The SELPA Office

The Riverside County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is the largest multi-district SELPA in California, with 24 local educational agencies (LEA) members.  The SELPA is responsible for supporting members in the implementation of the legal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), and its supporting regulations for Special Education.  The SELPA is the regionalized services link between the California Department of Education (CDE) Special Education Division and the LEAs.  Members work collaboratively together and with other public agencies to make available a full continuum of special education services for students with disabilities from birth to age 22. The SELPA provides support in the following areas, with the contact person indicated in the table below.

Sue Balt, Ph.D. Executive Director / Patty Hahn Secretary

Local Plan Implementation – Committee Work,
Interagency Coordination, Policies & Procedures
Regional & Statewide Activities Liaison
SELPA Office Operations

Jeanne Bargman, Assistant Director / Patty Hahn Secretary

Compliance Monitoring Partner with CDE & LEAs
Procedure & Guideline Updates
Professional Development – Coordination of Plan
Program Reviews for Continuum of Services

Christa Smith Coordinator / Delores Hartin Secretary

Alternative Dispute Resolution
IEP Forms, Procedures & Training
Legal Updates & Liaison for Members
Parent Support and Training

Tasha Arneson, Ph.D. Mental Health Case Manager II / Tracy Gonzaga Secretary

Case Management of Individual Students
Mental Health Related Services Program Coordination
Liaison to Mental Health Providers
Professional Development      

Roger McCoy School Psychologist & Program Specialist / Angie Lopez Secretary

Nonpublic School Compliance & Program Monitor
Assessments & IEPs for Students in  LCI/NPS
Training in & Monitoring of Behavior Interventions

Bridget Akers Accountant

Budget Monitoring & Reporting
Allocation Plan & SELPA Finance Committees
Contact for SELPA Member Business Personnel

Alysse Itatani Accounting Technician

Nonpublic School/Agency Contracts & P.O.s
Process Monthly Invoices
Create and Maintain Databases

Corey Stacy IT Technician II

CASEMIS Reporting to CDE
Special Education Information System (SEIS) Management
Data Collection, Monitoring & Training of Personnel