Special Education

New CFR Software Notice

The Consolidated Fiscal Reporting System (CFRS) will be moving from a desktop application to a web-based application. For SED providers not already in the SMS system, the executive director of your agency should have received an e-mail from NYS ITS containing...

Healthcare Worker Bonus – The Series

If you’re like us, you have certain TV shows that you are totally invested in and can’t wait until the next episode comes out.  Unless you are a masochist, that is probably not the case with respect to the weekly regulation updates coming out from DOH on the...

Q&A on Healthcare Worker Bonus Program

*Information as of August 17, 2022* Ken Cerini, Managing Partner and Edward McWilliams, Tax Partner of Cerini & Associates, LLP gave a background of the Healthcare Worker Bonus and answered participant questions. General Program Background:- Healthcare Worker...

Internal Controls – Cerini Short

Internal Controls Cerini Short In this Cerini Short, Nicholle Mezier, CPA, Manager explains Internal Controls. WHAT ARE INTERNAL CONTROLS? WHY DO WE NEED THEM? Internal controls are one of the most essential elements within any organization. Internal controls are put...

Internal Controls: The 5 Components

What are internal controls? Why do we need them?
Internal controls are one of the most essential elements within any organization. Internal controls are put in place to enable organizations to achieve their goals and missions.

Taxation of NYS Healthcare Worker Bonus – Cerini Short

Taxation of NYS Healthcare Worker Bonus Cerini Short In this Cerini Short, Edward McWilliams, CPA, Partner talks about the Taxation of the NYS Healthcare Worker Bonus. Included as part of the 2022/23 budget for New York State was a provision allowing for Healthcare...

GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR $343 MILLION IN CHILD CARE PROVIDER GRANTS TARGETING WORKFORCE

There is another round of Day Care Subsidiary funding available! Applications are now available through November 30, 2022. Please see the press release below that provides more information and links to the application. Please let us know if you have questions or need...

A Tale of Two SED’s

When Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” as he started his Tale of Two Cities, he could have also been writing about where the special education marketplace finds itself today. There has been a shift in the political landscape...

School Board Analysis

Most school leadership, from executive management to the Board, are extremely focused on ensuring students are getting a strong education that will allow them to get into the top-tiered colleges, looking to develop strategies towards new modes of learning, and finding...

Lease Accounting – Schools

Background For many schools, the largest non-labor cost is facilities. For years this has created some disparity in the comparability of financial statements between schools, as some schools own their facilities while others rent. Several years ago, the Financial...
Lease Accounting – Schools

Lease Accounting – Schools

Background For many schools, the largest non-labor cost is facilities. For years this has created some disparity in the comparability of financial statements between schools, as some schools own their facilities while others rent. Several years ago, the Financial...

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Special Education Report … Hot off the Press

Special Education Report … Hot off the Press

While Governor Hochul vetoed the parity last night, she announced that the New York State Division of Budget (“DOB”) will authorize an additional cost of living adjustment of 11% for the 2022-23 year. With the vetoing of the parity bill special education schools will...

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Important Update: EI Agencies Audit

Important Update: EI Agencies Audit

In 2018 the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NYC Department of Investigation arrested eight service providers for Health Care fraud, as well as other felonies related to Fraud.  Unfortunately, last month another case came to light involving nine therapists that...

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New HHS Guidance and Funding

New HHS Guidance and Funding

Between last year and the beginning of this year, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued three rounds of Provider Relief Funds (PRF) to assist healthcare providers that were negatively impacted by the COVID Pandemic. These funds were to cover...

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SED Challenges: Student Enrollment Declines

SED Challenges: Student Enrollment Declines

Special Education Organizations are going through significant challenges, spanning many different aspects programmatic, compliance, and fiscal areas, which we will be talking about over the next hour and a half … none more significant, in my opinion, then the declines...

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NY ABLE Accounts

NY ABLE Accounts

When you have a child, you make many plans. One of the most important plans is for their future finances.  This applies for any child, but when parents have a child with special needs often there is more concern.  For parents that have a child who developed a...

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The Special Edition Cover Letter

The Special Edition Cover Letter

 Since the COVID pandemic started last March, many of you have gone on the defense, reacting to an onslaught of confusing, and sometimes ambiguous regulations, trying to develop plans of compliance, and hoping that definitive guidance would come within a time period...

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