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Information for Parents

This section of our website provides important information for parents and families. Please be sure to check back often for important updates. To learn more about any of the updates listed below, simply click on the title and it will take you to a full description. You can also sign-up for our monthly Parent Newsletter by clicking here.

Important Information About Our Schools—Funding Crisis for 853 and 4410 Schools Supporting Children with Special Needs

On Monday, June 25th many QSAC parents and staff from our education programs attended a town hall at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. More than 400 teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, school staff, parents, students, and advocates attended the #OurKidsAreYOURKids rally. The program sought to shed light on the disparities in funding between ourschools for children with special needs (853 and 4410 programs) and public schools. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the full program by clicking here

This event was a follow-up to the recent WPIX11 segment with Arnold Diaz, which highlighted the crisis facing schools serving students with special needs. Click here to view the segment

In addition, if you would like to be added to the #OurKidsAreYOURKids mailing list, please click here to provide your name and contact information. Once on the mailing list, you will begin to receive additional notifications regarding rallies, town halls, and other events around the region. 

Your voice is critical as we work to close the funding gap, so that we can pay our school staff competitive wages. I'm confident that we can help Albany see why our programs need additional funding to support our students and school staff. 

If you are interested in getting more involved please contact Gina Feliciano, Senior Director of Education by e-mail at or call (718) 728-8476 ext. 1435.

Thank you,
Lisa A. Veglia, L.C.S.W., M.P.A., SAS
Chief Executive Officer

Video Recording of the April 17th Meeting Regarding the Transition from Medicaid Service Coordination to Care Coordination

Below is a recording of the parent meeting that took place on Tuesday, April 17th regarding the transition from Medicaid Service Coordination to Care Coordination. Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation from last night's meeting.

If you have questions regarding the video or the transition to Care Coordination, please contact Claire LaPlaca at or (718) 728-8476 x1227 or Nadeera Kumandan at or (718) 728-8476 x1216.

OPWDD Releases FAQ and Brochure Regarding Transition from MSC to CCO/HHs

The enrollment form for Care Coordination/Health Homes (CCO/HHs) has not yet been released by the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). OPWDD has released a brochure and frequently asked questions guide for families and individuals. Here are the links to access the resources that OPWDD has prepared: 

Brochure regarding the transition from MSC to CCO/HHs 
FAQ regarding the transition from MSC to CCO/HHs 

In addition to these resources, please continue to follow the Information for Parents section on QSAC's website, which is updated regularly with important materials regarding the transition. Included on our website is a recording of the March 27th presentation made by Jay Nagy of the Advance Care Alliance of NY (ACANY) regarding the transition.

Important Updates Regarding the Transition from Medicaid Service Coordination to Care Coordination

QSAC's CEO, Lisa Veglia, has prepared an update regarding upcoming changes in Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) for people with I/DD in New York State (NYS) and QSAC’s role in the process. Click here to read the full update and be sure to follow this page for future news and updates.

We are hosting two upcoming parent meetings regarding the transition from Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) to Care Coordination Organizations (CCO).

ACTION ALERT: Call and Email Your State Legislators Today and Download Our New Resource—"A Parent's Guide to Advocacy"

AdvocacyGuideImage.pngAs a parent, there are many ways for you to advocate for your child with autism and the programs that make a difference in his/her life. Here are a few easy ways to communicate with your elected officials:

  • Call their offices
  • Write letters and send emails
  • Interact on social media
  • Attend community events

We have created a special guide called "A Parent's Guide to Advocacy" that provides a suggested script/message for phone calls and emails as well as a directory of elected officials by borough. We encourage you to contact your elected officials to ask them to support additional funding for school-age and adult services.