INFORMATION RELATED TO THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED WHO ARE EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED AND ELIGIBLE FOR THE CALIFORNIA MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Joint Legislative Audit Committee requested that we determine the number of students during the five‑year audit period, from school year 2010–11 through 2014–15, at each of the four selected special education local plan areas (SELPAs) who had a mental health service in their individualized education program (IEP) and report the number of students who are and are not identified as emotionally disturbed and who do or do not qualify for California Medical Assistance Program (Medi‑Cal) services.10 Student IEPs can indicate both a primary and a secondary disability that contributes to the student’s eligibility for special education and related services. To count emotionally disturbed students, we identified students whose IEPs indicated that either the primary or the secondary disability was an emotional disturbance. We considered students eligible for Medi‑Cal if the student was eligible for mental health services under Medi‑Cal in the same year in which the student had mental health services in his or her IEP. Table A shows a summary of these data for each of the four SELPAs we reviewed.
Number of Students by Special Education Local Plan Area With a Mental Health Service in Their Individualized Education Program by Category of California Medical Assistance Program Eligibility and Emotional Disturbance Disability
|Special Education Local Plan Area
|California Medical Assistance Program (Medi‑Cal) Eligible
|Emotional Disturbance Disability
Mt. Diablo Unified School District
|Long Beach Unified School District
|Riverside County Special Education Local Plan Area
|South East Consortium for Special Education
Sources: California State Auditor’s analysis of data obtained from the California Department of Education’s California Special Education Management Information System and data obtained from the California Department of Health Care Services’ Fiscal‑Intermediary Access to Medi‑Cal Eligibility system.
10 The focus of the audit was on students who were potentially affected by Assembly Bill 114, namely those receiving mental health services. Accordingly, the numbers we present do not include students who were identified as emotionally disturbed but did not have a mental health service in their IEP.Go back to text