October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

About Everybody Works NC

The Everybody Works NC campaign is increasing awareness of the untapped pool of talent found in the disability community and creating more and more job opportunities for people with disabilities. National Disability Employment Awareness Month kicks off the year-long EveryBody Works NC campaign with a statewide speaking tour, media relations programs, social media, and a series of special events.

The campaign is led by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD), the North Carolina Business Leadership Network (NCBLN) and North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation (NCVR) to promote and support inclusive workforce strategies.

For more information, visit everybodyworksnc.com, or see the Pre-Employment Services and Job Placement brochure to get started on your path to employment.

The campaign is led by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD), the North Carolina Business Leadership Network (NCBLN) and North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation (NCVR) to promote and support inclusive workforce strategies.

Everybody Works NC
Campaign is increasing awareness of the untapped pool of talent found in the disability community and is a collaborative effort of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD), the North Carolina Business Leadership Network (NCBLN) and North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation (NCVR).

Employment and Benefits Work Together
The new NC ABLE Program allows individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities to save and invest up to $14,000 a year without jeopardizing means-tested benefits including Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The fear of losing benefits has been a major deterrent to many people with disabilities seeking employment.

Educated and Credentialed
Of the 6,400 candidates placed by NCVR in 2016, 57% had a high school diploma or equivalent, 25% had some post-secondary education, and 14% earned a license, certification or degree including 330 associates, 285 bachelors, 80 masters and 10 advanced degrees.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
(NDEAM) is in October each year and many of its activities are part of the year-long EveryBody Works NC campaign that includes a statewide speaking tour, media relations programs, social media and a series of special events.

People with Disabilities
Are rated equally or more productive than coworkers; achieve equal or better job performance ratings; help reduce turnover rates based on industry research; and they often inspire their co-workers to work harder and as a team.

Thousands of “Job-ready” Candidates
North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation (NCVR) had over 4,300 “job-ready” candidates seeking employment in August of 2017 and successfully placed over 6,400 candidates in jobs in 2016.

Part-time Employment
In 2016, 34% of workers with a disability were employed part time, compared to 18% of those without a disability

Employed persons with disabilities are 15% more likely to be self-employed than those without disabilities demonstrating the innovative talents available in this diverse segment.

Employment Gap (ages 16 – 64)
27.7% of people with disabilities of working age had a job in 2016, lagging behind 72.8% of workers without disabilities who had jobs. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 2017)

Well over half of all accommodations for employees with disabilities are made at no cost to the employer and most require a one-time investment that often costs less than $500.

Government Employees
The percent of people employed in government was about the same for both those with and without disabilities in 2016 – 14.0% and 13.6 % respectively.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation,
and North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities

About Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship is a career pathway that includes a paid-work component and an educational or instructional component, where an individual can obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and skills. By combining on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction, an apprentice’s skill level – and their benefit to the employer – increases. Since apprenticeship is a flexible model, programs can be customized to meet the needs of nearly every type of business and can be integrated into existing training and human resource development practices.

Additional Benefits of Apprenticeship

  • Paid Job: Earn a paycheck from day one, guaranteed to increase over time as you learn new skills
  • Credentials: Receive an industry-issued credential upon completion of an apprenticeship program
  • Career Advancement: Leverage your completed apprenticeship to further your career in a chosen field
  • Hands-On-Career Training: Learn job skills in a wide range of industries such as health care, construction, information technology, and geospatial careers
  • Degree Potential: Get academic credit towards a college degree for the skills you learn during your apprenticeship
  • Connections: Meet people who can help you advance your career today and in the future

Read more at https://www.apprenticeship.gov/become-an-apprentice to see if an apprenticeship might be right for you.

Local Members Improve Nation’s Health Care

Three more Partners employees join National Quality Forum projects for improving health care

Partners is pleased to announce three more staff members have been appointed to National Quality Forum project action teams.

The measures and standards created by action teams serve as a critically important foundation for initiatives to enhance healthcare value, make patient care safer, and achieve better outcomes.

National Quality Partners™ (NQP) Serious Mental Illness Action Team

Jeffrey Sanders, Transition to Community Living Initiative and Care Coordination Manager for Partners, is now part of the NQP Serious Mental Illness project. The Action Team brings together experts and recognized leaders from private and public sectors committed to improving the quality of care for the millions of Americans with serious mental illness. The team seeks to improve the quality of life of those with serious mental illness and their loved ones by serving as a mechanism for healthcare organizations, community partners, and federal agencies to come together to address gaps in care practice, such as the identification, assessment, management, and treatment of serious mental illness.

Trauma Outcomes Committee

Andrew Schrag, Regional Director of Community Operations for Partners, has joined the Trauma Outcomes Committee. The committed will conduct an environmental scan to identify trauma measures and identify measurement gaps. The Committee will also develop a measurement framework and provide input on the appropriateness of risk adjustment and attribution methodologies, as well as feedback on how to include shared regional accountability in the framework.

Healthcare System Readiness Committee

Jennifer Greene, Partners’ Integrated Care Project Manager, is now a member of a multi-stakeholder Healthcare System Readiness Committee. This committee will define the concept of readiness and guide and provide input on an environmental scan of existing quality measures or measure concepts that focus on the readiness of hospitals, healthcare systems, and communities. The Committee members will produce a measurement framework to help identify areas for measure development and gaps in healthcare system preparedness.

These three employees join two Partners colleagues already involved with the National Quality Forum. Selenna Moss, Chief Performance and Compliance Officer for Partners, became a member of the National Quality Partners™ Leadership Consortium last year. Barbara Hallisey, Partners’ Associate Clinical Services Director, is serving on the 25-member National Quality Partners™ Opioid Stewardship Action Team.

About the National Quality Forum

The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to catalyze improvements in healthcare. The National Quality Forum brings together diverse organizations and individuals from across the country dedicated to improving health and healthcare through quality measurement. Over 430 organizations, including hospitals, physicians and other clinicians, healthcare systems, patient and consumer groups, insurers, employers, and biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies are members of the National Quality Forum.

Enrollee Navigator – The Supports Intensity Scale® (SIS)

A Supports Intensity Scale® (SIS) assessment determines the daily supports a person with intellectual and development disabilities needs to live as independently as possible in the community. Everyone enrolled in the Innovations Waiver will complete a SIS assessment. There is an assessment for adults and an assessment for children.

A trained intellectual and developmental disability professional conducts SIS assessments. Results from your SIS assessment are used to create your person-centered individual support plan. The SIS also helps set Individualized Budget Amounts to be used for services.

The Supports Intensity Scale® was developed by the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). SIS assessments identify what help a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities needs to do the same things everyone else does every day. Instead of measuring what you cannot do, it measures the type and amount of help you need to shop, prepare meals, get around from place to place, work, be social, have friendships, and do other activities.

Your assessment is a private meeting between you, two other people very familiar with you and your needs, and the trained professional. The meeting usually takes a few hours to finish and is at a place and time you are most comfortable with. At an adult assessment, you will discuss the support you need for 57 activities and 28 areas of health. The child assessment is for children 5 to 15 1/2 years old living with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

In the Community 

Hickory Brain Injury Support Group’s Spooky Meeting

This month’s support group meeting will be a social gathering with games and spooky music in anticipation of Halloween. If you would like to join members bringing food dishes to share, feel free to bring something too. The meeting is on Tuesday, October 23, starting at 6 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 311 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory, NC. For more information, contact Travis Glass at 828-781-0778 or travis@crossroadscounseling.org.

Benefit Counseling

Do you know someone who is disabled that would like to work? Come find out how they can keep their benefits and work at the same time! This free counseling session is on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 1-3 p.m., in the auditorium at 901 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia, NC. If you are with a Mental Health/Substance Abuse program, are a Mental Health Coordinator, a Transition to Community Living Initiative or Adult Care Home staff member, a business manager, human resource director, part of the Business Community, an individual living with mental health or substance use disorder, or are a family member of someone who is -AND- you have questions about Benefits, Working, SSI, SSDI, and Medicaid, then this training is for you. Please, register by Friday, October 19 at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=5uz97tjab&oeidk=a07efqk2qdsd400e22b, to attend. If you have any issues, please contact Ryan Shuford at Rshuford@partners.org or 704-884-2579.

Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope

The Church Collaborative is hosting a free viewing of the documentary Resilience, on Monday, October 24, 2018, from 6-7:30 p.m., at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 2239 NC-181, Morganton, NC. Childcare is provided for children ages 3 years – 5th grade. Light refreshments will be served. To participate, please register online by Friday, October 19. Contact Kim Rhoads at 828-323-8049 or krhoads@partnersbhm.org, for more information.

School Mental Health Initiative Southwest Region Meeting

You are invited to a meeting for school staff in Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Iredell, Rowan, Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, Stanly and Anson Counties. The meeting is on Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at Partners, 901 S. New Hope Rd, Gastonia, NC. The purpose of the meeting is to learn about Department of Public Instruction’s efforts on the School Mental Health Initiative, gather information about local efforts, and learn from and share with each other. For more information, contact Jeanne Patterson at 828-446-4936 or jpatterson@partnersbhm.org.

Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) Training

The Community Resiliency Model® (CRM) training teaches skills to re-set the natural balance of the nervous system. CRM®’s goal is to help to create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-focused” communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using this skills-based approach. This training is Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 1-4 p.m., in Partners’ Multipurpose Room at 1985 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory, NC. Please register online by Tuesday, October 23 to attend. For more information contact Kim Rhoads at krhoads@partnersbhm.org or 828-323-8049.

National Recovery Awareness: Opioid Epidemic in our Community

The Gaston College Human Services Club and Human Services Technology Program is sponsoring a seminar to celebrate National Recovery Month Awareness by providing information sessions regarding the opioid crisis and supports available in Gaston and Lincoln counties. The seminar is on Monday, October 29, 2018, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the Myers Center Multipurpose Auditorium at Gaston College-Dallas Campus, 201 Highway U.S. 321 S., Dallas, NC. Dr. Todd Davis, Chief Medical Officer for CaroMont Health System and a practicing Anesthesiologist/Intensivist, will be presenting information on the Opioid Epidemic we are facing.  He will provide an overview of the history of opioids, a description of how they work and their effects on the brain, discuss the permanent changes that occur to people with addiction, practical things that can be done to reduce the likelihood of addiction and talk about what our community is doing to proactively manage the problem.  Nazrul and Tammy Chowdhury will provide a brief presentation on Remembering Austin based on their experience as parents who experienced the loss of their son from an opioid overdose. Contact Ann Elliott at 704 922-2382 or elliott.ann@gaston.edu, for more information.

Darkness to Light Training

The Darkness to Light training is provided to prevent childhood sexual abuse by increasing awareness and education in communities. The training is two hours and participants are provided a certificate upon completion. Training is on Monday, November 5, 2018, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Foothills Higher Education Center-Room 211, at 2128 S. Sterling St., Morganton, NC. Must be at least 18 years old to attend this training. To attend, please register online by Friday, November 2.

For more information contact Kim Rhoads at 828-323-8049 or krhoads@partnersbhm.org.

Behavioral Health Focus is published on the first and third Tuesday of each month and is intended to be a source of information for those working or interacting with behavioral health care in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin Counties. If you would like to contribute, contact Jeff Brucato at 704-884-2564 or jbrucato@partnersbhm.org. Items should be submitted by Wednesday at 3 p.m. for the next week’s issue.

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