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Rehabilitation Services-Client Assistance Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Rehabilitation Services-Client Assistance Program


Federal Agency




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






(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.


Types of Assistance

Formula Grants.


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. No class action suits are allowed.


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.


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


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency with approval of OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980. 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

The Governor submits assurances that meet the requirements established under the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, and Federal regulations. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedure

Notice of annual allotment to States, quarterly grant award notices and funds are withdrawn under the Electronic Transfer System or by Treasury check.


Contact the headquarters office, RSA, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time



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



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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. This program has no matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Formula grants.


Post Assistance Requirements


Annual progress reports, expenditure reports, and quarterly cash reports.


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 OMB Circular No. A-133.


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


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $11,782,000; FY 08 est $11,576,000; and FY 09 est $11,576,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The awards ranged from $119,554 to $1,210,950 in FY 07.


Program Accomplishments

An estimated 56,800 clients were served in FY 07. The majority (or more than three-fourths) of individuals served were persons with disabilities who requested routine information or referral services.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Client Assistance Program Regulations (34 CFR 370).


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2500 Contact: James Billy. E-mail: Telephone: (202) 245-7273.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

84.126, Rehabilitation Services-Vocational Rehabilitation Grants To States
84.128, Rehabilitation Services-Service Projects
84.132, Centers For Independent Living
84.160, Training Interpreters For Individuals Who Are Deaf And Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind
84.177, Rehabilitation Services-INDEPENDENT Living Services For Older Individuals Who Are Blind
84.187, Supported Employment Services For Individuals With Significant Disabilities
84.234, Projects With Industry
84.240, Program Of Protection And Advocacy Of Individual Rights


Examples of Funded Projects



Criteria for Selecting Proposals



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