Jan. 25, 2016
To the Administrator Addressed:
SUBJECT: Review of Children Receiving Supplemental Security Income, Title XVI Payments
The Texas Education Agency has been contacted by the Texas Disability Determination Services (DDS), a division of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), regarding an upcoming review of children receiving Supplemental Security Income, Title XVI Payments. The following information and details were provided by Texas DDS and are being shared for your reference:
In the coming year, the federal Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Texas Disability Determination Services (DDS) – a division of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) – will be reviewing the increased number of cases of children currently receiving Supplemental Security Income, Title XVI payments. This review will help ensure the integrity of SSA’s programs, as well as those provided by the State of Texas.
In order to complete these reviews, the Texas DDS and other reviewing components will be sending an increased number of requests for school records. Please be aware that these requests will originate from Austin, Dallas or the state of Arkansas and may be sent to your schools, as well as directly to parents.
The requests will include a release signed by the parent or guardian, and will ask for special education records, discipline reports, school testing and other information that can only be obtained from the local school or school district. It is imperative that these records, where available, are returned to the requestor before the current school year ends in May, 2016.
Please be aware that a child’s teacher or counselor may be asked to complete a form about how the student functions in the classroom. This Teacher Questionnaire will be mailed to the child’s parent or guardian. The parent will provide it to the teacher(s). Please see the attached flyer providing additional information.
The actual records requests will be sent later this year and will have the Disability Specialists’ names and direct numbers for any questions you may have. We recognize the increase in the number of records requests, in turn, increases the demands on your limited resources. We very much appreciate your assistance.
If you have any questions about this review, please feel free to contact the Texas Disability Determination Services Professional Relations Unit at (512) 437-5151 or toll free at (800) 252-7009, ext. 5151.
Thank you for helping us to safeguard the integrity of SSA and State programs.