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Thursday, 26 December 2013 15:36

Important Guidance Update: School Health and Related Services (SHARS) Medicaid Cost Share and IDEA-B LEA Maintenance of Effort (MOE)

In October and November 2013, TEA’s Division of Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting published a guidance handbook and provided training detailing the relationship between SHARS Medicaid cost share and the IDEA-B LEA MOE requirement.

Specifically, the handbook and training explained that in accordance with 34 CFR 80.24(b)(3), the federal regulation prohibiting an LEA from counting the same non-federal funds from being used to meet more than one cost-share or match requirement, an LEA’s SHARS Medicaid cost share amount must be excluded from the LEA’s total state and local special education expenditures.

As a result of guidance received on December 5, 2013, from USDE’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), that prohibition is now lifted. OSEP has determined that 34 CFR 80.24(b)(3) is not applicable to IDEA.

The following two changes are therefore in effect immediately:

  • State and local dollars expended for special education and related services to match other federal programs may be included in the IDEA-B LEA MOE calculation.
  • The SHARS Medicaid cost share amount will not be subtracted from an LEA’s state and local expenditures in calculating IDEA-B LEA MOE.

Updates to TEA’s IDEA-B LEA MOE and SHARS handbooks, as well as other guidance, will be published in the near future.

Special Education Consolidated Grant Application

2013-2014 Special Education Carryover: Adjustments for Carryover Complete Adjustments for carryover have now been completed for the 2013-2014 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application. TEA staff initiated these budget adjustments by adjusting the largest budgeted class/object code to incorporate the carryover amounts.

The final day to submit an amendment to the 2013-2014 Special Education Consolidated Grant Application is June 13, 2014.

If you are interested in applying for any of the numerous TEA grant opportunities, and need help with your grant proposal application, please email us here

2014 Spring National SBIR Conference

The 2014 Spring National SBIR Conference, held at the Gaylord Center in National Harbor adjacent to Washington, DC! 

The conference offers high-value information from all of the Federal Agencies that have SBIR programs. They will discuss current technology and capability needs for their agency , how to win SBIR awards, and how your business will benefit from SBIR. This event is co-located with TechConnect & National Innovation Summit, representing North America's largest multi-sector conference for technology innovators, business developers, government leaders, and funders. You will also have the opportunity to set up face-to-face meetings with the Feds and Fortune 500 firms seeking small business partners and in-depth tutorials will be available on the 16th.

When: Monday, June 16 through Wednesday, June 18.

Who should attend: Anyone who wants to gain access to over $2 Billion in R&D Federal funding set aside for small technology firms.

For more information: go to

HHS Provides $50 Million to Expand Treatment for Substance Use, Mental Health
Saturday, 14 December 2013 15:06

According to, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its plans to provide $50 million to expand treatment for substance use disorders and mental health. The funds will be used to hire staff, add services and employ team-based models of care. The funds will go to approximately 200 community health centers, UPI reports: The Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator, Mary K. Wakefield, said: “Most behavioral health conditions are treatable, yet too many Americans are not able to get needed treatment” in a news release. “These new Affordable Care Act funds will expand the capacity of our network of community health centers to respond to the mental health needs in their communities."

For additional information, please go here.  If you are a community health center, and need information in how to apply for this new grant funding, please email us here.

The president’s fiscal year 2014 budget also provides funds to train 5,000 more mental health professionals, as well as $130 million to help teachers recognize signs of mental illness in students and refer them to services, and to support innovative state-based programs to improve mental health outcomes for young people. Such funding cannot be awarded soon enough, especially true in light of the recent tragedy in Colorado, yet again.

The number of people seeking addiction treatment could double under the Affordable Care Act. Under the new law, four million people with drug and alcohol problems will become eligible for insurance coverage. How many new patients will seek addiction treatment will depend in part on how many states decide to expand their Medicaid programs.

Fundraising Guidelines for Charities  E-mail
Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:28

We get asked about fundraising on a daily basis, and what the IRS does and does not allow. Please take some time to view the following video. In this video, the IRS briefly discusses ways that nonprofit organizations can raise money and the important tax rules associated with each type of fundraising activity.

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