ERIC Number: ED433632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Symposium: Special Education Services and Interagency Systems of Care in California.
Willis, J., Ed.; Liberton, C., Ed.; Kutash, K., Ed.; Friedman, R., Ed.
Two papers summarize a symposium on special education services and interagency systems of care for children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbance (SED) in California. The first paper, "Opening the Floodgates? The Influence of a System of Care on Referrals to Special Education" (Iris Zanglis, Michael J. Furlong, Michelle Wood, J. Manuel Casas, and Kathleen Blake), discusses the impact of implementing a system of care on the numbers and characteristics of youth referred to special education. This study evaluated the rate of identification of children (n=41) with severe emotional disturbance (SED) in a community (Santa Barbara County, California) operating a system of care. Findings indicated an increase of over 44 percent in SED identifications after program implementation. The second paper, "Academic Achievement and Mental Health Functioning: An Illusory or Realistic Relationship?" (Jennifer A. Rosenblatt, Abram Rosenblatt), provides data on the characteristics of 143 children and adolescents enrolled in collaborative mental health and educational programs in Sonoma and Santa Cruz counties. Data included demographic characteristics, clinical and functional status, educational achievement, and relationship between academic performance and functional behaviors. Although students performed below expected grade level and showed evidence of severe emotional and behavioral problems at program entry, academic achievement as measured by standardized tests did not relate significantly to their mental health functional status. (Contains 36 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Agency Cooperation, Disability Identification, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Integrated Services, Mental Health Programs, Severity (of Disability), Special Education, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California