OPWDD Supported Employment Services
OPWDD is committed to doubling the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are working in their communities. Supported Employment Providers are important partners in assisting individuals to achieve their employment goals.
OPWDD’s supported employment services include Supported Employment (SEMP), Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) and the Employment Training Program (ETP). Below you will find links to related program standards, templates for required documentation formats, contact information for our DDSO employment coordinators and information on training opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of your supported employment programs.
Enhanced Supported Employment Pilot Project (ESEMP) –
ESEMP is a five year pilot project designed to demonstrate that motivated individuals who may need high levels of support can successfully work in regular jobs in the community. Enhanced services may include person-centered vocational planning, customized job development, individualized job coaching, travel training and transportation assistance, behavioral interventions and supports, personal assistance and other supports customized to the individual’s needs. This pilot is currently funded through 2014.
Employment Training Program (ETP)
ETP offers individuals an opportunity to work in an internship that will lead to permanent employment in a community business. During the internship, wages will be paid by through ETP while the individual learns the skills needed for the job. ETP participants also attend job readiness classes that present topics such as conflict resolution and how to dress for work. ETP services include increased job development and job coaching as well as assistance with other employability skills.
Supported Employment (SEMP) –
SEMP provides the supports individuals need to obtain and maintain paid competitive jobs in the community. Individuals with developmental disabilities will typically transition to SEMP after they have received supported employment services funded by the NYS Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and require limited job coaching to successfully maintain their employment. Individuals also come to supported employment from programs that offer intensive training such as ESEMP and ETP.