Interagency Collaboration (AT)

Interagency CollaborationAgencies involved will vary greatly depending on age, health, disability status, legal issues, needs and wants of the adults involved. Some agencies have care coordination/case management services for adults with complex needs or these services may come through health care providers.

Potential collaborators might be:

  • Statewide – Agencies and Organizations
    • Department of Education (for public schools and school to work programs)
    • Developmental Disabilities Coalition, Governor’s Council on Disabilities, etc.
    • Disability-specific organizations such as Easter Seals, Spina Bifida Association
    • Medical Associations: state Medical Society; American Academy of Pediatrics affiliate; American Academy of **Family Physicians, Internal Medicine association affiliate, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians, **School Nurses Association, and other related professionals
    • State Department of Health to locate local health departments
    • State Comprehensive Care Center or other mental health agency
    • State Insurance Commission Office
    • Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: Agency leaders, Transition Coordinator or SSI Liaison
    • University Centers of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities
  • Statewide Benefit Programs
    • Medicaid office – funding for health care and Medicaid waivers, Ticket to Work, etc.
    • Social Security state and local office: SSI, SSDI, and work incentives
  • Consumer Leadership Organizations, Youth Leaders and Family Leaders
    • Centers for Independent Living
    • Disease/disability support groups: Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes Association, Spina Bifida, etc.
    • Family Voices state affiliate
    • Parent to Parent Network
    • Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) located in every state
  • Employment-Related Agencies, Organizations and State Initiatives
    • Business Organizations
    • Employers and/or an organization of employers
    • State’s workforce development agency: One Stop Shop
    • Vocational Rehabilitation leaders and anyone who may be in charge of transition-age programming, for services preparing for employment and other services (how to find a van and get it fitted for driving modifications); Programs for the blind, if separate from VR in your state
  • Disability-Related State Information Networks, Programs and Services
    • Assistive Technology Project/agency
    • Attendant Care organizations and/or adult day care programs
    • Durable medical equipment association, vendors
    • Home health agency association (good source of Waiver info and personal assistants)
    • Housing office for state: accessible housing, accommodations, and/or group homes or assisted living arrangements
    • Higher Education Information: A resource for scholarships, loans, work study, disabled student services, etc. (university, community colleges and technical schools)
    • Recreation organizations (youth): YWCA, YMCA, Scouts, 4-H, Baseball/basketball leagues
    • Transportation system (mobility training, application process, door-to-door, adapted bus routes)