(1) The state has established a special education safety net fund for students eligible for special education. The rules for applying for reimbursement for the fund are contained in WAC 392-14-600
or as may be amended.
(2) Part B funding is available through the safety net fund to reimburse high need, low incidence, catastrophic, or extraordinary aid for applicants with eligible high need special education students whose cost is at least three times the average per pupil expenditure; and whose placement is consistent with least restrictive environment provisions and other applicable rules regarding placement, including placement in nonpublic agencies.
(3) Disbursements provided under subsection (2) of this section must not be used to pay costs that otherwise would be reimbursed as medical assistance for a student eligible for special education under the state medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.
(4) The costs associated with educating a high need student eligible for special education, in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, are only those costs associated with providing direct special education and related services to the student that are identified in that student's IEP, including the cost of room and board for a residential placement determined necessary, consistent to implement a student's IEP.
(5) The disbursements to an applicant must not be used to support legal fees, court costs, or other costs associated with a cause of action brought on behalf of a student to ensure FAPE for such student.
(6) Federal funds reserved for the safety net fund from the appropriation for any fiscal year, but not expended to eligible applicants for safety net funding must be allocated to school districts in the same manner as other funds from the appropriation for that fiscal year are allocated to school districts during their final year of availability.
(7) The funds in the high cost fund remain under the control of the state until disbursed to a school district to support a specific child who qualifies under this section and the state regulations for safety net funding described in subsection (1) of this section.
(8) Nothing in this section:
(a) Limits or conditions the right of a student eligible for special education who is assisted under Part B of the act to receive a FAPE in the least restrictive environment; or
(b) Authorizes the state or a school district to establish a limit on what may be spent on the education of a student eligible for special education.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.155.090 and 34 C.F.R. Part 300. 09-20-053, § 392-172A-07055, filed 10/1/09, effective 11/1/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.155.090(7) and 42 U.S.C. 1400 et. seq. 07-14-078, § 392-172A-07055, filed 6/29/07, effective 7/30/07.]