ERIC Number: ED460497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Developing an Effective Statewide Network: Outcomes of Florida's System of Care for Students with Severe Emotional Disturbance.
Eggers, Terri; Delp, William P.; Lazear, Katherine; Wells, Conni; Alonso-Martinez, Maria
This paper reviews a Florida program that offers fiscal incentives for collaboration among school districts within a region in providing services to students with serious emotional disturbances (SED). A statewide framework requires locally determined, needs-based priorities consistent with principles of multiagency planning, continuous improvement of service in the system of care, evaluation of system effectiveness, and information dissemination. Evaluation indicates there has been a 61 percent decrease in the number of SED students placed in private residential programs over the past nine years, a 60 percent increase in the numbers of SED students graduating from high school over the last 10 years, an increase of 25 percent in the number of students identified as eligible for services for youth with emotional disabilities, a decrease of 16 percent in the number of SED students placed outside the public school system, and a 15 percent increase in the number of students with emotional disabilities who are being served in regular education classrooms. In addition, families are more involved in multiagency planning at every level. Overall, Florida has increased the number of children served by 78 percent and reduced expenditures per child by 73 percent. (DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Inclusive Schools, Integrated Services, Mainstreaming, Outcomes of Treatment, Residential Programs, Severe Disabilities, Special Education, State Programs, Student Placement
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Florida