Implementation of Paid Internship Program & Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Incentive Payments
The enactment of the State Budget for 2016-17, on July 1, 2016, includes new initiatives to increase CIE outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. CIE is full or part-time work for which an individual is paid minimum wage or greater in a setting with others who do not have disabilities. These new initiatives include a Paid Internship Program and Competitive Integrated Employment Incentive Payments.
Paid Internship Program
The Paid Internship Program was developed for the purpose of increasing vocational skills and abilities of clients who choose, through the IPP process, to participate in an internship. Goals of this program include the acquisition if experience and skills for future paid employment or for the internship itself to lead to full or part-time paid employment in the same job. The Paid Internship Program allows for a maximum funding for an internship of $10,400 per year, per client. The internship wages must be, at least, the state or local minimum wage. Internship funds may be available for clients for a variety of models, including self-employment enterprises and apprenticeships, and other business opportunities that can lead to future paid employment. All businesses participating in the paid internship program must operate in compliance with California State laws. There is no minimum or maximum hour requirement; however, there is a cap on funding. Multiple paid internships may be possible, as determined through the IPP process and so long as the $10,400 per year cap is not exceeded. For more information about this program option click here.
CIE Employment Incentive Payments
The CIE Incentive Payments was developed to increase successful CIE outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Funding is now available for service providers to receive incentive payments for job placement and retention of regional center clients, consistent with a client’s IPP. Incentive payment amounts are as follows: (i) $1,000 to a service provider who on or after July 1, 2016, places a client into CIE and the individual is still competitively employed after 30 consecutive days, (ii) An additional payment of $1,250 to a service provider for the aforementioned client who remains in CIE for 6 consecutive months, (iii) An additional payment of $1,500 to a service provider for the aforementioned individual who remains in CIE for 12 consecutive months. For more information about this program option click here.
Service providers interested in providing either or both of these new program options, must complete a program design addendum describing the service and supports being offered to assist clients in achieving a person-centered goal of paid internships and CIE. The program design addendum must be submitted and approved (prior to providing the service) by SG/PRC.
For more information about either of these new program options, including assistance with developing a program design addendum, please contact Josie Martinez, Resource Developer at firstname.lastname@example.org (909) 868-7528.