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Developing Best Practices for OHI Verification

  • 28 Feb 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Balsz Community Center - 4309 E. Belleview Street, Bld 14. Phoenix, AZ 85008


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The Arizona Association of School Psychologists Central Region will be holding a regional conference on:

February 28, 2019

Pathways to OHI Verification: Developing Best Practices for OHI Verification

Presenters: Suzanne O’Dea, MA and Stacy Anderson PsyD, MC, NCC

Location: Balsz Commmunity Center

4309 E. Belleview St. Bld 14

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

In January of 2018, the Arizona Board of Education revised the list of qualified examiners including the special education eligibility category of Other Health Impairment. Initially, the addition of doctoral level Arizona certified school psychologists were able to verify OHI in cases of ADHD. In August of 2018, all Arizona certified school psychologists were included in the list of qualified examiners. With the evolving changes of OHI eligibility within Arizona, best practices in this workshop will be utilized to provide participants with tools to assist in verifying OHI for school-based purposes. Suzanne O’Dea and Stacy Anderson from Paradise Valley Unified School District will facilitate this session.


1) identify State/Federal OHI eligibility criteria

2) differentiate between clinical and school-based diagnoses

3) develop an evaluation plan when ADHD behaviors are suspected

4) utilize best practices when analyzing data to verify OHI eligibility specific to ADHD symptoms

5) access resources (case law, national and local guidelines) to assist in educational decision making practices

Presenter Information:

Stacy Anderson, PsyD, MC, NCC

In addition to working as a school psychologist for Paradise Valley Unified School District, Dr. Anderson is an adjunct faculty member at local universities teaching masters and doctoral courses in diversity, counseling, fieldwork, psychopathology, and chairs dissertations. Stacy was employed with mental and behavioral health agencies as a case manager, master’s level therapist, and eventually held supervisory positions within the organizations. She worked with diverse populations including those with significant mental and behavioral health challenges, special education needs, refugee communities, and youth housed within juvenile correction facilities. She has worked with local, state, and national agencies to pioneer prevention programs and currently conducts professional development in the community for graduate students and professionals in the field of psychology and education.

Suzanne O’Dea, MA

Ms. O’Dea has served the special education population for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in school psychology from Northern Arizona University and a postgraduate certification in Special Education Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. Currently, Ms. O’Dea is the Lead School Psychologist for Paradise Valley Unified School District. She provides direct trainings and supervision for 48 school psychologists. As a member of the Special Education Leadership team for PVUSD, Ms. O’Dea provides consultation and advisement in special education law, best practices in school psychology and proactive systems reform efforts. Ms. O’Dea has experience working as a school psychologist in Colorado, Missouri and Arizona in both rural and urban communities. Immediately prior to PVUSD, she was the Director of Special Services for seven years in Gunnison, Colorado.

The Arizona Association of School Psychologists is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education for school psychologists (NASP Approved Provider # 1013).  AASP maintains responsibility for this program.  Contact Lindsay Balles ( or Charles Kaprolet (, AASP Central Regional Directors, with any concerns or needs regarding this workshop.

3 CPD credits will be given to participants who attend this workshop in its entirety.   

Cost: This event will be free to AASP members and will cost $20 for non-members.

A Happy Hour event will directly follow the training, appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided by AASP.  Location: The Porch, 4017 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018.

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