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NCJ Number: 123391 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Chemical Dependency as a Handicapping Condition: An Analysis of State Regulations
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Chemical Dependency  Volume:1  Issue:1  Dated:(1990)  Pages:69-80
Author(s): R W Williams
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 12
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After reviewing the status of adolescent chemical dependency (ACD) as a handicapping condition under The Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, this article reports the results of a survey of the States to determine their special education classification and services for ACD students.
Abstract: Section 504 mandates that public schools must evaluate alcoholic or chemically dependent students and provide appropriate educational services if the need is indicated. These services can include special education, even though chemical dependency is not a handicapping condition under EHA, and EHA funds cannot be used to provide these services. Thirty-six States, three territories, the District of Columbia, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs responded to a survey designed to determine whether these jurisdictions classify ACD students as handicapped and eligible for special education services. There were no States whose special education regulations include chemical dependency as a distinct classification. Most of the States provide schoolwide drug prevention programs through regular education. More intense services for ACD students are usually not provided. 1 table, 21 references.
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Federal Code; Juvenile educational services; Persons with Disabilities
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