BASSC's responsibilities include: 

Child find duties, psychological evaluations including screenings and specialized evaluations in areas such as assistive technology, autism, audiology and central auditory processing, music therapy, occupational therapy, orientation and mobility, physical therapy, sensory integration, speech and language therapy, and visual impairments. 

Provision of specialized educational programs for children with low incidence and/or complex disabilities such as those with autism spectrum disorders, social/emotional and behavioral disorders, hearing impairments, and/or cognitive disorders.

Coordination and oversight of federal and state grant projects (IDEIA), submission of FACTS, child count, and reimbursement data, and other required fiscal reports.

Governance & Operation

BASSC adheres to a two-tier governance and operational system per its Article of Joint Agreement (revised and ratified in 2012). Per Illinois statute, the primary oversight of BASSC falls to its Governing Board. In 2012, the Articles of Joint Agreement, which is the document that binds its 23 member districts was revised. 

The following are excerpts from these articles:

The Governing Board is composed of one Board of Education member from each of its 23 member districts who have been selected to serve as a Governing Board member. The Governing Board is authorized to delegate to its Executive Board the authority to manage particular operations of the cooperative, but always has the right to reserve to itself the full authority to continue to govern BASSC.

The Governing Board shall seek the advice of the Executive Board on matters pertaining to employment and budget.

The Governing Board shall appoint an Executive Board, consisting of each of the superintendents of the 23 member districts. It shall also appoint a Chair Person, a Vice Chair Person , and a Member at Large. The Executive Board shall likewise appoint a Chair Person and a Vice Chair, and shall carry out management functions of the day-to-day operations of BASSC. The Executive Board meetings are monthly. 

In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, the minutes of open meetings are available for public inspection within seven days after they are approved by the respective Boards of the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative, and will be kept on the BASSC website for no less than 60 days.