• Direction Services

    Direction Services provides support to students with complex mental health, behavioral and educational needs enrolling in PPS following an extended absence from a public school setting.

    This cross-disciplinary team includes staff from the PPS Special Education and Direction Services in collaboration with Student Services , Enrollment and Transfer and Education Options as well as the community partners supporting incoming students. Students may be identified as Special Education or General Education.

    Population Served

    The Direction Services team serves students who have been absent from a public school setting for at least 20 consecutive school days and are:

    • being discharged from a residential mental health and/or alcohol and drug treatment program,
    • being discharged from a DARTS or other day treatment program
    • Involved in the juvenile justice system and are on probation or parole
  • Contacts

    Intake: 503-916-3075
    Fax: 503.916.3174
    Peggy Van Duyne
    Placement Coordinator, Special Education
    (503) 916-3075

  • Services Provided

    The primary focus of Direction Services is to assist students in successfully transitioning into PPS by providing:

    • a single point of entry for families and community providers
    • assistance to schools through gathering information, attending agency discharge meetings and identifying involved community contacts,
    • participation in IEP review and placement meetings at agencies that provide Special Education services, and
    • assistance to families and community partners in exploring PPS funded alternative educational options and navigating the enrollment and transfer process.

    Community Resource Team

    In addition to placement services, Direction Services facilitates the Community Resource Team (CRT) in collaboration with Student Services. This multidisciplinary team also includes Student Services, Child Welfare, Multnomah County Mental Health and Addictions, Multnomah County Developmental Disabilities, Morrison Center Child and Family Services. This collaborative team will also include personnel from Juvenile Justice and NAYA as appropriate.

    • a 45-minute solution focused dialogue with schools, family and Community Resource Team members
    • The CRT can be especially helpful for families who qualify/utilize OHP services
    • exploration of district and community resources, to better “wrap around” a student and family
    • specific recommendations to enhance student success
    • links to community resources for students

    CRT meets every second and fourth Wednesday from 1-4pm during the school year.

    To schedule a CRT for a student please complete the  CRT Referral Form
    For questions about scheduling please contact:
    Karrin Garrison  
    Phone: 503-916-3438
    Fax: 503.916.3194