Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)
Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Public Hearing Announcement

Proposed Regulations Relating to Behavioral Interventions


The Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) of the New York State Education Department will provide an opportunity for public comment on the proposed amendments to the Rules of the Board of Regents and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to behavioral interventions.  The proposed regulations were adopted at the June 2006 meeting of the Board of Regents as an emergency action, effective June 23, 2006.  These regulations: establish general standards for behavioral interventions, including assessments of student behavior, behavioral intervention plans, the use of time out rooms and emergency physical interventions; set a general prohibition on the use of aversive behavioral interventions, with a provision and procedures for a child-specific exception to this prohibition; and establish standards for programs that provide aversive behavioral interventions as approved on a child-specific basis. 


New Requirements For Behavioral Intervention Plans, Including The Use Of Aversive Behavioral Interventions is a memorandum which summarizes the regulations.


Amendments to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education


The public hearings will be conducted at the following locations:


Albany: Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Time: 3:00 pm 7:00 pm


Capital Region BOCES


Administrative Board Room


1031 Watervliet Shaker Road


Albany, New York 12205


Directions at: http://www.capregboces.org/directions/DirectionstoCentAdmin.htm

Please note: you should enter the Administration Bldg by the entrance near the flagpole.


New York City: Monday, August 14, 2006

Time: 2:00 pm 7:00 pm


Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building


163 West 125th Street


2nd Floor Art Gallery


New York, New York 10027

  Directions and subway information at: http://harlemonestop.com/organization.php?id=89


Syracuse: Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Time: 3:00 pm 7:00 pm


Dr. King Elementary School


416 E. Raynor Avenue


Syracuse, New York 13202


Directions at: http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=416+E.+Raynor+Ave.+Syracuse+NY 


Format of the public hearing


All individuals seeking to provide oral comment must so indicate upon registration at the site of the hearing. Individuals providing oral public comment will be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes each. VESID requests, but does not require, that individuals wishing to make oral comments at the public hearing also provide comment in written format.  Sites open 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Individuals wishing to provide oral comment are encouraged to arrive early.


The rules of public hearings will be reviewed and a brief summary of the proposed regulations will be provided.   


Written comment period


Written comment will be accepted until August 28, 2006 and must be directed to:


Dr. Rebecca H. Cort

Deputy Commissioner

Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Room 1606, One Commerce Plaza

Albany, New York 12234

Or by email: vesidspe@mail.nysed.gov

Attention: Comments: Behavioral Intervention Regulations