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For over 30 years government purchasers have obtained high quality products and services at competitive prices through the State Use Program. Best of all – these purchases support meaningful employment for thousands of Hoosiers with disabilities in local communities throughout the state.
The program is a partnership between the state of Indiana and nonprofit organizations employing Hoosiers with disabilities. This partnership works when products and services produced at participating nonprofits are purchased by state and local government agencies.
The State Use Program mission is to enhance employment and training opportunities for Indiana's citizens with disabilities. This effort provides an opportunity for individuals to achieve greater self-worth and esteem, improved economic independence and social inclusion, while the state realizes a savings through its investment in its citizenry.
You may already use a number of the State -Use Program's products or services. The cleaning supplies and janitorial services utilized in your office, the shredding of your confidential documents, the binders used for presentations or the safety apparel and supplies used by your field staff may be provided by an Indiana nonprofit organization through the State Use Program.
The State Use Program was created by state law as a preferential purchasing program – which means government agencies can purchase through the Program without competitive bidding – saving time and resources. State agencies are required by law to purchase these products, but any organization – whether a government agency or not – can take advantage of the program.