Limited-Use Vendors

Limited-Use Vendors are service providers not accredited with Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Minnesota's Vocational Rehabilitation Services program limits the amount of business it does with these vendors.

Overview

Limited-Use Vendors are service providers not accredited with Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Minnesota's Vocational Rehabilitation Services program limits the amount of business it does with these vendors. 

Vendors that are registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State may conduct business up to $20,000 annually with Vocational Rehabilitation Services after a limited-use vendor operating agreement has been approved. 

Vendors that are not registered with the Secretary of State are limited to $2,500 annually. Because these incidental services are authorized under emergency situations, no operating agreements are established with these vendors. Services and rates are negotiated and approved locally by the rehabilitation area manager.

How to Lift Spending Limits

Organizations approaching the annual spending limit can have the limit lifted by submitting an application (Intent to Survey) to CARF. Send a copy of the application and proof of a paid application fee to your field representative. Upon receipt, the field representative will contact you to establish a new operating agreement as a CARF-Pending community rehabilitation provider.

This status will allow Vocational Rehabilitation Services counselors to purchase services without spending limits for about six months until the accreditation survey process is complete. For more information about CARF accreditation, contact Pete Hathaway at CARF at 800-444-8991, phathaway@carf.org.

Established limited-use vendors may not informally create new business entities, partnerships, or mergers as a mechanism for exceeding spending limits without obtaining accreditation.

Summary of Fees

View or download the following reports for Limited-Use Vendors:

Forms and Contracts

VRS Professional Technical (PT) Master Contracts

PT contracts with Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) are effective for five years. Limited Use Vendors are capped at $20,000 per year with PT contracts in place for up to two years. PT contracts with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) state certified to provide independent living services will be in place for 5 years. View a Sample PT Contract

Amending Contracts

Routine requests to amend contracts by adding, deleting or modifying existing services are handled through a consultative process on an as needed basis. Requests to add new or innovative services that have not typically been offered under previous PT contracts (or historic operating agreements) will be considered for VRS review as an innovation and expansion activity.

Application Process

Under state contracting requirements, CRPs, LUVs, and CILs must complete an application to be a vendor of services. The application is reviewed and approved by DEED staff. As a result of the application process, a new contract number will be assigned to each organization.

CARF Accreditation

Vocational rehabilitation services staff will continue to monitor CARF accreditation status for CRPs. Failure to maintain CARF accreditation will result in the termination of the PT contract.

Forms for Use with Consumers

For More Information

Contact Anne Paulson at 651-259-7135 or email Anne.Paulson@state.mn.us.


Metro Area Limited-Use Vendors

Northland Limited-Use Vendors

Southland Limited-Use Vendors

Statewide Limited-Use Vendors