Special Education

Department of Education—Special Education Division Minimize
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 319-0800; (916) 327-3516 fax
Fred Balcom, PhD, Director

  • Each school district belongs to a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). The SELPA provides assistance to assure program availability to all students with disabilities. They have early infant programs for children less than three years of age, and special education classes for children age three and up.
  • The districts also provide speech therapy, occupational therapy, parent training, and other related services. If a district does not have a service that your child needs, they will contract out to a county program, or pay for a private non-public service.
  • The school districts are obligated by law to provide a free and appropriate education (FAPE) for a child with autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS).
  • Note: Elk Grove, Sacramento, Folsom Cordova and San Juan are all single district SELPAs. All other districts constitute the fourth SELPA in Sacramento County. Other areas may incorporate multiple districts within their SELPAs.

Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Minimize
Colusa County
Jane Plocher, SELPA Director (x10806)
Colusa County Office of Education
Special Education Annex
946 Fremont Street
Colusa, CA 95932
(530) 458-8891 (530) 458-5764 fax
Contra Costa County
Stephany La Londe, SELPA Director
2520 Stanwell Drive, Suite 270
Concord, CA 94520
(925) 827-0949; (925) 827-1124 fax

El Dorado County
Emi Johnson, SELPA Director
El Dorado County Office of Education
6767 Green Valley Road
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 622-7130; (530) 295-2236
(530) 621-2543; (530) 621-1397 fax

Placer County
Barbara Morton, Executive Director
360 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA 95603-3779
(530) 886-5873; (530) 745-1405 fax

Sacramento County
Judy Holsinger, SELPA Executive Director
Sacramento County Office of Education
10474 Mather Blvd. P. O. Box 269003
Mather, CA 95826-9003
(916) 228-2446; (916) 228-2445 fax

Elk Grove
William Tollestrup, Director Special Education/ SELPA
Nancy Lucia, Assoc. Superintendent, Education Services
Elk Grove Unified School District
9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 686-7780; (916) 686-7749 fax

Sacramento City
Shelton Yip, SELPA Administrator
Rebecca Bryant, Director Special Education
5735 47th Avenue Sacramento, CA 95824
(916) 643-9163; (916) 643-9466 fax

Sacramento County Office of Education
Robin Pierson, Assistant Superintendent
Special Education Department
(916) 228-3902; (916) 228-2291 fax
Gary Scott Johnson, Director Infant & Preschool Programs
(916) 228-2381; (916) 228-2311 fax
10474 Mather Blvd
Mail to: P. O. Box 269003
Sacramento, CA 95826-9003

San Juan Unified School District
John Sayler, Director Special Education
P.O. Box 477
Carmichael, CA 95609-0477
(916) 971-7953; (916) 971-7682 fax

San Joaquin County
Kathleen Skeels, SELPA Asst. Superintendent
San Joaquin County Office of Education
2901 Arch-Airport Road
Stockton, CA 95206
(209) 468-4925

Sierra County
Stan Hardeman, SELPA Director/ Superintendent
Sierra County Office of Education
305 South Lincoln
Mail to: P.O. Box 157
Sierraville, CA 96126
(530) 994-1044; (530) 994-1045 fax

Solano County
Sam Neustadt. SELPA Asst. Superintendent
Solano County Office of Education
5100 Business Center Drive
Fairfield, CA 94585
(707) 399-4400

South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County Tahoe-Alpine
Marie Meagher, SELPA Director
Lake Tahoe Unified School District
1021 Al Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-2850; (530) 541-5930 fax

Sutter County
David Toston , Asst Superintendent SELPA
Sutter County Superintendent of Schools
970 Klamath Lane
Yuba City, CA 95993
(530) 822-2900; (530) 822-0892 fax
(530) 822-2910 Director

Twin Rivers Unified School District
Pam Nolan, Director,
Special Education
5115 Dudley Blvd
McClellan, CA 95652
(916) 566-1600, ext 50841

Yolo County
Camille Giometti-May, SELPA Director
1280 Santa Anita Court, Suite 150
Woodland, CA 95776-6127
(530) 668-3786; (530) 668-3850 fax

Yuba County
Rusty Gordon, SELPA Administrator
935 14th Street
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 749-4873; (530) 741-6500 fax
Sally Sokoloski, Assistant Superintendent
(530) 749-4871

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Minimize
  • Each SELPA in California is required by Education Code to have a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The committee acts in an advisory capacity and has the authority to fulfill the responsibilities that are defined for it in the local plan. The membership majority of a CAC is to be composed of parents of pupils enrolled in schools participating in the local plan, and at least the majority of such parents are to be parents of individuals with exceptional needs.
  • CACs provide a wide range of positive parent-to-parent support systems including conferences, support groups, newsletter and publications, and training opportunities, in addition to their advisory capacity. Contact your local SELPA for information about your Community Advisory Committee.
  • Each single district SELPA has a CAC. Some parents (from multiple district SELPAs) have formed Special Education Parent Advisory Committees (SEPAC) at the local district level. Contact your local district’s Director of Special Education to find out if a SEPAC has formed in your district.
  • A few local SEPACs are listed below.

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) Minimize
Folsom-Cordova SEPAC
2nd Monday, 6:30 pm 
167 Silberhorn Drive
Folsom, CA 95630

  • For more information, contact: Zoeann Lee (916) 983-9731 pt109a109@msn.com
  • SEPAC meets every second Monday of each month (September through May).
  • We do not meet in December.
  • SEPAC meetings begin at 6:30 pm and go to 8:30 pm.

Roseville SEPAC
4th Wednesday, 6:00 pm
1050 Main Street
Roseville, CA 95678

  • Contact: John Matthias (916) 771-4454

Eureka Union SEPAC (EU-SEPAC)
Meetings are held quarterly

Granite Bay, CA

  • General meetings have business and guest presenters.
  • SEPAC sponsored workshops and forums take place throughout the year.

EU-SEPAC Executive Committee 

  • Contact: Colleen Zolmer (916) 797-5599

Outreach Alliance for Special Education Services (OASES)
3rd Thursday, 6:30pm

Adventure Church
6401 Stanford Ranch Road
Roseville, CA 95678