2017 Session

Budget Amendments - SB900 (Committee Approved)

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Private Day Options - Implementation Workgroup (language only)

Item 285 #1s

Item 285 #1s

Health and Human Resources
Children's Services Act


Page 268, after line 35, insert:

"N.1. The Office of Children's Services (CSA) in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and with assistance from the Department of Planning and Budget, shall convene a workgroup to assess the process and actions required to implement various options with regards to the growth of private day placements funded through CSA. The options shall include: (i) amending the CSA to transfer the state pool funding for students with disabilities in private day placements to the VDOE; (ii) the identification and collection of data on an array of measures to assess the efficacy of private special education day school placements; (iii) the identification of the resources necessary in order to transition students in private day school settings to a less restrictive environment; (iv) providing guidance to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) regarding the continuum of services which are necessary to appropriately meet the mandate that students are required to be educated in the least restrictive environment; and (v) an assessment of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process as compared to federal requirements and consideration for seeking a waiver under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act which would allow members of the CSA Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) to participate in the IEP meetings for individual students in order to provide expanded multi-disciplinary input into the education planning process for students with disabilities.

2. The workgroup shall assess for each option: (i) funding impacts; (ii) necessary statutory or regulatory changes; (iii) and any other relevant actions necessary to implement the option. A report shall be submitted by October 15, 2017 to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees with specific recommendations on the actions necessary for implementation of each option for consideration in the 2018-20 biennial budget."


(This amendment directs the Office of Children's Services, in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Department of Planning and Budget, to convene a workgroup to assess and determine the actions necessary to implement several options related to the growth in private educational placements paid for through the Children's Services Act (CSA). A report was issued in November 2016 detailing various options for the General Assembly to consider related to private day placements. This workgroup moves forward with the next step to determine how to implement each option for consideration to be included in the next 2018-20 biennial budget. In light of cost increases in recent years, various options are being considered to ensure appropriate alignment of decision making and the financial responsibility for private day placements.)