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Special Education
Vision

Harford County Public Schools – Department of Special Education believes that individuals with disabilities achieve their full potential in a comprehensive and coordinated birth to 21 system of services emphasizing high expectations for all.

Mission

Harford County Public Schools – Department of Special Education provides leadership, supports, and accountability for results to all stakeholders by way of a seamless, comprehensive system of coordinated services to children, students and youth with disabilities, birth to 21, and their families.


Special Education at a Glance

Special Education in Harford County Public Schools is a collaborative effort involving schools, families and community agencies working together to ensure a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to all children with disabilities, birth through age 21. Special education is defined as specially designed instruction, provided at no cost to parents, in order to meet the unique needs of a child with an educational or developmental disability. Services are provided in the least restrictive environment (LRE), to the maximum extent possible.

A Child with a Disability or Student with a Disability means a child, birth to age 21, evaluated in accordance with IDEA or COMAR having any of the following disabilities, causing an adverse effect on the child’s educational performance resulting in the need of special education and related services:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment (including Blindness)

Special education services are available in all Harford County Public Schools and across a range of learning environments.The district’s processes and procedures for disability determination, placement and service delivery align with federal and State regulations. Harford County Public Schools utilizes the Statewide IEP Process Guide as the framework for student educational planning and compliance with the Requirements of the 2004 Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Office of Third Party Billing is a division of the Department of Special Education reporting to the Director of Budgets. Third Party Billing is a process that generates Medicaid funds for the Harford County Public Schools. Recovery costs for health related services are sought “after the fact” for students who meet Medicaid guidelines. Health-related services are identified in a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Family Service Plan (ISFP). These services include speech-language therapy, occupational or physical therapy, nursing, audiology, social work, and psychological services for screening, evaluation and treatment. In addition to health-related services, Harford County Public Schools bills Medicaid for case management services provided to children 3 to 21 years. Medicaid funds are used to supplement specialized services provided by school personnel.

Resources

For More Information about Medical Assistance/ Medicaid Eligibility: