The Arizona Department of Education pays for the educational services for students in institutional and residential settings through the voucher program.
Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)
Institutional and residential vouchers are different than the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program. Please go to the Empowerment Scholarship Account page for more information or call (602) 364-1969.
What is an Institutional Voucher?
Institutional vouchers are for students who receive services through state institutions such as the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB).
ASDB Student Reporting
State Institutions and ASDB Sites
FY23 Institutional Voucher Rates
What is a Residential Voucher?
Residential vouchers are for students who are placed in residential treatment centers by state placing agencies and IEP teams. When a state placing agency places a student in a residential treatment center, it is the responsibility of the home school district to determine if the student is eligible or non-eligible for special education per A.R.S. §15-765(E) and A.R.S. §15-1183(B).
Definition of Home School District per A.R.S. § 15-761(9)
"Home school district" means the (age-appropriate) school district or charter school that the child last attended or, if the child has not previously attended a public school in this state, the school district in which the person resides who has legal custody of the child, as provided in section 15-824, subsection B. If the child is a ward of this state and a specific person does not have legal custody of the child or is a ward of this state and the child is enrolled in an accommodation school pursuant to section 15-913, the home school district is the district that the child last attended or, if the child has not previously attended a public school in this state, the school district within which the child currently resides.
Home School Districts (HSD), Residential Voucher Materials
Training for HSDs
Required Documents for HSDs
Determining the HSD Flowchart
Determinación del diagrama de flujo HSD
FAQs Determining the HSD
Creating an HSD Application and Uploading Documents
Residential Treatment Centers (RTC)
Training for RTCs
2022-23 Approved RTC List
2022-23 RTC Calendars
RTC Statement of Assurances
FY23 Residential Voucher Rates
Voucher Role Assignments
Training for State Placing Agencies
Intergovernmental Agreement between AHCCCS and ADE
Contact ESS Vouchers
ESS Vouchers Inbox
Voucher Program Specialist, Eva Martinez, (602) 542-4831
Voucher Education Program Specialist, Jeff Rhodes, (602) 542-4387
Page revision date: September 7, 2022