DSHS) is partnering with the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to improve transition services for students and young adults.
“Transition” is the phase when students move from high school to job or college. All students with IEPs should have a transition plan. Some students will continue past traditional 12th grade in a transition program, up to age 21. When they leave high school or their transition program, students with disabilities may qualify for different DSHS services – for instance help finding a job through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) or supported employment through the Developmental Disability Administration (DDA). King County contracts with the state to offer supported employment services locally and administers them through its Developmental Disabilities Division.
DSHS and OSPI have a survey out on ways to support students who are potentially eligible for services through the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). These services are the Medicaid long-term services and supports offered through the state’s “waivers” – Basic Plus, Core, Individual and and others. A popular service is supported employment, which is offered through the Basic Plus and Core waivers, and administered locally by King County. Informing Families has a family-friendly explanation.
The survey states that participants will:
- Learn more about the secondary transition proviso in the 2017-18 supplemental education budget and the proviso work group;
- Identify current supports and barriers affecting post-school outcomes for students with disabilities;
- Provide feedback and additional input on proposed activities and resources related to the proviso work group; and
- Share additional comments, questions, and input