The journal of mental health administration

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 35–42 | Cite as

The social maladjustment exclusion in educational policy: Implications for multiagency coordination of services

  • Kimberly Hoagwood
Regular Articles


Educational policy within Public Law 94-142 dictates exclusion of socially maladjusted children from eligibility as seriously emotionally disturbed. The history of this exclusion, various state education agency attempts to serve or exclude children with behavioral problems, and major assessment issues surrounding interpretation of the exclusion are described. Substructural issues involving the conceptualization of disability and related funding exigencies are also presented. The differences between P.L.94-142 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, in terms of the definition of handicap, and the implications of these differences for the exclusion are explored. Major approaches to serving the burgeoning numbers of children in need of mental health services through multiagency collaboration are reviewed with respect to a proposal for a paradigmatic shift in redefining the role of education.


Mental Health Special Education Conduct Disorder Emotional Disturbance Special Education Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly Hoagwood
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  1. 1.School Psychology ConsultantTexas Education AgencyAustin

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