Registration deadline is February 27 at 3 p.m.

"Special Education Law in Ohio" book is included with the registration fee.

This program has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 5.5 total CLE hours instruction.

Unauthorized audio recording or videotaping of any session is strictly prohibited.


8:15 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:55 a.m.
9 a.m.
Ohio Department of Education (ODE) hot topics
Dr. Kim Monachino, director, OEC, ODE
You asked for it, and ODE will deliver. This session will focus on the activities of the Office for Exceptional Children (OEC), including proposed revisions to Ohio’s operating standards.
10:15 a.m.
Special education: Lightning round of special education updates
Susan Geary, Esq., Bricker & Eckler LLP; and Jennifer A. Hardin, deputy director of legal services, OSBA
Court cases, administrative guidance revisions and more — this fast-paced discussion will review updates to “Special Education Law in Ohio,” the book included in the registration fee.
10:45 a.m.
11 a.m.
Ohio’s comprehensive continuum of mental health and behavioral health supports
Dr. Dawna-Cricket-Martita Meehan, director, and Debora Robison, administrator, Center for SchoolBased Mental Health Programs, Miami University
Learn why mental health and behavioral health (MH/BH) efforts should be systematically incorporated, in proactive and reactive ways, into schools. Discover resources that have been developed through Project AWARE Ohio to help staff recognize the signs and symptoms of MH/BH issues and refer students to the appropriate resources; know how to respond to youth in need; and be aware of the continuum of MH/BH supports and services in your communities.
11:45 a.m.
Lunch (provided)
12:30 p.m.
Identifying and supporting students with mental health concerns
Jessica Dawso, Esq., Scott Scriven LLP; Lenore Cereghini, student services coordinator, Dublin City; Samantha McMasters, director of student services, Bexley City; Amber Nickels, mental health specialist, ESC of Central Ohio
How does a district determine if mental or behavioral health problems are adversely affecting a student’s educational performance? Learn about the challenges districts face when identifying and serving students with mental health concerns. Review socialemotional learning, warning signs, triggers, evaluations and communicating and collaborating with families.
2 p.m.
2:15 p.m.
Proactive and reactive: Responding appropriately to students with extreme behaviors
Jeremy Neff, Esq., Ennis Britton Co. LPA; Mona Burts-Beatty, educational and regional special education compliance consultant, Hamilton County ESC; Craig Hockenberry, superintendent, Three Rivers Local; Colleen Swim, Esq., Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
What are your district’s responsibilities, goals and legal requirements when one of your students is facing extreme mental or behavioral health challenges? When and how must the district intervene to keep all students safe and secure? This session will discuss bullying, social isolation, threat assessment and the appropriate learning environment for students with extremely challenging behaviors.
3:45 p.m.