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LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center

411 S. Prieur New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 556-7585 | Fax:(504) 556-7574



2017%204:07:44%20PMNew Training on Alternative Employment Supports Funding

Has your employment program been relying on LRS to fund initial employment supports? Learn how to access alternative methods to fund employment services. Discover 3 additional funding opportunities: Ticket To Work, Medicaid Waiver, and PASS Plan.This clinic will provide you with the tools and tips to begin billing for employment supports from new funding sources.
Email Laura Stazio at if you are interested.

 Date is to be determined.
 To be held in New Orleans (LSUHSC HDC, 411 South Prieur Street, Classroom 452)


National APSE 2017 Conference to be held June 20-22 in Portland OR

The National APSE Conference is the only national conference focused solely on the advancement of Employment First.

The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) National Conference brings together more than 1,000 community leaders, businesses, and individuals with disabilities from across the country and around the world to network and discuss state-of-the-art strategies to ensure equitable employment for all citizens with disabilities. Join us and take advantage of:

  • Education and networking opportunities
  • 2 On-Site CESP™ Exam Opportunities
  • Pre-conference sessions followed by 2.5 days of more than 100 high quality, interactive breakout sessions by national experts

For more information and to register, visit the APSE Conference Website.


HDC's 40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE's CORE Supported Employment competencies and includes three and a half days of classroom instruction, fieldwork assignments, and online instruction. Class hours are 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM except for 1/2 days indicated which end at 12:00noon. The fee for this class is $350.
(If you would like to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)


  • New Orleans: To be re-scheduled

  • Shreveport: To be re-scheduled


HDC's 5.0 Hour SE Continuing Education Training

These trainings meet LRS/LWC and OCDD guidelines for Community Rehabilitation Providers and their staff. Each of these classes counts as 5.0 hours of Continuing Education for LRS/LWC, OCDD and CESP renewal accreditation. The LRS requirement for renewal of vendorship is 20 hours every three years. Each class takes place on one day scheduled from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The fee for these classes is $75 per training class.
(Please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed. if you would like to schedule additional 5 Hour SE Training Classes in your region)


RSA Announcement: Frequently Asked Questions on Competitive Integrated Employment

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is pleased to publish Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment.” This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and its implementing VR program regulations in 34 CFR §361.5(c)(9)(ii) (see 81 FR 55629 (August 19, 2016)).  The information in these FAQs provides guidance and technical assistance to VR agencies and community rehabilitation programs so that they may assist individuals with disabilities to achieve high-quality employment.

Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment” FAQ


Medicaid Expansion Tied To Employment Among People With Disabilities

Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid coverage to people living just above the poverty line may be responsible for more disabled people getting jobs, according to a recent study.

Before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) - also known as Obamacare - was passed in 2010, people with disabilities and low-income jobs were often unable to afford their expensive medical care. So many chose unemployment in order to be poor enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage, researchers report in the American Journal of Public Health. Read the full article from The Huffington Post here


WIOA Assessment Tool

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) presents an extraordinary opportunity for the public workforce system to transform and improve the quality of life for job seekers and workers through an integrated, job-driven system that links diverse talent to our nation's businesses.

The WIOA Quick Start Action Planner (QSAP) is an interactive, self-paced assessment tool designed to help leaders at all levels of the public workforce system plan for this transformation and prepare for implementation of WIOA. The QSAP will help you identify areas of strength and focused areas for improvement in your workforce system and connect you to targeted resources that can help you to prepare and plan effectively. OPEN QSAP


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