Providers seeking approval for their program to contract with Illinois public school districts to serve students with disabilities under Section 14-7.02 of the School Code will begin the initial application process by submitting a completed
Intent to Apply form. The Intent to Apply form should also be utilized by an existing approved operating agency seeking approval for an additional program. Following submission, an ISBE staff member on the Nonpublic team in the Special Education Department will contact the application requestor regarding next steps in the application process. Initial application documents can only be obtained from an ISBE nonpublic special education staff member.
Programs must be approved by ISBE in order for contracting school districts to receive reimbursement for educational and/or residential programming. Once a program is approved, it will receive a private facility code number. A per diem rate, which will be used on a contractual basis with placing school districts, will be established by the
Illinois Purchased Care Review Board.
Each 14-7.02 nonpublic program is approved for specific disability eligibility categories and ages of students in a special education program that are dependent upon the program description, educational/clinical milieu, and staff credentials. Schools must also identify programmatic outcomes and how success toward these goals will be measured.
The informational checklists provided below briefly summarize the requirements to become an ISBE-approved educational and/or residential provider.
A current list of ISBE-approved programs can be found by visiting the
Private Facility Search. Additional information for approved programs includes per diem rates, approved disability eligibility categories, and student ages served at the program.
Intent to Apply form should also be utilized by an existing approved operating agency seeking approval for an additional program. Following submission of the online form, an ISBE staff member on the Nonpublic team in the Special Education Department will contact the application requestor regarding next steps in the application process.