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  • Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Network (SEDNET)

    Contact Information

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    SEDNET 2A Project Manager
    Rusty Holmes - 850-638-6131 Ext. 2240 - rusty.holmes@paec.org

    SEDNET projects across the state provide technical assistance and training to support building capacity of local school districts in their efforts to ensure that the needs of youth with or at-risk of Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities are being met educationally and therapeutically. SEDNET 2A provides these services for the school districts of Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington.

    SEDNET 2A works to increase the expertise of school district personnel in dealing with issues associated with educating students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities. SEDNET 2A takes the lead in providing training such as Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Trauma Informed Care (TIC), and dealing with adverse behavior in the educational environment. Behavioral and Trauma related issues can affect classroom settings and have a negative impact on student grades, attendance, test scores, and the overall safety of the educational environment. Through training and the use of interagency collaboration and coordination SEDNET 2A helps

    Project Services

    SEDNET, a multiagency network for students with Emotional / Behavioral Disabilities serves the child functioning poorly in the home, school, or community due to alcohol, drug abuse, or mental health problems. Eligibility for services is based on a child’s behavioral health needs associated with the risk of removal from either the current living situation, educational placement, or treatment setting. SEDNET serves all agencies involved in meeting the challenge of this exceptional population. District 2A covers the six counties of Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington.

    SEDNET Initiatives

    • Promote development of strategies to maximize dollars to serve at risk populations in the least restrictive environment.

    • Develop the competencies required for all educators to effectively meet the needs of students with emotional disturbances or who are at risk.

    Provide technical assistance, and support to ensure students are served in the most appropriate setting in all systems.SEDNET subscribes to a philosophy of family-centered, child-focused service planning and coordination.  Parents are considered full partners in the planning of services for their children.

    SEDNET 2A Services

    • Family Services Planning Team (FSPT) – Multiple agencies, school officials and SEDNET meet with parents/guardians to assist in securing the least restrictive most appropriate services necessary to aid the child functioning poorly at school and home.

    • Behavior At It’s Best – Behavioral observation of referred students providing a direct measure of the child’s on-task, unproductive, disruptive and aggressive behavior. Intervention strategies suggested.

    • Classroom Observation/Teacher Consultation – will provide strategies and tips on how to run a successful classroom when working with EBD children. This includes everything from learning how to set up the classroom appropriately to how to implement a classroom management/discipline program.

    • Community Liaison – SEDNET serves on many community agency boards. These may include Department of Juvenile Justice, Teen Court, and other agencies that work with children in need. This allows SEDNET to be aware of the resources available to help develop a continuity of care and wraparound services to ensure success for our children in home, school and community.

    • Project Connect – Transition for students with disabilities.  **Training Available

    • Accommodations – Assisting students with disabilities.

    • Co-Teaching – This interactive workshop enables school teams to look at various service delivery models and supports that are available to support inclusion.

    • Dealing with Behaviors on the Bus – Proactive Behavior management overview for bus drivers.

    • Matrix training – this training provides the frameworks for determining matrix scores for children who qualify.

    • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) – A program focusing on the safe management of disruptive and assaultive behavior.

    • Paraprofessional Trainings Dealing with Student Behaviors – provide behavior management/classroom management training for paraprofessionals who work with children exhibiting behavioral issues.

    • Positive Behavior Support – Provide technical assistance to districts in the development and implementation of positive behavior supports at the school wide, non – classroom, classroom, and individual student levels.

    • Standing Up For Me – Standing Up For Me is a self determination training for teachers and other personnel that work with students with disabilities.

    • Teaching Tough Kids – this training provides tips and strategies to use when other interventions have been unsuccessful. Emphasis is on children with extreme behavior difficulties.

    • Transition 101 – Everything a classroom teacher/Educator needs to know about Transition and the Theory and Practice behind writing Transition IEP’s.

    • Other trainings available upon request


    SEDNET state website Link

    Children’s Mental Health Awareness 

    In recognition of the national campaigns for Children’s Mental Health Awareness, SEDNET is distributing five days of children’s mental health topical resource spotlights to draw attention to the mental health needs of children and adolescents.


    Please click on the links below to learn more about these spotlights and access current resources.

    Children's Mental Health
    Family-Driven Care
    Suicide Prevention and Children

    Transition and Children's Mental Health
    Trauma Informed Care and Children's Mental Health 

    SEDNET if funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.


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