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ESU 7 planning Educational Behavior Health Program

“The goal of the program is to develop educational and behavioral skills in order to transition the students back to the home district,” said Darus Mettler, special education director. The target is to have the program up and running in time for the 2019-20 school year.

The program, he said, would be available to the 19 school districts that ESU 7 serves in the counties of Platte, Boone, Colfax, Nance, Merrick, Polk and Butler. The other ESU 7 districts have also supported moving forward with the program. Mettler said the EBHP allows for quality educational and behavioral health programming to all the school districts. The collaborative efforts of districts are expected to open the door for more specialized instruction to students in the ESU 7 area.

The ESU program aims to provide individual and group support to students through behavior intervention plans and individualized education plans, the special education director said. The students will also receive social-emotional learning opportunities which will be a vital component of the program, he noted. Mettler said “transitioning” back to the home district will be an individualized decision and process.

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Columbus Telegram, Jim Osborn, June 29, 2018

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