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Application to Vend Services to Vocational Rehabilitation Services

DEED purchases community resources on behalf of Minnesotans with disabilities in the VR program so that they may achieve their goals for competitive, integrated employment and career development. The P/T Contracts facilitate the purchase of these services. Under state contracting requirements, CRPs and LUVs must complete an application to be a provider of services. The application is reviewed and approved by DEED-VRS leadership.

Review of new providers includes an assessment of service need, an assessment of provider to deliver the service, and an assessment of proposed rate for the service. New LUVs will undergo the same assessment as new CRPs, with some additional scrutiny because they are not CARF accredited. As a result of the application process, a new contract number will be assigned to each contractor.

VRS staff continuously monitors CARF accreditation status for CRPs. Failure to maintain CARF accreditation will result in the termination of the P/T contract.

The VR program receives 74.9 percent of its funding through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. For federal fiscal year 2020, the total amount of grant funds is $42,740,250. The required state match for these funds is $11,514,652. The state of Minnesota has appropriated $14.3 million - 25.1 percent of the total - to exceed the matching requirement.

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