Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I am concerned about a child, can I find out if the family is being
investigated by child protective?
No, CPS investigations are confidential. There are a very limited list of
exceptions to the confidentiality laws.
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The focus of the Division of Children with Special Needs is to assist children and families in achieving their potential by providing education, developmental and strength-based support.
Do I need to be an Albany County resident to receive services?
Yes, you must reside in Albany County to receive services from our department.
Who do I contact if I have concerns regarding my child’s development?
Call (518) 447-4820 and speak with a trained early intervention worker regarding concerns.
Do referrals need to be initiated by my pediatrician?
No, parents are welcome to call and discuss concerns with their child’s development.
What should I do if I feel my child is not developing skills like other children his/her age?
You may wish to make a referral to the school district in which you reside.
What is the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)?
Every school district has a Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) which is responsible for children ages 3-5 with disabilities.
Who are the members of the CPSE?
- Chairperson designated by School District
- Regular education teacher (when appropriate)
- Special education teacher (when appropriate)
- Parent member
- A County representative
- Other people that have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child (as requested by the parent or school district)
If my child is eligible for a CPSE services, is transportation provided?
CPSE is planning programs and/or services for your child; they must also consider your child's transportation needs, including the need for specialized transportation. If recommended by the CPSE, transportation will be provided by the county — once daily from the home or another child care location to the special service or program, and returning once daily from the special service or program to the home or other child care location — up to 50 miles from the child care location.
Can I, as a parent, provide transportation to program?
Parents may be reimbursed for transporting their own child if the CPSE recommends transportation. Transportation will not be provided at public expense if the CPSE recommends special education itinerant teacher services or related services in the child’s home or another child care setting which the parent has arranged.
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Does it matter where I live?
You must be a resident of Albany County ito access our services.
What insurance do you accept?
No child/youth will be turned away due to insurance if they are in crisis. We are currently participating providers with CDPHP, Fidelis, MVP and accept Medicaid including SSI Medicaid. We also provide services on a sliding scale should a family not be insured. Co-pays are expected at the time of the appointment.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
No, we accept calls from parents, schools and other involved parties. However, appointments are not scheduled without participation of the legal guardian of the child/youth.
Will my child stay here for services?
The vast majority of children/youth assessed are referred to other community providers for on-going intervention. This plan is developed in collaboration with the family during process of the assessment.
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