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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.

Montana Republican Unveils New Bill to Expand Medicaid

April 30, 2015

The Montana legislature passed a bill that will expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL), as outlined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

New Hampshire Bill Proposes Ending Medicaid Expansion

April 30, 2015

The new budget recommended by New Hampshire’s House Finance Committee includes a proposal to end the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP), which is the state’s Medicaid expansion program created through bipartisan legislation last year.

New Proposed Rule on Mental Health Parity in Medicaid

April 30, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule in April 2015 that applies mental health parity requirements to publicly-funded health plans.

New York Bill Proposes Expansion of Home Health Workforce

April 30, 2015

The New York Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team has proposed a new bill to permit home health aides to perform certain tasks that they are currently prohibited from providing, such as administering medications.

New Study on Employer Compliance with Mental Health Parity Laws

March 30, 2015

The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) has published a new report on mental health in the workplace, based

Pending Florida Legislation On Disability And Workplace Participation

March 30, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills on employment and educational programs for people with disabilities.

State Transition Plan Highlight: New Jersey Transition Plan Would Improve Day, Employment and Housing Services

March 30, 2015

New Jersey’s state transition plan, to bring programs and services for people with disabilities into compliance with the CMS Final Rule on

Texas Republicans Champion Higher Wages for Home Care Workers

March 30, 2015

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proposed a new budget that will dedicate $105 million to raise the current $7.50 average hourly pay for personal attendants by five percent to around $7.87 per hour, on average.

GAO Calls For Greater Interagency Collaboration on Mental Health Services, Including Employment Programs

February 27, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) presented testimony to Congress on the need for increased coordination of Federal efforts related to serious mental illness.

NCD Releases New Report on Social Security Disability

February 27, 2015

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a new report in January that examines the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) progra

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.

Montana Republican Unveils New Bill to Expand Medicaid

April 30, 2015

The Montana legislature passed a bill that will expand Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal poverty level (FPL), as outlined by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

New Hampshire Bill Proposes Ending Medicaid Expansion

April 30, 2015

The new budget recommended by New Hampshire’s House Finance Committee includes a proposal to end the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP), which is the state’s Medicaid expansion program created through bipartisan legislation last year.

New Proposed Rule on Mental Health Parity in Medicaid

April 30, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule in April 2015 that applies mental health parity requirements to publicly-funded health plans.

New York Bill Proposes Expansion of Home Health Workforce

April 30, 2015

The New York Governor’s Medicaid Redesign Team has proposed a new bill to permit home health aides to perform certain tasks that they are currently prohibited from providing, such as administering medications.

New Study on Employer Compliance with Mental Health Parity Laws

March 30, 2015

The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) has published a new report on mental health in the workplace, based

Pending Florida Legislation On Disability And Workplace Participation

March 30, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills on employment and educational programs for people with disabilities.

State Transition Plan Highlight: New Jersey Transition Plan Would Improve Day, Employment and Housing Services

March 30, 2015

New Jersey’s state transition plan, to bring programs and services for people with disabilities into compliance with the CMS Final Rule on

Texas Republicans Champion Higher Wages for Home Care Workers

March 30, 2015

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proposed a new budget that will dedicate $105 million to raise the current $7.50 average hourly pay for personal attendants by five percent to around $7.87 per hour, on average.

GAO Calls For Greater Interagency Collaboration on Mental Health Services, Including Employment Programs

February 27, 2015

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) presented testimony to Congress on the need for increased coordination of Federal efforts related to serious mental illness.

NCD Releases New Report on Social Security Disability

February 27, 2015

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a new report in January that examines the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) progra

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.

  •  

Policy Updates

EconSys and ODEP Release Review of HCBS Reimbursement Rates for Supported Employment and Integrated Day Services across All 50 States

January 29, 2016

In January 2016, the O ce of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) contracted with Economic Systems, Inc.

EEOC Issues Guidance about HIV-Positive Employees’ Human and Health-Related Rights Under ADA

January 29, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued two publications that explain how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to job applicants and employees who are HIV-positive.

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Title II of GINA

January 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Administration for Community Living (ACL)  and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) released a No Wrong Door System Reference Document for Medicaid Administrative Claiming Guidance do

NASUAD Publishes Tip Sheets for Increasing MIPPA Outreach

January 29, 2016

On December 2, 2015, the National Association of States United for Aging and Disability (NASUAD) published two tip sheets designed  to increase the number of low-income seniors and people with disabilities that the Medicare Improvements for Patien

Oregon Court Approves Settlement in Lane v. Brown

January 29, 2016

On December 29, 2015, the Department of Human Services was informed that U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart approved the final settlement in the historic Lane v. Brown community integration lawsuit in Oregon.

Capitol Hill Budget Deal Avoids Premium Hikes and Budget Cuts in Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance

December 31, 2015

The White House has proposed an FY2016 budget deal that would prevent the double-digit premium increases feared by many Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries.

Open Enrollment For The Affordable Care Act Began November 1st

December 31, 2015

Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace began November 1, 2015 and will end on January 31, 2016.

CMS Issues Guidance on Non-Residential Settings for Home and Community-Based Services

December 22, 2015

On December 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued updated guidance on the effect of new home and community-based services (HCBS) regulations on non-residential settings.

HCBS Transition Plans: Additional Updates And Concerns

December 15, 2015

As the states continue to release home and community-based services (HCBS) transition plans, it has become clear that each state interprets the HCBS regulations in a different manner.

Kansas: Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Returns $15 Million to Federal Government

December 2, 2015

The Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF), a state agency charged with helping people with disabilities find employment, has returned over $15 million dollars in unspent funds to the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Adm

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

EconSys and ODEP Release Review of HCBS Reimbursement Rates for Supported Employment and Integrated Day Services across All 50 States

January 29, 2016

In January 2016, the O ce of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) contracted with Economic Systems, Inc.

EEOC Issues Guidance about HIV-Positive Employees’ Human and Health-Related Rights Under ADA

January 29, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued two publications that explain how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to job applicants and employees who are HIV-positive.

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Title II of GINA

January 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Administration for Community Living (ACL)  and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) released a No Wrong Door System Reference Document for Medicaid Administrative Claiming Guidance do

NASUAD Publishes Tip Sheets for Increasing MIPPA Outreach

January 29, 2016

On December 2, 2015, the National Association of States United for Aging and Disability (NASUAD) published two tip sheets designed  to increase the number of low-income seniors and people with disabilities that the Medicare Improvements for Patien

Oregon Court Approves Settlement in Lane v. Brown

January 29, 2016

On December 29, 2015, the Department of Human Services was informed that U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart approved the final settlement in the historic Lane v. Brown community integration lawsuit in Oregon.

Capitol Hill Budget Deal Avoids Premium Hikes and Budget Cuts in Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance

December 31, 2015

The White House has proposed an FY2016 budget deal that would prevent the double-digit premium increases feared by many Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries.

Open Enrollment For The Affordable Care Act Began November 1st

December 31, 2015

Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace began November 1, 2015 and will end on January 31, 2016.

CMS Issues Guidance on Non-Residential Settings for Home and Community-Based Services

December 22, 2015

On December 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued updated guidance on the effect of new home and community-based services (HCBS) regulations on non-residential settings.

HCBS Transition Plans: Additional Updates And Concerns

December 15, 2015

As the states continue to release home and community-based services (HCBS) transition plans, it has become clear that each state interprets the HCBS regulations in a different manner.

Kansas: Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Returns $15 Million to Federal Government

December 2, 2015

The Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF), a state agency charged with helping people with disabilities find employment, has returned over $15 million dollars in unspent funds to the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Adm

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

EconSys and ODEP Release Review of HCBS Reimbursement Rates for Supported Employment and Integrated Day Services across All 50 States

January 29, 2016

In January 2016, the O ce of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) contracted with Economic Systems, Inc.

EEOC Issues Guidance about HIV-Positive Employees’ Human and Health-Related Rights Under ADA

January 29, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued two publications that explain how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to job applicants and employees who are HIV-positive.

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Title II of GINA

January 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Administration for Community Living (ACL)  and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) released a No Wrong Door System Reference Document for Medicaid Administrative Claiming Guidance do

NASUAD Publishes Tip Sheets for Increasing MIPPA Outreach

January 29, 2016

On December 2, 2015, the National Association of States United for Aging and Disability (NASUAD) published two tip sheets designed  to increase the number of low-income seniors and people with disabilities that the Medicare Improvements for Patien

Oregon Court Approves Settlement in Lane v. Brown

January 29, 2016

On December 29, 2015, the Department of Human Services was informed that U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart approved the final settlement in the historic Lane v. Brown community integration lawsuit in Oregon.

Capitol Hill Budget Deal Avoids Premium Hikes and Budget Cuts in Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance

December 31, 2015

The White House has proposed an FY2016 budget deal that would prevent the double-digit premium increases feared by many Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries.

Open Enrollment For The Affordable Care Act Began November 1st

December 31, 2015

Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace began November 1, 2015 and will end on January 31, 2016.

CMS Issues Guidance on Non-Residential Settings for Home and Community-Based Services

December 22, 2015

On December 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued updated guidance on the effect of new home and community-based services (HCBS) regulations on non-residential settings.

HCBS Transition Plans: Additional Updates And Concerns

December 15, 2015

As the states continue to release home and community-based services (HCBS) transition plans, it has become clear that each state interprets the HCBS regulations in a different manner.

Kansas: Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Returns $15 Million to Federal Government

December 2, 2015

The Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF), a state agency charged with helping people with disabilities find employment, has returned over $15 million dollars in unspent funds to the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Adm