IDEA Part C Office


The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the Lead Agency for Early Intervention Services (EIS). The Part C Office provides the oversight of Early Intervention Services of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IDEA was created with a vision for comprehensive, interagency, multidisciplinary, family-centered, and community-based services accessible to all infants and toddlers with disabilities and to many who are at risk for disabilities. This law has been reauthorized as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) or Public Law 108-446.

    All Early Intervention Referrals Statewide may call: 1-800-522-0066

    Email:  ProjectAssist@dhhs.nv.gov

    Announcements

    Nevada IDEA Part C Update, August 9, 2021

    On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, which will deliver critical aid to States (as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia), as the country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. See https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/leg/arp/index.html 

    As part of this aid, the following amounts were appropriated for IDEA programs: 

    $2,580,000,000 for grants to States under Part B;

    $200,000,000 for preschool grants under Section 619;

    And $250,000,000 for programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities under Part C. 

    The designated ARP amount which  Nevada IDEA Part C received in July 2021was $1,856,917.00. The IDEA Part C Office submitted final ARP materials to Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) by the deadline of August 2, 2021 explaining how the ARP funds will be used. The IDEA Part C Office gathered stakeholder and public feedback from June 14, 2021 through July 22, 2021 for the historic opportunity of planning the use of the ARP funds. Feedback was provided to the IDEA Part C Office via public online survey, public forum at the Interagency Coordinating Council Quarterly Meeting which was held virtually on July 15th, 2021, and by email to the IDEA Part C Office at projectassist@dhhs.nv.gov.

    The IDEA Part C Office would like to thank everyone who contributed feedback for the use of ARP funds. All feedback was taken into consideration and will continue to be reviewed for ongoing planning and system improvement.  The IDEA Part C Office complied with parameters provided by OSEP for usage of ARP funds, see complete ARP documents at:

    Announcements

     

    Nevada IDEA Part C Update, July 14, 2021 

      

    Early Intervention Services Re-entry Plan Phase 3 scheduled for July 1, 2021. 

    The Department of Health and Human Services-Director's Office (DHHS), IDEA Part C Office, Aging and Disabilities Services Division (ADSD), and ADSD Quality Assurance (QA), have established a gradual, phased re-entry plan to resume limited face-to-face early intervention services. Please see the following link for information on the official release of the Early Intervention Services Re-entry Plan Phase 3 to allow for a gradual return to home visiting to be scheduled on or after July 1, 2021. (link)  

      

     All Early Intervention programs must follow approved safety protocols.  Families enrolled in Early Intervention Services should contact their program for more information. Anyone interested in referring a child to Early Intervention Services should contact Project Assist at 1-800-522-0066 or  projectassist@dhhs.nv.gov


     

    Announcements

    Nevada IDEA Part C Update, February 24, 2021

    Nevada’s Early Intervention Services system transitioned from Phase 1 plans to the implementation of Phase 2 plans which expands limited in-person clinic visits effective February 24, 2021. All Early Intervention programs must follow approved safety protocols.  Families enrolled in Early Intervention Services should contact their program for more information. Anyone interested in referring a child to Early Intervention Services should contact Project Assist at 1-800-522-0066 or projectassist@dhhs.nv.gov

    Updated COVID-19 information is located at: https://NVHealthResponse.nv.gov/ 

    Additional updates include:

    • Phase Planning: The Aging and Disability Services Division, ADSD, continues to collaborate with our IDEA Part C Office and Early Intervention system for the eventual, slow phasing in of face-to-face services that will align with our State’s phases for the COVID-19 pandemic response. Early Intervention programs which implement an approved plan for COVID-19 precautions may provide certain specialty clinic services. 
    • ICC & Stakeholders: The next Interagency Coordinating Council, ICC, quarterly meeting is being planned as a video conference and in-person meeting on July 15, 2021. Any ICC Subcommittee meetings will be scheduled following the larger ICC meetings.
    • Publications: Please see our link to Publications for recently posted report cards, determinations, and annual reporting (http://dhhs.nv.gov/Programs/IDEA/Publications/). Thank you to our Early Intervention system of programs, providers and families for all of your hard work in promoting positive outcomes for our youngest, most vulnerable population. 

    Please see guidance from the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs regarding Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Outbreak 

    The Nevada IDEA Part C Office is complying with all Executive Orders. The IDEA Part C staff are working remotely and may take longer to respond to phone calls and emails.  Contact projectassist@dhhs.nv.gov

    COVID-19: Resources & Information

    The following are evidence-based resources to assist our early intervention programs as you support families in helping young children cope with the challenges that might occur during stressful emergency or disaster situations. 

    Disclaimer: The inclusion of any link on this page does not imply endorsement. 

    The Nevada Resilience Project

    “The Nevada Resilience Project supports families and individuals experiencing struggles and challenges due to COVID – 19.  Our Resilience Ambassadors can provide support and connection to resources over the phone, through text and video-chat, or face to face. We offer bi-lingual access to services; assistance navigating to needed resources in your community; help to reduce stress, build coping skills, and develop a resilience plan.”

    Part C Office Mission Statement

      To oversee the development and implementation of a statewide, family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers (birth through two) who are eligible for Part C services, and their families. This system will be continuously monitored and evaluated to ensure that appropriate and evidenced based services are provided, families are respected, supported and involved, and that the potential of each child is maximized.

        The Nevada Part C Office is responsible for a:

        Where to Begin?

        If you are concerned about your child's development, the first step is to have your child referred for evaluation and assessment.  You can refer your child directly or you can have your child's physician or another professional make the referral for you.

        For more information:

        Or you may contact:

        Phone: 1-800-522-0066

        Email: ProjectAssist@dhhs.nv.gov

        Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association

        The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association is organized as a not-for-profit corporation to promote mutual assistance, cooperation, and exchange of information and ideas in the administration of Part C and to provide support to state and territory Part C coordinators.
        To achieve this, the Association is committed to:
        • Identify and represent the interests of state and territory infant and toddler early intervention programs at the national level;
        • Develop and recommend models, standards, policies, and programs that promote quality services to eligible infants and toddlers and their families; and
        • Strengthen current leadership and foster new leadership in early intervention programs at the local, state or territory, and national levels.