Michigan’s Set Aside Law, most recently amended in 2010, establishes the Committee on the Purchase of Goods and Services from Community Rehabilitation Organizations. The Act states: “To advance the employment of people with disabilities, community rehabilitation organizations shall have preferred status for the purposes of procurement in accord with the provisions of this section. The department’s procurements of goods and services from community rehabilitation organizations are exempt from other competitive procurement requirements of this act and, to the extent possible, exempt from other competitive procurement statutes and executive orders. This subsection does not prohibit the department from applying competitive bid requirements to select among community rehabilitation organizations for the purchase of goods and services.”
In fiscal year 2016, eight nonprofit community rehabilitation programs provided services or goods though the set aside program.
Providing goods and services to the state through this program resulted in:
- 116 full time and 219 part time jobs for people with disabilities.
- Total wages of over $3.1 million paid to people with disabilities.
Relative to competitive bid requirements, the Michigan Department of Technology Management and Budget (DTMB) has recorded a webinar, hosted by MARO, which walks through the process of registering with the State of Michigan as a vendor, and some key points to look out for when submitting a bid.