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A Parent's Guide to Special Education in NYS for Children 3-21

This guide contains comprehensive information on the special education process in New York State, beginning with the initial referral for special education services. Special education means specially designed individualized or group instruction or special services or programs to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. Special education services and programs are provided at no cost to the parent. 

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Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program

Children with special health care needs have an illness or condition for which they need extra health care and support services. These children might have a serious or long lasting: 

  • Physical condition;
  • Intellectual or development disability, and/or
  • Behavioral or emotional condition.

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Early Childhood Transition Process

This guide provides information to help families of children with special needs prepare for smooth and effective transitions. It includes general information on the rights and responsibilities of families as well as eligibility under IDEA and Settings for Preschool, School Registration Requirements, Program Options for 4-year-olds and Areas of Development.

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Individual and Family Support - Justice Center

The Individual and Family Support Unit of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs provides assistance to victims of incidents of abuse or neglect occurring in certain state-operated, licensed, or certified service provider agencies.  Assistance is also provided to victims’ families, personal representatives, and guardians. This assistance includes:

  • guidance and information about the reporting and investigative process
  • support during criminal cases and proceedings
  • victim interview accompaniment
  • case status updates

All services are offered free.

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Interagency Case Resolution Unit

The Interagency Case Resolution Unit works to assist caregivers and individuals in receiving the most appropriate community-based or residential services; minimize delays in arranging services or placements, and resolves barriers that impede timely service delivery or placement. 

The Interagency Case Resolution Unit becomes involved ONLY after all program options and dispute resolution procedures have been exhausted at the local and regional levels, or if a caregiver feels their child's needs are not being met by existing systems. 

How to Make a Referral

The agent making a referral on behalf of a child must provide the Council with the following:

  • a completed Intake Form and a signed Release of Information Form;
  • a description of the barriers encountered in attempting to provide appropriate services or placement;
  • a record of the efforts that have been made by the referral source or others to secure services and/or placements for the child; and
  • background information on the child's special needs.

A referral containing all of the information mentioned above may be submitted to:

Sheila Jackson, Coordinator, Interagency Case Resolution Unit 

Kathleen Rivers, Assistant Coordinator, Interagency Case Resolution Unit

Interagency Case Resolution Unit
NYS Council on Children and Families
52 Washington Street
West Building, Suite 99
Rensselaer, NY 12144

Telephone: 518-473-3652
Fax: 518-473-2570
e-mail: sheila.jackson@ccf.ny.gov; kathleen.rivers@ccf.ny.gov

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Reporting and Investigations Process - Justice Center

The Justice Center’s goal is to prevent the mistreatment of people with special needs and ensure that all allegations of abuse or neglect are fully investigated. The Justice Center investigates, reviews, and makes findings in allegations of abuse and neglect by staff—including employees, volunteers, interns, consultants, or contractors - against individuals who receive services. The Justice Center does not interrogate, arrest, or prosecute individuals who receive services.

More information about the reporting and investigation process can be found on the Justice Center website at:

https://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council