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					                                      Working for Tomorrow
                                          January 2011
                 A publication of the Center for Workers with Disabilities, APHSA

FEDERAL NEWS

HUD and HHS Announce Joint Effort to Assist Transition to Community Living
On January 6, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Health and
Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a joint partnership between the two
agencies to assist nearly 1,000 non-elderly individuals with disabilities leave nursing homes or
other healthcare facilities to live in the community. Through this partnership, the two agencies
are offering a combination of rental assistance, health care, and other supportive services
targeted to this population.

As part of this effort, HUD is providing $7.5 million in rental assistance vouchers that will help
individuals with disabilities rent private apartments. Public housing authorities in 15 states will
administer the rental subsidies and will work with state human service agencies to identify eligible
individuals who could benefit from the program. Individuals receiving rental assistance through
the program will also receive health and social supports that will assist them to live
independently. These supports will be provided through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services’ “Money Follows the Person” grant program, which allows individuals who qualify for
Medicaid-funded nursing home or other institutional care to receive supports such as personal
assistance services while living in the community instead. In places where the MFP program is
not available, services will be provided by a state-sponsored institutional transitional program
comparable to MFP.

This joint effort continues the Administration’s Community Living initiative. Last October, HUD
awarded $33 million to support a first round of 4,300 rental assistance vouchers to help
individuals with disabilities and their families to access affordable housing in communities and
avoid potential institutionalization. The current announcement is for the second round funding to
provide 948 vouchers targeted for non-elderly individuals with disabilities currently living in
institutional settings, such as nursing homes, but who could move into a community with
assistance. These vouchers will augment work being done by CMS through its MFP rebalancing
demonstration program.

For more information, see http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110106a.html.

AoA to House Office of CLASS
On January 5, in a letter to the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, HHS Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius indicated that HHS plans to house the office that will administer the
Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act within the Administration on Aging. The
Office of CLASS will administer the new long-term care insurance program created by the
Affordable Care Act. The Office will establish the program, set premiums, designate rules for
enrollment and eligibility systems, and specify and design the benefit. Additionally, the Office of
CLASS will convene two Advisory Committees, a Panel on the Personal Care workforce, and the
CLASS Independence Advisory Panel.




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For more information, see the letter at http://phinational.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/HHS-
Letter-on-CLASS-Office.pdf.

Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act Becomes Law
On January 4, President Obama signed the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of
2010 into law (P.L. 111-374). The legislation amends the Section 811 Housing for Persons with
Disabilities Program, a program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development that is
dedicated to the housing needs of persons with disabilities. Among its provisions, the law creates
a project rental assistance competitive demonstration program to expand the supply of supportive
housing for non-elderly adults with disabilities and with extremely low incomes or for extremely
low-income households that include at least one person with a disability.

Further information is available by searching http://thomas.loc.gov/.

HHS Invites Comments on Initial Quality Measures for Medicaid-Eligible Adults
On December 30, 2010, HHS issued a notice in the Federal Register that identifies an initial core
set of health quality measures recommended for Medicaid-eligible adults, as required by section
2701 of the Affordable Care Act, and that solicits comments on these initial measures. The initial
core set was developed by reviewing measures from nationally recognized sources, including
measures currently endorsed by the National Quality Forum, measures submitted by Medicaid
medical directors, measures currently in use by CMS, and measures suggested by the
Subcommittee of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Advisory Council.
Comments on the initial core set of quality measures are due no later than 5 p.m. on March 1,
2011.

The list of 51 initial measures is available in the Federal Register notice, see
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-32978.pdf.

DOL Issues TEGL on Credential Attainment
The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration issued a Training and
Employment Guidance Letter on December 15, 2010, on increasing credential, degree, and
certificate attainment by participants of the public workforce system. In addition to reinforcing the
Administration’s commitment to postsecondary education and career training, the TEGL
describes strategies that state and local workforce agencies, their partners, and grantees can
adopt to both increase the rate of credential attainment among workforce program participants
and improve the quality of those credentials. The TEGL also clarifies certain reporting
requirements.

The TEGL notes that data collected through the Workforce Investment Act Standardized
Reporting Data point to declining rates of credential attainment among public workforce
participants. At the same time, the guidance letter stresses that the public workforce system has
an important role to play in increasing access to credentials through its relationships with, for
example, employers, Registered Apprenticeship programs, economic development agencies, and
education and training providers. The letter describes a variety of strategies that workforce
agencies, one-stop career centers, and partners can use to increase the quantity and quality of
credentials attained with the support of the public workforce investment system. These strategies
include, for example:

       Build the capacity of One-Stop and other frontline staff to help customers develop
        individualized career plans that support an individual’s journey through the pathway.
       When warranted, co-enroll low-skilled participants in WIA titles I and II to support their
        participation in Integrated Education and Training programs, a service approach that
        combines adult basic education, including English as a second language, with
        occupational skills training and issues GEDs and postsecondary, industry-recognized
        credentials.




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       Leverage the full array of supportive services allowed through title I of WIA, including
        subsidies for childcare and transportation.
       Build frontline staff knowledge of, and make available to customers, information about
        expanded eligibility for Pell Grants and other sources of student financial aid for
        nontraditional students.
       Foster stronger program linkages among WIA, Registered Apprenticeships, Trade
        Adjustment Assistance, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Vocational
        Rehabilitation, Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program, and the Carl D. Perkins Career
        and Technical Education Act to provide seamless service delivery and enable
        participants to access a wide array of supportive services and income supports to
        facilitate access to and persistence in credential-granting training and education
        programs.
       Train staff to conduct market research with local employers to identify in-demand
        credentials and local education and training providers that issue industry-recognized
        credentials.

The TEGL is available at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL15-10.pdf.

HHS Releases Healthy People 2020
Healthy People, released by the HHS each decade, is a set of goals and objectives with
10-year targets designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to
improve the health of all people in the United States. Healthy People




DOL Provides Guide on State and Local Workforce Data
On December 10, 2010, DOL’s Employment and Training Administration issued a Training and
Employment Notice with the purpose of distributing a new Guide to State and Local Workforce
Data: For Analysis and Informed Decision Making. This Guide intends to assist a wide variety of
users to understand what state and local labor market information/workforce information is



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available on various topics and to locate specific data tables quickly. The Guide incorporates
LMI/WI data from various sources, including the Employment and Training Administration and the
Bureau of Labor Statistics; the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau and Bureau of
Economic Analysis; the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics;
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Center for Health Statistics; the
U.S. Department of Agriculture; the U.S. Department of Justice; the U.S. Department of the
Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs; the U.S. Social Security Administration; the U.S. National
Science Foundation; and several private sector sources. The Guide also serves as a companion
to ETA’s Catalogue of Workforce Information Sources which provides national workforce data.

The Guide is organized by topic areas and includes data sources on people with disabilities. The
Guide provides information on and direct links to the data sources. The access the guide, see
http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEN19-10.pdf.

AROUND THE STATES

Minnesota Employment Policy Initiative Releases New Briefs
MEPI has published new briefs on employment of Minnesotans who are blind and on those who
are deaf-blind. MEPI is an initiative that aims to facilitate dialogue and develop leadership on
disability and employment policy that will result in increased competitive employment of
Minnesotans with disabilities. MEPI and its partners have convened a set of “listening sessions”
to be used as the basis for policy briefs identifying recommendations that will improve competitive
employment outcomes for Minnesotans with disabilities around the core question, “What will it
take to double employment of Minnesotans with disabilities by 2015?” The latest policy briefs
summarize findings and recommendations from listening sessions held on March 16, 2010 (on
employment and individuals who are blind) and on February 3, 2010 (on employment and
individuals who are deaf-blind). Among the recommendations highlighted in these briefs are the
following:
      Improve transportation services available during the job seeking process and when a job
          is secured.
      Eliminate having a driver’s license as a job requirement when driving is not an essential
          requirement of the job and accommodations could be provided.
      Explore customized employment as an alternative to traditional job placement
          approaches to address the many obstacles encountered by job seekers who are deaf-
          blind.
      Ensure workforce centers are as accessible to blind Minnesotans as they are to other
          users.
      Expand self-employment services for blind Minnesotans beyond food and vending
          services.
      Ensure transition-aged students with disabilities develop a work history through part-time
          employment and internships during high school and college.

For access to MEPI briefs, visit http://www.mn-epi.org/reports/index.asp.

NEW PUBLICATIONS AND MATERIALS

Report Summarizes First Year of the State Leaders Innovation Institute
The Corporation for a Skilled Workforce has prepared a report that looks at the first year of the
State Leaders Innovation Institute, a project of the National Technical Assistance and Research
Leadership Center to Promote Employment and Economic Independence for Adults with
Disabilities. The NTAR Center is funded by a grant from the Department of Labor’s Office of
Disability Employment Policy. Through a competitive process, the NTAR Center selected
Connecticut, Maryland and Minnesota to participate in the two-year SLII project that concluded at
the end of 2010. High-level cross-agency teams from each state worked to promote systems
change to improve employment outcomes for adults with disabilities by developing closer
connections between disability employment agencies and the workforce and economic


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development systems in each state as well as by developing or expanding innovative service
approaches.

Each state team engaged in a range of activities over the course of the project. The report
identifies some of these activities and includes themes and lessons learned. Cross-cutting
themes include:
     The presence or development of a unifying philosophy and strategic goal enables
         systems change teams to be focused and stay “on message.” For example, Maryland’s
         governor proclaimed a commitment to there being “No Spare Marylander,” a mantra team
         members referred to often.
     Relationship and trust building are keys to interagency collaboration.
     Progress toward disability employment efforts is cumulative and experiential. All three
         state teams had the opportunity to learn about and consider adopting service delivery
         approaches that blend the best knowledge states have gleaned from disability
         employment (including but not limited to supported employment and customized
         employment) and from the workforce fields (e.g., sector strategies, career pathways,
         credentialing, internships, and apprenticeships).
     Building on existing success leads to systems change more rapidly than creating an
         entirely new initiative. For example, each team forged strong ties to their state Medicaid
         Infrastructure Grant and promoted MIG-funded activities as well as leveraged MIG
         resources.

The report also identifies common challenges to improving employment outcomes for people with
disabilities such as: federal funding silos and difficulties blending and braiding funding sources;
attitudes towards people with disabilities and work; engaging employers, which is a challenge for
the workforce system at large; the complexity of benefits, services, and funding streams that are
available to support people with disabilities to employment; and the capacity of one-stop career
centers to effectively serve job-seekers with disabilities.

The summary report is available at
http://www.ntarcenter.org/files/Leading_the_Way_Executive_Summary.pdf.

Impact of Recession on Long-Term Supports and Services
The AARP Public Policy Institute commissioned Health Management Associates and the National
Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (formerly the National Association of State
Units on Aging) to undertake a survey of states on the impact of the recession on long-term
supports and services. Both State Units on Aging and state Medicaid agencies completed
surveys and data was gathered on programs serving older adults and persons with physical
disabilities; developmental disabilities programs were not included. The survey focused primarily
on fiscal year 2010 budgets and the budget outlook for FY 2011, which for most states began on
July 1, 2010. Overall findings from the survey research include the following:


       The recession remains a sustained concern for state agencies. States have used many
        administrative tools to curtail expenditures. At the same time, demand for publicly funded
        services has grown, and resources, including staff, are stretched thin.
       Many states cut non-Medicaid LTSS-funded services, which include primarily Older
        American Act and state-only funded programs. Thirty-one states cut aging and disability
        services programs (non-Medicaid) in FY 2010. Fewer states made cuts to Medicaid
        programs, with most restrictions targeting provider rates. A handful of states, however,
        did impose cuts to services, most notably personal care services.
       More than half of the states reported increased demands for information and referrals,
        home-delivered meals, respite care, case management, personal care assistance, family
        caregiver support, transportation, and homemaker services in FY 2010.
       State “balancing” efforts remain a priority. The survey responses suggest that many
        states are using the economic downturn as an opportunity to balance services between


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        institutional and noninstitutional settings. Of the 41 states responding to Medicaid survey
        questions, 35 reported that Home and Community-Based Services census increased in
        58 waivers from FY 2009 to FY 2010/2011.
       Funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helped states to
        temporarily maintain services. However, many states expect they will need to make
        additional cuts in LTSS as the enhanced FMAP provided by ARRA phases down and
        expires.
       The health care reform law provides states with new opportunities to expand HCBS, yet
        many states are reluctant to commit to these programs until further federal guidance is
        issued. In addition, changing state leadership due to recent elections, and tight state
        resources—financial and staffing—present challenges to state policymakers as they
        consider future initiatives.

Weathering the Storm: The Impact of the Great Recession on Long-Term Services and Supports,
which includes a variety of state data tables, is available at
http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/ppi/ltc/CURRENT__Budget_Paper_v9Jan6.pdf. For individual
state profiles, see
http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/ppi/ltc/AARP641_StateProfilesCONTINUOUSv9Jan6.pdf.

USBLN Releases Several Toolkits on Engagement of Students with Disabilities
Through its TOWER initiative, the US Business Leadership Network has published three toolkits
to assist BLN affiliates and employer members to engage students with disabilities. These
toolkits are designed to expand mentoring and internship opportunities for students and youth
with disabilities. Each of the toolkits provide different avenues for engaging with students with
disabilities through high quality internship and mentoring programs, as well as, student advisory
councils. To access the toolkits: Guide to Business-Branded Internships; Guide to Business-
Branded Mentoring; and Guide to Creating Student Advisory Councils, visit
http://www.usbln.org/programs.html.

Early Findings from the Accelerated Benefits Demonstration
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 authorized the Social Security
Administration to conduct a demonstration project designed to produce data on the costs and
benefits of altering the 24-month Medicare waiting period for newly entitled Social Security
Disability Insurance beneficiaries. In 2005, SSA awarded a contract to MDRC to conduct the
demonstration project -- the Accelerated Benefits demonstration -- which provides beneficiaries
with a health benefits package before the completion of the Medicare waiting period. A recent
article in the Social Security Bulletin describes the AB demonstration and early findings from the
project including findings from the 6-month follow-up survey on AB service use and unmet
medical needs as well as on AB health benefit expenditures.

The AB demonstration project was designed to determine whether providing a health benefits
package and additional services during the 24-month Medicare waiting period would improve the
health status of DI beneficiaries, increase the chances that they return to work, and reduce their
reliance on DI cash benefits. Study participants were randomly assigned into three groups: AB,
AB Plus, and a control group. Participants in the AB and AB Plus groups had access to health
benefits. In addition to health benefits, AB Plus members also received services designed to help
them manage their health care, prepare for a return to work, and understand how employment
might affect their benefits. Among the information and findings reported in the article are the
following:

       A majority of participants reported unmet health care needs prior to randomization into
        the project. Data shows that 70.2 percent of participants reported some form of unmet
        medical needs and 69.9 percent reported some type of unmet prescription need.
       The most commonly used service for participants in both groups was the prescription
        drug benefit, followed by primary care and specialty care.




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       The research found that 24.2 percent of the control group was able to obtain health
        insurance coverage within 6 months of random assignment; 10.7 percent of control group
        members (nearly half of control group members who obtained health insurance) were
        covered through a public source. The authors indicated underestimating the likelihood
        that DI beneficiaries might become qualified for Medicaid through "spend down"
        provisions, or covered under other state programs.
       Although the reported use of medical services differs between the treatment group and
        the control group, almost the same share—84.9 percent—of the control group saw a
        doctor during this period. However, while 60 percent of the treatment group reported
        three or more visits during this 6-month period, only 41.9 percent of the control group
        reported that level of care.
       The costs of providing accelerated health benefits were higher than expected. As the
        project began, costs of providing the AB package were estimated be about $24,000 per
        person from the time of enrollment to the end of the 24-month Medicare waiting period.
        The data show that the actual per-person costs exceed $30,000. About 30 percent of the
        total costs are due to the 9.0 percent of the treatment group members who reached the
        $100,000 cap on the AB package. Most of these expenditures appear to be driven by
        end-of-life care for those with various types of cancers or with cardiovascular conditions.

In conclusion, the authors report that the AB package increased access to medical care and
reduced unmet medical needs. Yet, while the effects were substantial in some cases, they
expected to see larger differences in these outcomes. Additionally, the authors suggest the
possibility that eliminating the Medicare waiting period may help some beneficiaries but it may not
close the gap in their health insurance coverage. The provisions for wider health care access in
the recently passed Affordable Care Act might fill the gap more effectively. Future research will
use a 12-month follow-up survey to examine the impact of the AB health plan on preventive care
and relative quality of care and will also study the longer-term effect of AB on employment and
benefit use.

The full article, Expanding Access to Health Care for Social Security Disability Insurance
Beneficiaries: Early Findings from the Accelerated Benefits Demonstration, is available at
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v70n4/v70n4p25.html.

Annual 50-State Survey of Medicaid and CHIP Available from Kaiser
On January 11, the Kaiser Family Foundation released Holding Steady, Looking Ahead: Annual
Findings Of A 50-State Survey Of Eligibility Rules, Enrollment and Renewal Procedures, And
Cost Sharing Practices in Medicaid and CHIP, 2010-2011. The survey found that Medicaid and
CHIP provided key sources of affordable health coverage to individuals and families as the
effects of the economy continued to erode access to employer-based coverage. Additionally,
enhanced federal support to Medicaid programs bolstered states’ capacity to serve a growing
population of enrollees. Also during 2010, states were starting to look ahead to implementation of
the Affordable Care Act and, in some instances, to take advantage of early options to improve
Medicaid coverage. Specific findings from the survey include:

       Nearly all states (49, including DC) held steady or made targeted improvements in their
        Medicaid and CHIP eligibility rules and enrollment procedures in 2010. Yet without
        enhanced federal funding along with maintenance of effort requirements, many states
        almost certainly would have needed to turn to cutbacks in coverage in 2010 as a result of
        continuing budget pressures. States also made other changes such as cuts to provider
        reimbursement rates and benefits to reduce Medicaid spending growth in 2010.
       Despite significant budget challenges, 13 states went beyond maintaining coverage to
        implement targeted eligibility expansions for children, pregnant women, and adults in
        2010. Most of the expansions focused on providing increased coverage to uninsured
        children, and in many cases, also produced some state savings by allowing the state to
        draw down federal matching funds for previously fully state-funded coverage.




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       While states have made significant progress in expanding coverage for children, eligibility
        for their parents continues to lag far behind. Additionally, low-income adults without
        dependent children remain ineligible for Medicaid in the vast majority of states.
       States continued work to modernize their programs and begin preparing for health reform
        implementation by focusing on technological improvements. Despite these efforts, the
        survey findings highlight that states have a long way to go to develop the integrated,
        technology-driven, web-based eligibility systems for Medicaid, CHIP, and subsidized
        Exchange coverage that are envisioned and required under reform.

To access the full report, visit http://www.kff.org/medicaid/8130.cfm.

Report Looks at Taxpayers with Disabilities
In a report prepared for the IRS Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication effort,
Wage and Investment Research and Analysis profiled taxpayers with disabilities using results
from the 2009 Benchmark Survey. This report provides an update of the 2007 Disability Report
and aims to assist SPEC and its partners to better understand the characteristics and services
used by taxpayers with disabilities and to identify possible outreach strategies. The analysis was
limited to working-age taxpayers, and includes the following findings:

       Taxpayers with disabilities were more likely to be unemployed and/or on disability.
        Approximately 46 percent of taxpayers with disabilities reported being unemployed and/or
        on disability compared to 13 percent of taxpayers without disabilities.
       Respondents with disabilities are low income taxpayers. Over half of respondents with
        disabilities had an adjusted gross income of less than $20,000.
       On average, taxpayers with disabilities received $800 less Earned Income Tax Credit
        when compared to taxpayers without disabilities.
       Awareness and use of free tax preparation services/resources among respondents with
        disabilities was low. Approximately 36 percent of respondents with disabilities were
        aware of volunteer tax preparation clinics; however, only six percent reported using these
        services.
       Taxpayers with disabilities identified tax preparation companies as the potentially most
        important resource/service used in completing their tax return.

For the full report, including recommendations, see http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4640.pdf.

Proposal to Modernize the Disability Insurance System
The Center for American Progress and The Hamilton Project jointly released Supporting Work: A
Proposal for Modernizing the U.S. Disability Insurance System. The authors contend that the
current Social Security Disability Insurance program is ineffective in assisting workers with dis-
abilities to reach their employment potential and provides strong incentives to applicants and
beneficiaries to remain out of the labor force. The authors suggest that the Social Security
definition of disability (the inability to engage in a substantial gainful activity) is outdated given that
today individuals with work-limiting disabilities can participate in the labor force with supports as
appropriate or needed. Additionally, the authors express concern over the growing size and cost
of the SSDI program.

The paper proposes a mechanism for modernizing the structure of the SSDI program to better
support individuals with disabilities in the workplace. The proposal would add a “front-end”
package to the SSDI system offering workplace accommodations, rehabilitation services, partial
income support, and other services to workers with disabilities or work limitations, and would offer
financial incentives to employers to accommodate workers who become disabled and minimize
movements of workers from their payrolls onto the SSDI system. To add this front-end capacity
to the SSDI system, the authors would look to expand private disability insurance to the majority
of U.S. workers.




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The read the full proposal, see
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/12/pdf/autordugganpaper.pdf.

Promising Practices on Rural Transportation Available
Promising practices from the Joblinks Employment Transportation Program have been recently
posted to Rural Transportation.org, a clearinghouse on rural transportation.

Among the examples of promising practices posted is a brief from Minnesota called Rural Rides:
Providing Matching, Volunteer Drivers & Other Solutions for Low-Income Earners. The sparsely-
populated Arrowhead region of northeast Minnesota is comprised of four contiguous counties and
encompasses 13,000 square miles and a population of 170,000 people. The area economy is
based on iron mining. The geography, which includes many lakes and Minnesota’s only
mountain range, complicates the transportation situation. Due to the sparse population and the
commonly long distances between home and potential job sites, public transportation is
frequently inadequate to meet the needs of job-seekers. Additionally, extreme winter weather
conditions can make walking, bicycling, and even use of private vehicles untenable. As a result,
many in the area had lost jobs or chose not to apply for jobs due to lack of affordable, accessible
transportation.

In an effort to address this issue, the Minnesota Department of Transportation obtained a Job
Access and Reverse Commute grant. Matching funds were provided by the Department of
Humans Services’ Employment and Training Department, using Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families funding. In 2008, the Blandin Foundation, dedicated to strengthening rural Minnesota
Communities, provided expansion funding. Rural Rides was implemented to provide rideshare-
matching, volunteer driver-linking services, and individualized transportation planning and other
supports for qualifying workers or jobseekers. Eligibility thresholds are 150 percent of the federal
poverty level, and being at risk of losing a job or being unable to attend job training or job seeking
due to lack of transportation. Rural Rides is operated by Arrowhead Transit (housed in the
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency) and is run collaboratively with the Minnesota
Workforce Center. In addition to a transit representative in each One-Stop Career Center in the
region, outreach is also done through the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, health and human services
providers, large employers, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill. The project completed five
hundred individual travel solutions in the first 18 months of operation.

Another brief profiles a Texas Workforce Investment Board: Texas WIB Invests Time, Energy,
and Expertise in Job Shuttle Project. The Heart of Texas Workforce Solutions implemented a
project to link a rural county to an urban transit system. A series of conversations led by the
Workforce Solutions, Waco Transit, and Sanderson Farms, a new employer planning to move
onto a site eight miles from the center of Waco and to employ 1200 new employees, resulted in
the Highway 6 to Success program. Implemented in November of 2007, the project was designed
and implemented using Job Access and Reverse Commute grant funding with local match
contributions from twelve partners including: Workforce Solutions, Sanderson Farms, community
secondary educational institutions, a hospital, banks, and cities. Workforce Solutions contributes
TANF funding, as well as in-kind funding via project administration, case management,
marketing, and outreach. The colleges purchase advertising from Waco Transit, and contribute
staff time to sell passes at bookstores and to conduct outreach. Sanderson Farms and other
local businesses contribute fiscal support. The Highway 6 to Success runs a circular route around
five rural counties to transport residents into the Waco Transits’ fixed route system to access
employment and employment training as well as connections to Greyhound. Waco residents can
ride the Highway 6 to Success to Sanderson Farms.

The broad based partnerships, especially the private sector partners, were considered essential
for the start-up and continuation of the project. The private sector involvement, in turn, depended
on the workforce investment board. Workforce Solutions continued to work with elected officials
and private businesses to sustain and expand the project after the 3-year start-up period. In 2010,
a second JARC grant was used to implement evening service of reverse commute for the


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Sanderson Farms’ second shift workers. More recently, Sanderson Farms has begun to allow
workers to purchase monthly Highway 6 to Success passes through the company with pre-tax
dollars via payroll deduction.

For these and other profiles, visit
http://www.ruraltransportation.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=60460&articleId=18304.

AVAILABLE GRANTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Disability Research Interest Group Issues Call for Abstracts
The Disability Research Interest Group invites abstract submissions for presentation at the DRIG
meeting held in conjunction with AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting. The DRIG focuses
on health services research relating to the health care experiences and outcomes of persons with
disabilities, including such topics as disparities in care, access to and quality of care, financing of
services (including assistive technologies and home-based and long-term care), and physical and
social environmental considerations in providing care to persons with disabilities. The DRIG
brings together researchers, policy analysts, persons with disabilities, and educators to increase
the quality and visibility of health services research relating to persons with disabilities in the U.S.
and abroad. This year's meeting will emphasize how health care reform affects persons with
disabilities, considering a broad range of issues relating to disparities, access, financing, and
other topics concerning the health care delivery system and persons with disabilities. However,
the DRIG will also consider papers presenting rigorous health services research findings on other
topics relevant to persons with disabilities.

Abstracts must be submitted online between December 1, 2010 and February 15, 2011. The
authors of selected abstracts will be required to submit a full manuscript by May 16, 2011. For
more information, visit
http://www.academyhealth.org/Communities/GroupDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=2394&navItemNumb
er=2026.

CONFERENCE AND EVENT CALENDAR

Disability Policy Seminar
February 14-16, 2011
Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, DC
For more information, visit http://www.disabilitypolicyseminar.org/.

Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities
April 18-19, 2011
Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, HI
For more information, visit http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/.

ANCOR 2011 Conference
Leading Cultures of Innovation and Advocacy
June 5-8, 2011
Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center
National Harbor, MD
For more information, visit http://www.ancor.org/.

22nd National APSE Conference
Employment For All - Believe It, Achieve It!
June 14-16, 2011
Seattle, WA
For more information, visit http://www.apse.org/training/conference.cfm.




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2011 USBLN Annual Conference
October 16-19, 2011
Louisville Marriott Downtown
Louisville, KY
For more information, visit http://www.usbln.org/.

Alliance for Full Participation 2011 Summit
November 17-18, 2011
Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center
National Harbor, MD
For more information, visit http://www.allianceforfullparticipation.org/summit-2011-b.




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