Bill Text: TX SB1226 | 2013-2014 | 83rd Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating to the establishment of an employment-first policy and task force to promote competitive employment opportunities that provide a living wage for individuals with disabilities.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Passed) 2013-06-14 - Effective immediately [SB1226 Detail]

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  83R10314 JSL-D
  By: Zaffirini S.B. No. 1226
  relating to the establishment of an employment-first policy and
  task force that promote opportunities for individuals with
  disabilities to earn a living wage with competitive employment.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 117, Human Resources Code,
  is amended by adding Section 117.075 to read as follows:
  The department shall adopt and implement an employment-first policy
  stating that earning a living wage with competitive employment in
  the general workforce is the first and preferred outcome of all
  publicly funded services provided to working-age individuals with
  disabilities. The policy must contain provisions that ensure:
               (1)  that individuals, particularly secondary and
  postsecondary students, with disabilities understand the
  importance of, and are given the opportunity to explore options
  for, further training, including graduate and postgraduate
  training, as a pathway to employment;
               (2)  the availability and accessibility of
  individualized training and support in an individual's preferred
               (3)  the availability and accessibility of resources
  necessary to enable an individual to understand the effect of
  earned income on the individual's public benefits; and
               (4)  that competitive employment, while being the first
  and preferred outcome, is not the only method of securing and
  maintaining necessary health care and support for individuals with
         (b)  The department, in consultation with the executive
  commissioner, shall establish an interagency employment-first task
  force that will work to ensure that individuals with disabilities
  are able to obtain competitive employment and are held to the same
  employment standards, responsibilities, and expectations as any
  other working-age adult. The department shall appoint as many
  members to the task force as the department considers necessary to
  complete the task force's purposes.
         (c)  The task force shall:
               (1)  design an education and outreach process targeted
  at individuals with disabilities, families, agencies, and service
  provider staff that is aimed at raising expectations of the success
  of individuals with disabilities in integrated, individualized,
  and competitive employment;
               (2)  develop recommendations for policy and procedure
  changes that are necessary to allow the employment-first policy
  described under Subsection (a) to be fully implemented; and
               (3)  produce a report to be provided to the department
  and the executive commissioner that estimates the reduction in
  publicly funded services that can be accomplished by implementation
  of the employment-first policy described under Subsection (a).
         SECTION 2.  Not later than September 1, 2014, the Department
  of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services shall adopt and implement
  the employment-first policy and appoint the employment-first task
  force described under Section 117.075, Human Resources Code, as
  added by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.