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First Special Session of the 118th

H.P. 870 - L.D. 1187

An Act to Improve the Transition of People with Disabilities from Children's to Adult Services

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA 7258 is enacted to read:

7258. Transition to adult services

     1. Attendance at pupil evaluation team meetings. Annually, representatives from appropriate state service agencies, as determined by the pupil evaluation team of the school administrative unit, and in accordance with special education rules, shall designate a transition contact person to participate in transition planning for students with disabilities. The transition contact person shall attend pupil evaluation team meetings or provide relevant information to the pupil evaluation team for transition planning purposes. This requirement applies to students with disabilities who have attained 16 years of age, or 14 years of age when determined by the pupil evaluation team to be appropriate.

     2. Documentation. Annually, the transition planning team shall complete documentation that estimates the amount and type of anticipated services the pupil will require upon aging out or graduation and submit this annual documentation to the Department of Education. The department shall transmit the data to the appropriate state service agency.

     3. Budget. State service agencies shall show evidence of having used the documentation completed pursuant to subsection 2 to develop their biennial budget beginning with the biennium ending June 30, 1999.

Effective September 19, 1997, unless otherwise indicated.

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