SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5768



                   Chapter 287, Laws of 1997



                        55th Legislature

                      1997 Regular Session







                    EFFECTIVE DATE:  7/27/97

Passed by the Senate April 22, 1997

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               BRAD OWEN

President of the Senate


Passed by the House April 10, 1997

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I, Mike O=Connell, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5768 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




             CLYDE BALLARD

Speaker of the

      House of Representatives

           MIKE O'CONNELL




Approved May 7, 1997 Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.  




              May 7, 1997 - 2:01 p.m.




              GARY LOCKE

Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5768



                      AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE


             Passed Legislature - 1997 Regular Session


State of Washington      55th Legislature     1997 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Senators Horn, Thibaudeau, Winsley, Anderson, Oke, McDonald, Wood, Fairley, Wojahn and Heavey)


Read first time 03/05/97.

Creating supported employment programs.  

    AN ACT Relating to supported employment for persons with developmental disabilities; adding new sections to chapter 41.04 RCW; and creating a new section.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The legislature finds that the rate of unemployment among persons with developmental disabilities is high due to the limited employment opportunities available to disabled persons.  Given that persons with disabilities are capable of filling employment positions in the general work force population, supported employment is an effective way of integrating such individuals into the general work force population.  The creation of supported employment programs can increase the types and availability of employment positions for persons with developmental disabilities.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  Unless the context clearly requires otherwise the definitions in this section apply throughout sections 3 through 5 of this act.

    (1) "Developmental disability" means a disability as defined in RCW 71A.10.020.

    (2) "Supported employment" means employment for individuals with  developmental disabilities who may require on-the-job training and long-term support in order to fulfill their job duties successfully.  Supported employment offers the same wages and benefits as similar nonsupported employment positions.

    (3) "State agency" means any office, department, division, bureau, board, commission, community college or institution of higher education, or agency of the state of Washington.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3. State agencies are encouraged to participate in supported employment activities.  The department of social and health services, in conjunction with the department of personnel and the office of financial management, shall identify agencies that have positions and funding conducive to implementing supported employment.  An agency may only participate in supported employment activities pursuant to this section if the agency is able to operate the program within its existing budget.  These agencies shall:

    (1) Designate a coordinator who will be responsible for information and resource referral regarding the agency's supported employment program.  The coordinator shall serve as a liaison between the agency and the department of personnel regarding supported employment;

    (2) Submit an annual update to the department of social and health services, the department of personnel, and the office of financial management.  The annual update shall include:  A description of the agency's supported employment efforts, the number of persons placed in supported employment positions, recommendations concerning expanding the supported employment program to include people with mental disabilities or other disabilities, and an overall evaluation of the effectiveness of supported employment for the agency.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  The department of social and health services and the department of personnel shall, after consultation with supported employment provider associations and other interested parties, encourage, educate, and assist state agencies in implementing supported employment programs.  The department of personnel shall provide human resources technical assistance to agencies implementing supported employment programs.  The department of personnel shall make available, upon request of the legislature, an annual report that evaluates the overall progress of supported employment in state government.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.  The creation of supported employment positions under sections 3 and 4 of this act shall not count against an agency's allotted full-time equivalent employee positions.  Supported employment programs are not intended to displace employees or abrogate any reduction-in-force rights.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 6.  Sections 2 through 5 of this act are each added to chapter 41.04 RCW.

    Passed the Senate April 22, 1997.

    Passed the House April 10, 1997.

Approved by the Governor May 7, 1997.

    Filed in Office of Secretary of State May 7, 1997.