(A) In September 2002, the U.S. department of labor (DOL) and the social security administration (SSA) jointly established a new position, the disability program navigator (DPN), within one-stop centers. The DPN initiative was established to better inform beneficiaries and other persons with disabilities about the work supports available at the one-stop centers. The navigators are responsible for developing new and on-going partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated access to services, creating systemic change, and expanding the workforce system's capacity to serve customers with disabilities and employers.
(B) The Ohio department of job and family services (ODJFS) will allocate funds to local workforce investment areas (LWIA) to support the implementation of the "Disability Program Navigator Initiative."
(C) On June 5, 2007, Ohio was awarded a DPN grant from the employment and training administration (ETA) in the amount of one million two hundred thousand dollars. Ohio's grant award includes funding for hiring one state lead navigator, four regional navigators, and nine local navigators to be located in designated local workforce investment areas (LWIA). Effective April 23, 2010, additional funding is available to those LWIA that continue to run this program.
(D) Nine awards will be made available to eligible LWIA to support one local DPN full-time staff person, navigator access needs, and outreach. Grant funds may not be used to make modifications to existing structures or real property. This funding source is a work incentive grant and the number assigned to this allocation by the catalog of federal domestic assistance (CFDA) is 17.266.
(E) Ohio will operate the demonstration project in full-service, comprehensive one-stop centers in nine LWIA. Seven of the LWIA will provide the navigator services in one-stop centers located in metropolitan areas and two LWIA will operate in one-stops in non-metropolitan areas.
(F) Participating one-stop centers will use funds to enhance programs, services, and activities to persons with disabilities to assist them in obtaining employment and to become economically self-sufficient.
(G) Subgrantees are responsible for submitting quarterly performance and expenditure reports. The specific requirements for reporting will be provided in future allocation letters. Unless otherwise noted in future ODJFS communications, the grant availability and liquidation periods for this award will be communicated by ODJFS through the county finance information system (CFIS.) Funds must be expended within the grant availability period and reported no later than the end of the liquidation period.
(H) The WIA local area shall maintain documentation in accordance with the records retention requirements in rule 5101:9-9-21 of the Administrative Code. This documentation may be subject to inspection, monitoring, and audit by the ODJFS office of fiscal and monitoring services(OFMS) and the Ohio auditor of state (AOS).