CASA is an association affiliate of NAPSEC. The Council is a
group of State associations who represent private special education programs in
their State. CASA provides information to its members on State issues and
advocates for individuals with disabilities and their families being served by
private special education programs in their state. CASA associations develop
State public policy and represent private special education program members at
the State level.
CASA provides support and assistance to States wishing to start State
associations and assists State associations to better enable them to support the
availability and accessibility of private special education services for
individuals with disabilities. CASA serves State associations through improved
advocacy, public policy development, legislative expertise, and association
management skills. CASA members also provide direction to NAPSEC regarding how
Federal legislative and policy issues affects their membership.
The California Alliance is a statewide association of private
nonprofit child and family serving agencies committed to providing the
highest quality of services in the most caring and effective fashion.
Formed on January 1, 2000, through the merger of the CA Association of
Services for Children, and the CA Association of Children's Homes, the
Alliance and the parent associations have a combined history of more
than 60 years of advocacy on behalf of California's most vulnerable
children and families and the organizations that serve them.
Membership Benefits and Services
The CA Alliance provides legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf
of our member agencies regarding a wide range of key policy issues. The
Alliance represents member agencies to the: Office of the Governor,
State Legislature, Health and Human Services Agency, Department of
Finance, Department of Mental Health, Department of Social Services,
Community Care Licensing Division, and Department of Education.
The Alliance also
provides interfacing with state agencies to get questions answered and
problems resolved, offers three annual membership conferences for
executives that offer Group Home Administration and professional CEUs
with no registration fee, reduced rates at practitioner training
seminars and conferences, agency inclusion in the Member Directory of
Services, posted on-line and distributed to placing agencies statewide,
and provides weekly Monday Morning Updates keeping member agencies
abreast of current trends and policy developments.
Membership Procedures and Requirements
Must be child and family serving organizations with programs and
services in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice, special
education or children's mental health, have as a primary agency, a
not-for-profit, public benefit corporation designated by the IRS as a
501(c)(3) organization, meet Alliance or national accreditation
standards, participate on the Board or on business and program
committees, and remain current in their dues responsibility.
Association Focus Management training, staff training, legal issues/monitoring and development,
skills and knowledge/dissemination and training, and current issues/position
Membership Benefits and Services IAPSEC is the formal vehicle for dissemination of information and development of
group position statements. Holds annual conference and several seminars through
the year. IAPSEC was established in 1986.
Membership Procedures and Requirements IAPSEC membership form is developed and available. IAPSEC by-laws are printed
and available. Members agree to accept by-laws and pay annual membership fee
based on the programs budget. IAPSEC has 63 members.
Maryland Association of
Education Facilities Association Office Dorie Flynn P.O. Box 6815 6501 North Charles Street Towson, MD 21285-6815
Phone: (410) 938-4413,
Fax: (410) 938-5130 Email:
Web Site: www.mansef.org
Association Focus The Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF) is
nonprofit organization of private special education facilities approved by the
Maryland State Department of Education and created to promote quality services
for children and youth with disabilities. They serve more than 4000 students
between birth and 21 years of age.
MANSEF is committed to creating optimum educational opportunities in the least
restrictive environment for all Maryland children and youth with disabilities.
MANSEF unites a diverse community of educators, professionals, and parents into
an accessible, visible, and effective organization that champions the continuum
of services for special needs children and adolescents in Maryland.
Membership Benefits and Services Legislative, Technical Assistance, Marketing, access to state data,
local school system referrals, analysis of regulators. MANSEF has 45
Membership Procedures and Requirements Affiliate, Associate and
Full Voting. Must support mission of MANSEF and if operating a school,
the school much be approved by Maryland State Department of Education.
Dues are based on the number of students served. Dues range from $1,050
The Massachusetts Association of Chapter 766
Approved Private Schools’ mission is to advance the delivery of the most
effective services to children, adolescents and young adults with special needs
by promoting administratively and programmatically sound and economically viable
providers of quality education, care and treatment.
To fulfill this mission, MAAPS advocates to improve the
environment in which Chapter 766 approved private schools work and helps them
manage more effectively by offering information, training, and consulting.
92 parent organizations of Chapter 766 approved private
special education schools are members of MAAPS and receive discounts on MAAPS
activities and publications, access to cost-saving programs, and regular
communications on issues and trends that affect special education schools.
Membership Benefits and Services
Advocacy, Legal, Legislative, Technical Assistance,
Information, Leadership Opportunities, Marketing, Professional Development and Cost
Membership Procedures and Requirements * Regular- MAAPS membership for the parent
organizations of Chapter 766 approved
private special education schools.
* Affiliate- MAAPS membership category for non Chapter 766 special education
in New England.
* Associate- MAAPS membership category for organizations and companies such as
training, accounting and law firms that provide professional
services, goods and supplies that
Serving the Private Special Education Community Since 1974 Association Office Gerard M. Thiers Lexington Square Commons 2125 Route 33 Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 Phone: (609) 890-1400,
Fax: (609) 890-8860 Email:
Web Site: www.asah.org
Association Focus Special education laws, rules, policies, and funding; advocacy for special
education students and their families; best practice, private school management,
Membership Benefits and Services
Voice for private schools on special education issues; monthly update of
Department of Education and government activities through membership mailings;
bi-monthly sharing of ideas and concerns; service on behalf of individual
schools; information referral service; newsletter publication Promising Futures:
INSIDE ASAH, a journal about
special education, the association newsletter INSIDE ASAH, and Parents
Connection; annual conference with workshops and seminars on special education
issues; representation on Commissioner's Advisory Council for Special Education
and Nonpublic School Advisory Committee; and health and liability group
Creates the Professional
Development Plan used by participating Private Schools and approved by the New
Jersey Department of Education.
Membership Procedures and Requirements Three letters of recommendation (one from a current member) submitted with
William P. Elwood, Executive Director
Matthew P. Stanley, Associate Executive Director
823 East Main Street, Suite 1300, Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 643-2776 Fax: (866) 232-0034 Email:
Web Site: www.vaisef.org
Association Focus VAISEF is an association of Virginia private
providers of specialized education and services for children and youth
with special needs, and their families.
Membership Benefits and Services The VAISEF mission is to
enhance the capabilities of its members to provide quality specialized
education and services by offering an accreditation process and by
providing information, training, and networking opportunities; and to
increase opportunities for members to provide services by advocating for
a full continuum of services and by advocating for an increased role of
the private sector, and by networking with state and local agencies.
Membership Procedures and Requirements
To apply for membership into VAISEF, complete an application along with
the $100 application fee. Upon receipt, it will be reviewed by the
Membership Committee and then passed on to the VAISEF Board of Directors
for final approval. From the date of submission of the application to
final approval by the Board of Directors usually takes 60 to 90 days. To
be considered for accreditation, a program must be a member of VAISEF,
and have been in operation and licensed by the Department of Education
for at least one year and hold a one year renewable DOE license.
Potential members are welcome to apply for Membership and Accreditation
simultaneously. In that situation, Membership will be approved first and
then the Accreditation process will take place subsequently. For more
information, please see the VAISEF website.
Association Focus DCASE
is an alliance of nonpublic schools, charter schools and affiliates that
provide special education services to students from the District of
Columbia. The Association’s focus is public policy, best practice,
strong special education organizations and a robust, accessible
educational continuum for District students with special needs.
The DCASE vision is
to fulfill the promise of a quality education for all children.
Membership Benefits and Services The DCASE mission is to support members
in helping students with special needs succeed. We do this through
advocacy, special education resources, and strong partnerships that
provide support to children, families and schools.
• Legislative, regulatory &
administrative monitoring and analysis
• Partnerships with Washington DC's public and private stakeholders,
focused on systemic special education capacity-building and service
• Technical assistance, marketing support and service provision
opportunities to member schools and affiliates.
• Assistance for individual families to obtain appropriate educational
services for their children.
Membership Procedures and Requirements Voting membership is open to
nonpublic schools and public charter schools that support DCASE’s
mission and accept and adhere to the DCASE statement of ethical
is open to individuals and organizationsthatsupport DCASE’s
vision andwhose activitiesdo notconflictinanywaywiththemissionof DCASE.
required for all prospective members, along with recommendations by
current DCASE members. Dues are based on enrollment for school members
and a flat fee for affiliates, and range from $500 to $4500.