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Rehabilitation Services Administration
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Rehabilitation Training - Long-Term

Purpose



Program Office: Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

CFDA Number: 84.129, 84.160, 84.246, 84.263, 84.264, 84.265, 84.275

Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants

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Program Description


This program is designed to ensure that skilled personnel are available to serve the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities assisted through the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants program (see # 84.126A, also under topical heading "Rehabilitation"), the Client Assistance Program (see # 84.161A, also under topical heading "Rehabilitation"), and the Independent Living State Grants Program (see # 84.169A, also under topical heading "Rehabilitation").

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Types of Projects


This program supports awards under the:

  • Long-Term Training Program (# 84.129);
  • Training Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind (# 84.160A);
  • Short-Term Training Program (# 84.246);
  • Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program (# 84.264);
  • State Vocational Rehabilitation In-Service Training Program (# 84.265); and
  • General Training (# 84.275).

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Additional Information


The purpose of this program is to ensure that skilled personnel are available to serve the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities assisted through vocational rehabilitation (VR), supported employment and independent living programs. The program supports training and related activities designed to increase the number of qualified personnel trained in providing rehabilitation services. Grants and contracts are awarded to states and public and nonprofit agencies and organizations, including institutions of higher education, to pay all or part of the cost of conducting training programs.

Awards may be made in any of 31 long-term training fields, in addition to awards for continuing education, short-term training, experimental and innovative training, and training interpreters for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing and persons who are deaf-blind. These training programs vary in terms of content, methodology, and type of trainee. For example, the long-term training program supports academic training grants that must direct 75 percent of the funds to trainee scholarships. The statute requires trainees who receive assistance either to work for a period of time in public or private nonprofit rehabilitation agencies or related agencies, including professional corporations or professional practice groups that have service arrangements with a state agency, or to pay back the assistance they received.

The Training Program authority requires recipients of grants under the long-term Training Program to build closer relationships between training institutions and VR state agencies, promote careers in the public vocational rehabilitation program, identify potential employers who would meet the student’s payback requirements, and assure that data on the employment of students are accurate. Training of statewide workforce systems personnel is authorized under the Training Program, and such training may be jointly funded by the Department of Labor. Statewide workforce systems personnel may be trained in evaluative skills to determine whether an individual with a disability may be served by the VR state grants program or another component of the statewide workforce system.

Of the funds appropriated for the Training Program, 15 percent must be used to support the In-Service Training Program. This program is intended to assist VR state agencies in the training of state agency staff consistent with the state’s Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD). Under Title I, each state is required to establish procedures to ensure there is an adequate supply of qualified staff for the state agency, to assess personnel needs and make projections for future needs and to address the current and projected personnel training needs. States are further required to develop and maintain policies and procedures for job-specific personnel standards that are consistent with certification, licensure or other state personnel requirements for comparable positions. If a state’s current personnel do not meet the highest requirements for personnel standards within the state, the CSPD must identify the steps a state will take to upgrade the qualifications of their staff, through retraining or hiring. VR state grant funds may also be used to comply with these requirements.

Additional information about specific activities may be found in the following link at the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Training Program.

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Eligibility



Who May Apply: (by category) Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), Nonprofit Organizations, Other Organizations and/or Agencies

Who May Apply: (specifically) Applicants may include state and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations and Indian tribes.

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Applicant Information



Current Grant Competitions




Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind Program (CFDA Number 84.160C)


Timeline

Applications Available: July 25, 2016

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 24, 2016.

Current Application

On July 25, 2016, we published in the Federal Register (81 FR 48409) a notice inviting applications (NIA) for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2016 for the Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-blind program. That notice incorrectly stated that match in the amount of 10 percent was required in order for applicants to meet the required cost match. A notice in the Federal Register on August 12, 2016 corrects the error.

  • FY 2016 application:

Federal Register Notices

Application Contacts

Kristen Rhinehart-Fernandez
U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 5062, PCP
Washington, DC 20202-2800
Telephone: 202-245-6103
If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
Email: Kristen.Rhinehart@ed.gov.

RoseAnn Ashby
U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 5057, PCP
Washington, DC 20202-2800
Telephone: 202-245-7258
If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
Email: Roseann.Ashby@ed.gov.

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Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind Program: Interpreter Training in Specialized Areas (CFDA Number 84.160D)


Timeline

Applications Available: August 12, 2016

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 12, 2016.

Current Application

FY 2016 application:

Federal Register Notices

Application Contacts

Kristen Rhinehart-Fernandez
U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 5062, PCP
Washington, DC 20202-2800
Telephone: 202-245-6103
If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
Email: Kristen.Rhinehart@ed.gov.

RoseAnn Ashby
U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 5057, PCP
Washington, DC 20202-2800
Telephone: 202-245-7258
If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
Email: Roseann.Ashby@ed.gov.

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Past Competitions


84.129-Rehabilitation Long Term Training:

  • Rehabilitation Long-Term Training—CFDA#: 84.129B
  • Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment—CFDA#: 84.129F
  • Rehabilitation of Individuals Who Are Mentally Ill—CFDA#: 84.129H
  • Rehabilitation of Individuals Who are Blind or Have Vision Impairments—CFDA#: 84.129P
  • Rehabilitation of Individuals Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing—CFDA#: 84.129Q
  • Comprehensive System of Personnel Development: CFDA# 84.129W

84.160-Rehabilitation Training:

  • Regional Interpreter Education Centers for Training of Interpreters—CFDA 84.160A
  • National Interpreter Education Center For Training of Interpreters—CFDA 84.160B

84.246-Rehabilitation Short-Term Training:

  • Rehabilitation Leadership Institute—CFDA#: 84.246D
  • Rehabilitation Short-Term Training—Client Assistance Program—CFDA#: 84.246K

84.264-Rehabilitation Continuing Education:

  • Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center—CFDA#: 84.264A
  • Community Rehabilitation Programs—CFDA#: 84.264B
  • Institute on Rehabilitation Issues—CFDA#: 84.264C

84.265-State Vocational Rehabilitation In-Service Training:

  • State Vocational Rehabilitation Unit In-Service Training—CFDA#: 84.265A

84.275-Rehabilitation General Training:

  • National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials—CFDA#: 84.275A

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Performance



Annual Performance Report on the RSA Training Program


Department-wide annual plans and performance reports describe the goals and intended outcomes of U.S. Department of Education programs and initiatives. Annual strategies and targets are published in performance plans in advance of each fiscal year; results are reported in annual performance and accountability reports following the fiscal year end. Read the most recent performance report on the RSA Training Program.

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Total Awards to RSA Grantees

Note on this table: the numbers shown represent the sum of awards made during the fiscal year to RSA grantees. There may be additional set-asides for the program which are not shown.

CFDA Number Program Number of Awards FY-2017 Current Awards FY-2017 Total Awarded FY-2016 Total Awarded FY-2015
84.129 Rehabilitation Training - Long-Term 0 $6,969,386

Resources



For the Long-Term Training program, grantees are required by federal regulation to report data to RSA annually (by November 30th or the nearest weekday after the 30th) on all RSA scholars who receive financial assistance on the RSA website (at https://rsa.ed.gov). Answers to frequently asked questions about the program and the system can be found in the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program: Scholarship Manual (PDF, 202KB).

Additionally, below are three common forms that grantees are required to complete when making a scholar request for deferral, waiver, or repayment. The forms are available for download here in MS Word and PDF format.

  • Scholarship Deferral Request Form
    MS Word (74KB)
    PDF (40KB)
  • Scholarship Exception/Waiver Request Form
    MS Word (42KB)
    PDF (24KB)
  • Repayment of Scholarship Information Form
    MS Word (48KB)
    PDF (29KB)

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Contacts



Tom Finch
Tom.Finch@ed.gov
U.S. Department of Education, OSERS
Rehabilitation Services Administration
400 Maryland Ave., SW, Room 5052, PCP
Washington, D.C. 20202-2800
Phone: 202-245-7343
Fax: 202-245-7591

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