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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.

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation | Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

New CMS Regulation on HCBS Settings: Implications for Employment Services

June 25, 2014

In the aftermath of CMS' recent regulation defining acceptable and unacceptable settings for Home and Community Based Services, states and stakeholders are now considering how to transition their service-provision systems into compliance with the

Medicaid Managed Care and Its Implications on Employment Services

May 28, 2014

As states continue to transition their Medicaid systems into managed care models, numerous opportunities and risks to Medicaid-financed employment services have emerged.

Implications of HCBS Final Rule on Non-Residential Settings – The Impact of New HCBS Guidance on Employment & Day Services

February 27, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Innovative Strategies for Using Medicaid State Plan and Waiver Options to Promote Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities

February 20, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Promoting Leadership: Effective Strategies for Integrating Employment Outcomes and Services into Managed Care Models

September 25, 2013

During this webinar we will provide a brief overview on the emergence of managed care as the preferred model for delivering Medicaid-funded long-term supports to individuals with disabilities.

New Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Changes and Updated State Plan Amendments in Washington State, Tennessee And Indiana

July 31, 2015

States have continued to submit transition plans to bring their Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs into compliance with new rules for community integration of HCBS settings.

Changes Recommended for Medicaid Managed Care

June 30, 2015

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released draft rules on network adequacy for privatized Medicaid, also known as managed care.

Connecticut: Budget Would Cut Health, Social Services, But Less Than Original Plan

June 30, 2015

The budget deal between Connecticut’s Democratic legislators and Governor Dan Malloy will cut millions from healthcare programs serving people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses, but aims to decrease the overall amount of cuts or

Kaiser Releases New Analysis Detailing Potential Impact of King V. Burwell

June 30, 2015

The Kaiser Family Foundation announced a new analysis and interactive maps showing the potential impact of a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, the case currently before the U.S.

Ohio: Developmental Disabilities Service Delivery System Changing

June 30, 2015

Ohio state law began to mandate county boards for developmental disabilities in 1967 in order to create options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive community-based services instead of being placed in state-run in

EEOC Proposes Rule Allowing Financial Incentives for Wellness Programs

May 29, 2015

On April 20, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would allow employers to use significant financial incentives to encourage worker participation in employer-sponsored workplace welln

Special Commission Finds Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit New Hampshire’s Economy

May 29, 2015

New Hampshire has convened a special commission to study the potential consequences of expanding the state’s Medicaid budget. Preliminary evidence indicates that expansion would benefit around 58,000 low-income residents7 .

University of Massachusetts Studying Patterns of Health Care Use Among People with Intellectual Disabilities

May 29, 2015

The Kennedy Shriver Center received a grant from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to examine data from MassHealth (the Massachusetts Medicaid program) on what types of health care are used by people with intellectual di

Mathematica Releases Annual Report on Money Follows the Person Program

April 30, 2015

Mathematica Policy Research released its fifth annual evaluation of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Minnesota Must Submit Statewide Olmstead Plan Following 2011 Settlement

April 30, 2015

In response to a 2011 settlement agreement over violations of the 1999 Olmstead decision requiring services to be offered in the most integrated setting possible, the State of Minnesota created an Olmstead Sub-Cabinet to produce a statewide plan f

LEAD Center and CILs Showcase Workforce Pilot at NCIL Conference

August 15, 2013

The LEAD Center and three Centers for Independent Living (CILs) participating in LEAD’s CIL Workforce Pilot highlighted the project and its work at the National Council for Independent Living’s (NCIL) recent national conference in Washington, D.C.

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...

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

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation | Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

New CMS Regulation on HCBS Settings: Implications for Employment Services

June 25, 2014

In the aftermath of CMS' recent regulation defining acceptable and unacceptable settings for Home and Community Based Services, states and stakeholders are now considering how to transition their service-provision systems into compliance with the

Medicaid Managed Care and Its Implications on Employment Services

May 28, 2014

As states continue to transition their Medicaid systems into managed care models, numerous opportunities and risks to Medicaid-financed employment services have emerged.

Implications of HCBS Final Rule on Non-Residential Settings – The Impact of New HCBS Guidance on Employment & Day Services

February 27, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Innovative Strategies for Using Medicaid State Plan and Waiver Options to Promote Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities

February 20, 2014

ODEP, in collaboration with the CMS Disability & Elderly Public Health Group will host two upcoming educational webinars for state policy-makers and disability policy stakeholders to discuss recent Federal policy guidance issued by CMS.

Promoting Leadership: Effective Strategies for Integrating Employment Outcomes and Services into Managed Care Models

September 25, 2013

During this webinar we will provide a brief overview on the emergence of managed care as the preferred model for delivering Medicaid-funded long-term supports to individuals with disabilities.

New Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Changes and Updated State Plan Amendments in Washington State, Tennessee And Indiana

July 31, 2015

States have continued to submit transition plans to bring their Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs into compliance with new rules for community integration of HCBS settings.

Changes Recommended for Medicaid Managed Care

June 30, 2015

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released draft rules on network adequacy for privatized Medicaid, also known as managed care.

Connecticut: Budget Would Cut Health, Social Services, But Less Than Original Plan

June 30, 2015

The budget deal between Connecticut’s Democratic legislators and Governor Dan Malloy will cut millions from healthcare programs serving people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses, but aims to decrease the overall amount of cuts or

Kaiser Releases New Analysis Detailing Potential Impact of King V. Burwell

June 30, 2015

The Kaiser Family Foundation announced a new analysis and interactive maps showing the potential impact of a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, the case currently before the U.S.

Ohio: Developmental Disabilities Service Delivery System Changing

June 30, 2015

Ohio state law began to mandate county boards for developmental disabilities in 1967 in order to create options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive community-based services instead of being placed in state-run in

EEOC Proposes Rule Allowing Financial Incentives for Wellness Programs

May 29, 2015

On April 20, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would allow employers to use significant financial incentives to encourage worker participation in employer-sponsored workplace welln

Special Commission Finds Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit New Hampshire’s Economy

May 29, 2015

New Hampshire has convened a special commission to study the potential consequences of expanding the state’s Medicaid budget. Preliminary evidence indicates that expansion would benefit around 58,000 low-income residents7 .

University of Massachusetts Studying Patterns of Health Care Use Among People with Intellectual Disabilities

May 29, 2015

The Kennedy Shriver Center received a grant from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to examine data from MassHealth (the Massachusetts Medicaid program) on what types of health care are used by people with intellectual di

Mathematica Releases Annual Report on Money Follows the Person Program

April 30, 2015

Mathematica Policy Research released its fifth annual evaluation of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Minnesota Must Submit Statewide Olmstead Plan Following 2011 Settlement

April 30, 2015

In response to a 2011 settlement agreement over violations of the 1999 Olmstead decision requiring services to be offered in the most integrated setting possible, the State of Minnesota created an Olmstead Sub-Cabinet to produce a statewide plan f

LEAD Center and CILs Showcase Workforce Pilot at NCIL Conference

August 15, 2013

The LEAD Center and three Centers for Independent Living (CILs) participating in LEAD’s CIL Workforce Pilot highlighted the project and its work at the National Council for Independent Living’s (NCIL) recent national conference in Washington, D.C.

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...

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

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation
Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

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Policy Updates

North Carolina Services for People with Disabilities at Heart of Class-Action Settlement

February 27, 2015

Five families settled a class-action suit against North Carolina’s Department of Health & Human Services and Piedmont Behavioral Health (now Cardinal

Senate Panel Examines Effect of Employee Wellness Programs on Workers with Disabilities

February 27, 2015

During a January 29th hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, testimony was presented on employer wellness programs.

Judge Strikes Down New Overtime Rules for Home Care Workers

January 30, 2015

A federal court in Washington, D.C.

Open Enrollment Ends February 15

January 30, 2015

Workers with disabilities seeking individual health insurance coverage will be able to enroll in plans via healthcare.org until February 15, 2015.

Proposed Virginia Medicaid Budget Caps Hours of Home Care Workers

January 30, 2015

Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposed Medicaid budget contains language forbidding some home health workers for working for more than one

  •  

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation
Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

  •  

Policy Updates

North Carolina Services for People with Disabilities at Heart of Class-Action Settlement

February 27, 2015

Five families settled a class-action suit against North Carolina’s Department of Health & Human Services and Piedmont Behavioral Health (now Cardinal

Senate Panel Examines Effect of Employee Wellness Programs on Workers with Disabilities

February 27, 2015

During a January 29th hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, testimony was presented on employer wellness programs.

Judge Strikes Down New Overtime Rules for Home Care Workers

January 30, 2015

A federal court in Washington, D.C.

Open Enrollment Ends February 15

January 30, 2015

Workers with disabilities seeking individual health insurance coverage will be able to enroll in plans via healthcare.org until February 15, 2015.

Proposed Virginia Medicaid Budget Caps Hours of Home Care Workers

January 30, 2015

Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposed Medicaid budget contains language forbidding some home health workers for working for more than one

  •  

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA): What Are the Implications for the Employment of People with Disabilities?

July 2011 | Presentation
Mathematica Policy Research - Center for Studying Disability Policy

Mathematica Policy Research Center for Studying Disability Policy, July 2011 - This presentation, given at the 6th National Medicaid Conference, discusses the three major holes in healthcare financing for people with disabilities.

Moving TANF Recipients with Disabilities to Work: Examples of State Strategies

June 2011 | Report/Brief

The NTAR Leadership Center, June 2011. This brief examines activities available to move people with disabilities receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to employment.

Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

April 2011 | Report/Brief

NTAR Leadership Center, Robert Nicholas, Ph.D., Ronnie Kauder, Kathy Krepcio, Daniel Baker, Ph.D. April 2011

Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities

July 2010 | Report/Brief

U.S. Government Accountability Office - July 2010 - This report examines the many barriers that still exist 20 years after the ADA’s passage that may prevent people with disabilities from staying connected or returning to employment.

  •  

Policy Updates

North Carolina Services for People with Disabilities at Heart of Class-Action Settlement

February 27, 2015

Five families settled a class-action suit against North Carolina’s Department of Health & Human Services and Piedmont Behavioral Health (now Cardinal

Senate Panel Examines Effect of Employee Wellness Programs on Workers with Disabilities

February 27, 2015

During a January 29th hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, testimony was presented on employer wellness programs.

Judge Strikes Down New Overtime Rules for Home Care Workers

January 30, 2015

A federal court in Washington, D.C.

Open Enrollment Ends February 15

January 30, 2015

Workers with disabilities seeking individual health insurance coverage will be able to enroll in plans via healthcare.org until February 15, 2015.

Proposed Virginia Medicaid Budget Caps Hours of Home Care Workers

January 30, 2015

Governor Terry McAuliffe’s proposed Medicaid budget contains language forbidding some home health workers for working for more than one

  •