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Pennsylvania Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program Part 3 of 3

Date: June 26, 2018

Pennsylvania Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program

​​2018 Community of Practice Webinar Series

Best Practices in Rural Areas

Part 3 (of a 3 part series)   Nuts and Bolts

June 26    2pm to 3:30pm


Organizational transformation can often be seen as a daunting task. Oftentimes organizations have provided the same services within the same culture for many decades. During this webinar we will dig deeper into the nuts and bolts of the practices needed to get started and gain momentum. Developing a greater understanding of “one life at a time,” celebrating success, and focusing on success, we will discuss creative employment options, braided funding, staffing allocations, transforming transportation options, and most importantly community building.

Please submit any questions that you would like answered as to these topics to Devon Grant at  prior to the webinars and we will be sure to cover those questions.




Corey Smith is a Senior Consultant with Griffin-Hammis Associates providing consultation and training for customers around the country. Corey also works with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and a number of universities, states, community rehabilitation programs (CRP’s), high schools, families, and job seekers, providing consultation and training on customized employment, supported employment, alternative funding and organizational and systems transformation. In 2014, Corey received the Association for People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Dave Hammis Innovation award for his work in customized employment, self-employment and braided funding strategies. Corey is also an Employment First State Leadership Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Department of Labor who has worked in a number of states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Maine, Arkansas, and Delaware. Corey has a long history of managing supported employment programs in both rural and metropolitan areas. For ten years from 1990’s to early 2000’s Corey led a very successful workshop conversion; fully converting two sheltered workshops and putting almost everybody to work. During this time new employment strategies were pioneered including customized employment, self-employment and completing changing transportation services.

To Join the Webinar:

Please register for the PA EFSLMP Community of Practice Webinar Series at

  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants only need to register one time and they will be registered for all of the webinars in the series and will receive reminders regarding upcoming sessions.


Recordings of past webinars and related resources can be found at


Who Should Participate?

 Program Managers, Employment Specialists, Job Developers, Job Coaches, Vocational Counselors, Educators, Employment Stakeholders, Supports/Service Coordinators, Self-Advocates and Families.



 Please contact Devon Grant at (717) 783-4287 or dgrant@pa.govwith any questions you may have.

Topics in the 2018 PA EFSLMP Community of Practice Webinar Series will be:


February 6, February 27, March 27:
The Basics of Workforce Development: Best Practices in Recruiting, Hiring, Training and Retaining Staff – 3 webinars

April 24, May 22, June 26:
Best practices in rural areas – 3 webinars

July 24:
Strategies for engaging with employer partners

August 28:
Reasonable accommodations under the ADA, and assistive technology

The Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) is a cross-disability, cross-systems change initiative of the US Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The goal of EFSLMP is to align policies, coordinate resources, and update service delivery models, in order to facilitate  increased integrated employment options for people with the most significant disabilities. Pennsylvania is one of 19 core states selected to receive intensive technical training and assistance. Pennsylvania has requested training related to increased successes in Provider Transformation.