How the GHA&E Special Education Schools Group Can Help

Operational Services Division (OSD)

  • Review of Uniform Financial Reporting forms
  • New Program applications
  • Program Reconstruction applications
  • Extraordinary Relief applications
  • Administrative Review and Surplus Revenue Retention
  • Special Circumstances applications
  • Registered lobbying work for MAAPS concerning rate issues

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

  • Program Reviews and Compliance
  • Mid-cycle Reviews and Compliance
  • Annual Reapprovals
  • New Program applications
  • Program Reconstruction applications
  • Special Circumstances applications
  • Corrective Action Plans
  • Complaint Management
  • Termination and Suspension Issues
  • Bureau of Special Education Appeals (typically involving stay-put provisions bringing private schools into the controversy)

Clinical Probate Matters

  • Guardianships
  • Parent Issues and Conflicts
  • DNR Orders
  • Medication, including Antipsychotic Medication (Rogers) Treatment Plans
  • Substituted Judgment

General Corporate Affairs

  • Secretary of State Compliance with corporate requirements (incorporations)
  • IRS Compliance with Exempt Status Requirements (501(c)(3))
  • Sarbanes - Oxley Applicability, Intermediate Sanctions of the IRS, and Massachusetts Attorney General Not-For-Profit Regulations
  • Contracts
  • Collections
  • Employment (employee handbooks, personnel policies, hiring and terminations)
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Student Handbooks
  • Fundraising Compliance
  • Deferred Compensation and Retirement Planning
  • Mergers, Dissolutions, and Corporate Restructuring
  • Program and Fiscal Issues
  • Corporate Governance/Boards

Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC)

  • Licensing
  • Abuse and Neglect Investigations
  • Other investigations for early childhood issues

Department of Mental Retardation (DMR) /Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

  • Adult Programming Licensing
  • Quality issues
  • Contracts, Applications pursuant to DMR RFR process

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

  • Abuse and Neglect Investigations
  • Cost-share issues vis-a-vis LEAs
  • RFR New Program Proposals and Applications

Interagency Matters

  • Relationships between OSD, DESE, DEEC, DSS and DMR
  • Conflicts between DESE, DMR, and DEEC restraint regulations

Out of State Agencies

  • Out of State Referrals to Massachusetts schools
  • Compliance with out of state requirements
  • Out of state collections

Special Needs Planning

  • Estate Planning for Families with Individuals with Disabilities
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Guardianships

Real Estate

  • Siting
  • Acquisition
  • Leases


  • Defensive litigation
  • Offensive litigation, insurance coverage and access to litigation
  • Rate, Regulatory and BSEA appeals
  • MCAD claims
  • DALA matters
  • Collection matters

Wage and Hour Issues

Attorney General's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division

  • Investigations
  • Reporting and Compliance Requirements