MASSACHUSETTS

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

CAPITAL RESERVE ACCOUNT

FY-2012 - ANNUAL REPORT

Prepared by:

 

Mass. Office on Disability

One Ashburton Place, #1305

Boston, MA 02018

[617] 727-7440

Mass. Office on Disability


and


Mass. Office of Access and Opportunity

State House, Room 373

Boston, MA 02133

[617] 727-2040 x35418

Office of Access and Opportunity

 

 

 


 

 

Table of Contents

Mission Statement 2

Available Funds. 3

Goals & Objectives. 3

The Process. 3

Recipients of RACRA FY2012 Funds 3

Lessons Learned. 4

Findings. 5

Recommendations: 5

Contacts for RACRA.. 5

 Mission Statement

Created in late FY-2009, the Reserve Account is a back stop for agencies that find they cannot meet the cost of providing reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities.

 

Note: The RACRA Fund is not meant to supplant existing agency resources to respond to reasonable accommodation requests, but to supplement them, particularly in difficult economic times such as the Commonwealth has recently experienced.

 


 

Available Funds

The Fund began with $500,000.  One hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) was available in FY-2010 and 2011. For FY 2012 through 2014, $150,000 per year is available to supplement state agency efforts to effectively accommodate Executive Department employees with disabilities.  The acceptable uses for the fund are established by the Office of Access and Opportunity in conformance with prescribed use of capital funds.

Goals & Objectives

The fund has three goals

The Process

The process for an agency to access the fund is intentionally simple. 

 

o   Reviews the agency application, discusses the impact of the proposed accommodation on existing infrastructure and discusses alternatives, if appropriate, and

o   Certifies eligibility to ANF

 

o   Reviews MOD certification, and

o   Upon acceptance, either authorizes dispersal to the agency, or where under Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) jurisdiction, authorizes DCAM to proceed with the work using RACRA Funds.

 

Applications are addressed on a first come first serve basis.  Funds are then distributed until exhausted during the current year.  Once funds are depleted, agencies seeking funds are encouraged to reapply in the next fiscal year.

Recipients of RACRA FY2012 Funds

Four agencies completed RACRA funds requests in FY 2012.  All four agency requests were funded in full.  Grants ranging from $669.99 to $50,000 served 6,018 executive branch employees.

 

Table of Awards for FY 2012

Agency                

Secretariat

Individuals Served

Request

Approved

Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

ANF

6,000

$669.99

$669.99

 

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

HHS

7

$7,200.00

$7,200.00

Massachusetts Office on Disability

ANF

2

$50,000.00

$50,000.00

Bureau of State Office Buildings

ANF

9

$32,204.00

$32,204.00

Total

 

6,018

$90,073.99

$90,073.99

NOTE: The number of employees with disabilities served cannot be accurately determined due to the unique nature of one requestor. The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity was approved for technology that enabled it to deliver a “Disability Awareness” training program to all Executive Branch employees.  The training teaches employees about their rights and the opportunity to ask for a reasonable accommodation, and it ensures that managers have a better understanding of how to address the reasonable accommodation process with their employees. The training program will serve at least 6,000 people, many of whom are undoubtedly persons with disabilities.


 

Lessons Learned

Findings

Recommendations

Contacts for RACRA

·         Myra Berloff – MOD         Director of Massachusetts Office on Disability

·         Sandra BordersODEO   Director of Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity