The National Association of Private Special Education Centers

private early intervention services, schools, residential therapeutic
centers, and adult living programs serving individuals with
disabilities and their families since 1971

  

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The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) is a non-profit association whose mission is to represent private special education centers and their leaders. Together, we promote high quality programs for individuals with disabilities and their families and we advocate access to the continuum of alternatives placements and services. 

NAPSEC represents nearly 300 programs nationally, and over 500 at the state level, that provide special education for both privately and publicly placed individuals. The majority of the membership serves publicly placed individuals who are funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Ten percent of the membership provide services to privately placed individuals only and receive no federal funding.

What is a NAPSEC Program?

NAPSEC programs provide special education services for preschool, elementary, and secondary aged children and adults with mild to severe disabilities in over 60 different disability categories, who need individualized education programs that address their unique needs.

NAPSEC programs are located throughout the nation, serve all types of disabilities, are not-for-profit, as well as for-profit entities, are separate schools or affiliated with a children's home, hospital, college, or university setting. NAPSEC programs provide day, residential, clinic, and summer programs. Although the majority of NAPSEC programs serve individuals ages 6 through 21, many provide services from birth to geriatric populations. These members offer programs serving birth through five year olds and/or adult living programs.

NAPSEC programs provide specialized educational services that include: psychology; psychiatry; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; diagnostic testing; adaptive physical education and recreation; nursing services, and social work. These services are based on individual needs that are designed to meet his/her unique social, emotional, and learning needs.

The majority of NAPSEC members have coed programs lasting 10 months. The staff to client ratio in a NAPSEC program ranges from one staff per client, to one staff per twelve clients. These ratios represent both ends of the spectrum, with the one-to-one ratio representing the staffing for an individual with severe disabilities and the one-to-twelve representing the ratio for individuals who have mild disabilities or who participate in gifted and talented programs.

Although NAPSEC programs are very diverse in the disabilities they serve and the services they provide, they all operate on this fundamental belief: to guarantee that each client’s unique needs are met on an individual basis in order to achieve his/her maximum potential. Each NAPSEC program’s goal is to provide a safe learning environment in which individuals receive the skills necessary to return to the regular classroom and/or function successfully in society.

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  NAPSEC Board of Directors
 
President
Dr. Mike Rice
Skills of Central Pennsylvania, State College, PA

Vice President
Mr. Gary Fitzherbert
Glenholme School, Washington, CT

Treasurer
Mr. Sean McLaughlin,
Frost Center, Rockville, MD

Secretary
Dr. Robin Church
Kennedy Krieger School, Baltimore, MD

Development Chair
Dr. Carl Mores
Cotting School, Lexington, MA

Legislative Chair
Ms. Barbara Strickarz
CPC Behavioral Healthcare- High Point Schools, Morganville, NJ

Public Awareness Chair
Dr. Bruce Ettinger
The Childrenís Institute, Verona, NJ

CASA Chair
Ms. Dorie Flynn
MANSEF, Towson, MD

Conference Chairperson
Dr. Steve Girelli
Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain, CT

At Large
Dr. Jack Breen
Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial, Yonkers, NY

At Large
Ms. Connie Laird
LATCH School, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

At Large
Mr. William Doherty
F.L. Chamberlain School, Middleboro, MA

At Large
Dr. Richard Collins
Brehm Preparatory School, Carbondale, IL

At Large
Mr. David Jamieson, Jr.
Tri-County Youth Program, East Hampton, MA

NCASES Chair Ex-Officio
Rosemarie Burton
Klingberg Family Centers, Inc., New Britain, CT

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NAPSEC Committee Members

 

Conference Planning Committee

Chair - Dr. Steven Girelli, Klingberg Family Centers
Mr. Donald Barlow, Allendale Association
Mr. Robert Bentley, Stetson School
Dr. Robin Church, Kennedy Krieger School
Ms. Barbara Cohen, Crotched Mountain School
Ms. Gail Curran, Harmony Hill School
Dr. David Jamieson, Tri-County Youth Programs, Inc.
Michael Kaufman, High Road Schools-Kids1
Ms. Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee, Public Education Foundation
Mr. Joseph Leshko, Arrow Project of Maryland, Inc.
Mr. Richard MacMullen, Harmony Hill School
Dr. Christine Manlove, St. Elizabeth School
Mr. Sean McLauglin, Frost Center
Ms. Lisa Moore, Siskin Foundation
Anne Rossi, Kennedy Krieger School
Mr. Michael Schack, Joseph Academy
Mr. Gerry Thiers, ASAH
 

NAPSECís Development Committee
Chair - Dr. Carl Mores, Cotting School
Mr. Dave Carosello, LATCH School
Dr. William Craig, Lakemary Center
Mr. David Drake, White Oak School-MA
Dr. David Jamieson, Tri-County Youth Programs, Inc.
Ms. Connie Laird, LATCH School, Inc.
Mr. Roland J. Lewis, The Education Center
Mr. Michael Schack, Joseph Academy
Ms. Barbara Strickarz, CPC Behavioral Healthcare
 

NAPSECís Diversity Committee
Mr. David Panner, Kingsway Learning Center
Ms. Gail Charpentier, Berkshire Meadows
Ms. Connie Laird, LATCH School, Inc.
Mr. Terrence Leary, Harmony Hill School
Ms. Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee,Public Education Foundation
Mr. Patrick Millard, Kennedy Krieger School

Mr. Vincent Renda, School for Children at Monmouth County
Dr. Mike Rice, Skills of Central PA

Dr. Andrew Ross, Childrenís Guild
Mr. Michael Schack, Joseph Academy
Ms. Barbara Strickarz, CPC Behavioral Healthcare

 

NAPSECís Finance Committee
Chair - Mr. Sean McLauglin, Frost Center
Mr. William Doherty, F.L. Chamberlain School
Mr. Gary Fitzherbert, Glenholme School
Dr. David Jamieson, Tri-County Youth Programs, Inc.
Ms. Betsy Parlato, Chapel Haven, Inc.
Mr. Jack Pumphrey, Jefferson School
Ms. Barbara Strickarz, CPC Behavioral Healthcare
Dr. Mike Rice, Skills of Central PA
Dr. David Williams, Phillips Programs
Mr. Steve Yerdon, Devereux Massachusetts
 

NAPSECís Legislative Committee
Chair - Ms. Barbara Strickarz, CPC Behavioral Healthcare
Mr. Alan Deckman, CAPSEF
Dr. Bruce Ettinger, Childrenís Institute
Dr. Marie Ficano, Alternatives for Children
Mr. Gary Fitzherbert, Glenholme School
Mr. Joseph Gorga, Lord Stirling School, Inc.
Dr. David Holmes, Eden Institute
Ms. Marcy Hahn, Boys and Girls Home Family Services
Ms. Kyu Hwang, Davidson School, Elwyn, Inc.
Mr. Patrick Johnson, Chesapeake Youth Academy
Ms. Susan Kroungold, Davidson School, Elwyn, Inc.
Mr. Terrence Leary, Harmony Hill School
Mr. Ron Lewis, Foundation Schools
Mr. Sean McLaughlin, Frost Center
Mr. Patrick Millard, Kennedy Krieger School
Dr. Mike Rice, Skills of Central PA
Mr. David Winikur, High Road Schools-Kids 1

 

NAPSECís Outcomes Committee
Chair - Dr. Jack Breen, Julia Dyckman
Project Director - Dr. Millicent Kellner, CPC Behavioral Healthcare
Assistant Project Director - Ms. Brenda P. Wilson, CPC Behavioral Healthcare
Ms. Barbara Strickarz, CPC Behavioral Healthcare, High Point Schools
Mr. Thomas Fogarty, AC/ACLD Tillotson School
Mr. Joseph Gorga, Lord Stirling Schools, Inc.
Mr. Richard MacMullen, Harmony Hill School
Mr. Patrick Millard, Kennedy Krieger School
Dr. Carl Mores, Cotting School
Mr. Tom Racunas, Heartspring
Ms. Mary Ramsey, Millcreek Schools
Mr. Mike Sullivan, Millcreek Schools
Mr. Ken Weigand, Timber Ridge School
Dr. David Williams, Phillips School-VA
Dr. David Winikur, High Road Schools- Kids 1

 

NAPSECís Public Awareness Committee
Chair - Dr. Bruce Ettinger, The Childrenís Institute
Charlotte Battles, King's Daughters' School
Donald DeSanto, Rugby School at Woodfield
John H. Flammer, Matheny School and Hospital
Connie Laird, LATCH School, Inc.
Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee, Public Education Foundation
Mr. Terrence Leary, Harmony Hill School
Kathy Sullivan-Orton, LATCH School, Inc.
Cindy Bott-Ratico, Eden Institute
Ms. Barbara Strickarz, CPC Behavioral Healthcare
Dr. Thomas Timmons, Westchester School for Special Children
Dorothy Van Horn, Brookfield Schools
David Winikur, High Road Schools-Kids 1
Kate G. York, Githens Center

 

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  NAPSEC Staff
 


Sherry L. Kolbe
Executive Director and CEO
napsec@aol.com

Ryan Norton
Membership Services Coordinator

Alison Figi
Communications Coordinator

Candice Battle
Administrative Assistant

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NAPSEC

1522 K Street, NW

Suite 1032

Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 408-3338

Fax: (202) 408-3340

E-mail: napsec@aol.com

 

Sherry L. Kolbe

Executive Director & CEO

 

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