WPS Office of Student Support
November 2023 Newsletter
- November Session: Helping Families Navigate The Mental Health System 11/30/23 9-10AM
- January Session: January 17, 2024 Parenting in the Context of Anxiety: What Parents Need to Know to Support their Children and Themselves Meredith Elkins, Ph.D.
- November SEPAC Meeting 11/9 at 6:30pm
Leaders in Youth Mental Health Series
WPS SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Events
Next SEPAC Meeting November 9th at 6:30 meeting link here featuring a Who's Who of the Office of Student Support Services
- Community Behavioral Health Centers: Information from the state and a Boston Globe article about the new Community Behavioral Health Centers (CBHCs) that are now in effect as of January 3, 2022.
- Wilmington Food Pantry
- Below is a resource for families that may be experiencing housing insecurity or being faced with homelessness. https://www.masslegalservices.org/EmergencyAssistanceAdvocacyGuide
- Care Solace for mental health care coordination support for Wilmington Families http://www.caresolace.com/wilmington
- Riverside Community Care, CS Somerville, MA *CSA’s provide wrap around services and are designed to facilitate access to and ensure coordination of care for youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED) who require or are already utilizing multiple services systems (e.g., child welfare, special education, juvenile justice, mental health) and their families. Riverside is the CSA for the cities and towns of Somerville, Cambridge, Winchester, Wilmington, Woburn, and Burlington. Visit: https://www.riversidecc.org/child-family-services/care-coordination-services-csa/ Outpatient Counseling: https://www.riversidecc.org/child-family-services/outpatient-counseling-medication/
- Mass Advocate Emergency Assistance Guide- Shelter and rehousing assistance: https://www.masslegalservices.org/EmergencyAssistanceAdvocacyGuide
IEP Improvement Project
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) recently made updates to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) form. These changes are intended to strengthen the IEP process and improve the educational outcomes and experiences of students with disabilities in the Commonwealth. The IEP Improvement Project is intended to provide schools, districts, and families with more than newly designed and updated forms. It is also intended to provide opportunities for families, schools, and districts to work together to build better systems that more effectively support students with disabilities. Wilmington Public Schools will be moving to the new forms in Fall 2024. Click here to view the New IEP Form.
Office of Student Support Services
Coordinator of Behavioral Health
Maura T. Kilbride
Coordinator of Special Education Services
Director of Student Support Services