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Educationally Related Social Emotional Services (ERSES)

Program Description:ises back to school dropoff

The Behavioral Health Department is contracted by the Special Education Local Plan Area and 19 county School Districts, Ventura County office of education and Las Virgenes Unified School District in Los Angeles County to provide Educationally Related Social Emotional Services (ERSES) to students and their families county-wide. Services are designed using the students’ Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).

Successful Outcomes:

This program has dramatically reduced out-of-home placement. Since the implementation of ERSES, the number of Ventura County children placed outside of the home has reduced by 68%.

Services and Supports:

Children receive individual and group therapy in addition to family services to meet the social emotional challenges impacting their school success. There is also an emphasis on ensuring the continuum of services for the student. For example VCBH co-facilitates trainings with educational partners so they too are aware of the array of support opportunities offered. There is also coordination of services with home-based community providers in attending to each child’s need and ensuring services are offered in the least restrictive environment. Having a shared vision of serving children locally and tailoring the continuum to meet their educational and emotional needs reflects the imbedded philosophy of wellness and resilience of children and their families.

For information about ERSES please contact your local school district or school site administrator.

To access mental health services, or for immediate help, please call 24/7 1-866-998-2243.

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