To better understand the effectiveness of the mental health services in its special education program, Long Beach should use the six performance indicators we identified to perform analysis annually on the subset of students receiving mental health services.
We have used the six performance indicators to review the efficacy of mental health services. This has proven to be a helpful activity and has allowed us to make training modifications to monitor progress.
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 pending implementation.
We have worked in tandem with service providers to evaluate the efficacy of the services that students are receiving. Teachers have been included in this process to insure that there is common understanding amongst those that are linking mental health resources to a student's IEP. Random review (led internally) indicates that student's IEP goal development and attainment is more clearly delineated in each IEP.
Although Long Beach states that it and service providers evaluated the efficacy of the services that students are receiving and that it performed a random review of student IEPs and found that goal development and attainment is more clearly delineated in those it reviewed, it has not taken steps towards using the six performance indicators to analyze the subset of students receiving mental health services.
We will be working on this with a selected work group of teachers.
The District is awaiting further clarification from CDE regarding how to monitor outcomes. Recent legislation has been proposed by the legislature that would effect this process.
†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.