ERIC Number: ED229997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Interagency Cooperation: Miracle or Mirage? A Study of Interagency Cooperation in the Delivery of Special Education and Related Services.
Whitted, Brooke R.; And Others
The report examines systems developed by Indiana, Wisconsin, and Louisiana to monitor interagency coordination of educational related services for handicapped children. The background and development of special education legislation in each of the three states are reviewed along with the structure of the state education agency (SEA). Each state is also addressed in terms of the SEA's primary role, monitoring systems (largely on-site visits), and structures developed to promote interagency cooperation on both the state and local levels. The importance of interagency cooperation is highlighted by a discussion of residential placement decisions which are made by agencies other than the SEA in Wisconsin and Louisiana. Barriers (such as lack of guidance from state level agencies and budgetary concerns) to interagency cooperation are considered together with facilitators (including community involvement and local initiative). The report concludes with recommendations for improving cooperation at the state, state/local, and local levels. Some of the seven elements seen to be necessary for developing effective interagency cooperation include clear cut delineation of responsibility, continuing evaluation and identification of benefits for all participating agencies, and mechanisms for resolving disputes through minimizing confrontations and maximizing negotiations. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Information Planning Associates, Inc., Skokie, IL.
Identifiers: Indiana; Louisiana; Wisconsin
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of The Council for Exceptional Children (61st, Detroit, MI, April 4-8, 1983).