Special Education

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Facilitation

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is piloting IEP Facilitation in school districts throughout Long Island and in New York City District 10 (Bronx) and District 24 (Queens) beginning in the fall 2015.

The purpose of IEP Facilitation is to develop and sustain collaborative, productive relationships between Committee on Special Education members, keep meetings student-focused and reduce adversarial disputes during the IEP development process. IEP Facilitation is currently being used in several states with reported positive results. 

A facilitated IEP meeting is the same as any other IEP meeting except that a neutral, trained facilitator joins the meeting.  IEP Facilitators are certified by NYSED and trained in IEP development, special education law and regulation and conflict resolution.  The facilitator is not a decision-maker, is impartial and does not represent the parent, school district or State. 

An IEP Facilitator may be used for any CSE/CPSE meeting including for initial development of an IEP and annual review meetings.  The IEP Facilitator’s primary goal is to assist team members in collaborative and productive construction or revision of a quality IEP for a student with a disability.  This is accomplished by guiding the meeting process, encouraging participation from all committee members and keeping the meeting focused on the needs of the student.

IEP facilitation is a voluntary process that can be used when all parties to an IEP meeting agree that the presence of a neutral third party would help facilitate communication and the successful drafting of the student’s IEP. This process is not necessary for most IEP meetings. Rather, it is most often utilized when there is a sense from any of the participants that the issues at the IEP meeting are creating an impasse or acrimonious climate.

IEP Facilitation through this pilot project is provided by NYSED at no cost to districts and parents. 

For more information call the Office of Special Education at (518) 473-0170.

Also see informational materials below.

Role of the IEP Facilitator

The IEP Facilitation Process

IEP Facilitation Request

Agreement to Participate in IEP Facilitation


New York State IEP Facilitator Invoice PDF document (8 KB)

(Agreement to Facilitate and Voucher Form must be attached in order for claim to be paid.)

List of NYSED certified IEP Facilitators – to be posted in September following completion of training.

  • Long Island
  • New York City

Additional informational resources:

http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/pdf/Facilitated%20IEP%20for%20CADRE%20English.pdfPDF document (298 KB) External link

http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/exemplar/artifacts/SC-7%20%20FIEPQA.pdf PDF document (60 KB) External link

http://www.pacer.org/parent/php/PHP-c90.pdf PDF document (99 KB) External link


Last Updated: August 28, 2015