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ERIC Number: EJ1219409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0827-3383
How a Change in State Law Affected the Provision of Mental Health Related Services
Weinberg, Lois A.; Luelmo, Paul; Chiappe, Jenny C.; Thornton, Bryan
International Journal of Special Education, v33 n4 p910-924 2019
After 25 years, because of a change in state law California returned the responsibility for providing mental health related services to students receiving special education from county mental health departments to local education agencies. The study is secondary analysis of survey data that focuses on understanding how the change affected the mental health services children receive as part of their individualized education programs (IEP) from the perspective of four groups of stakeholders (i.e., parents of children with disabilities, attorneys/advocates, mental health service providers, and school district administrators). The findings indicate that many parents perceived that their children with emotional and behavioral problems were not receiving the services that they needed and were likely entitled to under federal special education law. Advocates and attorneys, in general, found it more difficult for students with IEPs to receive the mental health services that they needed. However, some data indicated that school districts had expanded their services and were serving the mental health needs of at least some of their students with IEPs.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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