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Forming a Project SEARCH Site From Partners to Funding and How VR Facilitates Diverse Forming a Project SEARCH Site From Partners to Funding and How VR Facilitates Diverse Implementation Bonnie Allen, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist Robert Eames, Programs Manager Judi Goldston, State Coordinator OK quarter CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Topics • • • Introductions What is Project SEARCH™? Partnerships and Relationships Turner Falls Topics • • • Introductions What is Project SEARCH™? Partnerships and Relationships Turner Falls in Davis (Southern OK) How We Leverage Funds Description of 2010 Sites Going with the Flow and How We Make it Work CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Introductions CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES Introductions CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

What is Project SEARCH™ A partnership that focuses on assisting individuals with disabilities to What is Project SEARCH™ A partnership that focuses on assisting individuals with disabilities to find and maintain employment. Nationally, the unemployment rate for adults with disabilities is nearly 70% and the majority of these individuals want to work. It provides a framework for an unpaid internship program for young adults with disabilities at a host employer building upon the success of the national Project SEARCH™ originated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Who is Involved? • A school • A host business • Department of Rehabilitation Who is Involved? • A school • A host business • Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) • University of Oklahoma National Center for Disability Education and Training (OU -NCDET) • Provider CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

What does it Look Like? • 8 -10 students report to the business site What does it Look Like? • 8 -10 students report to the business site for each school day. • AM classroom instruction on employment related topics by instructor. • 4 hours spent on a rotation (three 10 -week rotations in a year). Two job coaches training interns (varies by location). • PM classroom instruction/debrief. • Monthly progress meetings. • Independent Employment!!! CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Who provides what? • School – Full-time teacher’s salary and benefits – Transportation (possibly) Who provides what? • School – Full-time teacher’s salary and benefits – Transportation (possibly) – Lunches (possibly) – Materials and supplies – National Site License – Part of uniform expense – Student liability insurance CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Who provides what? • Host Business – Classroom space – Access to Internet and Who provides what? • Host Business – Classroom space – Access to Internet and phone – Access to staff and departments – Internal marketing – Liaison to team • DRS – Funds for 1 -2 job coaches – Part of uniform expense – Contract with OU-NCDET for technical assistance CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Role of OU-NCDET ●Provide liaison with National Project SEARCH™ ●Assist to identify, connect, and Role of OU-NCDET ●Provide liaison with National Project SEARCH™ ●Assist to identify, connect, and coordinate partners ●Assist the team to develop a project plan with timeframes ●Assist partners with initial steps of implementation ●Provide ongoing training and technical assistance ●Evaluate the success of Project SEARCH™ ●Maintain model integrity CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Key Concepts of Project SEARCH™ Not the “Easiest” Jobs But “Complex and Systematic” Jobs Key Concepts of Project SEARCH™ Not the “Easiest” Jobs But “Complex and Systematic” Jobs CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Student Eligibility Guidelines ● At least 18 years old or High school graduate (depends Student Eligibility Guidelines ● At least 18 years old or High school graduate (depends on your program and the school partner—could turn 18 during the year) ● Be able to communicate effectively ● Meet eligibility requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation ● Appropriate personal hygiene, social and communication skills ● Ability to take direction ● Willingness to change behavior ● Pass drug screen, background check, immunizations ● Have transportation to/from site or be willing to work toward independent transportation ● Desire and ability to work! CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Annual Internship Calendar AUG Begin PS Program JUNE 1 st 10 week rotation 2 Annual Internship Calendar AUG Begin PS Program JUNE 1 st 10 week rotation 2 nd 10 week rotation 3 rd 10 week rotation Graduate & begin work at host site or in Community Up to 1 month Student Orientation CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Sample Program Day ● 8: 00 – 8: 45 am: Classroom - Independent Living Sample Program Day ● 8: 00 – 8: 45 am: Classroom - Independent Living / Employability Skills ● 8: 45 – 9: 00 am: ● 9: 00 - 2: 15 pm: Transition from classroom to internship site Internship Site (includes 30 minute lunch) Lessons are based on daily living/employability skills, (i. e. , problem solving, team work, decision making, budgeting, check writing, nutrition, resume writing-instruction). Follows an approved Project SEARCH Curriculum. Students participate in non-paid job internship sites throughout the Mercy Health Center to learn job specific and employability skills. They rotate through three different internships throughout the school year spending 10 weeks in each rotation. Lunch Students are allowed 30 minutes for lunch and follow the lunch schedule of the department in which they are interning. Students may brown bag or purchase a lunch at the hospital. Students are encouraged to eat with their co-workers and peers at the internship site. ● 2: 15 – 2: 30 pm: ● 2: 30 – 3: 00 pm: Transition from internship site to classroom Classroom - Refection/Planning/Journal Writing Students sign out at 2: 30 pm and if available take public transportation home. CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Partnerships and Relationships • Everyone contributes—everyone benefits. • From application to selection and beyond. Partnerships and Relationships • Everyone contributes—everyone benefits. • From application to selection and beyond. Improves end result. • Working toward same goal—employability. Win-win for everyone. • Mission driven employers who are committed. • Buy-in and fostering internal relationships. • Getting the right person and foot in the door. CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

How We Leverage Funds • Shared resources • DRS—lead VR counselor, job coaching support, How We Leverage Funds • Shared resources • DRS—lead VR counselor, job coaching support, uniforms, contract for TA and site development, events • Employer—liaison time and training, classroom space/internet/phone, some supplies, events, worker’s compensation (in some situations) • School—teacher’s salary, supplies, transportation, lunch, furniture, technology, uniforms, events, liability insurance CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Description of 2010 Sites • St. John Medical Center, Tulsa • Valley View Regional Description of 2010 Sites • St. John Medical Center, Tulsa • Valley View Regional Hospital, Ada • Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City • Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid OU Football, Norman CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

St. John Medical Center, Tulsa • Transition Program for Seniors • Partners • Jenks St. John Medical Center, Tulsa • Transition Program for Seniors • Partners • Jenks PS • DRS; OU-NCDET 750 beds, Urban • St. John • Central Tech • Internship Rotations • Senior English CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

St. John Medical Center, Tulsa Male intern in Tulsa Female employee in Tulsa Female St. John Medical Center, Tulsa Male intern in Tulsa Female employee in Tulsa Female intern in Tulsa CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Valley View Regional Hospital, Ada • Partners • VVRH • DRS • OU-NCDET 156 Valley View Regional Hospital, Ada • Partners • VVRH • DRS • OU-NCDET 156 beds, Rural • Byng PS, Latta PS, Stonewall PS, Roff PS, Allen PS • Young adult model v. transition model CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Valley View Regional Hospital, Ada Male intern in Ada Female intern in Ada Male Valley View Regional Hospital, Ada Male intern in Ada Female intern in Ada Male intern in Ada CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Oklahoma School Law Title 70 -5 -117 “The boards of education of two or Oklahoma School Law Title 70 -5 -117 “The boards of education of two or more school districts may enter into a cooperative agreement and maintain joint programs…” Byng PS, lead LEA • Commitment fee • Per student fee CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

DRS Contract for Job Coaching • Job coaching only during the school year • DRS Contract for Job Coaching • Job coaching only during the school year • $750 per month per student • Prorated if not 70% attendance • Specifies at least $20, 000 plus benefits • Job coaching plus placement and employment outcome • Also, $775 for placement • And $1, 500 for successful employment CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

DRS Contract for Job Coaching • Total Compensation (based on 10 students with full DRS Contract for Job Coaching • Total Compensation (based on 10 students with full attendance over 9 months) • $67, 500 for 9 months • Minus two staff at $20, 000 a piece and 40% benefits (-$56, 000) • Remaining $11, 500 for 9 months or $1, 278 per month • Additional Compensation for placement and closure • $775 x 10 ($7, 750) for placement • $1, 500 x 10 ($15, 000) for successful employment • Total of $22, 750 additional CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City • Partners • Mercy • FTTC • DRS 381 Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City • Partners • Mercy • FTTC • DRS 381 beds, Urban • OU-NCDET • Young adults with Career. Tech training • Obtaining Department Access • Increased enrollment at FTTC CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid • Partners • Integris • Enid PS 207 Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid • Partners • Integris • Enid PS 207 beds, Rural Urban • DRS • 4 RKids Foundation • OU-NCDET • Transition, transfers CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Going with the Flow and How We Make it Work Payment for job coaching Going with the Flow and How We Make it Work Payment for job coaching support Orientation, hospital codes, training Behavior, attitude, and hormones Parental involvement, attachment, independence • Uncomfortable discussions • • • Hygiene, toys, cell phones, home life, attire, relationship issues CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Going with the Flow and How We Make it Work • • • Insecurity Going with the Flow and How We Make it Work • • • Insecurity and wanting to give up It isn’t for everybody—letting them go Parental expectations Expectation to hire and economic downturn Safety and security and having a large pool of candidates CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Going with the Flow and How We Make it Work • Not enough time Going with the Flow and How We Make it Work • Not enough time for complete collaboration on all issues or events • Hard conversations with partners regarding student and job coach selection • Department resistance • Classroom space • Proximity and accessing all departments in larger facilities CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Final Thoughts • • Patience Determination Relationships Commitment to the employability of the interns Final Thoughts • • Patience Determination Relationships Commitment to the employability of the interns Water Taxi in Bricktown OKC (Central OK) CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Unexpected Benefits • • • Obtained driver’s license Moved out on own Obtained CNA Unexpected Benefits • • • Obtained driver’s license Moved out on own Obtained CNA certification Purchased vehicles Bombing Memorial Increased income, now eligible for benefits through employer, working toward eliminating OKC (Central OK) SSA benefits Marriages Friendships and social networks Improved self-esteem, maturity Parental hopes met, partner expectations exceeded CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Success Rate in Oklahoma Ada # began # completed # employed % Employed Year Success Rate in Oklahoma Ada # began # completed # employed % Employed Year 1 6 4 4 100% Year 2 6 5 5 100% Tulsa # began # completed # employed % Employed Year 1 8 6 5 83% Year 2 9 8 3 38% % employed calculated only on those who completed the program. 73. 5% Statewide May 3, 1999 Tornado CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Questions OKC Thunder CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES Questions OKC Thunder CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Contact Information Bonnie Allen (405) 522 -7964 ballen@okdrs. gov Robert Eames (918) 508 -2603 Contact Information Bonnie Allen (405) 522 -7964 [email protected] gov Robert Eames (918) 508 -2603 [email protected] gov Judi Goldston (405) 325 -0448 [email protected] edu CREATING WAVES OF CHANGE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES