Food For Thought Series - Bay Area

Meeting Students’ Mental Health Needs: District Obligations and Recent Legal Developments
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Please join us as we hear from presenters who share legal and practical viewpoints regarding district responsibilities for addressing the mental health needs of general education and special education students. This “Food for Thought” series offers a unique workshop setting over lunch to collaboratively discuss trends in the area of youth mental health and review recent relevant developments in the legal field.

Discounts available when attendees register for all three events.
Register for all three events using this page.

Topics & Dates

Mental Health and Schools
November 8, 2019
Changes in legislation and community services have placed school districts on the front lines for addressing students’ mental health needs. This workshop will provide an overview of legal and practical aspects of addressing mental health needs in schools, and review current trends in the mental health of youth. Additionally, we will discuss the obligations of schools with the following questions: Who should receive mental health services in the school? How long should a “general education student” receive mental health services before child find is triggered? Who can provide mental health services? What are practices that contribute to a successful school-based mental health program?

What You Cannot Ignore About Section 504
January 17, 2020
Prescriptions for Section 504 Plans and similar issues are addressed in this interactive workshop on Section 504. The requirements under Section 504 and the ADA are ever-changing and sometimes poorly defined, yet districts may face substantial liability—including potential monetary damages—for noncompliance. The two, primary obligations under Section 504 – providing equal access and a free appropriate public education – are discussed, with a step-by-step tour through the FAPE process as the focus. From child find and assessment to eligibility and developing appropriate Section 504 Plans, we will discuss best practices for ensuring compliance and avoiding the major pitfalls of Section 504. We will also examine legal updates and their impact on Section 504 programs and requirements.

Transitions Planning
March 27th, 2020
Please join us as we hear from our special education experts as they share the best practices and legal intricacies surrounding both Individual Transition Plans (ITP) and non-Individual Transition Plans (non-ITP). The presentation will discuss planning and timing for transition plans, transition services for both non-ITP and ITP students, and avoiding adopting the generic pitfalls of standardized ITP’s. This presentation will also address recent developments in the law and address concerns and questions related to transitional planning and student services.

Who Should Attend
Superintendents, Directors of Student Services/Special Education, School Psychologist and/or Counselors, Program Specialists, and other district staff members responsible for IEPs, Section 504 Plans, and mental health services.


  • Three Workshops (Best Value): $325 per person
  • Two Workshops: $240 per person
  • One Workshop: $125 per person


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Mental Health and Schools
What You Cannot Ignore About Section 504
Transitions Planning

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

Event Info:

  • November 8th, 2019
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse
  • 19780 Stevens Creek Blvd
    Cupertino, CA 95014
  • Workshop