Nebraska VR requests proposals for the development and implementation of innovative short-term programs to provide career exploration and personal development opportunities for transition students with disabilities during the summer of 2016. Nebraska VR intends to contract with several qualified applicants for a period up to 4 months to develop and implement Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) for eligible and potentially eligible students with disabilities, aged 14-21 years enrolled in school. As the state-federal vocational rehabilitation program, Nebraska VR maintains a dual customer approach, helping individuals with disabilities prepare for, obtain and maintain competitive, integrated employment while helping businesses recruit, train and retain employees with disabilities.
Learn more by downloading the Transition Summer Program RFP.
Submit an electronic copy with a signed cover letter via email with any supporting documentation by 5:00 pm Central time on April 15, 2016.
RFP Questions and Answers
I am writing up a proposal for the Transition Summer Program and I have a few questions. One would be in regards to how long you would expect the provider to work with each student. I would also want to know if we would be charging, for each student, the hourly rate we currently receive for providing OJEs and other services outside of Supported Employment. And, finally, how many students are you thinking you want to serve over the four month period.
We are envisioning receiving proposals for summer programming for a group of students that would receive services in the group around one or more of the PETS activities listed in the RFP. The proposal will include the budget for the program so there will not be a billing out process for individuals such as when Nebraska VR contracts for services on an individualized case basis. It is up to the applicant to decide how many students they will potentially serve in the program and to include as much detail as possible in the proposal to justify the budget. The proposals are tied to this fiscal year so the funds must be used by the end of September.
Can more than one proposal be submitted by an entity? Yes, you can submit more than one proposal.
If so, can more than one proposal be awarded per entity? Yes. We will look at the targeted audience and appropriateness of the proposal.
Can a proposal be submitted that anticipates services less than 4 months in duration (i.e. one time event)? Yes, the guidance that was provided today was that entities can submit a proposal of any duration and that when scoring the proposals, robust programs in duration and substance and relating directly to pre employment transition services will score higher.
Is there a possibility of continuation of services past September 30, 2016? No…..at this time it is limited to programs ending within this time frame.
Would VR consider a proposal which includes a supervised overnight stay for youth? Yes.
If a program runs all day, can costs for lunch be built into the proposal? No, federal funds cannot be used for purchasing food.
Can we pay the students from the grant and put their wages into the budget? Yes.
The RFP refers to "activities to include training on how to identify positive supports”. Could you define what is meant by “positive supports?” This refers to learning how to identify people and groups in your life that will be supporting and encouraging role models and peers that will have your best interests at heart.
Under the budget item for Travel, can the cost of transporting students be included as an allowable cost? Yes, with definition and justification.
The RFP, under “Coordination of Services/Evaluation”, refers to “the process for coordinating with Nebraska VR staff on student referral and progress reporting activities.” Can you clarify what the role of VR will be in regard to student referrals? Will VR provide the contractor with contact information for eligible and potentially eligible students with disabilities ages 14-21 to be included in the activities? Or, is it the expectation that the contractor will identify and recruit the participants? The applicant has the primary responsibility for identifying and recruiting the students to participate in the program. Once a reward has been made, Nebraska VR staff will advise students of the opportunities that exist.