Public Property and Works

CHAPTER 37-2.4
Habilitation Procurement Program

SECTION 37-2.4-1

§ 37-2.4-1. Definitions.

The words defined in this section have the meanings set forth below whenever they appear in this chapter, unless context in which they are used clearly requires a different meaning or a different definition as prescribed for a particular section, group of sections, or provision:

(1) "Board" means the habilitation procurement board created under this section;

(2) "Habilitation facility" means a program that is operated primarily for the purpose of the employment and training of persons with a disability by a government agency or a qualified organization licensed by the State of Rhode Island providing vocational rehabilitation to support people with disabilities and:

(i) Maintains an employment ratio of at least forty percent (40%) of the program employees under the procurement contract in question have severe disabilities;

(ii) Complies with any applicable occupational health and safety standards prescribed by the United States Department of Labor or is a supported employment program approved by the state of Rhode Island office of rehabilitation services;

(iii) Has its principal place of business in Rhode Island;

(iv) Produces any goods provided under this section in Rhode Island; and

(v) The services provided, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, are provided by individuals with the majority being domiciled residents of the state of Rhode Island.

(3) "Person with a disability" means any individual who has a severe physical or mental impairment that constitutes a substantial barrier to employment, as certified by the department of human services or the department of behavioral health care, developmental disabilities and hospitals.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2011, ch. 244, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 261, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 414, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 451, § 1.)