Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program in Hawaii
To advance Employment First, ODEP created the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This program helps states align policies, regulations and funding priorities to encourage integrated employment as the primary outcome for individuals with significant disabilities. Through the initiative, ODEP is providing support and informational resources for selected states that desire systems change reflecting the Employment First approach of facilitating the full inclusion of people with the most significant disabilities in the workplace and community.
Integrated employment refers to jobs held by people with disabilities in typical workplace settings where the majority of persons employed are not persons with disabilities, they earn at least minimum wage and they are paid directly by the employer (http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/EmploymentFirst.htm).
In November 2014, Hawaii was one of 15 states selected to receive technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy to build capacity and develop inter-agency policy for employment for individuals with disabilities. The Hawaii state agencies that submitted letters of commitment for EFSLMP are:
- Department of Education
- Department of Labor & Industrial Relations
- Department of Human Services – Vocational Rehabilitation &Med-Quest Divisions
- Department of Health – Developmental Disabilities & Adult Mental Health Divisions
- Developmental Disabilities Council
- University of Hawaii – Center on Disability Studies
Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program
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