40 Tex. Admin. Code § 806.41 - Certification and Recertification of Community Rehabilitation Programs

(a) No applicant for certification may participate in the state use program prior to the approval of certification.
(b) The Commission may recognize programs that are accredited by nationally accepted vocational rehabilitation accrediting organizations and approve CRPs that have been approved by a state's habilitation or rehabilitation agency.
(c) The Commission may delegate the administration of the certification process for CRPs to a CNA.
(d) An applicant for CRP certification must be a government or nonprofit private program operated under criteria established by the Commission and under which individuals with severe disabilities produce products or perform services for compensation.
(e) A certified CRP must:
(1) maintain payroll, human resource functions, accounting, and all relevant documentation showing that the employees who produce products or perform services under the state use program are individuals with disabilities;
(2) ensure that documentation includes a disability determination that identifies the individual and documents the presence of a disability, in addition to determining program eligibility, and that shall be subject to review at the request of the Agency or the CNA under authority from the Commission, with adherence to privacy and confidentiality standards applicable to such CRP and employee records;
(3) maintain and dispose of records or documents required by the Agency, including contracts with other entities, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and all laws relevant to the records;
(4) maintain compliance with requirements in subsection (q) of this section, related to Unemployment Insurance tax, wage claims, state licensing, regulatory, and tax requirements. Failure to maintain compliance shall result in revocation of the CRP's certification to participate in the PPD program;
(5) ensure that disability determinations conducted under paragraph (2) of this subsection are or were conducted by a medical professional, vocational rehabilitation professional, local education agency, Social Security Administration, or other individual who:
(A) has demonstrated the qualifications necessary to make such determinations; and
(B) is an independent, non-CRP individual; and
(6) provide all communication, training, and planning materials to employees in an accessible format.
(f) An applicant for certification must submit a completed application and the required documents to the Agency through the CNA for the state use program. Upon receipt, the CNA will verify the completeness and accuracy of the application. No application will be considered without the following documents:
(1) Copy of the IRS nonprofit determination under §501(c), when required by law;
(2) Copy of the Articles of Incorporation issued by the Secretary of State, when required by law;
(3) List of the board of directors and officers with names, addresses, and telephone numbers;
(4) Copy of the organizational chart with job titles and names;
(5) Proof of current insurance coverage in the form of a certificate of insurance specifying each and all coverages for the CRP's liability insurance, auto insurance for vehicles owned or leased by the CRP for state use contract purposes, and workers' compensation insurance coverage or legally recognized equivalent coverage, if applicable. Such insurance shall be carried with an insurance company authorized to do business in the State of Texas, and written notice of cancellation or any material change in insurance coverage will be provided to the CNA 10 business days in advance of cancellation or change;
(6) Fire inspection certificate issued within one year of the formal consideration of the CRP application, if required by city, county, or state regulations, for each location where customers will be served or where individuals with disabilities will be employed, or a statement of unavailability from the appropriate city, county, or state entity;
(7) Copy of the building inspection certificate or certificate of occupancy, if required by city, county, or state regulations, for each location where customers will be served or where individuals with disabilities will be employed, or a statement of unavailability from the appropriate city, county, or state entity;
(8) Copy of the wage exemption certificate (WH-228) if below minimum wages will be paid to customers or to individuals with disabilities who will be employed, and a statement of explanation of circumstances requiring subminimum wages;
(9) Notarized statement that the CRP agrees to maintain compliance with either the 75 percent minimum percentage or other approved minimum percentage approved by the Commission. The required percentage being that percentage of the CRP's total hours of direct labor, for each contract, necessary to perform services or reform raw materials, assemble components, manufacture, prepare, process and/or package products that will be performed by individuals with documented disabilities consistent with the definition set forth in this chapter.
(10) If a CRP intends to seek a required minimum percentage other than the 75 percent of the CRP's total hours of direct labor for a contract, the CRP must submit the request, which shall include a rationale consistent with one or more criteria in § 806.53(a)(4) and (b)(3) of this chapter as applicable, with their application for approval; and
(11) An applicant for certification must attest that it either has already developed or will develop, within 90 days of certification, a person-centered plan for each individual with a disability it employs that clearly documents attainable employment goals and describes how the CRP will:
(A) help the individual reach his or her employment goals; and
(B) match the individual's skills and desires with the task(s) being performed for the CRP.
(g) The Agency shall review each complete application and all required documentation and, if acceptable, forward its recommendations to the Commission for approval. Once approved, the Agency will notify the CRP in writing and assign the CRP a certification number.
(h) A CRP may protest a recommendation of non-approval pursuant to the Agency's appeal process in § 806.61 of this chapter.
(i) To continue in the program, each CRP must be recertified by the Commission every three years. The recertification process requires submission of all previously requested documentation, a review of reports submitted to the CNA, and a determination that the CRP has maintained compliance with the stated requirements of the state use program, including requirements described in subsection (q) of this section relating to compliance with unemployment taxes, wage claims, and state licensing, regulatory, and tax requirements. If a CRP intends to seek a required minimum percentage other than the 75 percent of the CRP's total hours of direct labor, the CRP must submit the request, which shall include a rationale consistent with one or more criteria in § 806.53(a)(4) and (b)(3) of this chapter as applicable, with their recertification. The Commission shall establish a schedule for the recertification process and the CNA shall assist each CRP as necessary to attain recertification. The CRP, after notification, shall submit within 30 days the application for recertification and required documents to the CNA. If the CRP fails to do so, the Agency may request a written explanation and/or the appearance of a representative of the CRP before the Agency. If the CRP fails to respond in a timely manner, the Agency may consider the suspension of all state use program contracts until the recertification process has been completed and approval has been attained.
(j) The CRP shall submit quarterly wage and hour reports to the CNA. These reports are due no later than the last day of the month following the end of the quarter. If the CRP fails to submit reports on time, the Agency may request a representative of the CRP to appear before the Agency. The Agency may consider the suspension of the CRP's state use program contracts if compliance is not achieved in a consistent and timely manner.
(k) CRPs shall maintain compliance with the state use program regarding percentage requirements related to administrative costs, supply costs, wages, and hours of direct labor necessary to perform services and/or produce products. Compliance will be monitored by the CNA and/or the Agency, and violations will be reported promptly to the Agency. A violation will result in a warning letter from the CNA or Agency, which will then offer assistance as needed to achieve compliance. A CRP that fails to meet compliance requirements, without a waiver from the Agency, for two quarters in any four-quarter period, shall submit a written explanation and a representative of the CRP will be requested to appear before the Agency. State use program contracts may be suspended and/or certification revoked if compliance is not immediately and consistently maintained. To attain reinstatement, the CRP must apply for recertification following the procedures outlined in this chapter.
(l) The Agency may review or designate a CNA or third party to review any CRP participating in the state-use program to verify compliance with the requirements outlined in this chapter.
(m) A CRP must not serve, in whole or part, as an outlet or front for any entity whose purpose is not the employment of individuals with disabilities.
(n) A CRP shall report to the Agency any state agency that is not using the program to benefit individuals with disabilities.
(o) A CRP shall promptly report any conflict of interest or receipt of benefit or promise of benefit to the Agency. The Agency will consider such reports on an individual basis. Verified instances of conflict of interest by a CRP may result in suspension of the CRP's eligibility to participate in the state use program and/or revocation of certification.
(p) The Commission, the Agency, individual members, the State of Texas, or any other Texas state agency will not be responsible for any loss or losses, financial or otherwise, incurred by a CRP should its product or services not be approved for the state use program as provided by law.
(q) A CRP shall:
(1) be clear of any debts related to Unemployment Insurance taxes or wage claims; and
(2) meet the state licensing, regulatory, and tax requirements applicable to the CRP.

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40 Tex. Admin. Code § 806.41
Adopted by Texas Register, Volume 42, Number 23, June 9, 2017, TexReg 3012, eff. 6/12/2017; Amended by Texas Register, Volume 46, Number 04, January 22, 2021, TexReg 0590, eff. 1/25/2021

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