Monterey County Special Education Local Plan Area
Regional Collaboration for Student Success
901 Blanco Circle · West Campus 17 and 18 · Salinas, CA 93901
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SELPA Help Desk Hours
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
When SELPA staff is not immediately available, Help Desk calls will be addressed within 2 business days. All messages and emails will be assigned to staff that hold specific knowledge related to the requested information.
The SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meets regularly to discuss topics of interest to parents and community members who take an active interest in all matters concerning special education in Monterey County. The CAC reviews and makes recommendations relating to the SELPA Local Plan and participates in other activities to support students with disabilities in our area. The CAC also assists SELPA in developing the parent education program.
Monterey County SELPA is proud to partner with the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network, (CAPTAIN ) by promoting the use of evidence-based practices for individuals with Autism and related developmental disabilities. CAPTAIN is part of the California Department of Education Statewide System of Support in collaboration with Marin County SELPA: WWW.CAPTAIN.CA.GOV
Parent and Caregiver Resources
Monterey County SELPA is working to meet the changing needs of our community through the delivery of an increased number of training opportunities for families and caregivers. The workshops and training opportunities listed on this menu will be facilitated and/or presented by SELPA staff. Select any workshop listed on this menu to register directly for the training. These workshops will be offered monolingually in English or Spanish or bilingually with simultaneous translation. Be sure to read the flyer information and register for the opportunities that meet your language preference.
This information provides you as parents, legal guardians, and surrogate parents of children with disabilities from three (3) years of age through age twenty-one (21) and students who have reached age eighteen (18), the age of majority, with an overview of your educational rights or procedural safeguards.
SELPA Community Advisory Committee Tri-fold Brochure
SELPA Community Advisory Committee Tri-fold Brochure (Spanish)
SELPA Consultation & Support Services Tri-fold Brochure
Families confront enormous challenges in raising a child with special needs.
In 1985 a group of Santa Cruz County parents of children with special needs began meeting together for support. Through the years parents have continued to maintain the organization that, in 1996, became known as SPIN (Special Parents Information Network). In June, 2000, SPIN became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation. SPIN continues to support and provide information about resources to strengthen families.
San Andreas Regional Center is a community-based, private nonprofit corporation funded by the State of California to serve people with developmental disabilities as required by the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act. The Lanterman Act is part of California law that sets out the rights and responsibilities of persons with developmental disabilities. San Andreas is one of 21 regional centers throughout California serving individuals and their families who reside within Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.
The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) is a cross-agency network developed to support the understanding and use of evidence based practices (EBPs) for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) across the state of California.
Multiple resources supporting the use of EBPs, guidelines for implementing EBPs and other useful tools are available at this site.
Local cadre members available for support in implementation of treatment/therapy techniques for students with ASD.
ADEPT (Autism Distance Education Parent Training) Interactive Learning is an original MIND Institute/CEDD 10-lesson interactive, self-paced, online learning module providing parents with tools and training to more effectively teach their child with autism and other related neurodevelopmental disorders functional skills using applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques.
The AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring a specific evidence based practice (EBP) with learners on the autism spectrum who range in age from birth to 22 years of age. Each module provides information about a specific EBP and the steps necessary to implement the strategy with fidelity. Supplemental materials and handouts are available for download on the website.
To learn more about the updated EBPs, check out the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice website.
A digital collaborative to support educators in the implementation of EBP's for learners with Autism. in the context of the home environment. Please click the link below to watch the recorded session, including training and material for parent-implemented intervention.
The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) creates products and delivers services that are high quality, relevant, and useful to the field of dispute resolution in special education and early intervention.
The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA) has conducted a series of research activities including focus groups, small pilot studies, and a large scale randomized control trial to develop, refine, and evaluate a comprehensive intervention program for high schools serving individuals on the autism spectrum. Learn more about our research through a review of our presentations and publications.
The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) works to ensure Californians with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to make choices and lead independent, productive lives as members of their communities in the least restrictive setting possible.
The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities.
The Diagnostic Center, Northern California (DCN) services are provided by expert, transdisciplinary teams of diagnostic professionals, including educational specialists, speech/language specialists, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, and a pediatrician who address the unique educational needs of Northern California's students with complex learning and behavioral challenges enrolled in special education programs. The DCN operates from a “whole child” perspective focusing on the needs of the students we serve. The DCN is one of three regional assessment centers operated by the State Special Schools and Services Division of the California Department of Education. The Centers provide assessment, training, and technical assistance to all Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in California. The DCN offers highly specialized services in the following areas:
Comprehensive, state-of-the-art assessment and educational planning services to assist local school districts in determining the needs of their most complex students;
On-site technical assistance and consultation in program and instructional design based on the unique needs of each student;
Professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators and special education staff, including presentations at national, statewide, and local conferences and workshops, provided by specialists with "hands-on" experience;
Family education opportunities, including consultation, referral, and resource information.
The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.
Consumers know best what supports and services they need to live independently and to actively participate in their communities. Through advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change, SCDD works to achieve a consumer and family-based system of individualized services, supports, and other assistance.
Community resources for everyone -- from before birth to the end of life.
New agencies and programs, found throughout the guide
The latest agency information, plus links to agency websites
This resource guide includes information on 36 topics or areas of service. Included are resources for food, housing, drug counseling, disabilities, health care, services for the homeless, parent education, child development, domestic violence, recreation programs, senior services, teen services, and transportation, to name a few. More than 400 agencies and programs are listed in the guide. This is an excellent resource for nurses, social workers, counselors, teachers, community liaison workers and all others who provide counseling on health and social services to families in Monterey County, California. The guide may be downloaded at no cost.