On June 30, 2011, Assembly Bill 114, Chapter 43, was signed into
law. Under AB 114, the state mandate requiring county mental
health agencies to provide mental health services to students
with disabilities was rendered inoperative. AB 114 requires that all California school
districts are solely responsible for ensuring that students with
disabilities, as designated by their Individualized Educational
Plan (IEP), receive the mental health services necessary to
benefit from a special education program.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a
federal law that ensures services to children with disabilities
throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public
agencies provide early intervention, special education, and
mental health related services to eligible children and youth
with disabilities.IDEA ensures that children with disabilities
are “entitled to a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) in
the least restrictive environment”.
UACF is committed to helping families to connect to needed
services and supports by providing up to date, relevant
information, training, and technical assistance. By informing
families about their rights, we can help to ensure that parents
and caregivers become effective advocates for their children and
A brief summary of Procedural Safeguards for students with
disabilities receiving special education services as provided by
the California Department of Education.
Parents and caregivers of children with disabilities from ages
three (3) through twenty-one (21) have specific educational
rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA). These rights are called “procedural safeguards”.
Individuals serving as surrogate parents and students aged
eighteen receiving special education services, are also entitled
to these rights.
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If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911
or visit the nearest emergency room.
The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers
that provides resources and connections to individuals in your
community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate
support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free
to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be
returned as promptly as possible.