Working Across States and Stakeholders to Build Interagency ...

Working Across States and Stakeholders to Build Interagency ...

The IDEA Partnerships Interagency Community of Practice Working Across States and Stakeholders to Build Interagency Bridges for Youth CSAVR 2005 Spring Conference Wednesday, April 20, 2005 1 Significant Role of Vocational Rehabilitation Marty Kester, The IDEA Partnership Representatives from State Teams: Alabama -- Linda Hames

California -- Catherine Campisi New Hampshire -- Tina Greco Pennsylvania -- Joan Kester Virginia -- Erica Lovelace 2 What is a Community of Practice? Marty Kester, Consultant The IDEA Partnership

We are in this together 3 A Community of Practice Group of people who share a concern, a set of problems or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their understanding and knowledge of this area by interacting on an ongoing basis. (Etienne Wenger, 2002) 4 A Community of Practice is about Outcomes All partners are required to demonstrate

outcomes of youth served. Whats in it for Me for ALL partners in the community. The community comes together around the shared vision of youth with disabilities becoming productive, self-sufficient citizens. 5 The Spirit of Community: We Are In This Together! A way of working Involving those who do shared work

Involving those that share issues Always asking who isnt here? A way of learning To create new knowledge grounded in doing the work With those who can advocate for and make change 6 Encouraging Investments that Result in Outcomes

Learning how to move from knowing to doing. Translating learning to policy. Encouraging investments that will move the work. Recognizing the value of all contributions to a more complete and effective

approach. Creating new relationships among policymakers, researchers and implementers. 7 How Did the Interagency Transition Community of Practice Get Started? The IDEA Partnerships Community of Practice is supported by a grant from the Office of

Special Education Programs (OSEP) to the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) 8 A Growing Partnership 55 National Partners, such as CSAVR NASDSE

OSERS Advocacy Organizations (National Council on Independent Living, Easter Seals, American Association of People with Disabilities, Fiesta Educativa, etc.) National TA Centers A Growing Number of States: AL, AZ, CA, DC, DE, NH, PA, and VA 9 The Communication Structure Federal to State State to State The IDEA Partnership State to Federal Community of Practice

Local to State State to Local Local to Local 10 How does the Community of Practice Work within Alabama? Linda Hames, State Transition Coordinator Alabama Dept. of Rehabilitation Services We are in this together

11 Transition Works in Alabama 35% of Total VR Population 33% of Placements 12 Alabama: Why Does it Work? Agency Commitment Shared Resources Outcome Oriented 13 One Example: The Prison Transition Initiative

Local Informs State STATE TO LOCAL LOCAL TO LOCAL LOCAL TO STATE Who Isnt There? State Decisions Influenced (those who can make change)

Significant Impact 14 Alabama: Future Work Youth Engagement 15 How does the Community of Practice Work within Arizona? William McQueary, [email protected] Chris McLaughlin, [email protected] We are in this together

16 Arizona Initiatives Continue development of the Arizona Transition Leadership Team Established vision and mission statements (facilitated by Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center) Continued collaboration with over 35 participants including: Parent Information Network (PINS); Behavioral Health; the Division of Developmental Disabilities; Social Security Administration; Secure Care (Juvenile and

Adult Corrections); AzPAC (Arizona Post-Secondary Access Coalition); Parent Training & Information; Parks and Recreation; RSA; AZ Department of Education Academic Achievement, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Student Services, and School Effectiveness; Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs; Arizona Center for Disability Law; Youth representatives (5 individuals), families, and others. 17 Arizona Initiatives Development of 4 Strategic Priorities Promoting evidence-based practice (more than promoting in that it must also include encouraging the use need to

work further on the specific wording) Initiating System Change Disseminating information -> building public awareness Creating a system for continuous improvement 18 Arizona Initiatives Youth empowerment initiative to foster skills of selfefficacy, self-advocacy and self-determination Interagency Agreement: Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), Rehabilitation Services

Administration (RSA), Exceptional Student Services (ESS), Arizona Department of Education (New) YAP-RSA Integration Project Foster Care and RSA Agency partnership between Education and Corrections to improve the reintegration of youth and young adults with disabilities Merging 2 Worlds Curriculum

Secure Care Education Committee 19 Arizona Focus on Disability Mentoring Day in Washington D.C. Presented by Chris McLaughlin 20 21 22 Arizona Resource Parent Information Network Specialists (PINS)

Contractors with Arizona Department of Education (ADE) All PINS have children with special needs. PINS works with educators, agencies and parents to provide information to help children, youth and families advocate for themselves, remaining neutral at all times Website: 23

Arizona Giving Voice to the Future 2005 Transition Conference in Arizona September 20-22, 2005 Sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services Arizona Department of Education, Parent Information Network Specialists Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Arizona Postsecondary Access Coalition Division of Developmental Disabilities Governors Council on Developmental Disabilities Rehabilitation Services Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation 24 Secure Care Education Committee How does the Community of Practice Work within California?

Catherine Campisi, PhD Director, CA Department of Rehabilitation We are in this together 25 California Transition in CA could become a shared responsibility across all agencies that are parties to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This could be done through development of an Interagency/interdepartmental MOU. 26

California The project partners include all stakeholders (policymakers, administrators, service providers, families, youth and the business community). 27 California The members of the emerging leadership team for the California Community of Practice are:

Department of Education Department of Rehabilitation State Independent Living Council Department of Developmental Services Department of Mental Health Employment Development Department Department of Social Services Special Education Stakeholders Advisory Committee and others 28

California California Transition Summit - June 23, 2005. Assistance and participation from the IDEA Partnership, NASDSE, and the Interagency Transition Community of Practice. 29 California Current partner initiatives:

Improving Transition Outcomes Project (ITOP) grant. Youth Leadership Forum. SSA Bridges to Youth Self Sufficiency Grant. 30 How does the Community of Practice Work within New Hampshire? Tina Greco, Transition Coordinator New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation

We are in this together 31 How did our CoP get started in NH? Transition has been a top priority for our states VR Director as well as previous SPED Director. Conversations began between Special Ed and NASDSE during the 2003 National Transition Summit.

A NH team was developed (VR, DOE, SPED, MH, Parent and IHE) and attended our first state to state CoP meeting in PA in July 2004. 32 Stages of the NH CoP Introduction to the CoP initiative at the 2003 Transition Summit. Formulation of state team and participation in the

PA CoP meeting in July 2004. Participation in National DMD, sponsoring 2 youth. Participating in/presenting at various national & state conferences. Follow up meetings to identify purpose, goals and activities to be conducted at the state level. 33

NH Guiding Principles Support and maintain the secondary education and transition initiatives throughout the state. Identify effective and evidence-based practices at all levels. Leverage our resources.

Build local community capacity. Establish cross partnership connections. Interagency partnerships: DOE including Special Ed and VR, and DHHS (Bureau of Childrens Mental Health). 34 What are the benefits from participating in the Community of Practice (CoP) in NH?

Provide unique opportunities for a small state like NH i.e., National Disability Mentoring Day. We expand our learning loop to include state to state initiatives and state to other agency initiatives. The monthly CoP conference calls give us the chance to share our progress with other states, as well as learn from one another so that we might replicate practices and activities

that are successful in other states. 35 NH Barriers for our CoP Ability for all members to participate consistently. Transitions occurring within participating member agencies. Identifying buy in for new and existing participants. Whats the expectation from both sides ~

whole group v. each member? No one agency has been given the charge to develop a statewide plan. There is no coordination of transition initiatives in the state. Each agency or bureau has its own 36 plan. NH Barriers (contd)

There is no vehicle to help us tap into the expertise area of each agency. There is no central clearinghouse transition initiatives around the state. Each agency does not speak the same language. Entities knowledge is limited to their own area of expertise.

Promotion of collaboration among the 33 transition initiatives in the state. 37 Successes of the NH CoP so far! Fostering new and existing relationships between agencies ~ building new bridges, strengthening others. Establishing regular monthly meetings. Youth empowerment. 38

What has been happening in NH as a result of our participation in the CoP & where are we headed? New Hampshire and Pennsylvania Collaboration. A representative from our Parent Information Center has joined the team. We are in the process of developing materials as a means to introduce our initiative and to help to

garner buy in for new members. Connecting with NH DMD participate in/support their activities. Discussing innovative ways in which to connect our youth members high school/college education to their participation in the CoP. 39 How does the Community of Practice Work within Pennsylvania?

Joan Kester, Statewide Transition Specialist PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation We are in this together 40 Getting Started Mandatory Requirement in Legislation IDEA Memorandum of Understanding signed in December 1999

MOU Training Team Grows into the State Transition Leadership Team Core Group of Committed Policy-level Staff, across Systems Multiple System Leadership Commitment toward Efficiency through Shared Responsibility Latitude 41 Barriers Expressed Across PA Communication breakdowns

Turf issues Money issues Staff turnover Differing priorities and language Lack of relationships and mutual respect Lack of opportunity to network 42 Moving from the Old Way of Doing Business: Separate Pages in Separate Books to being on the Same Page

Professional Development Policy & Regulation Development Strategic Planning Service Delivery Systems Program Initiatives & Allocation of Resources Data Collection 43 Benefits of PA Community on Transition Integrated Professional Development Model

Annual PA Community on Transition Conferences Biannual Regional Sessions Outreach Policy & Regulation Development Proactive Strategies to Policy & Regulation (IDEIA, Rehabilitation Act, WIA, Foster Care Youth, etc.)

Striving for a Seamless Service Delivery System Agency Driven Cross-Systems Initiatives 44 Future Work of PA Community on Transition Data Collection Cross-Systems Follow-up Study Data Sharing to Drive Practice

Building PA Outcome Practice Groups Employment Post-secondary education, training & lifelong learning Community participation Healthy lifestyles 45 A Shared Vision: Foundation for our Future Work The vision of the Pennsylvania Community on Transition is that all Pennsylvania youth and young adults with disabilities will successfully

transition to the role of productive, participating adult citizens. Youth will be empowered to recognize their talents, strengths and voice and will have equal access to resources that will promote full participation in the communities of their choice. 46 Future Work Strategic Planning

Helping to build and support work of 63 Local Transition Coordinating Councils, with the foundation of youth outcome data. Strengthen Communication Network of Community. Continue to learn and benefit from the IDEA Partnership Interagency Transition Community of Practice. Develop and sustain a unified youth empowerment strategy. 47 How does the Community of Practice Work within

Virginia? Erica Lovelace, Education Services Manager VA Dept. of Rehabilitative Services We are in this together 48 Virginia 20th Annual Virginia Transition Forum Continuing efforts to expand Transition

Outcomes Project to ALL 135 divisions and State Operated Programs (joint effort DOE, with DRS) Higher Education Initiative Documentation Retention Transition On-campus Post-Secondary Experiences (e.g. College Board, College Quest) 49

Virginia Formalized VR Transition Process (Toolkit) VA Intercommunity Transition Council All state agency partners Expanding formalized Memorandum of Understanding VA Transition Leadership Council DRS, DOE, DBVI

VA Transition Practitioners Council Inclusive stakeholder involvement 50 Virginia Disability Mentoring Day Career Awareness & Exploration Mentoring Opportunities

Assistive Technology Transfer (joint resources) Joint Professional Development (VR-Special Education) Statewide Training of Superintendents Regions on Order of Selection (to improve referral information for DRS services) Capacity Building Transition Partnership Fund regional cross-systems transition initiatives, based upon local needs assessment (e.g. job coaching, assessment) 51 Virginia: Future Goals

Joint Professional Development Aligning the IEP with the IPE 21st Annual VA Transition Forum Expand Career Awareness & Exploration Mentoring Opportunities Expand Intercommunity Transition Council Memorandum of Understanding

52 Virginia: Future Goals Participation in IDEA Partnership Transition Community of Practice Efforts to Expand Resources for Transition NCSET Transition Leadership Summit Higher Education Leadership Partners Group

Respond to changes in IDEiA and increase resources to provide students with current documentation State Improvement Grant (Goal 5) Middle to High School Transition 53 Bringing Together Federal, State, and Local Partners, through our Collaborative Work

We are in this together 54 Together we can Improve Youth Outcomes Work smarter Make efficient use of limited resources and staff resources Decrease duplication of efforts, through collaboration

Expand knowledge across agencies Share the vision of youth with disabilities as productive, selfsufficient citizens living in their community. 55 Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. Henry Ford 56 How can Your State Become Involved?

We are in this together! 57 States can participate in Monthly calls Face-face meetings Representative participation in State meetings Practice Groups Youth Engagement Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Transportation 58

The IDEA Partnerships Interagency Community of Practice Discussion 59 Contact Information

Marty Kester, The IDEA Partnership 717-492-9116, [email protected] Linda Hames, Alabama 334-281-8780, [email protected] Catherine Campisi, California 916-263-8997, [email protected] Tina Greco, New Hampshire 603-271-3993, [email protected] Joan Kester, Pennsylvania 717-787-6695, [email protected] Erica Lovelace, Virginia

804-662-7081, [email protected] 60 The IDEA Partnership More information on the Interagency Transition Community and other Cross-State/Cross Role Communities is now available at: or call us toll free at : 1-877- IDEAINFo 61

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