|Date Requested:January 12, 2011
Time Requested:05:03 PM
| FUND(S) |
Sources of Revenue
Legislation creates:Neither Program nor Fund
Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
|Effect of Proposal||Fiscal Year|
|1. Estmated Total Cost||0||4,400,000||11,000,000|
|Repairs and Alterations||0||0||0|
|2. Estimated Total Revenues||0||0||0|
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
The purpose of this bill is to amend and reenact §18-20-1 relating to approval of a student with other health impairments for homebound services and their rights as homebound students. Students receiving homebound services for other health impairments determined to be ongoing in nature by a licensed physician shall be approved for continuing services until the physician determines otherwise and shall be provided required classes for graduation within the same timeframe as a regular student unless the health condition requires a different standard. It is noted the purpose of the bill is to eliminate the need for approval every nine weeks for services, which does not appear to be a requirement in either code or WV Board policy.
Current WV Board Policy specifies homebound services are temporary, therefore, periodic checks by a physician to ensure the student continues to need homebound services are required both to minimize student absence from school and to ensure continued eligibility to receive the services. Policy 2510 requires a written statement by a licensed physician or other licensed health care provider must be resubmitted every six months if a student’s temporary home/hospital instruction is prolonged. Policy 2419 special education regulations require redetermination of eligibility at least every three years and revision of the student’s individualized education program at least annually.
Estimated cost for anticipated additional time on homebound beyond currently required 6 month review: The estimate does not include the cost of the first six months, but does include four additional months in the first year and the entire second year of continuing services.
$25 per hour (teacher) x 8 hours per week x 4 weeks = $800 per month per student
$800 x 4 months = $3,200 per student
55 school districts x 25 students per district x $3,200 per student = $4,400,000 for four additional months of service
Continued services for next full year:
$800 per month x 10 months x 25 students = $200,000 per district per year
$200,000 x 55 districts = $11,000,000
Students placed at home under Policy 2510 rather than the IEP process potentially would be the primary source of additional cost. Removing the requirement to revisit the student’s health condition could contribute to students remaining at home longer than necessary, and, therefore, the long- range effect would be to increase costs to districts and possibly jeopardize the students’ educational progress. Health conditions frequently include mental as well as physical health concerns, thus making it necessary for continuing medical evaluation of the student’s conditions to determine status. While most students will return to school when temporary injuries heal, this estimate is based on students who potentially have ongoing health needs.