Supported Employment Services for Individuals with Significant Disabilities

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


Uses and Use Restrictions

Federal funds are used to: (1) complement services under Title I of this Act; (2) provide skilled job trainers who accompany the worker for intensive on-the-job training; (3) provide systematic training; (4) provide job development; (5) provide follow-up services; (6) provide regular observation or supervision at training sites; and (7) provide other services needed to support an individual in employment.

Funds may not be used to provide the required extended services once an individual transitions from the time limited services provided under VI-C.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State vocational rehabilitation agencies (including territories and possessions) designated in the State plan to administer the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals with the most severe disabilities whose ability or potential to engage in a training program leading to supported employment has been determined by evaluating rehabilitation potential. In addition, individuals must need extended services in order to perform competitive work and have the ability to work in a supported employment setting.


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

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

Application Procedures

Each State agency must submit a State plan supplement as part of the State plan under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act. Vocational rehabilitation agencies submit the State Plan and supplement to RSA. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Notice of annual allotment to the State, annual grant award notice, and funds are withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System.


A State plan supplement to the State plan for vocational rehabilitation services is submitted to the RSA for approval by July 1 of each year.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title VI, Part B.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

State plans must be approved within 90 days of being submitted to RSA.


A State may appeal the Secretary's decision to disapprove the State plan by filing a petition for review with the United States Court of Appeals for the circuit in which the State is located.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Federal 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. This program has no matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Notice of annual allotments to the State, annual grant awards are made and funds are withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual and quarterly progress reports and annual budget and quarterly financial status reports (Standard Form 269) are required.


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.


Case records on individual consumers, fiscal records for a prescribed period for audit purposes and retention of records for three years are required.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $29,700,000; FY 08 est $29,181,000; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 2008, formula grant awards ranged from $36,476 to $2,996,357.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Supported Employment Services for Individuals with the most Significant Disabilities (34 CFR 363).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 aryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2500. Contact: Carol Dobak, E-mail: Telephone: (202) 245-7325.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable (Catalog users should contact the State Vocational Rehabilitation agency for criteria).

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