Special Education


The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012: “Protection of People with Special Needs Act” is effective on June 30, 2013 and makes changes to the requirements for the standards for the protection of day and residential students who attend a residential school (i.e., the New York State School for the Blind, the New York State School for the Deaf, a State-supported school which has a residential component, a special act school district, or an approved private residential school).  Chapter 501 also established the Justice Center external link  for the Protection of People with Special Needs, which will assume the functions and responsibilities of the former Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.  The Justice Centerexternal link will be responsible for investigations of allegations of serious abuse and neglect of vulnerable persons in State-operated and licensed facilities, including residential schools under the State Education Department's (SED) oversight; overseeing implementation of the procedures of State oversight agencies for tracking, investigating and monitoring corrective actions of allegations of abuse, neglect and significant incidents; maintaining a register of individuals who have committed serious acts of abuse (Staff Exclusion List); and establishing codes of conduct of ethical standards to which all individuals who have regular contact with people with special needs would be held accountable.  Additional information regarding Chapter 501, the Justice Centerexternal link and a full text of the law external link are available on the Justice Center webpage. external link To view Justice Center Resources for Success, materials produced by the Justice Center to help equip staff and advocates with the needed skills to prevent abuse and neglect, please visit the Justice Center’s Resources for Success webpage. external link

Incident Management Unit (IMU)

The Incident Management Unit (IMU) was created in March 2014 to oversee the New York State Education Department’s activities pursuant to Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012 and the creation of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.  Specifically, IMU responsibilities include tracking and monitoring safety plans, plans of prevention and remediation of allegations of abuse, neglect and significant incidents in approved residential schools serving students with disabilities; investigating significant incidents in approved residential schools serving students with disabilities and ensuring appropriate actions are conducted by the schools in response; remaining a primary point of contact and liaison to the Justice Center, approved residential schools, and other impacted stakeholders relating to reportable incidents or requests for technical assistance pursuant to the responsibilities under Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012; collaborating with the Justice Center to ensure approved residential schools serving students with disabilities receive all necessary information and training as required under the law. 

IMU Offices:

Eastern Regional Office                                                                                                       NYS Education Department                                                                                               Office of Special Education                                                                                             Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA)                                                                         89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB                                                                             Albany, NY 12234                                                                                                      Telephone: (518) 473-1185                                                                                               Fax: (518) 474-6963                                                                                                          Alan Mueller, Supervisor, (518) 473-1185

Hudson Valley Regional Office                                                                                             NYS Education Department                                                                                               Office of Special Education                                                                                             Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA)                                                                           1 Park Place, 3rd Floor                                                                                                  Peekskill, NY 10566                                                                                                 Telephone: (914) 940-2900                                                                                               Fax: (914) 402-2180                                                                                                          Alan Mueller, Supervisor, (518) 473-1185

Western Regional Office                                                                                                      NYS Education Department                                                                                               Office of Special Education                                                                                             Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA)                                                                          2A Richmond Avenue                                                                                                         Batavia, NY  14020                                                                                                   Telephone: (585) 344-2002                                                                                                Fax: (585) 344-2422                                                                                                          Alan Mueller, Supervisor, (518) 473-1185

 

Guidance Documents Related to the Justice Center/IMU

Chapter 422 of the Laws of 2017 - New Requirements Relating to Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012 (“Protection of People with Special Needs Act”) Field Advisory

Chapter 422 of the Laws of 2017 - New Requirements Relating to Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012 (“Protection of People with Special Needs Act”) Full Text

Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012 (“Protection of People with Special Needs Act”) – Vehicle and Traffic Infraction Reporting and Classification Guidance-Field Advisory PDF document and  Vehicle and Traffic Infraction Reporting and Classification Guidance  PDF document June 2018

Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012 ("Protection of People with Special Needs Act") - Immediate Protections Safety Assessment-Advisory, Immediate Protections Safety Assessment Template,  and Residential School Contact Information  PDF document  June 2018

Reporting of Incidents to the Justice Center – NYSED Quick Reference Guide- Advisory and NYSED Quick Reference Guide PDF document   February 2018

Relief from Requirements for Multiple Reporting of Reportable Incidents-Field Advisory Relief from Requirments for Multiple Reporting of Reportable Incidents-Attachment PDF document and Relief from Requirements for Multiple Reporting of Reportable Incidents-Guidance external link  June 2017

 

Last Updated: January 8, 2021