DIRECTORY OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROGRAMS FOR EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED CHILDREN AND YOUTH Edited by Ronald E. Fritsch Oryx Press, Phoenix, 1986. 336 pp. S74.50
The passage of PL 94-142, a law requiring public schools to provide services for seriously emotionally disturbed children, has created a need for a reference source that will aid in the selection of appropriate programs and facilities. The Directory of Public and Private Programs for Emotionally Disturbed Children and Youth is just such a new resource which identifies 829 programs and facilities for children and adolescents exhibiting serious emotional disturbances and severe mental disorders.
Compiled from responses to a detailed questionnaire, the directory provides a comprehensive overview of programs and facilities within the United States. Arranged alphabetically by state, each entry contains core information including contact name, address, telephone number, year established, and size of facility. Additional items of information include student/patient characteristics, tuition and sources of funding, types of conditions treated, and educational options offered. A foreword by Robert Harth, chair of the department of special education at the National College of Education, introduces this book. An Exceptionalities Index and a Psychopathological Conditions Treated Index follow the Main Entry Section.
The Directory will be a highly useful source of information for parents, teachers, school administrators, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, juvenile officers, pediatricians, and others involved in the process of identifying such programs and facilities.