State Plan for Independent Living
Every three years states are required to submit a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) by the United States Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration.
The 2014-2016 plan can be downloaded:2014-2016_il_state_plan.pdf
Prior State Plans are archived on the Documents Page.
Development of the next plan takes place throughout the final (third) year of the current SPIL.
What is a State Plan for Independent Living?
- The purpose of the state plan is to describe how the state’s network of independent living programs and services will meet the independent living needs of persons with disabilities in the state for the next three years.
- The plan must address how federal, state and other funds will be used within the state to develop and maintain an IL program.
How is the State Plan Developed?
- Under the reauthorized Rehabilitation Act Amendments, the state plan for independent living is to be jointly developed by;
- The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC).
- The designated state unit (DSU)(Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission).
- The (VR) agency, that is the "designated state unit" for Title I for basic vocational rehabilitation services the blind (Massachusetts Commission for the Blind).
- The SILC and state agencies are considered equal partners in the development of the SPIL. Once the final draft is completed they must submit it, along with any required information on RSA's "pre-print" plan form by July 1.