2017 ORS 343.465¹
Policy on services to preschool children with disabilities
  • agency coordination of services

(1) It is the policy of this state to respect the unique nature of each child, family and community with particular attention to cultural and linguistic diversity, and to support a system of services for preschool children with disabilities and their families that:

(a) Recognizes the importance of the child’s family, supports and builds on each family’s strengths and respects family decision-making and input regarding service options and public policy.

(b) Identifies, evaluates and refers services for preschool children with disabilities at the earliest possible time.

(c) Uses specialized services and all other community services and programs for children, including community preschools, Head Start programs, community health clinics, family support programs and other child-oriented agencies.

(d) Uses a variety of funding sources for preschool children with disabilities and their families, including public and private funding, insurance and family resources.

(e) Assists families in utilizing necessary services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible by using a coordinated planning and implementation process.

(f) Insures that all children and their families, regardless of disability, risk factors or cultural or linguistic differences, are able to utilize services for which they would otherwise be qualified.

(g) Encourages services and supports for preschool children with disabilities and their families in their home communities and in settings with children without disabilities.

(h) Recognizes the importance of developing and supporting well-trained and competent personnel to provide services to preschool children with disabilities, and their families.

(i) Evaluates the system’s impact on the child and family, including child progress, service quality, family satisfaction, transition into public schooling, longitudinal and cumulative reporting over several biennia and interagency coordination at both the state and local level.

(j) Reports information described in paragraph (i) of this subsection to the State Interagency Coordinating Council, the Governor, the State Board of Education, the public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) and the Legislative Assembly each biennium.

(2) In carrying out the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services and the public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) shall coordinate services to preschool children with disabilities, or who are at risk of developing disabling conditions, and their families. All program planning, standards for service, policies regarding services delivery and budget development for services for preschool children with disabilities, and their families shall reflect the policy outlined in subsection (1) of this section and elaborated through rules and agreements. [1991 c.749 §7; 1995 c.79 §187; 2009 c.762 §61; 2011 c.731 §22; 2013 c.768 §135b; 2015 c.767 §110]

Note: Section 8, chapter 409, Oregon Laws 1993, provides:

Sec. 8. Effect of unavailability of federal funds on programs for preschool children. If federal funds are not available for programs for preschool children with disabilities for children from birth to three years of age, the program shall be continued with state funding at least at the current level but the additional requirements imposed on the program by this Act shall not be required and school districts shall not be required to comply with the additional requirements. [1993 c.409 §8]

Chapter 343

Notes of Decisions

As handicapped children are entitled under this chapter to receive special educa­tion and related services free of charge, where private residential place­ment for handicapped child has been found necessary, tui­tion expense must be borne by school district, and this obliga­tion is not limited to school year. Mahoney v. Adm. Sch. Dist. No. 1, 42 Or App 665, 601 P2d 826 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 343—Special Education and Other Specialized Education Service, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors343.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 343, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano343.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.