Chapter 26.5 Interagency Responsibilities for Providing Services to Handicapped Children.
(a) Residential placements for a child with a disability who is seriously emotionally disturbed may be made out-of-state only after in-state alternatives have been considered and are found not to meet the child's needs and only when the requirements of Section 7572.5, and subdivision (e) of Section 56365 of the Education Code have been met. The local education agency shall document the alternatives to out-of-state residential placement that were considered and the reasons why they were rejected.
(b) Out-of-state placements shall be made only in a privately operated school certified by the California Department of Education.
(c) A plan shall be developed for using less restrictive alternatives and in-state alternatives as soon as they become available, unless it is in the best educational interest of the child to remain in the out-of-state school. If the child is a ward or dependent of the court, this plan shall be documented in the record.
(d) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2011, and, as of January 1, 2012, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2012, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.
(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 43, Sec. 34.)