Item Coversheet

Action Item - 42.

Title: Contract with Resources for Human Development, Inc., an Out-Patient Mental Health Facility Located in Philadelphia, for the Provision of Educational Services for School Age Children Receiving Treatment During the Day ($240,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows: 


Resources for Human Development, Inc. (RHD)



To provide educational programs for students receiving out-patient mental health treatment services during the day at Resources for Human Development, Inc.

 Start date: 9/1/2020

 End date: 6/30/2021
 Compensation not to exceed: $240,000 

Resources for  Human Development, Inc.

4700 Wissahickon Ave.

Suite 126

Philadelphia, PA 19144

 Renewal Options:  No


This action item requests authorization to contract with Resources for Human Development (RHD) for the provision of student educational programs.  Students will receive educational programing at RHD when educationally and therapeutically appropriate, or when necessary to ensure the safety of the student or the community.  Student educational placement determinations at RHD are not made by presumption, but after consideration on an individual basis.


 RHD operates a partial hospitalization day-treatment program in Philadelphia for school-age children and adolescents with serious behavioral and emotional disorders. Children and adolescents receive full time mental health treatment during the day at RHD. They return home at the end of each day when treatment is completed. The District does not place school-age children and adolescents at RHD or other partial day treatment programs.  Rather, the juvenile justice system, Community Behavioral Health (CBH), the Department of Public Welfare, medical doctors, and parents make these “non-educational placement” determinations.


Under Pennsylvania law, school districts must provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to school-age children who receive mental health treatment at partial day-treatment programs located within their boundaries (see, PA Public School Code under 24 P.S. Sec 13-1306).  The District’s responsibility to provide educational services to school age children at partial treatment programs located in Philadelphia, like RHD, includes children whose parents do not reside in Philadelphia.


The educational programs provided at RHD will include full-time certified special education teachers and behavioral support staff. Students with disabilities will receive educational services in accordance with their Individualized Education Programs (IEP). RHD will communicate and cooperate with each student’s home school to facilitate the transfer of records and the education of the students. Educational programs are incorporated and interwoven within each student's therapeutic plan and are part of their continuum of mental health services. The District’s Office of Specialized Services oversees RHD’s educational programs and student special education services.

 Anchor Goal(s) Supported: Anchor Goal 1 - 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career   

 Funding Source(s): 
FY21 Operating

 Office Originating Request: Academic Support