Long Term Care/Managed Care Organizations
The Department of Health Services (DHS) has established a list of Guiding Principles that build on the value of full inclusion of people with disabilities served in long-term care programs. These principles are evidence-based practices that align with the vision for the future for people with disabilities. It is recognized that each person’s path toward competitive integrated employment involves a person-centered planning process that includes a variety of experiences to build toward successful jobs.
Wisconsin DHS Guiding Principles
- Everyone can work in a job if it is matched to his or her unique skills and interests, and they are provided with the right supports.
- Competitive, integrated employment is the first and preferred employment outcome for all working-age youth and adults.
- Working creates a strong path toward better physical and mental health.
- Work is a pathway out of poverty, reduces reliance on public benefits, and is cost effective.
- Students with disabilities who have the supports to participate in general education classes and activities and take some type of post-secondary courses are more likely to obtain competitive employment, require fewer supports, and earn higher wages.
- When a child’s parents, teachers, and other adults in their life expect that the child or teenager will work, they are up to five times more likely to work in the community as an adult.
- Having two or more paid community work experiences during high school means teens are five times more likely to work in the community after high school.
- To make informed choices about employment, people with disabilities need opportunities to receive comprehensive information about services available, work incentive benefits counseling, reasonable accommodations, supports, and opportunities to try a variety of community jobs.
- Interagency coordination at the state level with long-term care agencies, Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Department of Public Instruction (DPI), businesses, technical colleges, and school districts, as well as local and regional coordination, is necessary for youth and adults with disabilities to achieve their employment goals.
- Society as a whole and businesses in all sectors of the economy can benefit from a workforce that includes, and actively engages, people with disabilities.