Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants

Program Name
Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants
Program Description

This program provides grants to assist States in operating statewide vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs, each of which is an integral part of a statewide workforce development system. The VR program is designed to provide VR services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in competitive integrated employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Eligible individuals are those who have a physical or mental impairment that results in a substantial impediment to employment, who can benefit from VR services for employment, and who require VR services. Priority must be given to serving individuals with the most significant disabilities if a state is unable to serve all eligible individuals.

Program Requirements

Funds are distributed to states based on the statutory formula that takes into account population and per capita income in determining the amount of Federal funds made available to states for VR program purposes. Grant funds are administered under the approved VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan in accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements.

VR implementing regulations require that the state incur a portion of expenditures under the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan from non-Federal funds to meet its cost sharing requirements (34 CFR §361.60). The Federal share for expenditures made by the state, including expenditures for the provision of VR services and the administration of the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan, is 78.7 percent. The state’s share is 21.3 percent of the total program cost. The VR program considers non-Federal share to be allowable as match only when obligated during the year of appropriation of an award. The state non-Federal share for the cost of construction of a facility for community rehabilitation program purposes is 50 percent.

Program Eligibility
Who May Apply: (specifically): State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies may apply.
Program Contact
Carol Dobak
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
PCP, Room 5151
Washington, DC 20202
Phone: 202-245-7325
Email: carol.dobak@ed.gov
Funding type
Formula Grants
CFDA code
84.126A

Instructions for Vocational Rehabilitation Financial Report (RSA-17)

RSA transmits a copy of the Vocational Rehabilitation Financial Report (RSA-17) and instructions for completing the form for the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services program. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved this form (OMB Control No. 1820-0017) through August 31, 2023. The RSA-17 will be effective for the VR program for new VR grant awards issued on or after October 1, 2020 (Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021). The RSA-17 form will replace the RSA-2 and SF-425 submissions for these awards.

TAC-20-01

Technical Assistance regarding the Submission Deadline for the Unified and Combined State Plans under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for Program Years (PYs) 2020-2023 and Other Related Requirements

TAC-15-02

Vision for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program as a Partner in the Workforce Development System under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

MOU-12-01

Memorandum of Understanding Between Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service and U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration.

IM-01-44

Applicability of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 to the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program.

PD-15-05

Revisions to PD-12-06, instructions for completing the Federal Financial Report (SF-425) for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program.

PD-16-04

Revision of Policy Directive (PD) 14-01 instructions for the completion of the Case Service Report Manual (RSA-911) for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and the State Supported Employment Services Program (Revised June 14, 2017).

Eligibility

Who May Apply: State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies may apply.

Content Managed By

State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program

Program Office: Rehabilitation Services Administration
CFDA Number: 84.126A
Program Type: Formula 

Program Description

The State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program is authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Administered by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), this program provides grants to assist States in operating statewide vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs, each of which is an integral part of a statewide workforce development system. State VR programs provide VR services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in competitive integrated employment or supported employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency. To be eligible for the VR program, individuals must have a physical or mental impairment that results in a substantial impediment to employment and who require and can benefit from VR services to achieve employment and maximize career goals. Some states may have more than one VR agency, one for individuals who are blind and one for all other individuals with disabilities. Priority must be given to serving individuals with the most significant disabilities if a State VR agency is unable to serve all eligible individuals. In addition to serving individuals determined eligible for the VR program, State VR agencies may also provide pre-employment transition services to  students with disabilities who are potentially eligible for the VR program. VR agencies also engage with employers to increase job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Requirements

Funds are distributed to states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories  based on the statutory formula that takes into account population and per capita income in determining the amount of Federal funds made available to each grantee for VR program purposes. Grant funds are administered under the approved VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan in accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements.

VR implementing regulations require that the state incur a portion of expenditures under the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan from non-Federal funds to meet its cost sharing requirements (34 C.F.R. § 361.60). The Federal share for expenditures made by the state, including expenditures for the provision of VR services and the administration of the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan, is 78.7 percent. The state’s share is 21.3 percent of the total program cost. The VR program considers non-Federal share to be allowable as match only when obligated during the year of appropriation of an award.

Content Managed By

RSA Program's

Programs

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Vocational rehabilitation and supported employment

Accordion content 1.

PD-19-01

Through this Policy Directive, the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is rescinding the reporting requirement for vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to submit the Quarterly Cumulative Caseload Report (RSA-113). The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) discontinued the RSA-113 data collection (OMB control number 1820-0013) effective January 31, 2019. Therefore, VR agencies will not be required to collect or submit the RSA-113 data beginning with Federal fiscal year 2019.

TAC-18-01

To provide guidance to States, territories, and outlying areas regarding the two-year modification requirements, submission process, and deadline for submitting the two-year modifications for the WIOA Unified and Combined State Plans for Program Years (PYs) 2018 and 2019. States must submit a WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan two-year modification to the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) (collectively, Departments) by March 15, 2018.

TAC-17-05

The U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) (collectively, Departments) are exercising their transition authority under section 503(a) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to inform States that the Departments will consider Program Year (PY) 2016 WIOA Statewide and Local Performance Reports (form ETA-9169) submitted by October 16, 2017, as being timely.

PD-16-04

Through this PD, RSA is transmitting a copy of the revised RSA-911 for the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services and State Supported Employment Services programs. The Office of Management and Budget has approved this information collection (OMB control number 1820-0508) until August 31, 2019. The attached version of the RSA-911 becomes effective upon the issuance of this PD. VR agencies will begin submitting RSA-911 data consistent with this PD for Program Year (PY) 2017 beginning on July 1, 2017.

PD-16-03

This policy directive (PD) conveys the following to States: the vision and content requirements for Unified and Combined State Plans under WIOA; the deadline and submission process for Unified and Combined State Plans under WIOA (Instructions for Plan Submission section); the requirements to have approved Unified or Combined State Plans in place for Program Year (PY) 2016 and beyond for the six core programs of WIOA; and the options for States to incorporate all or portions of partner programs into their State plan submissions if they choose to submit a Combined State Plan.

PD-16-02

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the continued use of the information collection instrument for the Annual Report on Appeals Process (RSA-722). The approval of this information collection instrument will expire on March 31, 2018. The OMB Control Number for this collection is 1820-0563.

TAC-15-02

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) represents the first major reform of the publicly-funded workforce development system in more than 15 years. Title IV of WIOA amends the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) by significantly revising requirements for, among others, the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) program, particularly with regard to its role as a core partner in the workforce development system. WIOA fosters new opportunities for innovation and collaboration across Federal, State, and local agencies, private organizations, and employers.

TAC-15-01

This Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) lays out the vision for the one-stop delivery system under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and links to key technical assistance resources to support States and local areas as they integrate this vision into their one-stop delivery system. Separate guidance is being issued by the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and the Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education to their grantees who are partners in the workforce development system.