Children with Special Needs

Early Intervention Program

New York State’s Early Intervention Program is a dynamic tool used to promote the success and educational betterment of children with special needs. Counties are responsible for administering this vitally important program as well as coordinating all services, however, New York State is responsible for all program regulations and requirments. 

There is no income eligibility for families with children who need Early Intervention Program services and services must be provided to families at no cost to them.  Intervention is likely to be more effective and less costly overall when implanted early in life.

For additional resources visit https://www.health.ny.gov/community/infants_children/early_intervention/

Preschool Special Education

New York State’s Preschool Special Education program provides essential services like speech and occupational therapy to special needs children between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age.  It serves as a bridge between the Early Intervention Program (from birth to 3 years old) and a formal Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in a school setting.  Counties, since mandated in 1989, fully fund the preschool special education program.  Counties play no role in the administration of the program, determining eligibility or providing services. 

A child eligible for preschool special education services may show significant delays in any of the five areas of development: cognitive; communication; physical/motor; social/emotional; and adaptive/self-help. Federal and state laws govern the preschool special education program and grant the legal authority to administer the program to the State and school districts.  There is no income eligibly for families with children who need preschool special education and the services must be provided at no cost to them. 

For additional information visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/preschool/home.html

NYSAC White Papers and Reports


Recent Resolutions

January 2018

 
  1. Resolution Urging the Governor and State Legislature to Take Over the Fiscal Responsibility for Costs Associated with Students Receiving Preschool Special Education Services in Integrated Universal Prekindergarten Program Classrooms
  2. ​Resolution Urging the Department of Health and the Division of Budget to Require Providers to Maximize Reimbursement from All Third-Party Payers

February 2017

  1. Resolution Urging the Department of Health and the Division of Budget to Identify All Outstanding Claims and Prioritize Reimbursing County Costs for Early Intervention Services That Were Provided and Paid for by Counties Prior to the State Fiscal Agent Administrative Takeover and Remain Unreimbursed
  2. Resolution Urging the Department of Health and the Division of Budget to Require Providers to Maximize Reimbursement from All Third-Party Payers
  3. Resolution Urging the Governor and State Legislature to Adhere to the Law as it Applies to the State Fiscal Responsibility for Preschool Special Education and Eliminate County Responsibility for Summer School Special Education Programs
  4. Resolution Calling for the Revamping of Outdated NYSED Preschool Special Education Service Program Reimbursements and Waiver Review Process for Contracted Service Agencies
  5. Resolution Urging the Governor and the New York State Legislature to Continue to Reform and Improve the Early Intervention Program to Better Serve Children and Families


September 2016

  1. Resolution Urging the Department of Health and the Division of Budget to
    Identify All Outstanding Claims and Prioritize Reimbursing County Costs
    for Early Intervention Services That Were Provided and Paid for by
    Counties Prior to the State Fiscal Agent Administrative Takeover and
    Remain Unreimbursed
  2. Resolution Urging the Department of Health and the Division of Budget to
    Require Providers to Maximize Reimbursement from All Third-Party
    Payers
  3. Resolution Urging the Governor and State Legislature to Gradually
    Eliminate the County Fiscal Responsibility for Preschool Special Education
    and Summer School Special Education Programs
  4. Resolution Calling for the Revamping of Outdated NYSED Preschool Special
    Education Service Program Reimbursements and Waiver Review Process
    for Contracted Service Agencies

February 2016:

  1. Resolution Urging the Department of Health and the Division of Budget to Prioritize Reimbursing County Costs for Early Intervention Services that Were Provided and Paid for Prior to the State Fiscal Agent Administrative Takeover and Remain Outstanding
  2. Resolution Urging the Department of Health and the Division of Budget to Require Providers to Maximize Reimbursement from All Third-Party Payers
  3. Resolution Urging the Governor and State Legislature to Gradually Eliminate the County Fiscal Responsibility for Preschool Special Education and Summer School Special Education Programs
  4. Resolution Calling For the Revamping of Outdated NYSED Pre-School Special Education Service Program Reimbursements and Waiver Review Process for Contracted Service Provider
September 2015:
  1. Resolution Urging the Department of Health and the Division of Budget to Prioritize Reimbursing County Costs for Early Intervention Services that Were Provided and Paid For Prior to the State Fiscal Agent Administrative Takeover and Remain Outstanding 
  2. Resolution Urging the Department of Health and the Division of Budget to Require Providers to Maximize Reimbursement by All Third-Party Payers 
  3. Resolution Urging the Governor and State Legislature to Eliminate the County Fiscal Cap on Preschool Special Education Transportation Costs and to Incentivize the Use of Existing Bus Fleets and Transportation Systems 
  4. Resolution Urging the Governor and State Legislature to Continue to Closely Monitor Preschool Special Education Rate-Setting Reforms as They are Implemented, and to Build a Single Statewide Fiscal Management System that is Accessible to Counties in Order to Improve Oversight and Accountability