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Delaware 1915(I) Plan Starting January 2015 Will Focus on Employment Supports for Workers with Disabilities

January 30, 2015

Delaware’s Pathways to Employment program, which will provide a variety of employment services to people with targeted disabilities, came into effect on January 1, 2015.8 Under the program, employment and transition services for people with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, visual impairments or physical disabilities will now be covered through Delaware’s Medicaid 1915(i) State Plan.

Employment services include not only supported employment services but also job search assistance, career assessment, financial coaching, transportation to job sites, assistive technology and personal care services. Delaware expects to serve approximately 345 individuals through the program this year and gradually increase the number of individuals served over the next five years, rising to 430 by 2018.

To be eligible for services, individuals must be between the ages of 14 and 25 and have incomes exceeding 150 percent of the FPL.