- Navigating the Course: Finding Your Way Through Indiana's Special Education Rules provides an overview and a practical resource to help parents, advocates, school personnel, and students understand the requirements of Indiana’s special education rules, found at 511 IAC 7-32 through 47, commonly known as Article 7. It is intended to serve as a companion guide to Article 7, and is not a substitute for Article 7. Please refer to Article 7 for the specific language of the special education rules. A copy of Article 7 can be found in the links at the bottom of this page.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is the key federal education law that serves students with learning disabilities. The National Center for Learning Disabilities published Parent's Guide to IDEA to help you be an informed and effective partner with school personnel in supporting your child’s learning needs.
If you are a caregiver who has utterly exhausted community mental health care resources, you may be considering sending your child to a residential treatment center. Residential treatment is an extreme measure that should only be taken if local resources have proven inadequate. The NAMI Child and Adolescent Action Center has developed a Resource for Families considering Residential Treament Programs for Their Children to help families who are considering residential treatment programs for their children make an informed decision.
NAMI New Hampshire developed a Guidebook for Caregivers of Children and Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disorders for families and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health treatment needs. This comprehensive guide covers the following topics, some of which relate to services in NH, but many of which are broadly covered and include extremely helpful information for families:
- Integrated Health Care
- Taking Care of the Caregiver
- Partnering in Your Child’s Care
- About Serious Emotional Disorders & Behavioral Issues
- Navigating the Treatment System
- Safeguarding Your Child’s Education
- Paying for Services
- Crisis Management Planning
- Transitioning to Adult Health Care Services
NAMI Fort Wayne offers a 6-week Basics education course for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and mental health disorders. There is no charge for the course. Please call the NAMI Fort Wayne Office, (260) 447-8990 if you are interested. It will not be scheduled until a minimum of 10 participants have registered.
website: nami.org/basics watch program video
- For parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders.
- Meets once a week for 6 weeks.
- Taught by parents who have experienced the joys and challenges of parenting a child with serious mental illnesses.
"This is the best program for families with children. It answers so many questions for parents. It can change and improve so many lives."
"The burden of suffering experienced by children with mental health needs and their families has created a health crisis in this country...Too often, children who are not identified as having mental health problems and who do no receive services end up in jail. Children and families are suffering because of missed opportunities for prevention and early identification, fragmented treatment services, and low priorities for resources."
-- Report of the U.S. Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health The entire report can be read at http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/cmh/childreport.htm
Below are several more links to information and resources about children's mental health and education.
Public Financing of Home and Community Services for Children and Youth with SED/U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (PDF File)
Indiana Department of Education Office of Exceptional Learners
Indiana Special Education Rules Article 7
IN*Source -- Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs
ASK -- About Special Kids
Indiana Childrens Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Plan
IDEA Parent Guide from the National Center for Learning Disabilities
NAMI Child and Adolescent Action Center
Indiana Protection and Advocacy report on Time-Out, Seclusion,and Restraint in Indiana Schools