West Virginia Code
1 - DEFINITIONS; LIMITATIONS OF CHA
2 - STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
2A - ADOPTION OF TEXTBOOKS, INSTRUC
2B - AREA VOCATIONAL PROGRAM
2C - HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION OR BU
2D - COMMUNITY EDUCATION
2E - HIGH QUALITY EDUCATIONAL PROGR
2F - INCENTIVES AND RESULTS BASED S
2G - SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA IMPROVEME
2H - PUBLIC NOTICE AND PARTICIPATIO
2I - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2J - PUBLIC AND HIGHER EDUCATION UN
2K - THE DIABETES CARE PLAN ACT
3 - STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
4 - COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOL
5 - COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
5A - LOCAL SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT
5B - SCHOOL INNOVATION ZONES ACT
5C - COMMITTEE REORGANIZATION AND C
5D - WEST VIRGINIA FEED TO ACHIEVE
5E - INNOVATION IN EDUCATION ACT
5F - ACCESSIBILITY AND EQUITY IN PU
6 - DRIVER EDUCATION
7 - ADULT LITERACY EDUCATION PROGRA
7A - STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYST
7B - TEACHERS' DEFINED CONTRIBUTION
7C - MERGER OF TEACHERS' DEFINED CO
7D - VOLUNTARY TRANSFER FROM TEACHE
8 - COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
8A - ATTENDANCE OF HOMELESS CHILDRE
9 - SCHOOL FINANCES
9A - PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT
9B - STATE BOARD OF SCHOOL FINANCE
9C - STATE AID FOR CONSTRUCTION, RE
9D - SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY
9E - AIR QUALITY IN NEW SCHOOLS ACT
9F - SCHOOL ACCESS SAFETY ACT
10 - FEDERAL AID AND GIFTS FOR EDU
10A - REHABILITATION SERVICES
10B - VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION FA
10C - THE SOUTHERN REGIONAL EDUCAT
10D - COMPACT FOR EDUCATION
10E - INTERSTATE COMPACT ON QUALIF
10F - DISABLED PERSONS AND PUBLIC
10G - PROVIDING OF FOOD SERVICE IN
10H - ALBERT YANNI PROGRAMS OF EXC
10J - BLIND PERSONS' LITERACY RIGH
10K - WEST VIRGINIA TRAUMATIC BRAI
10L - RON YOST PERSONAL ASSISTANCE
10M - WEST VIRGINIA INDEPENDENT LI
10N - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACCES
10O - DISABILITY HISTORY WEEK
11 - WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
11A - REVENUE BONDS FOR UNIVERSITY
11B - REVENUE BONDS FOR UNIVERSITY
11C - WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY HOS
11D - REVENUE BONDS FOR WEST VIRGI
11E - REVENUE BONDS FOR MARSHALL U
12 - STATE TEACHERS' COLLEGES
12A - REVENUE BONDS FOR MARSHALL U
12B - REVENUE BONDS FOR STATE INST
13 - WEST VIRGINIA EDGE
14 - BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE
15 - WEST VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF TE
16 - ANTIHAZING LAW
17 - WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOLS FOR THE
18 - WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOL FOR THE
19 - EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR
20 - EDUCATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHIL
21 - SPECIAL COMMUNITY-BASED PILOT
22 - HIGHER EDUCATION FULL-TIME FA
22A - EMINENT SCHOLARS ENDOWMENT T
22B - STATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
22C - STATE AID FOR STUDENTS ATTEN
22D - HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT ASS
22E - DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORS END
23 - ADDITIONAL POWERS, DUTIES AND
24 - FEES AND OTHER MONEY COLLECTE
25 - TAX DEFERRED INVESTMENTS FOR
26 - WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF REGENT
26A - STATE AUTISM TRAINING CENTER
26B - CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE SALARY S
26C - INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS
26D - INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL
27 - WEST VIRGINIA EDUCATION LOAN
28 - PRIVATE, PAROCHIAL OR CHURCH
29 - GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
30 - WEST VIRGINIA COLLEGE PREPAID
31 - RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AGRE
32 - SEVERABILITY
CHAPTER 18. EDUCATION.
ARTICLE 10I. WEST VIRGINIA SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM.
(a) The West Virginia Legislature acknowledges that persons with severe disabilities can be productive, contributing members of the community, and that supported employment is a way of accomplishing the goal of employment for many persons with severe disabilities.
(b) If persons with disabilities are afforded opportunities to work in socially valued jobs with dignity, opportunities for advancement, and fair pay and compensation, then West Virginians with disabilities will lead more independent and productive lives, pay taxes, and decrease their need for public assistance. Studies have shown that supported employment is cost effective, and it is in the interest of the Legislature and the citizens of West Virginia to experiment within limited resources, through a model program of supported employment for persons with severe disabilities.
(a) "Competitive work" means work performed weekly on a part-time or full-time basis, as determined in each individualized written rehabilitation program, and for which compensation is consistent with the wage standards provided for in the Fair Labor Standards Act.
(b) "Division of rehabilitation services" means the state agency created by section one, article ten-a, chapter eighteen of this code.
(c) "Integrated work setting" means job sites where one or more nonhandicapped or nondisabled individuals interact with one or more handicapped or disabled employees on a regular basis in the performance of their respective job duties.
(d) "Supported employment" means competitive work in an integrated work setting with on-going support services for persons with a severe disability for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of severe handicaps.
(e) "Person with a severe disability" means an individual who has a severe physical or mental impairment which seriously limits one or more functional capacities (such as mobility, work tolerance, self-care, self-direction, or interpersonal, communication or work skills) in terms of an employment outcome; and who will require multiple vocational rehabilitation services over an extended period of time.
(a) Within the available funds as appropriated by the Legislature, the Division of Rehabilitation Services shall establish a model supported employment program in an unserved area of the state. The model program shall be selected through a request for proposal process including proposal review and selection by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services in cooperation with the state developmental disabilities planning council.
(b) The model supported program and existing supported employment programs approved by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services shall promote employment services to eligible individuals including:
(1) Job development services to secure competitive jobs;
(2) Services to assist the person with a severe disability in maintaining his or her supported employment position; and
(3) Other employment services not funded through the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services federal Title I and Title VI, Part C programs.
(c) An existing sheltered workshop shall implement the model program selected to be established, with the advice and consultation of the state developmental disabilities planning council.
(d) The Division of Rehabilitation Services shall administer the supported employment program.
(a) The primary focus of the supported employment program is providing employment supports for persons with severe disabilities who have never worked or have only worked intermittently due to their disability.
(b) To be eligible for the supported employment program, a person must have a severe disability as defined in section one of this article.