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Employment First Training Series

The Iowa Employment First Training Series is a collection of training and resources specifically designed for community-based case managers, care managers, service coordinators, and integrated health home coordinators. We use the term case manager to refer to the whole array of service coordination positions.

"Employment in the general workforce is the first priority and the expected and preferred outcome in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Iowan's with disabilities."

As Iowa’s system is shifting from a facility-based to community-based employment model, it requires a change in philosophy and approach in supporting Iowans with disabilities. Case managers play a pivotal role in advancing employment for individuals with disabilities, especially those with the most significant disabilities.

The Iowa Employment First Training Series consists of webinar modules with corresponding tools & resources that equip case managers with essential information to support individuals to have the opportunity to explore and pursue integrated, competitive employment. The first set of Training Modules to be released includes:
  1. Expectations and Having Conversations that Inform, Encourage, and Shape Employment Planning
  2. Person Centered Planning for Medicaid Funded HCBS Employment Services
  3. Where the Rubber Hits the Road
  4. IVRS 101
  5. Benefits Planning 101
  6. Traumatic Brain Injury and Employment