Rhode Island is part of the national movement toward a greater emphasis on community employment that echoes a general shift toward services designed to integrate individuals with disabilities into their communities, providing them with the same opportunities and responsibilities as all other citizens.
On March 26, 2013 BHDDH Director Craig Stenning hosted an “Employment First” Forum for advocates and community agencies to unveil a multi-year plan to embrace an “Employment First” vision for all individuals served by BHDDH.
The Director stated that the Department intends to implement this Policy over a “gradual process” beginning with new individuals coming into the DD System starting March 1, 2013. He commented “some of this work has been expedited due to an investigation by the Department of Justice into violations of the ADA, the Olmstead decision and the Department of Labor standards around minimum wages.”
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