Kansas Researchers Provide Training, Monitor Progress on Competitive Integrated Employment Training in Rhode Island and Kansas
In 2014, the state of Rhode Island entered a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) after a finding that the state’s services programs—including its Medicaid programs—provided insufficient access to integrated employment and other community-based options and relied too heavily on sheltered workshops for thousands of people with disabilities, which is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Researchers at the University of Kansas have now provided training on evidence-based strategies for supported employment to more than 80 percent of all Rhode Island educators who teach students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The KU researchers will continue to work with Rhode Island for the next five to 10 years to continue providing training on community integration and self-determination. In Kansas, researchers are also working in partnership with Griffin-Hammis Associates LLC funded by United Healthcare, one of the managed care organizations responsible for administering Kansas’ Medicaid waiver program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This partnership provides training on integrated employment to adult services providers throughout the state of Kansas. As part of the Kansas project with United Healthcare, the KU researchers will work with four social service agencies to monitor progress.