Special Services

Support Group for Parents

Rockland BOCES is proud to team with Mariel Piña, LMSW, CASAC-T, and team
from the  Rockland County Department of Mental Health
for a Parent Support Group

Please join us virtually on Thursdays at 2:30 for guidance and support as we continue to learn at home.
To register with Webex simply click the link below. Once registered you will receive the link and password to join the virtual meeting.

Before or after you register, please fill out this brief survey as answers to these 3 short questions will drive discussion and help us plan future topics:  Survey for Discussion Topics

Thursday, June 4th
Apoyo para Padres: Criando Hijos Durante la Initiativa Quedarse - Parent Support: Parenting During the Stay at Home Initiative
Link to register: Parenting During the Stay at Home Initiative Registration Link

Thursday, June 11th
Apoyo para Padres: Covid y la Ansiedad en Niños - Parent Support: Covid and Anxiety in Children?
Link to Register: Covid and Anxiety in Children?

Welcome to Special Services

The Office of Special Services offers a continuum of programs and services for pre-school and
school-age students with disabilities.  School–aged students can receive services either through
an Individualized Education Program or a Section 504 Accommodation Plan.  Quality educational programs and services are provided in the least restrictive environment to meet the academic,
social and emotional needs of our students.  Related services such as speech & language, counseling, hearing impaired services, vision services, occupational therapy and physical therapy are also available to students.  All services are provided in compliance with the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

Student Learning Tools

Special Services Events

  • District Admin. Building

    SEW/#PRSELFIE Committee Meeting

    Social Emotional Wellness Committee Meeting

    Special Services
  • District Admin. Office

    Psychologist Meeting

    Special Services
  • District Admin. Office

    Special Education MS & HS Staff Mtg.

    Special Services
  • Evans Park

    Special Education ELF Staff Meeting

    Special Services
  • District Admin. Building

    Speech Pathologists' Meeting

    Special Services
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Committees on Special Education & Preschool Special Education

The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is a multi-disciplinary team that identifies children in grades K-12 with special education needs such as learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, physical disabilities, emotional disturbance, mental retardation, etc.  The CSE recommends programs and services to support the academic program.  The Committee is composed of personnel from the Pearl River schools including a chairperson, school psychologist, special education teachers, general education teachers and a parent of the student receiving special education services. (School physician, related service providers, and a parent member are involved when applicable.) Although it is natural for parents and staff members to be concerned about designating a child as having special education needs, such designation provides assurance that a specially designed program will be provided to the child by the district.  At the preschool level, the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) identifies children ages three to five that need special education and recommends appropriate state and county approved pre-k programs/services.

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a formal document enumerating the special services planned for a student who has been designated by the Committee on Special Education or Committee on Preschool Special Education.  The IEP contains a summary of the student's strengths and weaknesses, present levels of performance and specific educational goals.  It also indicates the nature of the disabling condition and the recommended program and placement.  The IEP is the teacher's guide for instruction and states the criteria used to determine the effectiveness of the instructional plan.

I/DD ID Cards for people who have a medically diagnosed developmental disability

NYS has just passed a law that now makes identification cards available to people who have a medically diagnosed developmental disability. These new I/DD ID cards are meant to be presented to law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel to aid in the communication process: OPWDD ID Card Webpage

Updated Diploma & Credential Options - Updated November 2019

Updated Diploma and Credentials Brochure for Seniors, quick link below.  (Updated November 2019)

 Understanding the Requirements and Pathways to Graduation - A Guide for Families.pdf 


Reaching for the Future

Reaching for the Future - From School Age to Adult Life

A resource guide for students with disabilities.

PDF:   Reaching for the Future.pdf 

Weblink:  http://www.rocklandboces.org/files/2015/07/Reaching-for-the-Future-ybi8ye.pdf 

NAMI Rockland Helpline is open!

Wanted to let you know that the NAMI Rockland Helpline is open! 

NAMI - Rockland 
National Alliance on Mental Illness
They are all working remotely and can answer calls 9 am – 5 pm, Monday -Friday. (845) 359-8787 (English)

Their Family Peer Advocates are also working remotely and are keeping contact with the families we are working with by phone. (845) 359-8784 FPA and Spanish Line

 All of the Face-to-Face meetings, support groups and classes are cancelled for this month and they will re-assess at the end of the month or as more information becomes available.

They are looking into providing online / telephone support groups and will notify you as soon as we have all the details. 


Rockland County Services - The Mental Health Association of Westchester

 Rockland County Services.pdf 

Treatment and Support Services
We offer a full range of clinical services in professional, confidential and comfortable settings, as well as mobile services.

About Us
+ Our staff includes psychiatrists, licensed social workers and nurse practitioners.
+ We are trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches and use evidence-based practices.
+ Our mission is to promote mental health through advocacy, community education and direct services.
+ All MHA clinics are licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Contact Information:  
To initiate services, please call Central Scheduling at 914-345-5900, ext. 7350

For more information about our Rockland County services, please call our Rockland Coordinator, Laura Ferrelli, LMHC, at 914-598-7264

Social Emotional Learning

School Safety And Crisis

Addressing Grief:  General Tips to Support Students of All Ages 

 School Safety And Crisis - NASP.pdf