Special Education Counseling
SMH/SpEd Program provides Educationally Related Intensive Counseling Services (ERICS), a mandated service that has been prescribed in students’ IEPs, to students across LAUSD. SpEd PSWs are required to provide the prescribed minutes of counseling for each assigned student, as stated in their IEPs. SpEd PSWs are not responsible for seeing students outside of their caseload assignment. SpEd is a program within School Mental Health, but funded via the Division of Special Education. SpEd Services are documented in Welligent Service Tracking System.
ERICS is designed to address: “student(s) whose social-emotional and behavioral needs are documented to be more significant in frequency, duration, or intensity; affect their ability to benefit from their special education program; and are manifested at school, at home, and in the community.” (BUL 5577.1) ERICS students present with the most severe behavioral and emotional symptomatology, and the provision of ERICS is often the last effort to prevent the need for a more restrictive environment.
In an effort to minimize missed academic time, SMH will carefully review all ERICS students, on an ongoing basis, to determine the degree to which they can have their minutes reduced and/or be stepped-down to Pupil Counseling, a less intensive Special Education Related Service, in order to maximize academic time and return students to the Least Restrictive Service as soon as appropriate.