April 18, 2016


The report, “Failing Grade: How California’s School Districts Have Abandoned Children with Disabilities,” published by the Western Center on Law & Poverty, the Learning Rights Law Center and Mental Health Advocacy Services, urges school districts to take “immediate action” to comply with special education law by identifying children in need of services.

Various research support that identifying children in need of mental health services is essential before taking disciplinary measures or engaging law enforcement.

According to the report, “mental health services for students with behavior disorders could include a plan for rewarding positive behavior, mentoring on social skills, “check-ins” throughout the day and group sessions on anger management skills and conflict resolution strategies.”

Report: State not tracking mental health services for special ed students
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