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Region 11 IEIC Orientation Orientatio October 15, 2014 Interagency Early Intervention Committee.

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1 Region 11 IEIC Orientation Orientatio October 15, 2014 Interagency Early Intervention Committee

2 Orientation outline Historical Overview of Federal Law Purpose of IEICs Statewide map for regional IEICs Minnesota Statutes Region 11 IEIC Overview Duties of IEIC 2013 MDE IEIC Updates - Help Me Grow Child Find Responsibilities Definitions and abbreviations Region 11 IEIC accomplishments and initiatives

3 Historical Overview of Federal Laws 1975 – Congress passed Public Law , the Education of All Handicapped Children Act Public Law ◦ Added Preschool services under Section 619 ◦ Added Infant and Toddler services under Part H (later became Part C)

4 Historical Overview of Federal Laws Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) IDEIA 2004 – The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Federal Part C Regulations updated

5 Federal Law Implementation in Minnesota IDEA includes Part B for ages 3-21 and Part C for ages birth to three Lead Agency Each state has a lead agency for managing Part C services and federal funds. In Minnesota the Department of Education (MDE) is the lead agency. MDE partners with the Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Health. Part C Services in Minnesota School Districts provide most of the services to eligible infants and young children at no cost to families. State Council The Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) is a state-level advisory council for Part C, birth to three, and Part B, Section 619, ages 3-5.

6 Part C of IDEA — Develop and implement — statewide — comprehensive — coordinated — multidisciplinary — system of support and services — for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families

7 Part B, Section 619 of IDEA Preschool special education and related services for ages 3 – 5 Inclusive Model: services provided in community- based settings with typically developing peers

8 Purpose of the Regional Interagency Early Intervention Committees To coordinate interagency child find and public awareness activities so that young children with developmental delays or with conditions that have a high likelihood of resulting in a delay are referred to infant and toddler intervention or preschool special education

9 To increase awareness of infant and toddler early intervention and preschool special education referral procedures and service systems among educational, medical and support professionals working with families and their children with special needs (birth to five years old.) Purpose of the Regional Interagency Early Intervention Committees

10 Regional IEICs Region 11 includes the 7 metro area counties: Hennepin Ramsey Anoka Carver Scott Washington Dakota

11 Responsibilities of IEICs: Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.30 Develop and implement interagency policies and procedures concerning the following ongoing duties: 1. Develop public awareness system. 2. Implement interagency child-find systems. 3. Implement a process to assure that services involving cooperating agencies at all steps lead to individualized programs. 4. Identify current services and funding being provided within the community for children with disabilities under age five and their families. 5. Develop a plan for the allocation and expenditure of federal early intervention funds. 6. Participate in needs assessments and program planning activities conducted by local social service, health and education agencies for young children with disabilities and their families.

12 Region 11 IEIC Facts Region 11 IEIC annual allocation is approximately $415,000 - $420,000 7 metro area counties are represented: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington serving over 50% of state’s children Former Local IEICs include Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Minneapolis, North Suburban Ramsey/Saint Paul, Northwest Hennepin, Scott, South Hennepin, Saint Paul, Washington, West Suburban

13 Region 11 IEIC Membership School Districts including special education, early childhood family education, school readiness Public Health County Social Services Child Care Resource and Referral Head Start Parents of children under age 12 who have received services in infant and toddler intervention or preschool special education Advocacy Organizations - PACER and ARC Medical Provider Children's Mental Health Homeless Agency Representatives of each of the former local IEICs in the region

14 Duties of the IEIC To establish and implement interagency policies and procedures for an interagency Child Find and Public Awareness system to actively seek out eligible children and their families such as premature infants, infants and young children with diagnosed conditions associated with learning or developmental complications, children in substantiated cases of abuse or neglect to inform potential recipient families of available programs and services With the intended result... Reduced need for future services for children and their families

15 IEIC Member Responsibilities Attend 4 meetings per year Send a substitute if not able to attend Communicate with the constituent group(s) they represent 2-way communication includes sharing the work of the IEIC as well as seeking input from your constituent group

16 Help Me Grow Minnesota Child Find initiative as defined in 2009 had 5 goals: 1) Create a statewide identity for early intervention and preschool special education. 2) Develop and promote a strong logo for early intervention services. 3) Educate parents, caregivers and others about the importance of early intervention (0-5 years) using culturally responsive materials.

17 Help Me Grow, continued 4) Demonstrate to parents, caregivers and others ways of supporting and monitoring children’s development through various culturally responsive strategies. 5) Enable parents, caregivers, professionals and others to know when there are child development concerns and who to contact when these concerns arise.

18 Who does what part of Child Find? The IEIC is responsible for Pre-referral Child Find and Public Awareness Activities (and receives 10% of Federal Part C funds) School Districts are responsible for Post-referral Child Find Activities (and receive 60% of Federal Part C funds)

19 IEIC Pre-referral Child Find and Public Awareness Activities Using the Help Me Grow logo/identity, the IEICs will create opportunities for parents, caregivers and others in the community to learn about and understand what to do if concerns arise about young children’s development. Target specific populations where young children with disabilities may be found in order to ensure access to necessary services. Implement Minnesota Statute 125A.30 and 34 CFR in federal rule.

20 Target audiences Hospitals--prenatal and postnatal care Physicians Parents Child care and early learning programs School districts Public Health Clinics and health care providers Other public health or social service agencies Social Services-- child welfare system Homeless shelters Domestic violence shelters and agencies

21 School District Post-referral Child Find Activities for Birth to 3 Schools must determine eligibility for Infant and Toddler Intervention within 45 days of referral. If the child is not eligible, schools may help parents locate alternate services within the community.

22 Post-referral Child Find Activities: Ages Three to pre-Kindergarten Schools must screen or evaluate young children for potential eligibility for Preschool Special Education. Schools must make general screening services available to all young children in the community prior to entrance into kindergarten. Schools must provide continuum of service delivery models for students eligible for Preschool Special Education.

23 Acronyms - Alphabet Soup Child Find – Public awareness and outreach efforts of the IEIC and school districts to publicize infant and toddler intervention and preschool special education services and identify children who may be eligible for these services DHS – Minnesota Department of Human Services ECFE - Early Childhood Family Education ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education FAPE – Free and Appropriate Public Education Help Me Grow - The “brand” of Minnesota’s statewide early intervention child find and public awareness activities

24 Acronyms - Alphabet Soup ICC - Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council. An appointed council advising the state lead agency on the implementation of infant and toddler intervention and preschool special education systems including the Regional IEICs. IDEA – a U. S. federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities. IEIC - Interagency Early Intervention Committee IEP – Individual Education Plan for children ages 3-21 IFSP - Individual Family Service Plan for children ages birth to 3 Lead Agency - State agency responsible for implementation of IDEA Part C. This is the Minnesota Department of Education.

25 Acronyms - Alphabet Soup MDE – Minnesota Department of Education MDH – Minnesota Department of Health PART C - A section of IDEA that covers infant and toddler intervention, birth to age 3 Part B - A section of IDEA that covers special education for children ages 3-21 SEAC - Special Education Advisory Councils. Each school district may have one

26 So what has the Region 11 IEIC done? Convened at least 4 times per year Established By-Laws and Chairs Ensured membership as required by state statute Developed and implemented a comprehensive Child Find and Public Awareness Work Plan Developed a corresponding budget for the implementation of the work plan Provided ongoing oversight for and evaluated the effectiveness of the work plan and budget expenditures Developed and implemented a communication plan to ensure that stakeholders are aware of the work of the IEIC Submitted required documentation to MDE to ensure the funding of the IEIC

27 Highlights of Region 11 Child Find Work Plan 2 staff Child Find Coordinator, Kathy McKay, and Marty Smith, IEIC Coordinator, implement the work plan Partner with marketing firm to develop child find resources Develop online presence including website, Facebook and marketing strategies Coordinate with metro Child & Teen Check-Up (CTC) Coordinators for sharing Help Me Grow referral packets with primary care clinics Conduct outreach visits to other primary care clinics that are not reached by CTC Coordinators Coordinate with EC programs to provide parents of young children with developmental milestone resources & referral info Meet with former local entities to coordinate local outreach with regional outreach Print and disseminate Help Me Grow resource materials across the region at no cost (and throughout the state at cost) Parent Partners Program - train parents to tell their story in order to encourage others to refer children and families Provide training stipends to local agencies

28 Online Resources New website design has won national and international awards Simplified referral access Partnership with MDE Facebook page Engaging young parents and providing information on developmental milestones and how to refer a child Over 16,000 fans


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