What is a SELPA?

In 1977, all California school districts  formed consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region, called Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services.
 
The SELPA coordinates with member school districts to provide a continuum of programs and services for individuals with disabilities, from birth through 22 years of age. The SELPA is also available as a resource to the community on issues related to special education.
 
There are over 130 SELPAs in California, ranging in size from those serving fewer than 1,000 students to those serving more than 10,000 students. The North Region SELPA serves over 3,000 students with disabilities residing in its five member school districts.