Providers

Providers


Providers

    Who can be a provider in the Autism Scholarship program?

    Any school, company or individual with staff who have the appropriate credentials to implement an IEP may become a registered private provider. See program rules, guidelines, and application materials for details.

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    How can a non-public school be a provider in the Autism Scholarship program?

    The non-public school must employ an intervention specialist or special education teacher who can implement their students' IEP. Public school employees cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. The special education services the non-public school can provide in the Autism Scholarship program are dependent upon the credentials of their staff implementing the child's IEP (not the non-public individual service plan). See the program rules and application materials for details.

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    Who is responsible for ensuring that the IEP is fully implemented?

    The parent(s) chooses the provider(s) and must ensure that the IEP is implemented.

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    Who is responsible for the annual update of the IEP?

    Providers in the Autism Scholarship program are required to provide quarterly progress reports to the resident district detailing the child's progress related to goals and services on the IEP. The district will use those reports to update the student's IEP.

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    What do I need to provide in order to become an approved provider of the Autism Scholarship program?

    Staff Background checks

    Staff Credentials

    Health and Safety reports

    Copy of Student Policy manual that includes all required written Policies and Procedures

    Documentation of current Liability, Casualty and Property Insurance

    Itemized Fee Schedule

    Proof of Business Address

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    Where can I find details about background checks for staff and how do I submit the information to ODE?

    The provider must be in compliance with Ohio Revised Code 3319.39, 3313.391, and 3319.392 regarding background checks as if it were a school district. The electronic provider application has a staff section where staff information, including the date of their most recent background check can be entered.

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    What credentials are staff required to hold and how do I submit the staff credentials to ODE?

    The provider should hire teaching and professional staff that hold credentials that are appropriate for the services required by the students they accept. The credentials of the staff are entered on the Staff section of the electronic provider application.

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    What is a health and safety inspection and how do I submit the report to ODE?

    The provider must meet all applicable health and safety standards, which may include but is not limited to reports issued by the health department and/or the fire department. The reports must be current and on file at the provider location. Copies of the documents can be submitted to ODE through the document tab of the electronic provider application.

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    Will there be any proration of payment for a child that participates in the Autism Scholarship program less than the full payment period?

    Yes, ODE will prorate services based on when a child begins to receive services in the Autism Scholarship Program, assuming both the child and the provider(s) have been approved. The same proration rules would apply if a child withdraws from the program before the end of the program year.

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    How do I get paid for services provided to scholarship students?

    All providers must have written contracts signed annually with their parents that list the services they've agreed to provide and the cost for those services. Based on those agreements, parents allocate their scholarship dollars to their provider by signing an allocation form. Using our on-line scholarship system, providers invoice the scholarship program monthly for the services provided. Checks are mailed to the provider but are written to the parent and provider. Parents must endorse the scholarship checks.

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    Are there other reporting requirements for scholarship providers?

    Yes, providers in the scholarship program are required to complete quarterly progress reports detailing the child's progress related to goals and services on the IEP as well as any modified services. Progress reports are created and submitted in the on-line scholarship system.

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Last Modified: 12/23/2013 12:21:14 PM