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Ltr1-13: Special Education - Mental Health

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

August 14, 2013

Dear Select County Superintendents of Schools:

NOTICE OF THE FIRST APPORTIONMENT FOR
SPECIAL EDUCATION−MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
FISCAL YEAR 2013−14

This apportionment, in the amount of $177,170,000, is made from Section A of the State School Fund with funds provided in Provision 16 of Item 6110-161-0001 of the 2013 Budget Act (Chapter 20, Statutes of 2013). The purpose of these funds is to provide educationally related mental health services, including out-of-home residential services for emotionally disturbed pupils, required by an individualized education program pursuant to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and as described in Section 56363 of the California Education Code (EC).

This initial apportionment equals 50 percent of the total $354,340,000 budget appropriation, and is distributed to special education local plan areas (SELPAs) based on a rate per unit of average daily attendance (ADA) multiplied by the ADA reported for the 2012–13 Second Principal (P-2) Apportionment.  The rates per ADA for this apportionment are $0.0887995332 for the Los Angeles Court Schools SELPA and $29.7186290141 for all other SELPAs. Information pertaining to this apportionment, including a copy of the schedule of apportionment, is available on the California Department of Education Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/se/sep1appnform04.asp.

A second apportionment of 25 percent of the appropriated funds, also based off of 2012–13 ADA, will be made in spring 2014. The remaining 25 percent will be paid in summer 2014, and will be calculated so that the total distribution to each SELPA is based on the ADA reported for the 2013–14 P-2 Apportionment, pursuant to EC Section 56836.07.

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately three weeks from the date of this letter. For standardized account code structure (SACS) coding, use Resource Code 6512, Special Education, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue. County superintendents of schools are requested to inform their school districts immediately of all data regarding this apportionment.

If you need assistance or have any further questions, please contact Halena Le, Consultant, Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education, by phone at 916-322-6195 or by e-mail at hle@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

 

Jeannie Oropeza, Deputy Superintendent
Services for Administration, Finance, Technology, and Infrastructure Branch

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