Driver Rehabilitation Consultant Services

Introduction:

The New York State Education Department's (NYSED) Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) is seeking proposals for Driver Rehabilitation Consultant Services to perform assessments and ensure that recommendations for vehicle modifications, assistive technology and automotive equipment safely meet the individualized driving or passenger needs of ACCES-VR participants.  Driver Rehabilitation Consultant Services will also ensure that all ACCES-VR sponsored vehicle modifications are delivered in full compliance with ACCES-VR’s Standards for Automotive Adaptive Equipment for Vehicle Modifications and applicable state and federal requirements.  The Driver Rehabilitation Consultant will also ensure that ACCES-VR staff and ACCES-VR participants of Driver Rehabilitation Services have ongoing access to Driver Rehabilitation Technical Assistance.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible bidders include individuals and organizations with at least one employee that is a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist under the auspices of the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) and experience in at least one of the following fields: driver rehabilitation assessment, driver training, engineering, assistive technology, automotive technology and vehicle modifications to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  Bidders will ensure all consultant services called for in this RFP, except for Low-Technology and High-Technology Installation Oversight, will be performed by ADED Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialists. Non-certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialists with requisite experience may only perform Low-Technology and High-Technology Installation Oversight as a distinct component of Low-Technology and High-Technology Final Assessment Services.

Subcontracting will be limited to 40 percent of the annual contract budget.  NYSED reserves the right to approve all subcontractors. Subcontracting is defined as non-employee direct, personal services and related incidental expenses, including travel. 

Bidders are required to comply with NYSED’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) participation goals for this RFP through one of three methods. Compliance methods are discussed in detail in the Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Participation Goals section below.

Mandatory Requirements:

The eligible bidder must agree to the Mandatory Requirements section of the RFP and must submit the Mandatory Requirements Certification Form. This required form must be signed by an authorized person.

Contract Term:

NYSED will make one award for all of New York State. The contract(s) resulting from this RFP will be for a five-year term, anticipated to begin January 1, 2022 and to end December 31, 2026.

Service Area: All areas of New York State.

Questions and Answers:

Questions regarding the request must be submitted by email to Vehiclemod@nysed.gov no later than  May 18, 2021. Questions regarding this request should be identified as Program, Fiscal or M/WBE. A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted to the ACCES Procurement Opportunities website no later than June 1, 2021

Submission Due Dates:

All emailed documents must be received by the State Education Department at cau@nysed.gov no later than 3:00 PM on June 15, 2021.  Proposals received after the due date and time will not be accepted or considered for a contract award.