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Bitterroot Valley Education Cooperative ::
About Us

The BVEC is a full service education cooperative and licensed mental health center providing special education related services to six Ravalli County member school districts (Florence, Lone Rock, Stevensville, Victor, Hamilton and Darby) in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Children in need of special education services are evaluated by a team of school and BVEC professionals. Special education assessments are an important first step in getting students with disabilities the help they need to become successful in school and eventually productive adults. Once a student is identified as needing special education, BVEC staff members assist school personnel in developing and implementing individualized education plans (IEP) that allow students to learn and progress in school.

What are Special Education Related Services provided by the BVEC?

Related services are provided if deemed necessary for a child to benefit from his or her special education program.

Speech Therapy, Audiology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Adapted PE, Assistive Technology, Psychological Assessment, Counseling and Mental Health Therapy, Behavior Intervention Support.

Who are the Professionals employed by the BVEC?

The BVEC employs and contracts primarily Master's level trained specialists and shares them among the member school districts.

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), SLP Assistants, Audiologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, School Psychologists, Mental Health Therapists, Behavior Consultants.

BVEC Professionals provide screening, evaluation and direct service to students in the most inclusive school setting possible. Additionally they provide consultation, technical assistance and training to parents, teachers, paraeducators and school administrators.