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The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2019 State Population.
0.27%
Change from
2018 to 2019
884,659
2019 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.99%
Change from
2018 to 2019
55,489
2019 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.09%
Change from
2018 to 2019
29,358
2019 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.95%
Change from
2018 to 2019
52.91%
2019 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.96%
Change from
2018 to 2019
83.98%

General

2017 2018 2019
Population. 869,666 882,235 884,659
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 49,546 53,828 55,489
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 25,419 29,037 29,358
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 375,014 380,587 378,070
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 51.30% 53.94% 52.91%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.51% 83.17% 83.98%
State/National unemployment rate. 3.30% 3.00% 3.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.50% 22.20% 18.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.30% 11.90% 11.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 54,121 54,297 56,945
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 44,526 50,265 52,745
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 83,452 88,296 95,035
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,268 2,648 1,701
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 898 2,954 3,719
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,731 9,003 8,662
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 536 832 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 3,091 3,302 3,155
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) N/A 442 551

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,732 1,589 1,543
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 12.50% 11.70% 11.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 18,994 18,842 18,335

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,132 3,226 3,254
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,055 6,114 6,177
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 8,955 9,135 9,043
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 35.00% 35.30% 36.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.70% 3.70% 3.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 300 281 273
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,191 1,954 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 64 35 28
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 39 27 23
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 61.00% 77.00% 82.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 4.62 3.15 2.68

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 31.00% 31.00% 30.00%
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,661 3,938 4,050
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 28,589 28,449 27,962
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 114 171 172
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 98 118 156

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $600,000 $747,183 $746,215
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,776,000 $6,900,311 $6,529,589
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $4,262,000 $4,154,893 $4,385,370
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,823,000 $4,633,681 $4,573,505
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 19.00% 22.00% 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 897 849 849
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,629 1,476 1,370
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 837 791 825
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 63.10 63.67 60.43

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 69.21% 70.40% 71.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.64% 5.40% 5.46%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.20% 2.07% 1.94%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 82.02% 90.29% 93.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 15.79% 20.53% 27.35%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 76.56% 76.00% 65.81%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 82.06% 82.67% 78.63%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 60.77% 5,547.00% 38.46%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2018 2019 2020
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 15 11 10
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 15 11 10
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 2 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 916 573 450
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 916 573 450

 

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First

~~South Dakota has done well at engaging individuals with disabilities in the workforce. Historically, South Dakota has had one of the highest, if not the highest, rate of employment amongst those with disabilities. This has taken a concerted effort amongst several entities starting with the Employment Works Task Force and Governor Daugaard’s mission to make South Dakota an “employment first state”. (Page 51) Title I

DRS has developed a website to post provider resources. This website provides template forms, policies, and past training videos. DRS has also promoted providers to become Certified Employment Support Professionals (CESP) certified by the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) to be reimbursed at a higher reimbursement rate. At the end of FFY 2017, there were 106 certified CESP providers. (Pages 246-247) Title IV
 

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~As partners of the One Stop System, quarterly meetings are held on a local level to ensure all staff are aware of the partner programs available to our customers. When possible, joint trainings take place to save on cost, increase a similar language amongst partners, and allow opportunity for collaboration, When a customer enters the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) job service offices, they are provided with a full list of services available to them amongst all partner programs and assigned a case manager or “Employment Specialist”. Through an assessment process, the Employment Specialist in the job service office and the customer will identify the best mix of services to allow them to meet their goals. The Employment Specialist then provides the customer Direct Linkage to these services. An Integrated Resource Team (IRT) is likely the next step to ensure all service providers are working towards a common goal identified by the customer. This IRT brings together all the service providers representing the various programs, to blend and braid program resources to help the customer reach his or her goal.   (Page 43) Title I

As a customer enters a customized or affiliate center, a comprehensive list of One Stop services will be reviewed with them. Based on the results of an objective assessment and information release from the participant, direct linkage will be provided to the appropriate service provided to assist the customer in achieving success. The job service office staff will remain the case manager for the customer so their story does not need to be repeated numerous times. The case manager will compile an Integrated Resource Team to ensure the maximum amount of blending and braiding of resources if available to the participant. It is the hope we can expand our technological offerings to provide direct linkage and case management through a faster and more convenient methodology for our customers. (Page 57) Title I

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Division regularly reports year end performance information to the Board. This includes information on case file reviews, Promise Grant, and other presentations were provided by the Black Hills State University on Post-Secondary education outcomes.

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning Assistance (WIPA) Program, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) and the ABLE ACT

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative provided presentations and updates on the Work Incentives Program Assistance, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities and the ABLE ACT during this reporting period. (Page 183) Title IV

School to Work Transition

~~o Summer Institute: The Summer Institute is a statewide training opportunity for Special Education teachers who are assisting students in the transition process. It is held for one week in the summer and offers training in areas of IDIEA, introducing self-determination curriculum and other assessment materials, and IEP planning. Teachers receive graduate credit for the class and gain knowledge from Disability Services Coordinators from post- secondary schools, vocational rehabilitation staff, Transition Liaisons, community mental health agencies and independent living services staff. (Pages 63-64) Title I

Development and Approval of an IPE before leaving school

The Division is making great efforts to assure that students with disabilities access the vocational rehabilitation program and develop their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before they complete high school. Following are some of these activities:
• Division VR Counselors contact school counselors and 504 coordinators on a regular basis in an attempt to identify and meet with students.
• Division VR Counselors inform school staff what services are available to students with disabilities and eligibility requirements. VR Counselors then follow up on referral in a timely fashion in order to determine eligibility prior to graduation.
• Division VR Counselors and other Division staff will attend interagency meetings in order to inform other service organizations about Rehabilitation Services and obtain referrals of these students.
• The Division will continue funding Project Skills to include serving students with disabilities who are not receiving special education services.  (Page 192) Title I

VR Counselors regularly attend Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and meet with students at the school and/or in their office to discuss post-secondary goals and training needs. Services are set up on an individualized basis for transition students that we are working with. Over 20% of individuals applying for VR services are students with disabilities on an IEP.VR Counselors utilize the World of Work Inventory (WOWI) along with other interest inventories to help students with disabilities identify their interests, values and aptitudes for certain employment considerations.
DRS provides a work experience program, Project Skills, for students with disabilities to try various employment options. A student can receive up to 250 hours of a paid work experience during a school year. During FFY17, 464 students with disabilities participated in the Project Skills program. (Pages 242-243) Title IV

Transition Services Liaison Program (TSLP) staff present transition related information to college students planning to enter the special education field at the University of South Dakota. Staff presented at three different classes to 72 college students.

TSLP staff collaborated with the State Office of Special Education Programs to provide nine (9) Individual Education Plan (IEP) workshops with a Transition focus to one-hundred-eighty-six (186) High School special education teachers across the state. The focus of the training went beyond IEP compliance and included best practice strategies and predictors of post-school success.
TSLP staff hosted the Transition Summer Institute, a conference for high school special education teachers. Forty-two (42) educators attended the two-day event that included various transition related topics including WIOA and Pre-employment transition services, person-centered planning, career assessment tools, IEP development and collaboration with state and local agencies and work experience programs for youth in transition. (Page 245) Title IV

VR counselors attend IEP meetings at school districts starting as early as age 14. Sioux Falls VR works closely with Southeastern Behavioral Health in providing transition services for students with mental health issues starting at age 14. (Page 246) Title IV

The designated State unit's plans, policies, and procedures for coordination with education officials to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to the receipt of VR services, including pre-employment transition services, as well as procedures for the timely development and approval of individualized plans for employment for the students.

Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired requires vocational rehabilitation counselors to visit each school district in their territory at least annually. Counselors and/or the Transition Services Liaison are required to attend IEP meetings to address transition services for students with vision loss. Once eligibility is determined, individualized plans for employment are developed as soon as student’s can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services. In conjunction with the Division of Rehabilitation Services, SBVI has an agreement with the Office of Special Education to fund the Transition Services Liaison Project.  (Page 278-279) Title IV

Development and approval of an IPE before leaving school: SBVI has implemented policies and procedures to assure that students with disabilities access the vocational rehabilitation program and develop their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before they complete high school. This helps prepare students with vision loss through a variety of services to address barriers caused by vision loss. SBVI VR Counselors contact school counselors and 504 coordinators on a regular basis in an attempt to identify and meet with students. (Pages 280-281) Title IV

SBVI and SDSBVI share information with students, parents, and local school districts about the importance of the skills of blindness to the success of students in the world of work. SBVI is an active participant in the transition planning process and counselors become involved with students as early as age 14. For those students enrolled at SDSBVI, SBVI representatives will also attend pre—staffing meetings when appropriate. SBVI helps to determine appropriate vocational direction by providing work experiences and vocational counseling and guidance along with pre—employment transition services. The agreement clearly outlines that SBVI will attempt to have an IPE in place for every eligible student prior to graduation.

SDSBVI has a responsibility to all South Dakota students with visual impairments under the age of twenty—one. For students of "transition age" between 14 and 21, that responsibility is shared with SBVI. SDSBVI employs a transition specialist through a cooperative agreement with SBVI and has outreach consultants that work with students, families, schools, and SBVI staff on a state wide basis. Blind or visually impaired students residing in school districts that are unwilling to participate in project skills agreements are served through the SDSBVI transition specialist and outreach consultants to participate in paid work experiences. (Page 283) Title IV

Technically SBVI continued to increase the number of students who are individuals who are students and receiving services under IEP at application in 2015. The numbers as such do not represent a trend as much as a simple snapshot of the state of 12 students. The true point of assessment and need is at the individual level rather than at any level of statistical validity or finding. As noted in a previous section of this CSNA, the burden of the 2017 Unified state plan strategy, in improving services to students with disabilities at transition age for both South Dakota agencies will concentrate on the need to level access to the core PET services across the state. Counselor’s and transition liaisons who participated in the 2015 PET Survey also expressed a the need to work with specific schools in assisting those schools strengthen their focus on transition services and partnering with VR counselors in a timely manner with regards to the IEP/IPE coordinated services. (Page 319) Title IV

If the IPE indicates that more than 24 months of services are necessary in order for the individual to achieve job stability, the time—limited services of job coaching and follow along can exceed 24 months. After the individual has transitioned to extended employment, the individual must maintain employment for at least 90 days prior to case closure.  (Page 338) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Apprenticeship

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~Black Hills Special Services Cooperative provided presentations and updates on the Work Incentives Program Assistance, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities and the ABLE ACT during this reporting period. (Page 183) Title I

Strategy 2.5: Strengthen the extended services for assuring successful employment for supported employment clients.
DRS annually sponsors an “Employment and Benefits” workshop in Aberdeen designed for students in transition, parents, teachers, and adult service providers working with youth entering the employment arena. The workshop covers topics such as the age 18-redetermination process, section 301, SSI work incentives, how SSI payments are calculated, and the difference between Title II and Title XVI of the Social Security Act. (Page 248) Title IV

The SD Benefits Specialist Network (funded by DRS) provides counseling and advisement services to beneficiaries of SSI and SSDI who are currently working or seeking employment. Benefits Specialists answer questions about how work will impact SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefits. Benefits Specialists also provide information about how work incentives can help beneficiaries increase their earnings. During this time period, 662 VR consumers received services from a Benefits Specialist. (Page 250) Title IV

Strategy 4.4: Increase the utilization of the Ticket to Work initiatives for Social Security beneficiaries.

DRS funds incentives to providers when working with individuals who are Social Security beneficiaries. Below is the chart showing the increase in the utilization of the Ticket to Work initiative. (Pages 250-251) Title IV

5. IF APPLICABLE, PLANS FOR ESTABLISHING, DEVELOPING, OR IMPROVING COMMUNITY REHABILITATION PROGRAMS WITHIN THE STATE.

Increase utilization of South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind to improve skills of clients of SBVI, including alternative techniques and vocational services. Improve the quality of job development services by SBVI staff providing specialty training on employment and vision loss to providers and businesses. Access SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist’s services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits while participating in employment. (Pages 326-327) Title IV

Strategy 1.3: Increase the use of SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits: Counselors substantially increased referrals for benefits specialist services from previous years to 42 client referrals in FY 16, but decreased to 14 client referrals in FY 17. Counselors continue to work closely with Benefit Specialists and promote their services with clients who are on SSI/SSDI. (Page 329) Title IV

Employer / Business Engagement

~~Title IV entities may expend funds to provide training and technical assistance to employers regarding the employment of individuals with disabilities. Vocational rehabilitation has designated a business specialist position that acts as the single point of contact for businesses that would like technical assistance. There are two non-profit entities in South Dakota that offer supports to the business community which are led by employers. In addition, “Ability For Hire” is an employer outreach campaign emphasizing the promotion of hiring, advancement, and retention of employment for people with disabilities in South Dakota’s workforce. The content materials consist of a website, printed resources, radio advertising, television commercials, and videos that highlight businesses that already know the value of hiring people with disabilities. The campaign officially launched on 08/11/2015 with the release of the website and Facebook page. 

In line with strategy 2.2 (designing education and training programs to address workforce needs) and in order to respond to high demand economic sectors in South Dakota, the vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota will work with businesses and providers to develop a training and placement program for people with disabilities. This program will be designed to address sector workforce shortages in high demand occupations that are identified in this state plan. (Page 61) Title I

The Division has been working on activities prompted by Governor Daugaard’s initiative to have the State of South Dakota become a model employer of people with disabilities. The Board fully supports these activities. An example is the Division contracted with a Sioux Falls marketing firm to conduct an employer outreach program. The Board’s Public Awareness Committee participated in presentations at various stages of the development process. Input and recommendations from members concentrated on accessibility features, video captioning and website ease of access. (Pages 182-183) Title I

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) has been very proactive in working collaboratively with employers. These initiatives consist of:

• “Ability For Hire” campaign: “Ability For Hire” is an employer outreach campaign emphasizing the promotion of hiring, advancement, and retention of employment for people with disabilities in South Dakota’s workforce. The content materials consist of a website (www.abilityforhire.com), printed materials in the form of brochures, radio advertisement, commercials, and videos of the Governor and other success stories. It officially launched on 08/11/2015, with the release of the website and Facebook page. This is also designed to promote the public’s awareness of the available resources and services that DRS offer to employers and people with disabilities.

• Point of Contact: The Division has designated a single point of contact (Business Specialist) to disseminate materials, conduct trainings, and serve as a resource to employers, providers, and people with disabilities throughout the state. (Pages 198-199)Title I

• Business—Led Models: There are two non—profit entities available in South Dakota offering supports to the business communities which are led by employers (business—led model). They are the Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls and the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills. Each has an Executive Director. Both of them have an approved contract in place with the Division to provide education, consulting, and technical assistance to businesses on the hiring, accommodations, supports and retention when employing people with disabilities.

• Business Organization Involvement: The Division is working towards increasing memberships and regular involvement of staff within non—disability related organizations in efforts to connect with employers. Some examples of the organizations consist of the local Chamber of Commerce, Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), and the South Dakota Retailers Association. These opportunities allow for connecting with businesses to learn more about their workforce needs and identify any disability training needs they may have.

• Employer Resource Guide: The Division has created an Employer Resource Guide consisting of information and resources available to employers regarding various aspects of disability—related topics. This Resource Guide will be utilized during meetings with employers. (Page 199) Title I

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) has been very proactive in working collaboratively with employers for transition services. These initiatives consist of:• Project Skills: Project Skills is a paid work experience program for high school students with disabilities in South Dakota. The program is a cooperative arrangement between the state vocational rehabilitation agencies and local school districts which provides students the opportunity to learn different skills in a variety of job placements, with the assistance of a job coach. Project Skills helps to build the student’s work history, references and assists them with experiencing different career fields as they mature and take on new challenges. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and school staff identify employment sites, businesses, employers to match the areas which students have expressed an interest in working.

•   Project Search: Project Search is a national model partnering with a large employer, local school district and the State Vocational Rehabilitation Program. South Dakota currently has 3 Project Search Initiatives in operation at Aberdeen, Brookings and Sioux Falls. A 4th Project Search initiative is being developed in Rapid City to begin with the 2016 fall school year. (Pages 199-200) Title IV

DRS meets monthly with WIOA Core Partners to improve collaboration between the partners. DRS also meetings quarterly with other community partners to learn about and discuss topics such as low income housing, transportation, food stamps, training programs, financial services and resources, etc. to better serve our mutual clients. DRS has worked with The Brain Injury Work Group to complete a handbook on services in the community for those with TBI. DRS office facilitates regular provider meetings to discuss issues, clarify policy, introduce providers to employers, etc. DRS has presented to other community service providers, such as the Orthopedic Institute with Physical Therapy staff (15 people), to explain the referral process for individuals with disabilities seeking employment after illness or injury. (Page 246) Title IV

DRS has developed through small seed grants three business led initiatives. These initiatives are in Yankton, Brookings and Aberdeen. They promote information to businesses/employers on hiring people with disabilities through various business connections and social media. (Page 247) Title IV

Services Provided: Many students with significant disabilities don’t have an opportunity to participate in gainful employment while in high school. Although willing, most employers cannot afford to provide the training and supports students frequently require on their first job. Project Skills assists students to build their work history while helping them to move into different and better jobs as they mature and are ready to take on new challenges. This program is a cooperative arrangement between the State VR Agencies and the local school systems. SBVI pays the wages, workers compensation, and FICA; the schools provide the job development, job coaching, and follow—along services for students at the job site. (Page 275) Title IV

See What I Can Do Outreach Campaign — SBVI developed an outreach campaign with employers specifically targeted as part of the audience to be reached by the campaign. Focus groups and surveys of employers provided insight about their awareness of the capabilities of citizens with vison loss and the availability of SBVI services. A television ad, radio ads, brochure and banner stands were developed to promote hiring citizens with vision loss as well as relying on SBVI for job retention for current employees. Materials include students and youth with disabilities to promote employer engagement. 

Business Representatives on the Board of SBVI: There are two business led non—profit entities in South Dakota that offer supports to the business community. The Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls and the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills provide education, consulting, and technical assistance to businesses on the hiring, accommodations, supports and retention when employing people with disabilities. The Executive Director of the Workforce Diversity Network is a former SBVI consumer and a member of the Board of SBVI. SBVI contributes to the Business Resource Network(BRN) by providing office space and clerical support. The manager of the SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (in the Division of SBVI) is on the governing board for the BRN. The Workforce Development Council representative on the Board of SBVI is the gubernatorial appointed Department Secretary for the Labor and Regulation. This representation brings the employer/business perspective to strategic planning and Board activities. (Page 292) Title IV

Initiatives with employers to identify competitive integrated employment and career exploration opportunities to facilitate the provision of vocational rehabilitation services and transition services (including pre—employment transition services) for students and youth with disabilities  South Dakota Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) has implemented and participated in a number of initiatives to work with employers to benefit citizens with vison loss who are served through SBVI. (Page 293) Title IV

3. THE OUTREACH PROCEDURES THAT WILL BE USED TO IDENTIFY AND SERVE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE MINORITIES, INCLUDING THOSE WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNSERVED OR UNDERSERVED BY THE VR PROGRAM.

Plan and participate in activities that target businesses to educate them on the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired. Annually conduct two or more activities that promote services available for citizens with vision loss including those from minority backgrounds. Annually review and update outreach materials and procedures that staff utilize to promote services to referral sources, employers and other entities. Ensure that outreach methods address the needs of those with the most significant disabilities. Maintain regular contact with minority service agencies to increase awareness of services that are available. Collaborate with Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation and other programs to ensure that all services are provided in an effective and efficient manner while addressing cultural diversity. Provide SBVI staff with resources and training so they are able to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse populations. Strengthen extended services to assure successful employment for clients with the most significant disabilities. (Pages 325-326) Title IV

Goal 2: Develop outreach methods so that referral sources, employers, and citizens who are blind or visually impaired are aware of the unique services provided by SBVI. 

Strategy 2.1: Design and disseminate outreach materials and participate in activities that target employers to educate them on the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired: Staff prioritized outreach efforts to educate businesses, schools, providers and the general public on services available from SBVI. Staff report on their efforts on a monthly basis and this is a performance expectation on their annual appraisal reviews. A system for tracking has been implemented so metrics can be analyzed in the future.

Strategy 2.2: Annually conduct two or more activities that promote services for citizens with vision loss including those from minority backgrounds: SBVI participated in State and Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program biannual meetings for information sharing and to identify and address specific needs and concerns SBVI participated in the National Disability Awareness Month events hosted by the Oun’iyekiyapi Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in Eagle Butte in 2016 and 2017. SBVI participated in a Disability Summit at the Indian Learning Center in Pierre in July 2016 sponsored by Oun’iyekiyapi Vocational Rehabilitation Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program.  (Page 331) Title IV

Data Collection

• The capacity of the new MIS will enhance our ability to meet the developing fiscal and management accountability requirements. The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Programs utilize an in-house data base system called VR FACES. VR FACES incorporates all the required RSA data collection requirements and also provides a comprehensive case management system for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Older Blind Independent Living Program and other State programs. The South Dakota Bureau of Information and Technology maintains the data systems for both the Department of Labor and Regulation and the Department of Human Services. We currently integrate DLR unemployment wage data and Social Security data into the VR FACES. Once the DLR implements their data system, we will further explore ways to electronically exchange data for referrals and joint cases. (Page 89) Title I

Subminimum Wage (Section 511)

~~Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act - Due to reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act through implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), South Dakota Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) and the Board of SBVI addressed priorities contained in the WIOA and obtained input for the state plan updates through a video conference public forum with eleven sites and the option to call in and participate via conference call. Implementation of Title IV of the WIOA was discussed at all Board of SBVI meetings including pre-employment transition services, memorandums of understanding, coordination and strategic planning with the Department of Labor and Regulation, subminimum wage, defining competitive integrated employment, and collaboration with employers. (Pages 269-270) Title IV

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (Section 188)

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center. The State of South Dakota is dedicated to provide all programs and services in an accessible format and provide a delivery model to all individuals who are seeking services. DLR has the responsibility under WIOA to create and maintain the American Job Center system that will increase the range and quality of workforce services to all individuals seeking assistance. WIOA prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, political affiliation or belief, participant status, and against certain non-citizens. DLR and the partners will concentrate on the federal and state antidiscrimination laws in the execution of policies, procedures and guidance to allow access to workforce services and when assessing the physical and programmatic access of the One-Stop system and partners. Any entity that receives financial assistance under Title I of WIOA is a recipient obligated to ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. This includes State Development Boards, local offices, service providers, vendors, and sub recipients, as well as other types of individuals and entities. This policy is directed toward ensuring that the programs, services and facilities of each one-stop delivery system are accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. To ensure that individuals are not subjected to discrimination based on disability, DLR conducts regular oversight of programs and services. The Workforce Development board will assess the physical and programmatic accessibility of all local offices, in accordance with Sec. 188 of WIOA, if applicable, and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.14. (Page 95) Title I

In order to ensure compliance with the ADA, DHS conducted an evaluation of programs and services, and in addition reviewed the physical accessibility of office locations. No significant barriers to programs or services were identified. Non-Discrimination As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) shall not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, subject to discrimination; or deny employment in the administration of or in connection with department programs or services because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation or belief and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in any WIOA program. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to statues at Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84 and 91. (Pages 96-97) Title I

One-Stop Certification Policy DLR has a MOU directly with Vocational Rehabilitation which addresses all accessibility issues. DLR has a one-stop certification policy that ensures the accessibility of all one-stop centers with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). (Page 97) Title I

73.It must also be noted that under DLR’s proven record of being proactive to new technology, new laws and regulations, and new concepts, those who are not as advantaged to advancements in these areas, our Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals and individuals with disabilities, are provided the accessibility necessary to get the services they need — whether under the umbrella of Employment Services or Unemployment Insurance. This is the model of ‘universal access’. Through DLR’s LEP Plan, Methods of Administration (MOA), and technological improvements, individuals in these categories are not afterthoughts of these programs. (Pages 137-138) Title I

• Division staff are working with all partners in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act offices to assure physical access, program access and services access. (Page 241) Title IV

4. Transition Services In the general VR program, transitions picked up narrative weight because of the legislative changes and considerable conversation gathering around this topic, the impact has been less intense for SBVI. Transitions remains, however, an important service need, but the volume of students with blindness and or visual impairments makes this more of a student—by—student need. That said the emphasize in this category will be to assist shifting the agency into full compliance with the new requirements of WIOA. (Pages 311-312) Title IV

SBVI will expand assistive technology training resources to improve accessibility for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including those with the most significant disabilities. Assistive technology services and devices will be available throughout the rehabilitation process through SBVI vocational rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation teachers or private providers. These services are available on a statewide basis. (Page 325) Title IV

Strategy 3.1: Develop assistive technology training resources to improve accessibility for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including those with most significant disabilities: The Board of SBVI Assistive Technology Advisory Committee reviews the assistive technology resource guide annually. This information is disseminated to those served by SBVI and is available on the Division web site. The Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist at the South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind has implemented training options including designated times for walk—in or call in technical assistance and training. The SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind hosts “First Fridays” each month offering seminars on a variety topics including AT training. The Assistive Technology Access Project covers costs for up to five hours of training from DakotaLink, the state assistive technology project. This allows current and former clients to get assistance as technology changes and new options for access become available. (Page 332) Title IV

Veterans

To determine if a veteran or eligible spouse meets the eligibility criteria to receive services from a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist, non-JVSG staff in SDDLR local offices will conduct an initial assessment to determine if the eligible veteran or eligible spouse has a Significant Barrier to Employment (SBE) or any other authorized category approved by the U.S. Department of Labor Secretary. Once eligibility is determined and intensive services are needed, the non-JVSG staff person will make a referral for this veteran/spouse to the DVOP. If the DVOP is available, the non-JVSG staff person will introduce the SBE veteran/spouse to the DVOP. If the DVOP is unavailable, the non-JVSG staff person will continue to assist the SBE veteran/spouse with services and exchange the SBE veteran/spouse and DVOP contact information so the DVOP is able to follow up with the SBE veteran/spouse to provide additional intensive services. The non-JVSG staff person will complete case notes and enter the referral service in the MIS. Once referred, the DVOP will conduct a comprehensive assessment with the veteran/spouse, assist in the development of an employment plan, provide intensive services to meet employment plan goals/needs, and facilitate placement. (Pages 92-93) Title I

Basis for Special Service to Veterans The operations of the DLR local offices are intended to direct special attention to the barriers veterans face, and to afford individualized and intensive service. Such service is not only a legal and moral obligation, but also a necessary condition for efficiency in local office operations. Specially trained staff gives special attention to the potential vocational problems of separating or retiring service members. The recognition of the rights of veterans to special services through a public employment office has been the law for more than 60 years. (Page 93) Title I

The state agency shall provide an effective placement service for all veterans, to secure for them maximum job opportunities in the field of gainful employment. • The state agency shall provide an effective employment-counseling service to all veterans who need special assistance in meeting barriers of vocational adjustment. • The DLR local offices shall make referrals of qualified veteran job seekers to job openings and training opportunities, and shall observe the following order of priority: 1. Special disabled veterans. 2. Disabled veterans other than special disabled veterans. 3. All other veterans and eligible persons. 4. Non-veterans. • Disabled veterans shall be given priority in all services provided by local public employment offices. (Page 94) Title I

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Local Office Policy • Provide veterans with maximum job opportunities in acquiring gainful employment through the use of local staff and facilities to provide counseling, placement, and intensive service to veterans. • Maintain a local program for developing job opportunities for veterans, with emphasis on disabled veterans. • Give priority in selection and referral to qualified veterans, with emphasis on disabled veterans. • Provide registration, employment counseling, and intensive service to veterans at Veterans Affairs facilities, as applicable. • Encourage and participate in the establishment of community advisory centers for veterans, where needed. • Provide information to veterans concerning appropriate agencies through which benefits and services may be obtained. (Page 94) Title I

Behavioral / Mental Health

~~The South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities was revised on January 2014. This agreement includes the following South Dakota entities: Office of Special Education, Division of Workforce and Career Preparation, Division of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Division of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, Department of Labor and Department of Social Services. 

The agreement identifies each agency’s roles and responsibilities including:
• Consultation and technical assistance to assist in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post—school activities, including vocation rehabilitation services;
• Transition planning by personnel of the Division of Rehabilitation Services and school district personnel;
•  Roles and responsibilities of each agency including State lead agencies and qualified personnel responsible for transition services;
• Financial responsibilities; and
• Procedures for outreach and identification of students with disabilities who need transition services. (Pages 192-193) Title I

Due to the geographic reality which exists within South Dakota, the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) recognizes one of the best sources available for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services are Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP). CRPs consist of Community Support Providers, Mental Health Centers, Career Learning Centers, Centers for Independent Living, Communication Services for the Deaf, and the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind. These programs are located in local communities throughout the state. (Page 195) Title I

5. Mental Health Services
Issues expressed here were expressed need statements for the expansion of case management, supported employment, placement services are made available to persons with mental illness via the provider system.

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Services has developed strategies in the State Plan to assess and improve the community rehabilitation programs. A variety of training opportunities including conferences, webinars and seminars are provided throughout the state. In addition the Division has established a higher reimbursement rate for service providers who attend training and obtain become a Certified Employment Support Professional through Association of People Supporting Employment first. (Page 226) Title IV

During the next fiscal year, the Division plans to distribute the Title VI—B funds through the fee for service system as traditionally done in previous years. This allows for consumers who have greater needs to receive the level of services necessary to help them obtain supported employment. The Division will continue outcome—based contracts with mental health centers for supported employment services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. This contract model has encouraged the mental health centers to provide supported employment services and is a more accessible method of supported employment services for these consumers. These initiatives will help promote the employment of individuals with the most severe disabilities. (Page 232) Title IV

VR counselors attend IEP meetings at school districts starting as early as age 14. Sioux Falls VR works closely with Southeastern Behavioral Health in providing transition services for students with mental health issues starting at age 14. (Page 246) Title IV

A Memorandum of Understanding is in place to help with coordination of services and funding between the Divisions of Behavioral Health, SBVI, and DRS. This agreement serves as a policy directive for the Community Mental Health Centers and the local SBVI and DRS Offices. It provides guidance in three areas relative to providing vocational services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness: Services to be provided by the Community Mental Health Center; Services available from Vocational Rehabilitation; and, Appropriate Division to pay for the variety of services. (Page 291) Title IV

State Agency Responsible for Providing Mental Health Services The South Dakota Department of Social Services/Division of Behavioral Health is the state agency responsible for providing services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities. A Memorandum is in place to help coordinate the services and funding between the Divisions of Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation Services, and Service to the Blind & Visually Impaired. This document serves as a policy directive for the Community Mental Health Centers and the local Vocational Rehabilitation Offices. It provides guidance in three areas relative to providing vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness: Services that can and should be provided by the Community Mental Health Center, Services available from Vocational Rehabilitation (DRS and SBVI), and Which Division pays for the services. (Page 295) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

Many students with significant disabilities don’t have an opportunity to gain paid employment experience while in high school. Although willing, most employers cannot afford the supports these students frequently require on their first job. This is an important learning, maturing, and socializing experience. The Division of Rehabilitation Services funds a program entitled “Project Skills” to address this need. This program is a cooperative arrangement between the State VR Agency and the local school systems. The Division funds the wages, workers compensation, and FICA while the schools provide the job development, job coaching, and follow—along services for the student at the job site. By entering into a contractual agreement with the Designated State Unit, the local school districts are assuring that they will provide the non—federal share of the matching funds, including funds contributed to the school by a private agency, organization or individual. (Page 186-187) Title I

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House Bill 1069 - An Act to authorize certain veterans to attend courses offered at postsecondary technical institutes without payment of tuition. - 03/12/2020

“13-55-2. Free tuition--State educational institutions--Veterans--Period of entitlement.

Any person residing in this state who is a veteran as defined by §§ 33A-2-1 and 33A-2-2 or who performed active war service, such as nursing or assisting in the care of soldiers and sailors in any government hospital, field, or camp, as a member of the Red Cross or any other similar organization engaged in war relief work which has been recognized and approved by the government of the United States, during any of the periods or combat operations specified in § 33A-2-2, upon compliance with all the requirements for admission and after qualifying for resident tuition, may attend and pursue any undergraduate course in any state educational institution under the control and management of the Board of Regents or any course at a postsecondary technical institute as defined in § 13-39A-1 without the payment of charges for tuition for each month of qualified service or major fraction thereof a month in academic time…

…Any person who qualifies under § 33A-2-2 as a veteran based solely on a service-connected disability may receive free tuition under this section only if the veterans administration disability rating is ten percent or greater.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • Veterans
Citations

Executive Proclamation – Disability Employment Awareness Month - 10/02/2019

“proclaim October 2019 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota and call on all citizens to observe this month by hosting and supporting initiatives and activities that support and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving “Left behind” consumers; variable-income farmers and ranchers; Native American tribal members residing on the nine Indian Reservations and within the Rapid City metropolitan area; and low-income consumers who lack the technical ability to research, compare, and enroll in a plan on the FFE, and/or lack a general knowledge of affordable FFE and non-FFE health insurance options.  There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Enrollment clinics and hospitals,  Local social service, community action agencies, and healthcare providers, Local libraries.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Harold StorsvePhone: (605) 348-1460Email: storsveharold@gmail.com ” 

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  • Other
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  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Medicaid - 07/01/2019

~~“South Dakota Medicaid is a federal and state-funded program providing health coverage for people who meet certain eligibility standards. Medicaid acts as an insurance company insurance company for these individuals and pays for medically necessary services

Most of the individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid are children. Other individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid include low-income pregnant women, parents, and other caretaker relatives, seniors in nursing homes, and individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Apply to find out if you are eligible.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Ability for Hire - 04/30/2019

~~The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can help employers evolve their workforce. More information regarding each service is available by accessing the web link Job Site Assessments & Evaluations

Disability Awareness & Etiquette Training

Job Development & Placement Services

On-the-Job Training

Employment Support Services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

2019 INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) WORKSHOPS - 04/24/2019

~~This page has information on the different IEP training classes with the dates and locations.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

High School Transition for Students with Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~“Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Services are focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Developmental Center - 12/22/2018

~~“PROVISION OF SERVICESThe SDDC utilizes a person centered approach when designing individualized services. After completion of a comprehensive functional assessment process, the person, their family/guardian and that interdisciplinary team develop an individualized treatment plan designed to assist the person with achieving their goals.

The SDDC service delivery system offers treatment in the areas of:  personal care, social interaction skills, behavioral impulse control, daily living skills, vocational supports, educational supports, recreational activities and learning the skills necessary to make better choices, which will result in a more autonomous life for each person. “

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

TSLP Employment - 12/04/2018

~~“Transition services are best delivered in a framework where there is coordination between education and VR that actively involve the student and family and are focused on the outcome. The following transition services known as Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) can assist in preparing the student for competitive integrated employment as they transition from high school to the adult world. Pre-ETS Examples can be found by accessing the web-link.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

SOUTH DAKOTA HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN - 12/01/2018

~~“Home and community based services (HCBS) in South Dakota have been historically provided through four1915(c) HCBS Waivers.  Each waiver targets a specific population and provides a menu of services to meet the needs of the target population. South Dakota has structured its waivers to meet the needs of individuals who live in rural and frontier areas. As the state Medicaid agency, the Department of Social Services provides oversight to all of South Dakota’s Medicaid waivers.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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House Bill 1069 - An Act to authorize certain veterans to attend courses offered at postsecondary technical institutes without payment of tuition. - 03/12/2020

“13-55-2. Free tuition--State educational institutions--Veterans--Period of entitlement.

Any person residing in this state who is a veteran as defined by §§ 33A-2-1 and 33A-2-2 or who performed active war service, such as nursing or assisting in the care of soldiers and sailors in any government hospital, field, or camp, as a member of the Red Cross or any other similar organization engaged in war relief work which has been recognized and approved by the government of the United States, during any of the periods or combat operations specified in § 33A-2-2, upon compliance with all the requirements for admission and after qualifying for resident tuition, may attend and pursue any undergraduate course in any state educational institution under the control and management of the Board of Regents or any course at a postsecondary technical institute as defined in § 13-39A-1 without the payment of charges for tuition for each month of qualified service or major fraction thereof a month in academic time…

…Any person who qualifies under § 33A-2-2 as a veteran based solely on a service-connected disability may receive free tuition under this section only if the veterans administration disability rating is ten percent or greater.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • Veterans
Citations

South Dakota HB 1224 ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
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  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

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  • Other
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  • Employer Engagement
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Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

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  • Other
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  • Employer Engagement
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Executive Proclamation – Disability Employment Awareness Month - 10/02/2019

“proclaim October 2019 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota and call on all citizens to observe this month by hosting and supporting initiatives and activities that support and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Month-Long Observation of Disability-Employment Awareness Begins Oct. 1 in SD - 09/16/2015

~~“Gov. Dennis Daugaard proclaimed October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The executive proclamation advances the Governor’s goal of making South Dakota an employment-first state, one in which employment is the first priority and preferred outcome for all citizens with disabilities.

“South Dakota is joining a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities,” said state Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Gloria Pearson. “We encourage South Dakotans to take a look at AbilityForHire.com to learn more about how South Dakota is contributing to this effort.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Ability for Hire - 04/30/2019

~~The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can help employers evolve their workforce. More information regarding each service is available by accessing the web link Job Site Assessments & Evaluations

Disability Awareness & Etiquette Training

Job Development & Placement Services

On-the-Job Training

Employment Support Services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

High School Transition for Students with Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~“Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Services are focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Developmental Center - 12/22/2018

~~“PROVISION OF SERVICESThe SDDC utilizes a person centered approach when designing individualized services. After completion of a comprehensive functional assessment process, the person, their family/guardian and that interdisciplinary team develop an individualized treatment plan designed to assist the person with achieving their goals.

The SDDC service delivery system offers treatment in the areas of:  personal care, social interaction skills, behavioral impulse control, daily living skills, vocational supports, educational supports, recreational activities and learning the skills necessary to make better choices, which will result in a more autonomous life for each person. “

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Benefits and Services Offered by the Sioux Falls Regional Office - 11/14/2018

~~“VA’s Sioux Falls Regional Office (RO) administers a variety of benefits and services, including Compensation and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors in South Dakota. We offer the following additional services:• Counseling about eligibility for VA benefits and how to apply• Information about VA health care and memorial benefits• Outreach to Veterans, including those who are homeless or at risk for homelessness and older, minority, and women Veterans• Public affairs” 

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Agencies- Transition Services Liaison Project - 09/07/2018

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.

Activities provided by the Transition Liaisons include:

- Training to students, families, schools, VR Counselors, and adult service agencies on transition and development of transition plans- Identifying and obtaining instructional materials- Written technical assistance guides made available for interested individuals.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Division of Career and Technical Education - 07/27/2018

~~The goal of the South Dakota Department of Education is for all students to graduate college, career and become life ready. The Division of Career and Technical Education (DCTE) provides support for students’ preparations for postsecondary education and the workforce. Services are connected to approved Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs, work-based learning, school counseling and SDMyLife. In-line with the department’s aspiration, DCTE works to ensure students not only graduate from high school, but that they are prepared to navigate the transitions and life events that come after high school.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Dennis Daugaard speaks about Jobs for People with Disabilities in South Dakota - 03/09/2018

~~“Washington, D.C., March 9 — Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota gave a statement recently about his dedication to including his citizens with disabilities in education and employment initiatives.

South Dakota is “…setting the example and showing that we want to include people who are able to do jobs with accommodations.” During the NGA meeting in 2013, Governor Daugaard helped lead an employment initiative for people with disabilities. Later that year he went home and created the Employment Works Task Force to implement the recommendations made during the meeting. Now South Dakota has a network of businesses, business resource organizations, state-level employment professionals, and job-seekers with disabilities.

[…]

For many students with disabilities this means including things like on-the-job training and apprenticeships, such as the ones provided by Project SEARCH, during their time in South Dakota’s school system.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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TSLP Employment - 12/04/2018

~~“Transition services are best delivered in a framework where there is coordination between education and VR that actively involve the student and family and are focused on the outcome. The following transition services known as Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) can assist in preparing the student for competitive integrated employment as they transition from high school to the adult world. Pre-ETS Examples can be found by accessing the web-link.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment) is a six state consortium that includes Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah. Led by the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, the goals of ASPIRE are to 1) Increase SSI youth and families' overall household income, and thereby reduce dependence on public benefits, by increasing educational attainment and increased career achievement; and 2) Inform federal policymakers about the efficacy of best supports for youth with disabilities. The six states will recruit and enroll 2000 youth ages 14 to 16 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) living in urban, rural, frontier and tribal areas. At enrollment, all youth and their families will receive information about available resources and services.  Half of the youth and families who enroll will also be provided additional services including case management, self-determination training for the youth, parent education and training, financial education and capability training and benefits planning.  ASPIRE will also partner with agencies and organizations to support further education and employment opportunities for the youth and family.  A comparison will be made between the group receiving additional ASPIRE services and those who receive the typical services within their communities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

SD Advocacy Services

~~“What We DoDRSD assists South Dakotans who have a disability and have concerns about their legal rights. DRSD accomplishes this through  information and referral, individual advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative or legal remedies.Our services are based on program eligibility as well as annual goals and priorities approved by the DRSD Board of Directors. Typical priority areas include:Individual Case Services• Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation investigations• Rights Protections• Special Education• Assistance with Vocational Rehabilitation, Human Services Center, SD Developmental Center, Mental Health Facilities, Community Service Providers, and others• Community and workplace integration• Employment (disability) discrimination• Limiting Guardianship or advocating for alternatives to guardianship• Accessing Assistive Technology”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving “Left behind” consumers; variable-income farmers and ranchers; Native American tribal members residing on the nine Indian Reservations and within the Rapid City metropolitan area; and low-income consumers who lack the technical ability to research, compare, and enroll in a plan on the FFE, and/or lack a general knowledge of affordable FFE and non-FFE health insurance options.  There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Enrollment clinics and hospitals,  Local social service, community action agencies, and healthcare providers, Local libraries.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Harold StorsvePhone: (605) 348-1460Email: storsveharold@gmail.com ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

2019 INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) WORKSHOPS - 04/24/2019

~~This page has information on the different IEP training classes with the dates and locations.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

~~“The mission of Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP) is to enable students with disabilities to reach their maximum potential in their transition from high school to the adult world.TSLP staff members provide support and technical assistance to students, families, and local education agencies seeking information on transition planning.

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking  into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.Focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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South Dakota Medicaid - 07/01/2019

~~“South Dakota Medicaid is a federal and state-funded program providing health coverage for people who meet certain eligibility standards. Medicaid acts as an insurance company insurance company for these individuals and pays for medically necessary services

Most of the individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid are children. Other individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid include low-income pregnant women, parents, and other caretaker relatives, seniors in nursing homes, and individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Apply to find out if you are eligible.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SOUTH DAKOTA HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN - 12/01/2018

~~“Home and community based services (HCBS) in South Dakota have been historically provided through four1915(c) HCBS Waivers.  Each waiver targets a specific population and provides a menu of services to meet the needs of the target population. South Dakota has structured its waivers to meet the needs of individuals who live in rural and frontier areas. As the state Medicaid agency, the Department of Social Services provides oversight to all of South Dakota’s Medicaid waivers.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SD Home and Community-Based Options and Person- Centered Excellence (HOPE) Waiver (0189.R06.00) - 08/01/2018

~~Provides adult day services, respite care, homemaker, in-home nursing services, personal care, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, adult companion services, assisted living, chore services, community living home, community transition coordination, community transition supports, emergency response system (ERS), environmental accessibility adaptations, meals, nutritional supplements, structured family caregiving for aged individuals 65 - no max age, physical and other disabilities ages 18-64

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver (0264.R05.00) - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

~~“Provides career exploration, case management, day services, residential habilitation, supported employment, medical equipment and drugs, nursing, other medically related services - speech, hearing & language for individuals w/DD, IID ages 0 - no max age
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

~~“Provides personal attendant care, respite, incontinence supplies, consumer preparation services, environmental accessibility adaptations, in home nursing, personal emergency response (PERS), specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle  modifications for aged individuals 65 - no max age and physically disabled ages 18-64”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Family Support Waiver (0338.R03.00)

~~“Provides personal care 1, respite, support coordination, supported employment, personal care 2, companion care, environmental  accessibility adaptations, nutritional supplements, specialized medical adaptive equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD and IID ages 0 - no max age”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2019 State Population.
0.27%
Change from
2018 to 2019
884,659
2019 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.99%
Change from
2018 to 2019
55,489
2019 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.09%
Change from
2018 to 2019
29,358
2019 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.95%
Change from
2018 to 2019
52.91%
2019 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.96%
Change from
2018 to 2019
83.98%

State Data

General

2017 2018 2019
Population. 869,666 882,235 884,659
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 49,546 53,828 55,489
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 25,419 29,037 29,358
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 375,014 380,587 378,070
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 51.30% 53.94% 52.91%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.51% 83.17% 83.98%
State/National unemployment rate. 3.30% 3.00% 3.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.50% 22.20% 18.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.30% 11.90% 11.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 54,121 54,297 56,945
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 44,526 50,265 52,745
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 83,452 88,296 95,035
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,268 2,648 1,701
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 898 2,954 3,719
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,731 9,003 8,662
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 536 832 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 3,091 3,302 3,155
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) N/A 442 551

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,732 1,589 1,543
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 12.50% 11.70% 11.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 18,994 18,842 18,335

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,132 3,226 3,254
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,055 6,114 6,177
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 8,955 9,135 9,043
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 35.00% 35.30% 36.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.70% 3.70% 3.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 300 281 273
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,191 1,954 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 64 35 28
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 39 27 23
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 61.00% 77.00% 82.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 4.62 3.15 2.68

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 31.00% 31.00% 30.00%
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,661 3,938 4,050
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 28,589 28,449 27,962
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 114 171 172
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 98 118 156

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $600,000 $747,183 $746,215
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,776,000 $6,900,311 $6,529,589
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $4,262,000 $4,154,893 $4,385,370
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,823,000 $4,633,681 $4,573,505
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 19.00% 22.00% 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 897 849 849
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,629 1,476 1,370
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 837 791 825
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 63.10 63.67 60.43

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 69.21% 70.40% 71.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.64% 5.40% 5.46%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.20% 2.07% 1.94%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 82.02% 90.29% 93.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 15.79% 20.53% 27.35%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 76.56% 76.00% 65.81%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 82.06% 82.67% 78.63%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 60.77% 5,547.00% 38.46%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2018 2019 2020
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 15 11 10
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 15 11 10
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 2 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 916 573 450
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 916 573 450

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First

~~South Dakota has done well at engaging individuals with disabilities in the workforce. Historically, South Dakota has had one of the highest, if not the highest, rate of employment amongst those with disabilities. This has taken a concerted effort amongst several entities starting with the Employment Works Task Force and Governor Daugaard’s mission to make South Dakota an “employment first state”. (Page 51) Title I

DRS has developed a website to post provider resources. This website provides template forms, policies, and past training videos. DRS has also promoted providers to become Certified Employment Support Professionals (CESP) certified by the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) to be reimbursed at a higher reimbursement rate. At the end of FFY 2017, there were 106 certified CESP providers. (Pages 246-247) Title IV
 

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~As partners of the One Stop System, quarterly meetings are held on a local level to ensure all staff are aware of the partner programs available to our customers. When possible, joint trainings take place to save on cost, increase a similar language amongst partners, and allow opportunity for collaboration, When a customer enters the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) job service offices, they are provided with a full list of services available to them amongst all partner programs and assigned a case manager or “Employment Specialist”. Through an assessment process, the Employment Specialist in the job service office and the customer will identify the best mix of services to allow them to meet their goals. The Employment Specialist then provides the customer Direct Linkage to these services. An Integrated Resource Team (IRT) is likely the next step to ensure all service providers are working towards a common goal identified by the customer. This IRT brings together all the service providers representing the various programs, to blend and braid program resources to help the customer reach his or her goal.   (Page 43) Title I

As a customer enters a customized or affiliate center, a comprehensive list of One Stop services will be reviewed with them. Based on the results of an objective assessment and information release from the participant, direct linkage will be provided to the appropriate service provided to assist the customer in achieving success. The job service office staff will remain the case manager for the customer so their story does not need to be repeated numerous times. The case manager will compile an Integrated Resource Team to ensure the maximum amount of blending and braiding of resources if available to the participant. It is the hope we can expand our technological offerings to provide direct linkage and case management through a faster and more convenient methodology for our customers. (Page 57) Title I

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Division regularly reports year end performance information to the Board. This includes information on case file reviews, Promise Grant, and other presentations were provided by the Black Hills State University on Post-Secondary education outcomes.

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning Assistance (WIPA) Program, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) and the ABLE ACT

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative provided presentations and updates on the Work Incentives Program Assistance, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities and the ABLE ACT during this reporting period. (Page 183) Title IV

School to Work Transition

~~o Summer Institute: The Summer Institute is a statewide training opportunity for Special Education teachers who are assisting students in the transition process. It is held for one week in the summer and offers training in areas of IDIEA, introducing self-determination curriculum and other assessment materials, and IEP planning. Teachers receive graduate credit for the class and gain knowledge from Disability Services Coordinators from post- secondary schools, vocational rehabilitation staff, Transition Liaisons, community mental health agencies and independent living services staff. (Pages 63-64) Title I

Development and Approval of an IPE before leaving school

The Division is making great efforts to assure that students with disabilities access the vocational rehabilitation program and develop their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before they complete high school. Following are some of these activities:
• Division VR Counselors contact school counselors and 504 coordinators on a regular basis in an attempt to identify and meet with students.
• Division VR Counselors inform school staff what services are available to students with disabilities and eligibility requirements. VR Counselors then follow up on referral in a timely fashion in order to determine eligibility prior to graduation.
• Division VR Counselors and other Division staff will attend interagency meetings in order to inform other service organizations about Rehabilitation Services and obtain referrals of these students.
• The Division will continue funding Project Skills to include serving students with disabilities who are not receiving special education services.  (Page 192) Title I

VR Counselors regularly attend Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and meet with students at the school and/or in their office to discuss post-secondary goals and training needs. Services are set up on an individualized basis for transition students that we are working with. Over 20% of individuals applying for VR services are students with disabilities on an IEP.VR Counselors utilize the World of Work Inventory (WOWI) along with other interest inventories to help students with disabilities identify their interests, values and aptitudes for certain employment considerations.
DRS provides a work experience program, Project Skills, for students with disabilities to try various employment options. A student can receive up to 250 hours of a paid work experience during a school year. During FFY17, 464 students with disabilities participated in the Project Skills program. (Pages 242-243) Title IV

Transition Services Liaison Program (TSLP) staff present transition related information to college students planning to enter the special education field at the University of South Dakota. Staff presented at three different classes to 72 college students.

TSLP staff collaborated with the State Office of Special Education Programs to provide nine (9) Individual Education Plan (IEP) workshops with a Transition focus to one-hundred-eighty-six (186) High School special education teachers across the state. The focus of the training went beyond IEP compliance and included best practice strategies and predictors of post-school success.
TSLP staff hosted the Transition Summer Institute, a conference for high school special education teachers. Forty-two (42) educators attended the two-day event that included various transition related topics including WIOA and Pre-employment transition services, person-centered planning, career assessment tools, IEP development and collaboration with state and local agencies and work experience programs for youth in transition. (Page 245) Title IV

VR counselors attend IEP meetings at school districts starting as early as age 14. Sioux Falls VR works closely with Southeastern Behavioral Health in providing transition services for students with mental health issues starting at age 14. (Page 246) Title IV

The designated State unit's plans, policies, and procedures for coordination with education officials to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to the receipt of VR services, including pre-employment transition services, as well as procedures for the timely development and approval of individualized plans for employment for the students.

Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired requires vocational rehabilitation counselors to visit each school district in their territory at least annually. Counselors and/or the Transition Services Liaison are required to attend IEP meetings to address transition services for students with vision loss. Once eligibility is determined, individualized plans for employment are developed as soon as student’s can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services. In conjunction with the Division of Rehabilitation Services, SBVI has an agreement with the Office of Special Education to fund the Transition Services Liaison Project.  (Page 278-279) Title IV

Development and approval of an IPE before leaving school: SBVI has implemented policies and procedures to assure that students with disabilities access the vocational rehabilitation program and develop their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before they complete high school. This helps prepare students with vision loss through a variety of services to address barriers caused by vision loss. SBVI VR Counselors contact school counselors and 504 coordinators on a regular basis in an attempt to identify and meet with students. (Pages 280-281) Title IV

SBVI and SDSBVI share information with students, parents, and local school districts about the importance of the skills of blindness to the success of students in the world of work. SBVI is an active participant in the transition planning process and counselors become involved with students as early as age 14. For those students enrolled at SDSBVI, SBVI representatives will also attend pre—staffing meetings when appropriate. SBVI helps to determine appropriate vocational direction by providing work experiences and vocational counseling and guidance along with pre—employment transition services. The agreement clearly outlines that SBVI will attempt to have an IPE in place for every eligible student prior to graduation.

SDSBVI has a responsibility to all South Dakota students with visual impairments under the age of twenty—one. For students of "transition age" between 14 and 21, that responsibility is shared with SBVI. SDSBVI employs a transition specialist through a cooperative agreement with SBVI and has outreach consultants that work with students, families, schools, and SBVI staff on a state wide basis. Blind or visually impaired students residing in school districts that are unwilling to participate in project skills agreements are served through the SDSBVI transition specialist and outreach consultants to participate in paid work experiences. (Page 283) Title IV

Technically SBVI continued to increase the number of students who are individuals who are students and receiving services under IEP at application in 2015. The numbers as such do not represent a trend as much as a simple snapshot of the state of 12 students. The true point of assessment and need is at the individual level rather than at any level of statistical validity or finding. As noted in a previous section of this CSNA, the burden of the 2017 Unified state plan strategy, in improving services to students with disabilities at transition age for both South Dakota agencies will concentrate on the need to level access to the core PET services across the state. Counselor’s and transition liaisons who participated in the 2015 PET Survey also expressed a the need to work with specific schools in assisting those schools strengthen their focus on transition services and partnering with VR counselors in a timely manner with regards to the IEP/IPE coordinated services. (Page 319) Title IV

If the IPE indicates that more than 24 months of services are necessary in order for the individual to achieve job stability, the time—limited services of job coaching and follow along can exceed 24 months. After the individual has transitioned to extended employment, the individual must maintain employment for at least 90 days prior to case closure.  (Page 338) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Apprenticeship

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~Black Hills Special Services Cooperative provided presentations and updates on the Work Incentives Program Assistance, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities and the ABLE ACT during this reporting period. (Page 183) Title I

Strategy 2.5: Strengthen the extended services for assuring successful employment for supported employment clients.
DRS annually sponsors an “Employment and Benefits” workshop in Aberdeen designed for students in transition, parents, teachers, and adult service providers working with youth entering the employment arena. The workshop covers topics such as the age 18-redetermination process, section 301, SSI work incentives, how SSI payments are calculated, and the difference between Title II and Title XVI of the Social Security Act. (Page 248) Title IV

The SD Benefits Specialist Network (funded by DRS) provides counseling and advisement services to beneficiaries of SSI and SSDI who are currently working or seeking employment. Benefits Specialists answer questions about how work will impact SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefits. Benefits Specialists also provide information about how work incentives can help beneficiaries increase their earnings. During this time period, 662 VR consumers received services from a Benefits Specialist. (Page 250) Title IV

Strategy 4.4: Increase the utilization of the Ticket to Work initiatives for Social Security beneficiaries.

DRS funds incentives to providers when working with individuals who are Social Security beneficiaries. Below is the chart showing the increase in the utilization of the Ticket to Work initiative. (Pages 250-251) Title IV

5. IF APPLICABLE, PLANS FOR ESTABLISHING, DEVELOPING, OR IMPROVING COMMUNITY REHABILITATION PROGRAMS WITHIN THE STATE.

Increase utilization of South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind to improve skills of clients of SBVI, including alternative techniques and vocational services. Improve the quality of job development services by SBVI staff providing specialty training on employment and vision loss to providers and businesses. Access SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist’s services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits while participating in employment. (Pages 326-327) Title IV

Strategy 1.3: Increase the use of SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits: Counselors substantially increased referrals for benefits specialist services from previous years to 42 client referrals in FY 16, but decreased to 14 client referrals in FY 17. Counselors continue to work closely with Benefit Specialists and promote their services with clients who are on SSI/SSDI. (Page 329) Title IV

Employer / Business Engagement

~~Title IV entities may expend funds to provide training and technical assistance to employers regarding the employment of individuals with disabilities. Vocational rehabilitation has designated a business specialist position that acts as the single point of contact for businesses that would like technical assistance. There are two non-profit entities in South Dakota that offer supports to the business community which are led by employers. In addition, “Ability For Hire” is an employer outreach campaign emphasizing the promotion of hiring, advancement, and retention of employment for people with disabilities in South Dakota’s workforce. The content materials consist of a website, printed resources, radio advertising, television commercials, and videos that highlight businesses that already know the value of hiring people with disabilities. The campaign officially launched on 08/11/2015 with the release of the website and Facebook page. 

In line with strategy 2.2 (designing education and training programs to address workforce needs) and in order to respond to high demand economic sectors in South Dakota, the vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota will work with businesses and providers to develop a training and placement program for people with disabilities. This program will be designed to address sector workforce shortages in high demand occupations that are identified in this state plan. (Page 61) Title I

The Division has been working on activities prompted by Governor Daugaard’s initiative to have the State of South Dakota become a model employer of people with disabilities. The Board fully supports these activities. An example is the Division contracted with a Sioux Falls marketing firm to conduct an employer outreach program. The Board’s Public Awareness Committee participated in presentations at various stages of the development process. Input and recommendations from members concentrated on accessibility features, video captioning and website ease of access. (Pages 182-183) Title I

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) has been very proactive in working collaboratively with employers. These initiatives consist of:

• “Ability For Hire” campaign: “Ability For Hire” is an employer outreach campaign emphasizing the promotion of hiring, advancement, and retention of employment for people with disabilities in South Dakota’s workforce. The content materials consist of a website (www.abilityforhire.com), printed materials in the form of brochures, radio advertisement, commercials, and videos of the Governor and other success stories. It officially launched on 08/11/2015, with the release of the website and Facebook page. This is also designed to promote the public’s awareness of the available resources and services that DRS offer to employers and people with disabilities.

• Point of Contact: The Division has designated a single point of contact (Business Specialist) to disseminate materials, conduct trainings, and serve as a resource to employers, providers, and people with disabilities throughout the state. (Pages 198-199)Title I

• Business—Led Models: There are two non—profit entities available in South Dakota offering supports to the business communities which are led by employers (business—led model). They are the Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls and the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills. Each has an Executive Director. Both of them have an approved contract in place with the Division to provide education, consulting, and technical assistance to businesses on the hiring, accommodations, supports and retention when employing people with disabilities.

• Business Organization Involvement: The Division is working towards increasing memberships and regular involvement of staff within non—disability related organizations in efforts to connect with employers. Some examples of the organizations consist of the local Chamber of Commerce, Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), and the South Dakota Retailers Association. These opportunities allow for connecting with businesses to learn more about their workforce needs and identify any disability training needs they may have.

• Employer Resource Guide: The Division has created an Employer Resource Guide consisting of information and resources available to employers regarding various aspects of disability—related topics. This Resource Guide will be utilized during meetings with employers. (Page 199) Title I

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) has been very proactive in working collaboratively with employers for transition services. These initiatives consist of:• Project Skills: Project Skills is a paid work experience program for high school students with disabilities in South Dakota. The program is a cooperative arrangement between the state vocational rehabilitation agencies and local school districts which provides students the opportunity to learn different skills in a variety of job placements, with the assistance of a job coach. Project Skills helps to build the student’s work history, references and assists them with experiencing different career fields as they mature and take on new challenges. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and school staff identify employment sites, businesses, employers to match the areas which students have expressed an interest in working.

•   Project Search: Project Search is a national model partnering with a large employer, local school district and the State Vocational Rehabilitation Program. South Dakota currently has 3 Project Search Initiatives in operation at Aberdeen, Brookings and Sioux Falls. A 4th Project Search initiative is being developed in Rapid City to begin with the 2016 fall school year. (Pages 199-200) Title IV

DRS meets monthly with WIOA Core Partners to improve collaboration between the partners. DRS also meetings quarterly with other community partners to learn about and discuss topics such as low income housing, transportation, food stamps, training programs, financial services and resources, etc. to better serve our mutual clients. DRS has worked with The Brain Injury Work Group to complete a handbook on services in the community for those with TBI. DRS office facilitates regular provider meetings to discuss issues, clarify policy, introduce providers to employers, etc. DRS has presented to other community service providers, such as the Orthopedic Institute with Physical Therapy staff (15 people), to explain the referral process for individuals with disabilities seeking employment after illness or injury. (Page 246) Title IV

DRS has developed through small seed grants three business led initiatives. These initiatives are in Yankton, Brookings and Aberdeen. They promote information to businesses/employers on hiring people with disabilities through various business connections and social media. (Page 247) Title IV

Services Provided: Many students with significant disabilities don’t have an opportunity to participate in gainful employment while in high school. Although willing, most employers cannot afford to provide the training and supports students frequently require on their first job. Project Skills assists students to build their work history while helping them to move into different and better jobs as they mature and are ready to take on new challenges. This program is a cooperative arrangement between the State VR Agencies and the local school systems. SBVI pays the wages, workers compensation, and FICA; the schools provide the job development, job coaching, and follow—along services for students at the job site. (Page 275) Title IV

See What I Can Do Outreach Campaign — SBVI developed an outreach campaign with employers specifically targeted as part of the audience to be reached by the campaign. Focus groups and surveys of employers provided insight about their awareness of the capabilities of citizens with vison loss and the availability of SBVI services. A television ad, radio ads, brochure and banner stands were developed to promote hiring citizens with vision loss as well as relying on SBVI for job retention for current employees. Materials include students and youth with disabilities to promote employer engagement. 

Business Representatives on the Board of SBVI: There are two business led non—profit entities in South Dakota that offer supports to the business community. The Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls and the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills provide education, consulting, and technical assistance to businesses on the hiring, accommodations, supports and retention when employing people with disabilities. The Executive Director of the Workforce Diversity Network is a former SBVI consumer and a member of the Board of SBVI. SBVI contributes to the Business Resource Network(BRN) by providing office space and clerical support. The manager of the SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (in the Division of SBVI) is on the governing board for the BRN. The Workforce Development Council representative on the Board of SBVI is the gubernatorial appointed Department Secretary for the Labor and Regulation. This representation brings the employer/business perspective to strategic planning and Board activities. (Page 292) Title IV

Initiatives with employers to identify competitive integrated employment and career exploration opportunities to facilitate the provision of vocational rehabilitation services and transition services (including pre—employment transition services) for students and youth with disabilities  South Dakota Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) has implemented and participated in a number of initiatives to work with employers to benefit citizens with vison loss who are served through SBVI. (Page 293) Title IV

3. THE OUTREACH PROCEDURES THAT WILL BE USED TO IDENTIFY AND SERVE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE MINORITIES, INCLUDING THOSE WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNSERVED OR UNDERSERVED BY THE VR PROGRAM.

Plan and participate in activities that target businesses to educate them on the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired. Annually conduct two or more activities that promote services available for citizens with vision loss including those from minority backgrounds. Annually review and update outreach materials and procedures that staff utilize to promote services to referral sources, employers and other entities. Ensure that outreach methods address the needs of those with the most significant disabilities. Maintain regular contact with minority service agencies to increase awareness of services that are available. Collaborate with Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation and other programs to ensure that all services are provided in an effective and efficient manner while addressing cultural diversity. Provide SBVI staff with resources and training so they are able to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse populations. Strengthen extended services to assure successful employment for clients with the most significant disabilities. (Pages 325-326) Title IV

Goal 2: Develop outreach methods so that referral sources, employers, and citizens who are blind or visually impaired are aware of the unique services provided by SBVI. 

Strategy 2.1: Design and disseminate outreach materials and participate in activities that target employers to educate them on the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired: Staff prioritized outreach efforts to educate businesses, schools, providers and the general public on services available from SBVI. Staff report on their efforts on a monthly basis and this is a performance expectation on their annual appraisal reviews. A system for tracking has been implemented so metrics can be analyzed in the future.

Strategy 2.2: Annually conduct two or more activities that promote services for citizens with vision loss including those from minority backgrounds: SBVI participated in State and Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program biannual meetings for information sharing and to identify and address specific needs and concerns SBVI participated in the National Disability Awareness Month events hosted by the Oun’iyekiyapi Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in Eagle Butte in 2016 and 2017. SBVI participated in a Disability Summit at the Indian Learning Center in Pierre in July 2016 sponsored by Oun’iyekiyapi Vocational Rehabilitation Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program.  (Page 331) Title IV

Data Collection

• The capacity of the new MIS will enhance our ability to meet the developing fiscal and management accountability requirements. The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Programs utilize an in-house data base system called VR FACES. VR FACES incorporates all the required RSA data collection requirements and also provides a comprehensive case management system for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Older Blind Independent Living Program and other State programs. The South Dakota Bureau of Information and Technology maintains the data systems for both the Department of Labor and Regulation and the Department of Human Services. We currently integrate DLR unemployment wage data and Social Security data into the VR FACES. Once the DLR implements their data system, we will further explore ways to electronically exchange data for referrals and joint cases. (Page 89) Title I

Subminimum Wage (Section 511)

~~Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act - Due to reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act through implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), South Dakota Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) and the Board of SBVI addressed priorities contained in the WIOA and obtained input for the state plan updates through a video conference public forum with eleven sites and the option to call in and participate via conference call. Implementation of Title IV of the WIOA was discussed at all Board of SBVI meetings including pre-employment transition services, memorandums of understanding, coordination and strategic planning with the Department of Labor and Regulation, subminimum wage, defining competitive integrated employment, and collaboration with employers. (Pages 269-270) Title IV

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (Section 188)

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center. The State of South Dakota is dedicated to provide all programs and services in an accessible format and provide a delivery model to all individuals who are seeking services. DLR has the responsibility under WIOA to create and maintain the American Job Center system that will increase the range and quality of workforce services to all individuals seeking assistance. WIOA prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, political affiliation or belief, participant status, and against certain non-citizens. DLR and the partners will concentrate on the federal and state antidiscrimination laws in the execution of policies, procedures and guidance to allow access to workforce services and when assessing the physical and programmatic access of the One-Stop system and partners. Any entity that receives financial assistance under Title I of WIOA is a recipient obligated to ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. This includes State Development Boards, local offices, service providers, vendors, and sub recipients, as well as other types of individuals and entities. This policy is directed toward ensuring that the programs, services and facilities of each one-stop delivery system are accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. To ensure that individuals are not subjected to discrimination based on disability, DLR conducts regular oversight of programs and services. The Workforce Development board will assess the physical and programmatic accessibility of all local offices, in accordance with Sec. 188 of WIOA, if applicable, and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.14. (Page 95) Title I

In order to ensure compliance with the ADA, DHS conducted an evaluation of programs and services, and in addition reviewed the physical accessibility of office locations. No significant barriers to programs or services were identified. Non-Discrimination As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) shall not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, subject to discrimination; or deny employment in the administration of or in connection with department programs or services because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation or belief and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in any WIOA program. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to statues at Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84 and 91. (Pages 96-97) Title I

One-Stop Certification Policy DLR has a MOU directly with Vocational Rehabilitation which addresses all accessibility issues. DLR has a one-stop certification policy that ensures the accessibility of all one-stop centers with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). (Page 97) Title I

73.It must also be noted that under DLR’s proven record of being proactive to new technology, new laws and regulations, and new concepts, those who are not as advantaged to advancements in these areas, our Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals and individuals with disabilities, are provided the accessibility necessary to get the services they need — whether under the umbrella of Employment Services or Unemployment Insurance. This is the model of ‘universal access’. Through DLR’s LEP Plan, Methods of Administration (MOA), and technological improvements, individuals in these categories are not afterthoughts of these programs. (Pages 137-138) Title I

• Division staff are working with all partners in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act offices to assure physical access, program access and services access. (Page 241) Title IV

4. Transition Services In the general VR program, transitions picked up narrative weight because of the legislative changes and considerable conversation gathering around this topic, the impact has been less intense for SBVI. Transitions remains, however, an important service need, but the volume of students with blindness and or visual impairments makes this more of a student—by—student need. That said the emphasize in this category will be to assist shifting the agency into full compliance with the new requirements of WIOA. (Pages 311-312) Title IV

SBVI will expand assistive technology training resources to improve accessibility for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including those with the most significant disabilities. Assistive technology services and devices will be available throughout the rehabilitation process through SBVI vocational rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation teachers or private providers. These services are available on a statewide basis. (Page 325) Title IV

Strategy 3.1: Develop assistive technology training resources to improve accessibility for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including those with most significant disabilities: The Board of SBVI Assistive Technology Advisory Committee reviews the assistive technology resource guide annually. This information is disseminated to those served by SBVI and is available on the Division web site. The Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist at the South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind has implemented training options including designated times for walk—in or call in technical assistance and training. The SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind hosts “First Fridays” each month offering seminars on a variety topics including AT training. The Assistive Technology Access Project covers costs for up to five hours of training from DakotaLink, the state assistive technology project. This allows current and former clients to get assistance as technology changes and new options for access become available. (Page 332) Title IV

Veterans

To determine if a veteran or eligible spouse meets the eligibility criteria to receive services from a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist, non-JVSG staff in SDDLR local offices will conduct an initial assessment to determine if the eligible veteran or eligible spouse has a Significant Barrier to Employment (SBE) or any other authorized category approved by the U.S. Department of Labor Secretary. Once eligibility is determined and intensive services are needed, the non-JVSG staff person will make a referral for this veteran/spouse to the DVOP. If the DVOP is available, the non-JVSG staff person will introduce the SBE veteran/spouse to the DVOP. If the DVOP is unavailable, the non-JVSG staff person will continue to assist the SBE veteran/spouse with services and exchange the SBE veteran/spouse and DVOP contact information so the DVOP is able to follow up with the SBE veteran/spouse to provide additional intensive services. The non-JVSG staff person will complete case notes and enter the referral service in the MIS. Once referred, the DVOP will conduct a comprehensive assessment with the veteran/spouse, assist in the development of an employment plan, provide intensive services to meet employment plan goals/needs, and facilitate placement. (Pages 92-93) Title I

Basis for Special Service to Veterans The operations of the DLR local offices are intended to direct special attention to the barriers veterans face, and to afford individualized and intensive service. Such service is not only a legal and moral obligation, but also a necessary condition for efficiency in local office operations. Specially trained staff gives special attention to the potential vocational problems of separating or retiring service members. The recognition of the rights of veterans to special services through a public employment office has been the law for more than 60 years. (Page 93) Title I

The state agency shall provide an effective placement service for all veterans, to secure for them maximum job opportunities in the field of gainful employment. • The state agency shall provide an effective employment-counseling service to all veterans who need special assistance in meeting barriers of vocational adjustment. • The DLR local offices shall make referrals of qualified veteran job seekers to job openings and training opportunities, and shall observe the following order of priority: 1. Special disabled veterans. 2. Disabled veterans other than special disabled veterans. 3. All other veterans and eligible persons. 4. Non-veterans. • Disabled veterans shall be given priority in all services provided by local public employment offices. (Page 94) Title I

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Local Office Policy • Provide veterans with maximum job opportunities in acquiring gainful employment through the use of local staff and facilities to provide counseling, placement, and intensive service to veterans. • Maintain a local program for developing job opportunities for veterans, with emphasis on disabled veterans. • Give priority in selection and referral to qualified veterans, with emphasis on disabled veterans. • Provide registration, employment counseling, and intensive service to veterans at Veterans Affairs facilities, as applicable. • Encourage and participate in the establishment of community advisory centers for veterans, where needed. • Provide information to veterans concerning appropriate agencies through which benefits and services may be obtained. (Page 94) Title I

Behavioral / Mental Health

~~The South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities was revised on January 2014. This agreement includes the following South Dakota entities: Office of Special Education, Division of Workforce and Career Preparation, Division of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Division of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, Department of Labor and Department of Social Services. 

The agreement identifies each agency’s roles and responsibilities including:
• Consultation and technical assistance to assist in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post—school activities, including vocation rehabilitation services;
• Transition planning by personnel of the Division of Rehabilitation Services and school district personnel;
•  Roles and responsibilities of each agency including State lead agencies and qualified personnel responsible for transition services;
• Financial responsibilities; and
• Procedures for outreach and identification of students with disabilities who need transition services. (Pages 192-193) Title I

Due to the geographic reality which exists within South Dakota, the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) recognizes one of the best sources available for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services are Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP). CRPs consist of Community Support Providers, Mental Health Centers, Career Learning Centers, Centers for Independent Living, Communication Services for the Deaf, and the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind. These programs are located in local communities throughout the state. (Page 195) Title I

5. Mental Health Services
Issues expressed here were expressed need statements for the expansion of case management, supported employment, placement services are made available to persons with mental illness via the provider system.

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Services has developed strategies in the State Plan to assess and improve the community rehabilitation programs. A variety of training opportunities including conferences, webinars and seminars are provided throughout the state. In addition the Division has established a higher reimbursement rate for service providers who attend training and obtain become a Certified Employment Support Professional through Association of People Supporting Employment first. (Page 226) Title IV

During the next fiscal year, the Division plans to distribute the Title VI—B funds through the fee for service system as traditionally done in previous years. This allows for consumers who have greater needs to receive the level of services necessary to help them obtain supported employment. The Division will continue outcome—based contracts with mental health centers for supported employment services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. This contract model has encouraged the mental health centers to provide supported employment services and is a more accessible method of supported employment services for these consumers. These initiatives will help promote the employment of individuals with the most severe disabilities. (Page 232) Title IV

VR counselors attend IEP meetings at school districts starting as early as age 14. Sioux Falls VR works closely with Southeastern Behavioral Health in providing transition services for students with mental health issues starting at age 14. (Page 246) Title IV

A Memorandum of Understanding is in place to help with coordination of services and funding between the Divisions of Behavioral Health, SBVI, and DRS. This agreement serves as a policy directive for the Community Mental Health Centers and the local SBVI and DRS Offices. It provides guidance in three areas relative to providing vocational services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness: Services to be provided by the Community Mental Health Center; Services available from Vocational Rehabilitation; and, Appropriate Division to pay for the variety of services. (Page 291) Title IV

State Agency Responsible for Providing Mental Health Services The South Dakota Department of Social Services/Division of Behavioral Health is the state agency responsible for providing services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities. A Memorandum is in place to help coordinate the services and funding between the Divisions of Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation Services, and Service to the Blind & Visually Impaired. This document serves as a policy directive for the Community Mental Health Centers and the local Vocational Rehabilitation Offices. It provides guidance in three areas relative to providing vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness: Services that can and should be provided by the Community Mental Health Center, Services available from Vocational Rehabilitation (DRS and SBVI), and Which Division pays for the services. (Page 295) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

Many students with significant disabilities don’t have an opportunity to gain paid employment experience while in high school. Although willing, most employers cannot afford the supports these students frequently require on their first job. This is an important learning, maturing, and socializing experience. The Division of Rehabilitation Services funds a program entitled “Project Skills” to address this need. This program is a cooperative arrangement between the State VR Agency and the local school systems. The Division funds the wages, workers compensation, and FICA while the schools provide the job development, job coaching, and follow—along services for the student at the job site. By entering into a contractual agreement with the Designated State Unit, the local school districts are assuring that they will provide the non—federal share of the matching funds, including funds contributed to the school by a private agency, organization or individual. (Page 186-187) Title I

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House Bill 1069 - An Act to authorize certain veterans to attend courses offered at postsecondary technical institutes without payment of tuition. - 03/12/2020

“13-55-2. Free tuition--State educational institutions--Veterans--Period of entitlement.

Any person residing in this state who is a veteran as defined by §§ 33A-2-1 and 33A-2-2 or who performed active war service, such as nursing or assisting in the care of soldiers and sailors in any government hospital, field, or camp, as a member of the Red Cross or any other similar organization engaged in war relief work which has been recognized and approved by the government of the United States, during any of the periods or combat operations specified in § 33A-2-2, upon compliance with all the requirements for admission and after qualifying for resident tuition, may attend and pursue any undergraduate course in any state educational institution under the control and management of the Board of Regents or any course at a postsecondary technical institute as defined in § 13-39A-1 without the payment of charges for tuition for each month of qualified service or major fraction thereof a month in academic time…

…Any person who qualifies under § 33A-2-2 as a veteran based solely on a service-connected disability may receive free tuition under this section only if the veterans administration disability rating is ten percent or greater.”

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Executive Proclamation – Disability Employment Awareness Month - 10/02/2019

“proclaim October 2019 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota and call on all citizens to observe this month by hosting and supporting initiatives and activities that support and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

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  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving “Left behind” consumers; variable-income farmers and ranchers; Native American tribal members residing on the nine Indian Reservations and within the Rapid City metropolitan area; and low-income consumers who lack the technical ability to research, compare, and enroll in a plan on the FFE, and/or lack a general knowledge of affordable FFE and non-FFE health insurance options.  There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Enrollment clinics and hospitals,  Local social service, community action agencies, and healthcare providers, Local libraries.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Harold StorsvePhone: (605) 348-1460Email: storsveharold@gmail.com ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Medicaid - 07/01/2019

~~“South Dakota Medicaid is a federal and state-funded program providing health coverage for people who meet certain eligibility standards. Medicaid acts as an insurance company insurance company for these individuals and pays for medically necessary services

Most of the individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid are children. Other individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid include low-income pregnant women, parents, and other caretaker relatives, seniors in nursing homes, and individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Apply to find out if you are eligible.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Ability for Hire - 04/30/2019

~~The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can help employers evolve their workforce. More information regarding each service is available by accessing the web link Job Site Assessments & Evaluations

Disability Awareness & Etiquette Training

Job Development & Placement Services

On-the-Job Training

Employment Support Services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

2019 INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) WORKSHOPS - 04/24/2019

~~This page has information on the different IEP training classes with the dates and locations.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

High School Transition for Students with Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~“Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Services are focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Developmental Center - 12/22/2018

~~“PROVISION OF SERVICESThe SDDC utilizes a person centered approach when designing individualized services. After completion of a comprehensive functional assessment process, the person, their family/guardian and that interdisciplinary team develop an individualized treatment plan designed to assist the person with achieving their goals.

The SDDC service delivery system offers treatment in the areas of:  personal care, social interaction skills, behavioral impulse control, daily living skills, vocational supports, educational supports, recreational activities and learning the skills necessary to make better choices, which will result in a more autonomous life for each person. “

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

TSLP Employment - 12/04/2018

~~“Transition services are best delivered in a framework where there is coordination between education and VR that actively involve the student and family and are focused on the outcome. The following transition services known as Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) can assist in preparing the student for competitive integrated employment as they transition from high school to the adult world. Pre-ETS Examples can be found by accessing the web-link.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

SOUTH DAKOTA HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN - 12/01/2018

~~“Home and community based services (HCBS) in South Dakota have been historically provided through four1915(c) HCBS Waivers.  Each waiver targets a specific population and provides a menu of services to meet the needs of the target population. South Dakota has structured its waivers to meet the needs of individuals who live in rural and frontier areas. As the state Medicaid agency, the Department of Social Services provides oversight to all of South Dakota’s Medicaid waivers.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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House Bill 1069 - An Act to authorize certain veterans to attend courses offered at postsecondary technical institutes without payment of tuition. - 03/12/2020

“13-55-2. Free tuition--State educational institutions--Veterans--Period of entitlement.

Any person residing in this state who is a veteran as defined by §§ 33A-2-1 and 33A-2-2 or who performed active war service, such as nursing or assisting in the care of soldiers and sailors in any government hospital, field, or camp, as a member of the Red Cross or any other similar organization engaged in war relief work which has been recognized and approved by the government of the United States, during any of the periods or combat operations specified in § 33A-2-2, upon compliance with all the requirements for admission and after qualifying for resident tuition, may attend and pursue any undergraduate course in any state educational institution under the control and management of the Board of Regents or any course at a postsecondary technical institute as defined in § 13-39A-1 without the payment of charges for tuition for each month of qualified service or major fraction thereof a month in academic time…

…Any person who qualifies under § 33A-2-2 as a veteran based solely on a service-connected disability may receive free tuition under this section only if the veterans administration disability rating is ten percent or greater.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Veterans
Citations

South Dakota HB 1224 ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Executive Proclamation – Disability Employment Awareness Month - 10/02/2019

“proclaim October 2019 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota and call on all citizens to observe this month by hosting and supporting initiatives and activities that support and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Month-Long Observation of Disability-Employment Awareness Begins Oct. 1 in SD - 09/16/2015

~~“Gov. Dennis Daugaard proclaimed October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The executive proclamation advances the Governor’s goal of making South Dakota an employment-first state, one in which employment is the first priority and preferred outcome for all citizens with disabilities.

“South Dakota is joining a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities,” said state Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Gloria Pearson. “We encourage South Dakotans to take a look at AbilityForHire.com to learn more about how South Dakota is contributing to this effort.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Ability for Hire - 04/30/2019

~~The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can help employers evolve their workforce. More information regarding each service is available by accessing the web link Job Site Assessments & Evaluations

Disability Awareness & Etiquette Training

Job Development & Placement Services

On-the-Job Training

Employment Support Services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

High School Transition for Students with Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~“Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Services are focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Developmental Center - 12/22/2018

~~“PROVISION OF SERVICESThe SDDC utilizes a person centered approach when designing individualized services. After completion of a comprehensive functional assessment process, the person, their family/guardian and that interdisciplinary team develop an individualized treatment plan designed to assist the person with achieving their goals.

The SDDC service delivery system offers treatment in the areas of:  personal care, social interaction skills, behavioral impulse control, daily living skills, vocational supports, educational supports, recreational activities and learning the skills necessary to make better choices, which will result in a more autonomous life for each person. “

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Benefits and Services Offered by the Sioux Falls Regional Office - 11/14/2018

~~“VA’s Sioux Falls Regional Office (RO) administers a variety of benefits and services, including Compensation and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors in South Dakota. We offer the following additional services:• Counseling about eligibility for VA benefits and how to apply• Information about VA health care and memorial benefits• Outreach to Veterans, including those who are homeless or at risk for homelessness and older, minority, and women Veterans• Public affairs” 

Systems
  • Other

Agencies- Transition Services Liaison Project - 09/07/2018

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.

Activities provided by the Transition Liaisons include:

- Training to students, families, schools, VR Counselors, and adult service agencies on transition and development of transition plans- Identifying and obtaining instructional materials- Written technical assistance guides made available for interested individuals.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Division of Career and Technical Education - 07/27/2018

~~The goal of the South Dakota Department of Education is for all students to graduate college, career and become life ready. The Division of Career and Technical Education (DCTE) provides support for students’ preparations for postsecondary education and the workforce. Services are connected to approved Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs, work-based learning, school counseling and SDMyLife. In-line with the department’s aspiration, DCTE works to ensure students not only graduate from high school, but that they are prepared to navigate the transitions and life events that come after high school.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Dennis Daugaard speaks about Jobs for People with Disabilities in South Dakota - 03/09/2018

~~“Washington, D.C., March 9 — Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota gave a statement recently about his dedication to including his citizens with disabilities in education and employment initiatives.

South Dakota is “…setting the example and showing that we want to include people who are able to do jobs with accommodations.” During the NGA meeting in 2013, Governor Daugaard helped lead an employment initiative for people with disabilities. Later that year he went home and created the Employment Works Task Force to implement the recommendations made during the meeting. Now South Dakota has a network of businesses, business resource organizations, state-level employment professionals, and job-seekers with disabilities.

[…]

For many students with disabilities this means including things like on-the-job training and apprenticeships, such as the ones provided by Project SEARCH, during their time in South Dakota’s school system.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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TSLP Employment - 12/04/2018

~~“Transition services are best delivered in a framework where there is coordination between education and VR that actively involve the student and family and are focused on the outcome. The following transition services known as Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) can assist in preparing the student for competitive integrated employment as they transition from high school to the adult world. Pre-ETS Examples can be found by accessing the web-link.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment) is a six state consortium that includes Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah. Led by the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, the goals of ASPIRE are to 1) Increase SSI youth and families' overall household income, and thereby reduce dependence on public benefits, by increasing educational attainment and increased career achievement; and 2) Inform federal policymakers about the efficacy of best supports for youth with disabilities. The six states will recruit and enroll 2000 youth ages 14 to 16 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) living in urban, rural, frontier and tribal areas. At enrollment, all youth and their families will receive information about available resources and services.  Half of the youth and families who enroll will also be provided additional services including case management, self-determination training for the youth, parent education and training, financial education and capability training and benefits planning.  ASPIRE will also partner with agencies and organizations to support further education and employment opportunities for the youth and family.  A comparison will be made between the group receiving additional ASPIRE services and those who receive the typical services within their communities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

SD Advocacy Services

~~“What We DoDRSD assists South Dakotans who have a disability and have concerns about their legal rights. DRSD accomplishes this through  information and referral, individual advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative or legal remedies.Our services are based on program eligibility as well as annual goals and priorities approved by the DRSD Board of Directors. Typical priority areas include:Individual Case Services• Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation investigations• Rights Protections• Special Education• Assistance with Vocational Rehabilitation, Human Services Center, SD Developmental Center, Mental Health Facilities, Community Service Providers, and others• Community and workplace integration• Employment (disability) discrimination• Limiting Guardianship or advocating for alternatives to guardianship• Accessing Assistive Technology”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving “Left behind” consumers; variable-income farmers and ranchers; Native American tribal members residing on the nine Indian Reservations and within the Rapid City metropolitan area; and low-income consumers who lack the technical ability to research, compare, and enroll in a plan on the FFE, and/or lack a general knowledge of affordable FFE and non-FFE health insurance options.  There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Enrollment clinics and hospitals,  Local social service, community action agencies, and healthcare providers, Local libraries.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Harold StorsvePhone: (605) 348-1460Email: storsveharold@gmail.com ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

2019 INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) WORKSHOPS - 04/24/2019

~~This page has information on the different IEP training classes with the dates and locations.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

~~“The mission of Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP) is to enable students with disabilities to reach their maximum potential in their transition from high school to the adult world.TSLP staff members provide support and technical assistance to students, families, and local education agencies seeking information on transition planning.

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking  into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.Focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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South Dakota Medicaid - 07/01/2019

~~“South Dakota Medicaid is a federal and state-funded program providing health coverage for people who meet certain eligibility standards. Medicaid acts as an insurance company insurance company for these individuals and pays for medically necessary services

Most of the individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid are children. Other individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid include low-income pregnant women, parents, and other caretaker relatives, seniors in nursing homes, and individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Apply to find out if you are eligible.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SOUTH DAKOTA HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN - 12/01/2018

~~“Home and community based services (HCBS) in South Dakota have been historically provided through four1915(c) HCBS Waivers.  Each waiver targets a specific population and provides a menu of services to meet the needs of the target population. South Dakota has structured its waivers to meet the needs of individuals who live in rural and frontier areas. As the state Medicaid agency, the Department of Social Services provides oversight to all of South Dakota’s Medicaid waivers.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SD Home and Community-Based Options and Person- Centered Excellence (HOPE) Waiver (0189.R06.00) - 08/01/2018

~~Provides adult day services, respite care, homemaker, in-home nursing services, personal care, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, adult companion services, assisted living, chore services, community living home, community transition coordination, community transition supports, emergency response system (ERS), environmental accessibility adaptations, meals, nutritional supplements, structured family caregiving for aged individuals 65 - no max age, physical and other disabilities ages 18-64

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver (0264.R05.00) - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

~~“Provides career exploration, case management, day services, residential habilitation, supported employment, medical equipment and drugs, nursing, other medically related services - speech, hearing & language for individuals w/DD, IID ages 0 - no max age
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

~~“Provides personal attendant care, respite, incontinence supplies, consumer preparation services, environmental accessibility adaptations, in home nursing, personal emergency response (PERS), specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle  modifications for aged individuals 65 - no max age and physically disabled ages 18-64”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Family Support Waiver (0338.R03.00)

~~“Provides personal care 1, respite, support coordination, supported employment, personal care 2, companion care, environmental  accessibility adaptations, nutritional supplements, specialized medical adaptive equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD and IID ages 0 - no max age”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2019 State Population.
0.27%
Change from
2018 to 2019
884,659
2019 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.99%
Change from
2018 to 2019
55,489
2019 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.09%
Change from
2018 to 2019
29,358
2019 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.95%
Change from
2018 to 2019
52.91%
2019 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.96%
Change from
2018 to 2019
83.98%

State Data

General

2017 2018 2019
Population. 869,666 882,235 884,659
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 49,546 53,828 55,489
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 25,419 29,037 29,358
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 375,014 380,587 378,070
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 51.30% 53.94% 52.91%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.51% 83.17% 83.98%
State/National unemployment rate. 3.30% 3.00% 3.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.50% 22.20% 18.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.30% 11.90% 11.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 54,121 54,297 56,945
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 44,526 50,265 52,745
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 83,452 88,296 95,035
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,268 2,648 1,701
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 898 2,954 3,719
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,731 9,003 8,662
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 536 832 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 3,091 3,302 3,155
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) N/A 442 551

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,732 1,589 1,543
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 12.50% 11.70% 11.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 18,994 18,842 18,335

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,132 3,226 3,254
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,055 6,114 6,177
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 8,955 9,135 9,043
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 35.00% 35.30% 36.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.70% 3.70% 3.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 300 281 273
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,191 1,954 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 64 35 28
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 39 27 23
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 61.00% 77.00% 82.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 4.62 3.15 2.68

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017 2018 2019
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 31.00% 31.00% 30.00%
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,661 3,938 4,050
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 28,589 28,449 27,962
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 114 171 172
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 98 118 156

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2016 2017 2018
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $600,000 $747,183 $746,215
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,776,000 $6,900,311 $6,529,589
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $4,262,000 $4,154,893 $4,385,370
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,823,000 $4,633,681 $4,573,505
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 19.00% 22.00% 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 897 849 849
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,629 1,476 1,370
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 837 791 825
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 63.10 63.67 60.43

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 69.21% 70.40% 71.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.64% 5.40% 5.46%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.20% 2.07% 1.94%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 82.02% 90.29% 93.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 15.79% 20.53% 27.35%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 76.56% 76.00% 65.81%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 82.06% 82.67% 78.63%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 60.77% 5,547.00% 38.46%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2018 2019 2020
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 15 11 10
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 15 11 10
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 2 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 916 573 450
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 916 573 450

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First

~~South Dakota has done well at engaging individuals with disabilities in the workforce. Historically, South Dakota has had one of the highest, if not the highest, rate of employment amongst those with disabilities. This has taken a concerted effort amongst several entities starting with the Employment Works Task Force and Governor Daugaard’s mission to make South Dakota an “employment first state”. (Page 51) Title I

DRS has developed a website to post provider resources. This website provides template forms, policies, and past training videos. DRS has also promoted providers to become Certified Employment Support Professionals (CESP) certified by the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) to be reimbursed at a higher reimbursement rate. At the end of FFY 2017, there were 106 certified CESP providers. (Pages 246-247) Title IV
 

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~As partners of the One Stop System, quarterly meetings are held on a local level to ensure all staff are aware of the partner programs available to our customers. When possible, joint trainings take place to save on cost, increase a similar language amongst partners, and allow opportunity for collaboration, When a customer enters the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) job service offices, they are provided with a full list of services available to them amongst all partner programs and assigned a case manager or “Employment Specialist”. Through an assessment process, the Employment Specialist in the job service office and the customer will identify the best mix of services to allow them to meet their goals. The Employment Specialist then provides the customer Direct Linkage to these services. An Integrated Resource Team (IRT) is likely the next step to ensure all service providers are working towards a common goal identified by the customer. This IRT brings together all the service providers representing the various programs, to blend and braid program resources to help the customer reach his or her goal.   (Page 43) Title I

As a customer enters a customized or affiliate center, a comprehensive list of One Stop services will be reviewed with them. Based on the results of an objective assessment and information release from the participant, direct linkage will be provided to the appropriate service provided to assist the customer in achieving success. The job service office staff will remain the case manager for the customer so their story does not need to be repeated numerous times. The case manager will compile an Integrated Resource Team to ensure the maximum amount of blending and braiding of resources if available to the participant. It is the hope we can expand our technological offerings to provide direct linkage and case management through a faster and more convenient methodology for our customers. (Page 57) Title I

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Division regularly reports year end performance information to the Board. This includes information on case file reviews, Promise Grant, and other presentations were provided by the Black Hills State University on Post-Secondary education outcomes.

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning Assistance (WIPA) Program, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) and the ABLE ACT

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative provided presentations and updates on the Work Incentives Program Assistance, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities and the ABLE ACT during this reporting period. (Page 183) Title IV

School to Work Transition

~~o Summer Institute: The Summer Institute is a statewide training opportunity for Special Education teachers who are assisting students in the transition process. It is held for one week in the summer and offers training in areas of IDIEA, introducing self-determination curriculum and other assessment materials, and IEP planning. Teachers receive graduate credit for the class and gain knowledge from Disability Services Coordinators from post- secondary schools, vocational rehabilitation staff, Transition Liaisons, community mental health agencies and independent living services staff. (Pages 63-64) Title I

Development and Approval of an IPE before leaving school

The Division is making great efforts to assure that students with disabilities access the vocational rehabilitation program and develop their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before they complete high school. Following are some of these activities:
• Division VR Counselors contact school counselors and 504 coordinators on a regular basis in an attempt to identify and meet with students.
• Division VR Counselors inform school staff what services are available to students with disabilities and eligibility requirements. VR Counselors then follow up on referral in a timely fashion in order to determine eligibility prior to graduation.
• Division VR Counselors and other Division staff will attend interagency meetings in order to inform other service organizations about Rehabilitation Services and obtain referrals of these students.
• The Division will continue funding Project Skills to include serving students with disabilities who are not receiving special education services.  (Page 192) Title I

VR Counselors regularly attend Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and meet with students at the school and/or in their office to discuss post-secondary goals and training needs. Services are set up on an individualized basis for transition students that we are working with. Over 20% of individuals applying for VR services are students with disabilities on an IEP.VR Counselors utilize the World of Work Inventory (WOWI) along with other interest inventories to help students with disabilities identify their interests, values and aptitudes for certain employment considerations.
DRS provides a work experience program, Project Skills, for students with disabilities to try various employment options. A student can receive up to 250 hours of a paid work experience during a school year. During FFY17, 464 students with disabilities participated in the Project Skills program. (Pages 242-243) Title IV

Transition Services Liaison Program (TSLP) staff present transition related information to college students planning to enter the special education field at the University of South Dakota. Staff presented at three different classes to 72 college students.

TSLP staff collaborated with the State Office of Special Education Programs to provide nine (9) Individual Education Plan (IEP) workshops with a Transition focus to one-hundred-eighty-six (186) High School special education teachers across the state. The focus of the training went beyond IEP compliance and included best practice strategies and predictors of post-school success.
TSLP staff hosted the Transition Summer Institute, a conference for high school special education teachers. Forty-two (42) educators attended the two-day event that included various transition related topics including WIOA and Pre-employment transition services, person-centered planning, career assessment tools, IEP development and collaboration with state and local agencies and work experience programs for youth in transition. (Page 245) Title IV

VR counselors attend IEP meetings at school districts starting as early as age 14. Sioux Falls VR works closely with Southeastern Behavioral Health in providing transition services for students with mental health issues starting at age 14. (Page 246) Title IV

The designated State unit's plans, policies, and procedures for coordination with education officials to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to the receipt of VR services, including pre-employment transition services, as well as procedures for the timely development and approval of individualized plans for employment for the students.

Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired requires vocational rehabilitation counselors to visit each school district in their territory at least annually. Counselors and/or the Transition Services Liaison are required to attend IEP meetings to address transition services for students with vision loss. Once eligibility is determined, individualized plans for employment are developed as soon as student’s can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services. In conjunction with the Division of Rehabilitation Services, SBVI has an agreement with the Office of Special Education to fund the Transition Services Liaison Project.  (Page 278-279) Title IV

Development and approval of an IPE before leaving school: SBVI has implemented policies and procedures to assure that students with disabilities access the vocational rehabilitation program and develop their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before they complete high school. This helps prepare students with vision loss through a variety of services to address barriers caused by vision loss. SBVI VR Counselors contact school counselors and 504 coordinators on a regular basis in an attempt to identify and meet with students. (Pages 280-281) Title IV

SBVI and SDSBVI share information with students, parents, and local school districts about the importance of the skills of blindness to the success of students in the world of work. SBVI is an active participant in the transition planning process and counselors become involved with students as early as age 14. For those students enrolled at SDSBVI, SBVI representatives will also attend pre—staffing meetings when appropriate. SBVI helps to determine appropriate vocational direction by providing work experiences and vocational counseling and guidance along with pre—employment transition services. The agreement clearly outlines that SBVI will attempt to have an IPE in place for every eligible student prior to graduation.

SDSBVI has a responsibility to all South Dakota students with visual impairments under the age of twenty—one. For students of "transition age" between 14 and 21, that responsibility is shared with SBVI. SDSBVI employs a transition specialist through a cooperative agreement with SBVI and has outreach consultants that work with students, families, schools, and SBVI staff on a state wide basis. Blind or visually impaired students residing in school districts that are unwilling to participate in project skills agreements are served through the SDSBVI transition specialist and outreach consultants to participate in paid work experiences. (Page 283) Title IV

Technically SBVI continued to increase the number of students who are individuals who are students and receiving services under IEP at application in 2015. The numbers as such do not represent a trend as much as a simple snapshot of the state of 12 students. The true point of assessment and need is at the individual level rather than at any level of statistical validity or finding. As noted in a previous section of this CSNA, the burden of the 2017 Unified state plan strategy, in improving services to students with disabilities at transition age for both South Dakota agencies will concentrate on the need to level access to the core PET services across the state. Counselor’s and transition liaisons who participated in the 2015 PET Survey also expressed a the need to work with specific schools in assisting those schools strengthen their focus on transition services and partnering with VR counselors in a timely manner with regards to the IEP/IPE coordinated services. (Page 319) Title IV

If the IPE indicates that more than 24 months of services are necessary in order for the individual to achieve job stability, the time—limited services of job coaching and follow along can exceed 24 months. After the individual has transitioned to extended employment, the individual must maintain employment for at least 90 days prior to case closure.  (Page 338) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Apprenticeship

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~Black Hills Special Services Cooperative provided presentations and updates on the Work Incentives Program Assistance, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities and the ABLE ACT during this reporting period. (Page 183) Title I

Strategy 2.5: Strengthen the extended services for assuring successful employment for supported employment clients.
DRS annually sponsors an “Employment and Benefits” workshop in Aberdeen designed for students in transition, parents, teachers, and adult service providers working with youth entering the employment arena. The workshop covers topics such as the age 18-redetermination process, section 301, SSI work incentives, how SSI payments are calculated, and the difference between Title II and Title XVI of the Social Security Act. (Page 248) Title IV

The SD Benefits Specialist Network (funded by DRS) provides counseling and advisement services to beneficiaries of SSI and SSDI who are currently working or seeking employment. Benefits Specialists answer questions about how work will impact SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefits. Benefits Specialists also provide information about how work incentives can help beneficiaries increase their earnings. During this time period, 662 VR consumers received services from a Benefits Specialist. (Page 250) Title IV

Strategy 4.4: Increase the utilization of the Ticket to Work initiatives for Social Security beneficiaries.

DRS funds incentives to providers when working with individuals who are Social Security beneficiaries. Below is the chart showing the increase in the utilization of the Ticket to Work initiative. (Pages 250-251) Title IV

5. IF APPLICABLE, PLANS FOR ESTABLISHING, DEVELOPING, OR IMPROVING COMMUNITY REHABILITATION PROGRAMS WITHIN THE STATE.

Increase utilization of South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind to improve skills of clients of SBVI, including alternative techniques and vocational services. Improve the quality of job development services by SBVI staff providing specialty training on employment and vision loss to providers and businesses. Access SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist’s services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits while participating in employment. (Pages 326-327) Title IV

Strategy 1.3: Increase the use of SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits: Counselors substantially increased referrals for benefits specialist services from previous years to 42 client referrals in FY 16, but decreased to 14 client referrals in FY 17. Counselors continue to work closely with Benefit Specialists and promote their services with clients who are on SSI/SSDI. (Page 329) Title IV

Employer / Business Engagement

~~Title IV entities may expend funds to provide training and technical assistance to employers regarding the employment of individuals with disabilities. Vocational rehabilitation has designated a business specialist position that acts as the single point of contact for businesses that would like technical assistance. There are two non-profit entities in South Dakota that offer supports to the business community which are led by employers. In addition, “Ability For Hire” is an employer outreach campaign emphasizing the promotion of hiring, advancement, and retention of employment for people with disabilities in South Dakota’s workforce. The content materials consist of a website, printed resources, radio advertising, television commercials, and videos that highlight businesses that already know the value of hiring people with disabilities. The campaign officially launched on 08/11/2015 with the release of the website and Facebook page. 

In line with strategy 2.2 (designing education and training programs to address workforce needs) and in order to respond to high demand economic sectors in South Dakota, the vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota will work with businesses and providers to develop a training and placement program for people with disabilities. This program will be designed to address sector workforce shortages in high demand occupations that are identified in this state plan. (Page 61) Title I

The Division has been working on activities prompted by Governor Daugaard’s initiative to have the State of South Dakota become a model employer of people with disabilities. The Board fully supports these activities. An example is the Division contracted with a Sioux Falls marketing firm to conduct an employer outreach program. The Board’s Public Awareness Committee participated in presentations at various stages of the development process. Input and recommendations from members concentrated on accessibility features, video captioning and website ease of access. (Pages 182-183) Title I

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) has been very proactive in working collaboratively with employers. These initiatives consist of:

• “Ability For Hire” campaign: “Ability For Hire” is an employer outreach campaign emphasizing the promotion of hiring, advancement, and retention of employment for people with disabilities in South Dakota’s workforce. The content materials consist of a website (www.abilityforhire.com), printed materials in the form of brochures, radio advertisement, commercials, and videos of the Governor and other success stories. It officially launched on 08/11/2015, with the release of the website and Facebook page. This is also designed to promote the public’s awareness of the available resources and services that DRS offer to employers and people with disabilities.

• Point of Contact: The Division has designated a single point of contact (Business Specialist) to disseminate materials, conduct trainings, and serve as a resource to employers, providers, and people with disabilities throughout the state. (Pages 198-199)Title I

• Business—Led Models: There are two non—profit entities available in South Dakota offering supports to the business communities which are led by employers (business—led model). They are the Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls and the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills. Each has an Executive Director. Both of them have an approved contract in place with the Division to provide education, consulting, and technical assistance to businesses on the hiring, accommodations, supports and retention when employing people with disabilities.

• Business Organization Involvement: The Division is working towards increasing memberships and regular involvement of staff within non—disability related organizations in efforts to connect with employers. Some examples of the organizations consist of the local Chamber of Commerce, Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), and the South Dakota Retailers Association. These opportunities allow for connecting with businesses to learn more about their workforce needs and identify any disability training needs they may have.

• Employer Resource Guide: The Division has created an Employer Resource Guide consisting of information and resources available to employers regarding various aspects of disability—related topics. This Resource Guide will be utilized during meetings with employers. (Page 199) Title I

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) has been very proactive in working collaboratively with employers for transition services. These initiatives consist of:• Project Skills: Project Skills is a paid work experience program for high school students with disabilities in South Dakota. The program is a cooperative arrangement between the state vocational rehabilitation agencies and local school districts which provides students the opportunity to learn different skills in a variety of job placements, with the assistance of a job coach. Project Skills helps to build the student’s work history, references and assists them with experiencing different career fields as they mature and take on new challenges. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and school staff identify employment sites, businesses, employers to match the areas which students have expressed an interest in working.

•   Project Search: Project Search is a national model partnering with a large employer, local school district and the State Vocational Rehabilitation Program. South Dakota currently has 3 Project Search Initiatives in operation at Aberdeen, Brookings and Sioux Falls. A 4th Project Search initiative is being developed in Rapid City to begin with the 2016 fall school year. (Pages 199-200) Title IV

DRS meets monthly with WIOA Core Partners to improve collaboration between the partners. DRS also meetings quarterly with other community partners to learn about and discuss topics such as low income housing, transportation, food stamps, training programs, financial services and resources, etc. to better serve our mutual clients. DRS has worked with The Brain Injury Work Group to complete a handbook on services in the community for those with TBI. DRS office facilitates regular provider meetings to discuss issues, clarify policy, introduce providers to employers, etc. DRS has presented to other community service providers, such as the Orthopedic Institute with Physical Therapy staff (15 people), to explain the referral process for individuals with disabilities seeking employment after illness or injury. (Page 246) Title IV

DRS has developed through small seed grants three business led initiatives. These initiatives are in Yankton, Brookings and Aberdeen. They promote information to businesses/employers on hiring people with disabilities through various business connections and social media. (Page 247) Title IV

Services Provided: Many students with significant disabilities don’t have an opportunity to participate in gainful employment while in high school. Although willing, most employers cannot afford to provide the training and supports students frequently require on their first job. Project Skills assists students to build their work history while helping them to move into different and better jobs as they mature and are ready to take on new challenges. This program is a cooperative arrangement between the State VR Agencies and the local school systems. SBVI pays the wages, workers compensation, and FICA; the schools provide the job development, job coaching, and follow—along services for students at the job site. (Page 275) Title IV

See What I Can Do Outreach Campaign — SBVI developed an outreach campaign with employers specifically targeted as part of the audience to be reached by the campaign. Focus groups and surveys of employers provided insight about their awareness of the capabilities of citizens with vison loss and the availability of SBVI services. A television ad, radio ads, brochure and banner stands were developed to promote hiring citizens with vision loss as well as relying on SBVI for job retention for current employees. Materials include students and youth with disabilities to promote employer engagement. 

Business Representatives on the Board of SBVI: There are two business led non—profit entities in South Dakota that offer supports to the business community. The Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls and the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills provide education, consulting, and technical assistance to businesses on the hiring, accommodations, supports and retention when employing people with disabilities. The Executive Director of the Workforce Diversity Network is a former SBVI consumer and a member of the Board of SBVI. SBVI contributes to the Business Resource Network(BRN) by providing office space and clerical support. The manager of the SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (in the Division of SBVI) is on the governing board for the BRN. The Workforce Development Council representative on the Board of SBVI is the gubernatorial appointed Department Secretary for the Labor and Regulation. This representation brings the employer/business perspective to strategic planning and Board activities. (Page 292) Title IV

Initiatives with employers to identify competitive integrated employment and career exploration opportunities to facilitate the provision of vocational rehabilitation services and transition services (including pre—employment transition services) for students and youth with disabilities  South Dakota Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) has implemented and participated in a number of initiatives to work with employers to benefit citizens with vison loss who are served through SBVI. (Page 293) Title IV

3. THE OUTREACH PROCEDURES THAT WILL BE USED TO IDENTIFY AND SERVE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE MINORITIES, INCLUDING THOSE WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNSERVED OR UNDERSERVED BY THE VR PROGRAM.

Plan and participate in activities that target businesses to educate them on the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired. Annually conduct two or more activities that promote services available for citizens with vision loss including those from minority backgrounds. Annually review and update outreach materials and procedures that staff utilize to promote services to referral sources, employers and other entities. Ensure that outreach methods address the needs of those with the most significant disabilities. Maintain regular contact with minority service agencies to increase awareness of services that are available. Collaborate with Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation and other programs to ensure that all services are provided in an effective and efficient manner while addressing cultural diversity. Provide SBVI staff with resources and training so they are able to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse populations. Strengthen extended services to assure successful employment for clients with the most significant disabilities. (Pages 325-326) Title IV

Goal 2: Develop outreach methods so that referral sources, employers, and citizens who are blind or visually impaired are aware of the unique services provided by SBVI. 

Strategy 2.1: Design and disseminate outreach materials and participate in activities that target employers to educate them on the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired: Staff prioritized outreach efforts to educate businesses, schools, providers and the general public on services available from SBVI. Staff report on their efforts on a monthly basis and this is a performance expectation on their annual appraisal reviews. A system for tracking has been implemented so metrics can be analyzed in the future.

Strategy 2.2: Annually conduct two or more activities that promote services for citizens with vision loss including those from minority backgrounds: SBVI participated in State and Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program biannual meetings for information sharing and to identify and address specific needs and concerns SBVI participated in the National Disability Awareness Month events hosted by the Oun’iyekiyapi Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in Eagle Butte in 2016 and 2017. SBVI participated in a Disability Summit at the Indian Learning Center in Pierre in July 2016 sponsored by Oun’iyekiyapi Vocational Rehabilitation Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program.  (Page 331) Title IV

Data Collection

• The capacity of the new MIS will enhance our ability to meet the developing fiscal and management accountability requirements. The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Programs utilize an in-house data base system called VR FACES. VR FACES incorporates all the required RSA data collection requirements and also provides a comprehensive case management system for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Older Blind Independent Living Program and other State programs. The South Dakota Bureau of Information and Technology maintains the data systems for both the Department of Labor and Regulation and the Department of Human Services. We currently integrate DLR unemployment wage data and Social Security data into the VR FACES. Once the DLR implements their data system, we will further explore ways to electronically exchange data for referrals and joint cases. (Page 89) Title I

Subminimum Wage (Section 511)

~~Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act - Due to reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act through implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), South Dakota Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) and the Board of SBVI addressed priorities contained in the WIOA and obtained input for the state plan updates through a video conference public forum with eleven sites and the option to call in and participate via conference call. Implementation of Title IV of the WIOA was discussed at all Board of SBVI meetings including pre-employment transition services, memorandums of understanding, coordination and strategic planning with the Department of Labor and Regulation, subminimum wage, defining competitive integrated employment, and collaboration with employers. (Pages 269-270) Title IV

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (Section 188)

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center. The State of South Dakota is dedicated to provide all programs and services in an accessible format and provide a delivery model to all individuals who are seeking services. DLR has the responsibility under WIOA to create and maintain the American Job Center system that will increase the range and quality of workforce services to all individuals seeking assistance. WIOA prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, political affiliation or belief, participant status, and against certain non-citizens. DLR and the partners will concentrate on the federal and state antidiscrimination laws in the execution of policies, procedures and guidance to allow access to workforce services and when assessing the physical and programmatic access of the One-Stop system and partners. Any entity that receives financial assistance under Title I of WIOA is a recipient obligated to ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. This includes State Development Boards, local offices, service providers, vendors, and sub recipients, as well as other types of individuals and entities. This policy is directed toward ensuring that the programs, services and facilities of each one-stop delivery system are accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. To ensure that individuals are not subjected to discrimination based on disability, DLR conducts regular oversight of programs and services. The Workforce Development board will assess the physical and programmatic accessibility of all local offices, in accordance with Sec. 188 of WIOA, if applicable, and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.14. (Page 95) Title I

In order to ensure compliance with the ADA, DHS conducted an evaluation of programs and services, and in addition reviewed the physical accessibility of office locations. No significant barriers to programs or services were identified. Non-Discrimination As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) shall not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, subject to discrimination; or deny employment in the administration of or in connection with department programs or services because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation or belief and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in any WIOA program. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to statues at Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84 and 91. (Pages 96-97) Title I

One-Stop Certification Policy DLR has a MOU directly with Vocational Rehabilitation which addresses all accessibility issues. DLR has a one-stop certification policy that ensures the accessibility of all one-stop centers with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). (Page 97) Title I

73.It must also be noted that under DLR’s proven record of being proactive to new technology, new laws and regulations, and new concepts, those who are not as advantaged to advancements in these areas, our Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals and individuals with disabilities, are provided the accessibility necessary to get the services they need — whether under the umbrella of Employment Services or Unemployment Insurance. This is the model of ‘universal access’. Through DLR’s LEP Plan, Methods of Administration (MOA), and technological improvements, individuals in these categories are not afterthoughts of these programs. (Pages 137-138) Title I

• Division staff are working with all partners in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act offices to assure physical access, program access and services access. (Page 241) Title IV

4. Transition Services In the general VR program, transitions picked up narrative weight because of the legislative changes and considerable conversation gathering around this topic, the impact has been less intense for SBVI. Transitions remains, however, an important service need, but the volume of students with blindness and or visual impairments makes this more of a student—by—student need. That said the emphasize in this category will be to assist shifting the agency into full compliance with the new requirements of WIOA. (Pages 311-312) Title IV

SBVI will expand assistive technology training resources to improve accessibility for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including those with the most significant disabilities. Assistive technology services and devices will be available throughout the rehabilitation process through SBVI vocational rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation teachers or private providers. These services are available on a statewide basis. (Page 325) Title IV

Strategy 3.1: Develop assistive technology training resources to improve accessibility for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including those with most significant disabilities: The Board of SBVI Assistive Technology Advisory Committee reviews the assistive technology resource guide annually. This information is disseminated to those served by SBVI and is available on the Division web site. The Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist at the South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind has implemented training options including designated times for walk—in or call in technical assistance and training. The SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind hosts “First Fridays” each month offering seminars on a variety topics including AT training. The Assistive Technology Access Project covers costs for up to five hours of training from DakotaLink, the state assistive technology project. This allows current and former clients to get assistance as technology changes and new options for access become available. (Page 332) Title IV

Veterans

To determine if a veteran or eligible spouse meets the eligibility criteria to receive services from a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist, non-JVSG staff in SDDLR local offices will conduct an initial assessment to determine if the eligible veteran or eligible spouse has a Significant Barrier to Employment (SBE) or any other authorized category approved by the U.S. Department of Labor Secretary. Once eligibility is determined and intensive services are needed, the non-JVSG staff person will make a referral for this veteran/spouse to the DVOP. If the DVOP is available, the non-JVSG staff person will introduce the SBE veteran/spouse to the DVOP. If the DVOP is unavailable, the non-JVSG staff person will continue to assist the SBE veteran/spouse with services and exchange the SBE veteran/spouse and DVOP contact information so the DVOP is able to follow up with the SBE veteran/spouse to provide additional intensive services. The non-JVSG staff person will complete case notes and enter the referral service in the MIS. Once referred, the DVOP will conduct a comprehensive assessment with the veteran/spouse, assist in the development of an employment plan, provide intensive services to meet employment plan goals/needs, and facilitate placement. (Pages 92-93) Title I

Basis for Special Service to Veterans The operations of the DLR local offices are intended to direct special attention to the barriers veterans face, and to afford individualized and intensive service. Such service is not only a legal and moral obligation, but also a necessary condition for efficiency in local office operations. Specially trained staff gives special attention to the potential vocational problems of separating or retiring service members. The recognition of the rights of veterans to special services through a public employment office has been the law for more than 60 years. (Page 93) Title I

The state agency shall provide an effective placement service for all veterans, to secure for them maximum job opportunities in the field of gainful employment. • The state agency shall provide an effective employment-counseling service to all veterans who need special assistance in meeting barriers of vocational adjustment. • The DLR local offices shall make referrals of qualified veteran job seekers to job openings and training opportunities, and shall observe the following order of priority: 1. Special disabled veterans. 2. Disabled veterans other than special disabled veterans. 3. All other veterans and eligible persons. 4. Non-veterans. • Disabled veterans shall be given priority in all services provided by local public employment offices. (Page 94) Title I

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Local Office Policy • Provide veterans with maximum job opportunities in acquiring gainful employment through the use of local staff and facilities to provide counseling, placement, and intensive service to veterans. • Maintain a local program for developing job opportunities for veterans, with emphasis on disabled veterans. • Give priority in selection and referral to qualified veterans, with emphasis on disabled veterans. • Provide registration, employment counseling, and intensive service to veterans at Veterans Affairs facilities, as applicable. • Encourage and participate in the establishment of community advisory centers for veterans, where needed. • Provide information to veterans concerning appropriate agencies through which benefits and services may be obtained. (Page 94) Title I

Behavioral / Mental Health

~~The South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities was revised on January 2014. This agreement includes the following South Dakota entities: Office of Special Education, Division of Workforce and Career Preparation, Division of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Division of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, Department of Labor and Department of Social Services. 

The agreement identifies each agency’s roles and responsibilities including:
• Consultation and technical assistance to assist in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post—school activities, including vocation rehabilitation services;
• Transition planning by personnel of the Division of Rehabilitation Services and school district personnel;
•  Roles and responsibilities of each agency including State lead agencies and qualified personnel responsible for transition services;
• Financial responsibilities; and
• Procedures for outreach and identification of students with disabilities who need transition services. (Pages 192-193) Title I

Due to the geographic reality which exists within South Dakota, the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) recognizes one of the best sources available for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services are Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP). CRPs consist of Community Support Providers, Mental Health Centers, Career Learning Centers, Centers for Independent Living, Communication Services for the Deaf, and the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind. These programs are located in local communities throughout the state. (Page 195) Title I

5. Mental Health Services
Issues expressed here were expressed need statements for the expansion of case management, supported employment, placement services are made available to persons with mental illness via the provider system.

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Services has developed strategies in the State Plan to assess and improve the community rehabilitation programs. A variety of training opportunities including conferences, webinars and seminars are provided throughout the state. In addition the Division has established a higher reimbursement rate for service providers who attend training and obtain become a Certified Employment Support Professional through Association of People Supporting Employment first. (Page 226) Title IV

During the next fiscal year, the Division plans to distribute the Title VI—B funds through the fee for service system as traditionally done in previous years. This allows for consumers who have greater needs to receive the level of services necessary to help them obtain supported employment. The Division will continue outcome—based contracts with mental health centers for supported employment services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. This contract model has encouraged the mental health centers to provide supported employment services and is a more accessible method of supported employment services for these consumers. These initiatives will help promote the employment of individuals with the most severe disabilities. (Page 232) Title IV

VR counselors attend IEP meetings at school districts starting as early as age 14. Sioux Falls VR works closely with Southeastern Behavioral Health in providing transition services for students with mental health issues starting at age 14. (Page 246) Title IV

A Memorandum of Understanding is in place to help with coordination of services and funding between the Divisions of Behavioral Health, SBVI, and DRS. This agreement serves as a policy directive for the Community Mental Health Centers and the local SBVI and DRS Offices. It provides guidance in three areas relative to providing vocational services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness: Services to be provided by the Community Mental Health Center; Services available from Vocational Rehabilitation; and, Appropriate Division to pay for the variety of services. (Page 291) Title IV

State Agency Responsible for Providing Mental Health Services The South Dakota Department of Social Services/Division of Behavioral Health is the state agency responsible for providing services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities. A Memorandum is in place to help coordinate the services and funding between the Divisions of Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation Services, and Service to the Blind & Visually Impaired. This document serves as a policy directive for the Community Mental Health Centers and the local Vocational Rehabilitation Offices. It provides guidance in three areas relative to providing vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness: Services that can and should be provided by the Community Mental Health Center, Services available from Vocational Rehabilitation (DRS and SBVI), and Which Division pays for the services. (Page 295) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

Many students with significant disabilities don’t have an opportunity to gain paid employment experience while in high school. Although willing, most employers cannot afford the supports these students frequently require on their first job. This is an important learning, maturing, and socializing experience. The Division of Rehabilitation Services funds a program entitled “Project Skills” to address this need. This program is a cooperative arrangement between the State VR Agency and the local school systems. The Division funds the wages, workers compensation, and FICA while the schools provide the job development, job coaching, and follow—along services for the student at the job site. By entering into a contractual agreement with the Designated State Unit, the local school districts are assuring that they will provide the non—federal share of the matching funds, including funds contributed to the school by a private agency, organization or individual. (Page 186-187) Title I

Past WIOA Profiles Year
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Policies and Initiatives

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House Bill 1069 - An Act to authorize certain veterans to attend courses offered at postsecondary technical institutes without payment of tuition. - 03/12/2020

“13-55-2. Free tuition--State educational institutions--Veterans--Period of entitlement.

Any person residing in this state who is a veteran as defined by §§ 33A-2-1 and 33A-2-2 or who performed active war service, such as nursing or assisting in the care of soldiers and sailors in any government hospital, field, or camp, as a member of the Red Cross or any other similar organization engaged in war relief work which has been recognized and approved by the government of the United States, during any of the periods or combat operations specified in § 33A-2-2, upon compliance with all the requirements for admission and after qualifying for resident tuition, may attend and pursue any undergraduate course in any state educational institution under the control and management of the Board of Regents or any course at a postsecondary technical institute as defined in § 13-39A-1 without the payment of charges for tuition for each month of qualified service or major fraction thereof a month in academic time…

…Any person who qualifies under § 33A-2-2 as a veteran based solely on a service-connected disability may receive free tuition under this section only if the veterans administration disability rating is ten percent or greater.”

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  • Veterans
Citations

Executive Proclamation – Disability Employment Awareness Month - 10/02/2019

“proclaim October 2019 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota and call on all citizens to observe this month by hosting and supporting initiatives and activities that support and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving “Left behind” consumers; variable-income farmers and ranchers; Native American tribal members residing on the nine Indian Reservations and within the Rapid City metropolitan area; and low-income consumers who lack the technical ability to research, compare, and enroll in a plan on the FFE, and/or lack a general knowledge of affordable FFE and non-FFE health insurance options.  There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Enrollment clinics and hospitals,  Local social service, community action agencies, and healthcare providers, Local libraries.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Harold StorsvePhone: (605) 348-1460Email: storsveharold@gmail.com ” 

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  • Other
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  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Medicaid - 07/01/2019

~~“South Dakota Medicaid is a federal and state-funded program providing health coverage for people who meet certain eligibility standards. Medicaid acts as an insurance company insurance company for these individuals and pays for medically necessary services

Most of the individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid are children. Other individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid include low-income pregnant women, parents, and other caretaker relatives, seniors in nursing homes, and individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Apply to find out if you are eligible.”

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  • Other
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  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Ability for Hire - 04/30/2019

~~The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can help employers evolve their workforce. More information regarding each service is available by accessing the web link Job Site Assessments & Evaluations

Disability Awareness & Etiquette Training

Job Development & Placement Services

On-the-Job Training

Employment Support Services

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  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

2019 INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) WORKSHOPS - 04/24/2019

~~This page has information on the different IEP training classes with the dates and locations.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

High School Transition for Students with Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~“Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Services are focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Developmental Center - 12/22/2018

~~“PROVISION OF SERVICESThe SDDC utilizes a person centered approach when designing individualized services. After completion of a comprehensive functional assessment process, the person, their family/guardian and that interdisciplinary team develop an individualized treatment plan designed to assist the person with achieving their goals.

The SDDC service delivery system offers treatment in the areas of:  personal care, social interaction skills, behavioral impulse control, daily living skills, vocational supports, educational supports, recreational activities and learning the skills necessary to make better choices, which will result in a more autonomous life for each person. “

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  • Other
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  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

TSLP Employment - 12/04/2018

~~“Transition services are best delivered in a framework where there is coordination between education and VR that actively involve the student and family and are focused on the outcome. The following transition services known as Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) can assist in preparing the student for competitive integrated employment as they transition from high school to the adult world. Pre-ETS Examples can be found by accessing the web-link.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

SOUTH DAKOTA HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN - 12/01/2018

~~“Home and community based services (HCBS) in South Dakota have been historically provided through four1915(c) HCBS Waivers.  Each waiver targets a specific population and provides a menu of services to meet the needs of the target population. South Dakota has structured its waivers to meet the needs of individuals who live in rural and frontier areas. As the state Medicaid agency, the Department of Social Services provides oversight to all of South Dakota’s Medicaid waivers.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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House Bill 1069 - An Act to authorize certain veterans to attend courses offered at postsecondary technical institutes without payment of tuition. - 03/12/2020

“13-55-2. Free tuition--State educational institutions--Veterans--Period of entitlement.

Any person residing in this state who is a veteran as defined by §§ 33A-2-1 and 33A-2-2 or who performed active war service, such as nursing or assisting in the care of soldiers and sailors in any government hospital, field, or camp, as a member of the Red Cross or any other similar organization engaged in war relief work which has been recognized and approved by the government of the United States, during any of the periods or combat operations specified in § 33A-2-2, upon compliance with all the requirements for admission and after qualifying for resident tuition, may attend and pursue any undergraduate course in any state educational institution under the control and management of the Board of Regents or any course at a postsecondary technical institute as defined in § 13-39A-1 without the payment of charges for tuition for each month of qualified service or major fraction thereof a month in academic time…

…Any person who qualifies under § 33A-2-2 as a veteran based solely on a service-connected disability may receive free tuition under this section only if the veterans administration disability rating is ten percent or greater.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • Veterans
Citations

South Dakota HB 1224 ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
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  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

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  • Employer Engagement
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Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

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  • Employer Engagement
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Executive Proclamation – Disability Employment Awareness Month - 10/02/2019

“proclaim October 2019 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota and call on all citizens to observe this month by hosting and supporting initiatives and activities that support and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Month-Long Observation of Disability-Employment Awareness Begins Oct. 1 in SD - 09/16/2015

~~“Gov. Dennis Daugaard proclaimed October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The executive proclamation advances the Governor’s goal of making South Dakota an employment-first state, one in which employment is the first priority and preferred outcome for all citizens with disabilities.

“South Dakota is joining a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities,” said state Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Gloria Pearson. “We encourage South Dakotans to take a look at AbilityForHire.com to learn more about how South Dakota is contributing to this effort.”

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  • Other
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  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Ability for Hire - 04/30/2019

~~The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can help employers evolve their workforce. More information regarding each service is available by accessing the web link Job Site Assessments & Evaluations

Disability Awareness & Etiquette Training

Job Development & Placement Services

On-the-Job Training

Employment Support Services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

High School Transition for Students with Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~“Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Services are focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Developmental Center - 12/22/2018

~~“PROVISION OF SERVICESThe SDDC utilizes a person centered approach when designing individualized services. After completion of a comprehensive functional assessment process, the person, their family/guardian and that interdisciplinary team develop an individualized treatment plan designed to assist the person with achieving their goals.

The SDDC service delivery system offers treatment in the areas of:  personal care, social interaction skills, behavioral impulse control, daily living skills, vocational supports, educational supports, recreational activities and learning the skills necessary to make better choices, which will result in a more autonomous life for each person. “

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Benefits and Services Offered by the Sioux Falls Regional Office - 11/14/2018

~~“VA’s Sioux Falls Regional Office (RO) administers a variety of benefits and services, including Compensation and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors in South Dakota. We offer the following additional services:• Counseling about eligibility for VA benefits and how to apply• Information about VA health care and memorial benefits• Outreach to Veterans, including those who are homeless or at risk for homelessness and older, minority, and women Veterans• Public affairs” 

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Agencies- Transition Services Liaison Project - 09/07/2018

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.

Activities provided by the Transition Liaisons include:

- Training to students, families, schools, VR Counselors, and adult service agencies on transition and development of transition plans- Identifying and obtaining instructional materials- Written technical assistance guides made available for interested individuals.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Division of Career and Technical Education - 07/27/2018

~~The goal of the South Dakota Department of Education is for all students to graduate college, career and become life ready. The Division of Career and Technical Education (DCTE) provides support for students’ preparations for postsecondary education and the workforce. Services are connected to approved Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs, work-based learning, school counseling and SDMyLife. In-line with the department’s aspiration, DCTE works to ensure students not only graduate from high school, but that they are prepared to navigate the transitions and life events that come after high school.

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  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Dennis Daugaard speaks about Jobs for People with Disabilities in South Dakota - 03/09/2018

~~“Washington, D.C., March 9 — Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota gave a statement recently about his dedication to including his citizens with disabilities in education and employment initiatives.

South Dakota is “…setting the example and showing that we want to include people who are able to do jobs with accommodations.” During the NGA meeting in 2013, Governor Daugaard helped lead an employment initiative for people with disabilities. Later that year he went home and created the Employment Works Task Force to implement the recommendations made during the meeting. Now South Dakota has a network of businesses, business resource organizations, state-level employment professionals, and job-seekers with disabilities.

[…]

For many students with disabilities this means including things like on-the-job training and apprenticeships, such as the ones provided by Project SEARCH, during their time in South Dakota’s school system.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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TSLP Employment - 12/04/2018

~~“Transition services are best delivered in a framework where there is coordination between education and VR that actively involve the student and family and are focused on the outcome. The following transition services known as Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) can assist in preparing the student for competitive integrated employment as they transition from high school to the adult world. Pre-ETS Examples can be found by accessing the web-link.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment) is a six state consortium that includes Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah. Led by the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, the goals of ASPIRE are to 1) Increase SSI youth and families' overall household income, and thereby reduce dependence on public benefits, by increasing educational attainment and increased career achievement; and 2) Inform federal policymakers about the efficacy of best supports for youth with disabilities. The six states will recruit and enroll 2000 youth ages 14 to 16 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) living in urban, rural, frontier and tribal areas. At enrollment, all youth and their families will receive information about available resources and services.  Half of the youth and families who enroll will also be provided additional services including case management, self-determination training for the youth, parent education and training, financial education and capability training and benefits planning.  ASPIRE will also partner with agencies and organizations to support further education and employment opportunities for the youth and family.  A comparison will be made between the group receiving additional ASPIRE services and those who receive the typical services within their communities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

SD Advocacy Services

~~“What We DoDRSD assists South Dakotans who have a disability and have concerns about their legal rights. DRSD accomplishes this through  information and referral, individual advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative or legal remedies.Our services are based on program eligibility as well as annual goals and priorities approved by the DRSD Board of Directors. Typical priority areas include:Individual Case Services• Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation investigations• Rights Protections• Special Education• Assistance with Vocational Rehabilitation, Human Services Center, SD Developmental Center, Mental Health Facilities, Community Service Providers, and others• Community and workplace integration• Employment (disability) discrimination• Limiting Guardianship or advocating for alternatives to guardianship• Accessing Assistive Technology”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving “Left behind” consumers; variable-income farmers and ranchers; Native American tribal members residing on the nine Indian Reservations and within the Rapid City metropolitan area; and low-income consumers who lack the technical ability to research, compare, and enroll in a plan on the FFE, and/or lack a general knowledge of affordable FFE and non-FFE health insurance options.  There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Enrollment clinics and hospitals,  Local social service, community action agencies, and healthcare providers, Local libraries.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Harold StorsvePhone: (605) 348-1460Email: storsveharold@gmail.com ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

2019 INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) WORKSHOPS - 04/24/2019

~~This page has information on the different IEP training classes with the dates and locations.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

~~“The mission of Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP) is to enable students with disabilities to reach their maximum potential in their transition from high school to the adult world.TSLP staff members provide support and technical assistance to students, families, and local education agencies seeking information on transition planning.

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking  into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.Focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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South Dakota Medicaid - 07/01/2019

~~“South Dakota Medicaid is a federal and state-funded program providing health coverage for people who meet certain eligibility standards. Medicaid acts as an insurance company insurance company for these individuals and pays for medically necessary services

Most of the individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid are children. Other individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid include low-income pregnant women, parents, and other caretaker relatives, seniors in nursing homes, and individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Apply to find out if you are eligible.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SOUTH DAKOTA HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN - 12/01/2018

~~“Home and community based services (HCBS) in South Dakota have been historically provided through four1915(c) HCBS Waivers.  Each waiver targets a specific population and provides a menu of services to meet the needs of the target population. South Dakota has structured its waivers to meet the needs of individuals who live in rural and frontier areas. As the state Medicaid agency, the Department of Social Services provides oversight to all of South Dakota’s Medicaid waivers.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SD Home and Community-Based Options and Person- Centered Excellence (HOPE) Waiver (0189.R06.00) - 08/01/2018

~~Provides adult day services, respite care, homemaker, in-home nursing services, personal care, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, adult companion services, assisted living, chore services, community living home, community transition coordination, community transition supports, emergency response system (ERS), environmental accessibility adaptations, meals, nutritional supplements, structured family caregiving for aged individuals 65 - no max age, physical and other disabilities ages 18-64

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver (0264.R05.00) - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

~~“Provides career exploration, case management, day services, residential habilitation, supported employment, medical equipment and drugs, nursing, other medically related services - speech, hearing & language for individuals w/DD, IID ages 0 - no max age
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

~~“Provides personal attendant care, respite, incontinence supplies, consumer preparation services, environmental accessibility adaptations, in home nursing, personal emergency response (PERS), specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle  modifications for aged individuals 65 - no max age and physically disabled ages 18-64”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Family Support Waiver (0338.R03.00)

~~“Provides personal care 1, respite, support coordination, supported employment, personal care 2, companion care, environmental  accessibility adaptations, nutritional supplements, specialized medical adaptive equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD and IID ages 0 - no max age”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2019 State Population.
0.27%
Change from
2018 to 2019
884,659
2019 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.99%
Change from
2018 to 2019
55,489
2019 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.09%
Change from
2018 to 2019
29,358
2019 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.95%
Change from
2018 to 2019
52.91%
2019 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.96%
Change from
2018 to 2019
83.98%

State Data

General

2019
Population. 884,659
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 55,489
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 29,358
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 378,070
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 52.91%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 83.98%
State/National unemployment rate. 3.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 56,945
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 52,745
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 95,035
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,701
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 3,719
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 8,662
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 3,155
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 551

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2019
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,543
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 11.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 18,335

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2019
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,254
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,177
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,043
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 36.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 273
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 28
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 23
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 82.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 2.68

 

VR OUTCOMES

2019
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 30.00%
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,050
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 27,962
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 172
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 156

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2018
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $746,215
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $6,529,589
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $4,385,370
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,573,505
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 849
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,370
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 825
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.43

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2017
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 71.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.46%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.94%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 93.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 27.35%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 65.81%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 78.63%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 38.46%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2020
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 10
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 10
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 450
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 450

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First

~~South Dakota has done well at engaging individuals with disabilities in the workforce. Historically, South Dakota has had one of the highest, if not the highest, rate of employment amongst those with disabilities. This has taken a concerted effort amongst several entities starting with the Employment Works Task Force and Governor Daugaard’s mission to make South Dakota an “employment first state”. (Page 51) Title I

DRS has developed a website to post provider resources. This website provides template forms, policies, and past training videos. DRS has also promoted providers to become Certified Employment Support Professionals (CESP) certified by the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) to be reimbursed at a higher reimbursement rate. At the end of FFY 2017, there were 106 certified CESP providers. (Pages 246-247) Title IV
 

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~As partners of the One Stop System, quarterly meetings are held on a local level to ensure all staff are aware of the partner programs available to our customers. When possible, joint trainings take place to save on cost, increase a similar language amongst partners, and allow opportunity for collaboration, When a customer enters the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) job service offices, they are provided with a full list of services available to them amongst all partner programs and assigned a case manager or “Employment Specialist”. Through an assessment process, the Employment Specialist in the job service office and the customer will identify the best mix of services to allow them to meet their goals. The Employment Specialist then provides the customer Direct Linkage to these services. An Integrated Resource Team (IRT) is likely the next step to ensure all service providers are working towards a common goal identified by the customer. This IRT brings together all the service providers representing the various programs, to blend and braid program resources to help the customer reach his or her goal.   (Page 43) Title I

As a customer enters a customized or affiliate center, a comprehensive list of One Stop services will be reviewed with them. Based on the results of an objective assessment and information release from the participant, direct linkage will be provided to the appropriate service provided to assist the customer in achieving success. The job service office staff will remain the case manager for the customer so their story does not need to be repeated numerous times. The case manager will compile an Integrated Resource Team to ensure the maximum amount of blending and braiding of resources if available to the participant. It is the hope we can expand our technological offerings to provide direct linkage and case management through a faster and more convenient methodology for our customers. (Page 57) Title I

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~The Division regularly reports year end performance information to the Board. This includes information on case file reviews, Promise Grant, and other presentations were provided by the Black Hills State University on Post-Secondary education outcomes.

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning Assistance (WIPA) Program, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) and the ABLE ACT

Black Hills Special Services Cooperative provided presentations and updates on the Work Incentives Program Assistance, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities and the ABLE ACT during this reporting period. (Page 183) Title IV

School to Work Transition

~~o Summer Institute: The Summer Institute is a statewide training opportunity for Special Education teachers who are assisting students in the transition process. It is held for one week in the summer and offers training in areas of IDIEA, introducing self-determination curriculum and other assessment materials, and IEP planning. Teachers receive graduate credit for the class and gain knowledge from Disability Services Coordinators from post- secondary schools, vocational rehabilitation staff, Transition Liaisons, community mental health agencies and independent living services staff. (Pages 63-64) Title I

Development and Approval of an IPE before leaving school

The Division is making great efforts to assure that students with disabilities access the vocational rehabilitation program and develop their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before they complete high school. Following are some of these activities:
• Division VR Counselors contact school counselors and 504 coordinators on a regular basis in an attempt to identify and meet with students.
• Division VR Counselors inform school staff what services are available to students with disabilities and eligibility requirements. VR Counselors then follow up on referral in a timely fashion in order to determine eligibility prior to graduation.
• Division VR Counselors and other Division staff will attend interagency meetings in order to inform other service organizations about Rehabilitation Services and obtain referrals of these students.
• The Division will continue funding Project Skills to include serving students with disabilities who are not receiving special education services.  (Page 192) Title I

VR Counselors regularly attend Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings and meet with students at the school and/or in their office to discuss post-secondary goals and training needs. Services are set up on an individualized basis for transition students that we are working with. Over 20% of individuals applying for VR services are students with disabilities on an IEP.VR Counselors utilize the World of Work Inventory (WOWI) along with other interest inventories to help students with disabilities identify their interests, values and aptitudes for certain employment considerations.
DRS provides a work experience program, Project Skills, for students with disabilities to try various employment options. A student can receive up to 250 hours of a paid work experience during a school year. During FFY17, 464 students with disabilities participated in the Project Skills program. (Pages 242-243) Title IV

Transition Services Liaison Program (TSLP) staff present transition related information to college students planning to enter the special education field at the University of South Dakota. Staff presented at three different classes to 72 college students.

TSLP staff collaborated with the State Office of Special Education Programs to provide nine (9) Individual Education Plan (IEP) workshops with a Transition focus to one-hundred-eighty-six (186) High School special education teachers across the state. The focus of the training went beyond IEP compliance and included best practice strategies and predictors of post-school success.
TSLP staff hosted the Transition Summer Institute, a conference for high school special education teachers. Forty-two (42) educators attended the two-day event that included various transition related topics including WIOA and Pre-employment transition services, person-centered planning, career assessment tools, IEP development and collaboration with state and local agencies and work experience programs for youth in transition. (Page 245) Title IV

VR counselors attend IEP meetings at school districts starting as early as age 14. Sioux Falls VR works closely with Southeastern Behavioral Health in providing transition services for students with mental health issues starting at age 14. (Page 246) Title IV

The designated State unit's plans, policies, and procedures for coordination with education officials to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to the receipt of VR services, including pre-employment transition services, as well as procedures for the timely development and approval of individualized plans for employment for the students.

Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired requires vocational rehabilitation counselors to visit each school district in their territory at least annually. Counselors and/or the Transition Services Liaison are required to attend IEP meetings to address transition services for students with vision loss. Once eligibility is determined, individualized plans for employment are developed as soon as student’s can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services. In conjunction with the Division of Rehabilitation Services, SBVI has an agreement with the Office of Special Education to fund the Transition Services Liaison Project.  (Page 278-279) Title IV

Development and approval of an IPE before leaving school: SBVI has implemented policies and procedures to assure that students with disabilities access the vocational rehabilitation program and develop their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before they complete high school. This helps prepare students with vision loss through a variety of services to address barriers caused by vision loss. SBVI VR Counselors contact school counselors and 504 coordinators on a regular basis in an attempt to identify and meet with students. (Pages 280-281) Title IV

SBVI and SDSBVI share information with students, parents, and local school districts about the importance of the skills of blindness to the success of students in the world of work. SBVI is an active participant in the transition planning process and counselors become involved with students as early as age 14. For those students enrolled at SDSBVI, SBVI representatives will also attend pre—staffing meetings when appropriate. SBVI helps to determine appropriate vocational direction by providing work experiences and vocational counseling and guidance along with pre—employment transition services. The agreement clearly outlines that SBVI will attempt to have an IPE in place for every eligible student prior to graduation.

SDSBVI has a responsibility to all South Dakota students with visual impairments under the age of twenty—one. For students of "transition age" between 14 and 21, that responsibility is shared with SBVI. SDSBVI employs a transition specialist through a cooperative agreement with SBVI and has outreach consultants that work with students, families, schools, and SBVI staff on a state wide basis. Blind or visually impaired students residing in school districts that are unwilling to participate in project skills agreements are served through the SDSBVI transition specialist and outreach consultants to participate in paid work experiences. (Page 283) Title IV

Technically SBVI continued to increase the number of students who are individuals who are students and receiving services under IEP at application in 2015. The numbers as such do not represent a trend as much as a simple snapshot of the state of 12 students. The true point of assessment and need is at the individual level rather than at any level of statistical validity or finding. As noted in a previous section of this CSNA, the burden of the 2017 Unified state plan strategy, in improving services to students with disabilities at transition age for both South Dakota agencies will concentrate on the need to level access to the core PET services across the state. Counselor’s and transition liaisons who participated in the 2015 PET Survey also expressed a the need to work with specific schools in assisting those schools strengthen their focus on transition services and partnering with VR counselors in a timely manner with regards to the IEP/IPE coordinated services. (Page 319) Title IV

If the IPE indicates that more than 24 months of services are necessary in order for the individual to achieve job stability, the time—limited services of job coaching and follow along can exceed 24 months. After the individual has transitioned to extended employment, the individual must maintain employment for at least 90 days prior to case closure.  (Page 338) Title IV

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Apprenticeship

No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~Black Hills Special Services Cooperative provided presentations and updates on the Work Incentives Program Assistance, Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities and the ABLE ACT during this reporting period. (Page 183) Title I

Strategy 2.5: Strengthen the extended services for assuring successful employment for supported employment clients.
DRS annually sponsors an “Employment and Benefits” workshop in Aberdeen designed for students in transition, parents, teachers, and adult service providers working with youth entering the employment arena. The workshop covers topics such as the age 18-redetermination process, section 301, SSI work incentives, how SSI payments are calculated, and the difference between Title II and Title XVI of the Social Security Act. (Page 248) Title IV

The SD Benefits Specialist Network (funded by DRS) provides counseling and advisement services to beneficiaries of SSI and SSDI who are currently working or seeking employment. Benefits Specialists answer questions about how work will impact SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefits. Benefits Specialists also provide information about how work incentives can help beneficiaries increase their earnings. During this time period, 662 VR consumers received services from a Benefits Specialist. (Page 250) Title IV

Strategy 4.4: Increase the utilization of the Ticket to Work initiatives for Social Security beneficiaries.

DRS funds incentives to providers when working with individuals who are Social Security beneficiaries. Below is the chart showing the increase in the utilization of the Ticket to Work initiative. (Pages 250-251) Title IV

5. IF APPLICABLE, PLANS FOR ESTABLISHING, DEVELOPING, OR IMPROVING COMMUNITY REHABILITATION PROGRAMS WITHIN THE STATE.

Increase utilization of South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind to improve skills of clients of SBVI, including alternative techniques and vocational services. Improve the quality of job development services by SBVI staff providing specialty training on employment and vision loss to providers and businesses. Access SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist’s services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits while participating in employment. (Pages 326-327) Title IV

Strategy 1.3: Increase the use of SSI/ SSDI benefits specialist services and training to assist individuals with significant disabilities to manage their benefits: Counselors substantially increased referrals for benefits specialist services from previous years to 42 client referrals in FY 16, but decreased to 14 client referrals in FY 17. Counselors continue to work closely with Benefit Specialists and promote their services with clients who are on SSI/SSDI. (Page 329) Title IV

Employer / Business Engagement

~~Title IV entities may expend funds to provide training and technical assistance to employers regarding the employment of individuals with disabilities. Vocational rehabilitation has designated a business specialist position that acts as the single point of contact for businesses that would like technical assistance. There are two non-profit entities in South Dakota that offer supports to the business community which are led by employers. In addition, “Ability For Hire” is an employer outreach campaign emphasizing the promotion of hiring, advancement, and retention of employment for people with disabilities in South Dakota’s workforce. The content materials consist of a website, printed resources, radio advertising, television commercials, and videos that highlight businesses that already know the value of hiring people with disabilities. The campaign officially launched on 08/11/2015 with the release of the website and Facebook page. 

In line with strategy 2.2 (designing education and training programs to address workforce needs) and in order to respond to high demand economic sectors in South Dakota, the vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota will work with businesses and providers to develop a training and placement program for people with disabilities. This program will be designed to address sector workforce shortages in high demand occupations that are identified in this state plan. (Page 61) Title I

The Division has been working on activities prompted by Governor Daugaard’s initiative to have the State of South Dakota become a model employer of people with disabilities. The Board fully supports these activities. An example is the Division contracted with a Sioux Falls marketing firm to conduct an employer outreach program. The Board’s Public Awareness Committee participated in presentations at various stages of the development process. Input and recommendations from members concentrated on accessibility features, video captioning and website ease of access. (Pages 182-183) Title I

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) has been very proactive in working collaboratively with employers. These initiatives consist of:

• “Ability For Hire” campaign: “Ability For Hire” is an employer outreach campaign emphasizing the promotion of hiring, advancement, and retention of employment for people with disabilities in South Dakota’s workforce. The content materials consist of a website (www.abilityforhire.com), printed materials in the form of brochures, radio advertisement, commercials, and videos of the Governor and other success stories. It officially launched on 08/11/2015, with the release of the website and Facebook page. This is also designed to promote the public’s awareness of the available resources and services that DRS offer to employers and people with disabilities.

• Point of Contact: The Division has designated a single point of contact (Business Specialist) to disseminate materials, conduct trainings, and serve as a resource to employers, providers, and people with disabilities throughout the state. (Pages 198-199)Title I

• Business—Led Models: There are two non—profit entities available in South Dakota offering supports to the business communities which are led by employers (business—led model). They are the Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls and the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills. Each has an Executive Director. Both of them have an approved contract in place with the Division to provide education, consulting, and technical assistance to businesses on the hiring, accommodations, supports and retention when employing people with disabilities.

• Business Organization Involvement: The Division is working towards increasing memberships and regular involvement of staff within non—disability related organizations in efforts to connect with employers. Some examples of the organizations consist of the local Chamber of Commerce, Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), and the South Dakota Retailers Association. These opportunities allow for connecting with businesses to learn more about their workforce needs and identify any disability training needs they may have.

• Employer Resource Guide: The Division has created an Employer Resource Guide consisting of information and resources available to employers regarding various aspects of disability—related topics. This Resource Guide will be utilized during meetings with employers. (Page 199) Title I

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) has been very proactive in working collaboratively with employers for transition services. These initiatives consist of:• Project Skills: Project Skills is a paid work experience program for high school students with disabilities in South Dakota. The program is a cooperative arrangement between the state vocational rehabilitation agencies and local school districts which provides students the opportunity to learn different skills in a variety of job placements, with the assistance of a job coach. Project Skills helps to build the student’s work history, references and assists them with experiencing different career fields as they mature and take on new challenges. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and school staff identify employment sites, businesses, employers to match the areas which students have expressed an interest in working.

•   Project Search: Project Search is a national model partnering with a large employer, local school district and the State Vocational Rehabilitation Program. South Dakota currently has 3 Project Search Initiatives in operation at Aberdeen, Brookings and Sioux Falls. A 4th Project Search initiative is being developed in Rapid City to begin with the 2016 fall school year. (Pages 199-200) Title IV

DRS meets monthly with WIOA Core Partners to improve collaboration between the partners. DRS also meetings quarterly with other community partners to learn about and discuss topics such as low income housing, transportation, food stamps, training programs, financial services and resources, etc. to better serve our mutual clients. DRS has worked with The Brain Injury Work Group to complete a handbook on services in the community for those with TBI. DRS office facilitates regular provider meetings to discuss issues, clarify policy, introduce providers to employers, etc. DRS has presented to other community service providers, such as the Orthopedic Institute with Physical Therapy staff (15 people), to explain the referral process for individuals with disabilities seeking employment after illness or injury. (Page 246) Title IV

DRS has developed through small seed grants three business led initiatives. These initiatives are in Yankton, Brookings and Aberdeen. They promote information to businesses/employers on hiring people with disabilities through various business connections and social media. (Page 247) Title IV

Services Provided: Many students with significant disabilities don’t have an opportunity to participate in gainful employment while in high school. Although willing, most employers cannot afford to provide the training and supports students frequently require on their first job. Project Skills assists students to build their work history while helping them to move into different and better jobs as they mature and are ready to take on new challenges. This program is a cooperative arrangement between the State VR Agencies and the local school systems. SBVI pays the wages, workers compensation, and FICA; the schools provide the job development, job coaching, and follow—along services for students at the job site. (Page 275) Title IV

See What I Can Do Outreach Campaign — SBVI developed an outreach campaign with employers specifically targeted as part of the audience to be reached by the campaign. Focus groups and surveys of employers provided insight about their awareness of the capabilities of citizens with vison loss and the availability of SBVI services. A television ad, radio ads, brochure and banner stands were developed to promote hiring citizens with vision loss as well as relying on SBVI for job retention for current employees. Materials include students and youth with disabilities to promote employer engagement. 

Business Representatives on the Board of SBVI: There are two business led non—profit entities in South Dakota that offer supports to the business community. The Business Resource Network in Sioux Falls and the Workforce Diversity Network of the Black Hills provide education, consulting, and technical assistance to businesses on the hiring, accommodations, supports and retention when employing people with disabilities. The Executive Director of the Workforce Diversity Network is a former SBVI consumer and a member of the Board of SBVI. SBVI contributes to the Business Resource Network(BRN) by providing office space and clerical support. The manager of the SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (in the Division of SBVI) is on the governing board for the BRN. The Workforce Development Council representative on the Board of SBVI is the gubernatorial appointed Department Secretary for the Labor and Regulation. This representation brings the employer/business perspective to strategic planning and Board activities. (Page 292) Title IV

Initiatives with employers to identify competitive integrated employment and career exploration opportunities to facilitate the provision of vocational rehabilitation services and transition services (including pre—employment transition services) for students and youth with disabilities  South Dakota Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) has implemented and participated in a number of initiatives to work with employers to benefit citizens with vison loss who are served through SBVI. (Page 293) Title IV

3. THE OUTREACH PROCEDURES THAT WILL BE USED TO IDENTIFY AND SERVE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE MINORITIES, INCLUDING THOSE WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNSERVED OR UNDERSERVED BY THE VR PROGRAM.

Plan and participate in activities that target businesses to educate them on the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired. Annually conduct two or more activities that promote services available for citizens with vision loss including those from minority backgrounds. Annually review and update outreach materials and procedures that staff utilize to promote services to referral sources, employers and other entities. Ensure that outreach methods address the needs of those with the most significant disabilities. Maintain regular contact with minority service agencies to increase awareness of services that are available. Collaborate with Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation and other programs to ensure that all services are provided in an effective and efficient manner while addressing cultural diversity. Provide SBVI staff with resources and training so they are able to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse populations. Strengthen extended services to assure successful employment for clients with the most significant disabilities. (Pages 325-326) Title IV

Goal 2: Develop outreach methods so that referral sources, employers, and citizens who are blind or visually impaired are aware of the unique services provided by SBVI. 

Strategy 2.1: Design and disseminate outreach materials and participate in activities that target employers to educate them on the capabilities of people who are blind or visually impaired: Staff prioritized outreach efforts to educate businesses, schools, providers and the general public on services available from SBVI. Staff report on their efforts on a monthly basis and this is a performance expectation on their annual appraisal reviews. A system for tracking has been implemented so metrics can be analyzed in the future.

Strategy 2.2: Annually conduct two or more activities that promote services for citizens with vision loss including those from minority backgrounds: SBVI participated in State and Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program biannual meetings for information sharing and to identify and address specific needs and concerns SBVI participated in the National Disability Awareness Month events hosted by the Oun’iyekiyapi Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in Eagle Butte in 2016 and 2017. SBVI participated in a Disability Summit at the Indian Learning Center in Pierre in July 2016 sponsored by Oun’iyekiyapi Vocational Rehabilitation Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program.  (Page 331) Title IV

Data Collection

• The capacity of the new MIS will enhance our ability to meet the developing fiscal and management accountability requirements. The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation Programs utilize an in-house data base system called VR FACES. VR FACES incorporates all the required RSA data collection requirements and also provides a comprehensive case management system for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Older Blind Independent Living Program and other State programs. The South Dakota Bureau of Information and Technology maintains the data systems for both the Department of Labor and Regulation and the Department of Human Services. We currently integrate DLR unemployment wage data and Social Security data into the VR FACES. Once the DLR implements their data system, we will further explore ways to electronically exchange data for referrals and joint cases. (Page 89) Title I

Subminimum Wage (Section 511)

~~Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act - Due to reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act through implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), South Dakota Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) and the Board of SBVI addressed priorities contained in the WIOA and obtained input for the state plan updates through a video conference public forum with eleven sites and the option to call in and participate via conference call. Implementation of Title IV of the WIOA was discussed at all Board of SBVI meetings including pre-employment transition services, memorandums of understanding, coordination and strategic planning with the Department of Labor and Regulation, subminimum wage, defining competitive integrated employment, and collaboration with employers. (Pages 269-270) Title IV

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination (Section 188)

Compliance with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is met through the submission of the Methods of Administration (MOA) to the US DOL Civil Rights Center. The State of South Dakota is dedicated to provide all programs and services in an accessible format and provide a delivery model to all individuals who are seeking services. DLR has the responsibility under WIOA to create and maintain the American Job Center system that will increase the range and quality of workforce services to all individuals seeking assistance. WIOA prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, political affiliation or belief, participant status, and against certain non-citizens. DLR and the partners will concentrate on the federal and state antidiscrimination laws in the execution of policies, procedures and guidance to allow access to workforce services and when assessing the physical and programmatic access of the One-Stop system and partners. Any entity that receives financial assistance under Title I of WIOA is a recipient obligated to ensure nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. This includes State Development Boards, local offices, service providers, vendors, and sub recipients, as well as other types of individuals and entities. This policy is directed toward ensuring that the programs, services and facilities of each one-stop delivery system are accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. To ensure that individuals are not subjected to discrimination based on disability, DLR conducts regular oversight of programs and services. The Workforce Development board will assess the physical and programmatic accessibility of all local offices, in accordance with Sec. 188 of WIOA, if applicable, and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.14. (Page 95) Title I

In order to ensure compliance with the ADA, DHS conducted an evaluation of programs and services, and in addition reviewed the physical accessibility of office locations. No significant barriers to programs or services were identified. Non-Discrimination As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) shall not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, subject to discrimination; or deny employment in the administration of or in connection with department programs or services because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation or belief and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in any WIOA program. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to statues at Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84 and 91. (Pages 96-97) Title I

One-Stop Certification Policy DLR has a MOU directly with Vocational Rehabilitation which addresses all accessibility issues. DLR has a one-stop certification policy that ensures the accessibility of all one-stop centers with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). (Page 97) Title I

73.It must also be noted that under DLR’s proven record of being proactive to new technology, new laws and regulations, and new concepts, those who are not as advantaged to advancements in these areas, our Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals and individuals with disabilities, are provided the accessibility necessary to get the services they need — whether under the umbrella of Employment Services or Unemployment Insurance. This is the model of ‘universal access’. Through DLR’s LEP Plan, Methods of Administration (MOA), and technological improvements, individuals in these categories are not afterthoughts of these programs. (Pages 137-138) Title I

• Division staff are working with all partners in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act offices to assure physical access, program access and services access. (Page 241) Title IV

4. Transition Services In the general VR program, transitions picked up narrative weight because of the legislative changes and considerable conversation gathering around this topic, the impact has been less intense for SBVI. Transitions remains, however, an important service need, but the volume of students with blindness and or visual impairments makes this more of a student—by—student need. That said the emphasize in this category will be to assist shifting the agency into full compliance with the new requirements of WIOA. (Pages 311-312) Title IV

SBVI will expand assistive technology training resources to improve accessibility for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including those with the most significant disabilities. Assistive technology services and devices will be available throughout the rehabilitation process through SBVI vocational rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation teachers or private providers. These services are available on a statewide basis. (Page 325) Title IV

Strategy 3.1: Develop assistive technology training resources to improve accessibility for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including those with most significant disabilities: The Board of SBVI Assistive Technology Advisory Committee reviews the assistive technology resource guide annually. This information is disseminated to those served by SBVI and is available on the Division web site. The Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist at the South Dakota Rehabilitation Center for the Blind has implemented training options including designated times for walk—in or call in technical assistance and training. The SD Rehabilitation Center for the Blind hosts “First Fridays” each month offering seminars on a variety topics including AT training. The Assistive Technology Access Project covers costs for up to five hours of training from DakotaLink, the state assistive technology project. This allows current and former clients to get assistance as technology changes and new options for access become available. (Page 332) Title IV

Veterans

To determine if a veteran or eligible spouse meets the eligibility criteria to receive services from a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist, non-JVSG staff in SDDLR local offices will conduct an initial assessment to determine if the eligible veteran or eligible spouse has a Significant Barrier to Employment (SBE) or any other authorized category approved by the U.S. Department of Labor Secretary. Once eligibility is determined and intensive services are needed, the non-JVSG staff person will make a referral for this veteran/spouse to the DVOP. If the DVOP is available, the non-JVSG staff person will introduce the SBE veteran/spouse to the DVOP. If the DVOP is unavailable, the non-JVSG staff person will continue to assist the SBE veteran/spouse with services and exchange the SBE veteran/spouse and DVOP contact information so the DVOP is able to follow up with the SBE veteran/spouse to provide additional intensive services. The non-JVSG staff person will complete case notes and enter the referral service in the MIS. Once referred, the DVOP will conduct a comprehensive assessment with the veteran/spouse, assist in the development of an employment plan, provide intensive services to meet employment plan goals/needs, and facilitate placement. (Pages 92-93) Title I

Basis for Special Service to Veterans The operations of the DLR local offices are intended to direct special attention to the barriers veterans face, and to afford individualized and intensive service. Such service is not only a legal and moral obligation, but also a necessary condition for efficiency in local office operations. Specially trained staff gives special attention to the potential vocational problems of separating or retiring service members. The recognition of the rights of veterans to special services through a public employment office has been the law for more than 60 years. (Page 93) Title I

The state agency shall provide an effective placement service for all veterans, to secure for them maximum job opportunities in the field of gainful employment. • The state agency shall provide an effective employment-counseling service to all veterans who need special assistance in meeting barriers of vocational adjustment. • The DLR local offices shall make referrals of qualified veteran job seekers to job openings and training opportunities, and shall observe the following order of priority: 1. Special disabled veterans. 2. Disabled veterans other than special disabled veterans. 3. All other veterans and eligible persons. 4. Non-veterans. • Disabled veterans shall be given priority in all services provided by local public employment offices. (Page 94) Title I

South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Local Office Policy • Provide veterans with maximum job opportunities in acquiring gainful employment through the use of local staff and facilities to provide counseling, placement, and intensive service to veterans. • Maintain a local program for developing job opportunities for veterans, with emphasis on disabled veterans. • Give priority in selection and referral to qualified veterans, with emphasis on disabled veterans. • Provide registration, employment counseling, and intensive service to veterans at Veterans Affairs facilities, as applicable. • Encourage and participate in the establishment of community advisory centers for veterans, where needed. • Provide information to veterans concerning appropriate agencies through which benefits and services may be obtained. (Page 94) Title I

Behavioral / Mental Health

~~The South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities was revised on January 2014. This agreement includes the following South Dakota entities: Office of Special Education, Division of Workforce and Career Preparation, Division of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Division of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, Department of Labor and Department of Social Services. 

The agreement identifies each agency’s roles and responsibilities including:
• Consultation and technical assistance to assist in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post—school activities, including vocation rehabilitation services;
• Transition planning by personnel of the Division of Rehabilitation Services and school district personnel;
•  Roles and responsibilities of each agency including State lead agencies and qualified personnel responsible for transition services;
• Financial responsibilities; and
• Procedures for outreach and identification of students with disabilities who need transition services. (Pages 192-193) Title I

Due to the geographic reality which exists within South Dakota, the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS or Division) recognizes one of the best sources available for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services are Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP). CRPs consist of Community Support Providers, Mental Health Centers, Career Learning Centers, Centers for Independent Living, Communication Services for the Deaf, and the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind. These programs are located in local communities throughout the state. (Page 195) Title I

5. Mental Health Services
Issues expressed here were expressed need statements for the expansion of case management, supported employment, placement services are made available to persons with mental illness via the provider system.

Response Statement: The Division in conjunction with the Board of Vocational Rehabilitation Services has developed strategies in the State Plan to assess and improve the community rehabilitation programs. A variety of training opportunities including conferences, webinars and seminars are provided throughout the state. In addition the Division has established a higher reimbursement rate for service providers who attend training and obtain become a Certified Employment Support Professional through Association of People Supporting Employment first. (Page 226) Title IV

During the next fiscal year, the Division plans to distribute the Title VI—B funds through the fee for service system as traditionally done in previous years. This allows for consumers who have greater needs to receive the level of services necessary to help them obtain supported employment. The Division will continue outcome—based contracts with mental health centers for supported employment services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. This contract model has encouraged the mental health centers to provide supported employment services and is a more accessible method of supported employment services for these consumers. These initiatives will help promote the employment of individuals with the most severe disabilities. (Page 232) Title IV

VR counselors attend IEP meetings at school districts starting as early as age 14. Sioux Falls VR works closely with Southeastern Behavioral Health in providing transition services for students with mental health issues starting at age 14. (Page 246) Title IV

A Memorandum of Understanding is in place to help with coordination of services and funding between the Divisions of Behavioral Health, SBVI, and DRS. This agreement serves as a policy directive for the Community Mental Health Centers and the local SBVI and DRS Offices. It provides guidance in three areas relative to providing vocational services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness: Services to be provided by the Community Mental Health Center; Services available from Vocational Rehabilitation; and, Appropriate Division to pay for the variety of services. (Page 291) Title IV

State Agency Responsible for Providing Mental Health Services The South Dakota Department of Social Services/Division of Behavioral Health is the state agency responsible for providing services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities. A Memorandum is in place to help coordinate the services and funding between the Divisions of Behavioral Health, Rehabilitation Services, and Service to the Blind & Visually Impaired. This document serves as a policy directive for the Community Mental Health Centers and the local Vocational Rehabilitation Offices. It provides guidance in three areas relative to providing vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness: Services that can and should be provided by the Community Mental Health Center, Services available from Vocational Rehabilitation (DRS and SBVI), and Which Division pays for the services. (Page 295) Title IV

Return to Work/Stay at Work (RTW/SAW)

Many students with significant disabilities don’t have an opportunity to gain paid employment experience while in high school. Although willing, most employers cannot afford the supports these students frequently require on their first job. This is an important learning, maturing, and socializing experience. The Division of Rehabilitation Services funds a program entitled “Project Skills” to address this need. This program is a cooperative arrangement between the State VR Agency and the local school systems. The Division funds the wages, workers compensation, and FICA while the schools provide the job development, job coaching, and follow—along services for the student at the job site. By entering into a contractual agreement with the Designated State Unit, the local school districts are assuring that they will provide the non—federal share of the matching funds, including funds contributed to the school by a private agency, organization or individual. (Page 186-187) Title I

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House Bill 1069 - An Act to authorize certain veterans to attend courses offered at postsecondary technical institutes without payment of tuition. - 03/12/2020

“13-55-2. Free tuition--State educational institutions--Veterans--Period of entitlement.

Any person residing in this state who is a veteran as defined by §§ 33A-2-1 and 33A-2-2 or who performed active war service, such as nursing or assisting in the care of soldiers and sailors in any government hospital, field, or camp, as a member of the Red Cross or any other similar organization engaged in war relief work which has been recognized and approved by the government of the United States, during any of the periods or combat operations specified in § 33A-2-2, upon compliance with all the requirements for admission and after qualifying for resident tuition, may attend and pursue any undergraduate course in any state educational institution under the control and management of the Board of Regents or any course at a postsecondary technical institute as defined in § 13-39A-1 without the payment of charges for tuition for each month of qualified service or major fraction thereof a month in academic time…

…Any person who qualifies under § 33A-2-2 as a veteran based solely on a service-connected disability may receive free tuition under this section only if the veterans administration disability rating is ten percent or greater.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Veterans
Citations

Executive Proclamation – Disability Employment Awareness Month - 10/02/2019

“proclaim October 2019 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota and call on all citizens to observe this month by hosting and supporting initiatives and activities that support and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving “Left behind” consumers; variable-income farmers and ranchers; Native American tribal members residing on the nine Indian Reservations and within the Rapid City metropolitan area; and low-income consumers who lack the technical ability to research, compare, and enroll in a plan on the FFE, and/or lack a general knowledge of affordable FFE and non-FFE health insurance options.  There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Enrollment clinics and hospitals,  Local social service, community action agencies, and healthcare providers, Local libraries.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Harold StorsvePhone: (605) 348-1460Email: storsveharold@gmail.com ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Medicaid - 07/01/2019

~~“South Dakota Medicaid is a federal and state-funded program providing health coverage for people who meet certain eligibility standards. Medicaid acts as an insurance company insurance company for these individuals and pays for medically necessary services

Most of the individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid are children. Other individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid include low-income pregnant women, parents, and other caretaker relatives, seniors in nursing homes, and individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Apply to find out if you are eligible.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Ability for Hire - 04/30/2019

~~The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can help employers evolve their workforce. More information regarding each service is available by accessing the web link Job Site Assessments & Evaluations

Disability Awareness & Etiquette Training

Job Development & Placement Services

On-the-Job Training

Employment Support Services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

2019 INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) WORKSHOPS - 04/24/2019

~~This page has information on the different IEP training classes with the dates and locations.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

High School Transition for Students with Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~“Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Services are focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Developmental Center - 12/22/2018

~~“PROVISION OF SERVICESThe SDDC utilizes a person centered approach when designing individualized services. After completion of a comprehensive functional assessment process, the person, their family/guardian and that interdisciplinary team develop an individualized treatment plan designed to assist the person with achieving their goals.

The SDDC service delivery system offers treatment in the areas of:  personal care, social interaction skills, behavioral impulse control, daily living skills, vocational supports, educational supports, recreational activities and learning the skills necessary to make better choices, which will result in a more autonomous life for each person. “

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

TSLP Employment - 12/04/2018

~~“Transition services are best delivered in a framework where there is coordination between education and VR that actively involve the student and family and are focused on the outcome. The following transition services known as Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) can assist in preparing the student for competitive integrated employment as they transition from high school to the adult world. Pre-ETS Examples can be found by accessing the web-link.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

SOUTH DAKOTA HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN - 12/01/2018

~~“Home and community based services (HCBS) in South Dakota have been historically provided through four1915(c) HCBS Waivers.  Each waiver targets a specific population and provides a menu of services to meet the needs of the target population. South Dakota has structured its waivers to meet the needs of individuals who live in rural and frontier areas. As the state Medicaid agency, the Department of Social Services provides oversight to all of South Dakota’s Medicaid waivers.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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House Bill 1069 - An Act to authorize certain veterans to attend courses offered at postsecondary technical institutes without payment of tuition. - 03/12/2020

“13-55-2. Free tuition--State educational institutions--Veterans--Period of entitlement.

Any person residing in this state who is a veteran as defined by §§ 33A-2-1 and 33A-2-2 or who performed active war service, such as nursing or assisting in the care of soldiers and sailors in any government hospital, field, or camp, as a member of the Red Cross or any other similar organization engaged in war relief work which has been recognized and approved by the government of the United States, during any of the periods or combat operations specified in § 33A-2-2, upon compliance with all the requirements for admission and after qualifying for resident tuition, may attend and pursue any undergraduate course in any state educational institution under the control and management of the Board of Regents or any course at a postsecondary technical institute as defined in § 13-39A-1 without the payment of charges for tuition for each month of qualified service or major fraction thereof a month in academic time…

…Any person who qualifies under § 33A-2-2 as a veteran based solely on a service-connected disability may receive free tuition under this section only if the veterans administration disability rating is ten percent or greater.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Veterans
Citations

South Dakota HB 1224 ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations
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Executive Proclamation – Disability Employment Awareness Month - 10/02/2019

“proclaim October 2019 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota and call on all citizens to observe this month by hosting and supporting initiatives and activities that support and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Month-Long Observation of Disability-Employment Awareness Begins Oct. 1 in SD - 09/16/2015

~~“Gov. Dennis Daugaard proclaimed October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The executive proclamation advances the Governor’s goal of making South Dakota an employment-first state, one in which employment is the first priority and preferred outcome for all citizens with disabilities.

“South Dakota is joining a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities,” said state Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Gloria Pearson. “We encourage South Dakotans to take a look at AbilityForHire.com to learn more about how South Dakota is contributing to this effort.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Ability for Hire - 04/30/2019

~~The South Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can help employers evolve their workforce. More information regarding each service is available by accessing the web link Job Site Assessments & Evaluations

Disability Awareness & Etiquette Training

Job Development & Placement Services

On-the-Job Training

Employment Support Services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

High School Transition for Students with Disabilities - 01/01/2019

~~“Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Services are focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Developmental Center - 12/22/2018

~~“PROVISION OF SERVICESThe SDDC utilizes a person centered approach when designing individualized services. After completion of a comprehensive functional assessment process, the person, their family/guardian and that interdisciplinary team develop an individualized treatment plan designed to assist the person with achieving their goals.

The SDDC service delivery system offers treatment in the areas of:  personal care, social interaction skills, behavioral impulse control, daily living skills, vocational supports, educational supports, recreational activities and learning the skills necessary to make better choices, which will result in a more autonomous life for each person. “

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Benefits and Services Offered by the Sioux Falls Regional Office - 11/14/2018

~~“VA’s Sioux Falls Regional Office (RO) administers a variety of benefits and services, including Compensation and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors in South Dakota. We offer the following additional services:• Counseling about eligibility for VA benefits and how to apply• Information about VA health care and memorial benefits• Outreach to Veterans, including those who are homeless or at risk for homelessness and older, minority, and women Veterans• Public affairs” 

Systems
  • Other

Agencies- Transition Services Liaison Project - 09/07/2018

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.

Focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.

Activities provided by the Transition Liaisons include:

- Training to students, families, schools, VR Counselors, and adult service agencies on transition and development of transition plans- Identifying and obtaining instructional materials- Written technical assistance guides made available for interested individuals.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Division of Career and Technical Education - 07/27/2018

~~The goal of the South Dakota Department of Education is for all students to graduate college, career and become life ready. The Division of Career and Technical Education (DCTE) provides support for students’ preparations for postsecondary education and the workforce. Services are connected to approved Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs, work-based learning, school counseling and SDMyLife. In-line with the department’s aspiration, DCTE works to ensure students not only graduate from high school, but that they are prepared to navigate the transitions and life events that come after high school.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Dennis Daugaard speaks about Jobs for People with Disabilities in South Dakota - 03/09/2018

~~“Washington, D.C., March 9 — Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota gave a statement recently about his dedication to including his citizens with disabilities in education and employment initiatives.

South Dakota is “…setting the example and showing that we want to include people who are able to do jobs with accommodations.” During the NGA meeting in 2013, Governor Daugaard helped lead an employment initiative for people with disabilities. Later that year he went home and created the Employment Works Task Force to implement the recommendations made during the meeting. Now South Dakota has a network of businesses, business resource organizations, state-level employment professionals, and job-seekers with disabilities.

[…]

For many students with disabilities this means including things like on-the-job training and apprenticeships, such as the ones provided by Project SEARCH, during their time in South Dakota’s school system.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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TSLP Employment - 12/04/2018

~~“Transition services are best delivered in a framework where there is coordination between education and VR that actively involve the student and family and are focused on the outcome. The following transition services known as Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) can assist in preparing the student for competitive integrated employment as they transition from high school to the adult world. Pre-ETS Examples can be found by accessing the web-link.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment) is a six state consortium that includes Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah. Led by the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, the goals of ASPIRE are to 1) Increase SSI youth and families' overall household income, and thereby reduce dependence on public benefits, by increasing educational attainment and increased career achievement; and 2) Inform federal policymakers about the efficacy of best supports for youth with disabilities. The six states will recruit and enroll 2000 youth ages 14 to 16 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) living in urban, rural, frontier and tribal areas. At enrollment, all youth and their families will receive information about available resources and services.  Half of the youth and families who enroll will also be provided additional services including case management, self-determination training for the youth, parent education and training, financial education and capability training and benefits planning.  ASPIRE will also partner with agencies and organizations to support further education and employment opportunities for the youth and family.  A comparison will be made between the group receiving additional ASPIRE services and those who receive the typical services within their communities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

SD Advocacy Services

~~“What We DoDRSD assists South Dakotans who have a disability and have concerns about their legal rights. DRSD accomplishes this through  information and referral, individual advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative or legal remedies.Our services are based on program eligibility as well as annual goals and priorities approved by the DRSD Board of Directors. Typical priority areas include:Individual Case Services• Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation investigations• Rights Protections• Special Education• Assistance with Vocational Rehabilitation, Human Services Center, SD Developmental Center, Mental Health Facilities, Community Service Providers, and others• Community and workplace integration• Employment (disability) discrimination• Limiting Guardianship or advocating for alternatives to guardianship• Accessing Assistive Technology”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement Recipient - 09/03/2019

~~“Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership was awarded a statewide 2019 CMS Navigator Cooperative Agreement serving “Left behind” consumers; variable-income farmers and ranchers; Native American tribal members residing on the nine Indian Reservations and within the Rapid City metropolitan area; and low-income consumers who lack the technical ability to research, compare, and enroll in a plan on the FFE, and/or lack a general knowledge of affordable FFE and non-FFE health insurance options.  There are no Sub-awardee/Subrecipient Contracted Organizations. They will partner with Enrollment clinics and hospitals,  Local social service, community action agencies, and healthcare providers, Local libraries.  For more information, please contact the designated project lead.Contact:Harold StorsvePhone: (605) 348-1460Email: storsveharold@gmail.com ” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

2019 INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) WORKSHOPS - 04/24/2019

~~This page has information on the different IEP training classes with the dates and locations.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

~~“The mission of Transition Services Liaison Project (TSLP) is to enable students with disabilities to reach their maximum potential in their transition from high school to the adult world.TSLP staff members provide support and technical assistance to students, families, and local education agencies seeking information on transition planning.

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability, based on the individual child’s needs, taking  into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests; and designed to be within a results-oriented process.Focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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South Dakota Medicaid - 07/01/2019

~~“South Dakota Medicaid is a federal and state-funded program providing health coverage for people who meet certain eligibility standards. Medicaid acts as an insurance company insurance company for these individuals and pays for medically necessary services

Most of the individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid are children. Other individuals covered by South Dakota Medicaid include low-income pregnant women, parents, and other caretaker relatives, seniors in nursing homes, and individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Apply to find out if you are eligible.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SOUTH DAKOTA HOME AND COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES STATEWIDE TRANSITION PLAN - 12/01/2018

~~“Home and community based services (HCBS) in South Dakota have been historically provided through four1915(c) HCBS Waivers.  Each waiver targets a specific population and provides a menu of services to meet the needs of the target population. South Dakota has structured its waivers to meet the needs of individuals who live in rural and frontier areas. As the state Medicaid agency, the Department of Social Services provides oversight to all of South Dakota’s Medicaid waivers.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SD Home and Community-Based Options and Person- Centered Excellence (HOPE) Waiver (0189.R06.00) - 08/01/2018

~~Provides adult day services, respite care, homemaker, in-home nursing services, personal care, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, adult companion services, assisted living, chore services, community living home, community transition coordination, community transition supports, emergency response system (ERS), environmental accessibility adaptations, meals, nutritional supplements, structured family caregiving for aged individuals 65 - no max age, physical and other disabilities ages 18-64

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver (0264.R05.00) - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

~~“Provides career exploration, case management, day services, residential habilitation, supported employment, medical equipment and drugs, nursing, other medically related services - speech, hearing & language for individuals w/DD, IID ages 0 - no max age
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

~~“Provides personal attendant care, respite, incontinence supplies, consumer preparation services, environmental accessibility adaptations, in home nursing, personal emergency response (PERS), specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle  modifications for aged individuals 65 - no max age and physically disabled ages 18-64”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Family Support Waiver (0338.R03.00)

~~“Provides personal care 1, respite, support coordination, supported employment, personal care 2, companion care, environmental  accessibility adaptations, nutritional supplements, specialized medical adaptive equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD and IID ages 0 - no max age”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2019 State Population.
0.27%
Change from
2018 to 2019
884,659
2019 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.99%
Change from
2018 to 2019
55,489
2019 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.09%
Change from
2018 to 2019
29,358
2019 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.95%
Change from
2018 to 2019
52.91%
2019 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.96%
Change from
2018 to 2019
83.98%

State Data

General

2019
Population. 884,659
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 55,489
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 29,358
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 378,070
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 52.91%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 83.98%
State/National unemployment rate. 3.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 56,945
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 52,745
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 95,035
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,701
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 3,719
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages).