Independence Behavioral Coaching is currently providing services to several districts in the Phoenix Metro area through IDEA/ARRA grant funding. All schools have access to this funding. Let’s take a closer look?
What is IDEA/ARRA grant funding?
Information provided by the US Department of Education.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides approximately $100 billion for education, creating a historic opportunity to save hundreds of thousands of jobs, support states and school districts, and advance reforms and improvements that will create long-lasting results for our students and our nation including early learning, K-12, and post-secondary education.
How does this apply to school’s accessing funding for behavioral coaching services?
ARRA (Public Law 111-5) appropriates significant new funding for programs under Parts B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Part B of the IDEA provides funds to state educational agencies, like the Arizona Department of Education and through them to local educational agencies (local school districts) to help them ensure that children with disabilities, including children aged three through five, have access to a free appropriate public education to meet each child’s unique needs and prepare each child for further education, employment, and independent living.
Schools have additional funding for outside behavioral support services for children that meet the requirements for special education.
In addition, local school districts can use up to 15 percent of the total of the school’s regular andARRA Part B Grants to States and Preschool Grants awards to implement coordination of early intervention services to students in kindergarten through grade 12 who have not been identified as needing special education and related services, but who need additional academic and behavioral support to succeed in a general education environment.
Local school districts utilizing IDEA funding must use any funds that otherwise would have been used for special education and related services to support activities that are authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. One allowable use of those state and local funds would be to provide early intervening services to children at risk of school failure without additional support.
Where do you start?
Talk to your school about special education funding for behavioral support services. Your school can contact the purchasing department at your district to access the funds and start the application process to access those funds.
If your school district has questions and/or would like to speak to another district represenative that is currently using these funds to pay for our behavioral coaching services, call us at 480.478.0178 or email us by clicking HERE.
For more information on how to access IDEA ARRA funds, click HERE.