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- VA DOJ Settlement Agreement Mandating Employment First Policy: Department of Justice settlement with the state of Virginia mandating implementation of an Employment First policy – www.dbhds.virginia.gov/settlement/FullAgreement.pdf
- VA Legislation (passed): Joint Virginia and Senate House Resolution, passed in 2012, encouraging the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt and implement Employment First practices in providing and coordinating services to Virginians with disabilities- http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+sum+SJ127
- VA DBHDS Strategic Plan for Employment First: October 2012 Employment First strategic plan issued by Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services – http://www.dbhds.virginia.gov/library/document-library/dbhdsstrategicplanforemploymentfirst_final.pdf
- VA DBHDS Policy on Employment First: December 2012 Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services policy on Employment First – www.dbhds.virginia.gov/documents/Adm/Adm-SBPolicies1044.pdf
- VA DBHDS Website – Employment First Initiative: Section of Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services website focused on Employment First. Look on page for Employment First Initiative – www.dbhds.virginia.gov/ODS-UsefulInformation.htm
This article was shared by Betsy Elwood, VA APSE member and vocational rehabilitation counselor at VA DARS. Betsy has worked with Kathleen since she was a student in Chesterfield County.
Teens with Asperger’s Syndrome Transition into Adulthood posted at www.TimesDispatch.com; November 8, 2014