Special Education Services
From birth to 21 years of age, we serve students with disabilities in homes, in schools, in community settings and other natural environments.
We strive for partnerships, leveraging resources and collaborating with others whenever possible. We work with parents, caregivers, community agencies and school districts to provide a bright future for students and families.
Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
MESD is the regional contractor for Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Services. MESD and two subcontractors, Columbia Gorge ESD and Hood River School District, provide services to children birth through five years of age and their families. Early Intervention services are provided in natural environments to children birth through two years of age.
Early Childhood Special Education - Transition Services
Component school districts contracted with MESD to provide evaluation services for children in special education to transition to kindergarten.
Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Evaluation
The Multnomah Early Childhood Program Intake and Evaluation team ensures all referred children, aged birth to 5 years of age, receive screening, and when necessary, evaluations for potential eligibility for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education.
Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education - Hood River/Columbia Gorge ESD
MESD received funds from the Oregon Department of Education to provide EI/ECSE services to children residing in Hood River and Wasco Counties.
Special Education Systems Performance Review & Improvement (SPR & I)
Funds were provided to support staff participation in the Oregon Department of Education Systems Performance Review and Improvement training for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education.
Medicaid Early Childhood
Funds generated from Medicaid reimbursement were used to provide speech/language services, one-to-one nursing, purchase materials and equipment for direct instruction and evaluation and supervisory services within the EI/ECSE program.
Functional Living Skills Program - Full Service K-12
MESD provides instruction for students, ages 5-21, with significant disabilities in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as post-secondary settings.
Functional Living Skills - Arata Creek Behavioral Health Program
The FLS Behavioral Health Program provides instruction to students to increase cognitive and social-emotional skills.
Functional Living Skills - Alternative Behavior Placement
The FLS Full Service Alternative Behavior program provides instruction to students to increase functional academics, communication, motor, behavior, and vocational skills. Services are individualized for each student and based upon their IEP.
Functional Living Skills - Extended School Year
Extended school year services were provided to eligible students in the Functional Living Skills Program during the summer of 2008s.
Medicaid - School Age
Funds generated from Medicaid reimbursement revenue were used to purchase equipment for students in the Functional Living Skills, Related Services and Social- Emotional Skills programs and to provide speech/language services and employ education assistants to serve Medicaid-eligible students in the FLS program.
Special Education Related Services Program
Special Education Related Services includes referral, evaluation and services for occupational and physical therapy, speech and language therapy, assistive technology/augmentative communication, behavioral consultation, instructional consultation and psychological evaluations.
Alternative Assessment Training Grant - Oregon Department of Education
This grant provided funding for training on the new Oregon Statewide Assessment. These funds supported training or administration of assessments, training in Response to Intervention (RTI), and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS).