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  • Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessments
    Activities used by schools and workforce preparation programs to identify, diagnose, and suggest treatment of mental health and chemical health problems.
  • Belonging and Membership
    An individual's sense that he or she values, and is valued by others in the family and surrounding community (Center for Youth Development and Policy Research, 1996)
  • Benchmarking
    The process of identifying, sharing, and using knowledge and best practices. It focuses on how to improve any given business process by exploiting top-notch approaches rather than merely measuring the best performance. Finding, studying, and implementing best practices provides the greatest opportunity for gaining a strategic, operational, and financial advantage.
  • Benefits Planner
    A person who interprets complex policy, rules, procedures, administrative code, and legislative language into practical and understandable information. Under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, Congress created a formal program, known as the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program, as a core employment support for people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). All 50 states participate in the WIPA program.
  • Benefits Planning
    The person-centered analysis of the effect that work and other life situation changes have on public and private programs, including income support programs. Benefits planning helps people with disabilities steer through the maze of public and private benefits programs while minimizing disincentives and barriers that exist for them to prepare for, obtain, advance in, retain, leave, and regain employment.
  • Blended Funding
    A term used to describe mechanisms that pool dollars from multiple sources and make them in some ways indistinguishable. Blending may require the changing or relaxing of regulations guiding relevant state and federal funding streams by policy makers at the federal, state, or local level to permit program flexibility, and change the way services are structured and delivered.
  • Braided Funding
    A funding and resource allocation strategy that taps into existing categorical funding streams and uses them to support unified initiatives in as flexible and integrated manner as possible. Braided funding streams remain visible and are used in common to produce greater strength, efficiency, and; or effectiveness. Braided funding allows resources to be tracked more closely for the purpose of accounting to state and federal administrators. Thus, implementing a braided funding approach requires significant attention be paid to administrative issues.
  • Business Leadership Networks (BLN)
    Chaired by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the BLN is a national program led by employers in concert with state Governor's Committees and/or community agencies that engage the leadership and participation of companies throughout the United States to hire qualified job candidates with disabilities.
  • Business Plan
    Defines the business, identifies goals, and helps identify the enterprise to others. The business plan helps the business owner to allocate resources properly, handle unforeseen complications, and make good business decisions. It also informs sales personnel, suppliers, and others about operations and goals.

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