Achieva's Steve Suroviec Elected EFOC Chair
During its January 27th meeting, the Pennsylvania Employment First Oversight Commission (EFOC) elected Steve Suroviec to serve as its new Chair. Suroviec is Achieva’s President and CEO, and he follows Mary Hartley, who served as the inaugural Chair of the EFOC. The EFOC was created by Act 36 of 2018 and has the authority to establish and track measurable goals and objectives to further the Employment First policy established in the Act. The commission is also mandated to publish an annual report on the progress the state is making on Employment First goals and objectives and any recommendations it believes are needed to support the Act’s implementation. The EFOC has issued two reports since convening for the first time in January of 2019 – the first report was published in October 2019 and the second in October 2020.
“Employment First” means that competitive-integrated employment (i.e., jobs that are integrated with people without disabilities and pay minimum wage or better) should be the first consideration and preferred outcome of all publicly-funded programs that provide education, training, employment services, and long-term supports and services to working-age people with disabilities. Achieva is fully committed to the Employment First philosophy, and offers a full array of innovative employment services. These services include discovery, job development, customized employment, job coaching, and benefits counseling. Any person with a disability who wants to take that first step toward employment may contact Achieva’s employment department.