DBHDD/GVRA Supported Employment Collaboration for Individuals with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD), and Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency’s (GVRA) Supported Employment Collaboration went live statewide March 1, 2018. The goal of the collaboration is to support individuals with significant Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities in finding and maintaining competitive integrated employment.

GVRA is the funding source for the initial phases of Supported Employment services. DBHDD will be the funding source for long-term Supported Employment services following GVRA Services.

Individuals will be referred to GVRA from DBHDD for the initial phases of Supported Employment. Individuals will be referred from GVRA to DBHDD for long term supports. Long -term supports may be waiver funded, State-funded, or Employment Express funded.

GVRA is supporting this collaboration with 12 Dedicated Counselors and other designated staff across the Agency. The intent is for DBHDD Intake Coordinators, Planning List Administrators/Supervisors, State Services Coordinators, and Support Coordinators to work collaboratively with GVRA Team Leads and assigned staff and providers in delivering Supported Employment Services to dually enrolled I.D.D. individuals.

A procedure has been established for Planning List Administrators (PLA), Intake Coordinators (IC), State Service Coordinators (SSC) and Support Coordinators (SC) to refer individuals seeking Supported Employment to GVRA. In order to refer an individual, the PLA, IC, SSC or SC must complete and submit a referral. Upon completion of this Referral (click here to complete, upload and submit a referral form and supporting documents), the individual/guardian, or designee will be contacted by a GVRA staff member to begin the process. It is imperative that cases being referred as part of this collaboration be submitted by the PLA, IC, SSC or SC using the link above.