CESP Certification Exam Coming to Louisiana Feb 10, 2017
The CESP Exam will be held Friday, February 10 at 10:00 AM at LSU Human Development Center, Room 452, 411 South Prieur St, New Orleans, LA. Job coaches, job developers, transition employment specialists, job placement personnel, and employment specialists/consultants can earn the designation of Certified Employment Support Professionals (CESP) by passing the national CESP examination. As of October 2016, there are 1,719 CESP’s™ professionals throughout the country. The fee to take the exam is $159. Visit the APSE website here to learn more about the CESP.
To coincide with the CESP, HDC will have a Supported Employment Core Refresher Training on Friday, January 27 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. See HDC's 5.0 Hour Continuing Education Training Calendar below for more information and to register.
National APSE 2017 Conference to be held June 20-22 in Portland OR
The National APSE Conference is the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of Employment First.
The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Conference brings together more than 1,000 community leaders, businesses, and individuals with disabilities from across the country and around the world to network and discuss state-of-the-art strategies to ensure equitable employment for all citizens with disabilities. Join us and take advantage of:
- Education and networking opportunities
- 2 On-Site CESP™ Exam Opportunities
- Pre-conference sessions followed by 2.5 days of more than 100 high quality, interactive breakout sessions by national experts
For more information and to register, visit the APSE Conference Website.
HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training
LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies, and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.
(If you would to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)
Lafayette: March 14, 15 & 16 (full days) - Lafayette (LRS Regional Office, 825 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Brandywine VI, Suite 350)
Baton Rouge: April 4, 5, 6 (full days) & 12 (half day) - Baton Rouge (UpLIFTD, 1979 Beaumont Ave)
New Orleans: May 16, 17, 18 (full days) & 24 (half day) - New Orleans (LSUHSC HDC, 411 South Prieur Street, Classroom 452)
HDC's 5.0 Hour SE Continuing Education Training
These trainings meet LRS/LWC and OCDD guidelines for Community Rehabilitation Providers and their staff. Each of these trainings counts as 5.0 hours of Continuing Education for LRS/LWC, OCDD and CESP renewal accreditation. The LRS requirement for renewal of vendorship is 20 hours every three years. Each class takes place on one day scheduled from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The fee for these classes is $75 per training class.
(Please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed. if you would like to schedule additional 5 Hour SE Training Classes in your region)
New Orleans (LSUHSC HDC, 411 South Prieur Street, Classroom 452)
- January 27 - Supported Employment Core Refresher
Lafayette (LRS Regional Office, 825 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Brandywine VI, Suite 350)
- March 14 - SSA Benefits & Work Incentive
- March 15 - Community Based Assessment & Job Development Clinic
- March 16 - Job Site Training Clinic
Baton Rouge (UpLIFTD, 1979 Beaumont Ave)
- April 4 - SSA Benefits & Work Incentive
- April 5 - Community Based Assessment & Job Development Clinic
- April 6 - Job Site Training Clinic
New Orleans (LSUHSC HDC, 411 South Prieur Street, Classroom 452)
- May 16 - SSA Benefits & Work Incentive
- May 17 - Community Based Assessment & Job Development Clinic
- May 18 - Job Site Training Clinic
RSA Announcement: Frequently Asked Questions on Competitive Integrated Employment
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is pleased to publish Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment.” This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and its implementing VR program regulations in 34 CFR §361.5(c)(9)(ii) (see 81 FR 55629 (August 19, 2016)). The information in these FAQs provides guidance and technical assistance to VR agencies and community rehabilitation programs so that they may assist individuals with disabilities to achieve high-quality employment.
Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment” FAQ
Medicaid Expansion Tied To Employment Among People With Disabilities
Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid coverage to people living just above the poverty line may be responsible for more disabled people getting jobs, according to a recent study.
Before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) - also known as Obamacare - was passed in 2010, people with disabilities and low income jobs were often unable to afford their expensive medical care. So many chose unemployment in order to be poor enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage, researchers report in the American Journal of Public Health. Read the full article from The Huffington Post here
WIOA Assessment Tool
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) presents an extraordinary opportunity for the public workforce system to transform and improve the quality of life for job seekers and workers through an integrated, job-driven system that links diverse talent to our nation's businesses.
The WIOA Quick Start Action Planner (QSAP) is an interactive, self-paced assessment tool designed to help leaders at all levels of the public workforce system plan for this transformation and prepare for implementation of WIOA. The QSAP will help you identify areas of strength and focused areas for improvement in your workforce system and connect you to targeted resources that can help you to prepare and plan effectively. OPEN QSAP