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, June 7, 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, June 11, 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 to Nevada IDEA Part C is projected to be $1,856,917.00. The IDEA Part C Office is required to send to OSEP by August 2, 2021 an explanation of how the ARP funds will be used. The IDEA Part C Office would like to gather stakeholder and public feedback for the historic opportunity of planning the use of the ARP funds. Feedback may be provided to the IDEA Part C Office via:

    Survey Monkey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KSXYHG2 available through July 22, 2021. All responses are kept confidential.


    Public forum at the Interagency Coordinating Council Quarterly Meeting to be held virtually on July 15th, 2021 at 10:00 am (to receive the link to join this meeting, please contact Mary Garrison, AA IV at mgarrison@dhhs.nv.gov by July 15, 2021, 9:00 am).  As for all our IDEA Part C meetings which follow Open Meeting Law, opportunities for public comment will be provided at the beginning and ending of the meeting. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes per individual.  


    Email to the IDEA Part C Office, projectassist@dhhs.nv.gov by July 22, 2021.


    The IDEA Part C Office must comply with parameters provided by Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for usage of ARP funds.  The IDEA Part C Office plans to post on our website the finalized plans for the use of ARP funds within 1 week following the August 2, 2021 OSEP deadline https://dhhs.nv.gov/Programs/IDEA/Publications/.

     

      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.