The IRT was initially identified as a promising practice under the U.S. Department of Labor's Disability Program Navigator initiative (DPN) and ultimately formalized under Disability Employment Initiative (DEI).as a required strategic approach. IRTs provide the opportunity for comprehensive, wrap-around services on behalf of an individual with a disability or other challenges to employment by bringing together diverse programs and services that meet the needs of a particular job seeker. This strategic approach is customer-centered and supports the integrated nature of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.
Several resources have been developed over the years to assist the understanding and implementation of an IRT. These include an Information Brief, IRT FAQs, WIOA IRT Flow Chart, an IRT Video, along with past Webinars and Power Points.