Currently, the Council is seeking applications to fill vacancies for two parents, guardians, or primary caretakers of children with serious emotional disturbance
, and one adult in recovery (to include adults with serious mental illness who are receiving, or have received, mental health services).
Research into practice: Reducing disruptive behaviors in students with serious emotional disturbance
. School Psychology Review, 30(2), 294-304.
The fact that responsible clinicians would not determine and diagnose serious emotional disturbance
based solely on any single instrument suggests, by itself, a glaring omission in the applied literature.
The "Final Report" of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, a federal panel created in 2002 to "promote successful community integration for adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance
," calls for the "total transformation" of America's "mental health delivery system." If implemented, the commission's recommendations would ultimately lead to mandatory mental health screening of all of America's schoolchildren.
The survey questionnaire sought the following details: 1) Demographic information; 2) Professional opinions about serious emotional disturbance
; 3) Personal working practice with seriously emotionally disturbed students & 4) Recommendations.
Currently about one in five children has a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder, and up to one in 10 might suffer from a serious emotional disturbance
. However, 70% of children don't receive mental-health services, according to the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health.
Significantly, over 90% of students with disabilities placed in general education classrooms have high incidence disabilities (i.e., speech or language, learning disabilities, serious emotional disturbance
, mild cognitive disabilities) (U.S.
The most segregated settings of special education services outside regular education schools and special classes were chosen by more than half of the respondents for serious emotional disturbance
(63.6%) and autism/pervasive developmental disorder (49.8%).
More than twelve hundred individuals submitted comments to the Commission on the following topics: access to mental health services; extent of coordination of mental health and support services; extent to which people with a serious mental illness or serious emotional disturbance
live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities; programs or practices that work well or improve your experience of care.
The study reported in this article examined the prevalence of eligibility for educational services for serious emotional disturbance
(SED) among incarcerated youths, as well as how this designation relates to offender type.
Overwhelmingly, incarcerated offenders have a low level of educational attainment, lack vocational skills, exhibit higher than average rates of unemployment, have mild mental retardation or learning disabilities, have alcohol and drag dependence, and some form of serious emotional disturbance
(Curry et at., 1993; McDaniel, 1992; Montgomery & Johnson, 1990).
*** Mental retardation, hearing impairments, speech or language impairments, visual impairments, serious emotional disturbance
, orthopedic impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, deaf-blindness, or multiple disabilities.