The Montana Association of School Psychologists Welcomes You!

Registration is Now Live for MASP 2019 Fall Conference:

“Dyslexia and Other Hot Topics Come to School: From Law to Practice”

Paper registration is available HERE

New Criteria for Autism, Developmental Delay, and Visual Impairment
August 26, 2019


Greetings.  I hope you all have had a chance to enjoy some time away this summer.  We have been working to finalize the proposed rule changes for the criteria for Developmental Delay, Autism, and Visual Impairment; and the Allowable Costs for Instructional Services rules. The Notice of Amendment was published Friday, August 23, 2018, on page 1371 of the Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 16: https://sosmt.gov/download/257/2019/39544/issue-16-current.pdf.  The following amended regulations are now effective, the regulations were amended as follows:

10.16.3010  CRITERIA FOR IDENTIFICATION OF A CHILD AGED THREE THROUGH EIGHT HAVING A DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY; 10.16.3022 CRITERIA FOR IDENTIFICATION OF STUDENT AS HAVING VISUAL IMPAIRMENT; and 10.16.3806   SPECIAL EDUCATION ALLOWABLE COSTS–INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES will be amended as originally proposed on page 165 of the 2019 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 3: https://sosmt.gov/download/257/2019/37981/issue-3.pdf

10.16.3011 CRITERIA FOR IDENTIFICATION OF STUDENT AS HAVING AUTISM will be amended as proposed in the Notice of Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Amendment, see page 790 of the 2019 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 12: https://sosmt.gov/download/257/2019/39326/issue-12-20.pdf

The updated criteria checklists are available in AIM, and on the OPI website at: http://opi.mt.gov/Portals/182/Page%20Files/Special%20Education/Forms/CriteriaChecklists2019.pdf?ver=2019-08-26-083605-187


I have also included in this message a FAQ document regarding the Autism criteria.

If you have any questions please give us a call.


For Questions, Please Contact: 

Frank Podobnik, State Special Education Director, 406-444-4428

Looking for a new adventure for the 2019-2020 school year?

Be sure to check out the Job Openings for School Psychologist positions across the state of Montana

Congratulations to the MASP School Psychologist of the Year: Monica Martin!

Monica Martin was the 2018 School Psychologist of the year. She is a school psychologist with the Missoula Area Education Cooperative and has been serving in Montana’s school system for 12 years. Letters of recommendation were written by the Seeley Lake Superintendent,  a teacher, the Special Education Director and a secretary.
The superintendent wrote: “I have been a superintendent for 12 years and president of a SPED coopertative for 10 years and I have never seen someone as deserving of this award as Monica.”
The secretary stated:” she has taken time to help me with infinite Campus and she has donated snacks to my office snack box for students that may need them”

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MASP Secretary, Kristine Schoen, recently had the opportunity to discuss School Psychology in Montana on the School Psyched Podcast.

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