Maine's CHOICES CEO Project
Sheltered Workshop Conversion Resource Collection
In October 2007 a Maine team of agency representatives and advocates attended "Vermont's Conversion Institute" convened by Vermont APSE. A work group then began meeting in January to pick up on the information and energy that emerged from the Vermont Institute, and to help Maine develop and sustain services and supports that are as integrated as possible. Click here to meet the team, and to view notes taken at the Institute .
This page to intended to allow the sharing of a variety of resources that can inform and help this work in Maine, including the resources brought back from the Vermont Institute. We will update this page as new resources are identified, so please check back for new additions. And please contact us if you have resources to share or ideas for new resources to share.
Resources are organized in four areas (click on each to go to that section):
- MAINE MATERIALS
- CONVERSION RESOURCES FROM VERMONT
- NATIONAL RESOURCE MATERIALS
- RESEARCH/ OUTCOMES ON SHELTERED WORKSHOP CONVERSION
Employment/ Sheltered Workshop Conversion Meeting Minutes - January 17, 2008
A group of people interested in Employment/Sheltered Workshop Conversion met on January 17, 2008 in Augusta to hear from members of the team that attended the Vermont Conversion Institute, and to discuss ways to support continued conversion efforts here in Maine. Notes from that meeting are here.
Information article by Jim Meehan, Director of KFI, a provider in Millinocket, Maine. Part of the Technical Assistance resources made available by T-TAP (see listing under National Resources)
These definitions and guidelines have been adopted as guidance by The State of Maine, DHHS-Developmental Services for interpretation of Supported Employment. They became effective January 1, 2008
This is the Vocational Policy for the Office of Adults with Cognitive & Physical Disabilities, part of the DHSS Policy Manual (policy adopted October 18, 2000). A Word version of the Policy document is available here.
- By Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski Originally published: 1/2007
Over six years, regulations in Vermont gradually restricted and eventually prohibited the use of state funds for sheltered workshops or enclaves. Concurrent with the change in funding regulations, the state worked with providers to convert the remaining sheltered workshops in Vermont.
Closing Sheltered Workshops in Vermont - One Page Fact Sheet
The Vermont State System of Care Plan for Developmental Disability Services, developed every three years and updated annually, determines criteria for individuals to obtain services and funding, including priorities to develop new, and to continue current, services and programs.
The national Association of Persons in Supported Employment (APSE) has issued this position statement on segregated services for people with disabilities. The statement calls for several actions, including a national review of outcomes produced by sheltered workshops and a freeze on the funding of segregated services.
October 2007 "Jobs Issue" of the National E-Newsletter from the Self-Advocate Leadership Network @ HSRI.
Materials that present Supported Employment as an evidence-based practice that is important to shaping mental health services toward recovery. Most of the tools and principles can be easily adapted for use in supported employment services for individuals with other types of disabilities. From the US DHHS Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). A good place to start with this site is the User's Guide.
Includes Online Seminars, lessons learned, media presentations and other products to order, Customized Employment Fact Sheets, and other information for service providers interested in supported employment and conversion. Lessons learned include a feature by Maine's own Jim Meehan, cited under the Funded by Office of Disability Employment Policy, US Department of Labor.
Stephen T. Murphy, Patricia M. Rogan, Mary Handley, Charles Kincaid and Joanna Royce-Davis. 2002: . Mental Retardation: Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 30-40.
Deborah S. Metzel, Heike Boeltzig, John Butterworth, Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski and Dana Scott Gilmore. 2007: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 149-160
Allison Cohen Hall, John Butterworth, Jean Winsor, Dana Gilmore and Deborah Metzel. 2007: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 182-198.