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Many Children Receiving Intensive Exceptional Student Education Services Are Served by Multiple Programs; No Unnecessary Duplication of Services Found, Report No. 04-39, June 2004
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  • Over half of the children with disabilities receiving intensive services from Florida’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program also receive therapeutic or support services from at least one other state-funded program.  In Fiscal Year 2000-01, state, federal, and local expenditures totaled $464.9 million for the 11,984 children receiving intensive services from the ESE program and one or more additional programs.
  • To avoid duplication, services to children served by two or more programs must be carefully coordinated.  While several coordination mechanisms exist and available documentation indicates that services are not unnecessarily duplicative, coordination levels between schools and agencies vary throughout the state.  The Department of Education is taking steps to encourage more coordination.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Exceptional Student Education
Medicaid Health Care Services (AHCA)
Children's Medical Services
Mental Health Services (DCF)
Developmental Disabilities (DCF)

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-49 Progress Report:  Steps Taken to Maximize Federal Revenue for Exceptional Student Education Program, published in May 2006.
  • Report No. 04-16 Special Report:  Maximizing Federal Revenue Could Help Offset Costly Services for Children with Disabilities, published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 03-58 Special Review:  Florida Could Avoid $1.5 Million Annually in ESE Costs for Out-of-State Students Who Are Placed in Private Residential Facilities, published in October 2003.
  • Report No. 03-40 Special Report: Exceptional Student Education Population Grows Dramatically; More Accountability and Better Training Needed to Implement Funding Matrix, published in July 2003.
  • Report No. 96-83 Review of the Exceptional Student Education Program Administered by the Department of Education, published in April 1997.

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