Presentation on theme: "Transition From EI To CPSE"— Presentation transcript:
1Transition From EI To CPSE An Update ofNew York StateRegulations and Nassau County Paperwork
2Presentation Developed By LEICC Transition Subcommittee Members:Kris Anderson, Nassau County Dept. of HealthCathy Grossfeld, All About Kids, Subcommittee Co-ChairTara McNally, The Early Childhood Direction CenterDr. Maxine Marcus, Syosset School DistrictKaren Seltzer, First Steps, Subcommittee Co-Chair
3Transition is….The process of moving from the Early Intervention Program (EIP) to either community-based resources or services overseen by the school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).
4Service Coordinator Responsibilities Know transition regulations and make timely recommendations for transition date.Have parent sign required paperwork for transition.Review CPSE process with parent.Attend CPSE meeting.
5Federal Education Law (IDEA) The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was originally passed in 1975 as the Education of all Handicapped Children’s Act (EHA).
6Entitles children ages 3-21 with disabilities to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).
7Other Relevant Federal Laws Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Civil rightslegislation ensuringthat individuals withdisabilities are notdiscriminated against atwork, school or in otheraspects of community living (all ages).
8NYS Education LawSince 1989, New York State Law, Article 89, has made IDEAentitlementsavailable throughlocal schooldistricts startingat age three.
9Public Health Law Amendments Regarding Early Intervention Changes effective as of September 2003.Amendments changed age-eligibility for the Early Intervention Program.
10EI Aging Out A child’s eligibility for the EIP ends by the end of the day before his/her third birthdayunless the child has been determined eligible for CPSE services at a CPSE meeting, classified a Preschool Student with a Disability and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed.
11For example, if a child turns 3 on April 10, the meeting must be held on or before April 9.
12If a child is deemed eligible by CPSE and continues to meet EI eligibility criteria, the following “age out” dates from EI apply:
13A child who turns threeyears of age betweenJanuary 1st and August 31stmay continue in the EIP until August 31st.A child who turns three years of age between September 1st and December 31st may continue in the EIP until December 31st.
14Transition Table Form 1 Reference to easily determine: Date first eligible for CPSE evaluation process.Child’s first date of CPSE eligibility.Last date child may remain in Early Intervention.
15Parental OptionsIf a child is found eligible for preschool special education beforeage three, parentshave the option tohave their child:
16Transition to preschool special education when age eligible for CPSE services (see Form 1) Remain in the EIP until the child agesout and then transition to CPSE services
17A child may be discharged from the EIP at any time upon attaining his/herIFSP goalsand determinedas no longer eligible/needing therapy services.
18If a child is not found eligible for Preschool Special Education (CPSE) before age 3 or parents choose not to have their child evaluated for CPSE:
19Child’s last day of service is the day before his/her third birthday. Ongoing Service Coordinator (OSC) must develop a transition plan that includes other community early childhood services and programs, if desired by parent(s).
20CPSE Eligibility for Evaluations: A child is eligible for the CPSE evaluation process 4 months prior to the first date of CPSE eligibility for services (see Form 1).All children require a transition planout of EIP, regardless of whether a child needs continued therapy services or not.
21CPSE Eligibility Age for Services: A child turning 3 between January 1st and June 30th is eligible to receive CPSE services asof January 2nd.A child turning 3between July 1st andDecember 31st is eligibleto receive CPSE services as of July 1st.
22Discussing Transition Form 2 At the initial IFSP meeting, the Initial Service Coordinator (ISC) will introduce the parent to transition by reviewing and completing the transition page contained in the IFSP.
24Transition Planning Conference If requested by the parent(s), the EIOD is required under section 2548 of Public Health Law to arrange for a Transition Planning Conference among theEIOD, servicecoordinator, thechild’s parent(s)and thechairperson ofthe CPSE orhis/her designee.
25The purpose of the transition planning conference is to review the child’s program options, determine whether or not a referral should be made to CPSE and establish a transition plan.
27Transition Notice-Parent Consent Form Form 3 Parents of children receiving Early Intervention Services receive this form from the Department of Health before the child is 2 years 6 months old.
28The form alerts parents to their child’s upcoming transition. It gives them options regarding transition for their child.
29When parents receive this notice, they will often call their OSC for further explanation and guidance.You should be familiar with the various options for their child and help them make an informed decision as to how to proceed with transition.
30Transition Planning Conference/ Notice Form 4 This form is filled out by the EIOD, whether or not they are the Ongoing Service Coordinator.It is mailed to CPSE chairs to notify the district that parent desiresa transition planningconference.
31The CPSE chair is requested to indicate availability and return form to the Department of Health. Teleconference attendance by the chair or designee conforms with current regulations.
32Parent Referral Letter To The CPSE Form 5 This letter may be usedby parents when adistrict requests awritten referral at thetime they register theirchild for CPSE evaluation.
33Parents will oftencontacttheir OngoingServiceCoordinator forassistancein completing this letter.
34CPSE Meeting Notification Form 6 School districts are requested to notify the EIOD and the ongoing service coordinator of the time and place of the child’s CPSE meeting as soon as it is scheduled.
35The OSC should speak with their transitioning families and ask to be advised of the meeting date as soon as they are informed by the district.Parents are often given the meeting date before the Dept. of Health is notified.
36If a parent tells you ofa CPSE meeting beforeyou are informed ofthe date by the Dept.of Health, it is requested that you callthe EIOD as extra assurance that the EIOD knows of the meeting.
37Who Is At A CPSE Meeting The OSC and EIOD are mandated members. Parent(s) – If parents arenot available for thescheduled date and time,they may request that the meeting berescheduled by the district. In rare instances, a parent may participate via teleconference.
38The CPSE chair or their designee. A member of the evaluation team or a school district representative who can interpret the evaluation results.CPSE parent member unless the child’s parent requests in writing that the parent member not attend.
39A regular education teacher or the. child’s preschool teacher A regular education teacher or the child’s preschool teacher. The preschool teachermay attend in personor participate via teleconference.County CPSE representative may attend.
40The parent may bring with them anyone they wish such as a friend or relative. A professional involved with the child, such as a speech therapist, may attend at the parent’s request and the therapist’s availability.
41Role of EI Providers and Service Coordinators at the CPSE Meeting EI therapists and Service Coordinators who attend the CPSE meeting are there to present the child’s progress and current status in the EI program, not to make CPSE recommendations.
42Therapists are not required to attend CPSE meetings and are not members of the CPSE. EI providers should remember that attendance at CPSE meetings is not a billable service.
43Notification To Department of Health Early Intervention Program Of Eligibility Determination For Transitioning EI Child Form 7It is essential that CPSE chairs complete this form at the CPSE meeting to adviseEarly Interventionof the eligibilityresults of thechild’s CPSEmeeting.
44Only a child who has had a CPSE meeting and deemed eligible for services by the day before their third birthday and has had an IEP written, may continue in Early Interventionuntil their age out date.
45The OSC should request that the CPSE fax this form immediately to the Department of Health and/or a copy is brought back from the meeting by the EIOD.
46Early Intervention Progress Notes Often, a CPSE meeting is held months in advance of a child’s actual transition date.The OSC should inform parents that the CPSE may request a release of updated progress reports as a child’s transition approaches.
47The CPSE may then decide to reconvene to review the child’s progress reports.Based on child’s progress, the committee may review the child’s eligibility status, frequency and duration of services and IEP goals.
48This release of progress reports requires parental consent and the OSC should encourageparents to sign theCPSE’s release form.Assures that the childhas remained eligible.Assists with development of IEP goals.
49Parent Checklist Form 8This form is received by parents as a tool to assist them during transition.Encourage parentsto keep this accessibleand refer to itfrequently throughoutthe transition process.
50A Parent’s Guide To Transition Parents receive this booklet about the transition process from the Department of Health.
52lQuestion: Can the CPSE Committee complete the CPSE Eligibility Form without having a meeting? lAnswer: No – a meeting must be held and an IEP must be developed.
53lQuestion: Are EI Service Coordinators required to attend a second follow-up CPSE meeting if requested by the district?lAnswer: No -- Service Coordinators do not attend any CPSE meetings except the initial transition meeting.
54lQuestion: How much notice must the district give to the child’s EI Service Coordinator for the CPSE transition meeting?lAnswer: The parents should receive a minimum of five (5) school days notice of the meeting. Although state regulations only address parental notification, school districts are asked to give the Early Intervention Service Coordinators notification at the same time so that they may adjust their schedule to enable them to attend.
55lQuestion: If an initial CPSE meeting is held after the child’s third birthday, can the child continue to receive EI services?lAnswer: If a child is found eligible for CPSE after he/she turns three (3), the child cannot return to Early Intervention.
56lQuestion: What is required if parents want their child to remain in Early Intervention past his/her third birthday?lAnswer: In order for children to remain in EI past their third birthday, the child must be determined to be eligible for CPSE services at an initial CPSE meeting and the child must have an IEP with goals dated prior to the child’s third birthday. The start date of CPSE services may be at a later date.
57lQuestion: What does the CPSE need to do if the child’s initial transition meeting was held a substantial time before the actual transition date?lAnswer: To ascertain that a child has remained eligible and the goals continue to be appropriate, as the child nears his/her transition date the district should review the child’s latest EI progress reports.
58County ResourcesIn addition, parents may wish to speak to county resources.Nassau County Department of HealthPhone: (516)Fax: (516)
59Further InformationOSCs should contact the child’s EIOD with any questions or concerns.Parents or the OSC may call the Early Childhood Direction Center with questions that may arise regarding a child’s transition.Phone (516)Fax (516)