Changes in oversight of educational program for State wards in out-of-state programs

In an effort to better meet the needs of children who are in the legal custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, who are placed residentially by that agency in an out-of-state program, and who are receiving special education services, the Maine Department of Education will be assuming responsibility for overseeing the educational programming for those children as the State is responsible for them.

For those children already in such placements and for whom an SAU is currently administratively responsible, the Department will participate in the next IEP Team meeting convened by the SAU before full responsibility transfers to the Department.

For more information or if you have questions, contact Maine DOE Education Specialist Staci Fowler at stacia.fowler@maine.gov or 624-6670.