Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 5.djvu/833

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PUBLIC LAW 102-569—OCT. 29, 1992 106 STAT. 4471 \ intervention in furnishing vocational evaluation, training, and counseling services to working adults recently determined to have chronic and progressive diseases that may be severely disabling, such as multiple sclerosis. "(2) GRANT AcnvmES.—In carrying out a demonstration program under paragraph (1), an eligible entity shall conduct a program intended to demonstrate the effectiveness of such early intervention in improving the job retention of the working adults or in facilitating the entry of the working adults to new careers and employment. The demonstration program shall test a number of alternative service systems, including an employer assistance program, a system involving early intervention by State vocational rehabilitation agencies, and a private nonprofit agency joint venture with an employer or State vocational rehabilitation agency, " (d) TRANSITION DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS. — "(1) GRANTS.—The Commissioner may make grants to public or nonprofit agencies and organizations to pay part or all of the costs of special projects and demonstration projects to support models for providing community-based, coordinated services to facilitate the transition of individuals with disabilities fit>m rehabilitation hospital or nursing home programs or comparable programs, to programs providing independent living services in the community, including services such as personal assistance services, health maintenance services, counseling, and social and vocational services. "(2) APPLICATION. — To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an agency or organization shall submit an application to the Commissioner at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Commissioner may require. "(3) EVALUATION.— An agency or organization that receives a grant under this subsection shall evaluate the effectiveness of such models and prepare and submit to the Commissioner a report containing the evaluation. "(e) BARRIERS TO SUCCESSFUL REHABILITATION OUTCOMES FOR MINORITIES. —The Commissioner may award grants to public or nonprofit agencies and organizations— "(1) to conduct a study to examine the factors that have created barriers to successfiil rehabilitation outcomes for individuals with disabilities from minority backgrounds, and develop and evaluate policy, research, and training strategies for overcoming the barriers; "(2) to conduct a study to examine the factors that have created significant underrepresentation of individuals from minority backgrounds in the rehabilitation professions, including such underrepresentation among researchers, and develop and evaluate policy, research, and training strategies for overcoming the underrepresentation; and "(3) to conduct a study to examine the factors that have created barriers to successfiil rehabilitation outcomes for individuals with neurological or otiier related disorders, and examine how the hidden or episodic nature of the disability affects eligibility and the provision of services. "(0 STUDIES, SPECIAL PROJECTS, AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS To STUDY MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE DELIVERY. — 59-194 O—93 27:QL3(Pt. 5)