Resources Links

Statement from the NYS Coalition of 853 Schools on the Veto of the Rate Parity Bill (S6516A/A8013A)

The 853 Coalition Membership Directory 2021

Map of 853 Coalition Schools 


853 Coalition Priorities 2021

853 Funding Issues

853 Coalition FAQs

Tuition Rate Setting Methodology for 2019-20 Rates for School-Age Providers Serving Students with Disabilities

Tuition Rate Setting Methodology for 2019-20 Tuition Rates for Preschool Students with Disabilities

Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues in Schools 

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

Current CFR Manual, Appendices and Forms
The 2020 CFR Reporting and Claiming Transmittal  Letter with the CFR manual, appendices and forms are now posted on the RSU website:

The 2020 Reimbursable Cost Manual Letter is now available on the Rate Setting Unit’s website.

RSU is pleased to announce the July 2020 crosswalk of changes and the Reimbursable Cost Manual have been posted on 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:

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 Assessment Resources:

Special Ed. State Assessment Resources:

New York State Alternate Assessment Resources: 

New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum: 

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

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports – OSEP Technical Assistance Center

New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center:

Special Education:

Special Education Field Advisory:  Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma;   Attachment-Questions and Answers

Special Education Field Advisory: 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

2019-2020 School Year Program Service Dates for STAC Online Reimbursement

NYSED – Accessible Instructional Material (AIM)

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 on services for students with disabilities:

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.

TransitionSource helpful resources:


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