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Fifteen in FY2015: ODEP Launches Expanded Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program

November 25, 2014
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has expanded direct and virtual technical assistance, training, ongoing mentoring, and policy development support to fifteen core states as part of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). The fifteen FY2015 EFSLMP core states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Utah.

Since its inception in FY2012, the EFSLMP has provided intensive onsite and virtual technical assistance to state governments in the areas of capacity building in the dissemination of customized employment and other effective practices that lead to integrated employment as the priority outcome of services to individuals with significant disabilities; provider transformation strategies; approaches to successful employer engagement; and school-to-work transition models. 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. Webinars are held monthly, and membership is open to disability policy stakeholders in all fifty states.

Any individual interested in participating in the Community of Practice can register for ODEPs EFSLMP mailing list to receive updates on upcoming training events, technical assistance offerings, and policy resources. To sign up, visit

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