2017 ORS 343.961¹
Responsibility for costs of education of children in day and residential treatment programs
  • responsibilities of district providing education
  • notice required before student dismissed from program

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Day treatment program” means a public or private program that provides treatment of children with a mental illness, an emotional disturbance or another mental health issue.

(b) “Eligible day treatment program” means a day treatment program with which the Oregon Health Authority contracts for long term care or treatment. “Eligible day treatment program” does not include residential treatment programs or programs that provide care or treatment to juveniles who are in detention facilities.

(c) “Eligible residential treatment program” means a residential treatment program with which the Oregon Health Authority, the Department of Human Services or the Oregon Youth Authority contracts for long term care or treatment. “Eligible residential treatment program” does not include psychiatric day treatment programs or programs that provide care or treatment to juveniles who are in detention facilities.

(d) “Residential treatment program” means a public or private residential program that provides treatment of children with a mental illness, an emotional disturbance or another mental health issue.

(e) “Student” means a child who is placed in an eligible day treatment program or eligible residential treatment program by a public or private entity or by the child’s parent.

(2) The Department of Education shall provide moneys for payment of the costs of education of students in eligible day treatment programs and eligible residential treatment programs as provided by ORS 327.023 (Grants for special and compensatory education programs). Payment shall be made to the school district in which the eligible day treatment program or eligible residential treatment program is located. The costs of education do not include transportation, care, treatment or medical expenses.

(3)(a) The school district in which an eligible day treatment program or eligible residential treatment program is located is responsible for providing the education of a student, including the identification, location and evaluation of the student for the purpose of determining the student’s eligibility to receive special education and related services.

(b) A school district that is responsible for providing an education under this subsection may provide the education:

(A) Directly or through another school district or an education service district; and

(B) In the facilities of an eligible day treatment program or eligible residential treatment program, the facilities of a school district or the facilities of an education service district.

(c) When a student is no longer in an eligible day treatment program or eligible residential treatment program, the responsibilities imposed by this subsection terminate and become the responsibilities of the school district where the student is a resident, as determined under ORS 339.133 (Determination of residency of student for school purposes) and 339.134 (Residency of child with disability).

(4) The school district where the student is a resident is responsible for providing transportation to a student enrolled in an eligible day treatment program. Transportation must be provided by the school district where the student is a resident each day the student is scheduled to receive services from the eligible day treatment program.

(5) A school district may request the Department of Education to directly make payments to another school district or an education service district for eligible day treatment programs or eligible residential treatment programs when education is provided by the other school district or the education service district. Payments made under this subsection do not affect any responsibilities described in subsection (3) of this section for the school district that made the request.

(6) The Oregon Health Authority, the Department of Human Services or the Oregon Youth Authority shall give the school district providing the education at an eligible day treatment program or an eligible residential treatment program 14 days’ notice, to the extent practicable, before a student is dismissed from the program.

(7) The Department of Education may make advances to school districts responsible for providing an education to students under this section from funds appropriated for that purpose based on the estimated agreed cost of educating the students per school year. Advances equal to 25 percent of the estimated cost may be made on September 1, December 1 and March 1 of the current year. The balance may be paid whenever the full determination of cost is made.

(8) School districts that provide the education described in this section on a year-round plan may apply for 25 percent of the funds appropriated for that purpose on July 1, October 1, January 1, and 15 percent on April 1. The balance may be paid whenever the full determination of cost is made.

(9) In addition to the payment methods described in this section, the Department of Education may negotiate intergovernmental agreements to pay for the cost of education in day treatment programs and residential treatment programs operated under the auspices of the governing board of a public university listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) or the Oregon Health and Science University Board of Directors. [1985 c.555 §19a; enacted in lieu of 343.960 and 343.965; 1987 c.223 §1; 1989 c.1011 §1; 1991 c.780 §26; 1991 c.795 §13; 1993 c.749 §20; 1997 c.521 §26; 2009 c.595 §217; 2011 c.701 §§1,7; 2013 c.735 §21; 2013 c.768 §136; 2015 c.282 §1; 2015 c.767 §111]

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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.