Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Funding Methodologies for the Centers for Independent Living General Funding Formula



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Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Funding Methodologies

for the Centers for Independent Living

General Funding Formula
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) uses a funding formula to distribute available funding to the Centers for Independent Living (CILs).
CIL Funding Sources
The CILs receive funds from six sources that have an impact on the methods VR uses to distribute funds:


  • Title VII, Part C of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Part C) - Part C funds pass from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) directly to the CILs.

  • Title VII, Part B of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Part B) - Part B funds pass from RSA to VR. VR distributes the Part C funds to the CILs based on the funding formula below.

  • Social Security Reimbursement funds – When VR successfully rehabilitates a person who is a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient, the Social Security Administration reimburses VR for the cost of the recipient’s services. A portion of the reimbursement funds are distributed to the CILs via the funding formula below as directed in the state budget.

  • General Revenue – The Florida Legislature appropriates state General Revenue funds to the CILs using the funding formula below.

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Part C (ARRA Part C) – Congress allocated ARRA Part C funds to the CILs. The funds pass from RSA directly to the CILs.

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Part B (ARRA Part B) – Congress allocated ARRA Part B funds to VR to provide independent living services. VR distributes the funds to the CILs based on the methodology described below.


General Funding Formula
A general funding formula is used to distribute the Part B, Social Security Reimbursement and General Revenue funds. According to the formula, the funds are distributed in proportion to the population in each CIL’s service area. Additional funds are provided to counties that have fewer than 100,000 people. The formula also includes a cost of living factor that adjusts the amounts to reflect differences in cost of living around the state. All CILs have a minimum of $250,000.
American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Part B Funds
VR distributed the ARRA Part B dollars using the following method:


  • Each CIL received $10,000.

  • The remaining funds were distributed based on the proportion of population as calculated in the funding formula.


American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Part C Funds
According to federal regulation, when new Part C funds are available to the CILs (above a cost of living increase), the Rehabilitation Services Administration requests that the state recommend a methodology for distributing the new funds. In 2009, the CILs were awarded additional Part C funds
VR recommended that RSA use the following distribution methodology for the additional ARRA Part C funds:


  • Each CIL received an allocation equal to its 2009-2010 Part C award.

  • The remaining funds were distributed based on the proportion of population as calculated in the funding formula.

More detailed information is available from:


Julia Bluhm Kates

Independent Living Program Manager



Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Julia.kates@vr.fldoe.org

850-245-3338


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