LEAD Partner: Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA)
What is SETA?
The Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (SETA), an agency that works in the City and County of Sacramento, was formed in 1978. From its inception, SETA has been an effective force in connecting people to jobs, business owners to quality employees, education and nutrition to children, assistance to refugees, and hope to many Sacramento area residents.
How is SETA involved in assisting people with disabilities in finding employment?
Through its network of Sacramento Works One Stop Career Centers, SETA provides universal access to all job seekers utilizing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding. In addition to job center services, SETA has operated a number of discretionary grants that have allowed additional opportunities for individuals with disabilities seeking employment.
The SETA Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) allowed SETA to build the capacity of Sacramento Works staff to serve job seekers with disabilities through specialized training opportunities for staff and reviews of physical and programmatic access. The program and system-level staff formed a Disability Services Workgroup, whose members are Disability Services Navigators. The workgroup meets at least quarterly to discuss challenges, strategies, and best practices, and to receive specialized training. Key strategies of DEI include developing partnerships with local and regional service providers, as well as creating Integrated Resource Teams (IRTs) to coordinate service delivery with partners. Under DEI, SETA worked closely with partners such as the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), the Alta Regional Center, Crossroads Diversified Inc., Adult Education, and the Los Rios Community College District.
The SETA Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) creates linkages and engages businesses in high growth industries. This program is designed to improve outcomes for job seekers with disabilities through vocational training, employer engagement, and earn-and-learn service delivery models. Under DEA, SETA works closely with employers to develop on-the-job training and other earn-and-learn opportunities for job seekers with disabilities, while continuing to partner with key service providers in the community and expanding on the IRT model of service delivery.
SETA also operates a Ticket to Work (TTW) program aimed at helping people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) to obtain a job or stay employed. SETA is authorized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to serve as an Employment Network (EN) to provide services to SSI and SSDI recipients to help them transition from benefits to self-sufficiency through employment.
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