About

The NC Employment First Steering Committee is a statewide workgroup that formed in 2011 with more than 30 members currently representing various disability groups- Mental Illness, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse/co-occurring, Autism, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Traumatic Brain Injury. The goals of this group are to:
  • Advance Employment First!
  • Develop the future of employment services in this state
  • Strengthen the broad-based collaborative effort between the state divisions, advocates, organizations, stakeholders, consumers and families 
  • Be a launching point for ideas, issues, initiatives
For more information about employment services & supports in NC, please visit the links page.

The North Carolina Employment First Steering Committee includes the following member organizations, state agencies, and advocates:
  • MH, IDD, SA Advocates & Family members
  • Alliance Behavioral Health LME/MCO
  • APSE (Association for Persons Supporting EmploymentFirst)
  • Autism Society NC
  • BCDC
  • Benchmarks
  • Community Partnerships
  • DD Consortium
  • Disability Rights NC
  • Durham Exchange Club Industries
  • EARN (Eastern Area Rehabilitation Network)
  • Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia
  • Guilford LME/MCO
  • InnverVisions
  • Johnston County Industries
  • LCI, Inc.
  • LIFESPAN
  • Marketing Association for Rehabilitation Centers (MARC) 
  • Mecklenburg Disabilities Action Collaborative and Employment First
  • Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas, Inc.
  • Mental Health Association of the Tar River Region, Rocky Mount
  • NAMI NC
  • National APSE Employment Support Professional Certification Council (ESPCC), CESP
  • NC Association of Persons in Supported Employment (NCAPSE)
  • NC Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (NCARF)
  • NC Business Leadership Network
  • NC CANSO (Consumer Advocacy, Networking & Support Organization)
  • NC Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD)
  • NC Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Solutions
  • NC Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children's Division
  • NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, Community Policy Management Section Best Practices Team and the Advocacy and Consumer Empowerment Section 
  • NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • NC Division of Medical Assistance
  • OE Enterprises
  • State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)
  • RHA Howell
  • Smoky Mountain LME/MCO
  • Watauga Opportunities
  • Youth MOVE North Carolina- North Carolina Families United


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