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The Illinois State Board of Education partners with school districts to provide programs and services for students with specialized educational needs.

The Special Education Department assures that these programs and services meet state and federal requirements. This involves both compliance and technical assistance functions.

Compliance functions include monitoring least restrictive environment compliance, administering due process system, providing mediation services, conducting complaint investigat​ions, approving policies and procedures, conducting focused and comprehensive reviews and approving nonpublic special education facilities.

Technical assistance functions involve providing information and guidance on promising practices in educating students with disabilities, including the operation of numerous statewide training and technical assistance initiatives, administering the comprehensive system of personnel development for special education and management of grant programs to schools for special education service delivery.​

Community and Residential Services Authority Symposium

The Community and Residential Services Authority, an interagency board that was created by the General Assembly and is responsible for addressing barriers to vital treatment and services for youth with severe emotional disturbances, will host a symposium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 4, at the Howlett Auditorium in Springfield. This symposium will address the lack of psychiatric and residential treatment for Illinois’s youth who have intensive behavioral health conditions and need access to essential intensive psychiatric hospitalization and or therapeutic residential treatment delivered by credentialed, well-trained psychiatric professionals. Solutions to this statewide problem will be generated from an audience of like-minded professionals, agencies, and concerned citizens.

Please join us for the whole day or whenever you have time. Your input is valuable in finding solutions to this issue that affects our youth with emotional disturbances and their families.

The flyer has details on how to register for this important symposium.

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