Chapter 9: State Use Program ContractsAnchor: #i998943
Section 1: OverviewAnchor: #i998949
This chapter presents policy for contracting services that are set aside under the State Use Program to provide employment opportunities for Texans with disabilities. The Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities is described in and is responsible for implementing Chapter 122 of the Texas Human Resources Code to:
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- further the state's policy of encouraging and assisting persons with disabilities to achieve maximum personal independence by engaging in useful productive employment activities, and Anchor: #XIKHDIBW
- provide state agencies, departments, institutions, and political subdivisions of the state with a method for achieving conformity with requirements of nondiscrimination and affirmative action in employment matters related to persons with disabilities.
The State Use Program is statutorily mandated and requires state agencies to purchase, on a non-competitive basis, the products made and services performed by persons with disabilities. The products or services must meet applicable specifications established by the state, must be available within the time specified, and must be offered at a fair market price.
Many contract needs can be met through the State Use program. Typical examples of needs fulfilled through the State Use Program include:
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- clerical services (such as mailing, sorting, paper shredding), Anchor: #JAQEYYWS
- building maintenance (such as janitorial services, grounds maintenance), Anchor: #GWWSYSNS
- highway maintenance (such as litter pickup and removal, mowing).
Tex. Hum. Res. Code ch. 122 provides the statutory authority for the State Use Program. This chapter is administered through 40 TAC ch. 189.