A. Generally, related services must be provided when it is necessary for the child to benefit educationally from his/her special education placement and program. Related services may include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Transportation.

2. Mental Health services (individual, collaborative and family)

3. Speech and language services

4. Audiology services

5. Physical therapy

6. Occupational therapy

7. Recreation, including therapeutic recreation.

8. Social work services.

9. Counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling.

10. Orientation and mobility services.

B. When a Child's Behavior is Impacting Education

1. Mental Health under AB3632 - The County Department of Mental Health (DMH) is responsible for providing mental health services when required in a child's IEP.

The IEP team makes a referral to DMH. The following criteria must be met:

  • The child has been assessed by the school district for special education services.
  • The school district has obtained written consent by the parents/responsible adult.
  • The child has significant emotional or behavioral issues that are impeding his/her educational performance. These behaviors cannot solely be described as social maladjusted or a temporary adjustment problem.
  • The child has the cognitive ability to benefit from mental health services.
  • The school district has provided DIS counseling that did not help.

2. Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)

What is it? A behavior intervention plan is a written document which is developed when a child exhibits a serious behavior problem that significantly interferes with the implementation of the goals and objectives of his/her IEP. It must be based on a functional analysis assessment.

In short: "Behavior intervention" means a system that is put in place that results in lasting positive changes in the child's behavior.

  • Functional Analysis Assessment ("FAA") - An FAA must be conducted
    by, or be under the supervision of a person who has training in behavior analysis with an emphasis on positive behavioral interventions. FAA personnel shall gather information from 3 sources: direct observation, interviews with significant others, and review of available data such as assessment reports prepared by other professionals.
  • The idea is to develop a behavior plan where inappropriate behaviors are replaced by positive behavior.