Detention Center Education & Payments
Does Montana Law require an educational program for kids in regional and county youth detention centers? Who pays educational costs for students in youth detention centers? How are payments made?
Yes, Montana Law (MCA 41-5-1803) requires educational services to be provided in youth detention centers. Under MCA 41-5-1804, two or more counties may join to operate a regional youth detention center. The educational programs provided in youth detention centers is the legal responsibility of the county or counties operating the facilities. However, the county is allowed to charge the student's resident school district $20 per day for each student detained over 9 consecutive days (MCA 41-5-1807) to help cover the costs. At the end of the school year, the county operating the facility calculates the number of days each student was detained and the total charge. The county (or facility) reports that information to each student's resident school district by June 30. The resident school district must pay the billed amount by July 15 using the district tuition fund. The paying district issues a district warrant payable to the county operating the detention facility. (MCA 41-5-1807).
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