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Monthly Webinar Series
|Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) |
Community of Practice (CoP) Monthly Webinar
August 9, 2017, 3-4:00 ET
The EFSLMP Community of Practice 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). CoP participants will benefit from national subject matter experts (SMEs) presenting information and resources to support Employment First efforts.
Topic: Making Vision Quest Framework Work For Your StateThis webinar will showcase the efforts that ODEP has made through providing training and technical assistance to states that have goals to advance their Employment First policy efforts. Participants will get the opportunity to learn about ODEP's unique model for systems change–Vision Quest–that is focused on a holistic three-phased approach: assessment, policy development and implementation.Through ODEP’s approach, attendees will learn about the structure and how to engage with stakeholders to ensure that states are achieving policy and programmatic outcomes that truly reflect the Employment First philosophy. Additionally, SMEs Abby Cooper and Doug Crandell will discuss the Vision Quest Replication Manual, a new tool in development that will aid states in further advancing their Employment First systems change efforts.
- Understand ODEP's Vision Quest Framework
- Learn how it's been replicated with various state agencies to achieve collaboration with stakeholders and successfully implement systems-change.
EFSLMP SMEs: Abby Cooper & Doug Crandell
Abby Cooper, M.A. has been an EFSLMP Subject Matter Expert for over four years. Currently, she is working with states on issues of customized employment, economy stability, and expanding networks within the community to
achieve inclusiveness. She has 35 years of experience implementing systems and approaches that assist in building inclusive communities. Her entire career has been devoted to engaging the right services and community involvement to advance full inclusion and employment opportunities for individuals who face multiple complexities. She started her career working with individuals who had a developmental disability and had a history of felonies and incarceration. She designed and implemented the first community-based supported employment program in Washington State as well as supported employment programs for individuals with chronic mental illness and individuals with multiple physical and cognitive disabilities She implemented training for parents and teachers of transition age students focusing on how to effectively use the adult service system in obtaining employment and full inclusion and signed and managed one of the seven RSA Informed Choice demonstration grants. As administrator of the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), she managed the Business Relations Team working with public and private employers, managed independent living services, developed and managed the Division's systems, training criteria, and infrastructure for Ticket to Work. She designed VR policies in partnering with the Workforce system, secured dollars to make the America’s Job Centers (AJC) accessible and created training for the AJCs throughout Washington State on understanding Work Incentives. Her private practice focuses on Employment First strategies, customized employment, informed choice and issues of economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities .In addition, Abby is a subject matter expert for University of New Mexico, Marc Gold and Associates, Washington Disability Rights, New Jersey Commission for the Blind and the LEAD Center. Abby has published numerous articles ranging in topics: integrated employment for people with severe cognitive and physical disabilities, entrepreneurship and Rehabilitation, the impact of informed choice on community providers, economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities and the relationship of supported employment services on broader employment policy. Ms Cooper holds a M.A. in Organizational Management.
Doug Crandell has managed, staffed and directed community mental health and disability programs at the provider level for 25 years, providing customized and evidence-based practices to people with disabilities and mental illness and their employers. In addition, he has provided hands-on, real-time training to organizations across the country through the Training and Technical Assistance to Providers (T-TAP) project, as well as through the START-UP-USA technical assistance center for people with disabilities interested in self-employment. Doug has been the Project Director for a number of demonstration grants funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Social Security Administration under the EBP Dartmouth study for Supported Employment and medication management. Doug works as a Senior Consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associates. In addition, he is on the faculty of the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia where he currently is responsible for the training and technical assistance mandated under Georgia’s Department of Justice settlement related to evidence-based employment supports. An author, Mr. Crandell has published seven books, all of which focus on disability and mental illness.
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- On the day of the webinar, enter room here: http://www.econsys.com/eflsmp/copwebinar/
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- Meeting materials are forthcoming and will be distributed closer to the event.
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