I'm obviously not going to get principal to request county team and now I'm worried about whether or not the school district will agree to do anything thru the iep team. My gut feeling at this point is that principal will stick to saying difficult child is not a problem at school and his excessive absences (he didn't go today) are a result of mental health so it's a mental health issue, not a school issue. She has the head of middle school Special Education attending tomorrow's meeting, but based on my experience with this last year, she'll just back up what principal says/wants. This keeps ssd from having to pay anything out of their budget, you know. I suspect at most that they will recommend homebound, which is not going to work with me. If anyone has any experience with this stuff, please review my thread in Special Education forum and give me some pointers... I talked with difficult child's therapist again this morning to see if he had any other ideas and to confirm what he's going to write in his letter. We agreed that if the iep team will not recommend the county team, then I basicly have no choice but to request an emergency hearing with the judge. She might kick it back and tell me to go thru PO, but PO is a hindrance at worst and worthless at best. difficult child is already on a chins (in need of services) but judge told me the county could offer nothing but mst. That is not true, so I will request my hearing based on a chins, just to leave an appropriate paper trail. The letter from psychiatrist will be recommending county team so we can discuss services. I only hope and pray that judge doesn't automatically revoke difficult child's suspended sentence and skip the county team. At least I will have a paper trail if she does. I checked the website for my congressman- he's very conservative and I'm not holding my breath that he'll help. Anyway, I was going to call but there is an online form that you have to print out and sign a release of information and mail or fax to them with your issue and what you need help with before they will do anything. I can't get that done today- I need to call PEATC and a few other people as soon as my phone battery charges up. I also need to finish my work for IEP meeting tomorrow. I am so worried about where difficult child is going to end up and what is going to happen to him there and whether or not he'll ever be able to come back home. therapist said as unfortunate as it is, this is bound to end up in front of judge at some point. I said I think so too and I'd much rather it end up in front of her before difficult child breaks another law. At least there is a chance then that she won't have him locked up in corrections. But, going this route means the best hoope is a court ordered county help so PO would be leading the team and I would no longer be in control of making choices about difficult child's mental health treatment. That just keeps me in tears.