The 74th Texas Legislative appropriated funds to provide noneducational community-based support services for certain students with disabilities and their families to help them care for their children with severe disabilities, and to enable them to better cope with having an individual with a disability at home.
The current support services include the following.
Management of Leisure Time
Peer Support Group
Parent Support Group
Family Dynamics Training
Transportation to access approved noneducational services
- Generalization Training
For a more detailed explanation of the various allowable support services, please refer to the Noneducational Community-Based Support Services Questions and Answers document.
and Unallowable Expenditures
(Definitions of services can be found in the question and answer document)
of Leisure Time
Transportation to access approved non-ed services (e.g. to
payment to parents
Babysitting (this includes attendant care when no family member is available
or caring for a child while the parent is at work)
Remodeling/construction of the student’s classroom and/or home
Transportation to any educational service or any service being provided by
another public agency
medical prescriptions, doctor/dentist visits, medication therapy, evaluations
special education and related services allowable by IDEA in the
implementation of a student’s IEP (including adaptive equipment, art therapy,
corrective therapy, music therapy, orientation and mobility training, school
health services, recreation therapy)
For a more detailed explanation of the various allowable support services, please refer to the Noneducational Community-Based Support Services Frequently Asked Questions document.
Students with autism can only be approved for respite care or attendant care. In-home training or viable alternatives and parent training that support the student’s individualized education program (IEP) must be paid for with educational funds as required by 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §89.1055(e).
Parents wishing to access services should contact their child’s school and request a meeting to discuss the need for noneducational services. School districts and charter schools that choose to apply for noneducational funds must have a planning meeting to discuss options for noneducational services. Persons attending and participating in this meeting should include district staff knowledgeable about the student, and representatives from the local Mental Health Agency, the local Mental Retardation Agency, and/or the local Community Resource Coordination Groups of Texas, or other service providers, and the parents. The student’s Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee may not serve as this planning group and should not make the decision regarding services.
Once it has been determined what services are needed, the local education agency contacts the regional Education Service Center (ESC) to obtain directions and procedures for applying.
The program authority can be found atTexas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 29.013.