About Us

The BVEC is a full service education cooperative and licensed mental health center providing special education related services and/or school based mental health services to five Ravalli County member school districts (Florence, Lone Rock, Stevensville, Victor and Darby).

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. They may include: Speech Therapy, Audiology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Adapted PE, Assistive Technology, Psychological Assessment, and Counseling.

What are School Based Mental Health Services provided by the BVEC?

School mental health is a CSCT (Comprehensive School and Community Treatment) model of service. This comprehensive mental health support is provided primarily in the school setting by a licensed Mental Health Therapist and Behavior Specialist in collaboration with parents and teachers.

Who are the Professionals employed by the BVEC?

The BVEC employs and Master's and Bachelor'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, Preschool Teacher and Paraeducators.

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.