The implementation of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) requires major organizational change for employment and training agencies. The initiative emphasizes coordination, collaboration and communication among organizations for better service delivery. At this time, states are developing systems that will enable them to address the needs of all customers seeking employment. The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) has conducted state case studies for two purposes: (1) to identify how states have begun the process of collaboration under the new mandates of WIA; and (2) to understand the impact on customers with disabilities. This is the third in a series of publications highlighting the findings from case studies in three states. Other studies describe the challenges and successes of WIA implementation in Kentucky and in Minnesota. Following these reports, a series of cross state analyses will focus on themes that were common among all states. These products are intended for use as a practical resource for other states as they work to create more collaborative systems for all job-seekers.
Timmons, Jaimie Ciulla; Fesko, Sheila; and Hall, Allison Cohen, "Case Studies on the Implementation of the Workforce Investment Act: Spotlight on Maine" (2002). Case Studies Series, Institute for Community Inclusion. 3.