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Wolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

October 24, 2017

Details at 3:00 PM press event with Labor & Industry and CVS Health.

Harrisburg, Pa. – Governor Tom Wolf announced today a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown to create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for individuals with disabilities at CVS stores across Pennsylvania. The Department of Labor and Industry and CVS Health will hold a formal announcement at HGAC, 727 Goucher Street, Johnstown, at a 3:00 PM press conference today.

“When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community,” Governor Wolf said. “However, far too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities are not working. Part of my administration’s Employment First initiative aims to address that disparity. Establishing partnerships between service providers and employers, such as the one that will be announced today between HGAC and CVS Health, will help individuals with disabilities find meaningful, sustainable employment.”

The Employment First initiative underscores the commonwealth’s commitment to helping individuals with disabilities find competitive, integrated employment, making Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability.

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Executive Director for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) David DeNotaris will be joined by Leslie Reis, senior advisor for CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives team to announce the new program, as well as members of HGAC management, representatives from the Cambria Chamber of Commerce and Johnstown Area Regional Industries, and Cambria County commissioners. In addition, HGAC will be hosting the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers annual conference, and administrators from several rehabilitation centers across the U.S. will be in attendance.

The partnership between CVS Health and HGAC will provide a direct link to employment for individuals successfully completing the training program. The program will commence at the beginning of 2018.

CVS Health is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S. The company has 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, and is a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members.

The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. In 2016, OVR helped place 8,438 OVR customers into employment, and connected with 6,000 Pennsylvania employers to achieve hiring results. OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center provides a comprehensive program of services featuring the integration of pre-employment transition services, education on campus at the Commonwealth Technical Institute in Johnstown, counseling, evaluation, and physical restoration in a barrier-free environment.

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