Community and Interagency Practices Overview
Various agencies at several levels of government are involved with providing services to youth with disabilities in correctional facilities and planning for their reentry into the community. Collaboration among these agencies that serve youth with disabilities in and those transitioning to and from correctional facilities is key to ensuring that youth receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In particular, youth with emotional or behavioral disabilities and their families are likely to be served by a wide range of agencies and require comprehensive planning and collaboration to facilitate successful educational services within correctional facilities and plan for community reentry. Collaboration across agencies and the involvement of community organizations is necessary to meet the needs of this student population. This brief summarizes best practices for serving youth with disabilities in correctional facilities and focuses on promoting (1) collaboration across agencies and (2) collaboration with the community.