Related links are organized by the following eleven categories:
Child Welfare System, Step by Step—
The path a child takes through a State child welfare system can be confusing
for those unfamiliar with it. The Pew Commission on Children in Foster
Care has recently developed an online resource, "A Child’s Journey
Through the Child Welfare System," that provides a step-by-step flow chart
of the process. Users can click on any part of the flow chart and be linked
to text that describes that key decision point, or they can read a text
overview of the entire system.
of Successful Youth Mentoring: A Guidebook for Program Development—
Mentoring has become a popular strategy for helping youth stay on track,
but setting up and sustaining a successful program takes some thought and
know-how, according to this new guidebook from the national mentoring center.
The manual includes checklists to gauge the strength of your efforts, and
a timeline for setting up new programs.
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- A Report to the Governor
and the Legislature on the Educational Status of the State's Schools—
Chapter 655 of the Laws of 1987 (which amended Section 215-a of State Education
Law) requires the Board of Regents and the State Education Department to
submit an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature with respect
to "enrollment trends; indicators of student achievement in reading, writing,
mathematics, science, and vocational courses; graduation, college attendance
and employment rates; . . . (and) information concerning teacher and administrator
preparation, turnover, in-service education and performance." The complete
report is printed in two volumes. The first volume is titled New York, the
State of Learning: Statewide Profile of the Educational System and is a 200
page book in six chapters, with illustrative figures, charts, and tables.
The second volume is titled New York, the State of Learning: Statistical
Profiles of Public School Districts and is a book with more than 300 pages
containing tabular presentations of these data by school district within
- The Alliance Project—
The Alliance Project is funded by the federal Office of Special Education
Programs (OSEP). A major emphasis of the Alliance Project is to increase
the success rate of special education and related services departments in
acquiring grants from the OSEP Division of Personnel Preparation. Alliance
engages in technical assistance and information services for the preparation
of DPP grant proposals and for Institutional Development. Activities include:
Grant Writing Workshops, Mentorships and Best Practice Seminars.
for Health and Health Care in Schools Mental Health Page—
Mental health services in schools background info, financing issues, and
state and local initiatives.
Resource Mapping: A Strategy for Promoting Successful Transition for Youth
with Disabilities —
Community mapping can help put a community's resources in the neighborhoods
where they are most needed. This National Center on Secondary Education and
Transition brief includes a detailed explanation of Community Resource Mapping,
a list of the benefits of mapping for youth with disabilities, examples of
mapping efforts, and related contacts and resources.
Council for Exceptional Children — The Council for Exceptional Children
is the "largest international professional organization dedicated to improving
educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with
disabilities, and/or the gifted." Site includes ERIC clearinghouse on disabilities
and gifted education; links to the ERIC database and to Exceptional child
Education Resources; digests, fact sheets and frequently asked questions;
public policy and legislative information.
- Families and Advocates Partnership
The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a
strong partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children
with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to communicate
the new focus of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The project represents the needs of 6 million children with disabilities.
FAPE created the guide listed below:
Mental Health in Schools: Issue Brief—
This brief background paper explores why integrated efforts are important,
what is involved, and how to do it. The presentation covers: Integrating
mental health activity to maximize resource use and effectiveness; developing
mechanisms to promote integration and address challenges; creating an
integrated continuum; and some key references
Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education—
NCPIE was founded in 1980, at the initiative of what was then the National
School Volunteer Program (now National Association for Partners in Education),
with funding from the Ford Foundation and Union Carbide. From the outset,
the participating organizations included parent organizations and advocacy
groups as well as national education organizations representing teachers
and administrators. The group meets monthly to monitor legislation, initiate
projects, and share information and ideas about research, programs, and
Center for Mental Health in Schools—
The School Mental Health Project was established in 1986 in the Department
of Psychology at UCLA to pursue theory, research, practice, and training
related to addressing mental health and psychosocial concerns through
- Federal Office
of Special Education Programs —
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) provides
a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and
states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation
A site containing a wealth of information for parents, attorneys, advocates,
and educators on special education law and regulations pertaining to the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Hearing Process for Students with Disabilities—
An impartial hearing is a more formal process to resolve disputes. This document
should assist all parties to understand their responsibilities relating to
impartial hearings so that disputes over special education services are resolved
in a timely manner. Effective September 2001, the Regulations of the Commissioner
of Education were amended relating to impartial hearings to address the qualifications
of impartial hearing officers, ensure school districts initiate an impartial
hearing in a timely manner, and ensure impartial hearings are completed within
the required time periods. The State Education Department is monitoring the
impartial hearing system through impartial hearing officer training, the
ongoing collection and review of hearing data, quality assurance reviews
and complaint investigations so that timely hearing decisions are rendered.
- Learning Disabilities Online —
This website provides families, teachers and other concerned adults with
information on a variety of learning disabilities that affect young people.
This is an excellent site for parents to become more educated on the issues
that may affect their children.
Health, Schools and Working Together for All Children and Youth: Toward a
A concept paper from the National Association of State Mental Health Program
Directors and The Policymaker Partnership for Implementing IDEA at the National
Association of State Directors of Special Education.
Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)—
Coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates
information related to secondary education and transition for youth with
disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful
futures. The site has many useful subdivisions, including:
- IEP & Transition
Information on developing a student's Individual Education
Plan (IEP) and transition plan, including frequently asked
questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites,
and additional resources.
- National IDEA Data—
This web site provides public access to the most recent data about children
with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act (IDEA). These data are collected annually by the U.S. Department of
Education, Office of Special Education Programs in accordance with Section
618 of IDEA
Education System Residential Placement Process—
A description of the process, as well as a flow chart that summarizes the
steps required for special education placements in New York State.
- PACER Center Parent
Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights—
The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality
of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families,
based on the concept of parents helping parents.
- SERI: Special Education Resources
on the Internet: "A collection of Internet accessible information resources
of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education." Comprehensive
in its links to resources and information.
Education in New York State for Children Ages 3–21: A Parent’s
This document provides information for parents, guardians and other family
members about laws, regulations and policies affecting special education
programs and services.
- Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports(PBIS)–Office of Special Education Programs—
The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and
Supports (PBIS) has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs,
US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information
and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective
school-wide disciplinary practices.
The Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
(VESID) within the State Education Department (SED) is charged with meeting
the needs of people with disabilities from early childhood through adulthood
and into the workplace. VESID oversees special education services for students,
ages 3-21, in public and private schools and the vocational rehabilitation
services for individuals, beginning at age 16 through adulthood.
Law – Special Education Resources—
Up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children
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- Center for Effective Collaboration
Improving services for children and youth with emotional and behavioral
problems through creating effective schools and supporting local, state
and national level collaborations.
Also see the Center’s
Section on Wraparound Planning.
Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior—
A great source for resources and links.
Trends DataBank —
The DataBank has “What Works" information as well as youth well-being
indicators. Based on Child Trends' reviews of evaluation research on programs
using academic achievement, mentoring, civic engagement, and employment-related
strategies, the DataBank now provides organized online access to programs
that do and do not work in affecting a wide range of outcomes for youth. "What
Works" information is provided for more than 40 indicators on the DataBank.
- Guide to Effective Programs
for Children and Youth—
Over the past several years, Child Trends has built an extensive knowledge
base about programs that "work" to enhance children's development. This
Guide offers a way of presenting this knowledge in a user-friendly format
for policy makers, program designers, and funders. Based on conversations
with these groups, we have developed a visual representation of the stages
of childhood and paired these stages with effective programs. This approach
is built on the concept that child development is a cumulative process
that begins before birth and continues into young adulthood. This "life
course" model visually shows that varied program approaches can contribute
to children's development, that different approaches are appropriate at
different ages, and that developmental inputs build on one another over
time, as a child grows. The model also illustrates that development unfolds
over time and benefits from investment at all ages. Thus, there is no one "critical
stage" where development is set. The Guide was built with the understanding
that most program providers and funders face a concrete challenge - such
as a need to prepare preschoolers for elementary school or a need to improve
the physical fitness of middle school children. The electronic Guide to
Effective Programs for Children and Youth provides users with an easy reference
for programs that work, influencing a variety of outcomes over a child's
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Federal Grant Planning Guides
Issues Discussion Guide — This guide explores several of the guiding principles
that underlie Systems of Care development. These principles include family
partnership, cultural competence, inter-agency collaboration, community
investment, and individualized care.
- Technical Assistance Plan Worksheet—The worksheet is organized by the guiding principles of a System of Care
and designed to capture their relationship to the process of building a System
of Care, e.g. infrastructure development, evaluation, information management,
etc. The worksheet asks you to brainstorm ways in which technical assistance
could help you operationalize the principles into the daily work of systems
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University Center for Child and Human Development—
The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development was established
over four decades ago to improve the quality of life for all children and
youth, especially those with, or at risk for, special needs and their families.
Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health —
Special areas of emphasis and expertise include strategic planning,
leadership development, evaluation, interagency MIS, interagency collaboration,
cultural competence, family partnerships, policy development, prevention
and early intervention, managed care and financing. And:
- National Information Center for Children
and Youth with Disabilities—
NICHCY is the national information center that provides information on disabilities
and disability-related issues. On-line information about: Special education
and related services for children in school; Individualized education programs;
Parent materials; Disability organizations; Professional associations; Education
rights and what the law requires; Early intervention services for infants
and toddlers; Transition to adult life.
Practices Network —
Highlights programs and practices that credible research indicates are effective
in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. The information
offered is organized around three major areas: Proven and Promising Programs,
Research in Brief, and Strengthening Service Delivery.
- Research and Training Center for
Children's Mental Health (Tampa, FL)—
The Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health at USF's Louis
de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute was initiated in 1984 to address
the need for improved services and outcomes for children with serious emotional/behavioral
disabilities and their families. The Center’s eight integrated field
research projects focus on enhancing our understanding of policy development
and implementation as it pertains to improving outcomes for children with
emotional disturbances and their families.
- Research and Training
Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health (Portland, OR)—
The Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental
Health was established in 1984 at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
The Center is dedicated to promoting effective community-based, culturally
competent, family-centered services for families and their children who are,
or may be affected by mental, emotional or behavioral disorders.
ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center site has many publications
to choose from in the area of respite work.
- SAMHSA (Federal)
Children’s Mental Health Services Site—
The Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch of the Federal Center for Mental
Health Services promotes and ensures that the mental health needs of children
and their families are met within the context of community-based systems
of care. Systems of care are developed on the premise that the mental health
needs of children, adolescents, and their families can be met within their
home, school, and community environments.
- Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration —
SAMHSA is the Federal agency charged with improving the quality and
availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services
in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society
resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses. There are a variety
of publications that can be obtained on mental health and substance
abuse issues that effect children, adolescents and adults. The issues
covered range from A.D.D. to bipolar disorder. This in an excellent
site for families to learn about mental health and substance abuse
problems that affect their loved ones.
- Technical Assistance
Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health—The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) provides technical assistance to system of care communities that are currently funded through the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program.
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Family Programs for Prevention of Delinquency—
U.S. Department of Justice,Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Families of Youth Who Are in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System—
A Research brief prepared by FFCMH Staff, (Trina Osher & Pat Hunt) for
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, (NCMHJJ)
- National Center for
Mental Health and Juvenile Justice—
As attention to the issue of youth with mental disorders in the juvenile
justice system has increased in the past decade, a number of approaches have
emerged to assist the field in identifying and responding to their mental
health needs. One of the most important advances is the development of demonstrated
effective interventions for treating youth. These demonstrated interventions
are commonly referred to as evidence-based practices: interventions that
involve standardized treatment and that have been shown through controlled
research to result in improved outcomes across multiple research groups.
The following resources and links provide information and descriptions about
evidence-based practices from these different populations.
- National Council on Disability—
Addressing the Needs of Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System:
The Current Status of Evidence-Based Research. Over the past several years,
NCD has recognized that children and youth with disabilities have increasingly
become over represented in the juvenile justice system. A significant proportion
of youth in the juvenile justice system has education-related disabilities
and is eligible for special education and related services under the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Factors associated with the disproportionate
representation of youth with disabilities in juvenile corrections are complex—but
the available information suggests that school failure, poorly developed
social skills, and inadequate school and community supports greatly increase
the risks for arrest and incarceration. NCD believes, therefore, that delinquency
prevention is a critical feature of any service or support system that
is used to address the needs of all youth, especially youth with disabilities
and special education needs.
- The Office
of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)—
OJJDP is responsible for administering the Juvenile Accountability Incentive
Block Grants (JAIBG) program, made possible by Public Law 105–119 and
subsequent appropriations acts. This Bulletin, which is the overview of OJJDP’s
JAIBG Best Practices Series, discusses key aspects of adolescent development,
documents examples of developmentally appropriate accountability, provides
an overview of the underlying legislation, and highlights best practices
as reported in other Bulletins in this series.
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for Youth Upstate Center for Excellence—
ACT for Youth—Assets Coming Together for Youth—aims to strengthen
community partnerships that promote positive youth development and prevent
risky and unhealthy behaviors among young people, aged 10 to 19. The
ACT for Youth initiative is a project of the New York State Department
of Health, and was developed in cooperation with the Partners for Children,
a collaboration of public and private sector organizations committed
to improving the health and education of children and adolescents throughout
New York State.
- The Children's Health Fund —The
Children’s Health Fund is committed to providing health care to
the nation’s most medically underserved children and their families
through the development and support of innovative primary care medical
programs, response to public health crises, and the promotion of guaranteed
access to appropriate health care for all children.
Virginia Cooperative Extension’s site to provide a better understanding
of family health with respect to family life, finances, and nutrition
and food safety.
- Links Digest— As part of the Family to Family Health Care Information & Education Center, Parent-to-Parent of NYS provides information related to the issues of health care and parenting children with special health care needs. Some links are specific to New York State, but there are many that will be helpful to everyone.
- Medicaid/Medicare Resource—Contains a vast array of information and resources on Medicare and Medicaid.
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Defense Fund’s Children’s Mental Health Resource Kit—
“Please use this resource kit to educate yourself and others about
the mental health care needs of children and to learn about opportunities
for improving access to mental health screens and assessments for children
through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
If you share the Children’s Defense Fund’s vision for improved
access to mental health care for children, please use this resource kit
to work toward this goal in your community and state.”
- Framework for Supporting the Social-Emotional Development of Young Children—The vision of encouraging a public health approach set forth in The Children’s Plan laid the foundation for representatives of the Council on Children and Families, Department of Health, Office of Children and Families and Office of Mental Health to establish the Social and Emotional Development Work Group tasked with developing recommendations for Social and Emotional Development Consultation in Early Childhood settings.
- The Finance
A comprehensive clearinghouse of information and technical assistance resources
to support decision-making that produces and sustains good results for
children, families, and communities.
Collaborative Assessment of Capacity Instrument—
Assessment tool to help localities identify the strengths and weaknesses
of their local collaborative efforts.
- American Academy
of Family Physicians Series
- Child & Adolescent
Bipolar Foundation —
Early intervention and treatment offers the best chance for children
with bipolar disorder to achieve stability, gain the best possible
level of wellness, and grow up to enjoy their gifts and build upon
their strengths. Proper treatment can minimize the adverse effects
of the illness on their lives and the lives of those who love them." ....from "About
early-onset bipolar disorder"
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) brochures and information sheets,
reports, press releases, fact sheets, and other educational materials.
This web site offers you some solutions and guidelines on how to deal
with an adolescent who is having severe problems, including those diagnosed
with attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder
and bipolar disorder.
I—Wraparound: Stories From The Field —
Explores the ever-burgeoning conviction in a growing community of providers,
advocates, and families that Wraparound is a simply better, cheaper,
and more humane than conventional service delivery processes for families
with children with serious emotional disturbance. Through the stories
of six families who have received individualized services and supports
through a Wraparound process, we see—
how this process worked to support their strengths and meet their needs.
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New York State Resources
CCSI Partner Agencies
Additional New York Resources
- Kids’ Well-being Indicators
The New York State Council on Children and Families is pleased to present
children's health, education and well-being indicators as a means to
help assess needs, design and improve programs, and sharpen the focus
on outcomes. KWIC uses the Touchstones framework that provides expectations
about the future as well as snapshots of the status of children and
- New York State Citizens'
Coalition for Children —
Incorporated in 1975, the Coalition is an organization of concerned
citizens and 150 volunteer adoptive and foster parent groups in every
region of New York State. Guided by a belief in the right of every
child to a permanent, loving family, the Coalition's goals are to:
improve services available to children at risk of or in out of home
care; increase citizen involvement in local service planning and delivery;
require greater public accountability of the NYS Office of Children
and Family Services, & other systems
providing out of home care for children, including local agencies;
represent the citizen's viewpoint in advocating for improved adoption
and foster care services. The Coalition is concerned primarily with
system-change advocacy and individuals taking responsibility for influencing
and changing the systems affecting their lives and the lives of their
- NYS Home and Community Based
Waivers and Contact
- NYS Home and Community Based Waivers:
Documents that explain the various HCBS waiver programs in New York.
- NYS Medicaid Services – Benefits,
Populations and Reimbursement—
Table (with additional web links) describing the services, eligibility,
and payment structures of New York’s Medicaid program.
- New York Yellow
Pages for Kids with Disabilities—
Includes many resources - government programs, grassroots organizations,
and parent support groups. They will be adding evaluators, educational
consultants, academic tutors, advocates, attorneys, and others who
help parents get services for their children.
to Parent of NYS—
Matches parents of children with disabilities and children with special
health care needs with volunteer support parents for emotional support;
recruits and trains support parent volunteers; provides educational
resources, on a variety of disability related issues, to professionals,
parent groups, organizations and the larger community.
Matrix of State Agencies—
A chart that show the regions of child and family-serving agencies
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