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DDA Supported Employment

As part of DDS/DDA, supported employment services are reimbursed by the District of Columbia Medicaid Program for each participant in the Home and Community-based Services Waiver for Persons with Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (Waiver) subject to the requirements set forth in this section.

Supported employment is intended for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or has been interrupted. The aim of supported employment services is to emphasize the assets, preferences and skills of the person and to match the person to a job that maximizes those assets and minimizes deficits.

Supported employment consists of paid competitive work that offers ongoing support services in an integrated work setting where wages are paid at or above minimum, consistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act. The level of employment participation may be full-time or part-time based on the interests and abilities of the individual.

The following supported employment services are eligible for reimbursement:

  1. Intake and assessment
  2. Job placement
  3. Job training and support
  4. Follow-along services.