PIE States

Partnerships in Employment (PIE) States

The YES! Center serves as a central source of information, expertise and comprehensive support for the Partnerships in Employment (PIE) state projects. The YES! Center works closely with PIE states to develop customized plans for each state to ensure improved employment outcomes, working toward the goal to improve competitive, integrated employment outcomes for transition-aged youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Click on the map below to learn about current and previous PIE states.

Current PIE States

District of Columbia

DC Learners and Earners initiative is aimed at improving employment outcomes for young people with intellectual disabilities.


The Hawaii Jobs Now Partnership is facilitated by University of Hawaii – Center on Disability Studies in collaboration with Hawaii Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Health, the Department of Education, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Department of Human Services.


It is the goal of KentuckyWorks to increase post-school outcomes (integrated employment; participation in post-secondary education; or both) for students with the most significant disabilities in the state by 20 percentage points over the five years of this grant.


The Massachusetts Partnership for Transition to Employment (MPTE) is a five-year project to improve labor market participation for youth and young adults served by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The project is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.


The Utah School to Work Interagency Transition Initiative shares its six goals intended to transition students from school to competitive, integrated employment. 

Previous PIE States


The Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (GCDSE) administers Alaska Partnership In Employment Project, known as the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI). 


The California Employment Consortium for Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities (CECY) is composed of rehabilitation, education, developmental disabilities (DD), State Council on DD agencies.


The Iowa Coalition for Integrated Employment’s consortium includes representatives from the Iowa DD Council, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa VR and the Department of Human Services.


Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings.


The Show Me Careers project will address the needs of youth and young adults ages 16 to 30 with developmental and intellectual disabilities (DD/ID) who are in the process of transitioning from secondary or post-secondary education settings to community employment.

New York

The State Partnerships in Employment Systems Change will create statewide and regional consortia of state agencies, universities, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providers, families, public and private employers, educators, school districts to engage in systems change efforts.


TennesseeWorks is a statewide partnership of agencies and organizations committed to increasing employment for individuals with disabilities. Together, they work to implement policy and systems changes that make competitive employment the first and desired choice for every Tennessean.


Let’s Get to Work will develop and implement policies and practices that elevate community expectations and overall employment outcomes for youth with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities (I/DD).