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Non-Educational Support Services

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General Information

Non-Educational Community-Based Support Services (Non-Ed) funds provide assistance to support families of students with disabilities*, age 3 through 21, who are at risk of being placed in a residential facility primarily for educational purposes. Non-Ed funds may also be used to support the family when a student with disabilities* placed in a residential facility primarily for educational purposes returns home from the residential facility.
Non-Ed funds are intended to help families care for their children with disabilities* and enable the families to better cope with having a child with a disability* at home. Non-Ed funds may not be used for a student with disabilities* who is currently placed or needs to be placed in a residential facility primarily for non-educational reasons.


*Students with Disabilities are students with an IEP (Individualized Education Program); Non-Ed funds are not applicable to students with disabilities with only a Section 504 accommodations plan.

Services provided with Non-Ed funds must be non-educational in nature and must not be used for services that are paid with educational funds. All special education and related services allowable by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (IDEA-B) in the implementation of a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) are not allowable expenditures with Non-Ed funds.
Additionally, services provided with Non-Ed funds are not intended to be intensive or long-term but rather, periodic and short-term.
Parents wishing to access Non-Ed services may contact their child's school and request a meeting to discuss the need for Non-Ed services.
The Non-Ed application can only be initiated and completed by the independent school district (ISD) or open-enrollment charter school. The application process requires collaboration between the LEA (ISD or Open-Enrollment Charter School), parent(s), and the Community Resource Coordination Group (CRCG) that services the area in which the student resides.
Non-Ed funds are optional for an LEA (ISD or Open-Enrollment Charter School). If an LEA chooses to apply for Non-Ed funds, the Non-Ed application must be submitted to ESC-20 by the deadline established by ESC-20.
Non-Ed funds are available for allowable, approved services provided between September 1 through August 15 of the school year. All expenditures and payments for services must occur between these dates.
The LEA that is awarded Non-Ed funds must not make payments directly to the family but instead, must make payments for allowable, approved Non-Ed expenditures directly to the service provider.

Non-Ed Application

2019-2020 School Year 

Funding Period: September 1, 2019 - August 15, 2020

Complete one application per student.


After the September 30, 2019 deadline to submit 2019-2020 Non-Ed applications, please contact Denise Dusek to inquire if funds are available. (Contact link is located at the upper right corner of this webpage.)

For privacy reasons, please do NOT include student names in any emails.

For questions regarding Non-Ed funds, the possibility of additional Non-Ed funds available after the initial deadline, or assistance with completion of the application, please contact Denise Dusek (Contact link is located at the upper right corner of this webpage).

For assistance in contacting your county's CRCG, please visit their webpage:

Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCGs)