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ODEP and Administration for Community Living Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Expand Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Disabilities

October 29, 2015

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL), building on a partnership between the two organizations that began in 2012, recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to jointly expand and promote competitive integrated employment as the first option for individuals with significant disabilities.

Jennifer Sheehy, the Acting Assistant Secretary at ODEP, stated that the memorandum will solidify the continued collaboration between the two agencies to support states to “align policy, practice, and funding toward outcomes related to competitive, integrated employment.” The combined network of the two agencies includes a diverse group of service providers and disability advocates, including protection and advocacy agencies, aging and disability resource centers, and state developmental disability councils - all of which may help connect a person with a disability with health care and Medicaid-funded Home and Community-Based Services that they may need to gain and retain employment. The MOA also focuses on the co-development and sharing of technical resources to assist in promoting strong collaboration between Centers for Independent Living and American Job Centers in supporting job seekers with disabilities secure and maintain employment. For further information on the memorandum, read the ODEP News Brief.