Resources Links

2017-18 Membership Meeting Dates: 
September 14, 2017
January 18, 2018
April 17, 2018

853 Coalition Member Directory 2018

9/2017 Preschool SCIS Methodology Information

9/2017 ESEA Letter from SED

9/2017 Preschool SCIS Presentation to BOR

9/2017 Proposal for a New Pathway to a NYS HSE Diploma 

Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents:  A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations.  Click the following link to order this publication:

The U.S. Department of Education has issued an important Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document outlining 15 guiding principles to help ensure that schools are safe and healthy learning environments for all students. This document does not set forth any new requirements, does not create or confer any rights for or on any person or require specific actions by any state, locality, or school district. Further information, including a memo from SED P-12 Deputy Commissioner Ken Slentz, can be found at the NYSED website:

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded the creation of a comprehensive toolkit, entitled, Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools.
SPCNY Program Brochure

2016-17 CFR Manual, Appendices and Forms
The 2016-17 CFR Reporting and Claiming Transmittal  Letter with the CFR manual, appendices and forms are now posted on the RSU website:

The July 2017 Reimbursable Cost Manual covering the 2017-18 reporting period has now been posted to the RSU website.

We are pleased to share a link with you on a recent Regent visit to one of COFCCA’s and the 853 Coalition Members. On July 20th, Chancellor Betty A. Rosa from the New York State Board of Regents came to LaSalle School in Albany to learn more about educating youth with special needs. Immediately below is a link to the story detailing her visit:

A new Grant Opportunity has been postedPrekindergarten for Three Year Old Students in High Need School Districts

RFP opportunity for 4410 providers

The Smart Schools Bond Act was approved in the 2014 election and $5 million has been made available for Special Acts, 4201s, and 853 schools to make investments in classroom technology, high tech security, school connectivity, and classroom trailer replacement.  The list of allotment of funds for each school is available here.

The Smart Schools Bond Act guidance is available for you at this link.

The Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP) overview for your reference is available here.

For Behavior Discussions:

United States Dept. of Education, “Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document”

NYS Education Dept. document on, “Requirements Relating to the Use of Behavioral Interventions and Supports”

NYS Policy Updates
NYS Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential for Students with Severe Disabilities

NYSED Proposal to Strengthen the Safety Net for Students with Disabilities

Technical Assistance for Teachers/Administrators:

NYSED web site provides information on instructional supports, assessments, curriculum and instruction, etc.
NYSED Main Web Site:

State Assessments:

Learning Standards and Core Curriculum: 

The Virtual Learning System covers all standards and curriculum:

Teachers/Professional Development Resources for professional development including multi-media links to classroom lessons and supports:


Teens Living with Cancer: Web site that links youth who have cancer.


PBIS – National Technical Assistance Center

Response to Intervention (RtI):

State Assessment Information: 

New York State Alternate Assessment Information: 

Special Education:

Special Education Field Advisory Memo (from 6/2016):  Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma;   Attachment-Questions and Answers ; Superintendent Determination of Graduation Form

Special Education Field Advisory Memo (from 6/2016): Amendment of Sections 200.4, 200.16 and 200.20 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Relating to Recommendations for One-to-One Aides for Preschool and School-Age Students with Disabilities and Preschool Special Education Programs and Services

Beginning April 1, 2016, special education providers, school districts (including special act districts), and BOCES providers should use their assigned STAC User codes to access their program information online and, if necessary, correct their 2016-17 program dates by June 17, 2016. Below are the links to the memorandum and instruction guide regarding the 2016-17 Program Service Dates:

NYSED – Special Education: Look for tabs providing Information on publications, applications, regulations, funding, Regional Staff, etc.

Guide to Quality Individualized Education Program Development and Implementation:

IEP Development: 

Special Education Quality Indicator Review and Resource Guides for Literacy; Behavioral Supports & Interventions and Special Education Instructional Practices:

Behavioral Interventions:

Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers:

Autism Resources from NYSED: 

Register to receive information about Special Education by e-mail:

Transition Services Supports:

TransitionSource was designed to support educational programs and agencies across New York State, to advance the post-school outcomes of secondary students with disabilities.

Transition Services:

SED Transition Specialists:


Fiscal Resources:

NYSED Rate Setting Unit:

Register to receive information on rate setting issues by e-mail:

Information on Federal IDEA Funds available to 853 Schools:

Title I School & Community Services