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Contract for Services to a Prince George's County, Maryland Employment Provider to Help Youth with Disabilities Enter the Workplace

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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) - Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)

Deadline Date:

05/15/19 11:59 PM EST


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Contract for services to a Prince George's County, Maryland provider of community rehabilitation, youth employment, or employment training services for school-year and summer programs that help students with disabilities transition into the workplace. Funding is intended for services, such as counseling related to job exploration and opportunities for enrollment, work-based experiences and readiness training, and instruction in self-advocacy.

The program seeks to develop summer and school-year youth opportunities for students with disabilities, beginning as early as age 14 through the end of the student’s school year that the student turns 21; and to offer and/or develop a program of services for each of the Pre-employment Transitioning Services. The five distinct services that can be provided under Pre-ETS are as follows:
1. Job exploration counseling;
2. Work-based learning experiences, which may include in-school or after school opportunities, or experience outside the traditional school setting (including internships), that is provided in an integrated environment in the community to the maximum extent possible;
3. Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs at institutions of higher education;
4. Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living; and
5. Instruction in self-advocacy (including instruction in person-centered planning), which may include peer mentoring (including peer mentoring from individuals with disabilities working in competitive integrated employment).

The summer program should serve 75 students in year 1; with options for up to 85 students in year 2, and up to 100 students in year 3. Program requirements are:
1. Develop Pre-ETS curricula and provide for each new referral, at a minimum, job orientation for basic work skills. This service will be required by all new participants.
2. Provide a variety of paid work experiences in integrated settings for DORS consumers/clients who have been identified as transitioning students, for a total of 5-6 weeks of summer employment per student employed at 20-30 hours per week. To the extent possible, these opportunities should be in positions that are consistent with the student’s skills, abilities, and interests.
3. Ensure that DORS transitioning students are paid at least the current locality minimum wage.
4. Provide an array of Pre-ETS services, as appropriate, to individuals or groups of students.
5. Provide on and off-site workplace readiness training to support the development of competitive work skills and maintenance of the internship/work experience.
6. Identify at least one individual of the Proposer who will be responsible for the oversight of the proposed program.
7. Ensure reasonable levels of supervision for the students in the jobs.
8. Employ students through their payroll process to insure that the students are compensated in accordance with state and federal labor laws, including workers’ compensation.
9. Submit the necessary tax information for the individuals and pay the required withholding taxes, submitting both employee and employer share as required by law.

Funds must be used to implement employment opportunities in integrated settings for students who will receive compensation at competitive wages and offer current and/or development of Pre-ETS program of services. Funds may be used to provide supervision by a new hire or by a current staff member.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185607

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

One (1) 3- year MOU with two (2) one-year options for summer Work-Based Learning Experience for a total of 260 students to be served.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total Funding Available $1,500,000:
- Year 1:- $412,000;
- Year 2: $488,000;
- Year 3: $600,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period is Monday, May 27, 2019 to Friday, December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposer organization shall be one of the following: 1) organization that is certified by either DORS or the Maryland Department of Health as a Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP); 2) youth employment provider currently contracted with a Maryland Workforce Investment Board (Montgomery or Prince George’s County); or 3) a DORS approved employment training provider that specializes in serving transitioning youth with disabilities.

Organizations must be in good standing with the Maryland Comptroller’s Office. If the proposer is an out-of-state entity, they must submit a certificate of authority to do business in Maryland.

Appropriate referrals of students with disabilities are in-school students who:
1. Receive special education services defined in an IEP, including those who attend approved non-public schools, e.g. state operated programs, private or parochial schools, or enrolled in alternative placements;
2. Have a disability pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and who may be receiving services and/or accommodations. This includes eligible students with disabilities enrolled in any public or non-public school; or
3. Have serious health conditions episodic in nature and/or requiring continuous/periodic medical monitoring or hospitalization, e.g. sickle cell anemia, respiratory dysfunctions, kidney dialysis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease etc., and who may not be receiving special education or accommodations required by Section 504.

Costs incurred prior to the approval of the MOU may not be funded through this award. No funds will be allowed for staff meals or food. Funds may not be used for construction or renovation or to pay for indirect or subsequent time beyond the grant period.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for application submission is Wednesday, May 15, 2019, no later than 11:59 p.m. EST. The notification date is Monday, May 20, 2019.

All questions must be submitted via email to Jill Pierce on or before May 3, 2019. All responses to questions received by this date will be posted upon receipt at and no later than Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email/scan the entire proposal with blue ink signature on cover page; OR mail one original w/blue ink signature on cover page and 2 copies of entire proposal to:

Mrs. Beth Lash, Regional Director, Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services
Eastpoint Metro Business Center
4451-Z Parliament Place
Lanham, Maryland 20706-1843

For technical assistance, please contact:
Ms. Jill Pierce, Staff Specialist for Transitioning,

Michial A. Gill, Ph.D., Director of Grants Administration and State Aided Educational Institutions
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2959
410-767-3170 (office)
410-371-6955 (mobile)
410-333-6033 (fax)

Funding or Pin Number:

No. WBLE#19-1C

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Prince George's County