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.

4201 Schools:

Cleary School for the Deaf
The Henry Viscardi School
Lavelle School for the Blind
Lexington School for the Deaf
Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf
The New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE)
New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood)
Rochester School for the Deaf
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 Commissioner’s Appointment has been approved by the SEQA Nondistrict Unit. The approval must be valid for the education and/or residential program placement by the CSPE or CSE. Contact the Nondistrict Unit for assistance with the PHC-10 Evaluation Application or 4201 Appointment Application. Applications for Commissioner’s Appointment need to include separate School Age STAC-1s for the 2-Mo. and 10-Mo. placements.
School Age STAC-1 pdf (226 KB)

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

Program Responsibility:

2-Month (Summer) Programs:

The District of Residence receives a 20 percent chargeback for State-supported education and maintenance costs. The District of Residence claims 80 percent aid for summer 4201 transportation costs. The district claims these transportation costs using the DVST3 online verification screen in EFRT.

10-Month (School Year) Programs:

The District of Residence pays the 4201 tuition directly. The State will reimburse the tuition paid, less the district's Basic Contribution. 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.

For the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, the District of Admission paid the 4201 tuition directly. The State reimbursed the tuition paid, less the district's Basic Contribution.

For the 2010-2011 school year and years prior, the State paid the 4201 schools for tuition and the District of Admission received a chargeback for the Basic Contribution.

2013-14 Verification and Payment Dates:

Placement Education Period AVL # Verification Opens Verification Closes Payment Date
State-supported 10-Month Program
09/01/13 -
01 04/01/14 06/01/14 06/30/14
09/01/13 -
02 09/01/14 12/01/14 03/31/15
Placement Transportation Period Verification Opens Verification Closes Payment Date
State-supported 2-Month Program
07/01/13 - 08/31/13 09/01/13 06/30/17 starts 1/14

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.

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.

District of Admission

The District of Admission is the school district that had CSE responsibility when the initial appointment to the 4201 school was made. The District of Admission stays the same as long as the student remains continuously enrolled at the same 4201 school.

Basic Contribution

The Basic Contribution is defined in subdivision 8 of Section 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.



Last Updated: July 24, 2018