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Tennessee implemented its Employment First initiative in 2002 with a goal of making employment the first day service option for adults receiving supports from the Department of Mental Retardation Services. As part of the Employment First initiative, the state requires a periodic community-based work assessment for all individuals not currently employed in the community. State-contracted and independent individualized support coordinators ensure that individuals who are not in integrated employment participate in a community-based work assessment at least every three years. Since December 2005, employment providers can be trained in conducting situational job assessments and the importance of providing these opportunities.
Hall, Allison C. and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, "State Agency Promising Practice: Mandatory Situational Assessments in Tennessee" (2009). ThinkWork! Publications. 66.