Act 264, passed in 1988, requires that human services and public education work together, involve parents and coordinate services for better outcomes for children and families. The act developed a coordinated system of care so that children and adolescents with a severe emotional disturbance and their families receive appropriate educational, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, residential, and other treatment services in accordance with an individual plan.
While Act 264 was enacted on behalf of children and adolescents experiencing a severe emotional disturbance and their families, the 2005 Interagency Agreement between the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) and the Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) expands the target population beyond those eligible under Act 264 to include children and adolescents with disabilities who are eligible for both special education and disability-related services, including service coordination, provided by AHS.
The following resources provide more information about Act 264 and the Interagency Agreement.
- Act 264 Legislation: Relating to the Creation of an Advisory Board and State and Local Interagency Teams to Assist in the Provision of Care for Children and Adolescents with Severe Emotional Disturbances - June 1988 Approved; Revised April 1990
- Interagency Agreement with Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont Agency of Human Services Pursuant to Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - June 2005
- Users Guide to Act 264 and the DOE/AHS Interagency Agreement: This document provides background information about the enactment of the original Act 264 legislation in 1988, a brief summary of the law and the 2005 Interagency Agreement.
- Brief description of Act 264 and Interagency Agreement
- Act 264 flow chart
- Act 264 Local Interagency Teams (LIT)
- Act 264 State Interagency Team (SIT)
- Act 264 Advisory Board
- Coordinated Services Plan form