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Maximus Selected by California Public Utilities Commission to Administer California Connect, the State's Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program
[May 28, 2024]

Maximus Selected by California Public Utilities Commission to Administer California Connect, the State's Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program

Maximus, a leading employer and provider of government services worldwide, today announced it has been awarded a contract from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to provide program and contract administration services for the state's Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP), called "California Connect," which provides communication and telecommunication services and equipment to eligible Californians with hearing, vision, cognitive, mobility, and speech-related disabilities.

After a competitive process, the CPUC selected Maximus to provide oversight and administrative support for this state-mandated program. Maximus will act as the Primary Program and Contract Administrator for the CPUC, implementing the program's policies, directives, and project management processes to guide operational and program modernization. The work Maximus performs under this contract and with the oversight of the CPUC will make sure services are delivered in a timely manner to those who need them. In addition, Maximus will support the program's current andnew technology and operational improvements to meet federal and state regulations and consumer needs.

"We bring deep experience in operating and overseeing statewide programs that serve populations in need of essential services. We also help governments achieve outcomes that increase people's independence and self-sufficiency," said Laura Rosenak, Senior Managing Director, Maximus. "As we work with the California Public Utilities Commission to provide potentially life-changing services, we will leverage our expertise to best support people with disabilities."

California Connect supports residents who have difficulty hearing, seeing, moving, speaking, learning, or remembering by offering functional equivalent telephone equipment, accessories, and services. Equipment includes amplified phones for the hard-of-hearing, large-button phones for those with low vision, and cordless phones for individuals with mobility disabilities. Services include the California Relay Service, which offers access to a specially trained communications assistant and automated speech recognition technology that relays phone conversations to another individual, as well as the distribution of mobile tablets with specialized applications and speech-generation devices.

In addition, Maximus is working with two CPUC advisory groups - the Telecommunications Access for the Deaf and Disabled Administrative Committee and the Equipment Program Advisory Committee - that help the CPUC make certain the program's services and equipment meet the needs of residents with disabilities.

Maximus also operates the California LifeLine Program on behalf of the CPUC to provide eligibility determination, contact center services, web-based enrollments, and document intake and processing. The LifeLine program provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to qualified households as a way to help consumers lower the cost of their phone bills.

About Maximus

As a leading strategic partner to governments across the globe, Maximus helps improve the delivery of public services amid complex technology, health, economic, environmental, and social challenges. With a deep understanding of program service delivery, acute insights that achieve operational excellence, and an extensive awareness of the needs of the people being served, our employees advance the critical missions of our partners. Maximus delivers innovative business process management, impactful consulting services, and technology solutions that provide improved outcomes for the public and higher levels of productivity and efficiency of government-sponsored programs. For more information, visit

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