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Press Release: Governor Patrick Announces Funding for Regional Collaboratives

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Originally published: 6/2009

Contact: Quinn Barbour/Institute for Community Inclusion
Phone: 617-287-4309
AIM screen name: qbarbourici
Email: Quinn.Barbour@umb.edu
Website: www.communityinclusion.org

Boston, MA: On June 25, 2009, Governor Deval Patrick announced a $2.5 million dollar award to fund five regional collaboratives in the Commonwealth. These Centers for Medicare and Medicaid funds are being distributed through the Work Without Limits initiative. The goal of the Collaboratives is to improve employment for people with disabilities by identifying and addressing efficient and non-duplicative services and supports systems, business engagement strategies, promoting effective transition from school to work and post-secondary practices, and developing accessible and sector based skills training programs. Each Collaborative's tasks are different which reflects the community in which they are located. The Collaboratives were awarded grants on a competitive basis. Each has a lead agency and each is required to have a local Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission office and Career Center as partners. The Collaboratives must also include people with disabilities and businesses in substantial roles.

The lead agencies are: PRIDE, Inc., Jewish Vocational Services, Boston, Employment Options, Riverside Community Care and Berkshire ARC. Gil Cote, David Hoff and Karen Flippo are technical assistance specialists assigned to each Collaborative. Each Collaborative will receive extensive and prescriptive technical assistance to assist it in meeting project goals. The Collaboratives will assist others in the state in replicating policies and services that contribute to a diverse and qualified workforce.

Work Without Limits: A Massachusetts Disability Employment Initiative is a public/private partnership bringing together people with disabilities, policy researchers, state policy makers, employment service providers, businesses and employers, and other stakeholders to create an environment that maximizes work opportunities for youths and adults with disabilities and strengthens the Massachusetts workforce.

Work Without Limits is a partnership of the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, the Center for Health Care Policy at UMass Medical School, and the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services.


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More information about the Work Without Limits initiative is available at www.workwithoutlimits.org

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