As part of the interim plan for difficult child 2, the docs and I decided to re-enroll him in public school (provided he's not in YDC or an Residential Treatment Center (RTC) come Friday morning.) I called today to talk to a guidance counselor about re-enrollment. (He's been homeschooled now since the 3rd grade - he'd be a freshman in high school this year.) The lady I spoke with is referring my inquiry to their director of Special Education for the school (not the district - I already left that lady a message this morning.) She said there are new processes they have to go through to get a child an IEP. However, since difficult child 2 already has confirmed dxes and existing treatment plans, professionals, etc., she said she's not sure what processes we could skip and what we would still be required to do. Hence referring us to the director of Special Education. I told her difficult child 2 has had numerous hospitalizations in the last 2 years, so the last thing we want to do is create so much upheaval that he fails right off the bat. I don't want him thrown into mainstream classes until he gets and IEP. No, I could see that working out to a whole lot of bad stuff. difficult child 2 doesn't do well with lots of commotion around him, so he'll definitely need a controlled environment first, and gradually mainstreaming him if possible. (That is, of course, if he doesn't wind up at Residential Treatment Center (RTC) or YDC come Friday.) He needs to work up to mainstream classes. In any regard. It's been six years since I had to deal with any public school stuff, much less getting an IEP. I'm not sure if these "new" processes are something specific to our local school district, or if this is a national thing. So, I figured I'd ask the experts here to see if you all knew anything "new" I might need to know about. Last time he was in public school, all it took to get an IEP was a formal request. At the IEP meeting, all I had to do was provide a statement from his psychiatrist listing his dxes and any special accommodations the psychiatrist recommended. That was it. Are there more/different steps now? Anything in particular I should know about changes in the laws or anything? I'd appreciate any insight so I know what to expect. Thanks!!