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the next 5 years.
(4) Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services is
the first step toward getting developmental disabilities
services in this State. If individuals are not on the
Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services waiting
list, they are not in queue for State developmental
(5) Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services may
be underutilized by children and their parents or guardians
due to lack of awareness or lack of information.
(b) The State Board of Education may work with school
districts to inform all students with developmental
disabilities and their parents or guardians about the
Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services database.
Children and adolescents who are registered in the
Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services database before
their 17th birthday shall be placed higher on the waiting list
than adolescents who are registered on or after their 17th
birthday within the same level of priority.
(c) Subject to appropriation, the Department of Human
Services and State Board of Education shall develop and
implement an online, computer-based training program for at
least one designated employee in every public school in this
State to educate him or her about the Prioritization of Urgency
of Need for Services database and steps to be taken to ensure
children and adolescents are enrolled. The training shall
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include instruction for at least one designated employee in
every public school in contacting the appropriate
developmental disabilities Independent Service Coordination
agency to enroll children and adolescents in the database. At
least one designated employee in every public school shall
ensure the opportunity to enroll in the Prioritization of
Urgency of Need for Services database is discussed during
annual individualized education program (IEP) meetings for all
children and adolescents believed to have a developmental
(d) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the
Department of Human Services, shall inform parents and
guardians of students through school districts about the
Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services waiting list.
(e) Beginning January 1, 2017 and annually thereafter, the
State Board of Education and the Department of Human Services
shall issue a report detailing the number of students who have
enrolled in the Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services
database under this Section, broken down by at least age and
grade level. Where possible, the report shall also include how
the student and his or her parent or guardian learned of the
database. The report shall be made available online.
(Source: P.A. 99-144, eff. 1-1-16.)