefings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in various states.

CIL Pilot Sites Selected

March 26, 2013

The LEAD Center will work with five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across the country to implement an innovative demonstration to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities while utilizing the services of American Job...

Reflections on Roosevelt

October 31, 2014

Roosevelt Island lies in the East River between midtown Manhattan and Queens. In the early 1980’s, it was a planned development that brought together diverse communities and income levels,housing international diplomats as well as residents of its...

In the Know: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

Part Three: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 11, 2014

In the final installment in this three-part series, Zimring, and Morris discuss the future of Olmstead and what remains to be done to fulfill its promise.

Part Two: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 4, 2014

In part two of the three-part series, Zimring shares the impact of the Olmstead decision on the two women who brought the case and on people with disabilities nationwide.

Part One: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

July 28, 2014

The LEAD Center’s Policy Team Lead Michael Morris, who is Executive Director of National Disability Institute, sat down with Jonathan Zimring, an Atlanta, Ga.-based civil rights and education attorney for people with disabilities and their families...

In the Know: The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

January 28, 2014

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

December 12, 2013

National Council on Disability (NCD) commissioned a wide-ranging study in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program...

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

Categories - LG Tablet

Rising to the Occasion: ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities

July 16, 2014

One of the most historic legal decisions affecting the civil rights of people with disabilities celebrated its 15th anniversary on June 22nd. In 1999, the U.S.

Service Provider Transformation: From Policy to Opportunity

March 29, 2017

Provider Transformation – the process of shifting a disability service provider from a focus on sheltered workshops and other non-work programs to services that foster competitive, integrated employment – is complex and multi-faceted, involving as

WIOA Implementation Partnerships: The Important Role of Centers for Independent Living

March 24, 2016

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides new opportunities for American Job Centers (AJCs) to partner with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) leading to improved employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities.

Study by Dartmouth Health Researchers Finds That People with Mental Illness Who Receive Supported Employment Services Have Improved Quality of Life

June 29, 2016

On June 6, 2016, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice released a study showing that most people with serious mental illness can improve the quality of their lives if they are given sufficient employment supports in the...

Tennessee’s Bureau of TennCare and Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Release Memo Detailing Major Changes to Authorization of Facility-Based Day Services Under Its Section 1915(c) Intellectual Disability Waivers

June 29, 2016

On June 20, 2016, Tennessee’s Bureau of TennCare and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, released a memo detailing major changes to the way in which the state will authorize facility-based day services, including employm

CMS & ACL Partner with Tennessee To Host Webinar for Advocates and External Stakeholders on Tennessee’s State HCBS Transition Plan

May 31, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration on Community Living (ACL) partnered with the state of Tennessee on May 26th to host a webinar on Tennessee’s State HCBS Transition Plan titled, HCBS Implementation and the...

CMS Releases Its Final Rule Addressing Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS), including Employment LTSS, Under Managed Care Plans

May 31, 2016

On April 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a comprehensive Final Rule on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care programs.

CMS Releases Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements in HCBS Settings Requirements Compliance Toolkit

May 31, 2016

CMS has recently released a new section of its Settings Requirements Compliance toolkit, titled Frequently Asked Questions on Planned Construction and Person-Centered Planning Requirements. The resource addresses a number of questions that people...

EEOC Issues New Resource Related to Getting Employees Crucial Disability-Related Employment Leave, Including Medical Leave

May 31, 2016

On May 9, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a new resource document discussing and clarifying the rights available to individuals who request work leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilit

National Core Indicators Reports (NCI) Released for 2014-15, with Statistical Indicators Connecting Health Care and Employment to the Well-Being of Consumers with I/DD, in Addition to NCI’s Data Briefs and Webinars

May 31, 2016

National Core Indicators (NCI), a collaborative effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) and the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to evaluate the performance of developmental

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Announces Publication of Final Rule on Overtime in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

May 31, 2016

On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s Final Rule on overtime exemptions under The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Unclear Language in Iowa’s Health Care Budget Bill Prevents $750,000 from Being Spent on Supported Employment

May 31, 2016

Iowa’s Department of Health and Human Services announced on May 9, 2016 that, due to an unclear statement of how money was to be spent in a 2015 health care budget bill, $750,000 initially allocated to increase supported employment has not been sp

CMS Approves Tennessee’s HCBS Transition Plan, Including Supported Employment Provisions

April 29, 2016

On April 13, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted final approval for Tennessee’s Statewide Transition Plan, designed to bring the state into compliance with CMS’ final rules on home and community-based services (HCBS).

Employment, Health Care and Disability Monthly Policy Updates Examine Issues, Connections, Progress and Impact

June 30, 2014

The LEAD Center’s Employment, Health Care and Disability policy updates are monthly updates examining the intersect

Policy Roundtable Update: LEAD Center Presents to Federal Officials at the U.S. Department of Labor

June 30, 2014

In July 2013, the LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Release New Regulations on Home and Community-Based Settings

March 30, 2014

On Jan. 10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new regulations governing home and community-based services (HCBS) provided through state Medicaid programs.

LEAD Center Establishes Community of Practice with NCIL to Promote Employment and Economic Advancement

March 30, 2014

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the National Council for Independent Living (NCIL), established a community of practice (COP) on employment and economic advancement to provide peer-to-peer mentorship, training and technical assistance to Ce

LEAD Center Releases Policy Roundtable Report

March 30, 2014

The LEAD Center recently released the report from its first bi-annual Policy Roundtable held July 17-18, 2013 in Washington, DC.

LEAD PARTNERS Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

March 30, 2014

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people.

LEAD Center Hosts First Annual Policy Roundtable on Blending and Braiding Resources

July 19, 2013

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), held its first national policy roundtable at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from July 17-18.

White House to Hold Conference Calls on Affordable Care Act Implementation in 8 States

July 10, 2013

Beginning this week, the White House will hold conference calls for briefings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in various states.

CIL Pilot Sites Selected

March 26, 2013

The LEAD Center will work with five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) across the country to implement an innovative demonstration to expand employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities while utilizing the services of American Job...

Reflections on Roosevelt

October 31, 2014

Roosevelt Island lies in the East River between midtown Manhattan and Queens. In the early 1980’s, it was a planned development that brought together diverse communities and income levels,housing international diplomats as well as residents of its...

In the Know: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

October 9, 2014

As countless individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, disability advocates, allies and like-minded businesses and organizations join together to celebrate National Disab

Part Three: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 11, 2014

In the final installment in this three-part series, Zimring, and Morris discuss the future of Olmstead and what remains to be done to fulfill its promise.

Part Two: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

August 4, 2014

In part two of the three-part series, Zimring shares the impact of the Olmstead decision on the two women who brought the case and on people with disabilities nationwide.

Part One: Olmstead 15 Years Later: A Behind-the-Scenes Account from Olmstead Pioneer Jonathan Zimring

July 28, 2014

The LEAD Center’s Policy Team Lead Michael Morris, who is Executive Director of National Disability Institute, sat down with Jonathan Zimring, an Atlanta, Ga.-based civil rights and education attorney for people with disabilities and their families...

In the Know: The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community

January 28, 2014

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), access to health care has been a long-standing challenge.

In the Know: Medicaid Managed Care for People with Disabilities

December 12, 2013

National Council on Disability (NCD) commissioned a wide-ranging study in order to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of Medicaid managed care practices and the ways in which these practices can and should affect services for program...

In the Know: Employment for People with Disabilities: Little Is Known about the Effectiveness of Fragmented and Overlapping Programs

September 19, 2013

This report examines the GAO’s identification of 45 federal programs that supported employment for people with disabilities in fiscal year 2010, and its finding of a fragmented system of services.

Categories - SM Tablet

Policy Updates

Wisconsin: Update on Wisconsin’s Overhaul of Its Medicaid Program, IRIS, and Supported Employment Program

March 30, 2016

Following several months of public forums (See October 2015’s Employment, Health, and Disability Update for some of the LEAD Center’s earlier cover

Disability Advocates Create Comprehensive Toolkit Calling for Strong Implementation of the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule

February 29, 2016

The HCBS Advocacy Coalition has released a three-part toolkit that explains the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule and its potential to pro

EconSys and ODEP Release State Review of HCBS Reimbursement Rates and Employment First Brief on Federal Resources

February 29, 2016

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and Economic Systems, Inc.

Minnesota Waiting List for Services Ends for Many

February 29, 2016

Minnesotans with significant disabilities had much to celebrate as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) removed long-standing barriers preventing them from accessing critical services, including support for competitive integrated employm

NPR Explores Disparities in Workers’ Compensation Options

February 29, 2016

A recent episode of NPR’s Morning Edition highlighted disparities in access to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries.

President Obama’s 2017 Budget: Impact on Employment and Health Care for People with Disabilities

February 29, 2016

On February 9, 2016, President Obama and his administration released their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017.

StatsRRTC Releases Its 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and 2015 Annual Report

February 29, 2016

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), a project that compiles statistics on disability in the United States, has recently released its

Update on HCBS Transition Plans: Washington State

February 29, 2016

Washington State’s newly revised HCBS Transition Plan makes a number of important steps towards the full integration of people with disabilities into the community.

ANCOR and Disability Advocates Call for CMS to Consider Supported Employment and HCBS Services in Its Managed Care Network Adequacy Rulemaking

January 29, 2016

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) and a coalition of disability rights advocates are urging the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider both supported employment and Home and Community-Based Servic

Connecticut: Waiting List for Services Never Ends for Individuals with I/DD and Their Families

January 29, 2016

A recent news investigation revealed that, for many Connecticut citizens with significant disabilities, eligibility for services never translates into actually receiving services.

Categories - Phablet

Policy Updates

Wisconsin: Update on Wisconsin’s Overhaul of Its Medicaid Program, IRIS, and Supported Employment Program

March 30, 2016

Following several months of public forums (See October 2015’s Employment, Health, and Disability Update for some of the LEAD Center’s earlier cover

Disability Advocates Create Comprehensive Toolkit Calling for Strong Implementation of the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule

February 29, 2016

The HCBS Advocacy Coalition has released a three-part toolkit that explains the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule and its potential to pro

EconSys and ODEP Release State Review of HCBS Reimbursement Rates and Employment First Brief on Federal Resources

February 29, 2016

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and Economic Systems, Inc.

Minnesota Waiting List for Services Ends for Many

February 29, 2016

Minnesotans with significant disabilities had much to celebrate as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) removed long-standing barriers preventing them from accessing critical services, including support for competitive integrated employm

NPR Explores Disparities in Workers’ Compensation Options

February 29, 2016

A recent episode of NPR’s Morning Edition highlighted disparities in access to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries.

President Obama’s 2017 Budget: Impact on Employment and Health Care for People with Disabilities

February 29, 2016

On February 9, 2016, President Obama and his administration released their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017.

StatsRRTC Releases Its 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and 2015 Annual Report

February 29, 2016

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), a project that compiles statistics on disability in the United States, has recently released its

Update on HCBS Transition Plans: Washington State

February 29, 2016

Washington State’s newly revised HCBS Transition Plan makes a number of important steps towards the full integration of people with disabilities into the community.

ANCOR and Disability Advocates Call for CMS to Consider Supported Employment and HCBS Services in Its Managed Care Network Adequacy Rulemaking

January 29, 2016

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) and a coalition of disability rights advocates are urging the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider both supported employment and Home and Community-Based Servic

Connecticut: Waiting List for Services Never Ends for Individuals with I/DD and Their Families

January 29, 2016

A recent news investigation revealed that, for many Connecticut citizens with significant disabilities, eligibility for services never translates into actually receiving services.

Categories - Phone

Policy Updates

Wisconsin: Update on Wisconsin’s Overhaul of Its Medicaid Program, IRIS, and Supported Employment Program

March 30, 2016

Following several months of public forums (See October 2015’s Employment, Health, and Disability Update for some of the LEAD Center’s earlier cover

Disability Advocates Create Comprehensive Toolkit Calling for Strong Implementation of the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule

February 29, 2016

The HCBS Advocacy Coalition has released a three-part toolkit that explains the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule and its potential to pro

EconSys and ODEP Release State Review of HCBS Reimbursement Rates and Employment First Brief on Federal Resources

February 29, 2016

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and Economic Systems, Inc.

Minnesota Waiting List for Services Ends for Many

February 29, 2016

Minnesotans with significant disabilities had much to celebrate as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) removed long-standing barriers preventing them from accessing critical services, including support for competitive integrated employm

NPR Explores Disparities in Workers’ Compensation Options

February 29, 2016

A recent episode of NPR’s Morning Edition highlighted disparities in access to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries.

President Obama’s 2017 Budget: Impact on Employment and Health Care for People with Disabilities

February 29, 2016

On February 9, 2016, President Obama and his administration released their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017.

StatsRRTC Releases Its 2015 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium and 2015 Annual Report

February 29, 2016

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), a project that compiles statistics on disability in the United States, has recently released its

Update on HCBS Transition Plans: Washington State

February 29, 2016

Washington State’s newly revised HCBS Transition Plan makes a number of important steps towards the full integration of people with disabilities into the community.

ANCOR and Disability Advocates Call for CMS to Consider Supported Employment and HCBS Services in Its Managed Care Network Adequacy Rulemaking

January 29, 2016

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) and a coalition of disability rights advocates are urging the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider both supported employment and Home and Community-Based Servic

Connecticut: Waiting List for Services Never Ends for Individuals with I/DD and Their Families

January 29, 2016

A recent news investigation revealed that, for many Connecticut citizens with significant disabilities, eligibility for services never translates into actually receiving services.