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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
 

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.

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 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 - The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

January 16, 2015

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

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 2014

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that will highlight important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

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

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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.

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 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 - The Affordable Care Act and the I/DD Community: An Overview of the Law and Advocacy Priorities Going Forward

January 16, 2015

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

In the Know: I'm In To Hire

November 25, 2014

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that will highlight important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

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

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.

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Policy Updates

Utah: The Need for Healthcare Reform

September 25, 2015

Disability rights advocates in Utah are expressing concern about a failed plan to expand Medicaid coverage by the end of this past July.

Alaska: Governor Announces Alaska to Become the 30th State to Expand Medicaid

August 26, 2015

Following 29 other states and the District of Columbia, Alaskan Governor Bill Walker has announced that the state will be accepting additional federal funds to expand Medicaid, which will bring $146 million to the state in its first year and provi

CMS Responds to State Transition Plans

August 26, 2015

Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) took effect in the beginning of 2014, each state has had to produce a transition plan outlining a schedule and strategy for bringing

Massachusetts: University Of Massachusetts Medical School Partners with State to Increase Employment of People With Disabilities

August 26, 2015

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine Disability, Health and Employment Policy unit hosts a program that assists people with disabilities seeking employment.

National Quality Forum Publishes Interim Report on HCBS, Convenes Stakeholder Committee on Quality Measurement

August 26, 2015

Over the past several months, the National Quality Forum (NQF) has convened a stakeholder committee to develop recommendations to improve quality measurement for Medicaid Home and CommunityBased Services (HCBS).

New Jersey: Governor’s Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Costs to New Jersey Taxpayers and Health Care Providers

August 26, 2015

Governor Chris Christie has announced a proposal to curtail federal funding for Medicaid as part of a per capita cap that would remove $15 billion in federal funds over eight years.

State Medicaid Integration Tracker Update Published for July

August 26, 2015

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) has published the July 2015 Edition of the State Medicaid Integration Tracker.

Comment Period Ends for EECO’s Proposed ADA Wellness Plan Rule

July 31, 2015

Earlier in 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule amending the agency’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for employer-sponsored wellness plans.

KANCARE Not Working for People with Disabilities, Advocates Say

July 31, 2015

During a public listening session hosted by the National Council on Disability (NCD) earlier this month, disability rights advocates, including representatives from the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, spoke on concerns about the capacity of Ka

Massachusetts Home Health Workers Win Wage Hike to $15 Per Hour

July 31, 2015

In the wake of national advocacy to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour across all labor sectors, home health workers who provide care for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as the clients they serve, have been at the forefront of low-pa

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.

  •  

Policy Updates

Utah: The Need for Healthcare Reform

September 25, 2015

Disability rights advocates in Utah are expressing concern about a failed plan to expand Medicaid coverage by the end of this past July.

Alaska: Governor Announces Alaska to Become the 30th State to Expand Medicaid

August 26, 2015

Following 29 other states and the District of Columbia, Alaskan Governor Bill Walker has announced that the state will be accepting additional federal funds to expand Medicaid, which will bring $146 million to the state in its first year and provi

CMS Responds to State Transition Plans

August 26, 2015

Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) took effect in the beginning of 2014, each state has had to produce a transition plan outlining a schedule and strategy for bringing

Massachusetts: University Of Massachusetts Medical School Partners with State to Increase Employment of People With Disabilities

August 26, 2015

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine Disability, Health and Employment Policy unit hosts a program that assists people with disabilities seeking employment.

National Quality Forum Publishes Interim Report on HCBS, Convenes Stakeholder Committee on Quality Measurement

August 26, 2015

Over the past several months, the National Quality Forum (NQF) has convened a stakeholder committee to develop recommendations to improve quality measurement for Medicaid Home and CommunityBased Services (HCBS).

New Jersey: Governor’s Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Costs to New Jersey Taxpayers and Health Care Providers

August 26, 2015

Governor Chris Christie has announced a proposal to curtail federal funding for Medicaid as part of a per capita cap that would remove $15 billion in federal funds over eight years.

State Medicaid Integration Tracker Update Published for July

August 26, 2015

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) has published the July 2015 Edition of the State Medicaid Integration Tracker.

Comment Period Ends for EECO’s Proposed ADA Wellness Plan Rule

July 31, 2015

Earlier in 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule amending the agency’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for employer-sponsored wellness plans.

KANCARE Not Working for People with Disabilities, Advocates Say

July 31, 2015

During a public listening session hosted by the National Council on Disability (NCD) earlier this month, disability rights advocates, including representatives from the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, spoke on concerns about the capacity of Ka

Massachusetts Home Health Workers Win Wage Hike to $15 Per Hour

July 31, 2015

In the wake of national advocacy to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour across all labor sectors, home health workers who provide care for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as the clients they serve, have been at the forefront of low-pa

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.

  •  

Policy Updates

Utah: The Need for Healthcare Reform

September 25, 2015

Disability rights advocates in Utah are expressing concern about a failed plan to expand Medicaid coverage by the end of this past July.

Alaska: Governor Announces Alaska to Become the 30th State to Expand Medicaid

August 26, 2015

Following 29 other states and the District of Columbia, Alaskan Governor Bill Walker has announced that the state will be accepting additional federal funds to expand Medicaid, which will bring $146 million to the state in its first year and provi

CMS Responds to State Transition Plans

August 26, 2015

Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) took effect in the beginning of 2014, each state has had to produce a transition plan outlining a schedule and strategy for bringing

Massachusetts: University Of Massachusetts Medical School Partners with State to Increase Employment of People With Disabilities

August 26, 2015

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine Disability, Health and Employment Policy unit hosts a program that assists people with disabilities seeking employment.

National Quality Forum Publishes Interim Report on HCBS, Convenes Stakeholder Committee on Quality Measurement

August 26, 2015

Over the past several months, the National Quality Forum (NQF) has convened a stakeholder committee to develop recommendations to improve quality measurement for Medicaid Home and CommunityBased Services (HCBS).

New Jersey: Governor’s Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Costs to New Jersey Taxpayers and Health Care Providers

August 26, 2015

Governor Chris Christie has announced a proposal to curtail federal funding for Medicaid as part of a per capita cap that would remove $15 billion in federal funds over eight years.

State Medicaid Integration Tracker Update Published for July

August 26, 2015

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) has published the July 2015 Edition of the State Medicaid Integration Tracker.

Comment Period Ends for EECO’s Proposed ADA Wellness Plan Rule

July 31, 2015

Earlier in 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule amending the agency’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for employer-sponsored wellness plans.

KANCARE Not Working for People with Disabilities, Advocates Say

July 31, 2015

During a public listening session hosted by the National Council on Disability (NCD) earlier this month, disability rights advocates, including representatives from the Disability Rights Center of Kansas, spoke on concerns about the capacity of Ka

Massachusetts Home Health Workers Win Wage Hike to $15 Per Hour

July 31, 2015

In the wake of national advocacy to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour across all labor sectors, home health workers who provide care for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as the clients they serve, have been at the forefront of low-pa