NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR EARLY INTERVENTION

FEBRUARY 2015
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR
EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in cooperation with the
Massachusetts Interagency Coordinating Council, will hold a hearing on
the Commonwealth's application for 29th year funding under Part C.
PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND OF THE
HEARING
WHEN IS THE HEARING?
February 9, 2015
This hearing is being held for the specific purpose of
discussing the Department of Public Health's 29th year
grant for funding under Part C. During the hearing the
Department welcomes testimony regarding any aspects
of the grant.
Public Health Council Room
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
March 12, 2015
Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,
P.L. 108-446, provides funds to assist states in
providing services for infants and toddlers with
disabilities. The hearing is about Massachusetts' grant
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application for 29 Year funding under Part C and is
open to families, service providers, and professionals
serving young children and families.
Additional comment opportunity/listening session on the
Part C application
Immediately following: Interagency Coordinating Council
Meeting
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
ASSURING SERVICES TO ALL ELIGIBLE
FAMILIES
Written comments may be sent until 4/6/15 and
should be addressed to:
In the application the state must include assurances
demonstrating to the satisfaction of the federal
Secretary of Education that:
All eligible children shall be identified and their families
offered an evaluation. If eligible for the Federal EI
program, the child and family shall be entitled to the
development of an Individualized Family Service Plan
and to the early intervention services described in that
plan. All families and children shall have procedural
safeguards throughout this process.
This law also lists the components of a statewide
system and requires that the state application include
the state policies and procedures to assure all
components.
WHO SHOULD TESTIFY?
Members of families with young children, professionals
who serve young children and families, and officials
from any state agencies with responsibilities for services
to children and families are encouraged to come and
speak on the issues outlined in this notice or on any
other related concerns.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Early Intervention Services
250 Washington Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02108 – 4619
Attn: Ron Benham, Director, Bureau of Family Health
and Nutrition
The hearing sites are accessible and sign
language interpreters will be present upon
request. Please call or email Early Intervention
Services at the Department of Public Health if
you need assistive devices/services to
participate in the hearing by February 15, 2015.
To submit a request: Voice (413) 586-7525 x
3157 email: [email protected]