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Addressing Children’s Needs

What is a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)?

All school districts are divided into regions called SELPAs to address the needs of all children with disabilities. The SELPA serves as the coordinating agency to ensure that a full spectrum of quality special education programs and services are available to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law for Special Education. 

Today there are approximately 125 SELPAs in the state, ranging in size from those serving more than 10,000 students to the most common size between 2,000 and 4,000 students. The Downey-Montebello SELPA serves approximately 6,391 students with special needs.

Each SELPA must have an Administrative Unit (The Responsible Local Agency) the legal entity that receives funds and is responsible for seeing that every eligible child receives appropriate services. In some instances, the Administrative Unit is a school district and in other instances it is the county office. Downey Unified School District serves as the Administrative Unit for the Downey-Montebello SELPA.

Who we are

The Downey-Montebello SELPA serves students attending schools within Downey Unified School District and Montebello Unified School District. A team of dedicated specialists are here to support your needs.

Alanna Cooper

SELPA Director

Vicky Sciacca

Program Specialist

Shannon Romo

Program Specialist

Geri Townsend

Senior Secretary

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Downey Unified School District
11627 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 469-6500

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Montebello Unified School District
123 S. Montebello Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 887-7900

How does SELPA help?

  • Ensures Program Availability for all Children with Disabilities
  • Curriculum Development and Support
  • Staff Development
  • Community Advisory Committee Support
  • Management Information System (CASEMIS)
  • Transition Planning
  • Assistance with Understanding Compliance Requirements
  • Budget Planning and Review
  • Program Evaluation
  • Fiscal Management
  • Program Specialist’s Services
  • Community Awareness
  • Surrogate Parent Training

Who is Eligible?

Students 22-years-old and younger may be eligible to receive services if they are affected by any of the following conditions and their disability interferes with success in the general education program:

  • Autism (AUT)
  • Deaf
  • Deaf-Blindness (DB)
  • Emotional Disturbance (ED)
  • Hard of Hearing (HH)
  • Intellectual Disability (ID)
  • Multiple Disabilities (MD)
  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
  • Other Health Impairments (OHI)
  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
  • Speech or Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visual Impairment including Blindness (VI)