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(9.20) My child has been placed in a juvenile facility by the court. Who is responsible for providing services to him?

(9.20) My child has been placed in a juvenile facility by the court. Who is responsible for providing services to him?

The county office of education is responsible for the administration and operation of juvenile court schools, juvenile hall, juvenile homes, day centers, ranches or camps, and county community schools. [Cal. Ed. Code Secs. 48645.2 & 56150.] The county superintendent of schools may contract with the county board of supervisors for this responsibility. In addition, each SELPA must develop a local plan that describes the process for coordinating and providing services for students placed in juvenile court schools or county community schools. [Cal. Ed. Code Sec. 56195.7(g).] You should obtain a copy of the local plan.

If special education law or the SELPA plan is not being followed or the SELPA does not address the coordination and provision of services, you can file complaints against the county with CDE to compel compliance. You may also wish to consider due process proceedings against counties and/or SELPAs. See Chapter 6, Information on Due Process/Compliance Procedures.