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Early Intervention Interagency Management Team (EIIMT)

Mission and Implementation Principles

Early Intervention Interagency Management Team

Team Mission and Implementation Principles for the Part C System

January 1993
[Edited & Approved January 1999]

MISSION


To ensure the implementation of a comprehensive system for early intervention services which enhances the capacity of families to meet the needs of their infants and toddlers.


IMPLEMENTATION PRINCIPLES

  1. Under Part C, there will be a family-driven system of services.

    The Part C system will take into account family resources, priorities, concerns, preferences and choices. Families will be involved in every aspect and level of the system, including state and local systems planning, planning for their individual child and family, and acting as Part C service providers.

  2. The Part C system in Virginia will support a model of flexible, local systems of early intervention.

    Decision making about how Part C requirements will be met will occur at the local level. The role of the state is to provide clear information about what the requirements are and to provide training and technical assistance regarding strategies and options for meeting those requirements.

  3. There is accountability at both the state and local levels for process and outcomes.

    Compliance and quality are not separate. Monitoring is multi-faceted, providing more
    than a one-time snapshot. The system of monitoring, supervision and evaluation will be designed to move all localities forward. Accountability is a two-way street; localities and the state hold one another accountable. Expectations and consequences must be clearly delineated by the state and communicated to localities.

  4. Inclusive, collaborative partnerships are the key to success.

    Decisions, from the individual child and family level to the system level, will be made
    using a team approach. This team will be inclusive of families, public and private
    providers, and primary referral sources. All members of this larger community team have adequate information and support to participate actively in planning and decision making.

  5. The Part C system will purposefully target traditionally underserved populations.

    The system intentionally takes action to ensure that traditionally under-represented and underserved populations are served, are involved in planning and decision making, have access to services and are represented in the personnel pool providing services to Part C eligible children and their families.

  6. It is essential to intervene as soon as possible.

    Primary referral sources must be part of the system. The Part C system must link with existing systems and services (e.g., data systems, tracking systems, service systems) in order to reach children earlier. Community outreach, training, education and public awareness are vehicles to use in achieving this desired outcome.

  7. Technical assistance is viewed as a support.

    The functions of technical assistance and monitoring are separate and distinct but must be linked. The person who provides technical assistance does not do monitoring but does assist in identifying concerns and in providing support and technical assistance to address concerns discovered during monitoring. The technical assistance provided to local councils is based upon monitoring and evaluation results for that community.

  8. The system will support actions at the state and local level that maximize the use of existing resources.

    Whenever possible, the Part C system will build on what is already in place and working.

  9. Training is an ongoing, planned, responsive activity.

    Training is a shared responsibility between the state and localities. It is delivered in an interagency, cost-effective and cost-efficient manner. Exploration of non-traditional
    methods of training (e.g., video, train the trainer, etc.) are encouraged.

  10. Virginia supports strategies to increase the appropriate utilization of natural environments.

    All components of the system (funding, training, monitoring and supervision, etc.) must support and allow for increased use of natural environments.

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2007 Meeting Calendar

Date Location Time
February 21, 2007 DMHMRSAS-9 th Floor Conference Room 1:30-3:30
April 18, 2007 DMHMRSAS-9 th Floor Conference Room 1:30-3:30
June 20, 2007 DMHMRSAS-9 th Floor Conference Room 1:30-3:30
August 15 , 2007 DMHMRSAS-9 th Floor Conference Room 1:30-3:30
October 17 , 2007 DMHMRSAS-9 th Floor Conference Room 1:30-3:30
December 19 , 2007 DMHMRSAS-9 th Floor Conference Room 1:30-3:30

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