Supported Employment Services for Individuals with the Most 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.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Nebraska, State Of $ 15,000   2020-10-012021-09-30
Education Department, New York State $ 493,460   2020-10-012021-09-30
Children & Family Services, New York Office Of $ 0   2020-10-012021-09-30
Nebraska, State Of $ 15,000   2020-10-012021-09-30
Government Of The Northern Mariana Islands $ 0   2020-10-012021-09-30
Rehabilitation Services, Mississippi Department Of $ 150,000   2020-10-012021-09-30
Health & Human Services, North Carolina Department Of $ 220,815   2020-10-012021-09-30
Delaware, State Of $ 21,000   2020-10-012021-09-30
Labor & Industry, Pennsylvania Department Of $ 324,736   2020-10-012021-09-30
Employment, Training And Rehabilitation, Nevada Department Of $ 110,000   2020-10-012021-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: State VR agencies assisted over 19,000 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 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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 reserve and expend half of their allotment for the Supported Employment Services program 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 such youth.

States are also permitted to provide extended services for up to four years to eligible youth with the most significant disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

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. Each State must submit a supplement to the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State plan under WIOA.

Award Procedures

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 4-year Unified or Combined State Plan, which includes a Supported Employment supplement, to the Department of Labor by March of 2016 for an effective date of July 1, 2016.

Authorization

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act), Title VI.

Range of Approval/Disapproval 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.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

Audits

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0301-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $27,548,000; FY 17 est $27,548,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 2017, the estimated range of awards is $34,435 to $2,770,852, with a median State award, excluding outlying, areas of $306,614.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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

Information Contacts

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.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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


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