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Community Residential Center Program (CRC)

Purpose of Program
Community residential funds are made available through the State Board of Education to assist local education agencies in providing special education and related services to children with disabilities who are placed in an approved community residential center through the single portal process. The local education agency where the community residential center is located is responsible for requesting program funds.

Children Served
The program serves children with disabilities ages 3 through 21 with a community residential center placement approved by an area Local Management Entity (LME)/Managed Care Organization (MCO). The majority of the children served are multihandicapped and severely/profoundly mentally disabled.
They also include a large number of medically fragile students.

Application Process 
The application for funds is submitted annually to the Special Programs Section in the Exceptional Children Division. The annual application is available in July. If a child remains in the community residential center, the local education agency must submit an application each year the child continues in the placement.

Amount of Funds Per Child
See Per Child Allocations for program rate. The per child allocation is for ten months of special education and related services and includes a rate per child per year for educational supplies, materials and equipment. The amount per child is prorated based on the entry date of the child. A per child allocation for two months of extended school year services is available for students that qualify.



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