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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-858



Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; Innovation and Expansion Grant to Provide a Coordinated Statewide Advocacy Network for Persons with Disabilities

[32 Pa.B. 2377]

   The Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1992, announces that competing applications to establish, expand or improve community rehabilitation programs serving persons with the most significant disabilities will be accepted. This competition is authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

   Funding for this competition is under the auspice of the State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the OVR, which will serve as administrator and fiscal agent for the grant awarded under this competition. Applications will be written to accomplish the following area of emphasis:

   To provide a coordinated Statewide advocacy network for persons with disabilities including:

*  Coordinate, administer and provide guidance to an advocacy service capable of identifying and addressing independent living and disability-related needs/issues of persons with disabilities at the local and State levels.

*  Working exclusively with recognized Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in this Commonwealth, the grantee will provide facilitation of a network of local/regional disability advocates integrated with, and coordinated by, a State-level advocacy service.

*  Development of an advocacy agenda, advocacy plan and advocacy service cost allocation plan to be submitted to OVR annually throughout the life of the grant.

*  Compilation, and submission to the OVR, of quarterly and year-end reports presenting advocacy service statistics, expenditure/revenue activity and progress/problems related to the accomplishment of project goals and objectives.

*  Grantee will enter subcontracts with authorized CILs in this Commonwealth for purposes of providing disability-related advocacy services at the local level. The subcontracts will be funded at the level of $35,500 per center. Grantee will administer disbursement of a combined CIL subcontract budget in excess of $532,500 per year.

*  Grantee will conduct annual onsite compliance reviews of project-supported local advocacy services as provided through subcontracted CILs. Grantee will review no fewer than 50% of the subcontracting CIL advocacy services per year.

Service Information

   This competition will result in one award beginning October 1, 2002, with option for a single 12-month renewal. Activities required under this grant competition include those noted in the preceding section.

   For purposes of this competition, an eligible applicant is an individual or a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth, experienced in effectively implementing and managing advocacy efforts, particularly where the services have been undertaken on behalf of persons with significant disabilities.

   An applicant must have experience in activities, as noted, for a minimum of 3 years prior to the date of application to be considered for this competition. A successful applicant must be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of previous experience in its grant application.

Application Information

   Applications received by 5 p.m. on June 24, 2002, which are complete and conform to established specifications, will be accepted for review. Applications submitted after this date and time will be ineligible for consideration.

   Applications will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers convened for that purpose.

   The effective dates for the contract will be October 1, 2002, through September 30, 2003. Final awards made through this competition are subject to the approval of the Executive Director of the OVR.

   A complete application package, which includes more detailed information, is available by contacting Jacqueline B. Lucas, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Contracts and Grants Management Section, 1521 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-2913, (717) 787-7016, TDD: (717) 783-8917, fax: (717) 705-9345.

Preproposal Conference

   A preproposal conference to deal specifically with technical questions regarding applications will be held for applicants on Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at 10 a.m. at the OVR Central Office, 1521 North Sixth St., Harrisburg, PA. Copies of the application package will also be available at this conference.

   Persons planning to attend the conference who have special needs that should be considered to participate fully in the conference should contact Jacqueline B. Lucas at (717) 787-7016 no later than 1 week in advance of the conference date.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-858. Filed for public inspection May 10, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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