Nonpublic Agency Behavioral Intervention - Assessment

Nonpublic Agency (NPA) | Assessment

Nonpublic, nonsectarian agency means a private, nonsectarian establishment or individual that provides related services necessary for an individual with exceptional needs to benefit educationally from the student's educational program pursuant to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and that is certified by the department. It does not include an organization or agency that operates as a public agency or offers public service, including, but not limited to, a state or local agency, an affiliate of a state or local agency, including a private, nonprofit corporation established or operated by a state or local agency, a public university or college, or a public hospital. The nonpublic, nonsectarian agency shall also meet standards as prescribed by the superintendent and board. (EC 56035).

 

Pre-Referral

LEAs may request an annual audiological assessment by following the procedure listed below. It is not necessary that the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team convene for this type of referral.

  • Convene an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting to document the team's decision to refer the student for a behavioral intervention assessment.
  • Complete the Assessment Plan form (D/M 66) and mark the appropriate boxes that correspond to the observations/interviews, review of any recent assessment and "other" indicating "Functional Behavioral Assessment."
  • Complete the Authorization for Use and/or Disclosure of Information form (D/M 63) upon receipt of the signed Assessment Plan form (D/M 66), and obtain the parent/guardian signature. Specify the agency's name, if known. If not, leave the field blank.
  • The parent/guardian should initial each applicable statement listed under the Parental Authorization section of form D/M 66.
  • It is important to remind the parent/guardian to return forms D/M 66 and D/M 63 to the LEA on the date that it is signed or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • When the signed Assessment Plan is received by the LEA, it should be date stamped or return date written at the bottom of form D/M 66.
  • The LEA identifies the Nonpublic Agency (NPA) assessor to complete the assessment within the 60 day timeline.

Referral

Forward the following completed and signed documents to the attention of the Program Manager, Due Process at the SELPA.

  • Cover letter requesting a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) (NOTE: The director and the NPA determine the maximum number of hours needed to conduct assessment). Please indicate which NPA the LEA is selecting to complete the FBA.
  • D/M 66 Assessment Plan form
  • D/M 63 Authorization for Use and/or Disclosure of Information form
  • IEP or IEP Addendum dated within one year referring the student for a behavioral intervention assessment
  • Psycho-educational evaluation dated within three years of the referral for a behavioral intervention assessment
  • Other assessments (private evaluations, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), etc.)
  • Behavior plans (original and revised versions)
  • Incident reports
  • Discipline reports/logs

 

Timeline for Assessment

Within five business days of receipt of the completed referral packet, the Program Manager, Due Process at the SELPA will develop an Individual Service Agreement (ISA) for the NPA to conduct the assessment. The ISA will be circulated for required signatures by the SELPA and the NPA provider.

Upon receipt of the signed ISA, the SELPA will forward the referral packet to the appropriate NPA to conduct the assessment. The assessment must occur within 60 calendar days from the date the Assessment Plan was received by the LEA.

Upon completion of the assessment, the NPA will send the written report to the director of special education for the LEA and the Program Manager, Due Process at the SELPA.

The director of special education will reconvene the IEP team to review the report findings and recommendations of the assessment and determine whether or not behavioral intervention supports/services are warranted. The IEP meeting will be scheduled within the 60 day timeline.

If the IEP team agrees that services are not needed, it will be documented in the IEP notes.

If the IEP team agrees that services are appropriate, the goals and services will be listed on an Addendum to the IEP including the service code number 535 for behavioral intervention services and/or supervision, the class number for each service, provider code for the NPA (400), projected start date, duration, and frequency. The Addendum should be forwarded to the Program Manager, Due Process at the SELPA.

Within five business days of receipt of the Addendum to the IEP, the Program Manager, Due Process at the SELPA will develop an ISA and forward it to the appropriate NPA for signature who will then initiate services.
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