State Plan 2017 - 2021

Transportation
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GOALS:

  • Develop and implement:
    • a minimum of three sustainable transportation solutions
    • at least one infrastructure change
  • Increase both dollars and access to safe and affordable methods of transportation for the DD Community

OBJECTIVES/MAJOR ACTIVITIES:

  • Establish a mobility management structure statewide that provides both access to the community and satisfaction with transportation services for a minimum of two life activities i.e. employment, education, recreation, leisure etc.
  • Improve and enhance travel-training services that will create greater access to existing transportation services through existing mobility management systems.
  • Improve and enhance sensitivity training for transportation personnel to meet specialized communication and disability etiquette needs.
  • Implement advocacy efforts as needed.

OUTCOMES:

  • A minimum of 3 sustainable transportation solutions are developed and implemented.
  • A minimum of one infrastructure change, resulting in increased access to safe and affordable transportation, is executed.

What's in Place headed into 2019 to achieve the Goals/Outcomes?

  • FDDC facilitated legislative support in 2018 legislative session for a six-month Task Force on Transportation to study the issue statewide and understand existing systems (ended 12/17).
  • Task Force produced five recommendations to the legislature including pilot mobility management enters and dedicated pilots to look at DD population and address identified needs.
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    • Transportation Disadvantaged was legislatively mandated to carve out $500,000 from their current 1.7M grant program and dedicate it to procure a provider to implement a pilot project for door to door services dedicated strictly for persons with DD as defined under Florida Statute 393.
    • Mobility management centers is one of the 5 recommendations
  • HART Plus voucher program (a public-private partnership) in Hillsborough County continues to run effectively and has been sustained in that county (established by FDDC initiative in 2016-2017).
  • Travel Training and Sensitivity Training draft proposals are in place.

 

Employment
(Facilitate and Provide Technical Assistance to
Florida's Employment First Nine Signatory Agency Collaborative)
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GOAL:

 

  • Increase the number of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) gaining competitive employment at or above minimum wage by 25% over the 2014 Employment First baseline data.

OBJECTIVES/MAJOR ACTIVITIES:

  • One or more of the nine Employment First partners will have implemented at least on major policy or practice change that impacts integrated employment at minimum wage or greater.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to fully implement the Employment First Act at both state and local levels and align with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Ace requirements and implementation.
  • Use the recommendations from the Supported Employment Provider Rate Options study to increase the number of Florida's supported employment providers and create a sustainable system.
  • Implement a program ages 22 and older that provides pre-employment skills training in the community, as well as real-world work experiences in a business setting with the intent to develop the skills needed to gain and sustain competitive employment.
  • Through extensive provider training and mentoring to organization/agency leadership, foster the development of transformation models to create a system that supports the Employment First philosophy.
  • Implement advocacy efforts as needed.

OUTCOMES:

  • Each of the nine signatory partner agencies/organization will reflect a 25% increase (over the 2014 baseline data) in the number of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities gaining employment above minimum wage.

What's in Place headed into 2019 to achieve the Goal/Outcome?

  • Employment First legislation and an Interagency Collaborative Agreement are in place.  Must be renewed in 2019.
  • A Supported Employment Provider Rate Study is complete and shared with key agencies.
  • Employment Options Informed Choice curriculum continues to be piloted.
  • The Employment First Collaborative Training Toolkit is converted to online modules to implement regionally at the local level with administrative support.

 

Education
(Elementary through Post-Secondary Transition)
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GOAL:

  • The Council will have contributed to assisting students into meaningful post-school outcomes with adequate services and supports through the implementation of:
    • at least four new improvements to transition services, and
    • two or more policies or practices.

OBJECTIVES/MAJOR ACTIVITIES:

  • Create or expand two or more practices designed to improve transition outcomes through collaboration with agencies, school districts, and programs.
  • Develop a system to provide transition services to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with an emphasis on students with the most significant disabilities, including youth previously thought unemployable.
  • Increase expansion of and access to at least three models (e.g. career and technical within technical centers, career and technical with Florida Colleges etc.) ensuring equitable access for students with the most significant disabilities by providing technical assistance and support.
  • Improve access to and completion of postsecondary education and training programs for students who identify as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Hispanic/Latino to address targeted disparity found in completing postsecondary education and training programs.
  • Implement advocacy efforts as needed.

OUTCOMES:

  • A minimum of four new improvements to transition services will be achieved with adequate services and supports.
  • Two or more policies or practices will be improved or developed to assist students attain meaningful post-school outcomes with adequate services and support.

What's in Place headed into 2019 to achieve the Goal/Outcomes?

  • Florida career and technical centers/schools/colleges have been deemed eligible for federal funding under the Higher Education Opportunity Act and will have access to the Florida Center for Unique Abilities program.
  • Project TOPS at Robert Morgan Educational Center is established, replication to begin in 2019.
  • UCF CARD has started the targeted disparity project.
  • Post-secondary models research to expand post-secondary programs in Florida has been initiated.

 

 

Self Advocacy Leadership
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GOAL:

  • A minimum of 350 Floridians (250 individuals & 100 families) impacted by intellectual and developmental disabilities, not currently participating in leadership and advocacy, will participate in leadership, advocacy and systems change activities in culturally diverse or cross-disability coalitions.

OBJECTIVES/MAJOR ACTIVITIES:

  • Support the state-wide self-advocacy organization, Florida SAND (Self Advocacy Network'd) to:
    • engage in at least one specific public policy activity;
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    • encourage its members and circles of support to participate in at least one grassroots effort to inform their local communities of issues that impact full inclusion;
    • conduct at least one public policy activity annually; and
    • support local grassroots groups through education and training on fundraising, membership recruitment, retention and outreach to facilitate independence and sustainability.
  • Support at least two members annually to participate in cross-disability leadership coalitions and mentor self-advocates in leadership.
  • Increase the knowledge of at least 100 individuals on advocacy, leadership and self-determination by:
    • utilizing Partners in Policymaking®(PIP); and
    • creating Partners in Policymaking Plus, a cohort of PIP graduates, to receive advanced training on the Council's policy issues to be used in systems change efforts.
  • Collaborate with all DD Network Partners to implement and sustain a leadership training program with a minimum of eight self-advocates and eight mid-career institutional leaders to build the next generation of top leaders.
  • Collaborate with Disability Rights Florida (the protection and advocacy partner for Florida) to promote voting access for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through:
    • training and providing opportunities for a minimum of 25 self-advocates to improve public speaking skills as Project VOTE co-trainers.
  • Collaborate with the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities at the University of South Florida, and other DD partners as deemed appropriate, to institute a minimum of one systemic change for one high priority issue impacting the lives of persons with I/DD and their families.

OUTCOMES:

  • Florida SAND will have developed the infrastructure to sustain as an independent, non-profit organization.
  • A cadre of trained leaders will be established and available to provide leadership training to individuals with I/DD who desire to become leaders.
  • The number of individuals and their families impacted by I/DD participating in diverse leadership coalitions, including participation on local and state level systems change boards, will increase.
  • A new group of trained advocates (minimum of 350 individuals and families impacted by I/DD) will be established.

What's in Place headed into 2019 to achieve the Goal/Outcomes?

  • PIP continues its annual training classes.
  • Florida SAND continues to require guidance and support for their annual conference and infrastructure. Under their current structure, we have seen improvement in participation in advocacy activities, leveraging of funding by local chapters, self-advocates engaging in mentoring activities, self-advocates serving as trainers or presenters, and members becoming active in boards, committees or workgroups.
  • The DD leadership training model has been initiated.
  • Disability Rights Florida and the Council have implemented Project VOTE.
  • The Council partnered with the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) on the DD Waitlist Campaign that led to 350 individuals being funded to transition off of the waitlist.

 

Self-Advocacy Systems Change
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GOAL:

  • Implement at least one systemic change to federal and/or state statutes, rules, policies or procedures designed to mitigate the income limits imposed on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in federal and state programs, restoring their ability to independently control their income.

OBJECTIVES/MAJOR ACTIVITIES:

  • A minimum of 50 policy-makers at the federal and/or state level will be educated on the impact of waiver income limits and the benefits of the Medicaid Buy-In.
  • Track, report and analyze the changes in legislative policies relating to income limits and Medicaid Buy-In and determine recommendations for future systems change activities.
  • Advocate for legislative developments which enable individuals with I/DD to control their income.
  • Implement advocacy efforts as needed.

OUTCOME:

  • A minimum of one systemic change to federal and/or state statutes, rules, policies or procedures mitigating the income limits on people with I/DD will be implemented resulting in the restoration of their ability to independently control their income.

What's in Place headed into 2019 to achieve the Goal/Outcome?

  • Waiver Eligibility Income Limits Study is available for future work.
  • Working Persons with Disabilities Program was legislated in the Florida 2018 session requiring the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to apply to the federal government with a proposal to allow people on the APD waiver to make more money and maintain their Medicaid.  This initiative is subject to approval by the 2019 Florida legislature.
  • The application through AHCA to the federal government is still in its initial process.

 

Housing
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GOAL:

  • Florida will have made at least one systemic change to statutes, rules, policies or procedures designed to improve choice and provide for financial support for safe, affordable and inclusive housing with access to support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

OBJECTIVES/MAJOR ACTIVITIES:

  • Prioritize the needs of individuals with I/DD by:
    • collaborating with profit, nonprofit and governmental housing organizations;
    • monitoring and influencing the development of key federal and state housing plans; and
    • allocating resources in a minimum of 3 cities and 3 counties representing 3 geographical areas of the state.
  • Conduct comprehensive research on community-based strategic planning mandates through the Consolidated Plan process under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for safe, affordable and inclusive housing throughout Florida.
  • Utilize the research from the Consolidated Plan process to develop or identify and implement involvement in the Consolidated Plan process.
  • Provide training, technical assistance and support for self-advocates and family members to empower them to:
    • understand housing-related issues; and
    • serve on housing-related commissions, boards or advisory committees to ensure needs are met within the Consolidated Plan.

OUTCOMES:

  • A minimum of one systemic change to statutes, rules, policies or procedures designed to improve choice and provide for financial support for safe, affordable and inclusive housing with access to support services for persons with I/DD.

What's in Place headed into 2019 to achieve the Goal/Outcomes?

  • The Community-Based Housing Initiative Study report will be available in September 2018.
  • The Housing and Consolidated Plan Training and Community Involvement Initiative will begin in September 2018 to address the recommendations in the above study.
  • A specialized training project for self-advocates, families and other stakeholders to join or be appointed to housing-related organizations, and to influence the Consolidated Planning process by advocating for safe, affordable, inclusive and accessible housing will begin in 2019.

 

 

Workforce
(Direct Service Providers Compensation & Training)
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GOAL:

  • One or more improvements will be made to practices, services and compensation for community-based service providers to ensure that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) have access to, and receive services and supports from, a sustainable, qualified provider base.

OBJECTIVES/MAJOR ACTIVITIES:

  • Identify recommendations and advocate for competitive compensation for a minimum of 2 categories of community-based providers.
  • Collaborate and advocate with key stakeholders based on recommendations from data collected.
  • Advocate to improve compensation for community-based providers.
  • Identify, develop and implement evidence-based training for at least 250 community-based providers i.e. personal care attendants and residential habilitation/group home staff and 25 supervisors representing organizations of diverse sizes.

OUTCOMES:

  • One or more improvements will be made to practices, services and compensation for community-based service providers.

What's in Place headed into 2019 to achieve the Goal/Outcome?

  • Awareness campaign called Pay Fair for Care was launched in 2018 legislative session to address the importance of personal care supports and direct care services.
  • Provider compensation for direct and community-based service providers' rate study is complete with recommendations.
  • The Waiver Provider Compensation Stakeholders Workgroup remains in place for 2019.
  • The Workforce Collaborative Training Initiative remains in place to utilize research from year one to develop person centered, comprehensive evidence-based training and materials for direct service providers.

 

 

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