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SF 3003

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/17/2020 11:26am

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; providing vocational services for individuals with
disabilities; requiring reports.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginDIRECTION TO THE COMMISSIONERS OF HUMAN SERVICES,
EDUCATION, AND EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; PLANS
TO PROMOTE EMPLOYMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Plan for supported employment of transition-age youth and
individuals with significant support needs.
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new text begin (a) The commissioners of human services,
education, and employment and economic development, in consultation with local education
agencies, shall develop and implement a plan to assist transition-age youth with disabilities
between the ages of 14 and 24 to maximize opportunities to achieve competitive integrated
employment, including by use of customized employment strategies and other individualized
options, via services provided by vocational rehabilitation services and by local education
agencies and funded under Title I and Title VI, Part B of the Rehabilitation Act.
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new text begin (b) The commissioners shall jointly develop a coordinated plan to expand employment
options for individuals with significant disabilities, including mental illness, for whom
competitive integrated employment has not traditionally occurred, for whom competitive
employment has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of the individual's disability, or
who selected competitive integrated employment in their most recent career counseling and
referral assessment, and who have:
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new text begin (1) the ability or potential to engage in a training or postsecondary program leading to
employment with or without supports; or
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new text begin (2) a demonstrated need for intensive ongoing support services or extended services in
order to perform competitive integrated work.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Plan for expansion of competitive integrated employment. new text end

new text begin (a) In consultation
with stakeholders, including disability advocacy organizations, employment service providers,
lead agencies in the seven-county metropolitan area and greater Minnesota, private
businesses, individuals with disabilities, and other interested parties, the commissioners
shall develop a plan to prioritize and create incentives for competitive integrated employment
of individuals with disabilities at minimum wage or higher, including through the use of
customized employment strategies and other individualized supports, and to reduce
dependence on less integrated service models.
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new text begin (b) The plan must include recommendations to:
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new text begin (1) align funding to support informed decision-making and individualized employment
outcomes;
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new text begin (2) create incentives for competitive integrated employment services for people with
disabilities;
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new text begin (3) build capacity for increased demand on competitive integrated employment services
and supports, including customized employment and other individualized options;
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new text begin (4) ensure equitable access to competitive integrated employment and employment
services for individuals with disabilities who experience unique barriers, including but not
limited to:
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new text begin (i) people of color and American Indians;
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new text begin (ii) residents of Greater Minnesota;
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new text begin (iii) individuals with disabilities and mental illness who are not eligible for Medicaid
waivers; and
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new text begin (iv) other populations as identified by the commissioner and stakeholders;
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new text begin (5) create partnership initiatives and establish hiring incentives for private businesses
to employ individuals with disabilities and to help address labor shortages across industry
segments;
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new text begin (6) educate employers about accommodations in the workplace and supports available
in implementing these accommodations;
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new text begin (7) support small businesses owned and actively operated by individuals with disabilities;
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new text begin (8) expand microgrants to support the employment of individuals with disabilities at
minimum wage or higher;
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new text begin (9) provide training and technical assistance for disability service providers transitioning
to support competitive integrated employment; and
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new text begin (10) identify best practice standards in community integration for day services that
support individuals with disabilities who do not choose paid employment.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Reports. new text end

new text begin By August 1, 2021, the commissioners shall jointly submit a report
outlining the plans described in subdivisions 1 and 2 to the chairs and ranking minority
members of legislative committees with jurisdiction over employment services for individuals
with disabilities and to stakeholders engaged in the process of developing the report. The
report must include legislative recommendations for implementing each plan. The report
must also include summary data as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 13.02, subdivision
19, including:
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new text begin (1) the number of individuals with disabilities who have completed either career
counseling information and referrals or MnCHOICES assessments and indicated a preference
for competitive integrated employment:
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new text begin (i) by age;
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new text begin (ii) by county of residence;
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new text begin (iii) by type of home and community-based services or vocational rehabilitation services
accessed;
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new text begin (2) the number of individuals with disabilities who have secured customized competitive
integrated employment:
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new text begin (i) by duration of employment in an integrated setting;
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new text begin (ii) by the number of hours per week worked in an integrated setting;
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new text begin (iii) by types of employer;
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new text begin (iv) by hourly wage;
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new text begin (3) range, distribution, median, and average earnings of individuals with disabilities
prior to moving into competitive integrated employment;
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new text begin (4) the ability or inability of service providers to meet individuals' demand for competitive
integrated employment supports statewide, including through the use of customized
employment;
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new text begin (5) data from states that have phased out the use of 14c certificates and a subminimum
wage, showing the number of adults with disabilities employed, average hours worked, and
average hourly wages earned before and after subminimum wage was eliminated; and
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new text begin (6) other summary data as identified and agreed upon by the commissioners.
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