Upwards of 50% of the students in the juvenile justice system have special needs. Agencies often struggle to meet the educational and psycho-social needs of these students and too frequently resort to ineffective strategies—including the use of punitive isolation and segregation—to manage challenging behaviors. In many cases, these practices also run afoul of federal and state law.
At CEEAS, we work with juvenile justice agencies to help them develop the capacity to meet the unique needs of students with special needs. We provide intensive training and support on the ‘how to’ of delivering quality student-focused education and related services to special education students while they are in secure settings. We also provide training and support for site and agency leadership on policy and day-to-day practices that offer meaningful alternatives to the use of punitive sanctions. Our support often includes a preliminary assessment, a set of recommendations followed by intensive on-site and remote support around an agreed to set of revised procedures.