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  1. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Rehabilitation Services Administration State Plan for Independent Living Guidance

  2. SPIL Guidance AGENDA • Overview of SPIL Guidance • Section 3.1: Composition of the Statewide Network of Centers • Section 3.2: Statutory Priority for Establishing new Part C Centers • Q&A

  3. Section 3.1 of the SPIL Existing Network • Includes the description of the existing network of centers, including all centers that meet the standards and assurances in section 725, regardless of their funding source. • Identifies the geographic areas (counties) and populations served by each center in the network--not just its place of business.

  4. Existing Network • Indicates which centers are funded by Part C and which are funded by Part B, State, or other funds. • If a center receives more than one Part C grant from RSA, the two centers should be listed separately with a description of their different geographic areas served.

  5. Existing Network • A Part C center should be serving with its Part C funds only those counties listed as its service area in its original approved Part C application. • If a Part C center serves counties in addition to those in the approved application, the SPIL should explain the funding source the center uses to serve those additional counties.

  6. Existing Network • If a Part C center serves additional counties with other sources of funds, the State must ensure that the center has an appropriate accounting mechanism in place to track both its Part C and non-Part C funding.

  7. Existing Network • Section 3.1 should also describe the particular populations served by each center, especially any that are traditionally underserved, such as minority groups, certain disabilities, rural and urban populations. • Description of the network should be accurate and complete.

  8. Section 3.2Expansion of the Network Order of Priorities for Funding Part C Centers: • Provide existing centers with funds equal to their prior year’s award • Provide existing centers with a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) • Establish new Part C centers

  9. Conditions for Establishing New Centers • When there is no center serving a region of the State or a region is underserved • When the increase in funds is sufficient to support a center • If funds are not sufficient to create a new center, RSA can use excess funds to assist existing Part C centers, or re-allot funds to another State.

  10. Description of State’s Plan for Expansion • Includes description of geographic areas unserved by any center and areas or populations underserved within the service areas of centers in the network -- regardless of funding source.

  11. Priority for Expansion • Includes the order of priority for serving unserved and underserved areas • First priority: if there are areas in the state unserved by any center or areas underserved by a non-Part C center, the first priority is to create a new center in one of those areas when there are sufficient Part C funds.

  12. Expansion of Your Network State Scenarios • States with all counties served by Part C centers • States with counties unserved by any center, regardless of funding • States with counties served by both Part and non-Part C centers

  13. States with all counties served by Part C centers • When all counties are served by Part C centers, identify the underserved areas or populations in their service areas. • Describe how you would prioritize any increase in services and funding to the underserved. • Describe how would you distribute excess funding to the existing centers.

  14. States with all counties served by Part C centers Methods of distributing excess funds • Equally across all centers • Proportionately to the annual Part C award • Based on population and geographic areas • More funding to the lowest funded center • More funding to a particular center to start another office within its service area to address an underserved area or population

  15. States with all counties served by Part C centers Since all counties are served, you would not create any new centers.

  16. States with counties unserved by any center, regardless of funding • Identify the unserved counties • Provide the order of priority for creating new centers in these unserved counties • Identify the minimum funding level (MFL) sufficient to establish a new center • Provide justification for the MFL

  17. States with counties unserved by any center, regardless of funding • Identify the sources of funds that make up the minimum funding level--Part C only or a combination of Part C, Part B, State, other • Identify other circumstances that must be present to create a new center--consumer statements of interest, focus group input, etc.

  18. States with counties unserved by any center, regardless of funding • If there are sufficient funds, the first priority must be to create a new center in an unserved area. • Reminder: An existing Part C center can apply to establish a new separate and complete center in an unserved area and share the same governing board.

  19. States with counties unserved by any center, regardless of funding After addressing the creation of new centers in unserved or underserved areas, the next priority is to describe how you would distribute the excess funds to the existing Part C centers if there are insufficient funds to create a new center, or if there are no qualified applicants for a new center.

  20. States with counties served by both Part C and non-Part C centers • Identify the underserved areas of your non-Part C centers. • Provide the priority for establishing a new center in those areas if funds are sufficient. • Identify the MFL to establish a new center • Identify the sources of funds that make up the MFL • Provide justification for the MFL

  21. States with counties served by both Part C and non-Part C centers • Identify other circumstances that must be present to create a new center--consumer statements of interest, focus group input, etc. • If there are areas underserved by a non-Part C center, and there are sufficient funds, the first priority must be to create a new Part C center in an underserved area .

  22. States with counties served by both Part C and non-Part C centers • After addressing the creation of new centers in underserved counties, the next priority is to describe how you would distribute the excess funds to the existing Part C centers if there are insufficient funds to create a new center, or if there are no qualified applicants for a new center.

  23. Plan of Action • While you may not anticipate creating a new center, you must have a plan in place for the distribution of additional Part C funds should the funding be sufficient and circumstances exist to create it.

  24. Questions? Comments

  25. Contact • If you have questions later, contact the IL Unit member for your state: Felipe Lulli Sean Barrett Elizabeth Akinola Pamela Hodge Deb Cotter