Division 10. Employment Assistance For Workers With Disabilities of California Unemployment Insurance Code >> Division 10.
(a) It is the purpose of this division to ensure that
workforce preparation services provided through California's one-stop
centers, including information and services provided electronically,
are accessible to employers and jobseekers with disabilities.
(b) It is further the intent of the Legislature that one-stop
centers provide appropriate services to individuals with disabilities
to enhance their employability.
(c) It is further the intent of the Legislature that, in order to
achieve the goals specified in subdivisions (a) and (b), local
workforce investment boards plan for and report on services to
jobseekers and employers with disabilities, including the
implementation of the federal Ticket to Work program for those local
workforce investment boards and one-stop centers that choose to
implement the Ticket to Work program in their local workforce
Each local workforce investment board shall establish at
least one comprehensive one-stop career center in each local
workforce investment area. These one-stop centers shall ensure access
to services pursuant to Section 134(d) of the federal Workforce
Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 2864(d)), including services
for persons with disabilities, including, but not limited to, all of
(a) Outreach, intake, and orientation.
(b) Initial assessments of skills, aptitudes, abilities, and need
for support services.
(c) Program eligibility determinations.
(d) Information on the local, regional, and national labor market.
(e) Information on filing for unemployment insurance.
(f) Access to intensive services as needed, including, but not
limited to, comprehensive and specialized assessments of skill levels
and service needs, development of individual employment plans, group
counseling, individual counseling and career planning, case
management for participants seeking training services under
subdivision (g), and short-term prevocational services, such as
learning, communication, interview, and other jobseeking and work
related skills to help prepare individuals for unsubsidized
employment and training.
(g) Training services, including, but not limited to, occupational
skills training, on-the-job training, workplace training and
cooperative education programs, private sector training programs,
skills upgrade and retraining, entrepreneurial training, job
readiness training, adult education, and literacy activities combined
with training, and customized training.
The local workforce investment boards shall schedule and
conduct regular performance reviews of their one-stop centers to
determine whether the centers and providers are providing effective
and meaningful opportunities for persons with disabilities to
participate in the programs and activities of the centers and
One-stop center counselor staff shall provide accurate
information to beneficiaries of Supplemental Security Income and the
State Supplemental Program and Social Security Disability Insurance
on the implications of work for these individuals. The information
shall include, but not be limited to, referrals to appropriate
benefits' planners. One-stop center counselor staff shall also
provide accurate information to individuals with disabilities on how
they may gain access to Medi-Cal benefits pursuant to Section 14007.9
of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
In order to ensure that one-stop career centers operated by
local workforce investment boards meet the needs of workers and
employers with disabilities, the Governor shall ensure that
evaluations conducted pursuant to Sections 134 (a)(2)(B)(ii) and (v)
of the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 2864
(a)(2)(B)(ii) and (v)), address how local one-stop centers provide
all of the following:
(a) Full access to workforce development services for their
(b) Assistive technology to ensure access to services.
(c) Staff training on assessment and service strategies for
jobseekers and employers with disabilities.
(d) Representation of the disability community in program planning
and service delivery.
(e) The development of regional employment networks to participate
in the federal Ticket to Work program and the role of the local
board and one-stop centers in the Ticket to Work program.
The California Workforce Investment Board shall report to
the Governor and the Legislature by September 30, 2004, on the status
of one-stop services to individuals with disabilities and
implementation of the federal Ticket to Work program in California.
If permitted by federal law, the California Workforce
Investment Board and local workforce investment boards shall include
persons with disabilities or their representatives, with a particular
effort to include such persons who are not employees of state or