Special Education

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Facilitation

From: James P. DeLorenzo
Subject: Individualized Education Program (IEP) Facilitation Pilot Program

PDF Version of Memo: Individualized Education Program (IEP) Facilitation Pilot Program   PDF document

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) began piloting IEP Facilitation in the fall 2015.  IEP Facilitation is currently available to schools and parents in all Long Island school districts, as well as in certain regions of New York City including: selected District 75 schools, Bronx Community School District #10, Queens Community School District #24 PDF document and Regional Committees on Special Education 1, 2 and 4.  

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 parents and districts 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.

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting Facilitation-A Guide for Parents and School Districts-Brochure   PDF document

IEP Facilitation Request Form PDF document

Role of the IEP Facilitator PDF document

The IEP Facilitation Process PDF document

Agreement to Participate in IEP Facilitation PDF document

Evaluation Form PDF document

New York State IEP Facilitator Invoice  PDF document  

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

Additional informational resources:

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


Last Updated: October 3, 2017