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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools


Agency Descriptions

  • Community Restorative Justice Commission
    A commission within Monterey County that “oversees community education on restorative justice issues and reviews and evaluates restorative justice needs, services, facilities and special concerns. In addition, the Commission oversees the partnership between probation, law enforcement, the judiciary, and the Community Justice Commission on the Central Coast, the community based non-profit corporation established to implement restorative justice in Monterey County. The Commission makes recommendations to the Probation Department and Law Enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, and the Coordinated Trial Courts for the successful implementation of restorative justice principles.” The Commission is represented by Pascuala Rios (Deputy Probation Officer III/Restorative Justice Coordinator).

  • Monterey County Behavioral Health (MCBH) Bureau, Children’s Division
    A progressive agency that provides an array of clinical services to children and youth age’s birth to 25 years of age and their families. Clinical teams include access, early intervention, transitional age youth, out of home placement as well clinical teams that partner with child welfare, education, and juvenile justice. Children’s Behavioral health strives to serve the community with System of Care values of being community based, culturally relevant, using evidence based practices, and client & family centered.

  • Monterey County Behavioral Health (MCBH) Services to Education Team
    The Services to Education Team is composed of several programs including the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) program, the Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) program, the Home Alternative to Residential Treatment (HART) program, and the General Education (Gen Ed) and Intern programs.

  • The General Education and Intern Program assesses and delivers services to students at schools in specific school districts. Students are referred who are demonstrating emotional or behavioral difficulties that are interfering with their social, academic, and emotional functioning and who are in the general education population. Services are provided primarily at the school site and may include individual/family therapy, group therapy, and case management. Outreach and engagement services may also be provided which include teacher training/in-service, classroom presentations, and psycho-educational groups for students. *All Monterey County Behavioral Health Bureau, Children’s Division, student interns that provide therapy services are either currently enrolled in a Masters program or are completing their post Masters internship. All are registered with the California Board of Behavioral Science.

    The Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) provides enhanced behavioral health services to children and youth with severe emotional disturbances within a Special Day Classroom (SDC). In partnership with the school, therapists work alongside school teachers and provide individual, family, and group therapy, and case management services.

    The IEP Program serves children and youth who are in special education, have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and are referred by a school psychologist. An initial mental health assessment will be conducted with recommendations to the IEP team for additional services; these services may include individual, family therapy, and/or group therapy, case management, and school teacher consultations.

    The Home Alternative to Residential Treatment (HART) program provides wrap-around type services to students with an IEP when students are recognized as being in imminent risk of being placed in out of home residential treatment due to mental health challenges. This is an intensive in-home therapeutic service that is designed to meet the specific mental health needs of a student to keep them in their own home and attending their local school.

  • Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD)
    MPUSD is the second largest school district in the Monterey County with student population of approximately 10,700. The district serves students in the Marina, Seaside and Monterey communities. MPUSD has set the following goals and values:


    • Goal One: Improve outcomes for all students and eliminate performance gaps
    • Goal Two: Recruit, develop and retain a diverse, high quality staff
    • Goal Three: Provide high quality learning environments for all students and staff
    • Goal Four: Maintain the fiscal solvency of the District and align resources to improve student performance


    • Each day counts
    • Every person matters
    • Learn something new every day
    • Improve with purpose
    • We're better together

    Within these goals and values, we are developing our MTSS/PBIS initiative to further enhance our positive school culture and climate. In order to do this across our 20 school sites in a consistent manner, we are using the Tiered Fidelity Inventory as a guideline to facilitate our implementation.

    Furthermore, we are developing a district implementation team and two teams at each school site to design and carry out the PBIS action plans. We have set a goal for the end of the 2015-2016 school year for every school site to be at 80% implementation within Tier I. While we know we have a lot of work in front of us, we are encouraged by significant reductions in suspension rates. We will continue to focus on improving academic success, reducing suspension rates, disproportionality, and overall positive school climates for staff and students alike.

  • Restorative Justice Partners, Inc. (RJP, Inc.)
    A non-profit organization based in Marina, CA that provides support and education to those affected by conflict to encourage accountability, reparation, and empathy through six programs, which include youth-centered programs. Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) and Merchant Accountability Panel (MAP) offers first-time youth offenders an opportunity to meet with those affected by their crimes to repair harm to the extent possible; and Restorative Justice in the Schools is a program aimed at addressing the overuse of punitive and exclusionary policies in our schools by shifting our response to student misbehavior and supporting safe and welcoming learning environments for all. This agency is represented by Natalie Alfaro Frazier (Restorative Justice in the Schools Program Coordinator), Jennie Burciaga (Executive Director), and Pascuala Rios (Deputy Probation Officer III/Restorative Justice Coordinator).

  • Salinas Union High School District (SUHSD)
    The Salinas Union High School District is the largest school district in Monterey County, serving approximately 14,800 students in grades seven through post-secondary. The district includes four middle schools, four high schools, a continuation high school, an independent study school, a community day school, an adult school, and Regional Occupational Program facilities. The SUHSD serves students from seven elementary school districts.

    The Board and District goals are:

    • Goal 1: Increase the achievement of all students through effective instruction, an engaging curriculum, and aligned assessments.
    • Goal 2: Recruit, hire, retain and develop faculty, staff, and leaders that are qualified, high performing, and diverse.
    • Goal 3: Ensure that the District resources are aligned, integrated, and evaluated.
    • Goal 4: Ensure that the teaching and learning environments are safe, caring, and healthy.

    The Salinas Union High School District is a PBIS district. PBIS is a district-wide initiative supported at the Board, District and site levels. Most schools are implementing TIER 1, Universal Systems, and some schools are launching TIER 2, Targeted Interventions. The district is committed to PBIS implementation as demonstrated by their use of fidelity assessments, data collection and partnership in the School Climate Transformation Initiative. Additionally, the district has employed a full-time PBIS Coordinator and has convened a District PBIS Advisory Committee to develop a plan for the systematic implementation of PBIS. In the district’s first year of implementation (2014-2015), a significant reduction in suspension and expulsions has been achieved. It is anticipated that the number of suspensions and expulsions will continue to decline, as sites move forward with their implementation of PBIS, supported by the District.


Esther Rubio

Program Coordinator, School Climate
Phone: 831.755.0843

Gail Kuehl

Special Projects
Phone: 831.755.0368

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