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Service Information

These services allow individuals to work and receive training in a controlled environment with many other people with disabilities.  Workers are paid in accordance with individual production and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

Services include assessment, training and transitional services leading to community job placement if the individual chooses. 

Sheltered workshops are operated under the direction of nonprofit agencies which often subcontract with businesses to provide work for the sheltered employees. These services are funded through State dollars and the Home and Community-Based Services Waivers.

  • Access to state-funded (sheltered workshop) employment services is contingent upon sufficient resources and a determination of eligibility of the service recipient based upon criteria as established in OAC 340:100-3-1.  A person is not eligible for state-funded employment services if the person:
    • (1) receives Home and Community-Based Services funded by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority; or
    • (2) Resides in a private intermediate care facility for persons with mental retardation (ICF/MR).
  • State-funded (sheltered workshop) employment services are provided by private agencies that have a current contract with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS).
  • State-funded (sheltered workshop) employment services serve eligible persons with developmental disabilities who are 16 years of age or older.  Individuals between the ages of 16 and 21 who have not completed their eligibility for services provided through Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) may receive state-funded employment services during times when school is not in session, if not participating in an Individual Education Program (IEP) that includes extended school year services through their school system.

Please contact the Employment Programs Officer in your respective area:

Area 1 (Serving Oklahoma City Metro area and west of I-35):
Gwen Ferguson - 405-982-3223

Area 2 (Tulsa and east of I-35):
Jennifer Upshaw - (918)691-4558

Area 3 (south of I-40; or I-240 in the metro):
Debbie Sims - (405) 982-2473

  • Completed Application
  • Applicant's Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Current Psychological Evaluation or IEP
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