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California Special Education Local Plan Areas

Service area covered by a special education local plan and the governance structure created under any of the planning options of Section 56205, 56206, 56208, 56211, 56213, 56241, 56243, 56244, & 56245 of the Education Code.

What is a SELPA?

In 1977, all school districts and county school offices were mandated to form consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services.

SELPAs are dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and that special needs students must be guaranteed equal opportunity to become contributing members of society. SELPAs facilitate high quality educational programs and services for special needs students and training for parents and educators. The SELPA collaborates with county agencies and school districts to develop and maintain healthy and enriching environments in which special needs students and families can live and succeed.

Legal Background

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (PL 93-112), amended in 1992, includes Section 504, which affirms the right of any student or adult who has a mental or physical impairment which inhibits a major life activity including learning; has a history of such an impairment; or is considered by a team of knowledgeable individuals to have such an impairment, from being discriminated against program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. This Act also requires that students be given a free appropriate public education in regular education classes, with necessary supplementary aids and services, if they are determined by a school team to be disabled under Section 504 or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Such eligibility may exist without concurrent eligibility for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Rehabilitation Act was followed in 1975 by the passage of PL 94-142, the Education of Handicapped Act, which was changed in 1990 to the IDEA. This is the legislation that provides that all students who are eligible for special education must be provided with a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

The California Legislature implements the provisions of IDEA through the California Master Plan for Special Education. This plan was first implemented statewide in 1980 with the passage of Senate Bill 1870.

Some of the major areas covered by state and federal laws are the following:

  • Child Find - Each public school system is responsible to find children with disabilities in its area
  • Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) - Each public school system is responsible for ensuring that each child with disabilities is served appropriately, at no expense to the parent
  • Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) - Each child is assured of his/her right of education with non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of both
  • Due Process - The right of parent participation, and challenge, in all aspects of assessment, identification and placement is assured; involves mediation or administrative hearing procedures and complaint procedure in case of disputes
  • Individualized Educational Planning (IEP) - The right of a child to an educational program designed to meet his/her individual needs and based on adequate assessment is assured. At age 14 to 16 this includes the development of an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) to provide for transition into the world of work.

These concepts have been reinforced and interpreted by a number of court cases since the passage of the law. Two notable cases in the State of California are the Larry P. Case, which established strict rules concerning the use of standardized intelligence tests with minority populations, and the Diana Case, which has caused school systems to revise their bilingual special education assessments. The complexity of these rules and responsibilities has created the need for skilled and knowledgeable administrators who must understand the laws and apply them fairly. The SELPA Administrator is responsible for assuring that:

  • All individuals with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
  • All regular education resources are considered and, where appropriate, utilized on a local or regional basis to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
  • A system exists at the regional level for identification, assessment and placement of disabled students.
  • A viable system for public education is functioning in the community, with broad participation and interaction involving parents and other agencies serving children and young adults.
  • An annual compliance monitoring system implemented, that continues to assure non- compliant items that have been identified through Self Reviews, Verification Reviews, Focused Monitoring or Complaints have and continue to be rectified.


Significant changes have occurred in services and programs provided for children with exceptional needs in the public schools of California. These changes have stemmed from new laws and regulations at both the state and national levels, as well as from the spirit of fairness, balance and equality that characterize the public school system in America. New interpretations of existing laws by the courts have further modified and expanded the services required for exceptional students.

Previously, children with disabilities were identified only if their educational needs were obvious. Then, they tended to be placed into programs designed to serve children with similar disabilities in special schools or located separately on comprehensive school sites. Such categorical programs were usually effective in providing specialized services for the populations they served; but in many cases, expectations for these groups were inappropriate in relation to the students' actual potential.

Gradually, the community and public agencies have become aware that children with disabilities can be educated with their non-disabled peers, guaranteeing equal opportunities for all children... including children with disabilities.

This required the sharing of program resources, including transportation, through regional cooperation among public and non-public schools and non-educational agencies.

In the early 1970s, a simultaneous movement across the country resulted in the passage of important federal and state laws. The federal laws were PL 93-112 and PL 94-142. In 1987, PL 99-457 was passed which expanded services to preschool children. In response to these laws, legislation was passed in California which provides the legal foundation for a comprehensive plan in special education and requires local districts and agencies to establish SELPAs to address the needs of all children with disabilities.

These laws and regulations promote changes and procedures leading to such things as the following:

  • Accountability
  • Annual Reviews of Progress
  • California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS) Reporting
  • Career Training
  • Community Involvement and Support
  • Compliance Reviews
  • Coordination of Resources Among Districts by Regions
  • Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) Assessment and Data Reporting
  • Due Process Rights
  • Educational Benefit
  • Full Service to All Students with Disabilities
  • Guaranteed Equality of Access
  • Improved Self-Esteem for Children with Disabilities
  • Increased Parent Participation
  • Individualized Educational Programs (IEP)
  • Less Restrictive Placements (LRE)
  • Local Governance Systems
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Program Reviews
  • Social Acceptance of Children with Disabilities
  • Staff Development Programs
  • State Performance Plan Indicator Data Collection
  • Transition from School to Post-Secondary Education and Employment

Today, as never before, parents, students and staff work together to make certain that the appropriate services are provided on an individualized basis for every child with a disability. The services are provided through the SELPAs. The Local Plan developed and maintained in each community by the people who live there, is the basis of these improvements and the foundation of services.

California Special Education Local Plan Areas

County SELPA Address City - Zip code Phone
Alameda Mid-Alameda County 4400 Alma Avenue  Castro Valley 94546 510-537-3000 x 1200
Alameda Mission Valley 4210 Technology Drive Fremont  94538 510-659-2596
Alameda North Region 1051 Monroe Street Albany  94706 510-525-9805
Alameda Oakland Unified 2850 West Street Oakland  94608 510-874-3706
Alameda Tri-Valley 4665 Bernal Avenue Pleasanton  94566 925-426-9144
Amador Amador County 217 Rex Avenue Jackson  95642 209-257-5306
Butte Butte County 1859 Bird Street Oroville  95965 530-532-5621
Calaveras Calaveras County P.O. Box 760 Angels Camp 95221 209-736-6040
Colusa Colusa County 946 Fremont Street Colusa  95932 530-458-8891
Contra Costa Contra Costa 2520 Stanwell Drive, Suite 270 Concord  94520 925-827-0949 x 14
Contra Costa Mt Diablo Unified 1936 Carlotta Drive Concord  94520 925-682-8000 x 4047
Contra Costa San Ramon Valley Unified 699 Old Orchard Drive Danville  94526 925-820-6815
Contra Costa West Contra Costa Unified 2465 Dolan Way San Pablo  94806 510-307-4633
El Dorado El Dorado Charter 6767 Green Valley Road Placerville  95667-9357 530-295-2467
El Dorado El Dorado County 6767 Green Valley Road Placerville  95667-9357 530-295-2467
El Dorado Tahoe-Alpine 1021 Al Tahoe Boulevard South Lake Tahoe  96150 530-541-2850 x 226/248
Fresno Clovis Unified 1680 David E. Cook Way Clovis  93611-0599 559-327-9407
Fresno Fresno County 1111 Van Ness Avenue Fresno  93721-2000 559-265-3049
Fresno Fresno Unified 1301 M Street Fresno  93721 559-258-2475
Glenn Glenn County 311 S. Villa Street Willows  95988 530-865-1267
Humboldt Humboldt/Del Norte 901 Myrtle Avenue Eureka  95501 707-441-2051
Imperial Imperial County 1398 Sperber Road El Centro  92243 760-312-6417
Inyo Inyo County 166 Grandview Avenue Bishop 93514 760-873-3262 x 408
Kern Bakersfield City 714 Williams Street Bakersfield  93305 661-631-5863
Kern Kern County Consortium 1300 17th Street City Centre Bakersfield  93301-4533 661-636-4801
Kern Kern High 5801 Sundale Avenue Bakersfield  93309 661-827-3105
Kern Sierra Sands 113 Felspar Avenue Ridgecrest  93555 760-449-1703
Kings Kings County 1144 West Lacey Boulevard Hanford  93230 559-589-2504
Lake Lake County 1152 South Main Street Lakeport  95453 707-262-4130
Lassen Lassen County 472-013 Johnstonville Road North Susanville  96130 530-257-7266
Los Angeles Antelope Valley 39139 10th Street E Palmdale  93550 661-274-4136
Los Angeles Compton Unified 2300 W. Caldwell Street Compton 90221 310-604-6560
Los Angeles Downey-Montebello 9625 Van Ruiten Avenue #K-1 Bellflower, 90706 562-461-8702
Los Angeles East San Gabriel Valley 1400 Ranger Drive Covina  91722-2055 626-966-1679
Los Angeles Foothill 223 N. Jackson Street Glendale  91206 818-241-3111 x 205
Los Angeles LA County Court Schools 9300 Imperial Hwy., Ed. Ctr. Clark #207 Downey  90242 562-940-1873
Los Angeles Long Beach Unified 1515 Hughes Way Long Beach  90810-1839 562-997-8051
Los Angeles Los Angeles County Charter 9300 Imperial Hwy, ECW2035 Downey  90242 562-401-5737
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified 333 S Beaudry Avenue, 17th Floor Los Angeles  90017 213-241-8169
Los Angeles Mid Cities 9625 Van Ruiten Avenue #K-1 Bellflower  90706-6013 562-461-8702
Los Angeles Norwalk-La Mirada/ABC 16700 Norwalk Boulevard Cerritos 90703 562-926-5566 x 21156
Los Angeles Pasadena Unified 351 South Hudson Avenue Pasadena  91109 626-396-3600 x 88600
Los Angeles Pomona 851 South Hamilton Pomona 91767 909-397-4648
Los Angeles Puente Hills 1830 S. Nogales Rowland Heights  91748 626-964-7458
Los Angeles Santa Clarita 24930 Avenue Stanford Santa Clarita  91355 661-294-5398
Los Angeles Southwest 320 Knob Hill Avenue Redondo Beach  90277 310-944-3217
Los Angeles Tri-City 4034 Irving Place Culver City  90232 310-842-4220 x 4367
Los Angeles West San Gabriel Valley 15 W. Alhambra Road Alhambra 91801 626-943-3435
Los Angeles Whittier Co-op 4211 Columbia Avenue Pico Rivera 90660 562-945-6431 x 217
Madera Madera-Mariposa 1150 South Madera Avenue Madera  93637 559-662-4665
Marin Marin County PO Box 4925 San Rafael  94913 415-499-5850
Mendocino Mendocino County 2240 Old River Road Ukiah  95482 707-467-5167
Merced Merced County 632 W. 13th Street Merced  95314 209-381-6711
Modoc Modoc County 139 Henderson Street Alturas  96101 530-233-7110
Mono Mono County P.O. Box 130 Mammoth Lakes  93546 760-934-0031
Monterey Monterey County P.O. Box 80851 Salinas  93912-0851 831-755-0342
Napa Napa County 2121 Imola Avenue Napa  94559 707-253-6807
Nevada Nevada County 400 Hoover Lane Nevada City  95959 530-265-0611 x 205
Orange Anaheim City 1001 S East Street Anaheim  92805 714-517-7525 x 4120
Orange Capistrano Unified 33122 Valle Road San Juan Capistrano  92675 949-234-9275
Orange Garden Grove Unified 10331 Stanford Avenue Garden Grove  92840 714-663-6233
Orange Greater Anaheim 7300 La Palma Avenue Building 6 Buena Park 90620 714-828-1766 x 25
Orange Irvine Unified 5050 Barranca Parkway Irvine  92604 949-936-5234
Orange North Orange County 1021 W. Bastanchury Road #161 Fullerton  92833 714-641-5400
Orange Newport-Mesa Unified 2985-A Bear Street Costa Mesa  92626 949-515-6769
Orange Northeast Orange County 1301 E Orangethorpe Avenue Placentia  92870 714-985-8667
Orange Orange Unified 1401 N. Handy Orange  92867 714-628-5550
Orange South Orange County 25631 Peter Hartman Way Mission Viejo  92691 949-580-3394
Orange Santa Ana Unified 1601 E. Chestnut Avenue Santa Ana  92701 714-558-5832
Orange Tustin Unified 15400 Lansdowne Road Tustin  92782 714-730-7301 x 336
Orange West Orange County 5832 Bolsa Avenue Huntington Beach  92649 714-903-7000 x 4601
Placer Placer 360 Nevada Street Auburn  95603 530-886-5870
Plumas Plumas County 50 Church Street Quincy  95971 530-283-6500 x 227
Riverside Corona-Norco Unified 2820 Clark Avenue Norco  92860 951-736-5091
Riverside Moreno Valley Unified 25634 Alessandro Blvd. Moreno Valley  92553 951-571-7500 x 17282
Riverside Riverside County 975 W Morgan Street, Building G Perris  92571 951-490-0375
Riverside Riverside Unified 5700 Arlington Avenue Riverside  92504 951-352-1200 x 83501
Sacramento Elk Grove Unified 9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road Elk Grove  95624 916-686-7780 x 7453
Sacramento Folsom Cordova Unified 1965 Birkmont Drive Rancho Cordova 95742 916-294-9007 x 102410
Sacramento Sacramento City Unified 5735 47th Avenue Sacramento  95824 916-643-9163
Sacramento Sacramento County P.O. Box 269003 Sacramento  95826-9003 916-228-2447
Sacramento San Juan Unified 3738 Walnut Avenue Carmichael  95608 916-971-7953
San Benito San Benito County 460 5th Street Hollister  95023 831-637-5393 x 121
San Bernardino Desert Mountain 17800 Highway 18 Apple Valley  92307 760-242-6333 x 130
San Bernardino East Valley Consortium 670 E. Carnegie Drive San Bernardino 92408 909-252-4507
San Bernardino Fontana Unified 9680 Citrus Avenue, #33 Fontana  92335 909-357-7600 x 29374
San Bernardino Morongo Unified 5715 Utah Trail Twentynine Palms  92277 760-367-9191 x 4230
San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified 1535 W Highland Avenue San Bernardino  92411 909-880-6863
San Bernardino West End 8265 Aspen Avenue #200 Rancho Cucamonga  91730 909-476-6131
San Diego East County San Diego 924 E Main Street El Cajon  92021 619-590-3920
San Diego North Coastal 255 Pico Avenue, Room 220 San Marcos  92069 760-761-5111
San Diego North Inland 1710 Montecito Road Ramona  92065 760-788-4671
San Diego Poway Unified 15250 Avenue of Science San Diego  92128 858-521-2822
San Diego San Diego City Unified 4100 Normal Street, Annex 2 San Diego  92103-2682 619-725-7700
San Diego South Bay Service 800 National City Blvd., Suite 202 National City  91950 619-470-5224
San Francisco San Francisco Unified 3045 Santiago Street San Francisco 94116 415-759-2241
San Joaquin Lodi Area 1305 E Vine Street Lodi  95240 209-331-7062
San Joaquin San Joaquin County P.O. Box 213030 Stockton  95213-9030 209-468-4925
San Joaquin Stockton City USD 1800 South Sutter Stockton  95206 209-933-7120 x 2560
San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo County 8005 Morro Road Atascadero 93422 805-782-7301
San Mateo San Mateo County 101 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City  94065-1064 650-802-5464
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County 401 N Fairview Avenue Goleta  93117 805-683-1424
Santa Clara Santa Clara I-IV, VII 1290 Ridder Park Drive - MC 277 San Jose  95131-2398 408-453-6566
Santa Clara Southeast Consortium 3434 Marten Avenue San Jose  95148 408-223-3771
Santa Cruz N Santa Cruz County 400 Encinal Street Santa Cruz 95060-2115 831-466-5700
Santa Cruz Pajaro Valley Jt USD 294 Green Valley Road Watsonville  95076 831-786-2100
Shasta Shasta County 1644 Magnolia Avenue Redding  96001-1513 530-225-0100
Sierra Sierra County P.O. Box 127 Loyalton 96118 530-993-4485
Siskiyou Siskiyou County 609 South Gold Street Yreka  96097 530-842-8441
Solano Solano County 5100 Business Ctr. Drive Fairfield  94534 707-399-4461
Solano Vallejo City USD 665 Walnut Avenue Vallejo  94592 707-556-8921 x 50157
Sonoma Sonoma County 5340 Skylane Boulevard Santa Rosa  95403-1082 707-524-2753
Stanislaus Modesto City Schs 415 Locust Street Modesto  95351 209-576-4155
Stanislaus Stanislaus County 1100 H Street, #841 Modesto  95354 209-238-6551
Sutter Sutter County 970 Klamath Lane Yuba City  95993 530-822-2907
Tehama Tehama County 1135 Lincoln Street Red Bluff  96080 530-527-8581
Trinity Trinity County P.O. Box 1256 Weaverville  96093 530-623-2861 x 234
Tulare Tulare County P.O. Box 5091 Visalia  93278-5091 559-730-2910 x 5120
Tuolumne Tuolumne County 175 S. Fairview Lane Sonora  95370-4859 209-536-2040
Ventura Ventura County 5100 Adolfo Road Camarillo  93012 805-437-1561
Yolo Yolo County 1280 Santa Anita Court, Suite150 Woodland  95776 530-668-3787
Yuba Yuba County 935 14th Street Marysville  95901-4198 530-749-4873
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