24:14:14:16.24. Decision of hearing officer. Subject to the provisions of this section, a hearing officer shall make a determination, based on substantive grounds, of whether the child was appropriately identified, or evaluated, or placed, or whether the child with a disability and his or her family were appropriately provided early intervention services under Part C.
In matters alleging a procedural violation, a hearing officer may find that a child did not receive appropriate identification, evaluation, placement, or provision of early intervention services for the child and the child's family under Part C only if the procedural inadequacies:
(1) Impeded the child's right to appropriate early intervention services; or
(2) Significantly impeded the parent's opportunity to participate in the decision-making process regarding these matters; or
(3) Caused a deprivation of educational or developmental benefit.
Nothing in this section precludes a hearing officer from ordering a public agency or a nonpublic service provider to comply with procedural requirements under this chapter.
Source: 35 SDR 82, effective October 22, 2008.
General Authority: SDCL 13-37-1.1.
Law Implemented: SDCL 13-1-23, 13-14-1, 13-37-1.1.
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