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Special Education/SELPA

Annual Performance Reports

The Special Education Annual Performance Report (APR) measures are a series of reports by the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division (SED) to disseminate educational data and improve the quality of education for all students, with an emphasis on students with disabilities.  The 2014-2015 ADR reports, as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA)  ​are now available.  The measures are used to determine the compliance status of each LEA as required by IDEA.  Detailed descriptions of the data elements used to calculate the measures are available in the APR.  Each of the SELPA's member LEAs have been provided a copy of their 2014-2015 APR.

AB 114 Audit

An audit conducted by the California State Auditor was designed to provide independently developed and verified information related to school districts' and SELPAs' use of mental health funds and the provision of mental health services to students.  The audit was completed in January 2016.​ A copy of the full audit report and fact sheet are available​ below:

Legislative Update

Senate Bill (SB) 884:  Active Bill - In Committee Process.
 
This bill would require the following:
  • Prior written notice also to be given when there are any changes to the planned type or level of individualized education program services;
  • A copy of the parent and pupil’s rights and procedural safeguards to be given each time prior written notice is given;
  • Would require a local educational agency responsible for a pupil’s individualized education program to ensure a copy of each prior written notice is included in the pupil’s records;
  • Each special education local plan area to establish additional written policies and procedures requiring local educational agencies to provide certain information to parents in their annual parent notification information, including information regarding family empowerment centers and parent training and information centers;
  • A pupil’s individu​alized education program to include the type of provider delivering each related service listed;
  • A school district or special education local plan area to document and report to the department funding allocations and expenditures for all mental health and special education services​;
  • The department to post the information on the department’s Internet Web site;
  • The department to align accounting code systems, as specified;
  • A local educational agency responsible for a pupil’s individualized education program to annually report to the department the frequency and duration of related services provided, and to annually report certain data needed to document pupil outcomes on 6 outcome indicators, as specified; and
  • The department to monitor the related services reported annually by local educational agencies, and to review and require corrections to each local educational agency’s procedures and documents.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
 
Senate Bill (SB) 1291:  Active Bill - In Committee Process.
 
This bill would require the following:
  • Each mental health plan, annually on or before July 1 of each year, to submit a foster care mental health service plan to the department detailing the service array, from prevention to crisis services, available to Medi-Cal eligible children and youth under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and their families;
  • Annual mental health plan reviews to be conducted by an external quality review organization (EQRO) and to include specific data for Medi-Cal eligible children and youth under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and their families, including the number of Medi-Cal eligible children and youth under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court served each year;
  • The department to review the plans and the EQRO reviews and post them on its Internet Web site; and
  • The department to notify the mental health plan of any deficiencies and would require the mental health plan to provide a written corrective action plan to the department.


Professional Development

The Diagnostic Center professional development offerings for 2016-2017 have been announced. Districts will be working with the SELPA office to determine what professional development opportunities we will pursue during the 2016-2017 school year. 
 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Training

April 13, 2016 and May 11, 2016.  Course description will be provided at a later date.

Crisis Prevention Institute – April 27, 2016

"How To" strategies for intervening with challenging individuals.  Recertification program.


School-Age Fluency: Review of Current Research & Effective Evaluation & Therapy Procedures - May 27, 2016 

This presentation develops clinical insight and strategies for working effectively with school-age children who stutter by exploring assessment, treatment, generalization to the classroom setting, and collaboration with teaching staff and parents.

Dedication to Special Education (DSE) Prius Raffle Event – May 15, 2016

The annual DSE Prius Raffle is coming right up.  Please see information about the raffle, volunteer events around the raffle and other events.

Stuttering Therapy: Materials, Ideas, and Generalization - May 27, 2016 

This presentation develops clinical insight and strategies for working effectively with school-age children who stutter by exploring assessment, treatment, generalization to the classroom setting, and collaboration with teaching staff and parents.

Supporting Mental Health Needs in the Classroom - April 27, 2016

Learn about how mental health issues present in the learning environment; explore how to integrate mental health supports and practices into classroom instruction; discuss how to intervene with behavior that is driven by mental health needs; work with colleagues to determine next steps for implementing strategies into the classroom.