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H.B. 240 Enrolled

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SOCIAL SERVICES - EMPLOYMENT FIRST PRIORITY

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Ronda Rudd Menlove

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Senate Sponsor: D. Chris Buttars

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill establishes an employment first priority policy for persons with a disability
             10      within the Employment Support Act, State Office of Rehabilitation Act, and the Utah
             11      Human Services Code.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    requires the Department of Workforce Services, the Utah State Office of
             15      Rehabilitation, and the Division of Services for People with Disabilities to, when
             16      providing services to a person with a disability, give priority to providing services
             17      that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful
             18      employment; and
             19          .    requires the entities described in the preceding paragraph to:
             20              .    develop a written plan to implement the policy described in the preceding
             21      paragraph; and
             22              .    annually set goals to implement the policy and plan described in this bill,
             23      determine whether the goals for the previous year have been met, and modify
             24      the plan as needed.
             25      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:
             28          None
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:


             30      ENACTS:
             31          35A-3-103.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          53A-24-106.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          62A-5-103.3, Utah Code Annotated 1953
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             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 35A-3-103.5 is enacted to read:
             37          35A-3-103.5. Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.
             38          (1) When providing services to a person with a disability in the programs provided
             39      under this chapter, the department shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in
             40      accordance with the requirements of federal and state law and memorandums of understanding
             41      between the department and other state entities that provide services to a person with a
             42      disability, give priority to providing services that assist an eligible person in obtaining and
             43      retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to earn sufficient income
             44      to:
             45          (a) purchase goods and services;
             46          (b) establish self-sufficiency; and
             47          (c) exercise economic control of the person's life.
             48          (2) The department shall develop a written plan to implement the policy described in
             49      Subsection (1) that includes:
             50          (a) assessing the strengths and needs of a person with a disability;
             51          (b) customizing strength-based approaches to obtaining employment;
             52          (c) expecting, encouraging, providing, and rewarding:
             53          (i) integrated employment in the workplace at competitive wages and benefits; and
             54          (ii) self-employment;
             55          (d) developing partnerships with potential employers;
             56          (e) maximizing appropriate employment training opportunities;
             57          (f) coordinating services with other government agencies and community resources;


             58          (g) to the extent possible, eliminating practices and policies that interfere with the
             59      policy described in Subsection (1); and
             60          (h) arranging sub-minimum wage work or volunteer work for an eligible person when
             61      employment at market rates cannot be obtained.
             62          (3) The department shall, on an annual basis:
             63          (a) set goals to implement the policy described in Subsection (1) and the plan described
             64      in Subsection (2);
             65          (b) determine whether the goals for the previous year have been met; and
             66          (c) modify the plan described in Subsection (2) as needed.
             67          Section 2. Section 53A-24-106.5 is enacted to read:
             68          53A-24-106.5. Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.
             69          (1) When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the office
             70      shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the requirements of
             71      federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and
             72      retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to:
             73          (a) purchase goods and services;
             74          (b) establish self-sufficiency; and
             75          (c) exercise economic control of the person's life.
             76          (2) The office shall develop a written plan to implement the policy described in
             77      Subsection (1) that includes:
             78          (a) assessing the strengths and needs of a person with a disability;
             79          (b) customizing strength-based approaches to obtaining employment;
             80          (c) setting expectations, providing appropriate services toward, and recognizing
             81      success in:
             82          (i) integrated employment in the workplace at competitive wages and benefits; and
             83          (ii) self-employment;
             84          (d) developing partnerships with potential employers;
             85          (e) providing appropriate employment training opportunities;


             86          (f) coordinating services with other government agencies and community resources
             87      included in the Workforce Investment System;
             88          (g) to the extent possible, eliminating practices and policies that interfere with the
             89      policy described in Subsection (1); and
             90          (h) arranging for alternative work experience leading to competitive, integrated
             91      employment, including work-based training, volunteer work, and internships.
             92          (3) The office shall, on an annual basis:
             93          (a) set goals to implement the policy described in Subsection (1) and the plan described
             94      in Subsection (2);
             95          (b) determine whether the goals for the previous year have been met; and
             96          (c) modify the plan described in Subsection (2) as needed.
             97          Section 3. Section 62A-5-103.3 is enacted to read:
             98          62A-5-103.3. Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.
             99          (1) When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the
             100      division shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the
             101      requirements of federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the person
             102      in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to:
             103          (a) purchase goods and services;
             104          (b) establish self-sufficiency; and
             105          (c) exercise economic control of the person's life.
             106          (2) The division shall develop a written plan to implement the policy described in
             107      Subsection (1) that includes:
             108          (a) assessing the strengths and needs of a person with a disability;
             109          (b) customizing strength-based approaches to obtaining employment;
             110          (c) expecting, encouraging, providing, and rewarding:
             111          (i) integrated employment in the workplace at competitive wages and benefits; and
             112          (ii) self-employment;
             113          (d) developing partnerships with potential employers;


             114          (e) maximizing appropriate employment training opportunities;
             115          (f) coordinating services with other government agencies and community resources;
             116          (g) to the extent possible, eliminating practices and policies that interfere with the
             117      policy described in Subsection (1); and
             118          (h) arranging sub-minimum wage work or volunteer work when employment at market
             119      rates cannot be obtained.
             120          (3) The division shall, on an annual basis:
             121          (a) set goals to implement the policy described in Subsection (1) and the plan described
             122      in Subsection (2);
             123          (b) determine whether the goals for the previous year have been met; and
             124          (c) modify the plan described in Subsection (2) as needed.


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