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Ltr3-11: Special Education - Mental Health

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

July 25, 2012

Dear Select County Superintendents of Schools:


This apportionment, in the amount of $62,446,500, is made from Section A of the State School Fund with funds provided in Provisions 18 and 26 of Item 6110-161-0001 of the 2011 Budget Act (Chapter 33, Statutes of 2011), as amended by Senate Bill 1016 (Chapter 38, Statutes of 2012), for the purpose of providing educationally related mental health services, including out-of-home residential services for emotionally disturbed pupils, required by an individualized education program pursuant to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and as described in Section 56363 of the California Education Code.

This final apportionment equals 25 percent of the total $249,786,000 budget appropriation, and is distributed to special education local plan areas (SELPAs) based on a rate per unit of average daily attendance (ADA) times the ADA reported for the 2011–12 second principal apportionment minus the amount remitted to each SELPA in the first and second allocation. The final rates per ADA for 2011–12 are $0.3888956327 for the Los Angeles Court Schools SELPA and $41.8031761267 for all other SELPAs. Information pertaining to this apportionment, including a copy of this apportionment letter and the schedule of apportionment, is posted on the California Department of Education Special Education Programs Web site at Detail information of previous apportionments (75% of the appropriation) that was distributed in September 2011 and March 2012 can also be viewed on this site.

Warrants will be mailed to each county treasurer approximately three weeks from the date of this letter. For standardized account code structure coding, use Resource Code 6512, Special Education, and Revenue Object Code 8590, All Other State Revenue. County superintendents of schools are requested to inform their school districts immediately of all data regarding this apportionment.

If you have any questions, please contact Halena Le, Consultant, Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education, by phone at 916-323-6195 or by e-mail at, or Peter Foggiato, Administrator, Office of Principal Apportionment and Special Education, by phone at 916-324-4541 or by e-mail at


Jeannie Oropeza, Deputy Superintendent
Services for Administration, Finance, Technology, and Infrastructure Branch


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