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Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) directed funds and resources to improve workforce services for individuals with disabilities, including those with psychiatric and other non-visible disabilities.Â Funding for the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Initiative was in response to barriers to One-Stop services including physical and program accessibility, and meaningful and effective participation of job seekers in the workforce investment system.
Since 2003, DOLETA has contributed approximately $125 million along with $12 million contributed from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to jointly fund, implement, pilot, and evaluate the DPN Initiative within the state level workforce system in forty-seven states plus four territories at varying periods resulting in the hiring of over 400 Navigators in any given year.
The DPN Initiative focuses on developing new and ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated access to services, creating systemic change, and expanding the workforce investment system's capacity to serve customers with disabilities and employers.
To learn more about the role of a Disability Program Navigator (or what we often refer to as a “DPN” or “Navigator”), click here …