Rehabilitation Services-Vocational Rehabilitation Grants to States, Recovery Act

To assist States in operating comprehensive, coordinated, effective, efficient and accountable programs of vocational rehabilitation; to assess, plan, develop, and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns,
abilities, and capabilities so they may prepare for and engage in competitive employment.

Related Programs


Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: As a group, persons who achieve employment as a result of vocational rehabilitation services each year show notable gains in their ability to function in economic terms, regardless of their employment status when they apply for services. In fiscal year 2008, approximately 985,475 persons received services. Approximately 58 percent of those individuals who exited the program after receiving services achieved an employment outcome. Fiscal Year 2009: No information provided. Fiscal Year 2010: No information provided.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Federal and State funds are used to cover the costs of providing vocational rehabilitation services which include: assessment, counseling, vocational and other training, job placement, reader services for the blind, interpreter services for the deaf, medical and related services and prosthetic and orthotic devices, rehabilitation technology, transportation to secure vocational rehabilitation services, maintenance during rehabilitation, and other goods and services necessary for an individual with a disability to achieve an employment outcome.

Services are provided to families of disabled individuals when such services will contribute substantially to the rehabilitation of such individuals who are being provided vocational rehabilitation services.

Funds can also be used to provide Vocational Rehabilitation services for the benefit of groups of individuals with disabilities including the construction and establishment of community programs.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Elementary/Secondary Education

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; Individual/Family; Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans); Education Professional; Student/Trainee; Disabled (e.g. Deaf, Blind, Physically Disabled); Mentally Disabled; School; Education (9-12); Education (13+)

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. There is no separate application required for States to be eligible to receive funds under the ARRA. 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.

State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies do not need to submit a new or amended State Plan to receive ARRA grant funds for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program. However, State VR agencies will be required to submit information for review and approval by the Department that addresses the record-keeping and reporting requirement that are specified in the ARRA.

Award Procedures

ARRA grant awards will be made to State VR agencies with an approved FY 2009 State Plan. States are notified of their allotment under the formula. Grant awards are issued to State VR agencies and funds are withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate for application deadlines.

Authorization

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title I, Parts A and B, Sections 100-111; and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

There is no deadline associated with the first 50 percent of each State s ARRA grant allocation for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program. Funds will be made available to each State agency based on the State s eligibility determination for FY 2009 Vocational State Grant funds. Changes to the State Plan and annual updates related to the regular appropriation must be submitted to the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) by July 1 of each year. The State Plan must be approved before the State agency can receives its annual allotment of funds. In order to receive the remaining 50 percent of the State s allocation for the State VR Services program under the ARRA, States must submit information for review and approval by the Department that addresses the record-keeping and reporting requirements that are specified in the ARRA.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Title Title I, Part Part A, Subpart Section 110, Public Law Funds are distributed based on population weighted by per capita income. The statistical factors for fund allocation are: 1) The per capita income 3-year average by State and the source is the Survey of Current Business, Bureau of Economic Analysis; 2) th.Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available for obligation at the Federal level until September 30, 2010. State VR agencies have an additional 12-month period to obligate the funds they receive. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

Annual and quarterly progress reports; annual budget and case service reports; quarterly financial reports.

Grantees must report on how ARRA funds under this program are spent.

Information on ARRA reporting requirements will be included in grant award documents.

Additional information on ARRA record keeping and reporting requirements will be provided later.

No progress reports are required.

Annual and quarterly progress reports; annual budget and case service reports; quarterly financial reports.

Grantees must report on how ARRA funds under this program are spent.

Information on ARRA reporting requirements will be included in grant award documents.

Additional information on ARRA record keeping and reporting requirements will be provided later.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. Conducted by ED Office of Inspector General and by site visits of regional staff. Both are periodic but no set schedule. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program- specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Case service records for individual consumers. Financial and programmatic records for a prescribed period of 3 years (34 CFR 80.42).

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0302-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 08 not reported.; FY 09 est $540,000,000; FY 10 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of ARRA grant awards is expected to be $204,598 to $56,470,213.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Vocational Rehabilitation Regulations (34 CFR 361). Vocational Rehabilitation Manual. Rehabilitation Services Policy Directives and Technical Assistance Circulars.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

William Bethel Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington 20202 Email: william.bethel@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-6775

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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