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FY 20 Local Entitlement Application Training

The Maine Department of Education- Office of Special Services will be holding training on the FY20 Application for Local Entitlement funds, Monday, May 13th at 9:00 a.m.  The training will be in a webinar format and will be recorded for future viewing, The recording will be posted on the Listen and Learn page once complete.  If you have questions, please e-mail or call Colene O’Neill (624-6713) or colene.oneill@maine.gov,  Roberta Lucas (624-6621)  Roberta.lucas@maine.gov or Barbara McGowen (624-6645) Barbara.a.mcgowen@maine.gov


Annual State Application Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2019

Application 2019 (Doc ,49.7 KB)

Interactive Spreadsheet  (XLXS, 109KB)

Comments sought on Maine’s IDEA Part B application


The Maine DOE is seeking comments from the public on its annual application for federal funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which covers services to children with disabilities, ages 3-20.

     The application, which covers Maine fiscal year 2020 (starting July 1, 2019) is posted on the Maine DOE’s webpage at https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/specialed/director. The Part B budget is projected on the basis of Maine’s award for the current State fiscal year (2019), pending the State’s receipt of the finalized federal award for the coming year. Both documents will be posted from February 22, 2019, through May 10, 2019.

Written comments will be accepted from March 1, 2019, until 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019. Please send comments to Ann Belanger at ann.belanger@maine.gov or 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME. 04333.


Annual state application under Part C of the individuals with disabilities education act as amended in 2004 federal fiscal year (ffy) 2019

Application 2019

Maine is seeking input on its federal grant application for the Part C (birth through two) early intervention program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, known as IDEA. The Part C budget included in the application is for State Fiscal year 2020.

The public, including superintendents, special education directors, and Child Development Services Regional Site Directors are encouraged to review the application, which can be found at https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/specialed/director.

Written comments will be accepted through April 4, 2019, and can be submitted to Roy Fowler, CDS State Director: 146 State House Station; Augusta, ME 04333 or via email at roy.fowler@maine.gov


Frequently Asked Questions in response to inquiries for clarification of

new IEP format. 

As per the dispatch dated September 26, 2018, the implementation of the new IEP form that incorporates Behavioral Health Day Treatment was delayed until January 1, 2019, to allow time to provide answers to questions received from the field.  Here are the questions and answers regarding this form change: (updated 12/19/2018) The new IEP format is now being used effective January 1, 2019.

The Department has compiled the following Frequently Asked Questions, in response to inquiries from the field for clarification regarding the new requirements for Individualized Education Programs (IEP) outlined in Administrative Letter # 17. The new requirements for IEPs outlined in Administrative Letter # 17 are based on a collaboration between the DOE Special Services Team and the Office of MaineCare Services Policy Division to ensure regulatory compliance for both agencies. For further information and guidance, refer to the Maine State Required Forms Procedural Manual. Please contact 624-6713 or email  colene.oneill@maine.gov for additional questions.


Withdrawal of Proposed Changes to Chapter 101 MUSER

The Maine Department of Education’s Office of Special Services has reviewed comments made to the proposed changes to Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulations (MUSER) Birth to Twenty and has decided to withdraw the proposed changes at this time.

Some proposed changes will need to be reconsidered based on comments from the field. Other proposed changes will be pursued, with some refinements, in the future.

Since time does not allow for additional changes, a public review and comment period, and provisional adoption and submittal to the Legislature by the second Friday in January, the Department has decided to withdraw the proposed changes to Chapter 101.

All of the comments submitted will be retained and the Department will continue to work on what we believe to be improvements to the rule, with the goal of beginning a new rulemaking process next summer.

The Maine DOE’s Office of Special Services would like to thank the individuals who attended the public hearing and/or submitted written comments on the proposed rule.

For further information please contact the Maine Department of Education’s Office of Special Services at 624-6676.


Implementation of New IEP Form Effective January 1, 2019

Administrative Letter #17 announced an implementation date of October 1, 2018, for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) designed to meet requirements for documenting certain services that are both educationally and medically necessary in accordance with both IDEA and Section 65 and Section 28 of the Maine Care Benefits Manual.

The Department of Education has continued to receive a number of questions from the field regarding this change. We are committed to giving the best answers possible and need time to continue the development of answers that are correct and timely. As a result, we will postpone the requirements of Administrative Letters #13 and #17 concerning IEP development to ensure that the field receives adequate support.

In our continuing goals of being responsive to the field, providing technical assistance, and generally supporting the development of quality IEPs regardless of pay sources, we have postponed the implementation of the new IEP form.

Answers to the questions will be published before implementation. The start date is January 1, 2019.

For further questions, contact the Maine Department of Education Office of Special Services at (207) 624-6713.

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