ACCESSING EARLY EDUCATION SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
On October 15th, 2020, the Children's Mental Health Campaign hosted its third Lunch & Learn, featuring Marisol Garcia, Director and Managing Attorney of the Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids at Health Law Advocates, and Aditi Subramaniam, LMHC, R-DMT, IECMH-E® Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Partnership Manager at MSPCC. This training focused on accessing Early Childhood Special Education Services from school districts and navigating barriers created by remote learning systems and COVID-19. The training articulates the current Department of Public Health and Department of Early Education and Care policies and highlights the tools developed by MHAP for Kids to track the services that young children are receiving, monitor regressions, and note any new concerns. This training will also provide advocacy tips regarding pending assessments and team meetings.
- Early Intervention Factsheet
- Sample letter to request priority for in-person learning (downloads as Word doc)
- Sample letter to school district regarding EI evaluations (downloads as Word doc)
NAVIGATING SPECIAL EDUCATION AS WE RETURN TO SCHOOL
On September 17th, 2020, the Children's Mental Health Campaign, in partnership with MHAP for Kids, hosted its second Zoom Lunch & Learn, a training on how to navigate special education services as children transition back to school, led by Marisol Garcia, Director/Managing Attorney for the MHAP for Kids Program at Health Law Advocates. The training articulates the current Department of Education and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidance to school districts, as well as how to advocate for special education services during these changing times.
NAVIGATING SPECIAL EDUCATION DURING COVID-19
On May 19th, 2020, the Children's Mental Health Campaign, in partnership with MHAP for Kids, hosted its first Zoom Lunch & Learn, a training on how to navigate special education services during the COVID-19 pandemic, led by Marisol Garcia, Director/Managing Attorney for the MHAP for Kids Program at Health Law Advocates. The training highlighted how to navigate the remote special education system and how to prepare for re-entry to school. The training also articulated the current Department of Education and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidance to school districts. Marisol introduced the toolkit developed by MHAP for Kids and published by the ABA Children’s Rights Committee that lays out how to track students' remote learning and regressions and advocate for needed services, both now and when schools re-open.