2-Part Food for Thought Lunch Series

Part Two: Residential Treatment Center
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Special education leaders and teams are invited to this unique 2-part workshop, focused on mental health. Come join colleagues to discuss trends and hear legal and practical viewpoints from presenters.

Workshop Focus

After just completing a 10-day long due process hearing regarding residential placement, come hear first-hand experience about what happens when residential placement is litigated. In addition to hearing directly from an administrator about what is involved in due process litigation, this workshop will also discuss cases regarding circumstances that arise outside of school, and the factors judges consider when deciding whether “home” issues appear to affect a student’s ability to attend or participate in school. This can be true for students with IEPs and students not yet eligible for special education. In some cases, parents may even request placement at a residential treatment facility based on what is happening with the student outside of school. What is your district’s duty to consider and address issues occurring outside of school, such as refusal to attend school, family violence, drug abuse, or antisocial behavior? The law is nuanced. This workshop will cover recent case law focusing on when matters at home or outside of school trigger a District’s responsibility to place a student in residential treatment. After attending this workshop, attendees will be better prepared to address requests for residential placement. Based on best practices and case law examples, we will also discuss out-of-the-box strategies used by districts to serve students in these situations.


School districts and employees are often confronted with students who present differently at school and outside of school. This FFT will shed light on the difficult question of what is legally required when issues occurring outside of school are educationally related, and what IEP teams need to consider when parents request special education a RTC placement for behaviors which staff feel are not manifesting/occurring at school.

Join Us

During this FFT, you will hear from attorneys experienced in advising school districts on legal requirements on serving students with social-emotional needs, and litigating these issues before OAH.


$105 per person
(Includes Lunch)

This event is reserved for school district or public agency employees only. Please contact Client Services for more information.

Event Info:

  • May 10th, 2019
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • The Firehouse Restaurant
    Golden Eagle Room
  • 1112 2nd St, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • Workshop