Realizing Employment First –
One Employee at a Time

Colorado’s skilled and practiced service providers are key to real work for real pay for career seekers with disabilities.

Colorado Profile: Theresa Garcia is an employment services provider in the Colorado Springs area.

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You can change lives! Read on to learn about provider qualifications and get the training you need to get started today. Consultation is available! Email us:

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If you are ready to add new approaches to your practice, check out the options at COEF.

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COEF is Your Resource for Employment Services Training

With comprehensive training courses on Individual Placement and Support (IPS), Customized Employment, Benefits Counseling and more, the Colorado Office of Employment First can assist you to build your portfolio of featured services and demonstrate your capacity to deliver high quality services resulting in meaningful community-based outcomes for people with disabilities.

**Coming soon: Supported Employment, Person Centered Practices, Technology Solutions and more!**

Through COEF, Learning is On-Going

On-going learning communities are a benefit to COEF training attendees with regular opportunities to connect, collaborate, and receive technical assistance. Learning communities provide you with a built-in network of other Colorado employment service providers and on-going access to the COEF training staff post-training.

Are you a Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) vendor?

DVR-connected career seekers receive services through approved vendors. Check out qualification requirements and learn more here.

Are you a Program Approved Service Agency (PASA)?

A PASA is a service provider approved to deliver services to people on a Medicaid waiver. Review the steps and learn more here.

Can you use business technical assistance for your service provider organization?

Colorado’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide free consultation and no or low-cost training programs.

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The Colorado Office of Employment First sits under JFK Partners, the state’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a program of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Its creation was envisioned by Colorado Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a multi-state agency and stakeholder-led collaborative, and was made possible, in part, by funding from the Colorado Legislature and generously matched through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).

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