Empowering families to advocate for themselves so that children with special educational needs can reach their full potential in education and life - through support, training, and education. 
National Children's Mental Health Awareness

May 6-11 is the National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), m ental disorders in children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day.   The most common mental disorders that are diagnosed in childhood are attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety/depression, and behavior disorders. 

Did you know . . . 
  • 9.4% of children aged 2-17 years (approximately 6.1 million) have received an ADHD diagnosis?
  • 7.4% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.5 million) have a diagnosed behavior problem?
  • 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety?
  • 3.2% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 1.9 million) have diagnosed depression? 
Special Education Options for Child with a Mental Disorder
Mental disorders affect a child at home, in the community, and at school.  And a child who is affected by mental illness may have a barrier to learning at school.   If you suspect that your child has a barrier that makes learning difficult , you may want to consider requesting an evaluation.  You can request an evaluation for a Section 504 Plan which provides accommodations or you can request an evaluation for an Individualized Educational Plan, also known as an IEP, which provides specialized instruction .

If an IEP is being considered for a child, there are 13 special education categories that a student may qualify for.  One category that may be appropriate for a child who has a mental disorder is Emotional Disturbance  Another category that may be appropriate for a child who has a mental disorder is  Other Health Impairment.    Although these are categories that may be appropriate for many children with mental disorders, remember that an IEP team makes a decision based on a comprehensive evaluation, data, and what is most appropriate for the child.

We are here to empower YOU to advocate for your child! 
It can be overwhelming navigating the special education system.  But remember that advocating for your child's well-being includes advocating for their mental health in the educational setting.   

MPACT is only a phone call or email away if you need assistance! Contact us today at 800.743-7634 or by completing a website submission here.  

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Event Spotlights

Statewide Events

Decoding Dyslexia-MO and Missouri Parents Act Host David Kilpatrick, PhD
May 3, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 1 at 12:00!
Holiday Inn Conference Center
Cadillac Ballroom
10709 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63127 
To support teachers, parents and other professionals in understanding dyslexia and other reading disabilities, David Kilpatrick, PhD will present in St. Louis, Missouri on May 3. David's book, Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, is used by DESE and the RPDC Dyslexia Consultants as a source of information and study.  
Purchase Tickets here:  Dyslexia Conference
 
Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Seminar | Columbia, MO
May 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
University of Missouri - Stotler Lounge
S102 Memorial Union,
518 Hitt Street 
Columbia,  MO  65211 
Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.   
Purchase tickets for a special rate of $99 here:  Wright's Law - Columbia, MO

MPACT is a National Parent Center and 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on a variety of sources of funding, including donations.
 
Events & Awareness

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in Missouri is May 9, 2019.  

Help us #ring4hope this year on May 9th, and bring awareness to Children's Mental Health during Children's Mental Health Week! 

Want to find activities in your area or plan your own with friends and organizations in your community? 
Visit https://dmh.mo.gov/childsoffice/ for helpful links and information to get started!

Want to share information Children's Mental Health Awareness with your child's school?  Check out the School-based Tool Kit here!  

Share information with your community with the Community-based Tool Kit here!   
Free Special Education Trainings
Does your child have a disability; struggle with learning, behavior, or social issues at school; or currently receive special education services? If so, Missouri Parents Act (MPACT) may be able to help. MPACT is a federally-funded, statewide parent training and information center. MPACT offers families free training, resources, and support throughout the special education process. 
 
All training descriptions are located on our website. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a training for your area or organization or  RSVP for any of MPACT's scheduled trainings.

For more information about MPACT or to request information and resources about the special education process, please visit www.missouriparentsact.org or call 1.800.743.7634.

Please register for all events here:  MPACT Trainings


Understanding the IEP Process
May 6, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LH Bluford Library
3050 Prospect Ave
Kansas City, MO 64128 

Special Education: What I Need to Know
May 22, 2019 @ 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Whole Person
3710 Main St  
Kansas City, MO 64111

Steps to Success: IDEA Part C to Part B (Transition from First Steps to Early Childhood Education)
May 28, 2019 @ 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Kansas City Public Library: North East Branch Library 
6000 Wilson Road 
Kansas City, MO 64123

Steps to Success: First Steps Parental Rights
May 28, 2019 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  
Kansas City Public Library: North East Branch Library 
6000 Wilson Road 
Kansas City, MO 64123

Understanding the IEP Process
June 17, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Kansas City Public Library: North East Branch Library 
6000 Wilson Road 
Kansas City, MO 64123


Understanding the IEP Process
May 14, 2019 @ 10:30 am -  12:30 pm 
Polk County Library
1690 W. Broadway 
Bolivar, MO 65613

Disagreement Resolution Process
May 14, 2019 @ 1:30 pm -  3:30 pm 
Polk County Library
1690 W. Broadway 
Bolivar, MO 65613

Special Education Law
May 15 @ 1:00 pm -  3:00 pm 
ILRC
1760 Southridge Dr. 
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Student Led IEP Meetings
May 23 @ 6:00 pm -  8:00 pm 
ILRC, 
1760 Southridge Dr. 
Jefferson City, MO 65109
 
Understanding the IEP Process
June 4 @ 9:30 am -  11:30 am 
Morgan County Library
600 N. Hunter 
Versailles, MO 65084

Special Education: What I Need to Know
June 12 @ 9:30 am -  11:30 am 
Osage Beach Library
1064 Gutridge Lane 
Osage Beach, MO 65065
 

Section 504 & Students with Disabilities
May 1, 2019 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Special School District of St. Louis County 
SSD Central Office
12110 Clayton Rd. 
Town & Country, MO 63131 

Art of Effective Advocacy
June 13 @ 9:30 am -  11:30 am 
Scenic Regional Library
308 Hawthorne Drive 
Union, MO 63084 
 
Understanding the IEP Process
June 20 @ 9:45 am -  11:45 am 
Scenic Regional Library
308 Hawthorne Drive 
Union, MO 63084 
 

Please check our website for more trainings soon!  


Understanding the Evaluation Process
May 6, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SEMO Alliance 
755 South Kingshighway St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Understanding the Evaluation Process
May 6, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
SEMO Alliance
755 South Kingshighway St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Positive Behavior Interventions
June 13, 2019 @10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Missouri Care 
272 South Mount Auburn Rd 
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

Art of Effective Advocacy
June 26, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Naylor Library
105 Kelsey 
Naylor, MO 63953

Special Education Law
June 26, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Naylor Library
105 Kelsey 
Naylor, MO 63953
 

Please check our  website  for more trainings soon! 
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MPACT is funded in part or whole by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant No. H328M090020-10. The contents of the website, however, and any documents cited herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S Department of Education.
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