State Supported Employment Services Program

Program Office: Rehabilitation Services Administration
CFDA Number: 84.187
Program Type: Formula Grants

Program Description

The State Supported Employment Services Program is authorized by Title VI of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This program provides grants to assist States in developing and implementing collaborative programs with appropriate entities to provide supported employment services for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, who require supported employment services following the achievement of  a supported employment outcome. Supported employment grant funds are used to supplement funds provided under the State VR Services Program to provide supported employment services. Program funds may be used to provide supported employment services, once an individual has been placed in supported employment, for up to 24 months and to supplement other VR services necessary to help individuals with the most significant disabilities find work in the integrated labor market.

Requirements

Funds are allocated to States, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories in accordance with the regulatory requirements at 34 CFR 363.20. Grant funds are administered under the approved VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan in accordance with WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements.

Funds cannot be used to provide the extended services necessary to maintain individuals in employment after the end of supported employment services, except for youth with disabilities under the age of 25 who may receive extended services for up to four years. States must reserve and expend half of their supported employment allotment to provide supported employment services, including extended services, to eligible youth with the most significant disabilities in order to assist them in achieving an employment outcome of supported employment.

The State must provide a match of at least 10 percent in non-Federal expenditures for the total amount of expenditures incurred with the half of the allotment reserved to provide supported employment services to youth with the most significant disabilities, including extended services. States may not use more than 2.5 percent of their supported employment allotment to pay for administrative costs.