Overview

The Employment First Oversight Commission was established during the 2011 Kansas Legislative Session and became law on July 1, 2011. The Employment First law (K.S.A. 44-1136-38) details the duties and responsibilities of the oversight commission, sets as the official policy of the State of Kansas that competitive and integrated employment is the first option when serving people with disabilities, established definitions of "competitive" and "integrated" employment, and details the requirements of state agencies to conform to the law. This is a seven member commission appointed by leaders of the House and Senate and the Governor.

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Commissioners

Rocky Nichols, Chair - Topeka (appointed by Senate Minority Leader, 7/27/2015)
Barney Mayse, Vice-Chair - Overland Park (appointed by Governor 6/8/2016)
Sen. Dan Kerschen - Garden Plain (appointed by Senate President 1/8/2016)
Shelia Nelson-Stout - Salina (appointed by House Minority Leader 7/27/2016)
Michael Donnelly - Topeka (appointed by Governor (6/16/2016)
Bob Hull - Wichita (appointed by Governor 6/8/2016) 
Steve Gieber - Topeka (appointed by Speaker of the House 10/28/2015)
 

Meetings:

December 18, 2018,   1:30-3:30 pm, 900 SW Jackson, Room 450, Topeka

Agenda
2018 Starting Point
2018 Starting Point Mayse revision
ESCC-Project-Final-2018
KS Disability Employment Survey Results ESC Coal 10-2-18
2018 Gaps and Solutions document by Transition Transformers Coalition
Accessibility Guidelines
Accessibility Guidelines Power Point


January 3, 9:00-10:00 am, 900 SW Jackson, Room 560, Topeka

2017 Meetings

January 5, Noon-3:00 pm, Lt. Governor's meeting room 281-S in the Statehouse (public entrance on north end of building on 8th street in Topeka.)


February 29, 2016 10:00 am. 
Handouts: Great Expectations Narrative
                 Great Expectations PowerPoint

October 9, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Room 560, Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson, Topeka
Handouts: Agenda, July draft minutes, Employer Resources Committee Report, Employer resource links, Employment 1st Stakeholder Group Report, SSI EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT PILOT, InterHab Employment Services Recommendations; Data Committee Report

July 17, 2:30 - 5:00, Room 560, Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson, Topeka
Handouts: 4/11 draft minutes, DCF Update on Implementation of Employment First, Agenda, Good for Business 2/14 final, and Subcabinet on Disability 6/4/2014 minutes


Minutes:

Reports

Resources

Data Resources