State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED)

What is SEED?

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) collaborates with Women In Government and other state-based organizations through the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. SEED works with state legislators to effectively address barriers that may hinder successful long-term employment and economic security for these constituents. Through these collaborations, SEED ensures that state policymakers have the tools and resources they need to develop strategies that build a disability-inclusive workforce. Read more about SEED here

SEED Strong Economies Webinar: Work and Wellbeing: Strategies for Advancing Inclusive Mental Health Policies


4 Mental Health Resources for Employers

Workplace Guide

Women In Government Partner page for the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED)

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Mental Health America (MHA) Screening Tool

Mental Health America (MHA) “Mental Health and COVID: Two Years Into the Pandemic Mental Health Concerns Continue to Increase”

CO HB 19-1269 Mental Health Parity Insurance Medicaid

CO HB 1068 Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam

CT Public Act 15-96, AAC Out-of-School Suspensions and Expulsions for Students in Pre-School and Kindergarten to Two

CT Public Act 15-232, AAC Trauma-Informed Practice Training for Teachers, Administrators and Pupil Personnel

CT Public Act 17-146, AAC the Department of Public Health's Various Revisions to the Public Health Statutes

CT Public Act 19-98, AAC the Scope of Practice of Advance Practice Registered Nurses

CT Public Act 19-159, AAC Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits

CT Public Act 19-17, AAC Workers' Compensation Benefits for Certain Mental or Emotional Impairments, Mental Health Care for Police Officers and Wellness Training for Police Officers, Parole Officers, and Firefighters

CT Public Act 21-107, AA Expanding Workers' Compensation Benefits for Certain Mental or Emotional Impairment Suffered by Health Care Providers in Connection with COVID-19

CT HB 5001, AAC Children's Mental Health

CT HB 5420, AAC Mental Health Needs of and Services for Police Officers, Certain Requirements Regarding Police Training and Certain Reports

CT Psilocybin Study Work Group

KY Mental Health First Aid

OK Office of the Oklahoma Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

PA HB 1420 Healthcare Heroes Act

PA HB 1959 Public Health Benefits of Psilocybin Act

WA SB 5564 Protecting the Confidentiality of Employees Using Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)


Additional Resources:

CSG policy brief providing a range of policy and program options for states to consider as they enhance mental health supports for workers. 

NCSL blog post discussing employment protections outlined in Title I of the ADA that can apply to people with addiction to alcohol and people in recovery from opioid and other substance use disorders and provides examples of states that have taken action to improve services and supports for those covered under this federal law.     

CSG West, highlighting data/stats on mental health and links to various related resources.

Explored the impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health and identifies disability-inclusive policy options that state and local policymakers may want to consider. 

A quick reference guide with policy options to help state and local policymakers adopt inclusive COVID-19 mental health policies.           

Check out Women In Government’s podcast: “Unseen But Heard: State Solutions for Non-Visible Disabilities in the Workplace.”

SEED COVID-19 Policy Collaborative for an Inclusive Recovery Resources


Summer Summit Session: Post-Secondary Education to Inclusive and Equitable Workforce Readiness

Link to Shared Screen View

Link to Audio Only

Transcript with Hyperlinks




Toolkits, Briefs, ADA Anniversary, National Disabaility Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM - October) Resources


Check Out WIG's Latest SEED Podcast!

"Increasing Access & Opportunity: 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act" (Transcript)

Connecticut State Representative Christie Carpino
Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison, Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee and founder of the Special Needs Caucus
Bobby Silverstein J.D., Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC and Legislative Counsel, State Exchange on Employment and Disability or (SEED)
Nadia Mossburg, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
It’s been an incredible 30 years of breaking down barriers and striving for equality in employment, education, and public access for people with disabilities. The ADA remains a crucial tool in addressing persistent discrimination, and new barriers, like inaccessible websites, online systems, mobile apps, and other forms of information and communication technology. Learn how policymakers are continuing to shape the next 30 years to ensure that their constituents with disabilities have access to opportunities and workplace success.

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