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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.
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
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.