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Supported Employment (SE) Services for Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities

Program Description

This program provides grants to assist states in developing and implementing collaborative programs with appropriate entities to provide supported employment (SE) services for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with disabilities, who require supported employment services to achieve an outcome of supported employment in competitive integrated employment. Grant funds are administered under the vocational rehabilitation (VR) services portion of the unified or combined State Plan submitted under 34 CFR Part 361.

Types of Projects

Supported employment grant funds are used to supplement funds provided under the state VR services grants 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 supplement other VR services necessary to help individuals with the most significant disabilities find work in the integrated labor market. 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.

Additional Information

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 SE 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. Funds are allocated to States in accordance with the regulatory requirements at 34 CFR 363.20.

Program Eligibility
Who May Apply: (specifically) State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies may apply.
Program Contact
Suzanne Mitchell
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
PCP, Room 5155
Washington, DC 20202
Phone: 202-245-7454
FAX: 202-245-7592
Email: suzanne.mitchell@ed.gov

For this program, RSA has designated State Liaisons for each state and territory.
Funding type
Formula Grants
CFDA code
84.187

RSA Frequently-Asked Questions: Criterion for an Integrated Employment Location in the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment” and Participant Choice (FAQ 22-02)

A frequently-asked questions document that provides guidance and technical assistance to VR agencies and community rehabilitation programs so they may assist individuals with disabilities to achieve high-quality employment and exercise their informed choice about the type of employment to pursue, either with assistance from the VR program or from other community resources.

RSA Frequently-Asked Questions: WIOA Core Program Performance Accountability Assessment for PYs 2020 and 2021 (FAQ 22-01)

A frequently-asked questions document that announces the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education (the Departments) determined it is appropriate and reasonable for the Department of Labor to begin assessing performance for two performance indicators under WIOA title I and III core programs for PYs 2020 and 2021 in accordance with the phased-in approach to performance assessments described in RSA-TAC-20-02: Negotiations and Sanctions Guidance for the WIOA Core Programs.

RSA Frequently-Asked Questions: Criterion for an Integrated Employment Location in the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment” and Participant Choice (FAQ 21-03)

A frequently-asked questions document that provides further clarification of the definition of “competitive integrated employment,” particularly with respect to: (1) the criterion for an “integrated employment location” (i.e., the integration standards for the location of the employment) in the definition of “competitive integrated employment” for purposes of the VR program; and (2) how the criterion for an integrated employment location in the definition affects a VR program participant’s ability to exercise informed choice.