To ensure that it complies with federal and state requirements, Long Beach should develop a process to ensure that IEP teams record, in student IEP documents, the rationale for residential treatment and any potential harmful effects of such placement.
We have communicated the need for specific language in the IEP to teachers. We did a document review of IEPs to insure that the necessary language has been used. and it is being effectively implemented.
Although we made a specific request, Long Beach did not provide any documentation to support its claim that it has fully implemented this recommendation. Accordingly, we continue to assess the recommendation as partially implemented.
We have provided specific training to the NPS/RTC administrator to insure that discussions take place and language is included in IEP's that reflects the serious, restrictive nature of a residential placement. Random review (led internally) of IEP's for students that are newly placed to RTC indicate that this language has been included.
Long Beach held a special education teacher meeting in February 2017, and the assistant superintendent of school support services distributed a memorandum communicating the discussion from the meeting regarding documentation of related service changes, including mental health services. As part of that communication, Long Beach indicated that if a student is accessing a residential treatment center as part of the mental health service recommendation, the notes in the IEP should include the rationale for placement and any harmful effects that the team feels may occur as a result of the placement. However, Long Beach did not provide any evidence of the random review of IEPs it performed to substantiate that this language was included within the IEP.
We are working on this process in collaboration with teachers at the middle and high school level.
In combination with required CDE monitoring and training, the District has implemented additional teacher trainings to review and train on applicable state and federal laws.
†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.
*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.