Employment First Training



People with disabilities have much to offer employers and their communities. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission works with employers to match them with job applicants with disabilities who can add value to a business as they live the life they want.

HHSC is announcing a free, one-day Employment First Services Training to be offered in six cities from September 2021 thru December 2021. Employment promotes a more independent living setting and creates independence for a person in many ways. This training will support this effort as another tool to increase the Employment First focus and provide better tools for providers to improve hands-on skills and increase job opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This training will provide various elements of employment services to staff in the provider community who have a direct role in the employment process for the people being served.

Training includes:

  • Overview of Texas Employment First Policy
  • Employment services in Medicaid waivers
  • Basic facts on Social Security Administration disability benefits
  • Basic facts on developing an employment profile and vocational assessment
  • Building connections and working with families
  • Development of soft skills and job-readiness skills
  • Basic overview of applications and tablets for use as job coaches
  • Building and maintaining strong employer relationships

The training is specifically designed for any staff member who has a role in supporting people who set employment goals or people with direct, hands-on roles such as service coordinators, employment specialists, direct care staff, day habilitation staff and job coaches, supervisors and others who support individuals as they pursue competitive and integrated employment.

Register for a Course Near You

Sept. 8, Lubbock

MGM Elegante
801 Avenue Q
Lubbock, TX 79401
Register here.

Sept. 29, Austin

Norris Conference Center
2525 W Anderson Ln #365
Austin, TX 78757
Register here.

Oct. 13, McAllen

Cambria Hotel McAllen Convention Center
701 South Ware Road
McAllen, TX, 78501
Register here.

Nov. 4, San Antonio

Norris Conference Center
618 Northwest Loop 410 STE 207
San Antonio, TX 78216
Register here.

Nov. 17, Corpus Christi

Region 2 Education Center
209 N Water St
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Register here.

Dec. 1. El Paso

Region 19 Education Center
6611 Boeing Dr.
El Paso, TX 79925
Register here.