Supported Employment Services for Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities

 

To provide grants for time limited services leading to supported employment for individuals with the most significant disabilities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
84.187
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
FORMULA GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: State VR agencies assisted approximately 17,000 individuals with the most significant disabilities to obtain a supported employment outcome, including both consumers who received SE services from funds provided under the VR State Grants and under the Supported Employment State Grants programs. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act), Title VI.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The State VR agency designated in the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State plan to administer the VR program is eligible to receive Federal funds under this program..
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals with the most significant disabilities who have been determined eligible for VR services under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act and who have identified supported employment as an employment outcome.
Credentials/Documentation
OMB’s Uniform Guidance for Grantees at 2 CFR part 200 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Each State must submit a supplement to the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State plan under WIOA.
Award Procedure
Grant awards are made to States with an approved supported employment supplement to the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State plan. States are notified of their annual allotment under the funding formula. Grant funds are withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System.
Deadlines
Jul 01, 2016 A State must submit the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan, which includes a Supported Employment supplement, to the Department of Labor for approval by March of 2016 for an effective date of July 1, 2016.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approval of the Unified or Combined State Plan, including the VR services portion of that plan, is governed by sections 102 or 103 of Title I of WIOA.
Appeals
Appeal procedures are governed by sections 102 or 103 of Title I of WIOA, as appropriate.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable (Catalog users should contact the State Vocational Rehabilitation agency for criteria).
How may assistance be used?
Federal grant funds are awarded to State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies to supplement services provided under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities in achieving the employment outcome of supported employment. Supported employment enables individuals with the most significant disabilities who, because of the nature and severity of their disability, need ongoing support, including intensive supported employment services followed by extended services after the individual’s ability to perform the job with support has stabilized, in order to maintain competitive integrated employment. State VR agencies use funds to provide services and supports such as: (1) skilled job trainers who accompany the worker for intensive on-the-job training; (2) systematic training; (3) job development; (4) follow-up services; (5) regular observation or supervision at training sites; and (6) other services needed to support an individual in employment. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Public Law 113-128), enacted on July 22, 2014, requires States to use half of their program allotment to provide supported employment services for youth with the most significant disabilities. States must provide a 10% match for that half of the allotment reserved for youth. States are also permitted to provide extended services for up to four years to eligible youth with the most significant disabilities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Annual and quarterly progress reports and an annual budget (Standard Form 425) are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Annual and quarterly progress reports and an annual budget (Standard Form 425) are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Case service records on individual consumers, fiscal records for a prescribed period for audit purposes and retention of records for three years are required.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title VI, Part B. Title VI of the Rehabilitation Act. Supported Employment funds are distributed based on the U.S. total populations and State population and the source is the Population Estimates Annual, Bureau of the Census. No State shall receive less than $300,000 or one-third of one percent of the sums made available for the fiscal year, whichever is greater. The minimum allotment for Territories is 1/8 of 1 percent of the amount appropriated.
Matching Requirements: Pursuant to the amendments made by WIOA, States must provide a match of 10 percent for the half of their allotment that must be reserved to provide supported employment, including extended services, to youth with the most significant disabilities.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds become available for obligations for the fiscal year for which they are appropriated and may remain available for obligation for an additional year provided the match requirement, as applicable, was satisfied in the year of the award. . Grant funds are withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Carol Dobak, Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington , District of Columbia 20202 Email: Carol.Dobak@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-7325.
Website Address
http://www.rsa.ed.gov/programs.cfm
Financial Information
Account Identification
91-0301-0-1-506.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $27,548,000; FY 15 est $27,548,000; and FY 16 est $30,548,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2015, the estimated range of awards is $34,435 to $2,760,353, with a median. State award, excluding outlying, areas of $308,254.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Supported Employment Services for Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities (34 CFR part 363).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.