State-Supported (§4201) Schools

STAC, within the NYS Education Department's STAC and Medicaid Unit, is responsible for processing requests for Commissioner's approval for reimbursement. This includes reimbursement approvals for the costs of students attending specially designated schools, listed in §4201 of the New York State Education Law, for children with deafness, visual impairment, emotional disturbance or multiple disabilities.

List of §4201 State-Supported Schools

Cleary School for the Deaf Lexington School for the Deaf New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood)
The Henry Viscardi School Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf Rochester School for the Deaf
Lavelle School for the Blind The New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE) St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf
St. Joseph School for the Deaf St. Mary's School for the Deaf  


Request for Reimbursement Approval

The STAC Unit will confirm that a valid Commissioner’s Appointment has been approved by the SEQA Nondistrict Unit (NDU). The approval must be valid for the education and/or residential program placement by the CSPE or CSE.

STAC Unit Acceptance of §4201 Reimbursement Approval Requests

New/Initial NDU Approval Required by STAC Unit :

  • Transition from Deaf Infant Program to §4201 Preschool.
  • Transfer from one §4201 school to another §4201 school.
  • Transfer from a State-operated school to a §4201, and vice versa.
  • Change in placement from §4201 day to §4201 residential placement.
  • Change in Local Education Agency (LEA), but remaining in §4201 school initially appointed.

LEA to submit signed/dated STAC-1 form to the STAC Unit. No update to existing NDU approval required by STAC Unit:

  • Change in placement from §4201 residential to §4201 day placement.
  • Change between full-time and part-time §4201 placement.
  • Transition from preschool age to school age placement at same §4201 school.
Contact the NDU for assistance with the PHC-10 Evaluation Application or §4201 Appointment Application. Applications for Commissioner’s Appointment need to include separate STAC-1 forms for the 2-month and 10-month placements.

Nondistrict Unit: Email:
Kimberly Saldin
Office of Special Education
SEQA Nondistrict Unit (NDU)
Room EB 309
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234
StateSup4201@nysed.gov (4201 schools)
DIPapps@nysed.gov (Deaf Infant Programs)
Applications:
Frequently Used Special Education Applications
(See section "Commissioner's Appointments")

Terms and Definitions

District of Residence

The District of Residence is the school district in which the student's parents or legal guardians currently reside. Whenever the student's parents relocate to a different school district, the District of Residence changes. For Chapter Placements, it is the school district in which the child resides.

Basic Contribution

The Basic Contribution is defined in Subdivision 8 of §4401 of the Education Law as an amount equal to the total base year property and non-property taxes of the school district divided by the base year public school enrollment of the district. Any revenues received from the State under the School Tax Relief Program (STAR) are considered property taxes for this purpose.

Fiscal Responsibility

The school district of residence is fiscally responsible for §4201 program placements at State-supported schools for students ages 3 through 21. The county is fiscally responsible for §4410 program placements.

§4201 2-Month (Summer) Programs

  • The District of Residence receives a 20 percent chargeback for education and maintenance costs.
  • The District of Residence claims 80 percent aid for transportation costs using the DVST3 online verification screen in EFRT.

§4201 10-Month (School Year) Programs

  • The District of Residence pays education tuition directly to the §4201 school.
  • The State will reimburse tuition paid, less the district's Basic Contribution, for the FTE period.
  • The district reports transportation costs to State Aid.
  • The State pays the §4201 school directly for ten-month school year maintenance (room and board) costs.

§4410 Preschool Programs

Mill Neck Manor, Lavelle School for the Blind, and the NY Institute for Special Education offer §4410 preschool programs in addition to their §4201 preschool age programs. Program approval and fiscal responsibility are handled like any other §4410 preschool program.

Deaf Infant Program

SED pays the §4201 school directly for their Deaf Infant Program costs.

Dormitory Authority

The New York State Education Department pays the Dormitory Authority for the debt service costs of the §4201 schools.

STAC Record Processing Timetable

Calendar of required school district and §4201 school submissions.

Resources

Last Updated: October 30, 2018