American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

OSERS Releases Model for Written Notification Regarding Parental Rights and Use of Public Insurance Under IDEA Part B

(June 20, 2013)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has released a suggested model [PDF] for written notification regarding parental rights and use of public benefits or insurance under IDEA Part B that states can provide to school districts to use to meet the written notification requirements of 34 CFR §300.154(d)(2)(v). This follows OSERS' recent issuance of the IDEA Part B final regulations regarding parental consent and use of public benefits or insurance.

Background

The model for written notification was released in a memorandum to State Directors of Special Education this month. The IDEA Part B final regulations on parental rights and use of public benefits or insurance became effective March 18, 2013. Among other things, the regulations (a) clarify the parental consent a public agency must obtain prior to accessing a child's or parent's public benefits or insurance for the first time and (b) state that the agency must provide written notification to the child's parents-both prior to accessing a child's or parent's public benefits or insurance for the first time and annually thereafter.

ASHA Resource

For more information, contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at cclarke@asha.org or 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.


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