Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 113 Part 3.djvu/370

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113 STAT. 1888 PUBLIC LAW 106-170—DEC. 17, 1999 Administration who will specialize in disability work incentives under titles II and XVI for the purpose of disseminating accurate information with respect to inquiries and issues relating to work incentives to— "(i) disabled beneficiaries; "(ii) benefit applicants under titles II and XVI; and "(iii) individuals or entities awarded grants under subparagraphs (A) or (B); and "(D) provide— "(i) training for work incentives specialists and individuals providing planning assistance described in subparagraph (C); and "(ii) technical assistance to organizations and entities that are designed to encourage disabled beneficiaries to return to work. "(3) COORDINATION WITH OTHER PROGRAMS.—The responsibilities of the Commissioner established under this section shall be coordinated with other public and private programs that provide information and assistance regarding rehabilitation services and independent living supports and benefits planning for disabled beneficiaries including the program under section 1619, the plans for achieving self-support program (PASS), and any other Federal or State work incentives programs that are designed to assist disabled beneficiaries, including educational agencies that provide information and assistance regarding rehabilitation, school-to-work programs, transition services (as defined in, and provided in accordance with, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.)), a one-stop delivery system established under subtitle B of title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2811 et seq.), and other services. "(b) CONDITIONS.— "(1) SELECTION OF ENTITIES.— "(A) APPLICATION.— An entity shall submit an application for a grant, cooperative agreement, or contract to provide benefits planning and assistance to the Commissioner at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Commissioner may determine is necessary to meet the requirements of this section. "(B) STATEWIDENESS.—The Commissioner shall ensure that the planning, assistance, and information described in paragraph (2) shall be available on a statewide basis. " (C) ELIGIBILITY OF STATES AND PRIVATE ORGANIZA- TIONS. — "(i) IN GENERAL.— The Commissioner may award a grant, cooperative agreement, or contract under this section to a State or a private agency or organization (other than Social Security Administration Field Offices and the State agency administering the State medicaid program under title XIX, including any agency or entity described in clause (ii), that the Commissioner determines is qualified to provide the planning, assistance, and information described in paragraph (2)).