CPSD Responds to WIOA Advisory Committee Report

CPSD believes that the fully realized implementation of the WIOA Advisory Committee Report recommendations will result in a dramatically different system of CIE employment supports from what is available today. It recognizes that such a system will necessitate time and the full participation of all key stakeholders to effect change. In order to ensure on-going, continued commitment to this expansive degree of systemic reform, CPSD calls for the on-going accountability of those most responsible by:

  1. Requiring an Annual Report to Congress on the status and progress of implementing the WIOA Advisory Committee’s Recommendations; and,
  2. Requiring the involvement of the Office of Management and Budget in the shift to paying for different outcomes through system modernization and alignment

To begin the more immediate implementation of the WIOA Report Recommendations, CPSD calls for:

  1. An Interagency Task Force be established within 100 Days of next administration, to include the Office of Management and Budget

Congress should direct the formation of an interagency task force to develop an implementation plan for these capacity-building steps for increasing CIE and advancing economic self-sufficiency. At a minimum, this task force should include representatives from: DOL (ETA and ODEP), ED (RSA, OSEP), HHS (SAMHSA, CMS, ACL), SSA, DOJ, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Treasury. (p. 19)

  1. Congress to pass legislation for multi-year phase out of FLSA Section 14 c subminimum wage provision

Congress should amend Section 14(c) of FLSA to allow for a well-designed, multi-year phase-out of the Section 14(c) Program that results in people with disabilities entering CIE. (p. 107)

  1. The Creation of a third party evaluation of Source America and increased data reporting of Ability One

Congress should authorize an independent third-party evaluation tasked with studying the implementation of the recommendations as submitted herein, and submit a report that identifies and recommends additional policies that may be required to implement the changes necessary to reform the JWOD Act as indicated above. (p. 60)

  1. An analysis in detail of the requisite alignment of Federal Systems

Congress should reauthorize IDEA and the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act to align with WIOA and expand responsibilities of programs funded through the Act in order to support early paid work experiences for youth with the most significant disabilities.  (p. 23)

  1. An OMB review and analysis and recommendations for improved interaction of the benefits system with employment outcomes

Read CPSD’s Full Response HERE.

CPSD Holds Briefing on Competitive Integrated Employment and Subminimum Wage Report

Washington, D.C. (October 14, 2016) – The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) held a briefing yesterday in response to the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID)’s report on integrated competitive employment for youth and adults with disabilities and subminimum wage. The event addressed the Advisory Committee’s recommendations on practices and policies for reforming employment infrastructure for people with significant disabilities.

“CPSD strongly supports the recommendations in the ACICIEID Report, and urges the Congress and the next Administration to work aggressively toward its implementation,” said Barb Trader, Executive Director of CPSD. “Yesterday’s highly productive and robust conversation highlighted many of the economic challenges of our day facing the disability community due to inequities within our employment structure. Swift implementation is not only the right thing to do, it is imperative for the health and well-being of our society. We cannot afford one more generation of people with disabilities living in poverty as a result of massive unemployment.”

The briefing represented a critical first step in overhauling an antiquated, unequal system. To learn more about determining priority areas and strategies for driving implementation of the Advisory Committee recommendations, contact Julia Bascom at jbascom@autisticadvocacy.org.

Briefing: Strategies to Drive Implementation of ACICIEID Advisory Committee Report Recommendations – Thursday, October 13, 2016

Join the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) for a briefing and discussion on the recently released final report developed and published by the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID).  The purpose of the briefing is to provide a summary of the final report and to facilitate an initial dialogue concerning its contents.  This briefing will be held on Thursday, October 13th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, at the National Youth Transition Center, 2013 H. St., NW.

This past month, ACICIEID released the committee’s final report.  The committee’s final report consists of recommendations on practices and policies that would result in increased opportunities for integrated competitive employment for youth and adults with disabilities and responsible reforms aimed at decreasing the utilization of 14c waivers allowing for the compensation of sub-minimum wage.

During the committee’s two year tenure, CPSD and many CPSD members participated in the committee’s public meetings by providing testimony concerning a number of areas of expertise related to competitive integrated employment and the importance of moving away from the practice of sub-minimum wage.

All are welcome to participate in this discussion to help determine priority areas of implementation and strategies for driving implementation of the Advisory Committee recommendations for reform. Please RSVP by Monday, October 10, 2016.

To read the committee’s final report, please click here.

 



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