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Pennsylvania Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program - 2017 Community of Practice Webinar Series

  • May 21st, 2017
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The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) is a cross-disability, cross-systems change initiative of the US Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The goal of EFSLMP is to align policies, coordinate resources, and update service delivery models, in order to facilitate increased integrated employment options for people with the most significant disabilities. ODEP’s EFSLMP National Community of Practice (CoP) Webinar Series is structured to augment the technical assistance areas of primary focus in Employment First systems change (Capacity Building, Provider Transformation, School-to-Work Transition, Employer Engagement, and Policy/Funding Alignment).

The Pennsylvania (PA) EFSLMP Community of Practice Webinar Series is held the fourth Tuesday of the month, February 2017 through August 2017, at 2:00 pm Eastern Time. In line with the PA EFSLMP emphasis on Provider Transformation, this series of seven webinars presents information to support individuals with disabilities obtaining and maintaining competitive integrated employment. (Click on the titles, below, to access the streaming media archive for each recorded webinar.)

1) Communicating Discovery and Customized Employment to Individuals and Families (Karen Lee)
(Recorded on February 28, 2017)
Customized Employment can be a confusing yet exciting adventure for all stakeholders. People who receive supports, families and staff may have heard the term but not know how it fits into their lives. This one hour webinar will give you practical ideas for how, when and where to introduce the topic of customized employment to stakeholders. Join Karen Lee, Executive Director of SEEC in Silver Spring Maryland as she shares the tools they used in becoming a customized employment agency.

2) Engaging Families and Communities (Corey Smith)
(Recorded on March 28, 2017)
This webinar presents information regarding how to effectively engage families and community stakeholders in supporting individuals in obtaining and maintaining competitive integrated employment. Included in this discussion is information regarding building social capital and utilization of the Discovering Personal Genius (DPG), or Discovery methodology. DPG, is a structured method of revealing an individual’s existing or emerging skills, the tasks they perform or desire to learn, and their preferred conditions of employment (e.g., work schedule, job duties/tasks, pay, company culture). DPG results in knowing the employment seeker in a more personal way and “discovering” the most important factors for employment, including their unique skills, interests, learning style, support needs, and personal preferences.

3) Engaging Staff in Competitive Integrated Employment Practices (Rick McAllister)
(Session Occurred on April 25, 2017 – Due to technical difficulty the recording of this webinar is not available, however the related handout is located on this site)

This webinar session included a discussion on current best practices in developing business partnerships and employment opportunities. Information presented included strategies and techniques for networking and overcoming challenges in employment development.

4) Employment Networks & Ticket to Work (Sharyn Hancock)
(Recorded on May 23, 2017)
In this webinar Sharyn Hancock, Disability Resource Coordinator from Workforce Essentials Inc. presented information regarding Ticket to Work and Employment Networks. The Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency (Ticket) program is a Federally-funded employment program designed to provide Social Security disability beneficiaries (i.e., individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits based on disability) the choices, opportunities and support they need to enter the workforce and maintain employment with the goal of becoming economically self-supporting over time. An Employment Network (EN) is an entity that enters into an agreement with the Social Security Administration (Social Security) to either provide or coordinate the delivery of services to Social Security disability beneficiaries. The EN can be an individual, a partnership/alliance (public or private) or a consortium of organizations collaborating to combine resources to serve eligible individuals. ENs participating in the Ticket to Work program (Ticket program) must adhere to certain rules and regulations.

5) Building Strong Employer Relationships Managing the Employer Engagement Process (Dale Verstegen)
(recorded on June 24, 2017)
This webinar will provide methodology and strategies for provider organizations to manage the employer engagement process to achieve stronger employer relationships. This webinar is intended to foster coordination and commitment amongst employment staff who work with local employers to offer consistent, quality employment services that benefit local employer’s business operations. Key learning objectives of this session include:

  1. Contrast staff development to staff training
  2. Establish an employer engagement process
  3. Track and support staff activity related to employer engagement
  4. Support inexperienced job developers as they start to work with employers
  5. Develop an employer engagement plan to expand the number of employment services and employers served

6) How to Dispel Myths about SSI to Increase Employment Outcomes (Susan Harrell)
(recorded on July 25, 2017)
This webinar will provide an overview of SSI and the available work incentives. It will provide strategies and tools that assist in helping job seekers understand the information. It will focus on the importance of on framing the conversation as financial stability rather than just benefits planning. Recommendations on when a job seeker should be referred to a Work Incentive Planning and Assistance Service will be discussed.

7) Overcoming the STIGMA of Living and Working with the Labels of Significant Mental Health Challenges
This webinar will address the core principles and most effective means to overcome the stigma of mental illness as it relates to assisting those with a MH label to attain meaningful and satisfying employment.

Questions addressed in this session include:

  1. After years of detailed policy and legislation to protect the rights of persons with disabilities, why are the employment outcomes for persons with mental illness so low?
  2. What are the lessons learned from the research; particularly Evidence-based Supported Employment / IPS?
  3. How can our service systems & providers better empower persons with MH labels to be in partnership with providers, advocates and employers for sustainable employment outcomes / careers?

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