Preferred Purchasing

In 1977, the Connecticut Legislature created a preferred purchasing program (PA 77-405; CGS 17b-656) to address low employment rates for people with disabilities. The statute promotes employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities through government contracting. Since the original legislation, and through the program, community providers supply state agencies with needed products and services rendered by people with disabilities. The program has produced employment, employment training, work hours and wages for people with disabilities in a variety of work settings, including janitorial services, dry cleaning, temporary services, commercial laundry, landscaping, and manufacturing. 

A 2013 national economic benefit study of similar programs shows that Connecticut saves over $2,000 per worker employed through the program as the result of reductions in entitlement programs and increased tax payments.  

In 2006, the Connecticut Legislature expanded this program by creating the Qualified Partnership Pilot Program (PA 06-129 CGS 4a-82).  The bill established a pilot program that promoted employment for people with disabilities and economic disadvantages with commercial sector janitorial contractors, an employment model that follows the priorities of the Departments of Developmental Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Rehabilitation Services. That bill was the result of cooperative work of the Department of Administrative Services, 32SBJ, and CCPA and its providers with the objective of creating standard wage opportunities for people with disabilities and economic disadvantages.  In 2013, the Connecticut Legislature made this program permanent through PA-13-227.

Over the last thirty years, the Preferred Purchasing Program has steadily achieved its objectives. During the last five years the program has grown at an average rate of ten percent (10%) per year.

View 2012 Program Statistics

View 2011 Program Statistics 

CCPA is certified as a Small Business Enterprise through the Department of Administrative Services Supplier Diversity Program.

For more information about the CCPA Contracts Program contact CCPA at (860) 257-7909.


For questions from State Agencies or Political Subdivisions about purchasing products and services under this state use law contact: Department of Administrative Services Procurement Services.