Students with Emotional / Behavioral Disabilities Network (SEDNET)

Contact Information

SEDNET 2A Project Manager
Rusty Holmes – 850-638-6131 Ext. 2240 –

SEDNET projects across the state provide technical assistance and training to support building capacity of local school districts in their efforts to ensure that the needs of youth with or at-risk of Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities are being met educationally and therapeutically. SEDNET 2A provides these services for the school districts of Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington.

SEDNET 2A works to increase the expertise of school district personnel in dealing with issues associated with educating students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities. SEDNET 2A takes the lead in providing training such as Trauma Informed Care (TIC), and dealing with adverse behavior in the educational environment. Behavioral and Trauma related issues can affect classroom settings and have a negative impact on student grades, attendance, test scores, and the overall safety of the educational environment

Project Services

SEDNET, a multiagency network for students with Emotional / Behavioral Disabilities aids the child with support needs in the home, school, or community due to issues caused by alcohol, drug abuse, or mental health problems. Eligibility for services is based on a child’s behavioral health needs associated with the risk of removal from either the current living situation, educational placement, or treatment setting. SEDNET serves all agencies involved in meeting the challenge of this exceptional population. District 2A covers the six counties of Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington.

SEDNET Initiatives

  • Collaboration with local support service providers and local school districts to maximize dollars to serve at risk populations in the least restrictive environment.

Provide technical assistance to school personnel in the development of effective interventions for students with emotional disturbances or who are at risk. Provide technical assistance, and support to ensure students are served in the most appropriate setting in all systems. SEDNET subscribes to a philosophy of family-centered, child-focused service planning and coordination. Parents are considered full partners in the planning of services for their children.

SEDNET 2A Services

  • Family Services Planning Team (FSPT) – Multiple agencies, school officials and SEDNET meet with parents/guardians to assist in securing the least restrictive most appropriate services necessary to aid the child with support needs at school and/or home.
  • Behavioral observation of referred students providing a direct measure of the child’s on-task, unproductive, disruptive and aggressive behavior. Intervention strategies suggested.
  • Classroom Observation/Teacher Consultation – will provide strategies and tips on how to run a successful classroom when working with EBD children. This includes everything from learning how to set up the classroom appropriately to how to implement a classroom management/discipline program.
  • Community Liaison – SEDNET serves on many community agency boards. These may include Department of Juvenile Justice, Teen Court, and other agencies that work with children in need. This allows SEDNET to be aware of the resources available to help develop a continuity of care and wraparound services to ensure success for our children in home, school and community.
  • Chair the PAEC Regional Transition Council promoting best practices in secondary transitions.
  • Accommodations – Assisting students with disabilities.
  • Creating calming environments and building a chaos free classroom.
  • Dealing with Behaviors on the Bus – Proactive Behavior management overview for bus drivers.
  • De-escalation training focusing on reducing tension in all school environments to reduce the need for emergency physical intervention. 
  • Paraprofessional Trainings Dealing with Student Behaviors – provide behavior management/classroom management training for paraprofessionals who work with children exhibiting behavioral issues.
  • Positive Behavior Support – Provide technical assistance to districts in the development and implementation of positive behavior supports at the school wide, non – classroom, classroom, and individual student levels.
  • Standing Up For Me – Standing Up For Me is a self determination training for teachers and other personnel that work with students with disabilities. 
  • Other trainings available upon request

SEDNET state website Link