The California Department of Education's lack of accountability impacts hundreds of thousands of students who are not getting the mental health care they need, resulting in distress, poor academic performance and in some cases, referrals into the juvenile justice system.
April 18, 2016
Organizations mentioned/involved: Learning Rights Law Center
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.”Tags: Schools: Special Education