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Procedures and Guidance for Processing Invoices from Nonpublic Schools and Programs that Provide Special Education and Related Services

The purpose of this document is to set forth efficient procedures and guidance to ensure that all invoices submitted by providers of services are reviewed, processed and paid in a timely manner to ensure that services provided to the children of the District of Columbia are not interrupted.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.X. 1400, et seq., mandates that states and school districts must make available a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to all disabled students between the ages of three and twenty one.  State Education Agencies (SEA) and Local Education Agencies (LEA) must ensure that each student receiving special education services has an Individual Education Program (IEP) that identifies the special education and related services that must be provided to meet his/her individual needs.

Payment for education and related services pursuant to the IDEA is governed by the District of  Columbia Municipal Regulations, Title 5-A DCMR Chapters 2800 and 2900, and is a function of OSSE. These procedures apply to all private providers of special education services (herein collectively referred to as “providers”) pursuant to 5-A DCMR Chapters 2800 and 2900, and are the basis for the procedures documented herein.

Any exceptions to the information provided in this document must be approved by OSSE before any services are provided.

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