NAME Shares Support Letter Templates for Proposed Parental Consent Change

The National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME) supports the changes outlined in the proposed revised parental consent regulation and encourages everyone who has been impacted by the current regulation to submit written comments.


Under a new regulatory proposal issued by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) on September 28, 2011, schools would no longer be required—as they currently are under 34 CFR § 300.154(d)(2)(iv)(A)—to obtain parental consent each time that they sought access to public benefits or insurance programs.

The revised guidelines would replace the consent requirement with a one-time written notification requirement and would permit a public agency to use public benefits or insurance programs in which a child participates to provide or pay for services required under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) without having to obtain parental consent each time that it sought access to those benefits or insurance, provided that parental consent requirements imposed under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and § 300.622 had already been met and that written notification had already been given to the child’s parents.

NAME has assembled various tools to assist those who would like to submit comment in favor of the proposed regulatory change. These include:

  1. commenting instructions (the deadline for submitting comments is December 12, 2011)
  2. a historical review and timeline of NAME’s advocacy efforts surrounding parental consent
  3. a template commenting letters tailored for LEAs, state agencies, parent and advocacy organizations, and individuals.

Read the full details on NAME’s website…