These are important issues, and these meetings are a good time for parents and families to comment on services and what is and isn't meeting their needs. The text below is a bit wordy, so I've tried to bold the important parts (meeting times/locations and contact info).
According to one parent, there are several proposals on the table that parents need to be aware of:
1. Families will be informed that their IFSP records will be kept for five years after their child leaves AzEIP.
2. AzEIP will institute a Family Cost Participation (FCP), this would require that families whose children receive services from AzEIP and DDD (but not ASDB) families making over 200% of the federal poverty level will pay 15% of the costs of their child's services (therapies, not service coordination, evalutions/assessme nts or IFSP development) and then it will increase by 5% to 100% of the costs.
The Department of Economic Security, Arizona Early Intervention Program (DES/AzEIP), is seeking public comment between April 3, 2009 and June 3, 2009 on the attached proposed FFY 2009 Application for
Federal Funds under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, including proposed changes to Family Cost Participation, General Supervision, and Procedural Safeguards policies.
APPLICATION FOR FUNDS UNDER PART C OF THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT
FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR 2009 (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010)
The Department of Economic Security (DES), as the Lead Agency for Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is seeking public comment on Arizona's draft 2009 Application for Federal Funds. The Arizona Department of Economic Security, Arizona Early Intervention Program (DES/AzEIP) will accept input on the application beginning April 3, 2009 until June 3, 2009. The application is for Arizona's early intervention program, a statewide program for infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with disabilities and their families. The participating State agencies include: the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB), Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS), Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Persons submitting comments on specific items in the application should indicate support, opposition, suggested changes, additions, or deletions pertaining to the specific item. Input received by DES/AzEIP by 4:00 p.m. on June 3, 2009 will be considered. The draft application will be available at www.azdes.gov/AzEIP. If you are unable to access the application electronically, please contact DES/AzEIP at (602) 532-9960; toll-free at (888) 439-5609, or by email at AllAzeip2@azdes. gov.
The Department of Economic Security, Arizona Early Intervention Program (DES/AzEIP) will conduct public comment hearings on the draft 2009 Application for Federal Funds, at the following locations and dates:
Phoenix May 8, 2009
2:30-3:30 p.m. AZ DOT - HRDC
Grand Canyon Rooms 1&2
1130 N. 22nd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
May 26, 2009
2:00-4:00 p.m. East Flagstaff Community Library Meeting Room
3000 N. Fourth Street, Suite 5
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
May 27, 2009
4:00-6:00 p.m. Yucca Library Meeting Room
5648 N. 15th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85015
May 28, 2009
4:00-6:00 p.m. Himmel Park Branch Library Meeting Room
1035 N. Treat Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85716
Oral and written comments will be accepted at the public hearing.
Written comments may also be mailed to DES/AzEIP, 3839 N. 3rd Street,
Suite 304, Phoenix, AZ 85012; or emailed to allazeip2@azdes. gov.
Thank you in advance for your careful consideration and comments.
Arizona Early Intervention Program
3839 N. Third Street, Suite 304
Phoenix, AZ 85012
602-532-9960, toll free 888-439-5609