Intensive Interagency Approach

Mount Union Area School District

Intensive Interagency Approach

(Formally Cordero Class Members)


STANDARD: The Local Education Agency (LEA) identifies, reports, and provides for the provision of FAPE (free appropriate public education) for all students with disabilities including those students needing intensive interagency approaches. (34CFR 300.550(b)(1) and (2) regarding LRE.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has identified an Intensive Interagency Approach, formally Cordero Class Members for Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) throughout Pennsylvania. The Intensive Interagency Approach requires the LEA to engage other child service systems (e.g. mental health, the office of intellectual disabilities, child protective services, juvenile probation, and drug/alcohol treatment services etc.) for difficult to place students.

Interagency Coordination should be occurring in every school within the Mount Union Area School District, when a child has a need that extends beyond any one domain: education, medical health, behavioral health, social services, child protective services, legal, juvenile justice or child advocate, etc.

Some of the Mount Union Area School District’s child service system partners include:

  • After School Programs

  • Public Library

  • Universal Community Behavioral Health—Outpatient Therapy, Med Clinic, Blended Case Management

  • CBH—TSS Service. Mobile Therapy Behavior Specialists

  • Northwestern Human Services—TSS Services, Mobile Therapy, Behavior Specialists, Family Based Services, Foster Care

  • YAP—TSS Services, Mobile Therapy, Family Supper Services (referred thru Children Services)

  • School/Community Based Mental Health Program

  • Family Court of Huntingdon County


  • Sam, Inc. Mifflin/Huntingdon County

  • Juniata River Center

  • Hospitals,

  •  Homeless Shelters,

  • Group Homes,

  • Partial Hospitalization Programs,

  • Residential Treatment Facilities (RTF’s),

  • Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR),

  • Housing Authority,

  • Child Advocacy Organizations,

  • Communities of Faith,

  • Legislators,

  • Law Enforcement,

  • Mayor’s Office

  • Parents/Guardians

Schools should coordinate school-level Interagency meetings in order to effectively address the comprehensive and diverse needs of the whole child. Each school has a school-based interagency team consisting of the counselor, principal, assistant principal, dean of students and special education liaison.