About Us

Who We Are

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The California Association of Health and Education Linked Professions (CAHELP), a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), is a public education consortium of school districts and charter schools (local education agencies). Our mission statement is “The Relentless Pursuit of Whatever Works in The Life of a Child” and we achieve this mission through the programs and supports we provide to educators, children, students, families, and communities. We serve children annually through innovative behavioral health programs and we provide school districts and charter schools with consultation, special education supports, and professional development.

There are three primary branches of services within the CAHELP JPA, each providing unique services to school districts and charter schools:

  • Desert/Mountain Special Education Local Plan Area (DMSELPA)

  • Desert/Mountain Charter Special Education Local Plan Area (Desert/Mountain Charter SELPA)

  • Desert/Mountain Children’s Center (DMCC)

The role the Desert/Mountain SELPA and Charter SELPA and its participating local education agencies is to provide a quality educational program appropriate to the needs of each child with a disability. The DMCC is contracted with the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and the SELPA, to meet the therapeutic needs of children and adolescents.

For more information about the structure of CAHELP, view our Organizational Chart

Programs and Services

For details about each of our programs and the services provided, visit their web page. A list of participating school districts is also available on the Desert/Mountain SELPA and Charter SELPA site.

Questions: JPA Administrative Services Assistant | 760-552-6700, ext. 3555

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