Placement of Students with Disabilities in Children’s Residential Project (CRP) Programs

Twelve schools on the list of in-state approved residential schools are designated as Children’s Residential Project (CRP) programs. Placement of students in CRP programs requires special procedures as described below.

CRP programs are the result of a joint endeavor between the State Education Department (SED) and the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to provide educational and residential programs for severely developmentally disabled children. Children classified within the education system as autistic, intellectual disability, orthopedically impaired, other health impaired, traumatically brain injured or multiply disabled may be eligible for placement in a CRP program. The CRP is a voluntary program, and parents must agree to participate before a district can pursue placement.

Children’s Residential Project programs consist of an SED-approved private school, also known as an 853 School, and an OPWDD-certified residential facility, known as an Intermediate Care Facility for Developmentally Disabled (ICF/DD). As a result of this joint State agency involvement, admission to CRP programs is limited to those children identified through the education system as needing educational/residential services who also meet the residential eligibility criteria for the ICF/DD established by OPWDD.

  • If the school district is considering residential placement for a student in a CRP program, the district must first discuss this option with the parent and obtain parental consent to participate in the CRP. The district then contacts the OPWDD district office (referred to as the DDSO) concerning the referral to the CRP program and assists the parent in the application process for the child’s admission to the ICF/DD. When this is complete, the district refers the child to the CRP’s education program (i.e., approved private school).

  • While the school district can apply for admission to the approved private school, only the parent can apply for admission to the ICFDD. The district, however, should act to coordinate the two referral processes and should work cooperatively with the DDSOs to help them obtain necessary information. The parental consent to participate in the CRP program, which is obtained by the district upon initiation of the process, allows for the releases of information to and contact with the appropriate DDSO regarding the placement of the child.

  • The CRP referral process is complete when the CRP provider notifies the school district and the DDSO of the student’s acceptance or rejection.

  • ICF/DDs are Medicaid-funded facilities; therefore, an evaluation of the child’s status to determine financial eligibility for Medicaid is required in addition to an evaluation of the severity of the child’s disability. The financial status is reviewed by the DDSO and involves only the child’s income and assets. The financial evaluation does not consider the parent’s income and assets as part of the determination. Children not financially eligible for Medicaid are required to contribute to the cost of care provided by the ICF/DD until eligibility levels are attained.

  • The DDSO will provide all the necessary evaluations required by the ICF/DD, including a review of Medicaid eligibility. Districts are not expected to answer detailed questions about Medicaid eligibility. Their role is to refer the parent to the appropriate OPWDD DDSO for specific questions concerning Medicaid requirements and admission to the ICF/DD. DDOS staffs are available to meet with families to discuss Medicaid and other ICF/DD requirements.
Last Updated: March 7, 2017