Welfare and Institutions Code (“WIC”) was amended effective July 1, 2016 to add section 4870 to encourage competitive integrated employment (“CIE”) for individuals with developmental disabilities. CIE is full or part-time work for which an individual is paid minimum wage or greater in a setting with others who do not have disabilities. Section 4870(a-c) authorizes funding to the Department of Developmental Services for a paid internship program. The purpose of the paid internship program is to increase the vocational skills and abilities of consumers who choose, via the Individual Program Plan (“IPP”) process, to participate in an internship. Goals of the Paid Internship program include the acquisition of experience and skills for future paid employment, or for the internship itself to lead to full or part-time paid employment in the same job. Under this program, internship wages paid to consumers, must be, at least, state or local minimum wage.
Section 4870 (d-g) authorizes funding to the DDS for incentive payments to service providers for the placement and retention of regional center consumers in CIE, consistent with a consumer’s IPP. The goal of the CIE Incentive Payments is to increase sustained CIE placements of consumers by regional center service providers.
Information regarding both the Paid Internship Program and the Competitive Integrated Employment Incentive Payments, is provided below:
Please note, to ensure program accountability and achievement of program goals, regional centers and service providers will be required to report activities in these new service areas to the Department of Developmental Services by October 1, 2017 and each October 1st annually, thereafter. Please submit your completed Addendum to your program design to firstname.lastname@example.org.