JCMHCJoint Commission on Mental Health of Children
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Fenichel recommended interdisciplinary teams include not only medical and psychological specialists, but also "educational specialists" as well as "others from professional disciplines available and considered essential for the proper educational placement of the disturbed child" (JCMHC 1973b, 43).
Fenichel on the need for "individualization of instruction, flexibility of programming" (JCMHC 1973b, 44), the use of interdisciplinary teams and multi-assessment evaluation conducted by experts was conceptualized almost verbatim into PL 94-142 and would remain virtually unchanged until the reauthorization of the Act in 2004.
Fenichel and Task Force IV state that "wherever feasible and desirable such children [disturbed children] should be placed in regular public school classes" (JCMHC 1973b, 44).
The Joint Commission on Mental Health of Children concurred with its predecessor, the Commission on Mental Health and Illness, that "no unanimity among mental health professionals regarding the definition of mental illness and serious emotional disturbances" (JCMHC 1969, 250) existed.
In its work, the JCMHC examined and compiled several of the "contemporary formulations" of working definitional criteria of emotional disturbance in children, including that of Eli Bower, but found no simple solution to the establishment of a unified working set of criteria.