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At the CECP we receive a high volume of E-mails every week that pose questions or voice concerns. Often, we have the expertise to respond to these questions, but sometimes we do not. We have established collaborative partnerships with individuals and organizations whose experience complements ours, and we often draw on them to answer questions we cannot. Before you write to us, please consider whether your concern might be better addressed by one of these other resources. Below we describe the intended purpose of this E-mail address, our protocol for handling E-mail messages, and other resources that are available.

Purpose: The CECP E-mail account is primarily for:

    • reporting problems with the website (broken links, trouble downloading documents, etc.),
    • requesting copies of publications, and
    • suggesting links.

We are not a clearinghouse, a crisis hotline, a research service, a counseling or legal center. 

Protocol: All E-mail correspondence is logged with name, date, question, and response.  Correspondence consistent with the purpose of the account (see above) is forwarded to CECP staff, who respond within a week. Correspondence outside our purpose will receive a form letter reply containing all the resources detailed below.

Resources:  If your question falls outside our area of focus, we will likely refer you to another organization. We have partnerships with organizations and individuals who are better able to respond to such questions as:

A crisis with a child or family member - the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is a good resource. They are a family support and advocacy organization. The Federation has chapters in all fifty states. The local chapters listed below will know more about resources and laws in your area than we do. You can contact their national office at (703) 684-7710, or find a chapter near you on the list at their website at http://www.ffcmh.org.

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
1101 King Street, Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22314
tel. (703) 684-7710
fax. (703) 836-1040
ffcmh@ffcmh.org 

A legal question regarding special education or mental health - We may refer you to the Council for Exceptional Children, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Special Ed Advocate, or IDEA Practices. We also may recommend that you contact the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, or to ask a legal professional in your area. In addition, we run a listserv called ebd-idea97talk that focuses on the 1997 Amendments to the IDEA and how those affect children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. To subscribe to that listserv, send an E-mail to majordomo@lists.air-dc.org with the message "subscribe ebd-idea97talk" (no quotes).

A request for documents or research on a particular topic - if the topic is within our range of expertise, we are happy to help you download or otherwise obtain a copy of publications we have produced. If the request is regarding a topic associated with our work, but we haven't produced any publications on it, we may refer you to our inventory of recommended products. General requests for "send me everything you have on a general topic (such as inclusion), cannot be addressed. Instead, please visit your local library or university, or do a search using an online database. Here are some resources to get you started:

Also, please make use of our list of Partners and Collaborators (below) - they can answer questions that are outside our direct area of expertise. Links provide contact information for phone, E-mail, or regular postal mail. You can mention you found them through the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice:

Our Strategic Partners are national organizations that focus on such topics as correctional education, family support and advocacy, early childhood, teaching and special education, school psychology, and a variety of others. They are arranged alphabetically by name, and include (where available) contact information and a brief description of their mission.

Our Greenhouses and Nurseries are good places to direct queries regarding educational practice. These are programs that are demonstrating success in serving children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. Many focus on providing a system-of-care and integrating services, helping involve parents and others in the educational process, and providing services to various linguistic and cultural groups. Greenhouses are programs that have demonstrated their effectiveness through data, and have been visited by a CECP staff member - they are arranged alphabetically by name, and include (where available) contact information, and a brief description of the program. Nurseries are programs that show promise, but have not yet produced data or been visited by a CECP staff member. They also are arranged alphabetically by name, and include (where available) contact information, and a brief description of the program.

Our  Research Fellows are recognized researchers in the field of emotional and behavioral disorders, and have specialties in a variety of areas including social skills, psychological medication, effective teaching, assessment of children with disabilities, issues of culture and language, working with youth in the juvenile justice system, and many others. They are arranged alphabetically by last name, and include (where available) contact information and areas of expertise.

Our Expert Practitioners are people who have been working in the field for many years as teachers, administrators, counselors, family advocates, community developers, or legal advocates. They are arranged alphabetically by last name, and include (where available) contact information and areas of expertise.

Our Family Panel includes leaders of national and state-wide family organizations. These individuals have knowledge about education, mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare and early intervention practices. Many of them "have been there," having raised or lived closely with a child with an emotional or behavioral problem. Through their experiences, they can provide valuable perspective and support. They are arranged alphabetically by last name, and include (where available) contact information and areas of expertise.

It's important to us to respond to the information needs of children and youth with emotional and behavioral problems and their families.  But please take some time to review available resources before contacting us directly. We can be reached at center@air.org.