Cincinnati Public Schools has recognized partnerships with numerous human service, medical and educational agencies and institutions. Each is committed to improving the learning outcomes for students. A student with a disability uses a laptop computer.
Mental Health Support
Mental Health support and services are currently available in many Cincinnati Public Schools. As part of the district’s strategic plan, schools are becoming Community Learning Centers, a process that brings community organizations into the schools to provide mental health services and meet student and community needs.
Cincinnati Public Schools offers satellite programs for students receiving residential treatment services through a partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
The district also works with The Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Beech Acres when children require partial hospitalization services.
Special Education Workgroup
The Special Education Workgroup is made up of representatives from public systems, agencies and organizations with an interest in the education of students with disabilities. The Workgroup’s goals are to improve education, services and communication for students with special needs.
The group's foundation is the “Special Education Work Group Agreement and Report”, which identifies gaps in services and sets priorities related to the needs of students.
In recent years, the Workgroup has undertaken the task of improving services in areas of shared concern such as:
- Building capabilities and school accountability for students with special needs.
- Improving the way education and mental health systems work together.
- Improving education for students in foster care by building partnerships between CPS, Juvenile Court and Department of Job and Family Services.
- Creating systems to improve the quality of individual education plans (IEPs) and evaluation team reports (ETRs).
Did You Know? The Department of Student Services has received state and national recognition for many innovative and promising practices.
Cincinnati Public Schools has established several national partnerships. Areas include culturally responsive practices, universally designed instruction using technology, urban school improvement, and promoting access on behalf of diverse students.
These partnerships have helped increase the district’s visibility throughout the country through commitments to practices that support all students.