29 U.S. Code § 796f–1. Grants to centers for independent living in States in which Federal funding exceeds State funding

(a) Establishment
(1) In general

Unless the director of a designated State unit awards grants under section 796f–2 of this title to eligible agencies in a State for a fiscal year, the Administrator shall award grants under this section to such eligible agencies for such fiscal year from the amount of funds allotted to the State under subsection (c) or (d) of section 796f of this title for such year.

(2) Grants

The Administrator shall award such grants, from the amount of funds so allotted, to such eligible agencies for the planning, conduct, administration, and evaluation of centers for independent living that comply with the standards and assurances set forth in section 796f–4 of this title.

(b) Eligible agenciesIn any State in which the Administrator has approved the State plan required by section 796c of this title, the Administrator may make a grant under this section to any eligible agency that—
(1)
has the power and authority to carry out the purpose of this subpart and perform the functions set forth in section 796f–4 of this title within a community and to receive and administer funds under this subpart, funds and contributions from private or public sources that may be used in support of a center for independent living, and funds from other public and private programs;
(2)
is determined by the Administrator to be able to plan, conduct, administer, and evaluate a center for independent living consistent with the standards and assurances set forth in section 796f–4 of this title; and
(3)
submits an application to the Administrator at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Administrator may require.
(c) Existing eligible agencies

In the administration of the provisions of this section, the Administrator shall award grants for a fiscal year to any eligible agency that has been awarded a grant under this subpart for the preceding fiscal year, unless the Administrator makes a finding that the agency involved fails to meet program and fiscal standards and assurances set forth in section 796f–4 of this title.

(d) New centers for independent living
(1) In general

If there is no center for independent living serving a region of the State or a region is underserved, and the increase in the allotment of the State is sufficient to support an additional center for independent living in the State, the Administrator may award a grant under this section to the most qualified applicant proposing to serve such region. The Administrator’s determination of the most qualified applicant shall be consistent with the provisions in the State plan setting forth the design of the State for establishing a statewide network of centers for independent living.

(2) SelectionIn selecting from among applicants for a grant under this section for a new center for independent living, the Administrator—
(A) shall consider comments regarding the application—
(i)
by individuals with disabilities and other interested parties within the new region proposed to be served; and
(ii)
if any, by the Statewide Independent Living Council in the State in which the applicant is located;
(B) shall consider the ability of each such applicant to operate a center for independent living based on—
(i)
evidence of the need for such a center;
(ii)
any past performance of such applicant in providing services comparable to independent living services;
(iii)
the plan for satisfying or demonstrated success in satisfying the standards and the assurances set forth in section 796f–4 of this title;
(iv)
the quality of key personnel and the involvement of individuals with significant disabilities;
(v)
budgets and cost-effectiveness;
(vi)
an evaluation plan; and
(vii)
the ability of such applicant to carry out the plans; and
(C)
shall give priority to applications from applicants proposing to serve geographic areas within each State that are currently unserved or underserved by independent living programs, consistent with the provisions of the State plan submitted under section 796c of this title regarding establishment of a statewide network of centers for independent living.
(3) Current centers

Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), a center for independent living that receives assistance under subpart 2 for a fiscal year shall be eligible for a grant for the subsequent fiscal year under this subsection.

(e) Order of prioritiesThe Administrator shall be guided by the following order of priorities in allocating funds among centers for independent living within a State, to the extent funds are available:
(1)
The Administrator shall support existing centers for independent living, as described in subsection (c), that comply with the standards and assurances set forth in section 796f–4 of this title, at the level of funding for the previous year.
(2)
The Administrator shall provide for a cost-of-living increase for such existing centers for independent living.
(3)
The Administrator shall fund new centers for independent living, as described in subsection (d), that comply with the standards and assurances set forth in section 796f–4 of this title.
(f) Nonresidential agencies

A center that provides or manages residential housing after October 1, 1994, shall not be considered to be an eligible agency under this section.

(g) Review
(1) In general

The Administrator shall periodically review each center receiving funds under this section to determine whether such center is in compliance with the standards and assurances set forth in section 796f–4 of this title. If the Administrator determines that any center receiving funds under this section is not in compliance with the standards and assurances set forth in section 796f–4 of this title, the Administrator shall immediately notify such center that it is out of compliance.

(2) Enforcement

The Administrator shall terminate all funds under this section to such center 90 days after the date of such notification unless the center submits a plan to achieve compliance within 90 days of such notification and such plan is approved by the Administrator.

Prior Provisions

A prior section 796f–1, Pub. L. 93–112, title VII, § 722, as added Pub. L. 102–569, title VII, § 701(2), Oct. 29, 1992, 106 Stat. 4456; amended Pub. L. 103–73, title I, § 114(i), Aug. 11, 1993, 107 Stat. 731, related to grants to centers for independent living in States in which Federal funding exceeds State funding, prior to the general amendment of this subchapter by Pub. L. 105–220.

Amendments

2014—Subsecs. (a), (b). Pub. L. 113–128, § 482(a)(1), substituted “Administrator” for “Commissioner” wherever appearing.

Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 113–128, § 482(a)(1), (2), substituted “Administrator” for “Commissioner” in two places, “grants for a fiscal year” for “grants”, and “for the preceding fiscal year” for “by September 30, 1997”.

Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 113–128, § 482(a)(3)(A), substituted “Administrator” for “Commissioner” and “region. The Administrator’s determination of the most qualified applicant shall be consistent with the provisions in the State plan setting forth the design of the State for establishing a statewide network of centers for independent living.” for “region, consistent with the provisions in the State plan setting forth the design of the State for establishing a statewide network of centers for independent living.”

Subsec. (d)(2). Pub. L. 113–128, § 482(a)(3)(B)(i), substituted “Administrator” for “Commissioner” in introductory provisions.

Subsec. (d)(2)(A). Pub. L. 113–128, § 482(a)(3)(B)(ii), added subpar. (A) and struck out former subpar. (A). Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “shall consider comments regarding the application, if any, by the Statewide Independent Living Council in the State in which the applicant is located;”.

Subsecs. (e), (g). Pub. L. 113–128, § 482(a)(4), which directed substitution of “Administrator.” for “Commissioner” wherever appearing, was executed by substituting “Administrator” for “Commissioner” wherever appearing, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.

Grants to Centers for Independent Living in States in Which Federal Funding Exceeds State Funding

Pub. L. 111–213, § 2(a), July 29, 2010, 124 Stat. 2343, provided that:

“(1)In general.—If the conditions described in paragraph (2) are satisfied with respect to a State, in awarding funds to existing centers for independent living (described in section 722(c) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 796f–1(c))) in the State, the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration—
“(A) in fiscal year 2010—
“(i)
shall distribute among such centers funds appropriated for the centers for independent living program under part C of title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 796f et seq.) by any Act other than the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5) in the same proportion as such funds were distributed among such centers in the State in fiscal year 2009, notwithstanding section 722(e) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 796f–1(e)) and any contrary provision of a State plan submitted under section 704 of such Act (29 U.S.C. 796c); and
“(ii)
shall disregard any funds provided to such centers from funds appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the centers for independent living program under part C of title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 796f et seq.); and
“(B)
in fiscal year 2011 and subsequent fiscal years, shall disregard any funds provided to such centers from funds appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–5) for the centers for independent living program under part C of title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 796f et seq.).
“(2)Conditions.—The conditions described in this paragraph are the following:
“(A)
The Commissioner receives a request from the State, not later than August 5, 2010, jointly signed by the State’s designated State unit (referred to in section 704(c) of such Act (29 U.S.C. 796c(c))) and the State’s Statewide Independent Living Council (established under section 705 of such Act (29 U.S.C. 796d)), for the Commissioner to disregard any funds provided to centers for independent living in the State from funds appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the centers for independent living program under part C of title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 796f et seq.).
“(B)
The Commissioner is not conducting a competition to establish a new part C center for independent living with funds appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in the State.