North Dakota Comprehensive Employment System
Comprehensive Employment System State-wide Strategic Planning
The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities received $500,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services for a Comprehensive Employment Systems Infrastructure Development Grant (NDCES).
The first year of the NDCES project (2006) undertakes a state-wide strategic planning process, driven by consumers, disability service providers, and the business/ economic development community, to develop a comprehensive employment system that will assist individuals with disabilities to seek and maintain gainful employment.
Develop a state-wide Comprehensive Employment System that will:
Maximize employment for people with disabilities
Increase the states labor force through the inclusion of people with disabilities
Protect and enhance workers healthcare, other benefits and needed employment supports
People with disabilities are valuable human resources; there is a community expectation that they will participate in the labor force to the maximum extent possible.
Anyone, regardless of disability, must have the opportunity to participate in the labor force.
Provide a high quality workforce for all employers.
Employment must be in typical integrated workplace settings.
Quality healthcare must be available to all.