Central Nonprofit Agency (CNA)
The Council has the statutory authority to oversee the State Use Program. The Council contracts with Central Nonprofit Agency (CNA) to administer the day-to-day operations of the program. Since 1978, TIBH Industries has been the contracted CNA under contract with the Council. Below describes statutory and contractual responsibilities of a CNA.
- Recruits Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) for inclusion in the State Use Program and assists them in negotiating price and specification provisions for state purchasing contracts.
- Facilitates the distribution of agency purchase requests among CRPs, based upon several factors including a CRP’s ability to perform the contract requirements, the CRP’s resources and location of the CRP (ie., proximity to the service contract site).
- Processes agency orders and provides advanced payment to CRP for goods and services sold.
- Promotes increased employment opportunities for persons with disabilities by working closely with CRPs to research and develop new products and services for CRPs and the State Use Program.
- Markets products and maintains customer and public relations with state agencies and other political subdivisions.
TIBH is a private nonprofit organization, with its own board of directors and staff, and acts as the interface between the community rehabilitation programs and the purchasing systems of agencies, cities, counties, school districts, and hospital districts across Texas. TIBH is located in Austin and maintains marketing staff in regional offices throughout the state, with offices located in Abilene, Corpus Christi, Hurst, Nacogdoches, Houston, Georgetown and San Antonio.