K1. Under SHARS, how do related service evaluations differ from assessments?

Evaluations are those activities performed by qualified therapists to determine eligibility for related services (Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy). Billable time includes direct evaluation time. Indirect time for interpretation and report writing ARE not billable for evaluations.

For information regarding assessments, see response to J1.

When the Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) committee determines that a student is eligible for special education, therapist evaluations are billable under the appropriate evaluation code even if the therapist’s evaluation does not lead to that particular service being included in the IEP