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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an informal process of settling concerns and/or disagreements related to the provision of special education services to students with special needs. The ADR process encourages all parties to collaboratively problem-solve to reach a mutually beneficial resolution without litigation.

The West San Gabriel Valley SELPA offers the following options for resolution:
  • Facilitation of Collaborative IEPs
  • Utilization of an Intake Coordinator to work with each LEA to resolve the concern/disagreement
  • Facilitation of a Resolution Session

1. What is an Intake Coordinator? 
An intake coordinator listens to the concerns of the parents. He/she helps parents to identify/clarify problems and conflicts with the district. Once the concerns are clearly identified the intake coordinator will, with parent permission, contact the district. If this is not sufficient to resolve the challenge(s), the intake coordinator will initiate a dispute resolution process. Following a mutually beneficial resolution, the intake coordinator will follow up with the outcomes and continue to support both parties to build relationships that will continue to support the student.

2. What is a Facilitated/Guided IEP? 
A facilitated/guided IEP follows a specific framework for the IEP meeting. It integrates common values, an understanding of the parent perspective, proactive planning, effective agenda design, the development of parent/professional partnerships, and thorough preparation. Through this, the IEP meeting can be transformed into a positive, productive process.

3. What is a Collaborative IEP? 
A collaborative IEP includes additional elements to successfully guide the IEP team meeting through the IEP development process. This includes pre-meeting preparation with parents and the school district and follow-up tasks after the meeting. The process involves a neutral facilitator who clarifies the agenda, establishes goals for meeting outcomes, enforces working agreements, keeps the group focused on the IEP process, encourages collaborative problem solving, monitors time, and encourages participation by all team members.

4. What is a Resolution Session? 
A resolution session is a dispute resolution process in which the parents of the child discuss their complaint, and the district/LEA is provided an opportunity to resolve the complaint. A SELPA Coordinator is available to serve as a neutral facilitator in this process. The district/LEA must hold a resolution session within 15 calendar days of receiving notice of the parent’s request for a due process hearing.

5. Who do I contact regarding ADR? 
Please contact: Mr. Marc Purchin, Alternative Dispute Resolution at (310) 202-1155