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Supported Employment Services For Individuals With Significant Disabilities

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Supported Employment Services For Individuals With Significant Disabilities


Federal Agency




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






To provide grants for time limited services leading to supported employment for individuals with the most severe disabilities to enable such individuals to achieve the employment outcome of supported employment.


Types of Assistance

Formula Grants.


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.


Application 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 Procedure

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 Procedure

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.

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.



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.


Program Accomplishments



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.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

53.001, Employment Promotion of People with Disabilities;
64.007, Blind Rehabilitation Centers
64.013, Veterans Prosthetic Appliances
64.116, Vocational Rehabilitation For Disabled Veterans
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
84.161, Rehabilitation Services-Client Assistance Program
84.169, Independent Living-State Grants
84.177, Rehabilitation Services-INDEPENDENT Living Services For Older Individuals Who Are Blind


Examples of Funded Projects

Not Applicable.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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


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