DSHS-McKeon, Stacii DSHS-McKeon, Stacii

created Aug 22, 2013

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3.1.b, developmental disabilities employment, dshs, community-based services, supported people, stability and self sufficiency, developmental disabilities, day programs, working-age adults
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Quarterly client extracts from DSHS, Developmental Disabilities Administration DD CARE, DDD Client Database; Employment Security Department Unemployment Insurance wage file.
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Rates of employment for DD clients aged 21 through 61 who are currently receiving employment day program services. Percent Employed: The proportion of clients employed during the calendar quarter in which they received services. Data reporting dates reflect "Reporting Quarter". Employment Security Department earnings data exclude self employment, federal employment, and unreported earnings. New data are available six months after quarter ends. Wage rates for different follow-up groups are presented in current dollars (Consumer Price Index adjusted) so they can be compared.
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Quarterly - data available 6 months after quarter ends
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Once the recession ended in early 2013, there is optimism that the economy will slowly begin to improve, resulting in increased employment opportunities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the 2013-2015 biennium, the legislature approved additional funding to increase supports for 734 transition-age individuals who are Medicaid eligible and interested in pursuing employment after graduation from high school. At the end of March 2013, 4,590 out 7,219 individuals were employed (See RDA’s Employment Outcome’s Report (August 2013). Estimates show that if approximately 54% (400 of the 734 transition age individuals) obtain employment, we would likely be able to achieve our target of 66%. This is a stretch goal; we have never achieved more than 65%. Another factor that contributed to the target of 66% is that Microsoft intends to hire 200 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the 2013-2015 biennium. We have a committee that is working with Microsoft on filling these positions. This effort is consistent with goals identified in Executive Order 13-02 that established Governor Inslee’s Disability Employment Task Force. We have also established targets with each county to increase the number of persons who are employed at minimum wage or better by 3%. These too are stretch goals for each county.
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