Parents, professionals, and citizen advocates dedicated
Local Tasks Force's are available to assist and support
education of all school aged children who receive
special education services.
students with disabilities and their families.
Meetings are open to the public
You are encouraged to attend and participate.
Local Task Forces (LTF's) were formed more than
twenty years ago, to represent the needs and interests of students with mental
retardation and their families. Today, most LTF's have expanded their efforts to
include all students with disabilities.
Membership in the Local Task Force is determined
at the local level, with a 51% majority of parents/consumers required. Each LTF
must have representatives from the IU (Intermediate Unit), the local MH/MR
(Mental Health/Mental Retardation Office), the local ARC, school district, and
parents/consumers. LTF's have the same geographical areas as the Intermediate
Unit in their area.
LTF's are actively involved with programs and
services for students with disabilities in all 501 school districts across the
state, and follow procedures outlined in the handbook developed by the State
LOCAL TASK FORCE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
6.3.1 Make recommendations that assist in improving, strengthening,
6.3.2 Advocates for school-aged persons and carries out the letter and
spirit of the Right to Education Consent Agreement. (PARC
monitoring programs and services for persons covered under MR services.
6.3.3 Follows the policies, procedures and guidelines outlined by the
State Task Force. Reviews recommendations and communications from the State
Task Force as a regular agenda item.
6.3.4 Cooperates with direct service provider agencies, both public and
planning for a continuum of programs and services.
6.3.5 Refers problems identified locally to approved private agency or to
the State Task Force for clarification, recommendation or solution.
6.3.6 Recommendations to the STF or other approved private groups concerning
solutions to local problems which may have ramifications on a regional or
6.3.7. Trains new members and serves as a vehicle for educating the
6.3.8 Review and comments on all intermediate unit and school district
Special Education plans and budgets prior to submission to the Department of
6.3.9 Assists the State Task Force in the collection of data to determine
effectiveness of the Right to Education for individuals who receive MR
To reach your Local Task Force call your
or call the State Task Force Office at 1-800-692-7275, 717-234-7132
fax at 717-234-7615