Rehabilitation Services Client Assistance Program

(1) To provide assistance in informing and advising clients and client applicants of available benefits under the Rehabilitation Act; (2) to assist and advocate for clients and client applicants in their relationships with projects, programs and services provided under this Act, including assistance
and advocacy in pursuing legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies; (3) to provide information on available services under the Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act to any individual with disabilities in the State.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Equip For Equality Inc $ 300,000   2022-07-012022-09-30
Native American Disability Law Center Inc $ 59,477   2021-10-012022-09-30
Disability Rights Idaho, Inc. $ 131,917   2021-10-012022-09-30
Protection And Advocacy Services, Indiana $ 223,477   2021-10-012022-09-30
Arizona Ctr For Disability Law $ 245,525   2021-10-012022-09-30
Disability Rights Center Of Kansas, Inc $ 131,917   2021-10-012022-09-30
Disability Rights Connecticut, Inc. $ 131,917   2021-10-012022-09-30
Disability Rights South Dakota $ 131,917   2021-10-012022-09-30
Disability Rights Michigan $ 329,727   2021-10-012022-09-30
Disability Rights Oregon $ 140,323   2021-10-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used for services to help clients and applicants understand the rehabilitation services available under the Rehabilitation Act, and to provide information to individuals with disabilities in the State.

The CAP is not allowed to bring class action suits.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States and Territories (through the Governor) are eligible for awards.

The Governor shall designate a public or private agency to conduct the State's program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Clients and client applicants receiving services or interested in seeking assistance under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, will benefit from CAP services.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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 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 Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Contact the program office for application procedures.

Award Procedures

Notice of annual allotment to States, quarterly grant award notices and funds are withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System or by Treasury check.


Not Applicable.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title I, Part B, Section 112, 29 U.S.C 732.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


The State may appeal to the Office of Administrative Law Judges (34 CFR 81).


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: In accordance with the Act Federal funds are distributed on the basis of the relative population of each State, except no State shall receive less than $50,000, Territories $30,000. When total funds available for this program exceed $7,500,000, the minimum allotment is $100,000 for States and $45,000 for Territories. The Secretary must reserve funds, at the same amount as provided to outlying areas, for an award to the eligible system established under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act to serve the American Indian consortium. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are awarded for one fiscal year. Funds that are not obligated by the end of the fiscal year may be carried over for obligation in the year succeeding the year in which the funds were awarded. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Performance reports are required annually.

Cash reports are required quarterly.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are required annually.

No performance monitoring is required.


This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. As required by EDGAR, the awardee shall maintain accounts, records, and other evidence pertaining to all costs incurred, revenues or other applicable credits acquired under its award, as stated in grant or contract terms and conditions.


Information on clients and client applicants served as cases should be maintained.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $13,000,000; FY 17 est $13,000,000; and FY 18 est $13,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For FY 2017, the estimated range of awards is $59,477 to $1,328,074.00, with a median State award, excluding outlying areas of $143,411.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Client Assistance Program Regulations (34 CFR part 370).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Jim Doyle, Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-6630.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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