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The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

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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 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 Center 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 Center and a full text of the law are available on the Justice Center webpage. 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.

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”) 

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

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

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

Relief from Requirements for Multiple Reporting of Reportable Incidents-Field Advisory, Relief from Requirements for Multiple Reporting of Reportable Incidents-Attachment and Relief from Requirements for Multiple Reporting of Reportable Incidents-Guidance  - June 2017