CDF-NY Publication Archives

New York City Department of Education Releases Revised Discipline Code, the “Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning”

With the NYC Department of Education’s newest Discipline Code, released today, the city has taken great steps to restrict the use of suspensions for students in kindergarten through second grade. We commend these restrictions as well as the revisions made to the Code that introduce opportunities for early reinstatement and reduce the availability of the expulsion option. At the same time, CDF-NY calls on the DOE and the City of New York to ensure the accessibility of disciplinary alternatives. Restorative justice in particular, mentioned in the Code’s range of possible interventions, remains limited to too few schools and districts across the school system.

April 19, 2017

New York Medicaid CHP Data Overview AHCA- March 2017

Right now Congress is considering changes to the ACA and Medicaid. The changes would undo more than 50 years of progress made expanding comprehensive child-appropriate health coverage to millions of children. An analysis of NYSDOH data from October 2016 reveals that 54% of New York children are covered by either Medicaid or Child Health Plus (CHP).2 This means a majority of New York children have a significant stake in the policy proposals that impact Medicaid or CHP.

March 9, 2017

Raise the Age: Take Action

Three Ways to Take Action to #RaisetheAgeNY in 2017 Did you know that New York is one of only two states where all young people ages 16 and 17 are automatically treated as adults in the criminal justice system, regardless of the offense?

March 2, 2017

Raise the Age Faith One Pager

Resource Guide for Faith Leaders in New York State. Across the religious spectrum, people of faith can draw on the texts and teachings of their religious traditions to hear and respond to the holy and eternal call for love and justice that urges special care and protection for children – especially those who are most vulnerable.

March 2, 2017

Health One Pager

Congress is trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare), and cut Medicaid and other healthcare programs for kids. Currently, more than 97% of New York children have healthcare coverage because of the ACA, Medicaid, and other programs for children.

February 2, 2017

Testimony on Educational Services for Detained Placed and Incarcerated Youth.pdf

November 30, 2016

CDF-NY Urges the City to Address Continuing Disparities in School Discipline and Encourage Schools to Utilize the Least Exclusionary Discipline Options

November 9, 2016

School Health Briefs 2016

New York City educates 1.1 million students across approximately 1,800 schools in the five boroughs. These students experience a vast array of health care needs.

September 26, 2016

Public Hearing on Proposed Revisions to the Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning

August 8, 2016

Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline Releases Second and Final Phase of Recommendations

July 18, 2016

Children and Payment and Delivery System Reform in New York State

This policy brief provides an examination of New York’s recent efforts to transform the state’s expensive, inefficient, and ineffective health care system into one that achieves the triple aim of health care reform – increased quality of care, improved population health, and decrease per-capita costs of care.

May 31, 2016

Course Evaluation Generic

April 28, 2016

New York State Assembly Hearing on Criminal Justice May 2015

Assembly Standing Committee on Codes Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary Assembly Standing Committee on Correction New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus

May 7, 2015

UAC Panel Presentations April 30 2015

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

April 30, 2015

CDF-NY Testimony: 4/14/15 City Council Hearing on School Safety and Discipline

Testimony of The Children’s Defense Fund – New York

April 14, 2015

City Budget Testimony 2015

March 24, 2015

CDF-NY's Testimony: 2014-15 NYC Discipline Code Hearing

Public Hearing on Proposed Revisions to the Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures

March 2, 2015

CDF-NY Public Protection Hearing Testimony

FY2015 Joint Legislative Hearing on Public Protection 2015-2016 Executive Budget Proposal

February 26, 2015

CDF-NY’s Testimony on FY2015 Budget Provisions Related to Human Services

FY2015 Joint Legislative Hearing on Human Services 2015 - 2016 Executive Budget Proposal

February 14, 2015

Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Regarding Enhanced Supervision Housing

December 19, 2014

Board of Correction ESHU Dec 2014

December 19, 2014

Child Health Now! Meeting Agenda

November 14, 2014

Recently arrived immigrant children and families—NYC’s response

November 14, 2014

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Building Resiliency

November 14, 2014

The New York City Community Learning Schools Initiative

November 14, 2014

Fire and Criminal Justice Services, and Juvenile Justice Testimony

October 8, 2014

ACA Implementation by Rebecca Jackson

July 18, 2014

Highlights in City & State Health Policy & Programming by Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra

July 18, 2014

Key Points-Lunch 4 Learning

July 18, 2014

NYC Budget & CHIP by Andrew Leonard

July 18, 2014

Know Your Rights Sp-Eng

July 18, 2014

Campaign for Effective Behavioral Health Supports for Students

July 18, 2014

Making the Wrong Call

July 18, 2014

Solitary Confinement Testimony NYS Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights

July 10, 2014

JJC LGBTQ Work Group Girls in JJ

June 17, 2014

Violence at Rikers Testimony June 2014

June 12, 2014

Violence at Rikers Testimony March 2013


April 4, 2013

City Council Hearing


February 28, 2013

Testimony 6.12 NYC DOE Discipline Code Hearing

We call upon the DOE to engage in a public campaign regarding the importance of using positive alternatives to zero tolerance discipline... We believe that it is critically important that DOE promote the need positive alternatives much more publicly.

June 5, 2012

Close to Home Initiative Non Secure Placement Hearing Testimony

The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start , a Head Start , a Fair Start , a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

May 8, 2012

Raising New York’s Age of Criminal Responsibility

December 31, 2011

Testimony 11.11 NYC DOE City Council Hearing

When we consider the needs of the approximately 1.1 million children served in our city's schools, we know that much more remains to be done to ensure that training initiatives become more than just ad hoc programs utilized by a handful of schools. We must reduce suspensions by investing in meaningful reforms that will ensure that New York City's more than 1,600 schools can cap the pipeline that is funneling too many of our city's children toward failure, unemployment, and incarceration.

November 30, 2011

When There Is No Care

The Impact on NYC Children, Families and Economy When the Mayor Eliminates Child Care for 17,000 Children

April 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Summary

This toolkit was designed for community-based workers in New York State. While all of the information provided here applies to New York residents, some of the information applies to other states as well. This toolkit is intended to give a comprehensive overview of several important changes under health reform, focusing on how children and families will benefit from these changes.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Bridge Plan

Coverage for Individuals with Pre-existing Conditions New York’s Bridge Plan The New York Bridge Plan was created to provide immediate affordable health insurance coverage to uninsured peopl e with pre-existing medical conditions * . People with pre- existing conditions can now apply to be covered by the Bridge Plan until other affordable coverage is available in 2014.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit TOC

How to use this toolkit Summary and Overview The Exchange In 2014, every state will have a health insuranc e exchange, a marketplac e for individuals and small businesses to purc hase health insurance.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Glossary

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Fragile Children

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Resources

Health Reform January 2011 15 Maiden Lane, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10038 p (212) 697-2323 f (212) 697-0566 Resources

January 1, 2011

Youth and Community Justice Tool-Kit

Policy failures in these area have long-term effects on youth and communities. However, youth and community voices are often missing at decision making tables. We firmly believe that those who are most affected by policy successes or failures are the best advocates for change in our communities. Recognizing the proverbial “full plates” that educators must balance, we compiled this Youth and Community Justice Tool-kit to offer educators easily-accessible information and interactive ways to teach it to their young people.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Private Insurance

Private Health Insurance Whether you have coverage through your employer, purchase health insurance on the private market, or plan to purchase health insurance through the new state Exchange, the health reform law makes sure health insurers provide coverage in the best interest of consumers.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Exchange

n 2014, each state will have a Health Insurance Exchange, a marketplace where individuals and employers can pur chase coverage. States have two options: (1) to create one exchange where both individuals and small businesses can purchase coverage, or (2) set up two separate exchanges, one for individuals and one for small businesses. Details about setting up the Exchange will be decided by the State and announced before 2014.

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Public Insurance

Expanded Medicaid eligibility Starting in 2014, income eligibility for Medicaid will be 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) in every state. (Currently, the federal poverty level is $10,830 for an individual and $22,050 for a family of four – so Medicaid eligibility would be $14,404 for a single person and $29,327 for a family of four.)

January 1, 2011

Health Reform Toolkit Young Adults

Coverage for young adults up to age 26 Since September 23, 2010, young adults up to 26 years of age have been permitted to stay on or join their parents’ health insurance plans. This will continue to be an ongoing policy.

January 1, 2011

Health Insurance Queens

September 1, 2010

Insurance for Immigrant Children

Health insurance for immigrant children

September 1, 2010

Insurance for Adults

Health Coverage for Adults Medicaid offers adults comprehensive coverage for all of their health care needs. Family Health Plus is a health insurance program for low-income New Yorkers ages 19 to 64 whose incomes are too high for Medicaid and who do not have other insurance. Family Health Plus has no premiums but there are co-pays for some services.

September 1, 2010

Health Insurance Bronx

September 1, 2010

Health Insurance Staten Island

September 1, 2010

Health Insurance Manhattan

September 1, 2010

Documents to Apply for Insurance

Documentation Needed to Apply for Public Health Insurance Program. S. Passport Certificate of naturalization Certificate of U.S. citizenship New York State enhanced driver’s license Legal permanent resident card (“green card”) Employment Authorization Card

September 1, 2010

Insurance for Children

Health Coverage for Children Children’s Medicaid, also called Child Health Plus A, is a free, comprehensive insurance program for low- income children under the age of 19 living in New York State. There are no co-payments or premiums for Child Health Plus A.

September 1, 2010

Health Insurance Brooklyn

September 1, 2010

Options for Uninsured

Health and Hospitals Corporation oversees public hospitals and clinics in New York City. HHC helps patients apply for public health insurance programs for which they may qualify. If a patient is not eligible for public insurance, HHC reduces the patient's fee to an affordable amount, based on family size and income.

September 1, 2010

DJJ Merger Testimony

Oversight Hearing on the Merger of the Administration for Children’s Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice

February 19, 2010

Chart of Eligibility

Child Health Plus A , also known as Children’s Medicaid, is a free , comprehensive health insurance program for low-income children 18 years of age or younger living in New Yo rk State. There are no co-pay ments or premiums for Child Health Plus A and it covers doctors visits, hospital and specialty care, prescription drugs, dental care and orthodontics, eyeglasses, mental health services, durable medical equipment and much more.

January 1, 2010

Facility Population


January 1, 2010

New DC Juvenile Facility

Fenty's efforts and Schiraldi's operational philosophy have now come together to produce a dramatic new 60-bed center, the District of Columbia New Beginnings Youth Development Center, in Laurel, Maryland.

May 1, 2009

Characteristics of Youth in Facilities

Youth demographics in New York State Of Children and Family Services

December 31, 2008

Keeping What They Earned: The High Cost of Tax Preparation and Refund Anticipation Loans

April 1, 2008

State of New York's Children

April 1, 2008

Health Insurance Provisions Affecting Children and Families In the Governor’s 2008-2009 Budget

February 12, 2008

Medicaid For Adults Fact Sheet

February 1, 2008

Child Health Plus A Fact Sheet

February 1, 2008

Family Health Plus Fact Sheet

February 1, 2008

Child Health Plus B Fact Sheet

February 1, 2008

Simplifying New York’s Public Health Insurance Programs

Making It Easier for Families to Connect to Coverage

January 1, 2008

Simplifying New York’s Public Health Insurance Programs

December 1, 2007

Mental Health Issues

As a member of Congress concerned with the treatment of mental health and substance abuse in America, I have seen a lot of tragedies and heard a lot of sad stories. Our national failure to properly appreciate and address problems of mental illness and sub- stance abuse produces catastrophic human consequences.

December 1, 2007

Making Applications for Child Health Plus A and B Available in Public Schools and Child Care Centers

November 19, 2007

Inmates Strut Their Stuff

Now, at Oak Hill, where he least expected it, he has a new kind of opportunity: When he finishes talking to me, Anthony dons a robe of glorious colors, takes the stage and seeks to guide Macbeth away from evil: "Merciful powers, restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature gives way to in repose!"

March 15, 2007

Raise the Age Toolkit

Raise the Age Documents

New York is one of only two states in the country that have failed to recognize what research and science have confirmed– adolescents are children, and prosecuting and placing them in the adult criminal justice system doesn’t work for them and doesn't work for public safety. But New York continues to be the only state other than North Carolina that prosecutes ALL youth as adults when they turn 16 years of age.

Briefing on Solitary Confinement of Juveniles

Raise the Age Toolkit

Children, families and communities across New York State need our justice system to treat youth and young adults in age-appropriate ways. New York State cannot remain one of two states to automatically charge 16 and 17 year olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Governor Cuomo’s FY2015 Budget Proposal to Raise the Age represents a bold step in favor of New York’s youth and communities.

Testimony of the Juvenile Justice Coalition - LGBTQ Work Group

Creating A Child- and Family-Friendly Health Insurance Exchange in New York

As a leader in monitoring enrollment for working families across the state, the Children’s Defense Fund-NY developed this brief – Creating a Child- & Family-Friendly Health Insurance Exchange in New York – which details specific recommendations for how to build an exchange that is user-friendly for all children, youth, and families.

Close to Home Initiative Limited Secure Placement Hearing testimony

CTHI LSP testimony 4-2013 Comments from the Children’s Defense Fund – New York

CDF-NY Testimony at September 2014 Immigration Committee Hearing on Unaccompanied Minors

1 Testimony of the Chil dren’s Defense Fund – New York “Crisis of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: What is New York City Doing?” Before the Committee s on Immigration , and Courts and Legal Services

Youth and Community Justice Toolkit_Health

Unaccompanied Minors and Trauma: What Does It Look Like and What Can We Do


40 Years of Vigilance and Coalition-final

Since 1973, the Children’s Defense Fund has convened and participated in many coalitions and worked with numerous organizations, policymakers and community networks to help build bipartisan support in enacting laws and policies that have helped millions of children escape poverty and receive needed health care, nutrition, Head Start and Early Head Start, child care, education, special education, family support services, adoption assistance, protections for children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and protection from gun violence.

Call For Youth Justice

The Call for Youth Justice mapping report was written to provide a striking, visual tool in furtherance of CDF-NY’s ever-evolving mission to holistically meet the needs of children and families in communities losing young ones daily to the cradle-to-prison pipeline. The maps speak volumes. They make plain the multi-headed hydra of issues targeting youth and devastating communities. The pages also clarify the need for expanded advocacy and organizing strategies that do not solely respond to the policy decrees and failures from City Hall and Albany, but that direct and guide elected officials while simultaneously empowering communities to develop and implement solutions for children and families.

ACA Toolkit Nov2013

CDF-NY Testimony at September 2014 Education Committee Hearing

Testimony of the Children’s Defense Fund–New York Before the Committee on Education

Mental Hygiene Hearing Testimony

FY2015 Joint Legislative Hearing on Human Services 2015 - 2016 Executive Budget Proposal

Raising New York’s Age of Criminal Responsibility

The creation of juvenile and family courts offered states the ability to hold youth accountable for their actions, provide age‐appropriate rehabilitative services, and protect children from the dangers of incarceration with adults. While most of these courts initially maintained jurisdiction over a child until he or she turned sixteen many eventually raised the court’s age of jurisdiction to eighteen and provided legal mechanisms to waive children committing more egregious crimes into the adult system.

Close to Home Press Advisory CDF NY Dec 5th

PRESS ADVISORY December 2013,

Examination of Violence and the Provision of Mental Health and Medical Services in New York City Jails

Public Protection Hearing Testimony

FY2015 Joint Legislative Hearing on Public Protection 2015 - 2016 Executive Budget Proposa