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Welcome to EFM!

New:  Participant Responses to Employment First Recommendations
(added July 10, 2018)  Versions:   Word   PDF

2018 Report to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development


EFM Coalition Final Report

Updated June 23, 2017             Word   PDF

Letter from Commissioners in Response
to EFM Report                   Word  PDF 


EFM Coalition Final Report - Draft
November 17, 2016        Word   PDF

Subminimum Wage Changes Catch States ‘Flat-Footed’ (Disability Scoop - August 29, 2016)

MINNEAPOLIS — After years of deliberation, state workforce regulators in Minnesota and across the nation are preparing to enforce tough new limits on paying people with disabilities less than the minimum wage, a practice that has long been decried by civil rights advocates as discriminatory. (full story)

Landmark Decision Ordering Fair Pay

Landmark Decision Ordering Fair Pay
New Restrictions on Subminimum Wage Go Into Effect Today
(APSE July 22, 2016)

As a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), new restrictions on subminimum wage go into effect today, Friday July 22nd. The information below outlines these new requirements. Given APSE's long-standing call for phasing out subminimum wage, APSE is pleased to see efforts to limit its use. It is critically important for APSE members and other advocates to be aware of these new requirements, and ensure they are fully enforced in a way that does not result simply in a "checklist" approach so that an individual can be paid subminimum wage.  (More Info)

Landmark Sub-Minimum Wage Decision, Ordering Back Pay and Fair Wages      (Link to article)

Disability Rights Ohio           
February 3, 2016

                             National Federation of the Blind logo and tagline - live the life you want. 


March 11, 2016: Here is the new draft of the four-year Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) State Plan.  This program assists low income people aged 55 and older, facing significant barriers to employment, find work.  The draft plan is here. Comments on the plan are due by 5pm, March 18, 2016.
Written comments may be sent to david.collins@maine.gov.


Handouts for February 12, 2016 Meeting:

Capacity Building Report 1            
Word       PDF
Systems Development Report 2    
Word       PDF
Systems Development Plan 3        
Word      PDF

Maine Vision Quest Phase 1 Assessment        Word     PDF 
Lisa Mills, Ph.D.


APSE/AUCD/NACDD/ Webinar on Employment First

Monday, December 14, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Register Here

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated
Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

Interim Report to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, September 15, 2015

Word Version      PDF Version

Nineteen Core States in FY2016: ODEP's Employment First
State Leadership Mentoring Program is Growing Strong

The Office of Disability Employment Policy has selected the core states in ODEP's Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) for FY 2016: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Utah. Since its inception in FY2012, the EFSLMP has provided intensive onsite and virtual technical assistance to cross-system state government teams to further their efforts to increase competitive, integrated employment outcomes for all individuals with disabilities. In addition to the EFSLMP technical assistance offerings to its core states, ODEP will continue to host its virtual National Employment First Community of Practice, which now includes approximately 1,200 participants across 44 states. Webinars are held monthly, and membership is open to disability policy stakeholders in all fifty states.
For More Information

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining & Promoting People with Disabilities: A Guide for Employers

This guide has information to help businesses include people with disabilities in their workforce. Learn about reasonable accommodations and employment laws. Developed as part of Curb Cuts to the Middle Class, a federal initiative to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for people with disabilities.

Word        PDF

25th Anniversary of the ADA graphic


Celebrating the 25th Anniversary
of the Americans with Disabilities Act


New Action Alert:      Notice of MaineCare Rule Change Affecting Employment Earnings
                                   for People Living in Residential Care

Word version     PDF version

New Action Alert:      Analysis of Non-Emergency Transportation Waiver and Access to    
                                   Employment and other Community Integration Opportunities
Memo from Lisa Mills, Ph.D.- ODEP Subject Matter Expert (posted 4/10/15)

                                  Word version     PDF version
                If you've been impacted by these changes, contact Rick Langley at DRM at    
                rlangley@drcme.org or 1-800-452-1948


New:      Employment First National Perspective
Presentation by Stephen Hall, Ph.D.   (posted April 8, 2015)


New:      LD 1240 - An Act To Phase Out the Payment of Sub-minimum Wages to
             Workers with Disabilities
(posted April 6, 2015)

Word   PDF


New:    Updated Draft Language to Phase-Out Sub-Minimum Wage
            (March 26, 2015 version)

Word     PDF


A Review of Maine DHHS’s Draft Transition Plan for
         Complying with New HCBS Rules

             Ensuring the Alignment with Maine’s Employment First Law
             Lisa Mills, Ph.D.

            Word    PDF


           Updated Draft Language to Phase-out Sub-Minimum Wage
           (March 2, 2015 version)  
           Word   PDF


           EFM Summit Feedback - "What's It Going to Take to Make EF Happen?"

           Word   PDF


               Updated Draft Language to Phase-out Sub-Minimum Wage, as 
           of February 12, 2015
         [Word Version]

Kim received a draft from the Revisor’s office today.  This draft is based on the first set of comments and meetings and does not include any changes we may want to make based on all the conversations that have gone on for the past 2 weeks. We'll be discussing those recommendations tomorrow.)


           EFM's Draft Legislation to Phase-out Sub-Minimum Wage

         (to comment on the bill or share your thoughts, please email EFM at rlangley@drcme.org)


          Final Report from the Independent Living and Disability Commission
        (including legislative recommendations on education, transportation, etc.)


New from the American Bar Association Human Rights Magazine:       

Poverty, Employment, and Disability: The Next Great Civil Rights Battle


        Maine Chosen for ODEP Leadership Mentoring    
        Program for Employment First
(program information here)

   Employment First Self-Advocacy Guide - APSE

  Maine's Employment Policy for Individuals Served  

EmploymentFirstMaine  An Overview of EFM's first year


    Commissioner of Labor, Jeanne Paquette, addresses Employment First Maine summit   Eve Hill, of the Department of Justice, speaks to Employment First Maine summit

      EmploymentFirstMaine Summit: One Year Later

              October 17, 2014

        Eve L. Hill, Deputy Assistant Attorney General

        Department of Justice

        Patty Cassidy, Senior Associate

        Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC


         Leading Employment First Change at the Local Level

          Cary Griffin, Senior Partner, Griffin-Hammis Associates


              Lisa Sturtevant, Employment Coordinator with DHHS/OADS, and EFM Coalition   
         member and chair of the Business/Employer work group, developed this quick
         overview presentation on EFM (here in pdf format)


         Debbie Gilmer, EFM Coalition member and chair of our Capacity Building work
         group, serves as a national subject matter expert with ODEP.  Check out Debbie's
         recent blog post
Delivering the Good Stuff:  Collaboration and Commitment
         are Keys to a Quality Workforce.

Employment First Maine (EFM)
is a broad based coalition of individuals with  
         disabilities, families, advocates, providers and state agency representatives
         committed to improving and enhancing employment outcomes for Maine citizens
         with disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities.  EFM has
         worked for over 18 months, participated in the national Alliance for Full Participation
         and is now an active member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability
         Employment Policy’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program’s
         Community of Practice.

       Employment First Maine Fact Sheet - Word     PDF

Employment First Resource List - PDF

               Contact Rick Langley at Disability Rights Maine or Click Here to be added to Employment   
          First Maine's email distribution list.


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