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Mental health assessments are performed to screen for mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety. They can also be used to help diagnose neurological pathology, such as Alzheimer’s disease. A mental health assessment may be indicated if a person is having difficulty at work, school, or in social situations. For example, a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a personality disorder may begin with a mental health assessment as part of their discovery.

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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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Article 16 Clinic

The Shield Institute's Article 16 Clinic provides diagnostic, evaluation and clinical services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Psychological, social work, speech, occupational and physical therapy, rehabilitative counseling and nutritional counseling are provided individually and/or in group settings. Specialty services include augmentative communication evaluation and treatment, eating and swallowing evaluation and treatment and psycho-sexual assessment and treatment. All services are provided by our licensed and experienced staff.

Learn more about the Shield Institute's Article 16 Clinic.

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Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004

This website was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

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Dual Diagnosis - A Guide for Caregivers

This guidebook gives caregivers the tools they need to understand how mental illness might look in a person with a developmental disability, and information on what to do and where to go for help. It was written in order to help caregivers to partner with health care providers. This guidebook was originally written in 2011 and was revised in 2015. It was created for the New York State Institute for Health Transition Training with grant support from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

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Early Intervention Program

The NYS Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. First created by Congress in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the EIP is administered by the New York State Department of Health through the Bureau of Early Intervention. In New York State, the Early Intervention Program is established in Article 25 of the Public Health Law and has been in effect since July 1, 1993.

View Early Intervention Programs using our MSNavigator Mapping Tool.

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Evaluation Basics

This web page provides comprehensive information about the evaluation process. Some of the topics include:

  • Understanding the Full Evaluation Process
  • 6 Steps for Requesting a School Evaluation
  • The Evaluation Process: What to Expect
  • FAQs about Evaluations for Learning and Attention Issues
  • At a Glance: Who's on the Evaluation Team at Your Child's School
  • 7 Steps to take Before Requesting a Formal Evaluation
  • Is a Functional Assessment the Same thing as a Formal Evaluation? and more...

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Everything You Need to Know About OPWDD Eligibility

This series of videos gives an introduction to the OPWDD eligibility process, and process for obtaining services. 

  • What is OPWDD, where to start and what is eligibility? Basic introduction to accessing services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York. Introduces Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the concept of eligibility for OPWDD funded services.
  • What is needed to apply for OPWDD eligibility? Discusses evaluations required for applying for eligibility and steps required for submitting paperwork to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

  • Eligibility attained, what now? Once a person has established eligibility, what are the next steps? How do you access services? What services are there?

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Hillside Outpatient Clinic

Provides an array of mental health services to children, adolescents and adults. Services include individual/family therapy, crisis intervention, psychiatric evaluations, pharmacotherapy and outreach and linkage to community resources. Services are designed to address mental health symptoms and improve daily functioning for the person in care.  All counseling services are provided by licensed professionals including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and creative arts therapists.

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Medicaid Health Homes

A ´Health Home´ is not a physical place; it is a group of health care and service providers working together to make sure you get the care and services you need to stay healthy. Once you are enrolled in a Health Home, you will have a care manager that works with you to develop a care plan. A care plan maps out the services you need, to put you on the road to better health. Some of the services may include:

  • Connecting to health care providers,
  • Connecting to mental health and substance abuse providers,
  • Connecting to needed medications,
  • Help with housing,
  • Social services (such as food, benefits, and transportation) or,
  • Other community programs that can support and assist you.

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NYS Special Education Parent Centers

There are 14 Special Education Parent Centers across New York State. These centers will provide parents of children with disabilities with information, resources, and strategies to:

  • promote their meaningful involvement in their children’s education programs, including information regarding the special education process (referrals, individual evaluations and individualized education program development and transition planning);
  • assist in understanding their children’s disabilities;
  • promote early resolution of disputes between parents and school districts;
  • promote the use of resolution sessions and special education mediation;
  • assist in understanding procedural due process rights, including the right to impartial hearings and appeals and the State complaint process; and
  • enhance parents’ skills and levels of confidence to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other schools and other stakeholders to advocate and actively participate in their children’s education program.

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