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Comprehensive Person-Centered State Work Incentive Initiatives:

A Resource Center for Developing & Implementing Medicaid Buy In Programs
and
Related Employment Initiatives for Persons with Disabilities


Oklahoma


I. Overview of a State's Comprehensive Person-Centered Employment Initiatives

 

II. What's New and Persons to Contact

New -
The Oklahoma legislature passed legislation in 2003 (Senate Bill 610) which provides that the Oklahoma Health Care Authority is to submit a Medicaid Section 1115 waiver request to CMS to create a Medicaid Buy-In program.

Persons to Contact:
Catina C. Baker, MS
Disability Services Coordinator
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
4545 N. Lincoln Blvd, Suite 124
Phone (voice): (405) 522-7526
Fax: (405) 530-3434
E-mail: bakerc@ohca.state.ok.us

Dan O'Brien
Department of Rehabilitation Services
VR# 49, CRSU
2401 N.W. 23rd, Suite 7
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone: 405-522-6531
Fax: 405-522-6545
E-mail: deobrien@drs.state.ok.us
Website: www.milestonemanagement.com

Kelly Shropshire
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
4545 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: 405-522-7420
Fax: 405-522-7420
shropshk@ohca.state.ok.us

III. Program Development - Past and Present

  • Executive Branch Leadership, Cross Disability Coalition Leadership and Interagency Working Groups

    A Cross-disability Coalition was organized in August 2000 with initial leadership from staff from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Center for Public Management at Oklahoma University and the State Developmental Disabilities Council. Staff from state agencies, including the State Medicaid agency (Oklahoma Health Care Authority), attend the periodic meetings of the Coalition. Also, State Representative Al Lindley enabled the organizing meeting for the Coalition through making available the State House chambers for the initial orientation and information meeting held in June 2000 leading to the organization of the Coalition.


  • Initial Planning, Information Gathering and Program and Fiscal Estimates

 

IV. State Legislation - Adopted and Pending

New-
The Oklahoma legislature passed legislation in 2003 (Senate Bill 610) which provides that the Oklahoma Health Care Authority is to submit a Medicaid Section 1115 waiver request to CMS to create a Medicaid Buy-In program.

Download a copy of Senate Bill 610

V. Current State Policies and Program Descriptions

  • State Policies: State Plans, Regulations and Waiver Requests to Federal Agencies - Pending and Adopted Programs
  • Ensuring Informed Choice and Person - Centered Programs: Benefits Counseling, Work Force Investment Act Implementation and Related Educational Services
  • Descriptions for Consumers and Staff Training Activities

 

VI. Program Data and Impact

  • Medicaid Buy-In Data
  • Consumer Surveys and Evaluation Studies

 

VII. Comprehensive Employment Initiatives

Benefits Counseling and Relating Medicaid Buy-In Development to Olmstead Strategic Planning activities
The following is an excerpt from the Oklahoma MIG Grant proposal describing the role of the University of Oklahoma Center for Learning and Leadership
The University of Oklahoma Center for Learning and Leadership will also play a key role in the dissemination of information about this project to consumers and other interested stakeholders. The Center for Learning and Leadership will provide the following:

  • Design of project materials that are easily accessible to all community members
  • Development of dissemination plan for project information and materials
  • Facilitation of a plan to link the Medicaid Buy-In project activities to the Oklahoma Olmstead Strategic Planning activities
  • Coordination of the Oklahoma Medicaid Buy-In activities with other statewide employment related activities (such as the Oklahoma SSI Benefits Planning Project, the Oklahoma State Department of Education Transition Planning and the Department of Rehabilitation Transportation Coalition).

The mission of Center for Learning and Leadership is to collaborate with other organizations to ensure the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities and their families in all aspects of community life. Center for Learning and Leadership has been involved in numerous advocacy, training and outreach projects and has a history of successful efforts.

 


Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy
at George Washington University

Supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with additional support provided by NIDRR of the US Department of Education through the RRTC on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy at the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at the University of Iowa. (#H133B980042)

 

Website created and maintained by the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. The opinions and analyses set out in the articles on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the US Department of Education, George Washington University or the University of Iowa.