difficult child 1 (14-year-old 9th grader) is currently enrolled in a private school in Washington, Difficult Child. Because of emotional shutdown caused by persistent anxiety and depression, we were told a week before Thanksgiving that difficult child 1 would not be allowed back in school until he received further treatment. We went to an educational consultant who recommended a 45- to 60-day residential psychiatric program at a hospital in Wisconsin. We hope to admit difficult child 1 there early next week. In spite of our asking for incompletes for the first trimester, which ended at Thanksgiving, difficult child 1 received his report card today: C- in Latin, D+ in English, D in science, D- in Algebra II and F in history. We had hoped that he could make up some of his missing work from the first trimester while in the Wisconsin program, but school administrators did not seem to want to accommodate difficult child 1. The Wisconsin program will look at diagnosis and treatment, provide intensive therapy and make recommendations for educational placement for afterwards. husband and I think it is highly unlikely difficult child 1 will go back to this current school. When he left our school district in Montgomery County, Maryland, at the end of 6th grade, difficult child 1 did not have an IEP (his emotional difficulties were not as evident at that point). There is one appropriate private therapeutic day school in our county that the school district pays for students to attend, but we're told it's harder and harder to get county placement there. Which leads me to my questions: Because his current school is in Difficult Child and our home high school is in MD, do we need to enroll him in our home school to start the IEP process with our county? And should we be starting the IEP process as soon as we admit difficult child 1 to the Wisconsin program in the event it is recommended that difficult child 1 attend a therapeutic day school following Wisconsin? I assume since our case is complicated, you would recommend the use of an advocate. Thanks for any help you can offer.