Community Integrated Employment (CIE) activities relate to assisting eligible individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment in the community. Services are individualized to meet the needs of the person that is being supported. Ideally, supported employment services support people in jobs that are in typical integrated businesses, industries, or government environments. Scope The objective of CIE is to provide supports that result in jobs in the community which increase economic independence, self-reliance, social connections, and the ability to grow within a career. CIE services are geared to place people with disabilities in employment situations with nondisabled co-workers within the general workforce or assist the person in business ownership. This service may include small group employment. People are supported to explore and seek opportunity for career advancement through growth in wages, hours, experience, promotions and/or movement from group to individual employment. People are provided the opportunity to participate in negotiating their work schedule, break/lunch times, and leave and medical benefits with their employer. Each of these activities is reflected in individual career plans. CIE includes Job Development, Job Maintenance, Self-Employment, Intensive Community Integrated Employment (ICIE), and CIE- Group models. All the models may incorporate elements of customized employment, which includes job carving, job restructuring, and negotiated responsibilities. Reasonable accommodations are essential to customized employment. A Community Inclusion Aide may be provided to assist individuals with personal care needs in individual community employment settings when natural supports are not available. Services must be provided in a way that does not embarrass, disrespect, or restrict a person from making friendships and co-worker relationships. Natural/peer supports should be explored and encouraged to potentially fade the paid supports when natural supports are in place and stable. In a group employment setting, the provider determines the job site and is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the individuals and for follow-up services. For individual placements, the employer is responsible for the provision of general supervision consistent with his or her role as employer. When necessary and appropriate, the CIE Agency may supplement these services. Service Requirements General CIE Requirements CIE services shall be provided based on the interests of the person and Desired Outcomes listed in the ISP. Employment services are to be available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Services are driven by the person’s Desired Outcome and the job.

The above is an abbreviated version of this chapter.  For a full description of Community Integrated Employment Services please click here, scroll to the index and click Chapter 11.7.

From the Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DDW) Service Standards Manuel - Revised April 23, 2013, June 15, 2015, March 1, 2018

The ladies doing a little 
gardening at Red Willow
The ladies doing a little gardening at Red Willow
Steve, working hard at Wendy's...
Steve, working hard at Wendy's...
Leanna bagging groceries at Albertson's!
Leanna bagging groceries at Albertson's!