Our Advisory Roles
The GCEPD serves dual advisory roles.
First, as stated in our mission, we advise the Governor on current issues affecting employment of people with disabilities.
In addition, we provide indirect oversight and planning support of Vermont State programs, such as the Medicaid infrastructure grant (MIG). In this advisory capacity, we have been instrumental in supporting the MIG in the development of its current strategic plan. This may be viewed at: www.vwii.org, OR AT http://www.dail.state.vt.us/dvr/vocrehab/vwii/assets/docs/VTWorksStrategicPlanFull.pdf
The current list of Vermont Works: Medicaid Infrastructure Grant projects for 2009 / 2010 for which the GCEPD provides advisory and other support is as follows:
1. Enhancing Work Incentives to Increase Employment of People with Disabilities
- Benefits Counseling: Provide individuals with disabilities with information about the interrelationship between work and public benefits;
- Continuation of $1 for $2 Study: Continue evaluation of the Social Security $1 for $2 pilot focused on Buy-In participants.
- Medicaid Buy-In Program: Allows individuals who are working to maintain health insurance
- Personal Assistance Services: Provides funds for personal care attendants for individuals with severe physical disabilities
2. Increasing Employment Options for People with Disabilities
- State as a Model Employer: Provide internships, work experiences, and assistive technology training and assessment to increase placement and retention in State government;
- Self Employment: Provide information and training to service providers to enhance support services to individuals with developmental disabilities who wish to become self employed;
- Telecommuting and Work At Home Options: Work with employers to provide opportunities for telecommuting, and work with VR Counselors to provide information and assistance for individuals to work from home;
- Supported Employment: Through incentives, enhanced Ticket to Work provisions, and technical assistance, increase the quality of supported employment services for individuals with mental illness;
- Reuse of Assistive Technology: Develop a statewide system for the retrieval, refurbishment and reuse of assistive technology in the Medicaid and public school arenas that will make assistive technology more affordable and available to individuals with disabilities;
- Increase awareness of disabilities and employment: Through media and events sponsorship, increase awareness of the abilities of people with disabilities and the activities of the MIG.
3. Developing Employment Supports for Vulnerable Populations
- Non-categorical Case Management: Conduct pilot study to determine the effectiveness of providing case management services to vulnerable adults who do not qualify for other supportive employment services;
- Poverty Initiative: Provide employers with education and support to retain workers with barriers stemming from disability and poverty and conduct pilot study on the effectiveness of providing on-site resource coordination;
- Peer certification: Increase the quality of peer support for employment through a pilot program to develop standards and procedures in a mental health community agency;
4. Enhancing our Relationship with Employers
- The Employer as Customer: Through a variety of mechanisms, coordinate key stakeholders for strategic planning on ways to increase the quality of recruitment, retention, and training of the workforce of Vermont employers;
- Job Developer Coalitions: Continue and expand local coalitions that enhance communication with employers and increase job placements;
To learn more about the MIG and the GCEPD's advisory and oversight role, please go to: