Jaimie Timmons

Over the course of nearly 20 years at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), Jaimie has had leadership roles in projects related to state systems and organizational change, Community Life Engagement, and transition for individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Jaimie has administered dozens of local, regional, and national projects involving project staffing, managing subcontracts, work plan creation and adherence, research protections, and budgeting, while collaborating with both internal and external researchers and others. Jaimie held the role of Project Director on a three-year Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Autism Intervention Grant, testing the impact of community service on transition age youth with ASD. In addition, Jaimie acted as PI for a project evaluating a college-based transition program for young adults with ASD located at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Jaimie is also Project Director of ICIs ACL-funded Access to Integrated Employment Project, a twenty-year Project of National Significance collecting data on employment services and outcomes for individuals with IDD. She also acts as PI on a line of research related to organizational transformation of agencies seeking to close their sheltered workshops as part of ICI’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Advancing Employment for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Jaimie's research interests stem from her background providing direct services to families with children with special health care needs and ASD. 

Arc of Westchester: Annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast

The Arc of Westchester was established in in New York State in 1949 as a day school for children with developmental disabilities. It has since grown to over 800 hundred employees serving over 2000 individuals throughout Westchester county supporting children, teens, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization’s vision is a world where the population that they serve enjoy fulfilled lives and an inspired future while the mission focuses on strengthening families and encouraging personal choices, abilities and interests.

The Arc of Westchester: Creative Partnership with Mercy College

The Arc of Westchester benefits from an agency culture that values innovative partnerships. In fact, an agency leader explained that the organization “will work with anybody who is willing to sit and talk.” This collaborative spirit led to a creative endeavor with Mercy College, a four-year school offering degrees in Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Health and Natural Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Within Health and Natural Sciences are departments such as nursing, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nutrition.

Data Note: Social Security Administration Data Show a Record Low Level of PASS Usage Among SSI Recipients

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers a set of work incentives for Supplemental Security income (SSI) beneficiaries. Work incentive employment supports help SSI recipients go to work by minimizing the risk of losing their SSI or Medicaid benefits (Social Security Administration, 2018). One such incentive, the Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS), allows approved individuals to set aside earned or unearned income and resources to achieve an employment goal.

A Roadmap to Competitive Integrated Employment: Strategies for Provider Transformation

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) partnered with The Arc of the United States to identify ten elements of successful organizational transformation to competitive integrated employment. They asked four providers who successfully closed sheltered workshops to provide implementation strategies that they used according to each of the ten elements. Based on the information gathered from these providers, the attached brief will:

State Employment First Policies #3: Investing in Training and Technical Assistance to Build Capacity in Integrated Employment

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This brief is the third in a series focusing on Employment First implementation as it relates to one of the seven elements within the High-Performing States in Integrated Employment model. As states undergo implementation of their policies, it is important to understand how state agencies have built employment knowledge and capacity.

State Employment First Policies #2: Engaging Stakeholders in Development and Implementation

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This brief is the second in a series focusing on Employment First implementation as it relates to one of the seven elements within the High-Performing States in Integrated Employment model. It looks at the interagency collaboration and partnership element in depth. Interagency partnership and collaboration includes interagency agreements and relationships, provider collaboration, and outreach to stakeholders to ensure that integrated employment is a shared goal.

State Roles in Promoting Community Life Engagement: Themes from the State Employment Leadership Network's Working Group

The State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) is a membership-based network of state IDD agencies committed to making changes in their service systems to ensure access to competitive integrated employment for people with IDD (www.selnhub.org/home).