Presentation on theme: "AzEIP Professional Development System. Presentation Objectives What mandatory requirements and attributes should I look for when contracting/hiring."— Presentation transcript:
Presentation Objectives What mandatory requirements and attributes should I look for when contracting/hiring early intervention practitioners? What are my contractual obligations before/after contracting/hiring an early intervention practitioner? What are the mandatory trainings required for early intervention practitioners? Who do I contact for questions and support?
Arizona Early Intervention Services Team-based early intervention services are provided to children who are eligible for: - Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) - DES/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) - Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB)
AzEIP Personnel Qualifications Qualifications: (1) Educational qualifications (2) Standards of Practice Categories of personnel: ( a) Core team members (b) Service Coordinators (c) Other team members 4
Educational Qualifications Core Team Members and Service Coordinators: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in: Early childhood; EC special education, Family Studies, Speech-Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, or Occupational Therapy; OR Bachelor’s degree in a closely related field and approval by DES/AzEIP; or Developmental Special Instructionist and Service Coordinators hired in the AzEIP system before July 1, 2001
Certification & License Occupational & Physical Therapist Current, valid Arizona license from the Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners to practice OT. Current, valid Arizona license from the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy to practice PT. Speech &Language Pathologist Current, valid Arizona license from the Arizona Department of Health Services to practice as a speech- language pathologist. SLP-CFY: must possess a valid, temporary Arizona license and approved supervision plan.
Therapy Assistants Therapy assistants shall not provide services under this Contract. - Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA) - Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) - Speech-language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA)
Psychologist Qualifications Federal Law : - Requires professionals to meet the State approved certification, licensure or registration for the profession in which s/he practices Arizona Law: - Licensed by the Arizona Board of Psychology Examiners or certified by the Arizona Department of Education as a school psychologist
Social Worker Qualifications Federal Law : - Requires professionals to meet the State Approved certification, licensure or registrations for the profession in s/he practices Arizona Law : - Licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (baccalaureate or masters degree)
Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB ) Vision Specialist Vision Specialist: Certified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (CTVI) ADE Special Education Certificate – Visually Impaired Hearing Specialist Hearing Specialist: Certified Teacher of the Deaf/ Hard of Hearing (TOD) ADE Special Ed. Certificate- Hearing Impaired
Psychologist, Social Worker Vision and Hearing Specialists Are not part of the Core Team May provide evaluation and assessment and act as a Team Lead May act as a team lead/ fulfill team lead requirements Attend team meetings for children when identified on the IFSP
Additional Recommended Competencies Evidence Based Practices Parent and Parenting support Adult Interaction and Adult Learning M’Lisa L. Shelden & Dathan D. Rush
Efforts to Recruit Personnel (Shortage of DSI and SC) Ongoing good-faith efforts to recruit and hire appropriately and adequately trained personnel; Document shortages of qualified personnel that meet the State’s qualification; Hire the most qualified personnel available who are making progress towards completion of qualification
Recruitment of License Personnel Creative Ideas Connecting with the Universities Sharing staff with community partners Incentive Packages Advertisements within discipline specific newsletters
Other Considerations for EI Personnel Can not transport any child/family enrolled in early intervention services; Only provide services to a child in the presence of adult family member(s) or other caregivers. Mandatory CPS reporters
Standards of Practice Describes the knowledge and skills necessary for effective early intervention services Knowledge Component- Training and Tests -Policies Training Skill Component-Apprenticeship 17
New Hire Training Must complete all training requirements - I-TEAMS Registration - DES/AzEIP Trainings - DES Trainings - DDD Trainings
Department of Economic Security (DES) Mandatory Training Mandatory training for all Non-State employees: - DES Contractors - Volunteers - Temporary Staff Use Event Registration and Management Application (ERMA) All are Computer Based Training (CBT)
DES Mandatory Training (Non-State Employees) ADA 504 Compliance Overview ADA 504T Compliance Overview Exam DES Initial Security Training DES ISA Annual Security Awareness Training Recertification Limited English Proficiency Overview- Course Study Limited English Proficiency Overview- Course Exam
AzEIP TA System Personnel DES/AzEIP Staff and Other Trainers AzEIP Technical Assistance & Monitoring Specialists AzEIP Family Technical Assistance & Monitoring Specialist Technical Assistance Cadre 22
Things to consider…. Agency’s procedures for new employees : - Employee Handbook/Resources - Procedures for new employee training - Internal process for ongoing trainin g Employee Status: - Defining full-time; part-time; contractors hours - Requirements/responsibility of each team member as part of the team
Arizona Professional Affiliations AZ Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners : www.occupationaltherapyboard.az.gov AZ State Board of Physical Therapy: www.ptboard.az.gov AZ Board of Psychologist Examiners : www.psychboard.az.gov Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (Social Work): www.azbbhe.us AZ Dept. of Health Services (Speech-Language Pathologist): www.azdhs.gov 24
National Professional Affiliations National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Division of Early Childhood (DEC) ECTA Center: http://ectacenter.org/http://ectacenter.org/ OSEP Funded TA Cennter: http://www.personnelcenter.org/ Zero to Three Professional Associations www.asha.org American Speech-Language-Hearing Association www.asha.org www.aota.org American Occupational Therapy Association www.aota.org www.apta.org American Physical Therapy Association www.apta.org 25
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