The Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) is comprised of 24 programs which support the local school systems’ continuum of services for students with disabilities, ages 3-21. The programs provide comprehensive educational and therapeutic support services to students who might otherwise require residential or other more restrictive placements due to the severity of one or more of the characteristics of emotional and behavioral disorders.
Students receiving services through a GNETS Program are identified by their local school system through the Individual Education Program (IEP) process. An IEP team may consider services by a GNETS program for a child with characteristics of emotional and behavioral disorders based upon documentation of the severity of the duration, frequency and intensity of one or more of these characteristics. This documentation must include prior extension of less restrictive services and data which indicates such services have not enabled the child to benefit educationally. For these students, local schools are actively involved and exit criteria are developed upon entry into the GNETS program.
Prior to GNETS consideration:
Students currently served through special education:
- Students who exhibit severe emotional and behavioral deficits should have targeted interventions in place to address their emotional/behavioral needs.
- A Functional Behavior Analysis must have been conducted and a Behavior Intervention Plan implemented.
- Data collected from interventions must support the consideration.
- If, based on data, it is determined that consideration is warranted:
- The In School Coordinator of the base school will contact the CCSS Special Education Coordinator assigned to their school.
- The CCSS Special Education Coordinator assigned to their school will contact the CCSS Special Education Coordinator for the GNETS program.
- The CCSS Special Education Coordinator for the GNETS program can conduct an observation, request an observation by a GNETS representative and/or schedule an IEP meeting.
- The IEP team must include the following people: special education teacher, general education teacher(s), a LEA representative, CCSS Special Education Coordinator, a representative from GNETS and parents.
- The IEP team will make a placement decision and determine any further actions.
For general education students whose severe emotional/behavioral distress may warrant consideration of the GNETS program:
- Efforts must be taken to address the behaviors at the school level by involving the school psychologist, conducting a FBA and developing a BIP.
- If the student continues to exhibit severe behaviors that are a danger to himself/herself or others, a Tier 3 meeting should be conducted.
- The team must include the following people: teachers, school psychologist, Tier 3 chair, the CCSS Special Education Coordinator assigned to the GNETS program, the school psychologist, parent(s), and a representative from the GNETS program.
- The team will determine future actions.