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 receive a 4% increase for the 2021-22 year as already approved by the DOB. This increase will be retroactive to July 1, 2021.
In addition, Governor Hochul also signed 4 other bills impacting the special education population:

  • S.2911/A.1953 – Establishes that the Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board provide a report on autism detection, education, and mapping
  • S.6682/A.7614 – Appoints an impartial hearing officer to address due process complaints for students with disabilities
  • S.1662-B/A.3523-A – Makes the issuing of behavior analyst licenses in New York consistent with other states
  • S.5560-A/A.5339 – Provides for State funding to municipalities for early intervention services for toddlers with disabilities and their families. The funds will be allocated to all Statewide municipalities, but it is unclear as of yet as to the impact, if any, this bill will have an EI rates paid to providers.

Finally, the EI covered lives bill was also passed. What this means is that providers will no longer need to bill insurance companies. This should ease much of the billing burden on EI providers.

Albert Borghese, CPA

Albert Borghese, CPA

Manager

Albert is a member of Cerini & Associates’ audit and consulting practice where he focuses on serving the firm’s special education and nonprofit clients. Albert is also involved in the marketing and development of the firm, and frequently participates in recruiting efforts, and research.

 

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